DEFINITION: The word “occult” means to “hide or conceal a thing.” Cults are organized
groups of people who participate in phenomena that is satanically originated. Cults hide and conceal these evil practices behind the cloak of religion. Sometimes they even worship Satan and demons.
FACTS ABOUT THE OCCULT:
The occult is real. Its power is derived from Satan.
The occult has many Satanically-inspired practices. These include astrology and horoscopes which use stars to predict events and give guidance, Ouija boards, levitation, astral projection, and séances. Reading of tea leaves, tarot cards, pictures, bumps on the head, palms of the hand and crystal balls are occult practices used for guidance. Witchcraft is part of the occult–using spells, potions, charms, magic, rituals, séances, divinations, methods of chance, divining rods, visions, drawings, and similar unscriptural methods of guidance. Shamanism, Santeria, New Age, mystics, gurus, and communication with the dead are all part of the occult. As a believer, you are to look to the Lord for guidance, not occult practices like astrology, fortune telling, reading palms or tea leaves (Psalm 37:23; Isaiah 30:21).
You need not fear the occult. If you are a believer, walking in fellowship with God, and not dabbling in Satanic rituals and practices, then the occult holds no power over you (1 John 4:4; Luke 10:19).
Participating in the occult is sin. God warned Israel to avoid every type of Satanic influence.
He said to “…destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places” (Numbers 33:52). Read the additional instructions in Deuteronomy 18:9-14. God’s people were to have no contact with the work of Satan in any form.
DEALING WITH THE OCCULT:
Pray for forgiveness for participating in the occult. God expressly forbids participating in such practices. It is sin.
Verbally renounce the occult. Renounce any evil oaths you have made and your allegiance and participation in demonic practices.
Destroy anything that relates to the occult. This would include idols, lucky charms, potions, amulets, crystal balls, games, divining devices, and other similar items. This is what people did in the New Testament when they became believers (Acts 19:19). Destroy any evil literature, music, movies, games, etc.
Do not spend time in places where there is demonic influence. The Bible records that God manifested Himself in special places such as in the temple and the upper room of a house on the Day of Pentecost. It is equally true that Satanic power is manifested in places dedicated to evil. This would include places where evil pictures are shown, drinking and riotous behavior is occurring, séances are being held, worship of Satan is occurring–anywhere sinful practices are going on. Avoid such environments, because Satan’s power is especially strong there. You cannot pray the Lord’s prayer, “Lead me not into temptation” and then deliberately put yourself in such a place. Do not associate with leaders, teachers, prophets, or ministers of the occult (1 Corinthians 10:20).
Bind the spirits of the occult so that they can no longer operate. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18).
Avoid anything related to the occult. This includes literature, movies, music, rituals, objects, and fellowship with others in the occult.
Establish habits of prayer and study of God’s Word. To avoid being deceived by occult teachings and practices, examine all you hear in light of God’s Word. Be like the Bereans of New Testament times who “…were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11). Through regular prayer and Bible study, demonic powers will be broken over your life.
Reject any doctrine that is not in the Word of God. The Apostle Paul warned: “…but there be some that trouble you and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we or an angel from Heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:7-8).
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT THE OCCULT:
Do not practice divination or sorcery. (Leviticus 19:26)
Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:31)
I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people. (Leviticus 20:6)
Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places. (Numbers 33:52)
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his 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. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)
When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? (Isaiah 8:19)
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Then you will defile your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!” (Isaiah 30:21-22)
Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. (Isaiah 47:13)
So do not listen to your (false) prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers…(Jeremiah 27:9)
No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. (Daniel 2:27-28)
I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells. (Micah 5:12)
“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. (Luke 10: 19)
Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. (Acts 19:18-20)
…I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.(1 Corinthians 10:20-21)
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! (Galatians 1:8-9)
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
Command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work–which is by faith. (1 Timothy 1:3-4)
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourselves to be godly. (1 Timothy 4:7)
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
They did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood –idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. (Revelation 9:20-21)
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
Outside are… those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (Revelation 22:15)