Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry,
hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you, as
I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall
not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Sorcery is an old reality. No matter which culture of the
past one explores, one will find out that each one of them practiced the
black arts and that such activities where popular, common, and that it’s
practitioners in many cases were held in high regard.
Tapping into the unseen forces and gaining power over the
future and others was something craved after, and the people who were
believed to have such powers were looked up to with fear and great respect.
Has the popularity of witchcraft diminished over the
Hard to say. Reliable statistics are hard to find
because of the secrecy that often accompanies witchcraft. Nonetheless a
visit to a book store tends to indicate that it’s
popularity is quite high. I visit to a
bookstore and the large quantity of books on the supernatural that I saw
made evident that interest in the occult is alive and well. In
that specific store there are only two shelves dedicated to Christianity and
on to the Bible and Bible help. Surprisingly there were two shelves dedicated to Wicca
and witchcraft, two to New Age
and one to Eastern religions.
It is safe to assume that the bookstore
would not dedicate that much space to an area unless a lot of people are
buying those types of books.
The Bible tells us that witchcraft will be quite prevalent in the end times and
because of its prevalence and humanity’s stubborn attachment to it, plus
other sins, God will greatly punish humanity.
20 And the rest
of mankind, who were not killed with these plagues, repented not of the
works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and the idols of
gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood; which can
neither see, nor hear, nor walk:
and they repented not of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their
fornication, nor of their thefts.
In that end times, therefore, humanity will be greatly
involved in witchcraft and will stubbornly refuse to let go.
this article we will deal with witchcraft and its related
aspects so as to help us become more aware of how Satan uses it as a tool to
influence and harm humans and especially young people.
The word for witchcraft is Pharmakia. It is a very interesting word in that
it means both "drugs" (Mind altering drugs) as well as
"sorcery." Vine’s Expository
Dictionary tells us that it "primarily" means "the use of medicine, drugs and spells." In sorcery the use of drugs was generally accompanied by incantations and
appeals to occult powers.
The word involves connecting with
and relying on demonic forces to impress people and to enslave them.
We know for certain that the primary meaning of the word Pharmakia is
witchcraft, because we have God’s pronouncements in both the Law and in
other parts of the New Testament as to His views on witchcraft.
Let’s, therefore, first of all read the undeniable condemnations of
witchcraft found in the Torah:
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,
11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a
spiritist , or one who calls up the dead. 12 For
all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because
of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.
13 You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.
14 For these nations which you will dispossess
listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you the LORD your God
has not appointed such for you.
Let’s analyze this
scripture in depth so as to see how serious and how dangerous getting into
such activities can be.
no one be found among you:" Even one is one too many.
practices the following variations of involvement with evil spirits:
Let’s look at all the terms one by one with the help of the
Cambridge International Dictionary:
the activity of
performing magic to help or harm other people.
a person who is
believed to have the ability to know and tell what will happen in the future.
something that is
considered to be a sign of how a future event will take place.
type of magic in which
spirits (beings that cannot be seen), especially
evil ones, are used to make things happen.
spoken words which
are thought to have magical power.
person who says that they can receive messages from people who are dead.
A SPIRITIST: a
consulter with familiar
Web Bible Encyclopedia
word "familiar" is from the Latin "familiaris," meaning a "household
servant," and was intended to express the idea that
spirits as their servants ready to obey their
ONE WHO CONSULTS
/ NECROMANCER: One who calls up the dead.
all of these activities have to do with relying on the help of demons to
influence the present and the future or to predict the future.
sternly warned Israel that they were to steer away from such activities. Not
doing so would have meant severe consequences.
the God of love ever prohibit seemingly "helpful" and beneficial activities?
because He and only He was to be their helper and also because
beings do not give good things without long-term negative consequences.
the great writers of the past who understood this reality was Shakespeare. In
the introduction to his masterpiece Macbeth we see two men who are met by witches who prophesy
certain future events that are very appealing to the point of totally taking
over the mind of Macbeth.
told that he would soon become lord of many more lands and that he would
become king. Soon after the prophecy, he is met by the king's
ambassador who announces to him that as a reward for his dedication and his success in war he would
become lord of another part of the country as well.
