Witchcraft, Sorcery & Divination, Part III
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, (be burned as an offering to an idol) or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. Deuteronomy 18:10,11
Lets face it, witchcraft, sorcery and divination is an interesting form of entertainment for millions and most have tried their hand at at least some form of dark art. Remember as kids playing with the Ouija board, a seemingly harmless game, but somehow the thing worked and in many cases scared the daylights out of the unsuspecting. The reason these things are so dangerous is they open the doors of the demonic to gain a foothold in your life, or in biblical terms, a stronghold.
Everywhere you look today there is some form of witchcraft, sorcery or divination, whether in the movies, TV or even in your kids cartoons and it is so prevalent because the doors of Hell have been opened and the demonic hoard has flooded the world with their presence. Hollywood has unleashed a swarm of demonic influence over the years being the devil's greatest advocate. Just take a hard look at whats popular at the movies, anything to do with murder, mayhem or destruction is a money maker, from the living dead, vampires, werewolves and anything to bring fear and abject terror is a sellout!
Spiritism, seances, palm readers, and astrology are everywhere and are accepted forms of enlightenment for millions and in many cases these demonic prophecies come true, but in the end they always bring about death. If people saw what I have seen over the years in dealing with the demonic they would never even let their kids go trick or treating again, or allow them to fill their minds with horror flicks and violent video games. Years ago when I was more involved with youth I kept up with video games to see what kids were getting into and one day I was thumbing through the pages of a game book and came across a two page color spread advertising a certain game geared to attract eight to twelve year old boys. The ad displayed two beautiful women with their arms around one another, lesbian assassins for young boys to actually take on their roles as lesbian lovers hired to kill! The title to the ad was: We put the ass back in assassin!
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. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 118:12,13
WITCHES OF DIVINATION, PROGNOSTICATORS AND FALSE PROPHETS
"The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, (telling the future by signs and omens) a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart." Jeremiah 14:14
There have been false and misleading prophets for centuries deceiving people with their demonic fortune telling and prophetic hocus pocus, millions are seduced by astrologists, modern day mediums, mind readers and psychics. Many successful businessmen and Hollywood stars consult with these charlatans being cheated out of millions of dollars.
One such seer, Nostradamus, born in the 1500's was probably the most famous, even predicting events in modern times. His publications, prophecies and prognostications are still widely popular today among the psychic crowd. Another popular phenomenon is the attraction to anything paranormal: haunted houses, ghosts and goblins that have spawned a multitude of reality shows trying to prove the existence of the supernatural. The problem with all of this is the distraction from the actual word of the living God who desires to speak to His people through His prophets.
The church has been plagued with false prophets, faith healers and TV evangelists spewing out poisonous words of prophetic madness promising the moon and the stars to any unsuspecting believer foolish enough to fall for their lies. The apostle Paul warned the churches of Corinth and Galatia to beware of false brethren, prophets and deceitful workers who transform themselves into apostles of Christ!
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For even Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. II Corinthians 11:13-15
THE DANGER OF DIVINATION
Then Saul said to his servants, "Find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "In fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor." I Samuel 28:7
King Saul disobeyed the Lord by not destroying his enemies, but like many of us today made a deal with them, justifying his decision by giving some of the spoils of battle in an offering to the Lord. He also ignored the words of the prophet Samuel who directed Israel's battle plans and delivered the word of God to them.
The results of Saul's rebellion was the kingdom being torn from him and given to a man after God's own heart, David the shepherd boy. One of the first things to go when one disobeys God is the ability to hear His voice and that is what happened to Saul, so in order to find out about the upcoming battle with the Philistines he went to the witch of En Dor. Saul commanded her to do a seance and call up the late prophet Samuel, a very dangerous and foolish thing to do. Contrary to popular belief I don't believe the prophet could be called up by a witch, but a familiar spirit (demon) came from the depths of the pit with disturbing news that tomorrow he and his sons would be killed in battle, and so it was!
Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft when we try and hear God by means other than through the Holy Spirit. Years ago my former wife used to go to a medium in Dallas named Johnny Bell, a highly respected black witch, bedridden and visited by many who wanted their fortunes told, even successful businessmen desiring to know the direction of the market. The woman told my wife that she saw my father with a red cross on his chest, something I replied to her as nonsense. Not long after her visit my father came down unexpectedly with lung cancer and on my first visit when I entered his hospital room he had his shirt off just returning from a radiation treatment and on his chest was a red cross, put there by the radiologist, he died two days later! The wages of sin is death!
"Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, (divination) and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king." I Samuel 15:22,23
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
FREEDOM FROM WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND DIVINATION- If you have been guilty of practicing any of these forms of rebellion toward the Lord or you believe there is a curse upon your life, then recite this prayer of repentance to the Lord and gain your freedom!
Lord Jesus please forgive me of practicing or being involved with any of the dark arts and sins of rebellion and break from me the yoke that has held me in bondage by your anointing and wash away my sin with your blood. I renounce the works and effects of witchcraft, sorcery and divination and I now break every word, curse, spell, hex and incantation placed upon me by anyone and command the powers of darkness to loose my life and the lives of my family members in the name, power and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!