“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV
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Over the past few weeks, we have taken the time to walk through different occult and demonic practices that are commonplace in Western culture. This is to draw the attention of the Children of GOD to the spiritual warfare we are already a part of, and its results around our lives.
Accepted witchcraft practices:
There are several practices of witchcraft that have become commonly accepted in Western culture. Among them are:
1. Yoga: Disguised as healthy exercise for the mind (“mindfulness,” “serenity,” “meditation”) and the body (stretches, flexibility, building your core), yoga is actually the worship of hindu “gods.” Each yoga pose and position worships various hindu “gods.”
2. After school satan clubs have become accepted.
3. Burning sage is a pagan practice used to alter the “spiritual environment” around a person. This practice is commonly used in witchcraft.
4. The Ouija board, also known as a spirit or talking board, is masked as an “innocent” table game. It was created for “supernatural communication” and is controlled by demons.
5. Tarot cards are used in divination via tarot card reading and cartomancy (fortune-telling). There are YouTube videos that teach children and adults how to read tarot cards.
6. Seances. Even cartoons for small children depict seances around a crystal ball.
7. Magic spell books. These can easily be purchased online or in stores and are readily available and marketed towards children.
The devil is hiding in plain sight. It’s time to put on our HOLY SPIRIT eyes and see what is happening all around us.
“Throw out anything tainted with evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22 MSG
What is sorcery?
According to Dictionary.com, sorcery is “the art, practices, or spells of a person who is supposed to exercise supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic; witchery.”
When we look at the word “sorcery” in the Bible, it’s translated as: Magicians, enchanters, omens, workers of evil, making potions (drugs) for evil purposes.
These words have been made commonplace in our Western culture. So many children’s books show the good wizard or magician. The Harry Potter books and the like glorify enchantments and spell casting. These things are considered fictional, fun, and harmless. Not so. Not so at all.
According to Scripture, sorcery is receiving intelligence from the spirit realm and adding it to intelligence in the physical realm to create philosophies that influence culture, inventions, and medications, bending nature and people to the will of other people…all with the aim to taint our worship of YAHWEH, causing HIM to have to punish us. Pure evil. Let’s look at Scripture.
“But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 12 For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.” Exodus 7:11-12
The phrase “wise men” is also translated “sorcerers.” The word “sorcerer” is translated “soothsayer.” Sorcerers are also seen as brilliant, wise men/women. Soothsayers predict or see into the future using incantations and spells. The power of pharaoh was not just in his military, but also in those who can bend nature – those who can change the natural use of things for the unnatural and cause it to be accepted (Romans 1).
Sorcery builds theories and philosophies (doctrines) that are widely accepted; they become the culture (the way) of the people. To ensure these cultural practices are never challenged or demolished, sorcery causes those cultures to become the law of the land. Once they become the law, they have established a throne for satan in that nation. If you look at both Exodus 7 and Revelation 2, you will see the marriage of the spiritual and the political. That is the result of sorcery.
Sorcery is systematic, culturally acceptable, pleasing to the soul, and demonic.
The “wisdom” from sorcery comes directly from demons. They instruct those who have given themselves to the pursuit of excellence and intelligence as their god, and expose them to knowledge of GOD such that it can be twisted for evil.
Take, for example, the doctrine Balaam (spirit of sorcery) communicated to Balak (king).
“But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.” Revelation 2:14
Balaam knew that cursing Israel would get them nowhere. Therefore, the spirit told Balak not to fight the Israelites. Rather, cause them to sin against their GOD such that ADONAI would fight HIS own people. That is exactly what happened.
“Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. 2 They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. 3 So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel.” Numbers 25:1-4
The demons in sorcery make logical arguments and show proof that what they say is rational and cause people with no HOLY foundation to follow them.
How has sorcery affected us today?
Let’s take our children as an example.
In our culture, we accepted sorcery in its mild forms when Disney and others began to change witches / wizards from “the bad guys” to “some are good/some are bad.” Then they moved us on to “being someone spiritual” is ok. Then they moved us to “I was born this way” as the mantra for the transgender agenda. Before we knew it, sorcerers had redefined what was culturally acceptable in less than 30 years. Today, elementary schools have books on transgender sex – the graphic kind with pictures.
Our nations have been led astray. As you read this, please consider praying that the LORD would give us HIS strategies to combat sorcery.
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
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