We hear about deliverance all the time, especially within the ranks of the institutional church. Charismatic circles. Pentecostal ministries. Even so-called nondenominational entities, deliverance is the new buzz word.
Deliverance is even in the titles of some of the ministries or churches that people attend.
Deliverance Tabernacle, Temple of Deliverance, Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, Warriors of Deliverance Ministries (these are all made-up ministry names, of course). We have all ran across them on several occasions.
As I was meditating on the Word of God one morning, the Spirit of the Living God begin to reveal something to me about deliverance.
When we think of deliverance, when we ponder back on prior teachings on deliverance received from (well-meaning) teachers and preachers, deliverance has always been made to be this ethereal, intangible, invisible force that somehow propels one out of some kind of bondage. Deliverance has been taught and widely believed to be likened to the Wizard of Oz.
Remember in the Wizard of Oz how Dorothy, the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin-man all sought the services of the Wizard? They each were somehow entangled into some sort of web in their lives and needed to be ‘free’ of that entanglement. They each sought out the help of the Wizard because he was believed to have this great force, this great power, this great wisdom to miraculously get them what it is they so desperately needed and wanted.
Most in the institutional church are like Dorothy and her friends. They wander from deliverance ministry to deliverance ministry, from deliverance conference to deliverance retreats, from schools of deliverance to deliverance summits…in search of ‘deliverance.’
But what if the deliverance so many seek after is within their own means?
What if the deliverance that many cry and holler and speak in tongues and fast over is NOT this invisible, powerful force that they have thought it to be for so long?
What if deliverance is something TOTALLY different?
As I pondered on this, I went in search of the scriptures…and I was amazed at what I found!
The word ‘deliverance’ is used 14 times in the Old Testament, and only twice in the New.
The greek words that is used for deliverance in the OT are ‘pĕleytah’ and ‘pallet.’ Both of these words mean ‘escape or an escaped remnant!’
When I saw this, I was like ‘WOW!’
‘You mean to tell me, Lord, that all this time we’ve been taught that deliverance was rolling all in the floor, hooping and hollering, speaking in tongues, screaming to the top of our lungs, running and dancing all around the church, having someone grease us down with Crisco…and according to your Word, deliverance is none of that????’
So what IS deliverance then?
DELIVERANCE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE STRATOSPHERE. THE POWER TO BE DELIVERED IS NOT SOMETHING WE ‘PULL DOWN’ FROM HEAVEN, AS WE HAVE BEEN ERRONEOUSLY TAUGHT.
DELIVERANCE FIRST ENTAILS THAT YOU ESCAPE!
That means that the first STEP to deliverance is that your LOCATION must change. When we hear the word escape, it automatically speaks to one’s location. They are literally, physically imprisoned somewhere. They are literally, physically in bondage to someplace, someone, or something.
A prisoner escapes from prison. Refugees or immigrants escape from their homeland and travel to better shores for a chance at a better life. An abused woman escapes from her abuser. A kidnap victim escapes from his/her kidnapper.
We don’t use the word escape unless we are speaking to ONE, the locality of a person, and TWO, to the DANGER of the present locality of a person.
In other words, if a person has to escape something, some place, or someone, that usually is because they are in DANGER. They are being imprisoned unfairly and treated wrongly.
Many, many times, those seeking deliverance need only to ESCAPE from the present circumstances or situations that they find themselves entangled in. It is only after they ESCAPE OUT of that relationship, that entanglement, that association that healing and safety can start to take place.
The reason why so many have not been delivered within the institutional church is because they are STILL IN the institutional church!
The reason why folks can hoop, holler, shout, dance, speak in tongues, froth and puke at the mouth week in and week out, and STILL have their demons is because they are still TRAPPED in a system FULL OF DEMONS.
They are still entertaining familiar spirits that are laden within the church system. They are still listening to the counsel and advice of RELIGIOUS SPIRITS that are misleading them, misguiding them, bamboozling them, tricking them, exploiting them, abusing them, stealing from them…..and putting them more into bondage.
Now, I know. You say, ‘But yeah. That was the OT. The people were always in captivity, so they needed to escape. They needed that type of deliverance. But in the NT-and in these times-people need the type of deliverance that is supernatural…’
Let’s see what the Word says….
