HEROES OF HALLOWEEN
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
September 1998 David L. Brown
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This book is NOT intended for children!
It is written to warn parents and adults of abominations and perversions of
Halloween, witchcraft and the occult.
Links to Topics:
The Origin of The Name "Witch"
The Influence of "the wickedest man
in the world" on Wicca
Unmasking The Truth About Witches
Lies Witches Tell
Definitions, Doctrines & Principles
What Do Witches Believe?
Common Witchcraft & Occult Beliefs
The Quest For Wisdom & Power
The Means That God Approves For Accessing His Wisdom & Power
How People Attempt To Access Demonic Wisdom
Four Categories Of Supernatural Phenomena
Parents take notice Witches are real and witchcraft is
popular with teenagers today. Your daughter or son may be a witch or at least
into the beliefs of witchcraft.
According to a Gallup poll, "a majority of teenagers
believe in witchcraft."
The primary "hero" of Halloween is the witch.
Consider this material from An Illustrated History of Witchcraft:
The witch is, without doubt, one of the most enduring
figures in superstition and literature. Whether portrayed as an aged crone
astride a broomstick off on some mission of evil, or else a young girl dancing
naked with her companions in a wooded grove, she can be found in carvings of
antiquity or the columns of today's newspapers...since the Middle Ages,
(writings have) shown her as an enemy of humanity, a solitary being able to
compact with the Devil to work all manner of supernatural powers.
oldest known illustration of a witch dates back to the
pre-Columbian times and shows the goddess Tlazolteolf naked, wearing a
pointed hat riding a broomstick. The most famous witch in history probably is
the Witch of Endor. I Samuel 28 relates how King Saul went to her in an
effort to get in touch with the dead prophet of God, Samuel. He wanted advice on
how to defeat the Philistines. He should have known better because Exodus
22:18 notes that being a witch was a capital crime, punishable by death. Deuteronomy
18:9-14 makes it clear that people are neither to consult nor participate in
the OCCULT. The passage says, When thou art come into the land which the Lord
thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those
nations. There shall not be found among you 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, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar
spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an
abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God
doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy
God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of
times, and unto diviner: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered
thee so to do. Deuteronomy 18:9-14
The New Testament addresses witchcraft as well. Galatians
5:20 and Revelation 21:8, in the King James version of the Bible
lists the practitioners of witchcraft as fleshly sin and those who practice it
are said to be excluded from God's kingdom. Witchcraft is serious business!
Many of todays witches elect to be called "wiccans"
instead of witches. The very name witch conjures mental images associated
with evil and they want to change that. They go to great lengths to redefine
themselves by using the term wicca. But, the word witch
comes from the Old English word wicca (masculine) wicce
(feminine) which means to practice sorcery. In fact our English word wicked
is from the root word wicca and literally means
witch-like. As early as 890 A.D. the word "wiccan"
was used to identify witches "in the Laws of King Alfred." In
short, changing the name from witch to wiccan is an attempt at
historical revisionism. A witch or wiccan is, by the very name, a
defining word for wickedness.
