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WEDNESDAY, NOV 12, 2014  |  179 comments
Exorcisms Are On The Rise: Growing Fascination With The Occult
Ouija board séances, marathon-watching “Long Island Medium” and reading witchcraft books may be common teenage obsessions, but for one mother this was a cause for concern -- and for the Catholic Church, it may be the source of a growth industry in exorcisms.

Last week, in an advice column in the online Catholic magazine Crux, an anonymous mother asked whether her child’s occult interests could lead to “black lipstick and Satan worship” in the future.

Whoever this young girl is, she is not alone. Films like the recent blockbuster hit “Ouija,” ghost-hunting "reality" TV shows and even the Harry Potter books have made magic mainstream. While the advice columnist told the mother that her daughter’s activities are most likely harmless, Catholic exorcists see the situation differently. ...


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News Item4/15/15 8:43 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
The Pope isn't the only one who is nuts, on this topic, and perhaps even spread this nonsense to non-catholics as well? [URL=http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/04/police-say-pastors-at-balch-springs-church-starved-2-year-old-boy-because-they-thought-he-was-possessed-by-demon.html/]]]Police: Balch Springs pastors starved tot, thinking he was demon-possessed[/URL].
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News Item4/15/15 1:04 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; 16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:

A Catholic doesn't stand a chance, because he is standing naked before the devil.

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News Item4/14/15 2:12 PM
Nosey | USA  Find all comments by Nosey
Jim Lincoln wrote:
The emissary for Satan, His Unholiness Franny has given his boss, Satan, a lot of attention.
Let's judge nothing before its time and stand back and see what God will do. For our God, Jesus Christ "... called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand" (Mark 3).

I am amazed that parents don't know, and seem not to want to know, who is teaching and what is being taught their children.
Question? If the Catholics are the architects of Islam, what group started the Boy Scouts start?

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News Item4/14/15 3:03 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
The emissary for Satan, His Unholiness Franny has given his boss, Satan, a lot of attention. [URL=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11533635/Pope-Francis-effect-leads-to-exorcism-boom.html]]]Pope Francis effect' leads to exorcism boom[/URL]. They can't put on the armor of God, because they are not Christian.

Want to be demon possessed? Be a Catholic.

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News Item11/18/14 10:13 PM
pennned  Find all comments by pennned
John UK wrote:
Prayer Greatly Needed!!
Says Leonard Ravenhill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY6OOwjyWjs
Well worth listening to his emphasis.
Seven and a half minutes of sensible, Christian exhortation to pray, to inspire to pray, for if we have GOD, we have all things needful.
Saints, be edified.
that was a great link. thanks for posting.
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News Item11/18/14 4:52 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Josh M wrote:
M. Semple - looks to me like you're a hypercalvinist who knows not the scriptures.
1 Cor 4.15.
Ah, you've met Moniker Man, who will return any time soon with a new moniker. His posts are nearly always exactly the same, coz he's only got one string on his banjo.
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News Item11/18/14 4:13 PM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Find all comments by Michael Hranek
Josh M wrote:
Agreed but this comes from the means of grace.
Absoulutely!

J.D. Hatfield here on SermonAudio in one of his sermons made a statement that has been so helpful to me, in my words it goes:

Grace is not opposed to works (effort like seeking God), grace ought to motivate and give us confidence to work, labor, seek God in faith, grace is opposed to merit

That last part 'grace is opposed to merit' tells it as it is, it is only because of His grace our that "effort" (which come out of the conviction of His mercy, grace, faithfulness to keep His word, make good His promises) would see His goodness in the land of the living.

BTW missunderstandings happen thank God for His forgivenness in His grace for both of us

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News Item11/18/14 4:07 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Prayer Greatly Needed!!

Says Leonard Ravenhill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY6OOwjyWjs

Well worth listening to his emphasis.

Seven and a half minutes of sensible, Christian exhortation to pray, to inspire to pray, for if we have GOD, we have all things needful.

Saints, be edified.

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News Item11/18/14 3:54 PM
Josh M  Find all comments by Josh M
Michael Hranek wrote:
Insufficient time to write more
1. I am not arguing for the apostolic gifts
Then I misunderstood and apologize for that.

Michael Hranek wrote:
2. I am say we need and ought to seek God for the Power of the Holy Spirit, in our lives, service, witness, praying
Agreed but this comes from the means of grace.

Michael Hranek wrote:
btw the pastor did not pray, my friend, her family and friends did _ afterwards when he was visiting her home and she told him what had happened, it was then he cussed her out, essentially for what God did in answer to prayer
Sorry again- read yours too quickly and missed that your friend was a lady. I have no sympathy for the so called "pastor" who clearly is not fit for ministry.

