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Divination, Idolatry and the Curse of False Gospels (Teaching)
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Minister Ty Alexander
(Ty Huynh)
  9/7/2016 10:12 PM

Divination (also called witchcraft) is not just a sin (1 Samuel 15:23), but is also idolatry, which is the sin of worshipping things other than God or being unfaithful to Him. It includes more than the act of worship. Idolatry also includes coveting and putting excessive value or faith in worldly things, like having lust, greed, and the wrong kinds of pride1.

Succumbing to divination can include accepting false prophecies from divination, like believing in the prophecies of Nostradamus and other people who got their information through divination1. They often get their powers through demons, like the Python spirit in Acts 16:16. These spirits have real powers of prophecy. They hook into people who believe in the products of divination or use divination through things like Ouija boards, crystal balls, tarot cards, palm reading, etc.

We should keep away from using such objects to tell fortunes or gain knowledge in such a way, and also not use fortune tellers, astrologers, spiritualists, or mediums1. That means we should also stay away from astrology horoscope readings, numerology fortune telling, and the like. Even the fortunes in fortune cookies can be divination if they predict the future. Don't even use Bibles in methods of divination.

Spirits can even become attached to and inhabit objects used in divination. I've heard of testimony where screams came from an Ouija board after someone tried to dispose of it in a fire and many other testimonies of objects with spirits inhabiting them. I've even witnessed demons influence and infect computers used to store false guidance from them. A ministry I worked with reported God guided them to delete journals or records with false guidance from their computers and a from a third-party's journals when seeking deliverance. It was only after they got rid of the bad guidance that they could get rid of the demons, so keeping false guidance from demons is a hook they have to remain or come back.

God can speak through divination and spiritual mediums, like He did with Balaam, who used divination (Numbers 23:1-24:1-25; Joshua 13:22) and the Witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28:8-20). The sailors in Jonah 1:7 used a form of divination by casting lots to find out who endangered their ship. The lot correctly fell to Jonah, but it means God was in control of that situation. I wouldn't rely on casting lots to find out information, since divination, spiritualism, necromancy and black magic or sorcery also invite demons that will interfere with guidance from God. That is another reason why God tells us not to use divination, sorcery, or go to mediums1. "When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritualists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?" (Isaiah 8:19)

However, casting lots or using a random process, like throwing dice, drawing straws, or even using a Magic 8 Ball is not divination or sin in itself. Just don't use them to gain knowledge. Casting lots was often used in the Bible to select people or make assignments (Leviticus 16:8; Joshua 18:6-10; 1 Samuel 14:41-42; 1 Chronicles 24:5, 24:31, 25:8-31, 26:13-18; Nehemiah 10:34, 11:1; Acts 1:26; related Job 6:27; Psalm 22:18; Joel 3:3; Obadiah 1:11; Jonah 1:7; Nahum 3:10; Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:24).

Studying gematria or the numeric value of words is also not divination as long as we do not use them for fortune telling, like done in numerology. God has actually hidden much meaning in the gematria value of words that show His divine influence on our languages5.

It's the sin of divination or ungodly spiritualism we need to be concerned about, because having false beliefs, keeping false guidance from demons, or using materials for divination, spiritualism, or sorcery are hooks the enemy have in people. I've seen methods of making holy water use techniques of sorcery that we should avoid. Simply bless things in the Name of Christ Jesus if you want to bless anything.

Keep away from material and teachings from people who do not explicitly serve the Lord, unless it is to understand more about demons, other spirits, and false guidance. I would be cautious with their material and experiences, though, since they can be misled and given false guidance by demons.

The enemy can bring spiritual blindness to those who accept false beliefs or false guidance, like atheists are blinded when they continually reject God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4), or when Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Catholics, other religious sects, and even some popular Christian denominations are blinded by belief in false teaching and unauthentic scripture. It can be dangerous to accept bad teaching even from Christians (see the True Gospel and Imposters2 for an important example). I fell to that as a new and curious Christian years ago and consequently had to come out of brainwashing from accepting bad teaching and false guidance.

Because believing in lies can brainwash you, there is little chance that even the most compelling evidence for the truth can change the opinions of people in spiritual blindness. It goes with the curse that Paul talked about in Galatians 1:8-9, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!"

This means preachers of gospels who teach incorrect doctrine of eternal salvation in Christ (false gospels) are cursed. That curse includes being blinded to the actual truth of how salvation really works. And people who believe in those false teachings can also be blinded because false beliefs are a hook the enemy have in people.

Eternal salvation in Christ is a free gift of God and not something that is acquired by works or baptism rituals (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7). The New Covenant is a conditional covenant with simple terms to fulfill or break, and sinning alone will not have us lose our eternal salvation. Sin does have serious consequences, though. Learn more about those details in The True Gospel and Imposters2.

Because of the potential of spiritual blindness, we cannot blindly accept any teaching from the church or those who serve God or even from guidance we believe is directly from God, because God does use lying spirits and He tests us (1 Kings 22:19-23; 2 Chronicles 18:18-22; Deuteronomy 13:3).

