I'm a Pentencostal and I've realized that are some demons that can not be casted out by a common Christian (even living in holiness and fasting). It seems there is a level of anointing (authority given by God in spiritual realm) that the Holy Spirit gives to the person performing the deliverance. It also seems that the higher a person suffered because of the Gospel the higher the anointing. I also noticed that the higher the level of gifts from Spirit is the greater is the anointing to casting out demons, for example someone having gift of miracles has more authority than someone which is only batized on Holy Spirit.

I'd like to know if there are some literature which discuss different levels of anointing and deliverance. (Need not be exclusively based on the Bible).

  • I have edited your question for clarity. If I inadvertently changed your intended meaning, please edit. Aug 22, 2022 at 2:16
  • Found this after a quick google search: pastorvlad.org/castoutdemons
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    Aug 22, 2022 at 3:00

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I will answer your question by referring you to two books, but with this proviso (not to argue, just so as you know where I stand.) A person is either anointed with God's Holy Spirit, or they are not. All Christians are anointed with God's Holy Spirit (Romans 8:1-17). The matter of efficacy in casting out demons has to do with two things in particular, as my quotes from those books should show - the afflicted person honestly answering the Christian's questions as to the sources of their having become possessed, and the persistence of the Christian in not letting the demonic powers get away with their powerful resistance.

The two books which provide first-hand instruction in the matter of casting out demons are autobiographies of a lady who was so possessed, for many years, until she got help from a Christian. They are her personal experience. They are not text-books on "How to Cast out Demons". They are not theology books on "What Does the Bible Say about Casting out Demons?"

First, I quote from From Witchcraft to Christ by Doreen Irvine. She descended to the depths of being lover of the Chief Satanist in Britain, and becoming Queen of Black Witches for a year. These quotes deal with her gradual deliverance from demons via a Rev. Arthur Neil who began the process, continued over many sessions:

P154 "I became aware, suddenly, of the evil spirits within me. They actually possessed my body. The evil spirits spoke again, but only to me. “Tell him nothing, nothing.”

Now, I was no stranger to demons. Had I not often called on them to assist me in rites as witch and Satanist? For the first time I knew these demons were within me, not outside. It was a startling revelation. But I said nothing, nothing about witchcraft or Satanism, or anything at all.

There was no need, for Mr. Neil knew I was demon-possessed, if he knew nothing else about me. He pointed his finger at me – yet not at me myself but at the demons within. He spoke in a strange tongue that the demons understood, commanding them to leave in the name of Jesus. I sat terrified in the chair… Mr. Neil knew that a long and deep ministry with me had only just begun…

P155 I had the most dreadful night. In the early hours of the morning I awoke filled with the most awful fear. I was surrounded by evil powers. I heard the awful voices, but this time they gave their names. I was torn inside as if someone had taken a knife and was tearing me to pieces. Tossing back and forth as the demons within tormented and tore me, I heard this:

“Have nothing to do with Neil. I am Doubt and Unbelief. I am not coming out.”

Then many more voices cried out all at once: “Not me! Not me! Not me!” It sounded like a mighty chorus growing louder and louder. I was perspiring, the bed clothes were soaking wet, my body was torn by the demons.

I heard again another voice say, “I am Lust. I am an unclean spirit. I am not leaving. I have been here for years.” “I am Lies,” said another. “I’m not leaving either”. “And I am Witchcraft,” said another very powerful demon.” “I am Pride,” said another. “I am not leaving.” “No, nor I.” “Nor I.”…

P159 The exorcism lasted three or four hours. In this time the demon Deceit and the unclean spirits of Lust, Lies, Pride, and Witchcraft were despatched to Gehenna.

The demon of Witchcraft, said Mr. Neil, was very noisy. Its nature was weird and gave expression by certain enchanted wailings. “Do you know the witch of Endor?” It almost sang in weird, bewitching tones. “It tried to bewitch me,” Mr. Neil told me, “but I resisted it in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ, consigning it to Gehenna.”

“Not there, not there!” wailed the Witchcraft spirit. “I must have her body. I will not leave her body. I need a body. Not there! Not there! Not Gehenna!”

“You will not possess her body or any other body,” said Mr. Neil. “I command you to leave her body and go now to Gehenna, in the name of Jesus Christ.” But the Witchcraft demon was very obstinate. The exchanges went on for some time before Mr. Neil with a final word of command opened the nearby door and commanded the spirit to leave and go straight to Gehenna. It did – with terrific screams and wailings, saying: “All right, all right. I’m going.”

I fell to the floor as if dead, said Mr. Neil. …My throat was bruised, and so were my ribs and my arms. But the six demons were gone. Mr. Neil prayed for me… That night I slept like a baby." From Witchcraft to Christ, Doreen Irvine, David Cook originally 1973, this edition 1994.

