Tourette Syndrome, named after the French person who observed the phenomenon, is... well... when the TV cameras started panning and showing the kids who were plagued with it... it sounded, for everything, like a dog kennel, full of tiny yapping dogs with high-pitched barks. These kids would bark, chirp, emit short screams. Some would be continually moving and twitching. In some cases, they would hit themselves (hard) in what was obviously a very painful self-torture.
When they first started showing these, my immediate witness through the Spirit was: DEMON POSSESSION. Even though I never attended the meetings, I was immediately reminded of the written reports from the Toronoto Vineyard and Pensacola (spiritual) "outpourings" from about a decade ago, where it was reported that people would be thrown across rooms, and would be overcome with hysterical laughter, barking, growling like animals. And when they would become 'slain', the women thus overcome would end up on the floor in immodest and suggestive poses, due to the garments they wear and the abandon with which they would fall to the floor; so others would go around and drape modesty clothes over them.
TS (barking/twitching) episodes are called "tics". According to the program, in addition to the twitching and barking, one form of tic manifestation is that the child, who was normally allegedly possessed of decency, would let fly with perverse swearing and blasphemy. (In several such cases, where the actual words had been bleeped out for TV, when the tic was over, the child would quickly cover their mouth in embarrassment and apologize) In other words, the tic episodes are apparently out of the self-control of the one suffering the affliction. In other cases, if a child was holding a camera and had a tic, would focus in on sexually suggestive frames of those being filmed.
And yet, the experts are trying to explain TS as being "neurologic". More specifically "synaptic"; having to do with the transmission of neural impulses between the brain and muscles, in motor functions.
Even though they readily admit to not knowing its origins, they also suggest that TS is "hereditary". And then, they showed a parent and a child, holding hands, and -praying-; not "in Jesus' name", but "in the name of Your Son". I then immediately had a question: WHAT CHURCH are they associated with? (the program didn't say) Do they speak in tongues there? Do they have other 'outpouring' sort of 'manifestations'? After all, if the parents go to such a church and involve themselves in the so-called 'charismatic' demonic gifts, what are the chances that their children will also pick up on things, being exposed to that environment?
They also apprently have special camps where many children, similarly afflicted, can get together, and be encouraged that they are not alone, nor are they lacking in self-worth because of the affliction, even though others in the 'real' world might poke fun at them for being 'strange'.
Since the 'experts' are in self-proclaimed ignorance as to its source, let us right now proclaim a bit of expertise in the matter, shall we? They made no mention of Scriptural concepts. They did not acknowledge the Creator. They observed the syndrome strictly in -physical- terms. So if they can claim to be experts, but they DON'T KNOW; am I not equally qualified to make some observations and proclamations. Dr. Becker speaking, here!! Ah yes!
So -what- causes the physical to function? Is it merely neurological cells, interacting chemically, based on our alleged evolutionary development over millions of years? What causes us to do some things, but not others?
"For the soul of the flesh is in the blood," (Le17:11)
"But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding." (Job32:8:
"The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, searching all the inward parts of the belly." (Pr20:27)
"For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?" (1Co2:11)
--Control for what the muscles do is through the nervous system, originating at the brain. Neural activity makes muscles move. Lack of activity makes them limp...at rest.
--When science measures the brain during physical activity or mental thought, blood flow to those parts of the brain is in direct relationship. More brain activity... more blood flow.
--Scripture tells us that the soul is in the blood. The definition of life is in the blood. When God created man the words "living" and "soul" are linked together, being somewhat synonymous with each other.
--Scripture tells us that the core of our being and understanding is the spirit. In Biblical terminology the "heart" is said to be the core of the spirit. When we say something, it is the spirit that says it: "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." (Mt12:34) When it says that man was made "in the image of God" (Gen1:27), we also understand that "God is Spirit" (Jn4:24) God is Spirit; we are spirits. Our bodies are merely "tents" (2Co5:1, 2Pt1:13-14) Thus, at the Resurrection, God raises the dead bodies, but it says that Jesus "will bring with Him those (a pronoun indicating personality) who sleep in Jesus" (1Th4:14) He brings the spirits of those who had previously died, and re-joins them with their bodies, which have been raised and glorified. (1Co15:52) At our core, we are spiritual beings. It is our spirits that give us thought, choice, morality, and the decisions which guide our physical lives. Our brains do not give us thought; they are merely the 'computer' which the spirit, through the blood/soul, operates; which in turn makes the body move and speak.
Jesus had a meeting with a man who could not be bound with chains. He had super-human strength. He would continually cry out and -cut- himself. (Mk5:2-5) Just like these depicted with TS who would hit themselves? Years ago I drove school bus for special-needs children. One of the (so-called) "behavioral" kids would sit there, muttering, and banging his head against the (metal) bus window frames. What was the cause of this one Jesus met? He had an "unclean spirit". With that kid on my school bus I always witnessed in my spirit that it was demonic influence. But the governmental/school 'system' was responsible for him, and drugged him up; like they did the rest of the 'behavioral' kids.
There was another case where a child was being thrown into the fire or water in attempts to destroy him. He would foam at the mouth, gnash with the teeth, and would go into fits of convulsion. (Mk9) What was the cause? A "mute spirit". (vs17) Also called an "unclean spirit" (vs25) When Jesus cast it out, He did so with the warning, "and enter him no more" (vs25)
What does it take to be demon-possessed? Availability. An empty house.
We are familiar with Jesus words that "no one is able to serve two masters" (Mt6:24); but notice that a person cannot be 'neutral'. There is no such thing as hanging suspended in limbo. Jesus says that if a person is not -with- Him, they are -against- Him. And anybody who is against Him (not with Him) is 'fair game' for the demons.
As sure as this topic has just been addressed again, there is sure to be somebody who will write, as they have in the past, saying something like: I am a blood-washed spirit-filled christian, speak in tongues, do miracles, and I'm not demon-possessed. HOW DARE YOU call me an unbeliever and DEMON-POSSESSED!!! And if a few e-mails are exchanged, it has pretty much -always- happened in the past that, when their own words have clearly indicated of what their heart consists, and I point out their own words back to them, that they will close off communications with swearing, cursing and blasphemy. Out of the "abundance of their heart"
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me..." (Mt19:14)
But who is going to draw them out of their pagan darkness, the pagan churches, and bring them to Christ?