Thursday, January 2, 2020

Can We Rebuke Or Bind Satan In The Name Of Jesus?

        Scripture does not speak of Christians being able to rebuke the Devil. There are no examples of or instructions as to how we can do that in the New Testament epistles. Not even Micheal the Archangel put himself in a position to rebuke Satan (Jude 9). That is something which God Himself does (Zechariah 3:2).

         Satan is a reality who oppress us. The same is true of demons. However, their knowledge of things and power are not unlimited. Not every perceived spiritual attack is directly caused by Satan. He can only do as God permits him. We are to draw near to God (James 4:7-8). If we do that, then the Devil will flee from us because God draws near to those who seek after Him.

         We are to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). That Pauline passage employs imagery of the armor that Roman guards wore. Our chief concern in this life should be serving God and not continually rebuking or binding the devil. We must turn to the guiding principles provided in God-breathed Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).


Dalthi said...

in my personal experience I could say that is possible when you say "In name o Jesus! Get off demons!" or something like that, can scare the demons away (sorry, I don't write very well in english to make this more easy understanding).

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

IF there really are demons we can't rebuke them or bind them, as is the context of this post. What we can do is to command them to leave in the name of Jesus Christ, since that is the only way we learn from Scripture. But they would never be in Christians, as so many false teachers claim.