A NY Pastor Explains What Exorcisms Really Are And Why There Are So Many More Requests For Them

By Rachel Morris | Friday, 08 July 2022 04:45 PM
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Exorcism typically gets a lot of attention in pop culture, mainly because of its vivid depictions in movies, though the expulsion of evil from a person's life doesn't always look like what's observed on the big screen.

Mike Signorelli, the senior pastor of V1 Church in New York City, recently appeared on"The Playing With Fire Podcast," where he studied exorcism and his thoughts on biblical evil.

The preacher clarified "deliverance," a term with which people might have less familiarity than the word "exorcism," yet many utilize the words interchangeably.

"Deliverance is simply when Jesus expels an unclean spirit from you," Signorelli explained, mentioning instances in scripture of Jesus healing individuals possessed by demons. "It literally is the ministry of Jesus, and so when you see it happen today, you are seeing the ministry of Jesus extended through the lives of his followers."

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While some might show skepticism over possession in the modern era, faith leaders and individuals who deal with the matter in practice report stunning increases in those seeking healing and help.

Signorelli stressed the well-publicized fact the Catholic Church is inundated with requests for exorcism. The problem is so sweeping that he announced that Catholic leaders are "reporting a system failure within Catholicism right now," as they simply can't keep up with the demand.

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Signorelli, who disagrees with Catholic exorcism and averts people from pursuing it, announced the raised need is notable; it's something he's seen in his own deliverance ministry, as culture increasingly dabbles in the occult.

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"New Age practices are becoming a normal phenomenon," he said. "Even secular companies are provoking people to step into the spiritual realm or to believe in the supernatural in a way that, it's like we're moving past atheism," he announced.

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Signorelli pointed to the mainstreaming of burning sage to drive out evil and the obsessive reading of Horoscopes, among other actions — things he thinks are spiritually harmful and can produce evil.

Signorelli further addressed critics who might dismiss the need for Christians to pursue deliverance, with some believing Christians are saved from evil and not in need of such spiritual healings.

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Though Signorelli announced it's necessary to differentiate between true believers — and those who attend church and haven't permitted the Gospel to permeate their hearts and minds.

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"Not everybody who claims to be a Christian is a Christian; there are people — and I meet them by the hundreds because I travel all around the world preaching and declaring the Gospel — who have never heard the Gospel," he stated. "They've received Christianity, but they've never received Christ."

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Signorelli announced it's possible for these individuals to have confessed yet to never have repented and to, in turn, struggle with the demonic realm.

As for what a deliverance (or exorcism) looks like, the sole tangible instance most have is what can be observed in films and movies.

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Signorelli shared what deliverance looks like in his ministry, clarifying how he begins by ensuring the Holy Spirit is permeating his life.

"I host the Holy Spirit, not just inside of me, but in the atmospheres of my life," he announced. "I believe that one of the greatest obligations I have, not as a pastor, but as a believer, is to host the Holy Spirit — I want to start with that."

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He stated this simply involves leading a Christian life by forgiving others and living out the fruit of the spirit. Signorelli believes his focus on emphasizing Christian virtues in his own life helps fuel his ministry.

"I think one of the reasons why I see as [many] deliverances as I do is not because the emphasis is on the devil but because the emphasis is on hosting the Holy Spirit," he stated. "It's like when you open up the door to your room, and you have the light on in the hallway ... the room is immediately overcome by the light in the hallway, and so ... I'm constantly opening up the door to the Holy Spirit."

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