I’ve written before about sorcery. I refused to go to the multiplex to be entertained by Marvel’s Doctor Strange because–though it is “Marvel’s” sorcery–it softens us to accept sorcery overall. I also have written about whether or not witches have real power, or whether we secretly practice paganism. But, if you care about whether Jesus is actually your Lord and Savior, you may want to delve into His word to see the nature of what Paul calls Doctrines of Demons.
An unflappable person has the patience of Job, as the saying goes. And for many who are familiar with the Old Testament book, Job’s patience seems to be on full display. After all, most remember that Job’s life appears to be the subject of some form of wager between God and Satan. But, by looking at the book that way we might conclude that Job really didn’t deserve all that happened to him. We might, secretly, do exactly what Job did NOT do.
President Trump has been targeted by witches. No, really. The hexing kind. Evidently, they will be casting ‘binding’ spells each month during a certain phase of the moon. I assume they used the term ‘binding’ to differentiate from all those spells they cast that don’t work? Just a thought.
So, they’ll march around, chanting against the President and I assume anything negative that happens will be claimed by these women as fulfilling their hex.
Rolling Stone has a story about this how Trump is awakening the rivalry between Christians and witches. CNN covered this story, too. It’s all over the place. I heard that, in some instances, Christians are marching with the witches. So, apparently the President is bringing people together, too.
Here’s my problem with this: Do people actually think witches are doing anything? If they are, then maybe we just need pails of water.
For a moment–just a moment–let’s consider what the Bible says about witches.
I Samuel 28:7-15 contains an account of King Saul when he sought the Lord’s guidance, but couldn’t get any answer:
Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.”
So Saul disguised himself and put on other garments and went, he and two men with him. And they came to the woman by night. And he said, “Divine for me by a spirit and bring up for me whomever I shall name to you.”
The woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the necromancers from the land. Why then are you laying a trap for my life to bring about my death?”
But Saul swore to her by the LORD, “As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.”
Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” He said, “Bring up Samuel for me.”
When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul.”
The king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a god coming up out of the earth.”
He said to her, “What is his appearance?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped in a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and paid homage.
Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul answered, “I am in great distress, for the Philistines are warring against me, and God has turned away from me and answers me no more, either by prophets or by dreams. Therefore I have summoned you to tell me what I shall do.”
A little background: Saul had been killing witches to prove how righteous and obedient he was to God. Of course, God hadn’t commanded him to do that, he just threw it in. In fact, he’d openly disobeyed the command of God (while claiming to be obedient). Saul is an example of a worldly man, tall, powerful, good-looking, religious … but rebellious against God and cut off from God’s counsel.
He sought the Lord’s counsel when he was in trouble. The Philistines were surrounding him. His doom was sure. But when he sought the Lord, the Lord was silent.
At this point, he might have been humble and repented of his willful disobedience and sought the mercy and Grace that God offers to all. Instead, he seeks out a medium, or witch.
Remember I said Saul was killing them as he found them? That’s because the Law said they were to die. God warned His people that they were to have nothing to do with witches or mediums or sorcerers (Deut. 18:11-12, Lev. 20:27). They are an abomination to the Lord.
The key thing we should consider is this: Was God warning His people away from witches because they actually did things with magic?
No. God warns us away from things that are false hope for us and dishonoring to Him. Our only hope is in Christ our Lord, not in empty incantations, moons, rituals and the like. Our purpose is to honor our Creator God. When we seek supernatural solutions from each other, believing we can be like God if we say certain words, kill certain animals, or invoke some spell under an alignment of the stars or phase of the moon, we’re blaspheming.
This is why I wrote the blog asking if God’s people should find Doctor Strange entertaining. Why would we find open depictions of sorcery entertaining? Do we find any other named sin entertaining? Maybe that’s a bad question to ask.
Back to the witches. They don’t affect anything with their words. Only God can curse or bless. His omnipotence is indisputable (though often hard to understand).
If we believe witches can invoke some curse against someone by saying words under a crescent moon, are we to believe this is outside of God’s sovereign rule of the cosmos?
Is God afraid of witches? What’s the qualification of witches, anyway? In movies and stories they need to find some object that imbues them with some special power. Or, perhaps they’re just born with it? Maybe they have a mole on their nose? Perhaps a special hat?
It’s absurd. They are to be pitied for actually believing in what they’re doing. And Christians should be ashamed for believing they have any power whatsoever. Rather, we should be treating them like the “good witch” in The Wizard of Oz and say, “Be gone, you have no power here.”
Or, to go back to the Bible (a far better source than the Wizard of Oz, by the way) we might consider Elijah and the prophets of Baal.
1Ki 18:27 And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”
1Ki 18:28 And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them.
Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal. They cried aloud, cut themselves, did all kinds of incantations and … nothing happened.
Was God stopping Baal from doing something? No. God didn’t have to stop Baal any more than parents have to stop the monster under their toddler’s bed.
Still not convinced? Take a look back at the incident of the witch at En-dor. When she called for Samuel, she cried out when Samuel rose up from the ground. She immediately realized that something different was occurring. She also realized that only Saul would want to talk to Samuel. She was first terrified that a spirit was really appearing in front of her (because she was used to doing cold-readings on people and making stuff up). Then, she was aware that only Saul would want to talk to Samuel, and Saul was killing witches.
This account tells us that spirits don’t rise or speak to mediums. This should be no surprise to anyone. How many exposes do we need to have on these spiritually sensitive charlatans before people realize that they’re all frauds. They’re not getting voices. They’re not in touch with the spirit world. They’re in touch with how to fool people and draw out details to fill in their spooky narrative.
President Trump has nothing to fear from the witches. Rather, he should fear the Lord. This is the same fear we should all have. We should never give more credit to the enemy than he deserves. Satan is far more clever and destructive than the obvious things like statues of Baphomet, witches marching on Washington, or even the Satanists with their spooky emblems and incantations.
Satan’s victory is getting people to believe that incantations and spells actually do anything. Satan wins when Christians believe that walking around a building seven times creates a blessing on that building. Or when Christians say things like, “this room is soaked in prayer,” as if we create spiritual energy by praying.
Satan wins when someone turns to Benny Hinn for healing. Satan wins when people follow a so-called minister who tells everyone he/she got a direct message from God (and it so happens to reinterpret or replace Scripture).
Remember, Satan is a defeated foe. His power is broken. His head has been crushed. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (1John 4:4).