Full Video – The Nature of Witchcraft

Full Video – The Nature of Witchcraft

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This is the second talk in our
series on The Enemies We Face. In our previous talk
we looked at the nature and the structure
of Satan’s kingdom and we saw that his kingdom
operates on two levels. The upper level is
in the heavenlies, somewhere in the heavenly
region that is not the heaven of God and that
is not the visible heaven. And his upper level consists
of rebellious angels who are in
opposition to God. And then the lower
level consists of men who are not surrendered
to God and to the righteous
government of Jesus the Messiah,
the Savior. And I pointed out
that the key word that describes all
those in Satan’s kingdom is the word rebel. They are all in
rebellion against God, whether they are angels
or whether they are men. And then we
saw that the gods of the
pagan world, whether they’re Greece or
Rome or whatever other nation, are different ways of naming and
depicting Satan’s kingdom of angels. And all those who
have been worshiped by pagan religions
and pagan societies are satanic angels. The particular
generic name for the way that
men seek to contact these satanic angels
is witchcraft. You could say that witchcraft is
the religion of fallen humanity. It has got countless different forms
and ceremonies but it has this one common feature that it is
different ways of contacting different satanic
spiritual beings. There are many
different ceremonies. Most of them are in some way
sensual or cruel or defiling. The things that men have
done through the ages to somehow ingratiate themselves
with Satan and his kingdom have been really
terrible to contemplate. I spoke a little bit about the
American Indians as an example of a racial group that have for
the most part not escaped from the dominion
of Satan. And just as a
matter of interest, I was reading in the
National Geographic magazine, their main ceremonies,
what they call the sun dance, is one in which they
fasten hooks in their skin and then hang
by those hooks and tear great portions
of their skin out. They do this in order
to worship their god. There are countless
other different forms of such worship
all over the earth. As I said, go to any kind of
society that still retains the marks of its
primitive nature and there is one kind of person
that you will find everywhere with a different name
in each language, but it is the
witch doctor. And in many of
those societies really the most powerful
person is the witch doctor. We have a remarkable
example even in the Bible. It says that Philip
went down to Samaria and preached in the
city of Samaria. But there was a man there who
dominated the whole of that city. His name was Simon. He was a sorcerer, that is,
a practitioner of witchcraft. And it says the whole
city was in fear of him because of the
magic that he used. That is not an unusual
situation in a certain sense, that’s a pretty typical picture
of pagan primitive society. So there is a direct connection
between rebellion and witchcraft. When I say rebellion,
I mean rebellion against God. This is brought out very
clearly in 1 Samuel 15:23. These are words that were spoken
by the prophet Samuel to King Saul after Saul himself
had become a rebel. He had refused to obey the
particular charge and commission that had been given him by God
through the prophet Samuel. And here Samuel
is telling Saul God’s estimate
of his conduct and he says
(we could read verse 22): Has the Lord as great delight in
burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the
voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is
better than sacrifice and to heed than
the fat of rams. And now he goes on with his
definition of witchcraft: For rebellion is as
the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected
the word of the Lord, He also has rejected
you from being king. Samuel makes two
comparisons there. Rebellion is a
twin of witchcraft; stubbornness is a
twin of idolatry. I’m not going to comment
on idolatry at any length, but let me point out one way in which
a stubborn person is an idolater. A stubborn person makes
idols of his own opinions and that is a
form of idolatry. You see, it is very
interesting to consider our attitude in
the church today. We will not accept,
for the most part, drunkards or openly
immoral people; but how many stubborn
people do we have in church? And in God’s eyes
they are idolaters. We would not have
somebody who came into the kind of churches we
are used to with a wooden idol, fall down and
worship in front of the church. We would say we
don’t tolerate that. But, alas, I’m afraid we
tolerate a lot of stubborn people and often we let them
get away with it. But let’s return to
the other comparison. Rebellion is as the
sin of witchcraft. Very,
very important. The root of witchcraft
is rebellion and wherever you find rebellion
you can anticipate witchcraft. I learned this in the
ministry of deliverance. For instance, I learned that
if a person needed deliverance from a spirit of witchcraft
almost invariably they also needed
deliverance from rebellion. And conversely, where you
encounter a spirit of rebellion, you’d better check to see if there
is not also a spirit of witchcraft. They are close
together. Let me try and explain to you
simply how this comes about. You see, rebellion rejects
God’s legitimate authority, just like King Saul rejected
the authority of God’s Word. But you cannot exist in life
for long without authority. So if you don’t have
legitimate authority it’s going to be replaced
by illegitimate authority. And if you have
illegitimate authority it has to be supported
by illegitimate power. And the
illegitimate power that supports rebellion is
the power of witchcraft. So really, wherever you find
illegitimate authority being exercised, you’d better be prepared
to deal with witchcraft. There is a very clear example in
the United States in the 1960s. There was the
rebellious generation. They turned their backs on almost
all accepted forms of authority — parents, church, government, whatever — and they became a
generation of rebels. Now I have dealt
with many of them, many of them that met the
