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ON THIS PAGE:
· The Definition and Essence of Idolatry and Witchcraft
· The Free Gift of God VS the Price that Satan Requires
· Sin and Sacrifice
Subjects of the following article contained in this book, Charismatic/Pentecostal Witchcraft
Most people perceive witchcraft in terms of people dressed in black, demonic chanting, and sacrificing humans and animals to invoke curses and send forth demons. However, God describes idolatry and witchcraft in much broader terms. 1 Sam. 15:22-23, the prophet Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion, [or secular and religious works outside God’s will,] is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…”
This study impacts the beliefs of both unbelievers and Christians in a way that will leave you amazed at how caring the God of the Bible really is. May God grant us all the understanding to flee from the many satanic doctrines, rituals, initiations, and sacraments of our religious world. While doing this study, I myself only began to understand the treacherous depths and deceitful nuances of that thing called “witchcraft.”
Only Jesus Christ, The Truth, truly empowers, heals, delivers, and saves — and He means exactly what He says in the full context of the Bible. The Most High God of the Bible loves every person on earth, (Jn. 3:16.) “He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of [His] truth. For there is One God and One Mediator between God and humanity, the Man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself a ransom for all…” (1 Tim. 2:4-5.) The God of the Bible, Christ Jesus, has only our best interests at heart, (Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:8-12.)
The only other spiritual source in the universe is the devil, and he will not share any of his power without laying hold of our eternal souls. Judaists, many Christians, Wiccans, and other pagans allegedly do not believe in the existence of Satan as a real person. However, our entire broken world testifies to the fact that God’s rebellious, disobedient angel, Satan the adversary, is continually destroying God’s creation. Jesus said, “The thief does not come [to humanity] except to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come to give life, and that you may have life more abundantly,” (Jn. 10:9-10.) Since the fall in Eden the “murderer” is still deceiving most of humanity; the crown of God’s creation, because “there is no truth in him,” (Jn. 8:44; 1 Jn. 5:19.) If he does speak the truth, it is always twisted truth, which he uses to his own advantage, because he “he is the father of all lies.” The evil one has no interest in healing or supposedly ‘blessing’ anyone, except to use his false signs and miracles to further destruction on another area of the person’s life, (Jn. 10:10.) No matter what Satan has promised, or what “luck” he has bestowed on you to trap you in active witchcraft, pagan religion, or in compromising the truth of the Bible as a Christian, until That Day when Jesus returns to earth, Satan will always be the underhanded torturer and murderer of humanity and the destroyer of God’s innocent creation, (Jn. 8:44; 10:9-10.)
In any type of war, knowledge of our enemies’ resources, strategies and strength is the soldier’s first defense. In the devil’s unrelenting war on humanity, true knowledge of God’s Word and the truth about all things that concern our lives, is a matter of life and death now and forever more. Our only protection is The Truth, Jesus Himself, and obedience to His Word. Not snippets and human interpretations (or doctrines) of God’s Word, but “the entirety of His Word, which is Truth,” (Ps. 119:160.)
Religion can be anything: Buddhism, Hinduism, Satanism – or Christianity. All types of religion, Christianity too, is the combat zone where the fiercest battles rage. The devil pays particular attention to those who confess the Name of Jesus. This manifested through the many Christian denominations or divisions of the Mother Church, Roman Catholic Christianity, which the evil one has erected all over the earth. Pagans and most Christians live in religious comfort zones and lack vital knowledge of God’s Word as well as knowledge of the schemes and devices of the enemy. Hence, God warned in 1 Pt. 5:7-8, “Be sober and vigilant; your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION AND DISCERNMENT
Holy Father in heaven,
In the almighty Name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, we pray. Please bless and use this work mightily to glorify Your Name and to build Your Spiritual Kingdom in the hearts and minds of believers here on earth.
Please protect all those who visit this website, and all those who were and are studying this book. Cover us spirit, soul, and body with the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. Please send Your mighty, holy angels to guard us; all our loved ones, and everything that pertain to our lives. Bind and destroy every evil plan, weapon, and work that was formed against us. Deliver us from all the deception, evil schemes, attacks, and other works of the evil one.
We take captive every thought to bring it into obedience to You alone; let Your Holy Spirit convince and convict us of all sin and deception. Please enlighten our minds with the entire truth of Your Word. Give us spiritual discernment and understanding of everything discussed in this study. Let Your Life and Light flood all the corners of every darkened and distressed heart, mind, and life, according to Your promises in the fullness of Your everlasting Word.
Thank You that You always hear and answer us.
For Yours are the Kingdom, the power, and glory forever and ever.
