In his book “Power of the Blood”, the late deliverance minister H.A. Maxwell Whyte shares this amazing story of a church leader who unwittingly opened his life to the spirit of homosexuality, and even went so far as to leave his beautiful wife and family to live with a man. However, something amazing happened, as we read below:
IS THERE HOPE FOR ME? Perhaps the best Scripture on this subject details the story of the man whose house was garnished, swept, and cleansed after the evil spirit had gone out. This demon was not so easily defeated. He wandered around, waiting for a convenient moment to return. Finally, the man backslid, and the demon did return and brought with him seven other spirits worse than himself. (See Matthew 12:43-45.)
To say that this man was not saved is to misuse the plain meaning of words. Obviously, he was saved, delivered, and cleansed in the blood; but he chose to backslide and consequently returned to his previous habit, and seven other demons came to plague him. The frightful possibility of such a relapse was made very real to me a number of years ago.
The telephone rang. “Is that you, Pastor Whyte?” The same man who had been delivered from twenty demons in our church kitchen seven years before was on the line.
“Yes,” I replied. “What can I do for you?”
“Are you in the same place?”
“Do you still have the same ministry?”
He sighed with relief, saying that God had directed him to call me. He was trapped in the pit of sin again. “Do you think there’s any hope for me?” he sighed. “I’m in a terrible mess.”
I assured him that there was indeed hope, for the mercies of God are new every morning. So he came to my office.
His story was very sordid but a warning to us all. After his spectacular deliverance, he had moved out of the area and into the suburbs. The new church he attended did not believe the full gospel and did not teach or practice healing or deliverance.
One rainy day, as he drove downtown to his business in Toronto, he noticed a man at a bus stop. With compassion, he invited the man to get into his car. This worldly man offered our friend a cigarette. His offer opened a wonderful opportunity for our friend to witness about the salvation and deliverance available in Christ. But no. Instead, he took the cigarette, which proved to be his first step to hell on earth.
Each day he picked up this man, and each day they smoked. Soon they talked about drinking together. Their sin escalated from the tavern to the racetrack where they bet on the horses. Finally, the newfound friend said to our brother, “I love you.”
As I listened to this man’s story, I could hardly believe it. He had a beautiful wife, four wonderful children, and a good home. I had often visited them. What power drove a good Christian man to become a homosexual, leave his wife and family, and live in one room with another man? Psychology cannot explain this. It was the devil working through indwelling demons.
WORSE OFF THAN BEFORE. Theology explains that no Christian can have a demon. But I remembered how God had delivered this dear brother from a demon of suicide seven years before. How could this Spirit-filled man have gotten a suicide demon in the first place? And what about the demons that were in him now?
I knew there was only one answer. He had arrived at this miserable state by disobeying the words of Scripture: “Neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27). He had allowed the devil to occupy territory that had previously been occupied by the Holy Spirit.
The broken man slumped into a chair after his agonizing confession. He had scraped the bottom of the barrel of sin but was ready to be rescued again.
Without further delay, we gave the command. “Come out, in the name of Jesus!” The man was ready. The filthy demons began to pour out of him with almost continual coughing and choking. Without any asking on my part, they willingly named themselves as they came out. Lust, filth, uncleanness, perversion, cursing, etc. In twenty minutes he was completely free again.
When it was all over, I realized that I had seen a fulfillment of Jesus’ words:
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. (Matthew 12:43-45)
This explained what had happened to the man. After his first deliverance, his “house” had been cleansed, swept, and put in order, but he had not kept it filled with the new Visitor, the Holy Spirit. His house had been left empty, so the suicide spirit came back. However, that spirit also beckoned to seven of his filthy friends, and they came in also. What a mess a Christian can get himself into by backsliding! But thank God, deliverance is available to all who will bend the knee to Jesus and ask Him to forgive their sins and enter into their lives.
FULLY RESTORED. Seven years later, I met this same brother again in a certain church. Immediately I asked how he was doing. He joyfully told me that after his second deliverance, he returned home and made a full confession to his wife and family. They forgave him and took him back. God then began to prosper his business, and he bought a better home. He was keeping his house clean with the blood of Jesus, and the demons had permanently left.
Many victims of demonic attacks wish to be set free from these attacks.
However, as long as they have no intention of renouncing their sins, freedom remains an elusive hope, according to the late deliverance minister H.A. Maxwell Whyte, who wrote the following piece of advice in his book “Demons & Deliverance” to counsellors of victims.
Before beginning the prayer of deliverance, find out whether the one who is bound really wants to serve the Lord. Discover if any known sins are unconfessed. The sufferer should seek forgiveness for the sin or weakness that allowed the spirit to enter in the first place.
In one case, a woman informed my wife and me that she was a lesbian. We implored her to seek the Lord’s forgiveness and forsake this sin, which is so highly condemned in Scripture. To our astonishment, she admitted that she wasn’t sure she could do it since she felt the experience was rather beautiful. This woman wanted to be set free from the stigma of her sin, but she didn’t want to forsake it. No amount of prayer would have budged this unclean spirit. The demon had a right to stay there and manifest its unclean nature.
The Philippine Catholic church has defended boxing hero Manny Pacquiao for his opposition to gay marriage, saying he was only quoting the Bible.
Said Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the public affairs office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP): “This is really in the Bible. There is this quote he (Pacquiao) uses from the Bible and we cannot change that”.
According to The Philippine Star, Secillano, nevertheless, added that Pacquiao should respect homosexuals and not “judge” and “condemn” them.
“The church says that if this is your lifestyle, if this is your orientation, then we respect that. We cannot condemn them,” said Secillano.