Lord are my friends today. But almost without
one exception, all those who went into
rebellion went into the occult, went into the satanic supernatural,
went into witchcraft. This is the logic of
spiritual experience. It is almost
impossible to be deeply involved in rebellion
without sooner or later coming under the
power of witchcraft. If we go back to the example
of King Saul for a moment, if you remember
the story, he disobeyed
Samuel’s injunction to slaughter all the animals
that had been captured. And he kept, as he called it,
“the best” to offer to God. God said, “I’m not
interested in your sacrifice, because it comes out
of disobedience.” Now Saul himself
as king of Israel had actually put away all
the witches from Israel. But just before his
death, in desperation, when he could not hear from God,
he himself sought a witch. That’s not
an accident. That’s cause
and effect. I want to
emphasize this: Wherever there is rebellion,
sooner or later there will be witchcraft. And another point is this: that when
you want to deal with witchcraft, the satanic supernatural,
the occult, in all its forms, if you only deal with the occult,
you have not dealt with the root because the root
is rebellion. Now I want to give you a little
picture of what witchcraft is like. This is something
that God has given me when I took, I could call
a post-graduate course in. I didn’t apply
for it. I just got
enrolled. Ruth and I got
enrolled together. As a matter of fact, I’ll tell
you briefly how it happened. We were in a conference in the
center of the United States in 1979 just about a year after we
married, less than a year, and it was a
family conference. And the theme essentially was dealing
with family relationships, and so on. But in the middle a
young man stood up. I don’t think I ever met him
and I don’t know who he was, but he gave a tremendously
powerful prophecy which was fortunately
recorded on tape so that I have seen
the written version. And in this
prophecy God said that all that He had been doing
against witchcraft up to that time was merely preliminary
skirmishes. But from that point
onwards, 1979, He was declaring total
war on witchcraft. And He said the
reason is this, “because witchcraft has
millions of men bound who I need in my
end-time army.” And then He also told
us something else which we didn’t really
understand at that time. He said, “If you will join Me in this war… and we understood that He was
calling us to join Him, and we did He said, “you will encounter people
who are under curses that have been passed down through
families from generation to generation. But you do not
need to be afraid, you will be able
to release them.” Now at that time that was just
a statement to Ruth and me. But in the subsequent
period of nearly ten years, we have encountered
thousands of people under curses passed
down through families and God has given us, by His
grace, the ability to release them. This confirms to me that
this prophecy was from God, because it contained a prediction
which we did not know anything about, which has been
absolutely fulfilled. So that is how I have come to
know something about witchcraft. As a matter of fact, I had
gotten involved somewhat earlier in brief encounters
with witchcraft. At a certain point I think I
could say I was a kind of pioneer in the ministry
of deliverance. And I was a very controversial
figure at that time. Some people
loved me, some people hated me, but very
few people were indifferent. And a a lot of the cases
that I dealt with, the person who needed deliverance
had the spirit of witchcraft. Now I was a pretty orthodox
Pentecostal at that time, and I am still a Pentecostal,
but maybe not quite so orthodox, and the people that needed
deliverance were somebody like, you know,
the pastor’s daughter or the deacon’s wife
or the church soloist. I mean the last people who ought
to have needed deliverance. And I really became
concerned about this. I said, “God, I do hope I’m not getting
into something that’s not right. So please,” I said, “would You
tell me what is witchcraft?” And I believe this is
the answer He gave me: “Witchcraft is the
attempt to control people and make them
do what you want by the use of any spirit
which is not the Holy Spirit.” And then He said,
as a kind of corollary: “If any person has a spirit
which he or she uses, it is not the
Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is
God and no one uses God.” I’ll say that
first part again: Witchcraft in its essence is
the attempt to control people and make them
do what you want by the use of
any spirit which is not
the Holy Spirit. When my eyes were opened to that I saw
why the church was full of witchcraft, because there are
a lot of people who feel they want people
to do something and they use any means they
can do to get them to do it. Most of them don’t realize
what they are doing. Now I want to take three
aspects of witchcraft. First of all,
as a work of the flesh, which many people
don’t realize; second,
as an evil spiritual power; and thirdly, the working of
witchcraft within the church. Let us take it, first of
all, as a work of the flesh. Turn to the list of the works of
the flesh in Galatians 5:19-20. Now I want to say that in various translations
different words are used. Some translations say witchcraft,
some say sorcery, and so on. In just a little
while I’ll give you a delineation of the three
main branches of witchcraft; that’s witchcraft,
divination and sorcery. But you will find here in this passage
some translations say witchcraft, some say sorcery. Let me say they are really just
different names for the same power. So Paul says in verse
19 of Galatians 5: Now the works of the
flesh are evident, which are adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery . . .
but the old King James says ‘witchcraft’ So there right in the middle
of the list of the works of the flesh are
idolatry and witchcraft. That is, they are the expression
of man’s carnal fallen nature and I say that’s the way the
flesh, the fallen nature, is. We in our fallen nature
desire to control people. We desire to get people
to do what we want and very often we use
