Thursday, January 30th 2014
One would have thought I advocated some sinister plot against Christianity. All I did was allow the cameras of CNN to film me conducting an exorcism on the Internet, via Skype – as reported last Friday night on “Anderson Cooper 360.” Much of the furor was generated by an article that appeared on the web site Vocative, replayed throughout the media such as The Drudge Report and TheBlaze.com. In yesterday’s blog I countered by pointing out that I have been doing Skype exorcisms for a long time, and the CNN report on this issue was inadvertent, not some hatched, Internet “scam,” as was suggested. Vocative quoted the Reverend Isaac Kramer, director of the International Catholic Association of Exorcists. Said Kramer, “If a person is fully possessed, the demon inside of them will not let them sit in front of the computer screen to be exorcised. Chances are, they’re going to throw the computer screen across the room and destroy everything.” Since he’s never done a Skype exorcism (and frankly we don’t know if he’s ever done an exorcism), how would he know? First, when people manifest on Skype they can get physical, move out of camera range, and even shut down the signal. We work through that, and I always try to have a family member or friend present. Second, I appreciate the Catholic Rituale Romanun; that ancient rite is a wonderful guide but it isn’t the only way an exorcism can be done. Finally, since I’m not an ordained Catholic priest, approved by a Bishop, by Vatican standards I am “unqualified” no matter what I do with deliverance. Fortunately, most Catholic exorcists are not so dogmatic about the way God uses other Christians to minister in Christ’s Name.
Kramer concludes his objections by saying, “it would be like trying to perform a Baptist on someone through the telephone.” (Very poor analogy. Of course you can’t baptize by phone since physical presence is necessary.) Kramer adds: “Why modernize something that’s already been perfected?” Do I detect a bit of pride? Perfected? Hardly. Satan’s devices are constantly being adapted to our age (for example, Internet porn), so why should the Church refuse to take reasonable advantage of modern technology? Even the Pope has a twitter account. And remember, Jesus cast out demons long-distance (Matthew 15 — the Canaanite woman).
As I did yesterday, I issue an appeal for those who have been helped by this ministry through deliverance and inner healing. Please take a moment and email me your thoughts at: [email protected] or call 303-980-1511. If you’ve witnessed an exorcism in one of our seminars and your life was touched as a result, we would appreciate hearing from you with a testimony and word of encouragement. And if you are in need of an exorcism or prayers of deliverance, via Skype, phone, or in person, please call 303-980-1511. Check the Personal Encounters section above for locations where we can help you on-on-one. This ministry is under attack and we appreciate your prayers and financial support.
An encouraging word: STATE OF THE MARRIAGE UNION
In President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night he said that one of the investments America needs to make is in “a child’s life . . . quality education.” That is a worthy investment but certainly not the best. The answer to our problems as a country would be better solved by a solid investment in marriages and family, strengthening the core of a youngster’s existence. Children with two, happily married, godly Christian parents are likely to be successful in life. Children from broken homes are more prone to suffer dysfunction and addiction. By all means let’s educate our children well, but as a nation we need to focus more on the state of the marriage union.
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