If it sometimes feels to you like the separation between Church and State is merely made up of smoke and mirrors, then this will make your cringe all the more. A church that conducted a gay exorcism which was caught on video is coming under fire in the State of Connecticut and the ministry that conducted the ceremony is being charged with “Murdering a teen’s soul.”
As you have read on my blog for a while now, the soul is not something that we want to be guiding our lives. In fact, we should kill the soul in our lives. The soul, which is made up by our mind, will and emotions, is not to be our guide in life, but should always be subject to the Spirit. If we become spiritually led, then no longer will people respond in anger or to peer pressure because the idea of hearing from God and obeying will soon replace it as our guiding principle.
If the ‘charges’ are found true, the consequences could have a chilling affect on churches everywhere. There is something alarming about what might come of this if any charges are filed against this ministry. Can you imagine the state telling churches what is an acceptable religious practice and what is not?
Of course everything is within reason, but charges that Manifested Glory Ministries who prayed over the teen who is featured in the video and shown “flopping violently” on the floor, even vomiting at one point, somehow bears some responsibility for negligence or was “abusive” even by the loosest of definitions, is totally absurd.
Noting that watching the video made her sad, a gay activist Robin McHaelen, executive director of the Manchester-Conn., True Colors, said she was horrified when she saw the video.
If this type of thing leads to more wide spread condemnation against the ministry or more broadly, practices in churches, it will only serve to confirm what is written in scripture in 1 Cor 2:14 which reads, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Regardless of where you fall in this matter, religious organizations should be concerned if this increases scrutiny into church practices. While one practice may appear sensational to one church, it might be normal to another. It could be a short slippery slope down the hill before all practices become the future “interest” of the state.