“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (Rev. 21:8, NIV)
A recent item in the news has detailed the plans by certain modern pagans to put a hex on Justice Kavanaugh. There are two possibilities for interpreting such behavior: it is either impotent and silly wickedness, or it is demonic wickedness.
If the former, if this is a powerless display of the folly people will engage in when they have rejected God, the rise in witchcraft in contemporary America should remind us of the epigram attributed to G.K. Chesterton, which is something to the effect that “when people cease to believe in God, the danger is not that they will believe nothing, but that they will believe anything.”
If the latter, if these witches are engaging in real sorcery (i.e., trafficking with demons), then it should suggest to us that secularism is a farce. When a culture rejects Christ, they will not arrive at some neutral and ideology-less open space; they will open themselves to pagan superstition or atheistic dehumanization–in our case, both.
In either case, this gathering ought to remind us that witchcraft is not the benign, life-loving, spirituality that it tries to sell itself as these days. Cursing your enemies was a major element of ancient paganism. While witchcraft needs to appear benign because of society’s suspicion, it will; let it become acceptable, and do not be surprised if the mask falls off.
God said to Israel:
“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD” (Dt. 18:10-12, NIV).
Witchcraft is wickedness, and God will judge those who practice it. But this is the time of His mercy, the time to repent of all such evil and receive the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ the Lord.