COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION WITH EVIL
The scriptures clearly show that the elect of God are the only humans that are allowed to communicate directly with God the Father. There are also accounts in the Bible of people communicating and interacting with evil spirits directly and through physical objects.
It is important to understand that almost all humans have the ability to one degree or another to communicate with both good and evil spirit beings under certain circumstances.
Understanding this fact and that there are many methods through which people can communicate and interact with the spirit dimension is very important, because once one understands this, one can use God's word and its standards of good and evil to determine if a communication and interaction with the spirit dimension is with good or evil spirits.
CONTACT WITH THE DARK SIDE
Many people either intentionally or unintentionally communicate with evil spirits through the religion they practice, inanimate objects that people believe have supernatural powers, or people that they associate with.
It is important to understand that the dark side of the spirit existence is more than willing to communicate with humans in order to further their own purpose and that there are literally hundreds of methods through which a person can come into contact with the dark side of the spirit dimension of existence. Some of these methods are the use of tarot cards, charms, medallions or other objects that people believe have supernatural power such as ouiji boards, pendulums, crystals, geometric designs, pictures, prayer to statues, idols, and spirits, and consulting astrologers, spiritual mediums, and witches.
EVIL PRACTICES FORBIDDEN
The practice of communicating and interacting with the dark side of the spirit dimension for purpose other than permitted by God is strictly forbidden. The following are some of the instructions to ancient Israel concerning communication and interaction with the dark side of the spirit world:
"When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn or do the hateful acts of those nations. There shall not be found among you, one that passes his son or daughter through the fire, or a person that uses divination, or an observer of clouds, or a fortune-teller, or a whisperer of spells, or a magic-charmer, or a person who communicates with and questions evil spirits, or a wizard, or a person that communicates with and questions the dead. For all doing these things are an abomination to the Lord your God" (Deut.18:9-12 KJV Para.).
"You shall not allow a sorceress to live" (Ex.22:18 KJV Para.).
"You shall not inquire of those who are possessed of evil spirits; and you shall not seek after spiritualists and become defiled by them; I am the Lord your God" (Lev.19:31 KJV Para.). See also 2.Chron.33:1-25; Isa.8:19-20.
"The person who inquires of people possessed with evil spirits, or inquire of a spiritualist, and seek them as one seeks a whore to fornicate with them, I shall set my face against that person, and cut him off from the midst of his people" (Lev.20:6 KJV Para.).
Throughout history there have been people who have discovered how to use the physical and spiritual powers that exist to either gain insight and knowledge or to affect the natural and supernatural existence. The account in the Book of Acts shows that, during the beginnings of the early church, the Father called some people who had used their knowledge of the physical and spiritual dimensions of existence for the wrong purposes, but repented and destroyed the books that held this knowledge after they understood their error:
"And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds. Many of them also which used magical arts brought their books, and burned them before all: and the price of these books was about 50,000 pieces of silver. So the word of God grew greatly and prevailed" (Acts 19:18-20).
God strongly condemns the practice of communicating and interacting with evil because its practice draws people away from truth and into error, which will lead to eternal death if not repented of.
There are three categories of people who have the knowledge and ability to manipulate and/or affect the physical and spiritual dimensions of existence through physical or spiritual power:
1. Those who have discovered this knowledge and gained this ability through the study of the natural and the spiritual existence without being influenced by evil spirits.
2. Those who have been guided into or given this knowledge and ability by evil spirits.
3. Those who have been guided into or given this knowledge and ability by God the Father and Jesus Christ through the influence of the holy spirit or their physical or spiritual servants.
Whether or not one chooses to believe that there are people who have secret knowledge and abilities that are outside the norm of human experience, history clearly shows that many people have possessed secret knowledge that gave them the ability to communicate and interact with the spirit dimension of existence and perform supernatural works.
It is the responsibility of each of God's elect to be aware of the dangers from communication and interaction with evil and to respond accordingly to its threat to one's salvation and eternal destiny.
By B.L Cocherell, file b8w19