What does God's Word say about Witchcraft?
by Chris Huffman
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Witchcraft, Wicca, wiccan, whatever you call it these days, is considered by God himself to be EVIL!
There is NO good or bad witchcraft with God. ANY kind of witchcraft and anything to do with witchcraft (psychics, mediums, astrology, divination, divining, magicians, soothsayers, enchanters, necromancers, wizards, etc.) is an abomination! An article I read recently believed that wicca might be the fastest growing religion out there. That may seem like a bold statement, but it may have some truth to it. If it weren't for the Harry Potter books and films alone, witchcraft would not be enjoying the run it is on right now! Now we have a rash of godless movies like The Golden Compass, Pan's Labrynth, The Chronicles of Narnia, Eragon and on and on. You born again parents out there should NOT allow your kids to read or see the Harry Potter garbage flooding the world or any of the stuff mentioned above! I feel certain that God feels the same way!
Spiritism is also gaining ground. Everyone is talking with welcoming tones and open arms about spirits, spirituality and talking to the dead. Angels too are getting a lot of attention. Consider these two books about angels:
"Calling All Angels" by Joyce Keller, an intuitive counselor and "healer", who has appeared on Oprah, states this on the back cover: "Calling All Angels will show you how to summon the wisdom, guidance and intervention of angels."
-This is heresy, obviously, right!? Nowhere in scripture does it say that we are to look to the angels for anything. Angels are messengers of God, period! Let's see what God says about anyone looking to an angel for anything: "I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God." (Revelation 22:8b-9)
A book titled "How to work with Angels" by Elizabeth Clare Prophet from Summit University Press encourages people to make friends with angels so they can help us in practical and personal ways.
No one is seeking God genuinely. Especially not those who practice witchcraft and those who advocate it. The Mother Goddess, the spirit of the earth, is their god. Their power (they claim) comes from nature, earth, wind, fire and water. They have their own Bible the Book of Shadows, full of spells, incantations, rites and incense-use.
Psychics use their skills to predict the future, read palms and chat with spirits. Astrology and observers of time (as the Bible calls them) are popular as well. Psychics such as Sylvia Browne use familiar-spirits. Sylvia is one of the most popular psychics around and has been featured on many daytime talk shows and on Entertainment Tonight. She has authored scores of books espousing her psychic powers and mysticism.
One such book is called "The Mystical Life of Jesus-An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of Christ." A born again believer should stay away from any book espousing an alternative view of our Saviour Jesus by the way! The tagline on the back cover of the book reads thusly:
"In this book you will find many things that will 'rattle your cage'...In other words there are many things about Christ's life that I know to be true that fly in the face of traditional teachings of Christianity."
Notice the huge amount of heresy here in just this one paragraph? Trust me, there is more. The Bible warns us about people like this and tells us to avoid them! Are you? Well, are you? Or are you uniting with them, even bidding them Godspeed? God warns us about doing that too. The information on the back cover continues:
"Now with a unique perspective Sylvia Browne alone could bring, comes The Mystical Life of Jesus, which finally puts forth the truth about Jesus, his teachings, and his works for God: Was there a virgin birth? Was there a Star of Bethlehem? What did Jesus do the first thirty years of his life? What really happened at the crucifixion? Was he married? Was he divine?
"Using her relationship with her spirit guide (named Francine) and her years studying the Gnostic texts, Sylvia answers all these questions and more with a confidence and authority only someone who has visited the afterlife can have."
Where does one begin to explore the heresies in all of that? Let me start by saying that if you have to go to other books to find out about Jesus, then you are NOT fully trusting in God's Word to give you the truth about our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ! Jesus IS the revelation. He reveals God to us. He is the rock, the rock of our salvation and the rock of offense.
Her "spirit guide" is nothing more than a devil guiding her through one blasphemy about Jesus after another to keep her confused, as well as anyone who reads her books! And if you needed anymore of a laugh, her "studying" the Gnostic texts adds more heresy to the growing mountain of diabolical texts written by possessed people centuries after Jesus was here. The only people that truly knew Jesus and knew who he was were the Apostles and his disciples. In fact, God directly revealed to Peter who Jesus was. "Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." (John 6:67-69)
Inside Sylvia's book, Chapter 7 is titled The Resurrection-A Plan for Christ's Survival. One paragraph in particular reads, "According to Francine, one of the first things Jesus experienced upon awakening, besides an exuberant kiss and exclamation of joy from Mary Magdalene, was a profound sense of relief and unadulterated happiness that he was STILL ALIVE."
This proves that Sylvia's spirit guide Francine is a devil! Look at Revelation 1:17b-18:
"Fear not; I am the first and the last. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."
When she does quote Bible verses in her book, she says, "I will quote them out of the most recognized Catholic version of the Bible-Douay-Rheims." Then on the page titled "A Note from Sylvia" at the back of the book, she states, "With so many perspectives on the Bible, I find it important to honor more than one interpretation." Simply incredible!
It is no wonder weak Christians or people who have just received Jesus as their Saviour are thoroughly confused about Jesus! But it is all thanks to books and films like The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Tomb of Jesus and so on. I have tried to think back to all the years that I was an Atheist to see if I could remember the times I heard so much heresy coming out about Jesus and I could not recall very many occasions. But it seems like over the last two and a half years I have been saved I have heard one blasphemy after another concerning Jesus. After so long it could wear you down but all we have to do is remember that the Bible gives us the truth about Jesus from God and the Bible is ALL we need to know the truth!
