What is occultism? I used to be an acupuncturist and a Reiki Master. During acupuncture school, my fellow students exposed me to many different things that were not part of our school curriculum. I encountered angel worship, Reiki, energy work, psychics, teachings of Abraham (not the one in the Bible), palm reading, tarot cards, divination with pendulums, and much more. Here is what I believe is occultic.
I saw first hand how manipulation occurs with spiritual entrapment and spiritual travel. A man at a conference I attended tried to put a spiritual ‘hook’ in me so that he could access me in the spirit realm later. That same night, I had a feeling of being pulled off my bed and dragged away. I had no idea what was happening but I awoke and struggled to say the name of Jesus. When I called out “JESUS!”, the struggle stopped and I went right back to sleep.
At this time in my life, I had no idea about spiritual warfare. My knowledge was only a song by Nicole C. Mullen which said, to call on Jesus and He will come rescue you. I heard that song on my way to the conference and the Holy Spirit brought it to my mind as I was experiencing this spiritual attack. I called out to Jesus, He came and rescued me.
I still do not understand all the happened that night but there is really no need for me to know all that happened. The next day at the conference, the man who tried to manipulate me asked me who I had protecting me. He said he had never encountered anything or anyone so powerful. I told him Jesus was my protector. Honestly, I was a bit shocked by all that happened but I became intrigued by the spirit world. Armed with a lot of confidence and a large amount of ignorance I set about exploring that world.
I was a Christian and had been for most of my life but had never seen power or experienced the Holy Spirit. On my spiritual discovery journey, I learned that many people in the New Age have more power than most Christians. The reason being, they believe in the unseen and have experience spiritual power, not Holy Spirit power but powers of darkness.
If Christians would realize that we are in a spiritual battle and engage on a spirit level how much ground could we recover? When you bring up the spirit realm in most churches, they look at you like you are nuts. I have had the best conversations about the spirit realm with psychic and new age practitioners. I find they believe in Jesus, they just do not believe He is the only to the Father. They believe in the power of spirits. These are satanic spirits that are evil but can masquerade as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). I find that people attracted to new age practices are very open to discussions about the Holy Spirit whereas the average Christian does not want to discuss things of the spirit or Spirit.
Fast forward about 15 years, now I speak to various Christian groups about New Age practices and things of the Spirit. One question that always comes up is “what is occultism?”. It is a great question but most people are not prepared for my answer.
The word occultic is an astronomical (not horoscopes) term. Merriam-Webster defines the word occult as to shut off from view or exposure. Occultism is when one heavenly body passes in front of another and obscures the one behind it, such as a lunar eclipse. In other words, occultism occurs when something blocks the sun or the Son.
The practice of occultism is an agreement with any belief or practice that opposes the law of God and comes between God and man. It offers itself as truth from God, when in fact, the real truth is obscured and hidden.
It is easy to look around and think that occultism only applies to psychics, tarot cards or palm readers but what about addictions? What about busyness? What about idolizing our pets? What about gossip or slander? What about comparing ourselves to others? What about all those self-help books that tell us we can fix our selves? Do these ‘occlude’ us from the truth of God? The answer is yes.
The ultimate goal of the new age movement is self-idolatry (Isaiah 14:12-15). Today we personalize everything and make it all about us. We take so many photos of ourselves that Merriam-Webster added the word ‘selfie‘ to the dictionary last year. The New Age movement has moved to the mainstream. The world around us aims to minimize the deity of Jesus Christ and promote the god of self.
I find that Christians are eager to point fingers at psychics and other new age practices but we fail to realize that we participate in many activities that occlude the Son from our lives. We run to alcohol for confidence. We run to pornography to escape. We run to romance novels to find love. We use religious activity as a substitute for a relationship with Christ. We idolize food and entertainment.
I can easily talk about psychics, divination, witchcraft, and sorcery. I could pull out many scriptures and testimonies that show they are from the pit of hell but I think it is much more important to focus on what in your life occludes you from seeing Jesus rightly? What keeps you from spending time with Him? What keeps you from having Holy Spirit power in your life? What do you need to remove so you can see the Son?
Nothing in this world is new today. Satan is real. Distraction, busyness, and offense are some of his best weapons. As believers, we are engaged in spiritual warfare. There is a battle raging right now. Our eyes must be open, our minds full of The Word, our hearts ready to love, our feet ready to stand and our mouth ready to proclaim that Jesus is the only way to the Father.
What is blocking your view of Jesus? We do not have time for anything to occlude our view. Jesus is the only thing that matters!
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