OCCULTISM/WITCHCRAFT

"There shall not be found among you any one ... that useth divination, 
or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, 
or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord..."
(Deuteronomy 18:10-12)


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I.      All forms of the occult – divination, necromancy, astrology, hypnotism,
        fortune-telling, magic, etc. – are forbidden by God.

                   Leviticus 19:26-28, 31; 20:6, 27
                   Deuteronomy 18:9-14
                   2 Kings 23:24
                   Jeremiah 10:2

II.    Interest in the occult is not a recent development.

        A. Witchcraft was openly and widely practiced in Old Testament times.

                   Isaiah 8:19; 19:3; 29:4
                   Ezekiel 21:21
                   Hosea 4:12
                   Micah 3:6-7; 5:12

       B.  It was still rampant in the early church.

            1.   Simon the magician.  Acts 8:9, 11

            2.   Elymas the sorcerer. Acts 13:8

            3.   The girl at Philippi. Acts 16:16

            4.    The city of Ephesus. Acts 19:19

     C.   The Word of God testifies that there will be an increased curiosity
            in the occult in the latter days.

                   1 Timothy 4:1, etc.

III.   What force or power is at work in the supernatural manifestations of
        the occult?

         A.   The teachings of spiritism are doctrines of demons!

                   1 Timothy 4:1

          B.   Not all miracles are of God. Satan can also perform lying signs
                and wonders.

                   Exodus 7:9-12; 8:7, 17-19
                   Deuteronomy 13:1-5
                   Matthew 24:24
                   Mark 13:22
                   2 Thessalonians 2:9
                   Revelation 13:13-14,16:14; 19:20

     C.    Occult involvement may lead to demon possession.

                   Acts 13:8, 10 (Paul called the magician a "child of the devil!")
                   Acts 16:16-18

      D.   Scripture says that they "sold their souls" to the devil by their
             occult practices!

                   2 Kings 17:17

IV.  The Bible clearly states that it is in the realm of deception that these
       workers of iniquity operate.

                   Jeremiah 14:14; 27:9-10; 29:8-9
                   Zechariah 10:2
                   2 Corinthians 11:13-15
                   2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
                   Revelation 18:23b

        A.   It is true that fortune-tellers can reveal much (see Exodus 7:9-12; 8:7;
               Daniel 1:20); but their power is limited (Exodus 8:17-19; Daniel 2:2,
              10, 27; 4:7; 5:7-8, 15).

        B.   God challenged the people to see if the power of their astrologers was
               greater than that of God.

                   Isaiah 47:12-14

V.   What are the consequences for involvement in the occult?

       A.  Under the Law (Old Testament), the punishment was death by stoning.

                   Exodus 22:18
                   Leviticus 20:27
                   Deuteronomy 13:5

        B.   Saul died because he participated in a seance (1 Samuel chapter 28),
              and the kingdom was taken from him (1 Chronicles 10:13-14).

        C.   Those guilty of practicing witchcraft shall have no peace (2 Kings 9:22;
               Isaiah 57:20-21), and they shall not escape judgment (Malachi 3:5).

        D.   Their souls shall be rejected by God.

                      Leviticus 20:6
                      2 Kings 17:17
                      Isaiah 2:6

        E.   They shall be refused entrance into the kingdom (Galatians 5:19-21),
                and their end shall be the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8; 22:14-15).

VI.   Is it really that serious an offense?

        A.   In scripture, witchcraft is paralleled to rebellion (disobedience)
               against God.

                   1 Samuel 15:23

         B.  God says it is an abomination in His sight.

                   Deuteronomy 18:9-14

         C.  God says they "sold their souls" to the devil by their divination.

                   2 Kings 17:17

          D.  It is not only spiritually defiling (Leviticus 19:31); but it has a bad
                influence on others as well (Nahum 3:4-7, 19).

           E.   It greatly displeases and angers God.

                   2 Kings 21:5-6
                   2 Chronicles 33:6

VII.   Christians must separate themselves from black magic, and they must
         destroy all evidence of their former involvement in the occult.

                   Acts 19:19

           A.   In faithfulness to God, the land was ridded of all mediums and spiritists.

                          1 Samuel 28:3, 9
                          2 Kings 23:24

            B.   Those who "repented not" of their sorceries will be subjected to further
                   torment in judgment.

                           Revelation 9:20; 16:9

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