illegitimate means to get that. Now this kind
of operation, I say,
has three key words and I want you to
listen carefully, because wherever you
encounter these operations, you are encountering
witchcraft. And it may be you have never
realized it up till now. The three key words are manipulate,
intimidate and dominate. Now the end purpose
is dominate, control people,
make them do what you want. There are two
alternative routes: one is manipulate,
the other is dominate. And it depends on the
situation and the purpose which route a
person will follow. But whether they use manipulation
or whether they use domination, the end purpose is… I mean, whether they use intimidation, the end purpose is control,
that’s domination. Now in the natural, we’re not talking
about anything supernatural yet. in the natural, Witchcraft,
as a work of the flesh, operates really in
every area of society. Some of you are going
to go out of here and you are going to see
things in a different light. I hope the first thing you
do is to look in the mirror before you point out
your husband or your wife or your grandmother or your
mother-in-law, whoever it may be, just check on yourself.
Okay? Let me give you
a few examples. For instance,
in the family life. Now, whether people
like it or not, God has ordained a certain
order in the family. The husband is the
head of the wife. People can stand the
family up on its head, but God hasn’t
changed the order. And beneath the authority of
husband and wife there are children who are, in God’s order, subject
to the authority of their parents. Now, what
witchcraft will do is use either manipulation
or intimidation to set aside the divine
authorized order. Let’s take
children first. Children are
master-manipulators. You don’t have
to be old. A child of five can be
a master-manipulator. All right, suppose a
mother has guests to tea or coffee, depending
on the social situation. And there are biscuits or cookies,
depending on your vocabulary. And the little
child of five knows that Mamma does not want it
to have cookies, biscuits. But she knows that
when guests are there, it is going to be very
difficult for Mother to say no. So when the guests are there,
she comes in and says, “Mamma,
may I have a cookie?” And you know,
what is the mother going to do? Well, she
probably gives way. She has been
manipulated. Years and years ago my first wife and I lived
next to a Pentecostal family— father, mother and I think the
daughter was about three years old. Now in those days people used to go
grocery shopping on Saturday nights. So when they dressed up to go out
grocery shopping on Saturday night, the little girl was a little angel,
she toddled along happily. When they wanted to go to the
Sunday school on Sunday morning, that little creature
would lie on its back and scream with
her legs in the air to prevent the parents getting to
the place where they needed to be. Now that little
girl did not reason, but there was
a force in her that had no objection to the
parents going to the grocery store but strongly rejected
the parents going to the place where they
could hear the Word of God. So you begin to
work that out. A fellow preacher
of mine said: A little baby of six weeks
is in its cot it is wet and it needs to have
its diaper or its nappy changed. So it cries. Along comes mother, picks up the little baby,
changes it and then cuddles it, which of course
the baby loves. Well, next time the baby
wants to be cuddled, it cries, even when
its nappy is not wet. You see,
what’s that? Manipulation. You see, this is something
natural to fallen man. It’s not only children,
it can be mothers and fathers. Now the normal way for a woman
to operate is manipulation. The possible way for a father
to operate is intimidation. But each of them has the
same aim: control the other. So if the wife does
not get her way, she throws a
tearful fit, burns the food and makes her
husband’s life miserable. So at the end, what does he do?
He gives way. Or it is the
husband. Now, there’s many different
ways it can happen, but the husband
may be a brute. He may be a strong
man with a bad temper. And if he does not get his
way, he shouts and becomes violent
and threatens. And the whole of the
family tiptoes around. The one thing they want to avoid
is another fit of temper by Daddy. What is he doing?
He is intimidating them. What is his aim?
To get his way. You see, it can well be that the
husband and wife have differences. The divine order is that they
talk it out face to face, prayerfully
and seek God. But manipulation never
faces the real issues. It always goes
round behind. The real issues are never
brought out into the light. There are who knows how many
millions of married couples even in this land that never really bring their
differences out into the open. But each tries to go round behind the
other to get what he or she wants. That’s
manipulation. To take the church. There are many, many examples
of manipulation in the church. We’ll take a Pentecostal
congregation. I don’t think there’s much I
don’t know of Pentecostals. I mean, I have been an
Anglican and I am a Pentecostal and I think basically I
know how they operate. I may be a bit out of date
with Anglicans but, I mean, there are all sorts of other
people, I don’t know much about, but anyhow, let’s take a little
Pentecostal congregation. There’s a young pastor;
it’s his first pastorate. There’s only about a hundred
people in the congregation and he is a little
bit nervous and timid. And there are two very
spiritual sisters. I mean, not just spiritual,
but super-spiritual. And they know how the
church ought to be run. They don’t sit down prayerfully
and talk it over with the pastor, but one of them
gets a tongue and the other comes
with the interpretation. And between them they tell
the pastor what to do. You think that
does not happen? I can tell you it
certainly does. What is that?
Manipulation. That’s right. Many other areas—business
people manipulate one another. The boss may manipulate
his secretary, or the secretary may
manipulate her boss. I cannot take a lot of time
this evening, but you see what I’m talking about is something
that’s natural to fallen man. This is witchcraft as
a work of the flesh and its three trademarks are
manipulate, intimidate and dominate. And I would like to say, wherever
you encounter those things, behind them is the
power of witchcraft. And when your eyes are opened,
it is so much easier to deal with it. One of the most common tricks of
witchcraft is to make you feel guilty. “Why didn’t you come to
see me when I was sick? There I was
all alone!” They never regard the fact that
the other person had a lot to do. I have learned this: If ever I found a person
is making me feel guilty, I stop and ask myself,
“What is working through them?” You see,
as I understand Scripture, the Holy Spirit does not
make people feel guilty. He convicts of sin,
righteousness and judgment. He will put His finger on
specific things and say: “You did that wrong.
This is what you have to do. You have to repent
and make it right.” But guilt is something
you never finish with. “Did I really do enough,
or ought I to have done more? What did I say wrong? Why does she not
talk to me in church any longer?” Another operation
of witchcraft is trying to make you feel
that the person’s opinion and approval is
very important. “If you don’t do this
I won’t approve you.” They don’t say that,
but that’s the implication. Again, I’ve learned
to ask myself when I’m confronted
with that: “Is that person’s approval
really so important to me that I’m going to allow myself
to be manipulated by him?” And generally it my conclusion
is, It does not matter so much! All right, now we are
going to move on. Let me point out a connecting
link in James 1:14 You see,
this desire for power, for control and
also for knowledge is a strong feature
of every human being. And Satan exploits this
desire to get power over us. This is what
James says in his epistle, chapter 1:14 Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his
own desire or lust, and enticed. So there is in you
this desire for power, for control,
for appreciation, for knowledge. It is in all of us,
it’s born in us. But if Satan can begin to use that,
he’ll get us under his control. See, you could not count
the number of people in this nation today who
are involved in the occult. I’m sure it must
be at least 75% of people in this nation who are
today involved in the occult. What is the motive
that Satan uses? The desire
for power, the desire
for control, and the desire
for knowledge. What was the desire that first
got the human race into trouble? Have you ever
stopped to think? What was Adam
desiring, in one word? Knowledge,
that’s right. And when he reached out for
knowledge in an illegitimate way, he became a
captive of Satan. Uncounted millions of people
are lured into the occult by the desire
for knowledge. “Where did my son
go when he died?” What do they end up by doing?
Going to a séance. “Am I going to have
a happy marriage?” So what do people do?
They go to whom? A fortune-teller.
That’s right. That’s the motivation.
And that’s what Satan exploits. Now let’s look at witchcraft
as a spiritual power. Now we are talking about
something that’s supernatural. It’s more than
human ability. It is very important
to understand that not all supernatural
comes from God. A lot of it
comes from Satan. There are, I believe, only two
sources of the supernatural available to men:
God or Satan. Any supernatural power
that does not come from God does come
from Satan. As I said before, God’s
Kingdom is a kingdom of light. Usually you know where you
are at in God’s Kingdom. Satan’s kingdom is a
kingdom of darkness: you don’t know what’s
manipulating you, what’s controlling you,
what’s driving you. There are, I think,
three main branches that we can describe in
the English language. In some other languages
you might have to use slightly different
terminology. They are witchcraft,
divination and sorcery, and I’ll try to give you
a little picture of each. I think they cover the whole
field of the satanic supernatural. Now witchcraft
is the power arm. Its product
is power and it operates through such
things as spells and curses. I think perhaps the most single powerful
weapon of witchcraft is curses. It is a very
old practice. If you turn to
Numbers, chapter 22, you’ll find that Balaam was what
we would call a witch doctor. Balaam was one of the most
difficult people to classify, that we still
encounter today, because he was open to the
supernatural from both sources, from God and
from Satan. There are a lot of
people like that. And they are the
hardest to deal with, because sometimes they are right
and sometimes they are wrong. If a person is only open to God,
he will always be right; if a person is only open to
Satan, it’s wrong. But the people that are
really difficult to deal with, and we have them in
all congregations, are people who are
sometimes open to God and sometimes
open to Satan. I tell you, for a pastor
to deal with them that requires insight,
authority and courage. Now let’s look at what
Balak, king of Moab, said to Balaam,
the witch doctor. In Numbers 22:10, Balaam is actually
explaining to God the proposition he
has had from Balak. Balaam said to God: Balak the son of Zippor, king
of Moab, has sent to me, saying: Look, a people has
come out of Egypt and they cover the
face of the earth. What people was that?
Israel, that’s right. Come now,
curse them for me. Perhaps I shall be able to
overpower them and drive them out. Now this is standard practice
in the cultures of the Bible. It was normal for kings
or others going to war, not merely to fight them
on the natural plane, but to make war on the
supernatural plane. So they would get their witch
doctor to curse the other people. There is a
list of curses pronounced by the Egyptian
Pharaohs in the 19th century B.C. and there are 66 nations against
which they pronounced curses. See, what’s the point
of cursing them? You bring them to a place where
you can defeat them in war. It’s very interesting,
when Goliath came against David, he cursed him in the
name of his gods. That was not just a
display of vulgarity. He really was asserting:
“My gods can deal with your God.” So in a certain sense,
ancient warfare was often not just a conflict
between nations but it was viewed as a test of power
