Exorcism FAQs

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Why don’t more Christian counselors do exorcisms?
Few ministers have knowingly encountered a demon possessed person. They may feel confident to counsel other problems, but this situation is unpredictable and not easily detected.

How is a demon detected?
Some suggest using 1 John 4:3 as a test, but that may be insufficient.  Demons are liars and will acknowledge Christ as the Son of God come in the flesh, but only as a statement of fact, not a personal article of  belief. Pray that God will permit you to discern the presence of any evil spirits. Antipathy toward the name of Christ or blood of Jesus may indicate demons.

Can a Christian have a demon? 
A Christian cannot be demonized if by “possession” you mean “ownership.”  The child of God is owned by the Lord. But a Christian can be severely influenced by demons and even be inhabited by them. If Satan can control our speech when we are disobedient and fill our hearts with evil when we are rebellious, he may be able to do a lot more to Christians than we would like to admit.

What is a demon? 
A demon is a fallen angel, totally evil and without the possibility of salvation. Demons incite every kind of sin in the hearts of the morally weak. Not every vice is demonic because the human will and “the flesh” are capable of great evil. More times than we are willing to admit, our actions may be powerfully affected by demons. Remember, all demons seek to steal, kill, and destroy.

Can someone have a demon without knowing? 
When people ask this question, their inquiry is usually an indication that  they do not. Demons do not normally advertise their presence if they are not threatened.

When is a person ready for an exorcism?
Not everyone who has a demon is ready to be exorcized. Three factors affect this decision: the willingness of the victim, the spiritual preparedness of the exorcist, and the weakened condition of the demons.

Where do demons go when they are cast out?
Every time I have cast demons to the pit, they have pleaded not be sent there. I’ve confronted demons that screamed, writhed and begged to avoid the pit. Any place a demon doesn’t want to go is where I send them.

What is a curse?
Curses are exacting, legal arrangements of the spirit world. Satanic curses are often filled with small or trivial details that require a detailed avoiding.

How are curses broken?
A curse is broken in the same way it is established. If the curse was a verbal commitment, the victim needs to verbally renounce the curse. If ritualistic ceremonialism surrounded the curse, the victim needs to go  through certain actions that physically and emotionally express the  undoing of the curse. If documents were signed, the victim should write a legal statement voiding the curse.

What is an exorcism?
An exorcism isn’t an action; rather it’s a process by which the victim of the devil is led from demonic captivity to spiritual wholeness. Whatever the circumstances, no force of darkness can forever resist the united  effort of a victim who wills to be free and an exorcist who humbly  ministers as unto the Lord.

Source: www.BobLarson.org