Are we to cast out demons from EVERYONE who needs it? What did the Lord say?
What Does the Scripture Say?
When the Lord Jesus Christ sent out the 12 Apostles to do the work of the kingdom which includes the casting out of devils, He gave them some specific instructions as recorded in Matthew Ch 10:
5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven [c]is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, [d]cleanse the lepers, [e]raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.
11 “Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12 And when you go into a household, greet it. 13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!
How Does the Scripture Define "Worthy?"
In the original Greek, the word “TASSO” is translated as “worthy” or “worthiness.” the use of “tasso” suggests character or weightiness, a person, place or thing as having weight or substance. Not trivial or foolish.
“Tasso” also implies in a practical sense that the apostles were perceived as serious, gifted men who operated in the power of God and therefore must not be taken lightly. Consequently, though not yet born again, the worthy of deliverance are believers. The manifestation of a believer’s worthiness 2000 years ago is that these folk do not scoff at the fact that evil spirits exist. Believers who are worthy are also sympathetic to the cause of Christian ministry and therefore will provide for the temporal needs of God’s servants who have been sent to deliver them for “the workman is worthy of his meat.” In other words, while the apostles are living in their communities, their temporal needs are met.
It should be noted that during the 3 years of the Lord’s earthly ministry, the gentiles including the Samaritans were not yet ready to be considered worthy because they knew little to nothing about the Jewish Messiah, a ministry that the Apostle Paul carried out about 10 years after the Lord ascended— an age when the Gentiles would “become worthy” of deliverance over the last 2000 years and counting. So the Jews of that particular dispensation considered worthy were serious people who paved a way for the 12 Apostles, receiving them as messengers of glad tidings.
Even though the apostles were not yet born again until after the Lord was resurrected, He gave them a new spirit and heart by breathing on them as recorded in John 20:
19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were [e]assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
So not yet born again, the 12 Apostles were ordained by the Lord Jesus Himself at the very moment He personally gave them power to cast out demons from those they had ” found worthy. ” Two thousand years ago, while He Himself was on Earth, the Lord sent forth His called out ones to preach and deliver the captives.
What has changed today is that those who are not born again believe that they are “deliverance ministers.” These deceived imposters assume that they have been given power over evil spirits who pretend they have been “cast out” in order to fool and pacify the ignorant . Today, these “not worthy ministers and preachers” have experienced false conversions. Consequently, most “so called” deliverance ministers do not really have the power to cast out demons because they are not born again.
What of the manifestations?
Evil spirits have the capability of impersonating and imitating any person, place or thing they choose.
Here is an example.
I made a mistake 10 years ago, when I cast out a demon by telephone from someone I will call Ron who really was NOT worthy. Simply put, he did not respect me, assuming that because I am a woman, Christ does not empower me to be a minister. As was his habit, Ron spent most of his time in my ministry subtly undermining my authority as pastor. So one day, suddenly and unexpectedly, I cast out demons from him and he was instantly delivered. Three months passed and he remained normal. All of Ron’s torment gone. Then out of lust, pride and disrespect for the anointing that is upon me a mere “woman,” Ron decided to “test the spirits” by sinning. Immediately, the demons came on him with a vengeance, his situation worst than before. So Ron asked me to cast out demons from him a second time and I responded with an emphatic “NO!”
In Ron’s own words, the demons used their powers of illusion to impersonate me and he believed them. Ron wrote:
Pam, I hear your voice in my head, telling me that I am a sucker and that you are a witch and that now I am in bondage to you and that I am going to hell and there is nothing I can do about it. It is YOUR voice Pam, clear as day.”
This would not have occurred if “Ron had been worthy” by simply humbling himself. If I had recognized at the time that Ron was actually sent by the devil to destroy my faith and my confidence, I would not have confronted Ron’s demons and this situation would have been stifled.
So you see, worthiness is quite the dilemma in these times.
Ironically, , its the deliverance workers of today– apostles and disciples- who themselves are not worthy.
So how do they cast out devils?
Its a charade in the form of delusions and illusions, set up by the devil himself.