Tag Archives: demons

Holy Necromancy, Batman!

Just this past week I was teaching a Bible study, addressing various trends in our culture.  One of these trends is the prevalence of the occult.  We are a society beguiled and fascinated with witchcraft, sorcery, vampires, ghosts, zombies, paranormal powers and psychic phenomena.  This is a very perilous trend.  The Bible is explicit in its condemnation of all forms of the occult belief and practice.  There are scores of verses that address this matter.  The most comprehensive is found in Deuteronomy 18:9-14.  Here God expressly forbids His people from any involvement in the occult.

After my lesson was over, a lady came up to talk to me.  She was very concerned about a friend.  Her friend is an elderly woman who is a devout Christian believer, and has served the Lord for many years.  However, she has begun experiencing a new kind of spiritual experience.  This woman claims that the spirits of dead people have been visiting her, and communicating with her on a regular basis.  She talks with them, and they relay all sorts of information to her.  Indeed, in this woman’s neighborhood she has become somewhat of a celebrity because of this.  Someone loses their keys, they consult her—and she asks some spirit to reveal the keys’ whereabouts.  Someone has a problem, the spirits give counsel and advice through their matronly channel.  The woman has become the resident local medium for all sorts of help from the spirit world. Continue reading

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Is Witchcraft Real?

 

Question:  “Is witchcraft real?  And do witches really have power?”  B.H. in Charlottesville, VA.

Answer:  The Bible is very clear about the actual existence of witches, sorcerers and those who practical the magical arts.  Although witchcraft is considered something mythical, even silly, in modern society, from a biblical perspective this is a serious issue.  The Scriptures admit the existence of witches, magicians, sorcerers, mediums, etc. in Deuteronomy 18:9-14.  And there is no indication here that these individuals do not exhibit genuine powers and supernatural ability.  Indeed, in ancient times the presence of such individuals in Israelite society was considered dangerous enough that God mandated the death penalty for anyone practicing witchcraft, sorcery or divination (see Exodus 22:18, Leviticus 20: 6 & 27, cf. Deut. 19:9-11 and Micah 5:12). Continue reading

The Bible & the Occult

As Christians what are we to think of the occult? What should our attitude be concerning witchcraft, magick, and sorcery? Are we to be concerned about ghosts and vampires? What about fortunetelling, seances, astrology and the like? Many people do not realize that the Bible actually has quite a bit to say about the world of the occult. Check out this review of Scriptural teaching on the world of the Occult.

Idols, Demons and Believers

Question: “When a people who have for generations worshiped the spirits become Christians they often adapt their local spirit worship practices into Christian rituals. How does one teach or help them break off these practices?” [Note: This comes from a native missionary in Southeast Asia.]

My Answer: Dear brother, thanks for the question. I understand that this is both a serious and a delicate matter. It is difficult for people to renounce what is basic to their culture. At ANM we have the utmost respect for individual cultural distinctives. We always try to accommodate our attitudes and practices to honor the various cultures we deal with. However, biblical values and Scriptural truth always takes precedence over culture. There is no culture that is more important than a Word-based “Christian culture.” Continue reading

Snapshot: Spiritualism/Spiritism

It all officially began in 1848 in a small town called Hydesville, New York. It was there that three sisters of the Fox family began to experience unusual things. They heard strange rappings, which the Fox sisters believed were the manifestations of a departed spirit. They called this spirit “Mr. Splitfoot,” and believed that it was the ghost of a man who had been murdered in the house. Soon neighbors heard about the ghostly encounters and came to see what was going on. Within a short time an entire movement was born. It was called Spiritualism and its main focus was on communication with the dead. Continue reading