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Should a Christian Seek Psychic Awareness?

Author: Russ Wise
Date: 11/16/2010 2:51:33 PM

The response below is in answer to Erica who desires clarification regarding psychic awareness and the reasons why Christians are to avoid their advice or prophetic utterances.

From: Erica
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 7:56 PM
To: Russ Wise
Subject: RE: Psychic concerns and issues

Mr. Wise,

I read your article, Psychic Communication and the Dead. My understanding of the article is that Christians are fully against psychics and go as far as to credit their abilities to demon spirits?

I would also like to know if you would even go as far as saying that going to psychics for information could be classified as a sin in the Christian religion?

From: Russ Wise []
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:46 PM
To: ‘Erica’
Subject: RE: Psychic concerns and issues

Dear Erica,

Thank you for your inquiry. I trust your research is going well. Here are my thoughts concerning your questions regarding my paper.

My understanding of the article is that Christians are fully against psychics and go as far as to credit their abilities to demon spirits?

Yes! This is true. Psychics are considered to be agents of demonic forces. Deuteronomy 18 offers us some understanding regarding your question:

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. (Deut 18:9-13)

Isaiah 26:14 offers a strong indicator that we cannot communicate with the dead. "They are now dead, they live no more; those departed spirits do not rise". In other words they are unable to communicate. They can no longer contact the living and conversely, the living cannot contact or communicate with them.

The practices mentioned in Deuteronomy 18 as used in ancient Israel were recognized as what we refer to in our day as the occult – those things secret or hidden – unknown. The use of divination, sorcery, witchcraft, casting of spells, and consulting the dead were detestable to the Lord and an abomination.

Another passage that would instructive is found in Galatians 5:19-21. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and 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. The sin of witchcraft is an occult practice that is undeniably labeled sin.

Our tendency regarding sin is to categorize it and label it as a minor or major sin. God does not do such a thing, He views any thought or action that is outside His will as sin. We even go as far as to consider these occult practices as a “gift” from God and call those who use such gifting as a “Christian Psychic”. When we do so we deceive ourselves. God is the judge, no one else. And God has judged all categories of sin as being outside His will and evil.

The Apostle Paul mentions idolatry and witchcraft as entry points to the occult realm.  When people attempt to tap into the spirit world by use of occult means then they are opening themselves to demons.1 Corinthians 10:20 offers us a sober understanding, "The sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God…" Although this is a reference to offering sacrifices to idols it remains detestable before the Lord (Gal. 5:19) as does witchcraft or mediumship.  The occult has its origin in idolatry – that is to put another before the living God of Scripture.

The Book of Acts offers us another example of psychic abilities being used for gain and occult purposes. Acts 16: 16-19 states, Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved." She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, "In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her.

Psychism is not accepted among the Disciples as we clearly see in the above passage. It is important to note that we do not have a single example where an individual with psychic abilities was viewed as being godly or one of the intimate followers of Christ.

We can further discern the ungodly actions of this young girl and her rare ability to predict the future by the fact that she lost her powers when Paul cast out the spirit that empowered her. Another thing about this girl is that she appeared to be an advocate for the disciples and their new-found faith in Christ – Christianity. She shouted, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved." The deception that ensnares some Christians about the occult is when the fortune-tellers or psychics refer to God as the source of their gifting. They may sound Christian, but their practice is Occultic and an abomination to a holy God.

Now for your second question:

I would also like to know if you would even go as far as saying that going to psychics for information could be classified as a sin in the Christian religion?

The short answer to your question is: Yes! There are three reasons why psychic activity is spiritually harmful to mankind.

1. As I briefly mentioned above occult activity rejects God’s will. It is a violation of the will of God, because God forbids it as an “abomination”. (Deuteronomy 18:9-12). Ignorance of God’s law does not cancel the logical consequences of violating such law, no more than our attempting to deny the law of gravity would keep us from harm. The gravest issue surrounding occult activity is our purposeful alignment with the spiritual enemies of God. In other words, occult activity opposes God in a direct and active manner, whether or not one is aware of it.

2. Mankind is inherently ill-fitted for encounters with occult realities. The occult is perilous because we are spiritually, morally, and physically fallen and ill equipped to deal safely with occult forces. We are greatly under powered to face the wiles of the Devil without God’s provision. When we step outside of God’s will (spiritually or otherwise) we tread on extremely thin ice.

3. Our involvement in occult practices will ultimately introduce us to spiritual entities who seek our destruction. Occult involvement does not merely involve partnering with the enemies of God, but also with one’s own adversaries. It is important for us to recall that our adversary masquerades as an Angel of Light so he may ultimately deceive us (2 Cor. 11:14). Psychics are but one tool the Adversary uses to work his deception and draw the unsuspecting into sin. Our part is to remain vigilant and guard our heart (Prov. 4:23).

Occult activity (or sin) may be compared to the AIDS virus—another modern problem man is ill-prepared to deal with. Unfortunately, the occult is in many ways the equivalent of what we may view as spiritual AIDS. In both cases:

• One is exposed to something deadly.

• Infection occurs through activity that is exciting and pleasurable and often initially full of promise.

• Infected persons can be symptomless for years, unaware of the death sentence they carry inwardly.

• The disease is spreading rapidly.

• Most people refuse to believe they can be infected.

• Human ignorance concerning the exact nature of the illness is vast.

(Kudos to John Ankerberg and John Weldon for their analogy.)



Author's Comments:
Psychic - Palm Reader. This email response is important for the Christian to understand. A growing number of Christians are becoming involved with the Psychic World. Christians must become aware of the potential dangers of such involvement. I pray this response will help those who may be so inclined to recognize these dangers and renew their faith in the One and True God.

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