In a recent tweet my friend Matt Chandler made this comment about the acquittal of a police officer in the shooting death of Philando Castile Continue reading . . .
In a recent tweet my friend Matt Chandler made this comment about the acquittal of a police officer in the shooting death of Philando Castile:
“This brokenness requires radical steps but it’s deeply demonic. Praying for Holy Spirit breakthrough and the binding of this spirit.”
In response, following a brief attempt to explain Matthew 12:28-29 and 16:19, the author of a particular blogpost (both of which will remain unnamed) concludes with the following statement:
“It is clear that the modern-day practice of “binding and loosing” spirits is not a practice that can be substantiated from Scripture. God has given us the keys to the kingdom and this is by preaching the gospel to every nation. If the Holy Spirit decides to restrict demonic activity or other evil from this world, it would not be through some utterance of some magic words commanding this restriction. This practice is fraudulent and does not reflect the will of God.”
What are we to make of this? Is Chandler wrong in saying what he said? Is it unbiblical in any sense for a Christian to “bind” the demonic activity that may be energizing some of the violence and sin we see in our society?
The following is adapted from my book Practicing the Power (Zondervan), for which Matt Chandler wrote the Foreword.
Is the verbal “rebuking” and “binding” of demonic spirits a legitimate biblical expression of our authority over the enemy? Those who answer “no” are often heard to say: “Why not just pray, 'O God, please resist, rebuke, and bind this evil spirit for me'?” In o