Charismatic means to exercise a compelling charm which inspires devotion in others. This can be hard to distinguish from the anointing of God which draws people to a leader. The way to discern between the two is by their actions: All Christian leaders should continually point to God as the source AND teach you how to connect with Him directly. Some leaders will unwittingly use a form of witchcraft to keep the focus on themselves rather than God.
The Bible uses the word kesheph (keh-shef) for sorcery and witchcraft. The best New Testament example of what leads us into operating in witchcraft is Simon the sorcerer.
But there was a man named Simon, who had formerly practiced magic arts in the city to the utter amazement of the Samaritan nation, claiming that he himself was an extraordinary and distinguished person. They all paid earnest attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that exhibition of the power of God which is called great (intense). (Acts 8:9-10 AMPC)
When acts are performed to impress others, man gets the glory instead of God. This is the purpose of sorcery and witchcraft. It gives the performer control and prestige. Simon claimed that he was extraordinary and distinguished - he claimed a special place for himself.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3 AKJV)
Paul continues to explain that each should work as a part of the body, according to the faith given to us. Witchcraft begins as we begin to think more of ourselves than we should because of the position God has called us to. We must always remember that it is the Holy Spirit ministering to others through us: we must be vigilant concerning where the honor is due. Without the Lord, we are nothing. It is He alone, that provides all the gifts and talents we are using. He created us, He calls us, He equips us.
When Philip began baptizing people, Simon believed in God and was baptised, this means he was a Christian so what followed applies to us. Later, Peter and John arrived to impart the Holy Spirit to those who had accepted Jesus. Simon wanted this power. He acted according to man’s way, as he always had: he offered to pay them for the ability to pray for others to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The disciples’ answer was swift and firm:
But Peter said to him, Destruction overtake your money and you, because you imagined you could obtain the [free] gift of God with money! (Acts 8:20 AMPC)
We cannot buy gifts of God, we cannot buy a blessing or provision. Anyone who says “sow such and such seed and receive this or that” is no better than Simon. If you have sought man for the gifts of God and thought in your heart to give in order to receive, you have done wrong. Your finances and your life may be under attack because of it.
So repent of this depravity and wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that, if possible, this contriving thought and purpose of your heart may be removed and disregarded and forgiven you. (Acts 8:22 AMPC)
The purpose of Simon’s heart was clear. Not only was he trying to buy the gifts of God, but he would then surely seek to sell them and become great once more by having the ability to impart the Holy Spirit to others. He had been making a profit off of sorcery and now he sought to have access to the gifts of the Spirit for the same purpose.
When we sell books or music that have been anointed or imparted to us by the Holy Spirit, we are selling what belongs to the Father as Simon intended to do. If we have sought to buy the gifts of God or tried to use them for the influence we can gain through Him, we must turn from these actions and know that they are wrong in order to escape the punishment for the trespass.
And they were attentive and made much of him, because for a long time he had amazed and bewildered and dazzled them with his skill in magic arts. (Acts 8:11 AMPC)
Witchcraft makes others attentive to us, it keeps the focus on us which allows us to control and influence others. Charismatic witchcraft is when prayer and the gifts of the Spirit are used for the purpose of controlling and influencing others or to profit us.
A leader will dazzle and amaze people to make them loyal to their ministry instead of helping them to become free of the enemy and develop a closer relationship with God. The goal of every Godly teacher should be to help you connect and receive from God yourself, not to be in control of the lives and relationships of others - including our relationship with God. The body of Christ has many “Simons” who seek to profit from the free gifts of God: most don’t even know that is what they are doing.
Operating in witchcraft, the practitioner uses words to get what they want. By chanting, bargaining or sacrificing to demons, the focus is on the results: what we want to see happen. A leader operating in charismatic witchcraft will often use witchcraft prayers. You can easily identify these types of prayers by the formula they use.
The word of God is quoted to get the results they want or feel God is telling them to get, not to honor or glorify God. There is no repentance or change of behavior required. It is all about speaking the Word of God like a magic spell. That is not what the Bible says to do.
Truly I say to you, Whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 18:18 AKJV)
This scripture is often quoted to say that we have the ability to bind and loose whatever is coming against us, or whatever is troubling our country. We need to look at the Amplified Version to see the proper translation:
Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven. (Matthew 18:18 AMPC)
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19 AMPC)
According to Charles B. Williams, The New Testament: A Translation: “The perfect passive participle, here referring to a state of having been already forbidden [or permitted].” This is the proper way to translate the participles in both of the verses. It also lines up with what the Lord said:
Then answered Jesus and said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise.” (John 5:19 AKJV)
Jesus is our example. We must only do what we see the Father doing. We bind and loose what is already bound and loosed in Heaven.
