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Those who think they are being controlled by dark forces often find refuge in the Christian liberation service. There are also numerous providers in Switzerland and attempts are being made to drive away evil with the help of faith. A not entirely unproblematic matter, as it turns out.

Unhealthy twisted bodies, confused looks and painful screams - this is how the expulsion of a demon works when it comes to Hollywood. However, the reality is different: The so-called Christian liberation service is offered much more frequently than the classic exorcism today. A pastor who carries out such expulsions and a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy provide information.

You have to know that

  • In the Bible, a demon is described as a fallen angel and servant of the devil. Belief in this exists not only in Christianity, but all over the world: In Arabic one speaks of the "majnun", in the Islamic world of the "jinn".
  • Typical symptoms of demonic possession are blasphemy, the aversion to religious things, the sound of strange voices and animal noises, supernatural knowledge or supernatural powers.
  • Compared to exorcism, which can only be carried out by specially trained priests, the Christian liberation service is carried out privately by pastors.

Liberation Service - How Does It Work?

Sabine Amrhein

Christian pastor

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Sabine Amrhein, Link opens in a new window runs her own practice for Christian liberation service in Köniz. She came to this through several supernatural experiences in her childhood and youth.

Sabine Amrhein, Link opens in a new window has been casting demons in her practice for two years. She shakes her head when she hears the job title "Exorcist", because she sees herself much more as a Christian pastor. The same goal (the expulsion of evil spirits) is pursued in exorcism and liberation service, but the approach is completely different. While the exorcism works with strictly regulated schemes and the "Roman rituals", the liberation service is structured as follows:

  1. in the Preliminary talk the personal history of the person concerned is heard and it is determined whether and what type of occupation is present.
  2. All Construction sites and problems from your own life must be worked up and processed. In addition, one has to break free of all occult connections and entanglements and speak of them.
  3. Next comes the Surrender of life to Jesus Christ in the form of a prayer, with the resolution to focus his life on him in the future.
  4. The demon is then addressed directly by the pastor and he becomes the Command to leave the body granted.
  5. If it is unsuccessful, an investigation is made into why the demon is still there and the Process repeated. Otherwise the symptoms will subside and the demon will go away. Everything will be for safety observed.

A nursery full of ghosts

But how do you come to dedicate your day-to-day work to evil spirits? With Sabine Amrhein, a glance at childhood and youth is enough: She grows up with her clairvoyant grandmother, who can communicate with ghosts, lives in a haunted house, has two near-death-like experiences and is herself occupied by evil.

What I have experienced cannot be explained rationally. That's why I never tried.
Author: Sabine AmrheinChristian pastor

Reason enough for them to study the afterlife and everything in between. She educates herself further with specialist literature and attends a training course. After working through her life issues and several attempts at liberation, she finally becomes free of her occupation herself. During this time (and still today) there is one person above all who accompanies them: Jesus Christ, their best friend and center of life.

Mentally Ill or Obsessed?

Dr. med. Samuel Pfeifer

Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy

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Dr. med. Samuel Pfeifer, Link opens in a new window is a specialist and professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy. He is the son of a pastor and campaigns for the interaction of medicine and Christian faith, therapy and pastoral care.

For a long time, casting out demons has been criticized for thwarting mental illnesses and not offering the help it needs. Samuel Pfeifer, Link opens in a new window, specialist and professor for psychiatry and psychotherapy, shares this view. But a little more differentiated: As the son of a pastor, two hearts beat in his chest. One for religion, the other for science.

According to him, the main problem with the Liberation Service is that there is much more being intimidated than being helped. In the worst case, the fears can even increase due to the one-sided fixation on evil. In addition, long-term damage is possible if intervention is too late in the event of a serious mental disorder.

Man almost longs for the supernatural, since science often cannot help him.
Author: Dr. med. Samuel PfeiferSpecialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy

Nevertheless, he would not forbid the Liberation Service. Because despite his critical stance, he thinks that everyone should take advantage of the offer that would help them personally. Sabine Amrhein sees it similarly and is also open to clients with conventional medical and Christian double treatments. The only condition: respect and appreciation for both sides. Because if you work against each other instead of with each other, it could be dangerous.

Do you believe in demons What do you think of the Christian Liberation Service? Share your opinion via Whatsapp voice message on 079 909 13 33 or write a comment.

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  • Comment from Mike Pünt (Scientist)
    In my opinion, those affected would most likely be helped if they fully turned to reality (secular therapy). For example, many people needlessly suffer from the threat of hell in Christianity or from being a 'sinner'. This means that when a demon is cast out, only one harmful fantasy is replaced by another. This may help some. But in many cases it also creates new suffering. Are these 'healers' about healing or missionizing?
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  • Comment from Thomas Zurbrügg (Thomass)
    Exciting contribution, great "lighting" of an invisible topic.
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  • Comment from Matthias Rey (matthiasrey)
    I am often amazed at the arrogance of some psychiatrists when I think of all the cases that have been dealt with unsolved for years. If a patient then commits suicide, it is accepted as a tragic incident in the clinics; but no one says that the patient died because of the therapy. Dr. S. Pfeifer deserves respect because he clearly states that science cannot solve all problems and that openness to other disciplines such as theology is not absurd
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