UNMASKING THE TRUTH ABOUT WITCHES
June 1997, Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
Schemes, Old Tricks & Dirty Lies
I have a news article in my files entitled, Witches Seek Mainstream Status. To be sure witches are out of the broom closet and walking down main street. 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: Don't 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. The following are but a few examples.
Most of today's witches prefer 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.
Wiccans have told me over and over again that Wicca is the world's oldest religion and that Wicca is older than Christianity. Problem is, that is a lie! Aidan Kelly, Ph.D., founder of two of the largest witchcraft organizations in America exposes this myth. The write up for his book, Crafting the Art of Magic - book 1 puts it this way, "Kelly himself wanted to believe that Wicca was the rediscovering of ancient Goddess-worshipping people. However, his research proved that this is not the case." In fact, Gerald Gardner (1884-1964) is the inventor of the cult of Wicca. In his book, At the Heart of Darkness, John Parker says, "retired (British) civil servant Gerald Brosseau Gardner, inventor of a witch cult (was) an old fraud." But why would Parker say that? I'll tell you why. "There is much evidence suggesting that Gardner concocted most of his rituals and legends from his own furtile imagination and that he promoted witchcraft for economic and sexual reasons." The article goes on to say that any witchcraft group that claims roots prior to 1950 is highly suspect. In short, today's Wicca or witchcraft is a modern cult originating in the 1950's and can not legitimately claim to be older than Christianity.
While Wicca has a modern origin, they eclecticly draw upon diabolical 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, Wiccans 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 Wiccans recognize that the book La Sorciere by French historian Jules Michelet is a major contributer to their cult (The English version is published by Citadel Press under the title Satanism and Witchcraft). But, here's the facts. "Michelet's 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."
GOTCHA! 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 beginner's 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 witch It answers all the basic questions about spells, magical recipes, rituals, divination, covens, curses, apparatus, how to develop one's power, etc. From reciting the Lord's Prayer backward through details for spells to arouse lust attain vengeance "
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?
Again, we see the attempt by modern witches to deny the truth. The Gospel of John 8:44 has interesting ramifications when it comes to this cover-up by witches -- "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
Let's move on to two more lies witches tell.
Nothing could be further from the truth! 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.
On numerous occasions I have been told by witches that the Wiccan Rede ("An it 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. Earlier in this article I mentioned Paul Huson's book Mastering Witchcraft. In it, "full details are given for spells to attain vengeance." Cursing and vengeance are not good any way you look at it. This is just another attempt to mask the truth.
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 she's 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 queer event was even announced in the witch publication Circle Network News; Spring 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 meetings The nudity of the coven, the frantic dancing, the incense and the slightly illicit atmosphere contribute to this The binding and whipping of new initiants for 'purification' purposes, for instance, is highly titillating for those with sado-masochistic tendencies while '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 intercourse is 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."
"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 1970's 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-masocshim. There certainly is nothing wholesome about that!
Then there was the case of an Ohio witch who ended up in court. A 15 year old girl "was selected as high priestess of the cult" and he initiated her and several other teenage girls in a perverse way. The news article states, "There were candles, seances, rituals. They would have to be naked and have sex with him in order to get involved with the magic." The witch leader was charged with three counts of second degree sexual assault of a child, and two counts of sexual intercourse with a child aged 16 or older. Again, witches lie when they say they are wholesome. Sexual perversion is never wholesome!
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.
Sexual perversion abounds in many witch covens and organizations!
In 1991, I published a 30 page research report entitled, "The Dark Side of Halloween." In the book I quoted a former witch who said, "Sadism was practiced frequently..." 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 practices. While not all witches engage in such perversions, there is a large constituency that do.
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."
While many Wicca cult members offer fruit and vegetable sacrifices to their pagan gods and goddesses, blood offerings and animal or human sacrifices are a part of historic pagan and witchcraft rites. But, it is 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 bleed He 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 witch's 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 empower the board.
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." In fact, there are those who claim to be witches, even Wiccans who do that and worse today.
