Open Letter To All Christian Paranormal Investigators

 

 

An Open Letter to Christian Paranormal Investigators (with signatures)

Preface:

This is a humble and heartfelt plea to Christian Paranormal Investigators from Mark Hunnemann (who initiated and drafted this communication) and Laura Maxwell (Former Spiritualist) and Dana Emanuel (Former Ghost Hunter) who support this statement and added invaluable insights, as well as the 60 signatures at the bottom.

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31)
“Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16
“If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not professing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace, if he flinches at that point.” (attributed to Martin Luther).

In our day, ‘that little point’ is our obedience to the inerrant Word of God in response to the onslaught of the pagan/occult worldview and techniques which have infiltrated the church. As Dr. Peter Jones has clearly shown (The Other Worldview, etc), the pagan worldview is THE dominant enemy of the biblical worldview today, and as such, it is that ‘little point where the devil is most fiercely attacking’. The question is: will we be faithful, loyal soldiers for Christ, in OUR generation, or will we flee due to accommodating it—or worse, practicing it ourselves (i.e. through occult methods)? Fascination with the paranormal has mushroomed and has demonized the spiritual landscape of America and Europe. And if we don’t respond quickly and appropriately, then our children and grandchildren will not be ready for the difficult days ahead.

Today, the Church and the world are being besieged; indeed there is an unprecedented disaster unfolding before our very eyes, and sadly, it involves Christians in the paranormal community. Hence, this letter is lovingly addressed to you.

Many of us (see signatures below) are former paranormal investigators, and all of three of us are actively involved in helping people with demonic issues, so this is not ‘ivory tower reflections’. We see it as our timely duty to write this declaration in light of the current lapses into occultic beliefs and practices amongst our fellow believers, and in the world at large. We offer this in a spirit of humility and love, with the hopes that it will stir further dialogue and change. We are all sinners, saved by grace—faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross, plus nothing (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 3-4). This is not us vs. them/you—it is all of US together. With a similar motivation that caused Martin Luther King, Jr. to write his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to fellow Christians, we offer this letter of our beliefs and concerns to you, our dearest brothers and sisters in Christ.

With tears, we must insist that Christians engaged in paranormal investigating are especially surrendering at this ‘one little point’, by the adoption of occultic beliefs and practices, which are opposed to the Lordship of Christ over the full spectrum of life (1 Cor. 10:31), and the clear teaching of God’s Word, which has absolute authority over us, and demands implicit obedience. The use of occultic/pagan techniques in virtually all paranormal investigations is distressing to God, and to us. Indeed, the solicitation of EVP’s (or other electronic equivalents) has become the backbone of investigations.

“The end justifies the means” …”We are trying to help people” is an unbiblical form of ethical reasoning that has infiltrated the paranormal community, as a former investigator, Dana Emanuel, has affirmed from her own experience. You can never truly help someone by disobeying God. Instead you will hurt them and yourselves. God’s curses/discipline is still in place just as His blessings are. (See Acts 5; 1 Cor. 10-11; Heb. 12)

 

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God’s Truth and the work of Christ’s church both insist that truth demands loving confrontation of both evil and error. What good is it for you to profess Christ ever so loudly, and yet surrender at this point where the devil is attacking? What good is it for you to affirm the full inerrancy of the bible, and a host of other biblical teaching, if you are not living under the Lordship of Christ over the full spectrum of your lives, especially when it comes to the occult, and how we interact with the spirit realm? It is this lack of obedience to Christ in a crucial area which we are lovingly confronting, and asking you to repent of.

Highlighted points:
The singular honor and dignity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His all-sufficient and perfect atonement, is our focus and passion. Certain beliefs and practices in the paranormal community, either implicitly or explicitly, deny the perfection of the Person and Work of Christ.
1. When Laura Maxwell realized she was deceived some years ago, by a group of Christians who all believed in, the now popular global Christian trend, that they were receiving revelation from alleged ‘holy angels,’ she left that group and sought a deliverance minister. She repented and had demons cast out of her! Even after her many years in healing and deliverance ministry, she, too, had been deceived but sought help! She shared this in a radio interview on angels we did together last year. Nobody is above being deceived!

2. Occult practices are so thoroughly and consistentlke an explicit command in the NT to abolish them. Instead, the NT continues to express God’s unchanging, implacable hatred of all occult beliefs/techniques. (E.g. see Acts and Revelation) The best book on biblical ethics (law and gospel, law and grace, and the place of OT moral law in the NT, etc, is John Frame’s book “The Doctrine of the Christian Life”, P&R).

3. The clients don’t need validation of something they already know is true; they need deliverance/conversion. If you are truly called by God, then you may consider deliverance as a vocation.

4. TESTING THE SPIRITS in Jesus’s name, along with praying for protection, will often be ineffective because God does not listen to us if we are engaged in heinous sins or cherish sin in our hearts (Psalm 66:18).

5. Basing beliefs primarily on non-biblical books (e.g. Enoch) has become common, but it must be avoided, as it detracts from the sufficiency of Scripture, and has led to much unedifying speculation. For example, some take issue with our claim that all alleged ghosts are demons, and they frequently base their beliefs on extra-biblical texts, myths, folklore, and their own experience…none of which are infallible. Actually, they are all very fallible…

Dana Emanuel used to be the team leader of a highly proficient paranormal investigation team, and experienced severe oppression as a result, as are many of you. She is a vital part of drafting this letter, and here is the link to her testimony and articles, which we HIGHLY RECOMMEND.www.xposingtheenemy.com

To view dozens of articles by Mark Hunnemann on the paranormal, which we don’t have time to elaborate on, click on…..http://archive.aweber.com/paraworld

Many excellent articles and interviews by Laura Maxwell, a former Spiritualist and daughter of a Medium, and according to Mark and others, one of the worlds’s leading experts on all things
supernatural. https://ourspiritualquest.com/

We know that you like we, ache and agonize over the spiritually hostile situations many people today are experiencing. Further, we know that many of you have given so much of your heart, time, energy, and finances to help folks in distress. We know many of you personally and we love you, and are in awe of your desire to help people. That is not the issue. The issue is this: are the means by which you are attempting to help people honoring or dishonoring to God?

There are no morally neutral acts. 1 Cor. 10:31 is crucial to our view of this situation. 31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. “ (1 Cor. 10:31) Scripture has all the divine Words we need for every situation we face, including helping spiritually oppressed people. Every thought, word, and deed is either done to God’s glory or to the glory of an idol. So, how can we help people in spiritually hostile situations in a way that brings glory to God and not to an idol?

Sadly, we know that you are not glorifying God with your actions, regardless of your motives. How can we be certain of that? God’s Word is clear…very clear, as we shall see. Because God’s Word is certain, it is possible to be certain and not arrogant. We despise and despair of any self-righteous judgementalism; but we speak the truth in love, with a collective broken heart.

Wanting to help people cannot be the sole judge of whether an action is morally right: our actions have to conform to God’s Word and glorify Him. (1 Cor. 10:31) Whether it makes us feel good certainly cannot be the determining factor of an action’s propriety in God’s eyes. Due to distressing life circumstances, some of you find your purpose or significance in helping others with paranormal problems, and that makes it all the more difficult for you to imagine life without it. It is all you have that gives your life meaning, and so you cling to it. However, as new creations in Christ (Gal: 2:20), you have to realize that such thinking is idolatrous. (See Jer. 2:13) Christ, and Christ alone, can give us security and significance.

Perhaps the greatest need in the church today is a keener grasp of God’s burning holiness; a deficient understanding of God’s holiness has led to moral laxness and deficient views of both law and grace. God Himself is our ultimate ethical Norm; and He is unchanging. (Malachi 3:6) We meet the Incarnate Word as we read His Inscripturated Word (bible); both are equally, The Word.

Often we hear: “I’ve been involved in investigating for 20, 30, and 40 years…” However, longevity in the paranormal field does not make one wiser, as many assume, because the longer you are immersed in darkness, the more your mind will be affected with a spirit of demonic delusion, confusion and obsession; and your conscience will be increasingly defiled until it is seared. (As Dana points out, it happened to her, even though she was loathe to admit it at the time).

Countless ex-investigators have confessed that they had become obsessed with the thrill of ‘the hunt’ or the collection/review of data. Obsession is often a sign of demonic oppression, or a step in that direction. There are many rationalizations and objections that folks raise against what we are saying, and we can’t address them all, but the issue is: will you have a soft, humble, teachable heart before God and bow before His absolute, sovereign authority?
Proverbs 1:7

If you read nothing else in this open letter, please read this text which was breathed out of God’s own holy Mouth (2 Timothy 3:16-17) The entire text comprises an indivisible unit in the Hebrew bible.

9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, [e]anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, 14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to Him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or[f]who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. (Deut. 18:9-25, ESV, emphasis added)
6 “If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.7 Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. (Lev.20:6-7)

God wants you to listen to HIS voice (the Good Shepherd), and not the voice of demons! “Whoring after them…” reveals the true nature of what you are doing in God’s eyes: spiritual adultery.

