SUNCITY

‘Exorcism Not New’

Exorcism is not new to the Methodist Church in Fiji and other religious groups, says church spokesperson Reverend James Bhagwan. It came amidst reports on plans to conduct an exorcism
11 Jul 2015 12:21
‘Exorcism Not New’
Reverend James Bhagwan.

Exorcism is not new to the Methodist Church in Fiji and other religious groups, says church spokesperson Reverend James Bhagwan.

It came amidst reports on plans to conduct an exorcism this weekend.

Rev Bhagwan told the Fiji Sun that exorcism was also part of their theological study.

He said in some churches, those who practised exorcism received specialised training and some were gifted.

“In Christian practice the person performing the exorcism, known as an exorcist, is often a member of the Christian church, or an individual thought to be graced with special powers or skills,” he said.

Rev Bhagwan said exorcism was the practice of casting out demons performed using the power of Christ in the name of Jesus and through Christian prayers and fasting.

He said not everyone was in a position to perform an exorcism.

“If you are not filled and operating in God’s Spirit and you attempt to take on demons, you are in a dangerous position for spiritual retaliation,” he said.

Rev Bhagwan warned that in perfoming exorcism the exorcist must be careful on how he or she approached the victim.

“There are reports where the victim or the exorcist has been hurt.”

He said for the church, pastors were usually called in to chase the devil out from a victim who was possessed, as they believed devils were afraid of God.

“In many cases their powers of prayer worked,” she said.

Rev Bhagwan warned that exorcists in the church must not use this special power as a source of money for them.

The president of the Sanatan Dharam, Sarju Prasad, said they did not believe in exorcism.

“We just believe in God and when someone is possessed with evil spirits we pray to Him to help the victim,” he said.

“This is just an illusion.”

He said they also carried out counselling for the victims to help them lift their spiritual lives.

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