Darkness cannot cast out Darkness

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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.

 

Rome’s Habitation of Demons

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In 1973, The Exorcist movie – loosely based on Roland Doe’s true life exorcism – was released. It featured scenes of demon Pazuzu growling and spinning the head of the victim. Several other movie plots and literature have toured a similar story line.

Scenes of possessed victims (usually females) levitating, cursing in foreign languages or spewing nails at the sloshing of the holy water from the priest were a common thread in movies like The Exorcist III, Requiem, The Last Exorcism, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Rite etc.

These movies somewhat created a social neurosis which give many people twisted ideas about the ministry of deliverance and conveyed to them the notion that only Catholic priests had the sceptre to deal with demons.

Notwithstanding, the position of the “higher-up” Vatican intellectuals was that Satan and demons were no more than Medieval myths made up to fill the pews. Joseph Fitzmyer, in his comments on Mark 9:1-29 where Jesus rebuked a demon wrote:

A demon is invoked to explain the cause of the sickness or disaster that people of that time could not explain or diagnose properly … Recall, too, how Jesus is said to ‘rebuke’ the fever of Simon’s mother-in-law (Lk. 4:39; cf. Mk. 1:31, Mt. 8:15) i.e. he is regarded as having rebuked the spirit protologically considered to be causing the high fever … Undoubtedly Jesus shared some of the protological thinking himself, being a child of his time” (A Christological Catechism, Paulist Press, 1991, 59-60)

This was not an obscure book; it had the Vatican’s Imprimi Potest and Nihil Obstat. Fitzmyer himself was a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, yet he found it convenient to accuse the Lord Jesus of “protological thinking.” It tells how really bad the state of affairs is in the Vatican.

Another Catholic priest wrote:

The N[ew] T[estament] contains many references and allusions to the devil, demons, and unclean spirits…” He then throws in the party line: “Some of these references are poetic metaphor and hyperbole” (The New Dictionary of Theology, ed. Joseph Komonchak, 2006, 275).

For a religion that dismisses creationism for evolution, pushing demons into the closet of poetic metaphor can’t be that difficult.

On the other side of the divide, however, more and more Catholics are owning up to demonic infestations in their lives which had hitherto been muffled with smells and bells. This has forced some of the Vatican hierarchy to begin to admit the obvious.

In 2013, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the head of the International Association of Exorcists, appealed to the Pope to “give all priests the power to carry out exorcisms and to ensure priests are properly trained for these starting with the seminary. There’s a huge demand for them.”

To handle the epidemic of demon possessions among Catholics, one of the biggest diocese in Europe decided to set up an “exorcist hotline” in Milan.

Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, the chief exorcist, said “the service has been set up in response to increasing numbers of requests from worshippers.”

He added that one of these exorcists was reportedly dealing with as many as 120 cases every day. In 2014, the Vatican finally gave its official approval to the International Association of Exorcists. They now train priests and students on how to conduct exorcisms. Apparently, Rome is now being forced to name the elephant in the room.

Games Exorcists Play

Exorcism is said to be a sacrament administered to those demon possessed. The Catholic Catechism says:

When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism” (par. 1673).

Exorcism is basically a ritual. It often starts with the priest touching the neck of the possessed one with the hem of his purple stole and holding his hand on his/her forehead saying: “Ecce crucem Domini” (“Behold the cross of the Lord”).

In 1999, the Vatican issued a new rite of exorcism in which the use of Latin is optional. Now, an exorcism must be conducted with approval from a bishop, and only when there is proof that demons are present within the person. Otherwise, the applicant is to be handed over to a psychiatrist, medical doctor or a parish priest for “counseling.”

To anyone who knows about demonology, this rule is ludicrous. Demons do mask their presence under medical or psychiatric terms. Many of them do not manifest unless their rights to live in their hosts are challenged with the power of Christ.

So how can a psychiatrist differentiate between mental illness and a demon of mental illness?

Catholic texts say demon possession is detected when a person speaks foreign languages; has supernatural abilities (or knowledge); shows aversion to anything “holy” (e.g crucifixes, statues of Mary or the Eucharist) and spews blasphemies. This “detection system” is more rooted in superstition and vague ideas than facts.

First, it ignores the primary stage called oppression in which demons only latch to a person’s body or soul.

