ORIGINS OF ‘MODERN’ SPIRITUALISM
EXCERPTS FROM THE NOTES OF KENNETH PETTY (5/6/81 Review)
"You will not surely die" (Gen. 3:4), this [was the] lie boldly proclaimed by the Devil. Eve was deceived and Adam followed along. All men came under condemnation and death. Only the promise of a coming redeemer gave man hope of restoring his broken relationship with God. The redeemer came and paid the price to make life once again available to men and women. Jesus Christ conquered Satan through his resurrection, thus opening the way for us to have the final victory over death.
[However, more recently] "spiritualism is spreading out its talons... and our churches are fast falling into the clutches of the Enemy" [Raphael Gasson, a former Jewish-Spiritist converted to Christ, in his book: Gasson, R., The Challenging Counterfeit, Logos International, Plainfield, NJ, 1966, p. 41].
We are involved in a spiritual battle (Eph. 6:12). True believers are not to be ignorant of Satan's devices (2 Cor. 2:11). Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4).
"The Devil's primary motive was and is to be like the Most High, as God, [to be] His co-equal and to sit on God's throne getting people to worship him in the place of the true God" [Cummins, Rev. Walter, Dealing with the Adversary, The Way International, New Knoxville, Oh., 1974, p. 4].
Today, Satan still is not able to come out blatantly and demand worship. Thus, he promulgates spiritualism as a step in that direction.
"Satan is demanding that people should worship him, but men love themselves too much to worship knowingly either the Prince of this world [Satan], or God [the true God, the Father of Jesus Christ]. As a result, Satan has given the people something tangible in Spiritualism, which is not apparently Satanic, thus getting the worship that he requires indirectly" [Gasson, op. cit., p. 40].
Satan launched a major assault on several fronts during the nineteenth century to bring about the incredible popularity of spiritualism today and 1848 signals the beginning of a rising tide in political and social liberalism, scientific materialism and liberal theology, [paving] the way for the new spiritualism and occultism: Marx issued his Communist Manifesto, Europe was shocked by a series of revolutions, an American theologian [Bushnell] presented his 'new theory' of language; and modern day spiritualism was born.
"Mid-nineteenth century scientists choose to assume that matter was the source of everything in the universe, including life and consciousness. Everything else was either an illusion or else subjective impression which could be 'reduced' to material fact" [Barzun, Jacques, Darwin, Marx and Wagner, 2nd ed. Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., 1958, p. 90].
Satan opened up the assault with a new ‘scientific’ outlook, which denied God and the spiritual meaning of life. As materialism began to breed hopelessness, the Devil was slipping spiritualism in [through] the back door, almost unnoticed. Spiritualism was being offered as an alternative to the scientific realism. It offered to people a false direction and [a] counterfeit meaning to life.
"No sooner, it seemed, had mid-century materialists destroyed the last remnant of belief in the hereafter than appeared spiritualism, psychical research, theosophy, ‘christian’ Science and innumerable shapes of New Thought. The coincidence of the dates is remarkable" [Barzun, op. cit., p. 105]
[While sounding very convincing, a spiritism-spiritualistic oriented man, as we will see in Chapter Four] Edgar D. Mitchell, a former astronaut, summed [it] up [as]: "The denial of the non-material aspect of life – [it is,] its sacred participation in the miracle of existence - leaves people with no source of meaning and direction" [Mitchell, Edgar, Introduction: From Outer Space to Inner Space; In: "Psychic Exploration", Mitchell, E. D. (ed), G. P. Putnam's Sons, N.Y., 1974, p. 45]; [In the same book, other of E. Mitchell's collaborators wrote that] science replaced religion "as [the] society's official truth-seeking activity" [Harman, Willis, The Social Implications of Psychic Research; In: "Psychic Exploration", Mitchell, E. (ed), G. P. Putnam's Sons, N.Y., 1974, p. 641] .
Political, Social and Scientific Revolution
Metternick tied European governments together under a tight conservative grip, [however] the old order [did] hold precarious authority throughout the continent. Suddenly, in the spring of 1848, the whole continent erupted with revolution. Conservative regimes crushed the rebellion and maintained control only temporarily; yet it was not the working classes which achieved the victory, but:
"...Intellectuals [of the ‘kin’ of Karl Marx] played an extraordinary prominent role. They formulated the revolutionary theories and slogans, [they] let the mobs and took charge of the national assemblies and provisional governments that came into power once legitimate authority collapsed" [Namier, Louis, quoted in: Hexter, J. H., Pipes, R. and Molko, A., Europe Since 1500, Harper and Row, N.Y., 1971, p. 691].
