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Necromancy (i.e., consulting the dead) is strictly forbidden by Holy Scripture in both Old and New Testaments:

“There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord…” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

“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.” (Galatians 5:19-21)

These scriptural injunctions would seem sufficient to dissuade people from all ancient and modern forms of occultic spiritualism, but weak souls have always been tempted to open “doors” that are meant to remain closed.

King Saul serves as a prime example of this in scripture. Earlier in his life, he drove all occultists out of the land. However, and in a moment of great personal weakness, he asked a “medium” to summon the spirit of Samuel. You can read about what happened in 1 Samuel 28:7-20, but here is the tragic end of the matter:

“So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it. He enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.” (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)

If you have ever opened forbidden doors (or recently been tempted to) then you are in grave spiritual danger and need to repent. If you don’t know how, then contact me and we can seek the Lord together.

– Pastor McShaffrey