We live in a day when there are few “taboos” left. What used to be considered evil or sinful is now constitutionally protected. One of the many anathemas of the past that is now applauded is occultism. In today’s text (Acts 13:6-12) we will take a close look at Sorcery.
What does God’s Word have to say about witchcraft and sorcery?
Both the Old and New Testaments give explicit warnings.
Old Testament (To God’s people on the way to the promised land)
“When you arrive in the land the LORD your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling or sorcery, or allow them to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is an object of horror and disgust to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The people you are about to displace consult with sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the LORD your God forbids you to do such things.” Deuteronomy 18:9-14, NLT.
New Testament (Spoken concerning the day of final judgment)
“But cowards who turn away from me, and unbelievers, and the corrupt, and murderers, and the immoral, and those who practice witchcraft, and idol worshipers, and all liars–their doom is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death.”
Revelation 21:8, NLT.
For further study De 18:10; 2Ki 21:2-6; Mal 3:5; Gal 5:19-21; Rev 18:23
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, help me to love what you love and hate what you hate. Give me a humble heart of repentance and submission to you in all areas of my life.