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Title: Cults Lecture -3


1
What The Bible Says About Magic And The Occult,
Wicca Paganism
  • Cults Lecture -3

2
Some Terms
  • Divination - foretelling the future by a system
    e.g palm-reading, water-reading, tea-leaves,
    I-Ching etc
  • Soothsaying much the same as divination but
    without a system, false prophetic reading of
    omens, portents and signs
  • Reading of omens telling what a certain
    puzzling event means in occult terms
  • Witchcraft the practice of casting spells, may
    involve the use of potions etc as well, a very
    general word
  • Conjuring spells the specific act of using
    magic words and sometimes smoke and ceremony
    for occult purposes
  • Sorcery the ability to influence people and
    objects through magic and to perform false
    miracles
  • Charms objects worn to protect from spirits or
    to work magic

3
Terms contd
  • Mediums someone that speaks with the voice of a
    spirit, or who channels a spirit being, or who
    contacts the dead
  • Spiritist one who communes with spirits.
  • Familiar spirits spirits of family members,
    ancestors, the deceased, spirits that haunt an
    area or are familiar to it
  • Calling up the dead people who contact the dead
    and talk with them
  • Making son / daughter to pass through the fire
    occult initiation ceremonies, in other cases the
    child may have been offered as a sacrifice to the
    god Moloch

4
What The Bible Says About Magic
  • (Leviticus 1926-31 NKJV) 26 'You shall not eat
    anything with the blood, nor shall you practice
    divination or soothsaying. 27 'You shall not
    shave around the sides of your head, nor shall
    you disfigure the edges of your beard. 28 'You
    shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the
    dead, nor tattoo any marks on you I am the LORD.
    29 'Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause
    her to be a harlot, lest the land fall into
    harlotry, and the land become full of wickedness.
    30 'You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My
    sanctuary I am the LORD. 31 'Give no regard to
    mediums and familiar spirits do not seek after
    them, to be defiled by them I am the LORD your
    God.
  • (Leviticus 206 NKJV) 'And the person who turns
    to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute
    himself with them, I will set My face against
    that person and cut him off from his people.

5
Contd.
  • (Deuteronomy 1810-14 NKJV) 10 "There shall not
    be found among you anyone who makes his son or
    his daughter pass through the fire, or one who
    practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who
    interprets omens, or a sorcerer,11 "or one who
    conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or
    one who calls up the dead.12 "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. 13 "You shall be
    blameless before the LORD your God.14 "For these
    nations which you will dispossess listened to
    soothsayers and diviners but as for you, the
    LORD your God has not appointed such for you

6
Astrology
  • Isaiah 4712-14 MKJV Stand now with your spells,
    and with the multitude of your sorceries, in
    which you have wearied yourself since your youth.
    Perhaps you will be able to profit perhaps you
    may bring terror. (13) You are exhausted by
    your many plans now let the astrologers stand up
    and save you, the stargazers, making known what
    is coming on you into the new moons. (14)
    Behold, they shall be as stubble the fire shall
    burn them they shall not deliver themselves from
    the power of the flame there shall not be a coal
    to warm them nor fire, to sit before it.
  • Deuteronomy 419 MKJV and lest you lift up your
    eyes to the heavens, and when you see the sun,
    and the moon, and the stars, all the host of
    heaven, lest you should be driven to worship them
    and serve them,

7
See also.
  • OT History 2 Kings 1717, 216, 2324 2
    Chronicles 336
  • OT Prophets Isaiah 819 Jeremiah 1414,
    279Ezekiel 1224 136-7,18,20,23 Malachi 35

8
Why The Bible Forbids Magic etc.
  • It connects people with evil and degrading
    (Satanic) powers
  • It misrepresents God and His plans (false
    divination!)
  • It portrays the spiritual world as only about
    power
  • It is an abomination that leads to the wrath of
    God
  • It brings a curse to the third and fourth
    generation
  • It makes people fearful and superstitious and
    takes away their free will and ability to think
    clearly
  • It frequently leads to mental and emotional
    instability
  • It is ultimately futile and worthless

9
Idols Paganism
  • .(Exodus 204-5 NKJV) "You shall not make for
    yourself a carved image, or any likeness of
    anything that is in heaven above, or that is in
    the earth beneath, or that is in the water under
    the earth 5 you shall not bow down to them nor
    serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a
    jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers
    on the children to the third and fourth
    generations of those who hate Me,
  • Deuteronomy 58-10 MKJV (8) You shall not make
    a graven image for you, any likeness of anything
    that is in the heavens above, or in the earth
    beneath, or in the waters beneath the earth. (9)
    You shall not bow yourself down to them, nor
    serve them. For I Jehovah your God am a jealous
    God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon
    the sons to the third and fourth generation of
    those who hate Me, (10) and doing mercy to
    thousands of those who love Me and keep My
    commandments.

