CHRISTIANS & WITCHCRAFT
Witchcraft. What comes to mind when you think of the word? A popular children’s book series? How about ghostly cartoon characters? Are there magical movies in your memory? Is it answers acquired from astrology? Or maybe a dabble in the dark and the demonic?
There are many who want you to believe that witchcraft, and all that is associated with it, is merely harmless magic mysteries that spark the dark side of your imagination. Truth be told, when you involve yourself in ANY form of witchcraft, you open yourself up to Satan and you open the door to welcome in the demonic. When this happens, you are not only giving Satan access to your life, but you are giving him access to the lives of your family as well. You have then opened a portal to demonic attacks, curses, influences, illness, disease, death and eventually hell.
It is no secret that Satan influences the media. He has his hands on the books that you read, the films that you watch and the propaganda you buy into. He is intentionally providing you with what the world calls innocent ‘fantasy’ and feeds it to you through ‘tales’ of enchantments, magic, sorcery, spells, wizardry and necromancy (communicating with the dead). He presents it all to you, and your children, for your (so-called) reading and viewing entertainment. However, as a Christian, you must understand that rebellion, deception and destruction – not amusement – is truly what lies at the root of it all.
There are many elements to witchcraft… There are some you are familiar with and some you may not be aware of. Once you discover the truth, you MUST avoid them all.
WITCHCRAFT, THE HOLY SPIRIT COUNTERFEIT
Satan, as you know, is the master counterfeiter. He attempts to destroy what is Godly and true by replacing it with what is evil and false. This has been his plan from the very beginning. This plan that led to his fall and banishment as well as the fall and banishment of a third of the angels from Heaven, was derived to kill, steal and destroy all that belongs to God. He does this by using everything within the limited “power” God has given him to appeal to you and trap you. Once he has snared you, he accuses you and your sin to God then he ‘legally’ takes rightful spiritual ownership of your soul. Satan always distorts the truth by using this world, and everything in it, to make you believe a lie. He taints what is good by convincing you to do evil. He perverts what is Holy by corrupting it in your eyes so that you will disrespect and dishonor what is godly.
All forms of witchcraft are actually Satan’s attempt to imitate the Holy Spirit, who is the embodiment of Godly power in action. Church, don’t be fooled.
THE ORIGINS OF WITCHCRAFT
Witchcraft has been around since the beginning of time. It is known as the ‘old religion’ and is rooted in the old English term, ‘wiccian’ which means ‘to practice magical arts.’ Those who practice it are considered witches and possess a spirit of divination. Witches can be either male or female.
The old stereotype of witches with their proverbial warts, pointed hats and broomsticks are a far cry from reality. Media has done a great job distracting you from the truth. The reality is that it is nearly impossible to identify a real witch based on their outward appearance alone. To add to this, their popularity is fed by an image of harmlessness and the appealing mystique of the supernatural – thanks to the media. This facade has allowed those associated with witchcraft to easily assimilate into mainstream society as they are greeted with welcoming arms by those eager to learn more. There is nothing good about witchcraft and yet the false belief that there are good and bad witches have helped Hollywood to promote it. All this aside, you must never lose sight of the truth which is that ALL witchcraft is evil as well as ALL who practice it. For witchcraft, and witches, have ALL been spawned from the worship of Satan.
WITCHCRAFT, AS IT LOOKS TODAY
Witchcraft comes in many forms and its evils are released through many avenues. We can recognize many of its forms today through the practice of astrology, the casting of spells, charms, curses, channeling, divination (seeking knowledge of the future), enchantments, familiar spirits, fortune-telling, mixing potions, séances, spirit guides, spiritualism, tarot cards and teacup readings, to name some. However, witchcraft comes in many other disguises as well. Let’s delve into this subject a little further…
ASTROLOGY, STARS & ZODIAC SIGNS
As Christians, when we acknowledge the universe, and all that is in it, it is impossible to do so without an expression of awe and reverence to God for in them we see His infinitude, His power and His wisdom. God created it all. So, what does He have to say about our use, or abuse, of what He has created?
