Thursday, February 09, 2006

Thoughts on being a Christian exWitch...

It is an unfortuneate reality that there are a great many falsehoods, deceptions and outright lies concerning Witchcraft, Wicca, Neo-Paganism and the occult that are passed on as fact within the Church, 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 on the effective witnessing to those in the occult and which also brings dishonour upon Christ...
Sadly, many Christians are fearful of and fascinated by the occult and fish for salacious details of past practices and beliefs, for example with the myths of Satanic Ritual Abuse/killings and magickal workings against Christians, and I know from personal experience that this can be extremely offensive and alienating...
Which in a round-about way brings up what has become a bit of a private 'hobby horse' with me of late...
ExWitches and ex-Pagans can often feel that they are considered as 'trophy Christians' when they convert and are at times paraded round by others like a scalp, without a real loving commitment to stand by them as genuine brothers and sisters. We are not circus freaks or 'token' or 'trophy' Christians to be gawped at by those who haven't shared their experiences...
Be prepared to help protect those who come to Christ from Witchcraft and the occult from intrusions if necessary, from those they have left behind... AND from fellow Christians....
Never forget that these are people who need time to get established in Christ; they will frequently have had spiritual experiences which are damaging and may have left 'baggage', as well as the usual life experiences. Don't expect perfection in a day, and don't overwhelm them with publicity on the 'Christian circuit'...
Many exWitches are intensely private people - often through necessity - because they have been hurt in the past by Christians (My own Testimony is but one example), and should be allowed to grow and not made to fit someone else's agenda....
They start as babes in Christ, as we all do, and sometimes their 'baggage' can be very complicated if they're not treated with love and consideration for what they've been through. Respect their boundaries and ALWAYS be led by the Holy Spirit. Love them as Christ loves the church; have their well being on your heart...
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Gal 6:2

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