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So You Want To Be An Exorcist

Post  Sluggie on Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:51 am

I stumbled upon this on the BBC iPlayer. Its only half an hour long and worth a listen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012x12c/So_You_Want_To_Be_an_Exorcist/

Exorcists report rising demand for their services. According to the president of the American Association of Exorcists, "I get thousands of emails from people concerned that they may have been demonically possessed". A church of England vicar, a former official Diocesan Exorcist, agrees that demonic activity in the UK is on the up: "The word that comes to me is almost despair".

Why do exorcists and their clients think that demonic possession is on the increase? Exorcists point to an alleged increase in interest in the occult, together with risky behaviour such as practising yoga, reading horoscopes, and an increase in new age forms of spiritualism. One Anglican bishop has said that clues to the presence of an evil spirit include "repeated choice of black, for example in clothing or colour of car".

It's a concern that goes across Christian denominations, from evangelical churches to the Roman Catholics. The chief exorcist of Rome has said: "you have to hunt high and low for a properly trained exorcist." To meet the demand, various schools of exorcism have started. In Rome, a Catholic University runs a yearly course on exorcism. "For us it has been incredible," says Father Caesar Truqui, who runs the course. "We have had phone calls from all over the world from people wanting to attend".

The American Association of Exorcists runs a correspondence course, and one evangelical pastor based in Britain runs his own distance learning course using the internet. Most exorcists agree however, that there is no substitute for hands on mentoring with an experienced practitioner.

In this programme Jolyon Jenkins investigates this curious world, where witchcraft, levitations, ancestral curses, and demonic possession are matter-of-fact, everyday phenomena. He attends an exorcism in a hotel in Margate, and talks to practicing exorcists and those who are trying to train the next generation of practitioners.

It makes for quite an interesting listen and if anyone's interested in Pastor Vincent's online school of deliverance and inner healing ministry, here's a link to his website.

http://www.bornagainministry.org/schoolofdeliverance.php

Excuse me being a cynical little bunny, but this seems an awful lot like a money making racket to me.
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Re: So You Want To Be An Exorcist

Post  Mel_Kim on Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:07 am

Sluggie I found that very interesting so thanks for posting. Well thats me done for then because I love wearing black always have bigredgrin I know I should not laugh as it is a serious subject but pleasssssssssssssssse there are some cranks out there just ready and willing to lead peps up the garden path and get them to part with a load of dosh at the same time. One thing in the interview I do so agree with was when the C of E vicar said that Evangelical churches etc big the Devil up to be another god etc. As the vicar said and I have always believed this 100% and it clearly says so in the bible Jesus has won the devil has already been defeated. I dont know if its because the paranormal is so much more talked openly about now (which is a good thing) that peps are less afraid to say they are possesed etc but imo possession is rare. Yes there are alot of peps that get themselves into things they dont understand and should not mess with i.e. Ouja boards I would never be in the same building if I knew someone was using one. I read something in I think it was one of Gordon Smiths books been trying to find it but as I have all his books may take some time. In it he said that this woman went to a retreat begging to be let in saying she was possesed of the Devil etc they let her in and said right start digging the garden this she did from morning to tea time and this went on for a week at the end of the week she said I feel great I am no longer possesed well she was not possesed in the first place just had to much time on her hands to start thinking silly things.
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