Summary: Wicca is popular today especially among teenagers. This sermon exposes Satan for the liar he is.
Wicca: Satan’s Little White Lie
Introduction: Goddess worship, Wicca, witchcraft and other occultist 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. Wicca is also a religion that has infiltrated schools all across the country, drawing young people in by the thousands.
You remember from last week’s sermon how liberalism has led to the building of a chapel on the grounds of Chapman University in Orange, California (A Disciples of Christ college) to be used for worship. If you recall, the University allowed a group of Wicca (witchcraft) followers to bless the grounds of the chapel because their group was going to be allowed to use it too. This serves as an example of how far away today’s culture is drifting away from the truth of God’s Word.
Since it is very evident that paganism, witchcraft and other magic 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. We know that if something is opposed to the cause of Christ, that Satan is behind it.
As we contrast Wicca with Christianity today you may find many of the Wiccan beliefs reminiscent of many New Age beliefs. Both belief systems are very similar.
A. Wicca – a nature religion
To begin, we must know that Wicca began as an “Earth” religion. That means that Wiccans worship nature as a divine image. Because of this belief that nature is divine, many Wiccans are strong environmentalists. They celebrate cycles of the sun and moon and often worship outdoors. Wiccans also believe that all plants and animals in the world are equal and will often say a prayer of thanks before doing something as simple as pulling a carrot out of the ground.
Wiccans often refer to the planet earth as a “goddess” or “Great Mother.” However, Christians know that the only being worthy of worship is the Creator and not the created. God is a supernatural being who is immortal, eternal and all-powerful. He alone is to be worshipped. The plants and the trees are not to be worshipped. They are God’s creation, created for our benefit. Animals are not to be worshipped. We read in the book of Genesis that we are to treat them with respect and be good stewards of these things, but they are created for our benefit.
We are not to worship plants or animals. They are not gods. They are created for our benefit. We are to worship the One who created all of these things.
B. Wicca – a pagan religion
Wicca is a “Pagan” religion. Webster’s dictionary defines a “pagan” as anyone who does not acknowledge the God of the Bible.
Christians, of course, believe in the One Supreme God who is the first and only source of all existence.
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
II. Beliefs and Practices
Wicca is anti-authoritarian. That means that they refuse to have any centralized authority.
Wiccans create their own beliefs by mixing and matching various views and practices in order to build their own religion.
A. Personal Experience
Wiccans draw many of their beliefs from personal experience. If it happened to you and you believe in it, then who is anyone to judge?
This is a dangerous thing because personal experience can become more important to us than truth.
2 Corinthians 11:14 says that, “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” Since that is true, then personal experience cannot be our ultimate authority because Satan is deceptive and can fool us into thinking that darkness is light – he is very good at what he does. You can have a personal experience that feels good and feels right to you, but it is a counterfeit to the real thing.
Wiccans belief that truth is subjective or relative; the only way you can know any kind of “truth” is through feelings or emotions.