- Do all Christians need to go through freedom sessions?
Most people have no problem going to the doctor for routine physical check-ups. The same is true for Christians and freedom ministry. At Wellsprings of Freedom, we recommend that every Christian consider going through at least one freedom session for the sake of having a spiritual “check-up.” As Christians living in a fallen, sinful world, we are all subject to varying levels of pain, hurt, and heartache as we walk through life. We are also targets and subject to the attacks of Satan and his demonic forces. Therefore, just as we go to doctors to know that our bodies are functioning and feeling well, so also we recommend that Christians go through a freedom session(s) to ensure that they are spiritually and emotionally healthy. It certainly doesn’t hurt to go through a freedom session. In fact, it can only help!
- Aren't freedom sessions only for broken and hurting people?
Unfortunately, this is one of the myths about freedom ministry. The (negative) stereotype among many Christians is that only the most broken and hurting people need to go through a ministry like Wellsprings of Freedom International. The reality, however, is that all Christians have experienced some form of pain, hurt, rejection, loss, and/or tragedy over the course of their lives. And all Christians carry some form of emotional or spiritual “baggage” from their past into their relationship with Christ. Even though we become “new creations” in Christ at conversion (the “salvation step”), many Christians remain bound-up internally and often need to experience deeper levels healing and freedom in Christ (the “freedom step”). They still need to be set free to love and grow in Christ. Therefore, EVERY CHRISTIAN can benefit and receive help and healing from a ministry like Wellsprings of Freedom.
- How old do you have to be for a freedom session?
The Wellsprings ministry is basically a prayer ministry. Prayers can be offered up for any age group from one-month old up to 100 years old! There is no age limit in our ministry. Wellsprings of Freedom International ministers to clients of all ages throughout the year.
- Do I have to attend a Wellsprings Orientation class?
For those clients living in the Quad Cities Area, the answer is Yes. On the first Saturday morning of every month, Wellsprings of Freedom International teaches an Orientation class for all people interested in learning more about our ministry and to help them determine whether they could benefit from freedom sessions. This Orientation class is required for all people living in the Western Illinois/Eastern Iowa (Quad Cities) Area. The exact dates and times of the monthly Orientation classes held in Rock Island, IL can be found on our official website at www.wellspringsoffreedom.com. Local churches that have established Wellsprings teams and ministries outside the QCA are encouraged to create their own Orientation class schedule.
- Does Wellsprings of Freedom minister to pastors and missionaries?
Yes, all the time! In fact, during any given year, we have numerous pastors, church leaders, and missionaries who visit Wellsprings of Freedom from various locations across the United States. Many pastors reach out to our ministry for help so that they can receive freedom from personal struggles in a confidential and safe environment. Many missionaries visit Wellsprings of Freedom while on furlough in the United States to receive healing, spiritual renewal, and encouragement. In addition, Wellsprings of Freedom International sends out mission teams each year to various local churches in the U.S. and to missionary conferences around the world to minister to those who minister. If you are interested in visiting and/or receiving ministry from Wellsprings of Freedom International, please contact our office in Rock Island, IL at (309) 788-8100 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
- Does Wellsprings minister to those who aren't saved?
Wellsprings of Freedom International does not schedule freedom sessions with and/or minister to those who are not yet Christians. In order to receive ministry at WFI, we first encourage seekers to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is an all-important and necessary first step on their spiritual journey before coming in for a freedom session. The reasons are many. The most important reason is because without the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit living inside a person, the demonic spirits do not have to leave, or if cast-out and removed during a freedom session, will be able to return fairly easily in the future.
- Can Wellsprings help a friend or a family member who is struggling with suicidal thoughts?
The answer is yes, if the friend or family member wants to be helped. We have helped hundreds of people who have struggled with suicidal thoughts. Sometimes they have been hearing voices in their heads telling them to kill themselves for many years. There are demonic spirits who call themselves Death and Suicide. Their mission is to convince human beings to take their own lives. They can gain access into our lives in a number of ways. Sometimes it may be generational. In other words, you were born with them. For example, it is not uncommon for me to ask a person seeking help from suicidal thoughts if they have any family members who have committed suicide and find that there have been several who have done so. It might be a great grandparent or grandparent or an aunt or an uncle, but we often find a history or pattern of suicide that has been in the family for a couple of generations. Demons hate God’s people and want to destroy them (John 10:10), but they cannot take us out directly. So they have to try and convince us to do it ourselves or convince another person to hurt us. They convince us to do it ourselves through lies placed into our minds. The lies follow a progression all leading to the final act of suicide. You can read about the progression of lies on page 17 of our “Continuing the Journey” follow-up booklet also found in the AfterCare section on this website. As the demons begin to see us believing the lies they are placing into our minds, they begin to increase the number and intensity of the lies. They are literally trying to brainwash us into taking our own life. When people come to us for help, and the lying spirits are removed, they find incredible peace. The voices in their mind go away and the urgency to hurt themselves is greatly diminished or completely taken away.
- How long is a freedom session?
Typically they are 3 hours long. On occasion they may run a few minutes over as the team leader tries to find a good stopping point.
- How many sessions do I need?
Every person is different, and there is no way for us to know until we begin the ministry process. Most people need 2-3 sessions; however, there are some that are finished in one session while others may need more than 3 sessions. This is mostly determined by our life stories and the number of deep level wounds we have had to endure.
- Is the Wellsprings of Freedom minister effective?
Yes, very effective! In fact, a number of years ago, Wellsprings of Freedom surveyed a cross-section of clients to determine the effectiveness of our ministry. Over 100 people responded to the survey and 95% of our clients personally testified that the Wellsprings ministry significantly helped them! Only 4% of clients said that the ministry was not helpful to them for various reasons. These statistics are a powerful testimony of the power of God at work in and through the ministry of Wellsprings of Freedom International.
- What words do clients usually use to describe the Wellsprings ministry?
Over and over again, we hear our clients using the following words to describe this ministry to others: “Loving,” “Gentle,” “Encouraging,” “Amazing!” “Calm,” “Peaceful,” “Deep,” “Healing,” “Powerful!” and “Life-changing!” Some of the most common phrases that clients use after their freedom session(s) are: “Wow, that was amazing!” “I feel a hundred pounds lighter!” “I feel so free!” “It changed my life!” and “Why wouldn’t anyone want to experience this for themselves!”
- How much do sessions cost?
Trying to figure out how to fund a ministry like Wellsprings is always a challenge. How do you juggle the desire to keep the ministry affordable, and yet, be able to pay the bills? We know of other freedom ministries around the country who charge as much as $150 per session and others who charge that much per hour. As we contemplated how to balance those two issues, we felt very strongly that there is another component that must be added to the equation; pre-session preparation and follow-up care. In spite of our teaching otherwise, many clients expect our ministry to be a quick fix. They come in and expect us to make them better without taking any personal responsibility for their own continued freedom. Freedom ministry is a process. It takes a unique combination of personal preparation, ministry sessions and a personal commitment to change bad habits and thought patterns of the past. Our healing sessions will provide you with a level of freedom you may never have experienced, but maintaining that freedom without an ongoing effort to change is almost impossible. After considering all of these important factors; “Splashes From Wellsprings” was created in the fall of 2013. It was designed to provide our clients with the ongoing care and resources needed to complete the journey toward freedom in Christ. It is full of helpful articles, devotionals, recommended reading lists, and miracle stories. It also answers frequently asked questions that many people often have. It costs $16.95/month, and will give you access to 24-hour online resources that will be helpful before, during, and after your sessions. Our staff is committed to adding 1-2 new articles to the site every week, in order to keep current with client needs. There is also a place on the website for you to request articles that will be more specific to your needs without anyone knowing you requested the information. The minimum cost for receiving ministry from Wellsprings is to join our website for $16.95 per month. Everyone signing up to receive ministry today, will need to sign up to receive the website before they will be placed on our waiting list. Within 5 minutes of signing up, our office will receive a confirmation notice and you will instantly be placed on the waiting list. The quicker you sign up, the quicker you get on the waiting list. Because you get a product by signing up for the Splashes website, the IRS will not allow this to be considered a donation. In the past, Wellsprings has operated on what you might call a “Pay it Forward” plan (Those who have received ministry give so others coming in later can receive ministry). When you sign-up for “Splashes,” you will not only receive a great product, but you will also help hundreds of people in our community who are in desperate need of freedom receive ministry from us. Our desire is to help everyone who is in need of freedom and we do not want costs to keep anyone away. We hope most of you will continue your Splashes subscription for years to come in order to keep Wellsprings open and reaching people here at home and around the world. However, as you can imagine, $16.95 per month from each of our clients doesn’t cover all of our costs. We still need people who in addition to signing up for Splashes can afford to give more. This is completely voluntary, but in order to pay our bills we need monthly sponsors. If you can afford to do more, we would ask for you to consider being a monthly sponsor.
- Why don't you just charge for the sessions?
Here’s why… When we first started out doing freedom ministry, we were in a church and the church covered all the expenses so we didn’t have to charge for sessions. But over the course of 10 years, the ministry got bigger and bigger. It got so big that I (Rev. Tim Howard) eventually resigned my position in the church to go into freedom ministry full time. Because we hadn’t charged for sessions in the previous ten years, it was kind of hard to do so at the time without making people angry. Plus, from the very beginning I didn’t sense God leading me to charge for sessions. Many freedom ministries around the country are charging as much as $300.00 per session. We didn’t want anyone to be excluded from receiving ministry just because they couldn’t afford it. I felt like God was telling me that if a lot of people do a little the load will be light. So we began to see if people who had previously been in for sessions would be willing to give a monthly pledge to the ministry. And they did! But the ministry continued to expand, and now we have our own building, and we are reaching a lot more people both here in the Quad Cities and around the world. As much as we appreciated everything that was being donated, it just wasn’t covering all of our bills. Over the last couple of years, we began to get phone calls from clients asking us for follow-up help after they finished with their sessions. So we began to think about how we could do that. We also discovered many people coming to us were struggling and needed some guidance prior to their first session. As we began to put together ideas for how we could do these things, we came up with the idea for a website that would give people 24/7 support and help to pay our bills. This is our “Splashes From Wellsprings” website! What we love is that as people give to the website, they get a fantastic product in return. We are currently training other churches around the country and they are being helped by all the information on our website as well. We are adding two new articles to the website every week to help clients with whatever they may be struggling with. I believe it fits with the giving model God asked me to use,” If a lot of people do a little.” If we did go to a charge per session model, we would need to require $288.00 per session to meet all of our financial obligations. When you consider most people need about 3 sessions, that’s over $850.00 per person. So between our monthly partners and the “Splashes” website, we can keep our costs to the client at only $16.95 per month.
- Why does it take so long to get in for a session?
Because there is an incredible desire and demand for freedom! At Wellsprings of Freedom International, we currently have more than 80 volunteers serving faithfully each week. This allows us to offer 13 freedom sessions every week, which meet in our building from Monday-Friday. In addition, we currently offer special 1-hour prayer sessions for physical healing twice-a-week. Each spring and fall, Wellsprings continue to train up new workers to serve in the ministry. But despite our rapid growth and our intentional efforts to expand the ministry across the country and around the world, we still have a 3-4 month waiting list at any given time! It’s just the nature of freedom ministry. We do apologize for the wait. Know that we are doing our very best to expedite the waiting period to minister to you as quickly as possible. So thanks for your understanding and patience as you wait for your first freedom session!
- What are the physical healing prayer sessions?
In 2013, Wellsprings of Freedom International began a new form of prayer ministry, which we call our physical healing prayer sessions. These are one-hour prayer sessions that focus specifically on physical needs a client may have. The best way to describe them is that they are like a one-hour “mini” freedom session. For example, if a client is battling a form of cancer, fibromyalgia, is experiencing chronic pain, or some other physical ailment, a team of trained workers would briefly interview the client about their physical condition, spend some time in musical worship, and then begin praying healing prayers over and for the client. We see the Lord perform miraculous healings on a regular basis! So if you are struggling with a physical condition, we highly recommend signing-up for one of our physical healing prayer sessions. The best way to sign-up is by contacting the WFI office at (309) 788-8100 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Why do I have to fill out a Personal Consent and Liability form?
There are a couple of reasons, but the most important one is to ensure that everyone coming in for a session understands we are a ministry of volunteers. We teach this in our Orientation class, but we share a lot of information in the 2 ½ hour class and we know that it is impossible for everyone to remember everything. Wellsprings of Freedom is a prayer ministry consisting of wonderful people who want to share their God-given gifts to help other people. We are not professional counselors and by having people sign the waiver, it is an additional effort to make sure no one is under any false assumptions. Though our ministry is very successful, not everyone finds freedom. Our waiver makes it clear that we cannot offer any guarantees of complete healing. By having our clients sign the waiver up front, it ensures that everyone coming in for ministry understands our limitations prior to their session. It is not our intention to deceive anyone and the waiver helps us to more effectively communicate the truth about who we are to our clients.
- How should I prepare for a session?
