by Bruce L.Bauer

This article seeks to answer questions concerning the cultural foundations that produce so much fear that people are willing to lynch and exile family members and other accused witches, fear that allows otherwise committed Christians to carry protective devices obtained from diviners and other religious practitioners.

by Jonathan Burnside

Is witchcraft real? What do witches think they are doing when they engage in witchcraft? Why does the Bible have so much to say about witchcraft, and how does it apply to the typical Western materialist who doesn’t believe in witchcraft anyway?

by Don Ibbitson

There is some level of debate among deliverance ministers as to whether or not one should speak to, or ask questions of demonic spirits during deliverance.

by Tony Pearce

Millions of people around the world consult astrologers and horoscopes for guidance on every aspect of their lives. Astrology teaches that the positions of the stars, moon and planets exert a mysterious influence on people, places, events and things.

by Cedric Fisher and Nanci Des Gerlaise
December 18, 2017

There are countless examples in pagan, wiccan, and New Age literature that refer to circles. If drawing prayer circles is such a wonderful God-inspired idea, how is it that Satanists and those in the occult consider circles a major part of their belief system? Could it be that the church is merely imitating an occultic practice?

by Heart Publications
November 21, 2017

Satanist Ritual Abuse is a brutal form of abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults, consisting of physical, sexual and psychological abuse, and involving the use of Satanist rituals.

by Dave Hunt

The subtlety of eastern religion is that it enters like an odourless poison gas, seeping under the door, through the keyhole, in through the open window, so that the man in the room is overcome without his ever realising that there was any danger at all - Os Guiness

by Marcia Montenegro

Magic: The Gathering calls for intricate strategy and shrewd plays. However, that strategy is worked out within the dark context of the occult.

  Author: Dave Hunt

As this timely reprint of the best-selling 1998 first edition powerfully documents, today’s popular obsession with spiritual revolution, “societal transformation,” paranormal activity, and “supernatural” signs and wonders has not just magically appeared by chance.

by Biblical Discernment Ministries

A list of New Age therapies that should be avoided.

by Rapidnet

Hypnosis is nothing new. It has been used for thousands of years by witchdoctors, spirit mediums, shamans, Hindus, Buddhists, and yogis. But the increasing popularity of hypnosis for healing in the secular world has influenced many in the professing church to accept hypnosis as a means of treatment.

by Vigilant Citizen
June 3, 2016

Attended by Europe’s most powerful people, the opening ceremony of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland was a dark, disturbing, weirdly satanic ritual.

by Berit Kjos

Who are the strange little creatures from Japan that have suddenly become global super-stars? Most kids know the answer well: They are called Pokemon (short for POCKEt MONster and pronounced Poh-keh-mon), and they have stirred up some mixed reactions.

by Berit Kjos
December 13, 2015

Popular occultism is spreading fast, and the “spirit world” has become increasingly more accessible. But few families are equipped to resist it. Contemporary churches offer little or no help. Most simply ignore the danger or endorse the “fun.” To avoid offense, the word evil is dropped from their vocabulary.

by Watchman Fellowship

Alice Bailey spent the majority of her years working out what she referred to as “The Plan.” As a result of her works, many other groups have been birthed or influenced. They continue to promulgate Alice Bailey’s message of “world peace,” the divinity of all mankind, the unity of all religions, and service to mankind.

by James Walker

The term "occult" is derived from the latin word occultus which means to cover up, to hide, or those things which are hidden or secret. When used in this paper the word "occult" means any attempt to gain supernatural knowledge or power apart from the God of the Bible. There are basically three types of occultism - Psychic discerment groups, Paganism and Spiritism.

by Crossroad

Occult symbols are fast replacing Christian symbols in our culture. Therefore, we encourage you to use this list to warn others, especially Christian children who intentionally wear and display them because they are popular.

by  Rebecca Terrell
June 1, 2015

Exorcists are warning about the dangers of a game known as Charlie Charlie that has gone viral on social media during the past week. Popular among teens and young adults, the game involves summoning a spirit named Charlie — also spelled Charly — to answer a series of yes/no questions.

by Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon

In earlier articles we examined some of the associations between Eastern religion and Satanism/witchcraft. Now we bring our concerns closer to home by examining the beliefs of some popular American gurus. Among Eastern gurus as a whole, occult practices are widely accepted.

by Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon
1999

The following material is intended as a brief, general guide to help pastors and concerned Christians assist those who are suffering from occult involvement. Dr. Kurt Koch has had 40 years of counseling the occultly oppressed and his book Occult Bondage and Deliverance is highly recommended. Most of the following material is adapted from pages 85-131 of that book.

by All About

Crystal healing is a form of healing that uses crystals or gemstones. The crystals are mainly placed on specific areas of the body called "chakras." Chakra is a Hindu term meaning spiritual energy. According to this teaching there are seven basic energy centers in the body, each having a color associated with it. Some crystal healers place the same color crystals as the color of the chakras on the person to enhance the flow of energy.

by Daniel Valles
September 8, 2012

As I witness the supernatural increase of interest in witchcraft through the blasphemous books of Harry Potter, I am reminded of Berit Kjos' comments on occult in entertainment.  She commented that the occult in entertainment (books, fantasy, movies, etc.) serves as an occult simulator.  Just like pilots get used to planes in simulators first, entertainment using the occult gets people used to witchcraft and Satanism.  It creates a familiarity in terms, methods, names, and values – all through repetition and suggestion.

by Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon

Precursors to the Ouija date back to ancient times. In China before the birth of Confucius, similar instruments were used to communicate with the dead. In Greece during the time of Pythagoras divination was done with a table that moved on wheels to point to signs, which were interpreted as revelations from the “unseen world.”

by Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon

Despite the warnings, many people view the Ouija board as a harmless pastime. However, Drs. Ankerberg and Weldon show evidence that there can be serious consequences for those who participate in its use.

by Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon

Mantras are sacred sounds and mandalas are sacred pictures employed for specific spiritual purposes such as occult forms of meditation, en­lightenment, and contact or union with various gods and deities. The se of mantras and mandalas is most frequently associated with traditional Hinduism and Buddhism. Many mantras and some mandalas are held to have originated as a supernatural revelation from the gods or spirits with which they are associated.

by Good News Post

Hypnotism is dangerous for a number of reasons not the least being that it opens the mind to believe almost anything. As one researcher put it, "hypnotic induction...consists of a system of verbal and nonverbal manipulation to lead a person into a heightened state of suggestibility -- more simply, a condition in which one will believe almost anything."

by Marcia Montenegro
March 2011

A simple investigation into the Enneagram reveals that its theories of personality are based on esoteric teachings and an occult worldview. The clear origin and purpose of the Enneagram is to initiate a Gnostic spiritual awakening to one's alleged true divine Self, which is in itself an occult initiation.

by Nanci Des Gerlaise

Dream catchers—those spidery “sacred hoops” with feathers. They originated with the Ojibwa tribe during the ’60s and ’70s, supposedly to protect a sleeper by “catching” bad dreams or evil spirits. Then they caught on with other tribes and spread through the New Age movement into popular culture. Today, it is not uncommon to see dream catchers in gift and variety stores.

by Ray Yungen

A mystical pragmatism is growing particularly fast through various New Age healing techniques. One such procedure is called Reiki, a Japanese word that translates to Universal Life Energy or God energy. It has also been referred to as the radiance technique. Reiki is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist healing system, rediscovered by a Japanese man in the 1800s, that only recently has come to the West.

By Rev. Paul Seiler

Astrology is exceedingly popular in the Western world today. One can hardly pick up a newspaper without finding an astrological chart somewhere in it. Many television programs and radio stations have regular astrological programs, where you can hear the latest predictions for your life.

By Rev. Paul Seiler

Divination has been practiced from ancient times, it was one of the abominable practices of the Canaanites, condemned by God. It has been regularly practiced hroughout the ages in almost every culture. One of the oldest forms of divination is the use of a rod and pendulum. The second oldest form is astrology and then palmistry. Divination is widespread in Australia and the Western world in our day.

by Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon

Demons are not the spirits of dead men, or of some pre-Adamite race. Demons are fallen angels who are now irredeemably corrupted.

by ChristianAnswers.Net

Today, many people dabble in the mystical, occultic arts. Is there anything wrong with being involved in these practices?

by Jan Markell

I was planning to write about a current event issue when this story hit my in-box. I am no longer shocked by issues like what I am about to report. Our kids and teens have been seduced for decades. Harry Potter hasn't helped nor has Twilight. Both kids and adults have been introduced to the paranormal in dozens of TV programs and movies.  So much so, in fact, that the paranormal is the new normal.

by Ray Yungen

Many Christians might have great difficulty accepting the assessment that what is termed Christian mysticism is, in truth, not Christian at all. They might feel this rejection is spawned by a heresy hunting mentality that completely ignores the love and devotion to God that also accompanies the mystical life.

by Russ Wise

The topic of astrology has confused and misled many Christians in their attempt to connect spiritually with the universe and their understanding of God. The problem in their doing so, is that astrology becomes the basis for their spirituality and their understanding of God.

by Marcia Montenegro

Astrology is based on the magical belief that the planetary positions at one's birth time & birthplace reflect that person's character, lessons in life, challenges, and spiritual path.

by Marcia Montenegro

Television psychic hotlines and shows featuring psychics have become more popular. Psychics (sometimes called clairvoyants) will tell you that everyone has psychic ability which can be developed. Just who are these psychics to tell us what is normal? Shouldn't we examine their practices, ideas, and claims, and see what God has to say about all this first?

by Marcia Montenegro

Have you ever glanced over at the horoscope column in a newspaper or magazine just for "fun" or out of curiosity? Do you even deliberately look for it each day?

by Kids World

Firewalking is one of the oldest rituals on the planet. Hot beds of coal are prepared and people walk through them briskly in an attempt to transform fear and regain personal power. Participation in such rituals are suppposedly therauptic and solidify a persons cultural identity, apart from re-affirming man's inherent nature to prove to himself that he is a superior being.

by Biblical Discernment Ministries

Yoga means "to yoke"—to yoke with Brahman (i.e., the "Infinite," the "Universal Spirit," the impersonal force that the Hindus call "God") via the realization of an altered state of consciousness, thereby theoretically releasing oneself from the bondage of endless reincarnation. Yoga comes out of the Hindu Vedas. It can be traced back to Patanjali, who was a religious leader. Shiva, one of Hinduism's three most powerful gods, was known as "The Destroyer"—he's called Yogi Swara or the "Lord of Yoga."