The revolutions were not won with military armaments, but by the power of [a maybe 'sincere' but evil-oriented] words and with a philosophy of socialism. [Those] intellectuals promised ‘the improvement of the human race’.
"1848 marked the end of conservatism in its classical, Metternichian guise, as a factor in European politics. After a brief initial reaction, the decades that followed witnessed the un-impended spread of liberal principles and doctrines" [Hexter, et al, op. cit., p. 691].
The "Communist Manifesto" of Marx was published in 1848 and [in it, Marx] proposed one of the most godless socio-economic systems in the history of mankind, his [fallacious] thesis was that "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles". Under the Marxist system, [promoter of war-fares, specially against "bourgeoisie and proletariat"] little value is placed on the individual. We shall see how this was a vital link in the Adversary's plan to promote [his] spiritualism.
"According to the Marxist theory, man as a historical fact has no higher value, no absolute moral value. Marxism acknowledges human value only in so far as a man's life is conditioned by the course of history" [Alexeiv, N., The Marxist Anthropology and the Christian Conception of Man; In: The Christian Conception of Man, Jessop, T. E. et al, (eds.), Willet, Clark and Co., Chicago, 1938, p. 124]
Charles Darwin published his "Origin of Species" in 1859, 11 years after Marx's Manifesto, the intellectual world was waiting with open arms to embrace this new biological theory. Marx seized on Darwin's theory in support to his own ideas. The struggle in nature proposed by Darwin was carried on in society as a class struggle. Marx used Darwin to degrade the individual and exalt the collective unit. Evolution has become pervasive in nearly every sphere of life - social, economic, scientific, philosophical and religious. Evolution has been the underlying doctrine for the advancement of spiritualism in the Western world [Russell Wallace and the other earlier promoters of Evolution were also involved with spiritism-spiritualism in one way or another, by sympathizing with those practicing it or by letting evil spirits to control their thoughts].
Evolution can be defined thus: "An unfoldment, opening out, or working out; process of development, as from a simple to complex form, or to gradual, progressive change, as in a social and economic structure" [Webster's New World Dictionary, 2nd College ed., William Collins Publ. Inc., Cleveland, Oh., 1979, p. 486].
"The biological dogma of evolution, when applied to the Bible by analogy, made Christianity the product of a system of religious evolution. The denial of the authority of the Bible was a logical outcome..."; "[under evolutionary dogmas] man was not guilty of original sin for he was 'progressing' and had never fallen. Thus, there was no need for Jesus Christ as a savior" [Cairns, Earle, Christianity Through the Centuries, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1967, p. 444-5].
"Darwin seemed to have grown somewhat skeptical [to his own theory] and stated outright that if even the slightest fault was ever detected in his theory of mechanistic-materialistic evolution, the whole structure would, and should, collapse. Such faults actually were [and still being] detected, but [it's supporters] the Neo-Darwinists [in its hundreds of variants] arose" [Monsma, John C., The Evidence of God in an Expanding Universe, G. P. Putnam's Sons, N.Y., 1958].
[You can see very clearly that the ‘new’ theories of Evolution resemble very closely the same and old heathenism known as reincarnation, “men never dying but perfecting himself in successive lives on earth”, “insects evolving to men in their successive existences”, etc, the ancient heathens and Anti-God spirits have done their come back to earth, it is our duty, of the born again believers to stop them, at least while we still here!].
In 1848 Richard Wagner wrote: "I will destroy the existing order of things..." [Wagner, R., quoted by Schonberg, Harold; In: “The Lives of the Great Composers”, W. W. Norton, N.Y., 1970, p. 256]. The doctrine promoted by Wagner was [that very same and old heathenism known as] “pantheism”.
"Pantheism is a favorite doctrine of collectivists because it offers a concept of man which, on religious grounds, subordinates the individual to the collective. It also functions as an effective tool in the subversion of [the] God-centered religion by making [it, the] ‘man-centered religion’, thereby giving a religious sanction to the doctrines and programs of political collectivism. Pantheism can be used in bringing people from theism to atheistic materialism" [Kelly, Rev. Clarence, Conspiracy Against God and Man, Western Islands, 1974, p. 179].
