What the Bible Says about Witchcraft

With Halloween around the corner, you’ve probably seen whimsical witches decorating stores and homes. These images sport black pointed hats and usually have large warts on long noses. In other words, you instantly recognize them. But real evil isn’t usually so obvious (2 Cor. 11:14).

In fairytales, witches use toads and bat wings to mix up poisonous brews. In Snow White the poison lay hidden in a beautiful apple. The witch in Hansel and Gretel wanted to eat children. Did you know the Bible also associates witchcraft with dangerous substances and child sacrifice?

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead” (Deuteronomy 18:10-11 NIV).

Surely, we don’t have to worry about that today. Or do we?

Witchcraft in the Old Testament

In the Old Testament, King Ahab married a Phoenician princess named Jezebel. This wicked queen practiced witchcraft and promoted child sacrifice. She silenced God’s prophets—the truth tellers—by having them killed.

‘How can there be peace,’ Jehu replied, ‘as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound?’” (2 Kings 9:22 NIV).

“Witchcraft” can be figurative of seductive and corrupting influences. Jezebel poisoned Israel’s faith and brought great suffering and God’s judgment.

Manasseh, one of Judah’s kings, also practiced witchcraft and desecrated God’s temple that bore the Lord’s name (2 Chronicles 33:7).

He sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger. …But Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites” (2 Chronicles 33:6 NIV).

New Testament Witchcraft

Galatians 5:20 lists witchcraft as a deed of the flesh. The New Testament word for witchcraft is pharmakeia. The definition of this Greek word is “the use or the administering of drugs.” Medication (pharmacy”), i.e. (by extension) magic.

This doesn’t mean all drugs come from witchcraft. When you read this, I’ll be recovering from dental work. I’m thankful for Novocain! Insulin saves lives. However, listen to drug side effects listed on TV ads. Drugs can kill and destroy. Responsible doctors carefully consider their patient’s individual needs and weaknesses when prescribing them.

God provided herbs and food for our healing (Ezek. 47:12Rev. 22:2; Is. 38:21). The Lord is our healer (Ex. 23:25). Yet, out of fear or habit, we often seek Him only as a last resort.

How this Relates to Today

My daughter, among many others, received a mandate from her work to be vaccinated or be terminated. She has applied for religious exemption. Let me tell you why.

Did you know the three Covid vaccines approved for use in our country used aborted fetal cells to develop or test their products? They extract tissue from live babies. Does that sound like child sacrifice?

No one knows the long-term effects of a drug that changes human DNA. (Remember Thalidomide, the drug given to lessen morning sickness in pregnant women and caused permanent deformity in their children?) King Manasseh desecrated God’s temple. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-20). We have every right to protect them (Dan. 1:8).

Finally, proven safe ways to protect your health and treat Covid exist. But as Jezebel killed the truth-telling priests of God, doctors who speak about the benefits of supplements like Vitamin D, for example, and safe and inexpensive drugs are threatened and silenced.

Our government and many businesses are forcing people to take a drug they morally and religiously oppose. “Hundreds of thousands of our military face the possibility of being court-martialed and dishonorably discharged.”


I write this not to criticize anyone who’s opted to take the vaccine. I speak for those who have good reasons to reject it. May we all respect those who have different views and not let anyone bully or bewitch us into violating our conscience. As people of faith, may we not be taken in by threats and hysteria, but may each of us seek God and proceed in faith (Rom. 14:23).

All the nations were deceived by your witchcraft” (Rev. 18:23 NASB).

My daughter, among many others, received a mandate from her work to be vaccinated or be terminated. She has applied for religious exemption. Let me tell you why. #values, #faith Share on X

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  1. Ann J Musico

    I completely respect your daughter’s decision and agree with it wholeheartedly. I do not tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t do – but it is the bullying and coersion if someone has valid reasons to choose not to take this shot that is an issue for me. I will be praying she is successful in her religious exemption. It is a valid concern amond many others about these shots.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ann, I agree the coercion, threats, canceling legitimate concerns, and skewing numbers. All the deceit and manipulation is enough to make one pause.

