The Occult is defined as knowledge beyond human understanding: mysterious, secretive, hidden or concealed from view. “The secret things (hidden knowledge) belong to the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us.” (Deut 29:27) God and Satan are the only two sources for power, hidden information, knowledge, supernatural help, guidance or healing. Many are drifting into the occult because they are spiritually in need. Man cannot exist in a spiritual vacuum. He will either have Christ or Satan, but he will not have an empty soul.
The occult is very religious and many through it hope to find themselves, a reason for their being and to fill a void in their soul. They try to find God but are never given the assurance, peace and harmony which can only be found in Jesus. The modern occult movement is a do-it-yourself religion. Man is looking to a power or force other than the living God to satisfy his life. A Christian should not seek guidance or power through any other means, only through the scriptures and prayer in Jesus’ name.
There is another way to obtain the desired help or guidance, and that is through the door of occultism. Behind this door the powers of darkness work through the occult media directed by Satan. Some have found out to their horror and dismay that Satan is the one who is willing to reveal supernatural things and give help. Many are discovering that the real source of their guidance and supernatural power is demonic.
If you’ve never experimented or dabbled with any of the occult practices listed above, then God’s command may be summarized perfectly in one word – DON’T! Participation or involvement in any way with these practices listed above is disobedience to God’s Word. The scriptures forbid man from having any contact with or to seek help from these sources. Seeking supernatural experiences from any source other than God is idolatry and is a clear violation of the First Commandment (Exod 20:3-5)
The Apostle Paul warns that idolatry is “fellowship with devils and provokes the Lord to jealousy. (1 Cor. 10:20) Scriptures forwarn us of the increased occult activity that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons. God’s word states plainly and gives us detailed occult practices that God calls abominations.
Seeking help from the occult is equivalent to calling upon another God. It is insulting to God who made heaven and earth to consult with any of the occult for guidance when you can inquire of Him. People who dabble with the occult are recklessly flirting with demonism. Satan is called the “god of this world.” (1 Cor. 4:4) God’s people are warned that they are to have no other gods before Him.
“When thou are come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his daughter to pass through the fire or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” (Deut 18:9-12)
The sentence of capital punishment was in effect on witches (sorcerers) (Exod 22:18) or wizards (clairvoyant or physic) Lev. 20:27. To have any dealings with spiritism is to be defiled and unfit to appear before God to worship HIM. (Lev. 19:31) God is against that soul who goes after familiar spirits, mediums, wizards and God will cut him off among his people. (For further studies read: Lev 19:26, Lev 31:20 Lev 6:27, 1 Sam. 15:23; 1 Sam 28:3, 1 Sam 7:11, 2 Kings 21:5-6, 1 Chronicles 10:13, 2 Chronicles 33:6, Isa. 2:6, Isa 8:19; Jer. 27:9,10, Zechariah 10:2, Mal. 3:5, 1 Tim. 4:1; 1 Tim. 3:8)
In Isaiah 47:13, the Lord challenges the astrologers, stargazers, monthly prognosticators (horoscope followers) to try to save Babylon from his curse.
What Does Occultism Do To You?
Many have allowed themselves to become ensnared in the diabolical web of occultism. In their search for guidance, freedom, or quick solutions from their troubles and sorrows, they try to find a way out, but become more deeply involved. The autobiography of King Saul is for our teaching and admonition. (Please read 1 Sam. 28) He had a good beginning, but later on he disobeyed God’s command and God no longer answered his prayer. In his distress and confusion he turned to a medium (witch of Endor) for guidance. The end result was: “So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord; asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit; therefore the Lord slew him.” (1 Chronicles 10:13,14)
Occult involvement whether done innocently or not is disobedience to God’s Word. When men ignore God’s warnings and enter a forbidden realm, they may witness spiritual phenomena. Occult oppression, subjection and possession are the inevitable penalties to all who traffic in the realm of the supernatural.
