Bob Larson is offering a 21 question Demon Test® for only $9.95. On his personal website the headline reads “Spiritual Freedom Church” with a registered acronym “DWJD®.” If the Demon Test® were not bad enough Larson’s daughter and friends have the site ‘Teenage Exorcists‘.
Why is this test a helluva deal? Satan will take your soul for free, but to pay $9.95 for a “Demon Test®” to dabble where Jesus has not called Christians to dabble is a deal from hell. Larson may laugh all the way to the bank while Satan laughs at the opportunity to play on peoples’ gullibility.
Larson’s acronym “DWJD®” is also his sign-off on the test site – Doing What Jesus Did. The problem is that Larson is not doing what Jesus did.
A few differences between what Larson does and what Jesus did with demons.
- Jesus did not charge people to deal with demons.
- Jesus did not use any kind of demon test.
- Jesus did not hold a cross and Scriptures to a person to exercise demons.
- Jesus did not refer people to ” inner healing and deliverance teams.”
- Jesus did not exclusively tie demon possession to “anxiety, emotional exhaustion, anger management, rejection and abandonment issues, health challenges, and spiritual oppression.”
- Jesus did not tie demon possession to the ” job you need” or “the relationships you desire.”
Below are two examples of what Jesus actually did with those possessed by demons.
“That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.” (Matthew 8:16 ESV)
“And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.” (Matthew 8:28-34 ESV)
Both times Jesus cast out the demons with his words. As far as I can tell, Larson’s methods are not at all representative of what Jesus did. Even the Apostle Paul had an encounter with a demon recorded in Acts 16:16-18. Paul simply used the name of Jesus to command the demon to leave the girl.
Dealing with Satan and his demons is serious spiritual business and should not be reduced to a dog and pony show, especially, one that charges admission. The Scripture above shows the world how Jesus and the Apostles dealt with demon possession. I pray that Christians and even that unbelievers are not fooled by what Larson is offering. On a positive note, maybe I should be happy he is not charging for the gospel.
In closing, below is a video of Bob Larson being interviewed by a local news station.
For what it’s worth…
HT: James White