He is elated. The witches
are reliable. Banquo, his friend, who is more cautious and wise than Macbeth, warns him:
“But oftentimes, to win us to our harm the instruments of darkness tells us
truths win us with honest trifles to betray’s in deepest consequences”
(Macbeth, Act 1:2)
evil spirits, he says, as they will at times tell you the truth and will
give give you something, “Trifles,” to get you hooked but in the end there
will be dire consequences.
fact the demons continued giving Macbeth success, but in the end destruction
befell him and his wife.
warning from arguably the greatest playwright that ever lived stands firm:
humans: there are spirits out there who work through objects or people who
can show you wonders and will promise you great things. They are powerful
and mesmerizing and they have the ability to take over your life. They will
amaze you at first, they will give you things that you desire,
the end result can be destructive for you and others."
God’s command in the Old Testament regarding people who get involved in such
And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, (diviner, augur, necromancer,
witch, warlock) shall be put to death, because he hath spoken rebellion
against Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and
redeemed thee out of the house of bondage, to draw thee aside out of the way
which Jehovah thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put away the
evil from the midst of thee.
Israel listened at
times and rebelled at other times.
king of Israel was one such rebel who turned to evil spirits for help and
angered God greatly by doing so.
1 Samuel 28:3-17
Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in
his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the
The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul
gathered all the Israelites and set up camp at Gilboa.
When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart.
6 He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not
answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.
then said to his attendants, "Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may
go and inquire of her." "There is one in Endor," they said.
So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two
men went to the woman. "Consult a spirit for me," he said, "and bring up for
me the one I name."
But the woman said to him, "Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut
off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my
life to bring about my death?"
Saul swore to her by the LORD, "As surely as the LORD lives, you will not be
punished for this."
Then the woman asked, "Whom shall I bring up for you?"
"Bring up Samuel," he said.
When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to
Saul, "Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!"
13 The king said to
her, "Don't be afraid. What do you see?"
The woman said, "I see a spirit
coming up out of the ground."
"What does he look like?" he asked.
"An old man wearing a robe is coming up," she said.
Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself
with his face to the ground.
Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?"
"I am in great distress," Saul said. "The Philistines are fighting
against me, and God has turned away from me. He no longer answers me, either
by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do."
Samuel said, "Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has turned
away from you and become your enemy?
The LORD has done what he predicted through me. The LORD has torn the
kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David.
18 Because you did not obey the LORD or carry out
his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the LORD has done this to you
today. 19 The LORD will hand over both Israel and
you to the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The
LORD will also hand over the army of Israel to the Philistines."
The moral of the
story? People who reject God’s way may try to still tap into spiritual power
by going to soothsayers. This is a sign of utter foolishness. It is like
sealing one’s fate. The result will not be solutions or relief but it is the
last step into oblivion.
been Christians who have left God and fallen into witchcraft. I have no
doubt. Some have become atheists, no doubt others have gone into New Age
movements or some kind of demonic activity.
church the group which often ends up getting involved in witchcraft or
various forms of spiritism the most is the Children of Christians.
of curiosity. Some out of spite. Some out of foolishness. Some have
rejected their parents’ ways and have embraced a new god: Satan. The
consequences are always the same: problems on top of problems.
move into the New Testament, we do not find a more tolerant view of sorcery.
God’s attitude is the same.
reading the NT we find three things:
Witchcraft was very common in the Greco/Roman world.
Leaving witchcraft was a fundamental requirement, before one could get
Christians had to steer away from any form of sorcery and never again be
involved in it.
relation to point one, in early New Testament times, witch craft was very
in the The Book of Acts we come across not one but three magicians.
1. SIMON THE SORCERER
Acts 8:9-24 --
But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery
in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was
to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This
man is the great power of God.”
And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a
But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the
kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were
Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with
Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.
And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the
Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19
saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may
receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with
you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!
21 You have neither part nor portion in this
matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps
the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23
For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord
for me, that none which you have spoken may come upon me.”
the real motive that drove this man: power. He just saw another opportunity
to have power of a greater kind and wanted it.
one of the major reasons why people go into sorcery: power. Feeling more
powerful and special than others.
second sorcerer mentioned in Acts is "BAR JESUS" or "ELIMAS."
Acts 13:4-12 --
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from
there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 And when they
arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the
Jews. They also had John as their assistant.
6 Now when they had gone through the island
to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name
was Bar-Jesus, 7 who was with the proconsul,
Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul
and sought to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas
the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn
the proconsul away from the faith. 9 Then Saul, who
also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at
him 10 and said, “O full of all deceit and all
fraud, you son of the devil, you
enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the
straight ways of the Lord? 11 And now, indeed,
the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing
the sun for a time.”
