Spiritual Warfare 101: Binding & Loosing

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded” (James 4:7-8).

In the last several decades, there have been a lot of books and teachings in the body of Christ pertaining to spiritual warfare or the “authority of the believer.” Of course many of them are very good, but even with those excellent resources, there is still quite a bit of confusion in church about what a believer can and cannot do in the realm of exercising spiritual authority over the enemy.

Some think that the devil is not really a factor in a Christian’s everyday-life so they do little or nothing to actively resist him. Others go to the opposite extreme and walk in fear, believing that the devil can do what ever he wants when he wants. And sadly, fear causes some of them to end up trusting in strange, unbiblical methods of warfare rather than developing a relationship with God. To add to these problems, some Bible colleges (even Pentecostal ones) incorrectly teach that it is unscriptural to bind the devil or demons. Then I discovered one popular Charismatic author (which we will discuss later) came out with the false teaching that you should loose the devil.

So, in view of all these opinions, we do need to ask and answer some legitimate questions. Do Christians have authority over Satan and his demons? Can we bind demons? What does it mean to “bind a demon” and how do we do it? How long does it last? What can we do to obey the commands of the Scriptures that exhort us to resist the