Jason Silver | Pastor and Author
The context of this passage refers to priests who knew what was right and wrong, and it would destroy the people, but they ignored God. And they said nothing to the people. And the Lord grew very angry with them.
As a Pastor, as a leader, and as a fellow Christian, it is my responsibility before God to provide knowledge that can save people from harmful ways, and destructive deceptions of our one true enemy….the Devil.
“For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies-the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.”
One of the more prominent ways the Devil is becoming more active in our society today is through the fascination and actual practice of witchcraft… or named the more innocently sounding “white magic”. Which by the way is like saying “good evil”. As a Christian leader I refuse to sit back and watch people fall into this dangerous curiosity.
So what does the Bible say about it? And what does God think about it? Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what you or I think about it.
Galatians 5:19-21 says…
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to 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. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.”
What’s the attraction to witchcraft really?
1. It provides a sense of quick power control. In an out of control world, we feel more secure if we think we can personally have power to control it.
2. It promises you personal control of the affections of your life – money, people you have infatuations towards, and material extravagance.
Note the word CONTROL!
The reality however is that the only control going on is your free will is being controlled to perform mantras, spells, incantations, and all this out of the drive to please your selfish nature.
We see an example of this in Acts 8:9-24
“Now there was a certain man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city, and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great; 10 and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, “This man is what is called the Great Power of God.” 11 And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts. 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. 13 And even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip; and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.
14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21 “You have no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 “Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 “For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity.” 24 But Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”
We can see witchcraft throughout all kinds of areas we are touched by every day. Horoscopes…fortune tellers…movies… music…and one of the more prominent form of medias today… computer games. Here’s the names of but a few computer games like this: Diablo, Hexen, Heretic. Just listen to the names. It’s quite obvious. In one of these games you can actually play as the Baal’s, the false Gods mentioned throughout scripture that caused Israel to fall time and time again.
We try to justify everything we do that we like… but deep down we know God does not approve, and our involvement in it does not give him glory in the least.
So what am I saying in all of this?
That at all costs, we must stay away from witchcraft in all forms, even fictional books (ie. Harry Potter) music, and games. And if you’re involved in it now, you can ask God for forgiveness, and ask for him to free you from its control.
Ask for forgiveness? Yes… witchcraft is sin. In the Bible, rebellion is compared to the “sin” of witchcraft. This is what it comes down to. You can make a choice to obey God fully in this, and view witchcraft in any form for what it really is; or you can try to sooth your conscience by justifying it with human reasoning.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people use “Well it’s just entertainment.” as a justification. Pornography is also considered entertainment, yet that still does not justify a Christ-follower watching it.
In all of this however, we do not need to fear witchcraft, we need to deal with it.
“For greater is He who is in us, than he that is the world, that is the Devil!!!”
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. “
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
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