What is a Demonologist and How Do I Become One?
- Kristie- Show Me Paranormal
Being a demonologist, I have a lot of people express interest in what I do and enthusiasm for wanting to become a demonologist. I am more of the kind of person that just responds to that with a quick semi smile, thinking yea right – you have no idea the price you pay for such, and move on. I guess with the thinking that if I do not entertain them, they will just go on with life and forget about it. This is in reference to my everyday life, not my internet life. For the first time, I have had someone here on myspace ask me about being a demonologist, and here recently I have also had some team members ask me as well, and it is not so easy to just do the quick smile and change of subject with the team members. So, I have decided to address this subject for the myspace inquirer, as well as my team mates. My team mates have had the opportunity to witness the afflictions of the field, by seeing what I deal with following even smooth and simple extractions of demonic entities, but they as well have no real comprehension of my inner life behind closed doors. It is not something that I typically discuss with a layperson, and only discuss with those of like title, ministerial position or of understanding and strong support. Therefore, I will not go into any of that here, but I am going to lay out for you as best able what entails being a demonologist.
What is a demonologist and how do I become one?
Some will simply state that it is someone that study’s and catalogs demons, but a true demonologist is so much more then that, in fact it is a spiritual lifestyle. The study of demons involves studying every kind of recorded demon through history. The demonologist must go through endless texts and sometimes travel great distances to find literature (mostly religious material) of human intervention with demons. This is becoming more simplified with the internet era though. Cataloging demons involves data logging the different demons and knowing as much about then for the next time you either encounter one or come across it in your texts. Cataloging includes origin, gender, ethnic background, what religion it exists in, what geographical area in the world it mostly exists, sketches. Functionally a demonologist studies and catalogs demons, as well as they evaluate people or places that may possibly be plagued by demonic activity, and – when called by God and trained for such – run intervention against the demons. In validated cases of demonic activity, they perform the spiritual work to expel a demon from a location or person. You may also hear the term of “Religious Demonologist”. The title of Religious Demonologist is given by the Catholic Church to specific individuals who complete a dissertation on the topic. However, you do not have to be Catholic to be a demonologist, but you do have to be a person of solid religious faith in God, and following. Demonologist is a ministerial field, ordained ministerial field.
Understand from the start, that the power of an exorcism comes from God, so the study and cataloging area of a demonology plays little part in the exorcism area of the field, and therefore you may encounter a self appointed ‘demonologist’ that is neither appointed and anointed nor ordained to be such. Knowing the name of a demon has little benefit to the process of exorcism. Mortals have no intrinsic power or authority without Jesus Christ. We, as humans, do have authority over demons only through Christ, only when we invoke the name of Christ and the blood (as taught in scripture) but it is the power of Christ, not us, that commands the demonic forces. Even Archangel Michael did not command his equal in satan of his own, he commanded him with the words of “Jesus Christ commands you.” Michael merely has the authority to command in the name of Christ. I believe it is totally ludicrous for a person to become a self appointed demonologist when they do not have the calling and anointing of God, because to know them, to meddle in their business, is to be confronted by them and you better be equipped (anointed) to deal with them. There are specific gifts of God’s grace moving through a demonologist that protects them from being affected or injured. Power comes from God and channels through the demonologist that drives the dark forces back or causes them discomfort. Only people called by, and specifically anointed by, God to have direct interactions with the demonic forces are equipped with these gifts of protection and efficacy. Just having religious knowledge or faith, no matter how solid and strong, does not take the place of these gifts nor does it cause God to anoint someone with these special gifts ether. God gives different people different gifts of ability, and demonlogists are anointed with the specific gift of knowing when they are present (Discernment) and have the flow of Gods anointing to deal with them. Like a preacher has a calling and anointing by God to preach, being a demonologist is a spiritual calling and annointing. In saying this, it is still over simplified in the saying. You earn the anointing, you pay a high price for the annointing. a price that no sane person who actually understood the price would ever volunteer for. It is also a ministry field that requires you to live part of your life in a evil environment that often follows you home and attacks you personally, you and your loved ones. You live in a continuous realm of spiritual focus, you become a target so to speak. Most people go through life either never being touched by demonic spirits or merely being hit on once in a while, but a demonlogist is an active opponent of the dark forces and therefore pretty much lives in the boxing ring with them. So part of the annointing is also the spiritual strength and stamina to handle the dark forces as part of your existence and life, and to still remain stable as a human being and more importantly to remain stable in the anointing. There is nothing glorious or fun about it, it is not a normal existence and many times you just cry in the need of just wanting to be normal, to not have to be constantly on your toes spiritually and to not have to be the subject of every affliction they can place upon you or your loved ones. This is not something that any sane human being would choose to do, demonologists do it because they have to do it, because God appointed and anointed them to do, so therefore it is their moral responsibility to do it. No one chooses to be a demonologist, and any true demonologist would advise you that if you could choose, you would be insane and suicidal to do so and not go there. So in that aspect, there is no way for you to become a demonologist, God makes you a demonologist.