between the gods of those nations. For instance, when God dealt with
Egypt and brought Israel out, the Psalm says,
“He judged the gods of Egypt.” Not just the natural rulers
but the spiritual rulers. So Balaam was hired
as a good curser. That was his
profession. Ruth and I visited
Bath a few years ago. They had just then
excavated a pagan temple. And they discovered that
one of the main functions of the priests in that temple was
to write curses for people who came They did not trust themselves to write
a good enough curse for themselves, so the function of the priest was
to write a really horrific curse against the person whom they
wanted to see destroyed. Don’t smile
at that. You smile and think it is
funny, but believe me in a certain
sense it works. People would not spend
thousands of years in a certain way of doing things if
there was not some reality in it. All right,
then we look at divination, which in most modern translations
is called fortune-telling. This is the knowledge
element of witchcraft. The product is not now
power, but it is knowledge which, as I pointed out, is the
first that led man into sin. And there is a picture in Acts 16,
very clear. Acts 16 verses
16 and following. This is what happened when
Paul and Silas first arrived to preach the
Gospel in Philippi: Now it happened as
we went to prayer that a certain slave-girl possessed
with a spirit of divination met us. Now what the Greek actually says
is, “having a spirit of python” or a “python spirit.” In other words,
a snake spirit. And remember, snakes have
always been regarded in pagan society as somehow the source
of unusual knowledge and wisdom. There is a well-known
lady in Washington, D.C., who is a well-known fortune-teller, who in her own autobiography
stated the power came to her when a snake came
in bed with her. Now what I want to
point out to you is what this girl said
was absolutely true. And she did not know
it by natural means, she knew it by
supernatural means. She was just
a slave-girl. But she brought her masters
much profit by fortune-telling. Because she was a slave,
the profit did not go to her, it went to
her masters. This girl followed Paul and
us and cried out, saying: These men are the servants
of the most high God, who proclaim to us
the way of salvation. Wasn’t that amazing?
It was absolutely true. I have sometimes commented
that in contemporary missions that lady might have been made a
charter member of the church forever. She was the first person to recognize
who Paul and Silas really were. But Paul knew that
is not God’s Spirit, that’s a divining spirit,
a fortune-telling spirit. In the end he
turned around and commanded it to come
out in the name of Jesus. And it came out and she was no
longer able to tell fortunes. Her masters were so angry
at the profits they had lost that they brought Paul and
Silas before the magistrates, and you know the
rest of the story. The whole city was in an
uproar because a single slave-girl was delivered
of a spirit of divination. See, at that point
not merely was Paul dealing with Satan’s kingdom
on the natural, physical plane, but Satan’s kingdom in the
heavenlies intervened because their strategy against the church
was being frustrated. It is a remarkable thing almost
everywhere Paul went there was a riot. And later, in 2
Corinthians, he said, “There was an angel of
Satan that buffeted me.” I believe that was exactly correct.
It’s not a metaphor. It was a satanic
angel that organized a riot in every city
where Paul went. So,
why don’t we have riots? Maybe we don’t
bother Satan enough. I really believe when the
church is what it ought to be, there will be a
lot more riots. There will also be
a lot more revivals. I don’t know how many revivals
we can have without riots. So you have to decide.
Is it worth the price? Then there
is sorcery. Sorcery, I think, and this
is not always used this way, operates through
objects: potions, charms,
anything that is called lucky, like a lucky horseshoe,
all that is occult. People carry things
that give them luck. It also operates through,
you know, love potions. It is very,
very common. “I want this man to
fall in love with me. So I go to the witch
doctor and get a potion, put it in his food and after that
he’s going to fall in love with me.” And, of course,
to a certain extent, it works. We, Ruth and I,
were in Zambia together with brothers and sisters. We offered a prayer for
all ladies who were barren and could not
have children. For Africans that’s
a real disaster. About 400 ladies
gathered in front of us. Before we prayed,
someone asked the question, they were all
professing Christians “How many of you went to the
witch doctor for a potion to deliver you
from barrenness?” and all but two of them
raised their hands. See, we are not dealing with something
that’s very rare and uncommon. Sorcery also operates
through music. You remember that we
saw that very probably Lucifer was in charge
of the music of heaven. He knows a lot
about music. He knows its power. And a lot of
contemporary music, what’s been called
‘acid rock’ and others, is simply sorcery. You watch a young person that’s
been listening to that for an hour and their eyes
are stare-y, they’ve lost contact
with reality. And then another main
branch of sorcery is drugs. The Greek word for
sorcery is directly formed from the Greek
word for a drug and the whole
drug culture with all its accompaniments
of acid rock and so on, is just a clear example of
sorcery at work in our culture. And almost all those people
as they come to Jesus will need to be delivered
from that power. In fact I have come
to the place myself where I doubt whether it is
much use working with people in that particular
strata of society if you don’t understand
how to deal with demons. Let us look at just one
picture of sorcery in Revelation 9:21. Well, this describes a
future scene, I believe, in human history when God’s
judgments are being manifested and falling on the wicked and
it says in verse 20 and then 21: But the rest of mankind who
are not killed by these plagues did not repent of the
works of their hands, that they should not worship
demons and idols of gold. Notice, idolatry is the first thing. Gold, silver, brass,
