My name is Rand Oman. I have been a Christian Therapist since 1985. My wife, Mariene, and I went back to school together at age 40 because we felt called to help those in mental, emotional and spiritual conflict resolve their issues. What makes me qualified to do this work? I believe that God has called me and anointed me and gifted me to do this. It has been confirmed by the many people who have been set free by the work that we, with God, have done together. When He begins a good work in us He always completes it.
Every person has one’s own personal, interpersonal and familial history. Every person is born of the Fall of Adam and Eve. Every person is tainted by sin and has, in fact, been born into it. Every person is imperfect. Every person has an inborn need for love and peace and freedom. Every person is in need of a Savior. God has taught me and brought me through the process of healing and has called me to share it with others. I have been committed to this project for almost twenty years. I am absolutely sold on what it can do in a persons’ life to bring change out of almost total hopelessness and despair and depression.
This project was a result of my own frustration as a professional Christian counselor. After several years of counseling, I realized that, although I prayed with my clients, there was still something blocking them from being set free. They were ‘stuck’. So I began my own journey—to seek an intimate relationship with God. I began to study and search the Word for truths, to ask God to speak to me so I could personally experience and then help people to achieve what Jesus said was possible: “If you hold to my teachings and obey them, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…so if the son sets you free…you will be free indeed.” (John 8:31,36)
The Human Freedom Project was created as a way to share the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit and the Son of God, Jesus. It’s purpose is to help people gain freedom so they can serve God, live for Him, and have an intimate relationship with Him. It is my prayer that you will ask God to show you if this could help you. I have watched how the Holy Spirit has set up what I call “divine appointments” over the years. To help you make an informed decision, I will explain what is involved.
The main components are found in Isaiah 61, and then repeated in Luke 4:18 & 19:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He sent me to proclaim freedom to the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
1. To proclaim freedom for the prisoners
2. To recover sight for the spiritually blind
3. To release the spiritually oppressed.
Some questions you may ask are: What does it mean to proclaim and bring freedom for the prisoners? Who are the prisoners? What do we need to understand about these prisoners? How are prisoners freed?
Growing up I was taught that while we are prisoners of Satan—that is, born into sin—once we accepted Christ as our personal Savior, we were free from Satan’s grasp. We were also taught that we should not focus on knowing about Satan because that would be playing with fire. I’ve always wondered about this teaching, because it didn’t line up with Jesus’ practice of healing and casting out demons wherever he went. It seemed to me that what “worked” for Satan at the time of Jesus’ earthly life is probably still working now. The battle is won though we can still be held captive by Satan. He can still have a part in keeping us from trusting God to make us what He wants us to be.
I fervently prayed for God to teach me how to be delivered from spiritual blindness and oppression—a perfect description of prison. In answer to my prayer, God sent me clients who were “out of the ordinary.” These were people who had been involved with the Satanic Cult. He used the extreme complexity of these clients—who were the ultimate prisoners of Satan—to teach me a comprehensive and organized method of transforming, not only these ritually abused clients, but also helping the “ordinary” client as well. Since I found very little sound teaching on how to deliver persons bound by the enemy, I had to depend on God’s power and His Word. I was reminded over and over that “nothing is too difficult for Him.”
I was stretched both spiritually and intellectually as I searched the scriptures and read books on the occult and Dissociative Identity Disorder. I learned that the people abused by the cults stored their pain in other “parts” of their mind, enabling them to function in the real world. I felt called by God to do a “new thing”(Isaiah 43:19). These people desperately wanted to be set free, and God was calling me to be a part of that process. He used these experiences so I could help people abused by cults, and also help all people who come to me to be free to be all that God intended them to be. This personally painful process of learning this method of setting people free drove me to keep my eyes on Jesus, to wait on Him, to trust Him for my own safety as I stepped onto the front line of battle with clients.
I learned that deliverance is simply a means to the end of being rescued or set free. It is a process to be approached with an awe for God’s power. In Mark 1:27(NLT), it says, Amazement gripped the audience [who saw Jesus cast out demons] and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority. Even the spirits obey his orders!” I learned that Jesus gave this authority to His disciples—and to us, his present day followers—to “heal and cast out demons”. I learned that it is important to “know your enemy.” There is a very real reason we are taught to “put on the armor of God”. I learned that we, as Christians, are Satan’s enemies. He hates us for following Jesus! I learned that we, as Christians, need to be set free from the curses and strongholds that Satan has put on us, either generationally or through our own sin choices.
WHAT IS A STRONGHOLD?