10
What To Do With Idols
  • Deuteronomy 75 NKJV) "But thus you shall deal
    with them you shall destroy their altars, and
    break down their sacred pillars, and cut down
    their wooden images, and burn their carved images
    with fire.
  • (Deuteronomy 725,26 NKJV) "You shall burn the
    carved images of their gods with fire you shall
    not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor
    take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it
    for it is an abomination to the LORD your
    God."Nor shall you bring an abomination into your
    house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it.
    You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it,
    for it is an accursed thing.

11
Contd
  • Deuteronomy 121-3 MKJV (1) These are the
    statutes and judgments which you shall be careful
    to do in the land which Jehovah, the God of your
    fathers gives you to possess it, all the days
    that you live upon the earth. (2) You shall
    completely destroy all the places in which the
    nations which you shall possess served their
    gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and
    under every green tree. (3) And you shall
    overthrow their altars and break their pillars,
    and burn their pillars with fire. And you shall
    cut down the carved images of their gods, and
    destroy their names out of that place.

12
The NT, Magic Idols
  • (Acts 1919 NKJV) Also, many of those who had
    practiced magic brought their books together and
    burned them in the sight of all. And they counted
    up the value of them, and it totaled fifty
    thousand pieces of silver.
  • (Revelation 218 NKJV) "But the cowardly,
    unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually
    immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars
    shall have their part in the lake which burns
    with fire and brimstone, which is the second
    death."
  • (Revelation 2215 NKJV) But outside are dogs and
    sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and
    idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
  • 1 Corinthians 1014 MKJV (14) Therefore, my
    dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
  • 1 John 521 MKJV Little children, guard
    yourselves from idols. Amen.

13
Why The Bible Forbids Idol Worship
  • They take away worship and glory from the One
    True Living God and lead people to follow other
    gods
  • Idols misrepresent God - Who is invisible and
    eternal and living, and not visible, temporal,
    and static.
  • Idols are futile man-made objects and cannot
    speak, walk, talk or do anything
  • Idols are cursed objects which bring a curse to
    the household that contains them
  • Idols lead people into spiritual bondage, wrath
    and judgment

14
Occult, Wicca Freemasonry
  • Freemasonry Fatherhood of God, brotherhood of
    Man, free-thinking, Masons start as part of the
    Blue Lodge then move to other lodges, blood oaths
    at all levels, occult practices in the Scottish
    Rite levels 19 and above
  • Satanists many different kinds from disturbed
    teenagers to religious Satanists
  • Church of Satan Anton La Vey Church of Set,
    self-indulgence
  • Occult use of dark powers, rituals, secret
    knowledge and rites, numerology, astrology etc
    Kabala uses the Hebrew alphabet
  • Wicca a modern nature religion based on old
    witchcraft traditions, shamanism, spells,
    fertility gods, nature worship, seeks to Harm
    None and believes in the Law of Three, does not
    belief in Satan

15
Modern Paganism
  • Paganism is a broad, eclectic contemporary
    religious movement that encompasses shamanistic,
    ecstatic, polytheistic, and magical religions.
    Most of the religions termed Pagan are
    characterized by nature-centered spirituality,
    honoring of pre-Christian deities, dynamic,
    personal belief systems, lack of
    institutionalization, a quest to develop the
    self, and acceptance and encouragement of
    diversity. Paganism is sometimes referred to as
    Neo-Paganism to emphasize its connections to as
    well as difference from pre-Christian religions.
  • Paganism is a worldwide phenomenon and includes
    revived and updated ancient European practices
    and religions, feminist Goddess-worship, and
    religions inspired by science-fiction writings.
    For their inspiration, Pagans look to
    non-Abrahamic, ecstatic, and mystery religions of
    Europe as well as indigenous and magic-using
    traditions from around the world. Contemporary
    Paganism is interwoven with artistic, visionary,
    and libertarian traditions and emphasizes the
    free will of the individual. Many traditions
    celebrate rituals to mark transitions in the
    natural world (such as solstices, lunar phases,
    or a birth) as well as in a person's life (such
    as marriage or moving to a new home).
  • While the largest segment of the Pagan population
    is Caucasian and middle class, Paganism cuts
    across all lines, whether racial, occupational,
    or class- or gender-based. Most Pagans, however,
    are avid readers with interests in ecology,
    creativity, and personal growth. Many come from
    the scientific, computer, and technical fields.
    Since it is not an organized movement, it is very
    difficult to determine the number of its
    practitioners, but it is estimated that there are
    between 100,000 and 600,000 in the U.S. alone.
    Some have termed Paganism the fastest-growing
    religion in the West.

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Conclusion.
  • We have barely scratched the surface of the
    huge movements of astrology, magic, paganism, the
    occult and Babylonian mystery religions that
    abound today and fill our bookstores and
    unfortunately the minds of many people
  • These movements are nearly always very hostile to
    Christianity often openly so. At best they
    tolerate Christianity as a vague philosophy, but
    never as the Truth
  • Involvement in these groups, beliefs or practices
    can bring long-term spiritual trouble and such
    things must be confessed and renounced
    completely. This used to be part of pre-baptism
    instruction in the early church I renounce the
    Devil and all his works
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