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Father, I ask that you wash my spirit, soul and body with the blood of the Lamb.
I curse every corruptible seed that has been planted in me and I command it to wither and die, in the name of Jesus.
I command every foul, unclean spirit that may have attached itself to me, to loose me, to leave this property, to seek dry ground and never return, in Jesus name.
In the name of Jesus Christ and through His shed blood, I bind all evil spirits, astral projected spirits, or hybrid spirits that are trying to hurt or influence me. As one that has accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, I renounce all the sins of my ancestors back to ten generations and all forms of witchcraft that I have participated in or practiced in any way.
Since I have been co-crucified with Christ, I cancel all demonic workings against me and nail to the cross all curses, evil prayers, hexes, spells, plots, or evil schemes that have been placed against me and claim by faith they are null and void and covered under the blood of Christ.
I now take back all ground I have given over to Satan by my sins and the sins of my ancestors and claim by faith that they are all forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. I claim that ground back by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and dedicate it to the Lord. I yield by faith every area of my life over to the Lordship of Christ and full control of the Holy Spirit. I dedicate my spirit, soul, and body to Jesus Christ and claim by faith that I am filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Since I have been crucified and raised with Christ, I claim by faith that through the Lord Jesus Christ that I can do all things. From this moment on, I break all holds that Satan has had on me and renounce them by the blood of Jesus Christ.
I claim by faith I have on the whole armor of God, the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, the sword of the Spirit to defeat all my enemies, and am covered under the blood of Christ. All this I claim in the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.
by Dr. Preston T. Bailey, Jr.
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With hammer and nails He was a Saviour
1. Salvation Prayer
Jesus said: Ye MUST be born again! (Jn 3:7, Rom 10:9-10) Jesus, I believe in You, that You are God, the ONLY begotten Son of God, who died for my sins. I repent now for all my sins. Please forgive me, Lord. I give You my life . Take it now, You own it from this day forth. I am Yours, Jesus. Wash me now in Your precious blood, that You shed for my sins. Thank You for saving me, Jesus.
2. Deliverance Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for delivering me now. I command every spirit that is not the Spirit of God in me, to be bound and to come out NOW in the name of Jesus Christ. I cover myself and my family with the blood of Jesus. I fall out of agreement with the spirits of ____________, ____________, ____________, etc., in Jesus Christ’s name and tell them that they have to go. Thank You for delivering me.
[Now, tell it to come out, come out, come out, etc., in Jesus’ name.]
3. Breaking Curses
I break all curses over me in the name of Jesus. Word Curses, Witchcraft Curses, Generational Curses, Sin Curses. [Sin curses are from specific sins in a persons life. ex: anger, sexual sins, unforgiveness, resentment, hate, etc. – you may need to name them.] I break the generational curse over me of witchcraft, occult practices, sexual sins and perversion, etc. and I cover myself and my family with the blood of Jesus. Now, I command all spirits which have enforced the curses in and on me or attached to me in any way as a result of these curses, to leave me now in the name of Jesus Christ. Curses, be broken NOW in Jesus name!!
4. Spiritual Warfare Prayers
I, in the name of Jesus Christ, come against and bind the principalities, the powers, the rulers of darkness, the spiritual wickedness, the deception and lying spirits over my home, church, etc. I loose the warring Angels of God, in Jesus Christ’s name, to do battle with you. I proclaim that the gospel of the Kingdom of God will have free course in this place in the mighty name of Jesus.
In the name and authority of The Lord Jesus Christ, I bind the strongman and wicked spirits over _____________ [INSERT HERE, THE NAME OF YOUR THE PLACE YOU LIVE, ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY, YOUR EX, YOUR CHURCH].
I command any religious spirits to loose us and this church and to go in Jesus name. I bind and command to go out of me and my family members every spirit that causes poverty, debt, sickness, defeat, selfishness, fear, worry and religious bondage. I command you, Satan, and your evil spirits to loose me, my family members and this church and to loose all of the things you have stolen from us.
In the name of Jesus, Father, I ask that You would give us favour and allow Your blessings to be richly poured out on us from this day forth. I ask You, Father, to cause to come back into my/our possession all of the things that satan has stolen from me/us, my family and our church, in the name of Jesus.
Father, I renounce and repent of unbelief and doubt. I recognize them as sin and ask You to forgive me. I refuse to let the spirits of unbelief and doubt work in my life. I believe in Your Word, Jesus. I will NOT believe in unbelief and doubt, nor let them operate any longer in my life and I take back any grounds that I have given them in the past, in Jesus name.
I break the powers of the occult and witchcraft over me, my family, my city, my county, my state, my nation. I cover all of the above with the precious blood of Jesus. I loose blessings instead of curses on [this place] now, in Jesus name. Father, I thank You for stopping the devil’s plans and releasing your plans now, in Jesus name.
These prayers are best said aloud. Some or all of these prayers may be prayed as a group, or privately.
Our desire is that they help you gain freedom and that you, in turn, will be able to help others.
Pastor John Kyle
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Lord, I’m being oppressed by demonic and unclean spirits, but you have promised me in your Word that if I call on your name I will be delivered. I am calling on you now to deliver me of the spirit of confusion, in the name of Jesus, by His blood, lift from me any blocks, limitations or restrictions in my life by any unclean or demonic spirits.
I receive deliverance and enlargement for my life. By the blood of the Lamb and by the authority that He has given all of us, I take total authority over every demonic spirit in me right now in the name of Jesus. I bind the strongman in the name of Jesus.
I command any unclean spirit to leave me right now in the name of Jesus. Spirit of confusion get out of me now, there is no place for you in here. This is a temple of the Holy Spirit, I command you to be gone the in the name of Jesus and in His name I command you to leave right now and be gone. Thank you Jesus for delivering me.
Father, I come to you in the name of your son, Jesus who shed His blood for me. I am desperate for a closer relationship with you. I renounce all witchcraft, sorcery, divination, occult involvement and sexual sins by me or anyone in my family, in the name of Jesus. I renounce all sinful behaviour of me or anyone in my family and ask for your forgiveness for any generational iniquity and transgressions going back ten generations, in the name of Jesus. I renounce all ungodly soul ties and immoral relationships, in the name of Jesus and by His blood I am washed clean. I renounce all hatred, anger, resentment, revenge, retaliation, unforgiveness, and bitterness, in myself and my family in the name of Jesus. I forgive any person who has ever hurt me, disappointed me, abandoned me, mistreated me, or rejected me, including my family, in the name of Jesus. By His blood I am washed clean.
I renounce all envy, and jealousy in the name of Jesus. I renounce all fear, unbelief, and doubt, in the name of Jesus. By His blood I am saved. I renounce all ungodly thought patterns and belief systems in the name of Jesus. By His blood I am a new creation. I renounce all ungodly covenants, oaths and vows made by myself or my ancestors in the name of Jesus. I am called in Christ. I have redemption in Christ. I have eternal life with Christ. I am a joint heir with Christ. I am protected by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Right now I release the sword of the Lord against the power of hell in the name of Jesus Christ. I command every unclean spirit in me to be gone in the name of Jesus. By His blood I am washed and I am saved in the name of Jesus. Demon spirits go in the name of Jesus, get out of me in the name of Jesus, be gone in the name of Jesus. I am a new creature in Christ, you have no place in me. Be gone this very instant, get all the way out of me in the name of Jesus.
Every unclean spirit that Jesus wants out of me, manifest and get out in the name of Jesus. I break all witchcraft and mind control off me right now in the name of Jesus. I come against every spirit of mind control and every spirit of confusion in the name of Jesus. I rebuke these spirits and command them to go right now in the name of Jesus. Every mind-binding spirit we break your power in the name of Jesus. Loose me and go.
I come against every spirit that came in through witchcraft, through [name anything specifically like ouija board, séances, fortune-telling, tarot cards, yoga, reiki, buddhism, etc.] and all New Age spirits. I bind and rebuke and command you to loose me to come out now in the name of Jesus. I rebuke you and break your power in the name of Jesus.
[Breathe out, take a deep breath, cough out they come out with the breath and/or yawning.]
Father, I ask you to loose into me right now your spirits of power, love and sound mind in the name of Jesus.
I come against every spirit that causes me confusion about whether I am saved or not. Spirits of doubt and unbelief come out in Jesus’ name. Every spirit of double-mindedness come out now in Jesus’ name. I command you to come now, all the way out, in the name of Jesus.
Please fill me with the joy of the Lord, fill the space that was occupied with your Holy Spirit, by the blood of Jesus.
Heavenly Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth, You are the great and awesome God Who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love and keep your commandments.
Heavenly Father, I have sinned and committed iniquity, and I have done wickedly and rebelled even departed from your precepts and your commandments.
I have out of ignorance, willful disobedience and curiosity defiled my body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, by coming into contact with unclean things and demons.
I repent of my sins and ask for your forgiveness. Cast me not away from your presence.
Heavenly father, in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I am truly, truly sorry and ask that you create in me a clean heart.
Please forgive me and wash me and cleanse me with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Deliver me completely from the influence of demonic forces, in the name of Jesus.
Fill me afresh with the Holy Spirit.
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation and renew a right spirit within me.
In the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you Father.
Alternative or Additional Prayer
Dear Jesus, I confess with my mouth that I am a sinner and I am in need of a Savior, I repent of all my sins and I ask you to save me now. I ask for forgiveness of my sins I believe that you are the Son of God and you came to earth died for me and was raised from the dead, you sit now at the right hand throne of the Father forever making intercession for me. I believe it with my heart therefore I confess it with my mouth. So, I ask you to come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior!
Now, Jesus I thank you for forgiving me of all my sins and I thank you for being my Lord and Savior. Jesus, I thank you for making intercession for me and saving me from the wrath of God that is coming upon the children of disobedience. Thank you Jesus!
Now, Satan I renounce you and all of your cohorts. I serve notice to you that you are no longer my master, Jesus has now become Master of my soul! I evict you from my life from this day forward. Every door that had been opened because of sin in my life I close it and and seal it closed with the Blood of Jesus and His Holy Spirit. Every door that had been closed, Jesus I ask you to open, never to be shut ever again. I declare victory is my portion and the joy of the Lord has now become my strength in Jesus name.
Alternative or Additional Prayer
Jesus Christ, I affirm that You are the Son of God and the only door to eternal life.
I acknowledge that You died for my sins on the cross and rose from the dead by the power of Your Holy Spirit.
Jesus, I renounce all arrogance, self-sufficiency and pride, which was the downfall of Satan.
I have nothing and am nothing, except in You my hiding place. Jesus, I confess all my sins, especially ______________________________
I confess all my omissions, especially ______________________________
I confess the sins of my ancestors, especially ______________________________
Jesus, I am sorry for all the sins and omissions which I have just now stated.
I promise to do my best, with Your help and the help of others, not to repeat these sins.
