At a small local church located in San Jose, California last September, a three-year-old girl had a ritual exorcism performed on her to “liberate her of her evil spirits.”
As someone who is a dedicated, diehard believe in Jesus Christ, I want to state that I do believe it’s possible for folks to be demon possessed. The devil is real. He is hard at work to destroy the people of God and those made in His image. I think the hysteria from the left over abortion proves that is indeed the case.
However, it’s very, very rare for a person to need an “exorcism” or “deliverance.” That’s my thoughts on the matter. What happened here is absolutely tragic and is not condoned whatsoever.
During the ceremony, which was private, only involving Arley Naomi Proctor and members of her family, she was reportedly held by her waist and neck in an attempt to make her vomit out the evil spirits allegedly dwelling inside her young body.
Proctor’s grandfather, who happens to be the pastor of the church, has come forward and admitted the part he played in the exorcism of his granddaughter.
“If you read the Bible, you’ll see that Jesus casts away demons and made sick people healthy again,” Pastor Rene Huezo of Iglesia Apostoles y Profetas went on to say.
“It’s not when I want to do it, it’s when God, in his will, wants to heal the person. The preacher is like an instrument of God; what we do is what God says,” he continued.
“The ceremony allegedly went on for hours, resulting in severe injuries to the girl’s eyes, face, neck, and chest. The injuries caused by the attempted exorcism would be too much as Proctor ‘died of asphyxia due to suffocation,’ according to the medical examiner, KTVU Fox 2 reported, the Daily Wire stated.
“Court documents say Proctor’s mother Claudia Hernandez told police she believed her daughter was possessed by an evil spirit ‘because the victim would wake up and scream or cry periodically,’” the report continued.
Now, I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist, but if I didn’t know any better, I would say this sounded like night terrors, a common condition that a lot of people suffer from, and not at all a demonic possession. There’s a lot more to a possession than a child waking up screaming or crying. It could have just been chronic bad dreams.
“Hernandez has been arrested and charged with assault on a child resulting in death for allegedly withholding food from her daughter and squeezing her neck during the ritual ceremony, according to The Mercury News,” the Daily Wire said.
As the ceremony was unfolding, Huezo, along with Proctor’s uncle, held the young girl down, but neither of them have, as of this writing, been charged with any sort of crime. Huezo later confessed that Proctor’s death has resulted in a lot of personal pain for him, but then stated that he trusts that what happened was “the will of God.”
“[I]t’s the stuff of God, and everything is in the will of God no matter how small or big,” Huezo stated.
That’s a bunch of bull. Guys, bad theology has real consequences, as you can clearly see. One of the first things that should have been done was a thorough physical and psychological examination of the child. Only after every possible explanation in those two realms has been exhausted do you start to consider spiritual and supernatural possibilities.
“Court documents allege the victim’s mother did not call 911 until up to two hours after Proctor’s death, The Mercury News noted. Oscar Ayala, a preacher at the church who was not at the attempted exorcism, said the church members have a ‘clean conscience,’” the report continued.
“We know we haven’t done anything dark, and we know that we have a clean conscience, that we haven’t done any harm, that we haven’t provoked the death of the girl,” Ayala commented. “As I say, precautions and actions weren’t taken to deal with that case. That was something natural that happened.”
“Maybe, I don’t know, we didn’t take the most logical approach, and we should’ve taken precautions that should’ve been taken to, like, take her to a hospital to make sure she’s okay,” Ayala said.
Are these people really this stupid? Folks, the vast majority of Christians are not like these individuals. This church sounds more and more like a cult than an actual body of intelligent Christian believers.
“Iglesia Apostoles y Profetas, which translated means apostles and prophets church, was also at the center of a child kidnapping investigation last month. The 3-month-old boy was allegedly kidnapped by two people who knew the child’s mother from Iglesia Apostolos y Profetas. According to The Mercury News, ‘church members said they knew nothing about [the kidnapping],” the report stated.
There’s something fishy going on here. Definitely sounds like something cultish.
Seems to me this church needs to be thoroughly investigated and their beliefs scrutinized to see what’s really going on at this place.
This story syndicated with permission from Chad Prather