Aliens: Extraterrestrial Friends Or Interdimensional Foes?

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)  

Many of the people that I work with in the Hazard area have had experiences with “alien” encounters.  

Oh, I am not just talking about strange sightings in the night skies (although there have been many of these).  

I am talking about people that I have worked with who have told me about encounters with “aliens” that go something like this…

I was putting my child on the school bus and I went back inside the house. As I was sitting on the sofa, I looked over and I saw a little gray “man” with black eyes standing in the doorway. He told me that he needed to speak with me (although he didn’t really speak, but I heard his words in my head). The next thing I remember, I was picking my child up off of the bus. Several hours had passed, and I have no recollection of that time.  

I was at home in bed. I opened my eyes and there were these little gray persons standing around me. I started to float above my bed, and I panicked. I called out on Jesus to save me, and I fell back on the bed and the gray men disappeared. My girlfriend woke up, but hadn’t seen any of these things.

I was out on the lake with my friend, doing some night-fishing. All of a sudden, this huge ship was over us. It stayed there for probably ten minutes, and my friend and I didn’t know what to do….Some time later, it just flew away. It didn’t make any noise, and we did not smell any gasoline or fuel…Later, under hypnosis, we both remembered being taken aboard the ship by these little gray people. They did things to us, but I didn’t remember a lot about that.  

I was taken to a ship, and experiments were done on my reproductive organs. The beings put some kind of object in my nose. Later, a doctor found it and removed it-but it dissolved before it could be examined. Later, I was visited again and told that I was being used to help save a race of aliens. I know a lot of people will think I am making these up, but I will take a lie detector test any time someone wants me to.

These stories could be multiplied, many times over.  

These are regular, everyday people.  

These people are often afraid to speak up about their experiences, fearing ridicule and persecution.  

More then one has been told that they were just “smokin too much reefer,” or “trippin on the wrong shrooms.”  

As such, they face potential character assassination and scorn from family, friends, and co-workers.  

Their employers could take notice, and livelihoods could be affected.  

Despite it all, they know that they have not made these things up or hallucinated them; so the question remains, “What is going on?”

Many are convinced that the beings which they encounter in these experiences are extraterrestrial (originating from another planet in our universe).  

However, I am persuaded that these beings are spiritual in nature, and that they may be biblically identified as demonic.  

The Parallels Of Modern Abduction Stories With Ancient Demonic Encounters 

In studying the Bible teaching of fallen angels and nephilim with several other ancient texts which discuss spiritism, one researcher has catalogued several similarities between these and modern day abduction experiences: 

“Disturbing tales from the abduction phenomena echo ancient encounters with fallen angels, demons, and forms of Nephilim. The victims in the abductions are usually paralyzed at the start of the encounter. Aliens are generally described as rough-skinned, thin-lipped, long-necked, viper-like beings, similar to Nephilim but smaller. Remember, angels possess changeling qualities in our earthly realm; angels could easily alter their size and appearance at will. All these descriptions, common in most abductions, neatly parallel records of ancient encounters with fallen angels, complete with those fallen angels promising knowledge and power. It must be noted, as well, these ancient fallen angels also promised godhood, as witnessed by what took place in Eden with Eve and Adam and Satan. One further wonders, are changelings attempting to create Nephilim hybrids through DNA to skirt around creation laws? Not only do contemporary alien encounters echo ancient encounters with demons, Nephilim, and fallen angels, but also they reflect a commonality and an inexplicable kinship with fairy folk, according to Eason. Author W. Y. Evans-Wentz notes the ancients named the inhabitants of the otherworld: gods (fallen angels); genies (Jinn); daemons (demons); shades; and spirits, which the ancient and modern Celts referred to as gods and fairies. 4 Many of the less benign aliens of today, according to Eason, portray an eerie kinship to the likeness of goblins and gnomes of fairy mythology. Goblins and trolls were described with eyes like glowing coals, with withered crones. Only in Nordic legends were some fairy folk known to be tall and noble; in most other legends, fairy folk were small beings of mischief and evil. Trolls, goblins, gnomes, and other similar creatures come in many different sizes; they have grotesque, fleshy faces and are very hairy. In the 1954 alien abduction that transpired in Chic-Cerro de las Tres Torres, Venezuela, witnesses described the aliens as dwarf-like, hairy beings. In 1955, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, five tiny, goblin-like beings with wrinkled skins and large eyes and ears were witnessed. 5 Most documented accounts describe famous aliens known today as “the grays.” Fairies that kidnapped children were known as the “grey [sic] neighbors” by the Shetlanders; these fairies were small, gray, goblin-and-troll-like creatures. 6 These mythological fairies were a Celtic conception to describe small people who can become invisible and who were feared abductors of children. 7…Alien abductions hold familiar kinship with fairy folk and fairy abductions. For example, Cassandra Eason notes fairies have a need to reproduce with humans, 9 ostensibly like aliens. Fairies never abduct old people—only babies, young men, and young women, much like aliens. In a similar fashion to alien abductions, the victims’ minds remain blank of what was done and said to them in fairy abductions. 10 Goblins, elves, trolls, and gnomes are known in mythology as beings that are described as “grays.” They are gray-skinned have huge, oval heads; small, almond-like eyes; and spindly limbs. And they are eager to breed with humans to modify and refresh their genetic makeup so that they might continue to survive. 11 Again, this is an eerily accurate description of the modern alien descriptions, as well as modern Hollywood creations such as the Asgarde from the Star Gate series. Janet Bord concludes fairy abductions utilized the very same claim staked by aliens today, whereby they need to mate with humans because they need an injection of new genes to bolster their weakened genetic makeup. 12 Gene manipulation through eugenics was the same apostasy endeavored by the Nazis and the New Man project, as well as the far-left movement of liberals, the Progressives, whose doctrines dominated the first four decades of the twentieth century but died a sudden death after World War II, the fall of Nazism, and the rise of Communism. Beware of the resurgence of the contemporary Progressive movement of modern, liberal political parties, for Progressives are still married to the old doctrines of the New Man, the New World Order, and Babylon. Remember, too, this is how at least one race of Nephilim was created in ancient times.” (Gary Wayne, The Genesis 6 Conspiracy: How Secret Societies And The Descendants Of Giants Plan To Enslave Humankind, 7219-7255 (Kindle Edition); Trusted Books) 

Why Are They Doing These Things? 

What conclusions does Wayne draw from his in-depth studies of these matters? 

“It is my contention that these modern alien encounters are nothing more than demonic and/ or angelic encounters, crafted to reflect the modern attitudes of humankind as we endeavor to interpret our place in the universe. Although modified for technology and its rapid advancements, they are a finely sculptured, self-glorified image of delusion that fallen angels are delivering, deceiving the modern mind through its own aspirations, just as they did with fairies and goblins with our ancestors. The advanced technology of alien encounters, along with all of its other alluring mythos, has been uniquely brewed to deceive contemporary humans. This magical and mysterious deception is an enticing and intoxicating cocktail for the modern mindset which is designed to lead our world astray; further away from God and Jesus; and into the universal world of Babel and false light, heralded by eastern religions, New Age, and Masonic fraternities, inclusive of the ultra-diabolical Illuminati. Therefore, expect that alien encounters will continue to increase until the momentum dictates a wondrous day when humankind is greeted with a formal first encounter of the fourth kind.” (Gary Wayne, The Genesis 6 Conspiracy: How Secret Societies And The Descendants Of Giants Plan To Enslave Humankind, 7264-7272 (Kindle Edition); Trusted Books)

Nor is Wayne alone in his contention that these “aliens” are interdimensional beings intent on deceiving mankind.  

Jacques Vallee, a respected and devoted ufologist, believes that the belief systems of humanity are intentionally being warped by these visitors, and that this is the primary goal to which they aspire: 

“How can we verify whether such conditioning is in fact operating?…If the phenomenon is forcing us through a learning curve then it MUST mislead us….If this is so, then UFOs can never be analyzed or conceived, because they are the means through which man’s concepts are being rearranged. All we can do is to trace their effects on humans….What is the variable being controlled in this control system? Thermostats control temperature; gyroscopes control the direction in which a rocket flies. What could a paranormal phenomenon control? I suggest that it is human belief that is being controlled and conditioned.” (Jacques Vallee, The Invisible College: What A Group Of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influence On The Human Race, 2993-3009 (Kindle Edition); San Antonio, TX; Anomalist Books) 

In another one of his books, Vallee goes into more detail, explaining once again that a likely explanation for the “alien” visitors is that they are not extraterrestrial, but interdimensional:

“Somebody is going to an awful lot of trouble to convince the world that we are threatened by beings from outer space….The genuine UFO phenomenon, as I have shown in Confrontations, is associated with a form of nonhuman consciousness that manipulates space and time in ways we do not understand….It is curious to observe that even scientifically trained researchers who accept the idea of multiple universes, or the few ufologists who understand the idea that space-time could be folded to allow almost instantaneous travel from one point of our universe to another, still cling emotionally to the notion that any nonhuman form of consciousness is necessarily from outer space….The simple truth is this: if there is a form of life and consciousness that operates on properties of space-time we have not yet discovered, then it does not have to be extraterrestrial. It could come from any place and any time, even from our own environment….The entities could be multidimensional beyond space-time itself. They could even be fractal beings. The earth could be their home port.” (Jacques Vallee, Revelation: Alien Contact And Human Deception, 3527-3543 (Kindle Edition); San Antonio, TX; Anomalist Books) 

The Connections Of Abduction Experiences With Occultism 

It is also worth considering that many of the abduction stories involve more than a hint of occultism and spiritualistic practice. Vallee points out in another excellent book: 

“There is another very important aspect to the entire abduction problem that has never been considered seriously by American ufology, obsessed as it is with immediate facts and first-order explanations. By ignoring this other aspect, we reduce considerably our chances of understanding the entire question. What I am referring to is the simple fact that abduction stories are not specific to the UFO phenomenon and certainly did not begin with Betty and Barney Hill in 1961. I pointed out in Invisible College that the structure of abduction stories was identical to that of occult initiation rituals. Several years before, I had shown in Passport to Magonia that contact with ufonauts was only a modern extension of the age-old tradition of contact with nonhuman consciousness in the form of angels, demons, elves, and sylphs. Such contact includes abduction, ordeal (including surgical operations), and sexual intercourse with the aliens. It often leaves marks and scars on the body and the mind, as do UFO abductions.” (Jacques Vallee, Confrontations: A Scientist’s Search For Alien Contact, 2522-2527 (Kindle Edition); San Antonio, TX; Anomalist Books) 

Other ufologists have been noticing the occult nature of many UFO experiences: 

“In the final years of his life, Dr. Hynek no longer believed in the extraterrestrial theory for the origin of UFOs. We had many conversations about the subject, and he expressed his doubts that UFOs were physical craft from other star systems.. To quote Dr. Hynek, “I have come to support less and less the idea that UFOs are nuts-and-bolts spacecrafts from other worlds. There are just too many things that go against that theory. To me, it seems ridiculous that a technologically advanced race would travel great distances to do relatively stupid things like stop cars, collect soil samples, and frighten people. I think we must begin to re-examine the evidence; we must look closer to home for the answer. I think we should consider that UFOs come from other dimensions, a parallel reality, a universe that exists in the same place as ours, but at a different frequency, so to speak.” Hynek also started to see the connection between UFO reports and certain types of psychic phenomena, because there are many UFO cases that have poltergeists, apparitions, strange sounds and lights, and other types of psychic manifestations attached to them. Over the many years that I have been researching the phenomenon, I have found this to be true. Quite a number of UFO case studies are like ghost stories rather than encounters with spaceships and beings from another star system.” (Philip Imbrogno, Interdimensional Universe: The New Science Of U.F.O.’s, Paranormal Phenomena, & Otherdimensional Beings, 1147-1153 (Kindle Edition); Woodbury, Minnesota; Llewllellyn Publications)  

In fact, the single greatest UFO story in modern history (the Roswell encounter) had a very interesting occult nature that many are not aware of. Speaking of a gentleman named Jack Parsons, we learn:

“Described as a charismatic genius, as well as an eccentric mystic, Jack Whiteside Parsons endeavored to create a passageway or window into our world in 1946. He was a key founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The inventor of Hitler’s V-2 “revenge weapon” and leader of the Operation Paperclip rocket development team, Wernher von Braun, referred to him as the “father of modern rocketry.”…Destined to become a talented chemical engineer and inventor, he was expelled from a military academy for blowing up toilets and claimed to have successfully invoked Satan to appear to him at the age of 13. Parsons became a member of the Aleister Crowley headed, Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), in 1941 and joined the California based branch, known as The Church of Thelema. (Crowley defined Thelema as: “The science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will.”)…While practicing magic rituals as the head of the church of Thelema, Parsons acquired a mansion in South Pasadena that he developed into a bohemian commune, and welcomed any “exotic types” to join. The commune later became known as the “Parsonage.”…Through his association with Crowley and work in the OTO, Parsons came to believe in the reality of magic (spelled “magick” according to Crowley) as a force that could be explained through quantum physics. He believed that he could bring about the incarnation of a Thelemite goddess that he called “Babalon” onto Earth by altering the constraints of normal space-time through his will via the practice of Thelema. Parsons called the magical operation he was planning the “Babalon Working”, and allowed Hubbard to take part in it as his documenting “scribe”, since he believed Hubbard to be exceptionally perceptive at detecting magical phenomena. Both Parsons and Hubbard believed in Thelema magic so completely that they went out into the Mojave Desert and performed the Babalon working, which was nothing less than a specific effort to “punch a hole” between realms. The final ritual took place in January 1946. Jack Parson believed, as did Van Braun, L. Ron Hubbard, and Aleister Crowley, that powerful non-human entities existed, but in a realm somehow separate from man. Although there seemed to be a prohibition on the type and quantity of interaction allowed, that prohibition could be altered by man’s activity on earth. It is worth recognizing that the Roswell event occurred one year after the Thelemic ritual in the Mojave Desert, as well as a huge increase in UFO sightings that continue to this day. The story of L. Ron Hubbard and Jack Parsons’ Babalon Working illustrates that the nature of the UFO phenomenon is more profound than the majority living today realize.” (Mark A. Flynn, “Foreword” in Josh Peck, Cherubim Chariots: Exploring The Extradimensional Hypothesis-Extradimensional Vehicles, Ancient Nephilim Technology, and Interstellar Prophecies Revealed!, 168-206 (Kindle Edition)) 

Nearly every single person that I have worked and studied with who have had encounters with “aliens” has included some connection to occultism. The persons have usually been involved in witchcraft, necromancy (attempting to summon the dead through devices such as ouija boards and electronic voice phenomena), or various forms of paganism.

We are warned in Scripture that engaging in any kind of willful sin can open doorways for Satan and his forces to take advantage of (cf. Ephesians 4:26-27).  

The Authority Of Jesus 

Considering the strong evidences that these “aliens” are demonic in origin, it should not surprise us that they are subject to the authority of Jesus Christ.  

In the Bible, demonic activity is brought to a screeching halt when the authority of Jesus Christ is invoked. For example: 

Matthew 8:16-When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

Mark 1:25-27-25  But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26  And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27  Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”

Would it surprise you to learn that the authority of Christ has the ability to stop UFO Abduction experiences?  

One former ufologist has brought forth an incredible book which describes several encounters of persons who (through invoking the name of Jesus Christ) had their “alien” experiences stopped.  

“The next section of this book houses the testimonies of people who have found that the name of Jesus Christ is the only effective way of stopping alien abductions. The people whose stories you will read have had success stopping alien abduction. They have found that the name of Jesus is all powerful and that the entities can’t manifest as aliens when they are unmasked for what they really are. We now present to you the testimonials of just a few of those who want their stories known. These people have found the answer. If you are looking for the answer then perhaps their accounts will help you. In their accounts you will see many of their stories share many similarities. You will see that they came to the same realizations and they came to the same answer for ending their dilemma.” (David Ruffino & Joseph Jordan, Unholy Communion: The Alien Abduction Phenomenon, Where It Originates And How It Stops, 5095-5102 (Kindle Edition); Crane; Defender Publishing House) 

E.T. Does Not Want To Phone Home

We are often told that the “aliens” are benevolent creatures who are kind and intent on helping humanity, or simply need our help.  

However, the evidence shows quite a different picture!

“Former abductee-turned-researcher, the late Dr. Karla Turner, also derived some disturbing conclusions based upon her own experiences, and her research of other victims. Some of her observations follow: • Aliens can alter our perceptions of our surroundings. • Aliens can control what we think we see. They can appear to us [in] any number of guises and shapes. • Aliens can be present with us in an invisible state and can make themselves only partially visible. • Abductees receive marks on their bodies other than the well-known scoops and straight-line scars. These other marks include single punctures, multiple punctures, large bruises, three and four fingered claw marks, and triangles of every possible sort. • Female abductees often suffer serious gynecological problems after their alien encounters, and sometimes these problems lead to cysts, tumors, cancer of the breast and uterus, and to hysterectomies. • A surprising number of abductees suffer from serious illnesses they didn’t have before their encounters. These have led to surgery, debilitation, and even death from causes the doctors can’t identify. • Abductees often encounter more than one sort of alien during an experience, not just the grays. Every possible combination of gray, reptoid, insectoid, blond, and widow’s peak have been seen during single abductions, aboard the same craft or in the same facility. • Abductees report being scoffed at, jeered at, and threatened by their alien captors… . Unknown fluids are injected into some abductees. • Abductees —“virgin” cases —report being taken to underground facilities where they see grotesque hybrid creatures, nurseries of hybrid humanoid fetuses, and vats of colored liquid filled with parts of human bodies. • Abductees report seeing other humans in these facilities being drained of blood, being mutilated, flayed, and dismembered, and stacked, lifeless, like cords of wood. Some abductees have been threatened that they, too, will end up in this condition if they don’t cooperate with their alien captors. • Aliens come into homes and temporarily remove young children, leaving their distraught parents paralyzed and helpless. In cases where a parent has been able to protest, the aliens insist that “The children belong to us.” • Aliens perform extremely painful experiments or procedures on abductees, saying that these acts are necessary, but give no explanation why… . Painful genital and anal probes are performed, on children as well as adults. • Aliens make predictions of an imminent period of global chaos and destruction. They say that a certain number of humans … will be “rescued” from the planet in order to continue the species, either on another planet or back on Earth after the destruction is over. Many abductees report they don’t believe their alien captors and foresee instead a much more sinister use of the “rescued” humans.[20] Turner also made the following comment: In every instance from this list, there are multiple reports from unrelated cases, confirming that such bizarre details are not the product of a single deranged mind. These details are convincing evidence that, contrary to the claims of many UFO researchers, the abduction experience isn’t limited to uniform pattern [sic] of events. This phenomenon simply can’t be explained in terms of crossbreeding experiments or scientific research into the human physiology… . Before we allow ourselves to believe in the benevolence of the alien interaction, we should ask, do enlightened beings need to use the cover of night to perform good deeds? Do they need to paralyze us and render us helpless to resist? Do angels need to steal our fetuses? Do they need to manipulate our children’s genitals and probe our rectums? Are fear, pain, and deception consistent with high spiritual motives?[21] Vallée was right. These beings do act deceptively. They also act dishonestly. One would have good reason to be suspicious of their motives, despite their yarns about being here to help us. These beings say one thing and do another. They talk about doing good but they actually behave abominably. People are scarred, physically and emotionally, for the rest of their lives by such experiences.” (Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion: UFOs And The Evolution Connection, 5273-5323 (Kindle Edition); Powder Springs, GA; Creation Book Publishers) 

The Gospel Of The “Aliens” 

Finally, if any doubt remains as to the origin and nature of these creatures, we only need to listen to the message which they themselves are “preaching.”  