20 “No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22 Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?” (1 Cor.10: 20-21)

By communicating with the spirit realm (realm of Satan/demonic), you are participating/communing with demons; and are provoking the Lord to jealousy, and bringing unspeakable harm upon yourselves, which grieves us deeply. Your actions are affecting your children and grandchildren; your future offspring!! Generational curses are in the bible, and we have dealt with them time and again in deliverance. Some of you are suffering in various ways because of your unwitting involvement with demons.

We’d like to ask you a question: are any parts of these texts (especially verses 9-14) unclear to you? Indeed, God’s Word is so clear that it leaves us without excuse.

To make it even plainer, let us put it in the form of a syllogism, which is common in ethical literature.
Major premise: Attempting to speak to the dead is an abominable sin (10-11)
Minor premise: Investigators attempt to speak to the dead (often electronically)
Conclusion: Therefore, Investigators are committing an abominable sin.

This syllogism is both valid and sound; the conclusion follows irresistibly from the premises, and they (the premises) are true.

It doesn’t just say that the communicating with the spirit realm is abominable but that those who do it become an abomination in His sight. That is frightening, is it not?

In light of the manifest clarity of this text, why do Christian ‘investigators’ still attempt to speak to the dead, or use psychics/mediums? There is no excuse. None.

However, here are several reasons why we did, until our eyes were opened.

First, we say with utmost gentleness, many of us have been drawn to seeking the paranormal due the traumatic death of a loved one. Our heart goes out to you if that happened to you, but you must resist this temptation because it will not help you, and will only compound your pain—the devil is so cruel, and often takes advantage of us when we are most emotionally broken. The strongest believers can emotionally unravel in the face of tragic loss, and some of us deal with this agony on a daily basis. Perhaps you cling to this practice as it is the only thing that gives your life meaning.

The second reason is that perhaps your conscience allows you to investigate; it doesn’t bother you, so you assume it must be okay. However, the bible doesn’t see our conscience as being infallible; it is subordinate to scripture. It is not uncommon for us to mute the voice of conscience by habitual sin.

From personal experience, we know that it is possible to sink into devastating sin (of all different kinds), and the voice of conscience becomes increasingly dim—but we cannot remain in that situation indefinitely because “He who perseveres to the end will be saved.” (Matt.10:22) Sometimes our conscience says that something is right when the bible says it is wrong, and vice versa. (E.g.Rom.14-15) We must seek to inform/educate our conscience with the content of Scripture, or it can lead us astray, as the following text shows.

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared.”, (1 Timothy 4:1-2, ESV)

Third, many people think that Old Testament laws, like the text in Deut.18, are no longer binding under the New Covenant, and that the New Covenant gives them new freedom to contact the spirit realm.

False teachers in the church are promoting this antinomianism. We don’t have the time to adequately defend what should not need defending; namely, our comprehensive obedience to all of God’s Word.
However, God is the author of both covenants, and the covenant documents of each continue to be normative for God’s people. Jesus indicates in Matthew 5:17ff and Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that the Old Testament moral law (civil and ceremonial law has been fulfilled in Christ, but they are still normative in what they teach us) is a guide unto righteous living for New Covenant believers. In Paul’s text he is referring mostly to the Old Testament, and its abiding validity as a source for training us in godly living.

If the OT law cannot justify or save us, is it then obsolete for Christians? Do we just throw the law out? Quite otherwise. 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:17-19) we can see how very clear Jesus is on this point.

We are still obligated to obey God in the New Covenant. Indeed, we are told over and over that our love for Christ is expressed through obedience to the law/commandments. (Exodus 20:6; Deut.11:27; Daniel 9:4; John 15:4, 14; 1 Cor. 7:19; Rev.12:17 ECT,) The law commands us to love, and that love commands us to keep God’s commandments. Law requires love, and love requires law. A reckless disregard for God’s law could be a sign of an unregenerate heart. The “law of love” has no content without love of the law. Some will ‘cherry pick’ the few theologians who will support their attempts to circumvent OT moral law and indeed to circumvent the prohibition of communicating with spirits.

Occult practices are so thoroughly and consistently condemned in the OT that it would take an explicit command in the NT to abolish them. Instead, the NT continues to express God’s unchanging, implacable hatred of all occult beliefs/techniques. (E.g. see Acts and Revelation)

We say this with all humility, but if you have no qualms whatsoever about communicating with the spirit realm, then you are either: 1) abysmally ignorant of scripture, or 2) you are not a true, regenerate Christian.3) Although you are a born again Christian, you are being disobedient and grieving the Holy Spirit. Thus, this is an exceedingly serious matter.

Let us return to Deut. 18:

The entire section quoted above comprises a unity in the Hebrew text: the first half is devoted to illegitimate means of seeking spiritual guidance, which includes the abominable practices of seeking to communicate with the dead, and the use of psychics and mediums. In other words, seeking wisdom apart from God via occult methods. The second half of chapter 18 is devoted to the legitimate means of seeking God’s wisdom via His prophets. Indeed, there is a Messianic prophecy of The coming Prophet, which is quoted about Jesus three times in the New Testament (John 1:21; Acts 3:22-24; 7:37).

Hence, if you reject Deut. 18:9-14 and its prohibitions against communicating with the spirit realm, then to be consistent, you would have to throw out the Messianic prophecy of Jesus as The coming Prophet, because this text is a tight unit. Or if you object that you are not seeking illicit wisdom from the spirit realm, but confirmation of their presence, then we say that the method is as evil as the motive: contacting the spirit realm is absolutely forbidden in itself. Do not consult mediums/psychics or attempt communication with the dead. Period. God tells us what will help people or hurt them; not our misguided attempts to help people by engaging in syncretism (mixing beliefs/practices); the bane of God’s church since its inception.

Moses, who was educated in the Magick of his day in Egypt, was contrasting how we are to find divine guidance, and God’s abhorrence of pagan/occutlic rituals. (See also Lev.19:26; 1 Samuel 28; 2 Kings 17:17; Isaiah 2:6; 21:6; Micah 5:12; Rev.21-22 and all of the major prophets).

As Dana says in her testimony, it was easy for her to soft-peddle these verses by thinking that she was doing the right thing and God would understand; that the culture had changed drastically since then, and possibly God Himself had changed His mind. But then she realized that God does not change—He is immutable (Malachi 3:6) That God’s Truth is unchanged and unchanging caused Dana’s change of heart. May it change your heart as well; and ours too, as we all struggle with idolatry.

Specific Points:

1. It is out of love that we call our brothers and sisters to repent of beliefs and practices which God sees as spiritual adultery. Over and over in the Major Prophets, God exposes His heart regarding His holy and infinitely intense jealous hatred of paganism and occultic activities, and how much it tears at His heart. How can you read Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel and not be affected by the constant barrage of God’s intense, jealous rage over occult practices, such as you are doing?

Entire reigns of kings in the historical books were summarized as good or bad, depending on how they dealt with the occult. In one sense, Josiah was the greatest Old Testament king, and his zeal for God was manifested in how thoroughly he rid the nation of all occult practices. “”4 Moreover, Josiah put away the mediums and the necromancers and the household gods and the idols and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might establish the words of the law that were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord. 25 Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.”(2 Kings 23:24-25) Notice the close connection between Josiah’s unprecedented love for God, love for His law, and his putting away mediums and necromancers.

2. We lovingly challenge paranormal investigators to see their primary identity as children of the Living God and part of His Church-the Body of Christ, and not primarily as members of the paranormal community. (Romans 12; 1 Cor. 12; Eph.5; Gal. 3-4) He wants us to transform culture and not be conformed to it (Romans 12:1-2)-to be salt and light. Further, we believe that it is the paranormal community itself which is accelerating this individual and corporate disobedience due to it being a plausibility structure; shared beliefs and passions make it easier to rationalize disobedience to God’s clear commands, and to believe things which are actually implausible. Two of the attributes of scripture are its sufficiency and clarity, and your lack of perceiving the clear truth is deeply concerning to us. The more deeply you become involved, the more of a deluding darkness takes hold of the reasoning process, where things that should be clear, aren’t; a dark veil has descended, and you begin to blame God for the distressing circumstances that your actions have brought about—God’s discipline and/or demonic oppression.

Praying for protection, or for discerning spirits in Jesus’ Name, before/during an investigation will often be ineffective because God does not listen to us if we are engaged in heinous sins or cherish sin in our hearts (Psalm 66:18) Why do you pray to Michael for assistance, or other angels, when neither Jesus nor the apostles ever did? Why pray to an arch-angel when God, the Holy Spirit, is infinitely stronger and present with us always? It’s one thing to pray to God for HIM to send His holy angels, but angels do not want us to pray TO them, which is a form of worship. And your requests for discernment will be blocked as well because of grieving the Holy Spirit, who gives discernment.

