Quoting Quiverfull: Goodwill Sweaters Have Demons?

Quoting Quiverfull: Goodwill Sweaters Have Demons? February 27, 2013

by Pat Robertson on Monday, February 25, 2013 on The 700 Club – Video at link

Robertson was answering a question from viewer Carrie, who wrote:

“I buy a lot of clothes and other items at Goodwill and other secondhand shops. Recently my mom told me that I need to pray over the items, bind familiar spirits and bless the items before I bring them into the house. Is my mother correct? Can demons attach themselves to material items?”

Robertson answered Carrie’s question with a story about a girl who was troubled by a ring that had been prayed over by a witch. “She had to buy it and all hell broke loose because she finally recognized what it was,” Robertson said, before claiming that demonic spirits can certainly attach themselves to objects.

Now, does this mean all second-hand clothing is a vessel of the devil? Not exactly, according to Robertson, but “it ain’t going to hurt anything to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes.”

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • vindicated

    L.O.L I saw this…I’m glad someone else heard about it too. Reminds me of people in my church burning Harry Potter books and “secular” music CDs because of evil attached to it.

  • pam

    I’ve heard of bedbugs and fleas coming from second hand items but never evil spirits

  • Phatchick

    When I saw that I truly did spew coffee all over my monitor. Funniest thing I’ve seen in quite a while. IMNSHO, Pat needs to have his meds adjusted.

  • Cathy W

    I know if a Wiccan told me she wanted to “bind familiar spirits” in this context, she would be inviting a friendly spirit to attach itself to the clothes. Does the phrase mean something else in Evangelicalese?

    Also, I’m very often weirded out by how little difference there is between a lot of Evangelical/Fundie/NAR/Pentecostal practice and things they would consider the blackest of witchcraft…

  • Pat needs a dirt nap…

  • vindicated

    oh you hadn’t heard that one? I thought everyone blessed things they bought before taking them home. LOL jk

    I know a person who’s child has a chronic, treatable illness and they openly told people at the church and online that it wasnt *really* a disease: it was the devil and demons “afflicting” the child and it started because they let the kid watch a Harry Potter movie. THAT was how the demons found their way in.

    No, i’m not making any of that up.

  • Nightshade

    There was a time when I believed that kind of thing could happen, although not to the extent of feeling the need to ‘bless’ everything I bought from the local Goodwill. Not so different from superstition, which incidentally was condemned by the church I was a member of. Pot, kettle?

  • dawn

    I remember hearing in my churches that this is the reason you don’t buy second hand wedding rings. If they were divorced or non believers you could bring that evil spirit of divorce or non belief into your house.

    My mom also was one who believed I was bringing demonic spirits into my house by listening to Debbie Gibson and New Kids on the Block. They weren’t edifying Jesus after all.


  • suzannecalulu

    He is really starting to look like he has one foot on the tombstone and the other on a banana peel lately…

  • texcee

    It makes me bang my head against the wall at the ignorant crap this man spews … and the millions who actually believe it. No wonders fundys are a laughing stock all over the world. Jesus H. Christ!

  • Nightshade

    In the Evangelicalese context it’s more like driving out an evil spirit out that you don’t want there, or ‘binding’ it as in tying it up to neutralize its evil influence…and you’re right, there is a creepy similarity!

  • You know you’ve been in the Pagan community too long when your immediate unthought-out response to this sort of ridiculousness is “So just wash them with a pinch of salt. Problem solved.”

  • suzannecalulu

    hahahhahaha! Washing them with a pinch of salt is not a bad idea no matter what ever way you think spiritually. Salt is an excellent detergent booster and lets you wash well in cold water.

  • Rae

    Well, it is kind of true that saying whatever words you want to say to rebuke the spirits is not going to hurt anyone…

    But, if there’s any spirits attached to any Goodwill clothing, one is helping me find originally very expensive items of designer clothing in my size among the thousands and thousands and thousands of items at the local Goodwill store, so I’m not risking losing that one!

  • KarenH

    Tis just proves what I’ve always (Since Monday) said. If people would just put clothes back on the proper rack at the Goodwill, you’d know where all the possessed sweaters are.

  • Anne

    My parents would have a laugh at this one – my wedding ring is the one my uncle made for my parents out of my grandparents’ rings (her diamond, his band). My parents divorced five years after they married.

    For me the ring has nothing to do with their divorce and everything to do with having a concrete visual reminder of ALL the love that contributed to making me who I am. Beats worrying about “demons” any day, IMNSHO. 🙂

  • Anne

    Same here!

    Though now I’m tempted to pray on behalf of all the terribly ugly items that never get to leave Goodwill. “Lord, in Thy mercy, please deliver this dress from its sartorial suffering….” 😀

  • Persephone

    or hang them outside in the sun.

    There are few things some salt or sun won’t fix.

  • Jenny Islander

    Jeri Massi hit the nail on the head: It’s cooties. These grown adults believe in cooties.

  • Stacey B.

    Mossimo Supply Company Sweater: Demon Edition

  • Stacey B.

    Goodwill Sweater: Demon Edition. Caution! This product may harbor evil spirits. Throughly bless and pray over, after binding with familiar spirits. This will clease the item of any demonic powers it may have.

    Or, Warning! Demonic Spirits present in item! Not for children under three years of age!!!!