The Influence of "the wickedest man
in the world" on Wicca
So, are witches really wicked? To answer that question let me
introduce Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). As I mentioned earlier, Crowley boasted
of being "the wickedest man in the world" and openly despised Christ
and the faith of his parents who were Plymouth Brethren. One author wrote,
"Everyone knows about Aleister Crowley, of course. He was a satanist, a
pornographera traitor to his country during the war of 1914-1918, an
insatiable ambisexual athlete, a pimp who lived on the immoral earnings of his
girl-friends, and a junkie who daily took enough heroin to kill a roomfull of
The sadistic, satanic teachings of this "Beast 666"
(as he called himself) are being used in a number of occult organizations
including Ordo Templi Orientis, The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, various
satanic cults and Wicca. Indeed Crowley has had a major influence on Wicca,
despite the ardent denial of many Wiccans. First, Crowley had a major impact on
Sybil Leek, a well known witch. She studied under him and boasted that Crowleys
mantle was passed onto her. Second, Alex Sanders (1926-1988), who was
"certainly one of the most influential Wiccans of the last 25 years,
claimed to have known Crowley and studied under him. He also wore a magic ring
identical to the one which Crowley used to wear and casually let it be known
among his friends that Crowley had bestowed it upon him." Finally, there is
Gerald Gardner (1884-1964). Dr. Aidan Kelly, Ph.D., a witch himself, says that Gardner
is the inventor of the cult of Wicca. There is definite evidence ! that
Gardner commissioned Crowley to write parts of his witchcraft work the Book
My point is simply this, there is nothing wholesome in
contemporary witchcraft. To be sure witches are out of the broom closet and
walking down main street. Some of the more commonly known names in contemporary
witchcraft include Margot Adler, Starhawk, Isaac Bonewits, Jessie Wicker Bell
(Lady Sheba), Lady Sintana, Zsuzsanna (called "Z"), Budapest, Laurie
Cabot, Scott Cunningham, Selena Fox, Amber K, Gavin and Yvonne Frost, Judy
Kneitel (Lady Theos), Leo Martello, Miriam Simos (Starhawk), Allyn Wolfe, Doreen
Valiente, Otter (Oberon) G'Zell, Morning Glory Zell and more. In fact Selena
Fox, witch of Circle Sanctuary in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, received coverage for
her pagan group in the May 6, 1991 issue of TIME magazine. The title of
the article, was "When God Was a Woman." Witches got the
cover of Milwaukee Magazine in 1992. It says, "Witches: Tales and
Truths. Witchcraft is alive in Wisconsin. The rituals may seem strange - ! to
some even evil - but the beliefs will surprise you. Milwaukee witch Mary Ellen
Orenda and the tools of her trade." In fact, they are going to great
lengths to sanitize their reputation and remake their image. That is easy to see
when you see media articles with titles like Witches spell it out: Dont
Stereotype Us, and I Am Not A Wicked Witch. In the process of trying
to remake themselves to be acceptable to mainstream Americans they use deceptive
schemes, old tricks and dirty lies to accomplish their goal.
Unmasking The Truth About Witches
Witches are not the wholesome, family oriented people they
claim to be. Doreen Irvine, a practicing witch for many years, said, many
"witches were lesbians and homosexuals." And shes right. I have a
poster, letter and application in my files for, as they called it,
"FAGGOT WITCH CAMP." The letter advertised the "second annual
FAGGOT WITCH CAMP, August 26-30, 1991." This event was held at Wyalusing
State Park in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. According to the letter, "Our
purpose in organizing this event is to gather with like-minded queer men and to
explore our unique perspectives and experiences as faggot witches." This
sodomite gathering was even announced in two prominent witchcraft publications, Circle
Network News; Spring 1991 and in Green Egg - A Magazine of Goddess and
Nature Religion; Litha, 1991.
Witchcraft is a perverted sex oriented cult. According to the
book, What Witches Do, "witchcraft has always been a fertility
religion" and the orgy was a part of the Craft "giving the plainer
girls a chance."
Gardinarian witch Patricia C. Crowther describes modern day
witch orgies this way
The motives of the modern witches are often thought to be
questionable, and certainly a considerable element of sexuality is present
at many meetingsThe nudity of the coven, the frantic dancing, the incense
and the slightly illicit atmosphere contribute to thisThe binding and
whipping of new initiate for purification purposes, for instance, is
highly titillating for those with sado-masochistic tendencieswhile the
five-fold kiss bestowed by the high priest or priestess on the feet,
knees, genitals, breasts and lips of the new members speaks for itself. The
Great Rite, performed at certain ceremonies and consisting of token or
actual sexual intercourseis justified on the grounds that Wicca is, after
all, a fertility cult. Only the high priest may initiate a female member,
while the high priestess initiates the males.
While not all occult groups practice these evil rites, it is
not the exception to the rule.
The book, People of The Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out,
includes a chapter titled Sacred Prostitutes A pagan who calls
herself DVora is one of those interviewed in this chapter. She is the author
of a book called Reflections from the Orgynizor. The book says she is
known as "Queen of Thelemathe Prostitute, Sex Magician, Cat Woman and as
a sacred prostitute." Most of what she says is too perverse to print.
