Errors in Ministry
To the abused and wounded
is difficult to overestimate the fragility of one who has
suffered sexual abuse, PDM's must acknowledge that we
have "feet of clay" and will not always be
sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit as we work to
heal. Without caution, understanding and prayer, we can
unwittingly inflict serious wounds to any client,
especially the sexually abused.
This is a lesson in awareness. Prayer Deliverance
Ministers will profit from constant self- examination, as
we come before God with our gifts, knowledge and healing
abilities. This lesson describes some of the many ways in
which PDM's can act outside of the will of God,
especially in ministry to the abused. Many errors are
made from ignorance and I or a rigid adherence to
technique; others from excessive zeal or religiosity
derived from inadequate or truncated theology,
Unfortunately, some counselors prey on the weaknesses of
their clients, and seek their own satisfaction rather
than healing for others.
'..How long will you torment me and crush me with words?
Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you
attacked me . . . .you would exalt yourselves above me,
and use my humiliation against me..."
Errors in ministry resulting from truncated theology
You've received Jesus. It's all under the blood. Now
shape up and get your act together.
Act out your new life!
o We must learn to die daily
I Corinthians 15:31
o Healing is a process of transformation
Matthew 15:13, 1 Corinthians 4:4-5;5: 7, II Corinthians
3:18; 4:16; Ephesians 4:15; philippians 1:6; 2:12;
Colossians 3:3-14; Hebrews 10:14; Peter 2:1-3
"That's in the past. Forget it." We are not to
forget until we take all sin and put it to death on the
cross of Jesus.
Galatians 2:20; 5:24; Phillippians 3:12; Luke 6:45,
11:46; Hebrews 12:15;
o Reading Scripture, preaching "sermons" and
assuming a person will alter their behavior is not what
we do. We do not teach behavior modification or the use
of "will power". Jeremiah 13:23 Healing
requires meeting the heart, faith with "skin"
Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8,11
And they heal the brokenness of the daughter of my people
superficially by saying, allis well, all is well, but
there is no peace.
Jeremiah 8:11; 6:14
Unbiblical practices in ministry
o Attempting to receive knowledge in unholy ways, i.e.,
using hypnosis or other occult/psychic means of
"seeing". We must rely upon the Law, the Word,
and the Holy Spirit
I Corinthians 4:5
o Using imagination to change history is destructive.
o We must not insist that the client relive traumatic
experiences. Jesus knows how much memory is needed to
identify sin and bring about healing.
o Comforting only, is as bad as no comfort at all. We
must confront sin gently, encourage forgiveness and
repentance, and then bring it to death on the cross.
Galatians 2:20; 5:24
o Any form of sexual conduct with a client is strictly
forbidden, and is not acceptable behavior for any reason.
Premature practices in ministry
o Healing wounds prematurely, without exploring the
nature of the woundedness in the context of the family
short circuit's the healing process. Get all the
information before you start the healing process. You
might miss some judgements, or habits, patterns and
Deuteronomy 18:1O-11-Let no one be found among you who
sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices
divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in
witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or
spiritist or who consults the dead.
Job 4:2-3 - "If someone ventures a word with you,
will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?
Think how you have instructed many, how you have
strengthened feeble hands."
Job 8:2-3 - "I-low long will you say such things?
Your words are a blustering wind. Does God pervert
justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?"
Proverbs 11:14 NAS - But where there is no guidance, the
people fall, /But in abundance of counselors there is
Isaiah 1I:2-4a - The Spirit of the Lord will rest on
him-/The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, / the Spirit
of counsel and power, /the Spirit of knowledge and of the
fear of the Lord-/and he will delight in the fear of the
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or
decide by what he hears with his ears;/but with
righteousness he will judge the needy,/ with justice he
will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
Jeremiah 6:14 NAS "And they have healed the
brokenness of my people superficially, /Saying, 'Peace,
peace,'/But there is no peace."
Jeremiah 8:11 - "They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious. 'Peace, Peace,' they say,
when there is no peace."'
Jeremiah 13:23 - Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the
leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are
accustomed to doing evil,
Matthew 15:13-He replied, "Every plant that my
heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the
Luke 6:45 - "The good man brings good things out of
the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings
evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For
out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."
Luke 11:24-26 - "When an evil spirit comes out of a
man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does
not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I
left.' When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean
and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other
spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live
there. And the final condition of that man is worse than
Luke 11:46 - Jesus replied, "And you experts in the
law, woe to you, because you load people down with
burdens they can hardly carry, and you your-selves will
not lift one finger to help them."
I Corinthians 4:4-7 - My Conscience is clear, but that
does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait
till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is
hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's
At that time
6:1 - Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who
are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch
yourself, or you also may be tempted.
Ephesians 1:4-6 - For he chose us in him before the
creation of the world to be holy arid blameless in his
sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his
Sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his
pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace,
which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Ephesians 4:15 NAS - But speaking the truth in love, we
are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head,
Ephesians 6:13-17 - Therefore put on the full armor of
God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able
to stand your ground, and after you have done everything,
to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled
around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness
in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness
that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all
this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can
extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Philippians 1:6 - .. being confident of this, that he who
began a good work in you will carry it on to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:12 - Therefore, my dear friends, as you have
always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more
in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with
fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to
will and to act accordingly to his good purpose.
each will receive his praise from God. Now, brothers, I
have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your
benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the
saying, "Do not go beyond what is written."
Then you will not take pride in one man over against
another. For who makes you different from anyone else?
What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did
receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
I Corinthians 5:7 NAS - Your boasting is not good. Do you
not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of
I Corinthians 15:31 - I die every day-I mean that,
brothers-just as surely as I glory over you in Jesus
Christ our Lord.
II Corinthians 3:18 NAS - But we as with un-veiled face
beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being
transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just
as from the Lord, the Spirit.
II Corinthians 4:16 NAS -Therefore we do not lose heart,
but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man
is being renewed day by day.
Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I
no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live
in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved
me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 5:24 - Those who belong to Christ Jesus have
crucified the sinful nature with its passions arid
3:12-13 - Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have
taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is
behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on
toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called
me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:3-14 - For you died, and your life is now
hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life,
appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly
nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires,
and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath
of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the
life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of
all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander,
and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each
other, since you have taken off your old self with its
practices and have put on the new self, which is being
re-newed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here
there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised,
barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all,
and is in all.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kind-ness, humility,
gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive
whatever grievances you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these
virtues put on love, which binds them all together in
I Thessalonians 2:7-8 - As apostles of Christ we could
have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you,
like a mother caring for her little children.
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with
you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well,
because you had become so dear to us.
I Thessalonians 2:11-12 - For you know that we dealt with
each of you as a father deals with his own children,
encouraging, comforting arid urging you to live lives
worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
Hebrews 4:12 RSV - For the word of God is living and
active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the
division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and
discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 10:14 - .. .because by one sacrifice he has made
perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Hebrews 12:15 NAS - See to it that no one comes short of
the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up
causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.
I Peter 2:1-3 -Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice
and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every
kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so
that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that
you have tasted that the Lord is good.
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Last Updated Sunday June 5, 2011. 15:17:56