Demonologists seem to be normal and unaffected individuals to the layperson, leading to an air of simplicity about the field. This is true to an extent only because we are humans that have to function in physical world we live in, but the reader must understand that this comes from the anointing and the experience, the assurity of the anointment and the confidence in it, the adapting to it and it just becoming a way of life. I cannot stress this enough, as it is not simple by any means, it is a very hard existence. Know that most Demonologists live pretty secluded lives, and do not have many friends. The friends they do have however are usually very close friends and understand and support them. It is a simple fact that most people do not truly understand how this field of work and study affects the Demonologist, or what it takes to do it. Nor do they understand the calling and anointing. It is hard to understand something spiritual if you have not experienced such. Just as physicians deal with catastrophic injuries on a regular basis, yet seem to hold calm and emotionally unaffected when laypersons would experience horrific reactions and memories from such, they and we have simply adapted in order to do the job. I will say that I believe there is no worse trauma then spiritual trauma, it changes a person forever, changes your life, but we still have to adapt and remain efficient at the calling.
One way to unsettle a demonologist and earn their disrespect and maybe even their verbal wrath, at least this one, is to make light of demons being a real threat, to make light of the chance of encountering them if you meddle in spiritual things, such as paranormal research, and to make light of the harm that they can do to a person. When you live in this existence, you take great offense to someone making a mockery of what you have to contend with in everyday life and the sufferings (and losses) that go with this calling. Obviously, anyone who makes light of such things has been sheltered, spiritually stunted, is ignorant of the spiritual realm and has never had the experience of a demonic encounter…and they better hope they never do, because the demonic forces will eat their lunch. And unfortunitely, if that should happen, there may be no one to really care because they set themselves up for such. There is no greater lesson then a vicious demonic reality check. This is not to say that I would not care even if it is someone who has made a mockery of who I am and what I do. I would care and I would help them, that is my moral obligation and calling. Then again, most people who have this mentality are probably pretty safe in a blind immunity kind of way, because demons can operate better under cover and it is preferable to them that humans do not believe they exist or that they can influence and affect people, that way they get away with the things they want to do. On the other hand, lets just hope that this person never falls under affliction, because they will fail to comprehend the source and to be pulled out of it. Untreated affliction is death folks, devastating death.
Requirements of a demonologist: (This list was actually created by someone else and adapted by myself for further explanation, but since he hit the key points, I am using it just to save myself some typing)
There are a number of requirements for working in demonology. Without all of these you are putting yourself, your loved ones and your co-investigators in grave danger.
First and foremost, the religious demonologist must be called to the work by God, not by their own choice. If you want to be a demonologist, and have not been called by God to be one, that is a problem. No rational person wants to interact with pure evil and put their sanity, their physical life, and their soul at risk when they don’t have to. People in the work are called into the work and guided to people and situations that train them. Most, if not all, demonologists are in ministry, trained and ordained in ministry. Most are mentored for many years by another deliverance minister or demonologist. Such as I have a spiritual father, Frank, who was my mentor for many years. God is in charge from the beginning to the end. If you want to be a demonologist only because you think it would be cool, because you want to be thrilled, or you think you are going to defeat evil, you will either be corrupted by evil, driven insane, or dead soon enough.
