It seems everywhere I go those silly Christians are casting out devils. I can’t make it to the corner market without getting spritzed by holy water and having a lesson in Latin. But is it truly the Christian thing to do?
According to Mark 16:17 it is. It is a sign of a true believer. Jesus is quite the fan of people who cast out devils in his name.
But not so fast! There are two tales in Mark 9:38 and Luke 9:49 that tell a different story: Casting out devils in Jesus’ name should only be done by true Christians. “And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.” Apparently doing Jesus’ work in Jesus’ name is not enough to be a Christian. You have to follow John too.
Finally, Jesus changes his mind. In Matthew 7:22-23 Jesus makes it quite clear that if you cast out devils in his name, he’ll disown you. In other words you’ll go to hell. This is a very interesting verse here, because Jesus says that casting out devils is the work of iniquity. That is, it’s immoral mumbo jumbo. Even Jesus knew exorcisms were rubbish, yet, despite this, even followers of Christ still believe that devils need to be cast out of people.
This contradiction also appears in my video: