Witchcraft

"Neither give place to the devil."
Ephesians 4:27

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."
II Corinthians 2:11

  1. Introduction:
    1. We are pursuing a series of messages with one sermon per topic for reminding us of Bible godliness, so each sermon can only survey each subject; a thorough study may be done by hearers or come later.
    2. The context for both verses above is relational (anger and forgiveness, respectively); we intend more.
    3. The devilish devices in this study are those pertaining to any aspect of magic, sorcery, or witchcraft.
    4. This topic was provoked by the growing fad and trend of teen vampires. See movie, Breaking Dawn.
    5. By the grace of God, my grandfather was saved by Jesus Christ from a family and life of Spiritism, which was seeking to spirits of the dark for knowledge and assistance with life's dilemmas/questions.
    6. This sermon's goal is to convict and provoke parents, especially fathers, to greater vigilance and examination of things that creep into their homes and their children's lives associated with the devil.

  1. The DEFINITION [from the OED]
    1. Witchcraft. The practices of a witch or witches; the exercise of supernatural power supposed to be possessed by persons in league with the devil or evil spirits.
    2. Sorcery. The use of magic or enchantment; the practice of magic arts; witchcraft.
    3. Magic. The pretended art of influencing the course of events, and of producing marvelous physical phenomena, by processes supposed to owe their efficacy to their power of compelling the intervention of spiritual beings, or of bringing into operation some occult controlling principle of nature; sorcery, witchcraft. Also the practice of this art. [Author's note: Sleight of hand or legerdemain is excluded here.]
    4. Wizard. A man who is skilled in occult arts; in later use, a man who practices witchcraft (the masculine correlative of witch).
    5. Paranormal. Applied to observed phenomena or powers which are presumed to operate according to natural laws beyond or outside those considered normal or known.
    6. Supernatural. That is above nature; belonging to a higher realm or system than that of nature; transcending the powers or the ordinary course of nature.
    7. Pseudoscience. A pretended or spurious science; a collection of related beliefs about the world mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method or as having the status that scientific truths now have.
    8. Our definition for the purpose of this study is any activity related to the paranormal or supernatural, but not by the power of God approved in the Bible; any paranormal or supernatural energy or thought involving astrology, enchantment, sorcery, fortunetelling, witchcraft, religion, etc., yet trying to avoid any pseudo sciences merely based on ignorance.

