Witchcraft in the Church

by Gary Savelli

     

'WITCHCRAFT' - the supposed art of influencing   the course of events by the occult control of nature or the spirits, using conjuring, magic, or tricks.

Come early October and throughout the month, one need only turn on any Christian radio station to hear a myriad of Christian religious programs proclaiming the evils of dreaded "Halloween".... well-meaning ministers will lay out stories of "witchcraft" and "satanic ritual" in such a way that will frighten the church to feel things, or to do things, that quench the Spirit of God, because they encourage the saints to war "after the flesh." Beware when you hear a Christian minister speak about the evils of "witchcraft" OUTSIDE the Church. When you hear such doctrine, know that this tactic is a cloak to hide from God's children the real acts of witchcraft occurring INSIDE the church. As we will discuss, the most influential and perhaps persuasive witches are those who are IN the Church, and have a measure of truth, and some power from God.

Consider this: most people accused of, or participating in witchcraft in the Bible, were God's people, or rulers over God's people, who were wicked or had gone astray from God's truth. Let us read the examples to bear this out:

  • "For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king." (Samuel speaking about King Saul - 1 Samuel 15:23)

  • "Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, [there is] a woman that hath a familiar spirit (a witch) at Endor." (About the Israelite woman at Endor whom Saul used to conjure up Samuel from the dead - 1 Samuel 28:7)

  • "And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger." (About evil King Manasseh of Judah - 2 Chronicles 33:6)

  • "And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, [Is it] peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts [are so] many?" (About Jezebel, a Zidonian by birth, but queen, wife, and ruler with (and sometimes above) king Ahab of Israel - 2 Kings 9:22)

  • "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Paul speaking about the rebellious members in the Church that would be judged unworthy by God for their deeds done in the flesh - Galatians 5:19-21)

Did you notice that God said "There shall not be found among YOU [ i.e., that is, GOD'S PEOPLE ] any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch..." (Deut. 18:10). God did NOT say we should rid the world (the unbelievers) of it's witches. There were "sorcerers" in high political places in Babylon, Egypt, and Nineveh, but the majority of scripture deals with the sin of witchcraft among GOD'S PEOPLE (In Israel or the Church.) In our dispensation, you will find witches leading the children of God astray INSIDE the Church (does that surprise you?), and for that reason God was, and still is, adamant that HIS people "should not suffer a witch to live" (Exodus 22:18).

In our opening definition (taken from the Oxford dictionary), we find that a witch is one who "supposedly influences the course of events using 'conjuring'." Who are these "witches" in the Church, and what do they "conjure"? How do they practice their "magic art"? Hopefully, God will allow us to "expose" them, and "kill" their influence among you, and all of God's children everywhere. If we can do this, we will have done a good work for the saints of God.

"Conjuring"

Conjuring is using a "magic formula" or "incantation" to "supposedly" make an event occur through occult or supernatural means (and that word "supposedly" is important). You will see such "witchcraft" in Christian churches almost every day of every year - if God will open your eyes to see it.

Satan's ministers call their conjuring "getting saved". God calls it "witchcraft". You must understand that most of Satan's ministers to not realize they are doing Satan's work at all. A minister will use his "powers" to bring a hungry soul under conviction through a sermon or message, and at the end, people will be invited to come down to an "altar" and repeat a prayer. The sinner will be asked to say they are very sorry for their past life. To "confess" their sins. They may be crying, and truly wanting to know Jesus more. And finally, the minister will have them repeat "Romans 10:9", or a "sinner's prayer" or some other "incantation", after which they are told, in effect: "Abra-Kadabra - you are now 'saved.'"

The good work was that a soul hungered to know God. The evil, was that the person wanting to know God was quite possibly, stopped from doing so by that minister's "withcraft." Now let us carefully consider this dear reader... has a person who does what these ministers are telling people to do, truly been "saved"? Have they gone through this life and "worked out their own salvation with fear and trembling" as Paul admonished those who had already been converted to do? Have they heard and done what Jesus taught those wanting salvation to do: "He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Matthew 24:13). Have they done what Peter taught the Church, when he told them that they were to be "... kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." (1 Peter 1:5). More importantly - have these people been "converted" at all?!

"Magic & Sorcery"

One of the greatest acts of "sorcery" in the Church, has been to persuade those who have received the baptism of the Spirit that the Church's members include those who have never truly been baptized into the body of Christ by Jesus. Telling someone they are born again before that person has received the baptism of the holy Ghost (with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues) is nothing but an act of witchcraft. It is not true, and it is merely "conjuring" to try to make it be so! Who was the first witch to accomplish this? I don't know. I doubt if anyone knows where it first began. But I do know that it is wrong, and that it is evil. Paul said that "by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body" (1Cor.12:13). Since it takes the baptism of the Spirit to be put into the Church (the one body of Christ) - then it is obvious that those who have never received the baptism of the Spirit are not in the body of Christ at all - even though millions have been persuaded to the contrary.