There were many more demons that were also cast out. In her second book, Set Free to Serve Christ, Doreen detailed her ministry as a Christian, and she helped others to be delivered from their demon-possession.

Page 83 "Judy was a bright and attractive student with a wonderful future before her. However, her fellow students persuaded her to go and see a hypnotist, somehow believing that he could see her through her final exams with flying colours. They had apparently been to him themselves. Three or four days after visiting the hypnotist, Judy became severely depressed and would burst into tears at the slightest provocation. Within a few short weeks she had changed from a normally happy girl into a sullen, withdrawn, bad-tempered and irritable person. Her ability to concentrate had vanished completely and she became irrational and in every way unreliable. Suddenly she had become the exact opposite of her true self...

P85 About this time she came along to one of my meetings and stayed behind to speak to me. It was very difficult to talk to her as she was scarcely able to concentrate enough to explain her problem. I knew that Satan was robbing her of thoughts and did not want me to discover the root cause of her troubles. Judy was utterly confused and very frightened. I rebuked the Devil and the power of darkness in the name of Jesus and asked the Lord to show me what was wrong. I paused for a few moments, then I asked her if she had been in contact with a fortune-teller, medium or hypnotist. As soon as I mentioned the word ‘hypnotist’ she became hysterical and began to sob and shake from head to foot. The presence of evil was obvious and it was with great difficulty that I kept her from rushing out of the room and into the night. Laying my hands om her head I again rebuked the forces of darkness and she slowly calmed down and was then able to tell me of her visit to the hypnotist and how she had been affected by it.

It was plain to me that Judy was being oppressed heavily by the same evil influence that controlled the hypnotist. In the name of Jesus I commanded every demonic power to depart and never to return, and they did so immediately. Judy had been set free. The evil atmosphere that had filled the room was dissipated and the peace and presence of Jesus could be felt in a very real way. Judy’s face changed from fear to relief and joy. She later told me that if something had not been done that day, she would probably have tried to commit suicide! ...she passed her final exams with flying colours." Set Free to Serve Christ, Doreen Irvine, Nova Publishing, 1979. This 3rd printing 1989.

Another account in this second book by Doreen shows how her dealings with others required them to repent of particular sins before they could be set fully free from the power of evil. So, it may be that some success gained in exorcism is lost due to the person not repenting, and so demonic powers get back in. This would not be the 'fault' of any Christian having 'insufficient' anointing of the Holy Spirit.

After this long answer, my short answer is that efficacy in casting out demons is not down to one single 'thing', but is a complex matter, though nobody lacking the anointing of the Holy Spirit could cast our demons at all, to any degree - Mark 3:22-30.

  • in this case, i think the pastor had enough anointing, other things i noticed is that when you call the principality responsible for the legion, the exorcism happens faster, not that he does the work, but it seems that when you cast out him the other demons leave if you command to do so. Aug 23, 2022 at 16:59

The seminal work on this is Ripperger's Dominion

The key is authority, as the author explains in great detail (Chapter 4, pp. 115-186). God is the ultimate authority, and from Himself He gives to certain men certain kinds of authority over others (cf Hebrews 5:4*). This includes the authority (not necessarily the power) to command demons. This authority comes both from the Natural Law (e.g. husbands having authority over their wives and children) and the Divine Positive Law (e.g. priests having authority over laypeople on account of their universal priesthood).

Without a precise definition of "anointing", I would assume your understanding of it is basically how the Catholic Church understands the Sacraments. On pages 130-131 of Dominion, the effects of Baptism are noted to be the infusion of

(1) the state of Grace; (2) the theological virtues; (3) those things would follow upon the state of grace, namely the gifts of the Holy Spirit... and (4) the indelible mark.

This explains why it sometimes seems that ordinary lay Christians can appear to cast out demons. It's because their prayers "beget what they intend" or God gives them what they ask. These kinds of prayers, that ask God to do something, are called deprecatory.

When you notice that there sometimes seems to be more required, it's because imprecatory prayer, which command the demon directly, are solely in the realm of authority. When someone has no right to command a demon, the demon does not have to obey.

*God gave Moses his mission in an extraordinary way, but only to establish the ordinary means of sending via Moses' sending of Aaron. This is then fulfilled in Christ's sending of the Apostles, who alone could then ordinarily pass on the mission to their successors).

  • As the OP states that he is a Pentecostal, I doubt if the Catholic understanding of 'anointing' would apply. Perhaps it's more akin to the "Spirit Baptism" (or filling) said to only be granted to some believers, after their initial conversion, by some Protestants in the Charismatic sphere. I don't know, but if the OP cares to respond, that would help bring clarity. Yes, it would be better if 'level of anointing' could be defined by the OP.
    – Anne
    Aug 22, 2022 at 16:58
  • anointing is some level of power from God in the spiritual realm. Aug 23, 2022 at 17:05

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