_______________________

M. Semple - looks to me like you're a hypercalvinist who knows not the scriptures.
1 Cor 4.15.

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News Item11/18/14 3:39 PM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Find all comments by Michael Hranek
Josh M wrote:
all over the place with the issue of the apostolic gifts.
Josh M
Insufficient time to write more
1. I am not arguing for the apostolic gifts
2. I am say we need and ought to seek God for the Power of the Holy Spirit, in our lives, service, witness, praying

btw the pastor did not pray, my friend, her family and friends did _ afterwards when he was visiting her home and she told him what had happened, it was then he cussed her out, essentially for what God did in answer to prayer

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News Item11/18/14 3:31 PM
Josh M  Find all comments by Josh M
Michael Hranek wrote:
So why did you get so upset?
You make unsupportable arguments and wrest scripture to support. Now you're doing the same with human wisdom vs God's wisdom. Wresting scripture is what I frown on.

Michael Hranek wrote:
Do you somehow begrudge that someone would desire to preach the Gospel in the Power of the Holy Spirit?
How do you figure that?

Michael Hranek wrote:
Do real genuine wrought in the Sovereignty of God miracles in answers to the prayers of His people make you uncomfortable? Are they embarressing to you?
You're confusing the issue as usual. It is not what God does that is the problem, but what men claim to be able to do in the name of God. As I've said before God can still perform miracles. What we don't have today is miracle workers.

Michael Hranek wrote:
I know of a pastor who cussed out a Baptist friend in TN after God miraculously restored her deathly ill son to health in answer to prayer
He prayed and I see nothing wrong in that. He didn't claim to heal the boy himself and that's the difference. You really should study the subject some, because you're all over the place with the issue of the apostolic gifts.
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News Item11/18/14 2:30 PM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Find all comments by Michael Hranek
Michael Hranek wrote:
Does God want our faith to rest in the wisdom of men, even in the wisdom of sincere scholarly relgious men, or stand in the Power of God?
Josh
There was a difference if you are willing to note it.

You offer a link to an article by a sincere scholarly religious individual, and there is no problem in that. We are not to despise prophecying (preaching) but to examine everything carefully and hold fast to that which is good

And yet, Paul writing by the Holy Spirit, Paul who had imho scholarship that surpassed the best of any modern day scholars, Paul who knew both the Gospel, and the Power of God, is insistant that our faith stand not in the wisdom of men but in the Power of God

There is something important for us to learn in this that seems so lacking (or counterfeited) in today's churches

So why did you get so upset?
Do you somehow begrudge that someone would desire to preach the Gospel in the Power of the Holy Spirit?
Do real genuine wrought in the Sovereignty of God miracles in answers to the prayers of His people make you uncomfortable? Are they embarressing to you?

I know of a pastor who cussed out a Baptist friend in TN after God miraculously restored her deathly ill son to health in answer to prayer

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News Item11/18/14 1:01 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Hi Josh,

Yes I can agree with most if not all of that you posted.

I don't know what it's like over there, but in the UK, nearly all of the gospel preaching takes place inside a church building, and if anyone is going to get saved they have to be brought in. The Met Tab in London is very effective doing that, but ordinarily the gospel should be preached primarily where the lost are, that is, outside of the church. We need to compel them to come in.

While I believe wholeheartedly in the sovereignty of God and the doctrines of grace, I also believe that a lot of work is needful in the conversion of a sinner. Think of all the prayer that goes up to God from his saints, the hours spent preparing sermons, the physical effort of preaching with passion and reality, the answering of sinner's questions, the purchase and gift of literature etc etc.

And then you have the efforts of the devil who seeks to cling on to his captive, influencing his thinking, distracting him, opening doors to hearing a false gospel (which is rampant in this world), or driving him mad with anxiety, that he perhaps take his own life.

But above all is the passion and work of Christ, who fully deserves the reward of his suffering, and be satisfied.

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News Item11/18/14 12:10 PM
Josh M  Find all comments by Josh M
John UK wrote:
I know many born again preachers who preach the gospel...
Tells me that either they profess to preach the gospel, but in fact do not. Or else, the gospel is having it due effect in being a savor of death unto death. In which case the preacher truly concerned for salvation should maybe move on. As regards my first point, I know many who couldn't even tell you what "the gospel" was even though they are saved. In other words they think that every time they preach from the Bible they are preaching the gospel, whereas the term "gospel" is used very specifically in the NT.

