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Occultism: Not Superstitions, But Deceptions Part 1

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September 28, 2020 1:00 am

Occultism: Not Superstitions, But Deceptions Part 1

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September 28, 2020 1:00 am

Our culture is into occult phenomena like never before. Whether by internet, TV, movies, or music, the occult is underscoring more and more of our culture’s values. In this message we learn what this should mean to the committed Christian.

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Jesus culture is never before regarding Internet TV movies or music.

The cult is underscoring more and more of our culture's values today. What this should mean the committed Christian Church in Chicago this morning with Dr. Erwin Luzerne clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line after loser.

It seems that buccal elements are now so pervasive in culture that it's tough to avoid the it really is Dave and I think that many Christians are deceived because they may even go into the occult and not know that they are in dangerous territory. I've written a book entitled seven snares of the enemy breaking free from the devil's grip and of course one of the chapters is on the dangers of the occult and how it can be recognized.

I believe very deeply that in this age of deception.

This book is critical.

I believe that you will be blessed and you may know already someone who needs to read it. Here's what you can do if you're interested for a gift of any amount you can go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and now I want us to concentrate on God's word as we talk about the deceptions of the occult. It is of interest. I think that the two shooters at the Columbine high school over into Hitler and occult symbols but would be a big mistake if we were to think that occultism and demon worship and all the things that go with it. It would be a big mistake to think that somehow it's confined to some fringe teenagers who are deeply troubled. The simple fact is that occultism and that word means hidden. It has to do with the quest for secret knowledge and secret power in the spiritual world. Occultism is mainstream America. It's everywhere. It's in our schools. It's in our businesses. People believe it books on it sell like hotcakes and today we are literally in undated with occult phenomena and it's not superstition, it is D deep rooted deception. Let's keep in mind that Satan always wants to take God's place, we've learned that as we done this series of messages titled seven secrets snares we learned that Satan now wants to come along and and entrap us.

We've talked about alcoholism and as such things as gambling and illicit sexuality and and all of those trappings and today we come to the occult. Let me say that Satan always wants to deceive us and he has, as we shall discover about as many ways to deceive us, as there are interests among Americans. Many many different ways and all of his traps are hidden, now you've heard me say this before in a different context, but it's not possible to catch a mouse with your bare hands.

At least it's very difficult if you had a mouse in your apartment that you wanted to catch it.

You wouldn't say to yourself now what I'm gonna do is I'm just going to be very fast and as soon as that mouse comes out. I'm going to grab it. No, because the mouse is scared of you. If you're going to catch a mouse. What you do is you lay a trap because at trap means that you remain hidden, and therefore you don't appear to be. They are seeing really you are, but it doesn't appear that way and what Satan does is he throws up all of these traps, many of which we shall mention today and many people think that because he is hidden.

It's okay to become involved in some of the things were going to be talking about I tell you what Satan's method is this is very important.

He wants us to do what he wants us to do and he wants us. Nevertheless, to think it is our I remember Ananias and Samira. They had no idea that this is the deception that they were going to pull off was hatched by the devil. Yet when Peter came to them and remember they had told a white lie, he said, why have Satan feel divine hard to lie to the Holy Ghost did not know that Satan was in their kitchen that morning as they were sipping there coffee with a bagel.

They didn't know that if they thought this was their idea.

So again you see Satan remains hidden. As he puts ideas and inclinations into people's minds and hearts.

What I'd like to do is for us to understand a couple of things. When we talk about occultism. The experts tell us that you can speak about four different levels. For example there are the teenage gamblers. Teenagers become interested in the occult, because that is the unknown. It has fascination that is a curiosity among them. And so what you have is they get into it through drugs and through heavy metal music through an TV through rituals and eventually they may end up even now doing such things as mutilating animals, which is always a and occult phenomena and then the blood sometimes is taken, and maybe even drunk so that the power of that animal gets into your soul.

Those of the myths that survive in today's cultic world and of course Hollywood is very anxious to oblige. You have such thing as that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is it Buffy the Vampire Slayer or whatever it is deeply cultic.

You have but movies such as practical magic or the craft now to tell you this, that if you watch that kind of stuff. It not only is impure, it is a doorway to the occult and and Satan remains hidden you just say well I just thought it was good clean fun. It's just silly superstitions. It's just that moviemakers today can have all these special effects, so that witches can have power and all the rest. I want you to know that that is not only the devil's play yard. It is his doorway into the dark world of occult phenomena and demonism. Why do young people get into it. One said I was so open and vulnerable to receive anything that could fill me up. Anything that would make me feel valuable as a person, so I was open to receive whatever the devil had to give me or God or whatever. It did not matter to me. Teenage gamblers in the occult.

Then of course you also have self-styled groups that need in Coleman's I need to warn the young people that often times young teenagers are brought into these through deception. They are given free drugs, free sex and sometimes they and then they are blackmailed if they are videotaped and and somehow they are railroaded to become a part of these covens that exist in many many different places. Then there are number three the open ritual Satanists. The people who attend the first Church of Satan and their kind of upfront Satanists, but then you have another group.