If I slip and fall, I will try to confess immediately, and turn to You for help.
With Your help I will refuse temptation and negative attitudes, especially rejection.
With Your help I will obey my doctor/mate/pastor/employer and not my negative feelings/thoughts.
With Your help I will be the friend that I need/want in my life.
With Your help I will take a shower, brush my teeth, make my bed, do my laundry, avoid damaging my body with junk food, and eat fruit and vegetables.
Jesus, I forgive everyone whether they deserve it or not, because You forgave me and held nothing back. I now especially forgive ______________________________
I forgive everyone whether they deserve it or not, because You forgave me and held nothing back. I now especially forgive ______________________________
Jesus, as you bring to my attention any occult activity, situation, or object that displeases you, I will repent and sever my relationship with it, even if it seems very valuable to me.
Jesus, thank you for becoming a curse on the cross for me, so that I may be freed of all curses that are due to my own sins or the sins of my ancestors. Jesus,
I take my stand, in Your name, Jesus, against all Satan’s demons.
I have faith that You will take care of the demons and also take care of me.
I resist the devil.
In Your name, Jesus.
Jesus, Bless you Lord and thank you Lord.
Help me to stay full of joy and gratitude.
Praise the Lord.
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Lord I command the spirit of rejection, when people rejected me, my friends rejected me or my parents or my family rejected me, to come out of me now in the name of Jesus.
I command the spirit of rejection and self-rejection to come all the way out of me and leave me now never to return in the name of Jesus Christ.
I receive acceptance from you Lord, you are my Father and I know you love me. I command out of me every demon that attacks my physical body. I command the spirits that attack my physical body to leave me now and never return in the name of Jesus Christ.
I break the power of this illness, disorder, infirmity, in the name of Jesus Christ and I apply the blood of Jesus to it.
I command the spirits of these things to leave me now [names] in the name of Jesus. Infirmities of every sort come out in the name of Jesus Christ.Thank you Lord.
I break the power of any demon that is causing problems in my life and all their kindred spirits and command them to leave me now.
I forgive everyone that offended me and ask you please to bless them and save them.
[This doesn’t imply you have not been hurt, you may have been very hurt, and what happened may have been very wrong, but it means that you personally forgive them.]
I command out of me every spirit that tortures me and command that they drop away from me now. Every demon that was assigned to my unforgiveness, I command them to leave me now in Jesus’ name and never to return.
I command every spirit that is not the spirit of God to leave me now in Jesus’ name. Resentment, bitterness, hatred leave me now. I command out of me every spirit of loneliness, all spirits of discouragement, depression, despair, despondency, shame, defeat, hopelessness, death and suicide, heaviness, gloom, disgust, suicide and death, leave me now in the name of Jesus.
I command out of me in the name of Jesus every spirit that has caused me to dry up in the things of God, every spirit that has occupied me when I ought to be occupying the land.
I command every spirit that tormented me to leave me now in Jesus’ name and I break their power in the name of Jesus. I command every spirit of mental disorder, confusion, forgetfulness, mind-binding, mind-control, bipolar, double-mindedness, schizophrenia, senility, mental instability, madness, fear of people, fear of germs, paranoia, hallucinations of the mind, all evil spirits of the mind, dread, anxiety, phobias, compulsive and persistent fear to come out of me, all the way out of me, and leave me now in the name of Jesus Christ.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
[Deep breathe and cough out as spirits come out on the breath, through the mouth through coughing, etc.]
Ask God for His Holy Spirit to fill you in the name of Jesus.
It is important to be able ‘walk out’ or hold any deliverance that you receive. Check your home, office, garden, garage and transport against the cursed object list, etc. Resolve to learn to identify and stop listening to false teachers (of which there are many) and close any demonic doorways in your life. [The parable of the “Return of the Unclean Spirit” (Matthew 12:44) refers.]
Heavenly Father, in the name of your son Jesus, I bind and break all witchcraft, curses, spells, and all powers associated with it. Through the blood of the lamb, I destroy the works of every witch, warlock, wizard, sorcerer, and all other powers of darkness.
Through the blood of Jesus, I break their powers including the influences of witchcraft, evil powers, spells, hexes, vexes, voodoo, hoodoo, roots, potions, or any such things off me, my family, and all future generations. Christ has redeemed me and my family from the curse of the law that I may receive the blessings of Abraham.
Through the blood of Jesus Christ, I also rebuke, bind up and destroy all the spirit-guides, helps, and shields of these workers of evil, and leave them without any strengths – stripped of their evil powers and influence, in the name of Jesus.
Thank you Father for delivering me.
Prayer for Those Involved in Witchcraft
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I come against the prince-ruling spirit and all spirit guides. I bind the strongman in the name of Jesus.
I come through the blood of the Lord Jesus and in the name of Jesus. I paralyze you and silence you, forbidding you from influencing or strengthening [them or name the witch or witches if known] in the name of Jesus, right now!
We are destroying your very works: the spirits of hate, bitterness and murder, spirits of wizardry, sorcery and all your co-spirits, your works, your powers, all your influences are destroyed in the name of Jesus!
In the mighty name of Jesus, I paralyze you all right now. You will not be able to use this soul any longer against [a church and/or a particular person].
I come against the spirit of blindness, binding the spirits of bondage and heaviness, fear and hate and break your power in the name of Jesus.
I pray, Lord, that You will open their eyes so they can see the glory of Jesus. Open their hearts so that they can hear Your voice. Break the yokes in their lives and give them liberty in their souls, that they may be free to repent. Show them every evil work and every evil deed they are guilty of, and Lord Jesus, convict their hearts unto repentance. Bring these souls out of darkness; save these souls so that You may have the glory.
Satan and all demons, I silence you in the name of Jesus, binding all your interference. You will not interfere with these souls, and they will have their own free will choice so as to make up their own minds if they want to repent. They will do it without your interference.
Also, Lord, I pray that you will release warring angels to wage war against these demonic activities, and send ministering spirits to minister to their souls, in Jesus’ name.
Thank you and praise you God for delivering me.
Faith Exercising Prayer Over Witchcraft
Heavenly Father, I have repented of any and all sin in my life and in the life of my ancestors that have resulted in a curse especially in the areas of witchcraft, idolatry or any occult involvement. I renounce all the works of idolatry, witchcraft and the works of the occult in the name of Jesus.
I have received your forgiveness and cleansing through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every day I take authority over and break any and every curse upon my life in the name of Jesus. I exercise my faith in the blood of Jesus and loose myself and my descendants from any and every curse. I claim my deliverance and freedom right now in Jesus’ name.
Therefore, I confess that Abraham’s blessings are mine. I am not cursed but blessed. I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath; I am blessed coming in and blessed going out. I am blessed, my family and future generations are blessed and what God has blessed cannot be cursed. Every shackle, cord, habit, chain and cycle is broken that has been a result of the curse of witchcraft, in the name of Jesus.
Thank you Heavenly Father for delivering me.
Prayer from “Exposing Spiritual Witchcraft” [by Jonas Clark]
Heavenly Father, thank You for the authority to battle against the attack of controlling powers of witchcraft, in the precious name of the Jesus. I bind every negative, unscriptural word against my life. I break the power of confusion, torment, fear, control and manipulation. I take captive every vain imagination and high thought that is contrary to the word of God in my life in the name of Jesus.
I submit my will, thoughts and life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and apply the blood of Jesus over my mind, commanding stability and order to prevail in my soul.
I break the power of witchcraft’s deception, seduction, sorcery and intimidation, knowing that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow.
I decree freedom from dark powers, Jezebel, false teachers, false prophetic words, controllers, manipulators, sorcerers, witches, counterfeits, soul ties, spiritual folly, soothsayers, lying spirits, lying dreams and visions.
I repent of sin, both known and unknown, and submit myself thoroughly to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and his word.
I clothe myself with God’s armour and take up the weapons of my warfare that are not carnal, but mighty in the pulling down of strongholds.
I dedicate myself to the will of Jesus Christ alone for my life.
I repent of rebellion, pride, arrogance, spiritualism, control, manipulation, vain desires, and forsaking fellowship.
In the precious name of Jesus, I renounce wrong associations, carrying witchcraft’s message, false motives and hidden agendas.
Lord, Your Word says: “If I confess my sins You are faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness.”
Thank you Jesus that You said You would never leave me nor forsake me, even to the end of the age.
[These prayers are best said aloud. Also women’s prayers can be more effective if they have their heads covered as per the Bible.]
[These prayers are best said out loud and for a woman are more effective with her head covered.]
Jesus, I come to you as my Deliverer. I believe that You are the Son of God, that You died for me and rose again. I confess You as Lord and renounce all influences of Satan in my life. Lord, you know the demons that oppress me, that harass me, that entice me, that enslave me.
I confess all my sins to you.
[Name them out loud before God.]
I repent of and turn away from all my sins. I renounce any form of the occult or idolatry – known and unknown – in my life or in the life of my ancestors, in the name of Jesus.
[Name them to the extent of your knowledge.]
I forgive anyone who has ever hurt me in any way and I let go of any bitterness or resentment, in the name of Jesus.
[Name any such people whom you associate with personal pain and forgive them by name, and ask God to bless them (that is to save them).]
Lord your Word says: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
In the name of Jesus, I renounce any self-righteousness, and pridefulness, big pride and little pride, in any area of my life and pray that I may learn by your example to become more humble in my walk with You.
I believe I am saved by the blood of Jesus and Satan has no further legal rights to my spirit, soul, mind or body. Through the blood of Jesus I am justified, just as if I had never sinned. Through the blood of Jesus I am sanctified, set apart to God. Through the blood of Jesus, I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil.
Jesus you said whoever calls upon the name of the Lord SHALL be delivered. I call upon you now. Deliver me!
In the name of Jesus Christ I bind every evil spirit in or around my life.
In the name of Jesus and by his precious blood, I command you to get out and leave me alone, never to return. Go in Jesus’ name! Out in the name of Jesus!
[Now co-operate with the Holy Spirit. It may help to breathe out and cough. After expelling breath a few times, some spirits may begin to manifest and be forced to leave. Use your will to force them out and command them to leave in Jesus’ name. Then praise God for the results and get filled with the Holy Spirit.]
Alternative or Additional Prayer
I affirm that God has seated me with Christ Jesus in the heavenly realms far above all principalities and supernatural powers of darkness.
I now command all wicked spirits to cease their work and be bound in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. I also bind all replacer wicked spirits assigned to rebuild evicted strongholds. They may not do that!
I forbid any transference of spirits, dividing, restructuring, or multiplying of wicked spirits working against me, in the name of Jesus.
All powers of darkness having assignment against me must hear and obey God who is their Creator and Conqueror. Lord Jesus Christ, I ask You to tell all of these powers of darkness assigned to rule over me where they must go. Confine them where they can never trouble me again. I yield fully to all of the purposes You have in this battle I have been facing. In Your great name I pray. Amen.
