There is an in-depth interview here with Pastor Karl Payne on confronting the demonic (He served as chaplain and spiritual counselor for the NFL’s Seahawks from 1994 through 2015, stepping down last year after 21 full seasons. Payne is currently on staff at Antioch Bible Church of Redmond, Washington, where he serve as the pastor of leadership development and discipleship training).
The heart of the treatment in the second meeting consists of what Payne called the three Cs: confession, canceling, commanding.
He says the three Cs are like a three-legged stool: Once all a demon’s support is removed, it’s over.
“First we confess the sin that opened the door,” Payne explained.
Then the sin is canceled by praying, “Oh, father in heaven would you please cancel any permission I have given demons to hold any kind of ground or territory in my life?
Then the patient commands the demons to leave, by what Payne says is the authority granted to all true believers by the Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s that simple.
But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy for someone to accept the reality of something so routinely and thoroughly dismissed by the modern world.
His experience largely mirrors my own in confronting the demonic. And I agree with his thesis that doctors who reject the Biblical worldview can sometimes be much too quick to prescribe powerful anti-psychotic medication.
The most important point is his statement that “The patient then must be willing to stand on truth rather than actively entertain lies.”
As the culture rejects the truth of Christianity and free-falls into darkness, demonic activity will surely spike wreaking all manner of bondage and misery. The light of Christ alone brings glorious freedom.