Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Witchcraft’

531738_164154170386200_1114183352_n10704057_466208160184446_1010612788143434488_n

545877_422825391108026_1718222126_n

Are You Dancing with Darkness?

occultchroniclesspidersnack1

  An Invitation to the Occult?

Halloween – 1997

 Author: Chuck Missler

Source: Koinonia House-Update

This is always a difficult time for Christians, especially those with children. It has been suggested that for a Christian to be asked to celebrate Halloween is like asking a Holocaust survivor to celebrate Hitler’s birthday!

It is also a dangerous time for some, since many of the seemingly “harmless” involvements associated with Halloween can also be “entries” for the occult, and can prove very tragic for the unwary.

Pagan Background
In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic festival of Samhain was observed on October 31, the end of summer. November 1 was the new year for both Celtic and Anglo-Saxon calendars and was one of the most important and yet sinister calendar festivals of the Celtic Year.

Settling in northern France and the British Isles, the Celtic people engaged in occultic arts and worshiped nature, giving it supernatural, animistic qualities. (Much like our Federal government is attempting to enforce today.)

The ancient Druids were the learned priestly class of the Celtic religion. Many of their beliefs and practices were similar to those of Hinduism, such as reincarnation and the transmigration of the soul, which teaches that people may be reborn as animals. The Druids believed that on October 31, the night before their New Year and the last day of the old year, Samhain, the Lord of Death, gathered the souls of the evil dead who had been condemned to enter the bodies of animals.

The Druids also believed that the punishment of the evil dead would be lightened by sacrifices, prayers and gifts to the Lord of Death. (This begins to reveal the strange link between this holiday and the non-Biblical concept of purgatory.)

The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day, and the autumnal festival acquired a sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature.

And, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther drove a stake into the heart of many of the prevailing non-Biblical concepts by nailing his famous 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, which started the movement known today as the Reformation-the single most important event in modern history.1 Appropriately, he did this on Halloween.

Modern Halloween Traditions
In early American history, Halloween was not widely practiced until the 20th century, when it was introduced by the Irish Catholic settlements. Gradually, Halloween became a secular observance, and many customs and practices developed. The carved pumpkin may have originated with the witches’ use of a skull with a candle inside to light the way to coven meetings.

Since 1965 UNICEF, an agency of the United Nations, has attempted to incorporate into the Halloween observance the collection of money for the United Nations Children’s Fund. This exploitation by the ungodly United Nations of this pagan holiday seems strangely appropriate.

The Occult is Increasingly Popular
Halloween is, for many, a “crossover” involvement in which innocent games can lead to serious entanglement with real witches, neo-pagans, New Agers, and other occultists.

2 A common pastime is the use of a Ouija board to attempt to contact ghosts or spirits that are believed to be roaming about. This can lead to serious consequences including demon possession.

3 Demons have a vested interest in Halloween because it supports the occult, and it also offers novel and unexpected opportunities to control and influence people.

Forms of the occult can include mediums, channelers, clairvoyants, psychics, spiritists, diviners, mystics, gurus, shamans, psychical researchers, Yogis, psychic and holistic healers, astral travel, astrology, mysticism, Ouija boards, Tarot cards, contact with the dead, UFOs, and thousands of other practices which almost defy cataloging.

Occultism includes Satanism, astrology, Kabbalah, Gnosticism, theosophy, witchcraft and many forms of serious magic. It includes activities seeking the acquisition of “hidden” things-which are expressly forbidden by God in the Bible.
endtimes1

The Biblical View
Halloween practices can open the door to the occult and can introduce forces into people’s lives that they are not equipped to combat.

4 There is genuine power in the occult, but it is demonic power

.5Any serious study of Biblical demonology will reveal Satan as the power behind false religion, witchcraft, idolatry and the occult.

6 The Word of God makes it clear that these are all to be shunned as dangerous. There were many superstitions and false concepts in ancient Israel about which the Bible is silent. However, occultism, in any form, was punishable by death! Why?The spiritual power and reality behind idols involves demons.

7 The Bible commands us to shun occult practices. Mediums and spiritists are expressly prohibited.

8 Nowhere are such practices acceptable.

Your Protection
Intellect alone is insufficient. “If it were possible, it would deceive the very elect.” This is another example of the necessity to truly understand the Armor of God as outlined in Ephesians 6. This brief review was excerpted from our featured briefing package, Halloween: Invitation to the Occult?
[Related Article: Blending Witchcraft and Christianity]

End Notes

1. Manuscript by his son D. Paul Luther preserved in the library at Rudolstadt, quoted by F.W. Boreham in A Bunch of Everlastings or Texts That Made History, Judson Press, Philadelphia, 1920, p.20.

2. See Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, Harvest House, Eugene OR, 1996.

3. The case studies underlying William Blatty’s The Exorcist indicate that the trouble all began with a child playing with a Ouija board.