Does it concern you, as it does us, that so many investigators are themselves plagued with demonic activity, and are suffering in a multitude of ways? This is the deep, dark secret of the paranormal community.

3. Specifically, we call our brothers and sisters to stop all attempts to communicate with the deceased (e.g. EVP’s, Ghost box, Ovulus, etc.); to not view oneself as a medium/psychic, nor use mediums/psychics in investigations. It is disturbing to see the unabashed use of ‘Christian Mediums’, when that should be seen as an unholy oxymoron. You are utterly deceived if you believe God has gifted and called you as a medium; He has not. He does not speak out of both sides of His Mouth. He doesn’t condemn mediumship and then call one to it. It is a common error for folks to mistake their human spirit/passions for the voice of the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit works in tandem with the Word. And the relativism of truth has crept into many Christians approach to the moral absolutes of the bible.

Investigators are increasingly using parapsychological categories in place of biblical categories; being conformed to the world by the allure of false science instead of being transforming agents of culture (Rom. 12:1-2) Many investigators affirm the dangers inherent in Ouija Board use, but they fail to see that there is no qualitative difference between soliciting EVP’s (or other electronic means) and a Ouija session.

Not all Ouija sessions are frivolous; some are serious and sincere attempts to communicate with the spirit realm, (just as you are doing), yet we know the horror stories associated with them. Many cases we are called to are rooted in playing with Ouija boards and the like. And those of us in deliverance ministries often have to come in after investigations have stirred up the hornet’s nest due to the use of occultic techniques.

Both Ouija and EVP’s address any spirits there to make their presence known. Both are explicit attempts to communicate with the dead, which is clearly forbidden and condemned throughout the bible. The means of communicating with the spirit realm are mushrooming, but they are equally heinous in God’s eyes. The veneer of science behind these methods must not be seen as excusing them, much less sanctioning them. It is whitewashing wickedness.

It is our experience from studying all the relevant biblical texts, that every attempt to support notions common in the paranormal community, always commit one or more exegetical/hermeneutical fallacies. Indeed, the texts appealed to usually undermine the very beliefs being defended by Christians in the paranormal community. (E.g. Mark 6)

In paranormal seminars what is often called “phenomenology”, is the tendency to identify entities in your investigations by your five senses and intuition…which is naive’. If Satan can appear as an angel of Light (2 Cor. 11:14) then it would be a snap for him/demons to appear as anything. (And we have seen some really bizarre manifestations.) In light of this biblical fact, why do Christian investigators continually attempt to identify entities based on appearance, sound of voice, smells, or some kind of intuition? Why believe the voice of a demon? If they are anything, demons are masters of deception, who were there 100 years ago and can mimic all the findings of the historical research. Thus, they have been successful countless times in misguiding investigators into thinking that they have discovered the alleged ‘deceased human’ who is causing the problems. Failure to take into account the reality of demons has led many Christians to embrace shameful beliefs and to view the phenomena/data through distorted lenses.

There are gradations of sin (and hell, Romans 2:5) and occultic sins are especially heinous in God’s eyes. (John 19:11; Lev. 4:2, 13; 5:17; Numbers 15:30; Ezekiel 8:6, 13, 15; Matt. 5:19; 23:23; Deuteronomy 18—all the Major Prophets). And to engage in them is to jeopardize one’s eternal destiny. How can you continue doing what you know God hates? “He who perseveres (in obedience) to the end, will be saved.” Since it is the HOLY Spirit who gives us assurance of salvation, it is impossible to have genuine assurance of salvation when engaged in such unholy activities. Hebrews 12:14 We fear that many, who profess Christ, don’t possess Christ. “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord…” Matthew 7:21-18 … without holiness no one will see the Lord.

Have you ever stopped to ask if your spiritual authority is being compromised as a result of your grievous sin? And we know from painful experience that investigating the paranormal causes demonic oppression, whether you realize it or not. So, when you go to help someone, you are likely bringing demons with you, which unwittingly infest them further. And without a doubt, your occultic techniques make it worse for the client by opening new demonic doors, or making old ones ‘wider.’

Many of you are hesitant to even mention demons to your clients because it might ‘scare them.’ But is that wise since the bible says that there are only two entities in the spirit realm: good and bad angels (demons/unclean spirits/elemental spirits are all synonyms)? Laura responded the same way in her first few years as a Christian, scared she’d frighten people, until she felt God urged her to tell the truth or otherwise she’d be lying to them!

Have you ever stopped to ask if your spiritual authority is being compromised as a result of your grievous sin? And we know from painful experience that investigating the paranormal causes demonic oppression, whether you realize it or not. So, when you go to help someone, you are likely bringing demons with you, which unwittingly infest them further. And without a doubt, your occultic techniques make it worse for the client by opening new demonic doors, or making old ones ‘wider.’

Many of you are hesitant to even mention demons to your clients because it might ‘scare them.’ But is that wise since the bible says that there are only two entities in the spirit realm: good and bad angels (demons/unclean spirits/elemental spirits are all synonyms)? Laura responded the same way in her first few years as a Christian, scared she’d frighten people, until she felt God urged her to tell the truth or otherwise she’d be lying to them!

The bible mentions demons and Satan. It’s the truth. They’ll be more scared if they die without knowing the truth or knowing Christ as Savior… Laura was grateful when a Christian told her that the spirits she spoke with were demons. As soon as she believed this, she was desperate to be free of them, scared or not!

If you don’t tell them the truth about demons, you are in a sense allowing them to continue to believe a lie; you are lying to them.

And by appealing to earthbound spirits, poltergeists, and residual energy (a book is forthcoming showing how vacuous this notion is), you are telling the client there is peace, when there is no peace. False prophets were condemned in the OT for saying that. It also destroys biblical hope.

Hence, we see no positive purpose behind paranormal investigating, as it is practiced today. The clients don’t need validation of something they already know is true; they need deliverance/conversion. If you are truly called by God, then you may consider
deliverance as a vocation. In light of 1 Cor. 10:31, we can see no redeeming value nor any hope of paranormal investigating bringing glory to God. Indeed, it dishonors God’s holy Name, when we are called to “hallow His Name”.
We affirm that all genuine paranormal activity is demonic activity, as neither holy angels nor the Holy Spirit will act mischievously, and angels are our servants. (Hebrews 1:14). And humans immediately go to heaven or hell after they die. (Heb. 9:27)The perfection of the atonement is at stake regarding the demonic notion of ‘earthbound spirits.’, and it is one of Satan’s most effective lies.
If your ultimate authority is the Roman Catholic Church, and the teachings of its well known exorcists, then we gently but firmly state that their view of justification is a false gospel (Gal. 1), and no human authority must be placed on par with God’s Word. Purgatory is a direct assault on the singular honor and dignity of the Person and Work of Christ and His finished work on the cross.

Conclusion: There is much more we had wanted to say, but from the depths of our hearts we beg of you to listen carefully to what we have said, even if it initially upsets you. In summary, even if you persist in believing in earthbound spirits, the bible clearly says to not attempt communication with the dead. Neither Jesus nor the early church communicated with earthbound spirits (Moses and Elijah weren’t earthbound), and they didn’t conduct paranormal investigations or assist deceased spirits in “crossing over”, because our thrice-holy, omnipotent God and Judge Reigns over every atom in the cosmos, especially our souls! (Eph. 1:11)

We are called to imitate Christ, and Jesus Himself is the Light—let us point them to Him. Our Savior didn’t have a ministry to the dead, and neither did the apostles. They weren’t involved in paranormal investigations. So, why should you? Certainly this would have been part of the Great Commission if it were true! Focusing your time and energy on paranormal investigating and assisting souls to ‘cross over,’ is not part of the Great Commission. Thus, we feel you have been distracted from that explicit calling to all believers.

We urge you to re-focus your energies on reaching out to the lost and making disciples, while they may still be found, and helping those who are demonically oppressed, by cleansing them and their homes of unclean spirits. God is so gracious and merciful and He can use you to re-direct your focus on reaching the ‘living lost’ and delivering people from demons! If He can use us toward that end, then He can certainly use you!

When Laura Maxwell realized she was deceived some years ago, by a group of Christians who all believed in, the now popular global Christian trend, that they were receiving revelation from alleged ‘holy angels,’ she left that group and sought a deliverance minister. She repented and had demons cast out of her! Even after her many years in healing and deliverance ministry, she, too, had been deceived but sought help! She shared this in a radio interview on angels we did together last year. Nobody is above being deceived!

Like Laura did, please seek deliverance if it is needed, as we know many of you are oppressed.
Please send any replies to Mark Hunnemann at mhunne@aol.com. He was the primary drafter of this letter. Laura Maxwell and Dana Emanuel gave invaluable support and insights.

P.S. We intend to produce several 5-10 minute videos in the near future which reply to the frequent questions asked and can be viewed on our YouTube channels and blogs.

