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There are only two sources of spiritual power: God and Satan. At the heart of witchcraft is the desire to know the future and control events that are not ours to control. Those abilities belong only to the Lord. This desire has its roots in Satan’s first temptation to Eve: “You can be like God” (Genesis 3:5). Since the Garden of Eden, Satan’s major focus has been to divert human hearts away from worship of the true God (Genesis 3:1). He entices humans with the suggestions of power, self-realization, and spiritual enlightenment apart from submission to God. Witchcraft is merely another branch of that enticement. To become involved in witchcraft in any way is to enter Satan’s realm. God does not forbid witchcraft out of a desire to deprive humans of spiritual enlightenment, but to protect them from demonic forces that can only work to their eternal harm, for which no temporal benefit can compensate them.
The Bible warns against witchcraft for the same reason parents should be warned against letting their children watch recent movies made for children that feature witchcraft. Why spoil their fun? The answer is that the danger is real, and the long-lasting damage is serious, if we allow wolves in sheep garb into our children’s mind and hearts through the entertainment they read and see. The scripture most often used in this type of discussion is not to be ignored or misunderstood. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,” 1Sam 15:23. In the context the Prophet Samuel is explaining why Saul’s disobedience was enough to cost him his throne. The reverse must also be true, that the sin of witchcraft, divination, attempting to use supernatural power from a source other than Father God, is as the sin of rebellion. What it really means, and what matters in this message, is that when your story entices, encourages, and makes the work of witches, warlocks, and other seekers of power outside of God’s will appear appealing, it is promoting rebellion. It is elevating a dark power masquerading as light as a viable alternative to the true light, Jesus. A fundamental shift in the portrayal of demonically inspired witchcraft has emerged in recent years. The villain has become the central figure, and their power over others is encouraged as the solution to your problems. Their attempts at overcoming whatever is in their way with spells, potions, incantations, wands, divination, and sorcery are elevated to something to be emulated and desired. Those unskilled in witchcraft will appear helpless in comparison to the witch. Or another popular theme is for the good child to seek to learn and use a white version of the dark villain’s tactics for good. When bad parades as good, and good people are depicted as weak and foolish without the dark knowledge, rebellion against good and true is afoot. What about much older works, like one of the greatest Christian authors of all time, C. S. Lewis, entitled, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? The dramatic difference in these works I highly recommend, is that they teach exactly what is true. The evil of the treacherous witch is unmistakably depicted as evil. The power of the good lion Aslan, very much the representation of Jesus Christ, is the good character and spoiler alert, good triumphs over evil. This is a powerful yet entertaining cautionary tale, not an invitation to emulate evil. We should pay as much attention to what goes into our own minds then hearts, and our children’s, as we do to protect their physical bodies.
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