  2. Yvonne Ortega

    Thank you for this timely post. I’m praying.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks, for reading, Yvonne.

  3. Ella

    Thank you so much Debbie for these words of truth. Praying that Ginny gets her exemption. These issues will not go away unless believers take a stand. My college sophomore grandson is looking at colleges for next year and is facing similar issues concerning the mandate.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ella, it’s a shame what’s going on. And there is so much evidence that young people are at greater risk of harm from the shot and lesser risk of the virus.

  4. Henni Corbin

    How I have been scorned and ridiculed for not being vaccinated because I am scared there might be something in the shot that sets up the mark of the beast. Would anyone else care to comment?

    • Debbie Wilson

      Henni, the pressure and shutting down of businesses over this is preparing us for what the Bible has described. I’ve read how the technology is already there to be able to put tracing etc into people. I am not an expert in prophesy. But I think the mark comes after the rapture of the church. But there are plenty of reasons to beware.

  5. Marilyn C.

    Thank-you, Debbie. Praying for
    Ginny. ❤️❤️

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Marilyn!

  6. Nancy E. Head

    I had the vaccine–so far with no lingering ill affects. But I am quite concerned about forcing this “medicine” on children and young people. Nobody should have to take a medicine that has questionable benefits and definite possibilities for damaging results.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Nancy, I’m glad you’re doing well. I too am concerned for our young people and for the shaming and punitive coercion. I know some faithful workers who served through Covid and now have lost their jobs over this.

  7. J.D. Wininger

    Well said Ms Debbie. The individual MUST have the right to decide for themselves or the minors or others in their care. And it MUST not be anyone else’s business to demand proof or evidence of anything. The US Government saw fit to send me into China during the outbreak of the original SARS virus. The US Government never demanded identification of those with the HIV/Aids virus, Hepatitis, or other communicable diseases. The exercise of “legalized extortion” goes against all that I’ve come to believe abut the America I grew up in. As you so eloquently stated, it is a personal choice and no one should be coerced or shunned into putting something into their bodies they object to, for any reason. I agree wholeheartedly with your daughter’s concerns and her religious beliefs. I pray the exemption is granted, but I’m hearing it is largely being denied. I also agree with earlier comments; this is not the prophesied “Mark of the Beast”, but I do believe these actions (mandated vaccinations, tracking/databases of vaccinated/unvaccinated, etc. are paving the way for that action during the Tribulation. I’m grateful I won’t be here. Prayers for your sweet daughter and others impacted by this direct affront to Christian and American liberty.

    • Debbie Wilson

      J.D., you bring up so many good points in this. I believe they are using this virus as an excuse to promote their agenda. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

  8. Kelly Jenkins

    Awesome article Debbie. My religious exemption was approved (with 4 accommodations) and I’m very grateful for that. I’ve been praying Ginnys will be too. I never knew how these shots were made till I researched this shot. Had I known I would not have had any vaccines.
    When I saw my MD a few weeks ago she hadn’t heard of Vaers, tried to say the vac was made from a unavoidable abortion, and that the pope approved of this shot. It felt like a drug dealer pushing a drug. She said my 3 choices were the vaccine, get very sick long term from covid(even though my husband was sick with covid and I had no symptoms), or quarantine. I think I will find a new M.D. I get unbelievable pressure from my Dad too. But I refuse to budge.
    Thats so true that this shot is not about Covid since you aren’t protected from it. It’s all about control and bringing about the agenda of the antichrist who I believe will be revealed soon.
    Thank you for speaking about this. We all must stand together and not let our God given rights be stripped away. I will be forwarding this to as many as I can.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Kelly, praise the Lord that your exemption was granted! Yes, I’ve learned a lot of gruesome facts in investigating this. As you said, the chicken pox and measles vaccine contain aborted tissue. Lord have mercy on us.

