THE SPIRIT WORLD - Part 1: Sorcery - Bible Study

Posted in Teachings on March 30, 2016
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THE SPIRIT WORLD - Part 1: Sorcery

The Bible speaks about sorcery, magic, wizards, and witches. These aren’t all "fantasy" - even though there are many movies, books, and TV shows about them. Not only does God tell about the fact they exist, but He tells us a few things about them - and gives us some warnings about them.

Some people wish to be sorcerers. They want the things the world promises, and are fooled into thinking there is a shortcut to happiness. They are shortsighted because they will end up going to hell. (Anyone who is lost - having not believed on Jesus Christ - will end up there!) There is no “playing” with something dangerous.

Sorcery is very dangerous. Why? Because not only is it appealing, but it's deceptive. It can look good but is very evil. It promises good things (i.e. knowledge, power, talent) but costs people more than it ever can give.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)

We should not associate with sorcery of any kind. Through the whole Bible, God repeatedly warns us against sorcery and all the things that go along with it.

What goes with it? Adultery/Fornication (Is 57:3), Idols (Is. 57:5, Rev. 21:8), Abortion/child sacrifice (Is. 57:5), Murder (Rev. 9:21), Lies (Rev. 21:8, 22:15), Unbelief (Rev. 21:8), Deception (Rev. 18:23), Familiar spirits - demons (Lev. 19:31, 20:6, 20:27; 1 Sam. 28:3), Communicating with "the dead" (Deut. 18:11), Child sacrifice (2 Kings 21:6; 2 Chron. 33:6), Enchantments (2 Kings 21:6), Images/idols (2 Kings 23:24), Observing times - astrology (2 Kings 21:6; 2 Chron. 33:6), Evil (2 Chron 33:6), Trances/altered states of mind (Isaiah 8:19), Ghostly/strange voices (Is 29:4), Rebellion (1 Sam 15:23), Divination (Deut 18:10), Fortune-telling (soothsaying) (Micah 5:12), and demon possession (Acts 16:16)!

I. GOD'S WAYS ARE BETTER THAN SORCERY
A. God's wisdom is superior to sorcery. (Dan 2:2, 2:27)
B. God is light (1 John 1:5). Sorcery is a work of darkness (Romans 13:12-14).
C. God is truth. (John 17:17, 1 Jn 5:6) Sorcery is deception (Rev. 18:23).
D. God is life (John 17:3). Sorcery is death (Prov. 8:36; Deut 18:11).

II. GOD IS MORE POWERFUL THAN SORCERY
A. He can save a person and make their mind clear.
1. God the Father delivers a person from the power of darkness. (Colossians 1:12-13)
2. Jesus delivered the demon-possessed. (Luke 8:35)
B. He can physically deliver from harm.
1. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego thrown into the fire. (Daniel 3:23-25)
C. He defeated death and hell. (Rev. 1:18; John 11:25)

III. GOD GIVES GREATER THINGS THAN SORCERY CAN (Galatians 5:22-23)
A. Peace
B. Knowledge
C. Life
D. Joy
E. Fulfillment
F. Purpose
G. Wisdom
H. Love
I. Goodness
J. Salvation!

The appeal of this world and the appeal of supernatural powers, hidden knowledge (Rev 2:24), and mystery (Rev 17:5) is undeniable. But none of it compares to the Bible, to salvation, or to the Creator.

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