A30. Choosing Your Deliverance Minister
Though it really should be obvious, choosing the right deliverance minister is as important as choosing a competent surgeon to perform an operation on you. We sometimes read in the newspapers of doctors who have made errors of judgment and have either crippled their patients or even killed them. I recently read of a man who had gone in to have his left leg amputated and the surgeon removed the right one by mistake. In the end, he lost both legs. Patients given wrong medication can be poisoned and seriously injured - this happened to a friend of mine last year. And I am constantly hearing reports of deliverance ministers who are causing more damage than good. So how do you check a minister's credentials?
Before I answer that, let me first make some important observations. Firstly, there aren't many deliverance ministers and they are in enormous demand. Secondly, there is no such thing as a perfect minister. Thirdly, Yahweh our Father in Heaven uses the raw material of humanity to minister to those who are in desperate need. And fourthly, He often uses different people to complete a job - some plant, some water, and some harvest. This is true not only in generally bringing disciples to full maturity but can also be the case in the deliverance process. Certainly (unless you are very lucky) it is true with doctors - I have had many physicians, even in recent years, and whilst one or two did me more harm than good, Yahweh ensured that I eventually landed with one who knew what I needed for treatment of an illness. All things work for the good in the end.
Having said this, however, we can and ought to save ourselves a lot of trouble and needless suffering by being a little more selective and careful in whom we choose to minister to us. Often we have no choice - we must use those who are at hand and often these men and women can set us along the way towards a full deliverance which others must complete. There was a time when the world knew little about medicine and mankind had to make do with what existed. There were many quacks (physicians who had no idea what they were doing). It is the same with deliverance ministry and ministers: there really wasn't much of a 'science' of deliverance until recently. So it is wise to avail oneself of the best that is available. A lot of deliverance ministers engage in mere guess work, rather like an unmarried priest giving counsel in marriage. A married pastor with a stable and happy family is by far the better choice just as a deliverance minister who has much experience is better than one who has not. And yet every deliverance minister has to start somewhere and be allowed to minister and grow. For this reason NCCG works in ministerial teams so that we apprentice trainee ministers who work alongside us.
Deliverance ministry is not for amateurs, neither is it for 'experts' who believe in and practice false doctrines which are called 'orthodox' by the majority. Yahweh is not 'orthodox' and does not conform to man-made expectations. Catholic priests have been 'casting out demons' (exorcism so-called) for centuries but have little idea what they are doing. And as I have pointed out in earlier essays, they often end up throwing out one set of demons and exchanging them for another set. Catholicism possesses its own set of demons by virtue of its belief in false doctrine and practice. Like the Talmudic Jews of Yah'shua's day, it is possible to make a demon problem worse by going to the wrong person:
Another thing to avoid is engaging multiple deliverance ministers. I have known some clients who, thinking that there is safety in a multitude of counsellors (a good and biblical principle to follow most of the time) have engaged different ministers from different ministries and not only received countrary advice but ended up in a state of confusion. In deliverance ministry there should only ever be one head - a minister with overall responsibility and direction - and if others are involved (always a good idea) they should be on his team and subjected to his headship. Thus it is that I work in a team of three ministers (two men and a woman) and have a couple of assistants in training. We keep each other fully informed and are able to share the workload. Our clients know exactly what we believe and exactly what we expect of them. They are able to fellowship with others who know us well and so feel more comfortable. Since TRUST and LOYALTY are two of the most vital ingredients of deliverance ministry, a wide circle of supportative fellow believers who share the same beliefs, and who can act as a wider support team, has much to commend it. Satan thrives on division and uses it to undermine clients' confidence and trust, even to sometimes abandoning deliverance ministry and all hope. Thus we work within an intimate fellowship of supportative brethren and sisters in NCCG.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves" (Mt.23:15, NKJV).
Most ministers are approached because they have been recommended. You take risks when you take someone's testimonial to be sure but sometimes, if the need is critical, you end up choosing the first minister you are pointed to. Choosing ministers is not, however, a matter of personal taste. Indeed, more than likely a good minister will not be liked because the truth he speaks is uncomfortable, just like good medicine can sometimes be bitter to the stomach. Recently some well-meaning but totally misguided friends of one of my clients decided that they did not 'like' my deliverance methodolgy and, against my client's will, literally 'forced' an unknown deliverance minister on her. The result was disasterous. Not only was the 'minister' demonised (they never checked out his credentials but simply acted out on a recommendation) but he attempted to abduct my client and force her into a psychiatric institution. Indeed, he was ready to break the Law to do so. So there are risk out there with certain 'types' of deliverance minister, many of whom who combine secular practices with spiritual deliverance.
