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Pastor in Nicaragua gets 30 yrs in prison for exorcism-by-fire

Juan Gregorio Rocha Romero, a 23-year-old pastor in Nicaragua, and three of his followers (including two of his brothers) were given a maximum penalty of 30 years each in prison for the crimes they committed by performing their warped version of an exorcism. The ordeal took place in February when a 25-year-old woman sought the help of the pastor after what her husband said was a rape.

The pastor decided the alleged rape was really adultery and that she had committed adultery because she had a demon that needed to be cast out. So the pastor and his followers illegally detained the woman for a week at their church as they subjected her to starvation and thirst as part of the fake exorcism. When the results did not suit them, Romero and his followers testified in court that “God” told them to light a bonfire on the church patio so the “devil” could jump out of her body into the flames.

They were found guilty of causing the woman to be burned over 80% of her body, ultimately leading to her death. Additionally, instead of getting her medical assistance, they dumped her into a nearby ravine after she was burned while she was still barely alive. Her sister discovered her later and got her to the hospital where she died. Romero and his followers insisted in court that the devil made her jump in the fire. Her husband defended his late wife by denying any evil spirit was involved and that the church subjected her to their witchcraft.

For more on this story, read Nicaraguan Minister Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison Over Woman’s Death From Fiery Exorcism by Heather Clark at

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Jeremiah 14:14


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