The Forbidden Practice of the Occult
By Dr. Charles Stanley
Most believers readily recognize that the Bible forbids Satan worship and witchcraft. They might not, however, so quickly identify other practices as occult. Although some Christians may consider it harmless fun to consult their horoscopes in the daily newspaper, God says it’s not. In fact, He forbids His people from engaging in astrology or any kind of fortune- telling (Lev. 20:27; Deut. 18:9–14; Is. 44:25; 47:12, 13; Jer. 27:9; Ezek. 13:8). The Bible also condemns other magical practices, such as casting enchantments and contacting the dead through mediums (Lev. 19:31; 2 Kin. 17:16–18; 21:6).
Have you ever sought out your horoscope, had your palm read, used a Ouija board, or researched your astrological sign? Did it ever cross your mind that it could be extremely dangerous to do so? These are all gateways to serious spiritual bondage. We must remember that the enemy of our souls is very cunning—preying on our seemingly harmless desire for knowledge of the future to trap us and lead us to destruction.
No one should ever experiment with the occult. There are spiritual forces that are far more powerful than we can imagine constantly trying to defeat us and keep us from what God created us to be. And when we engage in occult activity, we open a door to Satan, giving him access to our lives.
Instead, you must learn to “put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil . . . so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Eph. 6:11, 13). Listen to God, obey His Word, rely on His power against the dark forces, and don’t ever wander into the devil’s territory. Because “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). But you can resist him, standing firm in your faith and knowing that in Christ, he has already been defeated—you already have the victory.
Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.
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