Wednesday, January 11, 2006

God Uses a Fortune-Teller

I did a post on God’s Holy Spirit a few weeks ago and received a very interesting email from one reader:

“Wow This is Deep...I know all of this sounds good but if you really want to change yourself or someone important to you. If you need online tarot in your life. If You can say no to all this (tarot reading weblink deleted)...I am changing the way I live today ...Think it and believe it... You can Change Your Life and Start Living Your Dreams Today…(tarot reading weblink deleted)”

Signed Anonymous

I must say I’m not terribly surprised that this particular post generated this particular response, given that the Holy Spirit is in fact the power that is at work here on earth in the lives of God’s people, and is the restrainer that God uses to hold back the complete work of the devil. The Apostle Paul wrote about this struggle in 2 Thessalonians: Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction…And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow…The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 6-10 truncated NIV)

Mr. Anonymous’s response to the truth of God’s Word on His Holy Spirit was to mock the text and invite fellow readers to “improve” their lives instead by absorbing the dark art of tarot reading. To be quite frank, this is a thriving business in today’s society. They exist conspicuously in many towns and neighborhoods throughout this country. However God is very blunt and repetitive in His command to people to stay clear of this activity; here are a few examples: “…do not practice divination or sorcery." (Leviticus 19:26); I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people. (Leviticus 20:6); Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD… (Deuteronomy 18:10-12 NIV); for rebellion is like the sin of divination… (1 Samuel 15:23 NIV); …they practiced divination and sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. (2 Kings 17:17 NIV); …He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. (2 Kings 21:6 NIV); When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? (Isaiah 8:20 NIV)

Ironically, I’m pleased that this person had an opportunity to read some of God’s Word in order to respond in any way. The Bible says that “God’s Word will not return void”. As such, the Lord has plans for this reader. In fact He has already used him to allow me to respond and perhaps alert other people to the extreme perversion of fortune telling. For that, I am eternally grateful.

1 comment:

Joshua Ritchie said...

I once had a "demon" visit my blog. Their profile had a picture of some strange looking creature and their screen name identified the name of this demon figure. I forget the name of this "demon" that this person chose to identify with, but they did not agree with the scripture.

There are some strange folk out there.

A God who sends people to Hell?