Monday, November 09, 2009

Disappointment

Every day I see horrible things that break my heart, all in the name of "Christianity." In fact, believe it or not ACU proudly announced they hired a hypnotist for a free campus-wide event on Friday night. When do we as followers of Christ have to apologetically step towards the line of sin to look cool and bring in events that are fun, without quite putting one foot over. All this to say, it doesn't matter if people or buildings attribute themselves as followers of Jesus, their actions state more of what is going on in the heart. Hiring a hypnotist to come onto a Christian university should send a HUGE red flag into the air, but it seems that no one else even noticed or cared. A hypnotist is not someone who desires to use the Lord for glory, it is NOT possible. They however use their power, which is worldly pride and recognition and Powers that one should not even be around or "play" with to make the crowd believe in them. It is a very dangerous thing to be involved in and for ACU to promote this on their Campus should be unacceptable and recognized as a wrong move.

"Hypnosis began as part of the occult and false religion. The Bible speaks out strongly against all practices of false religion and the occult. God desires His people to turn to Him in need, not to those who practice sorcery, divination, or enchantment. He warns His people about following after mediums, wizards, enchanters, charmers, and those who have a familiar spirit (Deut. 18:9-14).

Hypnosis, as it is practiced today, may very well be the same as what is identified as "enchantment" in the Bible (Lev. 19:26 KJV)."In hypnotism, faith is shifted from God and His Word to the hypnotist and his technique. God speaks to people through the conscious, rational mind. He commands individuals as creatures who make conscious, volitional choices. He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell Christians to enable them to trust and obey Him through love and conscious choice. Hypnosis, on the other hand, operates on the basis of imagination, illusion, hallucination, and deception. Jesus warned His followers about deception. After a person has opened his mind to deception through hypnosis, he may become even more vulnerable to other forms of spiritual deception.

Hypnosis can generate Satan's counterfeits of true religious exercise. If hypnosis generates any form of faith and worship not directed toward the God of the Bible, any person who subjects himself to hypnotism may be playing the harlot in the spiritual realm. (See Lev. 19:26,31; 20:6,27; Deut. 18:9-14; 2 Ki 21:6; 2 Chron. 33:6; Isa. 47:9-13; Jer. 27:9.)

Hypnotism is demonic at its worst and potentially dangerous at its best. At its worst, it opens an individual to psychic experiences and satanic possession. When mediums go into hypnotic trances and contact the "dead," when clairvoyants reveal information which they could not possibly know, when fortunetellers through self-hypnosis reveal the future, Satan is most certainly at work.

Where were the Bible professors? The students to protest this event? Where were the Deans who should be testing and seeing that things on campus honor the Lord. Slowly, slowly, slowly, we are taking more and more risks that do not honor the Lord and we have trouble recognizing them and then they don't matter anymore, or we feel strange about them so we write it off and desensitize ourselves to the Holy Spirit's warnings. But they do! And we must stand up for the truth. I don't want to be one of those people who supposedly lived a life to honor the Lord that says "Jesus, Lord....Lord." and Jesus turns to me and says "away from me you evil doer I never knew you." These are the days where we will begin to see a clear mark between those who are seeking the Holy Spirit and then those who are not. And sadly even our Churches and Christianity is one of the main resources used to create problems and lead many away from what is true and what is freedom and LOVE from Jesus Christ the Son of God. We don't necessarily need to follow like blind sheep, we still have the responsibility to have a relationship with the Lord and by seeking His word, test and see what we allow ourselves to be around and taught by.

What a very scary time to live in, that even Christians can be completely blind to consequences of choices. Christianity is not a feel-good relationship with the world all the time. In fact, our choice to follow Jesus should be met with negativity, awkwardness, and people thinking we are strange for not participating in worldly events like Halloween or going to see a Hypnotist.

7 comments:

Kristi said...

Surprised. Saddened. Thanks for shining a light in the dark.

Mandy said...

Amen, sister...

Olivia said...

Thanks for your comments in agreement to stand against so many things that can hurt our spirits. I was actually thinking I'd have more "hate-mail" because of this post than joy and affirmation. Love you all in Jesus Name!

Olivia said...

NOT COOL AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU FOR LETTING US KNOW!!!!
CRAZY!!!!!

From,
Tighe Marie

BK said...

Holy light kills the weeds and grows the flower. Keep shining, Sweet Girl. I believe God has given you his heart in this matter.

Katelyn said...

I have always found hypnotism uncomfortable, and now I have a feeling I know why. Thank you for sharing those verses.

Joyfully said...

Thanks for posting about this. I have to say it is quite disturbing, but it doesn't surprise me. So many people will be lead astray in these last days. Keep holding fast to the WORD OF GOD and buckle your seat belt. It's gonna get worse before it gets better. I love you and your heart for righteousness! hugs... only 7 more months and a few days before we land in Texas!