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Is There Anything Wrong With Tarot Card Reading?

August 19, 2016

tarot card reader illuminated sign    I got an e-mail today from a professional Tarot Card reader who took exception to a personal article from a friend I published on this web page  http://www.newchristian.org.uk/tinastory.html

He said:” I am a  professional Tarot Reader and Life guide , and I do not  recognise any of the problems that you seem to indicate that go with the trade and the art ? – please could you refrain from non-informed talk about other people’s beliefs. That is why there is so much trouble in the world. There is room for all beliefs. Peace”.

As requests go, it was indeed very courteous. I shall reply accordingly. There is indeed room for all beliefs. Having beliefs in your heart harms no-one, except possibly yourself, but that is of your own free will choice. But if, in practicing my beliefs, I influence others it may for good or ill. If the latter, I will have to account for practising deception upon others when I face God at the Judgment.

So, is there anything wrong with Tarot Card reading? According to Wikipedia, “divinatory meanings” have been associated with Tarot cards since 1783″. So what is divination? It is defined on Google as: “the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means”. Supernatural means may arise from kindly or evil forces. How can we know the origin of these forces?

From the Christian perspective, the Bible holds the key to what God approves or disapproves of: “When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the holy bibledetestable things of those nations.  There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead” (Bible, Book of Deuteronomy Chapter 18 verses 9 to 11).

Using divination puts one in the realm of deceptive spirits.  The Apostle Paul predicted: “But the (Holy) Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons ” (The Bible, Book of I Timothy 4: 1).

So if God does not approve of divination we must conclude it is harmful to man, since God seeks to encourage purity and righteousness in our lives.

The Bible, Psalm 24 verse 3 says:

“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.”

If the God of the Bible forbids divination by those he has made then we risk the wrath of God if we indulge in such a practice. The ultimate outworking of God’s wrath is exclusion from his presence and a resultant banishment to hell, where Satan and his followers end up in eternal torment and suffering. If you disobey God’s warnings you cannot expect him to welcome you into Heaven, where he lives.

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Jesus At Work – Still Healing

July 26, 2014

shoulder and neck pain image  While I was doing my voluntary work on Friday, two ladies on the team asked me to pray for them. Both were suffering from pain in the shoulder/neck area.

I prayed for the first lady three times. After the first time she felt some improvement, so that encouraged us both to pray again. The second time it was better still and after the third she said she was pain free.

Shortly afterwards, the other lady – who had  seen us praying – asked for healing for herself. We prayed a couple of times and she felt some imrprovement. The next day she sent me a text message to let me know that the healing had continued for the rest of the day until bedtime. Jesus is Go(o)d!

Today a team of us we went on the streets offering healing. I wore my “Do You Need Healing?” t-shirt. I had several good conversations, talking about Jesus with folks. One lady attended a Spiritualist church in a town nearby. I gave her a card from an ex-Spiritualist Facebook friend of mine in Scotland, Laura Maxwell, giving details of her web address.  Spiritualism

This is Laura Maxwell’s web address: http://yourspiritualquest.wordpress.com

 

Out And About With Jesus

December 14, 2013

Yesterday a woman I recognised came in for food. She used to be a street drinker with a big alcohol problem. I previously nicknamed her “Las Vegas” as that’s where she’s from. image of las vegas lights at night

In the last year she’s really lifted herself up from the depths and now attends college, doing a couple of A level courses, with a view to a degree eventually in some kind of animal husbandry. She was pretty tired and in pain so I offered to pray. She accepted, so I called over a lady on our team. We prayed for  a couple of minutes, until her little girl came over and interrupted. “Las Vegas” said : “I was really peaceful when you guys prayed – thanks a lot.”

Today I was out in town with our Healing On The Streets team and had several conversations with passers-by.  I met two Spiritualists: one was a woman who said she was a Spiritualist healer. I acknowledged that she had good motives in her heart, but gently explained to her that the Bible forbids spiritism and contact with the dead . Her reply was that men wrote the Bible, not God. I asked her “who is Jesus?”  She wouldn’t accept that he was God made flesh, so that was as far as we got.

warning about spiritualism   The next Spiritualist was a Reiki healer, Level 3, which he said was the highest you can get. I told him of a woman who came to see me who had received Reiki healing from some guy. After one Reiki session she started hearing voices that said they were her dead mother and father. Sadly, the voices eventually turned nasty, in a way unlike her real parents so she was troubled and confused. From what I read Reiki definitely has Eastern Buddhist occult origins and should be steered clear of, even so-called “Christian Reiki” which is a contradiction in terms.