Ministers who do not have genuine revelation through a genuine anointing of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) are worse than useless - they are dangerous. Deliverance is so complex that human intelligence and experience alone are never adequate. The true deliverance ministers is taking his instructions from Yahweh personally and directing his client to do the same. True deliverance is client-directed, not minister-directed. Yah'shua (Jesus) knows the client far better than a deliverance minister ever will. Therefore the rôle of the deliverance minister is to direct the client in prayer so that she can receive direct revelation herself. True deliverance is a client-encounter with Christ, not a client sitting passively while a minister does certain 'prayers' and 'rituals' over her. Many ministers just 'launch in' throwing out demons left, right and centre without any regard for a deliverance process - deliverance is first and foremost about identifying the roots of sin which allow the demons in in the first place, and that will involve identifying lies that have been believed and embraced by the client. Proper deliverance addresses this FIRST and casts out associated demons AFTERWARDS. Just throwing out demons without getting to the roots of their presence in the first place is like bandaging a wound without cleaning it first - the demons simply come back. Sad to say, far too many self-anointed 'deliverance ministers' are running around with a Luke Skywalker (from Star Wars) mentalities and see themselves as 'deliverers' themselves. They aren't. Deliverance ministers are not deliverers themselves - Christ is the Deliverer, with ministers as His assistants in directing prayer.
NCCG deliverance ministry is not secular medicine, neither do we follow the 'rules' of that profession. We recognise that building trust and confidence is important and that victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) in particular have problems trusting and opening up. Confidentiality is important - up to a point ... until it becomes used as a tool by the demonic (as it often is) to set ministers up against one another. In NCCG we work in Ministerial TEAMS. Each client has a minister who is the overall head who deals directly with the client. For a team to function, it is important that the minister with headship has the freedom to share information with his assistants at his discretion. This clients are now informed of at the beginning. And whilst it may begin with a one-to-one relationship, it must be understood that because of work loads and because deliverance can ofter take several years (especially in the more complex SRA cases) that the leading minister has the right to involve others in his team. He will not involve anyone outside NCCG without the client's permission.
Because this kind of work is 'new' and we are on the forefront of discovery, it is important that the principles we learn are shared widely. As in the medical profession, therefore, we publish our discoveries without disclosing our clients' identities, circumstances or whereabouts. We are aware of their safety interests always. We never name our clients publically without their permission and always keep their locations and other personal details secret. We will not tell those outside our ministerial circle who our clients are except with their permission. This can often be necessary when prayer circles are being activated for covering support during deliverance. If the client is still afraid, then we will assign a pseudonymn to the client (or she will choose one herself) and make her known viâ that name.
Some ministers charge for their services - we do not. We believe that the Gospel is free. Yah'shua (Jesus) said: "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give" (Matt.10:7-8, NKJV). The time and resources needed for deliverance ministry are, however, enormous, especially when it comes down to offering SRA clients safe houses. We rely, however, on the freewill donations of members and friends without which we could never offer our services. So beware of deliverance ministers who 'charge' for their services, who make a business and livelihood out of it. This is not the way Yah'shua's (Jesus') true servants are supposed to work. When the ministry becomes a business and a livelihood, it opens itself up to corruption.
This does not mean, however, that all deliverance ministers who do not charge are ok and those who do not, are. There are plenty of amateurs and fraudsters who give free service and there are likewise many ministers who charge fees who have many important skills. Many of my early tutors have charged one way or another. On the one occasion we hired a minister for her services because we felt stuck the results were zero ministry and a big bill. We learned from that to walk in faith and not to hire. We also learned that there are no fast food-type short-cuts in deliverance ministry. As Yah'shua (Jesus) said directly to one of our SRA clients recently about the deliverance process:
"... sometimes it [deliverance] is like being on a diet, you discipline your body, because you know it is a good and healthy thing, but your body at first fights back and thinks it is going to starve, so it slows down (or something like that), but if you keep at it, be faithful and do what you know is right to do, then it starts to work and you start to lose weight. Well, it's the same with spirits [demons], they fight and kick and scream, but if we keep doing what we know we should, then little by little, they will be gone" (Yah'shua through a client, 12 January 2005).
Deliverance ministry is a function of the Body of Christ which is divided into fellowships or assemblies (congregations). The Bible nowhere speaks of an office in the Messianic Community (Church) called the 'deliverance minister'. The offices of the assembly are clearly delineated as:
Every officer in the local congegation is an appointee by someone in authority over him. Every true deliverance minister is therefore operating within a congregational calling and has a head and accountability. There are no solo ministers in the Kingdom!
"... apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head -- Christ" (Eph.4:11-15, NKJV).
Paul repeats the same list but with an emphasis on the ministries themselves:
For many deliverance ministers, their ministries are their own private kingdoms or enterprises. This is wrong. Deliverance ministry is a funtion of the local fellowship - it is part of a wider team with overall pastoral direction. It is is when self-appointed ministers set-off solo that things often go wrong. Yet it has to be said that so many deliverance ministers are on the wrong track because of their local fellowships which teach false doctrines and operate under counterfeit spirits, whilst some of the solo ministers have left these fellowships to work alone precisely because of these problems. And whilst all of us have at sundry times been out in the wilderness searching for godly churches, there is the temptation to stay out there, without accountability or pastoral guidance, and to stop looking for a spiritual home. This is equally dangerous. Many deliverance ministers also delude themselves into thinking that they can attach themselves to some internet ministry which has no actual physical gathering of people, and regard that as a 'congregation' of sorts. And whilst internet ministries may indeed provide a degree of fellowship it is not a substitute for physical gatherings and does not provide adequate accountability. Thus whilst there may be exceptions for solo ministers in transit, that transit should never become a way of life. Too many have remained out in the wilderness and lost all sense of perspective.