However, we need to remain objective and be willing to accept that we may be wrong. Test and examine everything very closely (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21) to see how they align with Scripture, like the Jews of Berea who searched the Scriptures daily to see if the things Paul and Silas said were correct (Acts 17:11).

Test the spirits, as well, by having them acknowledge Jesus Christ came in the flesh to atone for our sins (1 John 4:1-3). But even these steps cannot bring foolproof discernment in what is truly from God, because there are imposters and false christ spirits that claim to be God, Christ, or His Spirit, and the Lord can send lying spirits as I noted, and the enemy, as well, for various reasons. God commands all spirits. He told Satan what he could do to Job (Job 1:12, 2:6) and He continues to use the enemy to test and refine us as He did with Job.

Demons also have their own domains of power and influence that God gives them, so they can work outside of God. These are the principalities, powers, and rulers that our spiritual fight is against (Ephesians 6:12). God is in overall control of the world and all spirits, including demons, but He doesn't command demons in every situation. The enemy has power and reign to work within the boundaries of their influence, such as the sins they hook into. It is a misconception that Satan and demons were completely defeated on the cross. They continue to have real power and influence in whatever areas God allows them to rule in.

One horrible truth is the enemy can use God's Holy Names and the names of His saints and angels to mislead people into thinking they are them to usurp our relationships with God and keep people away from the truth. In many years of serving the Lord, I've seen many false christ spirits and imposter spirits claiming to be God, Christ, and/or the Holy Spirit. The spiritual guidance they give uses Scripture and truth, but it is mixed with lies and misleading, so it can be very difficult to examine. You cannot test imposters with the test of 1 John 4:1-3 because these spirits actually claim to be Christ who died on the cross.

Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was deceived by an imposter spirit claiming to be an archangel messenger of God. He did not know to test the spirit by having it acknowledge Jesus came in the flesh and he was not knowledgeable about spiritual imposters and other spiritual things, so he blindly accepted false teaching and false gifts.

The same happened to Paramahansa Yogananda who claims revelations about Jesus' "original and true teachings" and that Christ went to and studied in India during His youth. Paramahansa uses yoga meditation and realization practices that I would avoid, because self-realization techniques are a form of divination. I also read some of Paramahansa's material and saw it uses techniques that I've seen false christ spirits hook into to give visions, false guidance, and false miracles. I believe Paramahansa also taught that Jesus was not truly the Son of God or Savior, like Islam teaches.

We can reject any religion or teaching that ignores Jesus' divinity as Lord God and Saviour, the true Messiah and Son of God who atoned for our sin by His sacrifice on the cross. He was not just a prophet, but He was truly fathered by God through His Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18; also see Ron Wyattt's Discoveries6).

In fact, we should not even be studying documents or false scriptures created by the enemy, like the Quran/Koran of Islam and other writings that are works of the enemy. These works include atheist material, like The God Delusion and other writings by Richard Dawkins, and false scripture and bibles, such as the Book of Mormon and other material used by the Mormon Church (LDS Church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and Jehovah's Witnesses. Even some Christian Bibles should be avoided because they do not translate God's original Words correctly and skew its meaning too much (see Choosing a Bible for help in selecting good Bibles3).

False scripture and teaching may have facts in them or base information on true Scripture, but like the Quran, the truth is often twisted or altered to present things that are not correct. Contrary to what Islam, Mormonism, and the Jehovah's Witnesses say, they are not updates or corrections of Christianity, but rather the twisting or corruption of it, since their teachings can be compared with what is stated in thousands of Biblical manuscripts that pre-date by centuries the writings of these religions1.

The Catholic Church, especially, has been deceived into false doctrines, such as the worship of saints and angels, by spirits or apparitions claiming to be saints, angels, or Christ Himself. These spirits have real power to give miracles, but they are false signs and miracles because they do not truly come from God (2 Thessalonians 2:9). We must remember no saint or angel of God will allow themselves to be worshipped (Acts 10:25-26; Revelation 19:10, 22:8-9).

I have personally dealt with imposters and false christ spirits, so I know how difficult they are to identify and how they brainwash people. I will discuss more about that in a different article, but as a quick note, I have found the guidance given by Take His Heart Ministries and the Two Witnesses of the God Calling and God At Eventide books to be misled by false christ spirits.

If you suspect you're dealing with imposter spirits, then discontinue associating with them and getting guidance from them or people with them. Resist and reject them and any false guidance you were given.

Keep hold of your faith and standing in Christ. If we are truly saved or reborn into His Kingdom (John 3:3-7), we are co-heirs and partners in God's Kingdom with Him, so we should resist any of the enemy's attempts to derail us (Romans 8:15-17; James 4:7-8; 1 Peter 5:8-10). We must try to discern what is from God and reject any lies from the enemy, because they bring spiritual blindness if we accept them. Demons can even make false beliefs real to deceive or "validate" false guidance, such as with the false signs and miracles from imposters of God and His saints and angels.

