Permitting Jesus To Do the Ministry
No human being (other than the perpetrators) knows what was done to the severely abused person who needs ministry. Therefore it does not make sense for us to think we can determine how to conduct the ministry. For example, suppose I knew that all abused persons have issues with rejection, so I decided to work on rejection in my abused friend. I could have gotten a teaching on rejection out of a book or off the Internet and started probing the person for various roots and fruits of rejection. That would be wrong, and my friend would not receive much help. Jesus would be there ready to help but I would be so much in His way, He couldn’t do much.
It is best to approach a ministry session without any particular plan but rather equipped with a general knowledge of what cults do to people and why. This, combined with a relationship with Jesus Christ and knowledge of His Word, are all we need to effectively minister. When I say equipped with a general knowledge of what cults do and why, I am in no way suggesting a person read occult literature. To do so opens us up to darkness and gives demons permission to deceive us.
All I know about what Satanists do and why I have learned from hearing memories of survivors and studying God’s Word. When we listen to memories in order to help a survivor, God’s grace covers us and protects us. If we go on the Internet and start reading Satanic literature, we are doing so without God’s protection because we are in disobedience to His commandments. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them, for it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret” (Eph. 5:11, 12).