Monday, June 20, 2016
Most Protestants have never stepped inside a Catholic church, except, perhaps, as a tourist meandering through some ancient European cathedral. Or they gazed in awe at St. Peters in the Vatican, when in Rome. Few Catholics have stopped to consider what is a unique requirement of all Catholic churches. To celebrate the mass, the official Roman Rite requires that a crucifix be situated on or close to the altar to remind the celebrants of the Eucharist that Christ has been crucified for sin. This blog isn't purposed to argue for Catholic teachings or practices but rather to point out how central the cross is to the history of Christian worship. Not so in many "progressive" evangelical megachurches today. (It is imperative, before going further, that the reader read Part 1 of this series "What Happened to the Cross," published last week. (( link deleted by me)) to read.)
In fact, most evangelical Christians don't have a clue about the difference between a "cross" and a "crucifix." (The latter has a three-dimensional image of Christ affixed, rather than a bare cross.) Having traveled extensively in Russian and Eastern Europe, I've noted that their crosses have an additional third crossbar to which the feet are nailed, angled upward toward the penitent thief and downward toward the thief who would not repent. The rich history of the cross/crucifix establishes it as an essential part of Christian identity. Then why is it that many evangelical churches are out to prove that they are really "with it" and thus kick out the cross? Of what are they embarrassed? What are they trying to prove, other than a distaste for 2,000 years of Christian tradition?
True, a cross doesn't make a church. A body of believers, two or more (Matthew 18:20), constitutes a "church" in the spiritual sense. But let's not forget, Satan hates the cross. In our seminars, many people donate to our ministry to receive an exact replica of my own Cross of Deliverance. I pray over each cross, to dedicate and consecrate it as an emblem of faith and an instrument of torment to demons.
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At least the old faker knows the difference between a crucifix and a cross. Though his "cross of deliverance" still looks shitty.
As usual for him there is some dishonesty here.
As regular users of YouTube know, the view count he is claining is NOT the same as individual people count. What Larson as usual in his ego feeding leaves out is that YouTube counts every partial look as a view or every time the vid link is loading up. And as I would not dout he requires his "school of exorcism" students to watch his vids, he inflates the count up.
This is the same dishonesty about views that some attention hungry and dishonest YouTube users try to claim to give themselves credibility. What Larson is doing in his count is nothing more than adding alll the views of every one of his vids, to give the false impression that millions of people are seeing each vid.
Note his emphasis on displaying his chosen cross prop. I suspect he knows as well as I do that it is the PERSON"S reaction, not an alleged " supernatural" being, that is supposedly reacting to his prop. What he also " forgets" to mention is what he does in his " conferfences" before the vids are being recorded. In short, he coaches his victims to act as if they have demons.
I should mention one more thing about the people on his vids acting as if they have demons. Recently I looked at one of his vids and noticed a male whose face looked familiar to me. I wish I had a good facial recognition or comparison software because this guy had what was remarkable to me a close resemblance to an actor who was one of the minor actors on an episode of a certain TV series that is now on DVD.
Way back when he started his " exorcism" hype and when some members of the Bob Larson Fan Club did their leaflet protests at his appearances, there were accusatons of him in effect supplying people acting possessed in his various appearances. Non BLFC people online have reported certain behavior on Larson's part in the beginning that were highly questionable as to his intent with his audience.
One of my theories is that its not a coincidence that he holds his "conferences" in the same cities he has his DWJD teams. I suspect that he gets his lackeys to lure troubled people, hype them up to think they have demons and that Larson is there to help them just so when he arrives he has a supply of victims to exploit. Seems he can spot an attendee at these " open" conferences who is not there because of his lackeys, and he tries to provoke them to leave, if two accounts I've recieved are accurate.
Oh, and one more thing, this one looks like an intended Tweet he posted on his Facebook page:
A first for me. An iphone exorcism live in a shopping mall. Wait 'till you hear. Details to follow.
In his "skype" "exorcisms" yes he and anyone else can use smart phones and tablets with a Skype app. This is not a surprise that Skype is now a multi device prog. But Larson, as usual for him, has to say he uses an Iphone. Status symbol ego thing.
For a guy who supposedly does these serious " exorcisms" battling for the body and soul of his " clients", somehow doing this while in a shopping mall seems crass and inappropriate.
Oh wait, that IS Bob Larson......