Brain Washed - Praying the Blood of Jesus over people, places & things? Is it biblical?
Brain Washed - Praying the Blood of Jesus over people, places & things? Is it biblical?
If you have spent any amount of time in American Christianity or watched those TV evangelists, you have probably heard the people saying that you must 'plead the blood of Jesus' over your circumstances. Many a time I have heard people claim its mystical power over many things like their finances, their debts, unsaved people and/or hard circumstances that they are going through. I have even heard people claim that pleading or praying the blood of Jesus on people and situations is the most powerful prayer we can pray.There are many who practice the pleading of the blood (now a cliché) over people that are unsaved, things or situations they want cleansed or delivered from.
Many claim and teach just about anything can be fixed by pleading or praying the blood of Jesus over it. Unfortunately many people have gotten on this bandwagon without testing it against the scriptures. So what does the bible say about 'praying the blood of Jesus (or any other blood for that matter)? Let us look at the bible and see.
The Old Testament
We know that God/Yeshua is the same yesterday, today and forever ref. Hebrews 13:8 and we also know that as New Covenant believers His instructions are to be written on our hearts and minds so we can obey and not keep satisfying the flesh i.e. continuing a life a sin but of righteousness. With that said, if we can find an example of godly people 'praying or pleading the blood over people, things & situations' then that would give credence to this practice. So let us look at the scriptures and see what the biblical purpose of blood plays with those that follow God.
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’
So here we see that life is in the blood and it was specifically used upon the altar of God to make atonement for people's souls that follow Him. If we search the rest of the scriptures we do NOT find where blood is used in any manner other than this. It was NOT used to deliver believers or unbelievers out of adverse situations. We do NOT see it placed on people, things or situations so God can 'fix' these things. Rather we see the scriptures teaching that God's people are to follow Him regardless of the situation. It does not mean that God cannot magically remove people out of the circumstances but rather He gives us peace that passes all understanding so we can endure by leaning and relying on Him. Again the purpose of blood is atonement and redeeming people so we can have a right relationship with the Creator.
What is also interesting is the fact that Solomon, the wisest man in the world did not mention the practice of praying or pleading the blood on people, things or situations. Nor do we see King David, a man after God's own heart teaching or practicing such things. Why? Because it was not what God instructed His people to do. If ever there was a person in the Old Testament that should have prayed the blood over his situation it was Job. Yet Job despite losing everything did not do this nor do we see God telling Job if he had only pleaded the blood he would not have lost everything. We also do not see where God instructed Job to plead the blood in order to get blessed many times over. Rather we see Job relying on God and him continuing to hang on to his relationship with the Creator and living a righteous life.
However some believers place so much importance on 'praying the blood of Jesus' that if you do not pray this magic phrase that somehow God is restricted in what He can and cannot do! The scriptures teach emphatically that He IS all knowing and ALL powerful and nothing can keep Him from doing what He wants! Those that say you MUST pray the blood of Jesus on people, things and situations are taking away from the character of God and in essence creating a god (idolatry) that bends to their will and desires or is limited by what they say. If pleading the blood over situations was something that is to be done we do NOT see it in the Old Testament or in the writings of the Prophets.
The New Testament
When the New Testament times arrive many claim this is where believers have been given access to the blood of the Messiah and they can apply it where ever we see need. While this claim sounds good to those who are ignorant of the whole counsel of God, we have to look at what was going on in the times of ancient Greece and Rome to get a better understanding of how the pagans used blood.
In ancient Greece and Rome, pagans considered blood to have strong magical properties. Capitolinus writes of the empress Faustina, wife of Marcus Aurelius. Faustina once was consumed by her lust for a gladiator, and she suffered greatly over this. Finally, she confessed to her husband, who discussed the matter with the Chaldeans oracles (false idol worship). Their advice was to order the gladiator killed, and have Faustina bathe herself in his blood. While covered in it, she was to sleep with her husband. Faustina did as she was told, and she was "delivered of her love for the gladiator." She also happened to be delivered of a son a short time later, Commodus, who was quite fond of gladiatorial games. Pliny the Elder relates the story of the mage Osthanes, who used blood from a tick found on a black bull to control a woman who might be unfaithful to her husband. He says, "If the loins of a woman are smeared with the blood, she will be made to find sex repulsive."
History shows that pagans used blood for many things all of which God deemed as wickedness. God even goes so far as to warn believers that we are not supposed to follow Him using their pagan ways...
"When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods saying,
'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.'
You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods."
Despite this vivid warning some believers today claim because they are new covenant believers so there are 'new' ways of doing things; however there is no scriptural proof for such claims. So what do we see when it comes to the blood of Jesus in the New Testament? Check out this scripture...
"Likewise He (Yeshua) also took the cup after the supper, saying, "This is the cup of the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you."
If there ever was a time for Yeshua (Jesus) to tell His disciples about the most powerful prayer one can pray by praying His blood on people, things & adverse situations this would be the time. However He did not, why? Because the purpose of the blood is the same in the New Testament as it was in the Old Testament, to make atonement for people's souls. Yeshua was the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world; by His sacrifice on the cross He did the one thing that could bring us back into fellowship with God. It was to bring us back to a right relationship to God. Not to be a 'get out of jail' card or make someone a super prophet or pray warrior. Why? Simply because the scriptures do not teach such things. So what else does the New Testament say about the blood of Yeshua? What is it used for?