"Witchcraft" is trying to influence the course of events by occult incantation. Quite plainly - if a person has not received the baptism that Jesus performs - the baptism of the holy Ghost (with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues), it is "witchcraft" to tell people they have been converted without it! These are the TRUE witches in the church: those who are telling those seeking God, that it is possible to be born again without JESUS actually converting them!

All successful magicians (witches and sorcerers) use "redirection" to hide their conjuring. They will draw your attention to that which is unimportant, while they are doing the real deed in secret - visible, but unnoticed by the observer or participant. And that is what we see today. Christian ministers "redirect" their followers to despise the evil deeds of this world's lunatics (whom they call witches), only to hide their own sin. I suppose it is NOT a willing act in many cases, nevertheless, the effect is the same (despite their intention.) But Jesus has allowed us to pull back the veil so that the Church can see. It is an honor we at times, can scarcely comprehend.

Witches and Power

Do witches have power? Yes, they do. Beyond that - witches tell the truth - and can appear to be holy: "If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn [you] away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee." (Deuteronomy 13:1-5).

I am convinced that God, in his wisdom, has put witches in the Church to "prove" us. And quite frankly, He has found us wanting. God's people have lost the ability to discern between good and evil - and if a prophet or dreamer now dreams a dream, and it comes to pass, they not only embrace that man, but elevate him to a position of the highest influence. They fail to see that these men are turning the Church away from God's truth. We are blind and drunk with the wine of spiritual fornication.

Look at Christian television, any and every program - and see if I am not telling the truth. Jesus has not sent them to do what they are doing, or to teach the doctrines they are teaching. This does not mean they are not children of God (gone astray of course)- "witches" are usually born again. What it does mean is that God has sent them, dear friends, to prove you. See if you have been persuaded with their teachings, just to mention a few: "Come and get saved" (when in reality, Jesus will bring his salvation with him when he returns for the faithful). "Accept Jesus as your savior" (when the truth is that we do not accept Jesus - he makes US acceptable to God by sanctifying us with his Spirit). "Christianity is the body of Christ" (when the truth is that Christianity is a pretender - the Church is ONLY those people in whom the Spirit of God dwells, and the only Church Jesus will return for are those obeying and being led by it). "The baptism of the Spirit is just something 'extra'" (when the reality is that the baptism of the Spirit is the born again experience, and NOBODY will be saved in the end without this conversion experience!) There are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of other such "name it, and claim it" doctrines being practiced in the denominations of Christianity around the world. Witchcrafts! Delusions! Vanities! Lies!

Merely because a witch (usually a Christian evangelist or teacher highly regarded among men) names the name of "Jesus", undiscerning children of God (those with the Spirit, but not led by the spirit of truth) puff that man up. The result of this is that his "witchcraft" becomes an accepted way of life among believers, much to our own destruction. Oh God -- the Church needs your Spirit's power to set us free to see the truth!

God is now calling his children to "come out of her my people". The "her" is the idolatry of Christianity - it's creeds, sects, denominations, ceremonies - all of it is "witchcraft" - none of the things done in them which the Spirit has not ordained is acceptable to God. Not one of Christianity's denominations is the Church. Not one of Christianity's "ceremonies" is of the Spirit. Not one of Christianity's ministers can teach the truth entirely, for if they were doing so - they would come out!

The greatest concentration of "witchraft and sorcery" on this planet can be found in "Christianity" (which is spiritual "Babylon"), but it's judgment is not far from coming dear friends: "And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee (spiritual Babylon, or "Christianity"); and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." (Revelation 18:23-24) Christianity has put to death every revival of the Spirit there has ever been on this earth through it's creeds, doctrines, ceremonies, and it's receiving as blood washed children of God, those who have never received the Spirit of God at all.

God is wanting to set his people free. Child of God, your Father and Jesus want you to have NO PART with Christianity. Forsake it's deeds. Expose it's sorceries. Reject every one of it's ministers teaching doctrines which amount to "witchcraft." If you are truly seeking God, these thoughts will liberate you to finally be able to confess what you really think about the spiritual condition of the Church. Rejoice in the holy Ghost, and be happy with what God really IS doing for you by showing you these wonderfully holy things. Stop "pretending" to be something, or somewhere in God that you are not and be really washed by Jesus. Confessing the truth, and walking in it, is the "godly" thing to do, and "godliness with contentment is great gain." You can be blessed!

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