Considering Wagner's musical arrangements and themes, it is not surprising that Adolph Hitler [had] remarked: "Whoever wants to understand National Socialistic Germany must know Wagner" [Hitler, A., quoted by Schonberg, op. cit., p. 271].
"The dominant theme to most of [Wagner's] operas is that of a world ruined by greed and deceit, in which the hero succumbs to the forces of evil" [Dorpulen, Andreus, Men and His Destiny; In: Darwin, Marx, and Wagner: A Symposium, Plaine, Henry L. (ed.), Ohio State University Press, 1962, p. 13].
"The world which Darwin, Marx and Wagner pictured, was a world of mechanical materialism, propelled by impersonal automatic forces, a world which was amoral and unfeeling, a world without beauty and sensitivity, and one in which art could have no function of its own, but could merely serve ulterior social ends" [Dorpulen, op. cit., p. 7].
"[Those three: Darwin, Marx and Wagner, form] a single stream of influence: ‘mechanical materialism’, the cold world in which man's feelings are illusory and his will powerless" [Barzun, op. cit., p. 7].
Such of intellectuals were thus instrumental in bringing about the destruction of the spiritual side of life, and replacing it with ‘scientific materialism’.
"Many corrupt the Word of God" [2 Cor. 2:17]. "Corrupt" = to adulterate, to water down.
Only the Word of God spoken with believing produces Godly Power.
"[Jesus] taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes" [Mt. 7:28-29].
Many XIX Century 'Religious Scholars and Leaders' began to compromise, and to lose the power and authority of the Word of God [among them 'The Higher Critics', boldly refuted by E. W. Bullinger, by R. A. Torrey and by a host of true believers in the Word of God, which were also refuting the 'new' spiritist-spiritualist movement that started in 1848, as will be seen in Chapter 4].
[One “corrupter” of the Written Word of God was a] Prussian theologian: Friedrich Schleiermacher, who "made feelings or emotions the element out of which religious experience develops. Man is freed from a dependency upon an historical revelation of the will of God and needs only to cultivate a feeling of dependence to enjoy a satisfactory religious experience" [Cairns, op. cit., p. 446].
In America, Horace Bushnell, the "American Schleiermacher", a Congregationalist Minister, also called ‘the father of American theological liberalism’, presented his 'theory of language' at Harvard in 1848.
In 1848 Bushnell also had a ‘tremendous’ spiritual experience. The question that needs to be answered is which was the source of that revelation? We must take God's Word as our standard in separating the truth from error, [to separate] which is revealed by the true God, from that which is promulgated by the god of this world [which is Satan]. Bushnell's ideas [tried to] challenge the integrity and accuracy of God's Word. Bushnell lost trust in the divine language of the Scriptures and looked to science for promise of a language in which truth would be consistent and permanent [Cross, Barbara, Horace Bushnell, University of Chicago Press, 1958, p. 17].
Bushnell directs his criticisms specifically against a literal interpretation of the Bible. He feels that we cannot expect the Scriptures to be logical and [to be] consistent.
Bushnell carried through Schleiermacher's emphasis on experience over doctrine, and that somehow, through experience, man could receive the truth of God in a more entire manner. Bushnell wrote [foolishly]: "There is no book in the world that contains so many repugnancies or antagonistic forms of assertion as the Bible. Therefore, if any man please to pay off his constructive logic upon it, he can easily show it up as the absurdest book in the world" [In: Cheney, Mary, Life and Letters of Horace Bushnell, Arno Press, N. Y., 1969, p. 205]
By denying the ability of words to express spiritual truth, and by discrediting the integrity of the Scriptures, while looking to science as the great hope in developing ‘a universal language of truth’, Horace Bushnell sold out [his] theology to 'science'.
In that rising tide of liberalism in politics, economics, science, and religion, [the] belief in God's Word was being rapidly washed away... [and] the scene was being set for the ‘modern’ spiritualist movement.
The ‘Modern’ Spiritualist Movement
[The Devil spoke by] the Shakers in 1930, [when he said]: "The commencement of the promised new era is going to be inaugurated by an extraordinary discovery of material, as well as ‘spiritual wealth’. Mines of treasures are going to be discovered in the earth, and floods of ‘spiritual light’ are going to descend from heaven, and both of these vast outpourings are going to occur in the year of 1848" [Hardinge, Emma, Modern American Spiritualism, University Books, McGraw-Hill, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1870, pp. 27-28].