What do they tell the people that they abduct?  

Do these “aliens” have a message for mankind?  

Indeed they do!

“If we were really being contacted by highly advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, one might expect some evidence for it in the thousands of messages that have been dutifully recorded by their human contacts. Unfortunately, these messages do not reflect a highly advanced scientific culture. Rather, they reflect the decadence of ancient paganism and the occult. In fact, the messages of the alleged extraterrestrials, beginning in the early 1950s, is little different from the message of modern New Age religion. One could even argue that it was the UFO contactees who really began the modern New Age movement, and not the pundits of the 1970s. 117 Nevertheless, we have examined scores of such messages, and, as many researchers have noted, none can deny that they offer us the same old occultism….So what are the messages from these advanced extraterrestrials deep in space? According to scores of books by contactees that we have read, they teach 1) that biblical religion is false and outdated; 2) that man must develop his psychic ability; 3) that we are at the threshold of a New Age of occult enlightenment; 4) that God and man or the creation are part of the same divine essence (pantheism) and 5) that extradimensional entities are now present to assist mankind in leaving the “old ways” and adjusting to the New Age of spiritual advancement. Nor should we neglect the recurring theme that some forms of drastic authoritarian social control may be necessary to assure the survival of this planet. 121″ (Dr. John Ankerberg & Dr. John Weldon, The Facts On UFO’s, 526-544 (Kindle Edition); ATRI Publishing)

Of course, this leads to several obvious questions:

“Further, in light of the messages given by the UFO entities, how credible is it to think that literally thousands of genuine extraterrestrials would fly millions or billions of light years simply to teach New Age philosophy, deny Christianity, and support the occult? Why would they do this with the preponderance of such activity already occurring on this planet? And why would the entities actually possess and inhabit people just like demons do if they were really advanced extraterrestrials? Why would they consistently lie about things which we know are true, and why would they purposely deceive their contacts? All this is why a number of UFO researchers have concluded that UFOs are real but do not necessarily originate from other planets.” (Dr. John Ankerberg & Dr. John Weldon, The Facts On UFO’s, 204-210 (Kindle Edition); ATRI Publishing). 

Conclusion

When we add all the facts together, we see powerful evidence that the modern UFO phenomena is not about little gray men from other planets trying to guide and help humanity.  

The evidence is extremely strong that these beings are demonic in nature, that they are intent on hurting mankind while pretending to help us, and that they are deceptive to the core.  

Furthermore, the connections with abductees and occultism, the similarity of abduction experiences to ancient demonic accounts, the extremely anti-Christian message of the “visitors,” and the success of invocation of Christ to suspend Abduction experiences, clearly demonstrates that these “aliens” are agents of Satan.  

Friends, there is a war going on around us-and it is a war that we are involved in. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:10-12).

In Jesus Christ, there is salvation and victory available for anyone who will come to Him (Matthew 11:28-30). God has give us the victory through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection on the third day from the grace (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

Why not today accept His incredible gift of redemption? 

Acts 2:38-Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

If you are an erring child of God who has turned away from Christ, why not repent today? 

1 John 1:9-If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.  

Overview Of The Book Of Jasher

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist) 

Several times in the Bible, there are references made to a work known as the book of Jasher. However, this book is not found in the 66 Books of the Bible. In this article, I would like to share with you some of the facts regarding this interesting book, and notice some of its’ many valuable gems for the devout student of the Bible.  

The History Of The Book Of Jasher 

The word “Jasher” is a word that simply means upright. The actual recipient of the book, as well as its’ author, is unknown.  

What is known is that the book itself has a very interesting history. 

Ken Johnson, in describing the history of Jasher, points out that there have been some forgeries throughout the years, and that the book of Jasher we have today enjoys a vast amount of textual evidence and ancient authentication.  

Johnson writes: 

“The book of Jasher is one of 13 ancient history books that are recommended reading by the Bible….If we are to believe the text itself, this history book was written over 3,500 years ago. It is approximately the same age as the biblical book of Genesis. It covers about the same time period as Genesis and Exodus but has about twice as much information in it than Genesis. It answers a lot of questions raised in Genesis….There have been at least two forgeries. One is an ethical treatise from the Middle Ages and does not exist in English currently, as far as I know. It is somewhat Gnostic in style beginning with a section on the mystery of creation. A second forgery was published in AD 1829, supposedly translated by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus. These two are nowhere near the caliber of this book of Jasher and both are missing the information that Scripture tells us is in the real book of Jasher. This is the only Jasher that corresponds to what Scripture says it contains. Much of the extra information contained in Jasher can also be found in the Babylonian Talmud, the Mishna, and Ginzberg’s Legends of the Jews. There are numerous quotes showing Rabbi Eliazar used this book of Jasher extensively in the first century AD. The Mishna was completed about AD 200, and the Talmud about AD 800. We can know for a fact that the Mishna and Talmud used this book of Jasher as a source document and not the other way around. Also, since the Ancient Seder Olam was written in about AD 169 and references Jasher, we know the book of Jasher was used by other historians in the second century AD.” (Ken Johnson, Th.D, The Book Of Jasher: A New Annotated Edition, 6 (Kindle Edition); Biblefacts Ministries; http://www.biblefacts.org

Should The Book Of Jasher Be In The Bible?

There are several reasons why this book was not included in the canon of Scripture.  

First, whenever Prophets of God wrote Scripture, they were required by God to make it known publicly to the people.

For example: 

Exodus 25:16-And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you.
Deuteronomy 10:2-And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke; and you shall put them in the ark.’

Deuteronomy 10:5-Then I turned and came down from the mountain, and put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are, just as the LORD commanded me.”

Deuteronomy 31:24-26-24 So it was, when Moses had completed writing the words of this law in a book, when they were finished, 25 that Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying: 26 “Take this Book of the Law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there as a witness against you;

Joshua 24:26-Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.

1 Samuel 10:25-Then Samuel explained to the people the behavior of royalty, and wrote it in a book and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

The account of Jeremiah in this regard is especially interesting.  

The Lord had commissioned the Prophet Jeremiah to write down and preaching the Word against the wicked rulers in Jerusalem. Having been thrown in prison, Jeremiah commissioned his scribe Baruch to go and preach the Word to the people.

We read:

Jeremiah 36:1-8-1 Now it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: 2 “Take a scroll of a book and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel, against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah even to this day. 3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the adversities which I purpose to bring upon them, that everyone may turn from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.” 4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote on a scroll of a book, at the instruction of Jeremiah, all the words of the LORD which He had spoken to him. 5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, “I am confined, I cannot go into the house of the LORD. 6 You go, therefore, and read from the scroll which you have written at my instruction, the words of the LORD, in the hearing of the people in the LORD’s house on the day of fasting. And you shall also read them in the hearing of all Judah who come from their cities. 7 It may be that they will present their supplication before the LORD, and everyone will turn from his evil way. For great is the anger and the fury that the LORD has pronounced against this people.” 8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading from the book the words of the LORD in the LORD’s house.
The text shows us that Jeremiah as commissioned to write down the Word of God and deliver it to the people.  

Later, when the wicked king Jehoiakim heard the Word of God, he did the following: 

Jeremiah 36;23-And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.

Despite this, we are told: 

Jeremiah 36:27-28-27 Now after the king had burned the scroll with the words which Baruch had written at the instruction of Jeremiah, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying: 28 “Take yet another scroll, and write on it all the former words that were in the first scroll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned.  

Jeremiah 36:32-Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah, who wrote on it at the instruction of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire. And besides, there were added to them many similar words.  

The Prophets of God were always required to give His Word to the people: 

Isaiah 8:1-Moreover the LORD said to me, “Take a large scroll, and write on it with a man’s pen concerning Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.

Habakkuk 2:2-Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.

There is no evidence that the book of Jasher was written as inspired Scripture; indeed, if it were such, it would have been delivered by the Prophets as the Word of God.  

Second, once the Word of the Prophets had been Divinely confirmed by God, the people of God received these Books into the canon of Scripture.

For example: 

1 Kings 8:9-Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.d

2 Kings 22:8-Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.Thus 

2 Chronicles 5:10-Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they had come out of Egypt.

Daniel 9:2-in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

Thus far, we see that the people of God accepted confirmed Prophetic Books into the canon of Scripture.  

As such, if Jasher was inspired Scripture, the people of God would have quickly added it into the collection of inspired Books.  

Therefore, we see that Jasher is not inspired Scripture.  

What Then Shall We Do With The Book Of Jasher? 

Even though Jasher is not inspired Scripture, the inspired Scriptures refer to this book!  

For example: 

Joshua 10:13-So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.

The book of Jasher does record this event:

Jasher 88:63-64-“…and Joshua said in the sight of all the people, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou moon in the valley of Ajalon, until the nation shall have revenged itself upon its enemies… And the sun stood still in the midst of the heavens, and it stood still six and thirty moments, and the moon also stood still and hastened not to go down a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened to the voice of man, for the Lord fought for Israel.”

Again, we are told in 2 Samuel:

2 Samuel 1:18-and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher:

Jasher records: 

Jasher 56:9-“…only teach thy sons the use of the bow and all weapons of war, in order that they may fight the battles of their brother who will rule over his enemies.”

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul prophesies that during the Christian Age, many people will grow worse and worse.

In this context, he writes:

2 Timothy 3:8-Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;

We will search the Old Testament in vain trying to find Jannes and Jambres.

However, the book of Jasher educates us as to the identity of these two individuals: 

Jasher 79:27, 36-“And when they had gone Pharaoh sent for Balaam the magician and to Jannes and Jambres his sons, and to all the magicians and conjurors and counsellors which belonged to the king, and they all came and sat before the king… And Aaron hastened and threw the rod out of his hand before Pharaoh and before his servants, and the rod turned into a serpent.”

So, even though Jasher was not considered inspired Scripture, it is clear that the inspired Scriptures encourage people to study the book of Jasher!  

With that in mind, notice some interesting tidbits that the book of Jasher provides us when we study it hand in hand with the Bible.  

Insight Into The Sin Of Cain

The Bible records for us that the worship of Cain was rejected by God, while the worship of his brother Abel was accepted (Genesis 4:1-5).  

While there may be additional reasons why the worship of Cain was rejected by God, the book of Jasher provides us some very interesting insights: 

Jasher 1:15-16-15 And it was at the expiration of a few years, that they brought an approximating offering to the Lord, and Cain brought from the fruit of the ground, and Abel brought from the firstlings of his flock from the fat thereof, and God turned and inclined to Abel and his offering, and a fire came down from the Lord from heaven and consumed it. 16 And unto Cain and his offering the Lord did not turn, and he did not incline to it, for he had brought from the inferior fruit of the ground before the Lord, and Cain was jealous against his brother Abel on account of this, and he sought a pretext to slay him. 

One reason why God rejected the worship of Cain was because Cain did not give God his best in worship.  

Has that not always been a failing of mankind?

The Prophet Malachi declared: 

Malachi 1:8-And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, Is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says the LORD of hosts.

The Law of Moses had commanded that worshippers offer their best to the Lord (Leviticus 22:19-25; Deuteronomy 15:21).  

Shall we not today learn the same lesson, and approach our worship to the Lord in the spirit of reverence and godly fear (Hebrews 12:28)?  

The Genetic Experiments Of The Fallen Angels And Wicked Mankind

The Bible records that some of the fallen angels interacted with humans and corrupted them in several ways. We are specifically told that the sons of God had children with humans, and that these half-angel and half-human creatures were called “nephilim” (i.e., giants-see Genesis 6:1-4).  

Furthermore, according to the book of Jasher the fallen angels and nephilim were practicing horrible genetic experiments before the Flood:

Jasher 4:18-18 And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals. 

The book of Enoch (another uninspired “recommended reading” book by the Bible) records the same: 

Enoch 7:5-6-5 T hey also began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. 6 Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.  

It is interesting to notice that the ancient book of Enoch (well-known to the Apostles of Christ, as a future study will document) uses the phrase “lawless ones” to refer to the fallen angels and nephilim. This may shed interesting light on Paul’s teaching of the “man of sin” in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12.  

Death Used As A Deliverance For God’s People 

In the book of Jasher, we are told that God was allowing the righteous to die so that they would not see the terrible devastation that the Flood would bring: 

Jasher 4:20-20 And all men who walked in the ways of the Lord, died in those days, before the Lord brought the evil upon man which he had declared, for this was from the Lord, that they should not see the evil which the Lord spoke of concerning the sons of men.

Jasher 5:5-And all who followed the Lord died in those days, before they saw the evil which God declared to do upon earth.

Jasher 5:21-And all the sons of men who knew the Lord, died in that year before the Lord brought evil upon them; for the Lord willed them to die, so as not to behold the evil that God would bring upon their brothers and relatives, as he had so declared to do.

The Prophet Isaiah echoed this sentiment when He declared that through death, God was delivering the righteous from evil to come:

Isaiah 57:1-2 (NLT)-1 Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. 2 For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.

Speaking of the original language of this passage, one scholar has written:

“But behind all the malignity a purpose is at work which no- one ponders … understands. Devout men : literally ‘men of unfailing love’, those whom the Lord loves with a never- failing love. Taken away … taken away : the first is plural, the second singular; the general truth followed by the particular case. It is always the same: the death of the righteous (those right with God) is never simply the inevitable end that comes to all, neither is it ever accidental or untimely, but always purposeful, deliberate, a ‘taking away’ in order to be spared from evil (1 Cor. 10:13; 2 Kgs 22:20) and brought into peace and rest. As they lie in death : literally ‘they lie upon their beds’, an entering into comfort. Walk uprightly is the last phrase in the MT , just as the righteous is the first; those who are ‘right with God’ display an upright life as others watch them.” (J. Alec Mottyer, Isaiah: Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 6849-6855 (Kindle Edition); Nottingham, England; Intervarsity Press)  

Even the great enemy of death is used by God to bring blessing to His people. How powerfully the book of Jasher illustrates this!  

Young Animals Brought To The Ark  

Students of the Bible have long wondered how representatives of all of the animals on Earth were able to fit on the Ark (Genesis 6:19-20; 7:1-3).  

The book of Jasher provides an interesting perspective that may provide a partial answer to this question: 

Jasher 6:3-5-3 And the Lord brought this about on the next day, and animals, beasts and fowls came in great multitudes and surrounded the ark. 4 And Noah went and seated himself by the door of the ark, and of all flesh that crouched before him, he brought into the ark, and all that stood before him he left upon earth. 5 And a lioness came, with her two whelps, male and female, and the three crouched before Noah, and the two whelps rose up against the lioness and smote her, and made her flee from her place, and she went away, and they returned to their places, and crouched upon the earth before Noah.  

Notice that according to Jasher, it was primarily the young of the species that God brought to the Ark.  
Of course, this makes sense on several counts.  

First, the young would be typically very small and would not require as much living area as a full-grown animal.  

Second, a younger animal would mean less waste to excrete and manage.  

Third, young animals would require less food and supervision.  

Fourth, young animals would ensure that a larger percentage would be hibernating during the long voyage. 

Fifth, with younger creatures, there would be less chance of hostile interaction between species. 

Finally, the younger the animals on the Ark, the better chance of survival after the Flood.  

Conclusion 

There is, indeed, much more that could be said about this incredible book.  

In many ways, the book of Jasher is a great aid in better understanding the Word of God; and its’ value is made clear by the fact that Holy Write itself encourages people to study from it!  

One of the great lessons from the book of Jasher is the horrible and wretched condition of mankind that has arisen as a result of sin. It is because of sin that suffering and death entered into the Creation (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:17-19).  

Yet in the midst of one of the darkest hours of humanity, God promises to one Day send a Savior to the world who would conquer the devil and bring redemption to Adam’s race (Genesis 3;15). This Savior was prophesied about throughout the Patriarchal and Mosaic Ages, and the Son of God Himself was eventually brought into the world of sinful man: 

Acts 10:43-To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”

The Son of God came and fulfilled the Law’s requirements, becoming the perfect Sacrifice for the sins of mankind: 

Luke 24:44-47-44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. 46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

By His death, burial, and resurrection on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), Jesus has defeated the powers of darkness (Colossians 2:15) so that all believers who repent of their sins and are baptized into Him will receive the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 2:11-13).

Why not obey His call today?  

If you are a child of God who has left the Lord, will you not today repent of your sins and confess them to Him in prayer? He promises sweet forgiveness to His erring children who return to Him (1 John 1:8-2:2).  

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.  

Christianity And The Masonic Lodge: Are They Compatible?

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)  

In this outline, I want to show you some of the reasons why New Testament Christianity and Freemasonry are incompatible.  

I have quoted a great deal of sources in this study, and hope that you will study these things out for yourself. Please do not be deceived by Freemasonry!  

The Concept Of Freemasonry  

One of the problems we face in the church is that people do not understand what the Masonic Lodge is.

What exactly is the Lodge?  

Let’s turn to the writings of the Masonic Lodge itself in order to help us understand what exactly Freemasonry is.  

“MASONRY What is Masonry? The erection of buildings and consecrating them to the veneration of God, we will admit was the purpose of the builders, of the ancient operative art. The Masons of the Speculative Science operate in a spiritual sense, employing the tools of the operative Mason as symbols, and using veiled allegories from the Bible to convey to their initiates a lesson and belief that there is life beyond the grave.” (Masonic Bible, Questions And Answers, 20).  

