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Billy Hallowell's Playing With Fire Podcast

Billy Hallowell's Playing With Fire Podcast

Evil is real. But are demons active today? Can evil inhabit human beings? Is exorcism real? Join investigative journalist Billy Hallowell as he delves into the strange phenomena of supernatural activity through the harrowing stories of people who believe they have experienced ultimate evil, fought a battle they never expected — and have found healing. This podcast is based on Hallowell’s book, “Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and Ghosts.”

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Episodes

  • 'Witchcraft Killed My Dad': Ex-Witch's Horrific Journey Out of Terror to Christ, Escape From 5 Generations of Witchcraft 'Witchcraft Killed My Dad': Ex-Witch's Horrific Journey Out of Terror to Christ, Escape From 5 Generations of Witchcraft Play in Edifi Player

    'Witchcraft Killed My Dad': Ex-Witch's Horrific Journey Out of Terror to Christ, Escape From 5 Generations of Witchcraft

    Julie Lopez says she was walking in "darkness" until her father's horrific suicide sent her and her family on a path that snapped them out of generations of witchcraft and into a relationship with Jesus. "I basically come from five generations of [witchcraft]," she recently told CBN's Faithwire. "I think it actually goes [further back], but ... it ends in me. I cut that generational course." Lopez, who is now a Christian working to help others discover the Lord's voice, explained what …

  • Ex-Satanist Nearly Ended His Life Until He Fell Into the 'Arms of Jesus': 'I Found Myself Giving Myself to Satan' Ex-Satanist Nearly Ended His Life Until He Fell Into the 'Arms of Jesus': 'I Found Myself Giving Myself to Satan' Play in Edifi Player

    Ex-Satanist Nearly Ended His Life Until He Fell Into the 'Arms of Jesus': 'I Found Myself Giving Myself to Satan'

    _"I found myself giving myself to Satan." _ That's not an admission one would expect to hear from a preacher, but Ben Atkins wasn't always a believer. In fact, the U.K.-based pastor went through quite a harrowing journey — one that took him into the bowels of a Satanic worldview before he discovered hope in Christ. "This is my story. These are my experiences," Atkins said on "The Playing With Fire" podcast, noting his story involves "supernatural things" and that he is careful not to go …

  • The Rise of the Occult? Inside 'Hocus Pocus 2': Pastor Reacts to Witchcraft, Changes in New Film The Rise of the Occult? Inside 'Hocus Pocus 2': Pastor Reacts to Witchcraft, Changes in New Film Play in Edifi Player

    The Rise of the Occult? Inside 'Hocus Pocus 2': Pastor Reacts to Witchcraft, Changes in New Film

    Preachers like Mike Signorelli, pastor of V1 Church in New York City, is among those concerned over the rising obsession and prevalence of the occult. And he has some perspectives on "Hocus Pocus 2," the sequel to the 1993 film about three witches. “It seems all too common in today’s culture that we are being bombarded with everything except for Christianity,” he said. Signorelli pointed to 2 Corinthians 11:14 when reacting to claims “Hocus Pocus 2” puts a more friendly face on witchcraft. …

  • 'The Enemy's Design': Why Witchcraft, the Occult, and Supernatural are Dominating a Confused Culture 'The Enemy's Design': Why Witchcraft, the Occult, and Supernatural are Dominating a Confused Culture Play in Edifi Player

    'The Enemy's Design': Why Witchcraft, the Occult, and Supernatural are Dominating a Confused Culture

    Evil is real. In this second part of our conversation with Jareb and Petra Nott, Bible teachers who operate a deliverance ministry and train others to help set people free from demonic influence, we discuss generational issues and why the occult, witchcraft, and evil are so everpresent in today's world. The key question: what's driving the increase? And how should Christians respond? "So, the fascination with evil in society right now — we have a huge interest in the supernatural and people …

  • WARNING: Pastor Sounds Alarm, Takes You Inside 'Little Demon' Cartoon Featuring Satan, Paganism, Teen Antichrist WARNING: Pastor Sounds Alarm, Takes You Inside 'Little Demon' Cartoon Featuring Satan, Paganism, Teen Antichrist Play in Edifi Player

