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WICCA AND WITCHCRAFT

 

 

 

The New Age movement, a mixture of Eastern religions and supernatural elements, has become more popular in the past few decades. New Age followers have familiarised us with terms like reincarnation, karma, channelling, spiritual healing, meditation, spirit guides, higher self, aura, etc. Most of these concepts are not new, however. They have been known for centuries. Many of these concepts have been included in Hinduism for ages.

   Another movement similar to New Age is Wicca, one of several different forms of witchcraft. There are plenty of similarities in these movements, but there are also some differences. Let’s start by studying Wicca.

 

WHAT IS WICCA LIKE?

 

Wicca is an Old English word that means witch. Normally, the term Wicca is used to refer to the Wiccan cult, however. There are specific conventions and special traits associated with the cult. The list below features some of the key characteristics of Wicca.

 

Wiccans believe that witchcraft is a pre-Christian pagan religion and they are its descendants. They believe that Wicca is an offspring of the old tradition of witchcraft and thus is older than Christianity.

Their idea of divinity is different from the Christian faith. Wiccans may have several deities or families of deities, or they may believe in monotheism, atheism (an impersonal life force) or pantheism (divinity of everything).

   The most common tradition is about two deities, the god and the goddess. They are considered to be complementary parts of a universal power. There are also groups that focus only on worshipping the great mother deity.

Wiccans have several ideas about life after death. Many of them believe in reincarnation at some level but some also believe in Summerland where everybody will go once crossing the border. They do not believe in Hell.

Wiccans are familiar with the so-called threefold law which states that whatever a person does will come back to him or her. Some of them believe that this will happen in the form of reincarnation, but others believe that it will happen before a person dies.

The Wiccan moral standard is ”an it harm none, do what you will”. In principle, this “golden rule” is the same voiced by the major religions over and over again throughout the centuries. Jesus also said (Matt 7:12), “Therefore all things whatever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

Respecting nature and being one with it are among the Wiccan principles. Wiccans focus on respecting nature in the form of a god and goddess. The idea of Mother Earth is important to them.

   Because Wiccans believe that nature is holy, many of them live ecologically and naturally, and may be involved in political nature conservation groups.

Wicca has often been confused with Satanism and devil worship. Wiccans may carry a pentagram and use it at an altar during their rituals or wear black clothes and even a robe during their rituals, but they do not usually believe in any personal evil or Satan; they believe in the goddess, different deities or the divinity of everything.

Magic and spells are part of Wicca. It is so-called white magic that is used to sanctify places where rituals will take place or resolve problems. The most common goal is probably healing. Magic is not used to harm others, however, because Wiccans believe that your evil acts will come back to you.

   They may also use meditation, visualisation and other forms of focusing as an aid in their magic.

Rituals are a very important aspect of Wicca. They may include some of the following:

- Cleansing the participants and the space, both physically and mentally

- Forming a magic circle, i.e. a sanctified space in which the ritual will be performed. It is a circle meant to protect those inside it from evil forces and gather the energy raised by the ritual.

- Calling divinities

- Ritual objects, such as cups, staves, pots and knives

- Dismantling the magic circle at the end of the ritual

 

WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WICCA?

 

We studied some of the key aspects of Wicca above. We noted that this form of witchcraft is different from Satanism, that it involves rituals, magic and spells, that there may be several deities and the worship of a goddess, and that the Wiccans themselves consider it to be a pre-Christian pagan religion.

   Let’s study this in more detail. We will now study some of the Wiccan arguments, study how reliable they are and offer a Christian viewpoint of these topics. Let’s start with the age of Wicca.

 

HOW OLD IS WICCA?

 

We noted above that Wiccans state that their religion is very old. They believe that Wicca is an offspring of the old tradition of witchcraft and thus is older than Christianity.

   This is not completely true, however. Even though there are some common characteristics in Wicca and ancient pagan religions including shamanism and African magic, some characteristics of modern Wicca are completely new. The modern form of Wicca developed by Gerald B. Gardner (1884–1964) and Alex Sanders (1926–1988) is only two generations old.

   What about the claim that Wicca is older than the Christian faith – is that true?

