Fake Exorcists and Fake Exorcisms

Staged? Fake or genuine?

END TIMES FAKERY

END TIMES DECEPTION

Most of what church-goers (and the world at large) knows about exorcism is not biblical and is made up from out of whole cloth.

Jesus warned of end times deception.

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
–Matthew 24:4

Spiritual warfare in the end times is just as susceptible to deception as any other area of life.

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Just as fake exorcists were common in the days of the early church, so they are now, in our own days.

Exorcists warn of danger of Oklahoma City black mass – There have been more deceptions foisted on people because of “exorcists” than all of the “black masses” in history.

“Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
Acts 19:13-16

The false information concerning the demonic, evil spirits, casting out such entities and spiritual warfare in general comes from a rotten source: the enemy. Satan and his servants have much to gain and little to lose by deceiving the masses concerning these important spiritual matters.

Though this false information may come from the churches, various “ministries” and those who claim to be “men of god,” the reader can know it is false by comparing what these charlatans say with what is in God’s Word.

Though many may believe this to be merely interesting information, one never knows when practical uses for such information might be found.

Especially in the times in which we now live.

MORE: Exorcism as Performance Art

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THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
2 Corinthians 4:3

MORE: EXORCISM: 10 Observations on Casting Out Demons

[Portions of this piece first appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 21, 2016.]

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Exorcism as Performance Art

Exorcism as performance art

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”
–Mark 16:17

So much of what so many know about exorcism, casting out demons and the demonic comes from a few sources: movies and churches (and church-related groups or media).

In modern America, there’s a third source of such “knowledge”: occult practitioners and others who are themselves involved in the demonic. This last group gets heavy promotion through the media, particularly television–especially from popular “ghost-hunting” TV shows.

So, much of what is “known” is superstition.

It’s little wonder that what most Americans know about the casting out of demons is basically performance art, staged for the cameras and performed for the folks watching at home.

[Performance art] largely refers to a performance presented to an audience, but which does not seek to present a conventional theatrical play or a formal linear narrative, or which alternately does not seek to depict a set of fictitious characters in formal scripted interactions. It therefore can include action or spoken word as a communication between the artist and audience, or even ignore expectations of an audience, rather than following a script written beforehand.

MORE: EXORCISM: 10 Observations on Casting Out Demons

The images which most frequently come to mind when an American hears of an “exorcism” are

  1. That of a specially-trained Catholic priest with a bottle of “holy water,” a Bible and reading from a church-approved “exorcism ritual.”
  2. One or more persons from a “deliverance ministry” who take charge over the situation. Many times this includes the quizzing of demonic entities to obtain information from them.
  3. A witch, a wizard or a medium conducting a seance-type ritual which includes candles, various rituals and other occult props.

Is it any wonder that America suffers under the demonic?

Americans who have such a problem–as ancient, apostate Israel also experienced about the time of Jesus–labor under two layers of handicaps.

1- Americans are told there is no such thing as demonic power. Instead, they are fed stories concocted by the mystery of iniquity designed to keep them in the dark as to the true nature of their problem; stories such as addictions, mental health problems, chemical imbalances, brain chemistry, chakra imbalances, energy issues or some other stories manufactured to confuse and deceive.

2- IF an American DOES come to the conclusion that these stories are just stories (usually after suffering through years of failures), they usually wind up with one or more “exorcists.”

IF one doesn’t know the problem, one cannot possibly know the solution. But EVEN IF one does know the problem, IF one doesn’t know the solution, one cannot possibly get the problem solved either.

Many stories of modern “exorcisms” are featured in tabloid-type newspapers.

Casting out demons has long ago become unhinged from its biblical requirements and descended into wild sensationalist media chatter.

Most exorcism as portrayed in popular entertainment, the media and “deliverance ministries” is performance art. There should be be awards (much like the Oscars) for Best Performing Exorcist.

(VIDEO) Man exorcised of ‘homosexual demons’

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Matthew 7:22-23

Make no mistake: there are demons.  And there is spiritual warfare.  But much “spiritual warfare” (as it is practiced very publicly) contains a LOT of nonsense.

EXORCISM as a man-made ritual which de-emphasizes the sufficiency the believer has in Jesus Christ.
EXORCISM as a man-made ritual which de-emphasizes the sufficiency the believer has in Jesus Christ.

OF COURSE, the church authorities invest all of the authority they can muster into these nonchristian exorcists.

Vatican endorses exorcists’ association – Why wouldn’t the Vatican endorse this?  Exorcism as a ritual takes the focus off of Jesus and puts it squarely on man, the efforts of man and the priest. Exorcism as portrayed/practiced by the Catholic Church makes a mockery of the sufficiency of Christ.

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:14-16

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13
End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 3, 2014

Though non-Christians can perform exorcisms which work AT LEAST PART OF THE TIME, to cast out a demon requires a Christian (rare) and the name of Jesus.

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”
–Luke 10:17

It is not the holy water, candles, assorted rituals, crosses or Bibles which rids a person of the demonic. All of these are stage props. All of these are quite useless.

All it requires for assured success is a Christian and the name of Jesus.

Simple enough–except that finding a Christian in America is like finding a needle in a haystack.

IMPORTANT NOTE: One can have a demon/devil cast out and STILL not ultimately solve one’s problems. IF the person who has had the demon/devil cast out does not take the proper steps, he can be assured the demon at some point return.

