An ordained minister who was once a Satanist, but now seeks to evangelize to those involved in the occult, has applauded the Roman Catholic Church's training of new exorcists.
Jeff Harshbarger, author and head of Refuge Ministries, told The Christian Post that he approved of the increased emphasis on dealing with those "demonically possessed."
"I do believe there is a tremendous need for trained exorcists; be it by the Catholic church or the Protestant church," said Harshbarger. "The Catholic church has had an awareness of dealing with the demonically possessed. That has waned recently, but they have been made aware and are responding." more >>
Kristine McGuire, a wife and mother, became intrigued with ghost hunting and witchcraft and attempted to blend the occult with her Christian faith until she encountered a demonic spirit.
McGuire and her husband, Tom, explained in an interview with CBN that Kristine had become so deeply involved in witchcraft that she had become a witch, and was ignoring the biblical teachings of her youth.
"Basically, I ignored what the Bible said and read the rest of it to be what I wanted it to mean and folded it into witchcraft," Kristine explained. more >>
A Satanic Temple holiday display at the Florida Capitol featuring Satan descending into the fires of hell has been rejected by the Department of Management Services for being "grossly offensive."
"The Department's position is that your proposed display is grossly offensive during the holiday season," read an email by DMS Administrative Assistant Sherrie K. Routt shared by Tallahassee.com on Wednesday.
The display is a kiosk decorated as the pits of hell, with an angel seemingly descending into the fires. It features the Bible verse Luke 10:18, which reads: "And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven;" as well as Isaiah 14:12: "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!" more >>
A Satanic religious group has expressed an interest in erecting a monument next to a Ten Commandments display in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The New York-based Satanic Temple recently declared an interest in doing this, with spokesman Lucien Greaves writing a letter to Oklahoma officials about his group's intentions.
Halloween may have come and gone this year, but a re-publicized 2009 Pew Research Center study suggests that it may remain to be seen whether any supernatural beings got the message.
According to researchers, nearly 20 percent of American adults claim that they've seen a ghost. What's more, 29 percent of the country claims that they have communed or felt in touch with someone that's already dead.
"Most American adults in the 21st Century say that they believe in life after death and in the devil," Claude Fischer, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote recently on his blog. "Over one-third say that they believe in the spirits of the dead coming back; about that many also say they believe in haunted houses." more >>
The parent's e-mail to me had an urgent tone. "When our daughter and some of her Wiccan friends first began meeting in our living room, there were more giggles and gossip than talk about casting spells and gaining power. But what they are talking about now has us very disturbed…"
In working with teens for over 15 years, this was certainly not the first time I had heard from a parent upset about their child's fascination with the occult. Increasingly, teens themselves will voice concern over peers who are getting involved in Wicca and pagan activities. When the aspiring sorcerers were overheard talking about making a Halloween sacrifice, "…What about some small animal? No - how about maybe a hamster?" this troubled mother's tolerance ran out. "Alex, they are taking this stuff way too seriously. Please respond ASAP, or at least recommend a good resource."
People long for spiritual experiences-scholars call this transcendence-and have a natural interest in things supernatural. But one must use caution and exercise discernment when seeking spiritual reality, meaning, and truth. Studies indicate that interest in the paranormal is increasing, especially so among young people. Parents should know that their teens have almost certainly been exposed to the occult, at least at some level. more >>