Curious Fascination of the Darkness
I John 4:1—Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Definition of the Occult
The word Occult comes from the Latin word ocultus: things hidden, secret, and mysterious. The occult deals with operations or events which seem to depend upon human powers to go far beyond the five senses. The occult deals with the supernatural, the presence of demonic forces, and even the paranormal.
Danger of the Occult
It is dangerous to deny its existence or to be ignorant of its devices. An equal error is to have an unhealthy interest in the occult. (II Cor. 2:11; Rom. 16:9; I Tim. 4:1)A Major Warning. Playing around with the occult will lead to serious mental and spiritual problems. Be Aware of the ongoing spiritual battle between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of satan. We need to be aware of the workings of the satanic realm but not to the point of unhealthy fascination, obsession or any kind of involvement. God judges and condemns all traffic with demons. (Ex. 20:3; Mat.4:10; John 12:31; I Cor. 10:20; Eph.4:27; 1 John 3:8)
1 Tim. 4:1—Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Disciples of the Occult
What kind of people get involved in the occult?
Curious, easily influenced, dissatisfied, sad, rebellious, etc.(Children are greatly influenced and programmed by the filthy habits of adults.)
Remember:- There is the Occult—is an organized group.- There are Occult practices—are collected from the influence of the occult.
Most are totally unaware of it, but the occult influence is spread through TV, books, Radio, schools, societies and internet.
Escapists—one who will not accept responsibility and reality.
An old cliché: The devil made me do it
Superstitious—explaining the natural by invisible forces and rules at work. ‘Old wives fables’ and silly lore of men.
Victims- Victims, yes but were they watching, praying and really seeking the Lord?
Victims but: Uncommitted, Curious, Gullible, Naive, Inconsistent, Rebellious, Crazy, Conditioned, Credulous.
Knowing God judges all dealings with the devil there should never be any room to negotiate or compromise with the devil. As a Christian we are to be spiritually discerning all things.
1 Corinthians 2:15; 1Co 6:2,3; 1 Cor. 11:31; Heb 5:14.
Gal. 5:21—… they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
I Sam. 15:23; II Chron.33:6; Gal. 5:20; I Tim. 4:1-2; Acts 13:6-12; Acts 19:19; Mark 13:22; Deut. 18:9-14
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Beware that the devil exists
2 Cor. 11:14-15
Beware of his motive
He wants adoration worship attention Mt 4:1-11
Beware of his methods
- To devour I Peter 5:8; John 10:10
- To deceive 2Co 11:3; 2Th 2:9-10
Galatians 5:20—Idolatry, witchcraft [pharmakeia], hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Revelation 9:21—Neither repented they…of their sorceries [pharmakeia]…
Revelation 18:23—… for by thy sorceries [pharmakeia] were all nations deceived.
Pharmakeia (Eng., pharmacy etc.) primarily signified the use of medicine, drugs, spells; then, poisoning; then sorcery. . . . In sorcery, the use of drugs, whether simple or potent, was generally accompanied by incantations and appeals to occult powers, with the provision of various charms, amulets, etc.
Sorcery and witchcraft are tied into the grossest sins and are judged of God.
Where are the Dead?
Are they here on earth roaming as disembodied Spirits?
Some Real Ghost Stories
Long Island, New York
Beverly Hills, California
West Point, New York
Some Real Gospel Stories
I Samuel 28
Luke 22 Luke 24 John 20
Romans 10:19; Romans 1:16; I Corinthians 15:3,4
Are they embodied in another body; i.e., have they been reincarnated?
A. Resurrection and Reincarnation
B. Reincarnation and Hopelessness
Are they out of the reach of judgment—divine judgment
; i.e., are they no longer within the jurisdiction of God?