Satan Satanism and Witchcraft Author:Richard W. DeHaan Anton Szandor La Vey is the "pastor" of the First Satanic Church in San Francisco, and devil worship is being practiced actively throughout the western world. Does a real, personal devil actually exist? If so, where did he come from, what is he like, and how does he operate? — The late Bishop James A. Pike, grieving over the suicide death of his ... more »son Jim, observed strange occurrences in his Cambridge apartment which led him to think that his son was seeking to communicate with him. He attended a number of seances in which Jim allegedly spoke to him. Can the spirits of the dead send signals to the living? Are mediums able to establish contact with the souls of those who have gone to the "other side"? What really happens in a seance?
Mrs. Jeane Dixon is considered a prophetess by many people, and top leaders in government and industry consult her for information about the future. Does she really receive messages from God through tarot cards, the crystal ball, or astrological readings? What about astrology? Is it reliable? Is it a harmless pastime? Or is it a practice Christians must avoid?
Sybil Leek calls herself a witch, and believes she is able to contact and utilize powers from the invisible realm. She has gained an international reputation, and says that over eight million people in the world are witches. What about witchcraft? Is it merely a game some people play? Is it beneficial to humanity? Or is it evil and dangerous?
Universities are offering courses in occultism, and teams of scientists are investigating reports of mysterious magical phenomena all over the globe. They are baffled by some of the amazing incidents they encounter, and admit that present scientific knowledge cannot account for them. What should be the Christian's attitude toward magic?
In this book a sincere effort is made to give Biblical answers to questions like these.The first three chapters are a study of the explicit teaching of the Bible about Satan, evil spirits, and their battle strategy. The remaining portion consists of a report and analysis of current occultism in the light of the Scriptures.
It has been impossible for me to investigates the large amount of available information on this subject, so I assigned full responsibility of the last three chapters to Herbert Vander Lugt, Research Editor of the Radio Bible Class.
The Word of God may not provide a specific explanation for every problem one may encounter as he studies Satan, Satanism, and witchcraft, but it sheds much light on these subjects and offers practical guidelines by which God's children can avoid the dangers inherent in occultism.
This volume therefore is sent out with the prayer that it may instruct and help many people in these days of unrest, confusion and fear.« less