I am often asked, “What is the difference between deliverance and exorcism?” Deliverance doesn’t always attempt to destroy demons. Deliverance can refer to many kinds of spiritual intervention. That’s why I call myself an exorcist because I do exorcisms. An exorcist destroys demons. Deliverance doesn’t necessarily require demonic manifestations or confirmation. Deliverance can be quiet, calm, and unperturbed. Exorcism is often rowdy, loud, and in your face. And I don’t do deliverance lite. I do heavy deliverance. Militant deliverance. Defiant deliverance. Bold deliverance. Aggressive deliverance. I name demons, and I bind them. I torment them, and I cast them. I find the source of family bloodline curses down to the exact number of generations. Exorcism which means interrogation, torment, expulsion, purgation, purification, and the demon’s abdication. That’s why I am an exorcist. By God’s grace and the power of Christ, I destroy demons!
I’m getting a little tired of hearing puffed-up pastors call themselves apostles and prophets. We have far too many apostles and prophets and too few exorcists. We have so many who want the prophetic that it has become pathetic. What we need are spiritual warriors who fight demons, not deliver ambiguous prophetic messages that sound like they were ripped from the headlines of Fox news. I read this week that some prophet is seeing orange and purple angels. What we need to see are fiery red demons and send them back to hell where they belong. Consider these scriptures.
MARK 1:23-24: Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us?”
1 JOHN 3:8: For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Like the word deliverance, the term “spiritual warfare” means many different things to both Christians and non-Christians. New Agers use these words to describe combat against “negative energies” or “dark, alien forces battling against the light.” (Whatever that means.) Even among evangelical Christians it can have a watered-down application. Spiritual warfare, to those who don’t actively practice deliverance and exorcism, often signifies almost any kind of prayer or Christian activity that is moderately opposed to evil. But real spiritual warfare address demons directly by name and assignment and strips these evil powers of their ability to torment, consigning them to the Pit, spoken of in Revelation 20. Here is yet another scripture to consider.
MATTHEW 8:28 -29: When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”
In these Last Days, more than ever, we need anointed men and women of God who will destroy demons, before the time of God’s final judgment.