WHAT’S WRONG WITH WITCHCRAFT?

By Stephen Green

First Published in Christian Voice July 2013

Exod 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

The BBC’s ‘Big Questions’ programme in June asked about current sycretistic developments in the Church in Britain.  An Evangelical Christian young lady was decrying such efforts.  A long-haired man claiming to be Chief of the White Witches was sitting opposite her, resplendent in a shabby red outfit with a pentastar around his neck.

Presenter Nicky Campbell asked the young lady, ‘In Exodus, it says, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live”.  What do you say to that?’

The young lady responded along the lines that the Exodus passage was from the Old Testament, that Jesus has given us a New Commandment, that we are to love our neighbour as ourself, and so on.

The Cat and Cauldron witchcraft shop in Glastonbury

The Cat and Cauldron witchcraft shop in Glastonbury

It sounded lame.  It was lame.  But how would any of us have responded to the same question in the same forum?

To put a radical discontinuity between the Old Testament and the New is to open a Pandora’s Box of questions.  Has God changed his mind about witchcraft?  He obviously didn’t like it then, so is he cool with it now and why?  If putting witches to death is not right today, why was it right then?  What other Old Testament commands can we put in the bin today?  How about ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’?  What about ‘Thou shalt not steal?’  To ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ is an Old Testament command from the book of Leviticus.  Why is that still valid today if Exodus 22:18 is not?’

But equally, put yourself in the same place, confronted by a self-styled witch and being asked if he should be put to death.  It would be natural to wish to appear reasonable, to make the Gospel acceptable, to avoid anything which might be resemble a stumbling-block for some poor soul.  But do not people deserve to be told the truth?  Yes, of course they do.  So what is the truth of the matter?

Firstly let me say that no Christian could support ‘trial by ordeal’ by which unfortunate women were wrongly convicted of witchcraft in our land during a period of more than two hundred years with the seventeenth century at its heart.  There must be solid evidence to be convicted of any crime.  Turning to the self-styled witch on ‘Big Questions’, where is the evidence to convict him?  Sticking a star around your neck, growing your hair and dressing in your mum’s old curtains does not come close.

However, it does seem today that we have passed from the hysteria against witchcraft of the seventeenth century to a feeling today that witches and witchcraft are benign and either a bit jolly or silly.  Certainly, no-one today could take witchcraft seriously, or say that it is any more than a bit of fun, could they?  Well, I believe we ought to examine witchcraft in our day rather more closely.

In Britain, the remains of the Witchcraft Act 1735 were repealed by the Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951 after the actual prohibitions against witchcraft itself were repealed around 1867.  Perhaps there was a feeling in the materialistic 1950’s that witchcraft had no power, or that every medium was fraudulent.

In any event, the Fraudulent Mediums Act legalised all occult arts, even though they are, as Mr Campbell pointed out, expressly forbidden by the Law of God.  Necromancy or consulting the dead is specifically legal under it, and Spiritualist “churches” are consequently flourishing. As the title of the Act suggests, only pretend‑necromancy is illegal under the Act, and only then if it is done for gain.  Successful prosecutions are rare, around five every fifteen years.

Today, witchcraft is becoming normalised all around the Western world.  It is quite normal to see fortune-teller booths in hypermarket malls in France.  Supermarkets in the UK are full of witches’ hats and paraphernalia leading up to Halloween, while books of magic spells for children are common.  Spells to Grow Up By is a book of activities for young children.  ‘They decide what they want to be when they grow up and then they cast a spell so that their wishes come true,’ says the publishers’ blurb.  With A Wizard’s Book of (Magic) Potions children can make potions during class, using juice or cola as ‘Bat Blood’ and ‘Spider Juice’.  The publishers say ‘It’s a fun activity for kids.’

It also normalises the whole spectrum of witchcraft, from astrology to the witches’ shabbat, while giving the impression that witchcraft is a benign, slightly wacky activity that need not be taken too seriously.  But paganism and witchcraft have been on the rise in the last fifteen years, helped by the modern obsession with diversity and multi-culturalism.  Shops openly catering for witches and witchcraft have sprung up everywhere in the United Kingdom.

I suppose we might expect to find the Cat & Cauldron shop dedicated to witchcraft in Market Place, right in the centre of Glastonbury, even though it is shocking to see it for the first time.  The owners, describing themselves as ‘commited (sic) pathwalkers’, are ‘dedicated to supplying only the highest quality goods to the Pagan & esoteric community’ in ‘the heart of magical Avalon’.  They have been at it in Glastonbury for ten years now.

