Summary: A sermon revealing the "spiritual forces of evil" and how to overcome them.
The title of my sermon this morning comes from perhaps the most memorable horror movie of all time. It premiered in 1973 and is due out again September of this year. The movie is entitled simply “The Exorcist.” Although I don’t think I’ve seen this entire movie myself, when I was a teenager I caught parts of it... and the parts that I saw left a lasting impression on me. In the movie, one of the main
characters was a little girl who was possessed by a relentless demon that made it his mission to reak havoc on her and everyone else around her. The demon used it’s supernatural powers to cause many strange things to happen; for instance it would cause the room to become freezing cold, levitate the entire bed, speak in a demonic voice through the girl, throw her body around like a rag doll, and perhaps the most memorable affect of all; spinning her head around 360’.
Now as you can imagine, this is not something you can take a couple of Tylenol for and it will simply go away. I’m afraid her condition was much more serious than that. The girl’s mother tried a
variety of different remedies to cure her daughter, but unfortunately nothing seemed to work. It appeared as if this demon was determined to take up permanent residency inside the body of this helpless child.
That’s when they called in the experts; the Exorcists. If I remember correctly, the demon seemed to enjoy terrorizing the first few priests that were sent to drive him out. But to make a long story short, in the end I think the demon was either destroyed or reluctantly relocated. In any case, the little girl and her family finally had peace once again.
Believe it or not... this movie was supposedly based on a true story. I, myself did not know that until one morning, not too long ago, when the Early Show had as a guest, a priest who was actually
present at the exorcism of the little girl depicted in the film. This priest said that, as graphically violent as the movie was, it was amazingly pretty accurate in it’s portrayal of what really happened. Now, don’t get me wrong; I don’t necessarily believe that this was in reality a true story, nor do I encourage anyone to see this movie, in fact I would strongly urge you not to. But because of it’s widespread popularity and it’s claim to be based on a true story, I believe the mention of it is quite relevant to our message today.
I remember when I was a child and I first heard of demon possession, I tried to convince myself that it was no different than Frankenstein or the Wolfman; totally fake--a figment of someone’s wild
imagination. But years later when I began to really study my bible, I realized to my amazement, that demon possession is quite real and has indeed taken place in the past and what’s more; it continues to happen
even today. Even so, there a very few sermons preached today alerting us to this topic of which is so prominent in the scriptures. And because the most dangerous enemy is the ‘unnoticed’ enemy,. this morning it is my intention to share with you how to identify and overcome these spiritual forces of evil that we call “demons.”