4. Russ Parker, Battling the Occult, Inter-Varsity Press, Downer’s Grove IL, 1990, p.35.

5. Isa 47:9; Mt 24:24; Acts 8:7; 13:6-11; 16:16-19; 19:18-20; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 6:7-11, 22; 2 Tim 3:8.

6. Deut 32:16,17; Ps 106:35-40; Acts 16:16-19; 1 Cor 10:19-21; 2 Thess 2:9, 10; 1 Tim 4:1f.

7. 1 Cor 10:20; Ps 106:37.

8. Lev 19:31; Deut 18:10, 11, 14 2 Chr 33:6.

Sources

– Missler, Chuck, Signs in the Heavens, The Mysteries of the Planet Mars Halloween: Invitation to the Occult? (briefing packages), Koinonia House, 1991-6.

– Ankerberg, John, and Weldon, John, The Facts on Halloween, Harvest House, Eugene OR, 1996. A key reference for this article.

– Sykes, Egerton, Who’s Who in Non-Classical Mythology, J.M. Dent, London, 1993.

– Patten, Donald Wesley, Catastrophism and the Old Testament, Pacific Meridian Publishing Co., Seattle WA, 1995.

– Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, Harvest House, Eugene OR, 1996.

– Also the video, Halloween: Trick or Treat, Jeremiah Films, Hemet CA

This article was originally published in the
October 1997 Personal Update NewsJournal.

10/31/2014
 
Link: about.me/gideonsword

http://pilgrimpassing.com/2014/10/31/are-you-dancing-with-darkness/

1939424_801209296642689_7461724527409139926_o

Read Full Post »

Confessions of a Teenage Witch

 By Sarah Anne Sumpolec
Guest Writer

What God Says

Want to know more? Check out these Scriptures about witchcraft.

Galatians 5:19-21
2 Chronicles 33:6
Micah 5:10-13
Exodus 22:18
2 Kings 9:22  

 CBN.com

When I opened the door, he turned and leveled the shotgun at me.  The bedroom was ice cold and he stood inside of a wooden laundry hamper wrapped from head to toe in a blanket.  All I could see were his eyes and the gun. 

I threw up my hands in surrender.  “Dad! It’s me. Sarah.”

He kept the gun leveled at me.  “What are you doing here?  Go!  Go outside!  He’s hiding in the trees.”  He gestured with the gun.  “Go look in the trees!”

I turned and ran downstairs, out the back door and into the frigid air.  I looked up at my parent’s bedroom window where the gun barrel now rested on the windowsill and the blanket shaped figure peered out.

I looked up in the trees thinking I’d see my father’s hallucination.  Thinking that my father couldn’t be wrong about intruders living in our attic and outside in the trees.  Suddenly, he disappeared from the window and I shivered.  My mother had left me there while she took my sister somewhere safer. I had nowhere to go but back inside.

That was the day my whole world shifted.  I was fifteen and I had grown up as “daddy’s girl”.  In my eyes, there was nothing he couldn’t do.  Until that horrible day.  The cocaine made my father a different person, someone I could no longer trust, and even though I was far from grown up, I felt like I was all on my own.

So I became a witch.  Just like that.  Witchcraft was something my father had introduced me to through an old book he once gave me.  I dabbled in it for years, but never really took it seriously until I realized that I needed more help than I was getting.  (And I think a small part of me wanted to do something that I knew my father would approve of).  My encounter with the barrel of that gun made me wonder what life was really about.  I began visiting New Age bookshops, reading books on witchcraft, and looking for answers.

Within months I had collected crystals, conducted séances, and built an altar in my room to worship the god and goddess I had chosen.  I read incantations, used Tarot, cast spells and took on a brand new identity.  I was a witch, and proud of it.  Resources were a little harder to come by back in the pre-Internet days, but it never stopped me.  My mom was more than willing to shell out money to buy the stuff I wanted. 

My father eventually got clean, but our relationship was severely damaged.  Things were a mess at home, they were a mess at school, and I became more and more depressed.  I wanted out, and I began to believe that the answer was to kill myself.  In fact, my “spirit guide” seemed to confirm that this was the very thing I was supposed to do.  I desperately wanted things to change, but no matter what I tried, things just got worse.  So one night I drove away in my car intending to never come home again.  As I was driving on the back roads, waiting for the carbon monoxide leak in my car to do its work, I remember feeling relieved.  Perhaps now, I thought, I can finally escape.

All I remember now is that I woke up face down in a small park some time later.  I don’t remember parking the car, or getting out, but there I was – very much alive.  I felt like a failure, I couldn’t even kill myself.  Yet because I had failed, and college was just a few months away, I figured I would just stick it out till then.  Maybe if I got away from my family, I’d be able to get my head cleared.

