|The following article was received from Reverend Martin G. 'Mike'
Ramey, and posted to bibleteacher.org on May 5, 2001. I really enjoyed
the article, especially since it addresses the "Can't We All Just Get Along?"
attitude of over tolerance in our churches today. Mike Ramey is a veteran
journalist, syndicated columnist, and minister who lives in Indianapolis,
Indiana. You can reach him on line at email@example.com,
or, by snail mail at: P. O. Box 20131, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220.
This copyrighted article is used by permission of the author. All rights
Reverend Ramey wrote: Dear Bibleteacher Editor:
[I] Wanted to send along a series of articles I did on what Pastors should
know about the widespread nature of Wicca and the Occult. I wrote them,
originally, for a Christian publication a few years ago, but they never
published them (and their silence was a great indicator of their fear of
'offending' someone). Anyway, I am offering them to you, should you be
able to use them. My name is Martin G. 'Mike' Ramey. May God continue to
bless your site.
A Pastoral Intelligence Briefing
On Wicca & The Occult -Part 1
By Mike Ramey
Whenever one buys a car, a house, enters a job, or selects
a doctor, there is an old phrase, hopefully, that we remember before we
plunk down our hard earned money. "Let the buyer beware." Government, from
Washington D. C. to City Hall, does help us in our choices by regulating
the manufacturers of products and providers of services. There are contract
regulations, food safety requirements, licensing tests, and safety equipment
guidelines. One cannot call themselves a doctor unless they have met government
requirements. If a product is dangerous, it is turned in. This is not true
for practitioners, leaders, and congregations involved in religious pursuits.
Government cannot get involved as far as what way Americans choose to worship.
Under the U. S. Constitution, religion in our country
is protected. This simply means that all religions which grace our shores
are equal before the bar of justice and cannot be infringed upon by the
government. Anyone has the right to worship as they choose, set up churches
where available, and bring in followers within ethical boundaries. Years
ago, whenever the subject of witchcraft surfaced, it was quickly dispatched.
Many Americans were strong church goers and active Bible readers. Many
Americans knew that dealing with the world of the occult, including witchcraft,
was dangerous. Then came the turbulent sixties and the inevitable social
Casting Spells In Our Living Rooms
With the changing times came a change in broadcast programming
on the family stalwart - television. Television shows such as "Bewitched"
and "I Dream Of Jeannie" introduced the American public to the concept
of 'good' witchcraft. We all had a hearty laugh when Samantha's mother,
Endora, changed Darrin into a braying donkey, or Jeannie managed to 'blink'
herself into a space capsule with her master, Major Anthony Nelson. After
all, it was harmless fun, and a needed escape from the fears and stresses
of the era.
The dark side of good witchcraft surfaced with the airing
of "Dark Shadows". Viewers followed the battles and ghoulish antics of
the Collins clan as they moved backwards and forwards in time, laying out
in soap opera form tales of witchcraft, vampires, spells, incantations,
and a taste for human blood. Fast forward some thirty years. Not only are
these shows back and re-packaged by Hollywood for a new generation (and
available on video cassette in many cases), they have also brought along
some powerful cousins; "Sabrina: The Teenage Witch" on television; the
dark, broody, movie "The Craft"; and last, but not least, a British book
series featuring the adventures of "Harry Potter", as he battles his foes
with magic and sorcery. Add to this the rise of the video tape, satellite
technology and the World Wide Web, and subjects such as witchcraft, astrology,
and the occult are instantly available to be piped into the home.
Even our animated fare on Saturday mornings have undergone
a gradual and disturbing transformation. Gone are the carefree days of
Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse. Now, Americans have 'toons of occultic origins,
from 'Dungeons & Dragons', to 'Pokemon', to the overtly demonic 'Spawn',
as close as their T.V. set or VCR, again thanks to the innovations of video
tape, satellite technology and the World Wide Web.
