In Spell, I address the issue of pastor and his wife being stalked by a woman who attempts to use witchcraft to win the affections of the pastor. The topic, being one that I was not familiar with, forced me to plunge into research on occult practices and Christianity's response to it. In my studies and conversations with religious leaders, exorcisms (also known as the casting out of spirits) are frequently used as a remedy to demonic possession. Many of us might believe that exorcisms are rare and/or a big hoax, but my research indicates the opposite. Not only are exorcisms being performed daily, all over the world, but also, they are believed to be a real solution to a supernatural problem.
The Bible tell us that unclean spirits were cast out by Jesus and His disciples (Luke 4:33-36, Matthew 17:14-20, Mark 5:1-43), and Jesus promised that those who believed in Him would be able to do what He did and even more (John 14:11-13). Now, speaking for myself, I've always been aware of these scriptures, yet watching an exorcist always seems to raise that skeptical flag of mine, wondering if this particular person/ministry is really real, and even if the possessed person is being authentic. I took my research as far as watching videos of exorcisms which were very enlightening (especially since I always seemed to watch them in the middle of the night). One well known figure who claims to have done thousands of exorcisms is Bob Larson. He has a worldwide ministry dedicated to delivering people from demonic oppression and training others to do the same. He has come under much scrutiny by the media and general public because he often records his deliverance services and posts the videos online for free public viewing. Of course, this seems very unorthodox, causing some to think it's a scam and others to feel it's real because he's not hiding his activities. Believe it or not, there are countless videos of him casting out spirits, and although some have challenged his practices, I have not found a dispute yet that can without a doubt prove that his ministry isn't legit.
So, back to the original question: Are exorcisms real? Based on the Bible, they are. If Jesus walked a small part of the earth for 33 years and found many people to free from unclean spirits, not only does it make sense that the need to do so would still remain, but also capable people to perform these works would be required. Jesus promised believers that He would give us the power over all the power of the enemy and that nothing would be able to harm us (Luke 10:19). Not that I still won't be giving exorcisms that I witness the side eye, because although exorcisms are real, everybody isn't for real. In any case, use wisdom and discernment, and test the spirits (I John 4:1).
Feel free to let me know your thoughts, but please remember to be respectful.
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