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SUMMARY: Dabbling with the mystical is evil. It hurts people and damages churches.
Jesus credited the miracles he performed as originating from God (John 5:19). Divine miracles defy natural or scientific laws. The healing of the woman with the issue of blood was done because of her faith (Matt 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 9:34-38), not by mystical beliefs or magical supernatural powers.
Church Leader Pearls must reiterate and remind church leaders that the Bible forbids practises such as magical arts, dealing with evil spirits, mystical insight and fortune telling, pretended communications with the dead, any pretended supernatural art or practise (magic), any charms and spells, divination by stars and omens and signs. All these practises involve demons called familiar spirits. These are the kinds of challenges and false teachings churches face. Church leaders must be watchful and vigilant over the flock of the Great Shepherd.
Church Leader Pearls is familiar with a situation recently, where an itinerant teacher told the Elders of a church: “The leadership has to satisfy the appetite of the younger generation for something new - that’s not dull and boring. The young adults deserve to test-drive their curiosity for the mysterious; and the church is the best place to do that. I can take them on that voyage". He added, “The middle-aged members who are career and family achievers, and who suffer burnout, will also like a new and interesting spiritual path. There is no need for anyone to be afraid”, he said. “God is a God of mystery. Remember the rod of Moses turned into a snake. Daniel learnt the mystical sciences in the courts of Babylon”.
Dabbling in any form of psychic phenomena or taking a mystical magical ride; will open the door and let familiar spirits invade the people involved and will affect the congregation. These are the kinds of challenges and false teachings churches face. Church Leader Pearls alerts you to the truth that the first step leads deeper into the evil, spirit world. What starts out as actively looking for “spiritual” knowledge and new experiences, ends up eroding the God given defences of a believer, and makes them who enlist - slaves of another god, and sadly they pay the penalty prescribed by God (Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Exodus 20:3-5).
The church must get rid of any sign or leaning to magical, supernatural beliefs and psychic phenomena within the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul deplored the false prophet Barjesus and the works of the earlier magicians Jannes and Jambres, (Acts 13:4-12; 2 Tim 3:6-8). The early church burned the books that taught these so-called sciences and how to do these things (Acts 19:19-20).
As humans, we have a tendency to misuse our creative faculties in deeper degrees of sin and rebellion and various lusts. The hype and pressures to conform to the ways of the world fuel this weakness. In this age, the dark, evil side offers free tickets to the mystical magic ride. Church Leader Pearls suggests that if we allow it, false teachers will promote the same merchandise within the church.
The kind of mystical, magical ride described here, is no match for the constant possibilities that come through a quest for increased faith and a close relationship with God. Entry to a spiritual world with powers that many have not yet seen is available through prayer in the Name of Christ. Studying and practising what the Word of God teaches will reward the curious with greater, lasting benefit, and character. Discovering a connection with the Holy Spirit will launch the bored and the indifferent on a journey that can give a preview of what God is like and what Holy Spirit gifts can do. Leading a person to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour is a special and lasting "high."
Church Leader Pearls contends strongly that the church must repackage and vigourously promote these fundamentals.