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Who are the Familiar Spirits?

In Familiar Spirits on April 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

The familiar spirits are the Fallen Angels.  Facts from the Holy Scriptures:

1. The Scriptures inform us that Satan, who was once an obedient servant of the God of heaven, long since raised the standard of revolt against Him. John 8 : 44; 1 John 3:8; Eze. 28.

2. That a large body of the angels joined in this revolt. 2 Pet. 2 :4; Jude 6; Rev. 12 : 7-9.

3. That these wicked spirits are not now in torment, but they await the day of judgment, when with wicked men they shall be sent into everlasting fire. Jude 6; Malt. 25 : 41; Rev20; Matt. 8 : 29; James 2 : 19.

4. That this vast body of fallen angels have been engaged during the whole history of our race in the most mighty efforts to involve mankind in ruin. I Pet. 5:8, 9; Job 2:2; Luke 22 : 31; Rom. 8:38, 39;Eph. 6:12.

5. That hypocrisy, deception, and fraud have been the chief of the ways in which they have ruined mankind. 2 Cor. 11: 14, 15; Gen. 3; John 8: 44; Rev. 12 :9; 20:3, 8.

6. The Old Testament plainly teaches that the work of the familiar spirits is false, deceitful, and ruinous. The New Testament shows who they are that deceive, seduce, and ruin mankind. It is the fallen angels, with Satan at their head.

These scriptures are sufficient to show that dealing with familiar spirits, otherwise called sorcery, or witchcraft, is a sin of fearful magnitude in the sight of God. Nor can it be said that this is an Old Testament sin, of which the New Testament knows nothing. For Paul, Luke, and John, or rather the Spirit of God speaking through them, classes this with the vilest of sins; and excludes those who are guilty of it from any part in the kingdom.  The ‘familiar spirits’ are so called because they associate with men.   Their character is entirely unlike that of the angels of God, in that they form intimate union with wicked men, and unite with them in the works which God forbids.  There is nothing in their manifestations that inspires awe, veneration, or reverence.  But when the angels have visited men, so awe-inspiring has been their appearance that even God’s most favored servants have fallen upon their faces with terror, or stood trembling in their presence.

Webster says, “A familiar spirit is a demon, or evil spirit, supposed to attend at call.”

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Demonism

In Demon Possessd, demonisim, Familiar Spirits on April 12, 2012 at 8:30 am

We are reading a great deal in these days about “Spiritualism,” or the communication of the living with the dead. What is called “Spiritism” is DEMONISM, and is forbidden in the Scriptures. Lev. 20:6, 27. Deu. 18:10-11. Isa. 8:19 (R. V.). The “Familiar Spirits” of the Old Testament are the same as the “Demons” and “Seducing Spirits” of the New Testament.

Of the revival of “Spiritism” in these days we have been fully warned in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, says— “Now the Spirit (Holy Spirit) speaketh expressly, that in the ‘LATTER TIMES’ (the last days of this Dispensation) some shall depart from the Faith (that is, give up the Christian Faith) giving heed to ‘SEDUCING SPIRITS,’ and ‘DOCTRINES OF DEVILS’ (Demons), * * * forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats.” (1 Tim. 4:1-3)

The phrase “forbidding to marry” does not refer to “celibacy,” but to the abrogation of the marriage relation, the practice of “FREE LOVE” and the doctrine of “AFFINITIES,” which Spiritism leads to. The phrase “Abstain From Meats” is not a reference to fasting, but the requirement of a “vegetable diet.” It is a well-known fact that a “vegetable diet” renders the body more susceptible to spiritual forces than a meat diet. The close connection of this warning of the Apostle with the words—“Refuse profane and ‘OLD WIVES’ FABLES,’” in verse seven, is doubtless a reference to some of the “ISMS” of these last days.

For “Christian Science” is but an “OLD WIFE’S” Fable, for Mrs. Eddy was an “Old Wife” in the sense that she had been many times married. It is an indisputable fact that most of the “Witches” and “Mediums” of Scripture, and these “Latter Days,” were and are women. It was through Eve and not Adam that Satan sought to destroy the race. The reason may be that the nervous and impressionable character of women is better adapted to demon influence. The revival of “Spiritism,” or “DEMONISM,” is one of the “Signs of the Times,” and should be a warning to every true child of God of the approaching end of the Age. The “Demons” belong to the “Powers of Darkness.” They are not few in number, but are a great “Martial-ed Host,” veterans in the service of Satan.

