Fall Down And Die?

Fall Down And Die?

Fall Down And Die?

My Father and my God, it’s another day for your word to go do that which you sent it. This do O Lord, so the devil could be terrified, your people edified and all glory be made fully manifest in you. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

It is not unusual to be in a prayer meeting and the leader is praying “All your enemies that say you will not prosper, back to sender, both spiritual and physical fall down and die!” then the people will chorus Amen.

Some “big” ministers even go the extra mile to give a time frame. In actual fact, some of these prayers actually get results. People actually die. Then the believer would come to Church to testify to how his perceived enemy had a crash or became sick and died. And the people of God would actually shout “Hallelujah Praise the Lord”. That can happen because the scripture says Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21

But wait a minute; is that the spirit of the New Testament? Yes, that “perceived physical enemy” died and gave you a breathing space but have you actually won according to the will of God or you simply played into the hands of the real enemy, Satan?

I thought Paul told us that “…all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation 2 Corinthians 5:18. The Greek word translated reconciliation here is the word katallage, (Pronounced kat-al-lag-ay’) meaning ‘restoration to (the divine) favour, atonement’. So I ask, if we are supposed to be reconcilers, restorers to the Divine, how then can we be raining courses and pronouncing death sentences at those we are supposed to reconcile back to God? Isn’t that absurd?

Paul again reminds us that “…we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12. These people are not our real enemies. Wishing them dead is like telling God you know better than He does. He said “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” Ezekiel 18:23

Paul told Timothy in his first letter to him. Addressing who to pray for “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men1 Timothy 2:1 Not for some men but ALL MEN, regardless of their position or disposition towards us. In verse four of that same chapter, Paul wrote that God is the one Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4

Again, scripture says “…ALL MEN… It does not matter if they are nice or wicked people. Just pray for them not against them, that is scripture.

I raised this issue with a beloved minister and I was directed to a scripture in the Old Testament to justify that type of prayer. “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Exodus 22:18 That is a very true statement that has outlived its usefulness. First, God was giving the nation of Israel laws to live by under the dispensation of the Aaronic priesthood that existed at that time. Two, you are not a Jew but a Christian. We don’t belong in that priesthood age. Ours is of the New Testament with Jesus as our High Priest “Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” Hebrews 5:10

We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ are not under that Mosaic Law of the Levitical priesthood. We are under the “law of liberty” James 2:12 in which the whole world will be judged. It is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. What does He have to say about our physical enemies?

Jesus said… “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?” Matthew 5:38-37

Did you get that? Jesus said, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”  how can you curse whom you are supposed to love? How can you retaliate when you are supposed to BLESS AND NOT CURSE? Paul wrote to remind us of what God had said way back in the Old Testament “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19

Then you say… “But my neighbour is worse than a mad dog. Even in the night he comes to oppress me in my sleep. Am I to just fold my arms and do nothing?” you argue. Loving your enemy is not “doing nothing” in fact it’s a big job. It takes a lot. But if you go it the Lord’s way He says “…my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 It is not what you can handle by yourself, you need the Lord.

On the other hand, you say. “I am not praying that my neighbour dies but the spirit controlling him” Ok, that sounds very spiritual right? But it’s still not scriptural. Spirits don’t die, in fact they cannot die. Why is that? Because God is the “…Father of Spirits” Hebrews 12:9 God cannot die, that is very impossicant. Death only occurs on planet earth where we are restricted by time. Spirits live outside of our world and are not bound by the laws that govern the earth. Planet earth is meant for man. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” Psalm 115:16

Now pay good attention here. For coming into our territory, we have authority from the Lord to “cast them out” “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils…” Mark 16:17. The Greek word used here and in many places regarding demons spirits is ekballo, (pronounced ek-bal’-lo) meaning to eject, drive (out), pluck etc. That is a violent action. You can chase them out of whatever activity they are involved in to free a person but you can’t bind them. An example is the story of the madman of the Gadarenes in Mark 5:1-20. Is there any scripture you can find where Jesus or any of the apostles ordered Satan or any demon bound? Think about it.

You may probably quote Matthew 18:18 “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

To get the whole picture we need to back up a few verses to get the context of the message. In fact, right from the very first verse, the Lord was dealing with His love for man especially children. Bottom line, it is a chapter addressing loving relationship amongst brethren. So how in the world will the Lord just leave that topic and skip to dealing with devils? It is a scripture that even I at sometime in the chequered pavement of my mortal existence had quoted as an authority to bind Satan or demons. But the context of that scripture has nothing to do with binding Satan or demons. To crown it all, it has no statutes for general application.

