Oppression from unclean spirits
The mandate to preach the gospel to the poor has been entrusted, by Christ, to the presbyteries that are restored to His right hand. Mar 16:15. Rev 1:20. Rev 2:1. As part of this charge, the messengers of Christ teach the distinction between ‘cleanness’ and ‘uncleanness’. The Lord stated through the prophet Ezekiel, ‘And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.’ Ezk 44:23. A person is clean through their obedience to the word of Christ. Joh 15:3. It is a person’s uncleanness that makes them vulnerable to spiritual oppression.
When a person is oppressed by an unclean spirit, their ability to see, enter and participate in the kingdom of God is hindered. However, a pathway of recovery is available for their deliverance. The Scriptures teach that a person is delivered from oppression only when they receive the gospel preached, as ones who have become poor in spirit; and when they have an ongoing personal connection to Christ’s offering and sufferings. Isa 35:4 6. Mar 9:28 29. Isa 58:6. Jesus testified, saying ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor … [and] to set at liberty those who are oppressed.’ Luk 4:18 19.