THE POWER OF DEMONS OVER THE HUMAN BODY

They can cause DUMBNESS (Matt. 9:32-33), and BLINDNESS (Matt. 12:22), and INSANITY (Luke 8: 26-35), and the SUICIDAL MANIA (Mark 9:22), and PERSONAL INJURIES (Mark 9:18), and impart SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH (Luke 8:29) and inflict PHYSICAL DEFECTS AND DEFORMITIES. Luke 13: 11-17. Once they have got control over a human body they can come and go at will. Luke 11: 24-26. The Devilish character of “Demons” is seen in the use they make of their victims. They use them as “instruments of unrighteousness,” (Rom. 6: 13), for the proclamation of the “DOCTRINES OF DEVILS,” (1 Tim. 4:1), and the teaching of “DAMNABLE HERESIES.” 2 Pet. 2:1. The effect of such use of the victim is not only unmoral, it is IMMORAL. It leads to vicious and inhuman conduct.

The conduct of “demonized” men an women seems to indicate that the “Demon” takes possession of them for the purpose of physical sensual gratification, the SIN OF SENSUALITY.

This accounts for the desire of the victim to live in a state of nudity; to have lustful and licentious thoughts. In these days of increasing tendency to yield to “Seducing Spirits” it may account for the immodesty of fashionable attire, and the craze of dancing. The purpose of the “Demon” is often to alienate husband and wife, and break up homes by preaching the doctrine of “FREE LOVE.” In short, the “Demon,” for personal gratification, has the power, once he is in control of his victim, to derange both mind and body, and wreck the victim’s health, and if deliverance is not obtained by turning to Christ, who alone has power to cast out the Demon, the victim will be lost soul and body. Demon-possession must not be confounded with diseases, such as “Epilepsy,” which causes the victim to fall in convulsions, foam at the mouth and gnash the teeth, for the Scriptures make a clear distinction between them. Matt. 4: 24. In 1 Cor. 10:20-21 we read— “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they SACRIFICE TO DEVILS (Demons), and not to God; and I would not that ye should have FELLOWSHIP WITH DEVILS (Demons). Ye cannot drink the ‘Cup of the Lord’ (Communion Cup), and the ‘CUP OF DEVILS’; ye cannot be partakers of the ‘Lord’s Table,’ and of the TABLE OF DEVILS (Demons).”

This passage proves that behind all heathen worship there is the “Spirit of Demon-ism,” or “DEVIL WORSHIP,” and accounts for the “wild orgies” and voluptuous and licentious mode of worship of the heathen. Satan’s angels are spoken of as “Wandering Spirits,” and “Lying,” and “Wicked Spirits.” They are invisible, and can enter homes and hear the secrets of the family. They can see every act of impurity. Thus through mediums they can give information known only to the individual himself. They can disclose the past, and to a limited extent have prescience enough to foretell the future. The “Demons” are different. They simply incarnate themselves in human beings, take possession of their personality, and use them for their own base and unclean purposes. The “Wandering Spirits” do not enter in and take possession of the person, they simply exercise an outward “control,” as in Hypnotism. When the “Medium” has passed into the “hypnotic state” the “Control” (Wandering Spirit) directs her what to say. This is conveyed in the language of the Medium, and the character of the language is dependent on the education or mentality of the Medium, and accounts for messages purporting to come from scholarly persons being so unlike their language when alive.

Ex Satanist gives Testimony of the occult 

Communications From the Realm of Satan

In Familiar Spirits, Luicfer, Satan on February 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

Communications from the hosts of the evil one are as real as those which come from the angels of God. Their origin is the same, and they had long dwelt and ministered together in heaven, the home of God. When sin entered among them, the sinning angels were driven out, and took up their abode on this earth.

