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   Volume XIV, Issue 2


   Understanding Your Enemy

Somewhere in every one of us is a deep longing to make contact with the unknown, with some higher power something greater or wiser or more powerful than ourselves. This is true at all levels, from the teenage girl reading her horoscope, to the witch doctor in some remote tribe who has never seen a white man, to the scientist probing outer space and seeking to discover the secrets of the universe.

   It was God who placed this longing within us, but His archenemy, Satan, has devised a way to divert seekers into deceptive, evil systems that bring them into bondage to himself. These deceptive systems can take countless different forms, but the generic name for them all is the occult.

   The word occult is derived from a Latin word that means concealed. The power operating through occult practices comes from Satan, but most people caught up in them do not know this. They have been enticed by claims that make them appear highly desirable.

    Scripture calls turning away from the one true God to false gods  spiritual adultery.  Thus, the Bible’s warnings against immorality and adultery also apply to involvement with the occult. The strange woman  described in Proverbs vividly depicts the lure of the occult. The tragic end of those who permit themselves to be enticed and deceived by her is described in Proverbs 7:25 27: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths; For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death.

   Scripture emphasizes that the victims of this  strange woman  are strong men. Satan hates such men. Strong men become vulnerable when they place their confidence in their own strength and in their past successes appeal is to human pride.

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Proud people are drawn to religious systems that demand hard, unreasonable forms of work and even self-inflicted suffering. The more rigorous the demands, the greater the degree of pride a person feels in fulfilling them.

   5. Religions that offer esoteric knowledge available only to a privileged few. Access to this knowledge usually requires some special rite of initiation. In the first century, the apostles were warning their followers about this form of deception. It was against this error that Paul warned Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:20 21: O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle [or vain] babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge [gnosis] by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.

   Mormonism and Freemasonry are two examples of religions whose secrets are revealed only to those who have passed through a stringent process of initiation. Christianity, on the other hand, is open. It has no special process of initiation and no secret rites. The basis of its faith, the Bible, is an open book. All are encouraged to study it. False religion always appeals in one way or another to human pride. The Gospel, on the other hand, emphasizes that we are saved by the grace of God, which cannot be earned, but is received only by faith, which God Himself supplies. In Ephesians 2:8 9, Paul says this leaves no room for pride.

   For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. In 1 Corinthians 10:20 21, Paul emphasizes that every form of false religion is permeated by demonic power and that Christians must not, therefore, be involved in any way: The things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.

   This brief overview of the occult and false religions reveals just how complex it is. There is no simple way to define or describe it. You might compare it to an octopus with many tentacles, which it fastens onto its victim. Just as the victim is guarding himself again stone tentacle, another seeks to fasten onto him from his blind side. If you have been involved in the occult or false religion even inadvertently or experimentally God wants you to repent of it, confess it as sin, and seek Christ for forgiveness, cleansing, and release. And to make your break deliberate and clean, any books or other objects connected with the occult or false religion should be destroyed.

Adapted from Derek Prince s teaching: They Shall Expel Demons,  available at

For further study, we recommend Derek s message: Witchcraft Public Enemy No. 1

Mailing Address: Derek Prince Ministries P.O. Box 19501 Charlotte, NC 28219-9501 704-357-3556

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