(OPINION) “The word possessed is no where in the Bible,” Locke preached. “It is the Greek word ‘demonized’…I’m not talking about people that are completely possessed. I’m talking about Christians that are attacked by demons—they’re demonized.”

This is important because we have been taught that it’s either one way or the other, Locke said referring to a demon possessing someone. “You’re either possessed or you’re not,” Christians have been taught to believe. “If you’re a Christian you can’t be possessed and so, therefore, we have the idea that because you’re a Christian you can never be oppressed, bothered, and demonized. But you can be, and some of you are right now.”


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The congregation applauded loudly after Locke said that people use medical terms instead of biblical terms because it makes us feel better, referring to spiritual oppression. “Do not jump up right now and rebuke me for what I’m about to say,” Locke warned. “But I read the Bible too much to worry about what you think.

Did you know on three occasions kids were brought to Jesus—not of their own will or of their own volition but by their parents—that had epileptic fits. Anger issues. Outburst of emotion. And because we’ve called it possession, parents refuse deal with it.” “Are you telling me my kid is possessed,” the pastor rhetorically said.

“No! I’m telling you your kid could be demonized and attacked, but your doctor calls it autism.” “I don’t care if you leave or not,” Locke yelled. “I’m telling you there’s deliverance in the name of Jesus Christ for your children and their children’s children.” Locke, still screaming, said, “Ain’t no such diagnosis in the Bible,” referring to a child with a diagnosis of autism. “Jesus cast out that oppressing spirit and the child was made whole that very hour the Bible said,” Locke said.

Ricky Scaparo is the pastor and founder of the international ministry End Time Headlines. A ministry that provides resources to equip believers and to inform the discerning of the signs and seasons in which we live. His mission is to inform his readers and viewers of prophetic events and how they are unfolding before our very eyes through news and headlines presented from a prophetic perspective in light of the Holy Bible.