    WARNING: Pastor Sounds Alarm, Takes You Inside 'Little Demon' Cartoon Featuring Satan, Paganism, Teen Antichrist

    “Little Demon,” a new animated show about a woman who mates with Satan and produces the Antichrist, is raising eyebrows and making cultural waves. Mike Signorelli, senior pastor of V1 Church in New York City, issues a dire warning and breaks down why people need to be wary of the show. “I … can’t believe that this show exists,”  Signorelli said. “I think if we could go back 30 years … everybody would universally be shocked and appalled.” Read more about "Little Demon." **MORE INFORMATION: …

  • Satanists Keep Dominating Headlines — But What Do They Believe, Who Are They, and Do They Really Worship the Devil? An Explainer Satanists Keep Dominating Headlines — But What Do They Believe, Who Are They, and Do They Really Worship the Devil? An Explainer Play in Edifi Player

    Satanists Keep Dominating Headlines — But What Do They Believe, Who Are They, and Do They Really Worship the Devil? An Explainer

    Satanists continue to dominate headlines, but who are they, what do they believe — and do they really worship the devil? Headlines about Satanists can be confusing and confounding, particularly when it comes to attempts to understand their belief system. There are two general Satanist camps: theological and atheistic/rationalists. Understanding these umbrella terms and what people within each believe helps us better comprehend the headlines, process the news, discern the biblical …

  • Exposing Trauma and Evil: Meet the Husband and Wife Team Battling the Demonic With the 'Science of Deliverance' Exposing Trauma and Evil: Meet the Husband and Wife Team Battling the Demonic With the 'Science of Deliverance' Play in Edifi Player

    Exposing Trauma and Evil: Meet the Husband and Wife Team Battling the Demonic With the 'Science of Deliverance'

    Evil is real. On "Billy Hallowell's Playing With Fire," we'll be speaking with Jareb and Petra Nott, Bible teachers who operate a deliverance ministry and train others to help set people free from demonic influence. Authors of the book "The Science of Deliverance: How Spiritual Freedom Brings Physical Healing," the husband and wife duo say they take a scientific approach to healing the influence of evil. Today we'll explore their take on deliverance, evil, oppression, and the complex …

  • Ex-Psychic's WARNING After Tarot Cards, Paranormal Sparked 'Rabbit Hole of Destruction': Jenn Nizza's Incredible Journey to Christ Ex-Psychic's WARNING After Tarot Cards, Paranormal Sparked 'Rabbit Hole of Destruction': Jenn Nizza's Incredible Journey to Christ Play in Edifi Player

    Ex-Psychic's WARNING After Tarot Cards, Paranormal Sparked 'Rabbit Hole of Destruction': Jenn Nizza's Incredible Journey to Christ

    Evil is real. Today we tell the story of Jenn Nizza, a woman whose encounter with Tarot Card reading as a young girl led her on a years-long journey into  New Age practices and the occult. After spending years doing readings and communicating with what Jenn believed were the dead souls of her clients, she had an encounter with Jesus that changed everything. Today, we'll discuss her story, and we'll explore the mystery, myths, and truths surrounding psychic abilities and what the Bible truly …

  • Celeb Reportedly Throws Out Witchcraft Books, Tarot Cards and Issues Public Statement: 'There Is a Spiritual Battle' Celeb Reportedly Throws Out Witchcraft Books, Tarot Cards and Issues Public Statement: 'There Is a Spiritual Battle' Play in Edifi Player

    Celeb Reportedly Throws Out Witchcraft Books, Tarot Cards and Issues Public Statement: 'There Is a Spiritual Battle'

    Famous tattoo artist, entrepreneur, model, and reality TV star Kat Von D issued a fascinating statement on her Instagram last week, noting she knows there's a spiritual battle afoot. While she has always seen "beauty in the macabre," something recently changed. "I've always found beauty in the macabre, but at this point, I just had to ask myself what is my relationship with this content?" she said, sharing a photo of the books and Tarot content she purportedly tossed. "And the truth is, I …