   If we think that the Christian faith has been with us for 2,000 years, we must admit that some forms of witchcraft and shamanism were present before that. This cannot be denied.

   We should note, however, that belief in one God has existed from the beginning. Already in Paradise people believed in one almighty God as described in Genesis. This is part of humankind’s original heritage. The first Christian prophecy about the future Saviour was also delivered in Paradise (Gen 3:15: “who shall bruise the head of the serpent.”) This has been understood to refer to Jesus Christ; thus, the Christian faith is much older than Wicca. It started in Paradise.

   What is interesting is that the traditions of different peoples mention the same things: Paradise as it was in the beginning, belief in one God, the Fall, and the Flood. These points confirm that the early history of humanity is monotheistic rather than the Wiccan belief in many gods.

 

IN WHICH CONTEXT?

 

One characteristic of Wicca is calling and being otherwise in contact with divinities and spirits. This is usually done by means of meditation, visualisation or talking to the divinities. Wiccans believe that they can get in contact with divinities.

   The idea that one can be in contact with outside divinities or spiritual beings is not an exclusive characteristic of Wicca. The same idea is also present in Hinduism, spiritualism, and various religious movements. People in these movements also believe that they can get in contact with an external power. The name given to the power varies. Some of the most commonly mentioned objects of worship are listed below. The first four are associated with Wicca:

 

- Goddess and god

- Powers behind the four points of the compass

- Powers behind the elements of earth, air, water, fire and spirit

- Gods and goddesses from different mythologies, such as Isis, Seth, Venus, Aphrodite, Tor, Odin, Artemis (cf. Acts 19)

- Angels

- Krishna, mother goddess Kali and thousands of other divinities in Hinduism

- Spirits of dead people

- Saints

- UFOs and extra terrestrials

- Members of the Great White Brotherhood

- Fairies, sprites and other spirits

- Higher self, spirit guides

- Internal intuition

- Spirits of animals (in shamanism)

- Energy

 

In principle, there can be three different alternatives of what the beings and elements listed above are, and these alternatives areOne’s reaction to a list such as the one above is to decide:

 

1.      These spirits and forces really exist and they are what people believe them to be.

2.      They do not exist. None of the beings or forces listed above exist.

3.      They exist but their goal is to lie to their followers. They are liars and not who people believe them to be.

 

The possibility of a lie. Many people do not consider the possibility that the spirits listed above are actually liars (opportunity no. 3 above). For example, Wiccans do not believe in any personification of evil, i.e. Satan; and people who believe in spiritualism believe that they are only in contact with good spirits and reject evil ones (This is a characteristic found in the Harry Potter books: one of the subjects taught in the School of Witchcraft is protecting oneself from evil powers.) This is an idea that was also clearly evident in the lives of Nicky Cruz’s parents when they practiced witchcraft and spiritualism. They did not consider the possibility of a lie at first, but found out the truth later on in life:

 

“My father’s death is another strange story that I'll tell in another chapter, but I want you to understand that even though he practiced spiritism and claimed that he was friend with ‘good spirits’, he knew that they were evil spirits who were actually not his allies.

   He was their terrified slave instead.

   (...) He was highly respected!

   And he convinced himself that he was doing a great deal of good with this power. Sick people were healed (...) even though dad noticed that he was dealing with demons and making pacts with the forces of darkness. Sad people rejoiced when they were able to talk with “their long-gone spouse”... even though my mother had to sometimes give herself over to wild, bad spirits.

   (...) When my mother and father started to practice witchcraft, they couldn't imagine that the evil spirits would take advantage of them. They sincerely thought that they were helping people with the assistance of good spirits.

   They quickly learned the terrible truth.

   My father was so deeply under the power of spirits that he spent almost eighty years without Christ. The truth dawned on him the moment when he took a step towards the Savior.” (…) (1)

 

We should be aware of the fact that we can be deceived. The Bible refers many times to the prince of the power of the air, and to the evil world of spirits who are only there to lead people astray and finally to damnation. We are foolish if we do not take into account the verses below. The society at that time was surely aware of these points; they were included in the Bible for good reason. They are meant to be useful to us, to keep us from being led astray. We can be deceived if we fail to take into account the possibility of a lie.

