References to the Occult Phoenix Permeate the Church
THE OCCULT and AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
While not exactly a love affair, American Christianity has long made a compromising peace with occult imagery and practices. (A brief history will be the subject of an upcoming article.) But the occult references have REALLY taken off during these first 14 years of the 21st century.
From The Circle Maker to lyrics in popular Christian “praise and worship” songs, one can’t do a little research into American Christianity without tripping over references to the occult which permeate the Church.
What brought this all about was a Christian website this writer stumbled across yesterday, which had a story about a (presumably) Christian boy. Long story short: the boy’s house burned down but something good came out of the house burning down. The next to last line of the story was set apart. It ran something like this.
“He found new life within the ashes of his old.”
This is a concept which is totally occult. There is nothing in Christianity, the Bible–even the Roman Catholic Church stays away from this–which states that new life rises from the ashes. There is however the occult story of the phoenix–which is where this symbolism originates.
Because the sentence is such a red flag, another line was added to the end of the article–after the occult reference–to make it seem biblical.
Something about the boy receiving “beauty for ashes.”
Oh, well that makes it alright then.
While trying to find the story and the website that featured it, a Google search for “In the ashes a new life” turned up
- From the Ashes…New Life will Arise – from a woman who declares she has “lost her faith.”
- Dineo’s story: A New Life from the Ashes – Not unexpectedly, from Pat Robertson’s CBN.
- Phoenix (mythology)
- Out of the Ashes, A New Life – A September 2003 SERMON! This writer read the sermon in the hope that the person who gave it would provide some scripture for the occult symbology his sermon attached to Ezekiel. Alas, there was none–because none exists.
The book, Late Great Planet Earth, was responsible for introducing many previously-unknown concepts into popular Christian eschatology. The book really was ground-breaking in that regard. No wonder it was heavily promoted by the world and sold over 20 million copies,
However, one thing LGPE did get right was its prediction of a coming occult explosion within Christianity. It’s hard to find a period of American history where the occult was not “exploding” or flourishing in broad daylight. The entire 20th century was 100 years worth of the occult making inroads into ordinary everyday life. This process began with Hollywood and the movies and accelerated after WW2 with the widespread use of television.
Los Angeles and the 1920s Occult Explosion
Hollywood’s link with motion pictures generally began in 1912. Only a little over 100 years later, the occult is so engrained in America that it’s imagery is found on Christian websites, in Christian songs and even in Christian sermons. Americans don’t give it a second thought because they’ve been indoctrinated in the occult. The great majority simply don’t know any better–and many who are informed dismiss it outright or laugh it off.
In Galatians 5, Paul writes of the “works of the flesh.” Among them are “witchcraft” and “heresies.”
Revelation 22:15 speaks of those who will not be allowed to enter New Jerusalem.
“For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
After God destroys Babylon the Great in Revelation 18, “a mighty angel” declares
“for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”
While there is much finger-pointing at the Roman Catholic Church as the vehicle Satan uses to gather worshipers in the end times–and with good reason–after a few hours of running down leads one suspects that another culprit will also somehow be involved.
The Bible describes the end times one-world church that Satan sets up to worship him.
- It will look like Christianity and will fool many, but it will be occult in nature and involved in sorceries;
- It will be heavily involved in signs and wonders;
- It will eventually worship Satan, but it will be preceded by false prophets and false apostles preaching another gospel, another Christ and/or another Jesus. These “ministers of righteousness” will claim to have a special anointing and will fool many Christians;
- It will gather to itself many who were once Christians. This apostasy will look like an end times revival;
- It will unify the world under its theology (New Apostolic Reformation? Dominion Theology anyone?);
- It will make war on true believers. What the Dominonists (and New Agers) call “cleansing” will occur; and,
- It will be exported throughout the world by a country called (MYSTERY) Babylon the Great.
Come to think of it, that end times satanic church is beginning to bear a striking resemblance to American Christianity.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
—2 Corinthians 11:14-15
Christian Churches explore Occult Powers
A FEW OBSERVATIONS
1- The Emergent Church, non-believing Liberal Christianity, the New Apostolic Reformation: all are strands of the tapestry of Great Apostasy. They are strands which are very noticeable even to those who are only half-awake.