Witchcraft, Paganism and the New Age walk hand in hand, and Newquay in Cornwall has become a New Age centre.  NewAgeLiving.co.uk trades in Fore St, Newquay, and sells Chakra Jewellery, Pagan Pendants, Nag Champa Incense Cones, Buddhas & Statues, Crystals, Tarot Cards & Guides, Divining Rods, Runes, Pendulums and items for Palmistry.

Many contended that the presence of a Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle in north Cornwall brought the 2004 floods on the little town.  Be that as it may, the Museum houses the world’s largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia, has been located in Boscastle for fifty years and is among Cornwall’s most popular museums.  Its website claims almost 1.5 million visitors.

Away from what we might sadly describe as these pagan heartlands you will find ‘Every Witch Way’ in Driffield, Yorkshire, stocking ‘a large range of Wiccan, Witchcraft, Pagan and Gothic supplies and gifts’ including ‘Altar items, athames, cauldrons, tarot, books, gothic clothes, spells and wands’.  An ‘athame’ is a ritual dagger.

‘Pagan Magic’ in Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8LU supports ‘pagans around the world with their Goddess (sic) worship, spellcasting, celebration of pagan festivals and faery work’.  ‘Whether you are a Wiccan, Hedgewitch, Shaman or prefer to follow another path, we have any number of altar tools, tarot cards, cauldrons and candles to help you with your work’, they say, specifying ‘a Book of Shadows, an athame, a spell kit or a besom’ as items which might be of interest.

A voodoo doll and black candle

A voodoo doll and black candle

‘Mother of The Moon’ in Farnborough, Hampshire, has ‘Altar Items, Angels, Athames, Wands & Bolines, Candles, Crystals, Divination, Guided Meditations, Tarot, Spells & Talismans’ while ‘Pagan Dreams’ in Telford offers the ‘Book of Shadows, Candles for Spells, Cauldrons, Herbs (Blended) & Magickal, Ritual Candles & Perfumes, Spell Kits and Voodoo Dolls’.  They also sell a ‘Pentacle Chalice crafted in two metals, silver plate and brass’, saying ‘The two metals represent the dual deities, solar and lunar making it perfect for Pagans’.

The Children of Artemis have been staging their yearly ‘Witchfest’ since 2002, and now claim that the event, held in Fairfield Halls in Croydon, is the largest and most popular gathering of witches in the world, with an ‘esoteric market’, seminars and workshops.

Mani Navasothy of ‘Gaian Times’ says: ‘The popularity of TV shows in the mid /late 1990’s‑ such as story of three Witch sisters (Charmed), story of a teengirl vampire hunter (Buffy), teenage witch (Sabrina), tormented Vampire (Angel) ‑ must have inspired many teenagers into developing interests in Witchcraft. This must have subsequently made Witch festivals like Witchfest popular and attractive to those age‑range.  However, with Wicca/Witchcraft being not such novelties, but more regular part of everyday media/social communities, there is now a steady interest from people. And those only attracted by novelty have either grown up and taken up serious interest in Wicca, or moved on to other interests. There is now a vast amount of Witchcraft & Wicca resources / books/ websites / courses available.’

(http://www.2011.gaiantimes.com/html/pf40___wf.html)

From its start in 1971, the Pagan Federation has grown to become a major advocate for polytheists and pantheists and has a membership that includes druids, wiccans, practising witches, shamans and heathens, those who engage ‘with the spirits of the land.’

Gaian Times says: ‘In addition to its existing services (Prison ministry, visiting pagans in hospitals, liaising with Home Office / Government on many related matters), the Pagan Federation has been strongly advocating in matters of interfaith, campaigns, pagan oaths in Courts of Law, employment rights and so on’.  In 2001, it successfully fought for the reinstatement of its first Youth Manager, Dr Ralph Morse, who was sacked as Head of Drama, Media and Theatre Arts at Shenfield High School in Essex because of his association with the Federation.  It is hard to see a school taking such action today.

If witchcraft is a harmless activity, why is the Bible so strongly against it?