 

- (2 Cor 11:14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

 

- (2 Cor 4:3,4) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4  In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.

 

- (Eph 2:2) Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:

 

- (Eph 6:12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

- (John 8:44) You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

- (1 Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

The second point we must take into account is that Jesus and the Apostles often had to deal with false and evil spirits when they freed people from their power. This was no daydream: they recognised the existence of the supernatural world and freed people  from it. Oriental societies and many primitive people have always understood that the spirit world exists. Many people have lived in fear of spirits. Reason for hope is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, however. It has the power to free people from all chains including evil spirits and all deceitful activity.

 

- (Matt 12:43-45) When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

44  Then he said, I will return into my house from where I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.

45  Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also to this wicked generation.

 

- (Acts 5:16) There came also a multitude out of the cities round about to Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

 

- ( Acts 8:6-8) And the people with one accord gave heed to those things which Philip spoke, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

7  For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

8  And there was great joy in that city.

 

- (Acts 16:16-18) And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show to us the way of salvation.

18  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.  And he came out the same hour.

 

- (Mark 1:32-34) And at even, when the sun did set, they brought to him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.

33  And all the city was gathered together at the door.

34  And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

 

WHITE AND BLACK MAGIC

 

Wiccans follow the teaching that  ”...an it harm none, do what you will.” Wiccans apply this to their use of magic. They do not practice negative magic because they believe that the results of magic will return to the sender threefold. This is why they mostly practice so-called white magic that may entail healing, lifting curses, casting love and fertility spells, practicing divination, etc.

   But is white magic really white, and are the people practicing it really in contact with only good powers as they believe? And is magic good if Christian symbols are used in it (such as saying the names of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, doing three signs of the cross, or reciting the Lord’s Prayer three times)? We will study this next.

 

What the Bible says about witchcraft. Firstly, Bible verses on witchcraft should be taken into account. These verses state that there is no difference between white and black magic but magic will always lead us to sin and exclude us from the kingdom of God. (This is a danger connected also to role-playing games if they involve spells, curses or the calling of divinities.) Some people may argue that the verses below are not true, but can they prove that they are not true? Surely they cannot; thus, these verses should be seriously considered.

 

- (Deut 18:10-12) There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

11  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12  For all that do these things are an abomination to the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD your God does drive them out from before you.

 

- (Gal 5:19-21) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21  Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

- (Rev 21:7,8) He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

What worshippers of Satan say? The worshippers of Satan are sometimes right. They understand that the same powers are at play in both white and black magic. The colour does not matter. The forms of magic come from the same source even though their impact may seem different.  

   This is why Anton LaVey, who was the high priest of a church of Satan and resisted white magic, has said, 

 

"People who take part in the ceremonies of white magic stand inside a pentagon to protect themselves from the 'bad' powers they call to assist. (...) From the eyes of a worshipper of Satan it feels phony to protect oneself from the same powers that are called to help.” (2)

 

Healing. Thirdly, one should note that the devil can really heal people if he is able to bind them spiritually by doing so. Below is an example of such a case. What is regrettable is that the person in this example did not turn to God and Jesus Christ who have already beat the devil.

 

For years a man in Toggenburg, Switzerland, had a flourishing practice as a nature healer and charmer. He could even cure some people who the doctors had given up as hopeless. He had healed the blind, the lame, cases of advanced cancer, tuberculosis, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma and other serious diseases. On one occasion however, the man’s own personal need came to the surface. He said, “I can help others, but for myself there is no help, no not in all eternity!” In his youth the man had subscribed himself to the devil. It was since that time that he had obtained his unearthly healing ability. (3)

 

Let's study a similar case in which a person really was healed but the price was a soul going to hell. She later realised that she had to break off the agreement, at which time she was healed by the laying on of hands. This is a description by Corrie ten Boom:

 

The devil can be a good healer of the body! If he can destroy one’s soul by healing the body, he is willing to give a temporary blessing of health!

