[Rushtalk] Season of the witch: Media cheer growth in occultism

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Sun Sep 3 17:45:42 MDT 2017


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Season of the witch: Media cheer growth in occultism

Spiritual-warfare expert warns of demonic dangers

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Witchcraft is becoming mainstream in America.

“Wiccan witchcraft is now one of the fastest growing religions in the
Hudson Valley,” reported News 12 Westchester in New York.

A “third-degree Wiccan high priestess” was quoted as saying the religion
is a “mysterious, feminist and nature-focused religion that rewards
faith and patience with magic … capable of things like curing illnesses,
getting a raise at work and helping people find love.”

Throughout the country, there are increasing reports of covens of
witches organizing and receiving mainstream acceptance and attention.
Salem, Massachusetts, home of the infamous “witch trials” in colonial
times, is now a mecca for the occult and a center of an emerging
“witchcraft tourism industry.”

The women’s fashion magazine Vogue recently promoted a “witchy week”
with features on “enchanting altars on Instagram” and “how to have a
moon ceremony.”

Heather Dockray, “Web Trends” reporter at Mashable, says witchcraft is
moving into the mainstream, even if many of the supposed practitioners
of the “The Craft” seem to approach Wicca as more of an aesthetic and a
form of consumerism than as a religion. Self-described witches have a
large presence on social networks, and websites explaining the practice
are growing rapidly.

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Pastor Carl Gallups, author of the end times examination “When The Lion
Roars,” says a combination of anti-Christian media bias and modern
technology is helping to drive the growth of occultism.


“With the advent of worldwide instantaneous communication and
information systems, the entire globe can connect into each of these
events as the godless media gladly gives them a platform,” he said. “At
the same time, most of the mainstream is frantically looking for as many
ways as possible to malign, marginalize and lampoon Christianity –
almost exclusively. When was the last time you saw any of the American
mainstream media lampoon Islam, or Satan worship, for example?”

Gallups also faulted pop culture for creating an “innocent” version of
the demonic.

“The pop culture of America has certainly paved the way for the general
acceptance of witchcraft and all other forms of outright occult
practices,” the pastor said. “Of course, the Bible speaks harshly about
all these activities and even prophesied that in the days before the
return of Jesus Christ, these activities would only grow darker and more
prevalent.

“Sadly, those who think that somehow these are ‘harmless’ or ‘innocent’
practices are playing right into the hands of the prince of darkness. It
is extremely interesting that every one of the occult movements are
centered on an outright denial of the authority of the Bible and
salvation being found only in Jesus Christ. In other words, they are
each driven by the spirit of Antichrist.”

However, as Dockray notes, temporal politics is also driving much of the
movement, as it is seen as a form of feminist opposition to President
Trump and conservatives.

“[I]t’s President Trump and the Republican Party, who spent the past
decade calling Hillary Clinton a witch, who’ve probably done more than
anyone else to contribute to the growth of modern witchcraft,” she
writes. “Women, including different witch-identified activists, showed
up in full force at women’s marches all across the country in January,
and cast spells against the candidate during the election.”

A number of self-described witches have been prominently involved in the
so-called “resistance” to Trump. Witches have been targeting the
president with mass occult rituals for months, even before Trump was
elected. A group of witches even joined the violent left-wing group
known as Antifa during its counter-protest against a recent free-speech
rally in Boston.

Witches also were active during the recent solar eclipse.

Vox’s Tara Burton spent the eclipse with witches who were using the
“energy” of the event to cast malevolent spells not on Trump but
“against everyone who thinks like him.”

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Pastor Karl Payne, author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians,
Demonization and Deliverance,” calls it “oddly hypocritical and
tragically predictable” that mainstream-media stories about witchcraft
portray it as interesting and generally positive while
casting conservative Christians as hateful and a dangerous threat.

Payne argues pop culture is inflicting spiritual harm on Americans by
celebrating violent, Satanic and anti-Christian imagery.

“Turn on your television any night of the week or catch a few movies on
the weekend, and you will see how those behind these productions believe
the more blood, murder and mayhem the better,” he said. “As has been
stated many times, ideas have consequences. The promotion of Satanism,
demonism and Spiritism in the name of pluralism or personal harmless
choice has consequences, too. Unfortunately, the collateral destruction
caused by these choices left in the wake of their trail are often not
harmless. This damage can be devastating. It’s something you will not
hear on television specials, but it’s something some people understand
all too well.”

As someone who has personally worked with the possessed and exorcised
demons, Payne worries about both the temporal lives and eternal souls of
those dabbling in witchcraft. He denies “magic” can ever be practiced
innocently, even if practitioners claim they are simply using “white
magic” or not harming anyone.

“To the best of my biblical understanding of Scripture, God does not
recognize the difference between white magic and black magic,” he said.
“They are simply different entrances and enticements to the same
reality, and that reality will ultimately become exposed as destructive
over time and deadly for eternity. Therefore, the notion that one is
evil and the other benevolent is a marketer’s manipulation and a
participant’s bondage.

“One danger of practicing witchcraft is eternal separation from God for
each person rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Indeed,
impressionable and naïve children and young people are going to step
into this destructive worldview that lies underneath the promotional
posturing, and they are going to discover too late that at least parts
of this curiosity are real and not a game. People can and do get hurt
through their involvement with demons and the worship of Satan.”

Payne argues Christians need to awaken to the realities of the
supernatural and the high stakes of real spiritual warfare.

“Christians should learn how to resist the devil and his minions rather
than try to explain their existence away or run from them,” the pastor
urged. “In the face of real demonic opposition, clichés and self-imposed
ignorance do not substitute for a shield of faith and the delegated
authority given to all genuine Christians over all the powers of the
enemy, as stated in Luke 10:18-20. Furthermore, I would urge Christians
not to dabble or allow themselves to be titillated by the occult. Seeing
how close you can get to a fire without smelling like smoke or getting
burned represents both immaturity and stupidity.”

Ultimately, Payne says the growth of witchcraft and anti-Christian
movements is inevitable, at least for a time.

“The Bible is clear Satan is the god of this age for a period of time,”
he intoned. “Why should it come as any surprise that he and his
followers get top billing temporarily on planet Earth, and the Lord God
Almighty, Yahweh and His followers are demeaned? This should not come as
a surprise, should it?

“Our mission during this time is not to be popular or acquiesce to a
crooked and perverted generation. We are called to walk with God and
live our lives for what comes next, not for what the media say is
popular.”

Arm yourself for the most crucial battle of all. “Spiritual Warfare,”
available now in the WND Superstore.


http://www.wnd.com/2017/08/season-of-the-witch-media-cheer-growth-in-occultism/



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