DO NOT TALK WITH FAMILIAR SPIRITS
There is a three-day celebration in Central and South America called the DAY OF THE DEAD, more accurately called the cult of the dead. Right now it’s being taught to our children through the latest MOVIES.
During the day of the dead, people create altars to remember the dead, make traditional dishes for Day of the Dead. According to many missionaries and Christians in those countries it has been said many of these people actually believe the spirits of the dead come back to bless them or harm them.
God’s Word warns us not to go to spirits and soothsayers in Isaiah 8:19: “Should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” According to biblical standards, Christians must have nothing to do with such myths (1 Timothy 4:7).
When any tradition or custom is contrary to God’s will as expressed in His Word, there can be no justification for honoring and preserving it. In fact, those who do are foolishly provoking God’s wrath (2 Chronicles 33:6).
Here are five passages that give a clear picture of God’s point of view. In the first, we learn that believers are defiled by turning to spirits:
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)
Speaking to the dead was a capital offense punishable by stoning under Old Testament law:
“Men and women among you who act as mediums or psychics must be put to death by stoning. They are guilty of a capital offense.” (Leviticus 20:27)
God considers talking to the dead a detestable practice. He calls his people to be blameless:
10 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.
Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.(Deuteronomy 18:10-13,)
Consulting the dead was a serious sin that cost King Saul his life:
So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it;
And enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse. (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)