Satan, I rebuke you in Jesus’ Name and I am closing any doors, which my ancestors or I may have opened to you and your demons. I renounce Satan and all his demons; I declare them to be my enemies and I want them out of my life completely.
In the name of Jesus Christ I now claim deliverance from any and all evil spirits, which may be in me. Once and for all I close the door in my life to all occult practices and command all connected and related spirits to leave me now, never to return in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Prayer to Consecrate Yourself Completely to God
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you boldly in Jesus’ name. Take me as I am. I now give myself – my heart, my mind, my body, my time, talents and treasure to you. Fill me and possess me with your Holy Spirit.
I renounce sins and self. Jesus, sanctify me. Cleanse me, purge me, purify me. May God’s will be done in my life, on earth as it is in heaven. Let me manifest a faithful spirit, a pure mind and a sickless body to your glory.
The Hebrew word used for ‘deliverance; is Peleytah or Peletah = pel-ay-taw – to set free: to take and hand over to or leave for another: to assist in giving birth: to aid in the birth of : to give birth to: to cause oneself to produce as if by giving birth: to send something aimed or guided to an intended target or destination: to come through with: produce: to generate the promised, desired, or expected results: come through with: to give results that are promised, expected, or desired, the act of delivering, freeing, or liberating someone or something: the state of being set-free.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:18)
To understand what it fully means to be delivered or what deliverance is we must comprehend a few very important facts and they are:
- What does it mean to be bound?
- What is binding the bound?
- How does one become bound?
- What must be done in order not to be bound?
Bound: to confine, restrain, or restrict as if with bonds, to put under an obligation, to constrain with legal authority, to wrap around with something so as to enclose or cover, to fasten round about, to tie together, to cause to stick together, to take up and hold: combine with, to form a cohesive mass, to hamper free movement or natural action, to become hindered from free operation, to exert a restraining or compelling effect.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
The Legal Authority the devil has over man that enables him to hold us bound is called a PRINCIPALITY — a powerful ruler, or the rule of someone in authority. The word may refer to human rulers (Titus 3:1, KJV), demonic spirits (Rom. 8:38; Eph. 6:12; Col. 2:15), angels and demons in general (Eph. 3:10; Col. 1:16), or any type of rule other than God Himself (Eph. 1:21; Col. 2:10). The territory or jurisdiction of a prince: the country that gives title to a prince. The devil is the prince of the air (Eph.2: 2). The word title means = ownership, claim, right, it comprises all the elements constituting legal ownership a legally just cause of exclusive possession.
When the devil develops a principality in our minds or our bodies, he produces what is called a STRONGHOLD. Due to strongholds, people are hurting the world over. Children are growing up in a society that has pushed them aside, cast them off, and rejected them as normal, acceptable, and viable members of the social order. They are becoming adults that have no direction in their lives, wondering aimlessly, bound, confused, and perplexed. Many in society are being incarcerated mentally, physically, and spiritually. Although free from the human judicial system, are regretfully imprisoned in a far more cruel and ultimately eternal prison. They are sentenced with a life sentence of emotional emasculation, depression, anxiety, low/no self esteem, and phobias; some are on the habitual death row of deadly narcotics, alcohol, careless, unsafe, and uninhibited sexual activity. Others have been placed in a solitary confinement of physical pain, discomfort, infirmity and disease.
They are being held captive behind these seemingly impenetrable bars and inescapable walls, being made to believe that this is all there is to life. Mentally messed up, emotionally emasculated, and spiritually lost, they are aimlessly wandering through life bound hopelessly waiting to die, imagining that everything will be over if what they have experienced to be life would just cease from being. They are disappointedly unable to see that God has a far more excellent and abundant life. They are struggling trying to break free unable to come into the freedom that is promised to them. They are unable to understand that the price of their freedom has already been paid and all they have to do is come.
Hurt: to affect adversely, to injure, and to feel pain, to become damaged or harmed. Broken: comes from a Hebrew word called SHABAR : it means to crush into pieces, shattered, bruised, violated, not functioning properly, disconnected, overwhelmed with sorrow, raped, plundered, maltreated, desecrated.
The devil has emotionally emasculated the minds of people and placed them in a prison that they feel they will never be released from. They are being held captive and are in need of deliverance. There is an answer for the bound man or woman wandering through this life aimlessly. That is to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost, for true Deliverance is found by looking into the face of God and asking Him to intercede for me.
The devil, which is a deceiver, uses trickery to fight this battle of Spiritual Warfare, and because man is limited in his thinking he often yields to the temptations of the devil, thus fails in the spiritual war. The devil understands that to gain control of the mind is to ultimately have control of the soul. This is how the devil caused the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, because he deceived Eve in believing something that was not true. This was a deceptive measure that tricked the mind of Eve and placed a stronghold on her and because she did not understand Spiritual Warfare and the tricks of the devil, she yielded to the deception. Mind Control is the Nuclear Weapon that the devil uses in Spiritual Warfare because of the destructive capabilities it has.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of stronghold; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) Our weapons are not carnal; this simply means that humanistic attempts are futile in spiritual warfare. We cannot defeat the devil with bombs and guns, but the weapons of the word of God will defeat the devil every time. The weapons are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
Contrary to popular belief alcohol, depression, narcotics, or elicit sexually activity; is not what people are bound by; these are only the manifestations of the true bondage and that is the mind. The Bible says in Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”. The devil knows that the way a person thinks is how that person will act. If he can convince a person to believe something untrue then he can cause them to fall and defeat them in this spiritual war. Therefore the alcoholic thinks they need the alcohol in order to make it and are bound because the devil has control of the mind, the drug addict thinks they can’t survive without it and are therefore bound by it because the devil has control of the mind, the sex craved nymphomaniac thinks they will not survive without it and therefore punishes their body because the devil has control of the mind, it’s all bondage of the mind.
The Bibles says in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”.
What is binding the bound: STRONGHOLDS – “A stronghold is a mind set that is impregnated with hopelessness that causes a person to accept as unchangeable something in their lives even though they know it goes contrary to the will of God”. We often are not aware of the presence of our strongholds, or the way they operate.
It is within our minds that the devil as bound us into thinking that this is the way a certain situation is supposed to be and there is nothing that can be done about it, he convinces us to believe that something is real even though it is not. When we believe something in our minds it not only alters the way we perceive a certain thing, but how we begin to act and live according to what we believe. As you will recall we said that the devil understands that to gain control of the mind is to ultimately have control of the soul.
If we look at the Children of Israel in the book of Numbers 13:33 “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” The devil had a stronghold on their mind that caused them to believe something was unchangeable even though it went contrary to the Will of God. The weapons of this spiritual battle are used against our flesh, but the majority of the fighting is done in the minds of men and women everyday.
How Does One Become Bound: There are three avenues in which a person can become bound, these avenues are in fact the weapons of Spiritual Warfare that the devil uses against us and we become bound because of these weapons if we succumb to them. Let us take a look at the weapons that the devil uses against us in Spiritual Warfare that cause one to be bound. The Bible gives us in detail the weapons that the devil uses to fight against us, in 1st John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” These are the weapons the devil uses against us that if we surrender ourselves to them will become bound by them.
Let us look at these weapons individually that are used in this spiritual warfare. Although the devil comes at us with many different tricks yet there are only three avenues that the devil can attack us in:
- The Lust of the Flesh
- The Lust of the Eye
- The Pride of Life
The Lust of the Flesh
The Bible tells us in 1st Peter 2:11 “Dearly beloved. I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain for fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” The lust of the flesh is the desires that the flesh has that are contrary to the will of God. The body, which is flesh, is entirely worldly and is influenced by the worldly system. The body will return to the dust of the earth from whence it came, it cannot enter into the kingdom of God; therefore, its desire is to go totally against the will of God. The devil realizes this and uses the flesh as a stronghold against us in spiritual warfare.
The fleshly desires and works are given to us in Galatians 5:19-20 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, seditions, heresies, envyings, murder, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
The lust of the flesh is one weapon that the devil uses to fight this war and cause the people to be bound. The different types of ammunition that used in this one weapon are listed:
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions.” (Galatians 5:19-20)
The Bible says, in 1st Corinthian 6:19 “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” The devil knows that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost and he knows what the Bible says, in 1st Corinthians 3:17 “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which ye are.” The devil knows that to defile the temple will lead to the ultimate destruction by God himself in the lake of fire for all eternity; therefore, he uses the lust of the flesh to war against us in this spiritual war. Our flesh desires all these things that are against the will of God because it is totally worldly. Our minds are being deceived by the devil and it seems pleasing to the flesh and before you know it you have been infiltrated by the lust of the flesh and lost a battle in this spiritual warfare.
” But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” (Matthew 12:28)
The Lust of the Eye
This weapon although mention second is used first in spiritual warfare, because in order to lust after something within the flesh you first must see it. This is how down through the Bible the devil caused many people to stumble and fall. This is the first step to bondage. This is how he captured Eve’s attention in the Garden of Eden by appealing to the lust of the eyes first. In Genesis 3:6 the Bible says, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” The devil realizes that if he can cause you to get your eyes fixed on something that the flesh will begin to desire it and the struggle then begins. David had fallen to the tricks of the devil when he looked and saw Bathsheba and his flesh lusted after her, 2nd Samuel 11. When David looked upon Bathsheba with lust in his eye it eventually became lust of the flesh. He realized that he was the King and his pride caused him to believe that because he was King that he should have her. In so doing she became with child. David’s pride and reputation was affected, which worked on his emotions and caused him to act a different way. He conspired against Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, and caused his death.
Later David understood how the devil will fight and thus wrote, in Psalms 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help my help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” David realized that if he continues to keep his eyes on the Lord that he would be able to fight in the spiritual war and be victorious in the end. There is an old saying that goes “The eyes are the windows of the soul.” We have often used this saying, as we are able to tell how a person feels on the inside. They may have a smile on their face, but by looking into their eyes you realize that something is wrong. What the devil does is he takes this saying and changes it around a little, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” He realizes that in order to cause the lust of the flesh he must appeal to the eyes first; therefore, the eyes become a gateway to ultimately gaining access to the soul. Bondage is placed upon us because we committed ourselves to looking at something to the point that the temptation of that became a desire, then that desire became an obsession that we had to have, and the obsession was not going to be satisfied until we possessed that which we first saw. I am now bound because of what I first saw.
The Pride of Life
This is the most dangerous and destructive weapon that the devil can use, because it is all fabricated, executed, and manifested in the mind and the Bible says Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” The devil knows that the way a person thinks is how that person will act. If he can convince a person to believe something untrue then he can cause them to fall and defeat them in this spiritual war.
