The occult is gaining a greater and greater foothold in our culture. What was once considered evil is now being embraced and promoted.
Christianity.com recently reported that witches are being mainstreamed and promoted as cool. A former Disney star is making a documentary to explore her spiritual witchcraft journey.
Sadly, this isn’t just happening in secular culture and the occult, it’s also infiltrating Christian and other religious institutions.
Returning to Crosstalk to discuss this issue was Dr. David Brown. Dr. Brown is pastor of the First Baptist Church in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He has a Masters in Theology and PhD in History, specializing in the history of the English Bible. In addition to his study of the English Bible he’s also President of Logos Communication Consortium which operates LogosResourcePages.org. He is author of the book, The Dark Side of Halloween and also a research paper, Unmasking the Truth About Witches. He has been a resource used by law enforcement on issues pertaining to Satanism and the occult.
Dr. Brown noted that one of the key reasons the occult is moving into churches is because churches are not teaching sound doctrine. He noted 1 Timothy 4:1:
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”
He also referenced 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 that mentions Satan and how he transforms himself as an angel of light and his ministers as ministers of righteousness. In other words, they’re basically counterfeiting the things of God.
He also mentioned the warning in 2 Timothy 4:3(a):
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.”
In other words, some churches don’t preach sound doctrine because for them, doctrine divides. They want to be non-judgmental.
The second reason this fusion is taking place is because many Christians aren’t in their Bibles. They claim to be Christian yet haven’t studied to show themselves approved unto God (2 Timothy 2:15). This sets them up for deception.
He encouraged listeners to, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (I Thessalonians 5:21) So if you don’t know what the Bible is, How can you use it as a standard?
Also noted was Ephesians 5:11 which warns, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
Dr. Brown indicated that this attempt at fusion is actually not new. Saul tried fusing Judaism with the occult.
As the discussion moved along, Jim had Dr. Brown comment on other aspects of this topic including:
- So-called “Christian” tarot cards
- What is an enneagram?
- Disney’s “Hocus, Pocus Spell Book.”
- The false gospel of “Cancer Christ,” a Christian rock band.
- Yoga and why it clashes with biblical teaching.