Thursday, December 13, 2007

Should Churches Exile Child Witches And Wizards?
In one forum I read an article about a church that has ostracized some kids that they are witches and wizards. Such practices have not started today. Since the history of Pentecostalism it has always been common for people who disagree with you to claim that you are a witch or for some overzealous prophetess to say they have seen a witch holding a rope on your neck. In the Old Testament God adjures the people not to allow a witch to even live (Ex 22:18) and later in subsequent passages He prohibits the people from associating with the witches or wizards (Lev 19:31; 20:6; Deut 18:10). When Saul came to power in Israel he implemented the above prohibitions (I Sam 28:3, 9). Josiah in his ascension to the magistracy exiled the wizards (2 Kings 23:24). Disobeying that command provoked the Lord to anger (2 Kings 21:6; 2 Chr 33:6).

In the New Testament the approach to eliminate evil spirits and evil people takes more a spiritual twist because at this point God has been introduced to man as a Spirit Being and all that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:24). At this point God identifies the devil as living in the spirit but working through man. So we do not hate the individual himself but we hate the spirit guiding them.

The reason why the witch and wizard were to be eliminated physically was because the form of worship was physical and the elimination of evil was physical too.
As you look carefully into the above verses you realize that they fall under the ceremonial and civil laws of Israel. It should be recalled that only moral laws transcend cultures as such the civil and ceremonial laws will be obsolete.
From the advent of Jesus until today man does not wrestle against other humans but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness (Eph 6:12). To give Christians the edge in the battle he has given them a spiritual armor made up of truth, gospel, faith, salvation, spirit and intercession (Eph 6:13-18). To better equip the church to fight evil, God has given nine spiritual gifts to the church (I Cor 12:8-10). One of those gifts is the gift of discernment that could help them know the source of any spirit.

If the Christians are afraid of children they suspect as witches and wizards then the church is a dead church that has lost its faith in Christ and no one should go into that church. What do we make of Isaiah 54:17? It states:
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD (IS 54:17).
Perhaps I should borrow Paul’s words: what shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us (Rom 8:31)? The Psalmist said: The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me (Ps 118:6)? God protects and that protection has not faded.

Let me recall one incident that I may never forget. We had traveled to Ngwagwanda, Hegba, Liseh and Maganga to preach. At Ngwagwanda we were given two rooms for the four of us. The Area pastor took one room with another brother and gave the other one to the two of us. In the night they called us that they were under attack. When they put off the light they will feel a third person squeezing itself to sleep in between them. They will get up but will not see anyone. So they came and woke us from sleep. We went there, prayed and took authority. In the morning the owner of the house told us we must leave his house. Stories like this abound that as a Christian I fear no mortal timely or untimely born.

Flies never sit on top of a hot pot but they sit on a cold pot. If the church is hot with the Spirit of God no evil spirit or person will feel comfortable inside. It is faithless for Christians to be driving people physically from the church as wizards and witches. They should declare a fast and prayers and follow the guidelines as prescribed above.

To the Christian brother and sister I say this: be strong and don’t be afraid of witches and wizards for legions of angels guard over you. Do not trust in the arm of flesh because it will fail you; rather trust in the Lord and He will fight your battles. Even when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He will be with you and his rod and staff will comfort you because you are the apple of his eye and whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.

Until then, if God be for you who shall be against you?

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

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