There are several things you can do. But first and foremost, always remember the demons attacking you do not want you to come it for a session. Their mission is to torture you, and if you come in, they know they will have to leave. The day of your scheduled appointment you will most likely hear your thought voice telling you that everything is OK; you don’t need to go in for a session. Please do not listen to the thoughts telling you to cancel. Fight against the urge to cancel your appointment. Remember this: the stronger the urge to cancel the more you need to come in. Also, spend time in prayer asking God to help you be set free. Reading your bible and praying are excellent way to prepare for your session.
- Can I bring a spouse or a friend to a session?
Yes we do! Early on in our ministry, those who struggled with the concept of spiritual warfare were incredulous about the idea that a demon would attack a child. They were angry that we would even suggest such a thing. Whenever doubts over an issue arise, we should look to the Scriptures first to see if there is a direct answer to a question. In Mark 9:14-27 we find the answer. Basically this passage tells us about a father who brought his son to the disciples to be set free of a demonic spirit that kept him from being able to speak. But the disciples couldn’t cast out the evil spirit. At that point Jesus steps onto the scene and takes over. He asks the father a question. “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him.” We must understand that demons take no pity on any human being at any age, ever! Satan and his demonic following have come to steal kill and destroy (John 10:10). When we minister to children under the age of 18, we must have a parent or guardian sign a permission slip giving us their approval. Some of our most successful sessions have been with children, especially children adopted from overseas. We have received amazing testimonies from parents whose children have gone through our ministry and have been miraculously set free from anger, rage, night terrors, fear, anti-social behavior, and hosts of other problems.
- How do I determine if my child/niece/nephew could benefit from a freedom session?
If a child, step-child, niece, or nephew is demonstrating unusual behaviors at home or at school (everything from fits of rage, to throwing uncontrollable temper tantrums to, wetting/soiling themselves, etc.), if you suspect they are being bullied at school, or if they are having trouble sleeping at night (due to nightmares, overwhelming fear, etc.), these are all potential indicators that they could greatly benefit from a freedom session. Also, if a child has been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, autism, or another behavioral disorder, we would recommend that they come in to be prayed over in a freedom session. If children are seeing scary monsters, animals, or dark figures/presences in their rooms or in other places when you are not around, be careful not to ignore or downplay their fears when they share these things with you. Over the years, we have ministered to many young children who were experiencing all of the above symptoms and they have been completely set free from the torment and attacks of the evil one. We have also seen many children be permanently healed of various behavioral problems.
- Do we as parents have the spiritual authority to pray for our children when they are being spiritually attacked?
The answer is YES! There seems to be an authority structure in the spiritual realm that is God-designed and God-ordained. Just as God has structured the universe in an orderly manner (according to certain laws), so He has structured the human family within an authority structure. For example, according to Scripture, husbands are given authority over their wives (see Ephesians 5:22-33). Another one of those authority structures is the parent-child relationship. Parents serve as authority figures and serve as spiritual authorities over their children (see Ephesians 6:1-4 & Colossians 3:20). Because of this, we encourage parents to exercise their spiritual authority and pray in the name of Jesus against whatever they sense is attacking their children. If there is a mother and father in the picture, we especially encourage the fathers, as the head of their household, to take authority in the name of Jesus and pray protection over their families. For more detailed information and guidelines on how to pray, we recommend reading the article “How To Pray For Your Children” located in the After Care section of articles on this website.
- What level of spiritual authority do parents have over their adult children?
As part of the maturation process, our children naturally grow older and eventually become more and more independent. They begin to exercise their own free will and make their own decisions. However, do parents still maintain a level of spiritual authority over their grown children? We believe the answer is YES – to some extent. Even though our adult children may be married and have their own families, the parent-child relationship that God created still remains in place. Therefore, we still encourage parents of adult children to cover their kids, their spouses, and grandchildren in prayer on a regular basis. We remind parents and grandparents of the importance of passing on a “spiritual legacy” to their children and grandchildren. If our children or grandchildren choose to disobey God and walk in sin, then of course, the influence of our prayers will be limited. They are choosing to exercise their own human free will, which can thwart God’s work in their lives. So their disobedience to God can certainly hinder the influence of our prayers.
- Will I be judged by anyone?
No! All Wellsprings of Freedom teams are committed to confidentiality in your sessions and are made-up of compassionate and caring team members who deeply desire to help broken and hurting people find healing and freedom in the Christ. There is no room for judgment or condemnation in a freedom session. From the moment a client walks into the room, we want them to feel the unconditional love and acceptance of Christ. Clients who come to us are often struggling with voices of shame, guilt, condemnation, and accusation. What they need more than anything is to hear God’s voice of Truth spoken in love, which brings freedom from all the shame and negative self-talk.
- My friend/relative was hurt by something like Wellsprings. How are you different?
Unfortunately, there are a few clients who have come to us over the years wounded from past experiences from other deliverance ministries. In most cases, these have been healing or deliverance ministries that tend to allow demonic manifestations during their sessions. In some instances, the client was unable to see, hear, and/or feel anything during their sessions, and because of that, the ministry leader and/or ministry team made them feel like there was something wrong with them. Other clients told us they walked away from that former ministry frustrated and discouraged with the ministry and/or the healing method that they used. We can assure you that at Wellsprings of Freedom, you can expect your freedom session to be a very loving, gentle, calm, and peaceful experience. Everything that is said and done in a freedom session is done under the gentle leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit. We also do our best to make the client feel as welcome, comfortable, and accepted as possible. Our team members understand the importance of confidentiality in each freedom session in order to create a safe place where clients can share honestly and openly about their pain and struggles. At the beginning of each session, we strictly forbid any demons from manifesting in Jesus’ name, which allows the session to be led in a calm and orderly manner. We also take the time to cover the client and each team member in prayer. In addition, our inner healing model allows the Holy Spirit to take a client back to past wounds in order to experience God’s healing touch, but even this is done is a very loving and gentle manner. Over the years, it has been common for new clients who come to Wellsprings to tell us, “This is the most gentle form of deliverance I’ve ever seen/experienced!” Others have told us, “The Wellsprings method of healing and deliverance is so much more effective than any other ministry we’ve been to!”
- Why do you use worship/praise music in your sessions?
There are several reasons. First of all, we know from the Scriptures that worship is a powerful WEAPON against the enemy. Secondly, we read in the Scriptures that God inhabits the praises of His people. Therefore, worship invites God’s presence to come in a powerful way. Thirdly, we know that Satan hates it when God’s children worship Him in spirit and truth. After all, it was Lucifer who tried to raise himself up above God so that they whole world would bow down and worship him. Thus, when followers of Jesus Christ worship the One True God, it reminds Satan of his fall from heaven and his ultimate destiny and destruction. Finally, the worship time gives our team members and clients time and space to listen to the Holy Spirit and receive important information that will be helpful in setting the client free.
- Why do I feel so nervous before my freedom session(s)?
Most often, clients feel nervous leading up to their first freedom session. Much of their nervousness is usually due to not knowing what to expect during their session. Once a client experiences their first freedom session, many of those initial fears subside and they return for their next sessions in a more peaceful state of mind. The other factor involved is the fact that Satan to wants stir up all kinds of fear, worry, and anxiety before your session, in hope of keeping you away. Why? Because he doesn’t want you to be set free! The fears he tries to cause in our hearts and minds are numerous: Fear of the unknown, fear what might happen in the session, fear of what might be revealed about us, fear of being judged, fear of being misunderstood, fear that the freedom session won’t help you, etc. Recognizing these fears ahead of time and being aware of how the Enemy might try to keep you away from your session will help to overcome his schemes and attacks.
- What is a freedom session like?
Think of a freedom session to be like a loving and gentle 3-hour prayer meeting. However, don’t let the length of time intimidate you. Time flies during your freedom session and three hours passes by very quickly! A typical freedom session begins with a time of introductions and basic questions (so that the client can get to know their ministry team and vice versa). After that, the Team Leader will begin praying prayers of protection around the client and team, which is usually followed by a time of musical worship. During the worship time, as the Holy Spirit begins to reveal things to the Discerners on the team, they then pass that information on to their Team Leader. After the musical worship time, the Team Leader then takes that information and develops a strategy to help the client experience deeper levels of healing and freedom in Christ. This may involve asking the client a series of questions about their family and/or past, asking the Holy Spirit to administer inner healing to deep wounds of the past, and/or confronting demonic strongholds in a client’s life. At the end of the session, the Team Leader will conclude by praying prayers of filling and blessing to ensure that the client leaves the session encouraged and filled with God’s presence and power!
- Why do you do this ministry in teams?
There are a number of reasons for why Wellsprings of Freedom International is a team-based ministry. We will highlight three of the most important reasons here. First of all, in the Gospels, Jesus promised that wherever two or three Christ-followers gathered together in His name, He would be present among them. He also taught about the power of agreeing together in prayer (Matthew 18:19-20). Secondly, there are three essential roles that make-up every Wellsprings ministry team. They are the Team Leader, Intercessor (prayer warrior), and Discerners. We believe having all three roles functioning together on a team allows us to minister to clients with greater effectiveness than if we were doing the ministry one-on-one. Each team member is operating in the authority of Christ and in their God-given spiritual gifts – working together in unity to set prisoners free in Jesus’ name. Thirdly, we believe there is strength in numbers. Due to the fact that we use the gift of discerning spirits in all our freedom sessions, having 2-3 Discerners on every team allows the Discerners to confirm what they are seeing, hearing, and sensing/feeling with others on the team. This assures a greater level of accuracy of their spiritual discernment during a freedom session.
- How many people normally serve on a Wellsprings team?
This is a common question people often ask us. A core Wellsprings team is made up of four people – one Team Leader, at least two Discerners, and an Intercessor (the prayer warrior). Some Wellsprings teams may be larger in size (consisting of 5-6 people), but we do not want our teams to be too large either (more than 7 people). Nor do we want our teams functioning with less than four people, unless they are highly experienced teams. We believe that there is strength in numbers and that teams provide a healthy accountability to keep our ministry balanced and on track. That’s why Wellsprings of Freedom International is a team-based ministry.
- Who is the "Team Leader" on a Wellsprings team?
The Team Leader is the team captain and does the majority of the speaking. They function like the orchestra conductor, the director of a play, or the traffic cop directing the entire session. Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the Team Leader completely controls the flow and sets the spiritual tone of the session. They are responsible for the introductions, helping to answer any questions a client might have, choosing the worship music, praying protection around the client and team, and establishing boundaries that the demonic spirits must obey and follow. After the Team Leader does all of these things, they then begin to engage the enemy in spiritual warfare and walk the client through a process of inner healing. They keep their eyes and ears open and their spiritual senses alert throughout the session. Think of them as the “point person” in the battle. Afterwards, the Team Leader is responsible for recommending possible “next steps” to the client.
- Who are the "Discerners" on a Wellsprings team?
In the Wellsprings of Freedom ministry, Discerners are team members who have been given the gift of discerning spirits mentioned in I Corinthians 12:10. In the Greek language, this spiritual gift is literally translated as “to judge between spirits” (Greek = diakrisis). The New International Version of the New Testament translates it as the gift of “distinguishing between spirits.” The New Living Translation explains that it is “the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) or another spirit that is speaking.” Discerners are simply the team’s “eyes” and “ears” into the spirit realm during a freedom session. In other words, they know the names of demonic spirits, when a demonic spirit is lying, and if and when a demonic spirit has left an individual. The gift of discernment functions in multiple ways in a freedom session. Some Discerners hear the lies of demonic spirits, some Discerners see them, other Discerners sense and feel, and some discern in all of the above ways. Every Wellsprings team consists of at least two Discerners, along with a Team Leader and an Intercessor (prayer warrior).
- Who are the "Intercessors" on a Wellsprings team?
In the Wellsprings of Freedom ministry, the Intercessors are our prayer warriors. They are the team members who usually have the gift of intercession/prayer. The Intercessors are what we call the “spiritual backbone” of every freedom session. Their contribution to the team and the session is immeasurable. Although they may not say much, they are the team members who are lifting the client and the team up in prayer throughout the entire freedom session. In other words, they are literally fighting the spiritual battles on your behalf! They also provide an extra spiritual covering of protection over the team and client. Often, the Holy Spirit leads and guides them to pray in very specific ways for the client and/or the team.
- Why and what are team members writing during my session(s)?
During your freedom session(s), Wellsprings team members are writing down the information revealed to them by the Holy Spirit. Each Wellsprings team member has a set of spiritual gifts through which the Holy Spirit speaks – including the gift of discerning spirits, the gift of intercession/prayer, healing, faith, etc. Often our Discerners in the room will receive “downloads” of information from the Holy Spirit about how the Enemy might be attacking the client. The information that is revealed to our Discerners and Intercessors on the team is then passed to your Team Leader, whose job it is to sort through and process all of the information and develop an “action plan.” It’s important to note that your Discerners aren’t writing personal notes about you! They are merely writing and passing along the helpful information revealed by the Holy Spirit to your Team Leader for the sake of your own healing and freedom.
