For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. – Romans 15:4
I have finally read the ending of the book, Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal, by Dr. Richard Gallagher.
Dr. Gallagher talked about how televangelists would become rich from victims of demonic activity. How fake healers and irresponsible ministers intentionally or ignorantly harmed others.
He described the ex-boyfriend of a women killing her during his rage against demons he said possessed her. This man was later determined to be suffering from paranoid delusions, possibly brought on by drugs.
He makes the important point that it is in error that many people believe that spiritual problems can be helped by the physical such as medicine.
You would not go to a medical General Practitioner if you are under spiritual attack. The medical doctor is not a practitioner of the spiritual.
Spiritual problems are best handled through trained believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who is God.
Yet the spiritual problems that can cause mental and physical problems can be taken care of in two ways: the spiritual can be helped by ministers of the Word of God, and the physical and mental problems can be treated medically.
A profound message for me in this book is that spiritual issues are real, and a trained mental health clinician who has knowledge of this can be a resource to rule-out mental illness in a person who presents as being demonically possessed or who is under spiritual attack.
A person might want to think about whether their mental health problem is truly about mental health, or if there is any possibility that they may be under spiritual attack.
Asking a psychiatrist or psychologist who has an open mind to assess them for mental health issues could help them talk about symptoms, and illicit professional support around any possible need for Christian intervention.
Dr. Gallagher should be recognized for his great contribution to the psychology of science, and that science won’t recognize the true realities of spiritual issues.
Christianity should be available so that people can openly talk about issues of the demonic and spiritual realities.
Stronger Christian messages of the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, what that means and why we need that might help people seek God for their deliverance.
Mankind’s sin and their eternal life also would be helpful for many to consider in their desiring to be free of evil spirits.
We could make these topics of mankind’s sin, deliverance from evil spirits and eternal life with God a major message for the public who have no knowledge of these issues.
Rather than shroud the truth of the bible due to any embarrassment, Christians should be speaking about the bible regularly.
Pastors should not cater to the world to tickle their ears but teach the truth from the entire bible.