And it will have company when it comes back.

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”
–Matthew 12:43-45

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THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
2 Corinthians 4:3

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Time Prophecy Headlines: July 3, 2014, End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 2-3, 2016, End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 1, 2015 and End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 1, 2016.]

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SPIRITUAL WARFARE: The Explosive Power of the Believer’s Prayers

Spiritual Warfare: Pray in the Spirit

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
–Ephesians 6:18

SPIRITUAL WARFARE

PART FIVE

In the realm of spiritual warfare, few things match the power of the prayers of the believer.

“Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.”
–John 9:31

Because a believer has the power of the Holy Spirit, his prayers are a conduit of dunamis (explosive, miraculous) power.

ONLY believers, THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, have access to this mighty, miraculous power. With the Holy Spirit, believers may confidently engage in spiritual warfare.

Yes, the name of Jesus is very important. Evil spirits are cast out in the name of Jesus.

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”
–Luke 10:17

But it should never be forgotten that the name of Jesus is not all there is.

“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
–Matthew 17:19-21

In Matthew 17:19-21, the disciples of Jesus did not yet have access to the explosive dunamis power of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit had not yet come to believers.

The Holy Spirit could only come upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
–John 16:7

Though devils (demons, evil spirits, unclean spirits) are cast out in the name of Jesus, it is the power of God which uproots them. Jesus said that devils were cast out by the “Spirit (finger) of God.”

“But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.”
–Matthew 12:28

Those who are looking for supernatural (spiritual) power only (or primarily) will not become members of the kingdom of heaven. The power of the Holy Spirit is a benefit of, not the reason for, becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.”
–Acts 8:9-24


PART ONE: Where do evil spirits come from?

PART TWO: Weapons of Our Warfare: END TIMES SURVIVAL

PART THREE: END TIMES SURVIVAL: We Fight Spiritual Battles, Not Physical Ones

PART FOUR: EXORCISM: 10 Observations on Casting Out Demons

PART FIVE: Spiritual Warfare: 10 Observations on Demons and Spiritual Warfare

PART SIX: SPIRITUAL WARFARE: The Explosive Power of the Prayers of the Believer


A SPIRITUAL BATTLE PLAN

Ephesians 6:18 offers a battle plan for prayers which enable effective spiritual warfare.

“PRAYING ALWAYS…”

“Pray without ceasing.”
–1 Thessalonians 5:17

“…WITH ALL PRAYER AND SUPPLICATIONS…”

Praying not only for the good things of God, but against the wickedness and evil in this world; keeping in mind that the believer is not engaged in a battle with flesh and blood but with spiritual wickedness.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
–Ephesians 6:12

This means that the believer is to offer prayers and supplications, not only for other believers (which is very important), BUT FOR ALL MEN.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;”
–1 Timothy 2:1

This includes praying for ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY: national and local leaders and the police–EVEN THOUGH UNGODLY MEN MAY CALL THEM “TYRANTS.”

EVEN IF these men engage in ungodly actions–ESPECIALLY if they engage in ungodly action–we are to pray for them.

EVEN IF these men in authority despitefully use you.

EVEN IF these men may indeed be tyrants.

“For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
–1 Timothy 2:2

“…IN THE SPIRIT;”

This is an important reason for believers to pray: unbelievers may pray, but they CANNOT pray in (with) the Spirit of God, simply because they do not have the Spirit of God.

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”
–Jude 1:20

And the Spirit of God prays much more effectively than the believer (still being flesh and blood) ever can. In fact, the Holy Spirit prays as we SHOULD pray IF we were able.

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
–Romans 8:26

MUCH MORE importantly, the Spirit of God prays according to the will of God.

“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
–Romans 8:27

And if believers pray according to the will of God, God will grant their petitions.

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
–1 John 5:14-15

“AND WATCHING THEREUNTO WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE…”

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”
–Colossians 4:2

“…AND SUPPLICATION FOR ALL SAINTS;”

Believers are not only to pray for all men, but for all the saints as well.

CONCLUSION

And this is why the prayer of the believer is the foundation of all effective spiritual warfare.

No matter that men and the traditions of men may say otherwise.

Praying with the Spirit of God ensures powerful prayers which will be granted. It is a pipeline to God Himself.

NOTE: Spiritual warfare may be undertaken by non-believers, but it will be neither effective nor consistent. As the Bible is a witness, God sometimes uses wicked and lost men to fulfill His will.

Sometimes.

Mainly because it’s mostly what He has to work with.

Is the reader ready to work with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God Himself?

Is the reader tired of operating without power or with a power he cannot trust?

Is the reader ready to walk the narrow path?

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Tender Mercies of the Lord: Will Not Always Be Available

“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
John 20:31

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16


NOTE: Those who are looking for spiritual power only (or primarily) will not become members of the kingdom of heaven. The power of the Holy Spirit is a benefit, not the reason, for becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

In addition, one huge difference between supernatural power from God and illegitimate supernatural power: God allots His power to accomplish HIS work; His ends; His purpose.

It’s hard to see how God would release His power so a group of church-goers who are looking for a weekly “move of the Spirit” can feel goosebumps at a service.

Individuals use illegitimate supernatural power to accomplish their own selfish purposes (though some may protest they use their power for good).


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by Jeremiah Jameson
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© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-16. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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