Too bad some don't believe in John 6. But that's an aside.
The issue here is not whether someone who is not an ordained priest can cast out a demon, but whether they ought to, and whether they ought to be permitted to exercise that ministry in the name of the Church.
Exorcism is intrinsically a spiritually dangerous enterprise. It involves interacting with, and frequently directly addressing, entities who are far more intelligent than human beings, and also more malevolent than almost any human being you are likely to meet.
Someone who is deficient in faith, grace, wisdom, prudence, or knowledge can easily place themselves, the person being exorcised, or even third party bystanders in grave spiritual danger. The scene in the movie The Exorcist where the demon attempted to tempt Fr. Damien by mimicking the voice of his dead mother is not too far-fetched, from my reading.
Not to mention that demonic entities can sometimes place exorcists and others in significant physical peril as well.
Thank you for this post.
As usual, you have said it well.
I was trained in a house church that had a series of lessons taught by none other than Derek Prince himself . . . one of the foremost Evangelicals/Pentecostals skilled, anointed and experienced in exorcisms and discerning and dealing with evil spirits of all kinds.
Such was common in our congregation . . . teens and even children dealt with demonic spirits via the Blood of Jesus and Holy Spirit quite effectively in the child-like faith they walked in . . . just as Christ taught . . . was necessary to enter the Kingdom of Heavenn.
BTW. I don’t think much of the Vatican’s arbitrary slicing and dicing of symbolic and literal aspects of John 6.
The "church" are merely the sheep which Shabbat Shalom
i would prefer someone who would cast out shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
a demon in the NAME of YHvH.
require the leadership of Yah'shua.
The "church" are merely the sheep which