OCCULT PRACTICES IN THE CHURCH?!

Foretelling the future has been practice through various means. Some practiced this through tarot card reading with the first written recording dating back to 1540. The first tarot card deck created for divination or occult purposes was by a person named Etteilla. He believed, amongst others, that this practice dates back to the Book of Thoth. Thoth was a God worshiped in ancient Egypt. Also known in other cultures or regions as Neith, Ra, Horus and Hathor. Egypt believed that Thoth was in charge of maintaining the universe, Arts of magic, writing, development of science and judging the dead, to name a few.

Definition of divination is the art or act of foretelling future events or revealing occult knowledge.

Definition of Occult is “knowledge from the hidden” or “knowledge of the paranormal”.

So now that we have a little back ground of Foretelling the future with Tarot cards, let’s see what the word of God says.

Deuteronomy 18:10-13  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

So after review of this verse I would like to interject here. If you are a Christian you should NOT be practicing card readings or astrology readings in any form, it is divination.

The reason why I have decided to do this article is because, there are those out there that believe that Tarot card reading and astrology readings are ok as a Christian. There is a church out there that is actually practicing this and teaching it to young adults. Let me provide you the evidence of this tragedy.

Bethel Church out of Redding California is instructing the young adults to “engage new comers through Destiny cards” quote from Theresa Dedman’s Blog. Theresa is one of the Administrators at Bethel in their Supernatural Ministry and Creative Arts Ministry. This church also practices necromancy (see my other post, Witchcraft in the church). So to be honest I wasn’t very surprised to hear Bethel was involved in promoting divination or Occultism. There are two pastoral staff members from Bethel church that have recently condoned and support the use of Destiny cards or Destiny readings. Christalignment claims to be doing this so they can reach out to New Agers. They claim this format gives them an open door to share Gods love and receive healing.

It sounds good and right to reach out to any people to share the gift of salvation, but this is not what is really happening. In reality, they are sharing occultism and divination. They are coming in the name Jesus and are deceiving many!

Mathew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

It is not hard to spot the similarities between Destiny Cards or Destiny Readings and Tarot Cards or Tarot Readings. I went on their web site to get a better understand of what exactly these cards are and what the purpose of them are. They have 5 different types of readings. They have the Destiny reading, their sight says that this reading gives insight into relationships, career and their spiritual life (this sums up the definition of divination). They also have Animal readings, they say that the strength of the particular animal cards drawn for you will give insight into life issues and feelings (umm, what? I don’t think I need to explain what is wrong with this. This reminded me of the animal Gods that the ancient Egyptians worshiped or the animal spirits that are on totem poles). They have Psalm readings which will give insight about your past, present and future (again, look at the definition of divination. You can also see that when doing a tarot card reading, this is the purpose of the reading). They have another reading called Colour card reading. In this reading they assigning cards to you, these cards will have a color and the meaning of this color. The meaning of this color will speak to you. Jen Hodge from Christalignment posted a YouTube video, in this video she said that these readings can really change lives, gives comfort and hope. She said these readings are NOT meant for Christians but the lost. If these Destiny Cards are Godly as she states, then why aren’t they for his church too? At times we need encouragement.

“We believe they are more predictive and higher than most cards, and can address a current life question that you may have.” This is a quote from their website. What “most cards” are they referring too? Perhaps tarot? They claim that their cards are not like Tarot Card reading, then why would they compare their readings to it??? How can a card reading, of any kind, address current life questions, unless it is divination or occultism?

“Many lives are changed as clients receive highly accurate readings” This is a quote from their Facebook page. So if they are doing this in the guise of Jesus, why is there no mention of Jesus Christ, Salvation, or Repentance? I have not read one testimony or heard one testimony from a client that received the gift of salvation after their reading either. Could it be because this is not bringing anyone to the saving grace of Jesus Christ?

Ok, enough with quotes from them. I believe you can see the point I am trying to make. If you do more research on this group you will also see pictures or videos of the staff playing music at festivals with people dancing topless to their music! I didn’t see one member from Christalignment stop playing the music or ask the nude people dancing to stop. No, they kept on playing! There are many accounts you can find on your own about this group. The word of God tells us not to be a part of this world. Why did they continue playing music for the nude dancers if they are not to be a part of worldly behaviors? I’m genuinely curious. It leaves me to believe that they are a part of this world…Christians can’t be a part of this world and be with God. Jesus was very clear on this. It’s one or the other…

Let me remind you that Bethel Church in Redding California condones this practice from Christalignment. Not only do they condone this practice but they are also instructing their young adults to use these cards with newcomers. Again, Bethel Church practices divination, occultism and Necromancy. All which are an abomination to the Lord. This church is leading many astray. They have thousands of churches around the world under their teachings. Please people be very careful of who you associate with and who you learn from, a little leaven corrupts the whole man!

Bethel Church Pastors and Administrators have given statements stating that the Destiny Readings, from Christalignment are prophesying to the lost.

Acts 16:17-18 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

Why do you think Paul rebuked that spirit? She was speaking the truth, in fact she was letting everyone who heard her shouts that they WERE the servants of God who will tell people the way to be saved. Paul Knew that the spirit of prophesy or fortune telling in this Lady was not a clean spirit! The spirit in this lady was not the spirit of God.

With all the evidence I have found and looking at the fruits of Bethel Church and Christalignment and aligning everything with the word of God, I believe, I know, that they are not being led by Gods spirit, but being led by unclean spirits.

The word of God tells us not to associate with proclaiming brothers and sisters in Christ who do not practice Gods ways. The word of God also tells us get them out of our circle.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 I wrote unto you in my epistle to have no company with fornicators; not at all meaning with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world: but as it is, I wrote unto you not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no, not to eat. For what have I to do with judging them that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without, God judges. Put away the wicked man from among yourselves.

There is much more out there that I could have put in this document. I pray this is enough for the reader to go and find this stuff out for themselves. Go do the studying of the word yourself. Compare all teachings to what the word of God. Look at the fruits of people who proclaim to be a Brother or Sister. We are living in deceiving times, stay vigilant in the Lord.

Blessings,

L.

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