Pride is the thing that caused him to rebel against God and ultimately got him cast out of heaven. The pride of life is the existence in a person’s mind that they themselves are of great importance. When the pride of life occurs it leads to destruction. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” In the Garden of Eden, Eve was attacked with the Pride of Life when in Genesis 3:6 she desired the tree. The Bible says, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
The pride of life was that she believed she would become wise. Pride made her believe that she would be like a god and that in her mind she herself would be of great importance. Pride caused Lucifer to fall, he in his mind thought he was of great importance; his destruction will be to spend eternity in the lake of fire because he got lifted up in pride.
The devil realizes that pride is the silver bullet of destruction to the heart and mind of men and women. A person that has tremendous pride to the point they feel as though they are of some great importance is headed for destruction soon, for the Bible says pride goeth before destruction. A person becomes bound by yielding to the weapons the devil uses to fight against them in spiritual warfare.
Someone may say I have been this way all my life, I have committed some of the biggest sins you can imagine, I am at the bottom of the barrel, society has abandoned me, friends have forsaken me, family has forgotten me, surely God wouldn’t deliver me. When a person has low self-esteem they often feel that they are worth nothing, their spirit is broken and they feel like what’s the use. However, this is just the type of person God wants, you are at the point that God can truly manifest himself in your life, for the Bible says in Psalms 34:18 “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
If we look at Mark the 5:1-20 we find these verses “And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel”. Here was a man that society had literally disowned and abandoned, he was considered the reject of society. He was in a prison of demon possession, which controlled his mind and his action. He was socially shattered, mentally misdiagnosed, physically pushed aside, broken-down, and beaten-up, he was the living dwelling among the dead. The amazing fact of this scripture that we must catch is the Jesus came to Decapolis for no other reason but to deliver this man.
You may be broken-down, beat-up, pushed aside, cast out, but remember this 2nd Corinthians 4:7-12 says “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you”.
Acts 2:39 says “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call”. John 8:36 says “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”. John 10:10 says “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. When we are bound by the devil we are not living life abundantly, God wants to deliver you and have your experience life more abundantly.
DELIVERANCE IS FOR YOU!!!!!!!
Being Delivered and Staying Delivered: Being delivered and Staying delivered is not something that is impossible, because the Bible says with God all things are possible; however, the key element in deliverance lays within you the individual.
A stronghold is a mind set that is impregnated with hopelessness that causes a person to accept as unchangeable something in their lives even though they know it goes contrary to the will of God.
To be delivered one must change the way they think Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Therefore the alcoholic thinks they need the alcohol in order to make it and are bound because the devil has control of the mind, the drug addict thinks they can’t survive without it and are therefore bound by it because the devil has control of the mind, the sex craved nymphomaniac thinks they will not survive without it and therefore punishes their body because the devil has control of the mind, it’s all bondage of the mind. The Bible says in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and perfect, will of God.”
To change in composition or structure, to change in character or condition, implies a major change in form, nature, or function, to go through a metamorphoses which is an abrupt or startling change induced by a supernatural power, change fitting something for a new or different use or function, a change that exalts or glorifies.
To make like new, restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection, to make new spiritually, to restore to existence, to make extensive changes in, to do again, to begin again, to become new. It implies a restoration of what had become faded or disintegrated so that it is like new the supplying of something necessary to restore lost strength, vigor, and power.
Once you change the way you think you do not accept that something is unchangeable because you now believe that God can and will make a difference. You now posses the key element which is FAITH.
FAITH: Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. I like this definition of Faith. Faith is standing at the break of darkness and you don’t know if the next step is going to through you off a cliff or not, but faith is knowing that when you take that step that God will either give you something solid to stand on or give you at that time the ability to fly. Faith is being able to believe that God will make a way out of no way.
In The Bible:
“According to your faith” appears 10 times
“By your faith” appears 74 times
The word “faith” appears 339 times
Without faith it is impossible to please God
Faith causes us to believe that a situation is changeable, which cause us to seek a change or transformation, not only in actions, but in our thoughts, which is deliverance from the way things once were, because I am thinking differently now I am acting differently. I have been delivered.
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in the”. Trust is a basis of faith, reliance, and hope. Trust is learning how to lean and depend upon Jesus, trust in him and he will provide. That is what Job meant when he said though He slay me yet will I trust Him, If you trust Him He will, not maybe, but he will provide. Staying delivered is trusting in God and keeping your mind on Him.
Never give up, never yield to the temptations of the pride of life, whether it is thinking of yourself as being of some great importance or worthless, never yield to this weapons of spiritual warfare.
An ongoing battle that we all must learn how to fight in, bondage is the result of this warfare. In the natural war many lives are lost both of the enemy and the ones war was raged against; however, in spiritual warfare we have a guarantee that as long as we do the will of God we will have everlasting life. Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”
If we walk in the Spirit and do not fulfill the lust of the flesh, fall victim to the pride of life, and give into the lust of the eye, then we will remain delivered.
“Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”. (Romans 12:2)
by M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Rarely in all its long and colorful history has the Roman Catholic Church been in such internal disarray as it is today. For centuries the Catholic Church presented to the world a united front. It appeared before men as a powerful monolithic structure, one Church under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Beneath the facade, of course, there were differences and power struggles, but the church as a whole gave the appearance of unity and strength. This is not so today. Not only has Rome lost a great deal of its secular power but its very life seems threatened from within.
The word “Vatican” literally means “Divining Serpent” and is derived from Vatis = Diviner and Can = Serpent. Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica were built on the ancient pagan site called in Latin vaticanus mons or vaticanus collis, which means hill or mountain of prophecy.
The following is excerpted from “The Jesuit Vatican New World Order” by Alan Lamont:
Pagan Rome’s Final Solution to the Christian Faith: Subvert it & Dominate it
The reason Pagan Rome ‘Christianized’ itself, was because there was one foe which they simply could never conquer. And this was the masses of people in its own Empire who were hearing about Christ and believing THAT story, rather than the false resurrection which Rome held to. And not consequently, the Roman Empire derived its very power from this false mystery religion and false resurrection of Nimrod or Osiris.
As the Roman Caesar was the ‘head’ of these mystery religions, and as such could and did dictate the doctrine and dogma of its believers, e.g. control of their lives in every way, shape or form. And because the Roman Caesar was ‘lord’ of this religion, he held the title of Pontifex Maximus, which means ‘chief bridge-builder to the netherworld.’ And as such demanded he be worshipped as god! Any who would not bow before Caesar and call him ‘lord’, would be imprisoned, tortured or put to death. They would be known as ‘heretics’ and as enemies of the Empire, and called subversive elements.
But they could not stop the spreading of this ‘other resurrection’ which was spreading like wildfire throughout the Empire, called ‘Christianity’ or ‘The Way.’ And for about 360 years tried to stomp it out by persecuting the Christians and putting them to death en mass by way of inquisition. Yet with each and every new wave of inquisitions, Christianity would then double, triple and quadruple.
They would kill 300,000 Christians in a single swoop, and not just Christians, but any who dared not follow the false gods. And when they killed 300,000 people, 600,000 or 900,000 would then pop up in their place. They found themselves in a no-win situation. As a matter of fact they found themselves in a losing battle where one day they would lose their Empire, and the Christians would one day win, and rule this empire if for nothing else than their sheer numbers. The Roman Inquisitions all through the Empire was akin to throwing gas on an already hot and burning fire.
So what did they do to fix this situation? Nothing at first. For none of the Roman Caesars or Emperors had enough wisdom to handle the issue, yet. But then one day a man named Constantine was crowned Pontifex Maximus, or Caesar. And he had the solution and the wisdom to deal with this issue. At first he tried as his successors did to kill, pillage and burn Christians. Until one day when it dawned upon him, and he “saw the darkness”, viz. a play of the words of seeing the Light.
He saw that it would advantageous to simply fake his own ‘conversion.’ And he did so in 312AD. He claimed to have had a ‘vision’ whereby he saw a giant cross in the sky, and he now became a ‘christian’. It was here where Constantine started the co-opting of Christianity. He ordered the Empire to become ‘christian’ as he had become and ‘saw the light’, viz. darkness.
Read more here: The Jesuit Vatican New World Order by Alan Lamont
Palo Mayombe is the dark side of Santeria and is said to be the world’s most powerful and feared form of black magic. The difference between Palo Mayombe and Santeria is those who practice the religion of Santeria profess to use the forces of light to achieve their goals and magic spells, while the members of Palo Mayombe use the forces of darkness. Many members of Santeria avoid being associated with Palo Mayombe.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s former secretary of state from 2006-2013, for decades one of the church’s most powerful officials, and for many years one of most powerful in the Vatican after the Pope
Pope Benedict giving a double salute to Satan
Pope Benedict XVI alias Joseph Ratzinger wearing a Nazi uniform with the Nazi swastika as a member of the Hitler Youth
The following is excerpted from “The Crucifixion of Truth” by Tony Bushby:
John Paul II 1978- 2005
In the early 1940`s, the I.G. Farben Chemical Company employed a Polish salesman who sold cyanide to the Nazis for use in Auschwitz. The same salesman also worked as a chemist in the manufacture of the poison gas. This same cyanide gas along with Zyklon B and malathion was used to exterminate millions of Jews and other groups. Their bodies were then burned to ashes in the ovens. After the war the salesman, fearing for his life, joined the Catholic Church and was ordained a priest in 1946.
One of his closest friends was Dr. Wolf Szmuness, the mastermind behind the November 1978 to October 1979 and March 1980 to October 1981 experimental hepatitis B vaccine trials conducted by the Center for Disease Control in New York, San Francisco and four other American cities that loosed the plague of AIDS upon the American people. The salesman was ordained Poland`s youngest bishop in 1958.
His predecessor was assassinated after a 30 day reign and our ex-cyanide gas salesman assumed the papacy as POPE JOHN PAUL II. William Cooper, BEHOLD A PALE HORSE, (Light Technology Publishing, 1991), pp.89-90
Pope John Paul II: Zyklon B Salesman
In his book ‘Behold a Pale Horse,’ former US Naval Intelligence Officer William Cooper (who was famously shot and murdered by police outside his own house on 5 November 2001) relates a story associated with the IG Farben Chemical Company.
In the early 1940s, that company employed a Polish chemist and salesman who sold cyanide gas, Zyklon B and Malathion to the Nazis for extermination of groups of people in Auschwitz.
After the war the salesman joined the Catholic church and was ordained a priest. In 1958 he became Poland’s youngest bishop and after Pope John Paul I’s mysterious death, the ex-cyanide gas salesman Karol Wojtyla was elected to the papacy as Pope John Paul II in October 1978.
In March 2000, he publicly apologized not for his war effort, but for the wickedness of the Christian religion. The plea for forgiveness also sought to pardon the use of ‘violence in the service of truth,’ an often used fragile and troubling reference to the Inquisition.