Two Offers of Healing – One Accepted, One Rejected

September 20, 2013

viral meningitis book  While volunteering today, a woman client told me she’d had viral meningitis, followed by an injection in the spine. She was still in pain days after the injection, so I offered healing. Two of us laid hands on her. Afterwards she said she felt heat and a tingling feeling all over her body, and the pain had lessened. I told her that was the Spirit of God – the Holy Spirit – touching her. She also said she’d previously been taken to a Spiritualist church for healing, but nothing had happened. She said “it felt a dark place” and I explained to her why it was a dark place. She then told me she felt she wanted to find her way in life, so I gave her a Luke’s Gospel and invited her to take it home and read it. She left with a “thank you very much”.

Shortly afterwards a Christian man involved in our outreach work to the needy came in, clearly in pain as he was limping badly. He told me what the diagnosis was and how it would take a while to recover. I told him we’d just prayed for a woman for healing and invited him to receive also. He just smiled and left it at that, despite remaining with our team for the next couple of hours.

Sadly, the church largely fails to teach on healing, so the devil has a field day offering counterfeit healing thought Spiritualism. Meanwhile, Christians don’t know what to believe on the subject since it’s ignored by most church leaders. Didn’t Jesus command his followers to “teach everything I have commanded you” to those that followed on? Jesus taught the 12 and 70 to preach the kingdom and heal the sick. If we’re to be obedient to Jesus we need to obey His commands.

Test The Spirits – Part Two

August 23, 2013

test the spirits   In an earlier post I recounted  a meeting with a guy who attends Spiritualist meetings and my challenge to him.  This is the post: https://jesushealstoday99.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/challenge-to-test-the-spirits-given-to-a-guy-in-a-wheelchair/

Today he returned again for food, and while his bags were being prepared he beckoned me outside for a private chat. He reminded me of our conversation and my challenge to him to “test the spirits” next time he went to the Spiritualist Church. I had asked him to challenge them by asking (as the Apostle John says in scripture) “did Jesus Christ come in the flesh?” He told me he did ask them, so I was eagerly awaiting his next comment!

As I expected, and had warned him in advance, they did not give him a straight “yes” or “no” answer. He was fobbed off with a: “Christians can’t prove that Jesus was who he said he was.” I pointed out to my friend that this reply proved that the “Jesus” they talked of at his church was not the Jesus of the Bible.

My friend pointed out that every time he mentioned to Christians that he went to the Spiritualist church they looked and sounded alarmed. I explained “that was because you are being deceived and Christians are concerned for your eternal destiny.”

He had often gone to the Spiritualist church after having problems with his girlfriend and he acknowledged he got comfort from what they told him. They even said “we can see you up there on the platform doing this in years to come.”

He simply wasn’t hearing my warnings about the dangers. I then told hm the Bible warned against contact with the dead. This was new to him. He didn’t have a Bible, so I said I would write to him and give him the relevant verses from the Bible so he could read it for himself. I pray that the Lord will open his eyes!

Evangelism and Healing at The County Show

June 18, 2013

  

  The major encounters I had over two days:

M had back pain for some weeks and despite a hospital visit the other day, went home with no treatment. Laid hands on her back but no change. Prayed again and improvement noticed.

arm in sling     A had her arm in a sling and was in pain from a bruised or cracked rib. We talked about faith and whether she had a mustard seed to add to my mustard seed of faith. I then put my hand on her arm and spoke to the pain and affected parts. I was suddenly aware in the Spirit of the Lord’s power coming upon this lady and as I spoke about what I knew Jesus was doing, she was acknowledging it herself. She said the pain was going and her breathing had become a lot easier. I invited her to keep thanking Jesus as she went round the show. She left quite excited at what had happened!

Chatted to a couple who showed some interest so gave them “Journey into Life” and a Mark’s gospel.

At the bookstall I chatted to a man on the theme of whether God exists. I talked to him about the complexity of creation and he seemed to agree that there must be something behind it all. I said that something was God.

A woman rushed in for a coffee and while here tried to do some business for her firm which was house surveys for solar panels. She said she worked 7 days a week. I declined her survey but offered our survey instead. When I explained it was about God she said she didn’t go to church but prayed every day. She said she didn’t have a bible and wasn’t interested in reading one either. I explained that was how God primarily revealed himself, so she was missing out, and possibly open to being deceived. She rather diffidently accepted the “Journey Into Life” I pressed into her hand as she hurried back to work.