The enemy also tends to give inaudible voices and thoughts into our minds (Matthew 16:23; Mark 8:33). God's Word, though, is usually "audible," meaning His voice sounds like any other person in the world speaking to you. This is shown when the the prophet Samuel first comes to know the Word of the Lord in 1 Samuel 3:3-10. Samuel repeatedly went to Eli, the prophet he lived with, when the Lord called his name, but after two times Eli told him it was the Word of the Lord. However, the enemy and other spirits can make people hear things and make real noises in the world, so getting "audible" guidance may not always be from God. Examine everything closely.

Religious spirits often cannot hold their tongues, so people influenced by them tend to be excessively religious and overuse and misuse Scripture. God usually does not guide by constant, overbearing pressure that coerces our beliefs or actions. He more often reminds us of things now and again. He is patient, our Prince of Peace, and the Holy Spirit our Comforter/Helper (Isaiah 9:6-7; John 14:16-20, 14:26-28, 15:26, 16:7). We did not receive a spirit of slavery leading us to fear with Christ (Romans 8:15-17), so a life with Christ should not be full of fear.

The New Covenant comes with a promise to change our hearts and spirits through the literal rebirth of God's Spirit in us, so that we wish to what is good (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Romans 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:22, 3:2-6; Hebrews 8:8-12). However, our desire to do what is right can be circumvented since our reborn spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38). Pray you don't come to temptation, because if we are too weak to resist committing sin, then we should expect judgment, which is the fear of the Lord we should keep in mind before we do wrong (Colossians 3:22-25; Ephesians 6:5; Psalm 34:11-22, 111:10; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10, 10:27, 14:27, 16:6, 19:23; 22:4; Job 28:28; 2 Chronicles 19:7-10).

God usually does not coerce our beliefs or actions, like He did with Apostle Paul when he was struck with blindness (Acts 9:3-9). He usually reminds and guides patiently, but He will leave people to their ways if they do not want to change or listen (Psalm 81:12; Romans 1:24-32; Acts 7:42-43; related Romans 11:32). The enemy's voice often comes first and drowns out God's Spirit in you, so be very slow and diligent to study and examine everything using valid Scripture.

It can be hard to understand and keep hold of truths given by God or pick out the truth from false guidance. Our minds cannot understand God without help from His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; related Romans 8:6-9) and the enemy will try to attack, steal, and misconstrue the truth often. So keep learning what the truth really is and identify false beliefs, because believing the lies of the enemy and world can not only bring spiritual blindness, but physical illness and other curses from the sin we mistakenly commit because we believe our actions are not sin. Those false beliefs can enslave and brainwash as I already mentioned.

We need to learn how to be approved workman who correctly handle God's Word (2 Timothy 2:15). He does not always guide in straightforward ways and sometimes gives pieces of guidance that are meant to be properly fit together, so the complete, correct message is shown4. God hid many things in Scripture and gives guidance that can only be correctly understood by having all the correct pieces put together and interpreted by His Spirit. Remember, interpretation of His guidance, whether from Scripture or live guidance, belongs to Him, not the church or man (2 Peter 1:20-21; Genesis 40:8). This encoding of information is a way God hides the full truth from those who consider themselves wise and prudent (Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21).

However, the enemy can also easily fake guidance. They have real powers to prophecy, give visions, dreams, and other sensations, as well as manipulate the world, so it can be very difficult to determine if things are truly from God. In the end we must have faith and trust the Lord to lead us safely through all trials and circumstances. Don't simply dismiss prophecy or teaching that you do not believe is from God (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21). He may be trying to correct you since you may simply not understand the truth right. It is our duty as People of God to check if something is from Him or not, because we are called to live on God's every Word (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4), not just on what was recorded in the Bible. The Lord continues to anoint prophets, apostles, teachers, and other servants until there is complete unity in the faith (Ephesians 4:11-16).

1 Bible references for divination, idolatry, greed, and spiritualism: Exodus 20:3-5; Leviticus 19:26, 19:31; Deuteronomy 5:7-9, 18:10-14; 2 Kings 17:35-39; Psalm 81:9; Jeremiah 14:14, 25:6; Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13; 1 Corinthians 10:7, 10:14-22; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 3:5-6; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 4:1-3; also 2 Kings 17:17, 21:6; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 2:6; 1 Timothy 3:3, 6:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:2-5

2 Huynh, Ty Alexander. "The True Gospel". 3rd Compass - Christ Hephzibah Church.

3 Huynh, Ty Alexander. "Choosing a Bible". 3rd Compass - Christ Hephzibah Church.

4 Huynh, Ty Alexander. "Light Within". 3rd Compass - Christ Hephzibah Church.

5 Huynh, Ty Alexander. "The Meaning of Numbers". 3rd Compass - Christ Hephzibah Church.

6 Wyatt, Ron. "The Ark of the Covenant" - Christ's blood analysed to have no earthly father. Ron Wyatt's Discoveries.

Tags 9/7/2016 10:17 PM
Spiritual Warfare, Curses, Spiritual Discernment, Discernment of Truth, Help in discerning the Truth, Spiritual Help

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