Firstly, there is the element of idolatry.  Pagan people have historically worshiped whatever was important to them, such as the sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, trees, rivers, birds, fish, fertility.  When we look through the ten plagues on Egypt, we see some of what the Egyptians worshiped. The river Nile, the weather, even the humble dung-beetle (lice) were vital to their survival, so they made gods out of them.  The Philistine economy was dependent on fishing, so a fish, Dagon, became deified.  The Germanic tribes also stood at the mercy of the weather, so they had a god of thunder.  But worship of individual parts of God’s creation in this pagan polytheism makes other parts of creation expendable and subject to sacrifice (a topic we shall return to) and injustice just as it deflects from worship of the Creator himself:

Deut 4:16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, 18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: 19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

Secondly, there is the unleashing of spiritual powers we cannot fully understand.  Many of us can testify to miraculous answers to prayer.  We know there is a spiritual dimension to life.  So do witches, but their understanding of the spiritual is channelled into achieving certain results by particular formulae, hence their spells and potions.  Such things have power.  Of course, as Simon the Sorcerer noticed in Acts 8, there is a greater power, which can never be bought for money.

Not so many years ago, the dear folks at Ffald y Brenin in Pembrokeshire erected a cross overlooking the valley beneath their settlement.  They were surprised when the local witch knocked on their door complaining her spells weren’t working as a result.  She recognised the power of the cross.

I once heard Colin Dye of Kensington Temple tell a story of Christians in an outreach somewhere in Africa who were opposed by the local witch.  The opposition was on purely economic grounds, like the shrine-makers in Ephesus.  Christianity would decrease or eliminate her income.  So she cursed the missionaries with death before the morning light.  Needless to say, they stayed up all night in prayer, praying that God would be their shield and defense and that the arrows of witchcraft would be returned to sender.

We can be shocked in Britain by such an approach, common as it is Africa; many of us would pray for the witch instead.  Some might go so far as to pray that God would ‘bless her’.  Show grace, they would say.  Well, these Christians prayed for protection and for the arrows to be returned to sender.

They were actually following the approach of the Apostle Paul when he stood up to Barjesus, another sorcerer, in Acts.  It is interesting that Barjesus was also opposing the Gospel:

Acts 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

You are probably way ahead of me already.  As dawn broke, the Christians found themselves all alive and in good health.  But news soon came.  The witch was dead.  Then the news spread.  What power was here!  The village followed the Biblical Deputy and turned to Christ en masse.

Thirdly, witchcraft is not harmless.  For those who think the story above could only happen in Africa, here in the West witches are actively trying to manipulate events to their and their friends’ advantage and against that of their enemies.  Some of it may sound benign.  I found a list of spells on spellsofmagic.com.  Few could argue with the good intention behind Baby Spells, Cure Spells, Diet Spells, Fertility Spells, Healing Spells, Health Spells, Defense Spells, Dream Spells, Peace Spells, Protection Spells or Truth Spells.

Of course, even here there are unintended consequences.  No-one quite knows what he will unleash or where it will lead.  What appears to be a bit of fun with a Ouija board can quickly turn terrifying.  Having seen a spell work, why not try another?  Where will a ‘Diet Spell’ lead?  Can it be stopped when it has done its job?  It may have been only a dramatic representation, but who can forget Mickey Mouse as Dumas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the Disney film Fantasia trying to stop the brooms he has himself enchanted from relentlessly overfilling the cauldron and flooding the cellar.

When witches cast their Attraction Spells, Crush Spells, Enchanting Spells, Erotic Spells, Friendship Spells, Marriage Spells, Obsession Spells and Trust Spells they are beginning to manipulate others for their own purposes.  I know Christians pray for such things, but the answer to a prayer is in the hands of God.  Spells in witchcraft tap into and unleash spiritual power at the call of the practitioner.

It can go a lot further. Spells for jealousy, death, hurt, binding and banishing, power and revenge, for bad luck or misfortune are intended to bring down an enemy.  A witch may cast a spell on a friend for good dreams, but can also cast one on an enemy for nightmares.   Sexual spells can be used for good, as the witch might see it, or for evil.  A spell can be cast on an enemy for trouble in that area of their life.  Witches are known to be casting spells against Christian marriages, against pastors and against churches.

