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A Wiccan’s View of the Occult

“Satanism is kind of its own entity and I cannot  answer those questions [in the article] for you. In the Craft (Wicca/Witchcraft) there is no Satan in our belief system. We have a lord of the Underworld, but nothing as dark and vile as the Christian Satan. We have “dark gods”, but they are not dark in the same context.  In the Craft we do not sacrifice humans or animals. We may sacrifice herbs and flowers, but never humans or animals. I have also never heard of the Illuminati sacrificing people.   

In the Craft, we worship a multitude of Gods and Goddesses at one time. We remember certain Pantheons based on who “called” to us.  I pray to a total of 11 Gods and Goddesses NIGHTLY.   They are Gods older than the bible.

While we do celebrate a ‘wheel of the year’ and the next Sabbat is Yule which does indeed fall on Dec. 21,  I cannot help you with the Satan side of things because we, as witches,  have to deal with the rule of three which basically says what you put out into the universe (be it love or hate, good intentions or evil) will come back to you threefold in your lifetime and possibly carry over into a multitude of lifetimes (we believe in reincarnation). The symbols mentioned do have deep connections in the Craft especially the star, but again it was around before the bible. The star represents the Five elements of Life (Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit).

Santa has many tales and legends. The most popular being that he was formerly a bishop of the Catholic church. The colors Green and Red are pretty important: Green represents Earth and Red represents heart and love. Elves are extremely popular in legends.  In some, they are naughty little folk who like to mess with you and your things and in others they represent help and happiness like if and elf visits you, it’s a good thing!  The Number 13 represents – a number.  Sorry to disappoint you.  But in the Craft, it literally is just a number. Same with 666. They are just numbers that inspire fear in some and novelty in others.  Maybe to true Satanists, it does represent something greater, but to me they are just numbers. I wish I could answer your above question, but I hope I did explain a little more [regarding the Craft].  If you ever have questions, please ask! I do not mind sharing what I have learned and continue to learn.”

My comments regarding her response.

First.  Satan is a deceiver, the master deceiver and has a plethora of followers through false religious systems worldwide.  Some claim to follow the Creator of the Universe and are nothing more than wolves in sheep’s clothing; others are clear they do not have anything to do with the Creator and worship other gods and the creation.   The first commandment is that we are not to follow other gods, but only have YHVH Elohim as our first and only God.

Matthew 12:30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”  Yeshua makes it pretty clear that we are either for God, YHVH, or we are not.

Joshua 24:15 “If it seems bad to you to serve YHVH, then choose today whom you are going to serve! Will it be the gods your ancestors served beyond the River? or the gods of the Emori, in whose land you are living? As for me and my household, we will serve YHVH!”  Joshua says that we all have a choice – to serve the God of Israel, YHVH, or other gods.

Second.  My friend mentions that there are gods and goddesses that are older than the Bible.  These are nothing more, nothing less than those fallen angels who desire to be worshipped.  For people who have studied pre-bible history, they are aware there are other mystical stories not found within the context of the Bible.  One example would be Lilith, Adam’s first wife.  Though we are not given any information about this created being in Scripture, we are given the history of what happened in the heavenly realm before Satan was kicked out with 1/3 of the angelic beings and therefore, pre-Bible history may be quite accurate, but not include details necessary for our walk of faith.

She speaks of the ‘god of the underworld’ which comes from Greek thought and is known as Hades. When the Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek, the word Hades was replaced with Sh’ol, meaning ‘underworld’, but more specifically translated into the words ‘grave’, ‘pit’, or ‘hell.’   It is not in reference to an actual burial site, but a place that ‘swallows the dead’ and ‘always hungers for more.’

Isaiah 5:14 “Therefore Sh’ol has enlarged itself and opened its limitless jaws — and down go their nobles and masses, along with their noise and revels.”

Proverbs 30:15-16 “Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough!” — Sh’ol and a barren womb; the earth, never satisfied with water;  and fire, which never says, “Enough!”

Yeshua speaks about Hades or Sh’ol  several times in the gospels.  Most specifically he holds the keys to ‘death and Hades’ and therefore he is above all other gods and goddesses in the ‘underworld.’  At the end of time, at the final judgment, death and Hades will be thrown into the eternal lake of fire.

Matthew 11:23 “And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.”

Matthew 16:18 “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Revelation 1:18 “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” 

Revelation 6:8 “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

Revelation 20:13 “The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.” 

Revelation 20:14 “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.” 

