Tuesday, September 19, 2006

psychics and demon possession

I was recently involved in a discussion about psychics, and I felt inclined to share my personal take on them. There are two options. A psychic is either a phony, lying about whatever insight he/shes claims to receive, or a psychic is demon-possessed.

Why do I think psychics are probably demon-possessed? Its because of an episode in the book of Acts, chapter 16:16-19. Luke writes...
16 One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17 While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, ‘These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ 18 She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And it came out that very hour.
19 But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market-place before the authorities.
Notice a few things here:
1) This girl had a spirit - There aren't a lot of different options for what this could be. A spirit is either the Holy Spirit, an angel, or a demon. Context tells us that this isn't the Holy Spirit, and there's no place in the Bible that an holy angel ever takes possession of a human being. This girl is demon-possessed.

2) The spirit allowed her to tell people's fortunes - When we think about fortune tellers, spirit mediums, psychics or whatever, unless they are phony, they are receiving information from somewhere. This girl was receiving it from a demon, and obviously some of what she predicted actually happened if she was able to continually make money doing it.

3) When the spirit left she couldn't perform this ability any more.

4) She appeared to be offering a service that helps people, even though she was granted her ability by the father of lies.

5) The spirit had accurate knowledge of who God is - You might think from this woman's proclamation that she was a prophet of God or servant of God. She was trying to discredit their message by associating herself with it. Often psychics will speak about Jesus as if they know him. They can have right knowledge of God without loving him and submitting to him as Lord.

My advice is this: stay away from psychics, pet psychics, spirit mediums, and anyone who does not point specifically to Jesus Christ. For "even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light" (II Corinthians 11:14). Ask: Does this person aim to glorify Jesus with her/his ministry? Does this person openly and frequently acknowledge Jesus is Lord (See I Cor.12:3)? A psychic or false teacher will appear attractive, wise, and may even speak of Jesus and heaven. Unless they say that Jesus is Savior, God, and Lord, they're most likely either phony or demon-possessed.

PS. Psychics and spirit mediums are most likely not intentionally doing harm, but rather have been taken captive by Satan to do his will. It would be appropriate for a person to repent of his/her admiration for a psychic's abilities and begin praying that the psychic would be saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you to a point -- so you're saying the psychics that assist police in solving crimes are "evil", too. There are many documented cases where they have provided information that led to arresting the guilty party or finding the victim, and they consider their "gift" to be God-given. Maybe I've just been watching too many crime shows. You did convince me to stop watching John Edward, and I appreciate that. I just hate to think people are dishonest. So you think John Edward is demon possessed, too? Or just a guy making a living by preying on vulnerable individuals.

Jason Woolever said...

I think John Edwards is demon-possessed. That doesn't mean that he is not well-intentioned. I actually don't think he's making a living by exploiting weak people on purpose. I think he's blinded by Satan. If you're concerned about him, I'm sure it would be helpful for you to pray for his salvation.

About the psychics that help police solve crimes, again, I would ask, who gets the glory when they solve a crime with their psychic ability? Is it some vague universal kind of "God" or is it Jesus Christ? If their "gift" gives glory to a "God" who is not SPECIFICALLY Jesus Christ, they are leading people away from the God who is specifically Jesus Christ.

The Bass Player's Wife said...

This is exactly what I was told by "Christian Answers for the New Age."

We were unfortunate enough to have something like this come up involving our pastor. It is scary how easily people can be deceived.

Jason Woolever said...

you know that is wild. i know an evangelical pastor who recently lost her husband and ended up going to see a psychic recently. i just scratch my head.

HolyPirate said...

I knew you were going to write about this today.

Jason Woolever said...

how did you know that?

HolyPirate said...

Burger & Fries told me.
(see your post of 9/8 if you've forgotten who Burger & Fries is)

And while I didn't vote for the Kerry ticket in 2004, I think it's meanspirited to say his VP runningmate is demon-possessed.

While I don't claim to have a well-developed grasp of the afterlife, I believe there is a heaven and a hell and neither one allows for collect calls back home.

Jason Woolever said...

ha ha. i do recall B & F.

Anonymous said...

Harry Houdini spent his life looking for a "true way to communicate with the afterlife". On the way he exposed all that he encountered as frauds and charlatans.

Harry Houdini also died looking to communicate with the living, as if to escape death.