Through the sin of man the dominion of the earth passed under the control of Satan and his sinful legions. From that time forward a constant warfare has waged between the two hosts,—the angels of God laboring unwearyingly to rescue man and bring the earth back to allegiance to God, while the hosts of evil are unceasing in their efforts to hold mankind in the bondage of sin, and to retain the earth in their possession.  Being of the same nature as the angels of God, the evil angels have the same power of communication with man.

To our Saviour, while a man upon earth, Satan appeared in visible form. He tempted Him in the wilderness, and bore Him bodily to the pinnacle of the temple and to the mountain top.

He can assume before men any form he chooses; he can transform himself “into an angel of light.” See 2 Cor. 11:14. His evil hosts assume the form and take on the peculiarities of those who are dead, personating them so accurately as to deceive their closest and dearest friends. They communicate openly through mediums, thus counterfeiting, though often in a low and undignified manner, the work of the Holy Spirit in its inspiration of the prophets.  But it is in their unseen, silent influence for evil that their greatest power lies. It is felt in every heart, and its fruit is borne in every life. As the angels of God influence toward a better life, so the evil angels counterwork. Through six thousand years of evil, cunning, and deceit they have become adepts in leading mankind away from God, into sin and unrighteousness. It will thus be seen that every medium of communication, every influence for good which God employs, is counterfeited by Satan and his evil host.  Heathenism and all forms of false worship have had their origin with Satan. He is responsible for the many forms of religion which, while they may contain much of good, have enough that is contrary to God’s word to mar the religious experience of those who conform to them. Satan is pleased to foster any religion which contains much of truth, if he can mix with it enough of error to mar the character and unfit men for the kingdom of God.  A professedly religious man who holds to serious errors, can do more to lead men from the true service of God than can an avowed infidel. His profession of religion disarms suspicion, and gives him an advantage which no out-and-out worldling possesses. Every weapon that can be devised to overthrow the true worship of the living God is employed by the enemy.

Character of Satanic Spirit Manifestations.

Our Saviour declares in regard to all false teaching, “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matt. 7:16)   There is beauty and awful grandeur in the appearance of the messengers from the courts above. Their communications have always been with dignity, and whether given in person or through a prophet, are usually accompanied with a reference to God as commanding what they have to declare. They hold no communication with wicked men, and depart from God’s people when they become estranged from heaven, as in the case of Saul, 1 Sam. 28:6.  In contrast with this are many of the common, degrading manifestations of familiar spirits, both ancient and modern.  In ancient times these familiar spirits communicated with wicked men and women, called wizards, witches, etc. See 1 Sam. 28:7, and other texts. Ancient Spiritualism originated among heathen nations.

They counterfeited the work of God, as in the case of the miracles performed through Moses and Aaron before the Egyptians. See Exodus 7, 8. Through their mediums they attempted to bring discredit upon the work of Christ when on earth. See Mark i: 23-26, etc. Through the soothsaying damsel they attempted to bring reproach and ridicule on the work of Paul and the other apostles. See Acts 16: 16-18. They took forcible possession of men and women, cast them down, threw them into the fire, and made their lives a burden to themselves and a terror to those around them. See Matt. 17: 14, 18. They compelled those whom they possessed to blaspheme and to speak contrary to their own desires.

In their rage they took possession of beasts, as in the case of the swine of Gergesa. See Matt. 8 : 18-32. In our own times the manifestations of these familiar spirits are often more common and degrading than in ancient days. In the Spiritualist organ, Spiritual Telegraph, No. 182, Amherst declares that he has “seen mediums rolling on the floor, uttering grunts like swine; giving vent to the most hideous yells; and at times beating their bodies and tearing their hair like lunatics.”

From the foregoing it may be readily seen that the term, “familiar spirits,” is well applied.

Familiar Spirits

In Familiar Spirits on February 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

Who are these familiar spirits? To this question two answers have been returned :—

1. They are the spirits of our dead friends.

2. They are the fallen angels who imitate or counterfeit them.

One of these answers must be true; both of them cannot be; which, therefore, shall we accept as the truth?

If we could believe the familiar spirits themselves, the first answer must be true; for they profess to be the spirits of the dead, and they claim to bring up any of the dead who are called for. But there are some reasons for distrusting their testimony.

