Back to the snark. (Original snark can be found here!) I guess I ought to explain why I'm calling this series "Demon Busters". It's because that's what shows up in the bottom of my browser window when I'm on their site (JesustheDeliverer.com). Of course, this reminds me that when I lived with my grandmother, I wasn't allowed to see the movie "Ghost Busters" because ghosts are demons, and demons are evil; ergo, "Ghost Busters" is evil. (Never mind that the title characters fight against supernatural baddies. This is the same woman who wouldn't let us watch Care Bears.)
Anyway, onto the rest of the "FAQs". Yesterday we got through the "explanations" for why poor health, lack of prosperity, depression and "clumsiness" are all caused by demon possession. Let's see what today's cockamamie has in store for us.
Here's the insidious part of the whole Deliverance mindset. Leaders use "the demons made me do it" to distance themselves from their own crimes and moral shortcomings (think C Street). At the same time, lay people are entirely dependent on the deliverance counselors to keep them safe from invading thoughts, depression, "clumsiness", and - as you'll see later on - UFO abduction. (Yes, really.)
- Do you ever think thoughts that you feel are not your own?
- Do you ever say or do something that you didn’t mean to, and felt like, “The devil made me do it?”
Demons manipulate our mind, our will and our emotions. They plant thoughts in our mind that will make us confused, and if we believe that those thoughts are ours, we might even act upon them (i.e. women who hear voices telling them to kill their children).Ah, there's nothing quite like demonizing women with Post-Partum Depression! After all, it got Tom Cruise some (bad) press. And while I think it is important not to believe everything we think (ie, "Those people are talking about me") this kind of advice is what led me to think I was schizophrenic as a child. I never knew whether any given thought in my head was mine, the voice of Satan or a demon tempting me, or the Lord. This kind of thinking leads to insanity.
Ah yes, because pining after an ex is clearly a spiritual, rather than emotional, matter. And the only destructive relationship I'm thinking needs to be cut off right now is anybody's association with these Demon Busters.
- Do you ever feel that you’re powerless to break off a destructive relationship – like, you just can’t do it - even though you want to or need to?
- Or, if you have ended the relationship, does the memory of that person frequently haunt you?
The abuse "situation". Notice how the words "abuser" and "abused" are left out? It's an abuse "situation". I love how the parents have zero responsibility for the abuse, as it's just demons in both the parents and kids fighting with each other! (I was raised and beaten by a woman who thought this way. Other children don't survive.) Notice also that things like therapy, family counseling, parenting classes, anger management, and psychotropic medication for the parents is not suggested. Nope, just casting out mommy and daddy's - and Junior's! - demons. You know, to stop the "situation".
There's nothing that Satan likes better than provoking family and marriage problems. In the case of children being abused, there might be demons both in the parents and the children that play on each other to provoke the abuse situation.
- Do you ever strike your children or scream at them uncontrollably – but you really love them – and wonder why you are behaving this way?
Feminist outrage... Commence! I guess equality is not a Christian family virtue.
There's nothing that Satan likes better than provoking family and marriage problems... In the case of a controlling wife, what is working in the marriage is a demon called Jezebel. If the husband doesn't mind the wife controlling and manipulating, it's because he is overcome by a spirit called Ahab (see I Kings 21:25).
- Do you ever feel that your wife wants to control and manipulate you and put you down? Do you ever feel that your wife wants to rule the roost, and you feel out of place in the marriage?
- Are you a Christian who wants to live the way God wants you to live, but can’t seem to do it? Do you feel compelled to do things you know you shouldn’t do?
- Have you ever had a good Christian friend “pray” for you, but you really haven’t seen any results?
Hang on a second here, if all four of these commands are so viatlly important, why can't I find anywhere on this website where they have examples of raising the dead? Or healing amputees? Oh that's right! Because God is imaginary. (Silly me.)
- Jesus told His disciples to preach the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. It was ONE command to do the four things. When the gospel is preached, both healing and deliverance need to be ministered. A Christian that cannot live the way He knows God wants him to live needs deliverance from the demons that are compelling him to think and do wrong.
Ah yes, let's not forget to blame Hollywood (it's almost as much fun as blaming Canada).
- Do you suffer from nightmares? Have the popular horror movies you’ve watched had an effect on your personal peace?
No, but now that you've planted that fear-mongering idea in my head I just might.
