Summary: 3rd in series of Taking Up Your Cross in Today’s World. This sermon is to inform Christians of the snares of the occult and how to recognize them.
A Witch’s Invitation
Several years ago Christian music artist Carman produced a song and video entitled "A Witch’s Invitation." Very seldom do you hear Christian artist or even Pastors telling about the snares of the occult. What I want to discuss tonight is the occult. The definition of the word occult is: "Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences or phenomena." It encompasses witchcraft, astrology, spiritualism, satanism, fortune telling, paranormal, parapsychology, extra sensory perception, self-hypnosis, and hypnosis. In the first sermon of this series I told you about my study of the occult. The Bibles tells us what Satan means for evil, God uses for good. God is all knowing and even though I didn’t accept His call into His ministry at 14, He knew I would at 54 and so He used those 40 years to teach and train me in what He wanted me to tell His children today.
The occult is real. I wish there were some way I could say this more emphatically so that you would believe it. Everything that I have listed above is real, people are involved in it and they used it in their everyday lives, but it is Satan who is controlling the mechanics of it.
Let’s look at astrology. Many in the Christian church read their horoscope everyday as soon as they get up in the morning. Almost every newspaper in this nation publishes horoscopes in their paper. Many people use their horoscope to invest their money or make decisions in their businesses. We have even had presidents of the United States that have consulted astrologers before making important decisions regarding our nation. I have read and studied astrology and it is possible to come up with horoscopes that appear very accurate, but remember, the Bible tells us that Satan is a liar and a deceiver. Many have told me that they read their horoscopes just for entertainment. Their lives would be must better if they read the Bible instead. The Bible tells us that astrologers will burn in hell. That is enough for me to stay away from horoscopes. Let’s read Isaiah 47: 13-14.
13 All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.
14 Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame.
Even though most people do not believe it, Satan does have power. Remember the things that God allowed him to do to Job and his family? Remember when Moses went to the Pharaoh and did the miracles commanded by God? Aaron threw down his staff and it turned into a snake, the magicians was also able to turn their staffs into snakes. When Moses turned the waters of the Nile to blood, the Egyptian magicians were also able to perform the same feat. The magicians duplicated the plague of frogs also. So Satan has limited power. Especially during the tribulation, those who are not raptured will see many miracles from Satan.