A person who is demonically oppressed could be enslaved to a sinful habit (like pornography) but he doesn’t speak foreign languages or have supernatural abilities, yet he still needs to have his/her demons kicked out.

Second, the idea that a crucifix or “holy water” scares demons is a delusion reinforced into the minds of Catholics.

There is no object invented by mankind that can scare demon spirits. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God” (2Cor. 10:4). Since demons are non-physical beings, they can only be fought with spiritual weapons effective by divine power.

In 2006, I read a “prayer warfare” book authored by a Nigerian Catholic priest. Each chapter was on how to use candles, holy water, rosaries etc. to deal with demons.

He said that the holy water is the Spirit of God in liquid form and that buried charms can be detonated with a crucifix in hand (like the scenes in Nollywood flicks).

The book is laced with stories of different “saints” such as the one who changed a big devil dog into a helpless puppy by beating it with a rosary – the kind of stories that make you laugh because you just don’t want to cry.

Exorcism is not Biblical. It’s actually an occult ritual found in many ancient magical texts which later made its way into Catholic ritual books.

The only “exorcists” in the Bible who tried to use the name of Jesus in a magical way weren’t truly saved and therefore had no spiritual authority. They got beaten up by the demonized man (Acts 19:13-19). Rituals are of no spiritual value and do not expel demons.

Chief exorcist, Fr. Amorth admitted in an interview that demons threaten him during exorcisms saying:

Tonight, I’m going to put a serpent between your sheets” to which he responds, “I’ve got the Madonna [Mary] on my side. I am called Gabriel. Go fight the Archangel Gabriel if you will.”

He says the demons do leave his clients because they say, “I am dying, I am dying. You are killing me; you have won. All priests are murderers” (Sunday Telegraph, Oct. 29, 2000).

This alone shows the extent of deception into which Catholic exorcists themselves have fallen. Little wonder Fr. Amorth boasted of having sent 170,000 demons to hell. Such a great lifetime achievement.

The grim reality is that the liturgy of Rome is powerless to deal with demons.

In the 1970s, Annelese Michel a demon possessed lady, was exorcised by priests for almost 70 days. She ended up becoming worse and finally died of starvation. The excuse was that she had “talked of dying as a martyr.” Some bishops even said she was never possessed.

Michael Taylor was also exorcised by Catholic priests who claimed to have removed 40 demons from him. But when he got home, he murdered his wife and their dog and was later found wandering aimlessly in the streets.

In 1982, Pope John Paul II performed exorcism on a girl from Spoleto; she gained only temporary relief.

During a general audience with Pope John Paul II on September 6, 2000, a 19 year old girl flew into a rage and began to scream insults at him in a raspy, masculine and demonic voice.

After attempts to calm her with a medal of the Virgin Mary and a crucifix failed, the pope spent an hour trying to cast out her demon without success. He promised to offer a Mass for her the next day and sent her to Fr. Amorth. He too failed. The demon bragged: “Not even the head of your church can send me out” (Christianity Today, Nov. 13, 2000).

Fr. Amorth later admitted the girl was still being exorcised weekly in Milan and monthly in Italy.

Obviously, the men in robes don’t have in reality the power attributed to them by Hollywood.

Recently, a Polish priest received a text message from a strange number after he failed to cast out the demons from a teenage girl which reads: “She will not come out of this hell. She’s mine. Anyone who prays for her will die.”

Similarly, in 2013, Pope Francis publicly exorcised a Mexican man. The man later said, “I still have the demons inside me, they have not gone away.”

After his exorcism, he started to fall into trances during which he blasphemed and spoke in unknown languages. “I could not sleep and when I managed to sleep I had terrible nightmares connected with the evil one,” he said (The Christian Post May 31, 2013).

This man had undergone 30 exorcisms by 10 different priests, including Fr. Amorth, the man who claims to have “sent 170,000 demons to hell.”

Where in Scripture did Jesus or the apostles organize 30 exorcisms to set people free? In fact, Romanism seems to attract demons to those deep into it. “St.” Teresa of Avila wrote:

Once, while approaching to receive communion, I saw with my soul’s eyes more clearly than with my bodily eyes two devils whose appearance was more abominable. It seems to me their horns were wrapped around the priest’s throat…” (The Collected Works of St Teresa, 1:38:23)

“St” Gemma also wrote of seeing a demon as “a giant of great height” who hit her on the head and said “You are in my hands!”

