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A455 Spiritualism

1.  WHAT is Spiritualism defined to be?

“A belief that departed spirits hold intercourse with mortals by means of physical phenomena, as by rapping, or during abnormal mental states, as in trances, or the like, commonly manifested through a medium; spiritism.” Webster.  Spiritism: “The theory that mediumistic phenomena are caused by spirits of the dead.” Webster.

NOTE.—“The very central truth of Spiritualism is the power and possibility of spirit return, under certain conditions, to communicate with those in the material form.” N. F. Ravlin, Spiritualistic lecturer, of California.

2.  Did this doctrine exist in ancient times?

“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” Lev 19:31.

NOTE.—“The phenomenal aspect of modern Spiritualism reproduces all essential principles of the magic, witchcraft, and sorcery of the past. The same powers are involved, the same intelligences are operating.” F. F. Morse, in “Practical Occultism,” page 85.

3.  How does God regard sorcerers?

“And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers.” Mal 3:5.

4.  What does He say of the teachings of enchanters and sorcerers?

“Therefore harken not ye to … your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers. … for they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land.” Jer 27:9-10.

NOTES.—Rev F. B. Meyer, of England, gives the following warning against dabbling in Spiritualism: “I have known several families that have been cursed by having recourse to clairvoyants and mediums.  There are grave dangers in these things; and when occult powers are used for selfish ends, it is possible for men and women to be filled with evil spirits, as was the girl at Philippi.  People are fools to play with the dregs of the spirit world.” Present Truth, Sept 7, 1911.

“I am perfectly certain that the whole movement known as modern Spiritualism is in the hands and under the direction of the father of evil spirits; in other words, is thoroughly and unmistakably diabolical.” Dr C Williams, of London, England.

5.  Before their entrance into Canaan, what instruction did Moses give Israel concerning these things?

“When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.” Deut 18:9-13.

NOTES.—Whoever consults or has to do with mediums or any who profess to receive instruction or communications from the spirits of the dead, disregards this plain instruction, and places himself upon the enemy’s ground.  Ever since Satan told that first lie in Eden, when he denied that death would be the result of sin, in the very face of death itself, he, working upon man’s natural dread of death and upon his distress at the thought being separated from loved ones, has been endeavouring to persuade men to believe that the dead are not dead, and that men do not die.  Idolatry, heathenism, Spiritualism, occultism, and the whole brood of false isms of this kind, it will be noticed, deal very largely with death.  This, of itself, indicates their origin, and should be a warning to all to let them alone—to have nothing whatever to do with them.  They are from beneath, and not from above.  However promising or pleasing they may be at first, they are downward and destructive in their tendency, and ultimately lead away from God, into unbelief of His Word and into sin.  They promise life by denying death, and apparently “make good” Satan’s lie in Eden, through the ministration and manifestations of evil angels representing themselves to be the spirits of the dead.

In a sermon on “Spiritualism an Imposture,” Rev T. De Witt Talmage said: “Spiritualism takes advantage of those who are weak and morbid with trouble.  We lose a friend.  The house is dark, the world is dark, the future seems dark.  If we had, in our rebellion and weakness, the power to marshal a host and recapture our loved one, we should marshal the hoSt. Spiritualism comes in at that moment, when we are all worn out by watching,—all worn out, body, mind, and soul,—and says: ‘Now I will open that door; you shall hear the voices.  Take your places around the table; all be quiet now.’ … O, I hate Spiritualism, because it takes advantage of people when they are weak, and worn out, and morbid under life’s bereavements and sorrows! … If Spiritualism had its way, it would turn the world into a pandemonium of carnality.  It is an unclean and adulterous system.”

6.  Under the theocracy of Israel, what was the law concerning witches and those who had familiar spirits?

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Ex 22:18.  “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death.” Lev 20:27.

NOTE.—This shows how dangerous and deadly everything of this character is in God’s sight.

7.  With what is witchcraft classed by Paul, and what does he say to those who are guilty of such things?

“Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies. … I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Gal 5:20-23.

8.  What should one do if asked to inquire of a familiar spirit?

“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God?  for the living to the dead?” Isa 8:19.

NOTE.—Giving the sense of this passage, Dr. Adam Clarke says: “Should not a nation seek unto its God?  Why should you seek unto the dead concerning the living?” But this is exactly what Spiritualism teaches men to do,—to seek unto the dead concerning the living.

9.  What instruction does the apostle John give touching this subject?

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.” 1 John 4:1.

10.  By what are we to try them?

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isa 8:20.