“One of the first questions asked by a new brother on being brought to the Light is, “What is Masonry?” The answer has never appeared in any satisfactory definition. There is no satisfactory formula. Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, in his Masonic classic, “The Builders,” at least expresses its true philosophy when he says: “When is a man a Mason? When he can look out over the rivers, the hills, and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope, and courage-which is the root of every virtue. When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive, and to love his fellow man. When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea, even in their sins-knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds. When he has learned how to make friends and to keep them, and above all how to keep friends with himself. When he loves flowers, can hunt the birds without a gun, and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy, when he hears the laugh of a little child. When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life. When star-crowned trees, and the glint of sunlight on flowing waters, subdue him like the thought of one much loved and long dead; when no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response. When he finds good in every faith that helps any man to lay hold of divine things and sees majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be. When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something beyond mud, and into the face of the most forlorn mortal and see something beyond sin. When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope. When he has kept faith with himself, with his fellow man, with his God; in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of a song-glad to live, but afraid to die! Such a man has found the only real secret of Masonry, and the one which it is trying to give to all the world. (Kentucky Monitor, pages 9-10).”

Freemasonry is, (on the surface) a secret brotherhood that is devoted to good works.

However, it is much more then that.

It is a combination of any and all religious beliefs and a consecration to any and all deities that man believes in.  

Albert Pike (33rd degree Mason who as also the Supreme Comamdner of the Lodge for several years) tells us more about this side of Freemasonry when he explains that Freemasonry is: 

…the custodian and depository of the great philosophical and religious truths, unknown to the world at large, and handed down from age to age by an unbroken current of tradition, embodied in symbols, emblems and allegories. (Pike, Morals And Dogma, 201).  

Thus, Freemasonry is much more then a “brotherhood” devoted to good works, which is what is often claimed.  

Organization Of The Masonic Lodge And The Different Degrees  

Please notice that the “foundation” of Freemasonry is the first three degrees, also known as the Blue Lodge.

As the initiate advances in the Lodge (through the various degrees of the York and the Scott Rite).

The Origin Of The Masonic Lodge  

There is a great deal of debate about the origins of the Masonic Lodge.  

Some date the Lodge to the sixteenth century A.D.; others claim it is much older, perhaps having its’ origins in ancient Egypt and during the day of Solomon.  

The Cornerstones Of Freemasonry  

Whether Or Not The Lodge Is A Religion  

Notice these quotations from Masonic scholars about whether or not the Lodge has its’ own religion and religious style.  

“Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are instruction in religion.” (Albert Pike, Morals And Dogma, 213).  

“I contend, without any sort of hesitation, that Masonry is, in every sense of the word, except one, and that its least philosophical, an eminently religious institution-that it is indebted solely to the religious element which it contains for its origin and for its continued existence, and that without this religious element it would scarcely be worthy of cultivation by the wise and good.”. (Mackey, Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, 618).

The Degree of Apprentice…declares that Masonry is a worship.” (Pike, 219)  

“Freemasonry is a religious institution…Freemasonry may rightfully claim to be called a religious institution…The religion of Freemasonry is not sectarian…The doctrine of a resurrection to a future and eternal life constitutes an indispensable portion of the religious faith of Freemasonry.” (Mackey, 792, 847, 851).  

“By Speculative Masonry, we learn to subdue the passions, act upon the square, keep the tongue of good report, maintain secrecy and practice charity. It is so far interwoven with religion as to lay us under obligation to pay that rational homage to the Deity, which at once constitutes our duty and our happiness.” (West Virginia Monitor, 47-48).  

“But the Masonic organizations in which these legends were cherished, like Masonic Lodges today, were religious bodies.” (Masonic Bible, 30).  

“Masonry is essentially a religious order. Most of its legends and allegories are of a sacred nature…A religion is a divinely inspired code of morals.” (Joseph Fort Newton, The Lost Keys Of Masonry, 13).  

“ALTAR Of what importance is the Altar to the Lodge? The Altar is undoubtedly the most important piece of furniture in the Lodge. In all the religions of antiquity, it was the usage of the priests and the people, to pass around the Altar in the course of the sun, that is to say, from the east, by way of the south, to the west, singing hymns of praise to Deity as part of their worship.” (Masonic Bible, Questions And Answers, 3).  

“RAISED What does the term Raised signify? The expressive term used to designate the reception of the candidate into the third or sublime degree of Master Mason, and alludes both to a part of the ceremony and to our faith in the glorious morn of the resurrection, when our bodies will rise, and become as incorruptible as our souls. Hos. 6:2; 1 Co. 6:14.” (Masonic Bible, Questions And Answers, 24).

Can there be any doubt that Freemasonry is indeed a religion, when you study the authoritative writings of these Masons?  

Often Freemasons make the claim that the Lodge is not really a religion because it allows belief in any “god” and any system of religion.

This is just ridiculous!

I wonder if Freemasons believe that Hinduism is a religion?

What does that have to do with anything, you ask?

Hinduism admits roughly around 30 million gods!

Or how about Buddhism?

Even Buddhists admit some of the religious claims of Christianity, and in past years, some Buddhists have been trying to merge Christianity with Buddhism.

Will anyone claim that Hinduism and Buddhism are not religions because they espouse belief in any and every god?

Hardly!  

Furthermore, think about some of the things that are found in Freemasonry and you tell me if you think it has its’ own religious flavor.  

Worship.  

Religious items (such as the apron).  

Prayer.  

Songs.  

Special Funeral Services.  

Chaplains.  

Altars.  

Friends, Freemasonry is a religion.  

The Goal Of Freemasonry  

The goal of Freemasonry is definitely something which should concern the Christian.  

“Thus Freemasonry comes to us from the Temple, an operative Art combined with speculative Science…It makes no profession of Christianity, and wars not against sectarian creeds or doctrines, but looks forward to the time when the labor of our ancient brethren shall be symbolized by the erection of a spiritual temple whose moral grandeur shall be commensurate with civilization; a temple in which there shall be but one altar and but one worship; one common altar of Masonry, on which the Veda, Shastras, Sade, Zend-Avesta, Koran, and Holy Bible shall lie untouched by sacrilegious hands, and at whose shrine the Hindoo, the Persian, the Assyrian, the Chaldean, the Egyptian, the Chinese, the Mohammedan, the Jew, and the Christian may kneel and with one united voice celebrate the praises of the supreme Architect of the Universe.” (Kentucky Monitor, 95).  

The Lodge wishes to join together all the religions of the world into one large religious organization.

However, God teaches us through the Bible that Christianity is not “one religion among many,” and that the Christian has no right to mix together all the religions of the world (cf. Romans 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).  

Requirement To Enter The Blue Lodge: Belief In “God”  

The one universal requirement of any person who desires to enter into the Lodge is a belief in a Supreme Being.

Any “god” will do; the Lodge will not admit atheists into the Lodge.  

According to Albert Mackey: 

“There never was a time when the dogma (belief in God) did not form an essential part of the Masonic system.” (Mackey, Mackey’s Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, 1:410).  

“Masonry has no religious dogma other than that it requires a belief in Deity. Any man, good and true, whether he be Christian, Jew, Mohammedan, Parsee, Buddhist, Braham or Deist may be admitted to Masonry because all these religions require a belief in Deity.” (Masonic Code Alabama, 141).  

We will notice more about this later.  

First Degree And Darkness    

When the initiate first comes to the Lodge, he is blindfolded. As he approaches, the following happens.  

“The ritual contains a question-and-answer segment in which the candidate’s conductor is asked, ‘Who comes here? He answers, “(The candidate’s name), who is in darkness and wishes for light, to have and receive a part of the rights and benefits of this Worshipful Lodge, erected to God and dedicated to the holy Saints John (the Baptist and the apostle). After another short series of questions the candidate is led to the Masonic Altar, upon which rest the “Three Great Lights in Freemasonry”-the Volume of the Sacred Law (VSL), the Square, and the Compass. He is then asked to kneel, still blindfolded, before the altar on his naked left knee, and wear an oath of secrecy that he will never reveal the secrets of Freemasonry. Upon completion of this obligation the candidate is asked, ‘What do you now most desire?” He answers, “Light.” Genesis 1:1-3 is then recited (this particular reading occurs only if the candidate wishes to take his obligation on the bible; for those of other faiths, passages from the appropriate VSL are read). The Hoodwink is removed from the candidate. He finds himself kneeling before the Three Great Lights in Freemasonry. He is told the following: ‘The Bible we take to be the rule and guide of our faith; the Square to square our actions; and the Compass to circumscribe our desires and keep our passions within due bounds with all mankind, most especially with our Brothers in Freemasonry.” (Tsoukalas, Masonic Rites And Wrongs, 51).  

Right here, one who is a follower of Jesus Christ must ask some hard questions.

How can a Christian come to the Masonic Lodge and claim that he is in darkness?

One who is following Christ is not in darkness; and he does not need to come to the Lodge to get some kind of spiritual enlightenment!  

John 8:12-“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  

The Christian who goes through this ritual needs to beware that he has just denied Jesus Christ.  

Second Degree And Third Degree And The Legend Of Hiram Abif  

The second degree helps prepare the Initiate for the third degree, which is one of the most fundamental degrees of the Lodge.  

In order to understand anything else about Freemasonry, you need to understand some facts (and interestingly enough, some fiction) about a man named Hiram Abif.

The name might sound familiar to you; he is mentioned in the Bible.

Take a look at 2 Chronicles 2:11-14 and 1 Kings 7:13-14. He is mentioned as one of the ones who helped Solomon build the Temple.

However, the Lodge has a great deal more to teach about Abif. Ephesians 5:11 Ministries has this excellent description of the rite.  

“During the Legend of the Third Degree, the candidate portrays Hiram Abiff in the ritual. He is blindfolded and led through the ritual by a conductor. In Masonic ritual, Hiram Abiff is not a worker of brass as in Scripture, but rather the Grand Master at the building of Solomon’s temple. Each day, he lays out the work for the workmen to complete. There are Fellowcrafts who work on the temple who are to be given the secrets of a Master Mason as compensation – when the temple is completed. Once they have the secrets of a Master Mason they will earn the wages of a Master. A group of fifteen Fellowcrafts decide that they do not want to wait until the work is completed. They form a plot which only three of them carry through. The three “ruffians” sequentially accost Hiram at the East gate, the South gate and the West gate. A similar dialog occurs at each temple entrance. The ruffian demands the secrets of a Master Mason. Hiram explains that this is neither the time, nor the place; the secrets can only be revealed in the presence of three, King Solomon, Hiram the King of Tyre and myself. The ruffian demands, “Your life, or the secrets.” Hiram responds, “My life you can have, my integrity – never.” When they fail to get what they want, they strike Hiram with one of the working tools and he staggers to the next gate and the next encounter. The third ruffian is also unable to extract the secrets from Hiram Abiff. He strikes Hiram on the head with a setting maul and kills him. Hiram willingly laid down his life rather than betray his trust.The ruffians have not achieved their goal and they have a body to dispose of. They bury the body in temple rubble and plan to return at midnight to give the body a more decent burial. At midnight, they return and carry the body to a hill west of Mt. Moriah, where Hiram Abiff is reburied. The next day, Hiram is nowhere to be found. A search is conducted. The Fellowcrafts who did not go through with the conspiracy confess the plot. A grave is found; the body of Hiram is found within it. Hiram Abiff has been in the grave for 15 days. King Solomon gives the order for the body to be raised using the grips of the Entered Apprentice and then the Fellowcraft. Those efforts are unsuccessful. King Solomon states that he fears that with the death of Hiram Abiff the word of a Master Mason has been lost. Therefore, the first word spoken after Hiram is raised from the grave will be the substitute until the lost word can be recovered. At that point, King Solomon raises Hiram Abiff from “a dead level to a living perpendicular” using the real grip of a Master Mason, also known as the Lion’s Paw. He embraces Hiram on the five points of fellowship, standing foot to foot, knee to knee, breast to breast, hand to back and mouth to ear. King Solomon, played by the Worshipful Master, then whispers the substitute for the lost word in Hiram’s ear. That word is Ma-Ha-Bone. Following the Master Mason Lecture, the following words are spoken:  Then, finally my brethren, let us imitate our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, in his virtuous conduct, his unfeigned piety to God, and his inflexible fidelity to his trust; that, like him, we may welcome the grim tyrant, Death, and receive him as a kind messenger sent by our Supreme Grand Master, to translate us from this imperfect to that all-perfect, glorious, and celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides. (http://www.ephesians5-11.org/printpdf.htm).”

In the words of another Masonic author: 

“That which is shewn to him in the Ceremony is therefore the Resurrection of Hiram, issuing gloriously-as it is said-from the tomb and ‘reborn to a new life.’ In a word, the Master-Builder arises as Christ. The Temple of Masonry is henceforward the House of Christ, at once of earth and of Heaven, of earth in so far as it is realized here in the heart and life of the Brotherhood, of Heaven as it is built in Christ, world without end.” (Waite, Encyclopedia Of Freemasonry, Volume I, 314).  

“It was the single object of all the ancient rites and mysteries practiced in the bosom of pagan darkness….to teach the immortality of the Soul. This is still the great design of the third degree of Masonry. This is the scope and aim of its ritual. The Master Mason represents man, when youth, manhood, old age, and life itself have passed away as fleeting shadows, yet raised from the grave of iniquity, and quickened into another and better existence. By its legend and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed from the death of sin and the sepulcher of pollution…and the conclusion we arrive at is, that youth, properly directed, leads us to honorable and virtuous maturity, and that the life of man, regulated by morality, faith, and justice, will be rewarded at its closing hour by the prospect of eternal bliss…The important design of the degree is to symbolize the great doctrines of the resurrection of the body and the immortality of the soul; and hence it has been remarked by a learned writer of our Order, that the Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation.” (Ahiman Rezon, Grand Lodge of South Carolina, 141-142).  

What is the significance of this important word, Ma-Ha-Bone?

No one is really sure.

However, it is likely a derivative of the Hebrew language, carrying with it the idea of, “How is the builder?,” having of course a reference to the initiate as he is raised to the “new life.”  

In this Masonic ritual, therefore, the Mason claims that he has died to the old life and is rising to a new life; he is claiming further that he is (by this) planning on entering into the great “heavenly Lodge” someday.  

What’s wrong with this? Very simply, one may only be reborn by the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 4:14; 15:1-4). One is not reborn by the power of the Masonic Lodge, but by the Spirit of God (see John 3:1-8).  

The Compromises Of Freemasonry  

Compromises Regarding God  

The Lodge is not concerned with which “god” a person believes in: Jehovah, Allah, Jesus, Braham, etc.; it does not matter to the Lodge. According to the Bible, there is only one God.  

Isaiah 44:6-“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.”  

In fact, I want you to do a study of Isaiah 44-God is challenging the people to prove that their “gods” are really Divine. They fail the test…miserably! Yet the one true God has communicated His existence and His will through nature and through the Bible (Romans 1:18-20; Acts 14:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).  

John 14:6-“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

However, this is not what the Lodge teaches.  

“The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha, or Mohammed, the name means little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every altar, whether in temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth.” (Manly P. Hall, The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry, p. 65-also note that Hall was a 33rd degree Mason).  

“For Masonry knows, what so many forget, that religions are many, but Religion is one-perhaps we may say one thing, but that one thing includes everything-the life of God in the soul of man, and the duty and hope of man which proceed from His essential character. Therefore, it invites to its altar men of all faiths, knowing that, if they use different names for “the Nameless One of a hundred names,” they are yet praying to the one God and Father of all; knowing, also, that while they read different volumes, they are in fact reading the same vast Book of the Faith of Man as revealed in the struggle and sorrow of the race in its quest of God.” (Masonic Bible, pages 5-6).  

It is for this reason that the Lodge has such an “open-door” policy regarding “god.”

Notice these shocking quotations.  

“You have learned that Freemasonry calls God “The Great Architect of the Universe.” This is the Freemason’s special name for God, because He is universal. He belongs to all men regardless of their religious persuasion. All wise men acknowledge His authority. In His private devotions a Mason will pray to Jehovah, Mohammed, Allah, Jesus, or the Deity of his choice. In a Masonic lodge, however, the Mason will find the name of his Deity within the Great Architect of the Universe.” (Allen E. Roberts, The Craft And Its Symbols: Opening the Door to Masonic Symbolism, 6).  

“There never was a false god, nor was there ever really a false religion, unless you call a child a false man.” (Max Muller, as quoted in Louisiana Masonic Monitor).  

“Masonry, around whose altars the Christian, the Hebrew, the Moslem, the Brahmin, the followers of Confucius and Zoroaster, can assemble as brethren and unite in prayer to the one God who is above ALL the Baalim, must needs leave it to each of its initiates to look for the foundation of his faith and hope to the written scriptures of his own religion.” (Pike, Morals And Dogma, 226).  

Notice two things about this last quotation.  

First of all, the word “ Baalim” means “false god or gods.”

Pike says Jehovah is included in this group.

How can a Christian support any organization which is based upon the belief that Jehovah God is not the one true God?  

Second, this is the same age-old plea to bring all religions together and to cast aside truth. The Christian cannot do this (Ephesians 5:11)!  

Thus, from its’ very beginning, please notice that the Lodge is corrupt.

Why is this the case?

Simply stated, there is only ONE true God, and that God is Jehovah! The Lodge compromises this fact.  

Compromises Regarding The Bible  

The Bible claims to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God. Notice 2 Timothy 3:16-17-“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” It also claims that it is God’s ONLY special revelation to mankind (see 1 Corinthians 2:9-13; Galatians 1:5-9; Colossians 2:6-8; Hebrews 1:1-3; 1 John 4:6).  

What’s more, the Bible is confirmed to be the inspired Word of God through many different ways (the unity of Scripture, the prophecies of the Bible and their fulfillment, the miracles of God’s chosen spokespeople especially in the first century as witnessed by many eyewitnesses, the resurrection of Christ, etc.).

However, the Lodge teaches many things that are contrary to this.

Notice a few examples.  

“And yet, like everything else in Masonry, the Bible, so rich in symbolism, is itself a symbol-that is, a part taken for the whole. It is a sovereign symbol of the Book of Faith, the Will of God as man has learned it in the midst of the years-that perpetual revelation of himself which God is making mankind in every land and every age. Thus, by the very honor which Masonry pays to the Bible, it teaches us to revere every book of faith in which men find help for to-day and hope for the morrow, joining hands with the man of Islam as he takes oath on the Koran, and with the Hindu as he makes covenant with God upon the book that he loves best.” (Masonic Bible, 5-7).  