Everyone functioning along with a demonologist must also be called to do so. There can be no bystanders or curious onlookers; they are open to being attacked and their presence is a major weakness that will be used against those present. I work with what I call a deliverance team, which is comprised of persons that I know are spiritually strong. They are firm believers in Christ, they are not easily intimidated or frightened and I know that no matter what happens, they will stand strong and calm and continue to participate in the position I have assigned them.
Secondly, all demonolgists need to have the gift of discernment. It would seem strange that God would put this calling on someone if they did not have this specific gift of God, as you have to be able to discern a demon in order to battle a demon. Discernment is the word used to describe a spiritual gift from God that allows a person to detect the presence of demons. Discernment, as well as all gifts from God, is active on an “as needed” basis only. The gift of Discernment is not the same as the gift of knowledge or the laymans term of being psychic. Psychic sensitivity is connected with feeling the presence of human spirit, or of detecting a person’s feelings or intent. Generally the people that have psychic sensitivity do not have discernment. This is seen most often in the trend of psychics claiming demons don’t exist because they don’t feel their presence. People with psychic sensitivity are generally used to it “working” all the time and being able to know what is “going on” in an area. This sometimes leads to a kind of arrogance that if they don’t detect it then it’s not there and no threat to them. This creates a situation where they are very vulnerable to being manipulated by demons. The demons seem to be able to tell what gifts people have. They exist and communicate in the spirit all the time; they can easily communicate any illusion or miss-information to a psychic sensitive without being detected for what they really are. The classic example of this is feeding a false name to a psychic, convincing them that they “got” the demons name. This is to encourage people to confront or try to expel the demon with this false name, thereby overstepping their bounds. Demons never, ever, give their real name unless under spiritual duress.
You must have special supernatural protection and intervention from God in order to survive, remain sane, and be effective in religious demonology. It is not the human person or the priest who drives a demon from a person’s home or body. It is not the human will that makes a demon stop throwing objects around the room or causing horrible thoughts and pains in the people there. There is no personal power or authority in humans: all intervention, protection, and authority come from God on a moment-by-moment basis.
You might be free from sin and close to God one moment and be covered in sin and vulnerable the next. If you meddle with demonic forces without the special protection that comes from a calling from God, and without living in a way pleasing to God, you will know it from the outcomes of your interactions with the demonic. If you see yourself depressed, isolated, suicidal, homicidal, obsessed with demons, thinking you are powerful or in control of demons, or working for evil, there is a problem.
You must be under legitimate church guidance and authority, at least solidly during your apprenticeship. Along with a legitimate calling from God naturally come the contacts, friends, and guidance from people with decades of experience in the work. It should come as no surprise that you cannot learn how to function as a religious demonologist from any book or web site. Doing so and thinking you have any real knowledge or understanding is folly.
You must understand what it means to give your life to God and surrender your physical life to the will of God. Without giving up your life to God’s will, not your will, you will feel fear and intimidation in situations where you might die. This cannot happen as death is a real possibility in this work and that reality cannot be used against you to intimidate you or control you. If you are afraid to die in God’s service, the demons will know — and you will be crushed by your fear.
You should be of a mature age. It is unhealthy and very dangerous for a developing mind and soul to interact with the demonic realm. Once you cross the line into knowing the reality of demons, you will go through a psychological and spiritual crisis where you must come to terms with your new reality. This can be very challenging for any adult; the young forming mind is generally not equipped to handle this successfully. Better to live a normal happy life when young (this pertains to someone is has the calling) and leave this topic for later in life.
The work must be done as an act of charity. You cannot mix any selfish motives into the work: fame, bragging rights, monetary compensation, social power, or other benefits. This must be work for good and for God, not for you in any sense. You are nothing but a vessel that God channels through to help others in the throes of demonic affliction. To do this for selfish reasons puts you in an arena with a supernatural force way beyond your comprehension with little or no protection.
