The first annual Christian witches conference is set for this April in Salem, Massachusetts, and will include keynote messages and workshops promoting various practices such as “money magic.”
Conference organizers claim the Bible is a “book of magic” and a “book of sorcery” which forms the basis for their beliefs and practices. The President of Gateway Seminary, Dr. Jeff Iorg, responded to this event in a recent blog, saying, “Despite years of Bible study, I haven’t yet found the recipe for magic money.”
Dr. Iorg goes on to say, “Conference leaders insist Jesus is an example of a supernatural miracle worker – a sorcerer who knew how to set aside natural law and accomplish magical results. They claim they can do similar works by tapping into deeper knowledge available through non-traditional religious practices. I’m not sure what those are and probably don’t want to know. The big event will culminate with the first-ever Christian witch’s celebration on Easter Sunday. Yes, you read that right.
You can’t make this stuff up. Some of you probably think this is a weak attempt at an early April Fool’s joke. I wish it were. Unfortunately, it’s just another attempt to label something Christian that contradicts our faith in real and obvious ways.
Creative interpreters today are supposedly finding biblical support for positions on all kinds of issues like marriage, gender, immigration, economic policy, and sexual expression – as well as occult practices like these – that they then label ‘Christian.’ Doing this redefines ‘Christian’ to mean ‘whatever it needs to mean’ and attach the positive historic, spiritual, religious, and moral connotations of Christianity to what
of the person and work of Jesus as understood by faithful interpreters for the past two millennia. Be biblically literate enough to recognize these new interpretations as the deceptive errors they are, not the new definitions of Christianity they purport to be.”
The oxymoron “Christian witches” is laughable, but not funny, it is blasphemous to say the least. The adversaries of Jesus accused him of sorcery and demonic activity, claiming he was demon-possessed and drove out demons by the power of Beelzebub [Satan]. He responded by saying, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3:22-30 NIV).
Jesus said this because they attributed his supernatural power to the devil. Do not be deceived. There is no such thing as “Christian witches.”
The Rev. Ken Moren is pastor of Patterson Family Christian Center. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.