Witchcraft and its symbols have become dangerously acceptable, fueled by ignorance and irresponsibility in equal measure.  Some time ago, the Lord used the prayer and action of Christian Voice members to force household goods retailer Betterware to drop a voodoo candle from its range.  ‘Do you have issues with an ex?’ the catalogue asked. ‘Someone has wronged you?’ ‘Now you can get your own back.’ ‘Get your revenge’. The candle had five wicks: one on the forehead, one on the heart, one on a hand, one on a foot and one in what appeared to be the genital area. It came in a coffin‑shaped box, while a disclaimer said jokingly: ‘Get your revenge and light your home in a soothing light at the same time with the Voodoo Candle. Please note ‑ Betterware accepts no responsibility should anything bad happen!’

As the Spells of Magic owner puts it: ‘All magic is magic, and there really is no such thing as evil magic or good magic.’

2Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

The common thread of this following word from Malachi appears to me to be that we should neither pervert judgment nor manipulate the forces of nature, but respect and honour the Lord who set them both in place:

Mal 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.

Fourthly, there is the matter of sacrifice.  Christians know about the power of shed blood.  Christ has redeemed his followers by his sinless blood and we are forever grateful:

Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

But witches know the power of shedding innocent blood even though such practices do not make it into online lists of spells.  A church member in Carshalton who was organising a ‘Rainbow Party’ as an alternative to Halloween answered his door to find a slaughtered chicken on the doorstep.  But innocent human blood has more power, because we are made in the image of God.

Wiccan Gerald Gardner popularise witchcraft in the United Kingdom.

Wiccan Gerald Gardner popularise witchcraft in the United Kingdom.

Gerald Gardner, a self‑styled Wiccan, in his last 1940’s Gardnerian ‘Book of Shadows’ (from the section titled ‘Power’) wrote this:  ‘Sorcerers chiefly used the blood sacrifice; and while we hold this to be evil, we cannot deny that this method is very efficient. Power flashes forth from newly shed blood … The victim’s terror and anguish add keenness, and even quite a small animal can yield enormous power.  The great difficulty is in the human mind controlling the power of the lower animal mind.  But sorcerers claim they have methods for effecting this and that the difficulty disappears the higher the animal used, and when the victim is human (the difficulty) disappears entirely.’  Gardner concludes by saying ‘The practice is an abomination but it is so.’

(Reference: http://usminc.org/humansacrifice.html)

Every pagan society in the history of the world has practised human sacrifice and every one has been taken over by a stronger, monogamous culture.  The South American Inca and Aztec civilisations had their sacrificial victims’ hearts torn out.  The nations surrounding the Israelites practised ritual infanticide by fire, sacrificing their children to Molech.  That is why we find the Bible including this practise when forbidding witchcraft of all sorts.:

Deut 18:10 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, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 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.

Of course Israel and Judah fell into the same sins, and the prophet Ezekiel was shown the consequences:

Ezek 8:17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger:

Ezek 20:31 For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.

So our fifth point is that the toleration of witchcraft brings the judgment of God on our land.  We have enjoyed the blessing of God from the débâcle of the Spanish Armada in 1588 through the deliverance of two world wars.  Even after the London bombings of 7th July 2005, greater disaster was averted just two weeks later.  All credit to the security services, but we still need the Lord God Almighty to ‘keep the city’:

Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

A couple of days ago this passage was one of the readings in the Christian Voice Lamplight Bible-Reading Plan:

2Chr 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

We love and we quote this passage, but how many of us realise that it is not enough for Christians, even en masse, to fulfil every single one of those conditions so long as innocent blood and the abominations of sodomy and witchcraft continue to pollute our land?  (I have included sodomy because the rebellion against God’s created order and the pride in self which it involves brings to mind Samuel’s admonition to Saul:

1Sam 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. )

It is the nation as a whole which must ‘turn from their wicked ways’ in heartfelt repentance before God can ‘heal their land’.  Anything less is illogical and wishful thinking.  Abortion is our version of human sacrifice, and I believe Satan draws power from it, as well as from witchcraft and sodomy.  The use of the first person singular in the Ten Commandments given to the Israel (Thou shalt not …’) indicate a corporate responsibility.  When such evils are permitted in a society they make all members of it guilty, including ourselves.

So the next time any of us is asked whether we agree with Exodus 22:18, I hope we can go on the offensive, lay out some of the evil practices and effects of witchcraft and ask our interviewer if he agrees with those.  At a personal level, it just might be that someone listening could be turned away from involvement in such practices by hearing our strong witness.  At a societal level, we have said something to change the cultural tolerance of what God describes as wickedness.

