Although people who call themselves Christians vary hugely, organisations with “Christian” in the title are usually dangerous extremists. The only immediate exception I can think of is Christian Aid. Here in the UK we have:…
The Christian Medical Fellowship, who worry me the most. If my GP believes my sickness is a result of my sins, I want to be informed before my appointment. And as I’m about to explain, CMF members might also believe your sickness is the result of demonic possession. Yeah, you read that right….
Here are some highlights from an article on their website (originally published in their journal, Nucleus), called Demon Possession and Mental Illness.
The New Testament tells us that Jesus has commissioned us to ‘ drive out demons’ (Mk 16:17), and we must be ready to respond to this commission if and when we are called to do so.
Psychiatry, then, is not the only domain within which we need to be aware of demonic influence, and perhaps it is not even the most important such domain. Furthermore, we cannot expect to make a simple differential diagnosis according to certain signs or symptoms of demonisation. However, this does not exclude the need to consider other possible links between demonic activity and mental illness.
Here’s how to tell if your doctor is a member:
– Does he or she ask you if your head is spinning right round on your neck?
– Does their prescription call for a ‘bell, book and candle’?
– Does their bill include charges for holy water?
Or just check the regional contact list, and make damn sure that none of these quacks ever comes within reach of you or anyone you care about.