Occult arts



2. I have heard that some people have talked with their dead loved ones during spiritualist séances. Is there some truth in what I heard? What does the Bible say about spiritualist séances?




Those people have not talked with their dead loved ones, but they have been deceived into thinking that they talked with them. For spiritism – that is, the art of evoking the spirits of the dead to let them talk with the living – is an art of divination produced by the one who is the father of lies, that is, the devil. Therefore spiritism is one of the wiles of the devil, through which he deceives people.

Then, with whom did those people talk, since they claim that they have talked with their brother or their sister or their mother or their son? They talked with some evil spirits (or demons), which are servants of the devil, which are able to mimic or imitate very well the voice of the dead people who are evoked. If certain comedians are able to mimic so well the voice of some important personages of variety as well as of politics, that those who are imitated by these comedians are astonished and full of amazement, I do not think it is very surprising if certain evil spirits are able to do the same thing with the voice of men. Of course the purpose of the evil spirits is to deceive the living.

The Bible condemns spiritism, in that it condemns mediums (those who evoke the spirits of the dead) as well as those who consult them, for it is written: “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 [medium], or a wizard, or a necromancer [one who calls up the dead]. 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” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) and also: “Regard not them that have familiar spirits [mediums], neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:31).

King Saul was put to death by God for consulting a medium, as it is written: “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 enquire of it; and enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse” (1 Chronicles 10:13-14).

I conclude with the words of the prophet Isaiah: “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits [mediums], and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness” (Isaiah 8:19-22).