If Harry had Christ in his heart, he wouln't have spent his life in vain.

John Flore
Frisco, Texas

Did you hear the one about the short pyschic who was running from the police in a spree of bank robberies?

They called it the case of "the small medium at large".

Jason Woolever said...

whoa John.

Richard H said...

My interaction with psychics is pretty minimal - but I think it is significant. Whenever I drive by one of their outposts, I pray for them. I pray that God would frustrate their efforts at "psychistry" and lead them to himself instead, so they might find deliverance. I also pray that God would diminish their influence.

Jason Woolever said...

Richard, those seem like really good things to pray for. Thanks for the advice!

John B said...

I'm not sure I fully agree with your accessment. I think it's possible to communicate with demons without being demon possessed. Though continued communication leads to possession.

Anonymous questions whether all psychic is evil, if it results in good. As you pointed out, the devil often appears as an angel of light. Satan will do short term good in order to his long term objectives, the destruction of the Kingdom of God. If he can lead people away from God by doing some small good, ie. helping a psychic solve a crime, Satan is willing to do that. So the answer is "yes" all psychic activity is evil.

Jason Woolever said...

I'm not sure I fully agree with your accessment. I think it's possible to communicate with demons without being demon possessed.

- good point John.

Anonymous said...

The spirits that all mediums and spiritualists communicate with are demons. Someone said somewhere else, like, "God is perfectly capable of handling the dead." God already told us what happens with the dead, they go to either Heaven or Hell. To believe otherwise is to doubt God's words. Communication with ghosts is almost or is exactly the same as with "angels". In the Bible, when angels communicated with people, it was never required that the person to learn how to communicate with them or for the person to, as spiritualists and mediums say, "raise their own frequency or themselves to a higher level" in order to do so, it just happened. Also, angels simply told them the message and left, they didn't stay, "guiding" ( a manipulative way demons have of making the person do what they (demon) wants them to) a person throughout their life. Angels always say to worship God alone, not themselves. In the Bible, when someone started to just show reverence to the angel, he stopped him by saying to worship God only. Communication with "angels" is worship of them because the person is putting their trust in another before God. If they put their faith in God first, they wouldn't even have the time to talk to angels; instead, their prayers would be to God and NO one else. Anyway, no angel ever had a problem communicating, but all other spirits do; for example, they have to use symbols, etc. God isn't stupid. If He wants someone to receive a message from an angel, then they will receive it, with no effort on their part and perfectly clear. God doesn't need a person to help Him do something, He is perfectly capable of doing it Himself.

The idea that one does not need to be possessed in order to communicate with demons is from demons. To believe that makes one feel like it is somewhat safe, but it is not. To communicate with them swings the door wide open for them to rush right into you. God forbids us to have anything at all to do with evil. If something as "harmless" as lying is a great offense to God, then how much more a sin it is to initiate contact with one who can only slander and accuse Him? Why turn to the enemy to get closer to the One you're supposed to trust the most? That doesn't make sense because satan, from whom the idea of learning about evil in order to avoid it, etc. came from, doesn't make sense because lies don't make sense. You don't walk into a fire to escape it, you run away. If you love the one you claim to, you turn to them for answers, not to their enemy because their enemy is your enemy as well. By associating with them, they will find a way to attack you, the beloved child of the one they hate the most, so stay away from them and whatever is of them no matter how "harmless" it may seem, not even if it is for a "good purpose" such as learning about them to fight against evil. That too, is their way of getting someone close to them.

Anonymous said...

LOL. First, hell does not exist. It's only translated "hell" from the words Gehenna, Sheol and Hades of which none imply torture. It doesn't exist and it's funny to see people who don't research this talking about doubting God's word, the word of man is more appropriate. Check it for yourself. Hell is a pagan mythical place, it means to "cover up". "Hel" is a Greek goddess of torture and the extra "L" was added to it. Also, for the guy who brought up James Randi's $1 million dollar offer, perhaps you should tell Randi to take up Victor Zammit's $1.5 million dollar offer for anyone who can prove the evidence for life after life that he has is not valid!! Check it out at www.victorzammit.com Also, mediums are not possessed. This is a joke, and there IS life after life and mediums are speaking with your loved ones, I have had it proven to me. I used to doubt it but I can't doubt anymore, there are many frauds but many are legitimate. The Bible is inerrant and infallibe? LOL. Check this Christian website out to see about this for yourself: www.tentmaker.org . There is no hell, and the Bible is so far from inerrant it's absurd to even think it.

