“Secret Window” Filmology Movie Review + Thoughts on Demonic Deliverance

Posted: December 4, 2007 by Rick Hogaboam in Movie Reviews, Spiritual Warfare, Theology
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Depp plays the role of successful author, Mort Rainey. He catches his wife cheating on him and then spirals into…well…depression, hatred, anger, apathy and more. He is basically confronted by a John Shooter, who claims that Rainey has copied a book he had written previous to Rainey’s published work. This Shooter figure torments Rainey and in the end it is revealed that Shooter was am imaginary character in the mind of Rainey…which raises the question:

How should a Christian minister to Rainey if given the chance? Refer him to a psychologist? Send him to the mental ward? How about casting out a demon?

Yeah, I know that the whole demonic things seems imaginary and some would want to send me to the mental ward for even suggesting that demons exist. Anyhow, such thinking has sadly pervaded the church to the extent that many Christians would not even think of confronting possible demonic activity in a deranged individual. Well, what is my take on demonic activity?

Demons are real. Jesus confronted demons and taught and empowered His disciples to confront demons as well. Obviously it was important for Jesus to deal with demons. Demonic deliverance evidences the power of the Gospel and is actually part of the good news. Jesus’ ministry was to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, to set captives free. We quickly want to understand this captivity to be our bondage to sin and the punishment thereof, however it extends beyond that to include our freedom from the power of darkness that once held sway over us. This is no small thing. We were once captive to the prince of this air, children of wrath, in bondage to darkness and the practice of sin. Jesus has set us free!!!

I don’t want to dismiss the apparent help that many modern medicines provide for people, but it is fair to question whether some people who don’t respond to every medicine a doctor can possibly prescribe actually need the deliverance offered in Christ. Just think of the following encounters of demons by Jesus:

The New Testament mentions several opportunities in which Jesus drove out demons from diseased persons, believed to be these entities responsible for those illnesses.

These many examples show that Jesus often prescribed healing by confronting demons. Now, if we don’t engage this ministry today, do we run teh risk of leaving people in bondage? Perhaps we send deluded folks to get help and after every psychiatrist and medicine available, they still show signs of irrational behavior. Is it possible that demons could be at work? I would say PROBABLE, not a last resort possibility.

I am the first to admit that I don’t confront demonic activity as I should, and should do more. Better safe than sorry. I would much rather pray for someones deliverance AND send them for psychiatric help…rather than send someone for help first and then encounter possible demonic activity as a last resort if all else fails.

Like many, I am captive to Western thought and the exaltation of rationality and science. We Christians subscribe to a supernatural worldview but are functional atheists at times. I need to constantly check myself to make sure that I am not a functional atheist, but a functional Christian, who declares the Gospel and and prays for the power of the Gospel to set people free. The “Purpose Driven Life”, “Your Best Life Now” and other such books will not send demons fleeing in fear…but the name of Jesus, being spoken over a possessed soul will set the captive free. May we American Evangelicals fight the tendency to be nice and neat in our ministry and instead embrace the messy ministry of encountering the demonic that seeks to destroy so many lives around us.

Mort Rainey needed Jesus!!! Those voices that led to kill and destroy are no other than teh work of Satan, who comes as a thief to kill and destroy. I would like to think, that if given the chance, I would have led Mort to Jesus and deliverance from the tormenting voice in his head.

  1. John David Geib says:

    I found your website via connection to Scott Klusendorf who participated in the Worldview Forum at Malone College. I started the Worldview Forum in 1999 while on the faculty at Malone.

    I scrolled through your posts and read the review on Secret Window. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on spiritual warfare and would be glad to send you an electronic copy of it. I think you would find it to your liking. Or, you can purchase a copy directly from Theological Research Exchange Network at
    under this citation,
    Geib, J. D. The Spiritual Mapping Paradigm. Theological Research Exchange Network.
    Dr. John David Geib

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