   Witchcraft is not found only in heathen countries! I read recently about a little German girl who was constantly ill. Someone had given her an amulet, a little box that she had to keep on her. She was healed instantly. She was completely healthy after that, but in her heart there was darkness. She seldom smiled, and at the age of eighteen, she tried to commit suicide. One evangelist was asked to help. He inquired whether the girl perhaps kept some kind of an amulet. People had to persuade her for some time before she was willing to give it to the evangelist. And the girl said, “Never open it. He who gave it to me said that it would be dangerous to do that.” In spite of the warning, the evangelist opened the amulet and found a little piece of paper, on which it had been written, “I command you, Satan, to keep this body healthy, ‘till you have the soul sentenced to Hell!” They destroyed the amulet, and the child was freed, but became very ill immediately. Later on, she was healed through the laying on of hands. (4)

 

Consequences. The basic idea of white magic and Wicca is being in contact with good forces and causing good, such as healing.

   However, as noted before, we contact the same forces whether the magic is black or white. Ultimately, the colour of the magic doesn‘t matter because the same deceitful forces are at work, and these forces only want to deceive us and separate us from God. People are being deceived so that they do not turn to the almighty God and let Him save them.

   The following words from Jesus Christ are about this subject. They are about a thief, an enemy of the soul that comes to steal, kill and destroy our lives because it hates everybody. Somebody may at first receive earthly blessings but may have to pay for them later on with restlessness or at least by losing their soul. This is why we should take into account the following related words and also the fact that Jesus Christ promised to give rest to everyone who comes to Him.

 

- (John 10:10,11) The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.

 

- (Matt 11:28-30) Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29  Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.

30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

The consequences of magic are always negative, like experiences involving UFOs (Bob Larson states in his book UFO, “In hundreds of accounts and personal interviews that I have examined, not a single victim has expressed his encounter with the humanoids being comforting. Humanoids do not offer peace of mind.”). Short-term exposure to such experiences may go unnoticed; the person may only experience difficulty when trying to turn to God. It is then that they may experience harsh battles and feel like they’ve come face to face with a wall. This is common among people who have been involved with occultism or whose family has been involved in it.

   The next quote highlights some of the consequences of practicing occultism and magic. It is long-term rather than short-term consequences. This is important because many people involved with magic are only seeking immediate rewards, like a playboy might pursue. They fail to think about eternity or the consequences of heir choices over years or decades. We should always keep in mind this longer timeframe.

 

A young woman told me this story. Her great-grandmother had subscribed herself to the devil with her own blood.  She had practised black magic and had healed both animals and people. On her deathbed she had suffered terribly as is often the case with magic conjurers. The daughter, that is the grandmother of my storyteller, took over the magic powers of her mother. The magic literature of her mother also passed into her hands. Later the apparition of the great-grandmother was seen by the relatives. The grandmother however, continued to practise magic. During nights of the full moon she would charm diseases. She was also in the habit of using a key suspended over a Bible as a pendulum, and she could also successfully stop people from bleeding. If she ever attempted to read the Bible she found it quite a trial. As she grew older she began to see black figures in her home, and finally when she died it was again an unpleasant time. Her ghost was also seen after her departure. The story went on that the young woman’s mother had then taken over the magical literature and practices. She too had become a well-known healer but her fate had been the same as her predecessors’. The fourth member in this terrible line of succession was now the young woman. As a small child her mother had cast spells over her. Shortly after this she had become clairvoyant and had also begun to see black figures in the house. Her brother and sister had suffered from depressions and she herself had had serious psychic and nervous disturbances, which had led her to seek the help of a minister. (5)

 
WHAT IS GOD LIKE?   

 

We reviewed above the idea Wiccans have of divinity, i.e. in a god and goddess, in many deities and Mother Earth, and in pantheism or considering nature divine. There may also be several names for the deities: Queen of Heaven, Great Mother, Lord of the Forest, the Horned One, Apollo, Seth, Hermes, Isis, Artemis, etc. These Wiccan deities are not perfect, however; not even fully good. They are like people, like the gods of ancient mythology. It is believed that they can connect with people at some level but they are not very interested in people.

 

Connection with other religions. The Wiccan idea of divinity has much in common with other pantheistic religions. For example, Hinduism includes thousands of deities, like Wicca. In addition, Hinduism includes the precept that everything and everyone are divine, as does Wicca. The two religions agree on this point. Reincarnation, another precept of Hinduism, is also a precept of Wicca.