Love in the Lamb,
Mark A Hunnemann, M.Div. (Author, Deliverance Minister and Former Pastor), http://archive.aweber.com/paraworld

Laura Maxwell B.A. Hons. (Author, TV and Radio guest, Radio host and Former Spiritualist) https://ourspiritualquest.com/

Dana Emanuel (Author, Deliverance Minister and Former Paranormal Investigator) https://xposingtheenemy.com/

The undersigned lovingly call you to ‘put off’ your pagan/occult ways, and re-affirm that Jesus’ Lordship extends over every area of life. Seek the Lord while He may be found, and bow before Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

 

Signed by: Jerry Blasé, Dan Langenfeld, Lena Bonnick, Garry Keogh, Bonnie Giese, Mary Kirk, Neil Thompson, Sonya Saporito, Tracy Jackson, Larry Thompson. Donald Jones, Philip Ness-Thomas, Christopher Milner, Richard Lohman, Ariel Vega, Sandy Ragland, Christina Steel, Darren Steel, Krystal Clawson, Danny Clawson, Jr., Randy Sims, Melissa May, Sheila Jones, Jonathon Chai, Tammy Dajamette, Deborah McBride, Michael Quillen, Ashley Sidney, Rhonda Anne, Debbie Tucker, Jason Tirre, Connie Williams, Dwayne Follick, Tami Jocasta, Lynda Smith Miller, Cheri Kharsah, Kara De Jesus, Zita Grant, Tina Storey, Ruth McGuire, David Abreu, Joshua Hopping, Billy Posey, Joe Miroddi, Dana Carrigan, Garry Combs, Rose Queener, Kelly Dello, Liese Sukeforth, Marilyn Chastain Haning, Bre Greer, Jen Wigolo, Aaron Knight, Phillip T Oliver, Billy Vanderbilt, Cynthia Hampton, Pastor Michael Sanders-Biblical Counselor, Hope Glover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Christian” Paranormal Investigators

To my beloved brothers and sisters in the Paranormal Community,

I say this with complete loving kindness and humility, but yet I must stand on God’s absolute truth, as this is what God tells us to do, and this is what gives us true freedom.

We are living in a time in which there has been an explosion of interest in the Occult and the “paranormal”. We can turn on our television set at almost any time of the day, and you will be able to find something on, related to the paranormal. Whether it be ghost hunting, psychic and mediums, children and the paranormal, haunted objects, Haunted houses, haunted pets, or demonic possessions, our society has become totally consumed, desensitized to, and driven by a unhealthy fascination with the paranormal. In turn, this fascination has caused demonic oppression across our land that far exceeds human understanding.. and the problem is far worse than we could possibly imagine. We not only have a society that is plagued with occult practices and demonic oppression, but the situation has reached an epidemic level, because we have many “Christians” that “should be” helping the problem by engaging spiritual battle as the Bible instructs us, to help those that are affected. But instead, these “Christians”  are contributing to this very problem, by adhering to antibiblical religious practices in thier approach, which in turn makes this epidemic even worse. These “practices” actually involve pagan occultism such as “consulting familiar spirits”, and mediums/psychics, and divinations, and necromancy.

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We, as humans, do not have the power to wage war against demonic spirits and get victory, outside of the true biblical approach, through Jesus Christ. It is only through Him, that we may have authority over the enemy.

First I would like to say, that I too used to be a paranormal investigator for many years, in fact, I had my own paranormal investigation team. I grew up in church, and always believed in Jesus Christ from a very early age. So when I was in the paranormal field, I identified myself as a Christian, that wanted to help others that were suffering attacks and oppression from demonic spirits, or “ghosts”.  I have since then, found that in light of scripture, that there is no such thing as “earthbound human spirits”, as they are all demonic spirits, (aka Familiar Spirits) which masquerade as earthbound human spirits.
Besides my desire to help others, I also had a very unhealthy fascination with the paranormal, which I have found to also be the case with pretty much all the paranormal investigators that I knew personally. (although it is very common for investigators to deny this.) It would be foolish to deny that there is indeed a “thrill of the hunt” factor to it.

When I was into paranormal research, I truly had a genuine concern about the people that were being tormented and haunted, as I am sure many of you do. But, it is my plea to you, that if you identify as a “Christian”, and have a genuine concern about other people, to please stop using occult techniques and practices, all in the name of “helping others.” I know that some of you will most likely accuse me of being uncaring and judgmental, but please know that since I too was in the paranormal field, that I can relate. I had others warn me by telling me that these “spirits” that I was interacting with, was in fact demons, (familiar spirits) and that what I was doing, was actually an abomination in the eyes of a God. And when they would lovingly share bible verses with me to validate their claims, I somehow felt that what I was doing was not the same as what those bible verses were referring to, and that perhaps, God overlooked these things today, as now we have the atonement of Jesus Christ and that He would not hold it against me. I felt that “as long as I was genuinely trying to help others”, then I would somehow be excused by God of using such practices in the process, and I would escape His wrath.
I also felt that since society had changed so much since the Bible was recorded, I foolishly assumed that since society had changed, that that meant that God also had changed.

My involvement with the paranormal research began when I had a paranormal experience, in which I “thought” it was my deceased grandfather, and I began to question the afterlife. Where I went wrong, was when I did not go to God in prayer, and to His Word for the truth. But instead, I “looked for truth” at the local library and bookstores, reading books by those that were in the paranormal research community. And, as part of my “research”, I also looked for answers directly from these demonic spirits (familiar spirits) via divination (using divining tools such as dowsing rods, pendulums, etc.) and necromancy (EVP recordings and analysis, seances, ouija boards, etc.) and photographic images, and video recordings. The error in this was, I was actually “consulting familiar spirits” instead of seeking God for the truth.

Scripture tells us:

Isaiah 8:19-20 KJV
[19] And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? [20] To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

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We should always seek to obtain truth from God, in His Word. He is a jealous God, and He is a just God. And He changes not.

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We can not “trust” what these spirits (demons) tell us. The Bible tells us that Satan is the “father of lies, and that there is NO truth in him.

John 8:42-47 KJV
[42] Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. [43] Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. [44] Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. [45] And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. [46] Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? [47] He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

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As Christians, God’s Word should always be our final authority in all things. God’s Word is sufficient, and tells us all we need to know, including things of the spirit and the afterlife. We should aim to please God. Not look for ways to excuse our behavior, but we should genuinely want to be obedient to Him. If we love Him, we will want to obey Him and his commandments to us.

We should pray, and let the Holy Spirit lead us. But we must remember, the Holy Spirit would never lead us to do anything against God’s written word. We must test all things with God’s Word. Does it contradict God’s Word? Anything that contradicts God’s Word, be sure it is of the enemy.

My previous involvement with paranormal investigations resulted in my family and I becoming demonically oppressed and tormented. This is very common with paranormal investigators. Although it may take some time before it becomes evident, it will eventually happen in time. (Sin is only pleasurable for a season)
Hebrews 11:25 KJV
[25] Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

This happens as a result of our rebellion and disobedience to God. When we are disobedient to His Word, we are leaving His “umbrella of protection”. While we commit these practices we are opening ourselves up to demonic oppression. It would be an oxymoron to even think we could possibly “help others” while subjecting ourselves, and them, to further demonic oppression. Many believe these investigations are within the “biblical scope of practice”. But they are not looking at scripture for their basis of reasoning.

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Another concern with those that are dabbling in these occult practices, is their lack of true authority in Christ, while attempting Deliverance/ exorcisms on the “clients” that are under demonic oppression. If we are “in Christ”, we would be in complete submission to Him. There is a difference between “believing Jesus is real”, and believing “on Him”. We cannot walk in darkness while confessing Christ with our lips. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, God will not hear our prayers. (Psalm 66:18) We must be a true follower of Christ, to have true authority over demonic spirits. (Acts 19:11-20)

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We cannot be conformed by this world and the ways of the world, and be a true servant of God.

Romans 12:2 KJV
[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

As I look back, if I had it all to do over I would’ve never become involved in paranormal research.

There are indeed people that are tormented by paranormal activity in their homes, and as Christians, we should address it in a biblical fashion.

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We should counsel the person that is oppressed and under demonic torment, and let the Holy Spirit lead us and reveal to us (and them) any open doors, via occult practices, generational curses, ungodly soul ties, drug/alcohol addictions, cursed objects in home, etc. so we can lovingly share the truth with them (with scripture), about these open doors and help lead them to salvation, and pray deliverance prayers with them, and cast the demons out! We should never “consult with a demon”, via voice recorders, photos, or any other means, and the reason for this is because it simply isn’t biblical, or necessary.

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It is with every fiber of my being, to plea with you, to repent and leave such practices. We are living in a time like no other. The spiritual world is indeed real, and our society is in big trouble. We need the church to come together, and choose this day whom they will serve. Make up our minds to submit to Christ, and follow Him.