The apology read by the Pope was the result of four years of work by a panel of 28 theologians and scholars and was by far the most sweeping act by a leader of a major religion. On few occasions only have ecclesiastical authorities ever acknowledged the faults or abuses of which they themselves were guilty. There was concern that the apology was a major theological miscalculation that could undermine the Pope’s weakening authority and the unanswered question posed by the international media was: “In whose name was the Pope asking for forgiveness?”
In the Vatican the Pope literally speaks from the mouth of a serpent
There is a satanic throne which is decorated with the bodies of men, and shows a reptilian Christ along with a tree of the dead bodies of men
There are also many Youtube videos on the Catholic church
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Lord, I confess seeking from Satan the help that should only come from God. I confess occultism and false religions as sin. I repent and renounce these sins and ask you to forgive me, in the name of Jesus. I renounce Satan, his works and his demons, and count them my enemies. I close the door on occult practices, and I command any associated spirits to leave me now in the mighty name of Jesus.
Father please forgive me for all indulgences in the occult, both for what I myself did, and my family. I renounce it and cover myself with the blood of Jesus.
In the name of Jesus, I renounce, break and loose myself and my family from all psychic powers, bondages, and bonds of physical and mental illness, upon me and my family line, as the results of parents and other ancestors.
I renounce, break and loose myself from demonic subjection to any members of my family, ancestors, descendants, and any other human beings, living and dead, who have had spiritual influence over me. I ask you to forgive and bless them, especially with salvation.
I ask that you would forgive me for participating in occult and false religion and spiritual adultery. I forgive those who have cursed me. Please forgive me for cursing others. I break any curses and demonic soul ties including psychic and Catholic prayers.
Lord, I ask for forgiveness for keeping cursed objects and demon infestation in my possessions and my home and property. I will clean out my house of any cursed objects. I will anoint my house with oil.
I renounce all fortune telling, all magic practices and spiritism, cults and false teachings, and any form of Satan worship, in the name of Jesus.
I break any and all curses and soul ties brought about by psychic heredity, occult contacts and religious cults.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I break the power of any and all demonic holds on my family line due to supernatural experiences apart from God including the following forbidden practices:
[As with other such renunciation prayers, it is only necessary to say this prayer once – best read aloud and for a woman with her head covered.]
I renounce and break every effect over my life of the philosophies of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Pythagoras, and all other Greek philosophers. Break every tie to them through those who have been in authority over my life. in the name of Jesus.
I renounce and break the negative effect of their teachings that are contrary to Scripture, in the name of Jesus.
I repent of being taught the Word of God hermeneutically and listening to the voice of Hermes.
I renounce and break every effect of Hermeneutics as a method of studying the Word of God.
I repent of making a god of logic and reason and thereby grieving the Holy Ghost.
I renounce and break the voice of Hermes from off my life, mind and spirit, in the name of Jesus.
I take authority over the spirit of Hermes in my life. I bind the spirit of Hermes and I rebuke and command you to go in the name of Jesus.
Heavenly Father, I ask you to cleanse me of every effect of this spirit in the name of Jesus. I ask you to cleanse my mind from thinking hermeneutically.
I renounce and break every effect of Hermes the god of hermits and Hermes the god of boundaries.
I declare that I am no longer a hermit. I break off my life every effect of living in an invisible bubble or spiritual cave. I renounce the isolation. I break off my life every spiritual neon sign that says ‘keep away’, in the name of Jesus.
I renounce the rejection that is the fruit of Hermes the hermit in my generational line. I break this rejection off my life. Father I ask that the Holy Ghost will lift off all the pain that comes with rejection and isolation, in the name of Jesus.
Where the spirit of Hermes and rejection has found access through the ten generation curse of bastardry I take account of this curse.
In the name of Jesus, I release myself from all exclusion from the house of the Lord.
I repent of all escapism through sleep and renounce Hermes the god of sleep. I break this spirit off my life and command it to leave in the name of Jesus.
Thank you Father, for delivering me.
Who can bind?
If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, you have his power and authority to bind evil and loose God’s plans in any situation. in his name.
Why do we bind?
Jesus commented on the need for binding evil. He explained that we must first bind the strongman before we can plunder his house. “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.” (Matthew 12:29)
When we are facing an evil stronghold in life, we must first use our inherited authority as children of God to bind the evil forces involved. After that, we can loose, or call forth God’s plans for restoration. When we bind something, we declare it unlawful (or evil) based on God’s word. As we stand as co-heirs in Jesus Christ, we have his authority to execute this judgment on the forces of evil. (Psalm 149:5-9)
“Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute on them the written judgment—
This honor have all His saints.”
Our faith in God’s word releases the power from heaven that binds (or ties up) the evil we are facing. Similarly, when we loose something on earth, we “permit and declare it proper and lawful on earth” based on the scriptures. Everything that we loose or bind must be in accordance with God’s word.
When we bind spirits – or demons – that does not mean we don’t need to cast them out. We still do, but to bind them will stop them from acting temporarily for some reason so they can afterwards be cast out.
What happens when we bind?
Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:18-19)
When we bind something, we declare it unlawful (or evil) based on God’s word. Because we stand as co-heirs in Jesus Christ, we have his authority to execute this judgment on the forces of evil. (Psalm 149:5-9).
Our faith in God’s word releases the power from heaven that binds (or ties up) the evil we are facing. Similarly, when we loose something on earth, we “permit and declare [it] proper and lawful on earth” based on the scriptures. Everything that we loose or bind must be in accordance with God’s word.
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
Binding the enemy’s plans; loosing God’s plans
This is based on the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:10. First we bind the plans of evil in the situation we are facing in the name of Jesus Christ. Then, we call forth God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
“Father in heaven, I stand in faith on the authority I have as a believer in Jesus Christ, and a co-heir to his kingdom. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind every evil spirit and every evil plan made in this situation. I cancel the enemy’s plans and call forth God’s plans for this situation. God’s word says that God has plans for good and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11) for us and I claim those plans now. Father, I ask that your will be done in this situation, as it is done in heaven. I give thanks and praise to you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
Simple binding prayer
“Father, I thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for me, and resurrecting him to sit at your right hand in Heaven right now. I thank you for bestowing upon Him all power and authority over evil. In the name of Jesus Christ, I speak to any evil spirits, especially spirits of* ___________, ___________, ___________, (fill in the blanks), I bind you from attacking me now and throughout this day. Leave me now and go straight to Jesus Christ who will deal with you. I am covered and protected by the blood of Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord for delivering me. Amen.”
*Note that evil spirits often have specific functions and names. Examples of evil spirits include lust, adultery, pride, despair, strife, anger, unforgiveness, discouragement, condemnation, shame, hate, envy, covetousness, idolatry, homosexuality, suicide, obsession, oppression, domination, control and witchcraft. These are just a few of the many possible spirits. Or it will work to say something like “….any demons causing ___________”.
What does binding do to demons?
Binding is like a temporary spiritual handcuffing. You can bind a demon spirit, much like tying something up with rope or chains. You cannot bind a person’s free will, but you can bind the demons affecting or influencing that person. Binding is not the same practice as casting out demons, as casting out demons brings forth lasting results, whereas binding is only to tie them down for a period of time.
If you are trying to talk to or minister to somebody, and they seem impossible to get through to it can be helpful to bind up the spirits inside that person, which will effectively handcuff the enemy so you can directly and effectively minister to that person without having them continually held back by the enemy’s interference.
What does it mean for something to be bound in heaven?
If you look up the word ‘heaven’ in the Greek, you’ll find another word called ‘air’, which is where the spirits dwell. The Bible also says that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. This isn’t referring to heaven as in the place we go after we die, but rather a realm. The Bible tells us that we are seated in the heavenly realm with Christ: “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6)
We, as humans, were below the angels and demons, but as believers, we are now seated above the angelic realm and seated with Christ. So the word ‘heaven’ here is referring to the spiritual realm, the air, where the spirits dwell and operate. In Ephesians 2:2, Satan is known as the ‘prince of the power of the air’.
Therefore, when you bind something here on earth, it will be bound in the spiritual realm as well. This gives us the ability to bind demons, because they dwell within the spiritual realm.
Binding is a powerful witnessing tool
What keeps a person from accepting Jesus? The god of this world, which is Satan (working through his army of demons) has blinded their minds from the light of the gospel. (2 Corinthians 4:4) Jesus taught us to bind the strong man, then we can plunder his house: “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)
If you have been trying to witness to somebody, and seem to be getting nowhere, try binding the spirits of darkness that are preventing that person from seeing the light in the gospel. You cannot bind a person’s will or force them to accept the gospel, but you can do something about the demons which are holding the person back. Once you take the demons out of the picture, you will be able to talk directly to that person without demons whispering in their ears and trying to combat what you are telling them.
Binding the enemy’s plans; loosing Gods plans
This is based on the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:10: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
First we bind the plans of evil in the situation we are facing in the name of Jesus Christ. Then, we call forth God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
“Father in heaven, I stand in faith on the authority I have as a believer in Jesus Christ, and a co-heir to his kingdom. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind every evil spirit and every evil plan made in this situation. I cancel the enemy’s plans and call forth God’s plans for this situation. God’s word says that God has plans for good and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11) for us and I claim those plans now. Father, I ask that your will be done in this situation, as it is done in heaven. I give thanks and praise to you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
“Father, I thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die for me, and resurrecting him to sit at your right hand in Heaven right now. I thank you for bestowing upon Him all power and authority over evil. In the name of Jesus Christ, I speak to any evil spirits [especially spirits of* _____________, _____________, _____________, fill in the blanks] I bind you from attacking me now and throughout this day. Leave me now in the name of Jesus. I am covered and protected by the blood of Jesus. Amen.”
*Note that evil spirits often have specific functions and names. Examples of evil spirits include lust, adultery, pride, despair, strife, anger, unforgiveness, discouragement, condemnation, shame, hate, envy, covetousness, idolatry, homosexuality, suicide, obsession, oppression, domination, control and witchcraft. These are just a few of the many possible spirits and lists of demons can be found on this blog and elsewhere on the internet.
The blood of Jesus Christ is a powerful weapon for protection from the enemy’s attacks. The following prayer is a good one to pray before starting the day:
“Lord, I cover myself and everyone around me with the blood of Jesus. I cover all of the members of my family [call them by name] with the blood of Jesus. I cover my home, my land, my car, my finances, my marriage, with the blood of Jesus. In the name of Jesus Christ, by the power of His blood, I break off every power of the kingdom of darkness and cancel every argument in heaven that has established itself against the plans of God in my life and spoil every attack of the enemy. I call forth, in the name of Jesus, all of God’s plans and purposes for my life, and my family. As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord. Satan, the blood of Jesus is against you and you have no authority over my life. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME (OR MY FAMILY) SHALL PROSPER!”
