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Christian Group Exorcism Two-Year-Old

April 10, 2012 by staff 

Christian Group Exorcism Two-Year-Old, EXORCISTS who say depression and schizophrenia are demons that can be cast out, are treating children as young as two for possession, a claim the Australian Medical Association has dismissed as unscientific and potentially harmful.

Perth-based Set Right is a non-denominational Christian ministry. Their Leader, known as ‘Apostle’ Michelle Pecoult, says they’ve seen a “massive rise” in possessions, and now exorcise four or five people a day. She said people find them online and through psychic fairs and they also visit schools and prisons.

The Set Right website notes that depression is a “common low ranking demon” while schizophrenia is “another demon we have met often and evicted”.

“We’ve removed schizophrenia. People have been healed of it… God is greater than any medical doctor, he’s greater than me. We’ve seen absolute physical healing… and people in a major state of depression,” Ms Pecoult said.

“Depression can be a symptom of a demonic power being in there. Jesus dealt with lunatic spirits, they’re real. You can’t get rid of them by medication. You have to renew your mind.”

Dr Choong-Siew Yong, a practising psychiatrist who represents psychiatry on the AMA’s Federal Council said he was concerned about untrained practitioners making claims that contradict the science. He warned that claiming someone was possessed could reinforce their delusions and stop them getting proper care.

“There is an enormous amount of research that has discredited the idea that people with psychiatric conditions such as depression and schizophrenia are because of demonic possession. That’s a very old idea, not held up by science,” he said.

“We’d be concerned that people were missing out on reliable, well-evidenced, modern medical treatment.

“Some people with psychotic illnesses do believe that they’re possessed, or have strange religious ideas… but when they’re assessed by a doctor there will be a diagnosis of mental illness.”

Ms Pecoult says her team has intensive training through the Holy Spirit to treat people and worked in conjunction with her husband Vince who has a psychology degree.

“The two should go together,” she said. She also emphasised that they do not take payment for exorcisms but do it to “glorify God”.

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