In the ninth chapter of the Gospel according to St. Mark, we have the story of Jesus’ encounter with the boy who is possessed. The Father seeks Christ in the hope of having his boy released from this evil and the story is presented to us every lent on the fourth Sunday of each lent to teach us a number of things. First of all, we see how the disciples come to Jesus and they say to him that they could not drive out the demon from the boy. Jesus says to them that this kind of demon can only be driven out through prayer and fasting. So the first lesson that this incident teaches us is that fasting is a means to authority over evil spirits, along with prayer. Fasting gives us the authority, not only to cast them out, but to drive them away, and to protect ourselves from them from their influence in our lives.
About the author
Father Spyridon is an Orthodox priest serving in ROCOR in England and a prolific author of many spiritual books. Orthodoxy And The Kingdom of Satan has drawn most attention because of its exploration into the ways in which Satan is working to construct a One World Government through the institutions we see in today’s world. It explains how many trends in modern culture, including Hollywood, ecumensim and the arms trade are being exploited to enslave us. Fr Spyridon spoke out about the sexual deviance in Hollywood long before the Harvey Weinstein case hit the media.
Fr Spyridon’s most recent book, The UFO Deception, explores the UFO phenomenon and identifies how movies, technology and philosophy have been used to guide public perception of what is happening. But as a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, he demonstrates a much longer history that lies behind it, and how a terrible deception is at work.