Third.  Please note the references to the Christ Mass: the red and green colors, the Yule [Yuletide] of December 21 being a Wiccan Sabbat (aka winter solstice), and the five-pointed star (pentagon/pentagram) that is commonly put on top of a tree that is cut down and brought into the home and decorated with silver and gold (Jeremiah 10:1-4). The pentagram is the five-pointed Satanic symbol used in Satanism and occult practices.  As for the number 666, it has become associated with the Mark of the Beast in Revelation, but it may have a very different interpretation than an actual number which is why it is meaningless to this woman and is used to deceive those looking for a tattoo or something else.

Finally, fear is considered a spirit in Scripture and when it comes to the ‘underworld’ and it’s darkness, we should not have the spirit of fear when confronted with it, but expose it.     We should always embrace the Truth of God’s Word and the Light it brings to our paths even shedding light onto the dark paths that others choose to follow as light.  Satan has always worn a mask and will continue to masquerade as an angel of light until he has the whole world worshipping him.    We have been called out of his darkness into the glorious light of Messiah who is the light,  and that should always be our focus whenever we are challenged with ‘darkness’ and ‘other gods’.

“But you are a chosen people, the King’s cohanim, a holy nation, a people for God to possess! Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out ofdarkness into his wonderful light” (2 Peter 2:9).

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A Wiccan’s Witness to God’s Standards

A Wiccan friend of my daughter’s recently posted a status regarding same-sex marriage and homosexuality. Of course she is for it, but she said that Christians cannot be upset with homosexuality because the Bible says that eating unclean meat like pork is a sin and she sells tons of pork to many Christian customers.  She said Sabbath is not Sunday and Christians do not acknowledge God’s holy day,  but go to church on Sunday.  She continued that divorce is not condoned by God and she listed numerous Christian couples she knows in process of divorce.  She continued with multiple verses listing commandments that Christians choose not to obey that are clearly written in the Bible (and she wrote out each Scripture with chapter and verse).  Her conclusion: Unless a Christian obeys these other commandments, they cannot call homosexuality a sin.

The responses she received from Christians countered her comments with ‘those are Old Testament laws that don’t pertain to us’ and ‘when Jesus died on the cross the law was done away with’ and even ‘you are twisting Scriptures.’  I  found it very ironic that a WICCAN was writing the Truth of God’s Word and Christians argued with her!  Their own rationalizations gave them no grounds to defend their moral cause.

I went to visit her where she worked to tell her that I was aware of the discussion.  I asked her if  our family could be against homosexual marriage.  She told me that we could because we don’t eat unclean foods, we keep the Sabbath, and my husband and I had never been divorced.

Some pagans know the Scriptures better than most Christians and are looking for people to obey God’s commandments with integrity and Scriptural honesty.  Each of us needs to be one those people and allow the Word of God, not the behavior of lawless Christians, to convict this young woman and change her heart.

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Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve

Autumn brings cooler weather, multi-colored leaves, and the harvest of corn, gourds, and pumpkins. In the midst of orange pumpkins and puffy blue clouds, excitement begins to arise for the upcoming celebration of Halloween. Every year, however, that excitement is intertwined with the fear and anxiety of child abductions, poisoned candy, and destruction of public property. Every year this celebration of darkness continues to grow in grandeur with more super Halloween costume stores and haunted houses while the righteous shake their heads and wonder what is happening to our world.

The celebration of “All Hallows Eve” is not in the Bible because God is explicit about the shameful activities done in darkness (Ephesians 5:12). Halloween celebrations take place mostly at night and center on spiritually dark things. Decorations glorify death and fear: spiders, witches, skeletons, and black cats. Children dress up in costumes that honor death and horror: ghosts, witches, devils, skeletons, vampires, and zombies. Of course, there are other costumes to soften or ‘mask’ the dark side: Cinderella, Little Bo Peep, Spiderman, Jack Sparrow and whatever is popular with Disney and the media. Teenagers, bored with masquerading, show their real character as mobsters by destroying public and private property.

“In the beginning, God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-2).

Before light, there was darkness and empty space. When God spoke, light came into this world and the Light of the World was God and was with God.

“In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.  “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 1:15, 3:19).

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I AM the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…. “While I am in the world, I AM the light of the world…. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 8:12, 9:5, 12:46).

Jesus calls himself the Light of the world, and there is no darkness in him. He came into the world to destroy the darkness and the spiritual powers and principalities associated with it. Because people love darkness more than they love the light, they do not understand the light nor do they come near the light.

