Convention centers, state and county Fairs , television, the Internet, on the telephone, in a shady little room of a hut – these are some of the places where people go to consult with a psychic. But, why? For what reasons do people seek them out? And, are they sinning by doing so? This may seem like a very obscure topic, however, the interest in psychics is growing. This isn’t something we can brush under the proverbial rug. We, as Christians, need to know what we believe and where we stand so we won’t get caught up in the fanfare of it all.
Many people, it seems, are becoming intrigued and fascinated by psychics and mediums. Curiosity drives them to act upon such motives. Some feel as if it will bring comfort if they can contact a deceased relative or know what the future holds. However, let’s take a closer look at this topic, in light of scripture.
A Familiar Spirit
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:31
The Bible states that psychics/mediums possess a ‘familiar spirit’. But, what exactly is a familiar spirit? The original Hebrew definition for ‘familiar spirit’ means: “a necromancer, medium, wizard; one who chirps, mumbles, or mutters in the practice of seeking the dead for instruction.” This act is obviously not of God, and the spirit within them is demonic and evil.
Under the Old Testament Law, a man or woman that had a familiar spirit, or was a wizard, was put to death by stoning (see Leviticus 20:27). This shows how evil and detestable it was (and is) in the sight of God. He warns His people that any type of sorcery is forbidden. If one engages in such practices, they only defile themselves and become unclean in God’s sight. This still holds true, nowadays.
Again, the instruction to God’s people was proclaimed in Deuteronomy 18: 10-12:
“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…”
The Demonic Counterfeit
Since the time when Satan was cast out of Heaven, he has been counterfeiting God’s works. Instead of consulting mediums, God’s people were instructed, rather, to hearken unto a Godly prophet which the Lord would raise up in that time (see Deuteronomy 18:15). So, we find that the medium was Satan’s counterfeit for God’s prophet. Likewise, seeking out psychics for peace of mind is Satan’s counterfeit of seeking God for peace of mind.
We now have the entire Word of God recorded in scripture – why would we need to look any further than God Almighty? He knows and sees all. As God’s children, we have no need (and hopefully, no desire) to seek out any such evil spiritists. Furthermore, we should not even allow such evils into our home – whether by means of television, Internet, or telephone. Don’t play with fire! Don’t allow entrance for evil spirits. So what if we get called names like, “narrow-minded, strict, or old-fashioned”?! At least we have a backbone and can stand up for righteousness by God’s grace. Let us not be fooled, for we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices (see 2nd Corinthians 2:11).
We also read in 2nd Thessalonians 2:9-12, a prophecy about how the Anti-Christ will deceive people by his false signs and wonders; and it is in accord with the activity of Satan. “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Remember what we are taught in 1st 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.” Satan’s counterfeit “joys” are pleasurable to the human nature for a fleeting moment and might even seem innocent and persuasive; but in the end, the victim is left with deep heartache, the hollow absence of peace, and eternal death (barring repentance).
It Didn’t End Well
So, what happens if somebody defiles their conscience and partakes in paranormal activity anyhow? Well, let’s look at the case of King Saul, in scripture. He started off well – he followed God and was king of Israel. However, after being disobedient to God in many ways, he was no longer able to hear God leading him through the prophets. He was desperate to have counsel due to the coming battle with the Philistines.
This was a crucial point in King Saul’s life. He could have recognized God’s absence and recognized that he brought this upon himself. He could have cried out to God, humbly seeking another chance. But no… King Saul takes matters into his own hands. This was the crucial turning point where everything unraveled.
“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor” (1st Samuel 28:7). So, Saul disguises himself and goes, at night, to this medium at Endor. He brings along two other men with him. The entire account can be read in 1st Samuel 28; but suffice it to say that this encounter certainly did not bring Saul joy or peace.
This is what happened next:
“Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons. And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.” (1st Samuel 31:1-6)
After King Saul was wounded, he proceeded to take his own life. He fell upon his sword; thus, committing suicide. We find that his disobedience to God, defiance against his conscience, consulting a medium, and eventual death are all a sad picture of how sin destroys a person. Sin, if tolerated, only seems to grow. Therefore, let us never accept anything evil – even if it appears harmless on the surface (i.e. a newspaper horoscope or watching a psychic on television). It didn’t end well for King Saul because he was in sin. Let us take extra caution so we don’t end up with a destroyed life and eternal torment.
The Good News!
Finally, let us briefly look at the account in the book of Acts, where a deliverance came, from such evil spirits:
“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.” ~Acts 16:16-18
What can we learn from this?
1.) The damsel was used to make gain [money] for her masters. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Psychics are in ‘business’ to make money. Don’t be fooled.
2.) The damsel who had a spirit of divination was demon-possessed.
3.) Such evil spirits can be cast out by Jesus’ name and His authority. That’s the good news!
Remember Proverbs 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” So, above all else, let us keep our hearts pure and undifiled.
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
2nd Chronicles 33:6 “And he [Manasseh] caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.”
Revelation 22:14-15 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without [outside] are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
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.”
Also see: The Horoscope Deception