Lying Spirits.
A Christian journalist’s report on Theophostic Ministry

by Jan Fletcher

Jan's book is available for download in PDF form at the base of this page.

From the Foreword:
As a faith correspondent for the Central Kentucky News Journal, I pitched a feature article to my editor about a Campbellsville, Ky. private corporation that promotes a Christian recovery ministry technique known as Theophostic Ministry. I sent the following proposal to my editor in June 2003:
“This is an international ministry started by Campbellsville’s Dr. Ed Smith. Theophostic [Ministry] is generating a lot of controversy in Christian circles around the world pro and con. Proponents credit Smith’s ministry with miracle cures of psychological problems; others claim the philosophy is ‘from the pit of hell.’ At any rate, it’s certainly newsworthy that the ministry began here in Campbellsville. I’d like to do a feature. I’ll probably need around 30 days to finish it. Let me know what you think.”
“Sounds like it’s a story we need to do. I’m looking forward to reading it. I had no idea such a ministry had started in C’ville,” she said.
Her response launched me on a journey to investigate what I think encompasses one of the most potentially newsworthy developments in the Christian community today. I did a Web search June 12 for articles on Theophostic Ministry. It soon became obvious to me that, far from being a simple story about a small-town pastor with a new ministry idea, this story was going to be something bigger — much bigger.... 

From Chapter Seven:
If, after recovered memory therapy, you subsequently “recovered” new memories of other people sexually abusing you, those memories are highly suspect. If, prior to entering recovered memory therapy, you had no memories of anyone sexually abusing you, then is it unlikely, although not impossible, that these events actually
If you are reading this chapter because you suspect that memories recovered during Theophostic sessions may not be true, I offer you some common sense advice in the following paragraphs...

...If you, on the other hand, have been falsely accused of something you haven’t done, based on a relative or friend’s recovered memory experience, and that person is still living under that grievous deception, take heart. A significant percentage of those so deceived do eventually retract their allegations, although it may take many years for the person to realize they were deceived...

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An Australian Experience of Theophostic

An Australian living in Queensland, Narrelle Lewis (formerly Merritt), has had experience with the Theophostic approach, and has a written a letter warning of its dangers:

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