Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling visits with Christians who believe in deliverance, or the practice of casting out demons in an upcoming episode of her Oprah Winfrey Network program, “Our America With Lisa Ling.”
In the premiere episode of her final season of “Our America” on OWN, Ling visits charismatic churches in Georgia and Florida to observe first-hand how some Christians practice deliverance — “where faith and the power of Christ are called upon to cast Satan’s demons from the emotionally tormented,” according to a press release.
Similar to those who practice exorcisms, Christians who practice deliverance ministry believe that demonic forces not only can possess people, but inflict them with various physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional ailments.
A 2013 YouGov survey revealed that at least half of all Americans “believe someone can be possessed by the devil or some other evil spirit.” The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry document various encounters he had with those possessed by evil spirits, but Christians are not in agreement on whether demons exist today.
Reformed minister John Piper shared last year an experience he had with a college student for whom he helped perform an exorcism. However, Piper suggested that when a Christian comes across a person who they believe might be possessed, they should ask God for discernment.
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