JD: Pope Francis back in the news again this week across the Internet. This time as he encouraged Priest to turn to exorcist when necessary.
DJ: Pope Francis urges priest to call out the exorcist. It turns out that in a discussion that Pope Francis had suggested to and encouraged local priest that if they run into what he called real spiritual disorders that are caused by supernatural forces and then presumably referring to the devil or demons that the priest whose hearing the confession must not hesitate to refer to exorcist.
Back in 2014 he recognized the international association of exorcist, which is an organization of 250 priests around the world who have been prepared to conduct exorcisms by the Vatican.
JD: Well, as always the bottom line question has to be what do we find in the New Testament letters to believers concerning dealing with demonic and satanic activity.
DJ: Well what we find in contrast to what is said about casting out demons and confronting the devil is that everything in the letters to the believers in the New Testament from Romans forward is to take a defensive stance. Ephesians 6 says put on the whole armor of God and this is to take a defensive stance. We’re not to take an aggressive stance.
In James where it says we are to submit to God resist the devil and he will flee from you. So, we are not to confront Satan directly and the way that we deal with demonic activity in the life of someone who is not a believer is to share the gospel with them. The Holy Spirit has the power to give them clarity of thought to hear, understand, and believe the gospel. We cannot be possessed by the Holy Spirit and possessed by a demon at the same time; that is the solution.
JD: David James explaining the Pope’s call for exorcism but also the Biblical directive for dealing with demon possessed people.
We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible Prophecy to be fulfilled.
Demon possession even church people is a growing phenomenon. Many church leaders are calling for exorcists to be used to exercise the demons afflicting these people. The Bible has a different approach I’ll get to that in just a moment. But let me remind you that demonic activity will be prevalent during the last days. This activity is foretold in the book of Revelation chapters 12, 13, and 16.
Ephesians 6:10-18 exhorts all Christians to put on the whole armor of God to be able to stand against the devil in the last days. We have no authority to cast out demons but instead we must lead a demon-possessed person to Jesus Christ and then the Holy Spirit will take care of the demon.