Occult Archive

Delivered from Twelve Years of Occult Bondage

Although my family did not practice any religion, I decided at age 14 to join the Catholic church. I quickly developed a strong appetite for the Word of God. In fact, I had such a strong attraction to the Scriptures that I bought three different translations of the Bible — all of which I read […]

Dowsing

Many first-time observers of the ancient art of dowsing have watched in mute fascination as a dowser seeks out — and finds — underground water. This feat the dowser accomplishes merely by walking the land with his or her dowsers’ stick until it is forcefully thrust downward at the location where the water is to […]

Astrologer? Occultist? New Age Guru?

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 2 (2002) as a companion to the feature article Nostradamus: a Challenge to Biblical Prophecy? by Steve Bright. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org According to the prophetic test found in Deuteronomy 18:20–22, we know […]

Nostradamus

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 2 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS Do Nostradamus’s prophecies challenge the uniqueness of biblical prophecy? Christians claim that only biblical prophecy is numerous and specific while proving to be 100 percent accurate. […]

Tell Me who I Am, O Enneagram

In America and abroad a system of classifying personality types — the enneagram — is becoming very popular. Strictly speaking, the enneagram is a circle with nine points on it (ennea means “nine” in Greek, and gram means “line drawing”). Inside the circle two figures connect the nine points, a triangle and an oddly shaped […]

Controversy Over Witchcraft Liturgy in Methodist Church Continues

Witchcraft has become one of the most divi­sive issues to strike the 9.1 million-member United Methodist church. It started last February during a “Women’s Week” conference at the Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. There, as part of a Perkins School of Theology-sponsored seminar, Linda Finnell — a practicing witch — conducted a ceremony […]

Jeane Dixon And Prophecy

JEANE DIXON, known to millions through her books and newspaper columns, claims to be a prophet of God, one who is doing “the Lord’s work.” In fact, she has gone so far as to say that “the same spirit that worked through Isaiah and John the Baptist also works through me.”1 This is quite a […]

Holy Order of MANS Sect Changes Name, Joins Eastern Orthodox Church

The Holy Order of MANS (HOM), a controversial group founded in San Francisco in 1968, has changed its name to “Christ the Savior Brotherhood,” and joined the Eastern Orthodox Church. However, the leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Queens, New York (Vasi­loupolis jurisdiction), with which the HOM was granted affiliation, is not a member […]

Is There A Christian Zodiac, A Gospel in the Stars?

This article first appeared in the Volume 22 / Number 4 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: www.equip.org Since the 1980s, an increasing number of Christian ministers, authors, and apologists have been teaching that the signs of the zodiac and the names […]

The “Gospel in the Stars” Theory

The so-called “Gospel in the Stars” theory (hereafter, GIS) teaches that the twelve zodiac signs (as allegedly pictured in the constellations) visibly display the Gospel message for all people to see. Each of the signs is said to depict a specific phase in God’s plan of salvation, beginning with humanity’s fall into sin to its […]