Warfare Prayers, by
Robert Abel, a little booklet of extremely powerful prayers
that aim to release us from demonic bondage --whether our own
sinfulness or evil that has come our way as the result of curses or
generational problems. There are prayers against malefice, prayers to create
a spiritual 'canopy' over your home, prayer to bind evil spirits, and
prayers of inner healing! Very popular as a bedside companion.
FROM A PAGAN FESTIVAL AT HALF-TIME TO PSYCH WARDS, DEMONS SEEM TO BE HAVING THEIR WAY
Let's talk spiritual warfare. There's enough of it swirling around us.
First off: a few days ago, we linked to a YouTube video showing a very histrionic evangelical-style preacher railing against the devil and speaking about the power of the Bible. No question about that power! But in this video, which was home-made, the preacher started shouting and "double-daring" Satan about six minutes into the clip, in a way that was not very humble and failed to invoke the Name of Jesus. In the middle of the tirade, a Crucifix that was high up on a cabinet shelf behind him and leaning back against the wall suddenly fell forward despite the angle and crashed to the floor, startling (by the look on his face, terrifying) the pastor. Lesson: use humility when dealing with a proud spirit as well as the Name of Jesus and make sure a Crucifix is not just a prop and has been blessed; when used this way, it is not only untouchable but also -- especially if properly blessed, and particularly if a Benedict Cross -- causes all around it to be untouchable as well.
That was one little matter. Another came during the Super Bowl: The game included a half-time spectacle starring a famous singer whose name, as we all know, is unfortunately also a title for Our Blessed Mother. There was a stir when one of the performers used a vulgar and senseless hand gesture during the show but the real controversy should have been over the show itself, an incredible display of paganism replete with Romaneque-like slaves, Cleopatra-like lasciviousness (it had components of a simulated orgy), and occult Egyptian symbolism. It may have been the greatest pagan extravaganza in our lifetimes.
Oh, it's just entertainment.
No it's not.
It was an outrage and more outrageous is that it didn't cause an outrage: the comments afterward had mainly to do with the "first-class" props and the singer's age and songs and voice (always obscured by her costumes and stage props, which in past videos and performances have included black candles in a setting made to resemble or mock a Catholic church). Shame on us, that both a major sports league and television network allowed such a transgression and shame on us that our public is so lulled into indifference and overindulgence that we could have cared less.
This kind of evil -- so pervasive in our society (on TV, in music, on the internet: constantly) -- is as much or more of a threat than the federal mandate on health care and birth control that is so much in the news yet garners no similar protests. Noted a blogger: "The singer wore an odd headdress that looked very much like a stylized goat’s head, while the rest of her costume was pure Roman soldier (except, of course, for the five-inch stiletto boots). So, we see ‘Madonna’ (the Virgin Mother) representing Egypt’s Cleopatra (who embodied Isis, mother of Horus/Osiris). The first song (Vogue) begins with this ‘daughter of men’ cavorting with a winged being (one pair of wings on his back, another on his feet, and a lyre in his hands). This could be Mercury, or it might also represent Lucifer/Saturn/Satan. Once this initial dance is over, the ‘Madonna’ then dances with all the ‘creatures’ (one looks like he has a goat head, another is part cheetah/leopard, one appears to be a snake, and the Virgin ‘rides’ him). This is a deliberate picture of a Genesis 6 style orgy." Also, dancers were dressed in animorphic attire, almost as if animals and humans have interbred. That too is interesting. Audience: about 111 million (more than a third of the nation). There will be a price to pay, when -- via television -- so many participate. (There has been historically: look at what happened to Rome as well as the Egyptian dynasties.)
On an up note: in Dallas a transit officer says a Crucifix under her protective vest deflected a bullet during a shooting. Here we see the power of the Cross in real combat.
Recently, also on the side of triumph, it has been noted in the press that the Pope, blessing an audience, reportedly silenced two demonically howling men. Some good news, this from the famous exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth!
"Known only as Giovanni and Marco the men started to shake and became increasingly violent as they were brought before him. One of the men was said to have spoken in a strange voice that was not his own and announced that he was not the man he appeared to be. As the Pope proceeded to bless the men they were said to have flown backwards three meters in a sudden forceful jolt, finally free of their demonic afflictions," says a report.