And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. (John 16:23 AKJV)
Our Lord told us He would give us whatever we ask in His name. The is the concluding statement of a long discussion. We need to place this verse with what He said about asking just before He spoke about receiving:
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you. (John 15:7 AKJV)
We must abide in the Lord in order to know what to ask. We know that we are in Him when we are abiding in His words: He is the Word of God. We need to look to what the Bible tells us of God and His ways and remain in those ways.
A church shared a live broadcast of what they called a “prophetic act” which they felt God was commanding them to do. They quoted a line from “Lord of the Rings” and used a staff as the wizard had done to declare, “The spirit of racism ‘shall not pass’ in America” as they attempted to bind the principality of racism over our nation. Is this faith or a witchcraft prayer?
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness… (2 Timothy 3:16 AKJV)
What the disciples were referring to as scripture is what we call the Old Testament. We should look there to see if this action is according to God’s ways. Throughout the Old Testament, when His people didn’t seek only Him, when they submitted to other gods, life would go very badly for them. They experienced:
- Famine (2 Samuel 21:1)
- War and Captivity (1 Kings 8:46, 2 Kings 24:16 1 Chronicles 9:1)
- Revolt Against Authority (2 Samuel 21)
No matter what disaster was coming against the land, there was only one solution. They had to turn from the sin they had committed and seek God. When God’s people and their land were being attacked and suffering, King Asa (awe-sah) did what was good in God’s eyes and commanded the country to do likewise:
And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment. (2 Chronicles 14:4 AKJV)
Because the people turned back to God, Judah experienced peace and prosperity. When the temple in Jerusalem was dedicated we see what it takes to remove judgement from God:
… because they have sinned against you; if they pray toward this place, and confess your name, and turn from their sin, when you afflict them… (1 Kings 8:35 AKJV)
We are God’s temple, so we no longer have to pray in His temple or towards it. However, we do need to turn from our sin and seek God. We find this advice in the New Testament:
Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? (Romans 6:16 AKJV)
All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (1 Corinthians 6:12 AKJV)
When we sin we are placing ourselves in the hands of the enemy in this lifetime. It doesn't mean we lose our righteousness before God. Our right-standing in the Kingdom of Heaven before God is based on accepting Jesus as Lord. However, Sin may mean that we are enslaved or held captive by the enemy in this life. If we want to be free of the attacks of the enemy, then we must remove the sin that is giving Satan access to us.
This is why we cannot simply declare and decree our freedom or the nation's freedom from an attack. We must seek to find out why the enemy is attacking us. After turning from the sin we can then appropriate the blood of Jesus which has paid the price for all our sins. Once the blood removes that sin, the access of the enemy is removed. This is God’s way.
The “you shall not pass” prayer to come against racism didn’t work. Racism still exists. It was a witchcraft prayer and nothing more than charismatic witchcraft intended to make the leaders look powerful. It was a show of power designed to dazzle and bring glory to man, not God.
When you read the Old Testament, God’s ways become very clear. There are zero examples in the scripture of God sending apostles or prophets to simply declare and decree prosperity, healing, or blessing. It was always linked to:
● a benefit for turning back from sin and back to God and His ways
● because they had remained in God’s ways and would now receive His goodness
Declaring and decreeing prosperity, healing or blessing without connecting it to sin or right behavior is not according to scripture.
If someone has led you in a prayer or prayed a witchcraft prayer over you, it is easy to remove any spiritual ties or wrong spirits that moved into your life from those actions. When the Holy Spirit brings a situation to mind, simply say something like this:
I confess that I came into wrong agreement in prayer with [name the person or ministry]. Heavenly Father, I want to be obedient to you and your ways. I come out of agreement with that prayer. I plead the blood of Jesus over the prayer that was not from the Holy Spirit.
I also wish to be holy unto You as You are holy, so I sever with the sword of the spirit any ties to [name of person] and myself and I ask that you strengthen the ties to You, Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit.
You should do the same type of prayer if you joined in with charismatic witchcraft in any way by tithing, giving offerings, paying for seats or saying amen to what they were doing. The blood of Jesus has paid the price for our freedom, we just need to come out of agreement with the sin and appropriate His blood.
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