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Spiritual warfare is a Biblical teaching. We do, indeed, wrestle not
just with flesh and blood, but with spiritual powers. Questions
arise, however, as to just what form this "warfare" takes in the
Christian's everyday life. Specifically, some in the Christian world
today teach and practice the "casting out of demons" as a method
of deliverance from temptation and thus of overcoming sin in the
life. When a form of this came into the Adventist church in the mid
1970's, our church had not previously studied this and was not prepared to
make recommendations or give guidance. In response to this need, the
Biblical Research Institute appointed a special committee to study the
practices current at that time, which were usually called "Spiritual
Warfare and Deliverance Ministry". In 1983 they issued a paper
giving the results of that study. We include in our materials
below that paper for your on-line reading.
"Spiritual Warfare" and "Deliverance
Ministry" and Seventh-day Adventists
The 1983 SDA Biblical Research Institute Report addressing
issues regarding Spiritual Warfare and Deliverance Ministry.
Foreword and Introduction
Part 1: Historical Backgrounds
Part 2: Three Crucial Distinctions
Part 3: Problems in "Deliverance Ministry"
Part 4: Prayer for the Afflicted
Summary and Conclusion
View the entire document (120K) (This is a good
choice for printing out the document.)
Engaging the spirits: An Adventist's Perspective on
Fighting Spiritual Battles
Yvon Caza is a Seventh-day Adventist layman who studied the subject of fighting
spiritual battles in response to questions raised by persons in his church.
heavily from David Powlison's book Power Encounters, as well as from scripture and
the writings of Ellen White for this paper.
- Chapter 1: Freedom of Choice
Chapter 2: Satan as
an Instrument of our Omnipotent and Sovereign God
Chapter 3: Evil
Spirits and Believers
Chapter 4: Harassment or Possession or Illness
Ministering to the Demon-Afflicted
Chapter 6: Summary and
- Overrun by Demons: The Church's New Preoccupation With the Demonic,
by Thomas Ice and Robert Dean, Jr. Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 97402.
- Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare,
by David Powlison. Baker Books, 1995.
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