A friend of mine has a sister who is going to a college for a missionary program. After that, she’ll be moving to Africa for missionary work. I’m not sure what denomination he is, he might go to an Alliance church?
Anyway, he was saying how this summer, his sister was in Africa and saw some healings and casting out of demons. One specific one took about 15 minutes and the demon was trying to make the woman go towards an open fire. Then, they got the demon out apparently. I mentioned something about exorcisms and how they don’t always get done that quickly, it really just depends on the situation. I think I may have considered adding that Catholic priests use a Rite of Exorcism and that we don’t just go around casting out demons. BUT, he jumped in and said that they have enough faith to just pray (and I’m assuming use the Name of Jesus) and the demon goes out.
The conversation moved off to something else with another friend at that point but I was rather taken aback at the fact that he thinks that they have enough faith so it works and that exorcisms don’t? Or rather that they don’t need exorcisms, they just have to pray their own prayers.
What response would you have to this? I’m not planning on talking to him about this but I’m just curious what your take on this type of statement would be or perhaps a bit of education on the difference of exorcism and these casting out of demons by Christian missionaries.