King David said: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him…” Psalm 8:3-4 (NKJV). “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalms 19:1 (NKJV). “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.” Psalms 147:4-5.
The Bible tells us that the stars, the sun and the moon were placed to light the earth and to determine the seasons. “Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights – the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:14-18. Throughout history, the stars, sun and moon were also used to help navigate the course of travel. This is acceptable use of God’s heavenly creations.
In biblical times, God even used the stars to illustrate the innumerable amount of seed He had promised to give Abraham. “Then He brought him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Genesis 15:5. Following the promise God made to Abraham, every time he would look to the heavens and see the stars, Abraham was reminded of how faithful and how good God is.
However, ‘astrology,’ the study of celestial bodies and the influence they have on human affairs and the natural world, was introduced to man by Satan. This practice was given to encourage a false belief that deceives man into believing that we can seek other sources for knowledge, information and wisdom. This lie eliminates our need for God and serves to elevate man and his abilities. This belief system creates false idols which is sin.
In Biblical times, when the royal astrologers of the Babylonian court tried to use their “power” to interpret the king‘s dream, they were found powerless and were put to shame by Daniel, who was God’s prophet. “Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. But there is a God in Heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.” Daniel 2:27-28
According to the word of God, astrology is considered a form of divination and is forbidden. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritualist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord,” Deuteronomy 18:10-12. According to the word of God, all who practice astrology will be among those who are to be burned and destroyed in God’s judgment. “All the advice you receive has made you tired. Where are all your astrologers, those stargazers who make predictions each month? Let them stand up and save you from what the future holds. But they are like straw burning in a fire; they cannot save themselves from the flame. You will get no help from them at all; their hearth is no place to sit for warmth. And all your friends, those with whom you’ve done business since childhood, will go their own ways, turning a deaf ear to your cries.” Isaiah 47:13-15.
God forbids us from worshiping or serving the sun, the moon or the stars. When the children of Israel chose to do these things, their disobedience brought God’s judgement down upon them every time. “And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them,” Deuteronomy 4:19.
Today, I hope it has become clear to you that we are to receive knowledge and wisdom from no other source but God. He alone is the source of truth therefore He alone determines when, where, how to whom He will reveal this truth about what is current, past and future. He has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit as our guiding light. We should seek Him for all answers to all questions, all the time.
MARTIAL ARTS, YOGA & SPIRITUALISM
Years ago, as an uninformed and unsuspecting parent, I innocently encouraged my young son’s fascination with martial arts, an interest that began with a cartoon called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not understanding the full ramifications behind this form of ‘art,’ I enrolled him in classes. He fully embraced it and accumulated the various belts of skill over the years and began to compete. In high school, he became more ingrained in this system as well as the eastern culture it derived from even teaching himself how to speak the language.
Although my son was raised according to the Christian faith, he began to embrace a new religion without my knowledge. I did not realize, at the time, that what is taught through Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism is against the teachings of Jesus Christ. In fact, the belief system behind these pagan religions is a form of spiritualism. It convinces those who believe and follow it that they are placing themselves on a pathway that leads to “spiritual enlightenment.” This demonic philosophy teaches that the power of God is not absolute for everyone has the ability to tap into and possess “power.” Any “power” that one seeks that does not come from God and rooted in Jesus Christ is demonic and evil.
Now, there is some truth to this deceptive belief system. It will, in fact, place those who buy into it on a path. But it is not the kind of path they think they are following. They are actually placed on a path that leads them into a very dark alley and is designed to turn them away from the truth and the Light of God. This path points to the direction of evil, sin and death.