How often the statement is made, “there is nothing wrong in playing a harmless game..” or “go ahead, I dare you to try it.” “Surely if one does not believe in the occults there can be no harm or after effects.” Or “Well the Old Testament happened a long time ago, and it’s different now.” Many Christians believe that they are immune to the spiritual consequences which follow occult involvement. You may be a victim of occult bondage and oppression because of former participation. Whether done innocently, in fun or not, you have opened the door to the powers of darkness. Even though such occult activity may have occurred many years ago, time and place have nothing to do with it, you still have opened the door.
Many Christian youth groups are playing with ouija boards, table tipping and automatic writing in Sunday School. A Christian attended a seance because her boyfriend dared her to; she suffered depression, nightmares, insomnia, suicidal tendencies, family discord, illness and hostile resistance to Biblical truths. For years she was unaware that the source or the cause of her problem was because she had been involved with the occult. She was reaping what was sown in a moment of weakness; all because of a dare! “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Gal. 6:7) If Satanic and demonic deception is to be avoided, strict adherence to the truth of God’s word must be maintained. This pertains to Christian and non-Christian alike. “For I am the Lord, I change not.” (Mal. 3:6)
How To Recognize Occult Oppression
The following evidences and manifestations are an indication of oppression or bondage by demon spirits. Caution must be used, for some of these symptoms may stem from other causes. Proper diagnosis is needed. Long periods of gloominess, depression, unpredictable behaviour, uncontrollable passions, sexual lust, appetites, temper tantrums, defiant, uncontrollable hatred or suspicion, jealousy or resentments, delusions, complusive lying, gambling, stealing, obsessive thoughts of self destruction – and even fear of dying! Blasphemous thoughts against the blood of Christ, God or Holy Spirit, speech and behaviour abnormalities, religious delusions, seeing apparitions, hearing voices, and chronic physical ailments that do not respond to medical treatment or prayer and etc.
Deliverance and Liberation From Occultism
(1) Confession of Faith in Christ
Victims of occult domination must, with all sincerity, trust Christ and confess Jesus as Saviour. Jesus is the only deliverer from the powers of darkness. You must call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and be reconciled to God before dealing with the problem of occult involvement. You must be determined, because Satan does not let people go easily. It is only through the blood of Christ and your open and honest confession of Jesus as Saviour and Lord that liberation will come.
(2) Confession of Occult Involvement
The occult involvement and transgression must be confessed to a merciful God who will not abandon His children to the Wicked One. By confessing the specific sins of occult involvement, you unmask the enemy and expose the strategy by which you were held in bondage. Confession means to agree with God about the sin. Say the same thing: “God you hate this, I do too.” If sin is not confessed, Satan remains concealed and protected behind the unrecognized or unconfessed sin, making him free to continue his work of oppression and confusion. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Prov. 28:13) Obedience to God is the only way out!
(3) Renounce the Devil and Command Him to Depart
This is essential when a pact or agreement has been concluded with the powers of darkness. Satan’s contentions in your case, is that he has a right to enter because you have opened the door for him. You have granted Satan access through occult involvement. Such as agreement must be annulled and can only be dissolved by a conscious verbal act of repudiation on the part of the one subjected. You must give a direct command to Satan himself to depart in the Name of Jesus, (not a prayer or request, but a command.) Make it clear once and forever that you are taking back the place, the agreement, the lease, the pact, that you gave to Satan.
(4) Those who are liberated must realize that deliverance is a walk as well as experience
The ground taken from Satan must be safeguarded for Christ. After deliverance, it is necessary to walk in the will of God according to the Word of God. The riddance of occult objects, symbols, and literature is indispensable to a sustained emancipation. all objects are to be done away with and destroyed once and for all.* (Acts 19:18, 19) “Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.” (Eph. 6:10-18)
Study and stand on the word daily. Above all, do not rely on feelings or appearances. Satan know he is defeated and because God’s Word says it, — You believe it, and that settles it!