Suffice it to say that she characterizes witchcraft pretty well with this
sentence; "Id say most of magic is sex." She continues in
the article to promote ritual prostitution and says, "I like group sex, I
like anonomys sex, I like sex." It is interesting that the Bible connects
the whore, the adulterer and the sorceress. Isaiah 57:3 speaks of the "sons
of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore." We are told
to flee fornication not embrace it (1 Corinthians 6:18). Sexual perversion is
never wholesome! Many witches are into sexual activities that the Bible
Speaking of sexual perversion I also have in my files a copy
of a witchcraft publication that states that a well known east coast witch
"transitioned from male to female on Samhain, October 31." What that
means is that the person was born a biological male but had his sex organs
surgically removed and altered to appear to be female. That IS perversion! In
fact, another noted witch who has authored a best selling book on witchcraft
under a female name, was born a biological male.
In 1991, I published a thirty-page research report entitled,
"The Dark Side of Halloween." In that book I quoted a former witch
who said, "Sadism was practiced frequently..." That is true.
Several years back I brought this up on a national talk show. When I said this,
two witches who worshipped Dagon were sitting on one side of me and a vampire on
the other. The audience was peppered with witches. As soon as the words were out
of my mouth there was a hot protest from the witches. In fact, since the show
was not live, the witches put so much pressure on the producers that they edited
out my words! They did not want the public to know about their sadistic
Let me lend support to my assertion about sadism. "One
of the most important religious organizations of Neo-Paganism in America is the
Church of All Worlds (CAW)CAW played a key role in the 1970s in the
networking of diverse Pagan and Wiccan groups" Their official journal is
the Green Egg A Journal of the Awakening Earth. The entirety of Volume
29, No. 119; 1997 dealt with ritual sexual sado-masochism. There certainly
is nothing wholesome about sado-masochism.
I will conclude this section by saying, there is nothing
wholesome about any of these perverted sexual practices. While witches try to
mask these diabolical practices, the record speaks for itself. And as Dr. Merill
Unger observes, "for those who surrender to worship and serve Satan, the
moral degradation and perversion is horrifying."
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your
father ye will dohe is a liar, and the father of it."
Lie #1 -- Witches
Do Not Believe In or Acknowledge The Devil/Satan
While Wicca and other witchcraft traditions have a modern
origin, they draw eclecticly upon occult information, rituals, and ceremonies
from idol worshippers of the past. In fact, they use a deceptive scheme
involving semantic word games to deny their involvement with the Devil and or
Satan. For instance, most witches will tell you that they believe in Lucifer.
They claim that "he is the god of the Sun and of the Moon." However
most knowledgeable witches recognize that the book La Sorciere by French
historian, Jules Michelet, is a major contributor to the Wiccan cult. (The
English version is published by Citadel Press under the title Satanism and
Witchcraft) But, heres the facts. "Michelets book is full
of passionate, sympathetic depictions of Satan and medieval witchcraft."
Then there is the book by Charles G. Leland Aradia:
Gospel of the Witches, which is another major source of Wiccan beliefs. The
very first paragraph reads
Diana greatly loved her brother Lucifer, the god of the
Sun and of the Moon, the god of Light, who was so proud of his beauty, and who
for his pride was driven from Paradise.
This is a reference to Isaiah 14 in the Bible where
Lucifer is expelled from the presence of God and becomes the Devil or Satan! In
fact, Isaiah 14:12 (KJV) is the only passage where Lucifer is mentioned
in the entire Bible. Otherwise he is called the Devil, Satan, the Dragon, etc.
But that is not the only example. In Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide
for Witches Paul Huson makes this statement
This is a beginners guide to practical witchcraft,
revealing the techniques and secret workings of those who practice the black
arts. It presents the first steps to becoming a witchIt answers all the
basic questions about spells, magical recipes, rituals, divination, covens,
curses, apparatus, how to develop ones power, etc. From reciting the Lords
Prayer backward throughdetails for spells to arouse lustattain
Speaking of vengeance, consider this ritual of wrath "a
conjuration of the Horned One" recorded on page 186 "I conjure
thee by Barabbas, by Satanas, by the devil cursed be! I summon thee by Barabbas,
by Satanas by the devil conjured be! By the underworld itself" Need I
note that Barabbas and Satanas are references to the devil who is mentioned?
Lucifer is the devil, Satan. Their slick little word games
are the attempt of modern witches to cover up the truth.