- What role does human free will play in my past hurt and pain?
This is a valid theological question. We often tell people that free will is a lot like gravity. Gravity is a natural law that we live under and gravity saves our lives every single day. Without gravity, if we walked outside we would float into space where we would run out of air and freeze to death. Without gravity, we would die. It is necessary for us to live. So gravity is good. Gravity is wonderful. It is a lifesaver. However, if you’re climbing a tree and fall and break your arm, all of a sudden we don’t like gravity! Just as there is a good side and bad side to gravity, there is also a good side and bad side to free will. Why did God give us free will? He created us so that we would be able to have a loving relationship with Him. If He had pre-programmed our minds to automatically love Him it wouldn’t have been genuine and real. It would have been cheap and empty. God had to give human beings free will so when they chose to love Him it was absolutely their choice to do so. That’s the good side of free will, just like the good side of gravity. However, there’s a down side to free will. God will not intervene in man’s right to choose – ever. In fact, it’s so important to Him that He not interfere with a human’s right to choose, that when humans chose to kill Him, He didn’t even interfere with His own death sentence. Therefore, we have free will, the right to make our own decisions, so that our love for God is our choice and it is genuine. The downside of free will is that human beings don’t always choose God. Human beings often choose to do the very opposite of what God wants. Therefore they sin against God and against other human beings. As a result, they often hurt others. Then, when humans sin against us, Satan tries to convince us that God did this to us, when in fact it was Satan who influenced them to hurt us.
- I thought I dealt with this before - why again?
This is a great question and one that is often asked by clients. If a wound that needs healing is revealed during a freedom sessions, some clients may feel a little confused and tell the Team Leader that they already dealt with that event in the past and forgave the person(s) who hurt them. They may not even want to “go there” again in a freedom session. However, what the client often doesn’t realize is that although they may have dealt with that event and forgave the person(s) as an adult, there is still a younger inner child/inner person who needs healing and needs to forgive as well. We have seen time and time again now forgiveness granted by the younger inner person at the age the wound occurred results in a much deeper level of forgiveness and healing. That’s why the Team Leader will ask Jesus to take the client back to the age the wound happened. And that’s why the Team Leader needs the client’s cooperation to do this during a freedom session. It’s for the sake of the inner person who still needs to experience Jesus’ healing touch in order for the client to experience complete emotional/spiritual healing.
- Are you going to make me relive the pain of my past during my session?
No, you don’t have to be afraid of re-living all the pain of the past in your freedom sessions. Although we do ask Jesus to take clients back in their minds to the places where they were wounded as part of our inner healing process, we do pray and ask Jesus to let clients remember the events WITHOUT the pain. Out of a heart of deep compassion, we do not want our clients to suffer any more than they’ve already suffered. Therefore, your Team Leader will pray very specific prayers to ask Jesus to lead you back to the wounds without having to feel all the pain associated with those wounds. Clients are just allowed to remember enough of the past in order to experience Christ’s presence and healing touch in the wounds.
- Why does Wellsprings put such a heavy emphasis on forgiveness during the freedom sessions?
The concise answer to this question is because FORGIVENESS IS POWERFUL! From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is clear that there is great power in forgiveness. Forgiveness breaks chains in our lives. It has the power to set us free. It can change our life. Over the years, we have discovered that unforgiveness gives Satan and his demonic forces a legal right to enter into our lives and to torment us. That legal right must be removed in order to get the demonic spirits to leave. When a client chooses to forgive those who have hurt them during their freedom session(s), the Discerners and team members around them literally see and feel the chains falling off them and being broken in the name of Jesus. That’s the power of forgiveness at work! Because we’ve been forgiven, Jesus calls us to also forgive those who have hurt us. In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray the following words: “…And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (Matthew 6:12, NIV). In Ephesians 4:32, the Apostle Paul exhorts us to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
- Why do I need to forgive God?
This is a valid question. There are some Christian counselors out there who do not agree with the concept of “forgiving God.” However, we need to be up front and clear that God does not need to be forgiven because He has done something wrong. God has not done anything wrong that deserves our forgiveness. So when we refer to the process of “forgiving God,” we mean the client needs to release their anger, bitterness, resentment, and disappointment with God. It is the process of releasing our grievances against God and any hard feelings we may be harboring towards Him. For example, many people are angry at God because they feel like He didn’t protect them when they were abused as a young child. Some women who have been raped are angry at God because they feel like He didn’t protect them. They are not only filled with anger, but often filled with all kinds of doubts and questions about God (“Why didn’t God…?” “Where was God when…?” etc.). All of these negative emotions need to be released over to God in a freedom session. That’s what we’re referring to when we speak of “forgiving God.”
- Who and what are demons?
Although there are several different theological positions and viewpoints that exist, the traditional historical understanding is that demons are simply fallen angels who joined Satan in rebellion against God. Satan himself is described in Scripture as a fallen angel (see Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:11-19, Luke 10:18-19), who leads an army of fallen angels. According to Revelation 12:4, many theologians believe that up to one-third of the angels were cast down to the earth in the original satanic rebellion against God. These evil angels who followed Satan in the rebellion are referred to as “demons” (from the Greek word = “daimon” used in the New Testament). Scripture describes demons as being real, evil, personal, supernatural beings who have the power and ability to attack, oppress, tempt, deceive, distort, steal, accuse, and influence people on earth – including Christians (see Luke 4:31-38, 40-41, 8:26-39, 9:1-2, 10:18-19, 11:14-28, Ephesians 6:10-19, I Corinthians 10:19-22).
- Why do you interrogate the demons?
In Mark 5:9, we see that Jesus speaks specifically to demons to get their names. We have discovered it is very helpful to uncover the name of the demon in order to make it reveal its mission and lies. Often the name itself gives us a good idea of what the demon has been trying to do; for example, Rage, Doubt, and Self-hatred are all self-explanatory in how they are affecting a human being. Commanding a demon to reveal its mission and lies to the individual is very helpful for long-term healing. Demons deceive people into believing crazy thoughts about themselves and God. Once the lies have been uncovered, they can be replaced with the truth of God’s Word. To be clear, we do not engage in dialogue or idle “chit-chat” with demons. Interrogate is a much better description of how we communicate with demons. Everything we do is an effort to force demons to reveal important information that will lead to the individual’s eventual healing and freedom. Many times, it is only by forcing the demon in Jesus’ name to reveal its legal right to stay that we can help a person be totally free of demonic influence.
- Can I get rid of the demons myself?
Technically yes! You have the same authority as any other believer to command demons to leave. However, it can be a tricky process if you don’t have experience in freedom ministry. Demons claim legal rights to stay for a variety of reasons. If you don’t have experience in removing their legal rights, the demons won’t leave.
- Can I pray to cut off demons -- generational spirits from my child or spouse? How?
As disciples of Jesus Christ, the Scriptures are clear that we have been given full AUTHORITY to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome ALL the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). The Scriptures also remind us that the Spirit who is in you is greater than the spirit who is in the world (I John 4:4). Therefore, you do have the authority to cut-off and cast-out demons in Jesus’ name! If you are a parent, God has established you in a position of spiritual authority over your children. So we encourage you to pray bold prayers over your kids – including prayers of protection and deliverance. For more specific instructions on how to pray for your kids, we recommend reading the article on this website called “How To Pray For Your Children.” If you are married and have a spouse, you can also pray boldly for the Lord to cut-off any demonic spirits from your spouse, and to cancel their missions and assignments directed toward your marriage, family, children, home, etc. If, after praying, you are not noticing any significant change in the spiritual atmosphere of your home, in your children, marriage, etc. then you will probably need to have a trained Wellsprings team minister to you or your family members. In these cases, we highly recommend contacting Wellsprings of Freedom at (309) 788-8100 or email@example.com in order to begin the process of scheduling a freedom session with us.
- Do all people have demons?
This is a very general question that is somewhat difficult to answer, since at Wellsprings of Freedom we try to avoid making broad general statements and claims such as “all people have demons” or “all Christians have demons.” Nowhere in Scripture do we see such claims made. Instead, our focus at Wellsprings is on ministering to specific individuals who are demonized to some extent and who come to us for help. Years of experience in this ministry has taught us that most Christians are attacked, oppressed, and influenced by demonic spirits over the course of their lives. And the New Testament seems to confirm this. Therefore, we encourage every believer in Jesus Christ to go through a freedom session for a spiritual “check-up.” There is no harm in coming in for a freedom session. At the very least, even if it’s revealed that the client is not demonized, they will still walk away encouraged and refreshed, filled with God’s presence and power!
- Why and how did the demonics get there?
This is a great question and one that is answered in several articles on this website. We would like to specifically refer you to the article titled, “What Opens the Door to Demonic Attack?” in the Spiritual Warfare section of our Blog category. This article helps explain seven different open doors or “legal rights,” rooted in both Scripture and experience, that we as Christians can give the Enemy as we walk through life.
- Is everything caused by demons?
No, we do not believe or teach that everything is caused by demons! Unfortunately, there seem to be two extreme theological viewpoints in the church today. At one end of the spectrum are those Christians and churches who deny and do not acknowledge the reality of Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare. Nor do they believe that Christians can be demonized. At the other end of the spectrum are those who see demons “behind every bush” and attribute everything in their lives to demonic influence. C.S. Lewis observed these two extremes in his own day. In his book, The Screwtape Letters, he writes; “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.” The Biblical worldview rejects both of these extremes. It teaches that Christians battle against three main influences – the world, the flesh, and the devil. It holds in tension the influence of Satan and demons and human responsibility/free will. Because of this, a Christian can never justify sinful or inappropriate behavior by saying “the devil made me do it!”
- Can a Christian be demon-possessed?
This is the question we get asked more than any other at Wellsprings of Freedom International! There is an entire article that answers this question in the Blog section of this website under “Spiritual Warfare” and we would encourage you to read it. The short answer is no, we do not believe that a Christian can be demon-possessed. However, we do believe that Christians can be demonized (they can be attacked, oppressed, tormented, heavily influenced, and led to believe and do wrong things by demons). In the New Testament, the best and most accurate word to refer to all forms of demonic invasion, attachment, or partial control of a believer in Jesus Christ is DEMONIZATION, not demon-possession. Dr. Timothy Warner explains; “We obtained our English word ‘demon’ by transliterating the Greek word daimon. We should have done the same thing with the Greek word daimonizomai – a verb form from the same Greek root. It would come into English as ‘demonize,’ and we could then speak of the degree to which a person could be demonized rather than being limited to the either-or options imposed by the ‘possessed’-‘not possessed’ view… A Christian may be attacked by demons and may be affected mentally and sometimes physically at significant levels…, but spiritual possession clearly implies ownership…”
- What are some common symptoms of demonization?
This is a great question. First of all, before even discussing some of the common symptoms of demonization, it’s important to understand that demons usually do not create the symptoms that point to their presence in a person’s life. Instead, demons tend to “piggyback” on problems that are already present in people’s lives, in order to intensify, magnify, and exacerbate the symptoms. For example, a man who is prone to having a temper might find that his anger sometimes “boils over” and explodes into an uncontrollable rage. Or a person struggling with depression might find the feelings of depression intensifying to the point where they begin struggling with suicidal thoughts. In both of these cases, the person’s anger problem (temper) and depression were the open doors that allowed the Enemy a foothold in their lives. The demonic spirits then attached themselves to the person and exploited the problems to make them worse (Dr. Larry Richards, Spiritual Warfare Jesus’ Way,” p. 96). Secondly, we need to recognize that Hollywood has great distorted the views of many people (including many Christians) when it comes to the demonic, spiritual warfare, and demonization. Therefore, when discussing symptoms of demonization, we must realize that not every symptom will look as “dramatic” as others. Demonic activity can be expressed in all shapes and forms in the lives of people. Some of the most common symptoms of demonization include; uncontrollable anger or rage, depression and feelings of helplessness over an emotion or condition, excessive negative self-talk, hearing “voices” that are negative, critical, and telling people to do self-destructive things, suicidal thoughts, horrific nightmares and night terrors, frequent headaches and or an inability to concentrate when praying or reading the Bible, doubting God’s love, questioning one’s salvation, obsessive/compulsive behaviors, etc. For a more complete list of symptoms, we recommend reading the article called “What Are Common Symptoms Of A Demonic Attack?” located in the Spiritual Warfare category of articles.
- Why do we command the demons to leave in Jesus' name?
Because this is how Jesus instructed us to do it. In Mark 16:17, Jesus says, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: IN MY NAME they will drive out demons…” It is also the method demonstrated to us by the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts. In Acts 16:18, the Scripture reads: “Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, ‘In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!’” Jesus gained authority over the demons by His work on the cross. In Colossians 2:15 it says, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
- If a person is struggling with demons, where do the demons dwell?