  1. The WARNING
    1. God hates anything to do with sorcery, witchcraft, or magic. They are devilish and pagan, representing two of His enemies – the devil himself and those who follow him.
    2. God's civil laws for His nation Israel prohibited any involvement in witchcraft activities.
      1. He condemned enchantment (Ex 7:11,22; 8:7; Lev 19:26; Deut 18:10; II Kgs 17:17), which is employing magic or sorcery to foretell the future or bring power to an action.
      2. He condemned observing times (Lev 19:26; Deut 18:10,14; II Kgs 21:6; II Chron 33:6), which is considering some days more lucky than others through watching the clouds or other natural phenomena or astrological timing.
      3. He condemned divination (Deut 18:10; II Kgs 17:17; Jer 27:9), which is foretelling future events or by discovering what is hidden or obscure by supernatural or magical means; soothsaying, augury, prophecy.
      4. He condemned charmers (Deut 18:11; Isaiah 19:3), which is one who uses spells and enchantments, or who has magic powers; an enchanter.
      5. He condemned necromancy (Deut 18:11; I Sam 28:11-14; I Chron 10:13; Isaiah 8:19), which is communication with the dead.
      6. He condemned familiar spirits (Lev 19:31; 20:6; Deut 18:11; Lev 20:6,27), which are devils in league with persons to assist them in sorcery and witchcraft.
      7. He condemned astrology (Isaiah 47:13; Jer 10:1-2), which uses the movements of heavenly bodies to foretell the future or call forth action.
      8. He condemned stargazers (Isaiah 47:13), a branch of astrology for foretelling the future.
      9. He condemned monthly prognosticators (Isaiah 47:13), which is to know or tell of (an event, etc.) beforehand; to have previous knowledge of; to presage; to foretell, predict, prophesy, forecast. An astrological or astrometeorological forecast for the year, published in (or as) an almanac.
      10. He condemned witches and their craft (Ex 22:18; Deut 18:10; II Chron 33:6).
      11. He condemned wizards, or male witches (Lev 19:31; 20:6,27; Deut 18:11).
      12. He condemned sorcerers, those who practice sorcery; a wizard, a magician (Jer 27:9; Mal 3:5; Rev 21:8; 22:15).
    3. God only knows the future, and He jealously resents any effort to discover or declare it apart from His revelation (Isaiah 44:24-26; 41:21-24; etc.).
      1. It was pagan governments like Egypt and Babylon that thought they could foretell the future or call on spirit powers to perform paranormal or supernatural things.
      2. Idolatry generally included the belief that priests could foretell the future by their gods.
      3. Joseph and Daniel proved repeatedly that they had much greater knowledge of the present and the future than the prophets, magicians, and astrologers of other religions.
    4. The New Testament, without change from the Old on this topic, condemns the same crimes.
      1. Paul listed witchcraft as a work of the flesh contrary to the kingdom of God (Gal 5:20).
      2. John listed sorcerers as ejected from heaven and sent to the lake of fire (Rev 21:8; 22:15).
      3. Sorcery in the case of Simon at Samaria showed a very evil heart (Acts 8:9-13,18-23).
      4. God's greater power blinded Barjesus, or Elymas, the Jewish sorcerer (Acts 13:6-12).
      5. Paul cast a devil out of a girl in Philippi that was a diviner or soothsayer (Acts 16:16-19).
      6. Converts at Ephesus burned their books about magic worth a great deal (Acts 19:18-20).
    5. The New Testament calls for Christians to be separate from works of the devil and darkness.
      1. Paul gave near ten descriptions of separation in a well-known passage (II Cor 6:14-17).
      2. In this passage, He also gave seven promises from God for obedience (II Cor 6:14 – 7:1).
      3. The apostle by inspiration declared that pagan idolatry is devil worship (I Cor 10:20-21).
    6. There can be power and success present, but only to a point, with these tools of the devil.
      1. Remember that Pharaoh's magicians matched Moses for his sign and the first two plagues, but they could not duplicate the third plague - lice (Ex 7:11-12,22; 8:7,18-19).
      2. God promised that false prophets might have signs or wonders come to pass, but they should be rejected any way for their false doctrine and practice and also killed, for in such cases God is proving His people to see if they will follow His words (Deut 13:1-5).
      3. The standard is far too high for any of these servants or tools of the devil, even an idiot can identify them, for just one misfire proves they are not of God (Deut 18:21-22).
    7. An alarming aspect of many of these aspects of witchcraft is their popularity with Christians.
      1. Most Christians are so poorly taught and so in love with the world that they do the same things as the world does, including most of the items in the list of witchcraft that follows.
      2. Items like meditation, of the Eastern type, not the Biblical type, are even introduced as producing a closer walk with God!

  1. The MEASURE
    1. Rather than see how close you can get to witchcraft, you should get as far away as possible.
    2. Witchcraft, even in small doses, is stronger than you and a sure way to corrupt your life.
    3. Since God wants you to come out from among them and not touch the unclean thing, do it!
    4. Since the promises of God to His beloved require repentance of all and perfection, then do it!
    5. We avoid all appearance of evil (I Thess 5:22). Real Christians burn their expensive books!
    6. Children must be trained to hate all these things as deadly poison from hell (Eph 6:4).
    7. Worldly popularity should mean nothing except condemnation of a thing (Ex 23:2; etc.).

  1. The APPLICATION
    1. Since this is a reminding sermon, there is not nearly time to define and explain each entry.
    2. By using the Internet, you can yourself, with a strong Biblical viewpoint, research any entry.
    3. While this list may not be exhaustive, it is close enough to give you some food for thought.
    4. While this list is not absolutely prohibitive as presented, due to modifications or variations within many of the line items, there are still significant reasons to examine each of the items.
    5. If you are serious about God's hatred and prohibition of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, or related activities, or if you have doubts or questions about things related to witchcraft, you will carefully examine and/or avoid any association with these:

  1. Conclusion:
    1. There is a great war between God and His Son Jesus Christ and the devil – the outcome is certain.
    2. As children of God, we should abhor anything to do with the devil, which in this case is witchcraft.
    3. Seven promises are offered to those who separate and not touch unclean things (II Cor 6:14 – 7:1).
    4. Rebellion or stubbornness against God's word are equivalent sins to witchcraft (I Sam 15:22-23).

  1. For Further Study:
    1. The sermon outline, "Power of Darkness."
    2. The sermon outline, "Halloween."
    3. The sermon outline, "Perfecting Holiness."
    4. The sermon outline, "Holiness to the LORD."
    5. The sermon outline, "Forgotten Sins."