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DO OUR DEAD SPEAK TO US? PART 2

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DO OUR DEAD SPEAK TO US? PART 2 Empty DO OUR DEAD SPEAK TO US? PART 2

Post by sol_drethedon on Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:37 pm

Furthermore, God has expressly forbidden all pretended communication with departed spirits. In the days of the Hebrews there was a class of people who claimed, as do the spiritualists of today, to hold communication with the dead. But the "familiar spirits" as these visitants from other worlds were called, are declared by the Bible to be "spirits of devils" (Compare Numbers 25:1-3; Psalm 106:28; 1Corinthians 10:20; Revelation 16:14) The work of dealing with familiar spirits was pronounced an abomination to the Lord, and was solemnly forbidden under penalty of death. Leviticus 19:31; 20:27. The very name of witchcraft is now held in contempt. The claim that men can hold intercourse with evil spirits is regarded as a fable of the Dark Ages. But spiritualism, which numbers its converts by hundreds of thousands, yea, by millions, which has made its way through scientific circles, which has invaded churches, and has found favor in legislative bodies, and even in the courts of kings -- this mammoth deception is, but a revival, in a new disguise, of witchcraft condemned and prohibited of old.

If there were no other evidence of the real character of spiritualism, it should be enough for the Christian that the spirits make no difference between righteousness and sin, between the noblest and purest of the apostles of Christ and the most corrupt of the servants of Satan. By representing the basest of men as in heaven, and highly exalted there, Satan says to the world:"No matter how wicked you are; no matter whether you believe or disbelieve God and the Bible. Live as you please; heaven is your home." The spiritualist teachers virtually declare: "Everyone that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?" Malachi 2:17. Saith the word of God: "Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness." Isaiah 5:20

The apostles, as personated by these lying spirits, are made to contradict what they wrote at the dictation of the Holy Spirit when on earth. They deny the divine origin of the Bible, and thus tear way the foundation of the Christian's hope, and put out the light that reveals the way to heaven. Satan is making the world believe that the Bible is mere fiction, or at least a book fitted to the infancy of the race, but now to be lightly regarded, or cast aside as obsolete. And  to take the place of the word of God he holds our spiritual manifestations. Here is a channel holy under his control; by this means he can make the world believe what he will. The book that is to judge him and his followers he puts in the shade, just where he wants it; the Savior of the world he makes to be no more than a common a man. And as the Roman guard that watched  the tomb of Jesus spread the lying report which the priests and elders put into their mouths to disprove the His resurrection, so do the believers in spiritual manifestations try to make it appear that there is nothing miraculous in the Savior's life. After thus seeking to put Jesus in the background, they call attention to their own miracles, declaring that these far exceed the works of Christ.

It is true that spiritualism is
now changing its form and, veiling some of its more objectionable features, is assuming a Christian guise. But its utterances from the platform and the press have been before the public for many years, and in these its real character stands revealed. These teachings cannot be denied or hidden. Even in this present form, far from being more worthy of toleration than formerly, it is really a more dangerous, because a more subtle, deception. While it formerly denounced Christ and the Bible, it now professes to accept both. But the Bible is interpreted in a manner that is  pleasing to the unrenewed heart , while its solemn and vital truths are made of no effect. Love is dwelt upon as the chief attribute of God, but is degraded to a weak sentimentalism, making little distinction between good and evil. God's justice, His denunciations of sin, the requirements of His holy law, are all kept out of sight. The people are taught to regard the Decalogue as a dead letter. Pleasing, bewitching fables captivate the senses and lead men to reject the Bible as the foundation of their faith. Christ is as verily denied as before; but Satan has so blinded the eyes of the people that the deception is not discerned.

There are a few who have any just conception of the deceptive power of spiritualism and the danger of becoming under its influence. Many tamper with it merely to gratify their curiosity. They have no real faith in it and would be filled with horror at the thought of yielding themselves to the spirits' control. But they venture upon the forbidden grounds, and the mighty destroyer exercises his power upon them against their will. Let them once be induced to submit their minds to his direction, and he holds them captive. It is impossible, imn their own strength, to break away from the alluring, bewitching spell. Nothing but the power of God, granted in answer to the earnest prayer of faith, can deliver these ensnared souls.

All who indulge sinful traits of character, or willfully cherish a known sin, are inviting the temptations of Satan. They separate themselves from God and from the watch-care of His angels; as the evil one presents his deceptions, they are without defense and fall an easy prey. Those who thus place themselves in his power little realize where their course will end. Having achieved their overthrow, the temper will employ them as his agents to lure others into ruin.

Says the prophet Isaiah: "When they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people  seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, its because there is  no light in them." Isaiah 8:19,20. If men had been willing to receive the truth so plainly stated in the Scriptures concerning the nature of man and the state of the dead, they would see in the claims and manifestations of spiritualism the working of Satan with power and signs and lying wonders. But rather than yield the liberty so agreeable to the carnal heart, and renounce the sins which they love, multitudes close their eyes to the light and walk straight on, regardless of warnings, while Satan weaves his snares about them,and they become his prey. "Because they receive no the love of the truth, that they might be saved," therefore "God shall send them strong delusion, that they shall believe a lie." 2Thessalonians 2:10,11

Those who oppose the  teachings of spiritualism are assailing, not men alone but Satan and his angels. THey have entered upon a contest against principalities and powers and wicked spirits in high places. Satan will not yield one inch of ground except as he is driven back by the power of heavenly messengers. The people of God should be able to meet him, as did our Savior, with the words: "It is written." Satan can quote Scripture now as in the days of Christ, and he will pervert its teachings to sustain his delusions. Those who would stand in this time of peril must understand for themselves the testimony of the Scriptures.

Many will be confronted by the spirits of the devils personating beloved relatives of friends and declaring the most dangerous heresies. These visitants will appeal to our tenderest sympathies and will work miracles to sustain their pretensions. We must be prepared to withstand them with the Bible truth that the dead know not anything and that they who thus appear are the spirits of devils

Just before us is "the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10. All whose faith is not firmly established upon the word of God will be deceived and overcome Satan works "with  all decievableness and unrighteousness" to gain control of the children of men, and his deceptions will continually increase. But he can gain his object only as men voluntarily yield to his temptations. Those who are earnestly seeking the knowledge of the truth and are struggling to purify their souls through obedience, thus doing what they can to prepare for the conflict, will find in the God of truth, a sure defense. "Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee" (verse 10), is the Savior's response. He would sooner send every angel out of heaven to protect His people
than leave one soul that trusts in Him to be overcome by Satan.

to be continued....
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