We honestly do not know. Some places in Scripture seem to indicate that demons somehow dwell inside of us. In Matthew 8:31, the demons say to Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” Mark 6:13 says, “They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.” In Luke 9:1: “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons…” Luke 11:24 says, “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.” In Acts 16:18: “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” So does the demon dwell inside of a human body, soul, mind, heart, or just in the general vicinity of a human being? We do know demons can affect health (the woman bent over double for eighteen years) and they can speak through a human’s mouth (the girl following Paul around who had a demon causing her to shout out). We have ministered to innumerable people with voices in their heads that told them to do evil things and even told them to kill themselves. Our Discerners have actually seen demons attached to, wrapped, or coiled around people. We have all experienced temptation and are very aware of how the Enemy interjects thoughts and ideas into our minds. It has been our experience that one of the most effective ways the Enemy uses to destroy us is through our minds. Demons lie to us regularly, but they are able to disguise themselves as our own thoughts. You may hear your own thought voice telling you how stupid or unlovable you are. The thought voices will even try to convince us the bad thoughts are coming from God. So where do demons dwell? We can’t completely answer that question, but we do know that when they are commanded to leave in Jesus’ name, they do leave. Understanding everything about the spirit realm may be impossible for us, especially understanding spatial differences between the physical realm and the spiritual realm. One man seemed to contain thousands of demons (Mark 5:10: “My name is Legion…for we are many”). How can a thousand or more demons occupy the same space? Perhaps knowing where they dwell isn’t as important as knowing that they are there, interfering in a human life, and need to be commanded to leave.
- Aren't demons dangerous, and shouldn't we just leave them alone?
All warfare is dangerous, and spiritual warfare is no different. Demons can be dangerous if not handled properly (Acts 19:14-16). Though we need to have a healthy respect for the power of the enemy, we need not be afraid of the enemy. Second Corinthians 10:3-4 says, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” Luke 10:19 says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Demons operate through fear and intimidation; never allow a demon to intimidate you. We have been given the authority through Christ to defeat them—use that authority! See Mark 6:7: “[Jesus] sent [His disciples] out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.” And Mark 9:38-39: “‘Teacher,’ said John, ‘we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said.” Over and over, we see Jesus casting out demons and commanding His disciples to cast out demons. Nowhere does He tell us that demons are so dangerous that we should be afraid and run away. We are commanded to cast out demons, just as we are commanded to evangelize the world. Many have died attempting to share Christ with other people groups. Should we stop evangelizing because it can be dangerous? Hardly! We must be obedient to the commands of Christ!
- There are many pastors, churches, and Christian authors who teach that Christians are not commanded to cast out demons. How would you respond to them?
We respectfully disagree. The Scriptural evidence is overwhelming that we are, in fact, commanded to cast-out demons. For example, we read in Matthew 10:1, where Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every sickness and disease. In verses 7-8, he commands them; “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, DRIVE OUT DEMONS. Freely you have received, freely give.” The disciples were to go and do what Jesus had done for them. In Matthew 17:14-23, we read the story of how a desperate father brings his son to Jesus’ disciples to be set free from an evil spirit. Unable to cast it out, Jesus comes along, rebukes the demon, drives it out, and heals the boy. Interestingly, Jesus never chastises the disciples for trying to drive out the spirit. He merely exhorts them for their lack of faith. In Luke 9:1-2, when Jesus called the Twelve together, Jesus “gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Other passages to consider include Matthew 8:14-17, Mark 1:21-28, 5:1-20, 7:24-30, 9:14-32, and Luke 13:10-17. When Jesus’ commands to drive out demons are so clear, how can one argue and say that we are never commanded to cast demons out of individuals?
- What good books do you recommend reading on spiritual warfare?
We’re glad you asked! On the “Recommended Reading” page of our “Splashes” website, there are actually fourteen different Recommended Reading lists that we provide for you. One of those offers a long list of fantastic books on spiritual warfare. Some of the classic books we recommend include: “3 Crucial Questions About Spiritual Warfare” by Dr. Clinton E. Arnold, “The Full Armor of God,” by Larry Richards, “Defeating Dark Angels,” by Dr. Charles H. Kraft and “Victory In Spiritual Warfare,” by Dr. Tony Evans. All are written from a sound biblical perspective.
- Do demons really manifest in human beings?
Yes, demons are capable of manifesting in people. However, setting boundaries at the beginning of each session prevents most demons from such behavior. It will happen on occasion, but it is rare. Some deliverance ministries allow demons to manifest, but we choose not to allow them to do so. Demons delight in making the people of God do crazy things; therefore we strive to take away their ability to manifest. Because it will happen from time to time, it is important to be prepared and not to be frightened when it does happen. The most common manifestations are headaches or stomachaches that appear suddenly, dizziness, inability to speak (especially when the client is attempting to pray a prayer of confession that would remove the demons), inability to hear the freedom team, and shaking or trembling. In order to handle manifestations properly, do not panic; begin to command the demon to stop the unwanted behavior in Jesus’ name. Continue to apply the name and blood of Jesus against the spirit until it obeys. It is important to keep calm and stay in control. Don’t allow the demon to pull you into the disruption by causing you to scream and yell. Stay low-key and speak with calm authority.
- How many demons are there?
The reality is that no one really knows, so this is a difficult question to answer. We do know from Scripture that just as Jesus Christ has “legions” of angels at his disposal (Matthew 26:53), so Satan also leads an army of fallen angels in rebellion against God (Revelation 12:9). It is possible that as many as one-third of the angels followed Satan in his rebellion and were cast down to the earth (Revelation 12:4). In Luke 8, when Jesus encountered a demon-possessed man in the region of the Gerasenes, the man said his name was “Legion,” because many demons had gone into him (8:30). New Testament scholars tell us that in the Roman Empire, a legion of soldiers consisted of anywhere from six-hundred up to six thousand soldiers. So it seems that an entire division of demons inhabited this man. Over the years, we’ve learned in the Wellsprings ministry that there are thousands of different spirits with different names that seem to attack human beings and children of God around the world. Is there a limit to the number of demons doing Satan’s bidding? Yes, we think that there must be, since Satan is a created and finite being. However, Scripture does not provide us with any specific details on numbers.
- What do the different names of demons mean?
From years of experience in deliverance ministry, we’ve learned that demons seem to have all kinds of different names that fall into at least three different categories. First of all, there are some demons that have BIBLICAL names – named after characters found in Scripture (such as Lucifer, Legion, Jezebel, Ahab, etc.). Other demons have FUNCTIONAL names (such as Fear, Anxiety, Worry, Anger, Bitterness, Hatred, Unforgiveness, etc.) that describe their function in a person’s life. There are still other demons that have names from the OCCULT, OTHER RELIGIONS, and GREEK MYTHOLOGY (such as Witchcraft, Sorcery, Divination, Magic, Evil Eye, Mars, Artemis, Medusa, etc.). In all of these categories, the name of the demon describes their character and their work in a person’s life.
- Why is there a reference to the hierarchy in the demonic realm?
To educate us on how the Enemy’s system of operation works. Satan is not omnipresent, and he needs an army of evil angels to accomplish his deeds. We believe God chose to include references to powers, authorities, and rulers in Scripture to help us understand this. In Ephesians 6:12, God not only gives us a list of demonic levels of command, but He also demonstrates a separation between spirits of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. He gives us this information just before He tells us to put on the full armor of God. Armor is for battle. God wants His followers to have an idea of the strategic make-up of our Enemy. He does not want us to be blindsided by an Enemy that we can’t see. The information is given for offensive and defensive purposes of battle. Shields, helmets, and breastplates are defensive weapons. Swords can be used to defend, but they are also used as offensive weapons. The sword of the Spirit and prayer can do great damage to Enemy campaigns of evil. In the freedom ministry, we have discovered different levels of demonic authority. We strive, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, to engage in battle with the highest ranking demonic spirits. By doing so (with God’s help), we can reclaim larger amounts of territory from the Enemy and give greater amounts of freedom to individuals.
- Why can't all demons be removed in one session?
Sometimes they can be; most children are finished in one session. However, many adults and teens typically have more wounds and sin issues than children do. These wounds and sins create hiding places and legal rights for demons, and it can take time to get into all the areas where the demons are hiding. Demons brainwash and lie to people about everything, and it is important to uncover all the lies and replace them with the truth. Some demons are attached to deep wounds, and it takes time to help people walk through those areas of severe pain, on occasion more time than one session can afford. Another reason why multiple sessions may be necessary is a lack of obedience. We may command a demon to leave, but if the client is not ready to give up a certain sin, the demons will claim a legal right that can only be removed by a repentant heart and a willingness to stop sinning. In the Bible, it doesn’t seem to take multiple sessions for Jesus and His disciples to help someone be free. It is an area that has many deliverance ministries around the country scratching their heads. Maybe it is because we are still in the learning stages. Our ministry is effective, just not as efficient as that of Jesus and His disciples. On several occasions, a client hasn’t been fully set free because of our lack of understanding or knowledge. We know things now that we did not know a year ago. Perhaps this new knowledge could have helped a client then. But a year ago, we had no clue what we were dealing with. This side of eternity, I’m not sure we will ever know all there is to know about freedom ministry. All we can do is keep learning and use the things we learn to help others find freedom.
- If I am oppressed by a demonic spirit, does that mean I'm not saved?
No! Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If we are in Christ Jesus, nothing can separate us from the love of God. Revelation 12:17 says that Satan the dragon “was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against…her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” We are in a war, and Satan will do whatever he can to destroy humans, especially those who are following God. If we are in Christ, we can be assured of our salvation, but we must not make the mistake of believing that we are immune to the war being waged around us. Sin can open doors that allow demons to come and oppress us. In 1 Thessalonians 3:5, it says, “For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless.” Satan and his demons are the tempters; they are always trying to get us to open a door to sin, knowing that a repetitive sin pattern can lead to demonic oppression. Therefore, we should not be surprised at God’s teaching on holiness. In 1 Peter 1:15-16 we read: “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” There are many reasons why we should live holy lives; slamming the door on demonic oppression is certainly one of them. Living a holy lifestyle helps protect us from the establishment of demonic footholds in our lives.
- How do I find out more about what each demon does and how do I fight against them?
The good news is that this website provides a great deal of user-friendly information for you to learn more about specific demonic spirits and how they work in our lives. For example, there are several helpful articles on this site, titled “Watch Out For Deceiving Spirits,” “Beware Of The Jezebel Spirit,” “Demonic Attachments,” “Understanding Territorial Spirits,” and much more located in the Spiritual Warfare category under Articles. In addition, Wellsprings of Freedom has created a long list of demons that we’ve encountered over the years, which is called the “Yellow Pages of Demonic Spirits” and that is updated each month with the latest information (also found in the Spiritual Warfare section). In the After Care category of articles, there are numerous additional resources to help you overcome and stand firm against the attacks of evil spirits. All these tools can serve as helpful resources for you before, during, and after your freedom sessions.
- Should Christians be afraid of Satan and demons?
No! While Christians should have a healthy, biblical respect for Satan, we should not fear him. Although Satan is a powerful being, he is also a defeated foe (Revelation 20:7-10)! Therefore, believers have no reason to be afraid of him. The truth is that when we fear God, we don’t need to fear Satan or his demonic forces. As Jesus taught in Matthew 10:28, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” So we are not to tremble in fear at the devil, but neither are we to trivialize or make light of him. Remember that we’ve been given AUTHORITY to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:18-19)!
- Is spiritual warfare anything like what is portrayed in Hollywood movies?
No, absolutely not! When you watch Hollywood movies, it’s easy to think that evil is winning and far more powerful, while good seems to be losing. Hollywood loves to twist truth, glorifying evil as good and good as evil. It is also unapologetically anti-Christian in its bias. This all part of the Hollywood “worldview” which has such a strong influence over our world today. Unfortunately, there are many Christians in the Church today who have been heavily influenced by Hollywood films to the point where their understanding of spiritual warfare is entirely based on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies. In fact, we once ministered to a teenager whose entire view of the spirit world was molded and shaped by Harry Potter books! Sadly, this individual would have been in a much better spiritual condition had their worldview been shaped by the Word of God. The reality is that the Bible paints a very different picture of spiritual warfare. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has conquered sin, death, and powers of darkness. Light has come and defeated the darkness. Christ is our Victorious God and He will reign forever and ever! Therefore, we as Christians do not fight for victory over Satan and his demonic forces. We fight FROM VICTORY! We have been seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6) and have all the authority of heaven on our side. So we do not have to fear evil. Nor do we have to fear the terror of night or the arrows of the evil one that fly by day (Psalm 91). If we are in Christ, we are on the winning team! This is what Satan and Hollywood doesn’t want you to know.
- Why is it necessary to call out demons by name? Isn't this giving demons too much glory?
Not at all. The truth is that if calling out demons by name is wrong (or evil), and if it gives them too much attention or “glory,” then why did Jesus, the Son of God, do it repeatedly in the Gospels? For example, if we look at the passage found in Mark 5, we see that Jesus asked the demon, “…what is your name?” (5:9). The demon responded by saying, “My name is Legion… for we are many” (5:9b). In Mark 9, we see how Jesus named and called out a “deaf and mute spirit” and cast it out of a young boy (9:25). Just in these two chapters of the Gospel of Mark, we Jesus confronting and casting out demonic spirits by name. In both of these cases, the focus was never on the power of demons or giving them glory. The focus was always on CHRIST’S POWER and AUTHORITY over the demons – just like it is in the Wellsprings of Freedom ministry.
