My kids and I went to see a movie the other night. Sadly, it was disappointing, and I didn’t walk away wanting to see it again. This one was dark and filled with witchcraft, possessing the dead, and demons.
I understand that movies are make-believe. And I do love a good superhero movie. But I couldn’t help leaving there thinking of how some people might watch this movie and feel okay with dabbling in occult practices and witchcraft, not knowing what the Bible says about such things.
Simply put, the Bible strictly condemns witchcraft in all its forms. This includes all its many cousins like fortune-telling, horoscopes, sorcery, necromancy, and many other acts that would be counterfeit to God’s Holy Spirit and his power.
At the heart of all of these is the desire to control people and events that are God’s to control. In other words, these practices try to set one up to be God. Which is precisely the lie satan told Adam and Eve when he said, “you will be like God.” (Genesis 3:5)
Let’s be clear— only God can be God. There is no one like him, nor will there ever be.
Here are five things the Bible teaches us about witchcraft and things like it.
Worldly spiritual practices are detestable to God and are forbidden to his children.
When the people of Israel were about to enter the promised land, he told them, “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)
The Bible also says, “You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes.”(Leviticus 19:26)
We are to be imitators of God, not of the world.
Witchcraft and things like it are sin and have no place in the kingdom of God.
The Bible says, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factionsand envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21)
The Bible is very clear that the results of this lifestyle choice are catastrophic. In a picture of eternity, the Bible says that outside heaven “are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 22:15)
In other words, this is not an area you want to be dabbling in.
We don’t need to seek wisdom from anyone but Jesus for the future.
As one of the disciples so eloquently put it, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68) Spirits, ghosts, palm reading, and things like it don’t have the words of eternal life. Jesus has that covered.
The Good News is that if you have been involved in these areas in your life, there is forgiveness in Jesus.
In speaking about a life change in Jesus, the Bible says, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)
There is no spiritual power in any multi-verse that can keep you from being saved by Jesus if you call to him.
Once you come to Jesus, you don’t need to fear the devil, witchcraft, or demons.
From the moment you come to Jesus and are saved, he places his Holy Spirit in you, which has no equal. And you become a child of God safe in his hand. The Bible says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
The Bible also says, “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)