Lie #2 The upside-down pentagram is Satanic not Wiccan
Nothing could be further from the truth! While the
upside-down pentegram is used in Satanism, it is well documented that in the
Gardinarian and Alexandrian Wiccan cult, they use the upside-down pentagram as
the symbol of Second Degree Initiation. One former Alexandrian witch stated,
"As I got to the higher degrees I learned that the name of the horned god
was Lucifer. I learned that the sign of the second degree was an inverted
pentagram, symbolizing the horns of Satan."
Lie #3 Witches only do good Magic, Healing Magic
On numerous occasions I have been told by witches that the
Wiccan Rede ("An harm none, do what ye will") and the threefold law
(evil directed at another will return 3 fold upon the perpetrator) hinders
witches from directing magic spells or other negative actions against anyone.
That just is not true! For instance, famous witch, Sybil Leek, published a book
called the Book of Curses. It is an encyclopedia of curses that witches
can use in their spells. Then there is Paul Husons book, Mastering
Witchcraft. In it, "full details are given for spells toattain
vengeance." Obviously curses and vengeance are a part of witchcraft. This is just another attempt
by witches to mask the truth.
Lie #4 Witches dont believe in blood rituals, animal
or human sacrifice
While many pagan and Wicca cult members offer fruit and
vegetable sacrifices to their pagan gods and goddesses, blood rituals and animal
or human sacrifices are a part of historic pagan and witchcraft rites and are
becoming increasingly frequent in the witch community today.
I have read several accounts and have recorded personal
testimonies of individuals who were initiated into witchcraft that incorporated
rituals using their own blood. Consider Alex Sanders (1926-1988). He is the
father of Alexandrian Wicca. He was initiated into witchcraft using a blood
ritual. A witch had "him stand nude in a circle with his head down. She
took a sharp razor, cut his scrotum to make it bleedHe was initiated as a
third degree, and he became a black magickian."
There are other uses of blood as well. For instance there is
a connection between blood and the witches wand. "The most efficacious wand
will be made of one of the woods sacred to the White Goddess: elderberry,
willow, rowan, hazel, oak or mistletoe." The article goes on to say that
the branch is then hollowed out and "filled with cotton
wool and brought to life with three drops
of the witchs own blood."
The use of blood to facilitate power is not uncommon. One
witch told me that they had anointed their divination board with their own blood
so as to give the board power.
In the book, "Secrets of the Occult" by C.A. Burland, it talks about groups in south Germany about 1960 who "hunted and
decapitated deer for a blood-drinking rite."
I told you earlier that the Gerald B. Gardner is considered
the originator of modern Wicca. He was involved in planning a human sacrifice.
Here is what is recorded. "The group was deadly serious about their secret
ritualBut to be 100 per cent effective there would have to be a human
sacrifice." One of the coven members volunteered to be the human sacrifice.
The coven was also known to use a hallucinogen. Having
formed their magic circle in the depths of the forest, the group, who were
naked, made a line and held hands and then danced furiously around a small
bonfire, chanting incantationsThey performed the rite with such vigour
that one or two of them fainted, a not uncommon experience when a serious
amount of power and energy is aroused by the performance of ritual. The old
volunteer duly collapsed and died, and it is not known whether it was from
an overdose of mushrooms, over-exhaustion or the cold. The great
sacrifice had been made and the potency of their magicenhanced
Though the group was ready to murder the volunteer, as it
turned out they did not have to.
The fact is, historically, human sacrifice has been
associated with witchcraft. Anyone who is intellectually honest will admit that.
But it seems that some Wiccans are finally coming out of the closet and
preparing the way for the acceptance of human sacrifice within their ranks. In
fact, a major Wiccan periodical carried an article titled Sacrifice: An
Elevation. In this article Nasira Alma states, "We cannot be above
sacrifice, human or otherDivinors foresaw events by noting the manner of
the victims fall, the twitching of his limbs, and how his blood spurtedSacrifice
is the law of our nature. It maintains the balance between the inner and the
outer, the physical and the spiritual, the Divine and the human."
Witches desperately want public acceptance! Many will lie in
an effort to get it. A massive nation wide disinformation campaign is being
waged in an effort to convince people that their beliefs and practices are
normal and acceptable. They are neither normal nor acceptable. They beliefs are
aberrant and their practices are wicked.
