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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Real Life Stories: The Gargoyle in the Chapel



We often think that the last place we would encounter anything demonic is in Churches. When we think of the Hollywood portrayal of the Church, it is the place of the last stand humans make against the supernatural forces of darkness, from End of Days, to Sleepy Hollow, it is sacred ground that cannot be crossed by evil.

Or is it?

In this first hand account, the associate Pastor felt that something was not right in the Church for months. There had been intense periods of tension between people, conflict that had seemingly been unable to be resolved.

He felt so strongly that he needed time out to pray, away from everyone to seek the Lord and see if God had any answers to what was going on.

The chapel was dark as he unlocked the front doors and as he walked over to the light switch he felt a presence in the room, like he was being watched, which drew his attention to the south western corner.

And there it was…..a grotesque figure, hunched over like Gollum from Lord of the rings. It moved quickly, in an ungainly fashion along the wall, toward another door.

Shocked at what he saw, it only took seconds before the Pastor unleashed a torrent of prayer at the living gargoyle, commanding it in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the son of the most high God to leave the building.

And it was immediately gone, never to be seen again.

Such is the authority of Jesus Christ over the supernatural realm for those who believe.

Could it be that human anger, unforgiveness, woundedness and all the things that make up conflict are highly attractive to demonic agents, giving them access to places otherwise considered sacred?

Which is why we encourage people to, in the words of Jesus “…..love your enemies and do good to those who hate you….”.

Because ultimately unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

By Pastor Baz

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