Archbishop James Cloud is a self-described exorcist who says he has “had the sight” since he was a child. He is also a mental health counselor who focuses on helping people recover from substance abuse. His training, says Cloud, is useful for enabling him to tell true demonic possession from a mental disorder.
“I have to differentiate: is this substance use, is it mental health, or is it a legitimate issue that’s going on?” he told Emily Burris of KOIN News. “So, if I can rule out the first two then what I’m left with is something that is potentially legitimate [demonic possession].”
Exorcising Demons Is a Calling
Cloud is based in Medford, Oregon, and is part of the Advent Catholic Church, an independent denomination that is not affiliated with the Vatican. “Instead,” reports Burris, “they align with traditions originating in Europe before the Catholic Church’s schism in 1870 known as Vatican I.”
Exorcising demons is a significant part of Cloud’s faith, something he says was “thrust” on him. He used to minister in the Anglican church before being compelled to leave because of this calling. Cloud says he recognizes that many people are skeptical about the idea of casting out demons. When Burris asked how he would respond to anyone who claims what he is doing is not real, he answered, “If I hadn’t seen half the stuff I’ve seen in life, I wouldn’t believe it, either — until it actually happens.”
He also said that a view of spirituality that excludes the possibility of demon possession is not supported by the Bible: “[Many people] think reality’s very sanitized. When people die, they go to heaven, bad people go to hell, the angels stay in heaven, the demons stay in hell—and that’s not the case. Throughout the scriptures, we see examples of angels interacting on Earth—devils and Satan himself interacting on Earth.”
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Source: Church Leaders