However, Secillano’s comments seem to reflect a willingness by the Philippine Catholic Church to withhold godly truths just to appease the gay community.
In particular, the bible clearly states that homosexuals – among other people who commit a variety of other sins – will not go to heaven:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; New American Standard Bible [with emphasis added])
In not confronting gay people with the plain truth, the Philippine Catholic church is being irresponsible, and gay people risk missing out on eternal life just because their spiritual leaders are man-pleasers rather than God-pleasers.
As a former homosexual for 18 years, Bro Victor D. Romero receives a lot of questions on the subject. Recently, in his Facebook page, he addressed the question of whether a gay person needs to stop being gay in order to go to heaven:
AS AN “EX-HOMOSEXUAL” I AM ASKED ALOT OF QUESTIONS ON THAT SUBJECT. RECENTLY, SOMEONE WANTED TO KNOW IF THEY HAD TO STOP BEING GAY TO GET INTO HEAVEN??? I POST MY RESPONSE FOR ALL WHO MAY HAVE THE SAME QUESTION, OR ARE ASKED.
HONESTLY, MY MESSAGE IS NOT TO GAY PEOPLE TELLING THEM THEY NEED TO BE STRAIGHT TO GET INTO HEAVEN, MY MESSAGE IS TO SINNERS BEING DRAWN BY GOD WHO ARE ASKING *THE QUESTION, WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED, AND THE ANSWER IS, REPENT FROM YOUR SIN AND BE BORN AGAIN, IN THE IMAGE OF CHRIST, GIVING YOURSELF UP AS A LIVING SACRIFICE (ROM. 12) DYING TO THE FLESH AND BEING BORN AGAIN WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
NO PERSON GOES FROM GAY TO STRAIGHT, OR STRAIGHT TO GAY. A PERSON GOES FROM SINNER TO SAINT, FROM UNSAVED TO SAVED. DO I HAVE TO TELL A CRACK ADDICT, HE HAS TO STOP SMOKING CRACK TO BE SAVED?? DO I HAVE TO TELL A WHORE THAT THEY HAVE TO STOP BEING A WHORE TO BE SAVED, NO, THE FIRST PART OF BEING SAVED IS #1 REPENTANCE !!!
IN THEIR OWN HEART, IF GOD IS DRAWING A PERSON TO CHRIST, A PERSON ALREADY KNOWS THEY ARE IN SIN, AND NOW THE QUESTION BECOMES, “HOW DO I GET OUT OF SIN”, NOT, “HOW DO I BECOME STRAIGHT” . ALL THOSE REFLECTING CHRIST WILL BY NATURE, REJECT SIN AND FOLLOW WHAT CHRIST COMMANDS. BY NATURE, WE FOLLOW THE SPIRIT THAT IS IN US, THE HOLY SPIRIT, DYING TO OUR OLD SELF, BEING BORN AGAIN, REPLACING THE OLD MAN WITH THE NEW. BEING REFORMATTED AND REBOOTED!!! IN THIS PROCESS, SIN IS BEING ELIMINATED, AND BY NATURE, HOMOSEXUALITY(SIN) ALONG WITH EVERY OTHER SIN, IS BEING ELIMINATED.
A PERSON LIVING IN THE DEVIL’S MATRIX HAS REDEFINED WHAT IS SIN AND WHAT IS NOT SIN, THUS, ALL TOGETHER CANCELING OUT THE TRUE REGENERATION PROCESS OF GOD, BUT NOW, REPLACING THAT WITH WHAT THE WORLD HAS DEFINED AS SIN. WHAT THE WORLD DEFINES AS RIGHT AND WRONG, THUS, CREATING A NEW god, IN THE WORLD’S IMAGE (MODERN DAY RELIGION), FALLING DEEPER INTO SIN. THE SIN OF IDOLATRY ON TOP OF SEXUAL SIN, HOMOSEXUALITY.
ANYONE WHO NEEDS CONVINCING THAT THEIR SIN IS SIN, IS NOT IN CHRIST AND NOT BEING DRAWN BY GOD. TAKE AWAY HOMOSEXUALITY AND REPLACE IT , AS AN ANALOGY, WITH ALCOHOLISM. IF I HAD TO CONVINCE AN ALCOHOLIC THEY ARE AN ALCOHOLIC, THEN THAT THERE ALREADY PROVES, THEY ARE NOT DONE WITH ALCOHOL. WHY?? BECAUSE THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHT TO DRINK IT. WHEN THIS PERSON HITS”ROCK BOTTOM” *THEY NEED NO CONVINCING.
*JUST LIKE THE HOMOSEXUAL, IF THIS PERSON IS TRULY BEING DRAWN BY GOD, THEY ARE ALREADY CONVINCED. WHAT THEY ARE NOW LOOKING FOR IS,
(((HOW DO I GET OUT OF SIN))) ??? UNDERSTAND??
Bro Victor D. Romero shares his amazing testimony in the Youtbue video below:
Philippine world champion professional boxer Manny Pacquiao recently sparked controversy by saying that people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals”.
“It’s common sense,” said Pacquiao. “Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
According to the UK Guardian, Pacquiao, who is a conservative Christian, later apologised for his comment.
Nonetheless, through a Facebook post on Monday, February 15, 2016, Pacquiao appears to have explained his perspective, by saying:
I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh. I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways. 1 Corinthians 6:9
“ Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.”
Thank you, Bro Manny, for taking a stand for God!
Here’s a sharing by Dr Patricia Green of Joy Ministries Worldwide that may be helpful for believers who are struggling with gender confusion/sexuality issues.