Please notice that according to the Lodge, the Mason must honor and reverence all religions and all religious doctrines. It denies that the Bible is the complete and final revelation of God to mankind.

How can a Christian support an institution which claims this?  

In fact, according to the teaching of the Lodge, there is nothing truly unique about the Bible.  

“The Bible is used among Freemasons as a symbol of the will of God, however it may be expressed. Therefore, whatever to any people express that will may be used as a substitute for the Bible in a Masonic Lodge. Thus, in a Lodge consisting entirely of Jews, the Old Testament alone may be placed upon the altar, and Turkish Freemasons may use the Koran. Whether it be the Gospel to the Christian, the Pentateuch to the Israelite, the Koran to the Mussulman, or the Vedas to the Brahman, it everywhere Masonically conveys the same idea-that of the symbolism of the Divine will revealed to man.” (Albert Mackey, Encyclopedia Of Freemasonry, 133).

Albert Pike goes so far as to teach that the Bible is not truly unique, and that the Kabala (a book of Jewish occultism) is actually a more perfect volume then the Bible.  

“All truly dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabalah and return to it: everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of all the illuminati, Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, Saint Martin, and others, is borrowed from the Kabalah; all the Masonic associations owe to it their Secrets and their Symbols. The Kabalah alone consecrates the alliance of the Universal Reason and the Divine Word…The Bible, with all the allegories it contains, expresses, in an incomplete and veiled manner only, the religious science of the Hebrews. The doctrine of Moses and the Prophets, identical at bottom with that of the ancient Egyptians, also had its outward meaning and its veils. The Hebrew books were written only to recall to memory the traditions; and they were written in Symbols unintelligible to the Profane. The Pentateuch and the prophetic poems were merely elementary books of doctrine, morals, or liturgy; and the true secret and traditional philosophy was only written afterward, under veils still less transparent. Thus was a second Bible born, unknown to, or rather uncomprehended by, the Christians; a collection, they say, of monstrous absurdities; a monument, the adept says, wherein is everything that the genius of philosophy and that of religion have ever formed or imagined of the sublime; a treasure surrounded by thorns; a diamond concealed in a rough dark stone.” (Pike, 744-745).  

Friends, please do not be deceived: Freemasonry is nothing but a false religion.  

Compromises Regarding Jesus Christ  

I am sure that many Masons believe in and are striving to follow Jesus Christ. However, this does not change the fact that the Lodge does not recognize Jesus Christ as the unique Son of God (John 3:16).

The evidence is found in the following quotation.  

“All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state of successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeemer, by whom the Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. The belief was general that He was to be born of a virgin and suffer a painful death. The Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kiountse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans, Dhovanai; the Egyptians, Horus; Plato, Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians, Jesus; Masons, Hiram.” (Kentucky Monitor, 14-15).  

Please notice: Jesus is not unique at all, according to the Lodge.

You can substitute anyone for Jesus; and according to the Kentucky Monitor, this is what Masons do with Hiram Abiff.  

Compromises Regarding Salvation  

The Bible teaches that salvation is only found through the good news of Jesus Christ (His death, burial, and resurrection-1 Corinthians 15:1-4) and that all the saved are in the church of God (Acts 2:47; 20:28; Ephesians 2:16). Simply put, there is only one way to be saved, and that is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). However, the Lodge teaches that a Mason may be eternally saved through the Masonic Lodge.  

“The Covering of a Lodge is the Clouded Canopy or Starry Decked Heavens, where all good Masons hope at last to arrive…” (West Virginia Monitor, 26).

“Lord of all! Below, above. Fill our hearts with truth and love; When dissolves our earthly tie, take us to Thy Lodge on high…Yet, O Lord! Have compassion on the children of Thy creation, administer them comfort in the time of trouble and save them with an everlasting salvation…” (West Virginia Monitor, 64-66).  

…”that so in old age, as Master Masons, we may enjoy the happy reflections consequent upon a well-spent life, and die in the hope of a glorious immortality.” (WV Monitor, 71).  

…”but the Master Mason is suddenly revived by the ever green and ever living Sprig of Faith in the merits of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, which strengthens him with confidence and composure to look forward to a glorious immortality beyond the grave. Then let us imitate our Most Excellent Grand Master in his virtuous and amiable conduct; in his unfeigned piety to God; in his inflexible fidelity to his trust; that we may welcome the grim tyrant Death, and receive him as a kind messenger sent from our Supreme Grand Master to translate us from this imperfect to that all perfect, glorious and celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe in his glory presides.” (WV Monitor, 81).  

Don’t buy into it!  

Compromises Regarding Oaths  

Jesus’ teaching is very simple regarding oaths.  

Matthew 5:37-“But let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’, and your ‘no’ ‘no’. For whatever is more then these is from the evil one.”  

Notice some of these Masonic oaths.  

“To all of which I do most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without the least equivocations, mental reservation, or self-evasion of mind in me whatever; binding myself under no less penalty than to have my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by the roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea at low water-mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours; so help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance”. (Entered Apprentice: 1st Degree).  

“…binding myself under no less penalty than to have my left breast torn open and my heart and vitals taken from thence and thrown over my left shoulder and carried into the valley of Jehosaphat, there to become a prey to the wild beasts of the field, and vulture of the air, if ever I should prove willfully guilty of violating any part of this my solemn oath or obligation of a Fellow Craft Mason; so help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.” (Fellow Craft, 2nd Degree).  

“…bind myself under no less penalty than to have my body severed in two in the midst, and divided to the north and south, my bowels burnt to ashes in the center, and the ashes scattered before the four winds of heaven, that there might not the least track or trace of remembrance remain among me, or Masons, of so vile and perjured a wretch as I should be, were I ever to prove willfully guilty of violating any part of this my solemn oath or obligation of a Master Mason.” (Master Mason, 3rd Degree).  

“…and may ALLAH, the god of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support me to the entire fulfillment of the same, Amen, Amen, Amen.” (Mystic Shrine).  

Friends, how can any person who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ make such an oath and pray to a false god? This is nothing short of a betrayal of Jesus Christ!  

These are some of the oaths of Freemasonry. It should be obvious to everyone that this is not in harmony with the teaching of Jesus (that our yes is to be yes, and our no is to be no).  

Compromises Regarding Honesty  

The Masonic Lodge is in the business of deception.  

“Masonry, like all the religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism, and Alchemy, conceals is secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it…The Teachers, even of Christianity, are, in general, the most ignorant of the true meaning of that which they teach. There is no book of which so little is known as the Bible. To most who read it, it is as incomprehensible as the Sohar. So Masonry jealously conceals its secrets, and intentionally leads conceited interpreters astray.” (Pike, Morals And Dogma, 104-105).  

Perhaps you are asking yourself, “Well, if this is true, why haven’t I heard any of it before? Why do so many Masons claim that these things aren’t true?” The answer is: the Masonic Lodge is actively involved in deceiving many of its’ members as well.

Hear Albert Pike again: 

“The Blue Degrees are but the outer court of portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them, but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them.” (Pike, Morals And Dogma, 819).  

How can you trust the Lodge when it is so deceptive?  

Compromises Regarding Satan  

According to the Bible, Satan is the great enemy of God and mankind (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:12) who is a created being who rebelled against God (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6-7).

However, the following words should shock any rational person.  

According to the Bible, Satan tempted Adam and Eve to sin by disobeying God n the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). However, Albert Pike tells us a different scenario in his book Morals and Dogma.  

“To prevent the light from escaping at once, the Demons forbade Adam to eat the fruit of “knowledge of good and evil,” by which he would have known the Empire of Light and that of Darkness. He obeyed; an Angel of Light induced him to transgress, and gave him the means of victory; but the Demons created Eve, who seduced him into an act of Sensualism, that enfeebled him, and bound him anew in the bonds of matter.” (Pike, 567).  

Friends, who was it who told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

It was God (Genesis 2:15-17).

Who was it who tempted them to eat it?

It was Satan (Genesis 3).

Notice how Pike has turned this around!

He tries to make God into Satan, and Satan into God!

Why would he do this, you wonder?

Let’s let him answer.  

“That which we must say to the crowd is-We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition. To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees-The Masonic Religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine. If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay (the Christian God) whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy, and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests calumniate him? Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also god. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade-no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two gods: darkness being necessary for light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the statue and the brake to the locomotive. Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy, and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of God of light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity, the God of darkness and evil.” (Albert Pike, Instructions To The 23 Supreme Councils Of the World, recorded by A.C. De La Rive in “La Femme et ‘’ Enfant dans la Franc-Maconnerie Universelle” page 588).  

“When the Mason learns that the Key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the Mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of LUCIFER are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply (this) energy.” (Manly P. Hall, Lost Keys Of Freemasonry, 48). 

Conclusion  

I hope that this brief review will be enough to show you that a Christian should not be a Mason. You do not need the Masonic Lodge for enlightenment or for anything that pertains to life and godliness; you need only Christ and His Word (2 Peter 1:3; Colossians 2:1-10).

If you are a Mason, I implore you with all of my energy to renounce Freemasonry and embrace Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord (Matthew 11:28-30; Mark 16:15-16; 1 John 1:7-10).  

In conclusion, I share this story as the testimony of one who left the Masonic Lodge in order to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Please understand that this man did not understand the plan of salvation correctly, and as such he uses some denominational slogans that are not accurate and scriptural.

However, his testimony is very powerful to the truth about Freemasonry.  

Testimony Of James Shaw  

“Dear Friend,  
Membership in the Masonic Lodge has in many cases become a family tradition, with young men often joining because their fathers and grandfathers belonged. Because of their admiration for certain friends or relatives, these men join the Lodge without hesitation, certain that the Order is based on noble aspirations. This was the case with me. From the time I was a little boy, my mother encouraged me to become a Mason some day like my uncle whom she greatly admired. Her impression of Freemasonry was that of a club where good men met to plan on helping those in need…Although I knew of many ministers and preachers who wee Masons, particularly those affiliated with the National Council of Churches, I had been trained by my father to stay away from churches. My stepfather said they were full of hypocrites and no one in his house was ever to go to a church. And here I was, with a doctor who was working on my eyes trying to read the Bible to me. On my job I began speaking with a few people who I knew to be Christians, and they also told me about Jesus. One went so far as telling me that no Christian should ever be a Mason. In the meantime, the doctor continued sharing with me while he was working on my eyes. I tried not to listen, but deep inside I knew he was right…I had been chosen to receive the 33rd degree Masons and was to report to Washington in one week to accept the honor…After I had received the 33rd degree along with my white hat and ring, we all had a big feast and drank wine. It was all so much fun. Yet throughout this time I kept thinking of some of the passages the doctor had read to me from the Bible. Soon after returning home I received a call from the Secretary of the Scottish Rite telling me to prepare for the upcoming Maundy Thursday services prior to Easter. I can tell you that the Lodges always make a mockery of Christian Holy Days. Now I was Master of all degree work and had to conduct the service. In the meantime my wife and I had begun attending church with the ophthalmologist. He was still helping me understand the Bible and did not like the idea of me being a Mason. He told me he didn’t think I understood just how evil the Lodge really was, and he urged me to read thoughtfully the books of John and Galatians…But to become fully convinced I had yet to go through the Maundy Thursday ritual itself. We were all in our places for the Maundy Thursday Rose Croix service to begin, each of us dressed in black robes. I stood and clapped my hands three times, and everyone rose to their feet. I began to speak, ‘My brothers, we meet this day to commemorate the death of our most wise and perfect Master-NOT as inspired or divine, but as at least the greatest of all humanity.’ At this point I had to stop for a moment to think about what I had just said. I was denying the fact that Christ was inspired or divine, saying he was merely a human master no greater than Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius or other religious figures. I felt a tear run down my face, but I had to go on. I walked ought to the menorah and lit a candle. The next speaker said his part and lit a candle on the menorah. All spoke and lit candles. I was feeling sad and bewildered, wondering how I could go on; but I did. We had the Black Mass, drinking wine from a skull and eating a piece of bread-passing it around the table-saying to each man, ‘Take, drink, and give to the thirsty. Take, eat, and give to the hungry.’ Then we all went back to our stations. As I got up, my knees were shaking. I knew what fear was, and I had never felt anything like this since being shot at in the Army. I stood and began to recite the closing words. “We now close this commemoration of the death of our master. MOURN!! LAMENT!! CRY ALOUD!! HE IS GONE!! NEVER TO RETURN!! MOURN!! LAMENT!!” The candles were extinguished one at a time. I closed the ceremony by saying, ‘It is over; we must depart.”….During my nineteen years as a Mason, I witnessed and participated in numerous disturbing events, but the single most important reason causing me to leave was the fact that Jesus Christ was not the one being worshipped. Many gods in the Scottish Rite are revered and many religions taught, but never is the Blessed Name of Jesus Christ allowed. One is not even allowed to close a prayer in the name of Jesus, but instead must a vague reference to God, which could mean anyone or anything. Teachings of the Kabbalah, Zend Avesta, and the Gnostics are used along with astrology and the doctrines of ancient false gods such as Osiris, Semiramis, Isis and Krishna. The Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are also given reference as deities. But whenever Christ was mentioned, it was only in the form of a mockery. For these reasons I left the Masonic Lodge. If you are currently a Mason, I urge you from the bottom of my heart to do likewise. It is the only right thing to do.  
In Christian Love,  
Jack Shaw”. (From Gary Kah, En Route To Global Occupation: A High ranking Goverment liaison Exposes The Secret Agenda For World Unification, pages 137-140; Noblesville, IN; Hope For The World)

Studying Wicca: Part Four

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

In this study of Wicca, we will notice two areas that Wiccans often have a great deal of questions and objections about regarding Christianity: the spirit world and magic.  

Do Christians Believe In The Spirit World Or Not?  

You cannot spend much time studying with Wiccans and not get into an involved and detailed study regarding the spiritual world.  

I remember one of the first conversations that I had with a Wiccan as a young Gospel preacher. As we were studying over a marvelous salad bar, she explained her background in Wicca to me, along with her disillusionment of Christianity.  

Having parents who were religiously involved in a prominent Christian denomination and another relative who was a practicing witch, this young lady had been raised in two different worlds. She was especially concerned when, as a very young lady, she discovered that she had an ability to see spirits that others could not see. Being terrified at what she was witnessing, and unable to explain it, she did what most of us would have done: she confided in her family.  

The reactions of her family differed quite drastically.  

Her aunt told her that this was perfectly natural, and that she had a “gift” from the Lady to discern the spirits in a world that goes much deeper then the physical and material. “You were chosen to be given this wondrous gift,” the relative told the young lady.  

What was the reaction of her parents?  
They believed that the young lady was either making these things up, or was trippin on acid.  

Why did they respond this way?  

“Because the Bible teaches that there are no such things as spirits.”  

Well, the young lady was adamant that she was not lying and that she had not touched drugs yo that point in her life.

Can you see why she chose Wicca over Christianity at this point in her life?

As we were sitting and talking, she asked me why she should embrace Christianity, since “the Bible is clear that spirits don’t exist,” while that she knows for a fact that they do.  

Well, she was in for a shock as we started opening the Bible and studying. What she had been told about the Bible was not true; her parents had been incorrect in their view of the Bible’s teaching regarding the spiritual realm.

Church, let me tell you: sometimes we as Christians are more “materialistic” then our agnostic and atheist friends, and that DEFINITELY needs to change!  

Not Against Flesh And Blood…

The Bible is clear (from beginning to end) that there is a spiritual realm, and that spirits are VERY real.  

Consider just one passage with me about this. Paul wrote to the Lord’s church at Ephesus:

Ephesians 6:12-For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Look carefully at those phrases “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age,” and “spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Want to know something interesting? Every one of these phrases was used in common Jewish society of Paul’s day to have reference to the numberless multitude of wicked spirits who are in league against the God of the Bible!  

In the second century B.C., there was a book written entitled The Testament Of Solomon. In this book, a mother brings her demon-possessed son to the wise king for help. Solomon goes to the Lord and is told (through an angel) how to construct a magical ring that will give him the ability to capture spirits. Using the ring, Solomon captures a demonic spirit named Ornias, who then tells him:

“And he answered: “Just as things are fulfilled in heaven, so also on Earth (are fulfilled) the types of all of them. For there are principalities, authorities, world-rulers, and we demons fly about in the air; and we hear the voices of the heavenly beings, and survey all the powers.”. (Testament Of Solomon 114 (Kindle Edition); translated by F.C. Conybeare).  

The list of evil spirits that the Testament Of Solomon mentions are nearly the same as those mentioned by Paul in Ephesians 6:12). The only difference between the two is that instead of using the phrase “demons,” Paul uses the phrase “spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places,” showing that he used these terms synonymously.  

Interesting Note About Demons 

By studying the Scriptural clues (Numbers 25:1-3; Deuteronomy 32:17; Psalm 106:28), we see that demons are the spirits of the wicked dead. This is also reflected in the first century usage of the word “demon” among the Hebrews, Greeks, and others:

“We have, from a careful survey of the history of the term demon, concluded that the demons of Paganism, Judaism, and Christianity were the ghosts of dead men. But we build not only upon the definition of the term, nor on its philological history; but upon the following seven pillars: 1. All the Pagan authors of note, whose works have survived the wreck of ages, affirm the opinion that demons were the spirits or ghosts of dead men. From Hesiod down to the more polished Celsus, their historians, poets, and philosophers occasionally express this opinion. 2. The Jewish historians, Josephus and Philo, also avow this conviction. Josephus says, “Demons are the spirits of wicked men, who enter into living men and destroy them, unless they are so happy as to meet with speedy relief. Philo says, “The souls of dead men are called demons.” 3. The Christian Fathers, Justin Martyr, Ireneus, Origen, &c. depose to the same effect. Justin, when arguing for a future state, alleges, “Those who are seized and tormented by the souls of the dead, whom all call demons, and madmen.” Lardner, after examining with the most laborious care the works of these, and all the Fathers of the first two centuries, says, 

“The notion of demons, or the souls of dead men, having power over living men, was universally prevalent among the heathen of these times, and believed by many Christians. 4. The Evangelists and Apostles of Jesus Christ so understood the matter. As this is a very important, and of itself a sufficient pillar on which to rest our edifice, we shall be at more pains to illustrate and enforce it. We shall first state the philological law or canon of criticism, on the generality and truth of which all our dictionaries, grammars, and translations are formed. Every word not specially explained [463] or defined in a particular sense, by any standard writer of any particular age and country, is to be taken and applied in the current or commonly received signification of that country and age in which the writer lived and wrote. If this canon of translation and of criticism be denied, then we affirm there is no value in dictionaries, nor in the acquisition of ancient languages in which any book may be written; nor is there any confidence in any translation of any ancient work, sacred or profane: for they are all made upon the assumption of the truth of this law.” (Alexander Campbell, Lectures On Demonology, 136-139 (Kindle Edition). 