Another book by the aforementioned Elizabeth Clare Prophet of Summit University Press is called, "Reincarnation-The Missing Link in Christianity." This is a 412-page book (amazingly) that tries to prove how Jesus taught reincarnation and various other things, relying on heretical texts and tall tales. The back cover reads, "A long time ago Christians believed in reincarnation. This groundbreaking work makes the case that Jesus taught reincarnation. Elizabeth Clare Prophet traces the history of reincarnation in Christianity-from Jesus and early Christians through Church councils and the persecution of so-called heretics.
"Using the latest scholarship and evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic texts, she also argues persuasively that Jesus was a mystic who taught that our destiny is to unite with the God within. Your view of Jesus and of Christianity will NEVER BE THE SAME."
Outrageous! Jesus' death and resurrection secured our own resurrection! Remember what Paul said:
"Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep (dead) in Christ are perished." (1 Corinthians 15:12-14, 16-18)
Anne Rice is yet another heretic on the growing list of heretics. The woman who wrote all of the Vampire Chronicles books, of which "An Interview with a Vampire" and "The Queen of the Damned" were turned into films, is writing a series of books about Christ. She was raised a Catholic who left the Church, but recently returned to the Catholic Church while doing research for a previous novel. Her first Christ book was "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt", where now she has a second one coming out in the series and yet even a third one for next year; all of which she claims fills in the 30 year gap from the manger to his baptism.
This is heresy again! If God wanted us to know what Jesus was up to all those years, he would have told us. But he did not because it had no bearing on the gospel message! She too uses the Gnostic texts as her main resource of information. It seems like more and more workers of iniquity are relying on the scores of Gnostic texts than on the only one true source, the Bible!
Who knows just how many of these things there are floating around, but here is a quote from one called "The Second Treatise of the Great Seth" that is just ludicrous:
"But I [Christ] was not afflicted at all. Those who were there punished me. But I did not die in reality but in appearance...it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. It was another upon whom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in the height over all the wealth of the archons and the offspring of their error, of their empty glory. And I was laughing at their ignorance."
-from Christian History and Biography magazine, issue 96, Fall 2007.
That particular magazine by the way in this issue (no. 96) devotes the entire content to uncovering and exposing the Gnostic texts, their histories and heresies. You should be able to find it in any Christian bookstore. I would advice anyone to get it if you want to know what this phenomenon is all about!
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, BUT RATHER REPROVE (EXPOSE) THEM." (Ephesians 5:11)
We are duty bound as born again believers to do as that verse commands. Are you? I pray that you are. No matter how you do it, just do it! Let the gospel do the offending though, that's its job.
So just what does the Bible say about witchcraft and things related to it? Let's find out.
Deuteronomy 4:16-20 talks about idolatry where God gives a list of things not to make idols of or to worship. Verse 19 for example covers astronomy and even astrology.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12a talks about abominations being done in the sight of the LORD like human sacrifice, divination, observer of times, enchanters, witches, charmers, consulters with familiar spirits, wizards and necromancers. The first half of verse 12 says this, "For ALL that do these things ARE an abomination unto the LORD." I don't think God could make it any clearer, do you?
Isaiah 19:3 God talks about setting Egypt against itself (verse 2) where the counsels will seek after its idols, charmers, those that have familiar spirits and to wizards.
Daniel 2:27-28a reads, "Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king; But there IS a God IN heaven that revealeth secrets."
Micah 5:12 talks about witchcrafts (in this case sorceries) and soothsayers (seers).
Habakkuk 2:18-20 God talks about the results of making idols, graven images and that there is NO breath or life in them.
Acts 8:9-11 tells us about a sorcerer named Simon in Samaria who had bewitched its people, claiming that he was a great man. Everyone said he "is the great power of God."
And he had been using sorcery on the people for a long time. Verses 12-13 though tells us that after hearing the preaching of Philip concerning the kingdom of God, the people believed and were baptized both men and women. And even Simon himself believed and was baptized and joined up with Philip. But it wasn't until Peter and John (the Apostles of Jerusalem) came, prayed for and laid their hands on the people that they received the Holy Ghost. Verse 16 here differentiates between water baptism and baptism of the Holy Ghost. There is no order here when getting saved in Christ. On one occasion people received the Holy Ghost then were water baptized; on others people were water baptized then received the Holy Ghost. The fact that you believed in your heart that Jesus died and was raised again goes to salvation. See Romans 10:3-4, 9-10.
Acts 16:16-19 tells us about the time when Paul, Luke and others went to prayer, that a "certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying." In the next verse the spirit within her says this, "These men are servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation."
Acts 19:19 tells us of a book burning event where practitioners of magic (curious arts v.19) brought all their books and burned them before all men after they had gotten saved.
Galatians 5:20 runs off a list of works of the flesh which includes witchcraft.
So I think from this list of scriptures we have seen how God truly feels about witchcraft and all things related to it in any way! So let me end this piece with the following:
"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also OF YOUR OWN SELVES shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." (Acts 20:29-30)
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