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spiritual Warfare 101 QUESTION from John R Verhanovitz, Jr September 23, 2000 Again not a question but a statement. About those people who want to be warriors against satan, one is groomed all his life to be one. I know now what I must do. I mentioned seeing demons in people one email. This grace was given to me not quite 2 weeks ago. I have been under heavy attack since. I need some training as what to do when I see a demon in a person? Sounds like some B movie plot. You know as well as I do it's no movie out there. Also need training to protect myself. Can you guide me to a web site perhaps? I have used the prayers on this site to protect me so far. Is there anything else I can do. Holy Water, Blessed Salt,etc. Also in my life a number of years ago I slept with a woman who praticed witchcraft, is there anything to reverse spells, etc. I believe she is also attacking me. To sumit it up I need a crash course in demonology. God Bless & God Keep
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on November 25, 2000 Dear Mr. Verhanovitz:
If you want to be warrior against Satan in this direct way I presume you are referring to, then you are probably not qualified to be such a warrior.
Legitimate warriors are drafted, they do not generally volunteer.
Secondly, another marker that you are not not ready is that you state that this grace was given to you 2 weeks ago. If it has been only two weeks you do not know whether this is coming from God or the devil. Any legitimate calling you have must be vetted, and tested over time. To DECLARE that you have it after only two weeks is a cockiness and arrogance that the devil can use to slap you down hard.
Thirdly, you are feeling a need for a crash course demonology. One of the major rules of thumb in doing this work is that we NEVER allow the demons to set the agenda or the schedule. The demons would like nothing better than for a person to rush where angels fear to thread.
Slow down and spend some time in prayer over this. Go to a retreat to discern what God want. You may come to St. Michael House for a retreat if you wish (which can serve a duel purpose in that I can provide you with training).
If after time and discernment God drags you into this ministry, then you can begin to get training, if you have the opportunity.
I do provide training to those who are qualified.
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