Definitions, Doctrines & Principles
The word "occult" comes from the Latin word
"occultus" and means secret, concealed, hidden or esoteric (private;
only understood by a select few) knowledge or practices.
It often employs a dangerous spiritual element that is
called upon at times through ritualistic means. Altered states of
consciousness can be used as a tool to tap into a deceptive spiritual power
that resides within the normally invisible and intangible demonic sphere of
reality. Magickal seduction, psychological problems, predatory or belief
crimes can be the end result.
The Encyclopedia Britannica -- Micropaedia, gives some
additional information that I think would be helpful. It says the occult is:
A general designation for various theories, practices,
and rituals based on esoteric knowledge, especially alleged knowledge about
the world of spirits and unknown forces of the universe. Devotees of
occultism strive to understand and explore these worlds, often by developing
the [alleged] higher powers of the mind... Occultism covers such diverse
subjects as Satanism, astrology, Kabbala, Gnosticism, theosophy, divination,
witchcraft, and certain forms of magic.
Actually, there are more than 7,000 practices known to relate
to the occult and many more individuals, societies, groups and religions that
promote and advocate occult practices. There are numerous directories and
dictionaries of occult organizations. I am a minor contributor to the Dictionary
of Cults, Sects, Religions and The Occult published by Zondervan. This is an
excellent one volume work if you want to learn more about cults and occult.
WHAT DO WITCHES BELIEVE?
I have been researching the occult and witchcraft for nearly
two decades now. Within that time I have found that it is impossible to say ALL
witches or occult devotees believe one unified doctrinal statement because they
do not. As Craig Hawkins noted in his research article entitled, The Modern
World of Witchcraft, "Contemporary witchcraft is so diverse and
eclectic that it is extremely difficult to accurately identify and define."
Without a doubt his statement is true. Yet, I have found a
core of recurring beliefs that most witches and occult devotees believe. I call
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; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot
iron; 1 Timothy 4:1-2
false belief that all objects (rocks, trees, wind, plants, mountains, etc.) are
alive and have a soul. Here is how this false belief is practiced by many
witches. They believe that spirits inhabit everything and especially sacred
sites. They call these spirits Nature Spirits or Elementals.
The term nature spirit is used synonymously with
Elementals, the beings who exist in the four Elements of earth, air, fire and
water. In Neo-Paganism and neo-pagan Witchcraft, nature spirits are to be
treated with respect, as they can combine into a powerful energy. Their
participation and cooperation is sought to enhance rituals and stimulate
communication between mankind and Mother Earth. When sites are
selected for outdoor rituals, an effort is made to communicate with nature
spiritsto secure their cooperation and seek their guidance.
In working magic, Witches summon the subtle forces of the
elements and their guardian spirits(these elemental spirits) may be
summoned by witches to assist in MAGIC, such as weather control. Earth
elementals are known as Gnomes; Fire elementals as Salamanders; Water elementals as
Undines; Air elementals
as Sylphs. They may be seen by physically gifted persons who are close
to nature. Some elementals are said to be malicious and unpredictable,
tricking human beings into accidents, setting traps for them and killing them.
By the way, do you know that Trolls (remember the famous
troll dolls that were popular a few years back?) are earth spirits? The troll
belongs to "the supernatural fairy community which was once assumed to
exercise dominion over nature." And you should also know that
"the pagan goddes of Rome Diana (the virgin goddess of the hunt, moon and
goddess of fertility) was the queen of all nature spirits." The apostle
Paul encountered great opposition in Ephesus, the center of Diana Worship (also
called Artemis in the Greek). These idol worshippers hated the message of
Christ! (Read Acts 19:21-41). Witches today worship the Mother Goddess and you
will find that it is Diana/Artemis. I should note that nature spirits are what
Christians know as demons!
Now, to a second view of animism that other witches hold to.
To some witches
animism means that the Life Force is immanent within all
creation. All is imbued (permeated) by the Life Force: rocks and trees,
deserts and streams, mountains and valleys, ponds and oceans, gardens and
forests, fish and fowl; everything from amoebas to animals to humans. All is
infused with and participants in the vital Life Force or energy, and
therefore the entire earth is a living organism.
