John Mark Ministries link to a Australian Newspaper report about a Roman Catholic Priest who came to Australia. This was no ordinary visit, for this priest is the exorcist for London’s Westminster Archdiocese and the co-founder of the International Association of Exorcists in Rome and was leading a quiet forum on the ancient rite of exorcism.
Michael Patton; from Credo House / Parchment and Pen links an audio file in which he, Sam Storms and Tim Kimberly discuss what they call Closet Doctrines. In it they have a laugh about various topics and at one part went on a tangent from the main conversation regarding demons and ghosts and how in the circles they are part of; it seems to be a taboo subject.
I made a brief comment on a recent post in regards to pastoral no no’s A reader who is a passionate atheist made a series of comments against the whole notion of the existence of demons basing his opinions on the basis of science alone…
Yet not all in the scientific community believe in his assessment. Take Dr Amin Muhammad Gadit, M.D., who is a professor of psychiatry at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He wrote an article for the Psychiatric News, which is the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is published on the first and third Fridays of each month. He writes of his experience
Having worked for a number of years in a developing country, seeing several patients with different clinical conditions expressing belief in jinni possession, all of whom had a low literacy level, I was surprised initially when I came across such a situation in Canada. Though I had theoretical knowledge of such types of beliefs and syndromes, which are prevalent all over the globe, the practical experience of dealing with such patients was a fascinating experience for me.
A number of years ago I was supporting a couple who were doing mission work in the outback of Australia within a aboriginal community. They have since moved elsewhere. Steve told me the story about the time when a Aboriginal medicine man came into the village and pointed his bone at a mother who was carrying a baby and said; Dead man’s fingernail in babies belly… and he walked off. The baby immediately started to scream in agony and was inconsolable. Someone ran to get Steve who then rebuked the spirit behind the curse of the medicine man and the baby became instantly calm once again.
I also lived in a house in 1990 which was haunted. I wasn’t a Christian at the time. I would hear the kitchen draws rattle around of a night. The contents within the draws and cupboards would be rearranged and one night when I heard all the rattling around I crept down the hallway with my shotgun; thinking there was an intruder and the rattling stopped as soon as I crossed the doorway into the kitchen.
One particular night I woke up and saw an apparition beside the bed. It was big; ugly; and seemed to be even blacker than the room. To say I was scared was an understatement. I yelled out; #$^&#$ off in the name of Jesus. It changed its appearance to that of a cheeky impish child and I felt sorry for it in my heart. As soon as I felt sorry for it; it changed again and was even more scarier then it was before…I shouted out #@^^&@^ go in the name of Jesus ..&%*^&#&# Go go go… and it went. I was so scared from this event that I turned every light on in the house and did so for a number of weeks. One particular day I came home and was about to come through the back door. My dog; which a Staffie Ridgeback was standing at the back door; its back arched; every hair standing upright and was making a very funny strangled growling type noise. When I put my hand on the door knob; it seemed that every hair on my body stood on end and I felt this absolute sense of pure evil and fear when I did so.
Something in me broke and I went looking to find the local priest or a minister who could come and help… Eventually I did find someone who came with a group of people and they prayed through the house and the presence was gone and I never experienced that presence again.
In 1997 I became a Christian and later in the year was released from some personal bondages in 3 areas; which perhaps is a story in itself for another time.
So the question I ask you is what do you think about the subject of Ghosts, demons and exorcisms?