“He … practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking him to anger” (2 Chronicles 33:6).
In Manila, most of the air-conditioned buses have videotape players now. The traffic is so bad the bus drivers play videos so people will have something to think about other than traffic jams.
Lately, it seems every time I take a bus with “video on board,” the video deals with something from the occult. It shows women practicing divination, teens playing “spirit in the glass” or ghosts masquerading as beloved dead children.
All of these things are absolutely forbidden to Christians.
I do not even like to see imitations of them on TV. The verse I quoted at the beginning says witchcraft is something that makes God angry. Why does God hate it so much?
For one thing, witchcraft practitioners try to use their own power to manipulate people and events through magic and spells. They strive to steal the free will from their fellow human beings.
No one has the right to manipulate anyone else. God feels so strongly about personal freedom of choice that when He created Adam, He gave him free will, knowing that Adam could choose to sin and it would cost God His only Son.
If God will not manipulate people, what right does anyone else have to use potions and spells to force people to do something or behave in certain ways?
If you have participated in witchcraft in the past, confess it to God now. Ask Him to forgive you, and to close any doors to the demonic world that your participation may have opened in your life.
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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