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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Where Did All The Demons Go?
WHERE DID ALL THE DEMONS GO?
About forty-five years ago in my area, most kids were still walking to school and it was no different for me. But then again, in another way, things were quite a bit different for me. One morning, while on my way to school, I was troubled by a thought that most likely not bothering the vast majority of my fourth grade classmates… “What would I do if I were suddenly confronted by a demon before I got to school?”
Would I remember what to say? If I could remember what to say (“In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to depart!”), would I have the courage to say it? And, if I had the courage to say it, would my delivery be convincing enough for the demon to comply with my command?
Yes, on that morning, I was probably unlike anyone else in my elementary school.
We had joined WCG in the late 60s and it seemed like every minister had at least two or three stories about casting out demons back then. Even elders seemed to have such stories. Those stories were really interesting but they were also pretty troubling for young kids like us. We didn’t want to be confronted by any demons… No way! And that was what was bothering me that morning every time I approached a tree, “What if one jumped out from behind that tree and threatened me, would I be able to protect myself?”
Years later, I have occasionally wondered, what happened to all of those stories about demons? Although there were many stories told during the late 60s and early 70’s, the numbers declined in the 80s and declined even further in the 90s. Now it is hard to recall any such stories over the last decade or so.
Did they stop bothering people in the various COG’s? Or, maybe was it that the number of incidents had been exaggerated, imagined or fabricated in the first place? Perhaps a little like Big Foot sightings during the 70s? It seems we hear of fewer of those sightings now too.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?