“Although it would be a rare reader today who would equate the “demons” exorcised by Jesus with ghosts, i.e., spirits of deceased human beings who still exert an influence upon the living, many ancient readers of the Gospels would have done so automatically… To sum up the discussion thus far: it can be argued that the continued presence of the connection between the daimons and the dead in the philosophical literature, alongside the more elaborate emergent daimoniology, may indicate that ‘even these circles to had to orientate themselves by popular ideas, despite combating, or seek to move beyond them… For my purposes, the dating question is not crucial, since the testimony of the papyri and the curse tables combine to show that the connection between the daimons and the dead was made across the several centuries on either side of the NT period… Many of the spells in the Magical papyri show us that the daimons manipulated by the magicians were patently connected to the spirits of the dead… Several passages in Josephus assume the connection between the daimons and the dead. To provide but one example, Josephus says that, despite its tendency to kill the one attempting to pluck it, the plant rue possesses one highly-prized value…“ for the so-called daimons—in other words, the spirits of wicked men which enter the living and kill them unless aid is forthcoming-are promptly expelled by this root, if merely applied to the patients.” Here the daimons are defined in terms of the ghosts of the wicked, bent on human destruction.” (Peter Bolt, quoted in Anthony N.S. Lane, The Unseen World: Christian Reflections on Angels, Demons, and the Heavenly Realm (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1996), 75, 88-89, 95-96.). 

In addition to these unsaved spirits, we are told about principalities, powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this age. These were all well-known Jewish designations for fallen angels who had rebelled against God and who masquerade as “gods” and “goddesses” among humanity (cf. Psalm 82; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6).  

Speaking of how prominent these terms were in use in several pre-Christian Jewish sources, scholar Clinton Arnold tells us:

“Most scholars believe Paul’s vocabulary for the powers reflects the Jewish demonology of his own day. All of the terms Paul used for the powers can be found in Jewish documents of the Greco-Roman period. riod. The Judaism of Paul’s time had a highly developed angelology, as evidenced by the following citations from Jewish documents that contain many of the same terms used by Paul: And he [God] will summon all the forces [dynameis] of the heavens, and all the holy ones above, and the forces of the Lord-the cherubim, bim, seraphim, ophanim, all the angels of governance [archai], the Elect One, and the other forces [exousiai] on earth and over the water. (1 Enoch 61:10)2 And I saw there [in the seventh heaven] an exceptionally great light, and all the fiery armies of the great archangels, and the incorporeal forces [dynameis] and the dominions [kyriotetesJ and the origins [archaiJ and the authorities [exousiaiJ, the cherubim and the seraphim and the many-eyed thrones [thronoi]. (2 Enoch 20:1)’ There with him [God] are the thrones [thronoi]) and authorities [exousiai]; there praises to God are offered eternally. (Testament of Levi 3:8) While all three texts refer to the angelic hierarchy surrounding God’s throne, the Jews believed the same hierarchy existed in the kingdom of evil. Furthermore, many of these terms were commonly used to refer to various ranks of human leaders in governmental positions of authority. The angelic kingdom was widely believed to be structured in an analogous way to earthly political kingdoms….While “principalities” (archai) and “authorities” (exousiai) seem to be uniquely Jewish expressions for the unseen realm, many of the other words he used were also used by Gentiles to refer to the world of spirits and invisible powers. Words like “powers” (dynameis), “dominions” ions” (kyriotetes), “thrones” (thronoi), “angels” (angeloi), “world rulers” (kosmokratores), “demons” (daimonia), “elemental spirits” (stoicheia) and “rulers” (archontes) were known and used by pagans, as evidenced in their magical and astrological texts.”” (Clinton E. Arnold, Powers Of Darkness: Principalities And Powers In Paul’s Letters, 90-91 (Kindle Edition); Downers Grove, Illinois; InterVarsity Press)

So adding all of these together, we see that the Bible presents a very startling picture that ours is a world that is in a battle with spiritual forces that are bent on our destruction (cf. 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Revelation 12:7-12).  

However, it goes even deeper.  

You see, the Bible actually teaches that the number of spiritual beings who are opposed to God will be increasingly released from Sheol during the Christian Age. This is made especially clear in the Book of Revelation.  

The Book of Revelation is a series of seven visions which the Apostle John has. Each vision begins with the victory of Christ at Calvary in defeating the powers of Satan, followed by the Christian Age, which ends with the Second Coming.  

In each of the seven visions, we see Satanic and demonic attacks against the church increasing between the times of the First and Second Coming. For example:

Revelation 9:1-3-1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.

2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.

3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.  
Revelation 9:20-But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.

Revelation 12:9-So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 16:13-14-And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. Rev 16:14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Revelation 18:2-And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!

Revelation 20:7-8-7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison

8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.

In all of these passages, we see the Bible clearly teaching that demonic activity will INCREASE during the Christian Age, leading up to the Second Coming.  

When you study with your Wiccan friends, be sure and help them to see that the Bible is clear that there are very spiritual powers at work in the world.  

Yet even as you point these things out, also share them with the wicked nature of many of these spirits. They can pretend to be “angels of light” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).  

What’s The Word On Magic?

Another question Wiccans often raise deals with the subject of magic and the Bible.  

To a Wiccan, the word “magic” can have several different meanings. Some Wiccans believe that magic is the invoking of the primal energy that infuses the universe, while others believe that it is the manipulation of spirits for personal motivation.  

Many in our world believe that magic is simply fun tricks and games.however, the Bible when the Bible talks about magic, it has reference to much more then sleight of hand. In fact, during the time of Christ, the religious leaders had strict tests to distinguish between simple street magicians and demonically enhanced sorcerers. In fact, we see this clearly laid out in the New Testament regarding Jesus!  

“That is not the record of a bloodthirsty people. Yet in Jesus’ case, certain of them were determined to bring an end to Him. And why? -because they thought Him an illusionist who cleverly gave only the appearance of being a miracle worker? No. Interestingly, Jewish law made a clear distinction between illusionists, conjurors and street-magicians for whom the death penalty did not apply, and sorcerers who employed real spiritual powers and entities to work their ‘miracles,’ and for whom the law did prescribe death. But they made sure first of all by forensic examination that what was being performed was indeed just an illusion, and if any doubt existed then they would commonly assume that it was merely an illusion and give the suspect or accused the benefit of the doubt. 8 Tellingly, when they examined Jesus’ miracles, they found absolutely no evidence of illusion or sleight of hand. His miracles were real and they were profoundly shocked by that fact. 9” (Bill Cooper, The Authenticity Of The New Testament: Part One-The Gospels, 2014-2016 (Kindle Edition)

This highlights another related issue that Wiccans will often bring up. Many are taught that Jesus was a highly evolved Wiccan sorcerer, and that His miracles were simply a form of sorcery which He had learned from pagans in His day and age. How shall we respond to this? 

It is true that Jesus was often viewed as a sorcerer because of his incredible miraculous gifts. For example, the Babylonian Talmud says that the Jews accused Jesus of practicing sorcery: 

“On the eve of Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy. Any one who can say anything in his favour, let him come forward and plead on his behalf.” But since nothing was brought forward in his favour he was hanged on the eve of the Passover!” (Babylonian Talmud)  

Thiede points out some surprising facts about “miracle-workers” in Jesus’ day, as well as one of the problems with the idea that Jesus was trained in pagan sorcery:

“To begin with, we have to understand two surprising facts about the time of Jesus. Miracles were the exception, not the rule. First, it is plainly untrue that Jesus was just one of many so-called miracle workers of his time. And secondly, not one of his contemporaries doubted that he performed his miracles…In AD 178, one of the fiercest critics of nascent Christianity, a certain Celsus (Kelsos in Greek), a man who disputed the validity of the Christian message with every philosophical and pseudo-rational argument he could muster, never for a moment doubted the historicity of Jesus’ miracles. They had all happened –but, Celsus alleged, Jesus had learned the art of miraculous healings and other such deeds when he stayed in Egypt as a young boy and was taught by Egyptian magicians. If this was so, it remains to be asked why Egyptian magicians themselves never performed such miracles.” (Carsten Peter Thiede, Jesus, Man Or Myth? 878-948 (Kindle Edition); Oxford, England; Lion Books)

Thiede’s points are well taken. Jesus was in a class by Himself in regards to His miracles! Other ancient sources outside of the New Testament reference the miracles of Jesus, as well as their uniqueness (such as the writings of Josephus, the Acts of Pontius Pilate, the works of Quadratus, etc.).  

It also needs to be noted that when those who had been bewitched by sorcery for years were exposed to the preaching of the Gospel and the miraculous gifts of the first century church, they were able to see an immediate difference between the two!

Acts 8:5-12-5  Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.6  And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.7  For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.8  And there was great joy in that city.9  But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great,10  to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.”11  And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.12  But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.

In fact, even Simon himself saw the clear difference between the miraculous gifts of Christ’s people and the paganism which he practiced!

Acts 8:13-Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

McGarvey has well said:

“Suffice it to say, that this single incident should put to silence forever that species of skepticism which resolves all the miracles of Christ and the apostles into occult art and optical illusions; for here are these arts, in their most delusive form, brought into direct conflict with apostolic miracles; and so palpable is the distinction, that it is at once discovered and acknowledged by the whole multitude.” (J.W. A Commentary On Acts Of The Apostles, McGarvey, 2387 (Kindle Edition)

The miracles of Jesus, His Apostles, and His early church were quite different from paganism, and this distinction was immediately evident to those who were familiar with the two.  

Your Wiccan friends may quickly ask why these miraculous gifts are not present today. When I am pressed with this question, I point out that once the Word of God had been so powerfully confirmed, there was no need for those gifts to continue. Paul himself pointed this out (1 Corinthians 13:8-10), and the testimony of clear is that the miraculous gifts did indeed end shortly after the Apostolic Age, after those upon whom the Apostles laid their hand and conferred the ability to work miracles, died (Acts 8:18-19). For example, the testimony of the early church is clear:

Chrysostom-“[Commenting on 1 Corinthians 12:] “This whole place is very obscure: but the obscurity is produced by our ignorance of the facts referred to and by their cessation, being such as then used to occur but now no longer take place.” (John Chrysostom, Homilies on 1 Corinthians , 36.7. Chrysostom is commenting on 1 Corinthians 12:1–2 and introducing the entire chapter. Cited from Gerald Bray, ed., 1–2 Corinthians , Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1999), 146)

Chrysostom (Commenting On 2 Thessalonians 2:7)-“One may naturally inquire what is that which restrains the man of lawlessness, and in addition, why Paul expresses it so obscurely. What then is it that holds back, that is, that hinders the revealing of, the Antichrist? Some indeed say, the grace of the Spirit, but others the Roman Empire. I agree with the latter position. Why? Because if Paul meant to say the Spirit, he would not have spoken obscurely but plainly, that even now the grace of the Spirit, that is the gifts, hold back the Antichrist. If not, he should have come by now, if his coming was to occur with the cessation of the gifts of the Spirit; for they have long since ceased….But because Paul said this of the Roman Empire, he merely touched the topic, understandably speaking covertly and darkly. For he had no need to create unnecessary enemies and useless dangers.…(Homilies on 2 Thessalonians 4. [NPNF 1 13:388-89*.])

Theodoret of Cyril-“In former times those who accepted the divine preaching and who were baptized for their salvation were given visible signs of the grace of the Holy Spirit at work in them. Some spoke in tongues which they did not know and which nobody had taught them, while others performed miracles or prophesied. The Corinthians also did these things, but they did not use the gifts as they should have done. They were more interested in showing off than in using them for the edification of the church.” (Commentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians 240. [PG 82:319])

Augustine-““In the earliest times, the Holy Spirit fell upon them that believe and they spoke with tongues, which they had not learned, as the Spirit gave them utterance. These were signs adapted to the time. For there was this betokening of the Holy Spirit in all tongues to show that the gospel of God was to run through all tongues over the whole earth. That thing was done for a sign, and it passed away.” (Augustine, Homilies on the First Epistle of John , 6.10. Cited from Philip Schaff, Nicene and Post- Nicene Fathers , 1st series (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2012), 7:497–98)  

Gregory the Great-“Is it, my brethren, because we do not have these signs that you do not believe? These were needed at the church’s beginning. The new faith needed to be nourished by miracles to grow. When we plant a vineyard, we must water the plants till we see they have begun to grow in the earth, and when they have once taken root we cease to water them constantly.… But true life cannot be obtained by means of these outward signs by those who perform them. For although corporeal works of this kind sometimes do proclaim an inner holiness of life, they do not bring it about.” (Homilies on the Gospels 29. [Cetedoc 1711, 2.29.4, 5, 4.39; SSGF 2:428*; PL 76.])

I am quick to point out, however, that my God still does wondrous things in response to the prayers of His people (Ephesians 3;20-21; Revelation 8:1-7).  

So Why Is God So Opposed To Magic?   

Very simply, God warns His people against sorcery because such comes from Satan and the fallen angels, not from Him.  

Several Scriptures bear our that all forms of occultism and witchcraft are directly tied in with Satanic and demonic activity (Deuteronomy 32:16-17; Psalm 106:35-40; Acts 16:16-19; 1 Corinthians 10:19-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10; 1 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 16:13-14).  

Also interesting in this connection is the fact that several ancient extra-biblical books make the connection between occultism and the fallen angels and demons. The Book of Enoch, for example, is worthy of consideration here. While the book of Enoch is not inspired Scripture, several passages of the Bible make reference to it as a reliable historical account (Ezekiel 28:14-16; Jude 14; Revelation 21:18-19).  

Speaking of the activity of the fallen angels and their corruption of mankind, we read:

Enoch 9:6-7-6 You see what Azazel has done, teaching unrighteousness on earth and revealing the eternal secrets concealed in heaven . 7 Semyaza and those he has authority over have taught sorcery.  

We also learn from ancient Hebrew history books that James and Jambres (2 Timothy 3:8), the sorcerers that opposed Moses (Jasher 79:27, 36) by duplicating some of the miracles that he did before the Pharaoh, did so with the help of fallen angels (Book of Jubilees 48).  

Further, the God of Creation warns His people about magic and sorcery for the simple reason that this demonically driven art is dangerous to mankind, and leads to much suffering. This is made absolutely clear by studying the ancient rites of paganism, as well as the bloody and detestable descriptions in the Old Testament associated with witchcraft.

However, many modern day Wiccans teach that the craft which they practice today is quite different from the dangerous and violent paganism of the Old Testament times. Yet is this true? 

From the Old Testament, we see that there were at least nine primary types of paganism that were practiced in the ancient land of Canaan.  

Deuteronomy 18:10-11-10  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.

Investigating the original words from this text in their original cultural context, Ken Chambers provides an excellent description of the practices here enumerated, as well as showing the many similarities between these and modern Wicca and witchcraft: 

“From Deuteronomy we can create a list of nine separate forms of Paganism. Once we identify these and learn exactly what the practices are, we will be able to see the form they occur in today….The Canaanites worshiped a g od c alled Moloch with human sacrifice s . Children , ( mainly their firstborn sons ) were burned alive in their sacrifices to this god….“Tophet is Moloch, an idol which was made of brass . T he Canaanites heated him from his lower parts; and his outstretched hands were made hot . T hey put the child in his hands, and it was burnt alive. When the child vehemently cried out the priests beat a drum, so the father would not hear the voice of his son, and move his heart.” Rabbi Rashi’s C ommentary on Jeremiah 7:31…Diviner –“Kesem” “ Kesem ” is t he practice where one gazes at an object until he becomes transfixed by it and forgets the world around him. Once he achieves this great level of concentration, he can predict future events. By this definition, some form of meditation is required to achieve an altered state of consciousness….Observer of Times –“Me’onen” “Me’onen” is Chaldean Astrology. In later times it was confused with the cloud reader and those who divine by observing the flights of birds…The enchanter s ees omens in animals. An enchanter u ses something to charm/control animals (serpents and scorpions) to be passive or to attack. Burning incense is one way of charming…“Sorcerer” is a general term for any occult practice. It m ay include drug use , meditation , or both, but it always has some method t o cause an altered state of consciousness . Compare this to Shamanism. The ancient church fathers used the terms “magician” and “sorcerer” interchangeably….A charmer is o ne who makes charms. A charm is a p i ece of jewelry worn for protect ion or to cause something to happen , such as attract love or money . A protective charm is called an a mulet. Other charms are called t alismans. In Acts 19:19 , Paul ’s new Christian converts in the city o f Ephesus burn ed their magic books. Archeology has unearthed some of these texts. The magic rites of Diana included spells, amulets, and talismans invoking her for aid. This is exactly the same thing found today inside the religion s of Hinduism and Wicca….One with a F amiliar S pirit –“ Ob ” Ob ’s c onjur ed up ghosts and spirits and made them materialize and speak. One kind use d a skull ( t eraphim) and the other kind use d soothsaying. Some r abbis taught that the O b would see the spirit but not hear it speaking; the inquirer would hear the voice but not see the spirit, while bystanders would not hear or see anything…Th e Ob was the kind of Canaanite Sorcerer used by King Saul to conjure the spirit of the prophet Samuel….So the Ob created what is commonly called a necronomic pit . By use of a t eraphim, ( her familiar spirit ) she cause d spirits to appear. This same practice of casting magic circle s on the ground for ritual purposes is still used today by modern w itches. See the chapter on Wicca for details….The Talmud states that the name for a wizard, Yidde’oni , comes from a word loosely translated as an extinct animal. It also states that no one remembers exactly what kind of animal it was. The name carried over to mean those who u se d a bone of this extinct animal by placing it in their mouths and through some incantations can have the dead speak through this bone. This has been translated as a ventriloquist or a m edium. It is quite possible that the term in this ancient passage means, instead of “extinct animal,” a bone from the deceased. Mediums today often ask for an artifact of the deceased in order to try to make some sort of contact with them….A n ecromancer is a little different from the w izard. According to this passage in the Talmud , n ecromancers were said to spend nights in cemeteries in order to invoke the spirits of the dead . They would wear special clothing designed e specially for this purpose and burn incense to attract the spirits. Once the ritual was thought to be complete , the necromancer would go to sleep on the grave of the deceased , expecting them to appear in their dreams and answer their questions….Magician and Soothsayer are g eneral terms for any of the previous practices. A sorcerer uses more ceremonial magic (calling on spirits for aid) , while a magician uses more non-ceremonial magic (relying on the power of the human spirit without asking other spirits for aid.) Biblically, whether the occultist thinks he or she is contacting a spirit or using the i r own power , it is exactly the same demonic manifestation.” (Ken Johnson, Th.D., Ancient Paganism: The Sorcery Of The Fallen Angels, 59-63 (Kindle Edition)

When I study with Wiccans, I point out that magic is very real and can produce some very incredible things. The Bible teaches this clearly: 

Exodus 7:11-But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.

