We have the wife of the President contacting Eleanor Roosevelt. Neo-paganism, New Age, et al., is now "politically correct" and a source of popular entertainment: "Ghost Dad" with Bill Cosby; "Ghost" with Patrick Swayze, and "Ghost Busters." There are more witches in England and America today than at any time since the Reformation. Time magazine estimated that there were about 160,000 witches in America, and about half that many in Britain. The United States may harbor the fastest growing and most highly organized body of satanists and occultists in the world.
The forms of the occult can include mediums, channelers, clairvoyants, psychics, spiritists, diviners, mystics, gurus, shamans, psychical researchers, Yogis, psychic and holistic healers, astral travel, astrology, mysticism, Ouija boards, Tarot cards, contact with the dead, UFO's, and thousands of other practices which almost defy cataloging. Occultism includes Satanism, astrology, Kabbalah, Gnosticism, theosophy, witchcraft and many forms of serious magic. It includes activities seeking the acquisition of "hidden" things—which are expressly forbidden by God in the Bible. Don't overlook the pulpits: It includes views and doctrines that Paul warned Timothy about: Doctrines of Demons (1 Tim 4:1).
Walter Martin estimated that over 100 million Americans were actively or peripherally involved in these areas.22 A recent University of Chicago national poll revealed that 67% of Americans "now profess a belief in the supernatural," and that 42% "believe they have been in contact with someone who died."23
Check any secular bookstore, and by comparing the allocation of productive shelf space, it is obvious that the occult and New Age materials are bigger than any other religious interest. Occultism is not limited to "fringe" elements; it has become a commanding presence with almost irresistible persuasion. In one form or another almost everyone in our culture will sooner or later be exposed to its dangerous entanglements.
The English word "occult" comes from the Latin occultus, meaning "to cover up, hide, or conceal." Its purpose is to deceive. It is not simply a philosophy or pastime. It is the domain of extremely powerful, sentient, hostile superbeings who have a vigorous agenda to destroy you. Personally. There were many superstitions of false concepts in ancient Israel about which the Bible is silent. Occultism, in any form, was punishable by death! Why?
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