The Occult  

On this page I'll examine the occult and explain why it is wrong for any follower of God to be involved with it.  I have cited scripture references from the Bible to support each idea presented.

“The occult” is a broad term that encompasses people's attempts to gain power or knowledge from evil sources.  People are often snagged by seemingly harmless curiosities that give place to evil in their lives.

An explanation of the occult:  "Somewhere in every one of us is a deep longing to make contact with the unknown, with some "higher power" - something greater or wiser or more powerful than ourselves.  This is true at all levels, from the teenage girl reading her horoscope, to the witch doctor in some remote tribe who has never seen a white man, to the scientist probing outer space and seeking to discover the secrets of the universe.  It was God who placed this longing within us, but His archenemy, Satan, has devised a way to divert seekers into deceptive, evil systems that bring them into bondage to himself.  These deceptive systems can take countless different forms, but the generic name for them all is "the occult." ...The word occult is derived from a Latin word that means "concealed" or "covered over."  The power operating through occult practices or system derives from Satan and is evil.  But most people caught up in them do not know this.  They have been enticed by labels or claims that make them appear highly desirable." (They Shall Expel Demons, p.113-114, by Derek Prince)

What is “of the occult”?   Determining what is of the occult can be tricky, as the occult by nature is hidden and deceptive.  To begin, please consider some definitions of "Occult" from Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary

In general, if an activity or object is used to seek knowledge or power from sources other than God, then it most likely is of the occult.  I have found three main categories of the occult, which I will explain below in detail.

1.  Seeking carnal knowledge / sins of the flesh and eyes:  includes all forms of sex sin, including pornography

2.  Seeking knowledge of the future:

 3.  Seeking supernatural power: 

How the occult works:  The occult appeals to our natural tendency toward pride of life (1 John 2:16).  Pride of life is revealed when we set aside God’s commands and seek knowledge or power to master our own destiny and control our environment according to our desires.  This is a type of rebellion (1 Samuel 15:22-23).  Eve demonstrated this rebellion in Genesis 3:5-6 when she sought knowledge that would cause her to be like God.    

Why occult activity is wrong  

A note about false religions:  Involvement in a non-Christian religion can be regarded as occult activity for many of the above reasons.  Jesus said that he is the only way for people to attain peace with God: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6 KJV).  Any religion that rejects Jesus' claim and/or teaches another way to peace with God will be a "false" religion.  Consider the test that John wrote about for detecting false teaching/false religions: 

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.  1 John 4:1-3 NKJV

Additional references to consider on false teaching/religions: Ezekiel 13:9, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-13,1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 Peter 2:1

Consequences of occult activity:  Occult activity has a variety of consequences.  These may include:

Repenting from occult sin:  If you have been involved in occult sin, it is important for you to take these actions in returning to God:

For prayers covering the above repentance points, see Prayers for Renouncing the Occult 

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