Friday, September 24, 2010

Are You A Superstitious Christian?

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
Many people are superstitious. They are afraid of black cats, the numbers "666," and Friday, the 13th. They won't walk under ladders, toss salt over their shoulders, and cling to their lucky rabbit's feet, crystals, and good luck charms on Friday, the 13th in hopes of avoiding spells, voodoo hexes, and curses. You may not realize this, but church-going people are more superstitious than you might think. And many, particularly the young and new believers, are engaging in occult practices like never before.

Believe it or not, whenever you forward an e-mail, be it a prayer or what have you, to a specified number of people in order to obtain a "special blessing," you have just engaged in a form magic. And whenever people of God rely heavily on prophets and prophetesses for personal prophecies, instead of on the Word of God for objective truth, they are engaging in a form of witchcraft. And when Christians let their children play computer and card games with witches and wizards, where demon-like characters and monsters cast spells, and do violence, they are out of the will of God and are subjecting their children and their households to demonic attack.

Magic, spells, voodoo, witchcraft and divination belong to the set of practices known as "the occult." Occult practices include visiting palm readers and fortune tellers, ghost hunting, and participating in seances and rituals as a means to contact dead loved ones, spirit beings to obtain supernatural knowledge. God hates these things. The Bible says, "And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:10b-12a, NLT).

The Psalmist said, The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid (Psalm 27:1)? The Bible says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). So, don't be afraid of witchs, wizards, spells, unlucky numbers, and Friday, the 13th. The Ancient of Days is all you need. He is much more powerful than any black cat, satanist, psychic, magician, unlucky number or day. Pharaoh's magicians couldn't match Moses' power (Exodus 8:19, 9:11), and the King's magicians couldn't interpret his dreams, but Daniel could through God's revelation (Daniel 1L20, 2:27, 4:7ff, 5:7-30). Acts 19:19 describes how the people who had practiced magic gave it up after they trusted Jesus, "And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone" (NASB).

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Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!


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