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Growth of Witchcraft
In the days prior
to Jesus coming there was much witchcraft, familiar spirits and sorcery.
When Jesus came, He cast out demons and freed people from their
And afterwards, wherever the gospel has
been preached, demons have fled and people have been freed from their bondage.
The same was true
in the Old Testament:
God warned the people to put away
Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards,
to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God.
Leviticus 20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have
familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even
set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Every time God’s
people forgot Him, they would slip into sorcery and witchcraft.
II Kings 23:24
Moreover the [workers with] familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the
images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of
Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of
the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the
house of the LORD.
John, speaking of
the fall of Babylon during the tribulation, writes:
Revelation 18:23 And
the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the
bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy
merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations
The resurgence of witchcraft today.
It's not surprising that the craving for sorcery and magic
has soablack with the spread of pagan television shows and Harry Potter books
Almost a decade ago, a Wiccan
student wrote a promotional article for The Talon, her high school
newspaper, about witchcraft.
What happened shows both America's
Cultural Shift and the growing preference for paganism. The student, Leah
Mowry, based her conclusions on interviews with several other student witches
at Los Altos High School in California.
In her article, she boasted that her religion
more tolerant than traditional beliefs
people to take better care of the environment
people to empower themselves
only used "good" magic.
Soon afterwards, a Christian
student, also an editor for The Talon, asked if he could write about
Young Life, a Christian group active on their campus.
"No!" was the response,
"because witchcraft is underexposed in our society and Christianity is
overexposed." In other words,
witches could give public testimonies about the benefits of their religion, but
Christians were no longer allowed to express their faith and testimonies.
council from Christian leaders
Typical of our times, a recent
report in Christianity Today seems to base its approval of Harry Potter,
not on the Bible, but on popular consensus among admiblack Christian
"As far as I can tell,"
writes author Ted Olsen, "while no major Christian leader has come out to
condemn J.K. Rowling's series, many have given it the thumbs-up. If our readers
know of any major Christian leader who has actually told Christians not to read
the books, I'd be happy to know about it; but in my research, even those
Christians known for criticizing all that is popular culture have been pretty
positive about Potter."
prove his point, Olsen quotes seven Christian leaders and Publications:
1. Chuck Colson, in his Breakpoint (11-2-1999) radio
broadcast, commended Harry and his friends for their "courage, loyalty,
and a willingness to sacrifice for one another—even at the risk of their
lives." Colson dismissed the pagan practices as
mechanical, as opposed to occultism. That is, Harry and his friends cast
spells, read crystal balls, and turn themselves into animals—but they don't
make contact with a supernatural world…. [It's not] the kind of real-life
witchcraft the Bible condemns."
Those qualities can be found in almost any culture. But, according to the
Bible, a brave person is no freer to pursue paganism than a coward. Harry's
occult skills -- witchcraft, sorcery, casting spells, spiritism, interpreting
omens and "calling up the dead" fit into a category God tells us not
even to discuss. "For all who do these things are an abomination to the
Lord...." Deut. 18:9-12
9 ¶ When thou art come
into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do
after the abominations of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you any one
that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth
divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar
spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an
abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God
doth drive them out from before thee.
2. World Magazine (5-29-1999)
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as
delight—with a surprising bit of depth." Author Roy Maynard assublack World
readers that "Rowling…keeps it safe, inoffensive, and non-occult."
The primary rule of the occult is that Satan doesn't offer free
and easy favors for long. He may indulge seekers in a free ride for a while,
but as soon as his victims have been captivated by his lures -- all of which
are counterfeits of what God offers those who follow Him -- he begins to demand
his payoff. Suddenly the bright side of evil turns dark. Attempts to turn back
usually lead to spiritual terrors and oppression.
3. World's second article toned down the enthusiasm. "A reader drawn
in would find that the real world of witchcraft is not Harry Potter's world.
Neither attractive nor harmless, it is powerful and evil."
Contemporary witches -- both men and women -- are sincere, often
compassionate, usually well educated and frustrated with today's rampant
materialism. Few look evil. Instead, they demonstrate God's warning in 2 Cor.
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as
the ministers of righteousness….”
4. The British Christianity magazine praised the series. In an issue,
Mark Greene, Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity,
wrote a note of regret for not giving it to his god-daughter earlier:
"I wish I'd been the one to introduce her to
Harry—fine lad you know, courageous, resourceful, humble, fun, good mind. Comes
from good stock, you know. She could do worse, far worse. And, as far as
literary companions go, frankly, not much better."
What does he mean by "Harry -- fine lad
you know.... Comes from a good stock...." Is he referring to Harry's
parents -- a witch and a wizard?
5. Focus on the Family gave a mixed review. According to
Ted Olsen, the advice offeblack by Lindy Beam was simply, "Apart from
the benefit of wise adult guidance in reading these books, it is best to leave Harry
Potter on the shelf." ["Exploring
Harry Potter's World," December, 1999]
As for the first half of her counsel, it
might be good to remember God's definition of wisdom: Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of
wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding. No “wise” adult Christian would be guiding a
child to read Harry Potter. God’s Word
says, "Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good."
6. Wheaton College professor Alan Jacobs concludes that Harry Potter
stories promote "a kind of spiritual warfare…. A struggle between good and
evil…. There is in books like this the possibility for serious moral reflection…[and]
the question of what to do with magic powers is exploblack in an appropriate and
morally serious way."
Is it really? Books
written from an occult perspective cannot explore magic powers in "an
appropriate and morally serious way" -- without blackefining the word moral
and rejecting the Bible. Isaiah 5:20
Woe unto them that call
evil good, and good evil;
that put darkness for
light, and light for darkness;
that put bitter for
sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Refusing to Compromise.
who compromise on the issue of Sorcery and Witchcraft are way out of line with
God’s Word. The result is license to do
almost anything that feels good.
who refuse to compromise are often demeaned as old-fashioned killjoys who bring
reproof and embarrassment to those who fear offending the world with the whole
truth of the gospel. That's why Jesus warned us long ago,
John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated
me before it hated you. If ye were of
the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The
servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will
also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours
also. But all these things will they do
unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”
The Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) begins and ends with the power of
His Word. First, we "put on the girdle
of Truth," which holds all the
other pieces -- His righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation -- in place.
The last part, "the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,"
is simply His truth and promises memorized and used as we face each day's
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to
the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in
God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing
that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into
captivity to the obedience of Christ...." 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
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