Exodus 7:22-Then the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments; and Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, as the LORD had said.

Exodus 8:7-And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs on the land of Egypt.
Yet it is also very important to point out that the power of God was always shown to be greater:

Exodus 7:12-12  For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
Exodus 8:18-19-18  Now the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast.

19  Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the LORD had said.

Exodus 9:11-And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians and on all the Egyptians.

In fact, every one of the Ten Plagues of Egypt was a demonstration to the Egyptians that the God of Israel was more powerful than all of the gods of the Egyptians (Exodus 12:12; 18:11)!

It is also interesting to notice that the ancient Egyptians kept a record of these plagues (the famous Ipuwer Papyrus), and that many Egyptians were converted to Yahweh and left with the Hebrews in the Exodus as they were able to see the clear distinction between the God of Israel and the gods of Egypt (Exodus 12:38).  

While magic is very real, it is very dangerous…and this is one of the many reasons that we should not mess around with sorcery and occultism.

Conclusion

The spiritual world is very real, and God has set specific boundaries in place for His people in regards to magic and sorcery. The reason for these boundaries is to protect us from the spiritual dangers that we are not equipped to handle by ourselves.  

The miracles of Jesus and His church clearly document that He is the Son of God (John 3:2; 20:30-31; Hebrews 2:1-4; Acts 2:22).

He came to provide victory for mankind over the powers of Satan by defeating them on the cross of Calvary (Colossians 2:14-15). In His death, burial, and resurrection on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), Jesus is able to save all who will come to Him (Matthew 11:28-30). Believers in Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31-34) who hear His Word (John 6:44-45), repent is their sins (Luke 13:3), confess Him before men (1 Timothy 6:12-13), and are baptized into Him (Romans 6:3-4) will be forgiven and saved (Acts 2:37-47). If we are faithful to death we will receive Heaven as our home (Revelation 2:10).

When we sin as Christians, God will forgive us if we will repent and pray to Him (1 John 1:7-2:2).  

Why not obey Him today? 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. 

Studying Wicca: Part Three

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)  

In Part One of this series, we studied about the origin and basic beliefs, teachings, and practices of Wicca. 

In Part Two, we learned about some of the commendable traits and qualities of this religion, as well as some of the points of agreement between Christianity and Wicca.  

In this article, we will notice some of the areas of disagreement between these two religious systems in regards to God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ.  

We will then offer some practical suggestions for Christians who are studying with their Wiccan friends and neighbors.  

Looking At God

As we noticed in Part One of our study, most Wiccans are either pantheistic or panentheistic in their worldview.  

Pantheism is the belief that the entire creation is God, and that it has always existed in one form or another. As such, pantheism claims that the universe is eternal. 

However, by studying the universe itself, we quickly see that it is not eternal and that it had a definite beginning (and will have an end someday).   

Investigating how the laws of thermodynamics apply to the the universe, we learn:

“The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed it can be transformed into matter and converted from heat to electricity or to mechanical energy and back again but the total amount of energy always remains constant. The second law of thermodynamics says that, in the absence of any interference, the energy in a system will always tend toward its most probable distribution a hot cup of coffee left to stand will always get colder, it won’t get hotter….The universe is a very non-equilibrium place. The stars are very hot and the rest of the universe is very cold. We live on a warm planet only because we are at a just-right distance from a star much farther out and we would freeze, much farther in and we would fry. We can conclude from this non-equilibrium condition that the universe is therefore not infinitely old. If it were infinitely old then the heat would have become evenly (and randomly) distributed throughout and everything would be cold and dark. Now the second law of thermodynamics says that the tendency of any system is always (on average there may be localized exceptions) toward equilibrium, so we can reasonably ask: “How did our universe get so far away from equilibrium?” This is an important challenge for any naturalistic cosmology, because if we take the present-day universe in its non-equilibrium state, and wind its history back through time, we get a universe that is further and further away from equilibrium. That is, the universe becomes more structured as you go back in time. This is not convenient for atheists because it points to a highly structured universe in the beginning. This is generally acknowledged by big-bang theorists to be an unexplained problem. 18. The biblical model, however, is consistent with the second law. It has the Creator doing the ordering work of creation at the beginning, after which entropy increases according to the second law.” (Alexander Williams and John Hartnett., Dismantling The Big Bang: God’s Universe Rediscovered, 1971-2002 (Kindle Edition); Green Forest, AR; Master Books, Inc).  

From this, it is clear that pantheism cannot be a valid worldview.  

What of panentheism? Panentheists believe that the universe is the body of God, which He inhabits. Since the universe is always in a state of flux, so God (it is reasoned) is always changing.  

However, there are several problems with panentheism. To see some of these problems, simply consider what we learn about the Nature of the Creator from the universe and then compare this with panentheism.  

For example, consider the subject of change. We know from the nature of the universe that the Creator must be completely changeless in nature. This is a simple result of His eternal and timeless nature. Since this Being created time, then it exists outside of it. But since change is simply a byproduct of time, then this Being (existing outside of time) is completely changeless in its nature.  

This is an inescapable conclusion, and one that clearly shows panentheism cannot be accurate (since the god of panentheism is always changing).  

Furthermore, if the god of panentheism is always changing (as panentheists maintain), then how could the changes thereof be identified unless there were not first some ultimate and unchangeable standard of measurement?  

Geisler and Brooks have well explained: 

“A view that is halfway between pantheism and theism is panentheism, also known as process theology. It says that God is to the world as a soul is to a body. As in theism, the world needs God to exist but, like pantheism, God also needs the world to express Himself. So, while God is beyond the world in one sense, He also is the world in another sense. What is beyond the world actualizes itself (makes itself real) in the world. So God is always changing as the world changes. He is in the process of becoming all that He can be….Also, how can one know that everything is changing if there is not some unchanging standard by which to measure change? Because cause we are moving along with it, we don’t notice that the world is rotating on its axis or revolving around the sun. It feels like we arc standing still. The same thing happens if we toss a ball straight up in the air in an airplane. We don’t realize that the ball is really traveling at 500 miles per hour because we are moving at the same speed. We can only be sure that something is moving when we measure it by something that is not moving. So how can we know that everything is changing unless we can look at something that is not changing? Panentheism has no explanation for this because it holds that even God is constantly changing.” (Norman L. Geisler & Ronald M. Brooks, When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook On Christian Evidences, 47-51 (Kindle Edition); Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Books)

The very moment we begin talking about “change,” we are alluding to the fact that there is a perfect and changeless Standard by which all change is measured. This is one of the reasons why panentheism always fails.

Yet a Wiccan may object, “If God is changeless, then how do you explain the existence of Jesus Christ? Didn’t God become flesh and “change” while He was in the world?”

Yes, it is the case that through Jesus, God was manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). And yes, while Jesus was here, He changed as He grew and learned obedience by the things which He suffered (Hebrews 5:8-9).  

Are Christians, therefore, guilty of violating the same principle of changelessness which we have incited against our Wiccan friends? 

Not at all, and here is why.  

When the Bible speaks of Jesus as God being manifest in the flesh, it is teaching that Jesus maintains His complete Divine Nature, while also taking on the nature of man. In His Divine Nature, the Son of God did not change!  

Colossians 2:9-For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

Hebrews 13:8-Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The “emptying” that Christ underwent (Philippians 2:5-9) did not involve the forfeiture of His Divine Nature. Instead, it meant that the Son of God (being 100% God), by virtue His omnipotent power, He (at the same time) took on flesh (and “became” 100% human).

As such, the Bible maintains that Christ (being both fully God and fully man) was able to “become” the perfect High Priest and Mediator between God and man:

Hebrews 2:17-18-17  Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18  For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Hebrews 4:15-16-15  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

When we carefully examine what nature itself teaches us about the Creator, we see that it matches up PERFECTLY with the God of the Bible:

“This God Who Exists Is Identical to the God Described in the Christian Scriptures. The God described in the Bible is said to be eternal (Col. 1 :16; Heb. 1:2), changeless (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 6:18), infinite (I Kings 8:27; Isa. 66:1), all-loving (John 3:16; I John 4:16), and all-powerful (Heb. 1:3; Matt. 19:26). But there cannot be two infinitely perfect, changeless, eternal beings. First, there can be only one infinite and necessary Being, as was shown above (p. 239f.). Second, there could not be two beings who have all possible perfections attributable to them. For in order to be two beings one would have to differ from the other; where there is no difference in being there is only one being. But there can be no difference unless one being has something the other does not. But if there is something that an infinite being can have but one lacks, then the one lacking it is not absolutely perfect. Hence, there is only one absolutely perfect being. But if there cannot be two such beings, then the God described in the Bible is identical to the God concluded from the above argument. Therefore, the God Described in the Bible Exists. If there is only one God and the God described in the Bible is identical in characteristics to him, then it follows logically that the God described in the Bible exists. For there cannot be two infinitely perfect beings; there cannot be two such ultimates or absolutes, and so forth. Hence, the God portrayed in Scripture does indeed exist.” (Norman Geisler, Christian Apologetics, 249-250 (Kindle Edition); Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Books House)  

Looking At The Bible

When I study with my Wiccan friends, I always try to move to point out that the Bible claims to be the inspired Word of God. This can be demonstrated through several Scriptures (Jeremiah 1:9-10; 2 Samuel 23:2; Matthew 10:19; John 14:26; 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:19-21, etc.). 

However, I am also quick to establish that I do not believe the Bible is the Word of God merely because it CLAIMS to be. Rather, I know that the Bible is the Word of God because of the irrefutable evidences which demand this conclusion.  

In my personal experience, I have found this to be a VERY important point to make. Many Christians seem to expect their pagan friends to accept that the Bible is God’s Word simply because it says that it is.  

Some might even proclaim, “I know that the Bible is true because I feel it in my heart!”  

But really, this is pretty bad “reasoning.” Think about it! How many people claim that their religion must be true because of a “feeling in the heart?”  

My Mormon friends tell me the Book of Mormon is true because of a burning in their bosom.  

My Muslim friends tell me that they believe in the Quran because of the sincerity and purity of their “faith.” 

My Wiccan friends often tell me that they accept the teachings of their religion because of unique spiritual encounters with otherworldly beings (who I have no doubt exist, by the way) which touches their heart in a unique way.  

Timothy Paul Jones really does a great job explaining these things:

“Why, then, is this book necessary? If these reconstructions are readily refutable, why spend so much time responding to them? Why not simply ignore the Christ conspiracies? Here’s why the Christ conspiracies can’t be overlooked: The strongest faith is a faith that knows not only what we believe but also why. In the past five years or so, I’ve spoken with thousands of people—most of them firm believers in the biblical perspective on Jesus—about the historical foundations of their faith. In the process, I’ve heard multitudes of well-meaning Christians provide the same two reasons for their faith in Jesus. The first reason runs something like this: “I just know Jesus is alive because I’ve felt His presence—that’s the only proof I need!” The other one is usually stated in these terms: “The Bible is God’s Word; so, if the Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.” I respect these believers’ sincerity; I really do. But may I be blunt for just a moment? These are rotten reasons to believe in Jesus. Just because you’ve felt something that you identified as God’s presence doesn’t mean that what you felt was true. And how do you know that the Bible is God’s Word? Is it simply because the Bible claims to be inspired by God? Unless there’s a firmer foundation for the truth of Scripture than the Bible’s own claims about itself, the fact that “the Bible says it” doesn’t settle anything. Sure, the apostle Paul referred to the Hebrew Scriptures as “God-breathed,” and a letter ascribed to Simon Peter placed New Testament writings in the same inspired category as the Old Testament (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 3:16-17), but the Quran—the holy book of the Islamic faith—claims divine inspiration for itself too.26 So why couldn’t a devout Muslim make a similar statement about the Quran: “The Quran says it, I believe it, and that settles it”?…What about the inward, personal awareness that Jesus is present and alive?28 Doesn’t that prove the truth of the Christian Gospel? What could possibly be wrong with faith of this sort—a faith that’s based on an individual’s personal experience with Jesus? In truth, this foundation for faith is even flimsier than the first one. Why? Think about it this way: based on supposed personal experiences with God, cult leader Jim Jones claimed that he was the reincarnation of both Jesus Christ and the Buddha (as well as Vladimir Ilyich Lenin!),29 Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda declared himself to be the second coming of Christ as well as the Antichrist, and forty-one Heaven’s Gate cult members committed suicide in 1997 so that their souls could catch a ride on an outbound UFO.30 If the foundation for my faith is my own personal experience with the divine, what’s the difference between my claim that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and De Jesus Miranda’s claim that he is both Christ and Antichrist?…In the final analysis, our experiences are inadequate foundations for our faith because even if our experiences are indeed real, we don’t always interpret the meaning of our experiences correctly…In the simplest possible terms, I need a foundation for faith that runs deeper than my own less-than-reliable interpretations of my experiences or the Bible’s own claims about itself.” (Timothy Paul Jones, Conspiracies And The Cross: How To Intelligently Counter The Ten Most Popular Theories That Attack The Gospel Of Jesus, 257-305 (Kindle Edition); Lake Mary Florida; FrontLine: A Strang Company)

Our own hearts are NEVER a perfect standard for establishing truth!

Judges 21:25-In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Proverbs 28:26-He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.

Jeremiah 17:9-The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?

When we study with our friends (whether Wiccan, Muslim, atheist, or whatever the case may be), we need to show them some of the solid and logical reasons why we know that the Bible is the complete and final revelation of God to mankind.  

Some of the evidences which may be used for these purposes come from the topics of prophecy and fulfillment, the scientific foreknowledge of the Bible writers, miraculous attestation (as authenticated by establishing the genuineness and credibility of the Books of the Bible), archaeological testimony, the supernatural unity of the Bible, etc.  

How strong are these evidences? Well, speaking only from my own personal experience, I have seen several atheists, agnostics, Wiccans, Druids, witches, occultists, and satanists converted to Christ Jesus by a study of these “infallible proofs” (Acts 1:1-3).  

By way of contrast, I have asked my pagan friends several times for proof that their gods can (for example) provide examples of prophecy and fulfillment (Isaiah 41:21-24; 42:9; 43:9-12; 45:21; John 13:19). To this day, there have been no takers, while several have quite candidly told me that their god’s CANNOT reveal the future.  
The contrast with the Bible is immediate and astonishing!  

Now keep in mind that your Wiccan friends will most likely hold to numerous conspiracy theories about the Bible. You will probably need to be prepared to answer questions like the following: 

Who made the determination of which books went into the Bible?

Isn’t it true that there are “missing books” of the Bible?

Wasn’t the Bible formed from power-hungry and corrupt politicians?

These questions (and likely many others) will be raised by your pagan friends, and you need to be as prepared as you can be to try and give them a rational defense of what you believe as a Christian, and (just as importantly) WHY you believe what you do (1 Peter 3:15).  

(Note: I have several lessons available on ALL of these subjects and am ready and willing to send them to you at no charge via Facebook or email).  

While I am on the topic, let me also suggest that you need to have a reliable and EASY TO READ translation of the Bible available when you try and teach your friends.  
In using Bible translations with outdated and archaic English, it is possible to unintentionally fuel a common pagan stereotype, I.e.,that Christians want to keep outsiders “in the dark” by controlling the free expression of thought in keeping minds chained to the etymology and wordage of the distant past.  

Looking At Jesus

Wiccans typically view Jesus as a powerful Wiccan magician whose disciples intentionally corrupted His teaching for their own personal gain.  

When studying with Wiccans about Jesus, I always follow the same basic plan.

First, I carefully listen to what they believe about Jesus. I am quick to point out any similarities between their beliefs and the teaching of the Lord.  

Second, I establish the Deity of Jesus by establishing the authority of the Bible.  

There are two basic ways to do this: by using what I call “the Cumulative Approach” and/or “the Historical Approach.” 

The Cumulative Approach 

This method uses the evidences specifically mentioned above (such as prophecy and fulfillment, archaeology, etc.) to demonstrate that the Bible must be the Word of God, and that it teaches that Jesus Christ is Deity. The argument goes like this:

If the Bible contains traits which may only be explained by Divine inspiration, then the Bible is the Word of God.  

The Bible does contain traits which may only be explained by Divine inspiration.  

Therefore, the Bible is the Word of God.  

After the Divine inspiration of the Bible is established, you may use this simple argument to establish the Deity of Jesus:

If the Bible is the Word of God, and if the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is Divine, then Jesus Christ is Divine. 

It is the case that the Bible is the Word of God, and it is the case that the Bible teaches Jesus Christ is Divine. 

Therefore, Jesus Christ is Divine. 

The Historical Approach

Another approach is to specifically establish the genuineness and credibility of the New Testament Scriptures. The argument looks like this:

If it is the case that the New Testament Scriptures are both genuine and credible, and if it is the case that the New Testament Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ is Divine, then it is the case that Jesus Christ is Divine.  

It is the case that the New Testament Scriptures are both genuine and credible, and it is the case that the New Testament Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ is Divine.  

Therefore, it is the case that Jesus Christ is Divine.  

Genuineness deals with the subject of authorship. For example, how do we know that the New Testament Scriptures were written by their purported authors?  
Several lines of evidence attest to the Apostolic authorship of the New Testament Scriptures (the claims of the Books themselves, the testimony of the early church who meticulously studied these matters, the records of the early sects of Christianity, the resentful acknowledgment of the earliest and most vehement enemies of the church, etc.).  

After establishing the genuineness of the New Testament Scriptures, it is important to then establish their credibility. Credibility has reference to whether or not these Books are objectively and historically true. Did the Apostles report the truth about Jesus? Could they have “fudged the facts?”

