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Pigs in the Parlor: A Practical Guide to Deliverance
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Return to Index - - by Frank and Ida Mae Hammond One of the hallmarks of testing private revelations is whether or not such private revelations contradict the teachings of the Christian faith or contradict known truths of other types. In Chapter 21 entitled Schizophrenia-€ there is a section called,- the Schizophrenic Revelation- Mr. Hammond introduces this section by sounding knowledgeable:- The disturbance and disintegration of personality known as schizophrenia or dementia praecox is frequently encountered by the deliverance minister.-€ He continues:- The Lord has graciously given us a special revelation on the problem which enables us to deal with such cases more effectively. Since this revelation came to my wife, Ida Mae, I have asked her to to write the remainder of this chapter.-€ So far so good -€” until we read the details of Ida Mae’s revelation-€. In working with a client named Sarah, Ida Mae allegedly received a revelation that Sarah’s problem was schizophrenia. There is no way to know what Sarah’s problem may have been since there is no reference to a psychiatric examination or any information that may help us to speculate on her problem. The true revelation,-€ however, comes in the definition of schizophrenia that God gives to Ida Mae. She first tells us that she studied psychology a little bit in college and had a passing familiarity with some psychological terminology. She states further,- I reached back in my memory to recall that schizophrenia is sometimes referred to as -€˜split personality.-€™-€ Here we begin to see a problem. There is no such psychiatric term of split personality.-€ This term is an inaccurate and misleading slang often used by non-professionals to refer to schizophrenia. The Ida Mae claims to quote from God Himself the definition of Schizophrenia (she puts quotation marks around the following): Schizophrenia is a disturbance, distortion or disintegration of the development of the personality. You will no longer call her Sarah but -€˜Sarah One-€™ and -€˜Sarah Two-€™, for she has more than one personality in her.-€ This is NOT the definition of schizophrenia. Multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia are two different conditions with two separate definitions: 1.- Schizophrenia:- A psychotic disorder characteristically marked by a retreat from reality with delusion formation, hallucinations, emotional disharmony, and regressive behavior. (source:- Brain Institute of the University of Florida Online Dictionary of Neuroscience) 2.- Multiple Personality Disorder:- is called Dissociative Identity Disorder in the DSM IV. This condition is a dissociative disorder, which is a different class of disorder than Schizophrenic disorders, where one person who appears to be two or more entirely different personalities and characters.-€ (source:- Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry) The question is now begged:- How could God give this woman a revelation revealing the true nature of schizophrenia that includes a definition of multiple personality when schizophrenia and multiple personality are two separate classes of psychiatric disorders with two completely different definitions? It is also interesting that the alleged definition from God parallels the common misunderstanding of these disorders that is typical among laymen -€” the same false definition Ida Mae gives in her false revelation. This illustrates just another problem of the Charismatic tendency to rely upon subjective and mediumistic revelations-€ that are mostly derive at best from their subconscious and not from God. In any event, God would not confuse schizophrenia and a dissociative disorder. Ida Mae’s revelation is false and derives either from Satan, the father of lies, or from her own mind -€” either way it is false. Given that the Hammonds are of the type of Charismatics who rarely think with reason, but rather with subjective and even mediumistic approaches, and given that we have proof-positive that Ida Mae’s revelation-€ is false, we cannot possibly recommend this book. The only portion of this books that has some limited value is a chart of demonic groupings and attributes. Especially in Deliverance Counseling in which we are not allowed to ask demons for their names, we must refer to them by attribute. The Hammond’s have a chart in their book as an example of the various attributes demons may take on. Other than that, there is no value in this book. All books by Fr. Richard Rohr The Catholic (Christian) Demonologist Handbook (updated) -->
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