Chapter 12: Fire and Brimstone Versus Incense

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AFTER a long journey into the “regions beyond,” we at length reached the village of Rom Jesus, where we hoped to stay for a few days, and visit different points in the neighborhood. In Born Jesus is the mother church of several in the neighborhood. We arrived on a Saturday, but found that a number of the believers had gone by invitation, to the house of a family that had become strangely troubled with evil spirits, in order to “pray the demons out.” The family in question, though neither spiritists or believers, had called in a spiritist “treater” to attend to a member of the family, a young woman, who was ill. The spiritist “quack” had burnt gunpowder on or near to her cheeks to effect a cure for some bodily ailment. This is a favorite “remedy” we were told, and no doubt the fire and brimstone of the gunpowder betray the origin of the “medicine.” So far, however, from effecting a cure in this case, the poor girl became possessed of a worse evil. She began to do alarming things, putting red hot cinders into her mouth, and destroying the family clothing. These symptoms also spread to other members of the family, so that they became alarmed, and decided to invite the believers to come and “exorcise” the evil spirits. Accordingly they went, and had a prayer meeting. The spirits fled, no doubt having found fire and brimstone more inviting than the incense of the “prayers of saints.” The result was that the family began to attend the Gospel meetings, and have no more desire for spiritists.