There are plenty of movies and television shows that portray occult activity as a gift. The movie Ghost, for example shows a psychic that can speak to the dead. The television show Lost portrayed a fortune teller. Many animated cartoons portray magic as a harmless power. Some believe these powers come from God while others believe they come from another source. Some don’t believe they are real at all. There are lots of ideas and claims surrounding witchcraft but is it real, is it good or bad and most importantly what does the Bible have to say about it?


Fortune Tellers

16 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 shew unto us the way of salvation. 

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

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

Acts 16:16-19

The woman in this scripture verse was possessed by an evil spirit. That was the source of her power. This spirit of divination had no power or authority over the word of God when spoken by a Christian that has power with God. The woman was soothsaying. A soothsayer foretells the future. The words origin meaning is, seer, which we know is a fortune teller.

Having power is great but more important than that power is the source. What source does that power come from? That matters! What is a spirit of divination? The Bible uses animals to symbolize different types of evil spirits. Un-ironically many of these animals also have significance in witchcraft. Snakes for example have a strong significance in witchcraft. The Greek root word refers to a Python snake. This evil spirit has characteristics and qualities of a Python. As we all know, Pythons will wrap themselves around their prey, trapping them as they crush them to death. This spirit has power over their subjects. It is not the other way around. These evil spirits do not do the will of God. The Bible tells us that evil spirits are a part of Satan’s kingdom.

Is Fortune Telling real?

The Bible fully acknowledges and addresses that there are different types of fortune telling or soothsaying. Some of it as mentioned in the Bible are flat out lies. It is not coming from an evil spirit but rather, they are making it all up. They are lying! There are two different lies however and both are used in Fortune Telling. There is the first lie when someone honestly knows they are lying but are trying to make money off of it. Then there are those that genuinely believe in what they are foretelling but it is untrue because the spirit they are processed with is lying. The Bible refers to both and calls them both an abomination.

Evil spirits don’t always lie of course. The evil spirit that possessed the woman spoke the truth about Paul. Nonetheless, the woman was oppressed and possessed by this evil spirit. She was held captive to it against her own will. The woman was possessed with the spirit of divination. Divination is associated with Baal worship.

16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. 

17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. 

18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

2 Kings 17:16-18

Psychics

Psychics will use tarot cards, perform palm readings, tell your fortune, talk to the dead and much more.

13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it

14 and enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

1 Chronicles 10:13-14

If we have any questions or inquiries, we are to seek out God himself for the answer. We should never seek out a witch, a false god or anything else that has an evil spirit.

Evil Spirits and Oppression

Any type of witchcraft will open the door to spiritual activity. Evil spirits will get access to you. There are plenty of witches and Satanists that have repented and have become Christian that can attest to the oppression you will get when you open the door to these evil spirits. There are many types of spirits and they do not travel alone. An evil spirit can cause extreme damage and chaos to a family or to an individual.

32 As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. 

33 And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. 

Matthew 9:32-33

22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

Matthew 12:22

Are There Good Witches?

There is no such thing as a good witch. All true witches get their power from evil spirits. There are only two real kingdoms in this universe. One is the Kingdom of God. The other is the kingdom of Satan. Evil spirits, unclean spirits, demons, fallen angels, and any other names are all part of the kingdom of Satan. This is where witches derive their power from. This is also why Christians can have power and authority over them. Jesus has power over the devil.

28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 

29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

Matthew 8:28-29

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 

James 2:19

The Christian Authority over Witchcraft

Should you fear witches or witchcraft? 100% absolutely not. A true Christian that has a relationship with Jesus Christ has power over any witch or demon.

17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 

18 And he said unto them, 

I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 

20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Luke 10:17-20

Serpents and scorpions are evil spirits. The spirit of divination is a snake like spirit. The Bible is telling us in this scripture that believers in Jesus Christ have authority over these spirits of witchcraft through the name of Jesus.

A word of caution. The Christian life is one of constant alertness. You literally have zero chances to rest. Jesus tells us that we can find rest in him but not from our Christian duties. I am referring to praying and reading the Bible of course. If your prayer life lapses and you stumble into sin you have opened the door to Satan. You have opened up yourself to an attack. If you fail to repent, then worse will happen to you. Why? because Satan sees you as a threat. Why am I saying all of this? If you go on the offense and start doing spiritual warfare with demons, you will become a greater target for them.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 

9 whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

1 Peter 5:8-9

A Christian has a hedge of protection around them. Sin however will give Satan access to you and your family. You cannot afford to fall asleep. Satan is not a lion but his tactics are like theirs. He will watch you from a distance and wait for you to fall. Sadly, many Christians feel as though they are constantly battling the devil when they are not. Why would he waste his energy with weak Christians? Humans have flooded our world with temptations at every turn. He can Just wait and at some point they will stumble into sin. That opens up the door for him to attack.

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