To them, all nature is alive and all nature is sacred.
Therefore some worship nature and some worship the power, god energy or Life
Force that is manifested in nature.
PANPSYCHISM Though this is similar to animism it adds
a new dimension. Panpsychism is the false belief that "all objects
in the universe have an inner or psychological being and thus possess some level
or kind of consciousness...some panpsychists even postulate that ever object has
a soul, spirit or mind." It does not matter if it is a rock or a plant.
Noted witch, Starhawk holds this belief. She says, "To Witchesall thingsplants,
animals, stones, starsare alive, and on some level conscious beings. All
things are divine and are manifestations of the Goddess."
MONISM -- The false belief that views everything in the
universe as being an extension of one reality. The plurality in the cosmos is
derived from a single ultimate source. God, the spirit world, and creation are
ultimately one in essence. All diversity, therefore, flows from a uniform and
divine Force or Energy. There are no Creator-creation distinctions. All
differentiation is an illusion and is absorbed into one Source, Energy or
"Force" of all that exists. This absurd philosophy would go something
like this -- "Out of ONE has proceeded the many, and back into ONE are many
PANTHEISM The false belief that everything is divine
(god). Divinity is inseparable from and immanent in everything such as nature
and humanity. This belief is the basis for the self-deification and nature
(creation) worship of most occultists. The primary quest of humanity is to
discover and tap into the knowledge of the divine that resides in nature and
within ourselves. Most witches believe that humans are gods (goddesses) or
POLYTHEISM -- The false belief in many deities
(gods/goddesses) and religions. This also is stretched to include belief in
multi-levels of reality. There is no one way or right religion for all.
"All religions are simply different, equally valid paths that lead to the
same destination: realizing ones potential or actual divintiy."
EXISTENIALISM The false belief that stresses the
total freedom of individuals coupled with the ability to "know" by
intuition, experience and feelings. Truth is therefore subjective. "One
view is as good or true as another because it is at least true for the
individual. Reality, then is a matter of perspectiveand everyone has a
RELATIVISM The false belief that there are no
absolutes in any area of life. There is no right or wrong morality, religion,
etc. What is right for you is right. You are the judge. The only
"absolute" is that there are no absolutes.
REINCARNATION The false belief that the soul, upon
the death of the body, moves to another body or form based on the Law of Karma.
The Law of Karma is the Hindu law of retributive justice. It is the belief that
the load of guilt or innocence accumulates as the result of good or bad actions
committed during a persons lifetime. These accumulated actions determine ones
lot in the next life. Good Karma means a good reincarnation, while bad Karma
means reincarnation into a less desirable state.
Most witches believe in, invoke and worship the Mother
Goddess and her male consort, the Horned God. The Mother Goddess is
also known as the Triple Goddess because she manifests herself as maiden,
mother and crone. Wisconsin witch Scott Cunningham, husband of Wisconsin witch
Selena Fox says, "The Goddess is the female force, that portion of the
ultimate energy source which created the universe."
The Mother Goddess is worshipped and invoked under a variety
of names: Aphrodite, Artemis, Diana, Gaia, Isis, Kali, Lilith, Luna, Venus and
many other names. For instance, the popular Irish vocalist called Enya is really
named Eithne Ni, after a Celtic goddess. In 1993 I covered The Parliament of
The Worlds Religions for several Christian organizations. At one of the
sessions, Witch Olivia Robertson invoked (prayed) to Isis and yet noted that she
is known by a variety of other names. Here is her pagan prayer.
Holy Goddess Isis, mother of all beings, come to our
hearts. Grant us, thy children, thy children, love, beauty, and truth. We
offer thee our loving care to all who are bought of thee. In the Name of
Isis of 10,000 names, may all beings be blessed. The company here assembled,
the spirits all around us: human, animal, birds, reptiles, fish, insects,
trees, the great rain forests, plants, the earth and all her sacred
The Horned God is worshipped and invoked under a variety of
names: Adonis, Apollo; Cernunnos, Dionysius, Eros; Hades; Horas Lucifer; Odin,
Pan, Thor, Woden and more.
None of these beliefs are Biblical. Any one who believes them
is "giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils."
