by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:
For the first time in 14 years, the Roman Catholic Church has opened up its annual exorcism class in Rome to all major Christian faiths to stem the rising tide of demonic forces around the world.
Ah, Rome, drunken with the blood of the saints, Rick Warren would feel right at home here. You will remember that back in 2014, Rick Warren gushed effusively about ‘our pope’, and what a great jobs he was doing. Well, now Pope Francis has invited Christian pastors to come to Rome and learn the ways of Babylon in how to ‘cast out devils’. Not surprisingly 241 people have taken the bait from the man in the fish hat to become trained in how to use Roman Catholics idols and icons to perform exorcisms. If it wasn’t so profoundly sad, it would be pretty funny.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17,18 (KJV)
The ability to cast out devils, along with healing the sick, drinking poison and not dying, and taking up serpents safely was given to the apostles of Jesus Christ. When the last apostle died, that would be John after writing Revelation in 96 AD, the apostolic gifts died with him. And guess what? It’s frighteningly easy to prove.
Now, I grant you, there exists no metrics today to prove someone is possessed by the Devil, and also no metrics to prove that an ‘exorcism’ was successful. So if you were going to claim the apostolic gifts, that one would be a great one to start with. Things would get a tad sticky, however, when we moved to the second category, taking up serpents. But who knows? You might get lucky on that one, even though a lot of people who died trying that might disagree. Getting to number 3, and you’re pretty well exposed to be a fraud. Number of people anywhere in the world right now who can, like the apostles, lay hands on someone and instantly and completely heal them is right around, plus or minus 10 percent, exactly zero.
So you faked an exorcism and fooled no one but Catholics and some Laodicean Protestants, hmmm, dubious accomplishment. By the grace of God survived taking up the serpent, well done, you! But you crashed and burned trying to convince people you had the ‘gift of healing’, but don’t worry. The 4th test, drinking the poison, will solve all your new-found problems.