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