While we are fighting to advance the Kingdom of God against all the secularist and Islamic pressures of our day, let us not get complacent about witchcraft.  Yes, we know the power of Christ is greater than that of the witch, but no end of people don’t know that, and they can either be on the receiving end of demonic forces or find themselves enmeshed in something which will ultimately destroy them and bring judgment on us all.

And that, I think, is why God makes witchcraft a capital offence.

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  1. Stewart Geddes

    This was an interesting and useful article but hampered by the use of 16th century english in a 21st century article. I believe that you would have fr greater effect if the Scriptures were delivered in a contemporary translation.

    1. Stephen

      Thanks Stewart, but the problem is finding an honest translation, not paraphrase, of the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Textus Receptus which is as universally accepted in the church as the King James Version. Every blessing to you.

      1. Ellie

        Hi Stephen,
        I’m currently in my third year of University, and I am writing about Pagans and witchcraft. I’m trying to explore all sides of it, and the points you make it in your article are really interesting. I’d love to have a chat with you about it, but I don’t know what that’s the best way of contacting further?
        Any help would be really appreciated!
        Thank you,
        Ellie

        1. Stephen

          Just look up the phone numbers on our contact page, Ellie. And thanks for your kind words.

    2. Raj

      Now we Christians are commanded by God to ‘prove all things’ and hence the bible must be tested to see if it indeed is the Gospel Paul and the other Apostles preached: Extensive research and undeniable proofs show it is the King James Bible – all other are false gospels of Satan (Anti-Christ Pope and his whore of Babylon Catholic Church) including the Quran, Bagvad Gita, Book of Mormon, Grant Sahib, NIV, NAB, NLT, Message, NKJV, ESV etc

      Google string search”KJV Preservation Chart ”

      Don’t tempt the Lord:
      [KJV] Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

      1. Rox

        Raj, have you ever wondered what was the true Bible before 1611 ? Was it perhaps Tyndale, or the Vulgate, or what ? Christians must have had something to guide them during those sixteen centuries.

    3. Rox

      [ Herewith humbly submitted a corrected version, as I had got the reference wrong. It is Deut 4]

      Stewart, in this case I agree . Often the Authorised Version is not so difficult to understand as some would have us believe, but the crucial “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” is too obscure for many people. The New English Bible has “You shall not allow a witch to live”, and I see no objection to that translation. The NEB was accepted by far more denominations (including the Roman Catholics) than ever the Authorised Version was.

      When it comes to “graven image”, it is surely important to know exactly what a graven image is, and it isn’t obvious. The NEB has in this passage “figures carved in relief”.

      Moreover, there can be serious problems with the grammar of long complex passages in the AV. The passage which Stephen quotes from Deut 4 is, as it stands, meaningless, because it is made up of subordinate clauses with no main verb, every one beginning “lest” (and the last one rambling on into further complications, but still dependent on “lest thou lift up thine eyes”)

      The New English Bible makes it all clear.
      4:16 “..so take good care not to fall into the degrading practice of making figures carved in relief, in the form of a man or a woman, or of any animal on earth ……Nor must you raise your eyes to the heavens …..and be led on to bow down to them and worship them….”.

      What is missing in Stephen’s version is five words which are at the beginning of verse 15 in the AV: “Take therefore good heed unto yourselves…” and then there are 25 words before we actually get to the first “lest”, which is where Stephen starts.

      I maintain that the New English Bible is much clearer, and approved by almost everybody.

  2. John Andreou

    Back about 12 years or so ago, I saw some of these voodoo dolls on sale in an Oxfam shop. I spoke to the assistant and told her I couldn’t believe Oxfam was selling things like that.

    She must not have realised exactly what I meant because she laughed and said that they had sold loads and loads of them.
    I then told her I was supporting Oxfam by direct debit every month, but I would be stopping my support from that day on.
    I phoned Oxfam, which incidentally is run by the RC church and I told them I had been in touch with my Bank and stopped their donations, and I explained why, and how shocked I was at their total lack of spiritual discernment.

    Other Christians must have done so too as the dolls were soon withdrawn from sale in the Oxfam shops.

    But the real home of the RC church is not Rome but Babylon, so we shouldn’t expect anything else from them I suppose.