11.  Should we allow ourselves to be influenced by signs or wonders performed by those who would try to lead us away from God and His law?

“If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not harken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice.” Deut 13:1-4.

12.  How much do the dead know of what is going on among men?

“Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.  His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.” Job 14:20, 21.

13.  Do the dead know anything?

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything.” Eccl 9:5.  “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Ps 146:4.

14.  What scripture forever precludes the idea that the dead come back to earth to communicate with the living?

“Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun.” Eccl 9:6.

15.  Then when miracles are performed by spirits purporting to be those of our dead friends, to what shall we attribute them?

“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles.” Rev 16:14.

16.  What will be one characteristic of last-day apostasies?

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” 1 Tim 4:1.

NOTES.—The following items illustrate a condition widely prevalent:—

“ ‘A lawyer with a national reputation, well known to me,’ said J. L. Hall, of New York, ‘never begins the preparation of a difficult case without getting “advice from the other side,” as he describes the search. … Another distinguished man of New York City once asserted to me that he had his familiar spirit with which he talked as freely as with a human companion.’ ” Washington Herald, May 8, 1911.

A noted Brooklyn divine some years ago, not realizing that he was voicing Spiritualistic views, gave expression to the following: “What are our departed Christian friends, who in this world had their joy in the healing art, doing now?—Busy at their old business.  No sickness in heaven, but plenty of sickness on earth.” Christian Herald, July 8, 1882.

Writing concerning “Communion With the Departed,” General Booth, of the Salvation Army, said: “Through all my history, my personal intercourse with the spirit world has been but limited.  I have not been favoured with many visions, and it is but seldom that I dream dreams that impart either pleasure or profit; and yet I have a spiritual communion with the departed saints that is not without both satisfaction and service.  And especially of late the memories of those with whom my heart has had the choicest communion in the past, if not the very beings themselves, have come in upon me as I have sat at my desk or lain wakeful on my bed in the night-season.  Amongst these, on form, true to her mission, comes more frequently than all besides, assuring me of her continued partnership in my struggle for the temporal and eternal salvation of the multitudes—and that is my blessed, my beautiful wife!” War Cry, Nov 27, 1897.

“Dr. Joseph Parker, of the City Temple, London, has openly declared that he prayed to his departed wife every day.  He said that he never came to the City Temple to preach without asking her to come with him.  He further says: ‘I encourage my friend to pray to his wife, and to pray God to ask her to come to his help.  She will be more to him than twelve legions of unknown angels.” The Living Church, Nov 14, 1899.

“The emperor Nicholas … has fallen under the influence of a Spiritualist named Philipp, who rules the emperor to such an extent that His Majesty makes no important decision.  even in relation to family life, without consulting his Spiritualistic guide.” Melbourne Age, Nov 15, 1902.

In a statement given out Dec 20, 1910, soon after the death of Mrs.  Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, Mrs.  Amelia Stetson, one of the leaders of the Christian Science Church of New York City said: “Mrs.  Eddy, who was the female Christ, will return to earth.  I am watching and waiting for the manifestation of Mrs.  Eddy in the semblance of human form.  It may come today, it may come next week, it may not come for ten years, but it will surely come … The millennium is at hand.  Mrs.  Eddy is not dead.  She is still alive, and when she appears again on earth, it will be as herself—as Mary Baker Eddy.”

“A message purporting to come from Mrs.  Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, through Mr. William T.  Stead, the noted English journalist, shortly after the former’s death, says, ‘There is no death; all is life; all is freedom.’ ” Signs of the Times, Feb 28, 1911.

And soon after Mr. Stead himself went down on the “Titanic,” April 15, 1912, Spiritualists in different parts of the world received numerous messages purporting to have come from him.

17.  How does Satan deceive the people?

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Cor 11:14.

18.  What role do his agents assume?

“Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness.” 2 Cor 11:15.

19.  Will Satan and his agents attempt to counterfeit the coming of Christ, and work signs and wonders to confirm their pretentious claims?

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matt 24:23, 24.

20.  What will be one of the last great signs performed by this means, to fasten men in deception?

“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which be had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” Rev 13:13, 14.

21.  What scripture shows that Satan is to work with special power and deceptive wonders just before Christ’s second coming?

“Whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.” 2 Thess 2:9, 10.  See also Rev 12:12.

22.  While many will be deceived by these wonders, and accept of the false Christs that appear, what will those say who have maintained their love for the truth, and patiently waited for Christ’s return?

“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, THIS is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: THIS is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” Isa 25:9.

23.  What warning has been given us through the apostle Peter?

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8.

