Should a Christian Dabble With the Occult?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 (All day)

What part of the Bible's statements about the occult do we not understand?

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[Darris McNeely] A Beyond Today viewer sent us a question, "Is it right for Christians to watch horror movies and ghost television series?" It's a good question. Often it comes in because we deal with such topics on Beyond Today . The simple answer, and the direct answer, is no, it's not right. It's not right for a Christian. I don't think it's right for a person of any faith, or anyone for that matter, to engage in any degree in the movies, media, culture—all we have today dealing with the occult—whether it's witchcraft, sorcery, vampires or whatever the dark side of life might present to us. I think that whenever we get involved in that, that we are allowing something to enter into our lives that is of a different realm and a different kingdom and something we should not have anything to do with because it is a very, very real presence.

[Steve Myers] I think the thing we forget is we confuse entertainment with reality sometimes. And the occult is real. And over and over and over again the Bible deals with the occult and says this is something we can't have any part in. We cannot partake in those kinds of things. And so Christ dealt with demons, He cast out demons. He told us that we have to avoid witchcraft and sorcery at all costs. And so is that something that we should say, "Well, it's okay if it's entertainment"? And I think we confuse that and we've got to come to the fact, to realize that's not acceptable.

[Darris McNeely] Yeah, so much of the occult and the dark side of this spiritual kingdom of darkness that the Bible references is treated today as something that's, as you say Steve, part of entertainment, innocuous, it's kind of just innocent. No, it's not innocent. Not in any degree. Not to any length should a person allow that to come into their lives. I think when you look into the Bible, you will see that God condemns every form of sorcery, witchcraft, dealing with the occult or this kingdom of darkness that it describes. And it is associated with every evil work and God has nothing good to say about it.

[Steve Myers] No He doesn't. In fact, in Ephesians:6:12, don't forget what we're up against. You know, as God's people, as Christians, He says, "We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places." So we don't want to soft-sell that. That is a real thing and we are fighting spiritual forces of evil. And so we do not want to accept that into our life in any way.

[Darris McNeely] Not at all. And you know, I know this is going to offend some viewers and some are going to get rankled at this because it's, again, become such a dominant part of our culture. And it's not looked upon as anything that is wrong or evil—almost, as they say, entertainment. But quite frankly, the question comes down to do you want to engage yourself with God's kingdom, a kingdom of light? Or do you want to engage yourself with Satan's kingdom, described in the Bible as a kingdom of darkness? The question is yours and it's up to you.

[Steve Myers] Absolutely, and in fact, just over in chapter 5 verse 7 it lists a whole range of things we can't participate in and certainly sorcery, witchcraft, those kinds of things would be included. And the Apostle Paul says in verse 7 chapter 5, "Therefore, do not be partakers with them" (Ephesians:5:7). So that doesn't mean we should watch them. We shouldn't be a part of them. We shouldn't include them in our life.

[Darris McNeely] Look, get your mind wrapped around God's Kingdom. Put your time, your life there. It's going to be far more productive. It's going to have a far greater benefit to your life in the long run. Avoid any of the works of darkness.

[Steve Myers] That's BT Daily . We'll see you next time.


danloy's picture

what would be done if somebody is inflicting harm on a particular person with the use of witchcraft? How would you protect yourself from it. Usually the victim of withcraft would consult somebody who has knowldge of witchcraft to defend himself from it. However, doing so would be in violation of what is written in the bible.


dziwczyna's picture

danloy: pray and fast.

Nothing can be done by Satan and his demons without God's permission (see Job).


jeannethorne's picture

Wow, this is great to know! I never thought of it like this. I get so much out of all of your BT daily programs. Kingstom of God is my goal, not the kingdom of satan. Thank you so much!


Yui's picture


It's true, Job does provide very specific evidence that Satan and his demons can do nothing without Gods permission. It's a great comfort to know that. An even greater comfort is found in Duet. 31:8, Joshua 1:5 and Heb. 13:5 "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
I would most definitely pray and fast about it. God will hear you. He is so much bigger than any problem we may have, even a serious one such as that.
Do not keep company with this person, but do not fear them. Any power granted to them is still under the ultimate authority of God. Absolutely do not seek to resolve the problem by using their methods. Talk to your minister, and or one who may have experience in a dealing with these kinds of issues.
And do not be afraid. :)
Psalm 121:7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul


Zoe's picture

hi, i have a pastro friend that is contantly on the internet - following a guy called Mataya and various occult moves. On a regular basis he informs his cell group of whats happening in the ocult world and then prays against the enemy... I have for a very long time thought that this is not right. why spend so much time to know your enemy ? - you could be spending all that time with God and learning about Him. do you also concider studying the occult world vie internet and so on as bad for us... As he says that "My people goes astray due to their lack of knowlwedge"...


kmihalec's picture

@Zoe, that's very disturbing to hear. If we really trust God as our Protector, we have no need of studying the occult world - and we shouldn't in any way, as the Bible repeatedly says. God provides His power and protection to those who have a relationship with Him, not those who spend their time studying the enemy. An example of this is in Acts 19 where a group of men who tried to cast out a demon in Jesus' name but weren't actually followers of Jesus - the result was that the demon overpowered them and they ended up running away. An important warning to all of us, I think


TwistedFang's picture

Interesting, I do watch one Paranormal show- Ghost Hunters on SyFy channel, but reason I like the show is they help people that are having stuff going on in their place of business or home, and unlike other shows the TAPS team that does the show tries to debunk things first, and look for other reasons why something is going on. (Like if the report is banging sounds, they look for lose pips, if the report is the door opens by itself they will check the door to see if it will open when you open another door or see how hard it is to open/close that door, they also look for high EMF fields, which according to them a high EMF field will cost you to think your being watched when your not, or give you a uneasy feeling. EMF is cost by open circuit breakers, wires, power lines etc.)

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