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2. What Is the Occult?
3. What Does God Say?
4. Does It Affect My Family?
5. What Should We Do?
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As our culture is bombarded with the
celebration of Halloween, we have an
appropriate and compelling opportunity to
teach our children what God says about the
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The following thoughts are intended to
raise your consciousness about the occult in
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The Occult: Warnings
The study of the occult can become
oppressive and should not be taken
lightly. Any contact with the occult,
even studying it, can progressively draw a
person into a fascination with the occult and
place him in a vulnerable position.
God warns us of Satan's overt and covert
"Satan disguises himself as an angel of
light." (2 Corinthians 11:14)
"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.
Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like
a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
(1 Peter 5:8)
Because of this very real danger, we need
to teach our children to keep their distance
from anything remotely connected with Satan
and his power.
Instead we are told: "Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to
you." (James 4:7, 8)
What Is the Occult?
The occult is real, not imagined or made
up. We are in a spiritual battle "against the rulers, against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in
the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12)
The occult refers to secret knowledge and
practices involving the supernatural.
Occultism has been rapidly growing in its
influence and acceptability. Read many
informative articles on the Christian
Answers and Spotlight
Wicca (another word for Witchcraft) and
Paganism are now recognized "religions"
listed and described in manuals for chaplains
in the U.S. military and correctional
The list of 78 occultic practices on
Christian Answers' website
will open your eyes to the many forms of the
occult. Some examples are astrology,
magic, spells, enchantments, charms, sorcery,
wizardry, witchcraft, divination,
fortune-telling, mediums, spiritism,
necromancy, familiar spirits, wizardry,
seances, channeling, clairvoyance, and
The occult is also a part of yoga and
transcendental meditation (a form of
yoga). In an online
article about yoga, Dave Hunt says, "the
greatest yoga teachers all declare that the
repetition of a mantra is a call to that god
(i.e., the demon it represents) to come and
possess the meditator."
Any time a person gives up control of
himself, except for a deliberate yielding to
the Lord, he opens himself to be controlled
by Satan. This can include some martial
arts, some so-called "Christian"
(non-biblical) forms of meditation,
hypnotism, and Theosophy.
Man seeks and hungers for a power higher
than himself. When he refuses to accept
the true God, he is open to the alternative
power of Satan.
All real super-human power is either from
God or Satan. There is no neutral
power, nor is there any good power that comes
from Satan (e.g., there are no good witches
or "white witchcraft"). This should be
remembered when encountering attempts to call
good "evil" and evil "good," to blur the
lines between good and evil, or to condone
choosing a "lesser" evil as a way of avoiding
What Does God Say?
God has zero tolerance for the occult and
treats it very seriously.
"There shall not be found among you anyone
who . . . practices witchcraft, or one who
interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who
casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist,
or one who calls up the dead. For
whoever does these things is detestable to
the Lord." (Deuteronomy 18: 10-12)
"You shall not . . . practice divination
or soothsaying. Do not turn to mediums
or spiritists." (Leviticus 19:26, 31)
Does It Affect My Family?
Both children and adults are being
constantly exposed to the pervading presence
of the occult in books, movies, and games.
Even the seemingly supernatural power in
some religious experiences needs to be
identified with biblical discernment.
"But the Spirit explicitly says that in
later times some will fall away from the
faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits
and doctrines of demons." (1 Timothy 4:1)
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but
test the spirits to see whether they are from
God, because many false prophets have gone
out into the world." (1 John 4:1)
When studying pagan cultures, be aware
that many ethnic objects and practices are
We must take the occult's presence in our
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It is not just innocent fun. We never
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What Should We Do?
1. Teach Your Children What God
Do a Bible study, reading and discussing
the Scripture passages in this newsletter and
others that are chain-linked in your Bible
(or use a concordance).
2. Identify the Occult in Your
As an exercise, identify and list any
occultic influences in your home. They
may come mainly through books, gaming,
movies, and music.
in Books and Movies. Writers such
as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, while
accepted by many Christians (read online
article), can provide an initiation into
the genre of fantasy. As the line
between acceptable and unacceptable fantasy
keeps being pushed further and further, this
can lead to many works of dubious value and
potential danger, still being rationalized by
"good conquering evil."
On their website,
Spotlight Ministries points out "A big area
where the occult realm is making headway
these days is the whole realm of fiction and
fantasy. Young people, especially, are
being drawn to witchcraft and other areas of
the occult initially by becoming interested
in fictional aspects of it. From this,
the jump into the real world of the occult is
an easy, more familiar one to make."
Many video games, including Internet games,
involve the occult, even though the "good"
occult is fighting to conquer the
"bad." A good rule for games is that a
child should not pretend to do something that
would be wrong to do in real life.
3. Guide and Supervise
You may determine that some things are not
really occultic, but need to be explained and
• Fairy Tales.
Provide parental guidance to your children
when they encounter impossible or
supernatural things in fairy tales.
Explain the difference between "magic"
tricks (illusions) and the supernatural power
of either God or Satan.
• Limit Involvement.
It is important to limit the amount of time
that a child is immersed in such questionable
reading, watching, or playing. He should not
read only fantasy or spend hours playing a
4. Remove Objectionable Material
You may need to do a purge of
over-the-line or too-close-to-the line items
from your home.
Talk about these items with your children,
explain why you believe it would be better
for them and please the Lord if they were
removed from your home.
Pray together to ask for the Lord's wisdom
and power to do His will. If your
children are unwilling to give up a
questionable activity, that might be a sign
that it needs more attention.
Remove. The world derides "book
burning," but the Lord records in His Word
for our edification that after an evil spirit
was sent out of a man in Ephesus.
"Fear fell upon them all and the name of
the Lord Jesus was being magnified.
Many also of those who had believed kept
coming, confessing and disclosing their
And many of those who practiced magic
brought their books together and began
burning them in the sight of everyone; and
they counted up the price of them and found
it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
So the word of the Lord was growing
mightily and prevailing." (Acts 19:17-20)
Satanic Items. Of course, overtly
satanic games such as the ouija board and
tarot cards must be strictly forbidden.
5. Fill Your Home with Godly
When we remove undesirable activities from
our family's lives, we must fill the vacuum
with Godly influences (see Christ's parable
of the unclean spirit who was banished, then
replaced with seven more wicked spirits in
Matthew 12:43-45). Fill your home and
children's lives with:
Word – reading, discussing, studying,
Christian music, such as the old hymns of the
faith. Check out music sold by Sound
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Radio or Old
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buy the music you hear.
reading materials and images. Everything in
our lives should meet God's standards:
"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is of good
if there is any excellence and if anything
worthy of praise,
dwell on these things." (Philippians 4:8)
6. Arm Your Children with God's
Teach your children to resist Satan, his
temptations, and his power as Christ did
with Scriptures that they have memorized.
"Be strong in the Lord and in the strength
of His might.
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you
will be able to stand firm against the
schemes of the devil . . . having girded your
loins with truth, and having put on the
breastplate of righteousness, and having shod
your feet with the preparation of the Gospel
of peace; in addition to all, taking up the
shield of faith with which you will be able
to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the
"And take the helmet of Salvation, and the
sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
with all prayer and . . . be on the alert
with all perseverance." (Ephesians 6:10-18)
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We need to recognize, but not fear, the
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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
"And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to
We will not fear, for God hath willed
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The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not
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One little word shall fell him."
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