stone and wood, which can neither
see nor hear, Notice which goes
with idolatry. They did not repent
of their murders or their sorceries,
or their sexual immorality. And the word
sorceries, the alternative translation
in some versions is “drugs.” And together with sorcery goes
sexual immorality and violence. And the tremendous upsurge of violence
in our contemporary civilization is largely the
work of sorcery. So when you want
to pray about it, don’t just pray
about the branch, you have to deal
with the root. Now we come to the third
area of this subject, which is witchcraft or
sorcery within the church. And here is an area
where some Christians have no idea what
is really going on. I want to turn to
Galatians chapter 3 and read the
first five verses. O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you? Did you ever
absorb that fact? They were charismatic Christians,
Pentecostal Christians. You’ll see, they knew the
Lord, they were saved, they had received the Holy Spirit,
they were witnessing miracles, but they were
bewitched. And this is the standard
Greek word for “bewitch.” Interestingly enough,
it is still used in modern Greek. The word vaskanía is the modern
Greek word for the evil eye. I happen to know because a
Greek Orthodox priest who has come to know the Lord Jesus came to
me some years ago and he said to me, “Pray for me. I want to be
delivered from this vaskanía.” It is exactly the same
word that is used here. All right: O foolish Galatians,
who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth
that before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed
among you as crucified? How did Paul know that
witchcraft was operating? What was the
evidence? Very important! Witchcraft had
obscured the revelation they had received of
Jesus Christ crucified. That’s the supreme aim of
witchcraft in the church is to hide the reality of
Jesus Christ crucified. Now look at the description of what
happened in the following verses. This only I want
to learn from you. Did you receive the Spirit
by the works of the law or by the hearing
of faith? Notice they had received
the Holy Spirit. Paul says: “How did you receive it?
By keeping the law of Moses or by hearing the
Gospel with faith?” Are you so foolish having
begun in the Spirit, are you now being made
perfect by the flesh? I really am inclined
to think that text could go up over the
entrance of most churches. Are you so foolish having begun in
the Holy Spirit, are you now being made
perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so
many things in vain? If indeed it
was in vain. Therefore,
He who supplies the Spirit do you notice the Spirit
was ministered to them? and works miracles
among you, does He do it by
the works of the law or by the hearing
of faith? So the root problem was the
reality of Jesus crucified had been obscured by an evil
satanic power that had moved in. And the two problems that resulted
were carnality and legalism. They had gone back
to fleshly attempts to do the will of God,
to please God, to keeping all
sorts of rules as a way of achieving
righteousness with God. And they had missed
the purpose of Christ’s death. And the final result
is stated in verse 10. For as many as are of the works
of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is
everyone that does not continue in all things that are written in
the book of the law to do them. In other words, Paul says,
“If you have gone back to achieve righteousness
by keeping the law, remember, you have got to keep
the whole law all the time or you are
under a curse, because when Israel came
into the land of Canaan, one of the first
things they had to do was to pronounce a
curse upon themselves if they did not keep the
whole law all the time.” See, keeping a little bit
of the law some of the time does not do
you any good. If you are going to be
justified by keeping the law, you have to keep the
whole law all the time. And none of us,
in God’s sight, can ever be justified
by the works of the law. It is a deception
of Satan. It is a deception that appeals
primarily to human pride. As Paul says, Abraham,
if he had been justified by works, would have had
something to boast of. But not before God,
because it says, “Abraham believed God and it was
counted to him as righteousness.” You see, basically all of us would
like to have something to boast of. In some way or other
we would like to be a little more righteous
than our neighbor. And if we have a set of
rules that we are keeping, somehow we can convince ourselves
that makes us righteous. When I was in the British army years
ago and came to know the Lord, I became a witness
for the Lord and because I lived a life that was
so different from my fellow soldiers, lots of them would
come up and talk to me and I would tell them, “No, I did
not get religious, I got saved.” And then I would tell
them about salvation. You know, the first
reaction of almost everyone was that they’d start to give me a
little list of the rules they kept. And each one had a list tailored to his
own particular life, you understand? In other words,
the first reaction of man confronted with God’s demand for
righteousness is, “I’ll keep a law.” I have said many places, and
sometimes I’ve shocked Christians: Christianity is
not a set of rules. Once we reduce it to that, we
have lost the vision of the cross. And we have lost
the power of God. Now, why does Satan want
to obscure the cross? Let me just interject this: I personally, as I travel
around most of the earth and I minister to Christians
of many different backgrounds, I think there are two
main needs in the church. The first is to restore the
centrality of the cross of Jesus to its rightful
place, because that is the one thing
that totally distinguishes Christianity from
any other religion. There is nothing like it
in any other religion. And when we displace the
cross and its uniqueness we just go back to
living by a set of rules. Human psychology. See, psychology can
tell you what’s wrong but cannot enable you
to do what’s right. That power comes only from one
source, which is the cross. The other and its
related problem is the church needs to give