I continued to practice the witchcraft, though not as enthusiastically.  I moved into my freshman dorm and to my utter horror, I was placed in a room with two Christian roommates.  I was not amused.  I was completely dumbfounded by these two girls who talked about God and carried their Bibles around.  They could even quote things out of it.  At first, I thought they were just weird, but they were totally serious about it.  They didn’t swear or smoke or drink – which meant that our room was a no-party zone.  Which I was also not happy about.

But I couldn’t deny that they had a peace and security about life that I had never experienced.  Despite being a witch, I was intrigued by their faith and began to eavesdrop on their Bible studies.  And it wasn’t long before I accepted their weekly invitation to the Friday night Intervarsity meeting.  It was there that I heard a message that made me think that I could get a fresh start on life after all.  I made God an offer that night, right before Thanksgiving.  I told him that if he was real, and if he really wanted me, then I was his. 

He took me up on the offer.

Things shifted in my world once again, but this time, I wasn’t alone.  It took me a while to get my footing with God, but even though my parents hated that I had become a Christian, I knew that it was exactly what I was missing all along.

Many people assume that witches are the fake sort with pointy hats and brooms that we see every year around this time.  But they aren’t.  They are people just like you and me.  People who are searching for answers.  They just happen to be searching in the wrong place.  Gretchen, a character in my book The Alliance said, “It’s like a religion without the rules.”  The practice of witchcraft is very open-ended, allowing you to practice in any way you choose, so it can be very fascinating to some. But it’s deadly – it nearly killed me.  And there is also the fact that God strictly forbids it.

Most of you probably know that.  So instead, I want to look at why.  Why is witchcraft such a dangerous activity?

It’s the wrong power source.
Any supernatural power that does not come directly from God comes from Satan.  Satan is a real being (see Job 1:6) that likes to masquerade as an “angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14).  So even though most witches do not believe in Satan, they are playing in his playground rather than God’s.  That’s always a dangerous place to be.

It’s real.
Since the power source that witchcraft taps into comes from Satan, a lot of stuff actually happens.  I don’t even like to think about the things I saw.  Yet, just because “stuff happens” doesn’t mean that it’s truth.  Satan does have some limited power on earth, so that’s why psychics are sometimes right and why witchcraft seems to “work”.  Don’t mistake Satan’s power for God’s.  They can’t even compare!

It’s an assault on God’s nature.
Think about it this way.  God gave us his most precious gift when he sent Jesus so that we wouldn’t have to pay the price for our sins.  He doesn’t withhold any good thing from us (Psalm 84:11).  So if we go elsewhere to get guidance or power or entertainment, then we are basically telling God that he’s not enough for us.  We act like he is keeping something from us.  When he is really trying to keep us from being led astray by a very convincing enemy.

Satan is an enemy of God.
When we dabble in witchcraft, we are playing with a very real predator.  Most predators don’t simply grab someone off the street by force.  They tempt and lure us with innocent questions or pleas for help or even offers of gifts.  Once the predator lures you close enough, it’s only then that he can snatch you away.  Satan works the same way.  He uses innocent looking activities to lure us farther and farther away from the truth. (Check out 1 Peter 5:8)

The truth – God’s Word – is really your best weapon against the enemy.  The more familiar you are with God’s Word, then the easier it will be for you to tell when Satan tempts you with something fake.  So you don’t need to become an expert on witchcraft in order to talk to someone involved in it.  You just need to know God, and His Word.  It’s all the ammunition you’ll need. 

After I became a Christian, I gathered all of my materials, the idols, crystals, books and candles I had used, and burned them all in a big bonfire.  I know God was pleased with that.  I had traded a whole lot of nothing for a whole lot of God.  It was a pretty good deal if you ask me. 


Sarah Anne Sumpolec is the author of the YA series, Becoming Beka and lives in Virginia with her husband and three little girls.  She speaks to teens and parents and continues to write both fiction and non-fiction that deals with the tough issues that young adults face today.  She is one of the founders and a contributing author to Girls, God and the Good Life (www.girlsgodgoodlife.blogspot.com), a daily blog ministry for teen girls designed to encourage them to grow in their faith and is active online through her own website www.sarahannesumpolec.com and blog, www.girlsandgod.blogspot.com

Related Stories

Dabbling with Deadly Power

Alcohol, Tarot Cards, and Jesus

Ousting the Poltergeist

The Witch Who Found Christ

More Youth articles on CBN.com

http://www.cbn.com/family/youth/Sumpolec_teenwitch.aspx

Execution of alleged witches, 1587

Execution of alleged witches, 1587 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Satan Is Real

Satan Is Real (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Punishments for witchcraft in 16th-century Ger...

Punishments for witchcraft in 16th-century Germany. Woodcut from Tengler’s Laienspiegel, Mainz, 1508. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: