by Matt Slick
If you are a Wiccan, thank you for reading this article. We at CARM want you to understand that we do not hold animosity towards you. We are not afraid of Wicca, of the spells or the incantations, have not been wronged by any Wiccans, and we do not believe that you purposefully worship Satan. We understand that you seek to develop a personal and valid path with "The All" as you perceive it and that you seek to use the energies and balance of nature to achieve harmony, purpose, and influence.
Though we recognize that there may be some who claim to be Christians who are very bigoted, harsh, unloving, and even violent (in the past), we want you to know that this is not the teaching of Christ. Just because some people say they are Christians and then behave badly, it does not mean they are true believers in Christianity. Nevertheless, it is out of concern for your spiritual destiny that we write about Wicca. Our desire is to help you.
Christians derive their spiritual authority and doctrine from the Word of God.1 According to the Bible, there are demonic forces as well as angelic ones. The reason the Bible forbids witchcraft is that the power that comes through the incantations and spells are derived from demonic forces, not from God. These forces are manifested through people who contradict God's teaching and open themselves up to their dark and deceptive influence. Now, before you dismiss this outright, please bear with us a little bit longer.
How do you know that what you are contacting is good or bad? What standard do you have by which you can judge whether or not the results you are getting are from the God and Goddess or are instead from some demonic forces that impersonate various deities in order to deceive you?
If you answer that it is because good things come as a result of your efforts, so what? The demonic forces are not dumb and can easily get people to believe that what they are doing is good all the while deceiving them into continuing with their occult practices.
If you dismiss this line of questioning, that is your privilege. But, the questions are valid questions that ought to be answered. We are all open to being tricked and none of us wants to be made a fool. Since eternity is a long time to be wrong, it is all the more important that we try and establish some way of verifying what is occurring in the spiritual realm and that what you contact is not a harmful force masquerading as something good.
At this point, we appeal to Jesus. The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by about 40 different people. It claims to be inspired and it points to the person of Jesus. Jesus claimed to be God in flesh (John 8:58 with Exodus 3:14. He fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies, performed many miracles, raised people from the dead, died on the cross, and rose from the dead himself (1 Cor. 15:1-4). This means that what he says takes on incredible significance. If he said that there are demonic forces that trick people, then it is true. If he says not to get involved with séances, necromancy, divination, spells, etc., then we shouldn't.
But, you might say that the Bible has been corrupted. No, it has not been corrupted. The New Testament documents are more than 99.6% textually pure. In other words, they are incredibly well preserved and transmitted to us. Scholars translate the original documents into English and this is how we get our English Bibles.
Even though you may discredit the historical and theological accuracy of the Bible, it does not mean the Bible is not true. This is why you must continue to ask yourself what is it that you are contacting? How do you know that the theology of Wicca is true? How do you know there are not demonic elements that work through your occult practices?
Just because you can get results from spells and incantations, it does not mean that it is good. The Bible tells us that the devil can go around and deceive people, making them believe that what they're doing is right when it is not. Therefore, we must be very careful. But, you might respond that you don't believe in the Devil. Okay, but Jesus did!
The safest bet is to trust Jesus who has been to the other side and come back. The safest bet is to trust the Lord Jesus who died, was buried, and rose from the dead. He has authenticated the Old Testament Scriptures as being true and he appointed the apostles who wrote the New Testament. Therefore, the Bible as a whole is validated by Jesus and the Bible clearly states that mediums, channeling, séances, witchcraft, spells, and divination can only result in being deceived.
Finally, there is one last comment. The further you get into Wicca, the further you will move into darkness. The further you move into darkness, the more hostile you may become to Christianity, the idea of the cross and its sacrifice, etc. Oftentimes those who are involved in occult practices develop an attraction for dark things, the nighttime, skulls, various forms of rebellion, dark clothing, and a desire for power. These things are the fingerprints of the enemy that gradually overtake a person involved in occult practices. Have you been touched by the enemy? Do you desire these things? If so, have you been touched by the darkness?
The Gospel according to Jesus
The gospel is Greek for "good news." But, why is it good news? In the Bible we learn that God is absolute and never changing. This means that he cannot improve in his Majesty, glory, and wonder. Because he is absolute and unchanging, the standards of holiness and perfection are also absolute. Since God is not self-contradictory. He cannot lie, steal, or bear false witness. He is perfect. Therefore, the standard of righteousness is also perfect. For example, lying is wrong because it is against God's holy and absolute perfection. Anyone who lies, as an example, has offended an infinitely holy God. The consequence is judgment.
This judgment is necessary because if God did not punish those who broke his law, then he is not dealing with the problem of sin and rebellion. If he does not deal with it, then he is approving of it since he is letting it go unpunished. This is wrong. Therefore, all sin must be dealt with.
Because all of us have sinned, all of us have either lied, or stolen, etc., we have all done something against the true God. That is why there is a natural and proper judgment abiding upon all of us. That is the bad news.
The good news is that Jesus, who is God in flesh, lived the righteous law of God perfectly. He never sinned. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, our sins were "put upon him". In other words, they were given to him and he died with them (1 Pet. 2:24; 2 Cor. 5:21). He did what we could not do. He was able to fulfill the perfect law of God where we could not.
The good news is that if you trust what Christ has done on the cross for our deliverance from God's righteous judgment, then you can escape the judgment and enjoy eternal fellowship with God. There is no reincarnation. There is no karma. There is no Summerland. There is only eternity, and eternity is a long time to be wrong.
Isn't it best to trust the one who claimed to be divine, proved his divinity, performed miraculous deeds, and rose from the dead rather than trusting spells and incantations whose source cannot be verified?
Jesus does not lie. Please trust in him and ask Jesus to forgive your sins and to show you the true path. After all, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by me," (John 14:6). If Jesus is the way just as he said he was, then he is THE only true path.