On the casting out of demons
July 21, 2011 7:39 PM Subscribe
For the sake of this question, assume everything in the Bible is true/real. Do you have to be a practicing Christian to cast out demons in the name of Jesus Christ?
posted by IndigoRain to Religion & Philosophy (22 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Although I have not been a Christian since 2003 (I identify as agnostic though leaning towards atheism - I was Charismatic Christian in an abusive church then), I have recurrent dreams in which I see demons. (Not often.) My first instinct in the dream is to always use the name of Jesus Christ to dispel them. However, since in these dreams I know I'm not a practicing Christian, I am never sure it will work... although it usually does.
So is there anything to indicate in the Bible that you would have to be a Christian (/Catholic/Jew/Believer/Saved/Whatever) to cast out demons, or is it merely the name of Christ that does it? I know some people believe once saved always saved (OSAS) and some do not.