THE DEFINITION AND ESSENCE OF IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT
One tends to understand idolatry as the act of actively bowing to some object to worship it. Similarly, we see male and female witches, their incantations, rituals, and evil works, (witchcraft,) as pertaining only to active Satanists. Indoctrinated by fairy tales and the movie industry, most people believe that all Satan’s disciples dress in black robes and meet at midnight at cross roads and cemeteries to do their incantations and to do ritual blood sacrifice. However, as seen in the study on ‘Dealing with Abuse and Abusers God’s Way,’ idolatry and witchcraft extend much wider, higher, and deeper than such ‘superficial’ or ‘common’ acts of Satanism. God warned in 1 Jn. 5:19 that “the whole world lies under the sway, [deception or influence] of the wicked one.” And in 2 Cor. 4:3-4, “...If our Gospel [of truth] is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this world has blinded…” Satan does not own this world, or anyone or anything in it, but he certainly controls the vast majority of people in this world, who manage, or rather mismanage, world politics, religion, and nearly every other secular structure.
That is why real male and female witches, (male witches are not really called ‘warlocks’ as we were taught by the movie industry,) hardly ever resemble traditional depictions of Satan’s disciples. Most are ordinary-looking people, who function ‘normally’ in every sphere of life. Mostly, active Satanists are very wealthy, highly intelligent, popular, educated, sophisticated, and powerful people. High-level Satanists are also compelled to perform horrific acts such as blood sacrifice in their meetings, but they do not go about advertising their allegiance to their evil master in ways one would expect. Mostly, they dominate the world’s social, religious and political spheres as extremely pleasant, charitable, well-spoken, polite people. Referring to a prominent freemason, (who is also a devout Christian,) someone said, “I know no one can ‘earn’ the privilege of going to heaven, but if there is one person that really deserves to be saved, it is Robin! He’s the kindest, most generous and sincere gentleman I have ever met!”
Contrary to what most people believe, God Himself defines the basis of all idolatry as ‘bowing’ to our sinful ‘self’ by loving ourselves and others more than God; stubbornly choosing to do our own will above the will of God. None would bow to idols unless they bowed to their sinful ‘self’ first. By placing our own, or someone else’s interests, desires and will above, or in the place of God, we decisively commit the inexcusable crime of idolatry against God.
Similarly, the act of witchcraft relates to every single time we rebel against the will and the truth of God’s Word, disobeying God by substituting His will, commandments, truth, and plans with our own, or someone else’s will, directives, compromises of God’s Truth, and manmade plans, (read 1 Sam. 15:21-23.) A footnote in the Spirit Filled Bible, (which is merely the ‘original’ King James Version of the Bible in intelligible English,) explains, “Belief in Christ [must] result in obedience [to His Word;] what we practice provides evidence of our faith… Be ready to obey the [entire contextual truth of the] Words the Lord speaks to you. Know that God only continues to speak to those who do what He says. [Acts 5:32.] Understand that incomplete obedience is the same as disobedience. Do not substitute religion, [church/temple/mosque/synagogue/lodge, etc. attendance, rites, rituals, sacraments, and manmade doctrines,] for obedience to God’s Word. Know that disobedience and rebellion are as witchcraft in God’s sight. Understand that to hear God’s Word and not to practice it, is to reject it; [thus rejecting God Himself!]”
It is a humbling and sobering thought that we all, (speaking of sincerely and Scripturally born again believers in Christ as well,) frequently commit the sins of idolatry and witchcraft, as we all disobey God in one way or another. Does this sound too harsh or far-fetched? Well, who can say that you never tell a ‘little white’ lie? Did Jesus not say that those who lie take after their father the devil, whose “desires [most] want to do? He was a liar and murderer from the beginning, and when he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own [rebellious] resources, for he is… the father of [all lies?]” (Jn. 8:44.)
Okay then - but at least, we do not perform satanic rituals and blood-sacrifice like real Satanists do!
No? Well, listen to this: Malice is heart murder in the account of God. He that hates in his heart; thus speaking lies, deception, and perversity such as slander, “has his hands full of blood,” (Isa. 59:2-5; 1:15!) May God have mercy on our souls! If sincerely born again believers, (the truly righteous in Christ,) are so bound to obedience to God’s will, where, indeed, “will the ungodly [the unbeliever without Christ] and the [disobedient Christian, and other pagan] sinners appear?”
