> Sound Doctrine/ Topical Evaluations
therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse
ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
As more and
more Christians succumb to embracing heretical or false
teachings and teachers, it becomes apparent many do so for
lack of knowledge. Ignorance is not bliss. Paul wrote in 2
Corinthians 2:11 "Lest Satan should get an advantage of
us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." One cannot
reconcile the Scriptures to enter into occult practices.
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and
righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable
unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
To reprove is to not only
have no fellowship with, but to show why something is wrong.
Reprove: "...find fault with; blame...reprove,
rebuke=criticize or blame someone for a fault. Reprove
suggests expressing disapproval or blame directly to the
person at fault...with the purpose or hope of correcting the
fault..." [Dictionary of Canadian English]
Our very witness depends
on being uncorrupt in what we say we believe and what we do.
Titus 2:1, 7-8 "But speak thou the things which
become sound doctrine: 7 In all things shewing thyself a
pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness,
gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be
condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be
ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
Christians are not to be
rooted in evil, but in Christ Jesus and Truth.
Romans 11:16 For if the
firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root
be holy, so are the branches.
1 Corinthians 3: 16 Know
ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you?
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in
all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye
holy; for I am holy.
Matthew 15:13 But he
answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father
hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
We are not to even give a
hint of being part of evil.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye
not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
communion hath light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all
appearance of evil.
The following is a
compilation of selected occult practices which many claiming
to belong to Jesus Christ have become involved in. The root
of anything brings us into the Biblical concept of
determining whether something is of God. This is not about
legalism or being brought into bondage but rather attempting
to point out that the god of this world has set snares to
hinder and cause Christians to stumble. We're to avoid the
lure of this world and the things of the flesh. Some
things listed, such as massage, are merely mentioned to
bring attention to the fact that occult thought
"can" be behind it's use by non-Christians.
Matthew 7:17 Even so every
good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree
bringeth forth evil fruit.
Matthew 7:18 A good tree
cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree
bring forth good fruit.
Luke 3:9 And now also the
axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore
which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast
into the fire.
By taking part in, for
example, yoga, there is allowance for people to think
that it is ok. It matters not that a person might say
"I don't embrace the religious aspect"---you
cannot eliminate that the purpose for the exercises is
idol/false god worship.
Many are involved in the
various occult practices while trying to escape a pain or
physical ailment that God has chosen to allow in their
lives. To embrace those things is to be Biblically
disobedient. By indulging in these practices, unknowingly,
Christians reveal their unbelief in the power of the Lord,
and/or His willingness to help them. Or, maybe they do not
quite trust His ways, which may not be their desires.
desperate actions instead of standing still and quietly
trusting. Hard? Absolutely. It may strain every nerve and
muscle and cause spiritual pain. But, what else is there but
God through Christ to help us in times of trouble? The
sentence of death that should be in us is there for a
reason.....to not trust in ourselves, but in the God of
It would be more
Biblically obedient to allow "a thorn in the
flesh" than to be involved in what is clearly of the
occult. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
"And lest I should be
exalted above measure through the abundance of the
revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the
messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted
above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice,
that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace
is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in
weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's
sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."
Our lives were promised to be
filled with tests and trials so that we might come out as
gold. How we handle those trials is the test of our faith
and rest in the Lord Jesus Christ. See: Persecution
Free Christianity and Be
Strong in the Lord.
Timothy 4:8,9,12 For bodily exercise profiteth little:
but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise
of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 9
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation...
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this
You cannot Christianize an
occult root. Either the root is in Christ or the root is
evil--another Biblical concept not to be tampered with or
"Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because
of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children
of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with
them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye
light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the
fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness
and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them."
Regarding "Natural Health" versus all that God
created for our use. God said in Genesis 1:29
And God said, Behold, I
have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon
the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is
the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be
We believe in God's
'natural' versus the occult "Natural." God gave
fruit and herbs and animals, etc. for our use as food.
As Christians we need to
exercise common sense and utilize foods as healthy as
possible, that is, without chemicals where possible and
additives and so on. Much that is packaged today is merely
what many grew and utilized in their own gardens,
recognizing that what God made was good. The concept of
dealing with disease is introduced in the Old Testament
about cleanliness, dealing with/preventing infections,
leprosy and so on. Obviously we're not foolish enough to
leave someone with a broken limb without help. According to
Scriptural truth, Luke was a physician. We are not against
taking care of one's health. However, one must be aware that
much that is called "Natural Health" is
"alternative medicine." We would agree with
the basics of Natural health.
According to one website,
"Natural health is the term used to define health that
is achieved through the organic, regenerative process of the
body and those methods that are used to facilitate that
regeneration. Natural health is used to differentiate from
conventional medicine or allopathic medicine....Natural
health is about personal empowerment, taking responsibility
for one's own well being, rather than rushing to a doctor
for every symptom and pain. Using natural remedies and the
body's miraculous ability to self-heal...Natural health puts
the emphasis on preventive health maintenance. The
prevention of disease should be primary and knowledge and
information about how to maintain the health and strength of
the body is a primary goal of natural health. Knowledge of
diet, exercise, nutritional supplements and stress
reduction are essential to practicing natural
health...associated with healthy eating: lots of fruit,
vegetables and whole grains; maintaining optimum health with
appropriate use of herbs, vitamins and supplements;
utilizing non-drug and non-invasive medical procedures
except for critical care and, of course, regular
exercise...Modalities such as chiropractic, massage and
acupuncture are often associated with natural healing, as
are naturopathy, yoga, Chinese medicine and many, many
others. You can learn about all of them at Natural
One wrote:"... Using
herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, magnets, and all sorts of
things are not wrong. Picking apart their founders isn't
going to help. If you begin that line of thinking then
you'll just have to not breathe anymore either because our
weather, our environment all around us is being manipulated
by those whose roots are in the occult..."
We're to be aware of the
snares and deceptions and not be a part of them. We are also
aware that pharmaceutical companies and the health care
system are an avenue that must be examined and understood,
for their purpose in many cases lies in profit and the
occult. We have written briefly about the history of
pharmaceuticals, which began as 'magic', in the article "Talismans
& Masters of the Name"
The Scriptures say,
"...neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good
fruit." It doesn't say it can bring forth some good
fruit--it says - nothing- from it will be good--no
matter how we might wish to perceive it. We're to compare
the spiritual to the spiritual and find the root.
and Aromatherapy, Negative
Ions/Ionizers , Voyeurism,
Kwon Do , Karate,
MEDITATION , Repetitive
in the spirit/faith healing,
Testament/Mosaic laws about what one can and cannot eat,
Bracelets/Amulets, etc. ,
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