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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