Apostle Reuben Esh
Ephesians 4:27: Neither give place to the devil.
The issue at hand here is the casting out devils. It is very important for you to understand this. Jesus was wrongly accused about casting our devils by the power of the devil. It response He say, “the house devided cannot stand”, i.e. it is not possible.
The wrong interpretation of Matthew 12:29 “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house” has led to charismatics tradition and rendered this portion of the Scripture of none affect in people’s life. It has to do with binding devils. It also introduced spiritual warfare mindset, which really may cause some problems. I believe in rebuking and casting out devils. But I do not believe that binding the devil is scriptural.
The reason people bind the devil because they think that “strong man” in verse 29 is the devil. The interesting thing you never see Jesus binding the devil. You never see the early church binding the devil. They always loose the power of the devil.
You never see the devil bound until Revelation. I’ll prove to you that the strong man is not the devil.
Sermon. Audio. MP3 format. Duration 53 minutes.
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August 11, 2008