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Posted by Dr. Bill Blanchard on

Do you know much about Wicca?  Why don’t you do a little research about it online?  It is an occult religion akin to pagan witchcraft. And according to a recent article in The Christian Post[October 10, 2018], there are more Americans who identify as practicing witches in this occult religion than there are members of mainline Presbyterianism!  Furthermore, Wicca has effectively repackaged witchcraft for millennial consumption by claiming that witchcraft is no longer satanic or demonic; rather, it promotes free thought and a better understanding of earth and nature. Some Wiccan leaders even want to help Christians tap into magic.

Wiccans do not rule out worshipping anyone or anything.  Rather than a blatant worship of Satan, most Wiccans follow a nature-oriented belief system that is polytheistic—believing in many gods and goddesses.  In a similar vein to the New Age movement, Wiccans believe that all things in nature—plants, rocks, planets—have a spirit.  If you want a really good popular presentation of this worldview, just watch Avatar.  Their philosophy is simple: There is no such thing as sin, only the need to elevate the self—the god within! 

Because the term “witch” has historically been so loaded with bad press, these religionists originally chose to use the terms “Wicca” or “Wiccans,” words that come from “witch,” and which mean one who works with natural forces in order to shape or bend them. 

So, what does the Bible say about all of this?  The Bible [Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Galatians 5:19-21] talks about witchcraft in all of its forms because, no matter its form, the dynamics are the same.  The Bible speaks to those who engage in sorcery, those who try to use magical formulas or incantations, and those who try to exercise control over the world or themselves through some type of paranormal power.  This is very dangerous, because there is no “power” floating around out there.  There is God or Satan; there is heaven or hell; there is good or evil.  And all forms of witchcraft are strictly forbidden in the Bible as being tied to the occult and the work and the world of the evil one.

So, let’s regret that our culture has made witchcraft so mainstream, and let’s repent that there is even a hint that any of this can be considered Christian. 

Devotedly your pastor,

Bill Blanchard







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