Witchcraft, a.k.a. 'The Craft', 'Neo-Paganism', 'The Old
Religion', or Wicca is, in effect, a religion by its own admission. In
fact, the terms witchcraft and Wicca are interchangeable. Many practitioners
enjoy the same religious freedoms that followers of Judaism, Islam, or
Christianity under the U. S. Constitution, including the freedom to set
up churches, to carry their belief structure into prisons, the military,
and public domain, and 501 C-3 tax exempt status from the federal government
extended to its leadership and members. According to The Unofficial
U. S. Census, author Tom Heymann writes in this 1991 work that
many of those who practice witchcraft came out of an organized, or formal
religious structure, such as mainstream denominations, Roman Catholicism,
or Judaism. Thus, leading witchcraft practitioners already have a grounding
in ritual, worship styles and practices - but have made the choice to 'get
involved' with this religious system for money, power, prestige, concern
for the environment, expansion of feminism, or a number of other reasons.
Some Current Battles And Headlines
U. S. Military officials have reported that on a few military
bases and installations, those who actively practice witchcraft and Satanism
have requested and received not only the right to practice their beliefs,
but Chaplains who can serve to minister to military personnel who hold
In a few prisons, inmates have petitioned in court and won
the right to have witchcraft and Satanism rites performed on a regular
basis within prison walls.
In 1986, during a Homicide Investigation Seminar held in
Las Vegas, Nevada, it was revealed that between 40,000 and 60,000 ritual
homicides - traceable to witchcraft or other occult practices - take place
in the United States each year.
In 1989, around the town of Matamoros, Mexico, law enforcement
agencies discovered the first modern occult-criminal enterprise link. A
drug ring run by firm believers in various forms of witchcraft was discovered.
Tales of ritual murders, spell casting, and immorality were unearthed as
the head of the drug ring believed heavily in using spells, charms from
human bodies, and incantations to protect his lucrative drug trade from
In 1993, according to the publication National &
International Religion Report, a coup of sorts took place for followers
of Wicca in Salem, Mass. A third generation witch took a seat among the
Salem (Mass.) Religious Leaders Association. Shawn Poirer, high priest
of the Coven of the Black Rose, joined the inter-faith group, The Salem
In 1998-99, PBS stations ran a series entitled: "Occult History
Of The Third Reich". Viewers were treated to written, first hand, and film
evidence of the occult worship practices of high ranking members of the
Nazi party during the second World War. In the same time span, the Discovery
Channel also aired a similar, but shorter documentary, entitled: Nazis:
The Occult Conspiracy. The overall theme of both documentary series,
like the Matamoros case, was that by using witchcraft, and various other
occult art forms, the Nazis could prevent the Allied advance against their
tyranny in Germany.
During the Spring of 2000, the hit CBS-TV show JAG
featured a show that went deeply into the use of witchcraft and occult
practices on some U.S. Military Bases. One of the central characters infiltrated
an active Wicca 'coven' to help 'expose' its leader on rape charges.
In May, 2001, the popular 'Harry Potter' series sold its
100 millionth book.
Two Sides Of The Same Coin?
According to The Ontario Centre For Religious Tolerance,
in a 1995 series of reports, the realm of the occult is composed of 'black'
magic and 'white' magic. Black magic is usually associated with such religious
groups and practices as Santeria, Voodoo, or Satanism, and is used to protect
the group, dispatch enemies, and empower its leadership. White magic is
usually associated with such religious groups and practices as Shamans,
Neo-Pagans, and Witches, or followers of Wicca, and is used to, supposedly,
help those in need, worship nature, and various fertility rites. However,
there are those who have come out, or, who have made a study of witchcraft
and occult phenomena state emphatically that both black and white magic
(or 'magick' as pronounced by those in the craft) are two side of the same
Critics of modern witchcraft practices state the Wicca
is the down payment, the entry door for more hard-core, or black magic
practices. In her 1991 book Reverse The Curse In Your Life,
author Joan Hake Robie details six types of people who are attracted to
The Curious, or Power Seekers
The Religiously Disenchanted
Those interested in illicit sex and drug use.
Some of these individuals are in our churches and
communities. It is up to the Pastor to know the Biblical cure for this
blight on society, and help set the captives free.