Now, let’s back up a bit and read from verses 15 to 20 or even 22, you will get the full picture of the context. It has to do with conflicts between brethren. Jesus said if your brother offends you, go talk to him alone to settle the matter. If he settles with you then you have gained a brother but if he refuses, go get two or three other brothers to speak with him so you will have witnesses, if he still refuses to listen, invite the Church elders into the matter. If he is still adamant, then at that point you can regard him as an unbeliever and invoke that verse of scripture. Verse fifteen starts with…

“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever (means exactly that, whatsoever. Not whosoever the devil and demons are intelligent creatures too) ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:15-22

As you can see, this has no relevance when it comes to binding devils. Do I hear a brother quote that popular scripture in 2 Corinthians 3:6 “…the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” This too is often taken out of context. The “letter” in question is not the whole written scripture. Paul was addressing the Mosaic Law juxtaposed the New Testament. He now drew his conclusion that the New Testament gives life but the old death. Again, read and understand the context of the statement. 2 Corinthians 3:6-11

What’s my point? Sorry to burst your bubble but my point is that Matthew 18:18 is most irrelevant when it comes to binding and losing Satan or his demons. There is no record that the Lord Jesus Himself bound any spirit but instead He cast them out of the individual, there is a difference.

I know that many people misapply that teaching to include binding Satan. The truth is, there is absolutely no scriptural command to bind Satan, nor is there any biblical example of the practice. Satan remains at large as the “prince of the power of the air” Ephesians 2:2 until he is chained or bound by an angel, not a human being during the millennial reign of Christ Revelation 20:1-3. The disciples, like I told you cast out demons, but they never bound them or Satan.

The scripture says to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. That is another scripture at our disposal in checking the menace of demons on earth. It’s a two way traffic. The phrase “Submit yourselves…” there is the Greek word hupotasso, (pronounced hoop-ot-as’-so) it means “to subordinate; to obey, subdue unto, be, put in subjection, submit self unto.” In other words you as an individual must have been in subjection unto the Lord first for you to be effective at all in resisting. That is exactly the meaning of Ephesians 4: 27 “Neither give place to the devil”
In resisting the devils, you can forbid them from whatever activity they could be involved in, but certainly not binding or loosening them, for there is no scripture to support it.

The same thing goes for praying for our enemies to die. Paul lets us know that “…we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12. Simply put, we do not have physical enemies. Our real enemies are the unseen forces of darkness. Jesus said in Matthew 18: 11 “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”

He came to SAVE not to destroy. We are an extension of the Lord, His body to be exact. “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 So how is it possible that the head is here to save and the body is out to destroy? Simple, you are out of sync. In Luke 9:59 Jesus responded to the request two of His disciples made after they were tuned down when Jesus sent them to go prepare a place for them in Samaria to observe the feast of tabernacles. They asked if they could call down fire from heaven like Elijah did to destroy the people. The Bible records that Jesus “…turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.”

In the Old Testament God said “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” Ezekiel 18:23 that same love continues in the New Testament “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that ANY SHOULD PERISH, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

So my question again is, whose bidding are you doing when you curse and pray for your perceived enemy to die, regardless of the fact that Jesus instructed that you are to pray and bless your enemies and not curse them? Matthew 5:44. I think Philippians 2:21 has that answer “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” Because if you sort after the things of the Lord, you will do it according to His dictates. Ministry is not about you and how much destruction you can cause to your neighbor. It is all about the Lord and how much of His people He wants to save. If only our ministers will take out time to study the scriptures and I mean study, not just reading for that is what we are expected to do, Study. Paul told Timothy Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 If you are to “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 and to allow His Spirit work with you, in you and through you. He needs the undiluted word in you, no matter how small. That is the tool He works with.

My job is to get you to see where you need adjustment in your ministerial life. True, no man is perfect. But we are instructed to strive for it. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48 It’s not something we can achieve on our own but in submission to the Lord’s will. By His Spirit, He will help us get there.

When the Lord Jesus said to pray and bless your enemies, He was not stupid. He knew exactly what He was saying. In Romans 12:19-21 scripture says Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Amen


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