Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not a very good editor.
This article may anger many. I ask those who may get angered by this article to be patient and open minded because it can be a matter of life or death. We need to have a very clear understanding of what God requires. I am going to discuss things such as divination and spritism. We are in the last days and the lines for what God requires and permits have become blurred. We need to inquire God’s word and put it into our hearts so we cannot be tricked into doing things we should not do. It could cost us our life and even our eternal life.
Divination is to gain insight into a question by way of occultic, standardized process, or ritual. The diviner seeks to ascertain and make decisions based on their interpretations on how they should proceed. They seek signs, omens, through alleged contact with supernatural agents. These are things God warned Israel many times not to do. Some modern forms of divination are muscle testing also known as applied kinesiology, dowsing which is used to seek water or minerals, geomancy, feng shui, there are a variety of methods of fortune telling such as reading the stars which is astrology or Tarot cards, numerology. God has tolerated things in the past that Israel had done he did not approve of, but when Jesus walked the earth he clarified many things so we are told we no longer have ignorance as an excuse for doing things we should not do. God frowned on Israel doing such things so severely that he considered it spiritual prostitution.
Now I will discuss why kinesiology and dowsing are a form of divination. They both depend on some hidden force that is claimed to exist that guides them. Many who practice those things base their belief on “innate intelligence” which is said to be connected to “universal intelligence” , in other words God through your nervous system concerning muscle testing. From a scientific stand point clinical trials have shown that muscle testing is no more accurate then guessing. The bible makes it clear that God is separate from creation and not a part of it. So to assume he is in all creation would be making him equal to creation and God is far more then that. The bible made it clear that he was not a part of creation but the creator. By holding to such a belief a person would be worshiping creations rather then the creator. Something very similar that God has warned Israel about was using their staffs to make decisions or to tell the future. They were not instructed by God to do such things.
But we may ask ourselves God had them do similar things in the past. This may be true but God instructed them to do it meaning it was clear Jehovah God was the source of the information. We now have God’s word to guide us and the examples in the bible. Jesus made it very clear in all areas what to expect and what God would require. The prophesies in the bible cover not only our times but even clear into the future beyond our times so there is no more need for prophesies. We are told to worship in spirit and not even use visual aides in our worship but to keep our eyes on spiritual matters. We should not be putting our faith in an object neither as a visual aid or to guide us.
Some may say I have seen these things work. Well of course they have. The bible has shown Satan can perform great signs and apparent miracles. God would even let this occur to test Israel. If they wrote God’s word on their hearts they could not be tricked into disobeying God’ because they would know those things were not approved of or condoned by God. We have to look at the other side of issues. Satan can also cause bad things to happen. But if a person did his bidding he could also guide the demons to leave or stop causing the problems. But in turning to such things it means we put our faith in Satan instead of God and it could cost our life. King Saul lost his life for this very reason. We have to look at the example of Job Satan caused him many problems. He would not even leave Job get a break one problem after another. He was trying to get Job to denounce God. Eventually Job proved his love and faith in God so thoroughly that God stepped in and healed Job and blessed him. In staying faithful Job preserved not only his life but also his future life during the resurrection. Is getting involved in such things worth forfeiting future hope God’s promises have given us? So even though these acts of divination may appear to work , is it worth doing such things when it is clear God would not approve of a person doing them? Surely we would not want God to view us as a spiritual prostitute.
If we have been involved in such things we should repent and ask God’s forgiveness as those in times past have. They confessed their error and destroyed the objects they had used that would have offended God and worshiped him in spirit and truth. Those things may seem like something minor but in doing so we are doing and act of worship to Satan which is something we would not want to do and it is why the bible refers to it as spiritual prostitution. We cannot worship both Satan and the one true God.
(Acts 16:16-18) 16 Now it happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a servant girl with a spirit, a demon of divination, met us. She supplied her masters with much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl kept following Paul and us and crying out with the words: “These men are slaves of the Most High God and are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” 18 She kept doing this for many days. Finally Paul got tired of it and turned and said to the spirit: “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.
(Deuteronomy 18:9-11) 9 “When you have entered into the land that Jehovah your God is giving you, you must not learn to imitate the detestable practices of those nations. 10 There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, anyone practicing magic, anyone who looks for omens, a sorcerer, 11 anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead.
