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’m not planning on buying the book about demonic occurrences in America as I am already familiar with the subject.
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.