    1. Raj

      Most Christians just can’t discern it – but the Anti-Christ is the Pope (+ past Popes + all way back to Juilus Ceasor – who was moving towards godhood when he was put to death and under his authority was Jesus Christ crucified) and the Whore of Babylon is the Vatican Catholic Church. There is no future Anti-Christ (but there is ‘futurism’ – a false ‘matreya type’ gospel spun on decieve Christians by the Jesuits, which proclaims the Anti-Christ is yet to come). The Anti-Christ cannot have true Christians praying against him, hence the false gospels pointing to a future time concering his reign. It’s a strange time – for 1900 years true born-again Christians have known that the Anti-Christ was the Popes – well before Martin Luthers time, it is only now, in the last 100 years with the 200+ false gospels and two world wars have the minds of Christians been darkened to following false gospels. I hadn’t realised that the Popes were the very Anti-Christ of the New Testament until God showed me during the persecution by Tesco. It is spiritually hidden, but revealed to those who are persistant and diligent in searching the scriptures, and prepared to believe the Word of God and deny the world and its lies.

      The most significant clue that the popes are the Anti-Christ is given in the following scripture: [KJV] Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. The deadly wound was delivered against one of the popes – it was a head (mind wound) – the Catholic Church uses witchcraft – which in it’s full essense is MIND CONTROL. The King James Bible un-blinded the minds of millions of Catholics (Reformation – Prostestantism) – such was the wound the Catholic Church almost collapsed by 1870. Christians did not see it as a threat anymore – but with two world wars and the false gospels of Hort and Westcourt – it has re-emerged stronger than ever and the wound is fully healed and truly the world is wondering after the beast – there is not man more popular on the Earth today than the beast himself (Pope).

      It is a proven Nazi concept that the bigger the lie the more it is believed. The Anti-Christ is right in front of us. There are websites and videos on the net that prove 100% that the popes number is 666 (http://biblelight.net/666.htm) – I saw such video’s years ago, but passed them off, but after much research the facts are obvious and right infront of us.

      Two of best researched Christian books you will find on exposing by KJV scripture the Anti-Christ (Popes) and the all the major false doctrines academically and logically by scripture and not buttered with the ‘I believe’ nonsense are: All Roads Lead to Rome? and The Foundations Under Attack by Michael De Semlyen
      His exellent website is also a foundational course in revealing the real gospel truth of Christ, so well hidden in our time by the works of the Anti-Christ:
      http://reformationfaith.com/books.html

      Another exellent and well research must watch video series: Roman Empire Rules Today
      DVD1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq38Qggtipk
      DVD2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_govlIYdCg
      DVD3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylkXUZvC1SA

      A MUST WATCH 23 video part series and by far the most important Christian video series ever made (the revelations are so fantastic that the Jesuits killed our brother in Christ, Mark Woodman by giving him cancer via CT Scans, he was a mere 35 years old). You will truly do yourself a massive diservice if fail to watch these videos (albeit Mark was a 7th Day Adventist and does on rare occasions quote the witch, EG White, but he presents the KJV revelation from Part 3 onwards). There are revelations in this video series you have neither heard before, nor yet seen:
      Download the audio from the most important site on the net: http://archive.org/details/MarkWoodman-GodsFinalCall1-21
      or watch the videos from here: http://markwoodman.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/is-it-end-of-world-part1-part2-part3.html

      Please pray asking the Lord to send the Anti-Christ into confusion and to expose and destroy the Whore of Babylon’s works and her harlots.

      1. Rox

        Raj, Julius Caesar died approximately 70 years before the death of Jesus.
        In what sense was Jesus crucified under his authority ?

  3. Rosemary Elliott

    Thank you so much for this article. I agree wholeheartedly with it. I have made a stand against Halloween in the past and will continue to do so where and when I can.

  4. David

    I fully concur with this article, the dangers of witchcraft, and the need for the church to be alert to them – above all taking upon themselves the full armour of God. I did not see “Big Questions” programme you mentioned; and it is indeed sad that an evangelical Christian appearing on TV is unable to respond adequately, because of a lack of knowledge of the Scriptures, and understanding of the purposes of God.
    Perhaps a suitable reply would have been that in the Old Testament God was revealing Himself through a chosen people – Israel. This demanded holiness within the people, such that a practitioner of sorcery had to be removed from them, even by execution. In the New Testament, God’s hatred of sorcery remains unchanged; and the message to all people, Jew and Gentile alike, is that you cannot be saved into the Kingdom of God if, inter alia, you practice witchcraft. See Gal. 5:19-21. You remain alienated from God – spiritually dead!