Matthew 9:35-38 KJV
[35] And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. [36] But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. [37] Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; [38] Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

Seeking first the kingdom~
Dana Emanuel,                                       Deliverance Minister

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The Paranormal Truth

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The Paranormal Truth

I recorded this video, and wrote this blog, to give people a true understanding of the “paranormal”, and spiritual warfare, and the “putting on of the full armor of God”. In sharing my testimony, I explained how I came into the occult from a very early age and how it became an obsession of mine, and where it eventually led me. I am also sharing with everyone, some of the true paranormal accounts of hauntings that I experienced while in the paranormal field. As part of my research in the paranormal, the question that is often overlooked and almost always rejected by others, which often would come into my mind, and that was, “are all these spirits that claim to be the spirits of our departed loved ones, actually be demonic spirits, masquerading as such”? I finally came to realize the truth, about what these entities really were. It wasn’t until my family and I suffered a lot of spiritual attacks, that I became desperate enough to get the answer to this question and by facing it head on, and finally, accepting that truth, the truth about Jesus, and the truth about the schemes of the enemy, Satan. We are all born into a spiritual war. Some people are taught about it early in life and are equipped early, and therefore are better prepared and protected from the schemes of the devil, but then there are some of us that learn later in life, having been deceived and wounded by the enemy, suffering great loss in this battle, that we were not armed to fight against. You see, although I attended church as a child, and although I knew about Jesus, I did not know the schemes of the enemy, and I did not know God’s Word. God’s Word is our “sword”. God’s Word is our weapon against the enemy. I felt that since I “believed that Jesus was real”, I thought I was protected, no matter what I did. I thought that if I owned a bible, (without actually reading It and applying it to my life) that I was protected. This is the very reason that even many Christians today become wounded and defeated. They do not truly “believe on Jesus, and have faith in Him, or simply give the battle to Him, and most importantly, they do not obey Him and his word. In order to fight this spiritual battle and have victory, having faith in Jesus was the only option I had left, and this was where my victory, was ultimately found! Glory to God!
In this blog I will examine what the bible says about the afterlife and the spiritual world.
I will also discuss schemes of the enemy. I want to mention up front, that in no way will this video/blog “glorify” the work of Satan, but instead, will “warn” others of his schemes, as the Bible tells us:
Matthew 10:16 KJV
[16] Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV
[11] Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

This video/blog gives ALL THE GLORY TO GOD!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV
[19] What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? [20] For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

I will tackle this subject from several directions, and I will do so, In light of scripture.

God forbids only those things that will harm us. One of the things He forbids is the act of “consulting the dead.” (necromancy) You see, Satan roams around seeking whom he may devour. Anything that God prohibits in the bible, is bad for our spiritual and/or physical health. Satan probes us to find our weaknesses. (Sifts us as wheat) One of our greatest weaknesses, is our love for family members and friends. And we also have a natural compassion for those that are suffering and defenseless. When we have a family member whom passes away, our grief we carry from our loss truly can be an opportunity for the enemy to take advantage of. He will try to gain access to us, through masquerading as our deceased loved one. He will exhibit knowledge of things and show evidence in order to compel us to believe it is truly them. Satan is not omnipresent like God, but as the bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12, there are principalities and powers and rulers of darkness in this world, and there are demonic spirits that are around us all the time, to tempt us and to report to satan when we sin or do anything against scripture. As seen in scripture, in the book of Job, as Satan is the accuser.

Scripture tells us to not consult with the dead, and to do so is an abomination to God.
Deuteronomy: 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. 14. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. 15. The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; –


Isaiah: 8. 19. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

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An “abomination” is something that is grossly detestable, and is so out of the normal as opposed to what was intended by God, and carries great implications for doing them. The reason God forbids us to consult with the dead is because he knows that our departed loved ones are not the ones that would be responding to us. Scripture is very clear on the state of the dead and the impossibility of departed spirits to come back to communicate with us, which I will go over shortly.

All information coming from these familiar spirits are meant to deceive us, and lead us astray. The way Satan works is, he will mix truth in with lies, to gain our trust. God warns us that those with familiar spirits will “defile” us.
Defile means: to make one unclean or pollute morally.

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Here are some of the false messages that come from these “spirits”. Then  I will list scriptures after each one to show how it conflicts with God’s Word:

•There is no hell after we die
People that are unbelievers and the wicked, don’t go to hell when they die, but instead, just roam the earth.

This belief, essentially takes away our fear of hell. If we are in control of what happens to us after we die, by just remaining here on earth after death, hell would no longer be a threat to us. According to scripture, hell is a true reality. Actually, Jesus warned about hell, more than He talked about heaven. And, the Bible also tells us it is immediate, after death, of those that are not saved.

Luke 16:19-23 KJVS
[19] There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: [20] And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, [21] And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. [22] And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; [23] And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

The Bible tells us that hell is something we should fear. We should fear HIM, that can destroy our bodies and our souls in hell.

Matthew 10:28 KJVS
[28] And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

*Don’t the angels know when we die?

Another point we can look at is in the case of Lazarus the beggar,  is when the rich man died, the angels carried him to Abrahams bosom.
Angels are always around us, they encamp around us to protect us, God gives them charge over us, as they would know where we are at all times. So this would mean we don’t die and get lost. (Angels behold the face of our father in heaven ) >>

Matthew 18:10 take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in heaven.

The angels that are assigned to us report things to God. They are messengers.

Hebrews 1:14 KJV
[14] Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

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That when the spirits of the deceased “cry out”, that for some reason, God can not hear them or help them, but ghost hunters can??

This could not be further from the truth! God is ALL KNOWING, and He is omnipresent!!

This belief suggests that God does not know where the dead are, or that they even died.

Hebrews 9:26-27 KJVS
[27] And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Every man is appointed to die at sometime in thier life. God knows when this will be. He knows the end from the beginning! And “after that”, judgement.

Proverbs 15:3 KJV
[3] The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Job 34:20-22 KJV
[20] In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand. [21] For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. [22] There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Psalm 139:6-8 KJVS
[6] Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. [7] Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? [8] If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there .

Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV
[6] Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

That children (whom are under the age of accountability) do not go to heaven when they die, but instead, roam the earth, lost, as if the child were a bastard,

Mark 10:13-14 KJV
[13] And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them . [14] But when Jesus saw it , he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV
[6] Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Hebrews 13:5-6 KJV
[5] Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. [6] So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

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God “loses” us, therefore we are not important to God. 

God knows every hair on our head. He knows every time a sparrow falls out of a tree.. Are we not more important to him then that of many sparrows?

Matthew 10:29-31 KJVS
[29] Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. [30] But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. [31] Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

We are VERY important to him! When we want to know the value of something, we look to see what someone would be willing to “pay” for it (for example, a house, or car, etc.) so when we question, how much do we mean to God, it can be asked, “how much would He willing to pay for us?” The answer is very clear in scripture. We mean so much to Him, that He purchased us with the blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus!

John 3:16 KJVS
[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Hebrews 9:26-27 KJVS
[26] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself

They claim that they need the ghost hunter to help them “cross over” into the light.

What light? The Bible tells us that Jesus is the light of the world. This would in a sense be truthful though, because the reason these “familiar spirits” can not go to the light, is because they truly are demonic spirits.  In the Bible, did Jesus ever help spirits of dead loved ones while He was on earth doing miracles? Does the Bible mention Him sending any “ghost”, to a “light”?? No.

*When we think of how widespread the “belief” is, of earthbound spirits of our departed loved ones, there would be at least ONE mention of it in scripture. (or how to “help them”) It does not mention it, because it simply isn’t true.

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 The Bible is siffecient, and tells us all we need to know.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJVS
[16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works
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It suggests that we can get answers regarding the spiritual world using our 5 senses.

We must get our answers regarding “spiritual things”, from God. Any other source is merely opinions, and unfounded theories. The natural man cannot know the things of God, or things of the spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:10-16 KJVS
[10] But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. [11] For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. [12] Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. [13] Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. [14] But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them , because they are spiritually discerned. [15] But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. [16] For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

We cannot lean on our own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5-6 KJVS
[5] Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. [6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 14:12 KJVS
[12] There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

All paranormal research groups go by the philosophy, “The proof is in the physical evidence gathered”. This rules out anything that is not seen, heard, smelled, or tasted. In this philosophy, anything of a “spiritual nature” could not be used as evidence. This is an oxymoron. Because you can only test how spiritual occurrences affect things in the natural, but you cannot determine the source of the spiritual, using natural means. Spiritual things must be tested and evaluated using spiritual methods. You see, Familiar spirits are spiritual beings, and they masquerade as the departed spirits of those that are familiar to us, even as your loving, caring grandmother, which could be contacting you with “important information”, which could be either unresolved issues, or it could even be valuable information, such as the location of money.

God tells us to consult HIM, regarding the dead, and specifically tells us not to consult these familiar spirits and mediums, etc.

Isaiah: 8. 19. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
There is no possible way for the “paranormal investigator” (or medium/psychic) to determine if the spirit is good or bad, unless they “test the spirits”. One can only use true “discernment” if they were to follow the guidelines given to us by God in His Word and if they are true believers.  True “discerning of spirits” is a gift of the Holy Spirit, according to scripture.

