Christian Witches: Real or Not? (Part 1)
If you are reading this, it is likely you have heard of the rise of “Christian witches.” Now, I refuse to hyperlink any witchy websites here or mention the names of these up and coming sorceresses, but in this post, we are going to lay out a biblical argument against Christian witches.
Now, when I say we are going to make and argument against Christian witches, I don’t mean that we are going to argue that they don’t exist. They do. Or rather, those who identify as witches and Christians most certainly do exist. Instead, we will present biblical arguments against the concept of authentic Christians practicing witchcraft with God’s blessing. We will also breakdown the nature of witchcraft itself. However, in order to approach the idea of Christian witches, we should first define what a Christian is.
What Is a Christian?
This may seem like a waste of time, but go with me. I’ve taken to using the phrase identify as a Christian/Believer because there are many people who claim to be or identify as something they are not. Just like there are men identifying as women and women identifying as men doesn’t change the evidence of their biological make-up, it’s what they confess nonetheless. There is a white woman out there claiming she’s black and a black teen claiming she’s white, but again, none of this changes their amount of melanin or ethnic origin. Deception is on the rise and it is aided by the P.C. nature of Western society. If I feel it, then you have no right to come against it.
We are going to set some Scriptural, prophetic order in this post. So what is a Christian according to the Bible?
A Christian Confesses Belief in Christ through Faith
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26)
A Christian Is Born of the Spirit of God
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:5-6)
A Christian Is Led by the Spirit of God
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Romans 8:14)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)
A Christian Bears Fruit (Character, Acts) of Repentance/Righteousness
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance… (Matthew 3:8)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. (I John 2:29)
Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. (I John 3:9)
We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. (I John 5:18)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (I John 4:7)
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. (I John 5:1)
If this doesn’t look like you, if this doesn’t bear even a slight resemblance to you, if you are not continually striving for this, then it’s time to re-examine your whole life. Christians are called such because we are supposed to emulate Christ; we are meant to be little versions of Him walking around on the earth, doing greater works than He did. It’s not a demand for perfection, but rather for holiness, striving to be like Him. And thankfully, His power and His grace enables us to do just that. Now let’s define what a witch is.
What is a Witch?
When we talk about witches, there are two primary types we must discuss. The first type are what I call informal witches. They did not join a cult, they do not cast spells, they do not study rituals and incantations, and as far as they know, they do not belong to a coven. However, they do practice control over people and situations in the form of manipulation, intimidation, and domination. And while some know they are being intentionally manipulative, many of them do not know they are acting, praying, or prophesying in a manipulative fashion. And then there’s the second type: formal witches.
Formal witches are intentional about practicing their craft either in a coven or in a solitary fashion. Whether white or black or any other colour (and I am NOT speaking of skin colour), they have made a conscious decision to indulge in the Occultic arts for various reasons. And while there are black witches that include Satanists who are conscious and intentional about doing evil and even fatal things to others, there are white witches, etc. who seek to do no harm.
In my opinion, white witches are the most deceived because they don’t think they’re doing any harm to anyone; they honestly just want to help others and even try to correct the harm done by others. And because they are this deceived, they share their arts with others and invite them into the bondage they do not even know they are a part of themselves.
Witches of Every Ethnicity, Tongue & Creed
Formal witches come from every tribe and every tongue, every ethnic group and every skin colour. When I think of my own multi-cultural bloodline, there are many witchcrafts associated with the ethnic groups/nationalities. I am one-quarter Haitian where I get my full French name from; Haitians are associated with Voodoo. On my mother’s side, my grandpa was from Louisiana which is also strongly associated with Voodoo of the New Orleans brand. My papa was also one-quarter Choctaw which is associated with Native American medicine men and the like. Back on my father’s side, I get my one-quarter Irish blood which is associated with Druidry which is what Wicca is derived from. And I can assure you that whatever else may be in my bloodline, there is a witchcraft associated with it. I can most certainly say the same for you whomever you may be as well.
Witchcraft goes all the way back to Genesis 3:16 when God cursed the Serpent and humanity for their sin: “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” In essence, God was saying that as a result of the Fall of Man, women would seek to manipulate (not influence) men, and men would seek to dominate (not lead) women. They were put at odds, and only through the grace of Jesus Christ and His redemption, could the appropriate relationship be restored.
There are also those who dabble in various Occultic activities. These activities include, but are not limited to:
Charlie, Charlie, Charlie
Blood Mary (the game, not the drink)
Tea Leaf reading (and all other sorts of readings)
Crystal balls and other forms of crystal-based magic, “healings,” etc.
Candles (candle magic)
Halloween-related activities (e.g. trick-or-treating)
Statues and icons
Shrines and altars
Again, this is by no means an exhaustive list, but it will most certainly steer you in the right direction and help you to identify what is and is not of God. And that is key, especially considering the topic at hand.
