Ministry Of Deliverance:
Ministry of deliverance or deliverance ministry is a common term in use among believers these days. The term ministry of deliverance or deliverance ministry is not in the bible. Through the power of Holy Spirit Jesus gave ministries to the believers and the term deliverance or ministry of deliverance was not among them.
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Apostle Paul speaking of the ministries the believers have received in Christ says thus;
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”
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In verse 8 of the quotations above he said; “and gave gifts unto men”, meaning that the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are the gifts from Jesus. The gifts therefore, are not imperceptible or immaterial things but men.
The Gifts of Christ to the Church:
This is because the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are men in the church. Also, Apostle Paul made mention of other ministries in his epistle to the Corinthians.
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; and to another faith by the same Spirit; then to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; and to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-10
The gifts in the quotations above are not offices but diversities of gifts to believers in the church. And among the gifts the ministry of deliverance is not there. This calls for concern, because if the ministry of deliverance is not in the list, how come it rings like bell everywhere?
The Meaning the Word Ministry and Deliverance:
Therefore, the question is what is ministry and what is deliverance? If we get the meaning of these two words it will be easy for us to answer the question. Also it will be easy for us to ascertain if the term ministry of deliverance or deliverance ministry is correct. The word ministry also means office, department or agency. So if we interpolate these words we can have something like this “The office of deliverance or the department of deliverance.” This literal meaning of the word ministry will not give us the proper interpretation of the intention of the quotation above.
For us to get the rightful meaning of the word ministry we have to go to the root word translated ministry. However, in the Old Testament the word ministry appears in four places and they have different meanings. So one of the word translated ministry in Old Testament is the word ‘shareth’ in Hebrew which refers to service in the temple. Another word is the word ‘abodah’ meaning work of any kind. Also we have another word in Hebrew which is ‘yad’. This word means hand and this is the same meaning in Arabic language.
Ministry of Deliverance Building Better Understanding:
However, the most appropriate here is the word ‘shareth’ which means service. Therefore, someone who is into ministry is called a minister. When someone ministers, he is carrying out act of service. On the other hand, in the New Testament the word ministry appears eighteen times. There are two Greek words that are translated as ministry in the New Testament and these are ‘diakonia’ which means attendance or aid carried out by a Christian teacher. And another word translated ministry is the word ‘leitourgia’, meaning public function linked to a priest or an almsgiver.
The word deliverance appears in the Old Testament fourteen times and there are five different Hebrew words translated deliverance. These are ‘pleytah’, which means an escaped portion or remnant. The next word is ‘tshuw’ which means rescue, help, safety, salvation, victory. The next word is ‘hatstsalah’ which means rescue exactly. Another word is this ‘yshuw`ah’ which means something saved abstractly, it also means deliverance, aid and prosperity. Also, another word is ‘pallet’ which means escape as in deliverance. And the last word is ‘malat’ which means causatively, to release or rescue.
Understanding The Word Deliverance:
In the New Testament, the Greek words translated deliverance is just two words. These are ‘aphesis’, which means freedom, pardon, forgiveness, liberty and remission. This same word is also applies in translating the English word liberty. The second word is ‘apolutrosis’ which means ransom, redemption or salvation. Notice that the word deliverance is more of Old Testament thing than a New Testament thing. In the New Testament, deliverance is obtainable by receiving the gospel of Christ.
So, once someone receives the gospel in his heart there is forgiveness, remission and pardon to him. This implies that the individual is in the bondage of sin and the gospel comes to set him free. Therefore, deliverance is not a prayer but a preaching. And that is to affirm that believers don’t pray deliverance they preach deliverance.
Ministry of Deliverance Is Not A Designation:
Deliverance is not a designated ministry in the church but a preaching that sets people free from the clutches of sin. See Luke 4:18. When people are set free from the clutches of sin, it means they have received deliverance. So through the preaching of the gospel people are set free from sin and they receive salvation. This onus is on every believer and not to some individuals because we are all called to preach the gospel. And as we do so we set people free from the bondage of sin and salvation is given.
The misnomer that has been generated around this is the idea that casting out demons is deliverance. And as result those who think they are specialist in casting out demons created a ministry called “The Ministry of Deliverance”. Unfortunately, this is an unfounded ministry because it cannot be located in the scripture. Notice that among the four in fivefold ministries there is no ministry called the ministry of deliverance. The implication of this is that if casting out demons is deliverance, God didn’t recognize it as a ministry.
God Didn’t Regard Demons:
That is to say that God considered demons as defeated elements and no regard should be given to them. Hence any believer is entitled to cast them out. And in that case, creating a ministry called ministry of deliverance or deliverance ministry is a fraud in the church. And also important is that no service should be designated and called deliverance service.
The creation of a ministry called ministry of deliverance or a service called deliverance service means believers are giving serious attention to demons. The strongholds of demons can be broken by merely preaching the right gospel which is preaching Christ. When we preach Christ people receive salvation and demons check out and lose their grips.
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