"He (Yeshua) had delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us
into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption
through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."
Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, wrote this epistle to the Colossians and it declares Yeshua's supremacy over all creation and exhorts believers to lead godly lives. The letter consists of two parts: first a doctrinal section, then a second regarding conduct. In both sections, false teachers who have been spreading error in the congregation are opposed.
If any New Testament writer would teach about praying the blood of Jesus on people it would be him. Paul is attributed with writing fourteen of the twenty-seven New Testament books. Yet in all those writings NO WHERE do we see where Paul, or any other writer, teaching or promoting such false teaching. Rather we see Paul explaining that Yeshua's blood is for redemption and gives way to God's forgiveness of our sins. Paul is clear in Colossians about what Yeshua's blood is for. So are there other scriptures, which talk about 'the blood'?
"Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption."
Again Paul re-emphasizes what the blood of Yeshua is for - redemption! We don't see Paul or any other New Testament believer, elder, deacon, pastor, prophet, evangelist, man or woman of God praying the blood of Yeshua on people, places, things or situations. Still not satisfied? Still think that the blood of Yeshua can be applied to the unsaved and adverse situations? Consider the following scripture...
"This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light
and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He (Yeshua) is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son
cleanses us from all sin."
1 John 1:5-7
Here we see again that His blood cleanses us from all sin, it redeems us to God - those that hear the good news, repent, believe and confess their sins to God. There is no 'praying the blood' over people, things or situations, nor are there any examples of this in the New Testament. With that said, how can we promote such a falseness in the body? The above scripture talks about not walking in darkness, to not lie but to practice and live the truth. The question we must ask ourselves is this...
"Is believing & teaching something that is in conflict with God and His word the truth or a lie?"
If its a lie then we must repent, confess our sin/s and get back to following the truth we find in God's word and don't do it again (go and sin no more). If we don't do this and continue to promote such false teaching it demotes God from being all knowing and all powerful we are asking for trouble - scripture even goes so far as to tell us to not have anything to do with those who continue in such flagrant and continued sin because of the idolatry aspects. Now this should be enough scriptural proof to NOT plead or pray the blood of Jesus on people, things or situations but when did all this start?
The idea of pleading the blood of Jesus or praying the blood is relatively new. It started as The New Thought movement which came from the teachings of Phineas Quimby who taught & promoted that God is everywhere and in everything and is a force to be used - in simpler terms it was pantheism; that 'god' is a force that can be tapped into by all. What many do not know is that Phineas was involved in the occult practice of mesmerism and his beliefs are in direct conflict with the scriptures as seen in his beliefs. Phineas believed and taught that human self-hood is divine (despite the fact that scripture condemns such claims). That divinity dwells, untapped, by all people. That when people are divinely attuned their thoughts are a positive force for good (yet scripture teaches that there mankind is not good and only God is good). Basically the beliefs and teachings of Phineas were picked up by the word of faith denomination which was basically a mix of New Age teachings and Pentecostalism. Since that time there has been more and more people teaching and believing one can plead or pray the blood of Jesus on people, things, situations and even pray the blood on demons to get them to leave them alone. All of course with no in context scriptural proof.
What we do see in scripture
Paul wrote in 2 Timothy that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” ref. 2 Timothy 3:12. But those who hold to this 'pleading the blood' mainly of the Word of Faith and Pentecostalism, teaches we suffer, are sick or struggle with sin, it is because we do not have enough faith or that we are not pleading the blood of Jesus to claim what is rightfully ours. We do not see Paul practicing or teaching this 'pleading the blood of Christ' or claiming what is “rightfully his” when he was faced with the numerous trials and persecution he endured. Instead we see his unwavering faith in Christ no matter the situation. Consider what Paul said...
“I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to
keep what I have committed to Him until that day”
2 Timothy 1:12
Amazing how Paul did not teach 'pleading the blood' or 'praying the blood of Jesus' over the personal trials and tribulations he went through but rather Paul stated...
"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Paul's ability to endure was based on his relationship with the one who saved him, not because he prayed a magic prayer that forced God to act. This is clearly seen in 2 Timothy 4:18...
"the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.
To Him be the glory forever and ever, Amen."
“Pleading the blood” as it is commonly practiced has more in common with mysticism and paganism than biblical Christianity. Saying certain words does not make our prayers magically more powerful. Furthermore, “pleading the blood of Jesus" is not needed to defeat Satan. Satan has already been defeated, and if we are truly born-again, Satan has no power over us other than what God allows for His purpose and glory. Colossians 1:13 makes this perfectly clear...
“For He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son in whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of sins.”
Rather than “pleading the blood of Jesus" for protection or power, to overcome the enemy, believers should obey the command in James 4:7...
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Rather than practicing an unbiblical model of prayer. God calls us to follow Him and His word, to take captive all our thoughts and avoid giving sin a stronghold in our lives. When we live a righteous life and do not break God's commandments we are free from sin. However many are living a life of continued sin but claiming victory by praying the blood of Jesus over their situation. Sometimes the situations change but it is NOT because they prayed the blood of Jesus over their situation. There is not scriptural support for such a belief.
So when people pray and try to 'pray the blood of Jesus' on people, places, things, situations and even demons, remind them what God clearly teaches in His word.