I kept bumping into one particular guy several times during the day. During the rainstorm I again found myself next to him and he had time to chat. He’s a window cleaner and was pretty definitely born again. He doesn’t go to church at the moment and has mislaid his Bible. I said I would send him one. He seemed to have lapsed on his spiritual devotions too.  I reminded him of the importance of reading the Bible and praying daily. His relationship with Jesus was primary, church was secondary, but flowing from the strength of his primary relationship with Jesus.

Saw a man with a nice camera, so as I enjoy photography I made a beeline for him. We spoke about faith and he said his niece went to the Salvation Army. I raised the subject of eternity and how we need to ensure our eternal destiny digital camerabefore it’s too late.  Jesus was the key to this and I gave him a “Journey Into Life” as he left.

I chatted to 2 ladies who were amazed when I told them I came from Gxxxxxx in Scotland. They had spent some time living there in years gone by and we had a long chat about places we knew up there. We got on to faith and since we were getting along so well I gave them my testimony, also told of the time Jesus appeared to me in my bedroom. I gave both a “Journey Into Life” as they left.

E and her friend were up from Hxxxxxx to enter her bunny in the Rabbit Show.  Her friend was a Christian, but E said she didn’t believe, although really enjoyed talking about religion. She couldn’t understand why, if Jesus rose   from the dead, there was no physical body left behind. She had to get to the Rabbit Show for 10.00am so I invited her back to chat some more.  I pointed out M as the resident “professional  evangelist” if I wasn’t around. I gave her  the booklet “Good Question” as she left.

Mrs M, aged 83, readily talked about the Lord before I got a word out. She was a widow living a mile away, and had been suffering bouts of illness from Guillaume Barre syndrome. Today was a good day so she was glad to be out. I had brought with me a “Dear Child..Letter from God” with comforting words and accompanying  Scriptures. I felt it would be helpful for her, so gave it to her. When she realised what it was, she happily took it away.

A godly Scottish couple living locally were a joy to chat to. He had overcome some demonic activity early in his Christian walk, but had matured into a solid believer.  Some years back when working abroad he regularly made Friday ferry trips back home from Europe to the UK.  He normally caught the 3pm ferry from Zeebrugge.  One week he finished work early, so caught the noon ferry instead. This was the day that the 3pm “Herald of Free Enterprise” capsized, drowning many folk!

J has just spent £300 at the Show on some special footwear to help with a problem with his hips. His doctor had told him he had stiff hips, which caused him problems when getting up from a sitting position. I offered to pray for him and laid hands in his lower back area. After doing this 3 times he maintained nothing had changed. I said: “I know this may sound like a cop-out, but sometimes healing manifests itself over a period of time”.  I gave him my card and invited him to get in touch if anything changes.

A guy came in dressed like Robin Hood. He was part of a re-enactment group from South Wales. He was a born again Christian with interesting stories to tell. I had brought with me the testimony of an ex-Spiritualist I knew. He said he had a friend who called himself a “Christian Spiritualist” and so happily took it away to give to him.   robin hood image

Challenge To “Test The Spirits” Given To A Guy In A Wheelchair

June 7, 2013
man in a wheelchair

guy in wheelchair

A guy in a wheelchair came for food, but had problems getting over our door threshold. So we went out to him, as we already had a pre-prepared food parcel ready for a single person. While chatting to him outside about how God provides our food (I usually say “it falls from the sky”, which provokes a smile!), he told me that he’d seen  spirits appearing to him at intervals throught his life, from the age of 7. He also said he’d been told by others about things that would happen in his life. While attending a Spiritualist church someone had indicated to him that he’d make a good medium, so should put himself forward.

I suggested caution about all of this, whereupon he freely admitted that in chatting to mediums he’d learned that not all spirits acted kindly. I explained what the Bible says about good angels and fallen angels, but he wasn’t very convinced by this. I then told him that the Bible tells us how we can know if spirits are from God, and that he could do that in future. I quoted from 1 John Chapter 4 where the Apostle John says: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God”.

I said: “would you like me to write that down?”. He confirmed he would, so I wrote out the question, what the response indicated and gave it to him. He then announced that he would attend the Spiritualist church this week and put the question there. He then planned to come back next Friday and tell us the outcome. “Sounds good to me” I said. He also agreed I could send him a testimony of a Christian I know who is an ex-Spiritualist.

We offered to pray for him and after some hesitation he agreed. I also prayed for healing in his body, as his legs were in a bad way from a recent accident. After prayer I asked: “did you feel anything when we prayed?” He replied: “not a thing”.

After he left, a Muslim guy we know came in for food. He recently described his fellow Muslims to us as “a bunch of hypocrites”. As he waited I thought it appropriate to offer him the booklet “Journey Into Life” by Norman Warren and he took it.