We can loose spirits of God into our life or the lives of others, using the name of Jesus:
Loosing Spirits of God
We can loose spirits of God into our life or the lives of others, using the name of Jesus:
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind every spirit that is not the spirit of God. I break their power and command them to leave me now in the mighty name of Jesus.
Father, I ask in the name of your precious Son that you would send ministering spirits to me. In the name of Jesus, please loose Your spirits of:
Fear of God
Spirit of wisdom (Exodus 28:3)
Poor in spirit (Matt 5:3)
Spirit of God (Gen 1:2)
Spirit of your Father (Matt 10:20)
Spirit of the Lord (Jude 3:10)
Strong in spirit (Luke 1:30)
Right spirit (Psalm 51:10)
Spirit of truth (John 14:17)
Holy Spirit (Psalm 51:11)
Spirit of life (Rom 8:2)
Broken spirit (Psalm 51:17)
Spirit of adoption (Rom 8:15)
Spirit of princes (Psalm 76:12)
Fervent in spirit (Rom 12:11)
Faithful spirit (Prov 11:13)
Spirit of meekness (I Cor 4:21)
Humble spirit (Prov 16:19)
Spirit of faith (II Cor 4:13)
Excellent spirit (Prov 17:27)
Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:19)
Spirit of man (Prov 20:27)
Eternal spirit (Heb 9:14)
Patient in spirit (Ecc 7:8)
Meek and quiet spirit (I Peter 3:4)
Spirit of deep sleep (Isaiah 29:10)
Spirit of the ruler (Ecc 10:4)
Spirit of glory (I Peter 4:14)
Spirit of judgment (Isaiah 4:4)
Spirit of prophecy (Rev 19:10)
Spirit of understanding (Isaiah 11:2)
Spirit of Elijah (II Kings 2:15)
Spirit of counsel / might (Isaiah 11:2)
Contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18)
Spirit of knowledge (Isaiah 11:2)
Good spirit (Psalm 143:10)
New spirit (Ezek 11:19)
Free spirit (Psalm 51:12)
Quickening spirit (I Cor 15:45)
Spirit of holy god (Dan 4:8)
Spirit of living creature (Ezek 1:20)
Spirit of grace and supplication (Zech 12:10)
Spirit of holiness (Rom 1:4)
Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9)
Spirit of grace (Heb 10:29)
Confess any and all ungodly ties to the Lord. Repent from your heart for violating God’s ordained boundaries in your relationships.
Make a solemn commitment to the Lord to break off any relationship that is not pure or righteous in His eyes. Become accountable to others to help you keep that commitment. Until you do that, any prayers for freedom are in vain. I’ve actually had people ask me to break their unhealthy soul ties so that when they got together again (in their illicit relationship), they wouldn’t feel all those bad spirits. However, God is not mocked.
Reinforce your requests to the Lord with a commitment to obey. Before praying, do whatever is necessary for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to come. This is so important. Pray, wait, forgive, or worship. Once His presence and anointing is present, then proceed with the soul tie breaking prayer. It’s the anointing that breaks the yoke.
The ties won’t break with a simple prayer from the mind. The anointed power of the Holy Spirit must be present to be effective.
Soul Tie Breaking Prayer
“In the name of Jesus Christ I now renounce, break and loose myself from all demonic subjection and any ungodly soul ties and unhealthy bonding with the following people: (break soul ties with each person that comes to mind). “Lord, I ask you to do whatever it takes to break me of my tendencies to: obsessive pre-occupations, domination, control, passivity, apathy, unforgiveness, anger, blame, accusations, fear, intimidation and disobedience in relationships. “Finally, in the name of Jesus, I declare every demonic hold in my life that has come as a result of unhealthy soul ties null and void. Satan, I renounce you and your demons and command you to depart from my spirit, soul and body!”
I pray that all who have read the studies on soul ties will have a clear understanding of the danger of them if God is not in the center of our lives, guiding us in every area of our lives. When He is the center, you are under His protection, and you walk in the freedom Jesus so painfully died to give us. He will put the right people in your lives, but we have to let go of the past and leave all things behind us. God loves you so much. Will you return the Love to Him? He is waiting on you.
Breaking Negative And Controlling Soul Ties
Father, I thank You for all the godly and holy bonds in relationships You have brought into my life (Gen. 44:30, 1 Sam. 18:1) and for their nurturing and strengthening. However, in the name and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, I break, loose, destroy and I thank You that the blood of Jesus is cleansing me from all ungodly negative and controlling soul (Deut. 13:6-14) and spiritual ties with the following people.
[Name each individual by name or recollection of incident if name has been forgotten or is unknown.]
Father, I confess the sin of idolatry which is submitting my will, wholly or partially, to someone other than You and the sin of fornication and/or adultery as it applies to the people I have named. According to Your word, I receive Your forgiveness and cleansing. I separate myself from their soul and spirit and I declare I am free, in body, soul and spirit.
I choose to bring myself into unity with the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 17:22-23: “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
Thank you, Jesus.
The Reformation exposed the corruption of the Church. For the Jews it meant more bad news. Jewish history did not happen in a vacuum, and we have to always keep in mind the events going on in the world at large that impacted the Jews in a major way. One of those huge events that shook up Europe was the Protestant Reformation.
What brought it about? Simply put, the corruption of the Church in Rome. As we saw in Part 45 with the decline of the Roman Empire, the Church became the great feudal player in the economic system of Europe. This was a system that, while virtually enslaving huge masses of people, made the Church very rich and very powerful ― both politically and militarily. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said Lord Acton, and this was certainly true of the Church at this time.
Rolling in wealth, the Church built great edifices and fielded its own armies and sank deeper and deeper into immorality, materialism, and decadence. The list of papal affairs and political intrigues is extensive. For example, Pope Alexander VI bribed some members of the College of Cardinals to insure his election in 1492, the year the Jews were thrown out of Spain. [History of Christianity, Paul Johnson, p. 280, 363] Once in office, he brought the papacy to new heights of spiritual laxity.
A number of popes before him had abandoned celibacy, but Alexander VI openly flaunted his reputation as a great lover. He had a portrait of his mistress ― dressed up like Mary, the mother of Jesus ― painted over the door in his bedroom, and he publicly acknowledged his illegitimate children, who became famous in their own right, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia. [Chronicle of the World, Derrik Mercer ed., DK Publishing, p.391] Giovanni Boccaccio, the great 14th century Italian humanist writer offers us a humorous insight into the corruption and decadence of the Church of his day.
In his classic work, Decameron, a Jew by the name of Abraham is pressured by a Christian friend to visit Rome in the hope that he will be so impressed that he will convert to Christianity. Abraham returns disgusted and reports: “I say this for that, if I was able to observe aright, no piety, no devoutness, no good work or example of life or other what did I see there in any who was Churchman: nay lust, covetise, gluttony and the like and worse … And as far as I judge, meseemeth your chief pastor and consequently all others endeavor with all diligence and all their wit and every art to bring to nought and to banish from the world the [values of the] Christian religion …”
The Truth about Martin Luther
Those wanting to reform the moral stature of the Church were powerless. Even as the hypocrisy of the situation was becoming intolerable, the Church used its power to stifle any signs of defiance. The defiance began in the 14th century with challenges to Church doctrine and attempts at translating the Bible into languages other than Latin (the language of the Roman Empire which few spoke). These attempts were brutally put down.
Why didn’t the Church want the common people to read the Bible? Just imagine what might happen if the serfs should get a hold of a Bible and find out what it actually said about the obligations of every person (even “his lordship” and “his eminence”) of loving his neighbor and of treating him with equality since all human beings were created in the image of God. It is precisely for this reason that the Church refrained from translating the Bible into the vernacular.
Writes Henry Phelps-Brown in Egalitarianism and the Generation of Inequality (p. 68): “Despite its anxiety to save man’s souls from the perdition of earthly pursuits in order to preserve it for the salvation of the life after death, the medieval Church insulated pupils from the dangerous contamination of Scriptures. Only those entering holy orders were allowed to study theology and delve into Holy Writ. Unsupervised, independent exploration of the Bible was tantamount to heresy and only clerics in good standing were permitted to expound Scripture from a Latin text incomprehensible to the Christian masses.”
In 1506, the Church of Rome undertook one of its grandest and most expensive projects ― the building of a new St. Peter’s Basilica as the centerpiece of the Vatican. The Church was to be so lavish and so huge that, when completed 150 years later, it was the largest Church ever built and it remained so until 1989. Such an astronomical project would take an astronomical sum of money, and, as a source of fund-raising, the Church turned to the sale of indulgences. The practice of granting indulgences ― remission of punishment for sins through the intercession of the Church ― already had a long history. But early on, indulgences were granted when a sinner performed some hazardous duty for the Church ― like going on a crusade. (A crusade to the Holy Land got you forgiveness for all sins ever committed.)
Later, it became possible to buy indulgences on your deathbed. (Thus, you insured that you would enter heaven immediately, bypassing purgatory.) With the Church engaged in a major fund-raising effort, the sale on indulgences took on new significance. Pope Sixtus IV’s fund-raising campaign touted indulgences which would free your deceased loved ones suffering in purgatory. Church envoys resorted to imitating the anguished wailing of parents who, in the throes of holy purification fires, pleaded with their children to buy an indulgence and ease their torment.
One creative envoy, a Dominican monk by the name of Johann Tetzel, made up a little ditty: “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.” At the height of the indulgence sale, Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar from Germany, traveled to Rome and was shocked by what he saw. How could the Church sell God’s gifts to the highest bidder? And how could the bishops and cardinals behave with such moral laxity and worldliness? Luther returned home and was plunged into a crisis of faith. He resolved his dilemma by coming up with the theory of grace, which would later become part of the Protestant theology. This theory holds that salvation comes by God’s grace ― or God’s indulgence, so to speak. A gift from God could clearly not be sold by the Church.
Full of youthful idealistic zeal (he was only 34 at the time), Luther posted his protest ― the now famous “Ninety-Five Theses” ― on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, on October 31, 1517. The long and short of it was that his protest reached Rome and he was asked, in no uncertain terms, to recant. He refused, proclaiming his famous defense, “Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise.” He was excommunicated four years later. Luther went into hiding in 1521 in Wartburg Castle where he translated the Bible from Greek to German. His translation appeared in 1522 and had a tremendous political impact on the church and on German culture and language. But it was too late to silence him, thanks in part to a remarkable technological advance which would change history forever ― the Gutenberg press.
A mere fifty years before Luther’s protest, Johann Gutenberg had perfected a system of making metal letters in moulds, setting them in rows, and using the templates thus formed to print multiple copies of a document in minutes, which previously would have had to be copied tediously by hand over many hours. When this incredible printing machine was applied to Luther’s “Ninety Five Theses” ― which, in effect, represented an indictment of the Church ― all hell broke loose.
