The gap between the daily experience of most Christians and the potential experience of Christians is so great that it poses a bit of a puzzle. Aside from lamenting it, is there anything we can do to rectify it? Neil Anderson has developed what is probably the most advanced model available for helping believers experience the fullness of who they are called to be in Christ:
- Breaking alliance with the demonic realm and it’s many inroads
- Renouncing Lies
- Dealing with Rebellion
- Dealing with Pride
- Breaking bondage patterns
- Renouncing curses and ancesteral connections
- Staying Free
This idea is not new. It grew out of the early Charismatic deliverance ministers like Francic MacNutt, Don Basham, and Derek Prince. This in turn, I think was a development from Penteocostal and Holiness ideals of conversion. I think a process of this nature is very important and helpful, and that people like Anderson have taken a huge and important step forward, but that we need still another generation of ideas to come forward in this area. Anderson’s process has really great components, but it would work better if more tightly organized and patterned after the model of Biblical salvation. Secondly, his process emphasizes what you already are in Christ, whereas I see faith playing a larger role throughout the process. Here is a proposal with a mapping to Anderson’s steps in brackets:
- Surrender to Christ.
- Identification and Renunciation of all former allegiances. [1,7]
- Renunciation of enslaving lies. (such as views of self, God and others) [2,5]
- Repair of Human Relationships. (including repentance and forgiveness) [3,4]
- Receving Total Forgiveness and Security.
- Encountering the Presence of God.
- Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
- Physical Healing.
- Fighting for Further Freedom. [6,8]