Today, there are also cases of demon possessed priests and nuns. Even Mother Teresa was exorcised by archbishop Henry D’Couzas prior to her death to apparently cast out her many demons.

In the book, The Rite: The Making of an Exorcist by Matt Baglio (which inspired the movie, The Rite), there was a case of a possessed nun who had been seeing an exorcist for 9 years. In the movie version, the exorcist priest himself became possessed with a client’s demons.

A Prison of Unclean Spirits

And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!” (Rev. 18:2)

There is a strong link between “Babylon the great” and Roman Catholicism. It also has some similarities with Babel. The original purpose of its inhabitants was:

“Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth” (Gen. 11:4).

The city was a political strategy while the tower functioned as a religious enterprise, a means of reaching heaven. It was a union of the throne and altar; the state and the church. The system of Babel was an attempt of man to reach up to God. It was a religion of self effort whereas, God had to come to man; mankind couldn’t reach Him.

No reconciliation to God or entrance to heaven was possible apart from the full payment of sin’s penalty God’s justice demanded – an infinite penalty that finite man could never pay. God Himself had to come as a sinless Man to pay this price. No human effort could play any part in man’s salvation.

Babel’s aim was to unify the people under a one world government and religion. This plays out today by Catholicism’s agenda to bring all religions and nations under the Pope.

What makes Catholicism a hotbed for demons?

I. It incorporates occult practices. This include image worship, consulting with familiar spirits (disguised as “Virgin Mary and the saints”) and various rituals. These sins are entry points for demonic invasion and unless they are renounced, the demons stand on their grounds.

II. Many of its emblems and structures are occult. The obelisk in St. Peter’s square is an emblem of Baal and the phallus. The 8 pointed circle around it represents “mother earth” and the female organ. Both combination stands for fertility rites. The pope faces this emblem whenever he is addressing the people.

High on the wall of St. Peter’s church in Rome is a huge, golden sun burst image right above the high altar. The monstrance which Catholics bow to is also sun-shaped. Sun worship is an old form of demonism. A 33 degree Mason wrote:

The adoration of the sun was one of the earliest and most natural forms of religious expression … Among all the nations of antiquity, altars, mounds and temples were dedicated to the worship of the orb of the day … The sun became the Bull in Taurus…worshipped in Egypt as Apis and in Assyria as Bel, Baal or Bul.” (Manly Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 49)

III. It teaches a false Christ. Wherever Jesus, the True Light is absent, there you have darkness and Satan resides in darkness. When a religion preaches “another Christ,” it also has “another gospel” and this false gospel is backed up by demons. By worshipping the false Christ in the Eucharist, Catholics open themselves up to “another spirit” (2 Cor. 11:4).

IV. It teaches false doctrines. Jesus said “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32). For a person to be truly set free, he must first know the truth – not just a church or rites. All false doctrines originate from Satan, the father of lies. So when a person persists in unbiblical doctrines and rebels against the Bible, he remains in demonic bondage.

V. It offers a convenient shield to different facets of paganism and the occult. This explains why strong Catholic countries and regions appear to have higher rates of witchcraft. The trappings of Catholicism make the occult appealing to Catholics, and as they dabble into it, demonization increases.

In June 2015, a massive nationwide exorcism (Exorcismo Magno), the first of its kind, was performed on Mexico from the cathedral of San Luis Potosi. The archbishop said this was because violence, Satanism and witchcraft were too rampant in the Catholic dominated country so they successfully drove out the demons behind it from the entire country.

I guess this was why the Pope couldn’t drive out demons from an individual. In a homily Pope Francis said:

The Christian life is combat; a beautiful combat because God wins in every steps of our lives, it fills us with joy and great happiness.”

To many who have found left Rome and have found spiritual freedom in Christ, this little jingle rings hollow. But to the deceived but sincere souls still trapped in Rome’s prison,  undergoing exorcisms 30 times or for 9 years, such “beautiful combat” or “great happiness” the pope speaks of is a mirage.

Even when Rome’s exorcism seem to be effective, it only reinforces the delusion that Catholics should stay in Rome’s birdcage. The answer is to leave Rome and accept the true Jesus of the Bible and follow the Bible. Once the enemy’s grounds have been repented of, one can exercise this authority in Jesus’ name and send the devil’s imps out of one’s life (Lk. 10:19).