E. Discerning Of Spirits Doesn’t Always Involve Faith To Expel Demons
Although the gift of discerning of spirits is essential for effective deliverance, it is not sufficient by itself. It must work in concert with the gifts of faith and effective miracles. It is those who function with those gifts that usually have the greatest success in casting out demons.
F. Other Means Of Discerning Of Spirits (Trying The Spirits)
Although without the gift of discerning of spirits being in operation it is nearly impossible to assess the presence of demon spirits in their most subtle workings, there are other ways the Scriptures give us to judge whether the source of teaching or behavior may be demonic.
- Judging “by their fruits” (Matt 7:15-18).
“By their fruits… a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” Any form of behavior which is manifestly evil is suspect and possibly rooted in demon activity.
- Conformity to the Word of God.
It is a basic rule of the Christian life that the Word of God, the Bible, is the only norm of faith and practice. If that conformity is conspicuously absent, the possibility of demonization exists.
1 Corinthians 12:3 says, “Wherefore I give you to understand that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost.” To say Jesus is Lord doesn’t mean simply to pronounce the words, but to give heartfelt submission, obedience and allegiance to Jesus’ sovereignty.
- Heretical Christology.
“Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God” (1 John 4:3; 2 John 7). One of the chief attacks upon the Church by spiritual wickedness is upon our understanding of Who Jesus is. Most cults which claim Christian origins deviated from truth in their belief about Jesus.