  • Witches, Satanists, and More: Meet the Pastors Who Lovingly Ministered For Years in Salem, Massachusetts Witches, Satanists, and More: Meet the Pastors Who Lovingly Ministered For Years in Salem, Massachusetts Play in Edifi Player

    Witches, Satanists, and More: Meet the Pastors Who Lovingly Ministered For Years in Salem, Massachusetts

    Guy and Tana Miller had a unique and fascinating ministry in a surprising place: Salem, Massachusetts. The husband and wife duo, who are pastors, break down their ministry, how they interacted with witches, Satanists, and others in the community — and what some Christians get wrong when it comes to trying to reach out to these groups. Explore this powerful episode of "Playing With Fire!" **MORE INFORMATION: ** \- Want to know more? Read Billy's book, "Playing With Fire: A Modern …

  • What Are Demons? Do Christians Need Deliverance? Mike Signorelli Breaks Down Evil, Exorcisms, and More What Are Demons? Do Christians Need Deliverance? Mike Signorelli Breaks Down Evil, Exorcisms, and More Play in Edifi Player

    What Are Demons? Do Christians Need Deliverance? Mike Signorelli Breaks Down Evil, Exorcisms, and More

    What are demons? What's deliverance (and how does it differ from exorcism)? Is Catholic exorcism effective? Mike Signorelli, pastor of V1 Church in NYC, tackles these issues among many others on this episode of "Playing With Fire With Billy Hallowell." We also tackle: * Do Christians need deliverance? * Can a Christian have demons inside of him or herself? * Talk about your ministry. You do large, mass deliverance events. What are those like? * ...and plenty more! Listen to other …

  • 'I Was a Witch': She Was a Teen Witch Obsessed With Crystals, Séances, Tarot, and Casting Spells Before Jesus Shattered That Life 'I Was a Witch': She Was a Teen Witch Obsessed With Crystals, Séances, Tarot, and Casting Spells Before Jesus Shattered That Life Play in Edifi Player

    'I Was a Witch': She Was a Teen Witch Obsessed With Crystals, Séances, Tarot, and Casting Spells Before Jesus Shattered That Life

    Sarah Anne Sumpolec was once a teenage witch. The chaos she invited in — after being led into the practice by her father — overtook her life and nearly caused her to commit suicide. "Within months I had collected crystals, conducted séances, and built an altar in my room to worship the god and goddess I had chosen," she once wrote. "I read incantations, used Tarot, cast spells and took on a brand new identity. I was a witch, and proud of it." Today, Sarah is a Bible-believing Christian, but …

  • Introduced to Witchcraft as a Child and 'Bombarded With Nightmares' and Supernatural Chaos, This Ex-Pop Star Found Jesus Introduced to Witchcraft as a Child and 'Bombarded With Nightmares' and Supernatural Chaos, This Ex-Pop Star Found Jesus Play in Edifi Player

    Introduced to Witchcraft as a Child and 'Bombarded With Nightmares' and Supernatural Chaos, This Ex-Pop Star Found Jesus

    Jeannie Ortega Law had a turbulent childhood. Introduced to witchcraft at an early age, she saw animal sacrifices, faced spiritual torment, and eventually came to experience suicidal inclusions. But her journey into Santeria ended up concluding with Law finding Jesus. She expels some myths, helps people understand what she faced, and offers powerful challenges to believers everywhere. \-- Read more stories like this in "Playing with Fire: A Modern Investigation into Demons, Exorcism, and …

  • 'Shut Up, Devil': Kyle Winkler on Silencing the Lies Satan Tells 'Shut Up, Devil': Kyle Winkler on Silencing the Lies Satan Tells Play in Edifi Player

    'Shut Up, Devil': Kyle Winkler on Silencing the Lies Satan Tells

    Is Satan real? Does he have an impact on our lives? Should Christians be fearful? These are just some of the questions we tackle on today's podcast. Kyle Winkler is a Christian speaker and author who believes there are key strategies Christians can use to push back against the lies Satan tells. Founder of the popular Shut Up, Devil! app and author of the new book, "Shut Up, Devil: Silencing the 10 Lies Behind Every Battle You Face," Winkler offers some practical advice, discusses topics like …