"And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles [evangelism and government], second prophets [prophecy], third teachers [spiritual education], after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of languages. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak foreign languages? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way" (1 Cor.12:28-31, NKJV).
The Principle of Echad
NCCG is unique in that is emphasises the echad or 'oneness' principle. This is a Hebreew concept used in a wide variety of circumstances but principally in marriage. A husband and wife are regarded as 'one' even though they are 'two' (or more in the case of Jacob's family, for example) just as Yah'shua (Jesus) and the Body are regarded as 'one' even though they are 'millions'. The whole foundation and height of the Gospel is about oneness of echad because we were not created or designed to be alone. Adam was given a helpmeet, Eve, just as Pastors are given assistants in the forms of Elders and Deacons, and Apostles are given Evangelists and other helpers. The Gospel is about intimate mutual help, just like marriage. Indeed, the Messianic Community (Church) is described in the Bible as an allegorical marriage.
For this reason, deliverance ministry can only find its checks and balances - its education and its prayer support - its breadth and depth - in the context of a living congregation of co-workers. Congregations without deliverance ministry are by definition not properly functioning in the Ruach (Spirit) because deliverance is part and parcel of Christian congregational life. You don't, moreover, have to be an SRA victim to need deliverance - everyone needs it, the led as well as the leaders, because we are all damaged one way or another. Even deliverance ministers need it ... unless they have become perfect already! (I have yet to meet one). And that is why your solo deliverance minister can be a danger both to himself and to others.
Getting It Right
Deliverance ministry is not for the impetuous Luke Skywalkers - the knights in shining armour who want to make a name for themselves or see themselves as deliverers of the universe. It is for the most part thankless work, receives little recognition in the wider Body of Christ, is poorly financed (if at all), is scorned by the bulk of Christendom, and is the object of Satan's wrath and violent opposition. Deliverance ministers are under 24 hour siege. And it takes a toll on your health especially if you try to undertake it alone and without proper apprenticeship. Getting it right is therefore essential.
NCCG Deliverance is both a teaching and a learning ministry. We learn something new every day and try to pass on what we know to our people. In so many ways it is a pioneering ministry. The way we do it, whilst having similarities with other ministries (such as our use of Theophostic) is, nevertheless, unique. We are one of the few deliveance ministries that is Torah-observant and see Torah as a necessary part of stability after deliverance and, to a limited extent, before. So many people who get delivered in non-Torah-observant churches end up coming under the influence of various religious demons and continue to need help.
What are our credentials? You must speak with those who have been delivered, or who are being delivered, to know these. We have no advertisement or currilum vitae (resumé) other than our attempt to be 100% faithful to the Biblical revelation and the results of the ministry itself. Remember also that deliverance is a lifelong process as we're all going through it. So observing NCCG discipleship in action is an important part of understanding how we work and who we are. Join our on-line Deliverance Group [this is the Reception Group you must join to be vetted for the main one, which is private] and the weekly chats to see the ministry at work.
Please understand that deliverance is not about kicking out demons so that you can go and do your own thing. That isn't proper deliverance. Deliverance and salvation are (it suprises some to learn) synonymous words. Deliverance is about salvation - deliverance is about coming to the Deliverer, Yah'shia the Messiah (Jesus Christ), and surrendering your whole life to Him. Deliverance is about eternal life and eternal living as a part of God's Family on earth and (later) in heaven. Deliverance is not about freeing people to go into the world and join the world system (where I guarantee they will simply get redeomised). Deliverance is about surrendering the sovereignty of your life to Yahweh, our Father in Heaven, and changing citizenship to the Heavenly Nation.
If you are willing to do this, then we can help you, and will do so gladly. If you are not, then you should contact other deliverance ministers from other churches. I am sure they will try to help you as far as you are prepared to go but the chances are you will not get what you are searching for and will get badly burned along the way. Your fate in this case is to be a vagabond who is continually begging but only ever receiving spiritual crumbs (partial deliverance), seeking bread out of desolate places, and subject to continual spiritual extortion (Psalm 109:9-11, KJV). There is a better way.
So if you have come directly to this webpage and would like to embark on deliverance, we recommend you enroll directly in the MLTR group, and follow instructions given on the main page here. If you want first-hand deliverance, you then need to fill in the Questionnaire and send it in to us. After that you will be assigned to a team with a ministerial head, unless we feel you would be better suited to an associate minister from another church (e.g. if you are a Pentecostal and don't want to follow NCCG's course of discipleship). We give priority to those willing to be Torah-obedient as this is our primary calling. If you feel unwilling to make the committments that the main group requires (such as accepting Yah'shua/Jesus as your Saviour, and renouncing satanism), then please do join in the MLT Reception Group and prayerfully study this website further. We will happily offer you guidance and fellowship there too.
And may Yahweh bless you.
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