WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE FORBIDDEN PRACTICE OF THE OCCULT ⁓ Deuteronomy 18:9-22 by Charles F. Stanley
Most believers readily recognize that the Bible forbids the occult practices of Satan worship and witchcraft. They might not, however, so quickly identify other practices as satanic or occultic.
While the Bible forbids and rebukes the practice of astrology, including the use of horoscopes and predicting events by the alignment of planets (Deuteronomy 18:10; Isaiah 47:12, 13), many Christians consider it harmless fun to consult their horoscopes in the daily newspaper. God says it’s not.
Another practice, divination (fortune telling), is forbidden in many places (Leviticus 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Isaiah 44:25; Jeremiah 27:9; Ezekiel 13:6-8). Other Scriptures could be included, but the Scripture makes it abundantly clear that the practice of fortune-telling is occultic in nature and therefore forbidden.
The bible also condemns other practices, such as enchantments (sometimes referred to as incantations, spells, or charming; see Deuteronomy 18:11 and Isaiah 19:3). God forbids the practice of magic (Exodus 7:11, 12). Of course, there is a considerable difference between one who practices magic by tapping into supernatural forces, and those who perform acts of illusion that depend on sleight of hand, not supernatural powers. A friend of mine is a master illusionist. He is great at doing tricks, but he explains to his audience that his tricks are just that ~ tricks, illusions ~ and that they have nothing to do with magic or supernatural powers. His ministry enables him to talk about he occult, but he makes it clear that what he does is sleight of hand, no matter how amazing it appears to the onlooker.
Probably you have enjoyed an illusion or trick performed in a show and never considered it dangerous. As children, many had their “fortunes” told at Halloween parties at school. Some consider he use of Ouija boards a harmless form of entertainment, in no way connected to supernatural powers ~ but we need to remember that the practice of attempting to contact the dead through the use of a medium is strictly forbidden in the Bible. (Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; 2 Kings 21:6). No believer should ever play with the occult.
Deuteronomy 9:22, 9 “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you. 15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, 16 according to all you desired of the Lord your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’ 17 “And the Lord said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. 18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ ⁓ 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.