Escaping notice are the churches where the building’s exterior looks the same, but where dozens of daily compromises have hollowed out its ability to preach the gospel; where dozens of daily compromises eventually turn the message of eternal salvation through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ into something else.
2- “Pharmakeia” (The modern word we use is pharmacopoeia or “drug making”) is the Greek word rendered “sorcery” in Revelation 9:20-21. But the word is also rendered as “witchcraft” in Galatians 5:20. So many have taught that the word meant “drug abuse” with an emphasis on illegal drugs.
But that is utter speculation. Pharmakeia nowhere carries the connotation of “illegal drug abuse.” The word simply means “medication, drugs or poison.”
The USA is the most legally-medicated country in the world by far. And that does not count the numerous compounds, chemicals and additives in the food, in the air and in the water about which most Americans are not so very much aware.
3- At one time, pharmacists (pharmakeia) and medicine was looked upon with a much more skeptical eye than most moderns possess. Surgeons were usually barbers (hence the red-and-white striped barber’s pole) and pharmaceuticals/drugs/potions/compounds were understood to be a type of poison. Which makes perfect sense as one of the meanings of phramakeia is “poison.”
“If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity”
—Oliver.Wendall Holmes, Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing.”
—Albert Schweitzer, M.D.
“All drugs are poisons.”
—Philippus Theophrastrus Bombast that of Aureolus Paracelsus (1493-1541)
Americans have been indoctrinated to believe that Prescribed Drugs = Good.
But is this true?
Before it was known for its aspirin, Bayer formulated and sold Heroin (that was the trademarked name) as a “non-addictive pain medication.” Heroin was also sold as a cough suppressant.
Amphetamines (speed) were first synthesized in 1887 (The late 1800s in Germany really were the Golden Age of Future Illegal Drugs.) It was marketed as an inhaler by Smith, Kline and French in 1937.
Prozac was first marketed as a diet pill. Asparame failed as an anti-ulcer drug before it was eventually introduced as an artificial sweetener.
Americans–and this includes American Christians–have gotten used to putting a lot of foreign substances in their bodies.
4- From remarks, emails and comments read over the last year, it’s apparent a great many American Christians believe that God will “cut them some slack“–if not for their actions then because of their good intentions.
It’s said that The Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions. But that’s the world’s claim, not the Bible’s.
Hosea 4:6 famously states
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
The Bible doesn’t say that God’s people are destroyed for a lack of good intentions. It says they are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Here’s some of what the Bible says about good intentions.
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
—1 John 3:18
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Some will protest “God knows my heart.”
That is true: God does know the heart. And what does God tell us about the human heart?
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
5- We offer the following as an example of what passes for Christian thought in 2014 America: 4 reasons Sin is better than Legalism.
Such pieces seek to inoculate believers from warnings such as this one by labeling belief in the Bible as “legalism.”
The question that is never asked: which is the bigger problem today: sin or legalism?
6- Why has the enemy duplicated so many ungodly organizations? One understands that there will be deception and some groups will be used as distractions and red herrings. But the sheer replication of organizations with allegiance to the enemy is staggering.
A few of these organizational duplications are mentioned in this article. One suspects that their ultimate purpose is to assist the great end times deception.
7- Do you know the One who can deliver you from all? Do you know the One who promises a peace of mind that surpasseth all understanding?
No doubt there will be some who protest that the tone of this piece is too “harsh.”
To those who advocate a softer tone, this writer will plead shortness of time and obvious lack of results from previous pieces which employed softer tones.
This piece is meant to inform.
What the reader does with the information is another matter entirely.
The Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ
- The Church and The Occult (calvarytraining.org)
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- The Church-occult Romance (shamanism and Astral Projection Experiences in the Church) (thedunamite.wordpress.com)
- End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 5, 2014
- The Occult in the Church (jonnyfivealive2013.wordpress.com)
- End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 6, 2014
- Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report
by Jeremiah Jameson
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34 thoughts on “Christianity and the Occult: The Occult goes to Church”
The ashes ref., I doubt it was meant as occultism. More of just a young songwriter, trying to get point across about salvation……come on. Witch hunting!!!!!
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Sure, just as you say it is.
As the piece stated, substituting attitude (and a lot of exclamation marks) for knowledge.
The reference to “rising from the ashes” is a well-known occult reference. No amount of hemming and hawing and/or attitude can change that.
