|A30 : by Tony Garland |
It seems hardly a week goes by that practitioners of yet another unbiblical belief system "come out of the closet" to assure the public about how "harmless" they are. Having already been subjected to constant promotion by homosexuals who assure us that their "lifestyle" is a private matter with no negative consequences to society, now the front page of the Stanwood/Camano Newsa (September 7th edition) has become a platform for hobbyist "witches" to assure us how friendly and well-intentioned they are—and that witchcraft has simply been misunderstood and unfairly treated by the rest of society.
According to these "witches," society has been misinformed concerning witchcraft for hundreds, even thousands of years. Due to our "ignorance," we've been unable to appreciate the helpful diversity which witchcraft brings to our culture.
Rather than accepting the opinions of a handful of hobbyists concerning the benefits of their craft, we prefer to turn to the top-selling book of all time, the Bible, to see what God has to say on the issue. When we do so, we find no ambiguity concerning witchcraft or Wicca, whether "good witches" or "bad warlocks."
The Bible knows nothing of the distinction between "white" and "black" magic which bedroom witches frequently appeal to. All witchcraft and magic is unconditionally opposed because it opens the door to the demonic realm and is contrary to God's will.
When the nation of Israel was given the Law of Moses, those who practiced sorcery were to be killed (Exodus 22:18). All manners of divination, soothsaying, and spiritism were off-limits and considered to "defile" those who practiced such craft (Leviticus 19:26, 31). This included sorcery, witchcraft, and omens (Deuteronomy 18:10). Those who practiced such activities were consistently opposed by God and called "evil" (2 Chronicles 33:6).
One of the main reasons why God opposes these forms of spiritism is because they appeal to dark spiritual forces instead of the Living God:
When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? (Isaiah 8:19)
Lest those who try to divide the unity of the Bible observe that these are Old Testament passages, the same view is expressed in the New Testament. Sorcery, which includes the casting of spells—which our local witches admit to be part of their "ritual"—is a practice identified with the ungodly who will be judged by God (Galatians 5:20; Revelation 18:23; 21:8; 22:15).
The article on witchcraft contains numerous misleading statements, but perhaps none more so than the statement:
Witchcraft was among the most prominent religions in its heyday. That changed when today's major religions demonized witchcraft.
So when exactly was this "heyday" for witchcraft? Are witches prepared to place it earlier than the giving of the Law of Moses to Israel on Mt. Sinai (ca. 1440 B.C.)?1 No, witchcraft was demonized from the earliest times by the very Word of God. Godly societies who were instructed in God's word opposed witchcraft from the earliest times because it is condemned by God Himself.
From a Biblical perspective, witches fall into the category of those who are "deceiving and being deceived." They are all-the-more effective at their deception because they themselves are deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). For example, the article notes:
One glaring misconception is that witches worship the devil. They do not. They, in fact, don't even believe in him.
Fortunately, those who are guided by the Bible know better than to listen to such spiritual naivety. We do believe in the devil and are not so ignorant as to buy into this "good witch" nonsense.
1 - Undoubtedly witchcraft was widely practiced in the earliest kingdom on earth: that of Babel under Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-10). But this does not seem to be what the article has in mind. In any case, it is clear from the events of Genesis 11:1-9 that God opposed the activities of Babel—as we should oppose all forms of witchcraft today.