Pastor accused of exorcism assault

October 21st, 2009 by

LEHIGH ACRES: A man filed a battery complaint with deputies, claiming he was roughed up during an exorcism in Lehigh Acres.

Carl Eugene Anderson, 52, of Dupree Street in Fort Myers, said the assault happened at Mark Christian Ministries around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

He told deputies the preacher singled him out and told him to open his Bible.

When Anderson refused, he claims the pastor put his hands on Anderson’s head and began shoving him and calling him a devil.

“He looked over at me and he told me, ‘Just come out,’ blasted my name and said ‘Carl, open your Bible.’ And I told him I’m not gonna open my Bible, and he said, ‘Open your Bible, Devil!’” Anderson said. “He came and took his hand up on my head, saying, ‘Come out devil’ and he was pushing my head back real hard.”

Anderson told investigators he tried to leave the church, but the pastor kept after him, calling him a devil until Anderson got into his car and called the sheriff’s office.

The man complained of head and neck pain and was treated and released from Lehigh Regional Medical Center.

Deputies spoke with the preacher, who said he was “laying hands” on Anderson, a process of placing his hands on the forehead which rebukes evil spirits.

The pastor agreed that he’d asked Anderson to open his Bible and the man refused, but says he never punched or hit him.

The pastor also provided a list of 28 witnesses who he said could back up his story.

Friday afternoon, the church issued the following statement about the alleged incident:

Mr. Anderson is a convicted sex offender who became a member of our church. We’ve been counseling him and helping him restore his life to get it back on track.

Recently he became destructive in our services and had to be openly rebuked. There was no hitting, striking, or bodily harm to him.

We anoint heads and pray for individuals with destructive behavior.

Anderson is in fact a sex offender, but says the church is in the wrong.

“They believe in helping people, talking about making a mark in people’s lives. What kind of mark you just made in my life? You just made a scar in my life,” Anderson said.

The sheriff’s office forwarded the battery complaint, a misdemeanor, to the State Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether or not to file charges.


One Response

  1. The Masked Blogger

    “Laying hands” to “cure” someone is about as effective as having a rabbit’s foot key chain for “good luck.” This is about as mentally sound as supporting Dems, Reps, and religion for the 83 millionth time. Why do all of you (typical human ape) have to be so f***ing crazy?

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