True Believers Can Cast Out Demons
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, Can any Christian cast out a demon? President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, responds, "There are certainly many verses in the Bible that reference a Christian's authority to do so. The majority of those polled felt that true believers have the power to exorcise evil spirits."
Out of nearly 1,600 Christians surveyed, 57% felt strongly that believers have the power to cast out demons in the Name of Jesus. Most of this group stated that Jesus gave true Christians the authority to do so, Jesus gave us authority and commissioned us to preach the good news of the Kingdom, to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons in His Name. And contrary to some beliefs today, He never limited it to a group of elite people. Actually, He said that in the power of the Holy Spirit, we could do even greater things than He did. One survey taker stated, "If a Christian truly believes that Jesus' Name is above every name and that they have authority in Jesus' Name; then, yes, they can command that thing to come out!"
Thirty percent of Christians who took the poll felt that only Spirit-filled Christians should attempt to exorcise demons, "No, any Christian can't cast out a demon. A person has to be Spirit-filled and truly anointed, in my opinion, to operate fully in the Holy Ghost." Another respondent commented, "No, not in todays world. But they should have holy power, which comes only through prayer and fasting. I would only attempt this with three to six strong Christian men of God who were preachers that love and fear God."
The remaining thirteen percent of poll takers were unsure, "I'm not quite sure. I know it was done in Bible times and I do believe it's possible; but I don't know that I have that specific gift, if that's what it would take." One respondent bemoaned the spiritual ineptness of modern believers, "I am so disappointed at the lack of effectiveness in the Christian world that I no longer feel casting out demons is for our era."
To help educate Christians, ChristiaNet has just released a free Demon Quiz. Using the latest interactive technology, one can test their Biblical knowledge on issues facing the Christian Community.