A Pastoral Intelligence Briefing On
Wicca & The Occult - Part 2
In this second part of our series, I find that an old story
would do very well in the introduction. A poisonous snake slithered up
to the edge of a lake and wanted to cross. Just then, the snake spied an
Otter and tried to negotiate a ride across. The otter, reluctantly, agreed,
and the pair were off on their mission. Halfway across the lake, the snake
dug his fangs deeply into the neck of the swimming Otter. "WHY DID YOU
DO THAT!?" Cried the Otter, as he started to succumb to the effects of
the poison from the bite. "I just couldn't help myself," whined the snake,
as the pair soon sank into the lake, to meet their fate.
Under the U. S. Constitution, religion - and religious
worship - is protected. On our shores, American citizens can worship where
they choose, with whom they choose, to whatever god they choose. Our country
has mainline denominations, independent churches, cults, and secret societies;
big churches and little meeting halls; flamboyant televangelists and humble
country preachers. However, in any religion, there are bound to be questions
from the followers and the faithful. Thus the maxim "Let the buyer beware"
applies -even to those attracted to religious groups like Wicca.
Slippery Terms, Secretive Practices - And Growing
While higher level followers of Wiccan beliefs identify their
faith as an 'art, science, and a religion', and themselves as practitioners
of 'white' magic(k) the face they put forth to the public, and lower level
followers and dabblers (especially teenagers), behind the scenes - according
to former practitioners, and cult watchers - a different picture is revealed.
A picture of slippery terms and secretive, sometimes deadly practices.
According to the Ontario Centre For Religious Tolerance in a 1995 report
on "Witchcraft And Wicca", the Wiccan rede - or 'golden rule' - is as follows:
"An' it harm none, do what thou wilt"; meaning that those who follow Wiccan
beliefs are free to do what they want, as long as it does not harm themselves
- or others. Another Wicca credo, as listed by the report is the 'Three
Fold Law', which states as follows: "All good that a person does returns
three fold in this life: harm is also returned three fold". This means
that, if a Wiccan follower is shown good, or given evil, they must return
it three times - even if it means to secure help from higher ups in the
coven (group or cluster of others involved in Wicca) to accomplish the
[According to] William Schnoebelen, a former Wiccan High
Priest for sixteen years who is now a Christian, an author, and a lecturer
about cult/occult phenomena, the rede and the Three Fold Law only looks
good on paper, and is seldom practiced in a loving manner as followers
would like the public to believe. In his 1990 book entitled: Wicca:
Satan's Little White Lie, Schnoebelen states that lower level Wicca
followers would often approach higher ups to violate the Wiccan rules for
their own personal gratification. His observations on the alleged differences
between Wicca and Satanism are worth noting as he writes that Wiccan followers
surround themselves more with press releases rather than a real facts:
"Practicing Wicca is like having a hand grenade blow up in your face..."
Schnoebelen writes, "...in terms of the spiritual impact. Practicing Satanism
is like having a neutron bomb detonate in your face. The difference is
there and discernible, but it is still an utter disaster for you, either
The Internet - A High Tech Caldron?
Those who know of the dangers of witchcraft, Wicca, and Satanism
and have gone public, maintain that the three are interlinked. In their
view, one who is recruited may believe that they are only involved in white
magic, but, the deeper they go, the further into the black magic realm
they travel. Meanwhile, those neo-pagans and Wiccans who are involved in
such practices maintain that their religious beliefs are protected by the
constitution, and they have the freedom to practice their religion as they
With the advancement of computer technology, and the spread
of the World Wide Web, the Internet helps to provide not only a well oiled
public relations machine (uncensored by the government and the press),
but fertile ground for new followers, along with the secrecy to recruit
such followers. A few key strokes and any teenager can access spells, incantations,
meeting places and other items necessary to not only join a coven, but
to start their own. With E-mail, teenagers can not only write to their
favorite rock stars, but to their favorite witch or warlock as well.
A Pastoral Intelligence Briefing On
Wicca & The Occult - Part 3
So far in our series we have learned that the U. S. Constitution
protects the freedom of worship in America - even those who are involved
in questionable religious practices such as witchcraft, Wicca and Satanism.