Yoga is a form of spiritualism. It is an element of one of the world’s oldest idolatrous pagan religion called Hinduism. Unsuspecting people believe yoga to be a harmless physical exercise with a spiritual component when, in fact, it is a harmful spiritual exercise with a physical component. Those who think yoga to be nothing more than an exercise program that encourages stress-free bodily flexibility enhanced by mental ‘stimulation’ that connects you to a higher “power” are obviously not aware of the spiritual dangers that are hidden deep beneath the surface. I share with you the experience of one who discovered this first-hand:
“A Hindu named Patanjali is believed by many historians to be the “father” of yoga. He codified his understanding of yoga in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali sometime before the birth of Jesus. Patanjali’s teachings are known as the “eightfold path of yoga” and are at the core of how to live a better life through yoga. Patanjali believed that union (through meditation) with the “Supreme” (not Jesus Christ) was the result of retraining, controlling and eventually annihilating the ego. He believed that yoga was the way to overcome the many obstacles of a mortal uniting with the immortal. Without realizing it, I was learning how to live a better life and become a better person through yoga rather than through Jesus Christ. As it turned out, meditation (yoga) did put me on a pathway, but it wasn’t to spiritual enlightenment. After five years of training, I became an atheist…” Mark McGee.
[Mark McGee is a journalist and former atheist. He taught martial arts for 50 years and was a student of Eastern philosophies before becoming an atheist. Mark became a Christian after investigating evidence for the truth and verifying the claims of Christianity more than 40 years ago. He became a member of Judo and Karate for Christ in 1972 and now teaches martial arts from a Christian perspective.]
Other spiritualistic programs like Judo, Aikido, Karate and Kung Fu introduce people to other eastern philosophies such as Buddhism. The primary focus of Buddhism is to practice “right living” through actions and meditation in an effort to end suffering and help one achieve a self-awakening. The philosophies behind Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism always begin with meditation. Meditation is the practice of training the mind, or inducing a level of consciousness, for a pre-determined purpose. “Guides” are used to help students calm their minds and relax their bodies so that they can allow their internal “power” to flow through to their external. Buddhism teaches that the deeper you go in meditation, the better your martial arts technique will be. What kind of “power” do you think is being accessed through this meditation? Certainly not the power of the Holy Spirit which can only be accessed through Jesus Christ.
The Dangers Of Spiritualism
Spiritualism is the belief, and the practice, of communication with spirits and the dead. Spiritualism, and all its forms, is in fact, witchcraft. It is also a form of idolatry as it encourages one to focus on selfish pursuit as opposed to Christianity that focuses on Jesus Christ and the pursuit of God.
Spiritualism falsely teaches that people are fundamentally good and can accomplish whatever they want if only they will focus their minds to doing so. This is contrary to truth, according to God. “Jesus answered. “No one is good-except God alone.” (Luke 18:19) Jesus teaches that people are born with a sin nature. This nature is ruled by the flesh which aims to destroy the body if left to its own devices. However, through Jesus Christ, we are saved from that sin. Through Him, God sends the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and enables us to operate in true power, not a counterfeit form of satanic “power.”
Those who pursue the practice of spiritualism are actually engaging in activities that may appear to be innocent yet are far from it. This sin opens the door for demonic contact, harassment, oppression and even possession. There are many accounts of those whose have practiced forms of spiritualism which has resulted in their being traumatized emotionally, psychologically and physically by contact with demons.
If you seek truth, there is only one way to get it. His name is Jesus Christ. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.
THE SINS OF IDOLATRY, SEDUCTION, WHOREDOM & REBELLION
As a Christian, I am sure you would never be in contact with pentagrams, Ouija boards, satanic rituals or the drinking of blood. I am also pretty sure you would never seek out a psychic, hold a séance or desire to cast spells. Or would you?
“And the Lord warned: “When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.” Deuteronomy 18:9-14.
Sex & Witchcraft
Since the beginning of time, there have been many who have succumbed to Satan through the partnership of sex and witchcraft. Through idolatry, rebellion, seduction and whoredom, this combination has snared those from early Biblical times up to the current. The combination of sexual activity and the occult have been prevalent throughout time, through the cultures and throughout different religions. Sexual immorality has been, and is still, a key element of pagan worship and satanism, including witchcraft.