Unfortunately, the world’s view of darkness has contaminated the hearts and minds of Christians. Rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds, they continue to play with the “fruitless deeds of darkness” rather than expose them for what they are. Christians should be praising God for calling them out of darkness into His glorious light , not paying tribute to the darkness (1 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1).

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15).

For several decades, Christ’s victory over death has been diluted with an infatuation of death, and Christians have blurred the line between the gift of eternal life and a celebration of death. They have traded their precious redemption through the blood of Jesus for a celebration that brings no profit to their present life or future heavenly rewards (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:8-12).

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings (having to separate themselves?)” (1 Peter 5:7-9).

Scripture never indicates that Jesus honored any holiday with pagan roots and gods. He didn’t go out into the spiritual darkness of a pagan holiday to shine his light. He didn’t hand out gospel tracts nor did he tell his disciples to do so. His life of obedience to his Father was his testimony; ours must be too.

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.  Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

As the Son of God, Jesus did not imitate evil nor should we. He didn’t pretend or masquerade to be something that he wasn’t. That is Satan’s method of operation and should not be ours. 

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 10:10-14).

Many who claim to follow Christ have become lukewarm, mixing the holy and the profane, and without the spiritual maturity to discern good from evil. They cannot see that witchcraft with all its gnarly fingers has enslaved children and young adults in their homes, schools, and towns. They are blind to the demons and evil spirits presented in television programs and movies. Zombies are walking dead people who are given homage by those who claim to have eternal life.

“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.  Anyone who does what is good is from God.  Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God” (3 John 1:11).

A recent popular mantra in Christendom has been “What Would Jesus Do?” This is the exact question everyone should ask regarding any unBiblical holiday, but especially Halloween. What WOULD Jesus Do? Would he try to redeem something rooted in the abominable ways of the nations back to his Father or would he call it for what it was and not participate in pagan ways? The institutional church has been more than willing to say that everything Jewish is ‘evil’ and ‘wrong,’ but legitimate evil practices at Halloween are not? Churches create ‘alternatives’ in order to keep their disobedience disguised, allowing them to keep one foot in the world and one foot … in the world.  

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

The “god of this age,” the Adversary, has blinded the minds of unbelievers and will continue to do so until Christ’s return. The “god of this age” is also being allowed to deceive so-called believers who want to do what is ‘right in their own eyes‘ and live their life without any accountability to God. A great deception has happened to those who claim to have the ‘light,’ but still embrace the darkness in practicies that they deem as fun and harmless.

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

For those who truly have made Jesus their Savior, it is imperative to allow Him to be Lord as well. Though it may be a challenge and even difficult to step out and stay out of the darkness, each of us has a responsibility to ourselves and our children. Each of us is accountable before God for our testimony to the world about Jesus’ deliverance from death and spiritual darkness into the ‘light.’

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

If you call Jesus your salvation and have repented from a sin-filled life, then you have to choose between being a friend of God or a friend of the world. When you choose to be God’s friend, He will give you spiritual eyes and set you free from pagan traditions rooted in darkness and demonic spiritual forces –– both part of Halloween.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is head over every power and authority” (Colossians 2: 8-10).

There will always be those who mock the idea of not taking part in Halloween. For doubters, research “All Hallows Eve” and “Samhain” using an encyclopedia or just browse the internet. This is the information age. If you want information, it’s readily available. Talk to a law enforcement official in your local town and find out about witchcraft activities during Halloween. Read the newspaper and note all of the crime and death that takes place during Halloween. Near Denver, Colorado, a shed was found with the bones of human remains along with articles of witchcraft following Halloween.

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had trusted him, ‘If you obey what I say, then you are really my disciples, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’” (John 8:31-32).

When you know and embrace the truth, you will no longer shake your head in wonderment at the growing evil in the world, but you will know the truth and you will understand whose holiday this really is. You will walk in the ‘light’ of God’s Word and will not only know what Jesus did, but more importantly, you will know what Jesus did not do. He did not celebrate any pagan holidays; he suffered death on a cross and rose from the dead to destroy death, demonic powers, and authorities in high places.

That’s what Jesus did. What will you do?

©2009 Tentstake Ministries Publishing, all rights reserved.  No copying or reproducing of this article without crediting the author or Tentstake Ministries Publishing. For a hard copy of this article,  please purchase Journey with Jeremiah: Nourishment for the Wild Olive.  

For a children’s booklet explaining Halloween, “Take off your mask, Celebrate Life!”