Pentecostalists obviously think they are! They’re casting out demons from everything and anything and many times, set themselves up as mass exorcists who can remove Satan and/or his demons from any area of your life if you will just accept their premise that you are most likely demonized and they can help you get that pesky demon out of your life forever – well, until you next suffer from whatever it was you asked them to pray for you about. I’ve been “delivered” from demons of fear, resentment, sickness, rebellion, and forgetfulness (!!) amongst others in my time in one notable local Pentecostalist church – worse still, was when they decided I wasn’t well enough to cope with a full deliverance and so undertook a “proxy” deliverance session with me in attendance, and which was (for me) the most satanic thing I have ever undergone at the hands of trusted Christians in a church setting, and which ultimately – what no doubt Satan was ecstatic about – destroyed my faith completely for the next 3-4 years. So for those of you who’re in this type of church, and think this type of thing is wonderful and see no problems in it – trust me, I wasn’t the only one who suffered radically through this practice at that church at that time, but the sad thing is that despite that knowledge and even after the leadership at that time even acknowledged the multitude of errors it had allowed to occur in many areas of teaching, the church is pretty much exactly the same now as then – might have a different veneer on it, but they still hold to errant charismatic practices without any concern that they’re totally unscriptural. Check out my other post on “Slain in the Spirit but which one…”
Sadly there’s still such a huge drive by many in various churches to push for unscriptural practices because they “feel right” or feed some need to experience God in some new way. No longer are we contented enough to hold to scripture alone, and thus many are just opening themselves up to dangerous theologies and practices.
But to come back to my post question – if you are involved in “deliverance” ministry in any sense do you think you are greater than Michael?? Before I remind you of what Michael didn’t do, here’s a bit of info on who he actually is:
He is viewed as the field commander of the Army of God. He is mentioned by name in the Book of Daniel, the Book of Jude and the Book of Revelation. In the book of Daniel, Michael appears as “one of the chief princes” who in Daniel‘s vision comes to the angel Gabriel‘s aid in his contest with the angel of Persia (Dobiel), and is also described there as the advocate of Israel and “great prince who stands up for the children of your [Daniel’s] people”.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Perhaps you missed the scripture where Jude points out that Michael;
…… the archangel, when contending with the Devil, he argued about the body of Moses, he dared not bring a judgment of blasphemy, but said, Let the Lord rebuke you! Jude 1:9
So Michael along with the heavenly hosts is the one who has already battled Satan and lost, but yet despite that fact, when it comes to earthly matters, he doesn’t get involved. And so my question stands – if you (as a Christian) lean towards this aspect of your faith i.e. deliverance, as being valid – do you think you have a mandate greater than Michael’s in order to undertake it?? I’m not suggesting there isn’t a time to contend with Satan’s attacks on your life per se – we all are given a mandate to do that, but that’s entirely different to dealing with Satan himself in the way I heard Wendy Alec of the infamously heretical God TV doing today where she shouts about “binding” him and “coming against” him!! If you disagree – state your case but also consider the possibility you may be wrong in your views scripturally when doing so.