The material discovery was the gold [as the Adversary is aware of material treasures underground, and he uses them to destroy people], which would the next year cause the famous California gold rush: 100,000 miners [flooded] California within the next four years:
"The mania for a sudden wealth now pervaded all classes... The gold rush was the product of a kind of mass hysteria, and it set a tone and created a state of mind in which greed predominated and disorder and violence were all too frequent" [Bean, Walton, California: An Interpretive History, McGraw-Hill, N.Y., 1969, p. 114].
The "spiritual light" [also offered by the adversary], which was poured down [by him,] shone through in 1848 when Margaret and Kate Fox [supposedly] made contact with ‘the dead’ [evil spirits impersonating dead people]:
"The really explosive impetus for the revival [of spiritism-spiritualism] came from America. A completely new epoch in the history of occultism opened on the evening of March 31, 1848, in the house of the Fox Family, in the town of Arcadia, Wayne Country, New York" [Wilson, Colin, The Occult, Vintage Books, N.Y., 1971, p. 39].
This event was so important that Arthur Conan Doyle, author of "Sherlock Holmes" and an Anti-Christ-ian practicing spiritist-medium, addressed the 72nd anniversary meeting of spiritualists, claiming they were celebrating the greatest event in the world in 2000 years [Doyle, A. C., quoted by Gasson, op. cit., p. 46; the event that happened ‘2000 years’ ago, since the perspective of the adversary was his temporary and illusory victory over Jesus Christ, who was laying dead in the grave for three days and three night, the legal time to define somebody as legally dead in that culture].
The 'new' spiritist-spiritualist movement that started in 1848 was a "movement in 'civilized societies', entirely based on a belief and practice of 'regular communication with the dead' " [Nelson, Geoffrey K., Spiritualism and Society, Schocken Books, N.Y., 1969, p. 3; just ask now to Sylvester Stallone, Mrs. Reagan, Norman Vincent Peale, Raymond Moody, etc, to verify the truth of that statement among ‘civilized’ people that has been deceived by the adversary, by the enemy of God].
[The Devil spoke by] the Fox sisters [when he was saying]: "You must proclaim to the world: This is the dawning of a new era; and you must not try to conceal it any longer" [Gasson, op. cit., p. 48].
Spiritualism began to organize in the second half of the nineteenth century with the British National Association of Spiritualists formed in 1873, the Society of Psychical Research in 1882, and The Spiritualists National Union in 1891.
By the turn of the century, scientists were beginning to give acceptability to spiritism-spiritualism.
Raupert has a great insight into what is happening in the spiritualist field. He wrote the following in 1919, but time has confirmed that truth for today:
"The reading and thinking world has recently been startled by the publication of books and articles from the pens of eminent scientific and literary men in which the claim is made that 'reliable' communications are being [supposedly] received 'from the spirits of departed human beings' and that these communications are of such a character that they may not unfairly be regarded as a 'New Revelation'...[however,] the modern experimenter [is] forever learning, yet never to be coming to a knowledge of the truth... My long and exhaustive study of this aspect of the subject has thoroughly convinced me that the victims of these spirit-operations are seldom fully aware of what is going on. They are apt to attribute their impressions to a sort of progressive enlightenment of the mind, due to a knowledge obtained from a study of the phenomena, while in reality they are due to the circumstance of the mind, and of course, their judgment all the while being tampered with by the very [spiritual and wicked] intelligences whose nature they are investigating, but who have made themselves [those evil spirits,] the real masters of the situation in the process. It is thus that science is being led by the nose, and that a credulous world is being imposed upon" [Raupert, J. Godfrey, The New Black Magic, Devin-Adair, N.Y., 1919, p. 3 and p. 81].
Today scientists had become deified, and more people turned from the true God to place their confidence and trust in 'science'. "Parapsychology" was the 'scientific' term of acceptability for spiritualism. In 1969 the ‘Parapsychological Association’ was admitted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science:
"Spiritualism has claimed that its beliefs could be proved by the methods of 'modern science' " [Nelson, G. K., op. cit., p. 150].
The Adversary is absolutely deceiving the scientists who have no awareness of spiritual realities. The senses analysis of scientists and psychologists rejects the idea of spirits and looks to powers 'within the human mind itself' [to deceive people, they attempt to define that very same evil spirits as if they were ‘the powers of the mind’].
