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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sorcerers, Witches, Astrologers, and Us

You may, as a believer, not think that there are those who are practicing the list in the title of this post.  Or you may think that those that claim to practice these things are deluded.  According to Isaiah 47 you would be wrong.
There may be a connection between those who practice sorcery and the attitude of some believers...
These are alternatives to the worship of God that the Holy Spirit documents in Isaiah 47.  In verse 9 the great power of the spells are acknowledged.  If you read through the chapter you will note that the end of these folks is not something that one would choose, but during their time on earth there is some power and success they enjoy.

It is interesting to me that one of the phrases repeated by the Holy Spirit through Isaiah in 47:8 and 10 is, “I am, and there is no one besides me.”  That is the statement of those whom Isaiah is describing, those who practice sorcery, witchcraft, astrology, it is the statement of one who is terminally self-absorbed.  The world revolves around them and them alone.  I know people like this, who do not claim to be any of these things.  In fact they claim to be followers of Christ.

Philippians 2:1 – 18 is pretty clear.  Self centeredness and following Christ are incompatible.  With Isaiah placing that attitude on a par with sorcery, witchcraft, and astrology, I am challenged to take stock…