1 Timothy 4:1
THE QUEST FOR WISDOM & POWER
It is important for you to understand that there are two
sources of wisdom and power that mankind can access -- God's Wisdom &
Power and the Devil's Wisdom and Power. We see this in James
3:15-17 "This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is
earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion
and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,
then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits,
without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
The wisdom that "decendeth not from above" is
demonic wisdom (Lucifers, the Devils or the Satans wisdom). This
corrupted wisdom, is characterized as being earthly, sensual and devilish.
"The wisdom that is from above," Gods Wisdom, is said to be pure,
peacable, gentle, etc. In short, there are two very different
kinds of wisdom with two very different outcomes.
Biblical Christianity is the manifestation of Gods wisdom
and power from above. Witchcraft, paganism, the New Age, Satanism, etc. are
manifestations of the Devils wisdom and power from beneath.
The Means That God Approves For Accessing His Wisdom & Power
Gods Wisdom & Power may be accessed through
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own
eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
-- James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.|
BIBLE STUDY &
MEDITATION -- Psalms 19:7 The law
of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple.|
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you
richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (See
also 2 Peter 3:15-16 & 2 Timothy 3:16-17)|
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and
powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of
the thoughts and intents of the heart.|
WISE COUNSEL --
Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear,
and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise
How People Attempt To Access Demonic Wisdom
There are occult means that people use with the intent of
tapping into demonic wisdom. But the Bible warns us that God condemns and
forbids seeking after demonic wisdom. This is clearly expressed in Deuteronomy
18:9-12 where we are told not to learn to imitate detestable demonic ways
such as divination, sorcery, witchcraft, channeling, necromancy, casting spells
and more because they are said to be an abomination to the Lord.
There are three means that occultists use in an attempt to
tap into occult power
DIVINATION -- FORTUNE TELLING
Divination is the old term and fortune telling is the modern
word. They both refer to the same occult practice. Divination is the act of
attempting to prophesy (forecast future events) or human character through
occult means by making use of certain omens or divination tools such as tarot
cards, tea leaves, Ouija board, astrology, palmistry, scrying devices (crystal
balls, mirrors, crystals, etc.). The methods of divination often changes but the
spirit and force behind it remains the samea demon spirit (Acts
There are hundreds of varieties of divination: Catoptromancy,
Hydromancy, Chiromancy, Iridology, Palmistry, Mirror Mantic, Cartomancy,
Alectryomancy, Onirocriticism, Numerology, Psychometry, Capnomancy, Geomancy,
Pyromancy, Tephromancy, Telenomancy and more.
The magic that most of us are acquainted with is
sleight-of-hand magic, like picking a silver dollar out of the air or pulling a
rabbit out of the hat. Technically that kind of magic is called legerdemain
magic. It is the art of illusion. We are NOT referring to that kind of
Often, but not always, adherents to occult magick
differentiate between their magick and sleight-of-hand magic by spelling theirs
MAGICK. Occult magick is technically called non-legerdemain magic.
Sorcery or magic is the act of attempting to contact,
manipulate or control people, spirits, animals, plants, the elements (earth,
air, fire, water) through occult rituals, ceremonies, objects (amulets,
talismans, charms, etc.) Though magic may "work," the power
behind magic is demonic and those who practice magic are the enemies of
righteousness. Here is Gods evaluation of those who practice sorcery or magic
Acts 13:6-10 And when they had gone through the isle
unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name
was Barjesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a
prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of
God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood
them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is
called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O
full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of
all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
There are hundreds of varieties of occult magic: White
Magick, Black Magick, Red Magic, Tantric (sex magic); Blue Magic, Neutral
Magick, Liturgy Magic, Sympathetic Magic, Magic Mesmerism, Magnetism, Magical
Hypnosis, Lycanthropy, and many more.
Spiritism or necromancy is an occult activity grounded in the
belief that through certain persons acting as mediums or channels (psychics,
necromancers, channelers, etc.) the dead or the spirit world can be contacted
and hidden information can be acquired from those contacted. Trances and seances
are often used by the medium. The power behind this activity is demonic. The
Lord forbids this activity. 1 Chronicles 10:13, So Saul died for his
transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the
LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar
spirit, to inquire of it. (1 Samuel 28:7 gives the context).
