I’ll start off saying that I’m not positive if this thread will belong here, so please move if necessary.
I’ve never really heard of exorcisms done in the Protestant branch of Christianity before, so I found this curious and interesting. I admit, I don’t know a whole lot about exorcisms, or at least any in depth detail. I had a course on demons (and a corresponding course on angels) in college, but they didn’t cover too much on religion specific handling of demons.
More to the point, my sister fell asleep watching a channel which I assume had movies on at some point, but when I had walked in, whatever she was watching previously had ended. What was on was an obviously Evangelical TV talk show program. With yesterday being Halloween, they had on a kid who had apparently been possessed by a demon, or rather a demon entered his body and was in the process of possessing him (because they never suggested that the kid wasn’t in control of his body), after having done paranormal investigation as part of an assignment for English class for a “choose-your-own-topic” assignment.
At the end of the introduction video, the father of the kid sat with with him in the living room and started reading from the Gospels, or as they said “describing the Gospels to him” (with the kid apparently twitching as he read). Then they finished with the father “guiding” his son through the sinner’s prayer. The kid said that he could immediately feel a weight lifted from him, and his father said his eyes went back to normal (after pupils had dilated), and a smile came to the boy’s face.
Now, given my knowledge of exorcisms from my demons class, this might have been a proper exorcism given that some of the conditions for a successful exorcism were met, but my question is what do you guys think? Do you think this story was truthful, that it actually happened? Do you think the kid was actually possessed, or in the process of becoming possessed? Do you think that the sinner’s prayer combined with prior reading of the Gospel is a proper way of exorcising? Do you think, if the kid was possessed, or in the process of, that he was actually exorcised, or that the demon was just suppressed?
I just want to hear everyone’s thoughts on this since when we usually think of exorcisms, it is in the realm of Catholics and there is a priest doing the exorcising.