Carl trained with The Elijah Challenge in 2006, and served as a missionary/evangelist in the Philippines until 2011.
Note: Carl’s report here involves the controversial subject of deliverance for Christians. We are not at all suggesting that a born-again Christian—who has been purchased by the blood of Christ—can be “demon-possessed.” But a person can have demons before he comes to Christ. Scripture does not specifically teach that such demons automatically leave the moment the person accepts Christ. Rather we see in the gospels and Acts that demons generally left a person only when deliberately driven out by Christ or through a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is therefore possible that after a person accepts Christ, he or she may need to be set free from demons in the name of Jesus Christ. This may be especially true in Third World countries where witchcraft and the like are so prevalent.
In Acts 5 there were gatherings of apparently mostly believers where people who were tormented by evil spirits were healed. These who were healed in this way could have been new believers.
Acts 5:11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events. 12 The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them,even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.
Acts does not specifically record here, as it usually does on other occasions when miracles occurred, that people believed on the Lord because of the miracles. Perhaps the reason is because the people were already mostly believers or new believers who needed physical healing and to be set free from tormenting demons.
We hope that you will read Carl’s report in light of the above reasoning.
April 24, 2010
“We have done several mass healing and mass deliverances with 60 people healed and 60 delivered at the same meeting (sponsored by Richard Keltner at Watchman Radio).
We recently did a Mass Deliverance with over 230 Christian youth. We had many amazing manifestations,..screaming, vomiting, one man shouting and screaming with alternate male and female voices, many shaking and seizure type manifestations. Pastors and pastor’s wives also vomited out demons in these deliverances. Imagine over two hundred people all being delivered at the same time in a little over an hour from beginning to end.
Just as miracles of healing are to bring sinners to repentance and faith, we have discovered that mass deliverance sets believers free to minister and live a sanctified life. After deliverance some have said “I am free, I am empty now, now I can serve God” or “Now I can read and understand the Bible for the first time.” By the way, this girl read her Bible for three hours straight, the night she was delivered. Another said “The pages of the Bible seem like they are glowing when I read it now before it seemed they were covered and dark.” Another young man said “now I can hear myself think, it is just me talking in my head now.” Another woman testified, “I have never been able to pray for more than 5 minutes without falling asleep.” The night after the deliverance she prayed for 2 hours straight.
It is Satan making the church powerless, apathetic, and complacent. Many believers are so bound by satan that they can barely hang onto their faith let alone walk with power and preach to the lost. Spirits of unforgiveness, religious spirits, spirit of inferiority, spirit of confusion, hindering spirits, and of course witchcraft and idolatry here in the Philippines, have made many believers powerless to serve God and preach the gospel.
They can’t “walk on the water” because they are too busy trying to keep their noses above the water. Most are floundering Christians not because of the “world of sin” around them or their own “ sinful flesh” but because they have many demonic parasites obstructing, hindering and sucking the spiritual life out of them.
The church needs to be set free so that it can be the Church and it is obvious that it is not truly free of generational curses and hindering spiritual curses. Our own Filipino missionaries sometimes manifest during the deliverance sessions.
The church is blinded and powerless because of unbelief in this area and because they do not know how to use the authority of Jesus name to heal the sick or set the captives free. I am convinced that most of the so called “inner healing” or “spiritual healing” is a mis-statement of the facts. What they need, is to be delivered of the demons that moved in while they were experiencing the traumas of abuse, assault, reject, molestation, near death experiences or habitually sinful conduct. They don’t need to be healed they need to be delivered and set free!
We have a 13-minute video of one of these mass deliverance sessions, with many manifestations which we are trying to put up on YouTube now.”
Pastor Carl Henderson
Missionary-Evangelist to the Philippines