And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone
to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul
believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching
of the Lord.
example Paul summarizes beautifully the essence of the practitioners of
1. SORCERY IS DECEIT:
full of all deceit and all fraud," This is what witchcraft is all
about: deceit. They often tell you that it is God that gives them the power
and that they only want to do good. They are fraudulent, not only because
they practice a lie but also because they often take advantage of others to make
money, or to exercise control over them.
SORCERY IS FROM THE DEVIL:
son of the devil," Getting involved in witchcraft makes a person a child of
3. SORCERY SEPARATES US FROM GOD:
enemy of all righteousness." By participating in such activities one becomes
an enemy of righteousness—an enemy of God.
4. SORCERY IS A PERVERSION OF THE RIGHT WAY:
"Will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?"
and related activities are perversions of the straight way. How?
It leads to the worship of a god -- but not the true God:
offers power that mesmerizes and controls. The Holy Spirit leads us,
does not control us. Demons will finally take over and
they will control
From being ruler one becomes ruled by demons.
Rather than solving life’s problems, new, greater problems are created.
Rather than giving peace and life, they create turmoil and
3. The third
person involved in witchcraft mentioned in Acts is A YOUNG
LADY WHO DIVINED.
it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a
spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by
same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of
the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation.
this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the
spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And
he came out the same hour.
point here is that while at times people who are involved in sorcery seem to
have gained more power,
they are, in reality, possessed.
Familiar spirits which are
taught to be family servants in reality control
individuals and the family,
as this example shows.
the main reasons why new converts left magic behind. First of
all they understood that it involved Satan and demons. They also understood
that leaving demons behind was a critical part of true conversion.
the end time there will be the greatest magician of al, the greatest
magician or warlock of all times: THE FALSE PROPHET.
-- And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of
the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the
-- And the beast was taken, and with him the false
prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that
had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast
alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
man’s power will be mind-boggling.
He will deceive the nations and the
nations will be in awe of him. His end? Destruction.
Why are people so attracted to the
It is intriguing: the thought of seeing supernatural things happen
is very attractive.
It is appealing: the
thought of connecting to dead relatives is very appealing. Knowing that they
are Ok is very reassuring and the assurance that one may see them again is
Thinking that one may have power over the future and
others is magnetic.
It is elevating: People with low self-esteem may conclude
that they are superior to others because of newfound powers.
It seems thrilling if bored: Something exciting and out
of the ordinary to do.
It is extremely dangerous. Playing with the supernatural is one of the most
dangerous things there is.
Now let me share with you some
examples of people who got involved with the supernatural and suffered
severe consequences. The first two examples I have known personally the last
one is a witness from someone who warns others not to make the same mistake
here are some true examples f people whom I have known who were involved in
In 1986 I
met a young man who wanted to become a Christian. The man looked and acted very tense,
as if he had gone through a very unusual experience: he had.
Rather than asking question about doctrines, he went immediately into a fascinating
and troubling story regarding what he and his family had just gone through.
They were a normal
family. Two parents, 5-7 children in the late teens or early twenties. But things did not
stay normal. At one point in time His little sister had dabbled into some
toys which were supposed to connect her and her friends with the
supernatural. They did. They were able to communicate with spirits which in
time joined the young lady and took residence in her home. Not long after,
in fact, she started experiencing frightening moments during which these
spirits would temporarily possess her and get her to do irrational things.
The behaviour that stayed with me was that she would sit in class and she
would suddenly lose control and would hit the person who was sitting in
front of her.
The mother who was
fairly weak psychologically is the one they started working through the
most. In fact they would communicate with her and pass messages on to the
rest of the family. The overall message was that they had been chosen to be
saved from a coming catastrophe and that they would have been taken onto a
spaceship and brought to another location. At first there was scepticism but
the various manifestations convinced them that they were dealing with
powerful angelic beings.
distanced themselves from friends and relatives. Finally they were told to
separate themselves from every one, because, if I remember well, the others
were evil and would have tried to interfere with their salvation. They,
therefore, separated themselves fully and waited for further orders. The
family was therefore fully in the hands of these demons, except for the
father, I believe who wanted nothing to do with the whole thing but would
The family was a slave
to these angels for months. I believe that all except the father stopped
school or work and waited cooped up inside the house. Assurances came that
it was a matter of time and they would be taken away. But time went by and
The salvation of the
family came not from the sky but from below. One day the young man who was
relating the story to me was going through some objects in the basement and
came across a Bible. He was moved to read it and came across passages
that made him aware of demons, the supernatural and how it operates. Having
realized that the beings that they had been dealing with were not angels but
demons, he quickly went to work to save his family. The mother immediately
labelled him as an evil enemy who was probably possessed and tried to
prevent his from freeing his brothers and sisters. His persistence had paid
off though, and as of that day he was speaking to us he had been able to
free everyone except his mother and his little sister.
