US FROM EVIL
of trauma out you go. In the name of Jesus out you go. By the power
of God, by the stripes of Nazareth." Trevor Newport, Deliverance Minister performing an exorcism.
many, the word ‘exorcist’ conjures up images of spinning heads,
shaking beds, and a child who during the course of the film, grows
an uncanny resemblance to a gremlin.
is precisely why Trevor Newport of the church of Life Changing Ministries
prefers the title, ‘Deliverance Minister’.
are still active now
Newport uses the term Deliverance Minister rather than exorcist
dedicated congregation meet twice weekly to have demons exorcised
from their bodies, in a confrontation between Jesus and the devil.
And all this happens in the unremarkable town of Hanley, Stoke on
my hands will be burning with God’s presence", claims Trevor Newport,
who firmly believes that "demons are just as active as they’ve always
Out gains exclusive access to the work of Trevor and witnesses several
exorcisms, or deliverances, taking place.
Rowley of Stoke on Trent, turned to the church of 'Life Changing
Ministries', after she reached a severely low point in her life.
the spirit is cast from Jenny’s body, she screams out and falls
to the floor, where she remains trembling, yet she reassures Inside
Out that the process is painless.
the spirit crying out. It doesn’t want to lose its home. What
he’ll (the spirit) sometimes do is throw you on the floor
or roll you over, curl you up in a ball. Strangely enough,
none of it hurts you." Jenny
how do these demons get into people’s bodies in the first place?
Newport believes that a simple activity such as reading your horoscope,
or performing yoga can allow a spirit to enter, so Geri Halliwell
better watch out!
are many who are highly sceptical of Trevor’s work. None more so
than Elizabeth Baxter and Roger Granger, who run a Christian retreat
unconventional as the church of Life Changing Ministries may appear,
the exorcising of demons is a practice, albeit an understated practice,
carried out by the Church of England.
Vaughan, Anglican exorcist
Vaughan is the Anglican exorcist for the Midlands. Whilst he has
carried out exorcisms, Roger stresses that major exorcism, similar
to that of Jenny Rowley, would only be undertaken with the supervision
of a local area bishop.
in the church of Life Changing Ministries, Trevor Newport is only
too aware of his opposition, particularly towards his view that
mental illness is usually the work of the devil.
work of the devil
Vaughan would be very reluctant to perform an exorcism on a person
suffering from mental illness. He believes that as a medical condition,
exorcism could only worsen symptoms, as the sufferer would believe
their symptoms to be a demon too powerful to be exorcised.
you believe Trevor offers divine deliverance, or is simply playing
on the insecurities of the vulnerable, his congregation are certainly
devout in their belief in him.
as well, considering the force of opposition he faces from sceptics
by doubters, Trevor Newport remains firm in his belief.
more opposition, the stronger I get."
for Trevor, the same is not true of the demons he exorcises!