According to the Bible, all of humanity ‘instinctively’ knows that God exists, (1 Pt. 4:18.) All of humanity has to be guided by God’s Moral Law of Love, (or human conscience,) which is written on every human “heart,” as the Holy Spirit uses His Moral Law to convict every person on earth of “sin, righteousness, and judgment,” (Rom. 1:19-20; Jn. 16:8.) Hence, all of humanity is responsible before God for every one of their decisions and actions. None will have an excuse in that day when we all will have to give an account before the Judgment Throne of God, (2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15.)
However, most of humanity, (and sadly, most Christians too,) have their “consciences sheared” by unrepentant sin. Thus, their understanding of the True God and God’s True commandments was “darkened,” (Rom. 1:21.) Therefore, it is necessary to preach the true Scriptural Gospel to all those whom God sends across our way, explaining the necessity of personal faith in Christ, and pointing out that we must repent from sin and obedience to the truth of the Bible, (Mt. 28:19.)
It is most important to know that “God so loved the whole world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever [sincerely and personally] believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might [choose to] be saved. He who [obediently] believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God,” (Jn. 3:16-18; 1:12-13.)
All sin is an abomination in the eyes of God. However, to reject the Love, or the Free Gift of God, (the Lord Jesus Christ and His complete atonement in our place,) or to sin knowingly and unrepentantly once we chose Jesus as our Lord and Savior, make our original condition of sin and cursedness without the atonement of Christ so much worse. Scripturally born again believers have the great privilege to access the throne of the Father through the completed atonement of His Son, to attain forgiveness and spiritual cleansing by His grace. However, Satanists and all their spiritual counterparts, (merely religious Christians too,) still need to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus the Savoir, and to repent from idolatry and witchcraft to be saved, redeemed, and blessed in Him.
THE FREE GIFT OF GOD VERSUS THE PRICE THAT SATAN REQUIRES
May God grant us the grace to never believe that we can obtain the free gifts of salvation, redemption and blessing in Christ by doing good works, for “every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning!” (Jam. 1:16-17.) God’s immeasurable gifts are not for sale. Yet, even true believers in Christ are not excluded from doing ‘good works!’ Not to obtain salvation and blessing, but to glorify God by allowing Him to manifest the power of His Word, Holy Spirit, and His holy, loving character in, and through us, (Jam. 1:22; 2:14-26; Gal. 3:10-14.)
The God of the Scriptures is not into favoritism. His believing children are all equal in Christ. Spiritually in Christ, “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, [race,] slave nor free, [social status,] male nor female, gender,]” (Gal. 3:28.) While all His Scripturally born again children will inherit everlasting life in heaven, in this physical realm, our Creator God even lets His sun shine over both the good and the bad, or lost and saved. We can never compare God the Father to the false Christmas god of Roman Catholicism, ‘Father Christmas,’ who supposedly rewards ‘good’ and ‘nice’ children, while naughty and nasty ones find nothing under the ‘blessing’ Christmas tree. This just goes to show that Satan and his evil agents will never bring you a gift without a price tag attached to it somewhere. At first, the price might seem small and the reward big, but ultimately, Satan is after the destruction of your whole life, your entire spirit, soul, body, and your everlasting life in Christ, “For the wages that sin pays is death, but the [free] gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Rom. 6:23.)
What complicates the choice between the supposedly cheap, broad and easy road of the devil and the free but narrow Way of God, is that God’s entire Word tells us exactly how to follow Jesus and what to expect concerning our personal choices. Satan, on the other hand, conceals his escalating price for temporal power and pleasure among the many life–demolishing religious rites, so-called ‘atoning’ and ‘saving’ sacraments, and other pagan and Christian sacrifices, which he constantly and increasingly requires. Satan’s real price tag for helping people to do life their way is always eternal damnation - hidden somewhere underneath the rubble of death and destruction in their lives, and most often, covered with outward prosperity and a forced little smile that hides the inward pain.
Knowing the lostness and need of sin-infested humanity, God declared, “There is none righteous, no, not one… none who does good, no, not one… [However,] the righteousness of God apart from the [outward ceremonial, or ritual Old Testament temple] law, [or our good deeds to try to ‘earn’ salvation, redemption and blessing,] is revealed… For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the [completed] redemption that is in Christ Jesus, [when each one personally chooses to believe, accept, and follow the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior,]” (Rom. 3:9-24; Jn. 1:12-13.)
Besides ‘being justified freely by His grace,’ the God of the Bible also gives His sincere disciples free, spiritual gifts, or powerful Holy Spirit signs to follow Jesus through this dark and dangerous world, simply because they believe in His Name, and, because of their love for Him, obey His inward Moral Law of Love! (Mark 16:16-18; 1 Cor. 12:4-11.)