 Several lines of evidence may be used to establish the credibility of the New Testament Scriptures (the character of the Apostles, coupled with their subsequent trials and martyrdom, the abundance of witnesses both within the biblical text and outside which agree in overall and minute testimony, the findings of archaeology, the encouragement of the Apostolic eyewitnesses for people to carefully examine the evidences upon which Christianity is founded, the conversion of hostile witnesses, etc.). 

Finally, you may then use the New Testament Scriptures to establish the Deity of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 48:16; 53; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 16:13-19; John 5:32-47).

Both of these approaches may be used to establish the Identity of Jesus Christ. I have had success with both methods over the years.  

When you have successfully established the case for Jesus, you can move on to the greatest evidences of the Divine Nature of Jesus: His atoning death, burial, and resurrection from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).  

Conclusion

In our next article on this topic, we will carefully consider some more questions and topics that Wiccans will likely raise, such as:

If Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God, then why don’t you believe in spirits and magic (since the Bible speaks of these things)? 

Doesn’t Reincarnation make more sense then Resurrection?  

Why should Wiccans believe in Christianity since Christians have killed thousands of witches through the ages, and been responsible for so many other atrocities in the world?    

We will also consider more suggestions for how Christians may successfully reach their Wiccan friends with the Gospel (Acts 2:36-47).

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.  

Studying Wicca: Part Two

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

In our last article, we studied about some of the basic facts regarding the religion known as “Wicca.”  

In this article (and possibly in another one devoted to the general topic of helping to provide Christians with some useful insights in trying to reach out to their Wiccan friends), we are going to notice some of the areas in which Christianity and Wicca agree and find common ground.

It will be remembered, of course, that in the New Testament, the Apostles often found and pointed out “common ground” with their religious friends and neighbors when they were sharing the Gospel with them. 

Some Christians are unaware of the Biblical approach of evangelism in this regard, and believe that we must simply approach our non-Christian friends and “thump the Bible” at them. However, this was not the approach of the first century church when dealing with people who did not believe in the inspiration of the Bible. Henry Morris has well pointed out: 

“When we look at the example of the first Christian evangelists and missionaries, as reported in the Book of Acts in the New Testament, we find that they have shown us the best way. When Paul and the other Apostles preached the gospel to the Jews, they invariably preached from the Old Testament Scriptures…Paul could reason with them from the Scriptures because they, like he, already knew the Scriptures and accepted them as the Word of God. With this common ground, he could use the evidence of fulfilled prophecy —especially as centered in Christ’s resurrection from the dead —and many of his listeners believed as a result. This approach was commonly used by the Apostles when they witnessed to Jews who knew and believed the Bible. When they addressed Gentile followers of other religions, or of no religion, however, their approach was altogether different. Such people neither knew nor believed the Scriptures, so it would have been futile to use them as a basis for their case. Instead the Apostles began on the common ground they shared with these atheists and polytheistic pantheists: the evidence of the Creator in His creation….The first method, reasoning out of the Scriptures, is appropriate for many church audiences in the United States and other Christian communities, since these people for the most part still believe the Bible and know something about its teachings, even though they may not yet have accepted Christ as personal Savior. The second method, however, is more appropriate for people brought up to believe in one or another of the world’s great non-Christian religions. Even in the so-called Christian nations the younger generations have been so indoctrinated with evolutionism and humanism that most of them reject the Bible and know little or nothing about its teachings.” (Henry M. Morris, The God Who Is Real, 121-146 (Kindle Edition); Green Forest, AR; Master Books)

This does not mean that the Bible has no place in discussions of evidence. It certainly does! When I study with skeptics of the Bible, one of the first things I share with them deals with some of the evidences that the Bible is the Word of God.
 
Yet even before approaching a person with such evidences, it is wise to point out some of the “common ground” that we have with our pagan friends. The Bible certainly teaches this approach to evangelism.  

The Apostle Paul pointed out that some of the pagan poets and philosophers had gotten many of their religious teachings correct, as demonstrated from the Divine revelation through nature (Acts 14:17; 17:22, 26-28; 1 Corinthians 15:33).  

The Apostle Paul even quoted pagan prophets to establish that some of their teachings were correct (Titus 1:12-13).  

The Prophet Jude quoted from non-canonical books as genuine historical records to help and establish his case (Jude 1:9, 14).  

Luke records that he researched numerous documents when he was compiling his Gospel of Jesus’ life (Luke 1:1-4).  

In all of these examples, we see that the Prophets and Apostles were able to find the common ground between themselves and their readers, even when they were coming from a non-Christian or pagan background, to build their case.  

In much the same way, there are many commendable things about Wicca which Christians can applaud and find common ground on.  

There Must Be A God 

One of the first things that stands out as commendable about Wicca is its’ belief that there must be an original Creator of some kind.  

Both the revelation of the Creator through nature and through Scripture (Psalm 14:1; 19:1; 139:14;Matthew 5:44-45; Acts 14:17; Romans 1:18-20; 2:14-16) reveal that there is, indeed, an eternal Creator of the universe.  

While many in our day and age would rather believe that the universe has always existed, or that it somehow created itself from nothingness, the findings of science are conclusive that there must be an eternal Person Who brought it into existence.  

For example, famous former atheist Antony Flew (after a lifetime defending atheism) published a book in which he documents his “conversion” to the belief that there must be a God. He wrote: 

“I now believe that the universe was brought into existence by an infinite Intelligence. I believe that this universe’s intricate laws manifest what scientists have called the Mind of God. I believe that life and reproduction originate in a divine Source. Why do I believe this, given that I expounded and defended atheism for more than a half century? The short answer is this: this is the world picture, as I see it, that has emerged from modern science. Science spotlights three dimensions of nature that point to God. The first is the fact that nature obeys laws. The second is the dimension of life, of intelligently organized and purpose-driven beings, which arose from matter. The third is the very existence of nature. But it is not science alone that has guided me. I have also been helped by a renewed study of the classical philosophical arguments.” (Antony Flew with Roy Abraham Varghese, There is a God How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, 88 (Kindle Edition): HarperCollins E-Books) 

Another researcher, after having studied the science of quantum physics for nearly two decades, has written on the existence of God in these words:

“When I first began laying down the foundation of this thesis twenty five years ago I thought that I had found God in the Physics. However as I began placing the pieces together to form the Mosaic I began to realize that I was wrong. God was not in the Physics God is the Physics. He is the nature of reality and the purpose of existence….I have spent my entire life trying to determine what the nature of reality is, and what is the purpose of existence?…Now I can see all that lies before me clearly and rationally. Everything fits together into a beautiful mosaic of intelligent design. There is no other explanation, the universe is a construct, anyone who denies this is a sim0pleton using theories of a mechanical universe that were debunked 105 years ago, a person who must be pitied and shunned, for they are evil, they choose to embrace the evil that we have created, as such they are useful idiots but must be avoided for the consequences of contamination from the evil that festoons from their soul is the eternal damnation of your soul. They do not know God because they choose not to, and consequently they embrace the hedonism of this universe because they cannot feel the presence of the “singularity” and they are left with only the hedonistic pleasure of this universe.” (Gary Nickolaus, The Physics of God: Quantum Mechanics and All That Is, On Earth As It Is In Heaven, 236-238 (Kindle Edition); Xlibris Corporation)

The True God Manifests As Both Male And Female 

Another area in which Christians and Wiccan can agree is in regards to the “gender” of God.  

Most Wiccans point out that the God which they believe in has revealed itself to mankind in the form of male and female. While some Wiccans that I have studied with believe that there is an actual male God and female Goddess, many others that I have studied with have pointed out to me that these are simply ways in which their God has revealed itself to mankind.  

Interestingly enough, the God of the Bible is in agreement with this teaching of Wicca (at least in some regards). Throughout Scripture, God makes it clear that He is literally neither male nor female, although He communicates through these forms in order to fully relate to humanity.  

“With this basic understanding of the nature of gender, it seems apparent that God, having neither a sexed body nor a human culture, cannot have a gender. Yet does the testimony of Scripture support this conclusion? Although the Bible often speaks of God in masculine terms and even figuratively describes Him as having body parts, God is never said to have reproductive organs (as Baal and other gods had). God has no female god as a counterpart, and He does not produce the world through procreation, but through His spoken word. Moreover, John 4:24 testifies, “God is spirit.” An implication of this verse is that God, being holy and transcendent, has no body and exists as a being wholly outside the realm ofcreaturely existence. Because sexuality and gender are characteristics of bodily creatures, God cannot have gender. Moreover, some Bible texts specifically warn against identifying God with human males and females. Numbers 23:19 warns that “God is not a man [ish: male human], that He should lie, nor a son of man [adam: human], that He should repent” (NASB). Hosea 11:9 is similar: “I am God and not man [ish], the Holy One in your midst.” In speaking of the righteous nature of God’s character, both texts prohibit thinking of God as a man. The clearest teaching on this subject is found in Deuteronomy 4:15-16: “So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female” (NASB). In this way, imaging God as male or female is considered idolatry, suggesting strongly that the biblical tradition is against attributing gender to God. Despite the fact that Scripture often uses language for God that is suitable for a masculine person, God is not like a human male in His form or character.” (Ed Hindson & Ergun Caner, The Popular Encyclopedia Of Apologetics, 244-245 (Kindle Edition); Eugene, Oregon; Harvest House Publishers)  

The Word of God reminds us that both maleness and femaleness are derived from the Nature of God Himself. Male and female mirror and represent different characteristics of the one true God. Erwin Lutzer has well written: 

“When God created Eve out of Adam’s flesh, He made a powerful statement about our sexuality. God separated femininity out of masculinity, forming two separate people. With this separation came a powerful implanted desire in the male and the female to be reunited in an intimate oneness….God gave Adam and Eve different characteristics. Men tend to be aggressive and depend upon a rational analysis of life’s problems. Women have a strong sense of intuition, basic trust, and sensitivity. Obviously, these are generalizations and there is overlapping. The point is simply that both genders mirror different aspects of God on earth. Both genders bear the image of God, though they reflect God in different ways….God gave Adam and Eve different characteristics. Men tend to be aggressive and depend upon a rational analysis of life’s problems. Women have a strong sense of intuition, basic trust, and sensitivity. Obviously, these are generalizations and there is overlapping. The point is simply that both genders mirror different aspects of God on earth. Both genders bear the image of God, though they reflect God in different ways. Then comes the account of Adam and Eve’s marriage. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame” (Genesis 2: 24–25). That word one should catch our attention. Marriage brings a unity that is unlike anything else on this earth; indeed, it represents a unity found only in heaven—in God Himself! That Hebrew word for one is found elsewhere in the Old Testament, specifically in the words, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6: 4). Yes, the same Hebrew word for one (ehad) is used in the verse quoted above, “and they will become one flesh” (Genesis 2: 24, italics added). In other words, marriage is to represent the plurality and unity of God in the Trinity. Just as it is unthinkable that members of the Trinity would operate as separate entities, so a husband and wife should operate together with diversity within unity. The bond that has been formed involves the total personality of each partner. To quote the words of theologian Walter Brueggemann, “Humanity in community is male and female. And one is the full image of God alone.” 1” (Erwin W. Lutzer, The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Must Know About What’s Really At Stake, 668-689 (Kindle Edition); Chicago; Moody Press)

God Does Indeed “Fill All In All” 

Our Wiccan friends generally believe that the eternal Spirit emptied itself into the Creation. As a result, some Wiccans are pantheist and some are panentheistic.  

Pantheism teaches that the universe itself is God, whereas panentheism advocates the notion that God inhabits the universe in the same way that a spirit inhabits a body.  

While these are in some ways different from the teaching of traditional theism (and from Biblical Revelation), there are some areas in which these ideas are similar.  
The Bible teaches that God (in ways beyond our full comprehension) somehow fills all places at the same time.  

Jeremiah 23:23-24-23 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “And not a God afar off?

24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD.

Psalm 139:7-8-7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
The God portrayed in the Bible is a God Who not only somehow fills His Creation, but also transcends it (cf. Hebrews 4:12-13; Proverbs 15:3; 1 John 3:20).  

Wiccan Devotion To Protecting The Planet 

Let me also suggest that another important area of agreement between Christian and Wicca is found in their shared belief that we must care for the planet.  
The Wiccan belief that the universe is Divine leads to the adherents of this religion to try and care for planet Earth. While the Bible does not teach that the universe is Divine (cf. Romans 1:18-25), it does teach that God has given the Earth to mankind to care for as responsible stewards.  

Several passages of Scripture indicate that God gave the stewardship of the Creation into the keeping of mankind (cf. Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:6). Looking at the Hebrew of this passage is quite insightful: 
“In Psalm 8:6, the original Hebrew word used for “rule” is mashal. It indicates that Adam was God’s manager here, God’s steward or governor. Adam was God’s mediator, go-between or representative. Psalm 115:16 confirms this: “The heaven … the Eternal holds himself, the earth He has assigned to men” (Moffatt, emphasis added). God didn’t give away ownership of the earth, but He did assign the responsibility of governing it to humanity….Now, it’s no small task to re-present God. So to help humans carry out this assignment, God made us so much like Himself that it was scary. “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27). The Hebrew word for “image” is tselem, which involves the concept of a “shadow,” a “phantom” or an “Illusion. ,4 An illusion is something you think you see, but on closer observation you discover that your eyes have tricked you. When the rest of creation saw Adam, they must’ve done a double ble take: Man, I could’ve sworn I saw God-oh, it’s justAdam. How’s that for re-presentation? We’re also told that Adam was similar to or comparable to God. The Hebrew word demuwth, translated “likeness” in Genesis 1:26, comes from the root word damah, meaning “to compare.”5 Adam was very much like God! Psalm 8:5 actually says human beings were made just “a little tle lower than God” and that we were crowned with God’s very own glory. The definition of the Hebrew word kabowd that’s translated “glory” literally means “heavy or weighty” !6 It’s linked to the concept of authority. We still use the picture today when we refer to someone who “carries a lot of weight.” Adam carried God’s weight on the earth. I don’t know what Adam weighed but he was heavy. He represented God with full authority! He was large and in charge! The Greek word for glory, doxa, is just as loaded. It involves the concept of recognition. More specifically, it’s what causes someone (or something) to be recognized for who he or she (or it) really is.7 When we read in Scripture that humankind is the glory of God (see 1 Cor. 11:7), it’s telling us that God was recognized in humans. Why? So humans could accurately represent Him. When creation looked at Adam, they were supposed to see God. And they did! That is, until Adam sinned and couldn’t carry the weight of God’s glory anymore.” (Dutch Sheets, Getting In God’s Face: How Prayer Really Works, 16-18 (Kindle Edition); Ventura, CA; Regal) 

Many Christians are not aware of just how much the Bible speaks of man’s responsibility in caring for the Creation.  

“If we abusively exploit God’s creation for the sake of our own self-interest, we will not escape final accountability. Consider John’s warning: “Your wrath has come, and the time for judging the dead, for rewarding Your servants, the prophets and the saints and who fear Your name, both small and great, and for destroying those who destroy the earth” (Rev. 11: 18; emphasis ours). As God rules over us, we expect goodness and fairness and for God to continually do what is in humanity’s best interests. Therefore, if we count upon God’s benevolent rule, why would we ever presume God would approve humanity’s abusive, self-serving reign over creation? Exploitive misuse (Ezek. 34: 18–19) and wastefulness (John 6: 12) are unseemly in God’s eyes. Genesis 9: 12–13 testifies to God’s love and faithfulness toward creation, which God expects humanity to share: “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth” (Gen. 9: 12–13; emphasis ours). God has covenanted with the earth and its life. Consequently, humans, formed in his likeness, must exercise responsible care in ruling what clearly belongs to God….Christians value and love creation because God loves it and intends to redeem it alongside humanity. Those who describe God as only caring about humanity are not describing the God revealed in Scripture. The earth and its resources were created by God and declared valuable (“ very good”) independent of human utility. Deuteronomy 22: 6–7 is one of my favorite biblical texts advocating creation care: If you come on a bird’s nest, in any tree or on the ground, with fledglings or eggs, with the mother sitting on the fledglings or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. Let the mother go, taking only the young for yourself, in order that it may go well with you and you may live long. When I took my first wildlife management class in college, the professor said something astonishing that I had never heard before. This Deuteronomic prescription is the oldest known written law about wildlife conservation. In effect, God charged ancient Israel with game warden responsibilities. And there are other examples. In Exodus it says, “But the seventh year you shall let [the crop field] rest and lie fallow, so that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the wild animals may eat. You shall do the same with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard” (23: 11). In Leviticus it says, “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest” (19: 9). Conservation practices—mandated in the Torah—benefited land, people, and wildlife. We have similar agricultural programs in the United States, which pay farmers to leave portions of their crop fields unplanted (fallow) or unharvested to increase soil fertility and to provide food and cover for wildlife. In another passage, God expects those who prosecute wars to protect trees: If you besiege a town for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you must not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them. Although you may take food from them, you must not cut them down. Are trees in the field human beings that they should come under siege from you? (Deut. 20: 19) If ancient warriors were responsible for executing their plans in a conservationist manner, there is little doubt what God might think about modern technological warfare whose collateral damage often results in widespread despoliation of the land.” (John Mark Hicks, Bobby Valentine, & and Mark Wilson, EMBRACING CREATION God’s Forgotten Mission, 2063-2097 (Kindle Edition); Abilene, TX; Abilene Christian University Press)

Conclusion 

In many ways, there are areas in which Christians and Wiccans can find important areas of agreement.  

In our third article on this topic, we will carefully consider some of the specific areas of disagreement between Christianity and Wicca, and especially some more advice for members of the Lord’s church to share the Gospel with our Wiccan friends.  
Our ultimate goal is that each person will learn of the evidences regarding the inspiration of the Bible and the Divine Identity of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 41:21-24; 42:9; 44:6-8; John 3:2; Matthew 11:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8).  

What every person needs to hear is the saving Message of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who came and died for the sins of mankind on the cross of Calvary, was buried, and arose from the dead on the third day (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:15), and Who promises salvation to everyone who, believing in Jesus because of hearing His Word (Acts 18:8), will repent of sin, confess Jesus Christ as God’s Son, and will be baptized into Christ (Acts 2:37-47; 8:35-38).  
When we thus become a Christian, God promises that if we will live faithfully to Him to the point of death we will receive Heaven as our Home (Revelation 2:10). When we fall short and sin as Christians, the Lord promises forgiveness when we repent of that sin and confess it to Him in prayer (1 John 1:8-10).  