Dr. Raymond Moody [endorsed even by the deceased Houstonian Lakewood Church Rev. Osteen, Sr., and promoted in a regular basis by the TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network)] has attempted to look into death itself, and to discover scientifically what happens at death. He has studied "near-death" experiences, and suggests that the scientists' inability to construct ‘a proof’ may be due "to a limitation in the currently accepted modes of scientific and logical thought", and that "the perspective of scientists and logicians of the future will be very different" [Moody, R. Life after Life, Mockingbird Books, Covington, GA, 1975, p. 124; in the Appendix you will see how Norman Vincent Peale and other christian writers have been deceived by these same ideas].
One of the doctrines of the World Christian Spiritualist League is: "I believe that all forms of life created by God intermingle, are independent, and evolve until perfection is attained" [Gasson, op. cit., p. 66]... death is not an end, but a temporal penal state, and man's "moral education and evolution continue indefinitely" [Raupert, op. cit., p. 144]. Arthur Conan Doyle said that there is nothing about atonement or redemption [Raupert, op. cit., p. 21].
Another characteristic of spiritualism is the idea of universalism. Gasson reports: "Spiritualism is now attempting a World Federation, and such societies as the Universal Brotherhood Federation aim high in order to achieve this end" [Gasson, op. cit., p. 59].
Included in the spiritistic-spiritualistic goals are: A world bill of rights, world laws, and a world police force. Again, as in Marxism, Darwinism and Wagnerism, the individual is being subordinated to the group.
Let's see the same spiritism-spiritualism source in a statement of former astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell:
"The question 'Why Psychic Research?' has already been answered by saying [that] it can be an important element in the long-sought formula for ‘enriching human awareness’, ‘reconstructing society’, and generally ‘aiding nature in the great work of evolution’... the ‘universal man of cosmic consciousness’ can then emerge" [Mitchell, E. D., op. cit., pp. 43-44, 49].
[Mitchell wants to see] man evolving into a god [and Mitchell endorses 'reincarnation' and all the old oriental fallacies as the mechanism for 'the infinite evolution of man']. When Mitchell refers to "the wedding of science and religion," by "religion" he means spiritism-spiritualism.
[Other endorser of Mitchell's conceptions is] Willis Harman, director of the Center for the Study of Social Policy at the Stanford Research Center:
"It follows from the foregoing that ‘the human potentiality’ is limitless; that ‘all knowledge and power is ultimately accessible to the mind, looking within itself’; and that ‘all limitations are ultimately self-chosen’. Such ‘supernormal phenomena as telepathic communication, clairvoyant perception, experiencing events that happened to others, 'instant' diagnosis and healing, precognition, and levitation and other PK [Psyco-Kinesis, ESP Extra Sensorial Perception, PSI, Psychic, the Paranormal] events’ are, in general, ‘perfectly possible’ " [Harman, W., The Social Implications of Psychic Research; In: Psychic Exploration, Mitchell, E. D. (ed.), op. cit., p. 654].
[In Guadalajara, Mexico, years ago, and directed by painter Pepín Hernández Laos and wife, and in other places, there was an international promotion of this E. D. Mitchell spiritism-spiritualism under the name of “Emphaty” [Empatía], atheist artists, soap opera actors from Argentina, teachers and local politicians, gay writers, agents from Russia, Masons, frustrated Americans, lame people, and a bunch of deceived ones were there].
Colossians 3:3 states that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in God, and verse 4 adds: "And this I say lest any man should beguile you with enticing words." These are definitely enticing words, claiming that the secrets of knowledge and wisdom are within ‘the mind of man’ [quite interesting that the statements of Harman: ‘all knowledge and power is ultimately accessible’, etc, sound exactly as coming from the same spirit as the one that said to Eve in the past: “eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” in Gen. 3:5].
[Mitchell's desire is that the boundaries of politics, science, religion and 'the humanities' became "less sharp," bringing a 'new' "civil religion" [Mitchell, E. D., Conclusion and Back Again, Psychic Exploration, op. cit., p. 663].
"Death will be recognized as a major transition, no more to be feared than birth or rebirth" [Mitchell, E. D., op. cit., p. 667; when Mitchell talks of ‘rebirth’ he refers to the old pagan heathenism of reincarnation].