- Will I see demons in my session(s)?
This all depends on the client and how God has gifted them. First of all, please rest assured that you don’t have to be afraid of seeing demons with your physical eyes in a freedom session. Secondly, there are some clients who get into their freedom sessions and begin to discern (hear, see, sense, feel) the demonic spirits that are attacking and oppressing them. They even sometimes hear the lies that demons are telling them. They are often surprised to learn that God has given them this ability, which they learn is the gift of discerning spirits. There are other clients who do not discern anything, and that’s okay. Your Team Leader will be watching and communicating with you throughout your session to find-out if you are discerning anything as the team ministers to you.
- What if I don't see, hear, or sense anything during my session(s)?
The reality is that not every client who comes to Wellsprings for ministry will “discern” (see, hear, or sense) during a freedom session. We know from the Scriptures that the gift of discerning spirits is given to SOME members of the Body of Christ, but not to all members (I Corinthians 12:7, 10, 29-31). Therefore, we don’t expect every client who comes in to discern during their session. Some clients will and some clients won’t. However, the Team Leader will always check with the client at various times during the session to see if they are seeing, hearing, or sensing anything. If they don’t, the client shouldn’t become frustrated or upset. Instead, they should just allow the team around them in the room to minister to them. This is yet another reason why we have at least two Discerners on every Wellsprings team.
- What do I do if I feel anxiety, distracted, and getting headaches from a session?
This is a great question and something that occasionally happens to clients and team members during a freedom session. Sometimes they are attacks of the Enemy intended to intimidate a client or team member. At other times, they may be mild forms of demonic manifestations during a session. We do not want the client and/or team member to suffer and sit there in pain. Therefore, if you are feeling anxious, fearful, distracted (like you can’t focus), and/or are hit with headaches or some other form of physical pain, please let your Team Leader know how you are feeling. They will know what to do and can pray specific prayers over you in the name of Jesus, which normally cause the attacks/manifestations to stop. Please don’t sit there in discomfort and try to battle it alone. Allow the Team Leader and the team around you to pray for you in Jesus’ name.
- What are "mocking spirits"?
Often, during freedom sessions, our teams will encounter what we call “mocking spirits.” Mocking spirits are simply demons who love to taunt, mock, threaten, intimidate and/or make fun of clients through their negative “thought voice.” Mocking spirits can be active both during and outside of freedom sessions. However, during freedom sessions, they often tell the client negative and critical things about themselves, the team members around them, and/or the ministry. For example, they might tell the client: “This stuff is all a bunch of…” “You don’t really think this ministry is going to help you, do you?” “Look at these people! They don’t know what they’re doing!” “They don’t know what they’re talking about!” “This is crazy!” “I can’t believe you actually trusted these people!” “Nothing’s ever gonna change anyway. Just get out of here!” And the list goes on and on. If you are hearing these mocking voices during your session, please be sure to let your Team Leader know. They can pray to silence these voices and these spirits for you so that they do not become a distraction.
- Why do you pray against "blocking spirits" during freedom sessions?
Over the years, we’ve noticed that the Enemy will try anything he can to disrupt and interfere with a freedom session. Since Satan doesn’t want the client to be set free in Jesus’ name, our teams will often discern and encounter “blocking spirits” that have been assigned to interrupt and wreak havoc during a session. They may cause confusion, block team members from discerning, cause their spiritual gifts to temporarily “shut down, or even block/prevent the client from receiving God’s Truth. Blocking spirits can take on many different names in a freedom session, such as a spirit of Blocking, Twisting, Distraction, Distortion, Confusion, Chaos, Interference, etc. If and once blocking spirits are discerned by the team, the Team Leader will then pray against, cut them off, and remove them in Jesus’ name. Normally, a tremendous peace and clarity comes upon the client, the team, and the room once they’re gone.
- Why do you pray against the missions and assignments of demons?
Simply because missions and assignments are one form of “legal rights” that demons can have in our lives. In John 10:10, Jesus describes Satan as a “thief” who comes only to steal and kill and destroy. He is a crafty and intelligent spiritual being (enemy) who is out to destroy God’s children. He uses his own “methods” and “schemes” to accomplish his evil purposes (Ephesians 6:10-12). In Scripture, we see clearly that Satan and his demonic forces of evil have very specific missions and assignments against individuals, churches, communities, cities, and entire nations (see Revelation 12:17). The missions and assignments of demonic spirits can vary greatly, but most are ultimately intended to steal, kill, and destroy things in a person’s life. For example, a spirit of Suicide may have been assigned to convince a person to take their own life. A spirit of Infirmity’s mission may be to afflict a person’s body with physical illness or disease. A spirit of Fear’s mission may be to paralyze a Christian with such overwhelming fear that they never step out in faith and do what God is calling them to do. Part of the Team Leader’s job in a freedom session is to uncover a demon’s mission(s) or assignment(s) in the client’s life and then to cancel and destroy them in Jesus’ name, in order for the demonic spirits to be completely removed.
- Why do you sometimes force demons to stand in front of Jesus?
On occasion, demonic spirits may become stubborn and refuse to cooperate with the Team Leader during a freedom session. If this happens, the Team Leader is instructed not to become fearful or allow the demon(s) to threaten or intimidate them. Instead, the Team Leader firmly reminds the demon(s) that they are subject to the power and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ by quoting Scripture. When spirits are especially proud, stubborn, “mouthy,” or resistant in a freedom session, Team Leaders often ask Jesus to send mighty warrior angels to come and surround and bind them in Jesus’ name, and to usher them before Jesus. Once forced to look up and straight into the face of Jesus Christ, demons become much more compliant and weaker in strength. They tremble in fear at the presence of the risen Son of God!
- Can demons read our minds?
No, they cannot. But they do watch us and how we live our lives. They know when we are tired, weak, and overwhelmed. They know when we are more susceptible to their lies and temptations. At times, it may appear that they are reading our mind because the thoughts they are interjecting into our mind seem to match what we are doing or thinking. They see the same things we see and hear the same things we hear. If we are watching something we shouldn’t be watching, they know it and can begin to plant thoughts and temptations based on what they see us doing. Though demons cannot read our mind, they are fully capable of putting thoughts into our mind. And they play games with the thoughts they plant into our mind. For example, a godly man is sitting down relaxing when out of the blue some sexually perverted thoughts come flooding into his mind. He wasn’t trying to think those thoughts; they just came rushing in while he was idle. Then the games begin. The demons will begin to pound away at him with guilt and shame trying to convince him he is too depraved to be a servant of God. Demons are very adept at planting thoughts in our minds and then condemning us for having such evil thoughts.
- How is it possible for a particular demonic spirit to sometimes be encountered multiple times in a client's life?
This is a great question and one that occasionally comes up in our freedom sessions. The reality is that it is possible for a Wellsprings team to encounter a demonic spirit multiple times that can be attached to multiple wounds in a client’s life. For example, there may be a spirit of Rejection that was cast-out from a wound a client experienced when they were six years old. In that same session, the team may encounter another spirit of Rejection that is attached to a different wound when the client was nineteen years old. If this happens, it doesn’t mean that the first spirit of Rejection never left or that the client wasn’t set free at that age. It just means that there was another spirit of Rejection that was also assigned to attack the client at a later age when they were wounded by someone else. In other words, it is a different spirit of Rejection that is attached to a different wound in the client’s life. Finally, it is worth nothing that at times, a Team Leader may discover that a strong demonic (a spirit of Rejection, for example) that may be attached to multiple wounds in a client’s life. If this is the case, then all of the wounds will need to experience (inner) healing before that spirit of Rejection can be completely removed.
- Can Satan cause mental disorders?
Scripture clearly indicates that Satan can cause physical illness as well as some forms of mental illness. However, how far he can go in afflicting people with mental disorders is somewhat uncertain. For example, in the Gospels we see that mental disorders induced by demonic spirits included violence, cutting, and self-mutilation (Matthew 8:28), manifestations of abnormal strength (Mark 5:4), shrieking and screaming (Mark 5:5), seizures, foaming at the mouth, grinding teeth, and convulsions (Mark 9:14-29). Thus, we can see that some mental illness can be of demonic origin and we should not be ignorant of this biblical teaching. Since mental disorders are on the rise in North America, we want to be wise and at least consider the possibility that Satan and his demonic forces might be a cause.
- What are names for demons used in the New Testament?
In the New Testament, there are various terms used for demonic spirits. The first is DEMONS (Greek = diamonia), used in Matthew 8:31, 15:22, Mark 3:15, James 2:19. A second term used is EVIL SPIRITS or UNCLEAN SPIRITS (Greek = akatharton), found in Matthew 10:1, Mark 1:23, Acts 5:16, and Revelation 16:13. Another term used in the New Testament is DECEIVING SPIRITS (Greek = pneumasin planois), used in I Timothy 4:1. A fourth term used is the DEVIL’S ANGELS (Greek = aggelois), found in Matthew 25:41 and Revelation 12:9. Other terms used in Ephesians 6:10-19 are RULERS (archas) , AUTHORITIES (exousias), POWERS OF THIS DARK WORLD (kosmokratoras), and SPIRIUTAL FORCES OF EVIL (pneumatika), which seem to indicate different levels of authority that demonic spirits have in the spirit realm.
- Is Satan as powerful as God?
Not at all! While God is omnipotent (all-powerful), Scripture makes it clear that Satan is not. God is the Almighty Creator of the universe, Satan is a created being. God is infinite and eternal, Satan is finite and limited in what he can and can’t do. God’s power is far greater than that of the enemy (I John 4:4). Therefore, Satan must never be viewed as God’s equal. All too often, churches attribute greater power and authority to Satan than he actually possesses. This is a distortion of the truth, which espouses more of a dualistic , Hollywood worldview rather than a healthy biblical worldview. While Satan does have limited power and authority, he is like a dog on a leash. Dr. Erwin Lutzer reminds us that the devil is just as much God’s servant now in his rebellion as he was God’s servant in the days of his obedience!
- If Christ defeated Satan on the cross, then why is he still alive and active today?
This is a great theological question and requires a valid theological answer from the Scriptures. The Bible is clear that Satan is a defeated foe. Jesus Christ made a public spectacle of Satan and triumphed over him on the cross two-thousand years ago (see Colossians 2:14-15). Jesus himself declared that the “prince of this world” now stands condemned (see John 16:11). So why does Satan still demonstrate a level of power and influence in this world? We must remember that although Satan is a vanquished foe, he has not yet conceded defeat. Christ has delivered the “knockout punch,” but Satan isn’t going to go down without a fight! The New Testament makes it clear that we as Christians currently live in the between the times – between the Incarnation/coming of Christ to earth (the inauguration of God’s Kingdom) and his second coming (the full consummation of God’s Kingdom on earth). As long as we live in between the “now” and the “not yet,” we will continue to experience conflict with the evil one. He will continue to oppose Christ and His Church until that day when he is finally cast into the lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 21:10).
- Why do I feel worse after my session than I did before?
This isn’t normally the case, but it does happen. Remember, for some adults it may take 2 or more sessions to be completely free. We must understand that in one session we may only remove a portion of the demons. That leaves the ones left behind with the ability to torment and harass. They will sometimes step up their harassment in an attempt to convince the person receiving freedom that nothing happened. The demons know what happened, and they are especially troubled by it. They know they are going to be cast out in the next session, unless they can keep the person from returning for more help. So they begin to play games by speaking louder, lying more, and increasing their level of intensity. I compare it to attacking a hornet’s nest with insecticide. You may kill a bunch of hornets, but the ones you don’t kill are going to be angry for a while. It is important to keep coming back until all the demons are removed. Then you will discover a new peace, perhaps like you have never known before.
- Is a freedom session really like what is portrayed in Hollywood Movies?
No. Hollywood movies are made to entertain and frighten people. Usually they glorify Satan and the demons by causing them to appear terrifyingly powerful and invincible. But don’t let Hollywood’s false portrayal of Satan fool you or frighten you: Satan has already been defeated by Jesus Christ! Jesus has dominion over every power and authority that has ever been created (Colossians 2:10). Every demonic spirit we have ever dealt with has confessed that it is subject to Jesus Christ, when forced to do so in Jesus’ name. In truth, demons are so afraid of us discovering our authority in Christ that they strive to project themselves as being much more frightening and powerful than they really are. They talk a big game until they are backed into a corner by the name of Jesus, then they begin to fall apart. They will begin to beg and plead, and sometimes they will try to negotiate a deal. Never negotiate with a demon. Apply the name of Jesus and tell the demon what you want it to do. Our freedom sessions are very loving and prayerful. Jesus is at the center of all we do. He is the one who is glorified, not Satan. In Hollywood, evil is magnified. In our sessions, the Prince of Peace reigns.