What might have been a local dispute, with the protestant muzzled by his excommunication, became a public controversy that spread far and wide. Martin Luther’s new religion, called Protestantism, got a lot of backing across northern Europe from the nobles who were more than happy to throw the Church out of their land and seize the Church’s wealth. The Church had its allies as well, and Europe was thrown into the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). This war, which was primarily between Protestants and Catholics, meant a lot of bloodshed and loss of life and destruction.(1) And it had a big impact on the Jews.
Luther and the Jews
Luther had seen how shamefully the Church had treated the Jews, and he had a plan to change that(2). He was sure that the reason that Jews did not convert to Christianity was that they couldn’t stomach the corruption of the Church. Now the Jews would see that the Protestants were different and that they would be nice to the Jews. And then, the Jews would all become Christians. He wrote in his work entitled, That Jesus Christ Was A Jew: For they [Church clergy] have dealt with the Jews as if they were dogs and not human beings.
They have done nothing for them but curse them and seize their wealth… I hope that if the Jews are treated friendly and instructed kindly enough through the Bible, many of them will become real Christians and come back to the ancestral faith of the prophets and patriarchs…(3) Naturally, the Jews didn’t go for Protestantism either. Their allegiance to Judaism and the Torah had nothing to do with the Christians being nasty to them. To Jews, Christianity was a false religion from the start, and the behavior of the Christians over the years only proved it. Now Martin Luther would further add to that proof.
As soon as the Jews rejected his overtures and didn’t start converting en masse, Luther, who took this rejection personally, turned into one of the most virulent anti-Semites in history. A few years later, he wrote in his: “Concerning The Jews And Their Lies: What shall we do with this damned rejected race of Jews since they live among us and we know about their lying and blasphemy and cursing. We cannot tolerate them even if we do not wish to share their lives, curses and blasphemy. Perhaps we can spare a few of them from the fire and flames. Let me give you my honest advice…” (4)
Luther’s ‘honest advice’ outlined a plan for dealing with the Jews.
Burn all synagogues
Destroy Jewish holy books
Forbid rabbis to teach
Destroy Jewish homes
Ban Jews from roads and markets
Forbid Jews to make loans
Seize Jewish property
Force Jews to do hard labor
Expel Jews from Christian towns
Four hundred years later, Hitler and the Nazis, using Luther’s anti-Jewish writings in their anti-Jewish propaganda, would put that plan into action.
Woodcut by Rudolf Riege (1892-1959)
for 650 year anniversary of the Pied Piper
of Hamelin in 1934 [Source: Gelderblom]
(1)Although it was ostensibly a religious conflict between Protestant and Catholics, the rivalry between the Austrian Habsburg dynasty and other powers was a more central motive, as shown by the fact that Catholic France supported the Protestant side in order to weaken the Habsburgs, thereby furthering France’s position as the pre-eminent European power. This increased the France-Habsburg rivalry which led later to direct war between France and Spain.
(2)Luther actually lived in a part of Germany from where the Jews had long since been expelled. It may well be that he, like William Shakespeare, never actually met a Jew.
(3)Alexis P. Rubin ed., Scattered Among the Nations: Documents Affecting Jewish History 49 to 1975. (Jason Aronson, 1993), pp 94-96.
For further reading there is an excellent article by Emily Paras of Illinois State University:
A.W. Tozer: “Christianity is so entangled with the world that millions never guess how radically they have missed the New Testament pattern. Compromise is everywhere. The world is whitewashed just enough to pass inspection by blind men posing as believers…”
We need to consider suggestions of how witchcraft may have been repackaged to appeal to the rebellious hearts of Christians.
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions.” (Galatians 5:19-20)
“Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror.” (Isaiah 47:12)
“There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths.” (Job 24:13)
Basically, witchcraft is an attempt to control in three steps:
Those Nasty Witches
With all the warnings in Scriptures about witchcraft, you would think it was a major problem in life. But “witchcraft”, as we generally think about it, is hardly appealing to most people, so why the emphasis? Is God “out of touch” with what we are really tempted with?
Or are we deceived about what witchcraft really is? Do our ideas come from Hollywood or Scripture?
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…” (1 Samuel 15:23)
Has Satan repackaged witchcraft to fit our modern Christian tastes, but left the essence the same? Are we practicing witchcraft? Are we the witches Scripture is addressing? Is it not the witch instinct in us that must die? “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” (Exodus 22:18)
How Witchcraft Works
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire… When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!” (John 8:44-45)
All supernatural power comes, ultimately, from either God or Satan. God gives power to those who believe the truth. To approach God, truth is the cost of entry.
It is the opposite with Satan, whose nature is deception. Satan gives power to those who believe a lie. Believing the lie is the cost of entry to access Satan’s power. Witchcraft bolsters up the lie with: mystery, pseudo-science, ancient knowledge, new knowledge, etc…. The more absurd the lie, the better. The lie acts as a distracter.
If we mix certain ingredients in a drink… If we eat a special herb… If we arrange candles in a certain configuration… If we stare into a crystal ball… If we turn over Tarot cards… If we “read” the stars… If we speak a certain phrase, or mantra… If we have secret knowledge… If we draw certain symbols… then spiritual forces will come into play.
“Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.” (James 3:15)
Witchcraft starts with a heart of rebellion and works by focusing on a distracter, a lie, which is some technique purported to release power. It is important to have “faith”, to trust in the technique and not God. Believing in lies is an “acceptable sacrifice” to Satan, the father of lies, who honors his children with real power. The irony is, that due to the inherent deceptive basis of witchcraft, the practitioners of it often think they are serving God, while accessing a power from below (earth) – not from above.
For the purpose of this study, we are defining witchcraft as a desire to be a spiritual free agent without submission to God or regard for His word.
“For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you…” (1 Samuel 15:23)
“For they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High.” (Psalms 107:11)
“But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they put your law behind their backs. They killed your prophets, who had admonished them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies.” (Nehemiah 9:26)
Does Witchcraft Work?
Even though Satan is usually the furthest thing from the mind, the “father of lies” honors the self-delusion inherent in witchcraft by occasionally releasing power, even doing supernatural miracles for those who have rebelled against God and yet still want to be spiritually effective. By this means, real power can be exerted to achieve health, beauty, enchantment, supernatural sensitivity, “insight” through drugs and experiences, oracles and visions, and the like. In this sense, witchcraft works.
“But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.” (Exodus 7:22)
“But the magicians [Jannes and Jambres] did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 8:7)
Witchcraft is characterized by belief in “knowledge from below”, and rejection of “knowledge from above”. In its more advanced and powerful stages, delusion and belief in what is clearly not of God is key. Satan’s tacit “deal” is: if you sacrifice truth on his altar, he will give you power for what you want now. But lies are flimsy things to put your trust in…
Witchcraft In The Church
“For those nations, which you will dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.” (Deuteronomy 18:14)
“Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is the divine power known as the Great Power.” They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.” (Acts 8:9-11)
“But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.” (Jeremiah 5:23)
It is sobering to see how similar modern witchcraft (Wicca, or “white witchcraft”) is to modern Christianity. Self-aware witches bless as well as curse, ‘bind and loose’, prophesy, pray, lay hands on, anoint with oil, etc. Some even consider themselves Christians with a superior understanding and power. A few even worship Jesus–along with a pantheon of other gods and goddesses–but totally reject the reality of Satan.
This should not surprise us, it was the same in Jesus’ day; nor should it poison our desire to practice real spiritual gifts. But given the similarity, how does one tell the difference? More importantly, are we dabbling with witchcraft?
“These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction.” (Isaiah 30:9)
“Let no one be found among you… who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or cast spells, or who is a medium or spiritist.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
Jesus, Miracles, and Technique
In one situation, Jesus spits in the dirt and rubs it in someone’s eye (John 9:6). In another, He touches the person (Luke 5:13), or from a distance speaks a condition of obedience (Luke 17:12-14). Sometimes He speaks calmly (John 4:50), sometimes He yells (John 11:43). Jesus was not relying on technique; He was relying on, and submissive to, His Father (John 8:28-29). The specifics of how the miracles were performed varied. It is almost as if God was trying to make the point: trust in Me, not the procedure.
Are we relying on God or technique? If God, then the technique may change. In one case the Spirit may lead us to help someone believe with some physical act, like anointing with oil. In another, the Spirit may lead us to do something which may make it harder to believe, like rubbing dirt in someone’s eye. Clearly, the technique is not the important thing, it is more like a Spirit-inspired sermon that accompanies the miracle.
Jesus’ miracles were done out of love in obedience to the Father. He did not do “miracles on demand” (see the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-12 – the temptation to “do a miracle” without God’s leading is apparently for advanced, not carnal souls) or boast of great power. He even told many He healed to “keep it secret” to thwart the adulterous spirit of fascination with “signs and wonders” of which He warned. But heal He did, and told us to do likewise.
To be sure, some common techniques do emerge from Scripture: like the laying on of hands or anointing with oil. But these are meant to be symbolic of where the power really comes from, not to be believed in superstitiously as a power unto themselves. These techniques, even if “authorized” by Scriptural precept and example, will never work – by God’s power anyway – if done by rebellious “free agent” human and not Divine will. They are not needed for God to move, except as an act of obedience when the Spirit leads. For the Holy Spirit never leads us into superstition, indifference to God’s will, or self-glory.
“You have abandoned your people, the house of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and clasp hands with pagans.” (Isaiah 2:6)
When we start relying on technique and not God, then we are flirting with witchcraft. Miracles may be done, supernatural power may come into play. But if the soul doing these works is not yielded to God’s will, then it is an act of rebellion. The witch in all of us wants God “on a leash”. God must perform a trick for us when we jerk His chain. Like Satan, we twist Scripture: “But doesn’t God say…?” (Matthew 4:5-6, Genesis 3:1)
The destiny of those who continue to practice witchcraft as “free agents” from God is certain, even if their miracles are “good works”.
“Many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, cast out devils in your name, and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them to their face, ‘I never knew you; out of my sight, you and your wicked ways!'” (Matthew 7:22)
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” (Exodus 20:7)
“Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 22:15)
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)
Are We Getting Away With This?
“You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill; there you went up to offer your sacrifices. Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love, and you looked on their nakedness.” (Isaiah 57:7-8)
“You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint. Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me? I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.” (Isaiah 57:10-12)
“I will destroy your witchcraft, and you will no longer cast spells.” (Micah 5:12)
Balaam was a prophet for hire, a “prophet for profit”. We would never do such a thing, at least not for so large a bribe. Instead, we sell out for much less: To look good, to come off as “really spiritual”, to have people believe in us. But it is still the spirit of Balaam which sells out to gain, even if the wage we get for our rebellion is cheap and ephemeral.
