Evangelical group Last Reformation believes prayer can heal illnesses
The Evangelical Christian group was founded by leader Torben Søndergaard in Denmark in 2011 but is now based in the Netherlands YouTube
A RELIGIOUS ‘cult’ whose leader says he can ‘cast out the demons that cause autism’ is coming to the British Isles.
Last Reformation, an evangelical Christian group, was founded by leader Torben Søndergaard in Denmark in 2011.
A baker by trade, he believes that the power of prayer can cast out the demons that cause various illnesses such as autism, cancer and even homosexuality.
They sensationally claim that illnesses such as autism are caused by demons You tube
They also say that their members are able to cast the demons out You tube
Torben claims to have healed a nine-year-old autism sufferer in Australia You tube
In a video he explained about how he managed to ‘heal’ a little girl suffering from autism – a condition that currently has no cure.
He said: “We see so many people set free from demons and healed.
“One of them was a young girl, 9 years old, who had autism. When I prayed for her ... that spirit just left her.
“And suddenly she smiled, that young girl, and said 'Hey mom, I'm happy.'”
The group, based now in the Netherlands, claims to have several hundred members in the UK and sign people up through a process called ‘kickstarting’.
Their website explains that: “It simply means a disciple of Jesus who helps another disciple to pray for the sick for the first time and to see people getting healed for the first time.
“Kickstarting is short for teaching people to heal the sick, preach the gospel, cast out demons, etc. by taking them out and showing them how to do it.”
Later this month, on 20 May, the group will be holding a three day conference at a secret location in Dublin.
The group claims to have several hundred members in the British Isles You tube
However, their presence and sensational claims have been condemned by concerned locals.
Speaking to Dublin Live, Fiona O’Leary said: “I'm autistic and two of my five children are too, and I can't imagine how awful it would be for them to hear themselves described as being possessed by demons.”
Fiona, who who runs an autism awareness group called Autism Rights Together, continued: “They are asking for 'gifts' and 'donations' and exploiting vulnerable people who have experienced tragedy in their lives or are mentally ill.
“They are highly organised, sophisticated and dangerous.”
They are holding a three-day conference later this month in Dublin You tube
Sarah Chalke, a member of The Last Reformation in County Mayo, says she's never heard any claims related to cures for autism.
She explained: “I watch all Torben Søndergaard's videos but I haven't seen that one ... I don't think anybody would have said that.
“You'll just have to come see what we're about at the event in Dublin.”
Despite his earlier public claims Torben tried to explain that, while he didn’t cure conditions like autism, the little girl was freed of the demons that caused it.
Their outlandish claims have been condemned by locals You tube
He told The Local: “It happened in Australia to a nine-year-girl who suffered autism. She was freed from demons and she was happy. It wasn’t something shocking like a big man holding her down.
“She was with her mother and we all prayed and the demon was cast out and she was happy and the mother was happy.”
He added: “It’s not that we tell people that we can cure autism, it’s not like that.
“Just as Jesus could cast our demons and cure people so can we all through prayer, we are just teaching people how to pray so that they too can help the sick.”
And according to Spainish media, Danish 'cult' claiming 'demons cause autism' arrives in Spain
A controversial religious group that claims it can cure autism "by driving out demons" is set to take to the streets of Barcelona this weekend.
A religious group is staging several "spirituality seminars" this weekend in Barcelona, claiming that its members - through Jesus - can heal people with a variety of conditions, including autism.
The Last Reformation, an evangelical Christian group founded in Denmark by Torben Sondergaard, arrived in Spain on Friday for a series of "spirituality seminars".
The group has already seen protests staged against it ahead of seminars planned for Dublin, Ireland, where autism campaigners have denounced the group’s members for claiming that they have "driven out the demons" of those with autism.
Sondergaard carrying out a baptism. Screen grab: The Last Reformation/YouTube
Speaking to The Local on Friday, Sondergaard described when he drove out the demons of an autistic child.
"It happened in Australia to a nine-year-girl who suffered autism. She was freed from demons and she was happy. It wasn’t something shocking like a big man holding her down.
"She was with her mother and we all prayed and the demon was cast out and she was happy and the mother was happy."
"It’s not that we tell people that we can cure autism, it’s not like that. Just as Jesus could cast our demons and cure people so can we all through prayer, we are just teaching people how to pray so that they too can help the sick," he said.
"We are not a church or a cult, we are a religious movement. We teach people how to be true disciples. We have moved away from the Church with their system of priests and Sunday services and want Christ to be a part of everyday life."
But for autism campaigners including Fiona O’Leary, of the group Autistic Rights Together (ART) who herself has two autistic children, the group’s claims are damaging.
"The Last Reformation are really dangerous," she told The Local on Friday. "They are terrifying vulnerable people and autistic children by telling them they are possessed with demons.
"They believe they can free the demons from your body by administering baptism. They refer to it as being "delivered" or "set free".
"They seem to target vulnerable people; many people with serious conditions are being targeted by The Last Reformation," she added.
"Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that cannot be cured but sometimes parents are not receiving the proper support they need and they can be taken in by groups like The Last Reformation."
"They also claim they can "cure" gay people, it is truly horrendous what this group are doing," said O’Leary.
The group will be going out onto the streets of Barcelona this weekend to practice "kickstarting"; performing 'miracles' and healing the sick on the streets, according to its seminar programme.
"The teachings will be very practical and will include going out on the streets healing the sick and preaching the gospel under the supervision of team members from The Last Reformation," according to the seminar guide, published online.
Sandergaard said that the three day event in Barcelona was open to everyone.
"We don’t ask for money. But we welcome to make a donation because we have to pay for the venue. Those that can make a donation.
"It is a three day course to teach people how to heal, how to pray and how to cast demons out. Demons are with us as much as they were two thousand years ago when Jesus walked among us."
But autism campaigner Fiona O’Leary warns Spaniards against attending the event.
"Spaniards should be very wary of The Last Reformation and I strongly advise people against attending these dangerous workshops," she told The Local.
"The Last Reformation are touring the world with their brainwashing scam and I am told that there are already 400 people attending at their workshop in Spain.
"The Church needs to address this issue also as these cults are abusing and lying to vulnerable people in the name of God."
The group is particularly proud of the miracles performed by its members, promoting them across its social media, on Facebook and YouTube.
One video shows a member of The Last Reformation laying his hands on a woman with crutches, who immediately discards them and walks unaided.
Asked how many people he had cured he said: "I don’t keep a count. A few years ago we went on Danish television and through prayer we cured thousands of people just through the screen."