- How can we know if the freedom ministry is of God or a deceitful lie from Satan?
No, they cannot. But they do watch us and how we live our lives. They know when we are tired, weak, and overwhelmed. They know when we are more susceptible to their lies and temptations. At times, it may appear that they are reading our mind because the thoughts they are interjecting into our mind seem to match what we are doing or thinking. They see the same things we see and hear the same things we hear. If we are watching something we shouldn’t be watching, they know it and can begin to plant thoughts and temptations based on what they see us doing. Though demons cannot read our mind, they are fully capable of putting thoughts into our mind. And they play games with the thoughts they plant into our mind. For example, a godly man is sitting down relaxing when out of the blue some sexually perverted thoughts come flooding into his mind. He wasn’t trying to think those thoughts; they just came rushing in while he was idle. Then the games begin. The demons will begin to pound away at him with guilt and shame trying to convince him he is too depraved to be a servant of God. Demons are very adept at planting thoughts in our minds and then condemning us for having such evil thoughts.
- Doesn't the freedom ministry only serve to glorify satan?
If this is true, then why did Jesus cast out demonic spirits, and why did He teach and command His disciples to do so as well? When one country declares war on another country, it is not to bring glory and honor to the enemy nation. It is to defend itself against and defeat an enemy that would like to destroy it. Freedom ministry recognizes that we have an enemy who is out to destroy people. The strategy of ignoring Satan to avoid giving him glory backfires. It only serves to give the enemy a continued upper hand in the lives of afflicted people. If a person’s life is being destroyed by spiritual forces of evil, acknowledging that fact isn’t going to give Satan more power. Some may say that we are giving Satan more credit than he deserves; that believing someone is being tormented by demonic spirits is lifting Satan up to a level far above what is true. Satan is a reality; we can look at Scripture after Scripture supporting that fact. In 1 Peter 5:8 we are told, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” I think it is important to go back and see to whom this letter was addressed. First Peter 1:1 reads, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect.” Peter tells God’s elect that they have an enemy, whose name is Satan. This information comes to us from God’s Word. Choosing not to believe it for fear it will give Satan more glory doesn’t change reality. We have an enemy seeking to devour us.
- How do you know the freedom ministry isn't a demonic plot to deceive those involved in this ministry?
There are some who deny this kind of ministry is necessary or even possible. They believe we are wasting our time on meaningless prayer that accomplishes nothing. Most of them have never sat in on a session to see how a person is set free. Usually they have heard and accepted theories that are quite strongly put forth as absolute truth by people who have never experienced or witnessed a freedom session. Even when confronted by a powerful testimony of life-change, they choose to chalk it up to some form of psychological self-deceit. It has been said by some who are in opposition to our ministry that we are being deceived by demons. In other words, we are the ones who are demonized. They postulate this based on the idea that because Christians cannot be influenced or harassed by demons, that when we command demons to leave a person in a session, there is nothing there, and we are talking to empty air thus wasting our time to the delight of Satan. I certainly do not want to waste my time or anyone else’s time doing something that doesn’t work. If we didn’t consistently see significant life-change taking place in our clients, we would not be doing this ministry. Our experience over many years of practice remains the same; we cannot keep up with the demand for help. We currently have 14 teams ministering every week and have a 3-4 month waiting list of people seeking our help. This all comes without any advertising! We have never needed to advertise or promote our ministry. People hear about us through word-of-mouth testimonies. If what we are doing didn’t bring positive life change, no one would be lining up to receive our help. I find it rather interesting that those critical of our ministry based on the belief that demons aren’t able to influence Christian behavior, somehow are able to believe we have been deceived by demons.
- Is it possible to become over fascinated with demons?
Yes, absolutely! Unfortunately, there seem to be two theological extremes in most evangelical churches today. On one end are churches who do not believe in demons, spiritual warfare, or deliverance ministry whatsoever. At the other end of the spectrum are those churches who seem to be obsessed and with demons and spiritual warfare. Even in the Wellsprings ministry, when the Holy Spirit begins revealing information, dreams, and visions to new team members, they can be tempted to become overfascinated with the spirit realm and begin to see demons “behind every bush.” They can try to cast out demons from everyone around them. While demons are certainly not the cause of every problem in our world, sometimes new team members can talk and act as if they believe they are. In this unhealthy fascination with demons, new team members can place way too much emphasis on Satan and the strength of his demonic forces rather than on the power of Christ to set the captives free. At Wellsprings of Freedom International, the emphasis is always on the power and authority of Christ, not the demons.
- Why are people so afraid of freedom ministry?
There are a number of reasons. One of the most significant is Hollywood and how they portray the demonic realm in movies. They sensationalize the power of Satan and make him seem to be equal to or more powerful than God. They also present everything from a very frightening and dark perspective in order to induce fear. It is important for people to know that God is all-powerful and He has totally defeated Satan and the demonic realm. When people come to us for freedom, through the authority and power of Christ, demons are forced to leave. God wins, not Satan, and it is done in a kind and peaceful manner. People leave our sessions amazed at the care and love they received and how different it was from the picture they imagined it to be. Unfortunately, there are some ministries who have operated using extreme and frightening techniques that have given freedom ministries a bad reputation. At Wellsprings, we have worked hard to create a way to do freedom ministry that is very gentle and focused on making the ministry session a calm and life changing experience. Satan and the demonic realm do not want to lose their ability to influence and torment human beings. They know that if people attend freedom sessions their power over the individual will be broken and they will be forced to leave. In an attempt to keep people from being set free, the demonic realm will work overtime trying to cause people to be overwhelmed with fear and doubt. Because we live in a very intellectual society where science is often more respected than the church and where people are trained to only believe in the things they can see, demons are often categorized as being fictitious and part of folklore theology. But the Bible is very clear about demonic spirits and demons are referred to in the Bible over 100 times. There is a fear of being ridiculed and mocked if you admit to believing demons could exist. This fear has crept into the church and keeps church leaders afraid of being branded as an uneducated heretic if they discuss demonic spirits. It is one aspect of Jesus’ ministry that believers seem to be ashamed of. Wellsprings understands this fear and has worked hard to research and write materials to give pastors and church leaders a better grasp of spiritual warfare from an educational perspective they can trust.
- How could I have been so unaware of the outside (demonic) influences on my life.
The sad reality is that most Christians seem to feel this way once they go through their freedom sessions at Wellsprings of Freedom. The primary reason is that many of our clients come from churches that do not teach or practice the reality of spiritual warfare. Therefore, as they are being discipled, they are not being adequately equipped to overcome the spiritual battles that rage in their lives. Some churches are genuinely afraid of the demonic, other churches don’t want to “go there” and avoid it at all costs, while still others think that belief in Satan and demons is “primitive” and unsophisticated in our modern educated society. The interesting thing is that each spring and fall, during our 12-week training classes, there are always people who tell us this very thing – that they had no idea how influential and destructive Satan and his demonic forces could really be in our individual lives, families, and churches. We praise God that your eyes have been opened and that you now understand the reality of evil in our world today.
- Are there generational spirits and curses that could be affecting my family?
The answer is Yes! Throughout Scripture, we see examples of generational sin/iniquity, curses being passed down the family line, and even vows and dedications that can bring tremendous spiritual harm and oppression upon children and entire families. Yet we also see the power of generational blessing and the godly fruit that it can produce in a family line. For example, in Exodus 20:4-6, when giving the Ten Commandments to Moses on top of Mount Sinai, the Lord says; “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” This biblical truth can also be clearly seen today. How many alcoholics have alcoholic children? How many alcoholics had fathers who were alcoholics growing up? How many abused children grow up to be abusers of their children? How many women who are battling depression or some form of mental illness have mothers who also struggled with depression or mental illness? How many people fighting cancer have had parents or grandparents also die of cancer? The generational spirits or curses that children were born with are many times passed on to their children and to their grandchildren. These spirits and curses can only be broken through the power and the name of Jesus.
- Why didn't I hear about spiritual gifts in my church?
The sad reality is that there is a lot of fear associated with the spiritual gifts – especially when it comes to what some call the more “charismatic” gifts, such as the gift of healing, discerning of spirits, prophecy, speaking in tongues, and the interpretation of tongues (see I Corinthians 12:7-10). Unfortunately, much of this fear comes from ignorance, misunderstandings, and/or the abuses that pastors and Christian leaders have seen or experienced. Today, many evangelical churches are only comfortable teaching on the “non-Charismatic” gifts, such as leadership, faith, evangelism, mercy, teaching, administration, etc. These gifts seem to be less threatening and fear-producing to most church leaders. Thus, when a client comes to Wellsprings of Freedom, a whole new world may be opened to them. For example, they may see and experience the gift of discerning spirits or the gift of healing in action for the very first time. We can assure you that the spiritual gifts used in our ministry are used according to clear Scriptural guidelines. So the best advice we can give to clients is to BE OPEN and allow the Holy Spirit to minister His healing and freedom!
- What Greek words are used in the New Testament for spiritual gifts?
In the New Testament, there are four different Greek words that are used to describe spiritual gifts. The first word is CHARISMA (singular) or CHARISMATA (plural form), which can be found in 1 Corinthians 12:4. CHARISMA comes from the root word, CHARIS, which means “grace” in the New Testament Greek. It usually refers to the gracious work of God or grace that God has bestowed. The second word used in the New Testament is PNEUMATIKON (see 1 Corinthians 12:1). It refers to and can be translated as “spiritual things” or “the special abilities the Spirit gives us” (New Living Translation). The third word commonly used in the New Testament is DIAKONIA (which can be found in 1 Corinthians 12:5 & 1 Peter 4:10-11). This word is often translated as “service” or “ministry,” conveying the truth that all spiritual gifts are designed to serve and help others. The fourth Greek word used in the New Testament is ENERGEMA, which can be found in 1 Corinthians 12:6. It can be translated as “energies,” “effects,” or “workings.” This word helps communicate the truth that spiritual gifts are operations of “divine energy” in the life of a Christ-follower. In other words, they are energized by the power of the Holy Spirit in and through a Believer in Jesus Christ.
- Can there be some overlap between different spiritual gifts?
This is a great question and the answer is YES! For example, it is quite common for Discerners in the Wellsprings ministry (those with the gift of discerning spirits) to also have a gift of prophecy or intercession. It works the other way around as well. For example, often our Intercessors (those with the gift of prayer/intercession) also discern during freedom sessions. From experience, we have also discovered that a gift of faith often accompanies the gift of healing. Theoretically, any of the spiritual gifts can overlap with one another. So we need to be careful not to quickly label and/or put God and the colorful diversity of spiritual gifts in a box.
- Does the gift of discernment also enable Christians to hear or hear good angels and not just demons?
The answer is YES! According to I Corinthians 12:10, the gift of discerning spirits is a God-given ability to discern whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking (NLT). It is important to remember that this spiritual gift is also meant to be a balanced gift, which enables a Christ-follower to recognize at least as many angelic spirits as demonic spirits. This means that Discerners in our ministry often see and sense angels surrounding, protecting, and/or ministering to clients during their freedom sessions. They do not only see, hear, or sense demons. It just may seem like that at times, since the focus of the freedom session is primarily on inner healing and deliverance, which involves interrogating and removing the demonic spirits. One final word of CAUTION: It is not normal for Discerners in our ministry to communicate with angels. At Wellsprings of Freedom International, we teach and encourage team members to pray directly to God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit – not to angels.
- Why doesn't Wellsprings of Freedom use tongues to cast-out demons?
This is a valid question, since there are some deliverance ministries who teach that the most effective way to cast-out demons is through speaking in tongues. Others teach that demons will leave quicker if you speak in tongues. However, Wellsprings of Freedom International does not agree with or teach these theological positions. WFI believes in all the spiritual gifts, including the gifts of tongues and interpretation of tongues. But from many years of experience, we do not believe that we have to speak in tongues to effectively cast-out demons from individuals. Demons seem to leave just fine when commanded to leave in Jesus’ name. They always have! Another key reason why WFI does not speak in tongues out loud during freedom sessions is because God has clearly called us to establish an inner healing and deliverance ministry that is palatable for ALL evangelical churches. Since the gift of tongues often has a divisive and polarizing effect in some churches and denominations, we do not promote its use or practice during freedom sessions. If a Wellsprings team member does have the gift of tongues, they are taught and encouraged to pray silently to God in the form of a prayer language during their sessions.
- Is there any long term follow up data that has been gathered in the past on prior clients to evaluate the effectiveness of your freedom ministry?
Yes, we did this about five years into the ministry. We sent out surveys to everyone we had ministered to over the course of about 3 years. Based on the data we received, we discovered about an 85% success rate of those who reported significant life change and were still experiencing freedom.
- How do you spot mental illness that is a physical or emotional problem rather than the result of demonic activity?
