So I was asked during a break of our Holy Spirit seminar in Duluth recently about fortune telling. Ron was enjoying a party, when the host asked, “Want your fortune told?” He was shocked when the psychic shook a glass, then commented on things in his past he had forgotten. Words about the future also seemed to ring true. Looked like fun. I said, “Good question. We’ll take it up with the group.”
We reconvened and I said, “Satan has a dossier on you all. He knows your history and remembers it better than you do. He does not know your future but has some ideas because of what he has observed. Satan is not omniscient, omnipresent, nor omnipotent. He can’t read minds. Only God exists in the eternal present, the Great I Am. The reason over three hundred prophesies about Jesus all came true is that for God there is neither past nor future. To Him a thousand years are as a day. After the curtain call of history when the King returns, time will be engulfed by eternity, and all in Christ will spend a forever with God. Long time.
People are intrigued by the seeming accuracy of fortune-tellers and buy in as a legitimate way to come to truth. Truth is moral. It requires not only accurate information but a reliable source. Satan is not, which is why Jesus muffled a demon who said, “I know who you are, the holy One of God” (Mk. 1:24). Fortune telling is meant to intrigue us, so we open a door to enemy infiltration. Fortune-tellers are influenced by demons, not by God, and they only know some facts, not all, so they mislead people.
People are often foiled by legitimate ends, even when the means are troublesome. How could a nation, many of them Christians, allow Hitler to eliminate six million Jews? They had legitimized his end and overlooked his means. The means become the end—always! Tampering with the powers of darkness, even playfully, such as with ouija boards, puts us in the camp of the enemy. Not a good idea.
Sorcery, witchcraft, black magic, and fortune telling have a sinister pull on our flesh. Sorcery is called a work of the flesh (Gal. 5:20), because the person outside of Christ is naturally drawn to the work of demons and Satan. The devil gives people the appearance that he is safe, fun and enchanting (think TV), and people choose him rather than God. The Bible calls it spiritual prostitution, finding pleasure in the underworld rather than in a good God. Israel was warned not to even dabble with mediums. Anyone who does is playing with fire—hell fire! Those who continue are eventually devoured (I Peter 5:8) by the forces of darkness. Many psychics do not even know that they are being used by the devil. They think they are simply “gifted,” and they are. They honor demons, who give them a level of information and influence, which they enjoy. They need to be loved—and delivered!
“If a person turns to mediums…I will set my face against that person…” (Lev. 20:6).
“There shall not be found among you anyone who…practices divination or tells fortunes…for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord” (Deut. 18:10-13). “And when they say to you, ‘Inquire of the mediums…’ should not a people inquire of their God?’” (Isaiah 8:19). The all-knowing, all-seeing, all-wise, all-good God is sufficient!