1. In the case which the Bible gives at length, as a specimen of their works, familiar spirit which consorted with the witch of Endor professed to bring up the dead at pleasure, and to enable them to speak; yet we have found this to be a false pretense; for the familiar spirit did all the speaking and dead Samuel had nothing to say.

2. The Bible warns us against them all as wicked and deceitful. Deut. 18.

The New Testament is very plain in its denunciation of all forms of Spiritualism. Its statements are worthy of our consideration, in the light of the same manifestations in the Spiritualism of to-day.  “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.” (Gal. 5:19-21)  Philip and Peter met with the deceptions of a Spiritualist medium during their ministry at Samaria: “There was a certain man, called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.” (Acts 8:9-11)  This “medium” was nominally converted by the preaching of Philip; but his experience in the occult led him to desire to replace the power which formerly controlled him by the power of the Holy Spirit which attended the work of the apostles. Being too gross to understand its sacredness, he offered to buy from the apostles this power with money. To this proposition Peter administered the scathing rebuke, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. … I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” (Acts  All belong to this class who, for a money, profess to “cure,” “heal,” “restore,” or perform any other miraculous work by the power of God, through prayer, by the ministration of spirits, or in any other way. And to the evil work of those who would make merchandise of religion and the things of God, the name “Simony” has been attached in recognition of this circumstance.

The doctrine that  familiar spirits are the spirits of the dead, in ancient times rested upon the following propositions:—
1. That the spirits of the dead are now in a state of conscious existence.  2. That they are now endowed with superior intelligence. 3. That they inhabit a region within the earth itself.

“In modern times, however, the same doctrine is supported thus: — 1. That the souls of men are immortal.  2.That death is the gate to endless joy.  3.That they enter upon their reward at death.  4.That they are in death endowed with superior intelligence.  5.That they are ministering spirits to the living, having their abode, either in heaven or upon earth, at pleasure. “The modern doctrine is an improvement upon the theology of the days of Saul. But the Bible sweeps away this cunningly devised fable of ancient days, and with it the doctrine that dead men can hold converse with the living. Thus, the Bible teaches us : —

1. That God made man of the dust of the ground, and gave him life from His own breath. Gen. 2.

2. That He warned him that for transgression he should be deprived of life, and turned again into dust. Gen. 2:17.

3. That all men are now under the sentence of death, and are both mortal and corruptible. Heb. 9: 27; Job 4:17; Rom. 1: 23.

4. That those who seek immortality shall receive it at the resurrection, from Him who is its only source. Rom. 2:7;1 Cor. 15: 51-55; 1 Tim. 6:15,16.

5. That death came into the world by sin; that it is the last enemy; that Satan has had the power of it; and that death and Satan shall both be destroyed in the lake of fire. Rom. 5:12; I Cor. 15 : 26; Heb.2 : 14; Rev. 20.

6. That in death there is no remembrance of God. Ps. 6: 5.

7. That in the day of death the thoughts perish. Ps. 146:4.

8. That the dead know not anything; and that their love, and envy, and hatred, is now perished. Eccl. 9: 5, 6.

9. That the dead do not praise God. Ps. 115 : 17.

10. That sheol, or hades, the under-ground abode of the dead, is a place where there is no work, device, knowledge, nor wisdom; a place of silence, secrecy, darkness, corruption, and death. Eccl. 9: 10; Job 14: 10-15″. 17: i3~l6

11. That the righteous are not to be with Christ till He  comes back after them. John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:32; 1 Thess. 4.

12. That men are neither rewarded nor punished till they have first been judged. 2 Peter 2:9; Rev. 22 : 12 ; Matt. 16 : 27.

13. That the dead, both righteous and wicked, are now asleep. Dan. 12:2; Job 14: 12; 1 Thess. 4: 14; 1 Cor. 15:6,18,20.

14. That the keys of death and hades are not in the hands of familiar spirits, but in those of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rev. 1 : 18.

These facts are certainly sufficient to show that the familiar spirits do not come from the dead themselves, and that they do not, and cannot, bring up any of the dead. Who, then, are the familiar spirits? We need not deny their existence, nor can we without denying the Bible. Nor should we pronounce it an inexplicable mystery that our dead friends, whose very thoughts have perished, and who sleep quietly in the silent dust, are by them apparently made to speak in so wonderful a manner.