I have been worried recently about televangelist Pat Robertson. He has been saying some sensible things about how Christians should give up on things that flatly contradict science, like a 6,000 year old Earth. It seemed like he was not his usual nutty self and I was wondering whether he was suffering from some form of illness that actually increased his rationality.
But my fears were allayed. In a recent episode of the ‘Ask Pat’ portion of his TV show where people come to him for advice in dealing with problems, he was asked by a viewer whether it was possible that demons could have taken possession because s/he had watched a horror film and then subsequently been involved in a car crash and felt that it was inexplicable otherwise.
Pat said that by watching pornography or shows about zombies and the like, you are essentially giving permission to Satan to invade your body.
The TV preacher pointed out that he doubted demons had caused the car crash in this case, but it was possible.
“A few years ago I heard about a teenage girl who was demon possessed, and people began to deal with the demon and try to cast it out,” he recalled. “And you know what the demon said? ‘I had permission.’ And the permission was granted when this child had gone to some double-X-rated movie, or whatever it was, and had allowed this thing to come into her.”
One learns such surprising things from Pat. I had no idea that demons had chats with people where they explained themselves. Pat also said that these demons ‘live around’ you waiting for an opportunity and that they looked for implicit permission before entering you but that you could get rid of them by asking them to leave.
Who knew that demons were so polite?