Today, Satan has attempted to cover the sin of sexual immorality by replacing what it with acceptable words and phrases like ‘sexy,’ ‘addiction,’ ‘weakness,’ ‘struggle,’ ‘pornography,’ ‘adult entertainment,’ ‘normal’ and ‘sex drive.’ Society has embraced these terms and has even made some of them desirable. This is deception in its most deadliest of forms.
The Christian Church consists of a body of believers. God considers each one of those bodies to be a temple of the Holy Spirit. Because God paid an exorbitant price for you through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ, we are to honor God with our bodies. We do this by refraining from sexual sins. “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself; for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Immoral and perverted sex acts were, and still are, performed in the temples of false gods for pagan idol worship. When our bodies take part in sexual sins, we are emulating these acts and violating God’s Holy temple. God considers this behavior detestable. “Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people – none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
Sex is a gift designed by God given to one man and one woman who are committed to each other in a sanctified married relationship. To participate in sex outside of those boundaries, is to sin. Although many may feel that consensual sex between two people are their business and no one else’s, we must remember that our bodies, and our sexuality, were created by God. Therefore, He alone has the right to establish the parameters by which we are to use them. “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5 (NLT)
The Jezebel Spirit of Seduction & Whoredom
“And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?” And he answered, “What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?” 2 Kings 9:22
Jezebel… She was a treacherous, domineering idolator and a corrupting schemer. This was definitely not a woman of restraint or high principles. Savage and relentless, this prideful, strong-willed woman ruthlessly carried out her foul plans. The great sins of Jezebel also included whoredom, for by ways of adultery, fornication, prostitution, debasement and sexual sins of all sorts, she defiled herself to further the cause of evil. Through her sinful deeds, she became the mother of all curses. This whoredom spirit is a worldly spirit and is grounded in carnality and sensuality. It has no problem using sex to get what it wants.
As a Christian and as part of God’s Church, you are a target. You have high-level evil spirits working against you always waiting for an opportunity to gain entrance into your life. If you use flirtatious, sexual wiles for the purpose of controlling, manipulating and serving self, you may very well be used by one of the most powerful spirits Satan has at his disposal to use against you. This would be the Jezebel spirit, a spirit of seduction and whoredom.
The Bible records the many, many times that Israel turned their backs on God. There are numerous accounts of their continuous rebellion through acts of sexual immorality and the worshiping of false gods. In the book of Hosea, God angrily tells Israel that they have a spirit of whoredom: “My people inquire of a piece of wood, and their walking staff gives them oracles. For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray, and they have left their God to play the whore.” Hosea 4:12 (ESV). What did God mean by this? To “inquire of a piece of wood” refers to the wooden idol they were worshiping and “their walking staff gives them oracles” refers to the false wisdom they claimed to receive from this false god. When Israel turned their backs on God and began to worship other things, God charged them as being unfaithful and likened it to spiritual “adultery.”
Satan-inspired evil spirits use sin to cleverly gain entrance into the lives of people thereby causing them to chase after what is alluring and tempting to them. If people succumb to this sin, it can easily become stumbling blocks that will turn them away from God. This sin them becomes idols that the people chase after and thereby worship. God condemns idolatry in every form.
But just as God called Israel to repentance, He calls us to turn away from such things and return to Him. He offers to forgive us our sin and enter into a restorative relationship with Him.
Rebellion Is As Witchcraft
We have covered much today in the name of witchcraft. If you were not already aware of these things, you have now been informed. To be ignorant of the truth is one thing, but to have knowledge of God’s word and then choose to disobey it is considered blatant rebellion in God’s eyes, and that is something far worse. “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the Holy commandment delivered unto them.” 2 Peter 2:21 (KJV)
As a Christian, it is never about what you or anyone else thinks or has to say about a matter. It is always about what Jesus has to say. If you are ever in doubt, seek out His words and find the answer for yourself. To take any other stand is to live in disobedience and rebellion. Choose not to walk down that path. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you…” 1 Samuel 15:23 (NKJV).