Jesus back His headship, because God made Him head
over all things to the church. And the problem is that
basically the church does not really acknowledge
the headship of Jesus. The head is the thing that makes
the decisions, the body follows. In how many
churches are the decisions really made by
Jesus through the Holy Spirit? How many churches actually invite
Jesus to make the decisions? Let alone listen
what He has to say. What’s the problem?
What is the force at work? You tell me.
Witchcraft, that’s right. You see,
I have given you a diagnosis. If you will use
this diagnosis it will totally change your
attitude and your perspective on many of the things that
concern you most closely. Because Satan likes to
operate in the dark. He does not like people to know what
he is doing or how he’s doing it. I tell you that I have faced
tremendous personal opposition to preaching this particular message
here tonight and I know why. Because this message is
bringing out into the light the things that Satan does not want
to be brought out into the light. Whether it is the
nature of witchcraft in the natural
as a work of the flesh or whether it is the nature of
witchcraft in the supernatural. And the last
thing he wants is the Christians to realize that
witchcraft is at work in the church. Why does Satan want
to obscure the cross? Let me give you
three reasons. It is the only basis of all God’s
provision for His redeemed people. There is no
other basis. Hebrews 10:14 says:
For by one sacrifice God has perfected forever
those who are being sanctified. By the sacrifice of
Jesus on the cross God has done all that
will ever be needed for any human being in
any period of history. It is all done
through the cross. Now our appropriation of
the cross is progressive. We are being
sanctified. What Jesus has done is
perfect, finished, complete. But our appropriation
is progressive. I don’t believe there is a single
person here, myself included, who has yet
appropriated all that has been available
to them through the cross. But if we will go through the
process of sanctification, being made holy,
being conformed to God, thinking God’s thoughts,
living His way, we will appropriate
more and more. But if witchcraft moves in,
witchcraft will obscure the cross and although we should be
living as children of the King, we will begin living
like beggars and paupers. Because all the benefits
that God has provided come to us solely on
the basis of the cross. Satan is
very astute. He knows exactly
what to strike at. He knows that if he
can obscure the cross, he has the church
at his mercy. The second
reason is that the cross was the means
of Satan’s total defeat. I cannot go into all the
Scriptures but through the cross Jesus ministered a total, eternal,
irreversible defeat to Satan. Satan cannot
change that. But what he can try to do
is conceal the fact from us so that we no longer
live in the victory because we don’t realize the
victory that was won for us. The third feature
of the cross is that it is the
only source of power for real Christian living. You can quote the sermon on the
mountain as much as you like and all sorts of
psychiatrists will say that is the way that
people ought to live, but the only way we get the
ability to live that way is through the sacrifice
of Jesus on the cross. Because His sacrifice dealt with
the old man, the fleshly nature. Paul says, “Our old man
was crucified with Him.” He says a little later on in
Galatians, “Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh
with its affections.” Until you learn to apply the cross to
your carnal nature it masters you. You cannot
master it. Paul says
in Romans 6, “Our old man was crucified that we
should no longer be the slaves of sin.” That’s the provision
of the cross. I have mentioned,
I have an Anglican background and I thank God for many wonderful
things that came to me through that, but I know some of you here
would appreciate this, but in those days, which is long ago, we used to have the general confession
about 11:15 every Sunday morning and one of the things
we used to say was, “Pardon us,
miserable offenders.” And I used to look at the
people around me and think, “That is surely a
good description.” But I told myself,
“What good is religion if it only makes you
a miserable offender?” And my ultimate
conclusion was, “I can be an offender without
religion and not being so miserable.” So that was
what I did. But you see, another thing
I said to myself was, I confessed my sins
on Sunday morning but I know I’m going to go out
this week and commit the same sins. Am I pleasing God by confessing
sins I’m going to go on committing? Now I was not insincere.
I was just ignorant. I did not know that there
had been a provision made to put that old rebel
inside me to death. But it’s made
through the cross. Now let me read what
I’ve written here: Instead of the power that
comes from the cross, witchcraft substitutes fleshly
effort and legalistic means. You make ten rules and
people don’t keep them. So you say,
“We’ll have twenty rules, and they keep still fewer;
so you made forty rules. But making rules does not make
people righteous. Did you know that? Judaism today has
613 commandments. One of my grandsons
is part of a very ultra-religious
orthodox Jewish group and they say,
“We keep 32 of them,” and, I mean,
they keep more than anybody else. The truth of the matter is,
we can have all the rules, but we don’t
keep them. Going back to rules is the effect of
witchcraft in our lives. I personally
believe that this has happened in almost
every major section of the church. You can disagree
with me. I think every major move
of God in the church produced something that was
significant, lively, powerful, but within a generation or two
they lost the vision on the cross and they went into
carnal effort and rules and organization
and such things. Let me close by
quoting Jeremiah 17:5: Cursed is the man who
makes flesh his arm, who trusts in man and whose
heart departs from the Lord. See that’s the curse that
witchcraft brings upon the church. We are no longer trusting in the
supernatural grace and power of God; we are trusting in the best we
can do with our own efforts.