I provided many references and links.
You provided your speculation.
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We are not to live in fear. Bible makes it clear holy spirit Will lead us into truth. Biggest threat to Christians is the tendency to latch onto some famous bible teacher and absorb teaching like a baby bird with beak open instead of learning from practice that one can and should hear from god directly. That is what is so scary bout ppl like Copeland, hagin, Tbn’ Daystar network, et all.
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You are 100% correct: the believer is NOT to live in fear. In fact, one who lives in constant fear most likely is not a true believer. [2 Timothy 1:7, 1 John 4:18]
Again, you are correct: it is a threat to “…latch onto some famous (B)ible teacher…” and to absorb teaching without testing the spirits.
“… instead of learning from practice that one can and should hear from (G)od directly.
If you are referring to new revelation, that is not biblical. God has said all that he is going to say through his Word.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”
However, if you are talking about God using His Word and prayer to speak to us, you are again correct.
Copeland, TBN, Daystar, et al. are disconcerting, if not “scary”–for a number of reasons.
Thank you once again for stopping and taking the time to leave a comment.
Attending a Baptist church last year the pastor gave the horned hand sign during his sermon. There was a really rude man sitting behind me who gave a long belch and then when I met him afterward was just really strange and rude. We didn’t return after that. The pastor also gave the gospel as a means for finding fulfillment in life rather than as the means of our salvation from God’s wrath that rests upon wicked sinners. It is all so very strange! Even so come Lord Jesus! God bless you:)
What a coincidence!
(and I do not believe in coincidence.)
At the church I used to attend, the pastor, (a little over a year ago) after the sermon on Sunday night, stood in the pulpit and also gave a horned hand sign. Afterwards, he dismissed and I immediately left.
The pastor later referred to my hasty exit (which was noticed) and made the remark “I think I made him mad.” Which, I thought, was such an odd statement. I was not angry. But I did think it was very foolish of him. What was the purpose behind standing in a pulpit in the house of God and making a sign of allegiance to the enemy?
I remember alluding to this in a column by quoting Proverbs 6:12-13
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
People use hand signs to communicate. Perhaps there was some communication going on in that Baptist Church you attended?!?
It’s very, very, very tough to find a good church in America. The ones which aren’t openly compromised are many times compromised nonetheless. I agree 100%: It IS all so very strange! Still, we were adequately warned about the times in which we live (thankfully!).
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Hi and God bless!
I totally agree with that, I know the phoenix rising from the ashes is a luciferian symbol in the occult. I investigate these things and the popular “Christian” culture is inundated with these sorts of things. It’s either symbols, references, or endorsements, etc. It’s a whole apostasy network. Most of the churches are connected deliberately in the apostasy via infiltration. They are all compromised to one degree or another. I have visited so many, picking the obviously more biblically looking ones, just to find that… no, they are compromised too. If it isn’t a ‘beth moore’ womens study, it’s the purpose driven stuff, or links to billy graham, tim lahaye, and the list goes on. Not just the obvious wolves, one needs to do their research. The info. is out there for the finding for those who are willing to look for it. I’ve been emailing my list of websites to all the bloggers and stuff, if you didn’t get it please email me. A great resource on symbols and hand signs are the following: go to New Jerusalem Chronicle and click on ‘wolves in sheeps clothing’ and see each section, then go to Fanatic for Jesus and there is a section on infiltration and hand signs, etc.
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NOTE: While Fanatic for Jesus has some very informative articles, I cannot endorse either the New Jerusalem Chronicle or Fanatic for Jesus sites. There are a number of questionable calls, as well as a number of recommended links to deceived and deceiving sites.
Thanks once again for your comment.
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Maybe a Social Gospel is preached more here in Tasmania Australia than ever before :: it would seem this is more acceptable in Christian circles :: I am not in favour of it , a watered down message is a weak message , But to preach a message ” To die in your sin is to end up in a lost eternity ” upsets some ::: We’ll isn’t that what it is all about , Judgement to the Preacher who waters down the Gospel message
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Yes, those who preach a watered-down gospel will be held accountable.
But how much more severe will the judgment be for those who promote/preach the doctrines of the enemies of God?
…which was the point of this article.
The occult goes to church. Isn’t that the truth. It’s nothing but witchcraft.