Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Occult - An exWitch's View...

I was somewhat taken aback recently when I was recently accused by another Christian of defending the Occult because I did not agree with her that tales of so-called 'Satanic Ritual Abuse' were all true...
So just for the record what follows is my stance on the Occult - as a Christian exWitch. (I will post at a later date my views - and the reasons for them - on so-called 'Satanic Ritual Abuse' which seemed to irk my sister in Christ so much)
My stance is that the occult usurps the rightful place of the Scripture in the life of the Christian. It attempts to give direction and guidance to the individual and ultimately deliver him into bondage.
The Bible is clear on the subject. Astrology, Divination, consulting or contacting the dead (Necromancy) and in fact the occult in general, is an abomination to God. Some would have us believe the Bible endorses certain occultic practices as an art that offers mankind an understanding of his true self, an opportunity to create his or her own reality to suit his or her personal spiritual goals.
The following Scriptures indicate otherwise.
  • "Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord." - Leviticus 18:21
  • "Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death... I will set my face against that man and I will cut him off from his people... I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them..." - Leviticus 20:1-6
  • "And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon, and the stars - all the heavenly array - do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven." - Deuteronomy 4:19
  • "If a man or woman living among you... is found doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God in violation of his covenant, and contrary to my command has worshiped other gods, bowing down to them or to the sun or the moon or the stars of the sky, and this has been brought to your attention... take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death." - Deuteronomy 17:2-5
  • 'When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or Sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.' - Deuteronomy 18:9-11
  • "They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal." - 2 Kings 17:16
  • "He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Ashtoreth pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, 'In Jerusalem I will put my Name.' In both courts of the temple of the Lord, he built altars to the starry hosts. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced Sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger." - 2 Kings 21:3-6
  • "The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest... to remove from the temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Ashtoreth and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel. He did away with the pagan priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense... - those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts." - 2 Kings 23:4-5
  • "Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law..." - 2 Kings 23:24
  • "You are wearied with your many counsels; Let now the astrologers, Those who prophesy by the stars, Those who predict by the moons, Stand up and save you from what will come upon you. Behold, they have become like stubble, Fire burns them; They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame..." - Isaiah 47:13, 14
  • "The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven [ISHTAR]. They pour drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger." - Jeremiah 7:18
  • "At that time, declares the Lord, the bones of the kings and officials of Judah, the bones of the priests and prophets, and the bones of the people of Jerusalem will be removed from their graves. They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of the heavens, which they have loved and served and which they have followed and consulted and worshiped. They will not be gathered up and buried, but will be like refuse lying on the ground." - Jeremiah 8:1, 2
  • "The houses in Jerusalem and those of the kings of Judah will be defiled like this place, Topheth - all the houses where they burned incense on the roofs to all the starry hosts and poured out drink offerings to other gods." - Jeremiah 19:13
  • "I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all who live in Jerusalem. I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the pagan and the idolatrous priests - those who bow down on the housetops to worship the starry hosts, those who bow down and swear by the Lord and who also swear by Molech, those who turn back from following the Lord and neither seek the Lord nor inquire of him." - Zephaniah 1:4-6
  • "But God turned away and gave them over to the worship of the heavenly bodies." - Acts 7:42
  • "No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons." - 1 Corinthians 10:20
The above Scriptures clearly reject the use of occultic practices and all forms of divination by God's people. God not only cleanses his kingdom of all occultic influence, He outright condemns those who practice its arts. Scripture also calls each of us to place our faith in Jesus Christ rather than the created universe.
The book of Colossians reminds the individual to "see to it that no one takes you captive through vain philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of man, according to the elemental principles of the universe, rather than according to Christ" (Colossians 2:8).
We are to remain vigilant and guard our hearts, for from the heart flows the living water of life.
The Occult offers us every opportunity to turn away from our Creator. We are seduced by other gods that come to us from the heavenlies as we seek to divine our future. The Occult claims to offer us hope, but it can only deliver our souls to be burned. It claims to decode the mysteries of the cosmos, yet the Creator has done so in his Word.
The occult utilizes various methods and devices to inform the novice; the Lord offers the believer the Scriptures for instruction and a relationship to cement his future. The occult attempts to displace the true God of the universe with the false gods of the ancients. The Christian stands as the only sentinel to call forth the deception of the occult in another's life.
We must stand and rightly speak God's truth into each soul and thereby become a missionary of hope, rather than a deceiver of demonic spirits.
Unfortuneately there are MANY falsehoods, deceptions and outright lies spread within the Church concerning the occult that are preached as fact, and which cause suspicion, confusion and fear not only among Christians, but in the wider community at large, and which only serve to harm the innocent, negatively impact upon the effective witness of those who minister to those still involved in the occult and which - most seriously of all - brings dishonour upon Christ...
"All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (II Timothy 3:16-17)
Such was the attitude of the Apostle Paul. Yet today, many who claim to revere the Bible as the inspired Word of God seem to trust the word of a friend, colleague, Pastor, Priest or even a favourite author as being 'Gospel', so that the need for confirmation from Scripture is considered marginal at best. Indeed, many Christians seem to be ready to believe ANY book rather than THE Book that they claim to hold most dear!
Local churches are commanded to appoint Elders able to pass judgement on what those who claim to speak in the name of God teach (I Corinthians 14:29). Luke, the writer of the New Testament book, 'Acts of the Apostles' praised the Bereans for testing what the Apostle Paul taught them:
"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and EXAMINED THE SCRIPTURES EVERYDAY, TO SEE IF WHAT PAUL TAUGHT WAS TRUE." - Acts 17:11
The risen Christ commended the Church at Ephesus for testing those who claimed to have Divine Authority: "I know that you have tested those who claim to be Apostles, but are not, and have found them false... " (Revelation 2:2)
If one truly believes the Bible to be the Word of God, then it is obvious how vital it is to use it to judge every doctrine and experience. Each Christian is responsible to search the Scriptures themselves and to test what is being taught (I John 2:26-27).
One can not abdicate responsibility in this area by claiming that, "those who teach will be judged more strictly." (James 3:1) For each Christian is commanded to "test EVERYTHING, and hold onto the good."(I Thessalonians 5:21) and to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once and for all delivered to the saints." - Jude 3
THAT is my stance on the Occult...


Blogger Rose Briar said...

My name is Rose. I am a Wiccan. Before you delete this, I have something to say. Wicca is not evil. As an ex-Wiccan, surely you must have read the Wiccan Rede " an it harm none, do what ye will " ? I am not condemning Christians, I like them. However, I am asking you to respect Wiccan views. I do not believe in Satan, nor do I follow him. That is totally different, and is nothing to do with Wicca. Please, I ask you to have some religious tolerance, and accept Wicca

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Blogger exWitch Australia said...

I am more than familiar with the Wiccan Rede Rose... You'll even find an extensive write up on it at the main exWitch Australia site - http://exwitchaustralia.com/Glossary/WICCAN_REDE.html

...also I go to great pains here, at the main exWitch Australia site - http://exwitchaustralia.com - and at the 'Son and the Moon' Forums - http://sonandthemoon.10.forumer.com - to point out to other Christians that Satan is not part of the Wiccan Pantheon...

I do indeed accept Wicca and an individual's right to choose to be a Wiccan... but such acceptance does not mean that I agree that such a choice is the correct one to make... OK?

I think it is you are the one that is being intolerant here Rose by refusing to accept that I have a right to my beliefs just as you have a right you yours...

Yours in Christ

Jean-Luc deVere
Former High Priest
Circle of the Mystic Moon
Western Australia

9:49 PM  

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