Not long after He
became converted and became one of our finest members. Thanks to
his example, a sister and one or two brothers were converted as well.
How did the
terrible nightmare begin? Simply by playing with seemingly harmless
I mentioned at the
beginning that demons will give you something at first to get you hooked and
then they add anguish.
The next story is that
of someone I’ve known for a long time.
She is a divorced
woman with four children. After she left her abusive husband she went to a
witch to foresee and influence her future.
The witch told her
that she would come across and marry a rich man. Not long after she met a
man at an adult club. The man told her he was divorced. (Lie) He was rich.
(True) She became involved but finally found that he was married and had two
She decided to stay
with him anyways with the hope that he would leave his wife. He showered her
with gifts in the meantime.
The witch in the
meantime gave her powders she would insert in his shoes which were supposed
to make him leave his family and join with her. It worked. He finally left
his family and joined with her.
As this relationship was evolving she
spent less and less time with her kids who spent more and more time with the
wrong crowd. The smallest was taken over by her grand parents who were
unable to stop the situation. The three older ones, now teenagers at first
they got in trouble in and out of school. Then they graduated to minor
thefts, and then to bigger ones. Drugs were inevitable and then selling
drugs. Of course the atmosphere at home was unbearable. So the mother,
encouraged by the prediction of the witch, left her kids to themselves and
moved in with the man who had left his wife and kids.
Today she is a rich
woman. She is not married to the man but she has much in the way of material
possessions. She drives a very expensive car and lives in a fancy house.
The witches prophecy
came to pass, but at a cost. All her four kids detest her. They do their
best to use her to get money and when they can’t they reject and ignore her.
All have been in
serious trouble with the law. Some are drug addicts.
warning through Banquo in Macbeth?
oftentimes, to win us to our harm the instruments of darkness tells us
truths win us with honest trifles to betray’s in deepest consequences” (Macbeth, Act
I have seen the woman in great
despair. Yes, she has much and yet she has nothing. She has money, a big car
a big house, and messed up kids who hate her guts. In fact she is now
terrified that her kids or son in law who sells drugs may try to get rid of
her to get their hands on all her riches. Her fear is founded.
This has been Satan’s gift. Every good and perfect gift is from the Lord.
Every evil and imperfect gift is from Satan.
last example is a witness from someone who
was involved and is imploring all especially young people to
steer clear of the supernatural.
The title of the article is
"Escape from the Power of the Ouija Board."
The moral of the
story: Demons are alive and well on planet earth and they are very active.
Our culture is actually co-operating with them by making light of the
supernatural and by desensitizing our young people to it. Books and movies
of children using magic powers for good are Satan’s number one tool for
stirring up curiosity in young people and emboldening them to try activities
that can lead to demonic possession.
Young people, there is
no white magic. There is no magic that will help people. If it does, it’s
temporary. The message that there is good magic out there is a huge
dangerous lie from the father of lies: Satan.
If you have dabbled in
anything magical, please stop before it’s too late.
God, who loves you and
that is why he told you thousands of years ago in Deut. 18 stay away from
witchcraft, or soothsayers, or people who interpret omens, or
sorcerers, 11 or people who conjures spells, or
mediums, or spiritists , or people who call up the dead.
12 For all who do these things are abominations to the LORD.
should be abominations to every one of us as well.
In the end times demonic supernatural activities will abound and the people
of the world will refuse to let go of them and the end result will be
catastrophic for most of humanity.
For witchcraft is a work of the flesh. It means getting involved with the evil
side. It means serious consequences in the short and long term.
stay away from witchcraft. Let’s be on guard to keep our children away from
witchcraft. Let’s discourage any interest in witchcraft, even when it seems
innocuous, and lets keep evil out of our lives and out of our kids’ lives.
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