On October 24th, an event called Spirit Fest in Hickory NC, will host a day of mediums, psychics, clairvoyants and other “spiritual” people to guide the uniformed into greater understanding of their lives. It’s advertised as a “fun, creative experience” for anyone who would like to participate. Although seeking those who desire spiritual guidance, the promotion neglects to tell anyone that the guidance received will not bring peace but a greater sense of questions and confusion.
Consider that the living God cautioned us to be wary of anyone who speaks anything other than directions from His word. The Lord made it clear to Israel in Deuteronomy 18;
“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”
One of the most amazing accounts of people turning away from such practices and to the living God is found in Acts 19:17 after a city-wide spiritual awakening in Ephesus;
“A solemn fear descended on the city, and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly honored. Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices. A number of them who had been practicing sorcery brought their incantation books and burned them at a public bonfire. The value of the books was several million dollars. So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.”
It becomes obvious in numerous accounts in scripture that the Lord disapproves of anyone seeking guidance from any other source than himself. So what’s the real issue here? There are only two sources of spiritual power; the living God and an arch enemy call Satan. God has our best interest at heart and Satan’s goal is to drive us away from God. Many people have an interest in that which is supernatural. Yet, according to the Barna Research Group, most Christians do not believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit exist but are just spiritual symbols. Hence the reason why some Christians don’t see the danger of those who practice the occult. If Satan doesn’t exist, there is nothing to be concerned about.
That presents a problem in reaching the next generation for those churches, and church leaders who don’t believe in the gifts of the Spirit as taught in the New Testament, who tell us miracles and spiritual power ceased in the first century and that supernatural manifestations don’t happen any longer. If teenagers can’t find real spiritualty in our churches, they will engage it somewhere else. And that is exactly what is happening. Barna tells us 73% of teens in America have engaged in at least one type of witchcraft or psychic related activity. The explosion of movies such as Harry Potter, Twilight and a host of other films and books are evidence of this. It’s understandable then, that if our worship, teaching, preaching and church life is powerless that our kids will look for it somewhere else.
Let’s make it clear, the supernatural power of God did not cease with the first century church as cessationist theologians would like us to believe. The real power of God is available to expose the dark works of witchcraft, reiki, numerology, shamanic healing, palm reading, astrology, wicca and all the other false practices and little gods that attempt to distract from the source of real power, Jesus Himself.
Catawba County, let’s expose the foolishness of Spirit Fest and pray for a regional awakening that will turn our hearts back to the living God and rescue a generation from this deception, back into the reality of the power of God.