WICKED spirits gather round thee,

Legions of those foes to God—

Principalities most mighty—

Walk unseen the earth abroad;

They are gathering to the battle,

Strengthened for the last deep strife;

Christian, arm! be watchful, ready,

Struggle manfully for life.

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Spiritualism -Ancient and Modern

1.  Against what evil spiritual powers did God warn His chosen people?

“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” Lev 19:31.

“Nearly all forms of ancient sorcery and witchcraft were founded upon a belief in communion with the dead.  Those who Practised the arts of necromancy claimed to have intercourse with departed spirits, and to obtain through them a knowledge of future events. … The ‘familiar spirits’ were not the spirits of the dead, but evil angels, the messengers of Satan.  Ancient idolatry, which, as we have seen, comprises both worship of the dead and pretended communion with them, is declared by the Bible to have been demon-worship.”—E. G. White in “Patriarchs and Prophets,” pages 684, 685.

2.  With what other forms of spirit-possession were they forbidden to have any dealings?

“There shall not be found among you any … that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, … or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord.” Deut 18:10-12.

3.  What king of Israel disobeyed the divine command and sought after evil spirits?

“And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.  Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek.  me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her.  And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at En-dor.” 1 Sam 28:6, 7.

4.  How was he punished for his sin?

“So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it.” 1 Chron 10:13.

5.  Who else followed the wicked example of Saul and led Israel deeper into iniquity?

“And he [Rehoboam] ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.” 2 Chron 11:15.

6.  With what urgent counsel did Isaiah exhort the nation as recourse to evil spirits increased?

“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek.  unto their God?  for the living to the dead?” Isa 8:19.

7.  On what occasion did Jesus come in contact with a victim of spirit possession?

“And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out.” Mark 1:23.

8.  For what did the spirit plead on recognizing Jesus?

“Let us alone; what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth?  art Thou come to destroy us?  I know Thee who Thou art, the Holy One of God.” Mark 1:24.

9.  What command did Jesus give the evil spirit, and how did it respond?

“And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.  And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.” Mark 1:25, 26.

10.  How were the people affected by the miracle?

“And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this?  what new doctrine is this?  for with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him.” Mark 1:27.

11.  What was included among the powers Jesus gave to the disciples?

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils.” Mark 16:17.

12.  How was this promise fulfilled in the ministry of Peter?

 “There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.” Acts 5:16.

13.  By whom was Paul once molested while in Macedonia?

“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: the same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the Most High God, which show unto us the way of salvation.” Acts 16:16, 17.

14.  What was he enabled, by the power of God, to do?

“And this did she many days.  But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.  And he came out the same hour.” Acts 16:18.

15.  For what did Paul condemn the Gentiles?

“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God.” 1 Cor 10:20.

16.  How incompatible is association with evil spirits and the Christian faith?

“And I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” 1 Cor 10:20, 21.

17.  In consequence, what did converts who had dabbled in the occult do on accepting Christ?

“Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men.” Acts 19:19.

18.  What supreme effort will Satan and the evil spirits put forth in the last days to bring the world to ruin?

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” 1 Tim 4:1.

19.  Through what avenue will their deceptive power be particularly exerted?

“Wherefore if they shall say unto you, … behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” Matt 24:26.

This is clearly a reference to the secrecy of the spiritualist seance.

“To dabble in all such matters,” says the editor of the Christian, “is to come within reach of demoniac forces, and it is no unfamiliar experience to find scepticism and curiosity about spiritual manifestation changed to hysterical ‘possession’ in those persons who have lightly attended seances ‘just to see.’  The things of which we speak are among the most serious problems of the day, and we would utter a solemn warning against confidences that are away from God and tend to the tragedy of demon possession.”

20.  What common deceptions used upon ancient Israel may be expected in the latter-day manifestations of spirit activity?

a.  Necromancy, or alleged contact with the dead.

b.  Divination, or prognostication by astrology and other means.

c.  Sorcery, or the working of miracles by occult powers.

“The phenomenal aspect of modern Spiritualism reproduces all essential principles of the magic, witchcraft, and sorcery of the past.  The same powers are involved, the same intelligences are operating.”—F. F. Morse in “Practical Occultism,” page 85.

Prominent in the propaganda of modern Spiritualism are claims of “psychic healers.” Often these healers, it is alleged, work to the instruction of famous doctors who have “passed over.”

21.  How are alleged spirit manifestations to be tested?

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.” 1 John 4:1.

22.  By what standard are they to be tried?

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isa 8:20.

