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Angel or demon? QUESTION from sean May 21, 2000 I am 19 years old and a Catholic. The other day I was over at the house of a Catholic couple who have had much experience in spiritual warfare. They housed a lady who, being opened to demonic influence by a nun/witch, was possesed by a number of demons. Over the course of a few years of long nights of prayer and lengthy fasting they were able to cast out the numerous demons.
They have learned how to engage in spiritual such as getting the demon to tell them its name and using the name of Jesus Christ to take authority over the demons.
The previously possesed lady is still being opressed though, but she is finally able to speak the name of Jesus Christ with authority.
The question I have comes from something that happened at there house the other night. As I was talking to the husband, the wife got a phone call from the previuosly-possesed lady who was being oppressed. She walked out of the room and when she came back she told us that the lady was having a rough night but Grace told her some things that the lady should be doing. It turns out that Grace is an (supposed) angel who now speaks through the previously-posseesed lady. Can angels do this, or is this just a cunning demon?
This couple seems positive that it is an angel because the first time it appeared it picked up the Bible and started reading it, and everything it has said so far has come true and brought the lady closer to God.
I have e-mailed another web page who claims to know what they are talking about. They told me to run, saying that even satan quoted Scripture to Jesus, and that demons believe and tremble (James 2:19) They also told me to read 2 Cor. 11:1-15, and that never in the Bible has an angel spoken through a person, only demons.
They are not Catholic though and I would appreciate your take. Should I warn this couple that it is still a demon or should I be in awe because I know somone who is a medium for an angel of God?
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on June 13, 2000 Dear Sean:
Based on what you have told me, I would say that this couple do NOT have the authority to do what they are doing. They are playing a dangerous game.
Second, I would say that this couple is TOTALLY unqualified to be doing this sort of work if they think this angel is an angel merely because it picked up the Bible and read from it.
Angels SO NOT possess people and do not speak through people in a manner of a medium. God may permit an angel to place a thought in our mind which we then repeat, but angels do NOT speak through us. They NEVER violate our free will, our minds, souls, or out bodies.
I agree with the other source you checked with. Don't walk, but RUN FAR AWAY from this couple.
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