Satanic Ritual Abuse and the Good Samaritan: Part 3
The Good Samaritan
So far we have seen how, in type, the wounded man represents a person who has endured extreme suffering at the hands of Satanists (robbers in type) and has been left half dead. We have seen in the priest and the Levite, who passed him by, the most common response of church leaders and their congregants to SRA persons. In this episode we will examine the kind of response to these wounded people that Jesus would expect from his followers.
First of all, the Samaritan had compassion on the man. Unfortunately this is a quality that is sadly lacking in many people who hear about satanic ritual abuse or know someone who has suffered from it. Sometimes this is because they don’t even believe satanic ritual abuse happens. Their failure to accept this fact may be their own defense mechanism in operation. It goes something like this: If there is no such thing as satanic ritual abuse, then it could never have happened to me and therefore I am safe.
Hard as it is to believe, there are many people who suffered this abuse themselves but don’t remember it cognitively. Their own unconscious defense mechanisms are at work 24/7 to make sure they never find out. Satanic ritual abuse is one of the greatest tragedies of life today and yet few know about it or are able to actually believe it. After twenty-nine years of working in this ministry, I never get over being amazed at how common SRA abuse is. Those I minister to also see this and are amazed. Once your eyes are opened to recognize the signs of this abuse, you quickly come to detect it in others. The incredible prevalence of Satanism can be ascribed to its generational nature in families thereby fostering its exponential spread.
Some people refuse to believe satanic ritual abuse happens because they are unable to comprehend just how evil and perverted many members of our society actually are. Sometimes people prefer to live in a make-believe world of their own fabrication in order to feel safe—a “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” type of attitude.
It may be that some people don’t want to know about this abuse because they understand that they would be expected to do something to help and they would not want their life to be disrupted.
Another possibility is that we have watched so many thousands and thousands of hours of violence and suffering via television and movies that our hearts have become anesthetized and thus we are no longer capable of feeling compassion for another person.
We can see here that having compassion is the first step in being a good neighbor. When we see another’s deep distress and we feel compassion for that person, we want to help. Even if we don’t particularly want to offer the help that would cost us something, we do it anyway because we know it is what Jesus would do. If we are wise we know that the more we do what Jesus would do, the more we become like Jesus. And the more we become like Jesus, the happier we are in life because true joy comes in helping others, especially those who cannot repay us.
He Went to Him
The Scripture tells us that after the Samaritan man had compassion for the wounded man, he went to him. This is precisely what we need to do when we have a friend who is SRA or we are ministering to an SRA person. They often withdraw because they don’t want to bother anyone or they are afraid of being rejected; therefore, they feel safer not reaching out. In fact, they may actually reject your offers of friendship. I have found over my years of ministering to these people that I often need to “press in” with this relationship even if they reject me. However, I need to do this prayerfully with God’s guidance.
Sometimes they are depressed and refuse contact with anyone. I have learned that sometimes all you can do is pray for them and wait for them to come out of it. And then sometimes you have to press in and do something to get them out. It all depends on the individual’s needs and how God leads.
One very common thing that happens when I am in a ministry relationship with someone is that the enemy will give them a vivid dream in which I harm them in some way. These dreams are often so powerful that the person becomes confused and really doesn’t know whether or not it actually happened. Knowing this possibility and addressing it will break through the enemy’s attempts to discontinue the ministry relationship and isolate the person.
He Bandaged His Wounds
I truly believe that satanically ritually abused persons are the most wounded people on earth, and their wounds need to be bandaged. I wrote about these wounds in part one of this series. In the natural, bandages protect a wound from further environmental damage and infection. In the context of satanic abuse, victims need to be protected from further abuse or the reopening of old wounds, and this can be difficult. Getting them into a safer environment will be discussed further below but for now let’s look at the spiritual bandages they need.
They need lots of unconditional love. Usually this is something they have never experienced because they have grown up in dysfunctional homes where everyone is needy and looking out for their own interests.
They need trust and trust takes time to develop. This is one reason why, in my opinion, SRA persons will seldom heal in the context of the professional counseling protocols practiced by therapists today. I took one master’s course in counseling which was enough for me to see how what I was being taught would never work to heal people with the depth of wounding I was encountering.
The course taught that you should never counsel in your home; always keep it at the office. But I could see the level of trust needed for one particular woman I ministered to could only be developed when she saw me in the context of family and church life. I needed to be in her home from time to time to help her with things there of a spiritual nature. This can be a time-consuming topic that needs to be addressed in another article, but demons were very active in her and I had to deal with those daily to help protect her.
SRA persons have had demons placed in them through rituals and other abuse that call to the demons in other people to say and do hurtful things. In this way, no matter where the abused person goes, they will be emotionally hurt by people—like at work, for example, or just strangers out in public. By means of deliverance, and removing demonic legal rights, this can be brought to an end but it is a process.
He Poured on Oil and Wine
Metaphorically oil represents the Holy Spirit as evidenced biblically in the anointing with oil of people for God’s service or positions of rulership. In the natural, olive oil, which is what they used, also has certain healing properties and was sometimes used for that purpose in scripture.
Wine has a few metaphoric meanings, one being God’s divine truth and another God’s love.
The Good Samaritan gave the wounded man what he had. He had oil and wine that he carried with him. We, as God’s people, have the Holy Spirit and God’s truth and love with us at all times because they are part of our life. We are to pour these out to wounded people. We do this by simply loving them and being kind and compassionate.
When I minister to someone for their satanic abuse, I pray and ask the presence of the Holy Spirit to come and minister to the person. I “pour on the oil and wine” by loving them and releasing the Holy Spirit to minister to them. When the lies they believe because of their abuse begin to surface, I pour in truth, the truth of the Word, and help them renounce the lies. This effectively removes some of the legal rights that give evil spirits the right to torment them. Then, by the power of God who indwells me, I cast out the demons.
He Set Him on His Own Animal
The Good Samaritan’s animal was most likely a donkey that he himself rode. He put the wounded man on his own donkey which meant that he, the Samaritan, now had to walk rather than ride. Jesus is showing us here that when we love our neighbor as ourself, we should be willing to inconvenience our own self for the other’s sake.
This is what is required when we help SRA persons. They are often very desperate people who require a lot of understanding and help which means “business as usual” needs to come to an end for us. Life becomes different as our favorite pastimes must be shoved aside in order to have time and energy to help another person. For those who are willing to do so, it is helpful to remember something else Jesus taught—that when we do it to the least of these our brethren, we are doing it to him, (Matt 25). Remembering this will help us not become “weary in well doing,” (Gal 6:9).
…to be continued…