Building upon what we have already discussed, I want to break down the term syncretism. Simply put, syncretism is taking two separate religions or spiritual belief systems and combining them into a new one. Catholicism consists of A LOT of syncretism. We can thank them for the celebration of socially acceptable pagan high (feast) days such as Halloween (Samhain) and May Day (Beltane). Voodoo and Santeria, Caribbean and Latin versions of each other, are basically a combination of African Obeah and similar religions and Catholicism. If you didn’t know any better, you might not be able to tell the difference between a Voodoo/Santeria altar and a Catholic one.
Works of the Holy Spirit vs. Works of the Flesh
The concept of Christian witchcraft is 100% syncretic. Witchcraft has ZERO to do with the working and demonstration of the supernatural power of God. The godly supernatural is a work of the Spirit of God (the anointing or the glory of God) while the demonic supernatural is a work of the flesh. I break this down in my book, Judging the Prophetic, but I’ll go there in this post as well. Let’s take a look at Galatians 5.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:16-26)
Now, as Believers maturing in the things of God, we are supposed to try (test, weigh, examine) the spirits to see if they be of God (I John 4:1-6). So what works are being displayed? What fruit is being displayed? What character traits are being displayed in public and behind closed doors? with Believers and with unbelievers? with those who can advance you and those who serve you? Sorcery is blatantly listed as a work of the flesh so that means if we are truly Believers, aware of the Word and nature of God, then we cannot knowingly practice a work of the flesh.
Suffer Not a Witch to Live
If we consult the Old Testament, we will find the historical words of God via Moses: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live,” (Exo. 22:18). Now, these words have been greatly abused over the years for several reasons, some of which include:
A fear of women.
A hatred of women.
A fear of women’s sexuality.
A hatred of women’s sexuality.
An association of women with the management of the household.
An association of women with household items (i.e. cauldrons, brooms, herbs, etc.).
Jealousy and covetousness of another person or another person’s property, position, etc.
A mob mentality.
Fear of accusation/association (e.g. they’ll accuse me if I don’t accuse them).
While this practice has not been wholly used to destroy women, it has primarily been used for that purpose. Don’t believe me? Just google the stats of women murdered through witch trials or watch the one-hour Witch Hunter’s Bible documentary produced by National Geographic. However, the irony is that in all of this witch hunting and witch killing, many witches lived and indeed, assisted in the accusations against many innocent people who died.
The Spirit of Jezebel
Witchcraft is, perhaps, the most prominent branch of the harlotries of the spirit of Jezebel. The three primary goals of Jezebel are to:
While goal #1 was often the accusation against those who were targeted by the historical witch trials spanning the “civilised” world, a vast majority of those making the accusations were actually manifesting goal #2: fear and intimidation. It was a partnership between the spirits of Jezebel and Religion to terrorize and destroy women. Allow me to give examples.
Goodwife (Goody) Collins is courting, engaged to, or married to the man I really want, so let me accuse her of witchcraft to get her out of the way.
Goody Putnam has the house, dress, and life I want, so let me accuse her of witchcraft so she can suffer.
Prudence Johnson thinks she’s too good to talk to us, so let me accuse her of consorting with the devil to get back at her.
You get the idea. Jealousy - not formal witchcraft - was the cause of MANY an innocent woman’s death. Just (re)read The Crucible by Arthur Miller. But here’s the real kicker: the time of the witch hunts and trials was post-New Testament. We are no longer under the Law of Moses and we aren’t Jewish anyway, so we were NEVER bound to the law that condemned a witch to death. Understand that when Jesus came, died, and rose again, He FULFILLED the law. What does that mean? The ritual of the Law was done away with. You can eat unclean things and do things that were once upon a time considered unclean (as opposed to sinful) because we now have grace, soap, medicine, and hand sanitizer! Menstruating and postpartum women don’t have to be quarantined anymore. We can wear linen and other mixed fabrics. Seafood ain’t nothin’ but a thang! All the rituals are GONE! And PRAISE GOD because I LOVE seafood!! LOL But the morality of the Law remains.
Sin still carries the wages of death, but redemption through Christ Jesus eradicates it. And while we’re here on earth, His grace is sufficient for us and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. This is NOT a pass to sin, but a period to get things right, to bear fruit worthy of repentance, to learn to walk in the Spirit, to be transformed into the image of God. Witchcraft is the anti-thesis of all of these things. And it still carries a curse.
When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you. The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear… (Deuteronomy 18:9-15)
Whatever form, brand, or demonstration of witchcraft you can think of is already condemned by Scripture. God calls them an abomination. Merriam-Webster defines the word abomination as something regarded with disgust or hatred; extreme disgust and hatred: loathing. This is no light thing; it’s extremely grave and weighty. God is very literally DISGUSTED by witchcraft; He ABHORS it; He is DIVINELY DISGUSTED by it. There is no logical, Scripturally justification of a Christian practicing witchcraft. You cannot represent the things of God and belong to God by willfully practicing that which He hates.