Consider the case of Wiccan Damien Wayne Echols. He was involved with the ritual murder of Michael Moore, Christopher Byres and Steve Branch. There are those who accused Echols of being a Satanist but Echols asserts that he is a Wiccan. In a search of his home they found a book of spells, potions and prayers which was his book of shadows. It begins with an entry stating "all rites are to be performed within a nine-foot circle." The article goes on to say, "following that, there is a ritual to be used for 'improving' the memory,' which includes using the 'heart, eye or brain of a lapwing or plover (birds) and hanging it on one's neck."
Wiccans loudly protest when things like this are pointed out. And while I am sure that not all witches are involved in blood sacrifices there are those who are. Further, the originator of the Wiccan Cult, Gerald Gardner, was involved in human sacrifice. Here is what is recorded. "The group was deadly serious about their secret ritual But to be 100 per cent effective there would have to be a human sacrifice." One of the coven members volunteered. "The coven was also known to use an 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 incantations They 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 perfomance 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 magic enhanced "
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 other Divinors foresaw events by noting the manner of the victim's fall, the twitching of his limbs, and how his blood spurted Sacrifice 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! As you have seen, many will lie in an effort to get it. A massive nation wide disinformation campaign has been mounted to convince people that their beliefs and practices are normal and acceptable. This report has been prepared to unmask just a few of their Deceptive Schemes, Old Tricks & Dirty Lies.
We are warned in the Bible, Ephesians 5:11, And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. There is good reason for that warning because the power behind witchcraft and the occult is demonic power. In Acts 16:16-18 we see that the psychic powers of the young girl were demonic in origin. In fact, in the article entitled Communicating with the departed, the author admits to what we know to be demon possession when she says " for the spirit to be contacted actually enters the Wytche's body " Is it any wonder that Paul says of Elymas the sorcerer, 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? Acts 13:10. The same can be said of any witch today.
It is important that people understand that there are two sources of wisdom available to mankind -- God's Wisdom and the Devil's Wisdom. We see this in James 3:15-17 "This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 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.
Demonic wisdom (Lucifer's or the Devil's wisdom), that wisdom that "descendeth not from above, is characterized as being earthly, sensual and devilish. God's wisdom on the other hand 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 God's wisdom from above. Wicca, witchcraft, paganism, Satanism, etc. are manifestations of the devil's wisdom from beneath.
We are encouraged to seek God's wisdom and power. And, in fact the Bible outlines the means we are to use in seeking to access that wisdom and power.
The wisdom that God commends may be accessed through
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.
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.
Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
On the other hand, there are ways people attempt to tap into demonic wisdom as well. But the Bible warns us that God condemns and forbids seeking after demonic wisdom. This is clearly articulated in Deuteronomy 18:9-12 where we are told not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the occult. divination, sorcery, witchcraft, mediums, necromancy, casting spells and more are said to be an abomination to the Lord.
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 method of divination often changes but the spirit and force behind it remains the same a demon spirit (Acts 16:16-18).
Sorcery 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. (Acts 13:6-10)
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. This activity is forbidden by the Lord. 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 Sam. 28:7 gives the context).
In fact, by the personal testimony of neo-pagans, Wiccans and Satanists I have personally talked to, and as recorded in the hundreds of books as well as in the files that I have in my archive, they ALL, (pagans, Satanists, Wiccans and other occult groups I have not even mentioned), without exception, attempt to secure their wisdom through one or more of the occult means I have just mentioned.
We are to order our lives by the wisdom of God. That is the wisdom revealed in the Bible. This is the wisdom of Jesus Christ. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
We are to reject the wisdom from beneath, the wisdom of the devil, the wisdom of Wicca. The wisdom of witchcraft is the wisdom of the damned Revelation 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.
If you are involved in witchcraft or other occult practices you are sinning against the Lord God of Heaven and you are destined for damnation in the Lake of Fire. But, if you repent of your sins and call upon the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and save your soul Heaven can be your destiny. John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
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