Anonymous said...

“Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
And I will confound their strategy,
So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead
And to mediums and spiritists."
(Isaiah 19:3)

To anonymous who says the Bible is not inerrant, I disagree with you. It's not the Scriptures that are liable to error but the people interpreting the Scriptures who are liable to error.

"There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who calls up the dead."

Right Here Should GOD Have Meant '
"...or one who calls up the "demons" HE Certainly Would Have Said "Demons"
But, Since we can trust GOD to say exactly what He means, then it's rather obvious that He Meant What He Said - "...or one who calls up the "Dead"

Knowing that God condemned it, Saul still went to consult with a witch, a spirit medium and a necromancer (one who claims to consult with the dead).

1 Sam 28:11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
Was the witch to summon the spirit of Samuel down from heaven? No. Saul knew the state of the dead, that Samuel was dead in the grave. He was actually asking the witch to call Samuel up from the grave, not down from heaven.

What is significant here is to remember that GOD forbids any of the above said practices.

Deu 18:12 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.
Deu 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

To anonymous - be careful yourself that you are not mistranslating Scripture. Keep in mind that the original language translation of the New Testamnet was from Aramaic/Hebrew tongue into the Greek tongue!(or language)
Therefore it is a "Thought for Thought" translation. It is not meant to be a "Word for Word" translation. This does not mean that the Scriptures are Full of Errors - over 95% remain literally from the various base texts.

Let me explain further. For example, in Hebrew there are over 10 legitimate words for the English word "praise." In English, however, translators have taken all 10 different Hebrew words for praise and have translated it simply as "praise." The reason for this is simple, there are not 10 words for 'praise' in the English due to English language constraints, so all 10 Hebrew words are lumped into a single English word.

The same problem can be found in the Greek. There are common examples of the problems facing all translators. But don't fool yourself into thinking that the Scriptures have lost its integrity, or that the scriptures are full of errors. You would be making a grave mistake to adopt such a position. Because over 95% remain literally from the various base texts.

Anonymous said...

most of you do not have education in other areas except fear modes of living....You need to educate yourself and watch shows like on Lifetime the Lisa Williams show...You CANNOT take the Bible literally...That my friend is what is evil...EVIL is uneducated information and actions based on FEAR....GET HELP because you don't know what your talking about....Really it is so sad.....

Chakras said...

Is the psychics been possessed by demon??

Anonymous said...

Run, RUN, RUN from any alternative modality where you do not fully know the practitioner to be a Christian or know what you are getting into. Even some massage therapists practice "Reiki" unknowingly on their clients, which helps transfer their spirit guide "energy" into the subject to help "heal" them. {Passing along demonic spirits who they think are 'guiding' them to help people} I, as a Christian who had not been walking closely with the Lord, was searching for a natural way to treat a health issue. I was first exposed to Cranial Sacrum Therapy, and saw no warnings on the internet against it. This is where I believe I first picked up evil spirits from the practitioner unknowingly. LONG story short, my life and family was negatively impacted by this evil that I had inadvertently brought into our home. My eyes were only opened by the grace of God after this demon almost drove me to suicide, destroy my family, marriage of ten years, and spent money that I do not even remember spending. The last straw was when I got into "PsyChi" [the newest franchise/cult of demon possession, led by Julia Workman} and almost even bought into her system to become a practitioner. I literally watched the demons being fed by her technology, and saw attendees become possessed one day to the next. You CANNOT go on the spiritual offensive with these things, you must pray and flee. Do NOT think just because you are a Christian that you are immune and cannot be deceived. These people were so convincing and said all the right things that I thought this must be from God. Doors in the universe opened all around me even to show me signs that I was on the right path. I just 'knew' it had to be God leading the way. I, especially now, agree that ALL psychics are demon or 'spirit guide' possessed...even the ones who heal, do 'good' and even perform miracles in God's name. The Bible warns about this very thing. Beware of the people who want to give massages, therapies, moldalities, reiki, psychi, and other 'healing' modalities.

Bonnie Lee said...
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Bonnie Lee said...

You're relying on television to interpret the bible....television...
Which comes from Hollywood whom hates or denies God.....television, of all places albeit entertaining, cannot be relied upon for truth. Sounds like you're the one without proper education!