Jerry Williams is a demonologist. He hosts a weekly show on “Going Beyond” radio every Saturday night at 11:00 pm Eastern Time that covers all types of paranormal themes, including demons among us. Jerry has over 1,000 archived podcasts and is driven to help people learn more about the paranormal, including how to properly protect themselves from various unseen entities that could mean them harm.
Jerry, an ordained minister in the New Life Ministry Church, never planned to become a demonologist but became a believer in demonic entities through his church work. In 2001, Jerry was asked to visit several members of his congregation who were experiencing odd events and felt extremely uncomfortable in their home. This situation involved a couple and their 20 year old son and the family had requested a much-needed house blessing. One of the most unusual aspects of this case is that the husband had recently gone blind, reportedly when he looked into the red eyes of a shadowy figure that had appeared to him. Medical tests confirmed that his retina had been burned somehow. The condition is known as “Welder’s Burn.” When a welder looks into the welding light, it can cause blindness, just as staring into the sun for long periods of time can also burn the retina. This particular individual never worked as a welder or stared into the sun for any reason. Jerry knew the family fairly well, as they had been members of his church for over six years, and he was confident that they were telling the truth about what was happening to them.
At that time, Jerry says that he was really not very familiar with or even interested in the paranormal. However, all that was to change rapidly as he walked into the home to begin the blessing. As soon as he walked into the house, he felt as though he were slogging through quicksand. He became violently ill and the nausea worsened the longer he stayed. He started sweating profusely. Jerry was determined to complete the blessing, though, so he gathered his strength and kept asking for divine assistance and protection. He also recorded what was happening on his cell phone. As he played it back periodically, he could hear voices taunting him.
Immediately after completing the blessing, Jerry went to his neighbor’s house and downloaded the cell phone video onto a tape for safekeeping. It’s a good thing that he did because the chip in his cell phone melted completely the next day, cause unknown, thereby destroying the phone’s contents beyond any chance of recovery.
Jerry continued to work with the family to take back their home and the situation improved somewhat. However, they eventually moved from that location and never experienced any other instances of paranormal activity. Unfortunately, the husband never completely regained his sight.
After this first case, Jerry decided to learn more about the dark side and he attended a course on demonology given by his church. Over the next several years, he learned everything he could about the nature of demons and how to fight them and win. “If people realized what these things are and what they can do, they’d be much more cautious,” Jerry says. “For the most part, there is no rhyme or reason as to who and why they attack, although they certainly look for people to invite them into their lives.”
Are paranormal investigators in danger?
In addition to the Ouija board and other spirit boards, Jerry says that EVP recorders, ghost boxes, and simply participating in paranormal investigation activities can serve as an invitation to unwanted negative attachments. According to Jerry, “I see all these new groups popping up every day and they don’t have a clue about what’s really out there. Some even have kids investigating with them! Investigating paranormal phenomena is definitely NOT a game and I really worry about these people who don’t understand what they’re getting themselves into.” The goal of a demonic attack is to wear down the human host mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually until they are completely subservient to the demon.
His advice for new and experienced paranormal investigators alike is to always remember that evil exists and can be a very real part of paranormal research. “We can’t usually see who or what we’re actually communicating with,” Jerry explains, “so it’s a good idea to take this advice seriously. Would you let someone you don’t know into your house with your family? We need to keep in mind that ghosts, demons, astral critters, and more can follow us home from investigations and we have to take precautions to prevent this from happening.”
Jerry recommends “Ephesians 6” or “Psalms 91” – both should be repeated three times – as excellent prayers of protection before beginning any type of psychic or paranormal work, including investigations. He understands that people who belong to other religious/cultural traditions may prefer different prayers or invocations and advises everyone to “use what you know and what works for you,” along with tools such as sage, crystals, and sea salt. Jerry says that paranormal groups should say some type of prayer or invocation together before starting and also say some sort of closing prayer that includes something along the lines of “Do not follow me home, in the name of Jesus Christ (or whatever entity is preferred).” He also says that groups should have a backup plan in place and a demonologist, minister, priest, rabbi, or other expert on call should things go awry.
“If you encounter a demon accidentally, you have free will and can choose to leave. However, if you stay, you have essentially invited the demon into your life. Demons are very patient and can stay dormant for decades until they find someone who invites them in,” Jerry warns. “Once the demon is awake and active, then it’s game on for them.”
Demons often make themselves known by attacking the “weakest link” in a group of investigators; that is, the person who may be ill, in turmoil, recently divorced, going through grieving the loss of a loved one, or experiencing any type of life trauma. Someone under attack can sow discord and cause team members to argue and turn against one another. The person or persons under attack can become extremely depressed and sad and start picking up the emotions of others. They may experience great anxiety and fear. They can even show increased psychic abilities and seem to be acutely aware of spirits around them, even if they were never sensitive previously. Teams should be aware that hearing voices and whispers throughout the location, as well as knocking sounds (particularly if they come in three’s), could indicate a demonic presence
However, Jerry believes that investigators can use Ouija boards and ghost boxes safely and conduct EVP sessions without risking attack by following a few simple rules: (1) Know and state your intention. Are you doing this for fun? Are you simply trying to see who you can get? Or, are you doing it for research or to help a client? Researching and assisting clients seems to work better than inviting in random entities for no particular reason that may turn out to be not entirely benign; (2) Use psychic protection such as the prayers mentioned earlier and other invocations and tools as you prefer; (3) Be sure to close down the Ouija board when you’re done and ground properly after EVP sessions and other types of paranormal work. When leaving any of these locations, clearly state that no “hitchhikers” are allowed.
