(OPINION) Charisma – One of the amazing graces we receive from God through Yeshua, along with forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and the Shekinah presence of the Holy Spirit, is the power and authority to heal the sick and cast out demons.


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Although casting out demons is portrayed in the entertainment world as some kind of weird, insidious, dark ritual, it is actually a commonplace event in the lives of true followers of Yeshua, to be accompanied by true repentance and a commitment to a pure and honorable life afterward.

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While it is exciting to think of the ability to cast out demons, there is also spiritual warfare against the works of the devil on a wider, more corporate level. Individual demons cause sin and sickness, but greater powers of evil are assigned to destroy the community of faith as a whole. That corporate attack on the Ecclesia comes on three levels:

Accusing the brethren
Dividing the church
Scattering the sheep.

Ironically, those most enthusiastic about healing and casting out demons are sometimes used of the devil to do much greater damage to the community of faith as a whole. Israel and the Church are described as a glorified bride who is under attack by the evil serpent Satan. The central part of that attack is described as, accusing our brethren (Rev. 12:10).

Friendly Fire

The “brethren” here of course are fellow believers in Yeshua. Accusation usually comes in the form of gossip and complaining in the guise of seemingly sincere “correction.” And while “brethren” can be anyone, the demonic attack is most often directed toward leaders. When we find ourselves gossiping and complaining about pastors and other leaders, there is a possibility that we might actually have become a demonically-energized accuser of the brethren without realizing it.

Unified House Stands

The second attack is even worse: not only to accuse leaders but to cause a split in the Body. In speaking of spiritual warfare, Yeshua said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate” (Luke 11:17). Sometimes people are so sure that they are right, they are willing to cause a split in the Body. The damage done by dividing the church is often much worse than the seemingly righteous context for causing the split. Of course, there is essential moral discipline and accountability for congregations and leaders. In the case of sin, a split can, in certain very specific circumstances, be justified. However, that is not the same as causing a split because of differences of opinion. READ MORE

 

Charisma is a monthly Christian magazine based in Lake Mary, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. It is aimed at Pentecostals and charismatics.