They are the hard-core Satanists and they go about they abducted children. They sometimes used teenage girls as breeders to produce babies that can be ritually sacrificed.

According to the police.

40 to 60,000 ritualistic murderers.

I do not mean murderers of infants that the number would that be would be that high, but 40 to 60000 Ritualistic Murderers Take Pl. in the United States every year and that that's the end result of deep committed occult involvement want you to take your Bibles and turn for just a moment to first Timothy chapter 4 and then we shall be looking at another passage as well.

First Timothy chapter 4 were the apostle Paul tells us what's going to happen at the end time and you'll notice he says first Timothy four. The Spirit clearly says that in the latter times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

Now is that the demons that actually do the teaching of the deception, of course not. Remember, Satan always remains hidden. He's not there.

Were talking about traps where he is invisible. How does it happen. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars is one thing about the Bible when you read it you never have to say no. What is he really saying Scripture says that it comes through hypocritical liars. Now, in some instances those liars might not know that they are lying. They might actually believe this stuff, but there are a lot of people out there who know the hollowness and the emptiness of the occult and they go on promoting it anyway.

Maybe because of financial reasons or they need to justify their own lifestyle and these doctrines are disseminated all throughout our country today and I don't want to exaggerate but practice quickly everywhere and you'll notice it says their consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. Why is it that there is no compassion. Why is it that some of the Eastern religions are unbelievably rule and I've seen it with my own eyes. Why, it's because they are passed feeling the Greek word is cauterized that you know when you have something that has been learned and and it's healed and there's no feeling left but a description of these false teachers that come to us with wonderful theories, but actually they are Satan's teachers and what I'd like to do in order that you might understand what it is I'm talking about is to give you some of the traps that Satan has, in today's society many others that we will not even mention when the pastor MacLeod was here last fall he preached on the occult, and he listed 40 different kinds of involvement when the service was over we asked all those who would like to go down to Kappler Hall for counseling who had all occult involvement to join us, and there may have been 30 or 40 people that came that night he and I went through the list again and ask people whether or not there was anyone who had practiced this and anyone that is practice this and and to our amazement that we should not be amazed all 40 of those traps were represented that night in a meeting that had far fewer than her here this morning. So were talking about things that specifically apply to if they don't apply to you. They most assuredly apply to the person who is sitting next to you or perhaps who is sitting ahead of you. I mean, there is occultism everywhere. I'm not going to list those 40 because that would take too long. What I decided to do this morning and the message was made up last night but it was reviewed this morning and prayed about earnestly this morning when I decided to do is to categorize it in terms of certain categories that will just help us. For example, one is to acquire hidden knowledge. That's one category. Here we can put astrology, automatic writing, crystal gazing, coffee grounds, reading or tea leaves.

Divination of all kinds, including witching for water like some of us used to ignorantly do out on the farm, fortune-telling, palm reading, numerology, Ouija board that's not an incomplete list, but all of those are saying I want something hidden knowledge. That's not found in the Bible, but I want to have hidden knowledge about the spirit world.

Second category is power here were talking about witchcraft, the power to have curses astral projection black magic levitation mind sciences. All of those categories have to do. I should say this category has to do with power and then the whole health fad.

One day Satan said to God, basically a older man has he will give for his life. Is that true, there are some people who say I want to be healed so badly that I would rather be healed by the devil, then die. I want you to know today. I'd rather die than to be healed by the devil. Allison today we live in a day of vote. What shall we say, holistic medicine does not sound good day in which people say well you know we are not just physical entities.

We are spiritual entities and that's absolutely true. And then they go off onto Eastern ideas of God that we will mention in a moment, and in Eastern notions and that people say well you know where just into spirituality and so you have today. A holistic medicine sometimes using crystals or there is a book entitled awakening the healer within. After all, if you are your own God. Your your own healer folks I don't know how to say this to you more clearly than I'm gonna say it now. So if you forget everything else. In the essay today and I don't want you to. But this is the one line that I don't want you to forget.

Everyone with me at this juncture, any kind of spirituality that is not based on Christ and the Bible is a cultic. So you have out there. All of this great emphasis on spirituality and people say please and deeply spiritual person, but is not into Jesus. He's not into the Bible. He's in this metaphysical world on his own making his own contacts.

I want you to know today that if the matter how deeply spiritual, no matter how much it's helped him no matter how much healing it has brought he is part of the occult, because there are only two spirits in the world. There is either God the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ to convey only contacted through Christ, or there is the vast network of demonic spirits who do good things.

Who give people health, who even healed them whenever possible to deceive them and to make them think they're into something that is very profitable and good. That's why the whole healthcare industry oftentimes is inundated by new age demonic thinking number four there's the wealth category.

