• By John Hicks

Hey Christians, once again, Magic, is it ever OK???

I am bringing this up once again as it is apparent that many still do not see an issue with this.
With magic being a central theme in the overall celebration of halloween this definitely needs to be considered.
You should hear this issue first before jumping to conclusions because the Bible states to do otherwise relegates you as a shameful fool. These are not my words but God's... He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. Proverbs 18:13. I will pull whatever card I need to for others to hear this because it is a very important matter. All things that God hates should be a concern to everyone who truly believes... The Bible says to prove all things and to abstain from all appearances of evil. So what is with this obsession with magic and that it is somehow OK now to dabble in it, even if it is just imagination?

Today self-professing Christians are going crazy over "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child" after it released to the public on July 31, 2016.

Is God OK with any of this magic stuff?

The Bible says that we as Christian have to prove all things and hold fast that which is good and to abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). This does not mean that we can compromise in areas that God is adamantly opposed to. Remember that we are to not be conformed unto this world but transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we can prove what is acceptable to God (Romans 12:2).

We cannot take something evil as God sees as evil and somehow “Christianize” it and make it good. Haggai the prophet said in chapter 2 that you cannot do this. If it is unclean it is just that and by just saying something is OK does not cleanse whatever is unclean in the eyes of God. Job understood this concept quite well but today's church completely ignores this truth. Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 14:4 KJV

I bring this up because once again I see folks who claim to be Christians who find no problems with playing around in costumes from the movie ‘Frozen’ during a marriage proposal. This proposal had a few Bible scriptures read amidst the frivolity of the ‘Make Believe’ in the theme of this movie. The Bible is clear that when this is done God’s Word is being either flat-out ignored or compromised. When people do these sorts of things they are dabbling in things of the occult which God abhors.

Keep in mind this is not rooted out my own opinion but my opinion on this is rooted in what the word of God clearly states on this topic. Playing with magic at any level is an abomination according to the LORD of all eternity!

This compromising behavior is hypocritical to the core. The same people who give a pass to magic are the ones who will not hesitate to say pornography is evil and that God is against it. There is no difference in the fact that pornography are ‘just’ images and not technically “real” people in the sense that they are just reflections and not the actual person. I have actually heard people try to justify pornography on these grounds. At the end of the day and clearly according to God’s word, God is opposed to both whether in the real sense of practice or through imagination.

Some folks will try to say that God’s opinion is somehow relegated only to the Old Testament as if somehow God’s opinion on what is evil has changed. I have provided the verses that clearly show that God does not change.

I have also provided the scriptures that show God’s opinion on the topic. Now it is up to the reader whether they accept God’s position on this or whether they prefer to continue on in the rebellion of this world, against God.

Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22

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

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. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. Deuteronomy 18:9-14

When the people at Ephesus became believers they turned from what they now knew was wrong in the sight of God and burned their books of magic.

And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. Acts 19:17-20

God does not change…

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8

For I am the LORD, I change not…Malachi 36

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8

You cannot take something unholy and try to call it holy…

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No. Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean. Haggai 2:11-14

Below is just a mere abbreviation of a list (as of 2016) that includes the world’s obsession with magic. Yes even C.S. Lewis does not get a pass on this as his works included a compromise of trying to use something that God abhors and try to teach spiritual so-called truths. God’s word as shown above clearly says we cannot do this and expect God to be happy with it.

The church is guilty for falling prey to the subtleties of Satan once again. Once Satan gets a foothold then it is a slippery slope straight to hell for those who compromise.

The naysayer will be upset with me saying this as such and claim that I am preaching a works based salvation. On the contrary, I am showing that those who claim to be in the faith ought to prove all things and make sure they are not doing things that oppose God’s will. A true believer would understand that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God and they would hold fast that which is good and abstain from all appearance of evil…

I am not saying it is a works based salvation as salvation is only available because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I am saying that one may not be saved at all if they are living a compromised life.

Remember that if you are lukewarm God will spew you out of His mouth. If you are not bearing Godly fruit then you are plucked from the vine and cast into the fire. Remember, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God and if you are friends with the world then you are at war (enmity) with God.

