Michael L. Ford, Th.D.
11 August 2008
¶ And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. Acts 16:16-17
Perhaps you have noticed the trend in television and movies to include more and more programs with elements of the supernatural. Maybe you, like myself, find the trend disturbing. It began to be common with film series that had a horror element, like the old Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney movies. But things did not stay in the horror category and soon the supernatural moved into the comedy and drama categories. Television invaded all areas and in recent years witchcraft was made sexy and appealing. No age level was omitted with cartoons promoting everything from pagan Earth worship to actual spell casting for young and gullible minds. Increases in End Time supernatural activity was predicted by prophecy experts as far back as the early 20th century.
One of the latest programs I have been trying to ignore this year has been a series on supposedly “psychic kids.” This included children who were supposed to be able to see dead people, catastrophes before they happened, illnesses within people, and so forth. Just about every type of thing coming from the occult and spiritualism you can imagine, I am told, has been on those programs. Finally, this onslaught smacked me in the face when I happened to watch a Sean Hannity program where this show was made part of the topics brought up. A woman, who had been an integral part of the psychic kid programs appeared on the show counseling parents to encourage children who show some signs of having some of the manifestations of the supernatural occurring in their lives. This is advice that could end in calamity.
Just as the demonically possessed young woman in Acts, today’s children are not move from the onslaughts of evil spirits which often begin around the time children start entering into puberty. One of the most famous “psychics” of the 20th century Jean Dixon was influenced toward her life as a diviner by a fortuneteller who met her as a young girl and gave her a partial deck of cards, declaring she had power. You can imagine what she also passed on to the unsuspecting girl in the presence of her own mother on that fateful day.
Many times, as it was in the case of the damsel in the book of Acts, people encourage a problem because they see some advantage in it. But the devils always pay in counterfeit coin and eventually the cursing they bring outweighs any advantage. The woman in the Hannity episode did not seem at all disturbed that children in her programs were often having night terrors and other horrible experiences. Reading the Acts account you will find that when Paul delivered her, the guardians of the child accused them of doing things not lawful for Jews. Evidently they were ignorant about what the Law of God says of the practices they had been getting money from.
Many people think they (modern man) have become too sophisticated to believe in such things as demonic activity. They believe the paranormal manifestations they observe are generated from within the brains of the people afflicted with these “precognitive” abilities. It never occurs to them this often suit evil spirits because it leaves them free to pursue their agendas. One thing I am sure of is that if I had a child exhibiting problems with the supernatural I would love them enough to want them set free. I try my best to shield my grandchildren from exposure to such things on television when they are with me.
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