1 Corinthians 12:4,10 KJVS
[4] Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. [10] To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues
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The only way a believer can become sharp in their discernment is to read God‘s word, and to become so familiar with it, that they will know the spirit of truth and distinguish it from the spirit of error.

I once heard an analogy that explained the concept well. It went something like this:
There was a man, that worked for the secret service and his job was to know and detect counterfeit money. And someone asked him, “How can you possibly keep up with learning all the counterfeit details, techniques, and characteristics on the money?” And his answer was, “I do not study all the counterfeit details. I only study the true money, because as long as I am so familiar with the true bills, I will detect the counterfeit when I see it”.
It was when I heard this analogy that I could fully understand that we don’t need to know all the evil schemes of the enemy, but instead, we just need to become sharp in understanding Gods Word. Because as long as we know Gods Word, we will be able to discern when something is not of God, but is in fact, of the enemy.

1 John 4:1-6 KJV
[1] Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. [2] Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: [3] And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. [4] Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. [5] They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. [6] We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

*The dead (or fallen angels/demons) seeking salvation after physical death?? (or spiritual death In the case of  fallen angels)

Ecclesiastes 9:3-6 KJVS
[3] This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. [4] For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. [5] For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. [6] Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun
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There is only hope for those that are living, and after death, there is no longer any reward.

*Residual hauntings, is this biblical?

What happens to energy? Does energy dissipate, or just stick around? What about the electrical current that goes through an object? Or how about the emf pumps we used to work with in paranormal research? Once we turned it off, the energy dissipates and is lost. It did not return. Energy is not “intelligent”. The residual haunting logic, is not supported scientifically or biblically.

His place remembers him no more”…

* Haunted homes/objects?

What is the benefit for demons to haunt or hide in an object? The Bible says they wander in dry places but they look for a human body to inhabit, or an animal, but the Bible never mentions demons being cast out of a home or an object. It was always people that Jesus cast demons out of. Jesus never sat in an alleged haunted home with para-phanlia equipment to “detect” ghosts, or even demons for that matter. In His approach to demonic spirits, it was always when He was preaching in public, the demons would manifest in and through a person, (or the demon possessed person would be brought to Jesus by family members) and he would cast it out.

Cursed objects in a home may contribute to demonic activity, just as the sinful lifestyle of the occupant/s will. To own and have possession of cursed objects is a sin in itself.

Deuteronomy 7:25-26 KJV
[25] The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God. [26] Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.

Once a person truly submits to God,  repents, and gets deliverance, usually all paranormal/demonic activity will stop.

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*Casting out demons without a relationship with Christ.

As we see in scripture, if we are not true believers in Christ, we will not have authority over unclean spirits.
Acts 19:13-20
13Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. 19Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Why would these “alleged” human spirits leave in the name of Jesus? It is also very telling, that Aliens, spirit guides, descended masters, holy angels (not true holy angels), also leave when commanded to, in the name of Jesus.

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Spiritual Warefare:

The bible tells us that the WORD is our sword. It also tells us what the FULL ARMOUR OF GOD is. With all of these, we will have full authority over unclean spirits, through Jesus Christ!!

Ephesians 6:10-20 KJV
[10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places . [13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: [18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; [19] And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, [20] For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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Seeking first the Kingdom of God~

Dana Emanuel, Deliverance Minister

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What Are Familiar Spirits?

What is a familiar spirit?

Familiar spirits are demonic spirits, that respond to those that attempt to communicate with the dead, spirit guides, angels, aliens, or false gods. They mimick those that the sorcerer/necromancer/medium tries to “call up”. These spirits are closely linked to an individual, by either a person, place, or thing.

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The most “common” way known, that a familiar spirit communicates with people, is through mediums.

What is a medium? The word medium — from the Latin adjective medius, “middle” — has several meanings that all center on the idea of being in between. 1.Medium means something that lies between two other points, people, or levels. 2. A person who transmits messages from the dead. (Familiar spirits)

Familiar spirits are not who they claim to be

These spirits are demonic spirits, that masquerade as our dead loved ones, spirit guides, aliens, angels, or false gods. They manifest in the form of whatever type of spirit that the person is seeking to communicate with. The most common type of spirit that people usually attempt communication with, is the spirit of a deceased loved one.

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The reason for this is our natural emotions of grief and despair that we feel when we lose someone close to us, that we love. The enemy takes advantage of our grief. He does not play fair, and he is more cruel than many give him credit to be.

*The bible tells us that Satan transforms himself as an angel of light..

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“Familiar Spirits” in Light of the Holy Scriptures

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1 Samuel 28:7-15 KJV
[7] Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. [8] And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee. [9] And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those tthat have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die? [10] And Saul sware to her by the Lord , saying, As the Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. [11] Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. [12] And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. [13] And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. [14] And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saulperceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. [15] And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

Familiar Spirit, or the Departed Spirit of Samuel?

Amoung many other controversial topics in the Bible, the incident that took place in 1 Samuel is one of the most controversial, especially within the “paranormal community”. Many scholars have debated on this issue, as to whether Samuel himself was actually called up by the medium, or if it was a “familiar spirit”, masquarading as the departed spirit of Samuel. In order for us to know the truth, we must look at scripture and divide the word rightly. After dividing the word rightly, and carefully looking this incident, as it is written, and comparing it with the whole counsel of the Bible, I, and many others, have come to the conclusion that this was actually a familiar spirit, masquaradeing as the departed spirit of Samuel.

This is what led me to this conclusion:

1. Verse 14 says: And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground..

*When we look at the word “perceive”, it means:

Perceive: “to identify by means of our senses.”

The word “perceive” does not necessarily mean the perception was correct. It only means that the perception was based on the information gathered. Things can be perceived correctly, but they can also be falsely perceived.

2. Verse 13-14 ..what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. [14] And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle.

*The medium seen “gods” ascending out of the earth..

I find it interesting that she seen “what appeared to be Samuel”, amoung false gods, ascending out of the earth. This tells me it was a familiar spirit (demonic spirit) as it also ascended out of the earth with the other demonic spirits (false gods).

3. Verse 7 “Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit”..

*This point is very important, as it is actually the very answer to our question, right under our nose. If it had been a snake it would have jumped up and bit me!

4, Dividing the word, with other scriptures:

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 KJV
[13] So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord , even against the word of the Lord , which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it ; [14] And enquired not of the Lord : therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

*Saul was actually enquiring of the familiar spirit, not Samuel himself.

5. In Luke 16:19-31, The story of the rich man, and Lazerus, the beggar makes a few things clear, which show the impossibility that Samuel himself could have possibly came back from heaven to talk to Saul. It shows that when saved people die, they are immediately carried to heaven by an angel, and the wicked lift thier eyes up, being in torment, in hell. It also says that thier is a great gulf “fixed”, which makes it impossible for someone to leave heaven or hell to talk to the living. Abraham also told the rich man that if the unsaved will not believe Moses and the prophets, they will not believe, though one come back from the dead. So, if God will not allow a departed spirit to “come back” from heaven or hell, for the gospels sake, He will not allow them to come back for any other reason. As the gospel is the most important message anyone could give someone else!

Demonic spirits have been here for thousands of years,

They have been around us and our families, all of our lives, for generations, knowing everything we do, or say, at all times.

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When a person tries to communicate with the spirit of a  “departed loved one”, via medium, EVP analysis, ouija boards, downing rods, pendulums, etc., the Familiar spirit will then respond, giving answers that are very personal, and only known by the “spirit” they are attempting to contact.

This “tactic” of the enemy, is the # 1 reason we have so many people in society that believie in “earthbound spirits of our departed loved ones”. These spirits are so  convincing, that in most cases, it is impossible to deny that there is indeed “some kind of spirits” out there, that is attempting contact with us, that have personal knowledge of us and our dead loved ones.

These spirits are not only known to mimick the departed spirits of people we “knew personally”, but they also mimick the departed spirits of people that are “familiar to us” by a particular place, such as where we live. An example of this would be, if a person were to move into a new residence, and a familiar spirit makes its presence known, masquarading as a departed spirit of a person that once lived in that home, and died there. The familiarity in this case would be the residence itself.

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It could also be places such as ancient Indian burial grounds, old war fields, or other places where people were killed or died.

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Old Indian burial ground

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Waverly Hills Sanatarium, which many people believe is one of the most “haunted places” on earth. While the building is now primarily a tourist attraction for those fascinated by the paranormal, it used to be a functioning tuberculosis hospital. In 1910, when the hospital was established, this meant a place where between 8,000 and 63,000 people died bloody, excruciating deaths, as there would be no real cure for tuberculosis until streptomycin was invented in 1943. Waverly Hills was also the site of at least two suicides, which strangely enough took place in the same room. With all of that suffering, it’s not surprising that rumors of  ghostly apparitions, paranormal activity, and more have cropped up.