Ghosts, Demons, and Astral Critters
On a yearly basis, Jerry deals with approximately 40-50 cases that he considers truly demonic in nature. Some involve Incubus/Succubus attacks. An Incubus is a male demon, while a Succubus is female. Each attacks humans in a sexual manner. He says that the number of cases of all types of demonic attack, as well as spirit attachments, is increasing as interest in the paranormal has exploded worldwide. Not only paranormal investigators are vulnerable. According to Jerry, even casual “ghost tourists” who visit haunted locations for “fun” could find more than they bargained for.
One of the ways to combat this problem is to more readily share information. Jerry is a big fan of more sharing within the paranormal community in order to benefit all teams and their clients. One of Jerry’s pet peeves is groups that refuse to share their findings and consider a particular location to be “theirs” and closed to all other investigators. “It’s important to work together as much as possible to advance knowledge in this field. We can’t continue to work in a vacuum,” according to Jerry. “It’s simply too dangerous.”
Jerry is quick to add that true demonic attacks are not common. Many cases, he explained, involve negative human spirits or what he calls “astral critters” – that is, what other traditions refer to as elementals and etheric shells. Elementals are the kingdoms such as fairies and elves. They are not necessarily evil, but they are mischievous. “They like to mess with people,” Jerry asserts. He says that paranormal investigators can frequently bring these beings home with them inadvertently and they can cause serious problems. They are known for knocking noises and causing objects, such as keys, to disappear. Jerry recommends using bells to annoy them out of your space, along with white sage, sea salt, and crystals such as clear quartz, rose quartz, and tiger’s eye. Etheric shells can be animated by the elementals to imitate loved ones or spirits that researchers are attempting to contact via the Ouija board or other means.
Many cases, Jerry explained, involve people with mental illness. This brings up the whole chicken/egg debate. Are people with mental illnesses particularly vulnerable to demons and negative spirit attachments or is their mental illness caused by such attachments? According to Jerry, a trained demonologist can tell the difference. “Someone who is possessed acts totally different from someone with mental illness, although you can have both going on at the same time,” Jerry says. When deciding whether to take on a case, his church requires a background check, as well as medical and psychological evaluations before moving forward.
How to tell the difference between possession and mental illness
Demonic attacks first manifest in “oppression,” which is definite as physical, mental, spiritual, and psychological pain and weakness. They often become depressed and lethargic or may exhibit uncontrollable anger. They become more and more reluctant to interact with friends and family and may find themselves isolated and alone. They generally prefer to stay primarily in a particular area of their home.
As oppression turns into possession, victims can start hearing voices or seeing ghostly/shadowy figures. Their pupils become extremely dilated. They may start to exhibit hostility towards religious authorities and towards relics and other spiritual items. They can speak in unknown languages and instantly know intimate details of the lives of the people around them. Jerry says that he has witnessed possessed individuals levitate in mid-air. Some also exhibit three scratches, a method of mocking the Christian Trinity.
“Someone who is mentally ill will not levitate, they will not exhibit ESP, they will not speak in different voices at the same time or in unknown languages,” Jerry explained. “An experienced clergyman/demonologist will perform many tests to discover the true nature of the problem. Demons often hide behind mentally ill people because many symptoms can be very similar and it helps them escape detection and avoid exorcism.”
In Jerry’s opinion, one of the most realistic movies that he’s seen that addresses the subject of demonic possession is “The Rite,” starring Anthony Hopkins. It is the true story of a Catholic priest who reluctantly embarked on the study of demonology during a summer seminar at the Vatican and found that it was his true calling. This priest lives in Chicago now and has been involved in thousands of cases over the years as a researcher/exorcist.
Learn Demonology from an expert
For any individual investigators or groups who may be experiencing negative spirit attachments or demonic entities, Jerry recommends contacting an expert in this particular field without delay. “Don’t be afraid to admit that you have a problem,” Jerry says. “The longer you delay, the stronger the demon can become.” He explains that some people suffer with increasingly severe symptoms for years because they are afraid that no one will believe what is happening to them and will simply think that they’re “crazy.”
Jerry is teaching a Demonology course online, beginning 7/15/2013, and the cost is only $55. It provides a thorough knowledge of basic demonology and those who successfully complete the course will receive certification from New Life Ministry Church. Register at this link. You can also join Jerry’s Facebook page.
Jerry’s advice on the subject of demonology is to educate yourself and get the facts. Don’t simply dismiss or laugh at things you have never witnessed or don’t understand. Read about and research this subject, talk to experts, maybe even take a course or ask to tag along on a possible “demonic” case. “Ignoring the subject because it’s uncomfortable won’t make it go away,” Jerry explains. “In fact, it could make you even more vulnerable to attack because you don’t know who – or what – you’re truly interacting with when you do a paranormal investigation for fun or from the viewpoint of a total skeptic. Skeptics and other non-believers are not immune to the possible consequences.”