[Opposed to that, the Bible clearly declares that dead men are dead, conscious of nothing, until the second coming of Jesus Christ and that we need to “cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”, in 2 Cor. 10:5].
The Prevailing Word
Apart from the accuracy and integrity of the Word of God prevailing in our day and time, [the future day in which we are gone] spiritualism and occultism seem destined to shape the future of our country and world.
The "civil religion" of spiritualism and science predicted by Willis Harman and Edgar D. Mitchell appears to be imminent as the Adversary continues to deceive the intellectual [that man of ‘the five-senses-only’].
Moreover, because the Word of God does not live in the organized denominational Churches, Gasson is correct when saying that the "churches are fast falling into the clutches of the Enemy." In fact, it may be more accurate to state that the Adversary controls those churches’ lock, stock, and barrel. By all outward appearance the Devil holds the future [the coming of the Antichrist is imminent and unavoidable]. As the god of this world the adversary has a free hand to run the show. Or does he [at the present time]?
Almost 2000 years ago a man named Paul (formerly known as Saul) was called by God to carry out the greatest ministry ever given to man. He was chosen to carry the Word of God to the Nations of the World (the Gentiles):
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me" [Acts 26:18; being that final ‘me’ Jesus Christ, not Paul].
Today, the true believers in the Word of God have this same ministry. Many eyes are still closed, the darkness is just as vast now as then, and Satan's power [seems to be] increased in the centuries since the Book of Acts was written.
As it was then, even so it is today that the religious hierarchy stands opposed to the Word of God. While professing Christianity, ministers have allowed the Adversary to tear down the integrity of the Word of God. Science commands more respect than does God. In the midst of this treason (and many Christians certainly have betrayed God and now work for Satan), spiritualism has an open track on which to run. [However,] we must uphold the great accuracy and power of God's Word in our own day and time.
First, let us see what the Word of God says concerning the never final and always in process, thought highly revered human ‘science’:
"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen" [1 Tim. 6:20-21].
Whenever "science" contradicts the Word of God, it has to be ‘false science’. Notice from this quotation that those who had erred were not unbelievers, but they were born-again believers! They let their five-senses minds deceive them from the truth of God's Word.
We are exhorted to guard that which has been committed unto us.
We do not let a Darwin, a Marx, a Wagner, a Bushnell, a Fox, or anyone else talk us out of the truth, and it does not matter how logical or coherent they make their idea sound. Remember that the Devil has a way of making his lies sound like truth. He promulgates spiritualism and puts the ‘nice’ label of "parapsychology" on it. God in His Word tells us exactly what it is and what He thinks about it:
"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" [Deut. 18:9-14].
[Does not matter if a Mitchell or a Harman are promoting spiritism in disguise of "the powers of the mind", at the end, they are under God's criteria, not their own].
Contrary to the statements in the Bible let’s read what ‘intelligent’ people has to say about ‘magic’:
“Magic was not the ‘science’ of the past. It is the science of the future. I believe that the human mind has reached a point in evolution where it is about to develop new powers – powers that would once have been considered magical… intellect has reached certain limits, and it cannot advance beyond them until it recovers some of the ‘lost powers’. Anyone who has read modern philosophy will understand what I mean… what is, in fact, the source of philosophy – or of any knowledge? It is fundamentally the need for power” [Wilson, Colin, The Occult, Vintage Books, N.Y., 1971, p. 39].
“Magic involves the use of individual will-power and other special powers to foresee the future or to bring about changes which are normally beyond human control. In the traditional practice of magic, this was often done by seeking aid from ‘spirits’ and ‘demons’ whose powers were thought to be greater than those of human beings. However, many people who believe in magic today largely ignore the idea of ‘invisible spirits’ in favor of the claim that ‘the human mind itself possesses powers which enable it to see into the future’, or to read the thoughts of another person, or to cause something to happen without using the normal means of cause and effect. The study of these powers is known as ‘parapsychology’… a small number of psychologists have been trying to remove parapsychology from the realm of magic, so it can be studied ‘scientifically’, in the laboratory and in the processes of everyday life” [Gordon, Sol, Psychology For You, Oxford Book Co., N.Y., 1975, p. 124; to the title of Sol Gordon’s book “Psychology For You” I must say: NO! thanks].
