YouTube: The Exorcist: Story of the LC-MS Lutheran Possessed Boy

This is one review from YouTube of the exorcism that was done regarding the LC-MS Lutheran boy.  This exorcism was the “basis” of the movie, “The Exorcist” even if it was a girl and not a boy in this movie. Please understand that everything from these reviews may not be exactly how it happened and also may give a false understanding of exorcism from a Lutheran or even a Roman Catholic understanding.  There is also a false notion that Roman Catholic Priest are the experts doing exorcisms. 

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Part 4

This is another YouTube version of the exorcism.

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Part 3

 

Martin Luther Quotes regarding the Devil

I will just keep adding to this post when I find more quotes of the devil from Martin Luther:

 

 

“The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices.”

“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”

“The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.”

“All the cunning of the devil is exercised in trying to tear us away from the word.”

“I often laugh at Satan, and there is nothing that makes him so angry as when I attack him to his face, and tell him that through God I am more than a match for him.”

“…with regard to God, and in all that bears on salvation or damnation, (man) has no ‘free-will’, but is captive, prisoner and bondslave, either to the will of God, or to the will of Satan.” (From the essay, ‘Bondage of the Will,’ Martin Luther: Selections From His Writings, ed. by Dillenberger, Anchor Books, 1962 p. 190.)

 

 

Bibliography of the books I have on Angelology, Demonology, and Heaven and Hell, et al.

Annunciation

The following books I have in my library or some borrowing from the library.  I am not recommending these books because I have them listed here but will, in time, begin to blog about the particular books as well as add short comments after each book in this blog post.  I will continue to add books to this list, I have not completed my lists from my own library. Also, remember this is part of my studies that originated with my Ph.D. studies.  I am not sure I will finish my PhD but I continued my studies in the area of Angelology.

Two books that I have enjoyed are:

Biblical Demonology, A Study of Spiritual Forces at Work Today, by Merril F. Unger

Satan, A Biography, Henry Ansgar Kelly

——- I quickly added to my list, I will add the numerous other books when I get back from my next trip …. H.F.

 

Biography:

Recommended at the moment:

Angels, Elect and Evil, by C. Fred Dickason (so far an excellent book but please keep in mind it comes from an Anabaptist/Reform perspective)

Angelology

The Devil at Baptism, Ritual, Theology and Drama, by Henry Ansgar Kelly

The Devil, Demonology and Witchcraft, the Development of Christian Beliefs in Evil Spirits, by Henry Ansgar Kelly

Satan, A Biography, by Henry Ansgar Kelly  Cambridge University Press

The Devil, Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity, by Jeffery Burton Russsel

Satan, The Early Christian Tradition, by Jeffrey Burton Russell

Lucifer, The Devil in the Middle Ages, by Jeffrey Burton Russell

Mephistopheles, The Devil in the Modern World, by Jeffrey Burton Russell

The Prince of Darkness, Radical Evil and The Power of Good in History, by Jeffrey Burton Russell.  (This is a summary book of the previously four mentioned above)

Devil came to St. Louis, The True Story of the 1949 Exorcism, by Troy Taylor

Angels and Demons, Have Wings Will Travel, by John D. Schuetze

The Birth of Satan, Tracing the Devil’s Biblical Roots, by T.J. Wray and Gregory Mobley

Angels, Archangels and Angel Categories: What the Ancients Said, by Dr. A. Nyland

99 Answers to Questions about Angels and Demons and Spiritual Warfare, by B.J. Oropeza

An Exorcist Tells His Story, by Gabriele Amorth

No Ordinary Angel, Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims about Jesus, by Susan R. Garrett

Angels, The Mythology of Angels and Their Everyday Presence Among Us, by Charlotte Montague

What the Bible Says About Angels, by A. C. Gaebelein

The Demonologist, The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren, by Gerald Brittle

Angels A to Z, by Batthew Bunson

Angelology of the Old Testament; A study in Biblical Theology, by William George Heidt

Naming the Powers, The Language of Power in the New Testament, Walter Wink

Angels, by Marco Bussagli (pictorial)

The Complete Book of Devils and Demons, by Leonard R. N. Ashley

Prayers that Rout Demons, Prayers for Defeating Demons and Overthrowing the Power of Darkness, by John Eckhardt

The Rite, by Matt Baglio

The House Swept Clean, A Biblically Balanced Pattern for the Diagnosis, Exorcism, and Pastor Care of the Victims of Demonic Possession, by Darrell Arthur McCulley

Satanism, How to Respond, by Bruce G. Frederickson (small booklet)

The Quest for the Historical Satan, Miguel A. De La Torre and Albert Hernandez (with accent)

