I’ve been studying Spiritual Warfare for years. John Piper packs more truth into these four minutes than many people get into entire books.
Do you believe in casting out demons? How would you go about it?
I do, and I think there is a steady state, normal way to go about it from 2 Timothy 2:24-26. And I think occasionally there is what David Powlison would call an ekballistic form. David doesn’t think that is the normal way to do ministry, and we may or may not see things eye to eye there. So I would say, occasionally you see a manifestation of demonic power that is so in your face and so possessive and controlling of a person’s life that an extraordinary intervention and exorcism is called for.
I’ve been involved in one in my life—only one. But I’ve read about others and it is much more common on the mission field, of course, where you are moving immediately into places where they are more explicitly demon-driven than we are explicitly demon-driven here..
—Are Exorcisms a Thing of the Past? – Desiring God
What’s stands out for me is that this isn’t normal. I don’t mean what John is teaching, I mean he is saying, it’s in the way he packs the truth in: he simply quotes a few Bible verses and uses them as the foundation of developing a theology of Spiritual Warfare. Sadly this is a contrast to much of the Spiritual Warfare material out there in contrast to John’s clarity. To be fair, there are some excellent SW books out there. I’m currently reading William Gurnall’s classic “[amazon 9781598568851 title]” it’s fantastic!
There are also others that put a much greater focus on experiences in the field than the scripture. The problem is that Satan is a liar, and he speaks his native tongue when he lies. And if he can get you pulled away from the scripture by messing with the experience he’ll do it.
So thanks John for using God’s word to define the boundaries of Spiritual Warfare. May there be more like you.