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Your Question #6
#6 Question: Did Jesus or his disciples communicate with evil spirits before casting them out of people? Does the Bible require Christians to do the same thing during deliverance sessions?
Good question and we need an answer for this today.
First, can people be possessed or oppressed by demons today? The answer is, yes they can.
Second, should Christians go about trying to 'cast' them out? I have heard many different views on this in my ministry (over 30 years). I, as a pastor, have never confronted anyone to 'cast' out a demon. I have never sensed God has or would call me to do that. I have met people that I knew were under the influence of demons, what you might call 'oppression' instead of 'possession'. I will pray for them to come to the truth about Christ. I don't believe the devil, or demons can prevent anyone from coming to Jesus as Savior if they truly want to be forgiven and be saved.
The men Jesus confronted who dwelt in the tombs (Mark 5:1-20) came to meet the Lord when He landed on shore. From the moment Jesus saw them coming He told them to leave. He did not have any 'conversation' with the demons except to ask their name, but that was not for His benefit, but for those with Him. When Jesus cast them out, the men were clean from that moment.
I believe it is a great mistake to go 'demon' hunting. My counsel is don't get involved with that. Those things happened in the time of Christ and the Apostles as signs to them, showing the power and person of God that was among them. Today we have the full, complete word of God. Our message of salvation is sufficient enough to cast out any demon if the person will yield themselves to Christ.
I think the best thing to do IF you are encountered with someone who may be oppressed or possessed, is to simply keep the name of Jesus before them. Attempt to share the gospel of salvation. One of two things will happen, either they will become uncomfortable in your presence and leave, or God will grant them conviction and repentance to be saved (the person of course, not the demon). Once they ask the Lord to save them, the demons must leave. They can't stay in the same place where the Holy Spirit now dwells.
In answer to the question however, NO they did not communicate with demons or have dialogue with them; when they did cast them out, they simply commanded them to leave in the Name of Jesus. Must remember, demons are fallen angels, intelligent, immortal beings. They have been around long before man was created. They also know the Bible, and how to twist truth for their evil intent. If one tries to speak and 'reason' with them, they may fall into temptation and the snare of the devil. Remember what happened to Adam and Eve in their encounter with Satan. They only had one command to obey, 'don't eat of the tree'. They were doing fine until they began a conversation with the devil.
The Bible says: James 4:7 "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (Meaning don't listen to his subtle words.)
1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about roaring like a lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith..."
I believe the best thing you can do is to pray for someone who may be under the influence of the enemy and do not involve yourself in these "sessions". Now that is my opinion. Remember, when a demon does leave a host, they will immediately seek someone else to either oppress or possess.
I pray this helps. May God bless and keep you.