How these spirits usually work

Just as with any other sin, the enemy will try to “tempt us”. They will try to lure us into occult practices. Usually, soon after someone dies, a familiar spirit will attempt to make “contact” with us. They will try to make thier presence known. These attempts can range from the sound of footsteps, or things being moved on it’s own, disembodied voices, physical manifestations that can be seen, such as the form of dark shadow figures, orbs, or full bodied apparitions. It could also be strong smells of things that you would associate with a particular person, such as cigarette/cigar smoke, or perfume. It can also have bad smells, that smell like sulfur, rotten eggs, etc. The problem comes in when people do not “test the spirits”. Is this concept in line with scripture? When these spirits attempt to contact us, or make thier presence known, we need to rebuke it in Jesus name! When this is done, these spirits always flee!

If you or someone you know, is suffering from a haunting

After the spirit flees, as described above, if it returns, you must evaluate the situation. Usually, when there is any type of “haunting”, the familiar spirit has some kind of “legal right” to be there. Something must be contributing to an open door to the demonic. Are you, or someone in your household/family involved with any occult practices?

What are occult practices?

Deuteronomy 18 contains the most powerful biblical passage, outlining the occult. In verses 10 and 11, we find practices of the occult:

Deuteronomy 18:10-11 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 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, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 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. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

These demonic spirits are subject only to Jesus Christ.

These demonic spirits always flee at the name of Jesus! This is how we know that these familiar spirits are indeed demonic spirits.

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Jesus said:

Mark 16:16-18 KJV
[16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. [17] And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; [18] They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.


Seeking first the kingdom of God~

Dana Emanuel

Deliverance Minister

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I am very blessed that Laura Maxwell shared this article, and a few other articles of mine on her website, “Our Spiritual Quest”! I highly recommend others to read her powerful testimony and the testimony of many other ex-occultists, that left the occult and become born again Christians!!! 🙏🏻📖🙏🏻

Laura Maxwell’s website : http://www.ourspiritualquest.com

The Truth About Magic, A Power of Darkness

~By Dana Emanuel

When people think of magic, they usually think of the kind of magic that is nothing more than “parlor tricks”, these are illusionary tricks, that are carefully planned out, to make it “appear” as if the person performing the magic has “supernatural powers of the mind”, But in fact, they do not.

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But then, there is a type of “magic”, that involves true “supernatural” powers. Many believe that these powers come from one’s own mind. (Psychokinesis) This theory is technically labeled as “pseudoscience”, as it has been unfounded as it has not been proven scientifically.

Psychokinesis, commonly known as “PK”, is believed to be, the ability of using only the mind, Consciously or unconsciously with no physical intervention, to manipulate physical objects.

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This concept of has been employed by humans through magic, curious arts,!witchcraft, sorcery, and spiritism, The practice of magic is not new. There is nothing new under the sun. This has been employed as far back as when the bible was recorded. The Bible strongly prohibits using these practices, and for a very good reason, which I will explain further along.

The Spiritual World,  A True Reality

Besides our physical world, that we can see, hear, feel, and taste, there is also a spiritual world. When supernatural occurrences happen, it can not be scientifically explained, or tested in a laboratory. We can oftentimes “observe” supernatural (spiritual) occurrences when they happen, but no one can “physically” prove what the source truly is. But, we do however, have God’s Word, which tells us all that we need to know regarding the spiritual world.

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Supernatural magic, is not the work of the human mind. It is done with supernatural spiritual powers, but these powers are not of God. God does not perform “parlor tricks”.

Powers Of Darkness

I find it very interesting to know that many “magicians” actually admit to the fact that thier supernatural powers are the works of “supernatural spirits/spirit energies”.
One magician in particular, named Mike Super, performed on the TV show, “America’s Got Talent”. He performed magic using a voodoo doll, and he also appeared to teleport from one location on stage, to another area in the room in a matter of a few seconds. He admits openly that his magic “phenomenon” is done with the help of his “spirit energy friend” named “Dezment”.
He says that it all started when he was a child, at about the age of 6. He said this spirit used to write on his chalkboard, “I am Dezment”. He said this happened several times, until he finally answered back, “Hello Dezment”. He said that after he answered back, other things started happening. He says that “Dezment” is the one that caused his magic to happen.

He said that if “Dezment” does not “show up”, then nothing will happen.

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Once, a man named Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree Freemason, confessed that all successful magicians were aided by demonic entities in his book, “ The Secret Teachings of All Ages”.

His teachings have been adopted by all mainstream magicians.

The following steps are explained in his book.

1. The magicians have come to accept that the visible universe has an invisible counterpart meaning they truly believe in the habitation of good and evil spirits in our relm and the next.
2. By means of the secret processes of black magic it is possible to contact these invisible entities and gain their help in some human undertaking.
3. it is possible to make contacts with spirits whereby the magician becomes for a stipulated time the master of an elemental being, known as a demon.
4. True black magic is performed with the aid of a demonic spirit who serves the sorcerer for the length of his earthly life, while understanding that after death, the magician shall become the servant of his own demon.

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These people are truly “selling thier souls” to demonic spirits, in exchange for the supernatural powers for the length of thier earthly life.

The Bible tells us not to practice magic, sorcery, witchcraft, or use divination. There are reasons for God’s Laws. His laws are in place to protect us. When we attempt to use magic or sorcery, it is not the power of God that manifests during these practices. It is the work of demonic spirits. These spirits are here to steal, kill, and destroy. If we disobey God, and yield to using these practices, we will reap the demonic oppression , or perhaps even possession, that will come as a result.

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Satan, The Counterfeiter

Satan tries to counterfeit all things of God.

Isaiah 14:12-14 KJVS

[12] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! [13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

One of those things that he tries to counterfeit, is the supernatural miracles performed by God.  The Bible talks about a place called Ephesus, where God wrought special miracles by the hands of Apostle Paul. While some unbelievers seen these miracles, they tried to do miracles themselves, but without knowing Jesus Christ. One miracle in particular that they tried, was to cast an evil spirit out of a man. Thier attempts failed. When they tried casting the evil spirit out of a man, they were overtaken by him, and beaten, naked, and wounded. After this happened, those that heard about it, realized the truth and came to believe in Jesus Christ, as they found that true miracles and wonders were only done by the authority of Jesus, the true Son of God.

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Acts 19:17-20 KJV
[17] And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. [18] And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. [19] Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men : and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. [20] So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Galatians 5:19-21 KJV
[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:8 KJV
[8] But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Magic Vs. Miracles

Supernatural Magic is the work of  demons. Some people may think that magic and miracles are the same thing, but there is a very distinct difference between the two. Magic is the work of demons, and it is always aimed at glorifying ones self.

Miracles on the other hand, are the supernatural work of God. He works miracles because He loves His people, and He also does them, so that people may come to believe. (Exodus 4:1-9),  He also does it to glorify Himself,

Closing Statement:

Many people are seeking a sign.. they are waiting to see some kind of miracle, when the greatest miracle of all is staring them right in the face. God’s love for us, as revealed to us, in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the ultimate miracle that defies explanation.

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Hope For All Who Repent

It is important to know that it is never “too late” for a person that repents and turns to Jesus.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for our souls, and that if those that are practicing magic, we’re to repent of these practices, and submit to Jesus fully, and believe on Him, they can be saved and have eternal life with Him.

Seeking first the kingdom of God,

~Dana Emanuel

Deliverance Minister

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Spirit Communication, a Demonic Invitation

Sitting in front of the television set,  flipping through the channels, chances are, you will find at least one show on, that involves some sort of spirit communications. With so many shows dedicated to “paranormal investigations”, or Psychic phenomena, one could easily understand why Spirit Communications is accepted by society, and why most people see no harm in it. And while it is heavily pushed by the media, the church remains quiet. No one is speaking about it in the church. The statistics of how many Christians that sit in churches every week, but yet believe in earthbound spirits, would most likely be somewhat of a shocking number… considering what the Bible actually says about it.

All spirit communication techniques are against Gods Word. All spirit communication involves contact with demonic spirits.

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I often shake my head when I hear ghost hunters warn against the use of ouija boards. What they do not understand is, that ALL forms of spirit communications are an abomination to God according to the Bible. Using an ouija board is no different than using dowsing rods, a pendulum, tarot cards, ghost meters, trigger objects, or even a simple voice recorder. Realistically, they all do the same thing. They are all used with the intention of communicating with the “dead”.

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There are different reasons why people attempt to communicate with the dead.  Probably the most common reason would be because of the grief one feels after losing thier loved ones, and thier desire to have contact with them. Wanting so badly to feel that they are still here with them.

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Another reason would be, our natural fear of death; and curiosity of what is in store for us in the hereafter.

Unresolved issues is also a reason people attempt to communicate with the dead. These issues could range from unanswered questions from our deceased loved ones,  or it could be things such as unresolved crime related issues. An example could be police officers that contact psychics in an attempt to gain information related to crimes committed, surrounding the death of an individual.

