f late, we've had a wave of new people seeking to join themselves to our ministry that are practicing Witchcraft. While that statement might surprise some that have just begun to read our materials and listen to our broadcasts, those that have been with us for some time are aware that that the practicing of the Dialectic in the people's day to day discourse is actually a form of intellectual witchcraft.
Like the Pharisaical form of repentance encountered by John the Baptist, the scenario that manifests Christian Witchcraft goes something like this: A believer that is somewhat disenchanted with the state of Christianity is exposed to our ministry for the first time. Sometimes they're still going to a church, sometimes they're not.
The still small voice they hear within the words of our writings intrigues them because they haven't heard it in some time. Sometimes that voice comes through in a broadcast, a tape, or a particular doctrinal teaching. The new Christian Media aficionado decides to draw closer by joining our net fellowship, tuning in to the Shortwave broadcast, or ordering one of our books to more closely examine a particularly interesting doctrine.
Then the witchcraft begins. Of course, the new convert to our cause has no idea they're doing it. To illustrate the process, I'll shift the focus to you, the reader. The simple truth is, the reason the churches have not fulfilled your expectations is because YOU are problem. The reason you sense something is wrong in your relationship with Christ is because YOU are the problem. The reason no-one ever seems to do what they say they will do, or measure up to what you think are your reasonable expectations, is because YOU have been programmed to practice intellectual witchcraft. And now YOU are attempting to bring it with you to our fellowship. Get ready for a collision, because we don't want what you've got.
So called "Christians" have been programmed on a multi-generational basis by the millions. False doctrine is only part of the problem. The horrifying truth is, our very thought processes are now infected with this malady.
Believers come to us just as the Pharisees came to John the Baptist. It is virtually certain they believed when they came to John that their search for "truth" was sincere. Yet his opening response was to call them a "Generation of Vipers." Matthew records
"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees (think Christians) come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" (Matthew 3:7)
Today's "Christian" reads this passage, and never recognizes the role of the "viper" applies to themselves. If we simply move the setting to the contemporary timeline, and shift the Pharaisaical believers analogously to Christians, Christian Media becomes the offensive, and seemingly insensitive type of the Baptist.
About twice a week, someone emails, or writes a letter with a question. Or they call with some comment on an order, an article, or something to do with their interaction. When we respond, we get "well, I think that Christians should _____ (fill in the blank)."
The "blank" is usually "try to respect the views of those that disagree with you," or they say "well, just because that author teaches the rapture doesn't mean he isn't on the right track." I've already written about the most widely used comment of all -- "it doesn't mean that to me."
This is the Dialectic, it is intellectual witchcraft, and it is deadly. My full response will have to wait for another day, but the short version is the same as John's:
"O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"
July 28 2005