By Robert Short, Arizona
The rebuking of territorial spirits is dangerous: “Do Not Go There!”
Many zealous Christians have adopted the unscriptural practice of rebuking territorial spirits in place of Evangelism in order to “reclaim” their region for Christ. They rail against heavenly beings without understanding the dangers involved. The backlash from rebuking heavenly beings in presumption and engaging them in the flesh can be severe. Basically, rebuking principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places is picking a fight that you will not win.
I understand and have experienced the backlash that can come from this unscriptural practice. I have suffered from a car accident, mental oppression, and have been afflicted with infirmities as a direct result of rebuking principalities in presumption. For years, I considered it standard practice to prayer walk areas and rebuke principalities before ministry and for years I suffered unnecessary opposition as a result! On one occasion, I rebuked the principalities over Indian Lands and my neck was immediately immobilized to where I could not move it for weeks. On another occasion, I rebuked the spiritual wickedness in high places over a region causing deafness and [then I myself] lost hearing in one of my ears for two months….even after seeing many people healed and delivered in the same service! By the grace of God, I now realize the dangers of this practice and have since repented, been fully healed, and delivered.
In a recent mission to the Navajo Nation [in September 2012], I neither prayer walked nor rebuked principalities—and there was no backlash as in previous occasions. In fact, the ministry on the Indian Lands this time was more powerful and fruitful.
Evangelism is fruitful when we obey the commands of the Lord to preach repentance and the kingdom of God to people “on the earth, to heal the sick “on the earth,” to cleanse the lepers “on the earth”, to raise the dead “on the earth”, and to cast out devils from those “on the earth.” The trampling of serpents and scorpions underfoot is clearly ground level warfare. It is only in ground-level warfare where we can claim our promise that “Nothing shall by any means hurt you: Luke 10:19.”
To reiterate, the rebuking of territorial spirits in presumption is dangerous: Do Not Go There! Rebuking principalities in the flesh is picking a fight that you will not win.
Praise God that repentance from this unscriptural practice will bring restoration, healing, and times of refreshing from the Lord: Acts 3:19. Evangelistic efforts will also become more powerful and more effective as we disengage from this practice.
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Matthew 10:7-8 “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Jude 1:9-10 “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.”
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
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“I can relate to that. The man I married eleven and a half years ago was a pastor. He was involved in spiritual warfare over the town nearby where gargoyle statues guarded the city. There were so many strange things— weird supernatural things—that happened that I thought I was living in a nightmare.”