8:9Â But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 8:10Â To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 8:11Â And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
Actually, Christ, laity and just importantly priests could need an exorcism, which as far as I know could only be done by Christ and those in the Apostolic Church, Christians have absolutely no need for an exorcist because they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Do you think a demon would come along and say to Him, "Hey, move over (or more likely, get out! I'm taking over this guy! It's not going to happen.
So, when it comes to a Catholic priest trying to exorcise a demon from one his delusional flock, it is most certainly a case of the blind leading the blind.
Acts 19 13 But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, "I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches." 14 And seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said to them, "I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" 16 And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.---NASB
Unfortunately, with priests demons recognize they serve the same master, and so won't beat them up
Good posts, Jim. I was just wondering this morning about Roman Catholic exorcisms. I wonder if, unbeknownst to the church, it's all a clever ruse. What I'm getting at is that I wonder if the demons only appear to be fearful, obey, and come out when exorcised as part of the deception. The illusion continues if the demons appear to be under the authority and control of the church, confirming that it must be the one true church if even hell is under their command. I hope I made sense. Just seems like it might be a dog and pony show that Satan puts on to give the church the appearance of power and mislead the faithful deceived; keeping them deceived.
American Tract Dictionary 1859 wrote: EXORCISTS From a Greek word signifying to conjure, to use the name of God or certain magical ceremonies with design to expel devils from places or bodies which they possess. The apostles were enabled to cast out evil spirits in Christâ€™s name, Mt 10:1 Mr 16:17 Lu 10:17; and designing men, both before and after the Saviorâ€™s death, pretended to exercise the same power, Mt 12:27 Mr 9:38 Lu 9:49,50 Ac 19:13-17. Exorcists were thought to have gained this power by secret studies respecting the nature of demons, and the powers of certain herbs, drugs, and stones, and were accustomed to use various forms of adjuration and incantation in their unlawful art; but the whole was delusion and imposture, and strictly forbidden. See DIVINATION.