    • Janet Conner

      Yes, Kelly, you may want to read in the “Catholic News Service” that the Pope/ Vatican did approve of the COVID vaccine, as morally acceptable. You’d need to read the entire article, “Vatican: Without alternatives, current COVID-19 vaccines are morally acceptable” to understand fully. “The morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one’s own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good.” (protect the weakest, most vulnerable)

  9. Janet Conner

    Debbie, you certainly have caused more research for us who have participated in the research for Pfizer to develop the vaccine, and have rec’d two vaccines and a booster. It’s possible I don’t understand what I’ve read 100%. The COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain any aborted fetal cells, but use “fetal cell tissue from decades ago to start the cell lines we use today. The description of ongoing modern fetal tissue harvesting to create vaccines is dishonest sensationalism.” I can agree with the writer, “I think the moral balance of indirectly benefitting from an abortion that occurred over 50 years ago in order to take a vaccine that will prevent further death in the community is a no-brainer.” Of course I respect those who think differently.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Janet, there has been so much deception and misinformation concerning this. I’ve seen grafts that show the death rate for 2020 was virtually flat. The death rate began to rise after the vaccines began. The difference—deaths normally attributed to flu and other diseases disappeared. Almost every death was attributed to Covid. Covid is a real threat, but safe means to treat it are suppressed.
      I don’t believe the ends justifies the means. Your response to Kelly said we defend the weakest. No one is more vulnerable than the unborn. People say cell lines from one baby were used. The links I put show 74 babies were used before they got to the one and 181 for vaccines in general. I believe people should know their options and risks and choose what they deem best for themselves. Closing burger chains that don’t check vaccine passports and terminating faithful employees, even those who work from home, is not about safety. Mistreating our first responders and military is shameful. There are sound reasons for refusing the shot. Those people should be able to choose without fear of losing their careers. There are many good people working to protect our health. Unfortunately, those who find success, like Dr. Peter McCullough, are primarily ignored. I’ll add a link from him in the resources. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Janet, and for reading the blog.

  10. Rebecca Jones

    I always try to explain what witchcraft is to people, just plain old rebellion against God, and abusing drugs, prescription or otherwise, I did not know about the vaccines though. It would be great if the FDA would approve the one from Israel if it is not made the same, I would hope not. I never tell people not to go to the doctor or take medicine, I am grateful for the many ways my family has been helped, but I say to keep the faith in the real healer and as for the mark, I believe the Antichrist will not be revealed until after the rapture or catching away of the church, then you won’t have an option, believers don’t have to worry. May He open the eyes of others.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Rebecca, you’ve given a good explanation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  11. Robyn Jones

    I have taken the vaccine though I didn’t want to because I placed my faith in God that He would protect me from any harmful side effects. I completely respect those who are refusing to. In fact, I am proud of them for taking a stand. However, I am not sure that the development of these vaccines can be attributed to child sacrifice since child sacrifice has to do with what parents have done to their own children and not with what scientists have done with the remains of what parents have done to their own children. But, I will read up on it to be sure. Thanks for this insightful breakdown of witchcraft. If you pay close attention to what is posted on social media, it is alive and well. There are people who are reading vibes and not the Bible, aplenty!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Robyn, thanks for joining the discussion. God bless.

  12. Nikki Fenske

    Debbie, You know I stand alongside of you in agreement with what you have spoken in truth and boldness. Silence is not our friend in these times. Praising God for all the eyes that will be opened through The Power of The Holy Spirit in these days. May we stand arm in arm, hand in hand and heart to heart.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Amen, Nikki! May the Holy Spirit open our eyes.

  13. Jennifer

    Great post. Our eyes definitely need to open to what is going on around us. Thank you for the scriptures you used.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Jennifer, when truth is suppressed, we have to dig deeper to find it. But if we seek we will find! Thanks for reading.

  14. Barnabas mubanga Kabwela

    Wow. An eye-opener of an article. For various reasons I have continued to stay away from getting the vaccine and reading that aborted fetal cells were used in some of these vaccines just gives me more reason to continue keeping away. Thank you for the teaching on witchcraft.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Barnabas!

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