We have also learned that the Constitution also maintains freedom of speech.
As you have read, there are those who used to be heavily involved in witchcraft,
but who left the field to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
They speak out against their former practices in the hopes of leading others
away from what they call these 'dark and deceptive occult arts'. However,
you have also read that there are those who are quite content to remain
involved in witchcraft, and would like others to join them. They too speak
with passion for their position. The bottom line to this entire series
is the following: It is up to each individual to make a firm study of the
religious road that they want to travel, count the cost, and let the buyer
However, it is also up to the Christians who are on fire
for Jesus Christ to warn those who may be heading into a minefield from
Hell. The American Christian and the American public have gotten quite
used to having witchcraft, sorcery, and the occult around. It is as close
as one's newspaper, television set, or radio. However, the price tag may
be higher than one imagines - our youth. Let me provide a non-occult example
of how vulnerable our youth are, when it comes to the enemies of the church.
A Recruitment Model Example
The 1980s saw a rise in the spread of street gangs in the
American heartland, mainly in the midwest. Thanks to the spread of Hip
Hop and Rap music, the way was cleared for gang recruiters to easily slip
into midwestern cities and towns, set up local chapters or affiliates,
and recruit newer, younger members. This way, gangs would have a new source
of revenue, a broader drug sales base, and future leaders who could move
to urban areas, or recruit more lower ranking members to do their bidding.
According to published law enforcement and media sources,
to join a street gang a person has to, first, let the gang hierarchy know
that they are interested. Higher ups in the gang do some background checking
on the potential initiate, and, set up their own time for the initiation
ceremony, which could range from taking a beating from current gang members,
having unprotected sex with a designated person, to commission of a crime.
If the initiate passes the initiation tests, they are held to be an 'associate'
member of the gang. Over the course of time, crime, and more testing, a
person can become a full 'member', receive their 'colors' and set about
recruiting more members.
By the end of the 1990s, law enforcement pressure in larger
midwestern areas forced gang recruiters to spin their recruitment web in
suburban and rural areas. With the dawn of a new millennium, there are
young people in rural school corporations imitating their older gang banging
brothers, right down to the flashing of gang signs, wearing of gang colors,
drawing of gang symbols, and taking part in crimes ranging from petty theft
to murder. Teenage boys are involved, but so are a rising number of teenage
girls. If one were to take a page from the gang recruitment example, tone
it down a bit, and slip on the cover of secrecy a bit tighter, add money,
prestige, power, and the joy of 'fitting in', one would have a model for
recruitment into Wiccan and Satanic covens - a highly successful model.
Harder To Spot Teens In Occult Activity
While it is easy for parents, pastors, school officials,
law enforcement and social workers to spot gang members, it is not that
easy for them to spot those teens who may be involved in witchcraft, or
other occult related activity. First, because of the strict code of secrecy
involved in witchcraft, there is no public 'dress code' for members, unlike
the very public 'dress codes' for gang members. Second, due to the ease
of availability of computer use; wannabes, dabblers, and teens with a mild
interest in the occult can go on the Internet to get their daily occult
'fix' right under the noses of parents and teachers.
Creepy hairstyles may not indicate severe cult/occult
involvement, but may just be a means of getting attention for themselves.
As adults know, fads are here today and gone tomorrow, if they remember
their own days as teenagers. Based upon books and articles used in the
preparation of this series, those who recruit teens for cult/occult involvement
are smart and clever. They will often have teens to recruit other teens
for such involvement because they know the modern language.
Parental Involvement Is The Key
Recent national surveys and reports have proclaimed that
involved parents usually are the best deterrent to keeping teens away from
drugs. Involved parents, churches, and Pastors can have the same victories
when it comes to breaking up occult involvement.
The Bible is still the all-time leader in book sales.
Programs such as See You At The Pole and youth focused Bible
clubs and Bible studies have done wonders at reducing teenage occult, drug,
and gang involvement. Dozens of youth ministries exist at the local, state,
and national level which criss-cross the country to bring Jesus Christ
to a hungry teenage population, anxious for truth in an era of falsehood
and spiritual darkness. We have a solid choice in these last days; either
we can let 'Harry Potter' win our youth, or we can have Jesus Christ in
charge of our youth. Pastors of America, the choice is yours. You have
a true picture of what you are up against.
