But do you really know what hides behind an apparently "harmless" practice? Or also people who heal using all kind of objects and spirits, do you know that even if someone might get the physical healing, their spirit is leaded more and more astray from God?
I’ll let you see a true story from the Bible describing what God calls Detestable Practices:
In a period of great distress in his life due to the consequences of his disobedience, as a last resort he seeks advice from a necromancer.
"Saul then said to his attendants, "Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her." "There is one in Endor," they said.
So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. "Consult a spirit for me," he said, "and bring up for me the one I name."
Then the woman asked, "Whom shall I bring up for you?" "Bring up Samuel," he said.
When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, "Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!"
The king said to her, "Don't be afraid. What do you see?" The woman said, "I see a spirit coming up out of the ground."
"What does he look like?" he asked. "An old man wearing a robe is coming up," she said. Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.
Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" "I am in great distress," Saul said. "The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has turned away from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do."
Samuel said, "Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has turned away from you and become your enemy? 17 The LORD has done what he predicted through me. The LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. Because you did not obey the LORD or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the LORD has done this to you today. The LORD will hand over both Israel and you to the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also hand over the army of Israel to the Philistines."
Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel's words. His strength was gone…"
The biblical record says that Saul died the next day with his sons in the battle. "So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against Yahweh, because of the word of Yahweh, which he didn't keep; and also because he asked counsel of one who had a familiar spirit, to inquire thereby," 1 Chronicles 10:13
Well, this story tells a lot about what God thinks concerning these practices however there are many other verses clearly stating and including any form of sorcery, I will include some of those verses here:
"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 his 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, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God." Deuteronomy 18:9-13
This is what God is totally against:
Worshipping the sun, moon or stars (Deuteronomy 17:3-4)
Divination (Deuteronomy 18:10)
Astrology (Deuteronomy 18:10)
Enchanters (Deuteronomy 18:10)
Witches (Deuteronomy 18:10)
Charmers (Deuteronomy 18:11)
Wizards (Deuteronomy 18:11)
Necromancers (Deuteronomy 18:11)
"Don't turn to those who are mediums, nor to the wizards. Don't seek them out, to be defiled by them. I am Yahweh your God." Leviticus 19:31
"A man or a woman that is a medium, or is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones; their blood shall be upon them." Leviticus 20:27
"The person that turns to those who are mediums, and to the wizards, to play the prostitute after them, I will even set my face against that person, and will cut him off from among his people." Leviticus 20:6
"He made his son to pass through the fire, and practiced sorcery, and used enchantments, and dealt with those who had familiar spirits, and with wizards: he worked much evil in the sight of Yahweh, to provoke Him to anger." 2 Kings 21:6
Now, if you have been involved in these kind of things, there is a way out! Jesus Christ has come to destroy the works of the devil and you can be free of everything that has come upon you because of your involvement into these practices.
For quite a while I didn’t know that God hated astrology- meaning the horoscope and I used to read it, yet, when I found the Bible verses that clearly state how much God hates this, I asked forgiveness for I didn’t know that I was doing something wrong.
Be aware of the hidden consequences of these practices, it is not just a game, wake up, ask God to free you because He has already paid the price of your freedom in Jesus Christ His Son, therefore when you need to ask something, ask God, read His Word- the Bible – and you will receive true instructions that will lead you to real life. If you have been involved KNOW FOR A FACT that there is deliverance in Jesus’ Name, there is Salvation for your soul and Jesus Christ will make you a new person, truly a new person free from the demonic that you might have been involved with.
There are numerous testimonies of ex-witches and people involved in satanic rituals; one of them testifies how she used to work with satanic spirits that would deprive the persons who came to her for "advice" making them dependent upon this woman so they had to came over and over again, each time the bond getting stronger and stronger and also obviously helping her get her business growing – every "advice" is paid. With God's help she managed to escape the demons she was working with and now she is serving Jesus Christ. As I said there are many testimonies...and many of them are from the prison...because those people killed others in those horrifying satanic rituals.
Satan is behind all these occult practices and he is the one who hates you and wants you dead for eternity. Don't let yourself deceived! You are loved by God, of great value in God's eyes, and you can find help and redemption in God whenever you decide to leave evil. Decide today, this moment ...because you never know if tomorrow or the next minute is yours!
Once more, we are to take God’s warning seriously once we know the right from wrong.