Being a part of the WAPJ community, I occasionally put it on in the morning to listen to their morning program. The DJs do a nice job with the show. It's a fun thing to listen to.
But this morning I had to turn the show off. The guest on today was a psychic and she was giving free readings. I'm sure lots of people were excited to have her on the air, but I couldn't listen. Why? Any time I hear a psychic (or medium) practice their trade/"gift," there is something inside of me that wants to angry cry, or stuff cotton in the ears of everyone I know, or both.
I don't have anything against the psychics/mediums themselves. They are just people like me. But my spirit screams against what they do. The Bible expressly forbids it, and it hurts people in ways that, even if not immediately recognizable, are very real. What they do, and say, is full of dangerous deception (and I don't just mean the charlatans).
|No, really - why?|
There are two primary deceptions that I think need to be pointed out.
First, many psychic/mediums today deceive people into believing that what they do is consistent with Christianity. They bathe their practice in Christian-ish/religious language, giving the impression that God approves of consulting them - which could not be further from the truth. Adding to the deception is that many of them are professed Catholics, despite the fact that consulting mediums/psychics is also forbidden by the Catholic church. These misrepresentations are tricky on so many levels, especially for people who claim to be Catholic/Christian but haven't yet read their Bible enough to know that consulting a medium/psychic is something that God expressly and repeatedly forbids. People can be confused and allow themselves to participate in something that, had they known better, they would have avoided.
And second, people can also be deceived by the fact that what psychics/mediums say can often seem helpful or true. If a person is grieving, they might gain comfort/closure from visiting a medium who seems to speak with words from their deceased loved one. If a person is torn over a life decision, they might feel peace after visiting a psychic who tells them which path to take. These results seem to be beneficial, and the person may feel better after having consulted the psychic/medium, but this is wherein the deception lies.
According to the Bible, Satan and demons are real beings, and they don't have red pointy tails, horns and a pitchfork. Satan is a fallen angel, and is described as disguising himself as an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is, or can be, beautiful and appealing. The Bible also says that the devil prowls around like a lion, seeking to devour people (1 Peter 5:8).
I ask you - what could possibly be more deceptive than an evil force that is sneaky and hungry but does not look or feel evil? What could be more dangerous than poison wrapped in beauty, or comfort, or peace? What could be scarier than something that is deadly, presented in a way that does not seem deadly at all, so that we trust it and invite it into our lives - and our souls?
I truly can not think of anything.
Satan is beautiful and crafty. He is also patient. Just because someone may have visited a psychic/medium and gotten helpful information doesn't mean it isn't dangerous. Satan is willing to allow you what feels like a positive experience today (even a "religious" experience) if the long-term fruit of that experience is that in the future you follow him instead of God. He isn't so much worried about your actions today as he is who you trust and where you put your faith tomorrow. The Bible says that Satan is the "father of lies" (John 8:44). The best lies are always the ones that hold some truth and look good or beneficial on the surface. But whether or not things appear to be good or beneficial, any time you allow yourself to be open to a spiritual power that comes from a place that God forbids, you can trust that the power is demonic. And once we follow the demonic once, and we gain a "good" result by doing so, we are more likely to do it next time. You may never consciously feel like you have chosen to deny God, but the end result is your separation from Him, which is exactly what Satan wanted in the first place.
Consulting with psychics/mediums is a sin, and no sin is ever without consequence.
I would love to know the future and be able talk to deceased people too. I get the draw. I really do. But that doesn't mean being drawn that way is a good thing. That just means we are tempted, and we don't have to be Bible scholars to know that temptation is Satan's oldest trick in the book.
The spirit world is real. Please be careful which side of it you listen to.
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A few notes:
- I chose not to go into detail about all that the Bible specifically says about mediums, psychics, etc. There are plenty of resources online that can flesh this out. Here is one good article: http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/what-does-god-say-about-channeling-and-mediums and one list of verses (the ones toward the top are most relevant): http://www.openbible.info/topics/mediums, but there are many others.
- I was not trying to pick on Catholics, I just don't personally know of a psychic/medium who claims allegiance to a protestant denomination. If you know of any, please feel free to inform me.
- Public Service Announcement: If you hear a medium/psychic or any sort of spiritual teacher use religious/Christian words, for the love of all that is good and sacred, DO NOT ASSUME that they are talking about the same thing that you learned in catechism or Sunday School. For instance, angels in the Bible are NOT beings that can be contacted by a medium to guide you, give you life insight or connect you with your deceased loved ones. They are something entirely different and the distinctions are extremely important. Same is true for the concept of prayer, heaven, God and many other important terms.
- I know that, if my reader doesn't give a crap about what the Bible says, or does not respect Christianity, that this post will not be compelling. If you want to know why I believe you should trust the Bible and why Christianity is true, I'd be happy to refer you to resources that would help answer those questions.
- I understand that this post does not completely cover this issue. You would have to write a book. Consider it food for thought and fuel for further discussion.
- And finally, just a note: the psychic who was on the radio today stated early on that she is a wiccan leader and the head of a pagan temple, as well as the fact that she was using pagan tools to gain the information she was sharing. She didn't attempt to Christian-ize anything, at least not while I was listening. So while that does not make her practice any more biblically acceptable, I am glad that she was not deceptive in that respect.