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All of the occult sciences are extremely complicated. There are some
which
seem very innocent, but in reality, all occultism, bar none, is
cancerous.
That is to say, in the end, it has the power to destroy us. Whether you
are a dabbler or a fulltime practitioner of the occult, in the end,
poison is poison. If you play with it, you’re going to pay. Period.

To stay clean of the occult is difficult in this day and age. It is
everywhere. Even if you’ve accumulated a library of books on the occult
for
“study” purposes, you may find yourself under demonic attack (I know
this
for a fact).

In the beginning you may simply notice a feeling of oppression or
depression, but that is only the first stage in what can amount to a
full-scale possession.

The good news is that all we need to know about battling the occult
in our
lives is contained in the word of God. There is more in the Bible about
the
occult than most of us realize; it just takes a bit of study and
concentrated effort to see this. Both the old and the new testaments
reveal
God’s mindset in regard to the occult.

“Witchcraft and sorcery represent magic in its worst form. Not only
are they
destructive, but they do terrible damage to the soul of man.” (though of

course the Wiccans would have us believe differently.

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live,” (Exodus 22:18) is about as
plain
and straightforward as you can get. There are no two ways about this
issue
in the mind of God.

“Yet shall not eat anything with the blood; neither shall ye use
enchantments, nor observe times. Regard not them that have familiar
spirits
nor seek after wizards to be defiled by them; I am the Lord your God.”
(Leviticus 19:26).

This passage tells us plainly about how God feels about witchcraft.
The
fact is, God detests and abhors these practices. And for good reason.
The
practice of witchcraft defiles and corrupts us spiritually, though it
may
seem like just a friendly “nature religion” on the surface. The fact is,
the
practice of witchcraft is evil. Again, there are no ifs, ands or buts
about
this.

This is one of the greatest things I have discovered as regards the
occult.
There really are no gray areas. God’s word makes everything plain,
simple
and straightforward. When you feel yourself getting into that confused,
gray, undecided state, it is because you are not looking at things
correctly. Once you adopt God’s point of view, you see that you are
forced
to make a choice. In that sense, life becomes much simpler and more
straightforward. However, this does not mean that adopting a life which
steers clear of all involvement with occultism is easy. It’s not,
because,
as we said before, it’s everywhere.

The most complete biblical list of occult practices is found in
Deuteronomy 18:9-14. “When you are come into the land where the Lord thy

God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of
those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his
son
or daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an
observer of times, or an enchanter or a witch, or a charmer, or a
consulter
with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do
these
things, are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these
abominations
the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be
perfect with the Lord God.”

Couldn’t be much plainer now could it? Yet the practitioners of the
occult
will always try to argue their way around what God says is so. If you
keep
this in mind, it will make your daily battle in the realm of spiritual
warfare a lot easier. That is to say, you will find that each day
consists
of a series of choices. And each time you reach a fork in the road, it
is,
in fact, quite clear which way you have to go. For every wrong choice
you
make, the further into the mire you sink. With every right choice, the
clearer the path becomes.

The powers that operate just underneath the surface in the realm of
the
occult are very real and far greater and stronger than most people
realize.
In Ezekiel 13:17-23 black magic is discussed: “Likewise, thou son of
man,
set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of
their own heart; and prophesy thou against them. And say, thus saith the

Lord God. Woe to the woman that sew pillows to all armholes and make
kerchiefs upon the head of every statue to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the

souls of my people and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?
And
will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces
of
bread to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive
that
should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

Wherefore saith the Lord God: Behold, I am against your pillows,
wherewith ye hunt the souls to make them fly and I will tear them from
your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to
make them fly. Your kerchiefs also
will I tear and deliver my people out of your hand and they shall be no
more in your hand to be hunted and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
Because
with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad and strengthened
the
hands of the wicked that he should not return from his wicked way, by
promising them life. Therefore ye shall see no more vanity nor
divinations
for I will deliver my people out of your hand; and ye shall know that I
am
the Lord.”

The pillows (amulets) and kerchiefs being discussed here were objects
used
in connection with magical practices in olden days. Notice the mention
of
“hunting the souls of my people.” Personally I find this passage both
enlightening and frightening, because God is telling us without question

that those who practice witchcraft are indeed “soul hunters.” That’s
right!
It is your soul that is at stake here. This is not a game, and there
really is
no “dabbling.”

Wiccans love to differentiate between (so-called) white witchcraft
and black
witchcraft. This is, in fact, a false distinction. White witchcraft is
supposedly curative and black magic destructive. However, God states
flatly
that witchcraft is evil! Period. End of story.

Of course there are those who will say that in attacking witchcraft
God is
picking on women. Indeed, God is talking primarily about women in
Ezekiel
13. According to researchers, at least three quarters of those
practicing
witchcraft are women. Again, this is fact, not fiction. (There are
also an inordinate number of homosexuals among the Wiccan movement).

As the spirit of witchcraft spreads (and it is doing so at an
alarming rate)
we are going to see more and more lesbians and homosexuals finding a
home in
the (so-called) Wiccan religion Indeed, since homosexuality is a
spiritual
disease, it is only natural that these people would gravitate towards a
religion that wallows in evil.

Remember the things which can happen to God’s people if they are
unaware of
the perils of witchcraft. They can be brought into a state of oppression
or
depression. Sometimes this begins simply as an unexplainable sadness –
but
the longer one stays involved, the darker and more depressing the world
looks.

People involved in witchcraft will find every conceivable reason why
they
feel this way. Everything but the truth, that is. Depression is a
direct
result of evil. This is not to say there aren’t chemical reasons for a
(so-called) clinical depression, but essentially depression (which is
rampant today) is a spiritual disease.

Next week we will look further into the practice of witchcraft. We
will also
discuss methodologies that people may use to disentangle themselves
if they are caught up in this addictive, evil practice.

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