Visiting Mediums - How Serious A Sin Is This?
“Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria, and was injured; so he sent messengers and said to them, ‘Go, inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury.'” 2 Kings 1:2 Ahaziah was the king of Israel at that time and he had an accident, falling from a window ledge and was seriously hurt. So he sent to prophets of the god of Ekron, asking whether he would recover from his injuries. The Lord was displeased, to say the least. He sent HIS prophet, Elijah, to bring HIS word to king Ahaziah saying: vs 6: “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? THEREFORE you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.” One who knows the Word of God knows that one of the greatest offenses a person can commit is to seek information from any supernatural source other than God himself, and he’s made that abundantly clear throughout his Word. It is the height of insult that this king of Israel would seek information from a prophet of another god, and he would pay with his life for this sin. In another passage in God’s Word, another king by the name of Saul needed information in the face of a great decision he had to make, and he went to a psychic medium at Endor. Because of this great sin, he also paid for it with his life. Friends, there are two sources of supernatural power, God and Satan. Demonic spirits have the ability to speak through mediums or channelers, and they can speak a message and then cause what they have spoken to come to pass. Satan also has knowledge of the inquirer’s history, so he can tell him things that no one else has known about that person, or he can give details from the distant past in that person’s life, to cause the inquirer to believe in this medium or channeler or fortune teller. And that’s the point: Satan entertains them with supernatural power in order to get their faith in him, rather than in God alone. It’s spiritual adultery. God has spoken in his Word in many places that seeking information from any supernatural source other than himself is spiritual adultery, and there are great penalties for doing so, even if the person does not know better, because seeking out a medium or channeler opens a door into the occult realm, and demonic spirits will come into that person’s life through any door opened to them whether he does it in ignorance or not. To touch the occult is to open a door for demonic spirits into your life. All ventures into the occult bring a curse with them. And when Satan has a way into a person's life, great is the damage he brings, oftentimes even the forfeiting of the person's life or the life of a family member. God has put mankind on this earth and he has presented his Word, the Bible, to them. This book informs the reader who God is, who we are, and all about our relationship to him, what it’s all about, where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. Anyone who has not taken the Word of God and fed upon it, has no excuse. If he violates the Word of God, even in ignorance, there will be great consequences. It's a matter of spiritual principles: just as gravity is a physical law, the consequences of judgment upon involvement in the occult is a spiritual law. Opening a door in the occult invites Satan in. God has placed us here to have a relationship with him, and he has specified the terms of that relationship. He demands that we hold in utter respect all that he is and all that he says. He demands faithfulness, and the spurning of the enemy who so desires to destroy that relationship. For those who will receive the Lord on his terms, and live according to the terms of his Word, they will enter into a life totally different from the life they led in the world, because their heart is changed. The Lord is their God and those who have made this choice are his people. We have his presence to guide us through every story in our lives, we have the frequent communication and guidance he gives so personally, so individually, and we are the recipients of the love of the great God and creator of all that is. That is beyond awesome, it's an incomparable privilege. Decide who you are going to be joined with and make it a serious decision, one you will hold for the rest of your life. “And Elijah came to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.'” 1 Kings 18:20