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Kent Co. Church to Start Teaching Exorcism Classes

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WYOMING, Del. (WBOC) - A Kent County church is starting a class to teach people how to perform exorcisms. The Lighthouse Church in Wyoming will teach a class in the controversial ritual starting Sept. 12.

It's an idea the church says is needed for the area but is raising some eyebrows.

Lighthouse Church is a very small congregation with about 20 regular members. It's non-denominational christian.

Christopher Gore says Lighthouse Church has been doing exorcisms for a number of years. And he says during the past year the church opened things up to the public.

"We got into exorcisms trying to help people to feel about themselves, trying to help people have a closer relationship with the Lord," Gore said.

Now the church plans to teach people to perform exorcisms themselves.

"We really feel at this time that we need to train other people to do this work," said Gore. "We want to give them sound Biblical teaching and even practical exercises on how to cast spirits out of people."

Gore says the way his church sees exorcisms is not what the average person may think of.

"We see things on TV, like the movie the Exorcist. By and large, most people don't have that level of demonic activity. But there are those who experience hurts or traumas," he said. "We've found that it is a demonic spirit causing that. We've been able to help people be free from that."

The Catholic Church is most commonly associated with exorcisms. WBOC called the Diocese of Wilmington. Officials there wouldn't comment on what a non-Catholic church was doing.

They said as far as Catholic exorcisms go at least one priest in each diocese is trained to do them. They are very rare and very private. And there is a lengthy process undertaken before performing one is even considered.

The idea of teaching people to do exorcism had some people WBOC spoke with feeling skeptical.

"I don't think that exorcism in itself is fake," said Regis Williams. "I do believe there is a spiritual world. But I don't think it's something you can teach."

"Maybe they feel there's someone who needs their help," said Lois Williams. "But I think the help should be found somewhere else. I think it should be found in the church but not in that way."

WBOC asked Gore what he'd say to skeptics.

"Seeing is believing. Experiencing is believing. Hopefully they never have to go through the traumas these people have endured."

Gore says everyone interested is invited to the classes. They are free, and no registration is required. Starting Sept. 12, the classes will meet every other Friday from 6 to 9 PM. Classes will be at the Lighthouse Church at 6 South Railroad Avenue in Wyoming.

For more information email events@lighthousechurchinc.org, or call (302) 697-1472.

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