Meanwhile, in that situation in Upstate New York, near Le Roy, where high school students are exhibiting bizarre behavior (first diagnosed as "Tourette's syndrome," whereby they can't control strange arm and limb movements, nor help themselves from blurting obscene language), this has now spread to at least fifteen students and the diagnosis has changed from Tourette's (one kind of psychological disorder) to another known as conversion syndrome (or "mass hysteria"). Others, including a famed activist whose story was portrayed in a major movie (Erin Brockovich) are wondering if there is an environmental health cause (the state, after testing for toxic chemicals, claims no). "'There are reports from parents that at the athletic field where all the children have been there is an orange yellow substance oozing up from the ground," she said. And toxics are certainly cause for concern. Still others have come up with a third hypothesis: that the syndrome is linked to a bacteria or virus. And a fourth: it's caused by social networks.
It may also be: demonic. Or a combination. Evil spirits prey upon weaknesses. A physical cause can invite a spiritual effect. They hook into injuries -- physiological or psychological. Here is another great prayer need: the lack of attention by our Church to spiritual infestations. In Le Roy, whatever the cause may turn out to be (if one is ever truly documented), there are parallels to much larger eruptions in Africa and Europe and also, historically, in the U.S., to Salem -- where one of the first recorded instances of "mass hysteria" led to the witch trials of 1692 when, as one newspaper reported, "dozens of young girls in Massachusetts suddenly began having fits. Local people were accused of using witchcraft to induce the fits." In 2007, a case of twitching erupted at a high school in Roanoke, Virginia (eventually resolving itself). However it turns out, it raises a searing issue we will repeat: the need for psychiatrists to admit the many cases whereby spirits -- not esoteric psychological effects -- are to blame, as we see in the New Testament. We have quoted one psychiatric nurse who estimated that half the people she counsels have more a spiritual problem than a psycho-physical one [see story]. We have heard recently from another who warns not to pin too many of these cases on the devil but instead look to the overuse of psychotropic drugs (as well as health-care workers who, she says, may have issues themselves).
"Regarding headline article for 1/24/2012: As a behavioral health (psych) registered nurse, I'd like to comment on a few points that were made," wrote Gimny Jakub. "Spiritual nurses often are more in tune to the spiritual dynamics on a psych unit and indeed might sense that many of the psych problems are spiritual in origin, but you can't quote percentages. The exorcists you have written about recently say that actual possession is rare. It is so tempting, though, to label bizarre, out of control and psychotic behavior as demonic, but you can't prove it. You won't find an exorcist on a psych unit.
"Let's look at the psychotropic drugs as a primary factor in the manifestation of demonic type of behavior. The biggest problem in psychiatry is its total dependence on pharmaceuticals. Psychotropic drugs often cause suicidal ideation among many other horrible psychological, neurological, emotional, and physical effects. Psychotropic drugs alter the chemistry of the brain. There is a movie that can provide you with more information on this topic and it can be viewed on YouTube. The movie is called: Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugs. In this movie, you will see and hear many testimonies of psychiatrists, therapists, patients, drug reps, including the riveting testimony of Gwen Olsen, author of 'Confessions of a Pharmaceutical Drug Pusher.'
"Often it is the people who work in the profession, doctors, therapists and especially nurses, who are the most uninformed, blind, and resistant to the truth of what is happening in psychiatry today. Back to the article about the girls in New York: Do we know if the girls received the HPV vaccine called Gardisil? The issues surrounding psychotic behavior are complex and the problem is compounded by the fact that the available treatment is not holistic, it does not take into account diet, mineral deficiencies, spiritual realities, cultural interests such as Harry Potter media, abortion, divorce, etcetera.
"Without batting an eyelash, nurses and psychiatrists routinely walk by their patients on a psych unit, adorned (patients) with tattoos from head to toe, outlandish hairstyles, and shaved female heads, and of course body piercings. In fact, you will find nurses today boasting of tattoos and body piercings in less conspicuous places and talk with ease about their homosexual partners, as if it is all so normal; in psychiatry, as well as medicine, the line is becoming increasingly blurred between the so-called 'sick' patients and the sick staff. Is it time for the exorcists and the psychiatrists to bring the devil out of the closet?"
It is certainly time to bring prayer-warriors to visit many of the afflicted.
There are many modern Gadarenes.
As for psychotropic medication: let's remember that some can be lifesavers and also that certain ones in heavy use can cause spiritual openings.
[see also: Devices of the devil and Now the Le Roy 'hysteria' is from social networks?]
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