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Ep.993: Should We Be Worried About Witchcraft?

Understanding and dealing with witchcraft in a Christian way

Should We Be Worried About Witchcraft?

Theme Scripture: 1 Peter 1:14

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So, if you are a little kid it’s time for the excitement of “trick or treat” – costumes and candy. If you are older it’s time for parties, horror movies that look and feel so real they make your skin crawl, the undead, dark spells and generally unfettered behavior. Yup, we are talking about Halloween and all of the trimmings that come with it. Here is the thing – no matter what age you are, when Halloween comes it is also time for a strong and convincing dose of witchcraft. That’s right – no matter what age you are, witchcraft is not only entirely mainstream, it is enticingly mainstream and very much within reach. So, is this something to be worried about? Are we dealing with some big, dark and deceiving practice or is it all just harmless home-brewed storytelling?

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Let me begin by telling you my conclusions on the matter, and then I will give you a sense of why those conclusions exist.  I firmly believe that no matter what type of witchcraft is being practiced, be it Wicca – white witchcraft - or  black witchcraft or any combination of the two is inherently dangerous and absolutely inappropriate.  Now, that is a blanket statement intended to unequivocally classify all forms and facets of this pagan practice as bad.  I realize there is no political correctness in this approach.  I realize this approach will subject me to being called a "hater "and all of those other wonderful names that go with it.  All I ask is that you hear me out for a moment…

First, I want to stress that my personal stand on this matter does not judge the PEOPLE involved in witchcraft, but it does pass judgment the PRACTICE of witchcraft.  I personally know some witches who practice Wicca, and I will tell you that they are among the most kind, caring and upstanding people I know.  So as we continue, let me be clear that my perception of danger is focused on the practice, not the people.

What is so bad about the practice?  It’s all about power.  Spiritual power.  Any witchcraft practice involves gathering in ethereal powers, be it through nature, through spirit entities or through “the universe.”  These powers by definition are mystical and undefined and the assumption is that these powers, when summoned, will do what you would have them do.  My biggest issue with all of this is that assumption. My issue is based on two things.  First, it is based on you having the say over these powers, which according to witchcraft is realizing your potential as god or goddess.  I see this as an idolatrous and ego-based approach to power that we do not even understand.  Second, those power sources that we do not understand are assumed to be for good and somewhat controllable.  Why anyone would assume that powers far greater than yourself are inherently good and controllable by you is beyond me!  I truly believe that all of this brings disaster and spiritual manipulation, masked as goodness and light.

Check out our October 30, 2017 podcast, “Should WE be Worried About Witchcraft?” to find out more.  Many things that may seem good, wholesome and harmless are not and you have a right to know why!

 

 

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  1. A listener posted this on our chat board: hey, my dudes! my name is clair and i stumbled across ur podcast by accident; ur witchcraft one, actually! it was interesting, but i have some questions:
    – how do u feel about ppl using witchcraft as a way to express their devotion to god? are u aware that ppl choose to worship god through the creation + not thru a centuries old text that has lost much of its intended context? have a good day!!!!!

    1. Thank you, Clair, for expressing asking these questions and in the nice spirit in which you stated them. The Bible is full of references to nature and our role as the overseers of the earth to protect it, care for it and appreciate it, as it shows God’s handiwork and His love for us. (He didn’t have to give us color, texture or taste. He could have given us only one kind of flower and nothing as grand as a mountain, ocean waves, a tree or an animal that could fly to inspire us…). Romans 1:20 says: “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen being understood through what has been made (nature), so they are without excuse.” Even if you didn’t KNOW God, you would know Him by his amazing creation; you could see the love and care and exquisite detail provided and see we have a benevolent Creator. So one who does not believe has no excuse – God is all around them.

      However, Worshipping “through” nature quickly gets mixed up with worshipping nature, the created, instead of the Creator. In order to please God, we worship Him in the manner in which He has provided – that is indeed through the lessons in that centuries old instruction book. Anything less is devised by man, perhaps attempting to circumvent the time and effort it takes into figuring out His will and the difficulty in following it, as it goes against much of our sinful human nature.

      Job 12:7-10:(NASB) “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; and let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing? And the breath of all mankind?”

      Because of the dangers of witchcraft, where even perhaps good principles of “white” witchcraft on the surface look good, we are advised to stay away from all forms of it, as it has been manipulated and disguised by Satan to be something that is light. We maintain the position that the best course of action is to not deviate from scriptural admonitions for anyone seeking to do God’s will.

      Thank you again for your thought-provoking questions! We hope you will continue to listen to our hundreds of other podcasts available! – Christian Questions

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