Thursday, June 12, 2014

“Should Christians Visit Mediums and Psychics?”

I want you to start by watching this video.

I will start by defining what the word Christian means. Christian means “follower of Christ” (strong G5546), and it is used only three times in the entire Bible. In all three occasions, it retains the same root word “Christianos”. If you remember in the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, He called people he met to “follow” him, so He will make them fishers of men (Mt 4:19-20; Mk 1:17). It was a fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy (Ezek 47:10). Those followers will later be called disciples (learners, students, pupils). The Master then takes them for a crash course in what will become “The Sermon on the Mount” and “The Beatitudes”. A medium is a mediator between humans and the spirit world or the world of the dead and their spirits. You can call them necromancers or ventriloquists or popularly known as psychics in the US. In Africa, the traditional healers also act as mediums, for example, the Sangomas of South Africa. They consult the dead to gain knowledge about the past and future. The words medium and wizard are synonyms because a wizard is someone with a familiar spirit and the medium is someone who uses a familiar spirit to communicate or gain knowledge. The question now becomes, “Is there anything bad for the followers of Christ to consult people who talk with the dead or who will link them to their dead ones to know their past or their future?”

Another question we must ask is, “Are the mediums really communicating with your departed beloveds?” Each person has an angel encamping around them. The Christians have the angel of the Lord (Ps. 34:7) while the unbeliever have the familiar spirit. After the fall of man, God and the devil struggle to win every soul over. That means; although the breath of God resides in you, the angel of the Lord sent by God and the demon sent by the devil each hover around in an attempt to seduce you. The demon is familiar with you and is called familiar spirit (Lev. 19:31; 1 Sam 28:7, Is. 29:14). When you die, the spirit of God goes back to God. The angel of the Lord is withdrawn, but the familiar spirit remains. The familiar spirit can reenter the body of the dead man and you start to live. That is what we mean by a ghost. Ghosts are not a new phenomenon because they existed in the Bible both in the O.T ((Lev 20:27; 1Chr. 10:13; Chr.33:6) and N.T (Mt 14:26, Mk 6:49). The term ghost in the Bible means life while its equivalent is spirit. That means a ghost is the natural body of a dead person vivified by a demonic spirit.

Yesteryears, divination fell under what was generally called the Mantic Arts. Nowadays, divination is monnaie courant in these three fields: Chiromancy or Palmastry, augury and cartomancy and horoscopy and astrology. This practice of speaking to the dead was common in the Old Testament and the New Testament. At Endor, King Saul wanted to talk to the defunct Prophet Samuel (I Sam 28), albeit a practice that was totally prohibited in their days (Deut. 18:10-12). Considering that we live in another dispensation (Dispensation of Grace), it might not concern the modern Christians, especially because it was not a moral law. However, the condemnation of Barjesus by Paul shows that God’s dislike for it transcended the Old Testament, and Paul and Barnabas will meet Barjesus (Elymas) in a confrontation as they attempted to evangelize Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:6-8).

The confrontation exists between Barjesus and Paul because the former was an agent of the devil whose task was and is to hinder men of God and men of power from coming to God and Paul-a follower of Christ is to bring them to God. Therefore, in their different missions (same like the familiar spirit and Spirit of God), they are diametrically opposed to each other. Consequently, the medium cannot be drawing you to God; it is to draw you away from God.

The reason many are flooding to talk-shows to talk with mediums like John Edward, Theresa Caputo, Sally Morgan, etc is because they have forsaken God and his statutes (2 Chr. 7:19-22). When you forsake God, he will forsake you (2 Chr. 15:2). I am sure that you are aware of the falsehood of most of these psychics. Some of them are very wretched, yet they say that they want to make you rich. Others say that they will help you win the lottery, yet they ask you to pay them. Why don’t they just win the lottery themselves? See how a Psychic is being exposed. It is not as if everything those mediums say is false. Some are true and others are false. The mediums use two main techniques to capture the attention of their preys. They use the shotgun technique and the Forer Effect. The Shotgun technique is a technique where the speaker asks a foray of generalized rhetorical questions with the hope that some stray bullets (some of what they say) catch some of the unsophisticated minds. In the Forer Effect or Barnum Effect, the speaker makes a generalized statement that applies accurately to one person, but it could still accurately apply to a thousand or a million more.

When the Israelites walked with God, they used Urims and Thumins to find the will of God for them (Num. 27:21, Ex. 28:30; Lev. 8:8). When they abandoned God, they resorted to fleecing, almost like guess work (Judge 6:34). When they walked with the Lord, their guide was “the pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night” (Ex 13:21). We all are in some point of our lives looking for directions, especially our futures because we do not know them. In biblical times, the people were asked to follow the priests and Levites. Nowadays, the prelate should have been the lighthouse. Unfortunately, although most of them seem heaven bound, they are actually hell-bound. Consequently, others now rely on their counselors and other human professional. In so far as it is a human being, he or she will have limits. That is why Ahithophel-the best of counselors in his days, still failed and committed suicide (2 Sam 17:7; 23). Should the modern Christians now resort to biblical times?

Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6). In the New Testament, the disciples used lots in determining Judas’ replacement (Acts 1:26). However, after the Holy Spirit baptism, the practice disappeared because “He will guide us into all truth” (Jn 16:13). Nowadays, fleecing is redundant to those who tarry in prayer and supplication because of the presence of the Holy Spirit that abides with us and guides us in our decision-making.

It is expedient to know that you may very well know about your future but still be helpless to defend yourself from impending danger because “man proposes, but God disposes” (Prov 16:9). Who is stronger: your dead relative or God- your Creator? God has outlived your future, and he has pledged guarantees. No one visits the medium if he/she is not overladen with the cares of this life. They can enjoy those guarantees if they cast all their cares unto Him, for He cares for them (Mt 11:28; I pet 5:8). God has a future of peace and not of evil and the end you desire to give you (Jer 29:11).

Therefore, the consultation of mediums and Mantic Arts are practices that God condemns without reservation. Do you want to go to God, or do you want to go to the devil? In listening to mediums who communicate with evil spirits, you are separating yourself away from God. In listening to the Holy Spirit, you are abiding in the Lord ,and he will abide in you. Mediums are of the devil and not of God. God has your future locked up. You should stay focus and not allow yourself to be sidetracked by the devil and his agents.

Until then, let God be your Guide.

St Arrey of Ntenako.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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