A few years back, I was working in a ministry where I saw many types of people. I was a teacher whom many talked to as a counselor. More than once I was told personal stories and asked my opinion about them.
I recall one story of a well-off lady who lived in a nice area of town. She asked me about strange events that were occurring at her home. The events were frequent and unexplained. She was convinced it was a dead relative that was coming to visit her. She even told me his name. She didn’t seem afraid. It was taken for granted that this dead person was visiting from time to time. She asked me what I thought.
Knowing my Bible well enough, there were only a few explanations. It was either a lot of windy days, she had a good imagination, or a spirit of some kind had moved in to some degree. She dismissed the first two possibilities. Even if she hadn’t, I would have erred on the side of caution. I told her she needed to find a pastor who would go and pray with her in every room in her house. I told her I knew it was not a dead relative.
I’ll never forget her reaction. It was only old uncle Ted and she didn’t feel the need from prayer.
This interview comes from an interesting place, a man who is a scholar in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The LCMS rarely if ever discusses this subject, yet here it is. Although I disagree with the LCMS on infant baptism and a few other things (I was a teacher in the LCMS school system), many LCMS pastors are still standing up for Biblical principles although others are falling woefully short. It is no different in every protestant denomination. I do not have either of the books mentioned in the first video above so I cannot give an endorsement.
I think, as this country continues its drift from Biblical shores, we will see more of the type of activity discussed in this video. Churches seem ill equipped to deal with such things and many would rather ignore the issue.
We have no need to fear. The name of Jesus has tremendous power. Prayer in His name can conquer all of our foes.
May god give us the wisdom to know to speak His name if or when the occasion arises.
Beautiful and so well said!
Thank you, Barbara. It is so good to hear from you. I know you are praying, like I am, that God will do a miracle in this county. So few understand the spiritual battle that rages in today’s world. Man is leaving truth in droves but God will have the victory.
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Chris, it was good to listen to the interviews. Thank you! Enjoy your long weekend!
Wow! Someone actually followed the link. It sounds like you didn’t think them a waste of time. I was particularly surprised that the guest/author came out of the LCMS. It is a denomination that would normally run from topics like this. I know because I was a member of LCMS churches for my first 25 or so years. Good for the LCMS to allow the truth of this horrible subject to be published. The topic is certainly dealt with in the scriptures.
You’re welcome and thank you for your kind words. I wish you a wonderful long weekend as well!
Thanks, brother! I wanted to learn from Dr. Bennett’s perspective as a Lutheran, and I did, especially from his statements that sometimes we send the enemy away through the everyday things we do as Christians, confessing our faith and worshipping. Years ago I read an account by a Lutheran pastor in Germany about a young Christian woman afflicted by demons who was delivered over a period of time. My husband’s daughter and her family are Wisconsin Synod.
I also enjoyed the message that our confession and worship can keep evil away. It makes perfect sense as God’s Word is powerful.
I haven’t heard of the Wisconsin Synod for a long time. It is (along with the LCMS) a denomination that holds God’s Word in high regard, unlike the ELCA that has lost all sense of right and wrong. It would be great if all ELCA members left and joined the LCMS or the Wisconsin Synod. I disagree with their take on infant baptism but this is great:
“WELS confesses that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 1 Corinthians 2:13, John 17:17, Psalm 12:6, Titus 1:2) and follows a Historical-Grammatical approach to interpretation. The meaning of a portion of Scripture is discerned by paying careful attention to grammar, syntax, vocabulary and context. In this regard, the historical setting forms part of the context of Scripture, the text itself indicating how important a part. ”
Billy Graham once called the Lutheran Church “a sleeping giant.” I think that much of it still sleeps but then there are Lutherans like Dr. Bennett. Thankfully, there are many Lutherans like him.
I so appreciate your feedback. God bless you!
Chris, my husband and I were very happy to read WELS’s view of Holy Scripture. Thanks again!
You’re welcome. I hope you and your husband have a wonderful weekend.