   The passage below describes a Chinese religion that shares some things in common with Wicca. One point of agreement is the presence of a queen of heavens, in the Chinese religion called Matsu or the Goddess of the Sea, and in Wicca called the goddess.  The Chinese religion also mentions a god of the kitchen and other deities. Animism is also common:

 

Madam Li places her humble food sacrifices onto the altar in the most important room of the house, the room of the forefathers. There is an image of the Kitchen God at the bottom left-hand corner of the picture hanging above the altar. These sacrifices are specifically for this god. The Goddess of Grace, the Goddess of the Sea and the God of the Earth are also important travellers to the sky, but the Kitchen God is the most important this morning. This spirit of the stove is at the bottom of the hierarchy of deities, but it cannot be considered a minor god, because it writes down and puts on record the family’s actions.

   (...) The third month of the moon calendar is the month of Matsu. The Goddess of the Sea, the Queen of Heaven, the Holy Mother of Heaven, the Concubine of the Emperor of Heaven is the object of worship in hundreds of thousands of homes and approximately in four hundreds temples. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims go to the fishing center of the western coast, to the town of Peikang, where the largest pai-pai of Matsu’s birthday is concentrated. (6)

 

There is another issue connected to the Chinese folk religion, and that is animism. It is particularly prominent in the rural areas of Hong Kong. All the largest trees, rocks and springs have their spirits that are worshipped. People also believe that there is a large number of other good and bad spirits that can protect and bless people but also harm them. The Chinese believe that people are not able to guide their lives themselves; they are dependent on these spirits in many ways. This is why they attempt to guide the spirits' actions by means of sacrifices and a variety of precautions. (7)

 

One or several gods? Let’s now study a description of God contained in the Holy Bible. We will find that it is quite different from Wiccan descriptions. The fundamental difference is that the Bible proclaims the presence of one almighty God who created everything and who exists separate from His Creation. He is not a part of Creation as is taught in Hinduism and other pantheistic religions. He exists separate from Creation. This is illustrated in the verses below that describe the existence of one God who has created all things.

 

 - (1 Tim 1:17) Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

- (Isa 45:21) Tell you, and bring them near; yes, let them take counsel together: who has declared this from ancient time? who has told it from that time?  have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me.

 

- (Isa 46:9) Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

 

 - (Gen 1:1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

- (Rev 4:11) You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.

 

- (Rev 10:5-6) And the angel which I saw stand on the sea and on the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

6  And swore by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

 

- (Mark 13:19) For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created to this time, neither shall be.

 

Other considerations that should be taken into account are the personality of God and the fact that He is interested in us. While Wiccan deities are almost impersonal, we learn in the Holy Bible that the almighty God sides with good against evil and loves us. He is perfect and there is nothing dark about Him (Matt 5:48: Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect, 1 John 1:5: This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.), but He also wants people to come to Him. We learn in the New Testament that we can get close to God. Jesus Christ came from Heaven to show us how to be forgiven for our sins and connect with God. Let it become true in your life.

 

- (1 John 4:9,10) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

- (John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

- (Rom 5:8,10) But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

 

CONSEQUENCES OF ONE’S ACTIONS

 

It is strange that Wicca also includes the precept that people are responsible for what they do, good or bad.  This is especially evident in their so-called threefold law, which states that people’s actions -- whether good or bad -- will come back to them in triple. The actual wording is, “For good or for ill, shall be returned to us threefold”.

   The ideas of reincarnation and karma, in which many Wiccans also believe, are other representations of the same way of thinking.

   What about the teachings of Holy Scriptures? The Bible teaches that we must eventually pay for what we have done. We will reap what we sow, and we will be judged according to our works. This is illustrated by the verses below. On this point, biblical and Wicca teachings agree.   

