The Practical Manual on this website will be shared with the Mission Board of the General Conference of SDAs in October 2018. A network of trained deliverance ministry practitioners is being established around the world for people to be able to contact in specific deliverance ministry situations.
Preface to the Manual:
In February 2018, a group of Adventists gathered in Berrien Springs, MI, for 2 days of prayer and reflection. The group was diverse. It was drawn from a broad range of ministry callings, including missiologists, front-line missionaries, theologians and administrators, there were representatives from SE Asia, Africa, Latin America, the EU and North America, and both men and women were included. The group was also united by the fact that all were actively involved in Deliverance Ministry. The goals of the conference were as follows:
To chart a Seventh-day Adventist path for deliverance ministry is fraught with difficulty and hostile questions, avoiding both the Scylla of the aggressive Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare found among many Evangelicals on the one hand, but also the Charibdis of the skeptical Western secular worldview on the other. Yet, given the late hour in earth’s history, we must wrestle with how we as Adventists may apply our unique theological insights into the Great Controversy that rages between our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Evil One at a cosmic level into practical principles of ministry for the victims of Satan’s attacks on an individual level.
The preparations for the February 2018 conference were difficult. Satan pushed back with personal harassment of the participants. Many of those involved suffered personal injury and much pain. Yet, to God be the glory! He protected with His angels, led through His Spirit, and the outcome was a renewed commitment to minister with biblical fidelity, unyielding love, and a holy boldness for God.
This book contains the papers that were prepared by the conference attendees, and which were subject to intense review, discussion and debate, as Adventist practitioners from around the world added their insights to each chapter. As such, these papers are not the end of our journey, nor is they the final word on this difficult topic. Rather, they are merely the next step in a journey of faith as we humbly partner with God in the Great Controversy, and as such we welcome your comments and suggestions for how this important ministry can be further refined.
This book is not written exclusively for theologians or missiologists or pastors wrestling with dual allegiance or over demonization among members.
There once was an unseen woman who crept up behind Jesus to touch the hem of His robe, and whose faith brought healing. Nobody saw her. Nobody cared about her. She was in the group of disciples but not with the group of disciples. They were, in fact, heading in a different direction.
This book is likewise written for the unseen woman who comes to you at the end of a worship service, and quietly says with tears in her eyes, “Pastor, I have a problem, a shadow in my life, and I don’t know how to get rid of it. I can’t speak about it publicly, for people will say I am crazy, but I am desperate. I can’t go on. Please help me.”
This book is written for the seminary student who played with an Ouija board as a teenager, in whose life the “predictions” of the fallen spirit have all come true….and is terrified.
This book is written for the mother who discovers that her estranged husband’s family were all involved in Freemasonry and channeling spirits, and whose teenage daughter is now filled with rage and is cutting herself.
This book is written out of love, for love and with love. It is rooted in the Good News that Jesus Christ has never lost a battle with Satan, and in His name, the captives may still be set free. To God be the glory!
Dr Conrad Vine, President
Adventist Frontier Missions, inc.