C. S. Lewis warned us in The Screwtape Letters, of two dangerous errors regarding demons and evil. “One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”
Today in secular America interest in the occult has gone mainstream. Even many Christians have been sucked into the mindset by entertainment and other avenues. The occult is designed to subtly take people into paganism, idol worship (demons) and other depraved thinking and practices.
The many horror movies that dwell on evil and the occult have become normalized.
As I have studied recently the relationship between UAP's or "The Phenomenon" and our cultural obsession with Aliens there are many researchers who are using occult practices including seances to call down the Aliens.
Yes humanity has been gullible from the very beginning.
Protestant's have for a very long time made it policy to ignore the "Spiritual Warfare" aspects of the world even has depicted in the Bible. Perhaps Christian's today have bought into the secular science that such things are just myths?
Some have said that Protestant pastors are ill equipped to deal with Demons and I tend to agree.
We play with fire when we ignore God's word. Below are several video's and some articles for your edification. - Andy
In a scene form the TV Series from the Stephen King novel "Salem's Lot" we see art reflecting life as an ill equipped Priest is overcome by evil.
Video from tdkt160
"Nov 1, 2016
It's faith against face when you face the master. A pivotal scene from "Salem's Lot" (1979) directed by Tobe Hooper. Based on the novel by Stephen King." from video introduction
Exorcisms: what Catholics Need to Know w/ Fr. Chad Ripperger | Chris Stefanick Show Part 1
Aug 10, 2022
"Today we’re talking to Fr. Chad Ripperger, an exorcist priest. Obviously, he’s on the front lines of some intense spiritual warfare, but it’s taught him a lot that everyday Catholics like you and me can use to fight in our own struggles. I know exorcism is a serious topic, but don’t worry. This is not a scary episode. You’ll be amazed by Fr. Ripperger’s stories of God’s power and providence and how not even demons can thwart God’s plan for us." from video introduction
The 5 Levels of Spiritual Combat w/ Fr. Chad Ripperger | Chris Stefanick Show Part 2
Aug 17, 2022
"We’re in a spiritual battle against the Evil One. And you don’t have to be an exorcist to fight. Speaking of exorcists, Fr. Chad Ripperger is back this week to dive into the spiritual battles we all fight every day. Specifically, you’ll learn about the five levels of spiritual combat. Think of them as five areas where the supernatural builds on the natural, for good or for bad." from video introduction
Gabe Lyons: Why Don't Protestants Talk More About Demons, Exorcism, Spiritual World?
"Christians from Protestant denominations rarely, if ever, hear about demons or the spiritual world in their churches. So when a Catholic expert in demonology provided somewhat of a crash course at a Q conference on how demons behave and how exorcisms work, it was all people could talk about.
Gabe Lyons, founder of Q, recently revealed that the discussion in April on the spiritual world ended up being one of their "top talks" that people were most challenged by and raving about. And Adam Blai, peritus of religious demonology and exorcism for the diocese of Pittsburgh who trains priests in exorcism, wasn't surprised.
"There's an inherent interest in these matters," he told Lyons during a follow-up Q&A last month. "I'm not sure why that is except that perhaps it's one of the places where the spiritual world really becomes physical. I think on a basic human level, that is inherently interesting to us. It's the reason they make movies about it."
Moreover, exorcisms and dealing with demons constitute about a third of Jesus' miracles in the gospels, Blai noted. "You're not only talking about something very real and physical, but you're also talking about something really central to the Gospel.".. from the article: Gabe Lyons: Why Don't Protestants Talk More About Demons, Exorcism, Spiritual World?