Hidden Works of Darkness: Spiritually Cleansing Your Home (Skryté pôsobenie temnoty: Duchovné vyčistenie príbytku)

by Betty Miller with Janice Fritch

 “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”  Deuteronomy 11:26-28

Have you ever wondered how it is that some Christians can seem to have more than their fair share of problems in life?  We often hear prayer requests describing one problem after another attacking Christians left and right.  They express how they feel like God has forsaken them and they feel like they are cursed.  Could they be right?  In order for us to determine whether we have stepped out of the will of God, we need to examine our lives to see if there is any place that we have been mislead from God’s ways.

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The Spirit of Sorcery and Witchcraft can make one poor!

Derek Prince shares how the American Indians are living in a Land of Opportunity, of which everybody has a chance to prosper, because of the nature of the economy and the laws of the land. But they have never prospered, financially, socially, and spiritually because of their practice of witchcraft.

Harry Potter Review: The Philosophers Stone

By Marcia Montenegro| Harry Potter is a character in a series of books written by J. K. Rowling about a young boy who discovers he is really a wizard, in other words, a sorcerer. Four books have come out in the Harry Potter series, with 3.8 million copies of the fourth book being released in the U.S. on July 8, 2000. Worldwide, 35 million copies of the first three books are in print, with about half of total sales in the U.S. (“USA Today,” 6-22-00, p. D-1).

The first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was released in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The “Philosopher’s Stone” is part of the lore of alchemy and medieval sorcery, and was supposedly a stone which could be used to turn base metal to gold, and was the Holy Grail of sorcery (Bill Whitcomb, The Magician’s Companion, St. Paul: Llewellyn, 1994, pp. 351, 485, 527).

Rowling has been hailed as a clever, imaginative writer whose books have enticed children into reading again. This is no doubt true. However clever or imaginative the stories are, they do center on a character who is learning the arts of sorcery and witchcraft. One defense, or minimization of the sorcery in the Harry Potter books, is that the stories are just a normal part of a child’s fantasy world. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis are often brought up as examples.

But are Tolkien and Lewis the standard for discernment? Even so, Lewis did not endorse the occult. And if Tolkien did, does that make it okay? (When I was an astrologer, my witch clients and friends loved Tolkien, by the way). Yes, Lewis and Tolkien wrote fantasy novels that included magical elements, but the question for Christians should be, is the fantasy (in any story) centered on the occult, and what does God say about the occult?

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