It is a place that has been fortified to protect against attack. There are both positive and negative strongholds in the spiritual battle. A positive stronghold is to build up, edify and keep us strong. These strongholds are built in our lives as we study the Word of God, pray and listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. As we grow in in wisdom and our ability to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit, we are more able to discern the lies of the enemy; and therefore to anticipate his wily actions and attacks against us. A negative stronghold is the means by which Satan carries out his plan to “kill, steal, and destroy” us, and to strip the person of all that God has planned for their lives. As I prayed and asked God what a stronghold looked like, He led me to Matthew 12:43-45, “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places, seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it states, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there and the final condition of the man is worse than the first.”
I believe that Satan strategically places a “strongman” on each person. His role is to place strongholds on each of the parts of a person’s mind, will, and emotions. And these strongholds consist of eight curses each. A curse is a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 states: For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does, the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. The spirit needs to be removed and the empty space left must be filled with God’s truth.
Another term that is important to this process, is dissociation. It has a profound impact on the working of the Human Freedom Project. It is defined as the disconnection or separation of something or someone from something else or someone else. In psychological terms it means one part of a person’s mind becomes separated from the other part of the mind. This is referred to as Dissociative Identity Disorder(DSM-IV). This was formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. I have learned much about the mind and how it can become disconnected and separated from itself and it’s memories. I have learned, through my work with Dissociative Identity Disorder, that all people have “parts” and that—whether in the occult or not—the parts are a gift from God to help us through difficult times. God promised that he would not give us more than we can bear, and when situations are too much, He will “provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). I believe people “escape” under great trauma, so they can bear it.
There is a vast continuum in dissociation, from the “normal” client with a few parts to the occult client who usually have more than fifty parts. I have learned that it is important to find each part of each person, and then work with the “host”(the part that presents outwardly, the main part). The host is in control of 90-95% of the brain. The host is essentially the person that one would interact with under normal conditions. The host is the chronological age of the person. All the other parts have been created to ease the pain of trauma or abuse. Some examples are the death of a parent, any type of abuse, various disabilities, illness, and catastrophes. The parts were created by God within the person’s mind to help the host weather the storms of abuse and trauma. The parts usually coincide with various developmental stages or significant times in the life of the person. I access these parts by what is called developmental stage regression. With God’s guidance, we go back to the chronological age at which the abuse happened. How confusing is it when you respond to an event like a seven-year-old child, rather than the 35-year- old you really are? What you are probably not aware of is that the abuse you endured as a seven-year-old triggered you to react like a child would—for self-protection. The problem is that it doesn’t look right on a 35-year-old!
The parts are a gift from God to the hurting person to keep them sane. Satan recognizes this is true, and places strongholds on these parts to keep them from accepting Christ as their Savior. These parts war within the mind and body as it states in Romans 7. The principle of sin and the Holy Spirit constantly war within the person. The goal is to find how many parts a person has, remove the strongholds from them, lead the parts to Christ, and teach them to become one with Christ.
In review, the three major intentions and goals of the Human Freedom Project are:
1. To proclaim freedom for the prisoners
2. To recover sight for the spiritually blind
3. To release the spiritually oppressed.
1. Who are the prisoners who need to be freed? Freedom needs to come to the total person. This means the host and all the parts. What did the prisoners need to be freed from? They need to be freed from Satan and the strongholds and lies that make them believe that they have it within themselves to save and protect and free themselves. This leads to the spiritual problem of “every man doing what was right in his own eyes”(Judges 17:6). When a person realizes, with the help of this God-given process, that they must end their independent behavior and submit to God they will taste the joy of freedom and have the ability to see truth!
2. The second goal is the recovery of sight for the spiritually blind. The need to be intimate with Christ is a basic need for all Christians. To hear the voice of God is the best way to become intimate with Him. Jesus said to His disciples, “My sheep hear my voice.” All who have a personal relationship with Christ have the potential to hear the voice of God. Many never try. To hear Christ’s words and open the spiritual eyes of a person’s heart is to open them up to the riches that Jesus has to offer them in true intimacy. This part of the Human Freedom Project is rewarding for both the client and myself, as that connection is made with Jesus! As people are set free I encourage them seek God with their heart and soul and mind. I challenge them to thoroughly entrench themselves in the Word of God…meditating on night and day. I stress the need for community and accountability. Building a support team who can l what God is telling a person is very important. The ultimate goal is oneness within and oneness with God and other believers.
3. The last major goal of the Human Freedom Project is to release the spiritually oppressed. This is the end result of the first two goals. To be released spiritually is to have the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance and restraint. Our self can get in the way of freedom. The world system and it’s enticements can lure us away from freedom. Satan can lead us away from freedom. As long as we are on this earth we will be tempted into slavery to each of these things. We can choose to be sent back into bondage and slavery to sin, self, the world, and Satan, or we can choose to take all our thoughts captive to the will of God (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). God always gives us a free moral choice and each of us can become victims or victors. The ultimate triumph of the Human Freedom Project is to bring the choice to each person and for them to choose God’s victory through release from oppression. Choose freedom in Christ!