What does the Bible teach about witches?

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By BibleAsk Team


A Witch

A witch means more accurately, “sorceress.” A sorcerer was one who claimed supernatural knowledge or power, which he used either to influence the gods or to cast magic spells. A wizard means a “ knower,” from the verb “to know.” It refers to those who claimed to have wisdom from other than human sources.

The Bible Warning

The Bible warns against contact with witches, wizards and sorcerers saying:

“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, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” (Exodus 22:18).

“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts” (Revelation 9:21) “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived” (Revelation 18:23)

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galations 5:19-21)

God doesn’t make any distinction between good witches and evil witches. Every witch, every wizard, and every sorcerer is evil in the sight of God. Witches, wizards, and sorcerers are children of Satan. God said they are an abomination to Him. Rather than seek connection with these evil persons, we have been commanded to separate ourselves from them and expose them for the workers of iniquity that they really are. The Bible teaches, “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11).

Witches and wizards claim to have contact with spirits of the dead. But the Bible clearly states that the dead cannot be contacted by the living (Isaiah 8:19,20). The supposed spirits of the dead are evil angels, or devils (Revelation 16:13, 14). Therefore, the Lord forbids His children from talking with the supposed spirits of the dead and the activities that go along with them such as the use of crystal balls, palm reading, leaf deciphering, astrology…etc.

The Scriptures teach plainly that those who continue involvement with witches and wizards will be shut out of God’s kingdom. “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death…” (Revelation 21:8; 22:14, 15).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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