MINISTERING DELIVERANCE TO THE UN-SAVED
Before attempting to minister deliverance to unbelieving captives from demonic oppression, we must lead such people through the following steps. This is not a matter of using the person’s vulnerability to manipulate them into a commitment with God but a matter of obeying spiritual principles. For reasons that I will explain below, it is more favorable to deny a non-Christian access to deliverance than capitulating to their immediate need hoping that they will make a commitment with God later.
First, the person must receive Christ as Savior
Only after the new birth is a person able to face and overcome demonic spirits. Deliverance is the “children’s bread” (exclusive privilege of the children of God). First the person needs to be freed from sin (John 3:3-7; Ephesians 1:18-21; Col. 1:13; 2:15; 1 John 3:4, 5; 18). Jesus warned of the danger of expelling demons from non-Christians. He compared them to a swept and uninhabited house that can be easily broken into and the final state of the person could end up being worse than the initial state since the evil spirit can go and bring seven other spirits worse than itself, and dwell there. (Matthew 12:45)
Confession of sins
We must judge all involvement with occult practices as rebellion against God as a terrible sin, placing it together with everything else associated with Satan (1 John 1:9). We must orient those who seek deliverance to confess all generational sins beginning with the fourth generation (Ex. 20:3-5). This is part of the process of responsibly and effectively bringing the parent’s and grandparent’s un-confessed and unresolved sins to the cross.
Renounce the devil and his works
The person must officially renounce all ties and commitments to Satan and his claims over the person before attempting to minister deliverance especially when there are satanic pacts and involvement with the occult. It is necessary to command Satan and his hosts to retreat from the person’s life. This must be done in the name of Jesus in dependence upon His power, as the apostles did (Matthew 816; 32; Acts 16:16 -18).
Destroy all objects of the occult and their ties
The presence of objects and paraphernalia used in occult practices and ceremonies is an invitation to demonic powers to concentrate their efforts in the destruction of those who possess these objects. Any contact with leaders of the occult and relationships with them must also be broken. (2 Kings 14:2-5; 23:16, 17; 9:17-20)
Rest in Christ and resist the devil
Christ promises forgiveness to all those who trust in Him. To assume a new position in Christ is to rest in this vital new relationship (Colossians 1:13; 2:9 -15; Hebrews 2:14-18). It is equally necessary to assume your authority, resisting the devil and his forces (1 Peter 5:8, 9; James 4:7).
Submit to Christ and His Word
A serious study of the Bible must soon take the place of any activity of the occult for spiritual strengthening and renewing of the mind (Romans 12:1, 2; James 4:6, 7; John: 31, 32).
Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit
The secret to obtaining and maintaining a victorious walk as an overcomer is to obey the apostolic command to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Upon conversion, the person receives the Holy Spirit in his or her human spirit and then it is his or her responsibility to cooperate with God so that every other part of their being is subject to the influence of the spirit as opposed to being under the influence of the enemy and his host of evil spirit servants. (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18-33).