This week's Bible study looked at the topic of necromancy. Necromancy is dabbling in the occult: sorcery, communicating with the dead and spiritualism.
Many new Christians have questions about this area and wonder what the Bible teaches about it.
We discussed that people who get involved in this area are looking to something else for comfort and guidance rather than God.
The Bible is very clear that to be involved with mediums, spiritualism or any form of the occult is wrong. The Word says these thing are detestable to God (Deuteronomy 18v12).
The Old Testament is full of warnings to the people of Israel that they should not turn to mediums or become involved in sorcery (eg Lev 19v31) and to be involved in necromancy was a capital offence.
The New Testament is also clear that necromancy is wrong.
We considered Galatians 5v19-21:
'When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery... and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. '
We discussed the modern day Spiritualist Church, many of whose members believe what they are involved in is part of the Christian Church. However it is not. Many spiritualists claim to have gifts of healing. However such 'gifts' are counterfeit and not of God. Regardless of what the outward appearance might suggest, the test is always what the Bible says on the subject.
We discussed the bondage that comes from being involved in something that is wrong, particularly the occult. Whereas a life of service to God brings freedom.
Acts16 v 16 records an incident where a slave girl possessed by a Spirit of divination was delivered of the spirit under Paul's ministry.
We also looked at 1 John 4 v1-3 and considered the need for gifts of discernment in the church today.
We ended the discussion with a reminder that God's power, guidance and presence is greater and better than any occult power. Why turn to anything or anyone else when we have Jesus Christ?
No one is holy like The Lord! There is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God (1 Samuel 2:2 NLT).