We are not trained physicians or counselors. We are a group of volunteers trained to pray for people to be set free. We have discovered that most people struggling with mental illness are also demonized to varying levels. We can remove the demons through the power of Christ and as we do they find tremendous healing that they do not typically get from a physician or counselor. We believe there are three components where humans need to find healing: physical, emotional, and spiritual. We deal with the spiritual. If we sense they need additional care in the other areas, we can suggest they see a counselor or a physician. If they are struggling with a physical issue and a demonic issue, at least we can help with one part of the problem and they are better off for it. Nonetheless, in many cases people have witnessed complete healing as the demons were masquerading mental illness. We never know prior to a freedom session whether a person will receive a healing in part or in full. But most people will receive some level of healing, and for this reason, we recommend people give freedom ministry a try.
- Do you pray for physical healing?
Yes! If a client is struggling with a physical condition, Team Leaders will often pray specifically for physical healing during their freedom sessions. In addition, every week at Wellsprings of Freedom International, we offer special prayer sessions for physical healing. We currently have two prayer teams functioning that offer three 1-hour prayer sessions weekly at our Healing Center in Rock Island, IL. Over the last year-and-a-half, we have seen several clients walk into their prayer sessions with severe pain and walk out an hour later pain free! We’ve seen others who have been healed progressively over longer periods of time. If you are suffering from chronic pain or a health problem that just doesn’t seem to go away, we encourage you to contact Cara Burke, our office Administrator, at (309) 788-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- Why do people who have come in for freedom sessions sometimes return for the same issues?
Some people do open the door up for demons to come back. The spirit of pride can deceive or convince people into believing they don’t have the problem the discerners are discerning. They can become mildly defensive in a session and if they don’t fully agree they have the problem, the demons can use that to come back in. There have been multiple occasions where a client came back to me after a session and told me they weren’t being honest in a session. They didn’t want to admit in front of others that they had problems. If a person truly wants to be set free, they have to be open to admitting they have problem areas. There are times when our ministry doesn’t seem to help certain people; not much different from the numbers of people coming to us saying they have been going to counseling for years and they haven’t been helped. When people who have been set free, go back to believing the demonic lies, and allow the lies to influence their behavior, the demons can come back. People who struggle with fear and anxiety are prone to doing this. Also, there are some who want freedom ministry to be a quick fix to all their problems, including their sin issues. They want freedom ministry to take away all their desire to sin. They don’t want to take personal responsibility for their own actions. Freedom ministry cannot remove temptation or be a substitute for personal discipline. Those who choose to continue in their sinful ways will open the door for demons to return. We have also found a few people who are not helped because they tend to embrace their problems. They struggle letting go of their woundedness because it has become a way to get attention from others. People who want to wallow in their hurt and pain will often re-open doors to the demonic realm. As demons watch people coddle their wounds after a session, it is construed as a sign of agreement for them to return.
- How is Wellsprings of Freedom funded?
We mostly rely on monthly sponsors. And our hope is that those who have been set free and can afford to give will all become monthly sponsors. From the very beginning our goal has been to offer freedom sessions at no charge. This can be very challenging at times, but we don’t want money to be an obstacle preventing a person from getting freedom. Unfortunately, in spite of phenomenal testimonies of life change, many of our clients in the past have chosen not to give. This has caused us to try a multitude of fundraising programs through the years. Some have been very successful and others not so much. As we investigated how other freedom ministries fund themselves; we discovered many who charge fairly large amounts of money per hour or session. This is not our plan. Our giving strategy has been: “If a lot of people do a little the load will be light.” In other words; if most of the people we minister to can give $10 to $20 per month we could meet all of our financial needs. Because this has not happened, we continue to try new things. “Splashes from Wellsprings” is another one of our creative ideas. As people join our site, our prayer is that they will receive a blessing through the follow-up care provided here. In addition, we pray others will be blessed as we are able to offer free sessions for years to come.
- How long is this going to take before I'm free?
It all depends on your story! On average, we minister to clients three times in three different freedom sessions. Occasionally, we minister to people in one or two sessions. This is especially true of children and young people. Sometimes, we minister to other clients over the course of five or six sessions. The length of the freedom process all depends on how much hurt, pain, and demonic oppression a client has experienced over the course of their life. Your Team Leader is the one who will recommend more sessions and let you know what the next steps are in the process.
- How do I know if I need more sessions?
As you walk through the freedom process, your Team Leader is the one will guide you and recommend practical “next steps.” Your Team Leader is the also the one who will let you know if you need more freedom sessions in the future. If, for some reason, you still feel like you could still use another freedom session, then you may contact the Wellsprings of Freedom office at (309) 788-8100 to schedule an appointment.
- How does a Team Leader know when they are finished with a client?
This is a question that many of our Team Leaders ask us. Since we have created our own “triage” model of inner healing and deliverance, it can sometimes be a little tricky to determine when a client has been completed the freedom process. So here are a few practical questions you can ask yourself to help know when you are finished: 1. Have all the significant wounds in the client’s life been healed? 2. Have all the demons attached to those wounds (the demonic oppression) been removed? 3. Have you taken the client back to conception and walked them through the womb up through birth? 4. Does the client feel like you’ve dealt with all the major wounds/issues they were struggling with? 5. Have all the inner children been merged together? If the answer is YES to all of these questions, then you can rest assured that the client is done for now and does not need any more freedom sessions. If, in the future, the client begins to struggle again, they can always contact Wellsprings of Freedom to schedule another session.
- What next after my session? How do I keep this freedom and stay free?
This is a great question and the primary reason why we created “Splashes From Wellsprings”! “Splashes” is meant to be a helpful discipleship tool designed to equip you to live in your newfound freedom in Christ. It contains practical tools, articles, and advice about living victoriously in Christ and overcoming various spiritual/emotional bondages in our lives. If you’ve already completed the healing process, we encourage you to stay connected to your local church, a home group Bible study, and/or find one or two close friends who can continue to encourage you and spur you on to grow in maturity and Christlikeness. The reality is that we need each other to grow in Christ! So please don’t isolate yourself – that’s exactly what the Enemy wants. Also, spend time with God daily and immerse yourself in the Word of God. Meditate on it day and night and fill your heart and mind with God’s voice of Truth. The more “in tune” you become to God’s voice, the easier it will become to filter out and defeat the Enemy’s voices in your life. These are some of the keys to staying free in Christ. For more advice, we encourage you to check-out the articles in the “After Care” category located under the “Blog” section of this website.
- Should Christians always expect to be attacked by the Enemy?
This is an excellent question and the answer is very important for Christians to understand, since there seems to be a lot of confusion among Christ-followers about this issue. There is nowhere in Scripture that teaches we as Christians will stop being attacked by the Enemy this side of heaven. Since Christians live in the midst of a fallen and sinful world, which is currently under the control of the Evil One (I John 5:19), we find ourselves thrust into this spiritual conflict. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is clear that there is a real cosmic battle raging in the spiritual realm between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. Because of this, we as Christ-followers must be aware of these spiritual realities and expect to be attacked by the Enemy at times. Unfortunately, no one is exempt from spiritual warfare. There are no “conscientious objectors” in this spiritual conflict. Hence, the Apostle Paul exhorts Christians living in the pagan city of Ephesus to “stand firm” and to put on the “full armor of God” so that they can be on guard and take their stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10-19). The good news is that we have absolutely NOTHING TO FEAR! God has given us His authority and every spiritual weapon needed to fight these battles victoriously! The hope we look forward to is that one day, ALL ATTACKS WILL CEASE, when Christ returns triumphantly and fully establishes His Kingdom on earth (Revelation 21-22).
- Is there a quicker way to be aware of Satan’s attacks in my life?
One of the blessings of going through freedom sessions at Wellsprings of Freedom is that you naturally become more aware of Satan’s influence in your life, your family, your home, your relationships, etc. The truth is that the majority of clients who first come to Wellsprings for ministry are fairly blind to spiritual realities. However, during their sessions, their eyes are opened very quickly to the reality of spiritual warfare and how the Enemy has been trying to weigh them down for years with all kinds of negative thoughts, lies, accusations, guilt, regret, shame and condemnation. Our hope is that by the end of the freedom process (which for adults, normally takes 3-4 sessions over a 3-month period of time), you will be quicker to recognize the spiritual attacks, lies, and demonic “voices” that try to come against you on a regular basis. One of the most helpful paradigm shifts a Christian can undergo in their thinking is by moving from thinking in terms of single-causation to thinking in terms of dual-causation (Dr. Charles Kraft has been so helpful in shining more light on this truth in his books). Let us explain… The reality is that most Christians in the Western World tend to think that all of life’s events have a single cause. In other words, we are “either-or” thinkers. If something bad happens to us, our children, or our families, we often think there is one cause – whether it be medical, sin-related, emotional, etc. However, the Word of God seems to indicate that there are often dual causes to most of life’s events. For example, a Christian may be diagnosed by a doctor with a chronic physical illness, but the illness may also be a spiritual attack by Satan against that person’s health to render them ineffective in ministry. “Is the illness physical or spiritual?” we ask. Often times, the answer is YES, BOTH! This is the principle of dual-causation at work. Learning to think in dual-terms will help you to be alert and more quickly recognize the possibility that something might be a spiritual attack.
- What do I do when I get tired of fighting the spiritual battles?
First of all, we must recognize that as long we live in this world (this side of heaven), we are engaged in an ongoing spiritual conflict with the rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (see Ephesians 6:10-19). Secondly, we as Christians must be trained to live our lives with a “warfare” mentality instead of “peacetime” mentality. The Scriptures call us to endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus (I Timothy 2:3), to fight the good fight, keep the faith, and to finish the race marked out for us (II Timothy 4:7). Thirdly, our prayer should not be for God to take us out of the fight, but to embrace and engage in the fight, asking the Lord to protect us from the evil one (John 17:15). Fourthly, ask God for strength and courage to fight on a daily basis. He is the One who arms us with strength (Psalm 18:32) and trains our hands for war (18:34). Finally, we need to remember that we are on the winning side. We are not fighting for victory, but FROM VICTORY! Although the battles still rage, the ultimate war has already been won on the cross 2,000 years ago. The enemy’s fate has already been sealed. His destiny is secured (see Revelation 20:7-10). Let this truth strengthen you for battle!
- Are you ever completely healed and set free? Or do more things keep coming forward in freedom sessions?
This is a great question. The answer is YES, it is possible to be totally healed and set free in and through the Wellsprings of Freedom ministry. On average, our teams minister to adults in 3-4 freedom sessions in order to help set them completely free. After the final session, the Team Leader will confirm for the client if they are finished (based on certain criteria) and notify the client about any recommended “next steps” he or she may need to take. When our teams minister to young children or teenagers, it normally takes our teams just 1-2 sessions for them to be set free (depending on the age, the child’s family background & history, the home situation, etc.). It is essential to remember that while the Wellsprings ministry can help set a client free, WE CANNOT KEEP THEM FREE from demonic oppression afterwards if they make poor choices and re-open doors that were closed to the Enemy during their sessions. It is the client’s responsibility to develop “freedom habits,” to make right choices that lead to spiritual growth (walking away from temptation and sin, etc.), and to learn how to walk and live in their freedom.
- If you receive healing, is it permanent?
This is a great question. Every week at Wellsprings of Freedom, we are seeing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically healed. Some clients walk into our building with severe pain in their back/spine area and walk out of their sessions pain free! And months and sometimes years later, they still are living pain free! This is a powerful testimony that God still heals today and that the healing can be permanent. After their sessions, one thing our clients need to keep in mind is that the enemy will try to cause doubt and “steal” the healing if we aren’t careful. Thus, the client still has some responsibility here. For example, if a demonic spirit(s) played a part in the physical condition, it’s important that the client not open up any doors for the spirit(s) to enter back in. Secondly, doubt and unbelief can affect the healing as well. For example, well-meaning family or friends may cast doubt about the healing that has taken place, which may cause the client to doubt and question what Christ has done. Thirdly, if our condition was caused by our own poor choices and God heals them, but they refuse to change those bad habits and make righteous, God-honoring choices, they may open themselves back up to the same problem(s) again. Finally, we want our clients to realize the truth that when they leave their sessions, they need to be aware that the enemy may tell them “nothing happened” at Wellsprings and may attempt to place the symptoms back on them. Therefore, we try to equip them with Scriptures to fight back with and pray over themselves on a regular basis.
- If I have problems after my session, can I come back?
Sure, you just need to contact the Wellsprings of Freedom office at (309) 788-8100 or e-mail us at email@example.com with any questions or concerns you may have and our Administrative Assistant will be glad to work with you and help guide your next steps. Wellsprings of Freedom International does adhere to specific scheduling policies for new and returning clients, and those will be communicated to you upon contacting our office.
- What do I do if I have Native American Indian or other “sacred objects” in my home?