Recommended Reading For
Parents And Teens:
"Between Christ and Satan" and "Occult ABC" by Dr. Kurt Koch
"Dark Secrets Of The New Age" by Texe Marrs.
"Reverse The Curse In Your Life" by Joan Hake Robie
"The Beautiful Side Of Evil" and "Like Lambs To The Slaughter"
by Johanna Michaelsen.
"The Unofficial U. S. Census" by Tom Heymann
"Goddess Unmasked" by Phillip G. Davis
"Wicca: Satan's Little White Lie" by William Schnoebelen
Other Publications And Resources
"How To Spot A Dangerous Religious Group", "The Role Of Women
In Ministry", and "Confused Passions Over Homosexuality", among other free
booklets from RBC Ministries, PO Box 2222, Grand Rapids, MI. 49555-0001.
"The Poor Little Witch", "Bewitched", "A Demon's Nightmare",
and other tracts and booklets sold by Chick Publications, PO Box 3500,
Ontario, CA. 91761-1100. Ask for their catalog and price list. (www.chick.com)
"What Demons Do All Day (Parts 1 and 2)" Free tape, transcript
and video series by Russell Kelfer, Discipleship Tape Ministries, 10602
Mossbank, San Antonio, Tx. 78230-3422. (www.dtm.org)
Internet Resources And Web Pages
The Cutting Edge website: www.cuttingedge.org
The Ontario Centre For Religious Tolerance: web.canlink.com
Saints Alive: www.saintsalive.org
King James Version website: www.av1611.org
Bible Teaching Website: www.bibleteacher.org
O Timothy website: wayoflife.org/~dcloud
Zondervan News Link website: www.zondervan.com
Charles H. Spurgeon website: www.spurgeon.org
How To Keep Teens Out Of The Trench Coat Mafia
Pastor David W. Cloud, "O Timothy" Magazine (Vol
16, Issue 5, 1999)
Parents must build a God-fearing home
Parents must be dedicated to their children
Parents must be members to a God-fearing church.
Parents must separate from evil and worldliness
Parents must teach teens to guard against unwholesome friendships.
Parents must see that children are educated in a wholesome
Parents must be alert to warning signs that afflict their
Parents must pray earnestly that their children and teens
will develop a firm relationship with Jesus Christ.
Twelve Rules For Raising Gang Members Or Drug Addicts
Begin in infancy to give the child everything he/she wants.
In this way, they will grow up to believe that the world owes them a living.
When he/she picks up bad words, laugh at them. This will
make them think that they are cute. It will also encourage them to pick
up 'cuter' phrases that will blow off the top of your head in later discussions.
Never give them any spiritual training. Wait till they turn
21 and decide for themselves.
Avoid the use of the word 'wrong'. It may develop a guilt
complex. This will condition them to believe later that when they are arrested,
society is against them.
Pick up everything they leave lying around and do everything
Let them read whatever pleases them.
Quarrel with your spouse frequently in front of them. Thus,
they will be wide open to recruitment later, should the home break up.
Give a child all the spending money they want. Never let
them earn their own. Why should they have to work for their money like
you did when you were a teenager?
Cater to and satisfy their every craving and desire, including
Take his part eagerly against neighbors, teachers, police
and the church. There was a time when children got out of line the community
was involved in discipline.
When they get into trouble, apologize for yourself and make
excuses, like: "I could never raise him/her right".
Prepare for a life of grief. You will be sure to have it.
(Paraphrase of a widely circulated law enforcement pamphlet)
Twelve Forbidden Practices According To The KJV Bible
ENCHANTMENTS--The act of influencing by charms and incantations.
The practice of the magical arts.
WITCHCRAFT--The practice of dealing with evil spirits, the
use of sorcery or magic.
SORCERY--The use of power gained from the assistance or control
of evil spirits, especially for divining.
DIVINATION--The art of fortune telling.