Paul said it best when he told the Philippians to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (2:12).

David said “The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity”. Psalm 5:5.

Following is just a partial list of unholy movies as per God’s standard. Gathering a list of books would obviously include the Harry Potter series but to provide even a condensed list would be far too exhaustive of an effort to undertake for the purpose of this writing. What is provided in God's Word ought to be enough to open our eyes to the truth regarding this horrific movement into the occult and away from God...

13 Going on 30 (2004)

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1963)

A Simple Wish (1997)

Alabama's Ghost (1972)

Arabian Nights (2000)

Balloon Farm (1997)

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bewitched (2005)

Bewitched (2005)

Black Magic Terror (1979)

Bogus (1996)

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Chandu on the Magic Island (1934)

Chandu the Magician (1932)

Cinderella (1950)

Coraline (2009)

Cthulhu Mansion (1991)

Death Defying Acts (2007)

Death Magic (1992)

Deathstalker 3 (1989)

Doctor Mordrid: Master of the Unknown (1990)

Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Doogal (2005)

Dream a Little Dream 2 (1994)

Dungeons and Dragons (2000)

Ella Enchanted (2004)

Enchanted (2007)

Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

Eternally Yours (1939)

FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)

Gryphon (1988)

Halloweentown (1998 TV Movie)

Halloweentown High (2004 TV Movie)

Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001 TV Movie)

Happily N'Ever After (2007)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2010)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Houdini (1953)

Houdini (1999)

I Married a Witch (1942)

Is Anybody There? (2008)

Kids of the Round Table (1996)

Killing Grandpa (1991)

Knights of Bloodsteel (2009)

Lady in Distress (1939)

Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (2002)

Lord of Illusions (1995)

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Luna e L'Altra (1996)

Magic Moments (1989)

Magic Serpent (1966)

Mary Poppins (1964)

Mary, My Dearest (1983)

Merlin (1992)

Merlin (1998)

Merlin's Apprentice (2006)

Mirror Mirror (2012)

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

My Chauffeur (1986)

My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)

Nanny McPhee (2005)

Nanny McPhee (2006)

Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)

Next (2007)

Penelope (2006)

Penn and Teller Get Killed (1990)

Pick a Card (1997)

Practical Magic (1998)

Prospero's Books (1991)

Pufnstuf (1970)

Pumpkinhead (1988)

Quicker Than the Eye (1988)

Ratz (1999)

Return to Halloweentown (2006 TV Movie)

Rough Magic (1995)

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996 TV Movie)

Salem Witch Trials (2002 TV Movie)

Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999 Video

Scoop (2006)

Season of the Witch (2011)

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)

Simon the Magician (1999)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Stardust (2007)

Stephen King's Thinner (1996)

Sword & the Sorcerer (1982)

Teen Witch (1989)

Teen Witch (1989)

The Alchemist (1981)

The Black Cauldron (1985)

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

The Butcher's Wife (1991)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

The Color of Magic (2008)

The Covenant (2006)

The Craft (1996)

The Craft (1996)

The Day the Earth Froze (1959)

The Geisha Boy (1958)

The Great Buck Howard (2009)

The Illusionist (2006)

The Illusionist (2006)

The Linguini Incident (1992)

The Magician (1958)

The Magician of Lublin (1979)

The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979)

The Mistress of Spices (2005)

The Mysterious Stranger (1982)

The Prestige (2006)

The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

The Skeleton Key (2005)

The Sleeping Beauty (2010)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

The Swan Princess 2: Escape from Castle Mountain (1997)

The Tempest (1999)

The Tempest (2010)

The Witches (1990)

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

The Wizard of Gore (1970)

The Wizard of Gore (2007)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009)

Three … Extremes (2004)

Tooth Fairy (2010)

Turnaround (1987)

Tut & Tuttle (1981)

Twitches (2005 TV Movie)

Twitches Too (2007 TV Movie)

Two On a Guillotine (1965)

Wedding Band (1989)

Willow (1988)

Wizards of the Demon Sword (1994)

Zotz! (1962)

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