In the late 1990s and into the 2000s there was a flood of movies and TV series glorifying witchcraft and the occult, resulting in an explosion of interest in the satanic dark arts. This has happened at various times in modern history. But the difference this time was that these stories presented even the most obviously evil themes and characters in a very good light, making them all the more attractive especially to young people. There was, of course, the Harry Potter series of books and the movies which followed, which depicted the young hero as a “good” wizard, with the books becoming the most popular book series in history, and the movies a phenomenal success globally. The TV series Charmed was about three young sisters who were depicted as “good” witches. It too became a massive success. And another TV series, Angel, actually depicted the hero as a vampire with a restored human soul, and therefore a “good” vampire.
Witchcraft, Satanism, vampirism, demons (often depicted as human-like creatures), spirits, and other occult themes were everywhere in those years. The spiritual damage was incalculable. An entire generation of children was raised on this fare. Hundreds of millions of older people lapped it up too. The occult had not only become big business, it had entered the mainstream.
At the time, I made the remark that things had changed so much – had gone so far downhill – that I believed the time would come when we would actually be confronted with the concept of a “Christian” witch or Satanist. It was the logical next step: to go from merely “good” witches and “good” vampires to “Christian” ones. To completely blur all distinctions between truth and error, light and darkness, God and Satan.
People thought it would not happen. A “Christian witch”? Isn’t that the ultimate oxymoron? Light and darkness, Christ and Satan, supposedly merged? – combined? – united? The term, “Roman Catholic Christian” was an oxymoron as well, yet there were hundreds of millions of people in the world claiming to be just that; and who at the time could have imagined the rise of so-called “Chrislam” (a merging of supposed “Christianity” and Islam) either?
Well, what was unimaginable to most back then has come to pass: the concept of a “Christian witch” has come into being. “Christian witchcraft” is a rapidly growing phenomenon.
Now of course there is no such thing, in truth, as a “Christian witch”. It is utterly impossible according to the Bible, an absolute contradiction in terms. One who is a true Christian, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, cannot be a witch, and a witch cannot be a true Christian. The moment a witch is converted to Christ, he or she ceases to be a witch. And when a professing “Christian” announces that he or she has become a witch, that person reveals that they were never truly converted to Christ in the first place.
Christians are called to complete separation from all such works of darkness: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?… Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord…” (2 Cor. 6:14-18). One is either a child of God or a child of the devil. One is either a child of the light or a child of darkness. When you are delivered from the power of darkness, you are translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son (see Col. 1:13). There is no middle ground between light and darkness, Christ and Satan.
The Bible is crystal clear. To the nation of Israel, God’s people in the Old Testament, the Lord said, “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee” (Deut. 18:10-12). Language could not be clearer. And in Exod. 22:18 the Lord said, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” This was the command to Israel under the law, but it shows how abhorrent witchcraft is to the Lord. Through Samuel the prophet the Lord said, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Sam. 15:23). Yes, witchcraft in all its forms and branches is a sin before the Lord.