Is Satanic influence on the rise leading to more "openings" in the world for demonic activity?
The answers is "yes" as far as "deliverance minister" Josephine Martin of New Zealand is concerned.
Martin, who runs a monthly prayer room at Church Unlimited in Auckland, New Zealand, reveals that at least in her country there has been an increase in the number of people needing deliverance or exorcism partly because of these growing "openings" to demonic activity in the world, which include addictions to pornography, drugs and alcohol, the New Zealand Herald reports.
"Definitely in my outworking of deliverance I have found them to be huge openings, and that's from the recipient of prayer and deliverance themselves . . . they generally make that known themselves," Martin says.
Another reason for the rise in exorcisms, Martin says, is that more people are exploring the spiritual "realm."
She and other exorcists have likewise revealed that even non-Christians have been requesting for spiritual deliverance through exorcism, a rite wherein demonic presence from a person or place is expelled through prayers.
"I've seen people bounce up walls, levitate, I've seen them wriggle around, make animal sounds," Martin says. "I have heard men's voices come out of old ladies. You'd be surprised, the littlest prayer meeting might bring forth the greatest manifestation."
She says she prays for "hundreds" of people each year, adding that the number of people contacting her for prayer has risen about 80 percent in the last few years.
Meanwhile, Connect Baptist Church elder Bruce Rea also notes that more non-Christians are seeking spiritual help.
He says he performs deliverance rites to at least 100 people per year, including overseas work.
Rea says 20 to 30 percent of the people he prayed for were non-Christians, and that number had risen since 10 to 20 years ago.