The satanic power behind Spiritualism is clearly indicated by such declarations as the following:”  They [the spirits] testify that Jesus Christ has nothing to do with the question of life and death, and they know nothing about the ‘mediation of our Saviour Jesus Christ.’ ” J. A. Findlay in “The Rock of Truth,” page 288.

“Neither have we made any mention of a boundless store of merit laid up for him in the death of the sinless Son of God. … No such fable finds a place in our knowledge.  We know of no store of merit save that which man lays up for himself by slow and laborious processes.”—”Spirit Teachings,” communicated through Stainton Moses, pages 158, 159.

“Spiritualism is a religion; but it is a religion free from the absurd and superstitious features which mar the system known as Christianity.” “The Progressive Thinker.”

“We have no desire to hide the plain fact that there is much in some parts of the Bible which does not amalgamate with our teaching, being, indeed, the admixture of human error which came through the mind of the chosen medium.” “We mention this to avoid at once the necessity of replying to any texts from these books which may be quoted as an argument.”—”Spirit Teachings,” pages 74, 189.

“What you are now witnessing [in spiritualistic phenomena] are the signs and wonders that preclude the opening of a new dispensation, the advent of the Lord. … There will be no such physical return as man dreamed of.”—Id., page 151.

23.  What does the Bible teach as to the possibility of communication with the dead?

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, … neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” Eccl 9:5, 6.

24.  Who are the spirits who purport to be dead relatives and friends?

They are “seducing spirits” and their alleged messages are “doctrines of devils.”

25.  In what will the activities of the evil spirits in the latter days culminate?

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.” 2 Thess 2:9, 10.  (See also Rev 12:12; 13:13 14.)

26.  To those who are not fortified by a knowledge of the Word, how plausible will the latter-day deceptions of Satan and his evil spirits seem?

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness.” 2 Cor 11:14, 15.

Indicative of the hold that Spiritualism is gaining even upon accredited Christian leaders and thinkers of today are the following statements attributed to noted churchmen in the Psychic News, March 2, 1940:—

“The evidence of Spiritualism is too strong, too widespread, and accepted by too many sober-minded people for hasty rejection.  Scientific men accustomed to deal coolly and accurately with phenomena have pronounced in favour of the truth of Spiritualism.”—Dr. Pollock, Bishop of Norwich.

Spiritualism is “a confirmation of the Christian faith, and even a way from agnosticism to belief.”—Dr. W. R. Matthews, Dean of St. Paul’s.

Spiritualism is “the scientific explanation of the Christian belief and faith in survival of life after death.”—Canon Anson, Master of the Temple.

27.  Who only will be undeceived?

“For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matt 24:24.

28.  In what will be the sure defence of God’s people?

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8.

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SPIRITUALISM

THE FOUNDATION DOCTRINE OF SPIRITUALISM IS THAT THE DEAD RETURN TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE LIVING.  THE BIBLE SAYS THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE

“Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” Eccl 9:6.

“He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.” Job 7:10.

GOD’S WORD CONDEMNS SPIRITUALISM AS SINFUL AND DANGEROUS

“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” Lev 19:31.

Deut 13:1-5.

“When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.” Deut 18:9-13.

Isa 8:19; Acts 16:16.

SATAN AND HIS FALLEN ANGELS ARE THE SPIRITS OF SPIRITUAL ISM WHICH MASQUERADE AS THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and, the dragon fought and his angels.  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he: was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Rev 12:7-9.

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto Judgment;” 2 Pet 2:4.

Jude 6 (1 Sam 28, compare with 1 Chron 10:13-14).

Beware of these spirits which become very “familiar.”

See Gen 3:1-6—Satan’s first lie was told through a medium (the serpent).  He denied the Word of God and declared that those who disobey God (and die as a result) will know more than they knew before.  Spiritualism continues to propagate this falsehood.

THESE EVIL SPIRITS ARE CALLED DEMONS OR DEVILS IN THE BIBLE.  OPPOSED THE WORK OF CHRIST ON EARTH

“And he asked him, What is thy name?  And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.” Mark 5:9.

“And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” Matt 8:29.

Acts 13:8—Elymas the sorcerer (medium).

Acts 16:16-18—(Damsel at Philippi—medium.)

THERE IS TO BE AGREAT REVIVAL DAYS OF SPIRITUALISM IN THE LAST DAYS

“Now the spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” 1 Tim 4:1.

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there: believe it not.  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. ” Matt 24:23-24.

“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” Rev 13:13.

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” 2 Thess 2:9-10.

Gal 5:19—One of the works of the flesh.

Eph 6:12.

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