Mediums, Psychics, and Demonic Spirits – Part I of 2

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Christian Living
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There seems to be a growing fascination with idea of people contacting loved ones who have “passed on”. On shows like ‘Crossing Over with John Edwards’, or the TLC series, ‘Long Island Medium’ featuring Psychic Theresa Caputo. On Sunday night, TLC debuted yet a new series, ‘Angels Among Us,’ featuring Rosie Cepero, who claims she can speak with guardian angels. But is she actually communicating with angels? Or is she communicating with some other type of spiritual beings?

Cepero spoke with The Christian Post about an ability she claims to have that allows her to speak with unseen beings, which she said began when she was just three-years-old. Her mother and grandmother also claimed to be able to communicate with angels. Cepero was raised as a Catholic, however, she no longer identifies as such.

“I always believe that all are born with a guardian angel – it’s a God-given gift for everyone – I would love for everyone to know this; not everyone knows this. Do I believe that everyone can talk to their guardian angels? Yes,” Cepero told CP. “What they need to do is relax and learn to watch for the signs, whether it’s a feather or a smell, they have their own signs of communication.” She also claims that what she believes to be guardian angels will appear once humans attempt to communicate with them and that humans become angels after they die and go to heaven.

But what does the Bible have to say about it?
Scripture teaches us to be wary of believing in and blindly trusting spirits because it can lead to harm rather than good and can often lead people away from God instead of drawing them closer.
“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.” (Col 2:18)

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,” (1 John 4:1)

As theologian and pastor John Calvin pointed out, “As God does not make [the angels] ministers of his power and goodness to share his glory with them, so he does not promise us help through ministry in order that we should divide our trust between them and him. [Angels] do lead us away unless they lead us by the hand straight to Him, that we may look upon Him, call upon Him, and proclaim Him as our sole helper.”

Laying On of Hands
While watching shows featuring mediums and psychics, I have noticed that at the end of their reading, the medium almost always hugs the person they speak to on behalf of a dead loved one. I believe that this is more than just a simple act of affection.

In Christian circles the act of the “laying on of hands” demonstrates the transference of the Holy Spirit. (As in Acts 8:17) But it could also be used by one either knowingly or unknowingly transferring demonic spirits to another through touch. It might surprise you, but cults and cultists also believe in the laying on of hands. Yes, there is another spirit-world of the supernatural, and following this demonstration some really strange things can begin to happen.

We see so many men and women “laying hands” upon others, but do we know the spirit of that individual whom we allow to place their hands upon us? What spirit do they transfer to others? You might think about this the next time someone wants to pray over you. Personally, I believe one should never allow another to lay hands upon them unless they first know by what spirit inhabits or drives that individual. (The main reason I don’t allow strangers to hug me in a church service) What is their belief? To whom or what have they submitted their life to? And most importantly, what is their motive? Is it power, control and self-glorification? Or is it to comfort, love and to bring glory to God? It is important to know the difference. I don’t believe that a true Christian can be possessed by a demon-since a Christian is already possessed by God’s Spirit. But I do believe that if not careful, a Christian can open the door to be oppressed by demonic forces.

That is why the Bible warns us:
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

And again: “… 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 Cor. 11:13-15)

The Bible is very clear that attempting to contact the dead through occult channels is forbidden and spiritually dangerous:
“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.” (Lev. 19:31)

“‘I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people.” (Lev. 20:6)

Remember we are God’s children and our minds are mental greenhouses where unlawful thoughts, once planted, are nurtured and watered before being transplanted into the real world of unlawful actions.

 

(To be continued)

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