The 3rd installment of “The Conjuring” movie series releases next week in theaters. It is entitled “The Devil Made Me Do It.” This film is part of what’s known as the Conjuring Universe, an official franchise with a logo. The first two films have spun off other movies about the Conjuring entities, including the “Annabelle” series and “The Nun.” Total income for the franchise is almost $2 billion! The current film, as with the previous two, is based on paranormal investigations conducted by Ed and Lorraine Warren in the late 20th century. More on them in a moment.
Let me first address the issue of Christians seeing these films as entertainment. NO! The Conjuring Universe fosters fear and terror contrary to 2 Timothy 1:7. In these films there is no vanquishing of the demons by authentic exorcisms through the power of Jesus Christ. The story lines are a mixture of fact and mostly fiction, interwoven with a spiritualist, non-Christian view of the supernatural. This franchise has duped many millions into a zeitgeist of terror regarding demons. The Conjuring counterattack to demonic evil smacks of witchcraft – fighting fire with fire.
Back to the Warrens, the driving force behind the Conjuring films. Ed Warren passed away in 2006 and Lorraine died in 2019. Ed grew up in a haunted house and saw ghosts as a child. He claimed to be a demonologist and exorcist, but not the Christian kind. He believed that spirits were all around in a vibrational field and that his wife Lorraine could see and hear them clairvoyantly. That is biblical witchcraft. After Ed died, Lorraine communicated with him beyond the grave. That is defined in Scripture as necromancy, a capital crime in ancient Israel. Both claimed to be good Catholics, but they violated many biblical injunctions against all forms of divination. Their approach was spiritualism sprinkled with a biblical template of good and evil. Clever deception.
I knew Lorraine Warren. Before she died, a production company wanted me to do a reality TV series with her. I would be the exorcist, and she would be the paranormal investigator. That would certainly be an odd couple. Pre-show interviews of our ideas about demons and demonic possession were conducted. When it was over, the producer came to me and said that there was no way Lorraine and I could work together. Our views on demons and the supernatural were too far apart. This conclusion came from a Hollywood producer! We parted ways. I went on to film the TV series “The Real Exorcist” and Lorraine went on to lend her paranormal views about ghosts and demons to the Conjuring films. Lorraine died not long after. She deliberately or unwittingly served Satan all her life – and never even reaped the full economic benefit of it. That’s the kind of cruel joke the devil plays. In the words of the new Conjuring byline, the devil made her do it. Sadly, Ed and Lorraine Warren will pay the price for all eternity. You will too if you allow yourself to be duped by the biblical contradictions of “The Conjuring.”