by DR. SAMUEL PFEIFER, M.D.
What is the role of occult involvement?
1. Personal History:
• personal involvement with obviously occult practices
• Family history: only when overtly supported by evidence (not just hunches, or charismatic „imaging“)
• Therapy history:
a) Did the symptoms respond to medication?
b) Have there been previous prayers for deliverance?
(anxiety, depression, hearing voices, chronic doubts, tantrums etc.), sleep disorders and other undesirable behaviors are not sufficient !! They can usually be explained through the nature of fallen humanity.
• Effects on the spiritual life:
a) Conscious continuation of obvious cultic / occultic involvement.
b) Resistance against Bible, God, prayer, Christian counseling and the name of Jesus, while at the same time functioning normally.
•Possession (very rare!): only on the basis of cultic / occultic involvement: trance conditions, foreign voices, poltergeist phenomena (exclude other explanations!!)
3. Exclude mental illness!!
– (Temporal) Epilepsy
– Organic Brain Disorders