Again, the word deliverance is only used TWICE in the all of the NT. (I believe this is because God didn’t want us to focus so much on the supernatural deliverance aspect of deliverance that was afforded in the OT. God had to supernaturally set captives free via signs and wonders in the OT, because there was no remission for sins, and because of their lack of faith.)
The greek word used for deliverance in the NT is ‘aphesis,’ which means ‘release from bondage or imprisonment; forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty.’
The other greek word used for deliverance in the NT is ‘apolytrōsis,’ which means ‘a releasing effected by payment of ransom; redemption, deliverance.’
Do you see that?
Deliverance went from being a tangible means of escape for God’s people in the OT, to an intangible releasing from the bondage and penalty of sin in the NT!
What did Jesus Christ of Nazareth say His mission was here?
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 brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
Deliverance here in this passage literally speaks to the bondage that one is in when one is in sin.
I want you to think back to the OT. Think about how people worshipped God in the OT. They went to the temples. They listened to the Levites. The Levitical priests went to God on their behalves to pardon the sins of the people. The people-for the most part-had little to no prayer lives of their own. Oh yes, some spoke to God, but most did not. They did not feel like they could because their sin always separated them from God.
Many worshipped other gods. A deep knowing of God was not prevalent then.
The priests who went into the Holy of Holies had to wear certain garb, robes, hats, the whole nine (much like you see in the institutional church today). Someone had to go to God FOR them and then come back and tell them what God said. Some called those who heard from God often prophets. Prophets were highly sought after in the OT because it was widely accepted and believed that prophets were the only ones to hear from God (I have actually heard a well-known ‘apostle’ tell me this a couple of years ago!) That if one doesn’t have a prophet in their lives, then they are not hearing from God properly! Sounds like OT teaching to me!
THAT type of teaching places people in literal, physical bondage. To what? In bondage to a religious system and way of thinking that Jesus Christ of Nazareth did away with when He laid down His life as a ransom for many.
Now, the deliverance that has to take place is from the erroneous doctrines and teachings of deliverance itself!
Using the OT and NT model of deliverance-and being sure to not negate either one of them, because both models are necessary for one to be delivered-let me recap.
As shown in the OT, the first step to deliverance is to ESCAPE from the means of what holds you captive. This could be a relationship, an association to a group of people, a ministry, a church or denomination. You know that holding on to these relationships is dangerous to your spiritual, mental and even physical health, yet you hold on. God won’t deliver you until you FIRST STEP OUT!
Then, as shown in the NT, the next step to deliverance is a renewing of your MIND. YES, many, many times, even after you have escaped a dangerous or unhealthy situation, your heart, your mind, even your soul is still there. The saying goes ‘You can take the girl out the country, but you can’t take the country out the girl’ holds very true here. Many times, God will make a way of escape from situations and people, groups and associations that HE HIMSELF has deemed to be dangerous to you. He set you free. But your heart is still with Johnny. Or you still miss ‘fellowshipping’ with that group. Or you get lonely and long to become friends again with folks God told you to LET GO.
It then becomes necessary to renew your mind. To change your heart. And to break all soul ties to these people, this group, that church, ministry or denomination. (Now, yes, some would argue to the validity or existence of soul ties. And the very ones who argue the reality of soul ties are being adversely affected by soul ties that they themselves are suffering with as they protest against the very existence of soul ties! THAT is what the enemy wants them to do.)
A lot of people have come out of the I.C. and still are suffering…and don’t know why they are suffering. A lot of it is residue, old soul ties from their relationships in the past to these churches, these people, exes, etc. that still hold THEM captive. And as long as the enemy can keep you ignorant of the reality of soul ties and the need for healing of the mind and soul AFTER escaping the I.C. or other dangerous liaisons, relationships, and associations, HE CAN STILL KEEP YOU IN BONDAGE!
For so many years, generations, people have held onto religious dogmas and teachings that have literally kept so many people in bondage to a systematic, religious system.
As a result of this bondage, many people are suffering spiritually, mentally, emotionally and even physically as a result of this erroneous teaching on deliverance in the I.C.
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