- Have you ever had weird or surreal or scary things happen in your bed or your bedroom while you’re trying to sleep?
Again folks, I am not making this up. This is in the FAQs page of the Demon Busters' own website. I heard the phrase "open the door" a lot. Pretty much anything that's fun (music, friends, movies, TV, books, other cultures, ideas, language, and sex, obviously) was the kind of sin that "opened a door" for a demon to attack you. (In other words, having a demon is your own fault - you left him in with that wide open door.) Also, poltergeists?
Emotional traumas open the door for demons to invade. When a child watches a horror movie, he is opening himself up to receive demons of fear . Demons of fear will provoke nightmares. Furthermore, if a person gets involved in the occult, it opens doors for apparitions and for poltergeist demons to act in the household. Poltergeist demons like to move objects around, make noises and make objects appear or disappear.
There's a whole bit about feeling lonely or rejected, visiting a medium, witch, or palmreader; and participating in (or being related to people who participated in) withccraft or voodoo. Basically, they're crazy people who blame demons for all of that. (But I wanna get to the truly insane stuff.)
Gee, seeing a therapist or psychiatrist might help you deal with those "crazy feelings", but wouldn't a bit of magic hocus-pocus be more dramatic?
- Losing your mind?
- Have you spent thousands of dollars in counseling or therapy but not ever really seen any of the behavioral changes or results you desire with your life?
- Do you feel like your life is out of control? Do you feel like you're going crazy sometimes?
Demons attack your mind and speak to your mind. You might think you're hearing voices or thinking unusual thoughts, but it is the demon speaking to you and giving you confusion. You need deliverance of these.This is dangerous teaching. There's been religious violence perpetrated by the mentally ill more than once just this year. People who hear voices need psychiatric help, not deliverance.
Yes, it's called Anxiety Disorder. Fortunately, now that I'm not in a mind-control cult, I have access to medication and information so I can make better dietary and lifestyle choices, to manage my anxiety (exorcism-free). Also, being constantly on the alert for an "open doors" or signs of demonic activity in your life will encourage feelings of paranoia, fear, and anxiety. It's like living in a horror movie, with that constantly tense music playing in the background.
- Do you ever have unreasonable fears or worries that constantly plague you?
- Are you a woman who just can't conceive a child, no matter what you've tried to do about it?
Well, I wasn't until you planted that idea into my head. Notice that the tone of the whole piece (the supposed FAQs) has been one to increase fear, worry, and a sense of uncertainty. It's a big, bad scary world, and the demons are out to get you! (And the aliens, but more on them soon.)
- Are you afraid that your infant might suddenly die from “crib death”?
Aw, can't you just feel the love? I think parents are often frustrated, angry, or even feel like they're going crazy when it comes to their kids. But saying that you child is "making you miserable"? And notice how it's not the parent's job to help their child make good decisions, and behave in a way that leads to success in life and society. No, it's the child's behavior making the parent "miserable". This tone of "kids suck" continues throughout, especially in the section "For Teens".
- If you have a child, is he or she out of control and impossible to manage? Is this child making you miserable with his or her behavior problems?
Children inherit demons while in the womb as a result of their ancestors’ sinful activities and need deliverance just like adults (demons may be a cause of birth defects, stillbirths, etc.). They need to have the curses broken and the demons cast out. The behavior problems of children many times are due to demonic activity in their lives.Wow, so along with their "alive-at-conception" souls they get demons? What kind of god would set up such a crappy system?! And way to blow off all medical, empirical findings about the causes of infant death and birth complications. "Blame the demon" - like pin the tail on the donkey, where the whole poster is the donkey's ass. But now we get to my favorite section, the one I've been waiting to share with you. I must clarify that my family did NOT believe the following. But this group does, and so we should mock them (and we will).
Aliens! UFOs! There's a two page (looooong) paper on their site about alien abductions, and what they mean in a spiritual way.
- Have you ever seen a UFO (flyer saucer)? Have you ever seen an alien?
- Have you ever been abducted by a UFO or alien?
- Have you ever found yourself to have inexplicably lost time? Or found yourself waking up where you did not go to sleep?
Many people are afraid to discuss their UFO experiences with other people because of fear of rejection (people might think they’re crazy or hallucinating).(I wonder why?)