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Another reason would be an unhealthy attraction to darkness.  There can be a thrill in becoming fearful in certain situations.  An example of this could be when someone wants to watch a scary movie, and they find themselves, under covers with one eye peeking around the sheet that is in thier clinched fist, daring to watch the whole movie, but when the scene gets too scary, they pull the sheet over both thier eyes, but only to pull the sheet back away again, only seconds later, attempting to watch it again. There is a thrilling factor to it. But that “scary feeling” we get when we do these things is our natural feelings and conscience, that tells us, it’s not good, and that it is rather evil.

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Ghost hunting also has a thrilling effect, (an euphoria effect). There is something about sitting in a dark room, with all the “up to date” ghost hunting gadgets, daring to do what others are too afraid of doing. Feeling somewhat like a “Spiritual daredevil”. Challenging one’s fearful side.

Sometimes we come across “ghost hunters” that become provocative when communicating with these spirits. They will try to “challenge” these spirits.
This is exceptionally dangerous. Why is this dangerous one might ask? Because spirits have not flesh and blood as we have. We cannot fight a spiritual battle using physical weapons.  These spirits are only subject to Jesus. They can only do what God allows them to do. (Job 1:9-12)

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The only time a human has authority over demonic spirits, is when they are born again, believers in Jesus Christ, that are in obedience to Gods Word.

*Mark 16:17, Jesus gives specific instructions to all believers, telling them that all those who believe in The name of Jesus, will have the authority to cast out devils…
Jesus only gives this “authority” to cast out demons, to believers. Unbelievers do not have that right.
For example;

*Acts 19:13-16 the vagabond Jews, exorcists took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus saying we Adjure you by Jesus, who Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said Jesus I know and Paul I know but who are you? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

As I stated above, “The only time a human has authority over demonic spirits, is when they are born again, believers in Jesus Christ, that are in obedience to Gods Word.”

The reason I mentioned “ in obedience to Gods Word”, is because, even if we claim to believe in Jesus, if we dabble in the occult, by doing things that God forbids us to do, we are in danger. In doing these things, in a sense, we are leaving God’s umbrella of protection.

*Proverbs 1:33 KJV
[33] But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

If the enemy merely showed himself as the evil being that he really is, people would do whatever it took to avoid him. But the fact is, he is very deceptive and he will use whatever tactic that best suits you, to destroy you. He “sifts us as wheat”. The enemy comes but to steal, kill, and destroy.

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God forbids necromancy, and divination in His holy Word. Some often wonder, “ why is it wrong to talk to my deceased loved one, I’m not hurting anything by doing this”?
But the truth is, all of Gods “laws/commandments” are in place for our own protection. It’s not because he wants to withhold anything “good” from us, but instead, to protect us from something bad.

God tells us in His Word, that when we die, we immediately go to either heaven, or hell. And the Bible says that once someone in in heaven or hell, that there is a “great gulf”, fixed in place, that makes it impossible for those that are in either place, to return to earth, even if it is to go warn (or talk to) the living. (Luke 16:19-31)

So, if these spirits are not the departed spirits of our deceased loved ones, who, or what are they? The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 11:14, that we should take no marvel, for “Satan himself is transformed as an angel of light”

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Demonic spirits will mimic the dead. These are called “Familar Spirits”. Familiar spirits are familiar with the person they mimic, as they have followed that family down through the generations, which is the reason why they know so much about the deceased person and their family.

And the Bible tells us, that they will deceive and defile us. (Lev.19-31, Deut.18:10, 2Chronicles 33:6, Lev.20:6, Isa.19:3, Isa.8:19)
In Isaiah, it says:
Isaiah 8:19, And when they Say unto you seek not  them that have familiar spirits and onto wizards a peep and that mutter: should not a people seek onto their God? For the living to the dead?
God wants us to seek him regarding the dead. He gives us all truth in His word. On the other hand, the familiar spirits lie, and will tell us things that are not true. Things that directly conflict with Gods Word. The belief in earthbound spirits alone, is an attack on God’s Word and His truth. This belief is contrary to what the Bible tells us, one example would be, that when unsaved people die, they do not go to hell.
(It takes away the fear of hell)

It gives a false sense of hope to unbelievers, while it takes away the true hope given to the believers.

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This is the reason God forbids necromancy, and divination. Satan is here to try to deceive us, and he will masquerade as our deceased loved ones. You see, he always mimics something “good”. Something that will appeal to us. He wants to gain our trust.

When you have a person that is suffering from the grief of losing someone dear to them, the enemy will take advantage of the opportunity, and try to deceive them. This is why in most cases, people will “experience” paranormal activity right after someone they know dies. People want so badly to be able to hold onto their loved ones while it is very difficult for them to accept the fact that they are no longer here. This is a very cruel tactic of the enemy.

Weighing the Evidence:

It’s very interesting to know how many “ghost hunters”, “psychics”, etc., truly rely on their own senses, and trust what these spirits “tell them”. When coming to a conclusion in “paranormal cases”, the evidence that is always presented as “proof” of ghosts (earthbound spirits of our departed loved ones) include things such as:
*EVP recordings (having to trust in what the spirits tell them)
*Photographs of paranormal anomalies (familiar spirits can “appear” as ghost)
*Temperature readings of the area during the investigation.
*EMF readings (again, this can be manipulated by demonic spirits)
*Video footage of paranormal activity.
*Information given through a medium or psychic. (Demonic spirits are known to do this, as even many in the paranormal/psychic community agree that these occurrences do happen at times, but they deny the possibility that this is perhaps always the case.)
All of the types of evidence above, are determined by using our natural senses.

But where the deception comes in is this… when we determine the presence of a “spirit”, we do not have the “natural” ability to distinguish whether the spirit is that of a deceased loved one, or if the spirit is truly demonic. And we cannot go by our own “feelings” either, as the Bible tells us:
Proverbs 14:12 KJV
[12] There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Jeremiah 17:9 KJV
[9] The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Proverbs 3:5 KJV
[5] Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Therefore, we must seek God’s word, and what he says. His word tells us,

2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV
[8] We are confident, I say , and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

It also says,
Hebrews 9:27 KJV
[27] And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Luke 16:22-31 KJV
[22] And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; [23] And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. [24] And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. [25] But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. [26] And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. [27] Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: [28] For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. [29] Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. [30] And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. [31] And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
The scripture above, from Luke 16, is very clear. It tells us that immediately, when we die, we are either carried by angels to heaven, or we will lift up our eyes being in everlasting torment. It also tells us that there is a great gulf “fixed” in place, so that anyone in heaven or hell cannot leave.
And most importantly, this scripture tells us that God will not allow one to come back from the dead, even if it is to warn others. And if God were to have any exceptions to this rule, it would definitely be for the gospels sake, as there is not a more important message than the gospel.

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Testing The Spirits:

Humans are limited, having to depend on our natural senses. We have a “flawed” nature. Naturally, we determine truth by our “experiences”, through our 5 senses. Some people believe in a 6th sense, but this “sense”, is something that cannot be explained naturally. This phenomenon is supernatural, and actually comes from the spiritual realm. But we must take caution, as there is no true way to determine scientifically/naturally, if it comes from God, or if it comes from the demonic realm. God gives “believers” different gifts. But these gifts are from the Holy Spirit. One of those gifts are “discerning of spirits”. But the “test” that the individual would do, would be to test the situation or the information given, by the Word of God. Does the information given line up with scripture.

Many people believe that “discerning of spirits”is the distiquishment of whether a spirit is a trapped “human” spirit, or a demonic spirit. But this idea is not biblical as it is not found in  scripture! Rather, it is used to distinguish between teachers who are empowered by Holy Spirit or teachers empowered by unholy spirits/demons.. spirit of antichrist.

For example, if a spirit appeared to someone, and claimed to be the spirit of a small child, immediately, the person would know this isn’t possible, because the Bible clearly tells us that spirits cannot leave heaven or hell for unresolved issues. So the person would know that this is a familiar spirit.
1 John 4:1-6 KJV
[1] Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. [2] Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: [3] And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. [4] Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. [5] They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. [6] We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

If for any reason, you believe the spirits of our departed loved ones are indeed still here with us, please do this one thing. “Test the spirits”, to see if they are of God or not. We need to compare the situation and what is being said, with scripture! And if for some reason, you have an “encounter” with a spirit, you can ask the spirit, “Do you believe that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, and that He died on the cross and rose again from the dead? And see what the spirit tells you. And then, command any, and all evil spirits to leave in the name of Jesus!

If you do these things, be rest assured, you will find out the true identity of these demonic spirits, that are masquerading as our deseased loved ones.

When people test these spirits this way, the reactions of these spirits  and thier submission to the name of Jesus is usually all it takes, as this is proof of the authority and power of Jesus Christ,  and the true identity of these demonic spirits!

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Seeking first the kingdom of God,
~Dana Emanuel
Deliverance Minister

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Dana’s testimony on the Patrick Meechan program can be heard here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kapowradioshow/2013/01/10/patrick-meechan-program-1