There are a few things we must keep in mind. In the Bible, we are commanded to cast out demons and that requires speaking to them. To be clear, we are not encouraged to have conversations with demons. But, during deliverance, at times we ask questions like, “Who are you?” “What have you done to this person?” “How did you enter this person?” These are not conversational questions, these are interrogation questions of inquiry.
Some have claimed that while doing public deliverance, interrogating a demon glorifies the devil and embarrasses the person. On the contrary, we have found that deliverance embarrasses the devil, builds people’s faith, and instills God’s fear in this new generation. Jesus did not exclude deliverances from any of the Gospels nor did He perform them privately. He did not do them for a show, but to glorify God and bring help to those who were struggling.
With that being said, here are a few of the reasons for interrogating demons as we and others do.
Jesus did it. Mark 5:8-9 states: “For He said to him, ‘Come out of the man, unclean spirit!’ Then He asked him, ‘What is your name?’ ” Jesus told the demon to come out of him and then asked the question, “What is your name?” And the demon answered. The demon’s answer didn’t indicate that it lied about the information. This is the only mention of Jesus asking that question, but with the vast number of deliverances that Jesus performed, I am sure that it’s not the only time that He questioned a demon. Even if it did happen only once, His example in no way prohibits us from doing that.
If a demon obeys and responds to you about its name, then it acknowledges your authority as a follower of Christ. Acts 19:15 states: “And the evil spirit answered and said, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?’ ” The sons of Sceva tried to follow Paul’s pattern of casting out demons without being born again and without being filled with the Holy Spirit. They tried to cast it out in the name of Jesus that Paul preaches. The demons responded that they did not respect the sons of Sceva and injured them because they did not personally know Jesus who gives authority over demonic spirits. I have witnessed many times during deliverance when demons have said things like, “You can’t cast me out,” “You’re too small,” “You don’t have enough anointing,” “This person is mine,” or, “They belong to me.” It’s similar to when Goliath tried to intimidate David by calling him a little boy (1 Samuel 17:42). All these are the devil’s attempts to diminish our confidence in Jesus. We don’t cast out demons by our own power but by the power of Jesus’ mighty name and the Holy Spirit’s anointing.
If you ask the right questions, demons reveal other demons. Mark 5:9 says, “Then He asked him, ‘’What is your name?’’ And he answered, saying, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’ ” At times, there are other demons that are hiding, and interrogation helps us to expose and expel them as well. We must not rely on information from the demons but revelation from the Holy Spirit. His gift of discernment of spirits is available to us when we are doing deliverance. But at times, we can do what Jesus did and command the demon to reveal his name, number, and nature.
Interrogating a demon can help the person who is receiving freedom to close doors and not sin again. When you find out how the demon entered, it can help that person to close all open doors to the enemy and avoid committing those same sins again.
When demonic plans are revealed, people are warned. For example, God told Gideon to go to the enemy’s camp and listen to what they were saying (Judges 7:10, 11). God’s Word and directions should have been enough for Gideon, but God wanted Gideon to hear the same message from his enemy.
Is everything that a demon says true?
Speaking of satan Jesus said, “When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). Demons are always lying and deceiving by nature. It’s true. We can’t trust what demons say; therefore, we command them in the name of Jesus to tell the truth during deliverance.
In the two famous instances when demons spoke in the Gospels, namely the demoniac of Gadarenes (Mark 5:1-20) and the man in the synagogue (Mark 1:23-26), the demons were forced to speak the truth by the power of the Holy Spirit. Following Paul and Silas for many days, even the demon-possessed slave girl with a spirit of divination cried out truthfully saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). Most of us would be grateful for such good publicity, but Paul had the discernment to know that behind such a “truth” were demonic spirits. Nevertheless, the girl filled with a spirit of divination was not lying. But, when a demonic manifestation does take place, it’s usually not because the demons want to show up, rather, it is the superior power of the Holy Spirit exposing the powers of darkness in a person’s life.
During deliverance, we rely on the Holy Spirit, the gift of discernment, prayer, and listening to what God is saying, as well as learning from previous experiences and using common sense on how much of the information we accept from the demon.
What we do stay away from are the rabbit trails that demons want to take us on by talking about nonsense and wasting our time. Seeking supernatural revelation and extra spiritual knowledge from demons is an unreliable territory. Jesus is the Truth, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth; demons are liars. The only information we ask of demons pertains to a person’s total deliverance, thus closing every legal right that the demon might have had.