In 2009, I came across a news magazine from 1989. It featured an interview with a Ghanaian priestess/”faith healer” who at the time resided in Abeokuta, Ogun State. She had a wide reputation for ‘arresting’ witches and making them confess their deeds.
People from various locations flooded her shrine daily, bringing along different clients whom they wanted to be psychically diagnosed or freed from witchcraft – of course, for a fee.
According to the report, before the day’s work, she would engage in wild ritual dances like someone possessed and even go into a trance to gain the “energy” to fish out witches.
In one instance, she randomly singled out one of her clients, brought her to a certain spot, rubbed her chest with her palm, and the lady suddenly burst into tears, “Yes, I’ll confess. I’m a witch! We go to meetings at night. We shape shift into frogs but they are not ordinary frogs because you can’t see them.”
Now, were those witches really been set free from witchcraft or simply made to confess? There is no credible evidence to believe they were spiritually freed other than the confessions they made.
Such feats have cultural precedents. For example, there is a popular and highly feared deity in the Western part of Nigeria called Ayelala. This deity is well known for its efficacy in punishing offenders of law and order when invoked, and is reputed to catch witches, forcing them to confess their sins in the open.
Ayelala is linked to the water element and she is often praised with chants like “Hail! Chief of the mothers: the mighty and awesome Queen. She, who baths in gin like the foreign men.”
Wait a minute, that sounds a lot like the Queen of the coast, a high ranking demon in Satan’s kingdom.
There’s no way this demonic queen would cause Satan’s agents to be exposed or confess in public – unless, there is a manipulation going on behind the scenes – one that is aimed at furthering the devil’s agenda to deceive, steal, kill and destroy.
This past month, DailyMailTV captured an exclusive interview with Rachel Stavis, who was introduced as a “non-denominational Exorcist.”
Actually, she calls herself the Sister of Darkness: she uses herbs, shamanic rattle, dagger, Tibetan gong, bells and chants to supposedly rid the bodies of her clients of evil entities.
Don’t let her title confuse you, she is a witch; a bumbling satanic witch! She said:
“I see manifestations of entities, sometimes they have a face, sometimes they don’t. When I was a child I called them monsters … they still are monsters, these things that have never existed as human beings. I realized very quickly I could see something other people couldn’t. I tried to ignore it, I didn’t feel like it was a gift at all, it was pretty scary and horrible. But there was no definitive guide book for me growing up so I had to create one“.
Like many psychics who have inherited occult spirits from their parents, Stavis sees into the spirit realm through the agency of evil spirits.
Her $1.2 million house in the hills of Studio City, Los Angeles has a Spirit Room filled with an eclectic collection of occult art and memorabilia. Talk about a house with enough “vibes” to make a black witch feel secure.
Stavis claims to have cleansed thousands of tormented people from Hollywood moguls, actors and actresses to stay-at-home moms and politicians from bad entities. But here’s the big question: do shamans, witches and false prophets really cast out evil spirits from their clients? The answer is no.
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons. 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you (Matthew 12:24-28).
This explains it. Only the Spirit of God Who is greater than Satan and all his demons can legitimately cast them out. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; but a brother or sister of darkness can fool people to believe they are arresting a witch or kicking evil entities out of their clients. This is done by:
1. Forcing a weaker or less intelligent demon out of the client’s body so that a stronger and more intelligent one can occupy it.
The Daily Mail crew witnessed an exorcism session conducted by Rachel Stavis, mentioned earlier. She lights her herbs and the air fills with an oily smoke. She closes her eyes and calls in her ‘master teachers’, before asking the ‘higher beings’ to enter the room. Addressing them directly she said:
“I ask you to send your energy through the body and spirit, moving that energy through the body and spirit, identifying any negative entities that do not belong and do not serve and pushing them up and out.”
These ‘master teachers’ and ‘higher beings’ are higher ranking demons. As she invokes them to enter her clients’ bodies, they push out the lower ones and occupy their place.
Even the Pharisees in Jesus’ time understood this. This is why the demons don’t attack Stavis in her work; she is on their side.
Big shot entities operate differently and can stay more concealed within their hosts. This also explains why Ayelala can be used to make witches confess. Only the lower-level witches inhabited by less powerful demons can be so affected.
2. Absorbing the client’s demons
In this case, the witch or false prophet spiritually negotiates with the demon to leave the person and enter into his own body, either for his own operation or for later transference into the next client.
The candidate, of course, feels relieved after such exorcism, but it’s only a temporary relief, because there is no vacuum in the spirit realm. Here is what Jesus said:
24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” (Luke 11:24-26)
Because the person is unsaved and not inhabited by the Holy Spirit, the demons will still have the license to return and take over his/her life.
Sometimes, this operates through a demonic trade-by-barter system, in which the shaman removes the demon of depression from a client and in exchange puts in the demon of debauchery. Satan has no free gift; any seeming ‘good’ he offers is laced with many sorrows and pain.
3. Hypnotizing the client to feign being exorcised.
In this case, the witch simply places a layer of demons into the client to control his/her actions and speech and convince everyone to believe he/she was a witch and is now cleansed.
There is this very popular Nigerian fake prophet (or rather shaman) who is an expert at this. He is reputed to be an exorcist who interrogates witches and all sorts of demonized people almost daily on his TV to thrill his benighted audience.
He applied this method on a certain Nollywood actor who had taken his mother to his church for healing. He controlled and hypnotized him and made him confess to all sorts of things on video which he later came out to denounce.
When such shamans lay their hands on people or fix their demonic gaze into their eyes, they can come under their hypnotic power and act the way the shaman wants, especially if they are not Christians.
Most of the time, these demons are not kicked out at all, they just hide or reduce their manifestations.
The central purpose of these dubious exorcisms is to deceive souls and keep them from repenting or turning from false religions to serve the Lord Jesus Christ who can truly set them free.