Tag Archives: the dead

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

Praying to Saints

Question: Why do some people pray to saints? Where did this practice come from? And is it okay?

My Answer: Jesus taught us that prayer is appropriately offered to God the Father. He taught us to pray, “Our Father…” (Matthew 6:9). He told us to ask the Father, in the name of the Son (John 16:23, 14:13-14). Jesus Himself demonstrated to us this pattern of praying to the Father (see John 17:1, Matthew 26:39, John 11:41-42, etc. Also cf. Hebrews 5:7). Therefore, we see that the proper way to pray is to the Father. We do this through the Son, which is the only way that we approach God (John 14:6, Hebrews 14:14-16). Jesus is the mediator, the intermediary, between man and God (1 Timothy 2:5). Continue reading