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“When someone tells 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)

Some argue that 1 Samuel 28 is proof that there was an occasion where God allowed a medium to contact the dead for a word from God and thereby contradicting God’s own law.

A wicked King Saul finds that he is no longer hearing from God. So he, who had earlier killed many of the mediums and spiritists, contacts the witch at Endor and asks her to raise the recently deceased prophet Samuel from the dead. But the witch, fearing that this is a trap by Saul, at first refuses. But Saul swears an oath to the Lord that she will not be harmed. She succeeds in raising the dead prophet and shrieks when the spirit of Samuel actually appears and begins speaking to her. Samuel expresses annoyance at being disturbed and reiterates his own prophetic announcements that Saul has been rejected and that the kingdom has been transferred to David, as far as God is concerned.

It is important that to note that the king never saw or heard the prophet Samuel himself, but relied upon the witch to translate to him what she saw and heard:
The king said to her, “What do you see?” The woman said, “I see a ghostly figure coming up out of the earth.” “What does he look like?” he asked. “An old man wearing a robe is coming up,” she said. Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. (1Sam 28:13-14)

The rest of 1 Samuel 28 is actually the conversation between the witch and Saul as the witch translated; not directly between Samuel and Saul. Similar to how mediums today speak to the dead on behalf of their living loved ones.
It’s true that God allowed the witch of Endor to communicate with Samuel. However, this is not an indication of God’s approval of occultism. Rather, it was permitted by God as part of the process of pronouncing judgment against Saul and stripping him of his rule.Saul receives no words of comfort and no blessing. Within a very short while he will be dead on Mt. Gilboa and David will be king.Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance instead of the Lord. And he paid for his mistake with his life. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)

Other supporters of spiritism cite Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man in Luke 16, which portrays a conversation between two people in the afterlife-Abraham in glory and the Rich Man in hades, as proof that conversations with the dead are sanctioned by God. But the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man is just that-A PARABLE! When the Rich Man pleads that Abraham allow Lazarus to go back among the living and warn his brothers, Abraham refuses because… ”They have Moses and the prophets…let them listen to them.”

Now, even knowing the truth from the Scriptures warning us not to have anything to do with mediums or speaking to the dead, some may still wonder how something that gives people hope and sets their hearts and minds at peace could be harmful.

Because it gives people a false peace and a false hope: A false peace that their loved one, (who may or may not be saved) is in a better place. Similarly, it will also give false hope that regardless of how they live; they too will end up in a better place when they die.

If our loved ones constantly watch over us from heaven when they die, then can they also see the sins and short-comings of those they love on earth? Will they have to helplessly watch as their relatives are beaten, shot and raped? Will they have to watch them die without Jesus? How can they enjoy their eternity while they witness such things?

I know this may upset some people reading this, but other than Elijah and Enoch, the Bible does not even hint that there is anyone else living in heaven except God, Jesus and the angels. Every description of heaven seems to focus only on God and his throne.

It is only natural that we, with our earthbound self-centered perspective, would prefer to comfort ourselves by believing that we can still communicate with loved ones who have since passed away. My own son was killed in an auto accident nearly 18 years ago. I too would love to be able to talk with him and share with him all that God has done for me since he died; but that is impossible; because my son is dead and I won’t see him again until the Resurrection. You see, as a Bible believing Christian, I have God’s promise that one day I will be reunited with my son again!

“But your dead will live, LORD; their bodies will rise– let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy– your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.” (Isaiah 26:19)

“Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.” (Ezekiel 37:12)

“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:2)

And anyone who has surrendered their lives to Jesus has these same promises from God.

Whether we are alive or dead at the Resurrection, the time we spend waiting for that Day will seem like but a moment compared to eternity!

So if you haven’t already done so, repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you and surrender your life to Him. Please do it now!

While there’s still time:

“It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.” (1Cor. 15:52)

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)