There are scores of different types of necromency: Seances,
Telekinesis, Levitation, Apports, Spiritualistic Visions, Automatic Writing,
Spirit Raps, Speaking in Trances, Spirit Photography, Materializations, Table
Levitation or Tilting, Ectoplasm and more.
By their own testimonies witches, neo-pagans, Wiccans,
Satanists, New Age adherents, etc. without exception, attempt to secure their
wisdom and power through one or more of the occult means I have just mentioned.
We are to order our lives by the Wisdom and Power of God.
That is the wisdom and power revealed in the Bible. Jesus saith unto him, I
am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
We are to reject the wisdom from beneath, the wisdom
of the devil, the wisdom of Witchcraft. The wisdom of witchcraft is the wisdom
of the damnedRevelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and
the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with
fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Supernatural phenomena or seeming supernatural phenomena fall
into one of the following four categories:
- MANUFACTURED--That is, they are
man-made, designed to appear supernatural, but indeed are fraudulent.
- PSYCHOLOGICAL--Mind altering
drugs, hypnotism, drumming, trances, etc. can induce a mental state where the
mind genuinely perceives something supernatural has happened but in reality it
did not happen. For instance, a friend of mine had surgery. I visited him after
the surgery. While there, he got a frightened look on his face and shouted out,
"Keep those big dogs away from me. They are coming in the window. Don't let
them get me!" The fact is, we were on the 7th floor of the hospital.
The window was closed. I was right there and there were NO DOGS. But, the
anesthetic my friend received caused a mental reaction and I could not convince
him that there were no BIG DOGS. He saw them. Some supernatural phenomena falls
into this category.
- DEMONIC--The Scriptures clearly
indicate that Satan and his fallen angels (demons) are the
"supernatural" power behind true occult phenomena and their false
religious practices (See Deuteronomy 32:16-17; Psalm 106:35-40; Acts 16:16-19; I
Corinthians 10:19-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10; I Timothy 4:1). One of the devil's
key tactics is to masquerade as an "angel of light" (2
Corinthians 11:14-15) or servant of righteousness to help humanity, when in
reality the devil and his demons are the enemy of all mankind. Though Satan and
his emissaries have supernatural power, they do NOT have unlimited supernatural
power and ability. BEWARE! DO NOT dabble in occult practices. Those who
get involved in the occult get more than they bargain for!
- DIVINE--The Lord God Almighty,
the Triune God of the Bible, in the persons of God the Father, God the Son
(Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit have unlimited supernatural power and
ability. Further, God has an army of Holy Angels who are endowed with
supernatural abilities. On rare occasions in this present age God may work
through a believer to accomplish something supernatural, but most of the time in
this age He works independently of human agents.
In summary, occult activities accomplish several dangerous
things. First, they expose devotees to occult philosophies of demons (I
Timothy 4:1) and motivate them to seek knowledge that is forbidden by God. Second,
occult activities ultimately bring the devotees into contact with the world of
evil spirits or demons. Those who become involved with these spirits get more
than they bargain for. Dr. Carl A. Wickland, M.D., a physician, research
psychologist and acknowledged authority in the occult sternly warns that
involvement in the occult can cause:
Apparent insanity, varying in degrees from a simple mental
aberration to, and including, all types of dementia, hysteria, epilepsy,
melancholia, shell shock, kleptomania, idiocy, religious and suicidal mania,
as well as amnesia, psychic invalidism, dipsomania, immorality, functional
bestiality, atrocities, and other forms of criminality. Further, a great
number of unaccountable suicides are due to obsessing or possessing influences
of...spirits. Some of these spirits are actuated by a desire to torment their
This should not surprise anyone acquainted with the Bible. In
its pages there are illustrations to these things and we are told that the Devil
is a liar and a destroyer. Dr. Luke tells us what people did with their occult
material when they came to know Christ as their Savior in Acts 19:18-19,
"Many that believed (in Christ) came, and confessed (their former evil
practices) and showed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts
brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted
the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver." A
piece of silver was a day's wage back in that day. By today's standard that
could have been as much as half million dollars. If you have witchcraft
material, New Age, occult or satanic literature, jewelry, etc. or Halloween
paraphernalia I strongly urge you to follow the instructions recorded in Acts