The Casting Out of Unclean Spirits
By Dr. Joseph Chambers
The cultures of the world are being progressively mastered by unclean spirits. Almost our entire church population is completely helpless before this hostile takeover. In most cases parents with unclean children simply retreat and give themselves to silent misery. Ministers have no idea what to do but call in a religious or secular psychologist.
It's a spiritual war and the answer is right in the Word of God. The people of God, godly saints, have not been left in a hopeless condition. We have the means of perfect victory over every design of the devil against our lives. If the Church will wake up and give herself back to the supernatural provisions of our Triumphant Head, the victorious Son of God, everything will change.
We must believe that Satan has been totally defeated by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The devil can do nothing except what the Lord Jesus Christ allows or what the Body of Jesus Christ allows. There are certain areas of the End Times, where Satan has been given his final liberties. Jesus Christ has him on a leash. All other areas of his activities are limited by mankind, whether they are sinners or saints. With the sinner, Satan does as he pleases unless they turn to the Lord. But, with God's saints, he does his dark deeds because we do not know our rights or because we simply forfeit our rights. In most cases the people of God simply face the terror of the devil as their fate. It's almost like the saints of the Lord beg the devil for mercy. Believe me, he has no mercy!
We must understand the total victory that the Son of God has achieved. The early church was a perfect example of that glorious triumph. Unbelieving Bible teachers and preachers have helped the devil big time by trying to establish that all supernatural possibilities ended when the Bible was completed. Nothing in the Bible suggests such utter defeat. The opposite has never ceased to be true.
Jesus Christ has totally defeated Satan. As recorded by John, He stated, "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out" (John 12:31). John, also, stated in his first epistle, "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8). The entire Book of Acts is a picture of one supernatural event after another. Church history is full of great revivals, miraculous healings, demons being cast out, and awesome signs and wonders. Angels have been seen and their powers witnessed by multitudes. You must settle this fact or you can forget seeing evil spirits defeated in your life.
Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy. These were the very words of the Son of God Himself. But, He did not end with this warning. He said, "I am come that they (you) might have life (victorious, triumphant and glorious) and that they (you) might have it more abundantly (supernatural and complete)" (John 10:10). This cannot mean anything but a life lived in victory over the devil and this world of evil. Jesus promises, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
John wrote to the church and said, "I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one" (I John 2:13b). It's time that the Body of Christ stands up and starts "casting out devils." Our churches, our homes, and our world are under siege. We can believe the doubters, or we can believe the Lord Himself and His Holy Spirit that dictated His Holy Bible. Jesus stated, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:16-18). If you have a corrupted Bible, those words have been removed or placed in doubt by modern translators. There is absolute proof that they are wrong; ignore them!
Our communities are full of perverted souls, and our homes and friends are under siege. He told us that we were guardians of our homes and churches. Read how He stated this great truth and promise, "When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils" (Luke 11:21-22). He also said, "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matthew 11:12b). The strong man is Satan. He comes with his lies and intimidations, and the church world hides in their defeatist theology.
I remember a little girl that came to visit her dad while living with her mother, who was in a very questionable situation. She came with her dad to church and seemed perfectly normal. After church, they went home and she became very sick and disturbed. Eventually, I was called to the hospital. When I arrived, she was normal for a few minutes and spoke kindly to me. Then, she became agitated and began to taunt me in a guttural voice. "My god is bigger than your God," she declared. All evidence of being possessed by an unclean spirit was present. We began to pray, and a standoff of at least thirty minutes occurred. Suddenly, she was perfectly free and returned to normal; the demons had departed. The next day the doctor called me to thank me for coming and to give witness of her perfect healing.
We must learn to discern "unclean spirits" in the church, our homes, or anywhere our duty takes us. Spirit-filled believers have the perfect right to cast out these unclean entities. "There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one" (Acts 5:16). We must not make a show of our victories or create a great fanfare. That has left a bad name on this Biblical truth. Casting out unclean spirits is as simple as laying hands on the sick. Jesus simply rebuked them and they departed. There are multitudes of families, homes, and troubled lives that we will never help until "we bind the strong man" and throw him out. Jesus said, "No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house" (Mark 3:27).