A failed exorcism or spiritual deliverance is the absence of the true light of Christ. The sin of idolatry disables anyone who claims to have Christ in them, to command demons to leave.

Failed Exorcism

Failed exorcism in the Bible and the clergy

Hollywood depicted exorcism powerfully and that only a “trained exorcist” equipped with a cross and holy water could dispel evil spirits. In 1990, Neil Anderson introduced the book Bondage Breaker and the “Spiritual Deliverance” or “Spiritual Warfare” label.

Forward to today, many Christians empower Satan by crediting every bad thing happening as demonic. While it may be true for the most part—devils are helpless and powerless before those in Christ.


Failed exorcism in Acts 19:13-20

Idolatry fused effortlessly with superstition, magic, astrological speculations, and occultism among the Ephesians. Followers of Paul who believed in the gospel attempted to exorcise the demon-possessed but failed miserably.

Acts 19 exposes how evil powers can overcome professing Christians and religious leaders who drove out demons but are deep into the many other forms of idolatry.

Acts 19:14-16
Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day, the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?”

16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He beat them so much that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.


The case of Anneliese Michel

Anna Elisabeth “Anneliese” Michel was a German woman who died after several exorcism rites. Her parents and the priest were charged with “intelligent homicide” for abandoning proper medical help and procedures.

At 16, Anna Michel had seizures caused by epilepsy (temporal lobe) which was diagnosed as psychosis. Afterward, she was sent to a psychiatric hospital for depression treatment.

Five years of medication did not help overcome depression but instead led to suicidal thoughts and hearing voices. Convinced she was demon-possessed, the family sought help from the Catholic church.

Anneliese had 67 Catholic exorcism rites. She stopped eating and was dehydrated, leading to her death at 24.


Pope John Paul II incident

In 2000, a 19 years old woman was agitated during an audience with Pope John Paul II. A Bishop tried to calm her with a crucifix and a medal of the Virgin Mary but failed. The Pope was told and later met the woman.

The Pope performed an exorcism and promised to offer mass the following morning. However, the demon was unmoved and continued to possess the woman despite the papal effort, admitted Fr. Don Gabriel Amore, The Vatican’s chief exorcist.

The Vatican refused to call the event an exorcism, reported ABC News.


Exorcism from a Satanist?

Shea Bilé was 17 when he conducted his first exorcism. She first encountered them during an astral projection, which is demonic by itself. “During the projection… I see this gigantic seven-to-eight-foot black shade of static, knife-like energy, and it starts chasing me.”

The dark spirit followed her, and eventually, she commanded it to leave by saying, “In the name of Satan, I command you to stop; in the name of Satan, I command this stops immediately.” The lights flickered back on, and a moth—moths can signify dark spirits of the occult—flew out of the light, “she said.


A witch associates herself with Jesus in doing an exorcism

Rose, a Wiccan, said these demonic spirits are negative energies that come in many different forms and have no understanding of the Christian God. “Attempting to banish it with a Catholic Exorcism is quite simply a waste of everyone’s time,” mainly if the person afflicted is not a Christian.

As a High Priestess of Eclectic Witchcraft and a professional exorcist for 26 years, Rose has performed nearly 8,000 exorcisms worldwide.


Remember, satan does not have power over God’s children.

Not all problems, mental illnesses, or diseases result from demonic possession. Do not credit Satan for every mental illness. The devils do not have power over God’s children.”

However, the enemy will do everything to influence our choices and tempt us to be hopeless. The reason, renewing the mind (daily repentance) is critical.

The devil could not do anything or hurt Christians without God’s permission. However, Satan remains a tempter and a deceiver until Jesus returns.

1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of a sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Job 1:12
And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.


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A failed exorcism or spiritual deliverance is the absence of the true light of Christ. The sin of idolatry disables anyone who claims to have Christ in them, to command demons to leave.Failed Exorcism