  5. Philip Bell

    Too true; witchcraft in all its guises is greatly underestimated by many Christians today. The scriptures referenced here should be more than sufficient to demonstrate what our attitude ought to be regarding such abominations.

  6. Olave Snelling

    Hi Stephen –

    Well done for writing the above article! Very well expressed! We cannot ever over-emphasise the greater power of Him who brought us out of darkness into the Light over the hellish powers of Satan. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world! The shed blood of Jesus on Calvary avails completely in the continuing battle of Light against Darkness, of the power of Jesus against personalised evil and the Devil’s hellish minions. Keep up the good work, Stephen.

    As ever,

    Olave Snelling

  7. philip heaton

    You form a well constructed and compelling case as to why we should rest our arguments on the Word of God

  8. Lindsay Griffiths

    An excellent and timely piece of research – thank you for your courageous work and dedication.

    Re the Boscastle flood: the real abomination to God was not so much the Witchcraft Museum; it was the blasphemous use of Holy Scripture by the local Anglican church. At that time, a widely publicised “Calendar” of near-naked builiders was published ” in aid of the church roof fund!” Some of the photographs were taken inside the church, further mocking God by misuse of Scripure for captions.

    No wonder there was a flood – and no wonder so many professing Christians lack the understanding, power and authority to make an effective witness for our Lord Jesus Christ in the face of enemy opposition!!!

    WAKE UP, CHURCH!

  9. louise

    i was very interested to read your article ,and was going to send it to my contacts even unsaved family ,but found it much too long to read it all so didnt send it to many of them .

  10. PK Richardson

    Good for you!

    May the Lord bless you. This article is a good eye opener. I will share it with others.

  11. Colin G Farquhar

    This commendable article by Stephen Green is very well prepared and presented. It contains valuable information as regards the evils of witchcraft and the forces of evil that are present in our nation of which we need to be aware and resist.

  12. Jonathan Campbell

    Another very good article bro

  13. Jude Okafoagu

    Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our God.”
    Witchcraft cum wizardry is a sin punishable by death both here and in the life to come eternal damnation.
    At Old Testament, human agency is used to execute the command as it concerns witches generally, however, in the present dispensation,the Word of God herself executes itself for the Lord watches over His Word to perform whatsoever it says for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hand of God.
    Therefore, witches repent for Lord Jesus is coming soon.

  14. Patrick

    The usual thorough study by Stephen. The “problem” of OT laws, which persists today, is not restricted to witchcraft. I have been in correspondence with a Christian MP who supports same-sex marriage, who raises exactly the same ‘logic’: “We don’t stone adulterers to death today”. That reasoning goes on to claim that times and cultures change, so the Bible needs to be interpreted differently today!

    One or two other comments:
    1. I do wish a good modern Bible version could be used when quoting verses or passages! We live in an age
    where many of the younger generation communicate in “text-speak”. I suspect they would be put off with
    phraseology such as: “similitude of any figure”; “shouldest be”; “O full of all subtility”. To say nothing of the
    thee’s, thou’s, and the words ending in “-eth”. It grates (even to me as an oldie!) to read an article written
    in modern english, and then switch to Tudor english when the Bible is quoted. Sorry Stephen – but that’s
    how I (and I’m sure many others), feel!
    2. Concerned parents and others can purchase Halloween tracts from reliable Christian organisations, which
    concisely spell out the dangers of Halloween. These can then be given out at the door, with, say, a glass
    of squash, or whatever.
    3. Churches could also prepare for Halloween by buy buying suitable tracts in bulk and encouraging members
    to take some home with them to use in an appropriate way.
    4. If you go online you can find several websites which sell inexpensive Christian Halloween tracts. The
    following three are ‘safe’ ones to use, in my experience:
    Association of Christian Teachers – http://www.christian-teachers.org.uk
    CPO – http://www.cpo_online.org
    Reachout Trust – http://www.reachouttrust.org
    5. Finally…..which was it that was slaughtered, a cat or a chicken!!

    But, well done Stephen.

