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Summary: Horoscopes, psychics and the like, may seem like harmless entertainment, but instead they are an invitation…and invitation for evil to enter your life because these “deceiving spirits” and “hypocritical liars” distract us from following Christ, and thereb

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“Horoscopes & Psychics”

2003 Hot Topics Series

I Timothy 4:1-10, Deuteronomy 18:9-12

August 3, 2003

Purpose: Horoscopes, psychics and the like, may seem like harmless entertainment, but instead they are an invitation…and invitation for evil to enter your life because these “deceiving spirits” and “hypocritical liars” distract us from following Christ, and thereby distract us from “knowing the truth.”

I. Introduction – A discussion at Peacock Ridge…(a waitress asked me if Edwards was real or

not, and how I could tell. My answer to her was the three points under “How can we tell what is and isn’t?”)

- It’s become popular…1994 USA Today – CNN-Gallup Poll found that70 million

Americans believe in that’s its possible to talk to the dead.

- Our first ladies have practiced it…Nancy Reagan consulted astrologiers, Hillary Clinton

admitted to summoning the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt in her decision making.

- Millions upon millions pick up their newspapers each day to read their horoscopes.

- Others have spent hundreds on 900 numbers…

- Still others watch television and movies that glorify psychic ability, witchcraft, and other occult-like activities.

- People are asking, “What’s so wrong with it?”

II. What’s so wrong with “crossing over?”

- Psychics, horoscope writers, and all often prey upon the weakest people in their weakest moments.

- i.e. – those grieving the loss of a loved one, those who are searching to be loved, those who are struggling with their finances.

- “900” numbers make billions

ex. Do you remember Miss Cleo? – Her real name is Yoruee Cleomilli Harris –Currently four states, including New York are in the process of suing her for fraud and misrepresenting her product. Needless to say, we don’t see on TV much anymore.

- And if that weren’t enough, most of the time psychics are no where near telling the truth. ex. Miami - talking to a person who actually worked those 900 lines she said, “we tell them what they want to hear so they’ll call back or we can keep them on the line."

- according to a long-time skeptic and magician , James Randi, whose standing offer of $1 million to psychics who can independently verify their “magic” which has gone unclaimed for years, he says that even the current popular psychics like James Van Praagh and Jonathon Edward follow the same old pattern like the ones before them. (source: www.randi.org)

- The pattern is called a “cold reading.” They tell the subjects nothing, but make guesses based on probability, put out suggestions, and ask questions. This is a very deceptive art, and the unwary observer may come away believing that unknown information was developed by some wondrous means. When, in reality, it’s a con.

- For example, 48 hours did a special on a Van Praagh reading that lasted 60 min.In that time, he asked 260 questions and made only 2 actual statements.

The first one he got right was the name “Jack” however, it took it 26 guesses of other men’s names before he got there!

The second thing he got right was about Jack’s death, but again he needed the subject, Jack’s wife, to help him with the answer. Listen to the actual transcript:


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