(1 Timothy 6:20) Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, turning away from the empty speeches that violate what is holy and from the contradictions of the falsely called “knowledge.”
(Colossians 2:8) Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception according to human tradition, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ;
(Acts 17:23-25) . . .. 24 The God who made the world and all the things in it, being, as he is, Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade temples; 25 nor is he served by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.
(1 Kings 8:27) 27 “But will God really dwell on the earth? Look! The heavens, yes, the heaven of the heavens, cannot contain you; how much less, then, this house that I have built!.
(Genesis 1:1) 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
(Colossians 2:21-3:2) 21 “Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch,” 22 referring to things that all perish with their use, according to the commands and teachings of men? 23 Although those things have an appearance of wisdom in a self-imposed form of worship and a false humility, a harsh treatment of the body, they are of no value in combating the satisfying of the flesh. 3 If, however, you were raised up with the Christ, go on seeking the things above, where the Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Keep your minds fixed on the things above, not on the things on the earth.
(Revelation 9:20, 21) 20 But the rest of the people who were not killed by these plagues did not repent of the works of their hands; they did not stop worshipping the demons and the idols of gold and silver and copper and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders nor of their spiritistic practices nor of their sexual immorality nor of their thefts.
(Acts 19:17-19) . . .. 18 And many of those who had become believers would come and confess and report their practices openly. 19 Indeed, quite a number of those who practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned them up before everybody. And they calculated their value and found them worth 50,000 pieces of silver. . .
(2 Thessalonians 2:9-12) 9 But the lawless one’s presence is by the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and wonders 10 and every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth in order that they might be saved. 11 That is why God lets a deluding influence mislead them so that they may come to believe the lie, 12 in order that they all may be judged because they did not believe the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness.
(1 Timothy 4:1) 4 However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons,
(Job 2:6-8) 6 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Look! He is in your hand! Only do not take his life!” 7 So Satan went out from the presence of Jehovah and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And Job took a piece of broken pottery to scrape himself, and he was sitting among the ashes.
(Job 2:9, 10) 9 Finally his wife said to him: “Are you still holding firmly to your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her: “You are talking like one of the senseless women. Should we accept only what is good from the true God and not accept also what is bad?” In all of this, Job did not sin with his lips.
(Romans 1:24, 25) . . .. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for the lie and venerated and rendered sacred service to the creation rather than the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.
(Hosea 4:12) 12 My people consult their wooden idols, Doing what their staff tells them; Because the spirit of prostitution causes them to go astray, And by their prostitution they refuse to submit to their God.
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15) . . .. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light. 15 It is therefore nothing extraordinary if his ministers also keep disguising themselves as ministers of righteousness. But their end will be according to their works.
(1 Chronicles 10:13) Thus Saul died for the unfaithfulness he had shown against Jehovah because he had not obeyed the word of Jehovah, also for consulting a spirit medium
(Acts 13:44-47) 44 The next Sabbath nearly all the city gathered together to hear the word of Jehovah. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began blasphemously contradicting the things Paul was saying. 46 Then Paul and Barʹna·bas boldly said to them: “It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken first to you. Since you are rejecting it and do not judge yourselves worthy of everlasting life, look! we turn to the nations. 47 For Jehovah has commanded us in these words: ‘I have appointed you as a light of nations, for you to be a salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
(Hebrews 11:1) 11 Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen.
(2 Corinthians 4:17, 18) 17 For though the tribulation is momentary and light, it works out for us a glory that is of more and more surpassing greatness and is everlasting; 18 while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting.
(Romans 8:23-25) . . .. 24 For we were saved in this hope; but hope that is seen is not hope, for when a man sees a thing, does he hope for it? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we keep eagerly waiting for it with endurance.
(1 Corinthians 10:20-22) 20 No; but I say that what the nations sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers with the demons. 21 You cannot be drinking the cup of Jehovah and the cup of demons; you cannot be partaking of “the table of Jehovah” and the table of demons. 22 Or ‘are we inciting Jehovah to jealousy’? We are not stronger than he is, are we?