We believe UFOs are real – they’re not UNIDENTIFIED Flying Objects – they’re IDENTIFIED Flying Objects: DEMONS! If you have had a meeting with an alien, you need deliverance. More than likely, you will need occult curses broken and the demons cast out.I don't even have anything witty to say. This one just mocks itself all over. Still, I feel a need to "play that out" or something. I mean, that's just weird.
Okay, now that we've gotten UFOs out of our system (sheesh)... After a brief stab at "homosexuality and pornography", we get to the "For Teens" section of the "FAQs". (Somehow, I doubt any of those questions are frequently asked by visitors to the site.) For some inexplicable reason, the teen section doesn't use the bulleted list format of the rest of the page.
Have you ever dabbled in witchcraft, played with a Ouija board or Dungeons & Dragons, or experimented with anything occultic? Did it frighten you? Have you felt different ever since? Have you had nightmares or weird/surreal things happen that you feel like you can't talk to anyone about? Do you wish you hadn't touched the occult?First off *snort* at "touched the occult". It's like, "Aaaaahh! It touched me!" And, okay - major nerd confession here - I not only played D&D in high school, I was a Dungeon Master. I also played Shadow Run, Legend of the Five Rings, and I've been to a couple LARP Vampire games. I am a geek with a corset. And I can't remember any *actual* occult activity going on. In fact, this video expresses the full extent of it perfectly. (And gives me nostalgic lulz.)
"Where's the Mountain Dew?"
Holy crap that's funny.
If your friends have lured you into getting involved in witchcraft, working spells, playing with the Ouija Board or role-playing with Dungeons and Dragons, and you feel different, then you need deliverance."Don't trust your friends!" Sowing the seeds of isolationism, extremism, legalism, and bat-shit-build-bombs-in-the-woods craziness. This next paragraph sets a continually dismal emotional tone. As your reading it, monitor your own feelings to see if there's a change.
Do you feel unloved? Do you feel like people reject you? Did or do your parents reject you? Do you feel unworthy? Do you hate yourself or feel suicidal sometimes? Do these thoughts make you feel sad or depressed? Do you long for a time when you can feel good about yourself and be free of those feelings of rejection?Almost as cheery as a Cimbalta commercial, huh? (The music in those drives me nuts - I gotta turn the volume off. It's just waaaaay too minor key.) But the solution part's gotta be better, right? Right?
Feeling unloved and unworthy, looking at yourself in the mirror and thinking thoughts like, "You're ugly, you're fat, nobody loves you" -- these are thoughts demons are placing your mind. Believe me, they're not your own thoughts, because God made you perfect. You need to be delivered of demons of rejection, self-rejection, depression, despair, loneliness and suicide.Wow, even in the "cheer up, Charlie" response the author manages to remind you that you feel unloved and unworthy, that you're ugly and fat and nobody loves you, and that you need to be delivered from demons. Almost every single word is a negative one: unloved, unworthy, ugly, fat, demon, rejection, depression, despair, loneliness. Just reading this can make you feel like crap.
Are you addicted to certain drugs or alcohol? Do you feel that the addiction is taking you down a road you'd rather not go on, or ruining your life? Would you like to kick your habit, but you can't? Would you like a second chance to make a fresh start?Demon and deliverance beliefs combine all the free-will of Calvanistic predestiny with victim-blaming of a faith healer or psychic. ("Your skeptical vibes interfered with my aura.")
If this is something that runs in the family, then it is a family curse that has to be broken back 10 generations or so, and the demons that came with the curse cast out. If you picked this up by yourself because of peer pressure or out of your own curiosity, a demon came into you that won't let you quit. This demon needs to be cast out.
That's the end of the page. So let's see, what all was it again that's caused by demons? Well...
- childhood death
- lack of prosperity
- emotional instability
- bad luck
- voices in your head
- destructive relationships
- beating your kids uncontrollably (don't worry, you can blame part of it on their demons)
- that back-talking bitch wife yeh got there
- inability to live up to Biblical standards
- friends prayers not working for you
- feelings of insecurity
- constant fears
- an unruly child
- UFOs and alien freaking abductions
And, gentle readers, so that this post does not leave a bad taste in your mouth, I recommend as your unicorn chaser Jesus Dress Up. The blasphemy is delightful and I'm sure you'll have as much fun as I did, putting together my Star Wars Jesus, Valentine's Day Jesus, and BDSM Jesus. (Seriously, it's good clean unholy fun.)