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Resources: Suffering and Evil

Deliverance Ministry, addressing issues such as demonic deliverance

Deliverance Ministry:
A Consensus Statement from Pentecostal, Charismatic and Historic Evangelicals

The following paragraphs represent a sixth draft of a statement of principles developed by a diverse group of pastors and professors represent­ing various evangelical traditions. I am the primary author of this document, but it has been developed with extensive interaction in the group. The group has taken the name Rogue Fellowship. Under the initiation of Doug Shearer, senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship of Sacramento, CA, we are unofficially representing a broad section of evangeli­cal traditions to address various practices and beliefs in the churches. Our common burden is to address such contemporary church issues as demonic deliverance, political involvement, inner healing, modern day prophecy, worship styles, etc. One goal is to make statements where we all agree on both rights and wrongs in these areas. We intend to address issues and practices rather than specif­ic groups. We are amazed to find how much agreement we can get on issues such as binding demons, an area where there are vast differ­ences within the group.

Did God create evil?

Question from a reader:

If God created all things, then doesn’t that mean he created evil? Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”

Difficult Truths & Deep Love: Pondering Sovereignty, Suffering, and the Promise of Heaven (audio/video)

Randy's 45-minute message during a Friday seminar at the 2010 Desiring God Conference, which had the theme "Think: The Life of the Mind & the Love of God."

Discussing Suffering and Evil on FamilyLife Today (audio)

Randy Alcorn talking about evil and suffering on Family Life Today. This is a three part series that aired June 16-18, 2010.

Do human beings really have free will? How does that fit with God’s sovereignty?

God is not the author of evil. Neither, however, is He ever the victim of evil. His hands are never tied by evil. He's never painted into a corner by evil. When Jesus went to the cross He didn't fall into Satan's trap—Satan fell into His. Wills were being exercised, but men weren't calling the shots—God was.

Do you have any resources for an agnostic friend who says he can’t believe in a good God who allows bad things to happen?

Do you have any resources for an agnostic friend who says he can't believe in a good kind, loving God who would allow such terrible things to happen to people (abuse, famine, floods, etc.)?

Randy's book If God is Good deals with your friend’s questions as well as many others agnostics may have.

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