John UK wrote:
Another example: How many folks who are preachers are actually called of God to preach?
This is a subsidiary point, but I agree that preaching is a vocation. Churches are too ready to appoint any 'ol Jo, and there's no shortage of these since in most circles there is a very romantic view of the preaching role. However, that said, I say with Paul:

Phil. 1: 18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

Because it all falls "out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel".

Assuming that "gospel" is understood aright.

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News Item11/18/14 11:43 AM
M. Semple | Sa  Find all comments by M. Semple
Josh M wrote:
Romans 1:16 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.
You forgot to highlight the other point made by Paul. Namely

16 "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."

In other words the gospel is ONLY the power of God when the Holy Spirit indwells the sinner.

Paul goes on to say
17 "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith."
= And faith is the GIFT OF GOD - Not a human ability.

Romans 8:7 "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."

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News Item11/18/14 11:36 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Josh M wrote:
So your point is what, that if what I said were true you would have been converted under the first preacher?

Again, I don't get your point. That the Lord chooses to bless the gospel if preached by an Arminian may be a problem to some, but not to me. How does this create a problem for you in what I wrote?

Sorry Josh, here is my point, where I disagree with you.

"In other words, where there is true Gospel preaching, the Spirit of God will be present with power to bless that preaching."

I know many born again preachers who preach the gospel, and they see little or nothing in the way of converts. So how is the "Spirit of God present with power to bless that preaching"?

If a preacher has a hundred unsaved folks listening to him, and there are no converts, what does that tell us?

Another example: How many folks who are preachers are actually called of God to preach? About 5%? Why is this? Well, God communicates to one of his people and "calls" them to preach. This is God speaking directly to that person. And if God has not "called" a person to preach, why should he bless that preaching at all? The person is being disobedient, and God can say, "I did not send him" as he did with false prophets in the OT.

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News Item11/18/14 11:26 AM
Josh M  Find all comments by Josh M
John UK wrote:
I both agree and disagree, Josh. For example, you say that the power is in the gospel itself, not in the preacher. Well the Lord used the gospel preaching of three men to bring me to himself, none of whom would be acceptable to some folks here on SA because they don't fit in the intellectual pigeon-holed idea of what a regenerate person should believe on secondary issues.
So your point is what, that if what I said were true you would have been converted under the first preacher?

John UK wrote:
And there are many here who were converted under Billy Graham or other arministic preachers, who get lambasted quite harshly by "The Reformed". Nasty, eh?
Again, I don't get your point. That the Lord chooses to bless the gospel if preached by an Arminian may be a problem to some, but not to me. How does this create a problem for you in what I wrote?
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News Item11/18/14 11:10 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Josh M wrote:
I don't see that as contradicting Romans 1:16, but as complementing it. In other words, where there is true Gospel preaching, the Spirit of God will be present with power to bless that preaching. The question then is not, somehow we must get the "power" as though the Spirit of God has gone back to heaven. He is here and will be with us until Christ returns. What we need to recapture, if anything is lost, is the Gospel and true Gospel preaching which the Spirit of God can bless. The churches need to return to obeying the great commission if we want to see the Spirit of God at work. A church which is not evangelistic has lost its way and will not see blessing, period.
I both agree and disagree, Josh. For example, you say that the power is in the gospel itself, not in the preacher. Well the Lord used the gospel preaching of three men to bring me to himself, none of whom would be acceptable to some folks here on SA because they don't fit in the intellectual pigeon-holed idea of what a regenerate person should believe on secondary issues. And there are many here who were converted under Billy Graham or other arministic preachers, who get lambasted quite harshly by "The Reformed". Nasty, eh?
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News Item11/18/14 10:54 AM
Josh M  Find all comments by Josh M
John UK wrote:
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 KJV
(4) And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
(5) That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
This is what is required, Josh. When you get preaching like this, not the intellectual spiritless run of the mill preaching, then men are deeply affected, because God is at work.
Have you watched the Revival Hymn yet?
I don't see that as contradicting Romans 1:16, but as complementing it. In other words, where there is true Gospel preaching, the Spirit of God will be present with power to bless that preaching. The question then is not, somehow we must get the "power" as though the Spirit of God has gone back to heaven. He is here and will be with us until Christ returns. What we need to recapture, if anything is lost, is the Gospel and true Gospel preaching which the Spirit of God can bless. The churches need to return to obeying the great commission if we want to see the Spirit of God at work. A church which is not evangelistic has lost its way and will not see blessing, period.
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News Item11/18/14 10:47 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 KJV
(4) And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
(5) That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

This is what is required, Josh. When you get preaching like this, not the intellectual spiritless run of the mill preaching, then men are deeply affected, because God is at work.

Have you watched the Revival Hymn yet?

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