“They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness.” (2 Peter 2:15)
“Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error.” (Jude 11)
“Then the Lord said to me, The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” (Jeremiah 14:14)
“That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.” (Deuteronomy 13:5)
“In addition to those slain in battle, the Israelites had put to the sword Balaam son of Beor, who practiced divination.” (Joshua 13:22)
“He… practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger.” (2 Chronicles 33:6)
“So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers… Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.” (Jeremiah 27:9-10)
“Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them.” (Isaiah 1:23)
“Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. They say, “The Lord declares,” when the Lord has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled.” (Ezekiel 13:6)
“Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, ‘The Lord declares,’ though I have not spoken?” (Ezekiel 13:7)
“My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 13:9)
“Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells.” (Isaiah 47:9)
“So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers… says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi 3:5)
Witchcraft in Christianity
This is present when obedience to what you hear and see:
- demands its own way
- demands others to conform
- uses force to change another’s opinion
- uses manipulation to change another’s opinion
- uses control to change another’s opinion
- creates laws in which to govern one’s life bypassing love for God, for others and for self
- uses soul power, control, power struggles, domination, intimidation, argument, debate to change another person
- contains a stronghold of control, over the listener or his behaviour
- causes someone else condemnation for not obeying
- promotes dominating rather than loving the weaker brother
- places the following of rules over relationships with people
- causes a baby Christian to stumble
- says rules are more important than offending people
- changes the rules midstream
- does not recognize or yield, or respect or honor another’s free will or freedom of choice
- speaks of master and slave relationship with the Lord in place of husband and wife
- defies your own discernment, instinct, wisdom
- places seeking a title, ambition, or leadership over servanthood and graciousness in sitting at the feet of others
- places seeking one’s own personal will and decision over the will of the group
- has no mercy when exposing the truth
- accuses when exposing the truth
And God’s love is not present or applied.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” (1 Samuel 15:23)
This is a very important subject, as a Google search will show the extent of Christian witchcraft these days which is at the core of the fight that Paul talked about when he said:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph 6:12)
And as Derek Prince said, it is usually the fifth column that wins the war.
Many religious people believe that God has forbidden any use of alcoholic beverages — that any use of alcohol is wrong and sinful. They claim that the Bible supports this prohibition.
Wine and other alcoholic drinks are frequently mentioned in the Bible. If something sinful or beneficial exists about these beverages, then the Bible will show it. What does the Bible really say about wine and alcohol?
One of the first mentions of wine in Scripture is by Melchizedek, priest of the Most High God at Salem (Jerusalem) during the time of Abram, whose name was later changed to Abraham. Melchizedek “brought forth bread and wine” for Abram and his companions: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.” (Gen 14:18)
The Hebrew word translated wine in Genesis 14:18 is yayin. This word is used over 130 times in the Hebrew Bible to mean fermented wine, not grape juice. This same beverage, when used excessively, causes drunkenness.
Gen 9:21 says that Noah drank too much yayin and became drunk: “And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.”
Lot also became drunk on this beverage (Genesis 19:30-36) and so did Nabal: “And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.“ (1 Sam 25:36)
Nevertheless, God told his people to enjoy yayin at the yearly festivals: “And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,” (Deu 14:26)
In addition to using wine as a beverage, God also commanded the Levitical priests to include in the sacrifices a portion of wine (yayin) as a drink offering: “And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering.”
These scriptures make it clear that there can be a right and a wrong use of wine. Naturally fermented wine is between 10 per cent and 14 per cent alcohol. Higher alcoholic wines are fortified wines. On special occasions God even allowed use of what is translated as “strong drink.” This term comes from a different Hebrew word —shekar — which is used 22 times in the Old Testament, and refers to alcoholic drinks made from dates and other fruit.
The high alcoholic drinks called hard liquor today (40 per cent to 50 per cent alcohol, or 80 to 100 proof) did not exist in Bible times. They are produced by distilling grain-based mash or material from other sources. They did not come into widespread use until the Middle Ages. The danger of these high alcoholic drinks is that, unless one dilutes them, they easily lend themselves to abuse, drunkenness and alcoholism. (Liqueurs, flavoured and sweetened distilled liquors, are somewhat different in that they are usually served in small amounts and sipped slowly.)
The Bible says that God gave wine to make men glad: “And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.” (Psa 104:15)
Why have some people turned this blessing of God into a curse? The answer is that many people do not follow God’s instructions. A blessing of wine was prophesied as a heritage to the chosen people in: “Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine [tirosh]:” (Gen 27:28)
The Hebrew word tirosh, meaning “new wine,” is used in 38 places in the Old Testament. People sometimes conclude that this word means grape juice, or fresh-pressed juice of the vine. However, states: “Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.” (Hos 4:11) Grape juice could not have this effect. Tirosh is an intoxicating wine if used in excess.
New Testament instruction
John the Baptist did not drink wine (oinos in the Greek) or any other form of alcohol and it was prophesied that he wouldn’t: “For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.” (Luk 1:15)
However, Jesus Christ did drink oinos (wine): “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.” (Mat 11:19) and “The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!” (Luk 7:34)
Jesus did not preach against the use of wine; instead he did like most other Jews of his day. He drank wine in moderation. In ancient times it was normally diluted with water for drinking, and was one of the principal beverages at that time — as it is today. Jesus’ first miracle was to change water into wine (oinos). Some people who preach total abstinence claim that this miracle was to turn water into grape juice. Imagine if you can a Jewish wedding banquet where everyone drank only grape juice! (The ancients did not have refrigeration or any other method of preventing grape juice from fermenting.)
On this occasion, Christ turned six jars of 20 or 30 gallons each into wine (oinos). This was no small miracle. This wine was of the finest quality: “And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” (Joh 2:10)
At wedding feasts, the hosts normally started with the best wine, and they would bring out lesser-quality wines later. Jesus gave a parable involving the fermenting process of oinos:. “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” (Mat 9:17)
At that time, instead of having metal or glass bottles to enclose wine, the skins of animals were used. The fermentation of the wine could burst an old skin, but it would not break a new stretchable skin. Another proof that oinos is fermented wine is the fact that the apostle Paul said: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” (Eph 5:18)
Paul did not mean to avoid getting drunk on grape juice! Paul instructed Timothy: “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” (1Ti 5:23)
He said to use only a little wine, not a whole lot. The purpose of this wine was Timothy’s frequent stomach ailments; small amounts of wine can help some stomach problems. Some of the Corinthians Christians were getting drunk at the Lord’s Supper: “For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.” (1Co 11:21)
They were using fermented wine, probably following the example that Paul had set for them. Paul did not tell them that they were using the wrong kind of wine. He simply told them to eat and drink at home, and to participate in the Lord’s Supper in a respectful way.
Paul says: “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” (Rom 14:21) He is referring to fermented wine; grape juice wouldn’t offend anyone. The implication is that there’s nothing wrong with the wine in itself, only if it offends a weak brother.
Abuse, drunkenness condemned
Both the Old and New Testaments contain many examples and commands against excessive use of alcohol and drunkenness. Drunkenness is listed as one of the works of the flesh: “Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal 5:21)
That means it is the result of the undisciplined, indiscriminate use of alcohol. Jesus warned his followers not to be drunk: “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.” (Luk 21:34)
The apostle Paul told the Corinthian church they must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but cannot control his or her drinking: “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” (1 Co 5:11-13)
This refers to people who will not face up to or won’t even try to overcome drinking problems, not people who are working on and overcoming their problems. The Bible says that drunkards will not enter the kingdom of God:
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (1Co 6:9-10)
“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal 5:21)
“No one who abuses alcohol should be ordained in the ministry of Jesus Christ: Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;” (1Ti 3:3), and “Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;” (1Ti 3:8)
“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;” (Tit 1:7)
If a minister drinks, it should be in moderation. Throughout the Bible, God criticizes those who are “heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks”:“Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:” (Isa 5:22)
Excessive drinkers are committing an evil: “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.” (Pro 23:20-21)
“Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand. The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate. But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.” (Isa 28:1-8)
“When used improperly, wine is a mocker and deceiver: Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Pro 20:1)
Those who “linger over wine” and spend a great deal of time in drinking will find all kinds of woe, sorrow and trouble: “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.” (Pro 23:29-30)
Prohibitionists focus on the verses that condemn or show the results of wrong alcohol use, but neglect those verses that show there can be a proper moderate use.
Another use of wine that has been recognized for millennia is the antiseptic qualities of wine. The germ-killing qualities of wine are greater than the same proportion of alcohol in water – and a good natural wine is not as damaging to the flesh as some strong antiseptics are.
Jesus showed he knew the benefits of wine as an antiseptic when he gave the parable of the good Samaritan. In this case a man had been injured and had a severe wound. The good Samaritan “bandaged his wounds, pouring on [olive] oil and wine [oinos]”: “And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” (Luk 10:34)
The oil softened the flesh; the wine helped kill bacteria.
Use this knowledge
Some people reject this truth from the Bible about alcohol. They have made up their minds that the use of wine is always wrong. The Bible shows we are not to judge or condemn those who honestly hold such beliefs:
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” (1Co 10:23-33)
Alcohol is not a necessity of life. In God’s eyes, one does not have to drink to show maturity, virility or sociability. And because of the enormous destruction caused by alcohol abuse today, many people have decided that it is better to abstain even if the Bible does not require us to (see for example Howard H. Charles, Alcohol and the Bible, published by Herald Press in 1981).
That is a more respectable position than trying to argue that the Bible itself forbids the use of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholics, or anyone who reacts adversely to alcohol for any reason, should not drink alcohol privately or socially at all. Nor should a person use alcohol in the presence of a recovering alcoholic (and often one does not know who that might be). There are many non-alcoholic drinks a person can enjoy instead.
This article was written in 1991 and updated in 2012.
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Other articles about alcoholism at Grace Communion:
- Overcoming Alcohol Abuse – A Series of Articles
- Overcoming Alcohol Abuse
- What Is Alcoholism?
- The Slide Into Alcohol Abuse
- Alcoholism — a Disease?
- Alcohol and Teenagers
- Alcoholism Is Treatable
- Help for Family Members of Alcoholics
- Alcohol – What the Bible Really Says
- Coping with Stress…Without Alcohol or Drugs
- A Child of an Alcoholic Speaks Out!
- At Greater Risk – Women and Alcohol
Deliverance from Alcoholism
People can be delivered from all addictions, whether gambling, sex and drug addiction, and alcoholism, by Jesus. Salvation in the form of living a godly life, reading and obeying God’s word, praying, giving praise and thanks to God, good fellowship, renunciation prayers for generational inquity, and so on, will help and may resolve the problems entirely. Otherwise there are many Christian and secular organisations who can help with information about how to be delivered from addictions.
Casting out demons can help with deliverance from alcoholism. There is an book by Win Worley available on Amazon called “The Alcoholic Syndrome.”
Even after years of being free of alcohol, someone’s life can be made difficult by life patterns acquired during the period of alcoholism, and accompanying demons need to be cast out.