In any case, I digress. In Matthew 10:8, Jesus commands us too:
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils. Freely ye have received, freely give.
This in fact forms part of the Great Commisson. Now how much of the above does your Church actually do? None id wager.
I’d like to focus on deliverance for now – deliverance ministeries in the main denominations are sidelined which in so many ways tells us all we need to know. They place ritual at the centre when it should be the Law that is centre stage because a successful deliverance stands or falls on the Law.
The first question that needs to be understood is that if there is a demonic presence then what legal grounding it has to harass the victim – a sinless man or woman cannot be demonised because there is no legal justification and God’s law is unbreakable. Incidentally, the distance of the Church from this ministry is indicative of its distance from the Law. An direct but inverse relationship exists between deliverance and the Law – thus you will find a legalistic cult will practice deliverance and lay heavy stress on spiritual warfare where as a denomination that is plagued by excessive license, like Anglicanism, will barely bother – because the Anglican Church is rife with sin it shrinks from the light the Law casts on it.
The legal situation is all that matters – if the complainant does not repent of the sins that brought them into a position where the demon has legal access to their life then this is the only factor that can delay deliverance. Jesus was able to instantly deliver the sinful victim of demonic attentions because he was the Son of God. Obviously we cannot do the same and counselling maybe required to extract the necessary repentance.
The character and strength of the relationship between God and the exorcist also matters to the extent un confessed sin gives the demon an ‘in’ to manipulate them but we should remember the exorcist does nothing themselves – they serve merely as a vessel for the Holy Spirt which does all the work.
If the Anglican Church were to once again take deliverance seriously it would benefit it greatly because it would strengthen its relationship with the Law, therefore God, and bring it back in line with the Great Commission – something that it has strayed so far from.