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Demonic History & The Rites of Exorcism Introduction
ost people in the world have never encountered a demon in a recognizable form. In fact, most people reading this book may never be called upon to cast out a devil, or to treat someone suffering from possession by a malignant spirit. Why, then, a book about exorcism? There are several factors that motivated me to write this book. The first is that though few may directly need the information contained herein, it is best to make sure that the ones who do are properly armed. Most modern cars contain airbags, although there are relatively few occasions on which they save the lives of passengers. In many cases, the cost of not having preventative measures far outweighs the cost of providing them, and this is one of those cases. Second, books that have been written in the past by scholars and priests often contain as much mythology as they do Biblical doctrine. Certainly, some mythology must be examined in the study of demons, because the stories handed down in various countries are windows into the beliefs and knowledge of the past. At the same time, we must take great care to distinguish between myth and reality, lest we present one as the other a practice that has not been strictly followed in the writings of many authors. If we wish to have a firm handle on our commission to Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, (Mat 10:8) we must have an accurate picture of our enemies, those who are responsible for wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12) Third, as the world has become more sophisticated, Satan has also made his methods more difficult to detect, and thus more dangerous. Mental disease is a true, psychobiological phenomenon, but it does not automatically explain every potential case of supernatural activity. We must be able to distinguish between the two based on sound, Scriptural reasoning, and we must be able to provide help for both types of affliction. This book will provide methods for facilitating the healing of both the mentally disturbed, and those truly suffering from oppressive intelligences. Finally, in the examination of demonology, we will become more familiar with their activities. I present an extensive treatise on evil spirits throughout the course of this book, and we will thus learn both what motivates them and what they use to motivate their unprotected human victims. Ultimately, the Being who both Created and Saved humanity stated, Rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice because [i] your names are written in Heaven. (Luke 10:20) True healing comes when a servant of the Messiah can lead an individual from a life of sin to a life of holiness, a life that is bound for everlasting reward in Heaven. That is the primary motivation behind this work.

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Right up front I make it known that I am writing this book from the perspective of fundamental Christianity. Specifically, I am approaching the topic from the standpoint of Seventh-day Adventism. Why is this important for my readers to know? Chiefly, this: I believe that the Ten Commandments continue to declare the standard of righteousness for human beings. I believe that the Messiah did not make void the Law, but rather made it honorable, and established it as an unchanging transcript of the character of the Godhead. Every instruction given to us according to the Divine Will, from the commandment against adultery to Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, (Exodus 20:8) constitutes an important factor in the makeup of a victorious, Christian life. No human being is justified by obedience to the Law, yet those who are commandment-keepers in these days are often accused of being legalists. But far from this being the case, even the Old Testament saints were justified by faith, (Hebrews 11) yet they knew the importance of the instructions given to humanity for our own sakes. (Genesis 26:5, Deuteronomy 5:29, Mark 2:27) Christ was the end of the Law for righteousness, to everyone that believeth, (Rom 10:4) but not the end of the Law period. Those who have come to Christ realize that the Law does not directly lead to righteousness it merely describes it, simultaneously defining sin, the state of lawlessness. (Romans 7:7, 1John 3:4) We must acknowledge that keeping the Letter of the Law while neglecting the Spirit of the Law is death for it is the Spirit that brings life. (2Corinthians 3:6) But while the Spirit is contrary to the flesh, (Galatians 5:17) it is not in opposition to the letter. Both must work together to produce a sanctified life; like the Son of Yahweh Himself, our example, we must be manifest [seen, made known] in the flesh, justified in the Spirit. (1Timothy 3:16) The works we do in the flesh testify to the state of our spirit. (James 2:20) A more detailed explanation of this principle may be read in Appendix A; I have included it in this introduction because it is not at all irrelevant to the issue of exorcism. The rites of exorcism will remove a demon, but they will not prevent a re-infestation. In fact, we were warned of such an event in the Gospels. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out, and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. (Matthew 12:43-45) [ii] This must be prevented at all costs, and the exorcist must know how to instruct an individual in righteousness after he has been cleansed. The life lived in the newness of victory will be such that the demon can find no door or window back into its former home. The final chapter of this work deals with the life that is immune to possession how to get it, and how to maintain it, for as those who live this life are promised, he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. (1John 5:18b) We must learn what the apostle meant by those words, and how to claim that kind of protection.
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May the reader be blessed by this study I have composed at the prompting and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and may the benediction of the House of Levi (Numbers 6:24-26) find place in the life of everyone who gains wisdom from this work: Yahweh bless thee, and keep thee; Yahweh make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; Yahweh lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. David Aguilar. [iii] Back to Main Table of Contents Book Index

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