31 thoughts on “Full Video – The Nature of Witchcraft

  1. When you're reading your bible now, you're doing exactly what Satan wants!!! Ask me why, if that sounds important to you…

  2. Everyone is practicing black magic in USA even the Military on USA watch Mary Hardy on YT stopped the Michigan Military base from USING Satanic Magic on Michigan , I am Chickasaw and no Native American do these things you are talking about ! They may have before the white Nazi came to USA , we are all Civilized now : ) The only ppl who are using DEMONIC MAGIC are Hollywood ppl eating dead ppl at parties and killing babies for fun and Walnut Soup like Anderson Cooper has his Walnut Soup and brags about it on Twitter and no one goes to Prison , telling me that the USA Gov is run by no other than Lucifer himself !

  3. The biggest problem is devices of mind how people think that's why they keep on getting into bondage. I can even see it in Derek Prince academia a teacher with his hands. But nevertheless what he says is profitable so hear him it's a journey and is going in the right direction

  4. This is probably one of the best videos I’ve ever watched on YouTube along with the grace of the lords impeccable timing to bless with this message when i was perfectly ready to receive and understand it. 🙏

  5. Praise God. Thank you for the Truth. Imposing our will rather than desiring God’s will. Witchcraft. He puts our daily battles within and externally in Spiritual Warfare in the most accurate, understandable and helpful terms I’ve ever heard. The black cloud of evil is seeping into our entire nation. We must root it out in ourselves and call it out when discerned, prepared to suffer persecution. I believe the young man he quoted. The end times have begun and we must ask the grace of God and fight to be holy witnesses of Christ’s light in this increasingly dark world. God bless your soul, pastor. Thank you for posting this!

  6. Thank You Abba Father ❤️ for Derek Prince 🙏
    Victory in Jesus Mighty Name!🏳️
    Holy Spirit, come on Power today Against all evil attacks and witchcraft!🔥🌈🌾🕊️
    God bless us all believers!😊

  7. seems like religion generates witchcraft. religion has failed especially christianity. it is empty barren trite unbelievable lacks substance of relevance.

  8. @25:35 Very nice ball-grab-performance ! Among the best … holy shHHHH ! And what's with this guy and the Native American Indians ? He's really got a gripe ! I don't know what kind of David Blaine-type Indian Reservation this guy is visiting but i've never heard of Native Americans Indians hanging themselves by … hooks ? During a Sundance ? wait what ? That's some kind of HELLRAISER SUNDANCE ! holy shhHHHH ! Everything else within the lecture is an amazing interpretation … a bit thick on the baby and children being manipulators, I mean, how should a "human" act when it wants to communicate ? In this interpretation ALL communication … is … manipulation ? I mean … yes, but … so is LET THERE BE LIGHT .. i mean … maybe an actor's approach is best ? you know, WHAT'S MY MOTIVATION ? maybe let that be the guide it was said somewhere in the lecture @29:35 maybe or elsewhere (?) great video. Thumbs up ! EDIT: the ball-grab-performance was right on cue with the BOSS & SECRETARY SCENARIO, as well ! I couldn't write that (i.e. i would never think of that: kind of like RESEVOIR DOGS werehouse lecture: when the boss says "It's my way or the highway," his hands are crossed over his waist belt and one hand points a thumb up towards him and the other hand points a finger diagonally out away from him respectively; brilliant emphasis when delivering that line. [END]

  9. Any type of witchcraft every demon Works behind any type of witchcraft white witchcraft Healers black witchcraft all demons demons of Witchcraft work behind it and Witchcraft always summons demons to do the work

  10. I have some questions: if from Aramaic is translated ,,stake" and ,,tree", where from came ,,cross"? ( Idea: possible from catholic religion?) Where from it is known that Yahshua wasn't pierced with His hands up ? It is written somewhere that the first apostles and disciples were hanging ,,crosses" on the walls? Finally, what happened on that piece of wood ( and what happened then on the grave and then the Ascension) it really count , and not that piece of wood. If it was an electric chair, will someone hang on the wall, on the neck, an electric chair replica?
    His first apostles and disciples were recognised because the Gospel they spread and because of their behaviour and not because objects, nor because the fancy clothes wear on Sundays. And by the way, ( and i am not in the 7 day Adventist religion, nor in the JW, nor in other one) , where it is written that The Heavenly Father changed the Shabbat day from the 7 day into the 1st day? Nowhere! We can rest spiritually every day in Yahshua – Jesus, we can help, heal, cast out demons in the 7.th day, we can have ,,holy gatherings" in the 7.th day but being changed the Shabbat from the 7.th day into the first day of the week, is not from God, is not from Yahshua, Who is the living Word and it is written that the Shabbat is an eternal covenant between the Creator and His children. Are you consider yourselves children of the Most High? Well, if so, the Shabbat is in the 7.th day and not in the 1.st day of the week.
    And no, i am not born in Israel ( maybe i have Hebrew ancestors/ who knows? God knows).
    But the Scriptures were born in Israel and it is written that Yahshua kept the commandments and said that mother, brothers, sisters to Him, are those who are kipping His Father commandments. Not religion. Scriptural commandments. He said about ,,love" but He said that ,,love" ( and fear, respect for Elohim) it means all the commandments , because loving, you are not doing the evil things contrary the commandments.
    Shalom

  11. I don't want to be a witch. But i do have the spirit of manipulation and experience rage when not successful. But i want to believe my manipulation is for good.

  12. I'm spiritual but I've guess pagan does creeps it's way in spiritual beliefs I'm not a pagan but I opened my mind to it and it's very dark in deed it's the reason why we not stopped war on this planet … hopefully pagans will wake up and stop all war …

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