On the other hand, Satan always tries to imitate the salvation, redemption and blessing of God; setting up false religions and bestowing false ‘gifts’ and ‘blessings’ (or curses!) on people to lead them astray. Satan cannot create life; not even a slither of life, as he is merely a created being of God. Paul declared in 2 Ths. 2:9-10, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” Nevertheless, some people believe, Satan, that mighty but fallen angel, cannot imitate the miracles of God, therefore all signs and miracles ‘automatically’ come from God. Yet, God commanded us to “test and prove” all teaching, spirits and ministry according to the contextual truth of Scripture to see whether it is of God, (1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-4, etc.)
Scripture and reality refutes the notion that all supernatural things are from God, as illustrated by the magicians of Pharaoh’s court, when God sent Aaron to show Pharaoh that He was speaking to him, (Ex. 7:10-12;20-22; 8:6-7.) Ultimately, God Almighty will “swallow up” all kundalini or serpent power, just as Aaron’s rod swallowed up the rods of those magicians, and as God stayed their power to replicate lice, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, and darkness, by bringing death to all their firstborn. God still allows Satan to do mighty false ‘miracles’ and signs, but only the Creator God can give life, and true signs and miracles.
SIN AND SACRIFICE
God’s Moral Law, (His only New Testament Law, the Royal Law of Love,) is not enslaving, or purely punitive, but liberating and protective. Obedience to God’s Moral Law, (to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength and your neighbor as yourself,) keeps believers in Christ safe from satanic control. 1 Jn. 5:18 states, “Whoever is [truly] born of God does not sin [habitually or unrepentantly,] but keeps himself, [according to the New Covenant in Christ, in the Royal or Moral Law of God,] and the wicked one does not touch him,” (Jn. 13:34-35; 14:15; 23-24; 1 Jn. 2:3-5; 7-15.)
Still, the enemy of God and His entire creation has been around for a long, long time. He knows exactly what pleases, angers, scares, and saddens every human being. He also knows, if he can keep humanity away from the New Testament Covenant, sealed and signed by the redeeming blood-sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and from contextual Biblical obedience to the Moral Law of Christ, he can keep them ‘legally,’ or with God’s permission, in bondage to himself. All willfully unrepentant sin opens us up to demonic deception and control, (1 Cor. 11:24-26; Mt. 7:21-24.)
God sent His full redemption in Christ to save, redeem and bless all those who would accept and follow Jesus, but the willfully disobedient sinner rejecting Jesus is already judged and in a chosen state or position of lostness and sin without God, (Jn. 3:18-19.) Yet, even for the sinner without Jesus, (as for the disobedient, unrepentant Christian sinner,) there are various degrees of sin and thus, all disobedient sinners are subject to various degrees of satanic control and bondage. Whether the person is Christian or pagan, unrepentant sin always escalates from one grievous deed to another, leading the sinner into ever-deepening bondage to Satan and his demons. The deeper the bondage, the more and extreme the sins - and the more evil, unscrupulous, and demon-infested the sinner without Christ, (Mt. 12:43-45; 1 Jn. 5:19-20.) Paul explained in Rom. 6:18-23, “Having been set free from sin, [through sincere faith in, and acceptance of Jesus Christ,] you became [willing] slaves of righteousness… Just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness and of lawlessness, leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members, [or devote yourself entirely] to God as slaves of righteousness for holiness… For the wages which sin pays is death, but the Gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Consequently, God’s punishment also consists of various depths or degrees of torment. For instance, false teachers and self-appointed church leaders, who ‘lord’ as ‘masters’ over Jesus’ believers are hypocritical wolves in sheep’s clothing who rob believers financially; deceive them spiritually, and oppress them emotionally and physically. Such an evil, false priesthood will receive a “greater condemnation,” (Jam. 3:1; Mt. 23:14; Lu. 20:47.) Those, who cause others to sin should know, they would be “better off if a millstone were hung around their necks, and they were drowned in the depth of the sea,” (Mt. 32; 5:22; 18:6.) Mercifully, the God of the Bible made a way out of sin and condemnation. Although God, in Christ, “sympathize with our weaknesses,” He does not sympathize with unrepentant disobedience. God expects us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to [find His] help in time of need,” (Heb. 4:14-16.) Sadly, humanity usually flees from the grace of God in Christ; choosing to do everything ‘their way,’ and to work out their own salvation, redemption, and healing; not following the Truth, the Life, and the Way: Jesus Christ. Hence, through humanity’s disobedience to the truth of God, all forms of idolatry and witchcraft permeated this planet.