  15. stephen [ the other one ]

    May our LORD and saviour YESHUA bless brother Stephen Green as HE has done in the compiling of this most informative and timely expose on one of satan’s devices
    the lack of response is damning as not one brother or sister lifts up HIS name and brother Stephen whom HE has used so blessedly
    as it is written ” They profess thier love for ME with thier lips yet thier hearts are far from ME ”
    ” You shall know them by thier fruits ” rings loud and clear
    as tribulation draws near our voices should ring louder in suplication
    as this satanic event is anually celebrated we who are ambassadors for YESHUA should annually warn people of it’s snare and the dire consequences of both supporting and exposing thier children to it
    ” woe unto him who calls good , wicked and wicked good ”

  16. Pastor Joshua Jogo

    Dear Stephen,

    This is an awesome piece of revelation ever written on Halloween and witchcraft in general, especially the revelation on the extent of witchcraft practice in Britain. I think more people should be given access to this kind of written material.

    I also, know that you have written a lot of very insightful materials in the past. I was hoping that we can turn these into mini books that people can download as an e-book and paperback on amazon. It could be distributed freely or we could charge a small fee to raise funds for Christian Voice.

    Let me know if its something that you are interested in doing.

    I will handle all the publishing.

    Warmest Regards,

    Joshua.

  17. sheila

    I agree with every thing you have said stephen, where I live I have been told witches have been seen in the local woods in a circle chanting. Our vicar asks us to pray for our community,
    Our Lord Jesus tells us that “He is the way the truth and the life,” what a blessed assurance we have in Him.
    We have been in a local shop going round quietly praying because voodo dolls were on sale there along with other occult items.
    I am part of a team called “Healing on the Streets” and we always pray for the Lord to protect us as we stand out on the streets, Other christian friends cover us in prayer as we go out.
    I pray for a revival in britain, our team are committed to praying in the local streets blessing them in Jesus mighty name, we sometimes meet with the Salvation Army and stand singing and praising our Father in heaven out loud and we often have people saying how lovely it is to hear hyms being sung.

    God bless you and keep you Stephen,
    Sheila.

  18. patrick ocheme michael

    what a wonderful piece!
    Steven, keep it up and don’t stop talking it.
    God Almighty has laid your need and care in the heart of men already. Hallelujah!
    hope to comment later.

  19. Paul

    “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” Is not the original words of the bible. It did say “Thou shalt not suffer a poisoner to live” but it was edited by the king to say witch in order to justify laws against witches who he believed were trying to kill him. Hardly the words of god but the words of a paranoid king. Doesn’t it also say in the bible “See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.”
    I don’t think it will be witches going to hell it will be the people who change and manipulate the words of the bible to suit there agenda and that will include the church and kings and politicians who send people to die on a twisted version of the bible.

    1. Stephen

      The word ‘witch’ is found in two verses of the King James Bible:

      Exod 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
      Deut 18:10 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,

      Actually, the word in Hebrew translated ‘witch’ rather than ‘poisoner’ is ‘kashaph’. Literally it means a ‘whisperer’ as of spells or one who ‘inchants’ or practices magic. The context of Deuteronomy 18:10 shows clearly that it is someone involved with ritual magic rather than a poisoner, which meaning is completely absent from the Hebrew.

      Looks like Bishop Andrewes and his team got it right.

      But as for the law in practise, the witch trials in this country were a travesty of justice. People, mainly women, were convicted by trial by ordeal or on denunciations without evidence, contrary to all Biblical principles of justice:

      Proverbs 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

  20. Rox

    Although it seems that comments have been disabled on all ordinary articles except the latest one (was that intentional ?), the Bible Articles are an exception.

    I recently went to a talk given by a practising witch. She was very knowledgeable and clever, in fact although she didn’t say so, I think she must have held a high priestly position.

    The way she handled scepticism was very similar indeed to the Church of England, and indeed one was left wondering if she really believed in the stuff, or if she was a superior person ministering to lower orders who superstitiously believed what she told them. That was openly her approach, very nearly. She does “magic”, but she doesn’t really know if it works. She actually said that most Christians do prayer, without really knowing that it works. In both cases, there are clearly cases where it doesn’t, but as she said, it has the function of making the person doing the magic or saying the prayer feel better. She was a modern Gardnerian Wiccan, and she was particularly keen on catering for homosexuals in pagan ceremonies, although the usual important symbolism involving male and female, and fertility, makes this quite difficult.

    1. Stephen

      Quite. Although the ancient pagans managed it, with temple sodomites and all.

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