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Preached May 4, 2003 Ė PM Service
Our culture is rapidly turning from the Judea-Christian values it once embraced in exchange for pagan ideals as seen and practiced by witches and the occult. No one would even dream of the possibility of a Bible believing fundamental pastor being able to lead prayer for students at Torrington Middle school, but last year a representative from Wisdom House addressed a female deity, a goddess in an invocation for the students on take your daughter to work day. Goddess worship, Wicca, witchcraft and other occultic practices are more and more part of our main stream American culture. Chaplains in our prisons are required to facilitate witches, warlocks, and druids, just as much as any other religion.
Since it is very evident that paganism, witchcraft and other magick is growing in popularity, it is important that we understand this dark craft from a biblical perspective and keep ourselves pure from its seductive influences. There is much that we could say about the demonic world. It is not our aim to give these unclean beings that inhabit our world very much honor or fear. The blood of Jesus Christ binds every unclean thing and they cannot enslave born-again Christians against our will. There is much ignorance, however, on the part of many Christians, about exactly what the Bible says about this subject. Tonight we will seek to expose the craft for what it really is and give you the equipment that you need to answer people Biblically with regard to this subject.
Often well meaning Christians use the wrong terms or even the wrong philosophies in order to combat the spread of witchcraft, but their ignorance only serves to empower the forces of darkness further. We know that if something is opposed to the cause of Christ, that Satan is behind it, but that does not make every false doctrine Satanism. There are those who embrace paganism who have been called Satanists by Christians. This is not really the case. Some of these pagans do not even believe in a devil! The pagans defend their craft by saying that they are good witches, and bringers of the light. Tonight we will see that God lists the types of crafts and magick that he hates, and both the white witches and the dark crafts are mentioned. Moses was given very specific instructions about paganism. Godís people were warned to stay absolutely pure from its influences.
I. Do not imitate the religion of the pagans that surround you.
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.
A. Baby sacrifice.
1. Still practiced by hardcore Satanism today.
2. Moloch would promise riches and prosperity in exchange for the lives of children.
3. Abortion is the same wicked practice where people murder children in the pursuit of wealth and happiness.
B. Divination = the practice of using omens or magick powers to foretell the future.
1. Tarot cards
2. Tea leaves
3. Rune stones
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