When you are a Demonologist you never really quit learning. This field of work requires constant learning, and studying, and there are no experts. The Catholic tradition for Demonology is the most popular because the Catholic Church pretty much established the field. The Catholic Church for example usually requires the person to be either clergy, or to be ordained once they have finished their initial studies into the subject. Some of the Catholic churches require the person studying to become a Religious Demonologist to write an essay type paper (dissertation) to make sure that they understand the field, etc. before being ordained. Other denominations are not as rigid as the Catholic Church, but will agree that you are required to have ministerial training and mentoring for a lengthy amount of time, and be an experienced demonologist before venturing out as your own entity. Ordination comes from God more then it does from man, because this is a calling and anointing by God, not man; if God annoints you and calls you to something, you better heed such regardless of man. However it is important to also have the blessing of a ministerial alliance in being ordained as you need that training, mentoring and continued support.
Now as a afterword, I do not want anyone going from here thinking that every day of our lives we are out here in hand to hand combat rescuing demonically plagued people like super power beings or something. I will be the first to tell you that demonic attacks are rare. Encountering a demonic entity that wants to take you on is rare. One thing that I strongly advise people is to not look for demons around every corner, in fact it is best that one just disregard them for the most part. Greater safety comes in the not acknowledging them or summoning them by giving them undue credit. If you want an encounter with a demon, you will probably get one eventually, so best policy is to just ignore them. Even though demons exist right along side us in this physical realm, for the most part they are not haunting places. That is a rarity in fact. Demons objectives are not to inhabit locations and become the focus of paranormal investigations. There are principalities that inhabit locations to influence masses of people, but other then that demons objectives are to inhabit human individuals in order to physically function in the physical realm. They do not just lie in wait in corners of haunted locations to try to take someone captive, and in fact the affliction of a human and the goal of inhabiting the human is somewhat of a process that extends over time. Yes, there is the possibility of an encounter when you put yourself in a position of meddling in the spiritual realm, there is a reality of stepping into an instantaneous encounter, but that is rare. Most paranormal investigations in haunted locations are only going to involve the dealing with human spirits. There are negative human spirits, do not confuse them with demonic spirits. Humans in death will most likely be the same as they were in life. If you had a negative, nasty personalitied and angry human in life, he most likely be such in death as well. There is a difference, and this is where the gift of discernment does come in handy in paranormal investigations. I encounter many negative human spirits, and they just are what they are. However if a demonic spirit gets within my radar, it becomes a whole different ballgame and experience. It is that awakening of the discernment and there is no mistaking what is in my presence. I can honestly say that in my thirty years of just paranormal investigating, there have only been two true demonic encounters. I have had hundreds of them in my actual ministry, but in just investigating reportedly haunted locations, they have been that rare. The first encounter I just walked away from, because it was an abandoned uninhabitable dwelling that was out in the middle of nowhere when I was just wandering one evening, they exist in this realm and unless they are harming a human there is little one can do about their existence. The other was a client, and the sad thing is, most paranormal investigators (non demonologist) would have just done a routine investigation and walked away. It was the discernment that immediately awakened and keyed me into the problem, that leading to some in depth questioning of the client of things not voluntarily revealed in the interview. It was an affliction that had literally destroyed their family, that had already taken the life of one family member tragically so, and that any paranormal investigation was not going to cure. Demons try to hide themselves, avoid discovery, this so they can remain in control and finish the job. Therefore, It is very unlikely that even if present, they are going to jump out at you and announce themselves. Your bigger risk is just in the fact that when you meddle in the spiritual realm, you open yourself up to them choosing you for their next victim. Paranormal investigation is somewhat of a open invitation for demonic entities, so I will always state as a demonologist that if you are going to be a paranormal investigator, learn how to protect yourself from such happening. Although rare, you have the door open to them and you just have to be aware of that fact and know how to block them from entering through it.
If anyone has any further questions about being a demonologist, I will try to answer them for you. Granted, it is not my favorite topic because I would prefer that people would just recognize that there is nothing exciting or pleasant about this field, and it is not an anointing and calling that anyone would ask to be given. I will trade places any day with the person gifted with a great voice and singing in the choir, if only it were that easy. It is not something that you want to be, believe me.
Kristie – Show Me Paranormal Demonologist St.Robert, Missouri
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