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.  

Studying Wicca:Part One

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist) 

One of the fastest growing religions in America is Wicca.  

Sadly, however, there is a general lack of knowledge among many Christians regarding this religion, and as a direct result, many disciples of Christ are ill-equipped to reach out to their Wiccan friends.  

Many people in the area where I live and minister practice various forms of this craft. I have been blessed to teach the Gospel to a few practitioners of Wicca, and it has been my joy to baptize them into Christ.  

In these articles, we will examine some of the basic teachings and practices of Wicca, coupled with some suggestions for Christian workers to reach out to their Wiccan friends.  

The God And The Goddess Of Wicca

Wiccans typically believe in the ancient forms of paganism which existed before the Flood, including the concept that the universe itself was brought forth by two co-eternal forces, known to us today as “the god” and the “goddess.”  

Being a mix of pantheism and panentheism, Wicca envisions that the original eternal Forces emptied themselves into the creation, and that therefore, the creation itself has become part of “God.” Describing this teaching as being prevalent in ancient Kabbalah (i.e., Jewish occultism), Ken Johnson points out the possible connection between this idea and the “great delusion” of Satan in rebelling against God:

“One might understand if Lucifer was angry with God, he might convince one third of the angels of heaven to leave heaven to be alone, away from God. But look at the verses given about Lucifer’s fall. He wanted to be worshiped as God and actually tried to take God’s throne. How could any rational being think for one second that he might have power enough to force the only creator God out of H is throne? No rational being would. Nor would Lucifer; unless, he believed his own lie. What was Lucifer’s lie? Lucifer’s lie was this: God is not separate from His creation. When God puts His spirit into a newly create d be ing, H e looses part of Himself. In the Jewish Kabala this concept is called the Doctrine of Emanations. In other words , if God created 100 billion people and put H is spirit into each one of them, at that point the Bible would say God is still 100% God and Man is 0% God. Lucifer, on the other hand , would say at that point God might be , say , 47% God and all humans collectively would equate to 53% God. Lucifer might have actually believed that if there were enough angels they could overcome God and absorb the rest of what God once was. That, in effect, would kill off God. He probably believed this was the way it had been done for generations of gods /angels and universes. The Doctrine of Emanations would become the basis of all future pagan religions on earth, and the primary cause of the earth’s destruction by a world wide flood.” (Ken Johnson, Th.D. Ancient Paganism: The Sorcery Of The Fallen Angels, 19 (Kindle Edition))

Wicca teaches that the original energy that formed the God and the Goddess has descended into the universe itself, and that this energy can be harnessed through the practice of ritualistic magic.  

Furthermore, through reincarnation (i.e., through the continual birth and rebirth of individuals over the vast eons of time) a person can ascend to higher levels of consciousness and become “gods” or “goddesses” as a result of their various incarnations. This is very similar to Hindu teaching regarding karma and reincarnation.  

In describing the Wiccan concept of the God and the Goddess, one Wiccan explains:

“ALL RELIGIONS ARE structures built upon reverence of deity. Wicca is no exception. The Wicca acknowledge a supreme divine power, unknowable, ultimate, from which the entire universe sprang. The concept of this power, far beyond our comprehension, has nearly been lost in Wicca because of our difficulty in relating to it. Wiccans, however, link with this force through their deities. In accordance with the principles of nature, the supreme power was personified into two basic beings: the Goddess and the God….Because the Wicca see deity inherent in nature, many of us are involved in ecology—saving the earth from utter destruction by our own hands. The Goddess and God still exist, as they have always existed, and to honor them we honor and preserve our precious planet. In Wiccan thought, the deities didn’t exist before our spiritual ancestor’s acknowledgement of them. However, the energies behind them did; they created us. Early worshippers recognized these forces as the Goddess and God, personifying them in an attempt to understand them. The Old Ones didn’t die when the ancient pagan religions fell to Christianity in Europe.Most of the rites vanished, but they weren’t the only effective ones. Wicca is alive and well and the deities respond to our calls and invocations. When envisioning the Goddess and God, many of the Wicca see them as well-known deities from ancient religions. Diana, Pan, Isis, Hermes, Hina, Tammuz, Hecate, Ishtar, Cerridwen, Thoth, Tara, Aradia, Artemis, Pélé, Apollo, Kanaloa, Bridget, Helios, Bran, Lugh, Hera, Cybele, Inanna, Maui, Ea, Athena, Lono, Marduk—the list is virtually endless. Many of these deities, with their corresponding histories, rites, and mythic information, furnish the concept of deity for Wiccans….The Goddess and God are equal; neither is higher or more deserving of respect. Though some Wiccans focus their rituals toward the Goddess and seem to forget the God entirely, this is a reaction to centuries of stifling patriarchal religion, and the loss of acknowledgement of the feminine aspect of divinity. Religion based entirely on feminine energy, however, is as unbalanced and unnatural as one totally masculine in focus. The ideal is a perfect balance of the two. The Goddess and God are equal, complementary….Since the Goddess is nature, all nature, she is both the temptress and the crone; the tornado and the fresh spring rain; the cradle and the grave….The Goddess has been known as the Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Gods that Made the Gods, the Divine Source, the Universal Matrix, the Great Mother, and by countless other titles….The God has been revered for eons.He is neither the stern, all-powerful deity of Christianity and Judaism, nor is he simply the consort of the Goddess. God or Goddess, they are equal, one….With the Goddess, he also celebrates and rules sex. The Wicca don’t avoid sex or speak of it in hushed words. It’s a part of nature and is accepted as such. Since it brings pleasure, shifts our awareness away from the everyday world, and perpetuates our species, it is thought to be sacred. The God lustily imbues us with the urge that ensures our species’ biological future….Of old, the God was the Sky Father, and the Goddess, the Earth Mother. The God of the sky, of rain and lightning, descended upon and united with the Goddess, spreading seed upon the land, celebrating her fertility. Today the deities of Wicca are still firmly associated with fertility, but every aspect of human existence can be linked with the Goddess and God. They can be called upon to help us sort through the vicissitudes of our existences and bring joy into our often spiritually bereft lives….Beyond this, the Goddess and God can help us change our lives. Because the deities are the creative forces of the universe (not just symbols), we can call upon them to empower our rites and to bless our magic. Again, this is in direct opposition to most religions. The power is in the hands of every practitioner, not specialized priests or priestesses who perform these feats for the masses. This is what makes Wicca a truly satisfying way of life. We have direct links with the deities. No intermediaries are needed; no priests or confessors or shamans. We are the shamans.” (Scott Cunningham, Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner, 226-320 (Kindle Edition); Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications)

The Wiccan will usually therefore acknowledge belief in “God” or “Goddess,” and will also acknowledge that the existence of all the gods and goddesses of the religions around the world is possible and (in some cases), probable. 

Origins Of Wicca 

One of the interesting things that stood out in Cunninham’s description of the Goddess was her designation as the “Queen Of Heaven.”  

What is interesting to me about this is the fact that some elements of ancient Canaanite religion referred to their goddesses with this same terminology, as shown through the Prophet Jeremiah: 

Jeremiah 7:18-The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.

Jeremiah 44:17-19-17 But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and saw no trouble.

18 But since we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.”

19 The women also said, “And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did we make cakes for her, to worship her, and pour out drink offerings to her without our husbands’ permission?”

Jeremiah 44;25-Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: ‘You and your wives have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled with your hands, saying, “We will surely keep our vows that we have made, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.” You will surely keep your vows and perform your vows!’

It should be pointed out that some researchers believe that there may be a connection between the origins of Wicca and the wicked sorcerer referred to in the Bible as “Simon,” and is typically known as “Simon Magus.”  

We are first introduced to Simon in the Book of Acts:

Acts 8:9-13-9 But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great,

10 to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.”

11 And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.

12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.

13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

Simon, unfortunately, soon apostatized from the Christian faith and was soundly rebuked by the Apostle Peter, even as he was exhorted to repent and pray to the Lord for forgiveness (Acts 8:14-22). Church history, however, reports that Simon continued in his wickedness, incorporating various forms of paganism with the teaching of the Apostles.  

In essence, Simon Magus became one of the first Gnsotics.  

In describing the possible connections between the origin of Wicca and Simon Magus, we read:

“Wicca is a modern derivative of ancient Witchcraft that willingly claims the actual label of “religion.” It can be traced directly to the influence of famous occultist Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) and one of his followers, Gerald Gardner (1884–1964), and is centered around the worship of the Lord and Lady, although it includes many other goddesses and gods. 15 It is here, interestingly enough, that the influence of Simon Magus—the sorcerer rebuked by the apostle Peter in Acts 8: 9—can be found, indicating a possible ancient source for the roots of Wicca. The Roman historian and bishop Hippolytus (c. 170 AD) described the doctrine of Magus in detail in his Philosophumena: The disciples, then, of this (Magus), celebrate magical rites, and resort to incantations. And (they profess to) transmit both love-spells and charms, and the demons said to be senders of dreams, for the purpose of distracting whomsoever they please. . . . “And they have an image of Simon (fashioned) into the figure of Jupiter, and (an image) of Helen [Simon’s paramour] in the form of Minerva; and they pay adoration to these.” But they call the one Lord and the other Lady. And if any one amongst them, on seeing the images of either Simon or Helen, would call them by name, he is cast off, as being ignorant of the mysteries. 16 Wiccans usually practice herbal magic and abide by the Rede doctrine, “An it harm none, do what ye will,” and the Threefold Law, which dictates that whatever Wiccans do (whether good or “evil”) will return to them at three times the force. 17 This is the Wiccan version of Hindu karma. All Wiccans do not claim to be Witches, and all Witches do not claim to be Wiccan. This is the elusive nature of Neopaganism. Some Wiccans maintain that they do not practice any magick, stating that their focus is only on the Wheel of the Year (observing the eight holidays or sabbats), and personal spirituality. Witches who are not Wiccan abide by the basic creed “Do what you will,” minus the “harm none” clause.” (Walter Martin, Jill Martin, Rische Kurt Van Gorden, The Kingdom Of The Occult, 9103-9108 (Kindle Edition); Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 

The “Goddess” 

A study of the “goddess” throughout the Old Testament history is both illuminating and terrifying. One former Wiccan, in describing the history of the goddess in ancient society, paints a vivid image:

““The Charge” does not tell us what the “due sacrifice” was that the Goddess received in Sparta, but the late Wiccan leader from Great Britain, Alex Sanders, has revealed the nature of the sacrifice. The “youths” were candidates for becoming priests of the Goddess. To prove their worthiness, they were castrated and required to run up to the top of the temple hill carrying their recently severed organs in their hand as an offering to the Goddess. If they made it to the top without fainting or bleeding to death, their wound was cauterized with boiling pitch and they were made priests of the Great Mother. 15 (ouch!) Obviously today, there would be few men wishing to become witches if this practice were being carried on. However, in traditional covens, it is still common for a ceremonial scar to be cut on the perineum of a male initiate. 16 This castration or scarring (called cicatrization) was fairly common in goddess cults of antiquity, as it symbolized a sort of artificial vagina which made the men (who lacked that particular organ) worthy to serve the Goddess. Obviously, this is pretty grisly stuff, especially in light of some of the historical practices we have mentioned. Can we really believe that a Goddess who demanded “due sacrifice” in the past is not doing so today? With all the whipping and “suffering in order to learn” going on in the covens, I would say that the statement that the Goddess demands no sacrifice rings a bit hollow. All we are doing here is presenting the fact that the sweet “Gentle Goddess” image that most witches are fed by their teachers is not borne out by history. This Goddess has a bloody, savage and vindictive side which cannot be ignored, especially in the light of what the Bible has to say about her….The Goddess first appears in the Bible by name in the days of King Solomon. Although he was noted for his piety and his wisdom, Solomon seems to have started to hang around with the wrong kind of women in his later years (around 984 B.C.). He married pagan women (1 Kings 11: 1), which was forbidden by God, and they dragged their pagan gods and goddesses into the family with them….Although most witches know this, I should point out that Ashtoreth is an older form of the name Asherah or Astarte, 17 one of the names found in the beginning invocation of the Drawing Down the Moon ceremony. So again, we are discussing an important and significant “version” or archetype of the “gentle” goddess of Wicca. We need to understand three things about these verses.

First, almost all of what is contained in them describes modern goddess-worship: the rituals on high hills and under “every green tree;” the talk of worshiping the host of heaven; and of course, divination and enchantments, which are all part and parcel of modern Wicca. Divination is anything like astrology or tarot cards; and enchantment is magic spells. Secondly, although some Pagan groups call themselves “groves,” 18 the term refers to an “Asherah pole” or an idol to Ashtoreth or Asherah, the goddess! Thus, we are hearing a report of the worship of one of the oldest forms of the goddess and her consort (in this case, Molech or Ba’al).
Thirdly, this “passing their sons and daughters through the fire” referred to a gruesome method of infant sacrifice done to the goddess and god. The idol representing the god had flames within it, which were stoked up and heated the idol’s form to a scorching surface temperature. The child being sacrificed was placed in the blistering arms of the idol and burned alive! Is it any wonder that God forbade the Israelites from worshiping the goddess?…Although “white” witches and other goddess worshipers today will loudly deny that they practice infant sacrifice; all they have done is institutionalize and legalize the practice. You will find that Wiccans are at the forefront of the movement to preserve the right of a woman to kill her baby through abortion. We ask ourselves, “What kind of parent would take their baby and fry it alive in the lap of an idol?” Yet our culture has accepted quite complacently the burning (with saline solution) or dismemberment (with suction) of babies in abortion clinics by the tens of millions! As a witch, I was militantly “Pro-choice….I now find it difficult to understand the moral differences between the goddess worshipers of the past who offered their babies on the altars of Ashtoreth or Ba’al and the Wiccan goddess worshipers today who work vigorously for the maintenance of their right to offer their babies on the altars of the abortionist….We should not be surprised to see Wiccans at the vanguard of the pro-abortion picket lines. After all, the first abortionists in history were probably witches. As a witch myself, I knew of half a dozen herbal “potions” which could induce spontaneous abortions.” (William Schnoebelen, Wicca: Satan’s Little White Lie, 1103-1158 (Kindle Edition); Ontario, CA; Chick Publications) 

When we consider the history of blood and human sacrifice tied in with the “older” forms of Wicca, it should certainly cause us to take pause and consider the “newer” form to determine if there really is as much difference between the two as we are often told that there is by Wiccan today.  

“Elementals” 

Another important part of Wiccan belief deals with “elementals.”  

Wiccans generally believe that everything in nature is able to be broken down into the basic “elemental” forces of earth, air, water, fire (and the fifth element of “spirit,” or Akashi, from which the other four elements were formed).  

It is further believed by some Wiccans that ancestral spirits can merge with these elementals after successive stages of death and reincarnation, and that these basic “elemental” powers may be harnessed through the use of magic (which involves incantations, use of hallucinogenic drugs, coven meetings, and ritualistic sex).  

This, of course, raises the interesting parallel of the “elementals” that the New Testament speaks of. Several passages of the New Testament hint of these “elemental spirits” in various forms (see Colossians 2:8, 20; Galatians 4:3, 9).  

Of particular interest is the Greek word, stoicheia. In some translations of the Bible, we read this word being translated as “basic principles of the world” (NKJV, NASB). However, other translations render the word as “elemental spirits of the universe” (RSV, NEB) and “the ruling spirits of the universe” (TEV).

Scholar Clinton Arnold, in discussing the linguistic and etymological nuances of the word, has written:

“The interpretation of stoicheia as personal spiritual entities is the most compelling view. Consequently this interpretation has commanded the consent of the majority of commentators in the history of the interpretation of the passages.12 This view is based partly on the widespread usage of stoicheia for astral spirits in the second and third centuries A.D. (and probably before)….It is important to realize that not only pagans used this word to refer to spirits, but Jews also used this word in that sense. The Jewish Testament of Solomon, written during the Roman Imperial period, includes five references to stoicheia as spirit beings….These terms further reflect the wide array of vocabulary in reference to spirit beings, shared by Jews and Gentiles alike. Paul drew from this reservoir of terminology with which his readers would be readily familiar. He showed no interest, however, in discussing what he believed to be true about the starry host. Rather, he lumped all manner of spirits together, affirmed Christ’s superiority, and encouraged believers to be prepared for their hostile intentions and attacks by reminding minding his readers of their past ability to enslave.” (Clinton E. Arnold, Powers Of Darkness: Principalities & Powers In Paul’s Letters, 53-54 (Kindle Edition); Downers Grove, Illinois; InterVarsity Press)

Quite often in the pre-Flood religions, these spiritual powers were accessed through objects known as teraphim. There were two basic types of teraphim.  

The first type of teraphim utilized the skull of the firstborn male of a family. Believing that the spirit would stay connected to the skull, the ancients would attempt to harness the power of the spirit for knowledge and personal gain or retribution.  

The second type of teraphim was the creation of a doll which resembled a deceased human. These idols needed to be used at precise times (and hence, astrology played a major part in the ceremonies). It was also important to have candles, ritualistic knives and occult based objects in the ceremony to harness these elemental powers.  

We read of some of these things in the ancient book of Jasher (a book which is not inspired, but which is “recommended reading” by the Bible-see Joshua 10:13): 

Jasher 31:41-43-“And this is the manner of the images; in taking a man who is the first born and slaying him and taking the hair off his head, and taking salt and salting the head and anointing it in oil, then taking a small tablet of copper or a tablet of gold and writing the name upon it, and placing the tablet under his tongue, and taking the head with the tablet under the tongue and putting it in the house, and lighting up lights before it and bowing down to it. And at the time when they bow down to it, it speaketh to them in all matters that they ask of it, through the power of the name which is written in it. And some make them in the figures of men, of gold and silver, and go to them in times known to them, and the figures receive the influence of the stars, and tell them future things, and in this manner were the images which Rachel stole from her father, Laban.”

The spiritual forces that are harnessed in Wicca are very real, and the Word of God identifies these powers as wicked spirits that are opposed to God and His Word.  
Conclusion 

Wicca is an ancient religion that is based on various forms of paganism, which were introduced to mankind before the Global Flood, and which have continued throughout every time and culture in various religions and traditions.  

In our next article, we will study specifically about how Christians may minister to Wiccans and help them to see the truthfulness of the Gospel and the power of Jesus Christ over all demonic power and sin (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Mark 16:15-16: John 8:31-34).  

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. amen.