WIZARDRY--The art or practices of a wizard; sorcery.
NECROMANCY--Communiaction with the dead; conjuration of the
spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing
the course of events.
CHARM--Put a spell upon someone; to affect by magic.
STAR GAZING/ASTROLOGY--The divination, or supposed influence
of the stars upon human affairs and terrestrial events by the stars' position
SOOTHSAYING--The act of foretelling certain human events
by unscriptural means.
OBSERVING TIMES--a.k.a. ASTROLOGY.
MAGIC--a.k.a. WITCHCRAFT (From the book, "REVERSE THE CURSE
IN YOUR LIFE" by Joan Hake Robie)
Cult Techniques Of Manipulation
ISOLATION--Loss of reality induced by physical separation
from cultural, social, and family references.
HYPNOSIS--State of high suggestibility induced by hypnosis
(either directly induced or drug induced).
PEER GROUP PRESSURE--Going along with others to get along.
LOVE BOMBING--Sense of belonging to the group contrived by
or through touching, hugging, kissing, or other flattery.
REMOVAL OF PRIVACY--Individuality frowned upon; everything
done for the 'good of the group'.
SLEEP DEPRAVATION AND FATIGUE--Induced to keep members and
recruits 'off balance'.
GAMES--Either role playing games to infuse group morals and
teaching; or field exercises to further carry forth the message of the
group. Games will include difficult to define rules, or hidden double meanings
to further force dependence upon the group.
RIGID COMMAND STRUCTURE--Violation of said command structure
usually swiftly, and violently punished with loss of status, or--in extreme
cases--loss of life.
REJECTION OF NORMAL SOCIAL VALUES--Acceptance manipulated
by constant denouncing of social norms and values, such as marriage, church,
CONFUSING DOCTRINE--Mixture of doctrines from several different
religious groups, twisted biblical application, or contrived doctrines
from group leadership.
FINANCIAL SACRIFICES--Money is what makes group function;
followers coerced into doing things to raise money 'to fight the good fight',
including theft, prostitution, murder, mayhem, and securing finances from
CHALLENGE TO AUTHORITY--Not tolerated.
CHANGE OF DIET--Food changes designed to wear down resistance
FEAR--Recruits taught early that those who leave the group
lose their 'salvation' and cannot ever live a 'normal life' outside of
DRESS--Styles of clothing and colors picked by group leadership,
further causing recruits and members to depend upon the group leadership.
FINGER POINTING--Those who oppose the group on the outside
do not understand the group and are usually verbally denounced. An initiation
rite could be assassination of those who stand against the group.
CONFESSION--Recruits often asked/forced to tell sensitive
information about themselves to group leaders.
GUILT--Group leadership often keeps detailed records of this
information to use at a future time against group initiates and group members
to 'keep them in line'.
CONTROLLED ACCESS--New group members are tightly watched
as to whom they associate/communicate with. Some outsiders who fight cults
happen across new recruits, and new recruits are told to stay away from
them as they are reported to be the 'enemy'.
SECRET SIGNS AND SYMBOLS--Various signs and symbols are given
to initiates to learn. Meanings may be obvious, hidden, or a combination
of the two.
DISINHIBITION--Recruits often given adult responsibilities
and freedoms, i.e., if new member is a young teen who cannot drive, they
will be allowed to drive group vans and cars, further keeping them under
EDUCATION--Because of tight control of group leadership,
those who are required to be in school often are heavily monitored and
school lessons only allowed to let group maintain air of legitimacy.
WORK--Long work days often a part of the group lifestyle,
including disregard for labor and other laws to protect teens, and often
includes 'begging' and 'selling' of group products at airports, on street
corners, or near major traffic areas...sometimes in cities away from where
teens originally live.
SEX--Sex is used as an indoctrination device (sex with older
members of the group); a manipulation device (such as sex with group leadership);
or for a punishment device (withholding of sex for violation of group norms).
AUTHORITY FIGURES--Initiates taught early that normal and
traditional authority figures have no say in group policies. (Some of material
provided by Dr. Dale W. Griffiths, circa 1985)