The devil can counterfeit miracles (2 Thessalonians 2:9). In fact, Jesus warned, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers’” (Matthew 7:22–23). The Catholic Church openly breaks God’s Ten Commandments (the second and fourth – Exodus 20) and is not purified by the truth. Sadly, its priests can be used by the devil to perform counterfeit miracles.
Satan has some powers and he uses these powers to deceive the world. Satan is a master trickster and the father of lies (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:14). Whether to possess a person or be cast out of that same person, the devil uses every possible way to achieve his deceptions. Exorcism strengthens the faith of people in the authority of priests. It causes people to trust the priest’s authority and their teachings even though it contradicts the Bible.
But the good news is that every Christian has the power to defeat the devil “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils” (Mark 16:17). Believers are given the authority to “cast out devils” (Matthew 10:8). The only power that is guaranteed to defeat Satan every time is the power of the Holy Spirit residing within a believer who is equipped with the armor of God’s Word (Ephesians 6:11–17; 2 Corinthians 10:4). As Christians submit to God, they can “resist the devil, and he will flee” from them (James 4:7). And there is nothing impossible for the believers for “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
In His service,