“Psychic research is an avenue to the unconscious, a means of building greater wholes. Now is the time to develop our non-rational abilities into a ‘subjective’ technology, which will begin the wedding of science and religion, reason and intuition, the physical and spiritual. This union of head and heart, insight and instinct, will ensure that as science comes to comprehend the non-material aspect of reality, as well as it knows the material - that is, as science approaches ‘omniscience’- our knowledge will become wisdom” [Mitchell, E. D., op. cit., 49].
[Again, Mitchell’s statement that: ‘as science approaches ‘omniscience’- our knowledge will become wisdom’ is inspired by and in the same spirit as the conversation in the garden of Eden between Eve and the seducer].
There is no question or doubt as to what God's will is. These things (whether we call them ‘spiritualism’ or ‘parapsychology’) are an abomination to God, and His will is that they be rooted out.
This land today belongs to believers, and we should not tolerate these things to happen in our country [how many ‘psychic readers’, ‘palm readers’, ‘tarot readers’, ‘fortune tellers’, etc. are being deceived by the adversary today, and how close of our own house they live!].
The children of Israel compromised on God's Word and did not put these things away. As a result, they went into captivity. Likewise, we also will fall into bondage [if we follow those things].
When Paul wrote the Second Epistle to Timothy, the Church was faced with the same problems as today: people "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" (2 Tim. 3:5); evil men "deceiving and being deceived" (2 Tim. 3:13); men not being able to "endure sound doctrine" (2 Tim. 4:3), turning [rather] their ears from the truth and "turned unto fables" (2 Tim. 4:4) [Like such fable as ‘the unlimited powers of the mind’].
Contained within 2 Timothy are the keys on what we must do as sons of God to crush the spiritualist movement.
First, we must rightly divide the Word of God:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” [2 Tim. 2:15].
When the accuracy of God’s Word is taught, the lies of spiritualism will be exposed. Contrary to what is being promulgated today as ‘right believing’, the Bible is still the God-breathed Word. Furthermore, it alone is profitable for instruction in righteousness. God had told the children of Israel to put away spiritualism and to be perfect with God (Deut. 18:13). Today, it is the Word of God rightly divided and walked upon which makes us perfect.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” [2 Tim. 3:16-17].
The man who desires to walk for God can never be perfect without the instruction of the God-breathed Word. The spiritualists will never endure sound doctrine, but they will always both turn from the truth themselves and turn others away from it also. God’s Word alone can provide the doctrine, reproof and correction to keep a believer walking right on. Once we have been instructed in righteousness, we are to carry out the exhortation in 2 Tim. 4:2:
“Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”
Recall [that] the first words [given by the Adversary] to the Fox sisters were “you must proclaim these truths to the world.” Years later, Kate and Margaret Fox, who were so instrumental in beginning the modern spiritist-spiritualist movement, both renounced spiritualism toward the end of their lives, and they both died alcoholics. They had turned to spiritualism and had been destroyed. The Devil has absolutely no concern for the individual. He uses people while they serve his purposes and then, [the adversary] discards them. If people will go out and proclaim his way of death, how much more should we arise and declare the way of life!
“The thief cometh not, but for steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” [John 10:10].
Thus, we must preach the Word of God. There are two accounts in the Book of Acts where the Word of God prevailed in cities overrun by spiritualism. The result speak loudly to our own day and time:
“Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the Word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city” [Acts 8:4-8].
The people of Samaria were under the siege of the Adversary. Devil spirits operating through Simon the sorcerer, one of the greatest mediums of all, had “bewitched” the people. This had been going on for quite a while, but Philip came down and preached the Word of God, smashing the power of the Adversary. A whole city was set free [and even Simon believed].
“Many of them also which used curious arts [spiritualism] 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 19:19-20].
The word spoken on the lips of believing caused an entire community to forsake their spiritualism, and it will do the same today. Just as in Samaria and in Ephesus, entire communities can be delivered from the chains of spiritualism. Only the accuracy of the Word of God can stop the spread of this dangerous cancer. As we boldly speak that Word of God, it will mightily grow and prevail across our country and world.
Spiritualism, in whatever guise it takes, will be exposed and defeated [boldly at least while we, born-again Christian believers are here on earth].
Whenever any question arises pertaining to life or death, we look to the Word of God for our answers. We know that every-thing good and true comes from God.
Jesus said in John 4:14, “…whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Wherever we have the truth on a subject, we have the inner assurance. This comes when the Word of God fits together from Genesis through Revelation without contradiction.