This is a great question and one that many clients ask us. One of the realities of spiritual warfare is that cultural forms and objects can contain spiritual power – whether good or evil. This includes Native American Indian artifacts such as dream catchers, peace pipes, medicine balls, and masks. It also includes “sacred objects” from other world religions, such as the evil eye, statues and idols, pictures/works of art, holy books/literature, and music. From experience, we’ve learned that even souvenirs purchased in foreign countries can sometimes be dedicated to other gods. If, during your freedom session, it’s revealed that there may be objects in your home that are open doors to spiritual darkness, then we strongly recommend that you dispose of and/or destroy those objects as soon as possible. We encourage our clients to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to them anything in their homes that may be bringing spiritual oppression in and that they need to get rid of. God is faithful and He will answer your prayers for discernment and will show you what you need to do. If, by chance, it is revealed that you do have sacred objects in your home that are family heirlooms and have been passed down the family line for multiple generations, then you will need to proceed with wisdom and caution. If they do not belong to you and you are not able to dispose of them, then we recommend praying cleansing prayers over your home, asking Jesus to cover the object(s) with a thick covering of His blood protection, and forbidding any spiritual darkness from entering your home through these objects, in Jesus’ name.
- How do I explain this to family and friends?
This is a great question that many clients at Wellsprings ask us. The reality is that many of you may come from churches that do not teach or teach very little about spiritual warfare. You might even have family members who don’t believe in and/or see the need for freedom ministry in the church today. Some may even be opposed to it. Therefore, how you share about your freedom experience will go a long way in helping to break down some of these barriers. First of all, we would encourage you to share your story of healing and freedom. Share what God has done and the victories that you personally experienced at Wellsprings of Freedom. Tell others how much it has helped you and the changes that you’ve noticed in your life since your freedom sessions. Secondly, if you are talking to family and friends who haven’t been to Wellsprings, try to avoid using terminology that might put people on the defensive, such as “deliverance,” “demons,” “manifestations,” or “inner children.” Since in North American culture, some of these terms tend to have negative connotations, we would encourage you not to use them in your first conversations with people outside of Wellsprings. Finally, bathe all of your conversations with family and friends in prayer ahead of time. Ask the Holy Spirit to give them open hearts and open minds as you share. Ask Him to give you just the right words to speak, to just the right people, at just the right times. And allow Him to speak through you as you share all that God has done in your life!
- Why do I still have doubts even after I’ve seen proof that this ministry is real?
The first reason is because Satan does not want you to believe in this ministry. Why? Because he doesn’t want you to be set free and doesn’t want you helping to set others free either. Therefore, he may try to send spirits of Doubt, Unbelief, Confusion, Intellectualism, Skepticism, Mistrust, etc. to attack and fill your mind with all kinds of questions and doubts about the ministry. If, after having personally experienced deep-level healing and freedom in Christ during your freedom sessions, your mind is still being filled with doubt and confusion, that is a fairly strong indicator that these types of demonic spirits are attacking you. The second reason for the doubts is because Satan wants nothing more than to undermine and steal your newfound freedom in Christ. Once you have been set free, the next best strategy he has is to try to convince you that “nothing happened,” that “nothing has changed” or that “You are still the same person you were before your freedom sessions.” Ultimately, these demonic lies are designed to deceive you into thinking that the ministry “doesn’t work” or “isn’t real,” and therefore, is ineffective in transforming lives.
- Does Wellsprings of Freedom have an official position on Halloween?
This is a question that more and more clients are asking us, so here’s our response… Wellsprings of Freedom International is not opposed to handing out candy on Halloween or to having our children dress up in appropriate costumes (as princesses, super heroes, etc. – not as ghosts, witches, skeletons, etc.). Nor are we opposed to children going “Trick or Treating” in neighborhoods, “Trunk or Treating,” or going to Fall “harvest parties” for youth groups, at churches, etc. In fact, we believe that the church can and should try to redeem this holiday and use it for God’s purposes (to share Christ at youth gatherings, harvest parties, etc.). However, Wellsprings of Freedom does not agree with, endorse, or encourage people to visit haunted houses or promote the blatant evil that is so encouraged at Halloween time. In fact, just the opposite. We highly discourage our team members and clients from visiting and potentially opening any doors to darkness on this American cultural holiday. There is an incredible amount of evil that is promoted at Halloween time and our Discerners who serve in the Wellsprings ministry can literally sense the spiritual darkness and increased oppression and heaviness during the month of October. So we want to make sure our team members and clients avoid all forms of and participation in evil. Therefore, we strongly advise parents and children not to visit haunted houses and other places where evil is promoted or glorified.
- Is Wellsprings of Freedom International an evangelical organization?
Yes, we are! Wellsprings of Freedom International emerged as a ministry within Heritage (Wesleyan) Church in Rock Island, IL nearly fifteen years ago. In 2010, the Wellsprings ministry was growing so rapidly that it eventually launched out of Heritage Church and became its own (501c3) non-profit organization located in Rock Island, IL. To this day, WFI is led by two ordained (Wesleyan) pastors who have a kingdom vision and burning desire to reach across denominational lines and train-up teams with a heart and passion to set captives free. Therefore, WFI is not an exclusively Wesleyan organization. In fact, as of January, 2015, our 100 volunteers who actively serve at WFI on a regular basis represent over 13 different churches in the Quad Cities Area!
- Is there a statement of faith on the Wellsprings website?
Yes, there is! If you are interested in learning more about some of our doctrinal positions and what Wellsprings of Freedom believes as an evangelical freedom ministry, we encourage you to go to our official www.wellspringsoffreedom.com website and click on the “What We Believe” link at the top of the menu on our website.
- Does Wellsprings of Freedom International agree with “Word of Faith” teaching & theology?
No, Wellsprings of Freedom International does not agree with or teach “Word of Faith” theology or doctrine that is so popular today is some Charismatic churches today and that has rapidly spread all around the world. WFI is an evangelical non-profit organization whose mission is to offer freedom to a broken world. We exist to help wounded, tormented, and spiritually oppressed individuals find freedom, hope, and restoration through the power of Jesus Christ. Although we are an inner healing and deliverance ministry, WFI does not promote a “name it, claim it” theology. Nor do we teach a message of health, wealth, and prosperity through positive belief and confession. WFI does not agree either with the teaching that Jesus and the Apostles were financially wealthy and prosperous – owning homes, businesses, and having financial means.
- Why are there so many different freedom ministries?
A number of people have asked us this question over the years. In particular, they are wondering what the difference is between Wellsprings of Freedom and other freedom ministries around the United States. The answer is that although these various ministries are operating in the power of the Holy Spirit, our models and methods of healing and freedom are very different. Some freedom ministries focus exclusively on TRUTH ENCOUNTER – exposing Satan’s lies and replacing them with the Truth from God’s Word. Others focus exclusively on POWER ENCOUNTER – breaking demonic oppression and casting out demons in the name and authority of Christ. Still other freedom ministries focus exclusively on INNER HEALING. What makes Wellsprings of Freedom International unique is that it blends all three of the above (truth encounter, power encounter, & inner healing) into one dynamic and comprehensive healing model. We believe this is what makes the Wellsprings ministry so effective.
- Does Wellsprings of Freedom International have its own training manual?
We’re glad you asked! Wellsprings of Freedom International has already published its own follow-up manual for clients called “Continuing the Journey Toward Freedom.” It can be found in electronic format on this website at www.splashesfromwellsprings.com/2014/11/25/follow-up-booklet-continuing-the-journey/. In addition, the staff at WFI has been hard at work on writing and revising its brand new complete training manual that we hope to publish in 2015. We hope to make it available to all our team members and clients by May, 2015.
- Is there an introduction to Wellsprings of Freedom for Pastors of all denominations serving in the Quad Cities Area?
Yes, there are two great ways for local church pastors to get acquainted with the Wellsprings of Freedom ministry. First, on the first Saturday of every month throughout the year, Wellsprings offers an Orientation Class for people living in the Quad Cities Area who are wanting to learn more about the ministry. Secondly, every Spring and Fall, Wellsprings of Freedom International offers a 10- week Training Class for people (including local church pastors) wanting to be trained in spiritual warfare and deliverance/healing ministry. We consistently have between 20-40 people attending our training classes. For more information about both opportunities, please check out our official website at www.wellspringsoffreedom.com, or contact our Wellsprings office at (309) 788-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is Wellsprings of Freedom’s relationship to the Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Church?
Over the last few years, we have had a number of clients come to Wellsprings of Freedom International for ministry from Catholic backgrounds or who were attending Catholic churches in their communities. They had heard powerful testimonies and wonderful things about Wellsprings from family and friends. These clients were also warmly welcomed at WFI and found tremendous healing and freedom as a result of their freedom sessions! We also have pastors on staff who formerly served as cross-cultural missionaries in Orthodox countries. As a result, we currently have a Wellsprings team serving in a historic Orthodox country in Eastern Europe (Russia). Therefore, WFI has had a great deal of experience interacting with brothers and sisters in Christ from both Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox backgrounds. While we do have theological and doctrinal differences with both Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, during freedom sessions we prefer to emphasize the common beliefs that UNITE us, rather than on those differences that divide us. Just as the Evil One can work and deceive Evangelical Christians and churches into idolatry, heresy, etc., we also believe and have seen how the Enemy can work and deceive Believers through the Roman Catholic and Orthodox expressions of faith. Therefore, WFI does acknowledge the potential for spiritual deception and lies of the Enemy to be revealed during their freedom sessions. We just ask our clients coming from Catholic and Orthodox backgrounds to be open-minded and willing to receive whatever Truth is revealed to them by the Holy Spirit in their sessions.
- Are there other Wellsprings teams and ministries located around the United States?
We’re glad you asked! Wellsprings of Freedom International is rapidly growing and expanding across the United States and around the world. In addition to our Healing Center located in Rock Island, IL, Wellsprings now has eleven other established ministry teams in places such as Hamburg, NY, Holland, MI, Kernersville, NC, Sioux Falls, SD, Marion, IN, Frankford, DE, Bridgeport, IL, and in the Wheaton/Broadview, IL area. We also have a well-established Wellsprings team in Vladimir, Russia and have trained a number of national pastors in Mexico and Zambia, Africa. At the current time, we are working with several other missionaries and mission fields to train and equip new teams around the world, including several Muslim countries in the Turkic/Arabic speaking area.
- How do I establish a Wellsprings team in my local church?
If you are interested in establishing a Wellsprings team in your local church, there are few steps that you would need to take. First of all, be prayerful and patient as you seek to move forward with this ministry. Secondly, we encourage you to talk with your Senior Pastor, church board, or leadership team about the Wellsprings ministry and your desire to start this ministry in your church. If the senior leaders of the church are supportive and interested in partnering with us, then they will need to contact Wellsprings of Freedom International at (309) 788-8100 or email@example.com. A Wellsprings representative will then begin working with your church leadership to begin planning the details for either a small team/group to visit Wellsprings of Freedom first or for a Wellsprings mission team to come and serve at your local church. Please note that it takes approximately 3-6 months of advanced planning for a Wellsprings team to visit a local church in the U.S. Further advanced planning may be required for teams traveling overseas. We also recommend reading the article, “Next Steps For Establishing a Wellsprings Team in Your Local Church,” found in the After Care section of this website for more specifics.
- Does Wellsprings of Freedom speak, teach, or have a presence at any Christian universities?
The answer is Yes! In 2012, Rev. Tim Howard, president of Wellsprings of Freedom International, was first asked to speak to over 3000 students in chapel services at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. Since the beginning of 2013, Rev. Brian Burke, Executive Vice President of Global Ministry for WFI, has been visiting the Indiana Wesleyan University campus each semester to teach in various religion classes for ministerial students and to help train-up a new Wellsprings team in Marion, IN. As of 2014, Wellsprings of Freedom has an established ministry team that ministers weekly to IWU students and adults in the Marion community. This is the first Christian university in the U.S. where we now have a functioning Wellsprings team!
- How can I contact one of the Wellsprings teams and ministries around the U.S.?
The best way to get in touch with one of our Wellsprings teams around the U.S. or internationally is to contact of main office in Rock Island, IL at (309) 788-8100 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then make the appropriate referrals and put you in touch with our various ministry leaders and teams across the United States.
- How do I become a part of the Wellsprings ministry?
If you live in or near the Quad Cities, Wellsprings of Freedom International offers 10-week training classes in the Spring and Fall of each year at our Healing Center in Rock Island, IL. These training classes are designed to teach the biblical and theological foundations of spiritual warfare, as well as the practice of inner healing and deliverance ministry. The 10-week training class is the first step in the training process and everyone who has the desire to serve on a Wellsprings team is required to attend the class. After the 10-week class has been completed, all new trainees are then required to go through a 3-month observation period on one of our WFI teams that meet during the week. This observation period is designed to help grow and develop a new trainees’ gifts and give them valuable experience in real-life freedom sessions. If, after the 3-month observation period, the leadership of Wellsprings of Freedom determines that a new trainee is qualified and ready to serve, they will then be invited to serve on one of our regular ministry teams. Altogether, it is a 6-month process to join the WFI ministry. If you would like to find out more information and/or register for our next training class, please contact the WFI office at email@example.com or give us call at (309) 788-8100.