Magic and Madness
“‘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.
Once again we read that the only spirit that Israel was ever to consult was the Holy Spirit. This is very important for us to read today because many Christians are being
influenced by those who are consulting the spiritual realm through things like "meditation" and mindless praying or repeating of words. God tells us very clearly what worship is
like and it doesn't have anything to do with an altered state of mind. In fact, we have read that God forbids drinking alcohol before Israel's worship. He even
forbids sex on the day of worship. God purposefully disallows all states of mind that a person can have other than a sober one that is
concentrating on the truth about Him. In the same way, there is only one spiritual guide and that is the Holy Spirit of Jesus.
Once again we read here that consulting these other spirits is a form of spiritual prostitution, and once again this kind of thing is clearly marked out as wrong
for a Christian to do today:
Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies,
outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you,
even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom.
As you can see, a Christian is to stay away from far more than just sorcery, but sorcery is there too. Notice that hatred is listed right next to
sorcery in the
same list. It appears along with "outbursts of anger." Now God is not saying that it is wrong to be angry or wrong to show anger, Jesus did that, I think we all
know that kind of anger Paul is referring to here. It's the kind that we use against those we should be loving. We shouldn't practice these things as if they are
OK with God. They are not. If we stumble and do these things, we should confess and give up doing the sin by God's power. Whether it is consulting a
horoscope or losing our temper, we will not have a right relationship with God until we give it up completely.