I was talking with a long-time friend on the phone the other day. He lives in Massachusetts; I am in Virginia. Emails and phone calls are our friendship vehicles. Thank the Lord for technology. It was good to hear his voice, to catch up on news, to reminisce from events from 35+ years ago. In our conversation he mentioned that he is friends with some Oneness Pentecostals. (This is a unitarian cult.) He commented that even though they do not believe in the orthodox faith of the Bible, they still experience many healings and miracles. There is definitely a supernatural element in their churches. This got me to thinking. Continue reading
Something dangerous and scary is probably occurring right now at a university or college near you. It may be disguised as a seminar on wellness, a class on well-being, or a conference on integrative health. You might find it listed in the college catalog in courses labeled “Mindfulness Training” or “Contemplative Learning.” It could more blatantly be offered as a program for student/faculty that utilizes yoga, Tai Chi, or meditation as an aid to mental and physical health. And usually somewhere in the literature for this seminar, class or program you will find references to the “wealth” of scientific evidence that proves that mindfulness (or yoga, or contemplation, or whatever) is proven to be the panacea for all ills in body and soul. Continue reading
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
Question: “Recently I had a person, who is apparently very into New Age stuff, pronounce a ‘blessing’ over me and my husband. Is this something I should be worried about, considering the spiritual beliefs of this person?” (S. in Virginia) Continue reading