Witchcraft

A strange question, but definitely worth asking. Can Christians practice witchcraft and if so, are we practicing it today? Th frightening answer is yes, on a large scale. According to Dean and Laura VanDruff, witchcraft can be defined as a desire to be a spiritual free agent without submission to God or his word. Examples would be Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8) and Balaam.
Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. The high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. I will rise with the sword against the house of Jeroboam.”
Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said: ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive from their own land.’” Then Amaziah said to Amos: “Go, you seer! flee to the land of Judah. There eat bread, and there prophesy. But never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is the royal residence.” Amos 7:8-13
Amaziah was a false priest. He misrepresents what the prophet Amos was saying with small portions of truth and larger portions of falsehood. Amaziah misrepresents the message and motives of Amos, which also means in this case he is misrepresenting God’s message. Why would he do this? Because of pride and jealousy. Amaziah twists the words of God to serve his own purposes. He threatens Amos because in fact the true word of God was a threat to Amaziah. Amos was threatening Amaziah’s power, influence and false ministry.
Are we, as Christians, not priests under the New Covenant. Yes, of course, the priesthood of the believer. In Revelation it states we are kings and priests. So isn’t it possible for us to be false priests? Yes!
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:13-18
Notice in verse 14 the text says worldly or demonic wisdom comes from bitter envy (jealousy) and a self-seeking heart (selfish ambition). Using this type of wisdom will cause us to be false, lie and become arrogant. We become false priests just like Amaziah.
I Samuel 15:23 says, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft”. In this chapter in Samuel, King Saul’s rebellion arises because his fear of man was much greater than his fear of the Lord. You may remember that Proverbs 1:7 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This means that the fear of the Lord is required to obtain godly wisdom – it is foundational. When this key principle is missing, we will fall short of walking in wisdom and may allow our rebellious hearts to lead us to witchcraft.
After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ Revelation 18:1-7
The spiritual Babylon of Revelation likely represents the false religious system of Judaism in the time of the Apostles. For us, it demonstrates what a false religious system looks like, both in a corporate sense and in our hearts. What does the woman say, “I sit as queen”. Even in her utter corruption, she announces her rebellious arrogance. Arrogance is the highest form of rebellion against God and it always leads to witchcraft.
The gifts of the Spirit are pure, just like God. And when they are given to us we are to maintain that purity – in the message and motives. If we twist the words of God for any reason – to manipulate, for self-gain, for influence or power, because of jealousy – then we are operating in extreme arrogance, without any fear of God. And that my friends is witchcraft.
The answer – In Acts chapter 8, the following is Peter’s response to Simon the Sorcerer. “You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” (vs. 21-23) So what is the answer to the plague of witchcraft being practiced today – repentance! God always responds to a repentant heart. If we sit in arrogance like queen Babylon, then we will be destroyed by our spiritual fornication. But repentance will bring life and restoration.

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