 

- (Gal 6:7,8) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

8  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 

- (Rev 20:12-15) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15  And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

However, the Bible often mentions another point that is unknown to many people. It mentions God’s grace that people can receive even though they don’t deserve it. We do not have to earn salvation. We can receive God’s approval and entry into Heaven as a gift. This is not an option that is considered by Wicca or other religions. The almighty God can do that which is impossible for us. In an instant He can forgive our sins and give His grace to everybody who turns to Him in their hearts. This does not have anything to do with our past, or with how well or badly we have lived our lives. It is all based on God’s love and Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation. This is illustrated in the New Testament verses below.

 

- (Eph 2:4,5) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,

5  Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, by grace you are saved;

 

- (Eph 2:8,9) For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

- (Acts 15:11) But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

 

- (Rom 3:24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

 

- (Rev 21:6) And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.

 

REJECT YOUR SINS!

 

God tells all people who have been involved in magic, satanism, occultism or any other form of sin to "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt 4:17).

   This means that we must confess our sins, renounce the devil's lies and turn to God through Jesus Christ. If we do this and accept Jesus Christ into our lives, we can receive God’s wondrous promises. The following verses, in which Jesus speaks about Himself, are about this subject. Take heed:

 

- (John 14:6) Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me. 

 

- (John 10:9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

- (John 5:39,40) Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

40  And you will not come to me, that you might have life.

 

The quote below also illustrates the significance of repentance. God can forgive the worst of sinners but, if a person does not want to give up their sins or does not seek for forgiveness, it is not possible. People must –during this lifetime and preferably right away – turn to God and Jesus Christ. s. The example is about an adulterer in Hell who rejected God’s invitation. Do not do that: save yourself today!

 

Jesus said,

 

"Whoever will may come to Me, and he that loses his life for My sake shall find life, and that more abundantly. But sinners must repent while still alive on earth. It is too late to repent when they arrive here. Many sinners want to serve God and Satan, or they believe that they have unlimited time to accept the grace God offers. The truly wise will choose this day whom they will serve.”

 

(...) He turned, looked at the woman and said,

 

"If you had listened to Me and had come to Me and repented, I would have forgiven you." (...) "My Word is true, and it declares that all must repent and turn from their sins and ask Me to come into their lives if they are to escape this place. Through My blood there is forgiveness of sins. I am faithful and just and will forgive all those who come to Me. I will not cast them out.

 

Jesus spoke very softly. (...)

 

"You were given many opportunities to repent but you hardened your heart and would not. And you knew My Word said that all unrepentant and the sexually immoral will have their part in the lake of fire.”  

 

Jesus turned to me and said,

 

"This woman had sinful affairs with many men, and she caused many homes to be broken apart. Yet through all this, I loved her still. I came to her not in condemnation but with salvation. I sent many of My servants to her that she might repent of her evil ways, but she would not. When she was a young woman, I called her, but she continued to do evil. She did many wrongs, yet I would have forgiven her if she had come to Me. But she preferred to serve Satan.

 

   She went to church just to get men. She found them and seduced them. If she had only come to Me, her sins would all have been washed away by My blood. Part of her wanted to serve Me, but you cannot serve God and Satan at the same time. Every person must make a choice as to whom they will serve.” (8)

 

THE PRAYER OF SALVATION: Lord, Jesus, I turn to You. I confess that I have sinned against You and have not lived according to Your will. However, I want to turn away from my sins and follow You with all my heart. I also believe that my sins have been forgiven through Your atonement and I have received eternal life through You. I thank You for the salvation that You have given me. Amen.

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

 

1. Nicky Cruz: Juokse henkesi edestä (Devil on the Run), p. 29, 178

2. Feorge Vandeman: Psykisk Roulette, p. 156. Quote from Kauko-ohjattu (MED FORT HÅND), Ingerlise Provstgaard, p. 68

3. Kurt Koch: Onko paholainen olemassa (Between Christ and Satan), p. 61

4. Corrie ten Boom: Lyöty vihollinen (Defeated Enemies), p. 31,32

5. Kurt Koch: Onko paholainen olemassa (Between Christ and Satan), p. 62

6. Matleena Pinola: Pai-pai, p. 8, 58

7. Olavi Vuori: Hyvät henget ja pahat, p 8

8. Mary Baxter: Jumalan ilmoitus kadotuksesta (A Divine Revelation of Hell), p. 86,39,40

 

 

 

 

Jari Iivanainen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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