Remember Napoleon Hill think and grow Rich. He wrote another book entitled a grow rich with peace of mind in which he says that while he was writing six disembodied spirits came to him and told him what to write and that his views would change the nature of American business was it that these six disembodied spirits told him to write whatever the mind can believe the mind can achieve, and there you get into the whole mind the science thing that seen on television. PBS carries lectures on it thoroughly and totally a cultic and demonic and nevertheless we live in that kind of an eight so just think of it, think of it today. Folks, you cannot have hidden knowledge.

You can have awesome power to get plugged into the right side of the occult and you can have health and you can have wealth and you can have it all and still be you, without reference to God and without reference to the Bible, can you get a better deal than that I had to ask a question, of course, and that is that what's God's opinion of all this stuff. What's his opinion of those who would rival him then say we got our own agenda and our own sources of knowledge, health and wealth. This is what he said to the ancient people who didn't have as many different ways to get in the article.

This way, but nevertheless now then listen you want and creature lounging in your security and saying to yourself I am and there is none besides me makes me smile. How could the Bible be so accurate is not exactly a picture of today there is none besides me self worship, God is talking about judgments and by the way, this is Isaiah chapter 47 Isaiah 47. If you wish to turn if not simply listen God is saying they will come upon you in full measure. He's speaking about judgment in spite of your many sorceries and all your Pope spells you have trusted in your wickedness and you have said no one sees me your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself I am and there is none besides me disaster will come upon you and you will not know how to charm it away.

That's the Hebrew word sellers. Nothing wrong with wearing charms. Why are they called charms. Nothing will charm it away.

He says that calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom catastrophe. You cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you: I went to the fortuneteller and she didn't tell me this was going to happen, as I suppose. So keep on Dan with your magic spells and with your many sorceries which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed. Perhaps he will cause terror. God is taunting them here all the counsel you have received has only worn you out. Let your astrologers come forward those stargazers who make predictions month by month. Let them save you from what is coming on you. Surely they are like stubble fire will burn them up, they cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. Here are no pools to warm anyone here is no fire to sit by. That is all that they can do for you these you have labored with an traffic with since childhood. Each of them goes on in his own error and there is no one that can save you Scott have an opinion about these things are what my dear friend. I think the words of Scripture that I just quoted are so critical for today's deceived age. This is one of the last days, we are making a resource available to you, entitled seven snares of the enemy breaking free from the devil's grip. Of course it includes a chapter on the occultism that we see in today's culture. I'd like you to have a copy because my suspicion is this that you know someone who especially needs this because the book deals with a number of different snares of the enemy, whether it's gambling, alcoholism, etc. for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours. Now here's what you do go to RTW offer.com. As I mentioned, this is one of the last times we are making this resource available RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and I have to say from my heart to yours.

Today we want to thank the many people who continue to support the ministry of running to win and I'm especially gratified when I meet people who tell me that they are praying for this ministry were living in perilous times and as a result of that, we need to be reminded over and over again that are conflict that we experience is not between flesh and blood, but against the powers the evil powers of this world and that's also what I hope to expose in the book 7 snares of the enemy breaking free from the devil's grip. I'll give you that contact information. Once again, you can go to RTW offer.com RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 thanks in advance for helping us as we make a difference.

It's time again for you to ask pastor looks or a question you may have about the Bible or the Christian life. Today's question deals with some technicalities about spirit beings. Documents are Sharon emailed us and this is her story by husband listens to you all the time.

He is a Sunday school teacher director of a prison ministry and he loves the Lord and one of your messages. You stated that Satan was an angel.

My husband keeps saying he was not an angel but a cherub.

I even heard them talking to the radio. I couldn't believe that he had something to say in opposition to it just doesn't happen. Well Sharon thank you so much for your email Linda, would you tell your husband this that he is right. In this sense that when the Bible speaks about the cherub or the chariot beam which is the plural form, it does not say expressly that they are angels, but every theologian that I know puts chair you been in the same category as Seraphim.

These are different grades in different ranks, I should say these are different ranks of angels. Now you take for example the chariot them. They are mentioned in the book of Genesis. They are asked to keep the way of the tree of life. Later on they show up in the book of Ezekiel and other places in Scripture, and it seems as if they are always vindicating the holiness of God over against the pride of man. So Sharon, you tell your dear husband that he may be right that I cannot point to a text that says that the chariot them are actually angels, but every theology book that I know puts them within the Angel category because their description fits. Meanwhile, tell your husband to keep talking to me on the radio whenever I make a mistake. God bless both of you and I hope that you'll keep listening. Thank you Pastor Luther and thank you Sharon for keeping pastor looks are right on target. If you'd like to hear your question answered to our website@rtwoffer.com and click on ask pastor looks or or you can call at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us have run into when 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 like the serpent that beguiled Eve satanic substitutes for God look good. Very good, though their popular. The Colts teachings and doctrines of demons as believers. It's vital for us to understand what the Bible calls sound doctrine. Did you know that the devil has doctrines next time I'm going to win. Don't miss an explanation of what the doctrines of demons are all about learning to win is all about helping you understand God's roadmap for your race of life. This is Dave McAllister running to win is sponsored by the Moody Church


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