This is a dark hour among many leaders of vast influence who should have LIGHT. It is spiritual darkness under the guise of light that is as appalling today as was the darkness regarding Truth in the synagogues and Temple in the days of Christ.
The challenging counterfeit of spiritualism has infiltrated many segments of Christendom. Being spurious, we know the source of such teaching. Satan has always been busy setting truth and error in the same mould, but, never more so than in dealing with leadership in churches. The sickening part is that spiritualism has been given the nod of acceptability without realizing and recognizing it to be a counterfeit. A university, pioneering in parapsychology and extra-sensory perception, has elevated the psychic field into the position of intellectual acceptability. This spiritualism has boldly and openly come forth with what they call concrete evidence of survival after death. This however, does not prove its accuracy, Biblically speaking.
This week there came to my desk, influential and far – reaching publications, all more or less presenting the challenging counterfeit of spiritualism as truth. These magazines included the April issue of Guideposts, published by Norman Vincent Peale; the April issue of the Reader’s Digest; the fundamental and evangelical 12th April issue of Christianity Today, and the April issue of Christian Life.
In Guideposts, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale presents the first article in a new series entitled “The Blessed Assurance.” He states that, “Guideposts has commissioned some of America’s most talented artists to give their interpretation of immortality.” Are we really concerned about man’s interpretation of immortality, or are we concerned about “what does the Bible say”? He states in his article: “The truth is, death has been miscast as a grim reaper. To almost everyone, when it finally comes, it comes as a friend.” How like sounding brass and tinkling cymbal this statement must sound to the ears of those who know the Word of God in 1 Corinthians 15:26,
“The last ENEMY that shall be destroyed is death.”
Dr. Peale says: “What is death then? Obviously, it is a change into some new form of existence.” Then it is not death logically, scientifically and accurately speaking. Dr. Peale also tells in the article about ‘seeing his father’, who has been dead for many years, appearing among the ministers gathered in a Methodist conference in Georgia. How could this be if his father is dead? Only by a familiar spirit, a spirit which has likeness to the personality of the person who once lived. The people who have familiar spirits are not God’s people (Leviticus 20:27). God may give His people a vision, by the holy spirit within us, through a word of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8), [and] this is always given for a profit (1 Corinthians 12:7).
The Reader’s Digest article is simply a reprint and reworking of Dr. Peale’s article in Guideposts, under the title of “How to rise above the fear of death.” The caption reads, “A renowned minister reviews the evidence supporting the great message of Easter; that death is not finality but the gateway to life.” [However:] death is a finality without the resurrection.
In Christianity Today, under the title of “Light on our Destiny; death has no shape,” by Robert Paul Roth, comes the same old evangelical and denominational double-talk. He says: “although personal consciousness survives [in death], the person becomes a shapeless shadow. But the work of Christ in regeneration is to give us bodily shape until the final resurrection, when we shall be raised with incorruptible bodies.” Who can make anything out of that statement, except to conclude it to be [the] ‘ethereal nonsense’? Certainly there is no Biblical data to corroborate this statement.
[Contrary to that statement, the Bible says that when a person dies ‘in that very day his thoughts perish’ in Psalms 146:4; ‘the dead know not any thing’ for ‘the memory of them is forgotten’ in Eccl. 9:5; ‘neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun’ in Eccl. 9:6; ‘there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave’ in Eccl. 9:10; ‘in death there is no remembrance of thee’ in Psalms 6:5]
Finally, the Christian Life magazine, under the caption of “The Family Doctor”, by William Standish Reed, MD, quotes this statement: “Death to the Christian is simply a graduation exercise.” This implies that you immediately go on to a higher life. Again, how subtle and how devilish
THE WORD SPEAKS! It is in the Word that we have the answer without guessing or conjecture. I will say again as I have been saying frankly, boldly and courageously, that spiritualism will infiltrate the organized church to the extent that even the very elect of God will be misled. Remember, Satan can do signs and wonders, but, they are lying signs (2 Thessalonians 2:9; Matthew 24:24).
Christ died, and he is the only one whom God raised from the dead thus far. If the Bible is right [and we believe so], then the only way out of the grave is at the time of the gathering together (1 Thessalonians 4:13ff.) and the resurrections (1 Corinthians 15:13ff.).
Source of Appendix: Wierwille, V.P., Our Times, Ch. 7, 1990, European Christian Press, U.K., pp. 145-147.
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