9. Where does the Bible have ancestral bondage? Where does it teach it? The passages used for this claim are Exodus 20:5 and cross reference Deuteronomy 5:9. These passages merely say that God will “visit the iniquity”of the fathers on their children for up to four generations as long as they hate God, but will show loving kindness to thousands of generations who love him. There is no curse to pass from one generation to the next, no ancestral bondage to some past relative who was involved in the occult, etc. The best example of what He was saying is the punishment brought upon Israel due to them turning their back on Him, and the later restoration as they turned to Him in repentance. People all suffered the consequences of the wickedness of the leadership and/or the majority of the people. THIS is what “visiting the iniquity” meant. To find a curse of demons or ancestral bondage is pure eisegesis. I wrote an article about this back in December 2010.
Okay, so now I want to highlight by page number some of the more egregious problems I found in this book.
“It may not be so that only by resident demons may one preach a different gospel.” True — people contend wrongly by misunderstanding rather than being demonized.
Also, “sin nature” is not an entity, rather it is a phrase to describe the origin of our actions and thoughts that are in rebellion against God. Demons are entities.
There is absolutely no Biblical evidence for the Holy Spirit being able to live with an evil spirit, while it can live with a “sin nature.” The evil one is unable to live with the H.S. — look how they feared Christ!
All cited authors all make assertions based on their beliefs rather than evidence. A lot of the claims are based on Mark Bubeck’s teachings and assertions rather than on Scripture.
In his “Reasoned conclusion” he again only asserts as if that is evidence. I say that we can’t come to a valid conclusion about Christian demonization. Yet Dickason says, “We have found the factual truth to be that Christians can be and have been demonized.” NO WE HAVEN’T! He just made unproven assertions and claimed fact.
Those in the “deliverance ministry” do a lot of talking with demons, while in the Bible we see Jesus only one time having a very, very short give-and-take conversation with a demon, and there is no reports of the Apostles conversing with demons.
The individuals were conversing with the demon (again, as noted previously, totally without biblical support), and assumed whatever the “demon” said was true!
Anyway, he continues to see “Alice” and learns she has also been counseling with a “Christian Psychologist.” Well, anyone who studies the psych field knows that the only difference between a “Christian” psychologist and a secular one is that now and then the “Christian” will use the Bible, but both use the same ungodly methods developed by atheists.
AH— but then Dickason uses a demon to prove his theology! Dickason asked “Non-acceptance” “if he had used the concept that Christians cannot be inhabited by demons.” Of course the demon said, “Oh, yes! We use it all the time. It is one of the best tools we have ever promoted.” Pretty convenient to have a demon truthfully tell you what confirms your theology! I guess Christians who don’t believe this are then listening to demons?
The man remained a Roman Catholic and yet Dickason said he had no doubt as to him being a Christian.
a. Ancestral bondage is true.
b. Charismatic tongues are from demons.
c. “Lordship Salvation” is from demons.
d. Demons keep a barrier between secular psychology and Christian counseling.
e. Demons can put thoughts in a believer’s mind.
f. That one of the demons’ best tools is to say that Christians can’t be demonized.
Many have said that the “deliverance ministry” is nothing more than psychology dressed up in “Christianeze” and substituting demons for various “mental” illnesses. I have to agree whole-heartedly with this sentiment. I also find the similarity of numerous visits with the “counselor” needed to solve the problem in either discipline to be quite amusing.
For further reading about “deliverance ministries”:
Deliverance Ministry in Historical Perspective
Can A Christian Be Demonized?