A Dictionary of Angels including Fallen Angels, by Gustav Davidson

Satan Cast Out, A Study in Biblical Demonology, by Frederick S. Leahy

Resisting the Devil, A Catholic Perspective on Deliverance, by Neal Lozano

Demon Possession, An unusual collection of experiences, case histories, studies, and conclusions from a wide range of professional people, including doctors, psychiatrists, scientists, historians, theologians, and college professors, edited by John Warwick Montgomery

Michael and Christ: Michael Traditions and Angel Christology in Early Christianity, by Darrell d. Hannah (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 109 Mohr Siebeck)

Begone Satan, by Rev. Carl Vog

Towards the Death of Satan, The Growth and Decline of Christian Demonology, by Henry Ansgar Kelly

Interview with an Exorcist, by Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea

The Catholic Warrior, by Robert Abel

The Angels and the Liturgy, by Erik Peterson

DVD

Satan, Prince of Darkness, The Biography Channel

Science and religion

Science, Life and the Christian Belief, Malcolm A. Jeeves and R.J. Berry
The Faith of a Physicist, by John Polkinghorne
Bridging Science and Religion, by Ted Peters and Gaymon Bennett

Psychology and religion

Et Al books

Luther and the Stories of God, Biblical Narratives as a Foundation for Christian Living, by Robert Kolb

….da Tod und Leben rungen, Tod und Leben in der Sicht Martin Luthers und heute, a collection of articles written: “Ars moriendi,” by Prof. Dr. Arthur E. Imhof/ Berlin, “Der Tod des Propheten” by Dr. Siegfried Bra(e)uer/Berlin, “Hilfe fu(e)r bedrohtes Leben,” by Dr. Ute Mennecke-Haustein/Jena, “Auch deine Seele wird ein Schwert durchdringen,” by Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Pietz/Go(e)rlitz, “Die Lebenden freilich a(e)gstigen sich” by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ko(e)rtner/Wein.  Published by Drei Kastanien Verlag

The Garden of Eden and the Hope of Immortality, by James Barr

Spiritual Power and Missions, Raising The Issues, Edward Rommen, Editor

Confessions, Saint Augustine

The Snakebite Letters, Devilishly Devious Secrets for Subverting Society As Taught in Tempter’s Training School, by Peter Kreeft

Sitting with Job, Selected Studies on the Book of Job, edited by Roy B. Zuck, contributors: D. A. Carson, edwin Good, R. Laird Harris, Matitiahu Tsevat, Claus Westermann, and others.

Dictionary of Superstitions, by David Pickering

A History of Witchcraft, Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans, by Jefferey B. Russell and Brooks Alexander

The Decline of Hell, Seventeenth-Century Discussions of Eternal Torment, by D. P. Walker

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven, by Peter Kreeft

Sin, Pride and Self-Acceptance, by Terry D. Cooper

The Divine Comedy, Dante, Volume 1: Inferno

Inner Way, Toward a Rebirth of Eastern Christian Spiritual Direction, by Joseph J. Allen

The Body and Society, Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity, by Peter Brown

The Problem of Suffering, A Father’s Hope, by Gregory P. Schulz

David’s Secret Demons, Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King, by Baruch Halpern

The Problem of Evil in the Western Tradition, from the Book of Job to Modern Genetics, by Joseph F. Kelly

The Cult of the Saints, Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity, by Peter Brown

The Spirit World in the Letters of Paul the Apostle, A Critical Examination of the Role of Spiritual Beings in the Authentic Pauline Epistles, by Guy Williams

Soon, I will be adding quite a number of other books as I mentioned above.

 

LC-MS position on exorcisms

Demonic possession
Q: Does the LCMS hold an official position as to the existence of demonic possession? Does the LCMS retain the Rite of Exorcism as practiced in the Roman and Eastern Orthodox churches? Does the LCMS have special clergy assigned to this task?
A: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod certainly believes in the existence of Satan and of demonic beings, and individual LCMS pastors have participated from time to time in rites of exorcism. The LCMS has no “official position” on “demonic possession,” however, nor does it subscribe officially to any formal rite of exorcism or have “special clergy assigned to this task.”

Usage: We urge you to contact an LCMS pastor in your area for more in-depth discussion.
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Notes on Application Process to CTS

Many official sites can be very formal for good reason.  However, practical information is always helpful especially when it is not an “official” site and can explain in layman terms; that is, the best way to apply and what might be the best steps to take regarding the application process.  What I have done is gathered many of the questions from applicants and will answer them here.  You may notice that the application process at CTS is quite practical and follows good guidelines.  I typed up the practical description of application.    Just request it from me or one of the admission counselors at the CTS.  Pax tecum.