Freedom From Christian Magic

Fetishes and Christian Magic: An Excerpt From the New Idolatry Taken from Chapter 2

Within the history of religion in general, fetishism is a form of magic,wherein an artificial object is revered and regarded as powerful enough to ensure protection. Likewise an amulet is a power-charged fetish for protection against magic and demons.[13] Those who revere and depend on fetishes and amulets are in danger of transgressing the second commandment, namely, not to make any graven images.

Even a cross suspended from a necklace has a magical meaning. Written in 1972, the passing of three decades reveals that the problem has progressively worsened:

“Many a Christian worker thinks so. It is evident here that Christianity has become infected with magic influences. According to the New Testament this intrusion of magic elements turns the Christian faith into a matter of materialism and idolatry. Pastoral experience shows in many cases how this superstition captivates men and subjects them to magical influences. It is not seldom that houses protected by fire charms and other fetishes and amulets become haunted. [14]

Prayer and Charismatic Witchcraft

Even prayer can be dangerous because it descends into charismatic witchcraft when the one who prays seeks to control the lives of others. Soulish prayers of this kind energizes psychic power by projecting one’s thought on to the persons that they are praying for, by saying that such and such a person ‘shall’ do this or that. Such prayers make demands upon God to “make something happen. According to Jessie Penn Lewis,

“Every prayer should be directed Godward, and should never be a telling the Lord what to do for somebody else. We may pray that God will direct them what to do, but we ought not to say that they ‘must’ do what WE THINK is God’s will they should do, or even that they ‘shall not’ do what we know is wrong.”[15]

I observed in a video clip a vivid depiction of a charismatic witchcraft prayer offered by well-known evangelist and associate of charismatic mega prophetess Juanita Bynum, Rev. Cindy Trimm. Before a congregation of at least a few thousand, Trimm walked up and down the platform, supposedly praying, bellowing loudly: “I decree this and I proclaim that.” With this esoteric, occultic prayer, rather than God the Father of the trinity, she really was addressing fallen angels.

Ashtar: This photo is one of many images of him.

Once Trimm loudly proclaimed, “ Father, I decree that the spirit of the Ashtar shall fall upon all the people, from one end of the congregation to another, the people fell slain in the spirit in what looked like ocean waves. Ashtar is one of the gods who calls himself an ascended master who channels message through New Age mediums. Ashtar claims to be the military general of the fallen angel known as Jesus Sananda Emmanuel, the one I call “the Fake Jesus.” In fact, when Charismatics praise and give thanks to Jesus, Sananda is the one who receives the worship and the adoration because the fake Jesus is the invisible god behind the practice of charismatic witchcraft.

15 Responses to “Freedom From Christian Magic”

  1. Jessie Brewin March 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Hello Pam. I am interested to know what your opinion is about Spiritual Gifts? Do you believe they are still for today? I consider myself to be a Christian but have been harassed by a demonic presence for the last three years. I know that I need healing and deliverance but I have become extremely wary about where I am to go for my healing. I also have a number of spiritual gifts and even though I may not be yet healed and whole I still believe The Lord would want me to use these when he feels I am ready. I still believe Jesus is with me and I pray, read my bible and believe I have received the Holy Spirit. At the same time I have also experienced harassment. I believe there are generational issues and there has also been occult involvement in my family. I suspect this is the reason I have been so oppressed. Would appreciate your comments. Thank you.

    • Pam Sheppard Publishing March 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

      I have written about it somewhere. I can safely say “I don’t know.” when I don’t know, I try not to give opinions. one thing I DO. Know. Paul did not describe them because the Corinthians already knew what they were. he was writing to them, and not to us. healing and miracles are clear but the rest of them are not really defined anywhere in the bible.

  2. Micah February 15, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    This article just shocked the heck out of me.

  3. erniemink December 23, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    What happens when a charismatic Christian church cannot work things out from the past with a man they kicked out of the church, even if it was a misunderstanding? What am I supposed to think then?

    • Pam Sheppard Publishing December 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Such a question suggests to me that you are unaware of the state of the church.

      The one who was kicked out is blessed.

      • Mink December 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

        Possibly true. The person was me. And what do you see the state of the church being right now?

  4. rick November 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Thank you. No doubt we blundered much of our religion by hypeing it up to attract people. I was in the charismatic movement in 1976 for 8 years. I saw both good and bad. Our state head leader droped out stateing, “It dosent work”. And also stated, The roman catholic church works better. That main prayer group is still calm and steady but the restless ones drifted away. I believe there are God fearing loveing christians there. I learned how the devil cleverly works on our foolish pride to divide. It was in kansas city conference 1977 a word came…”The body of my son is broken”. (Ralph m)
    I believe the innocent converts had the real jesus Yashua. But many were taught wrong and they lost a sence of reality. I droped out when i moved and years later atended some churchs but they all floped. I even saw people posessed while exuberently proclaiming jesus. A certain african preacher came to town for revival and brought a certain woman who exerted an independent authority to stir up spritual events. At one meeting she droped on the floor also and later left town. Her young college student follower droped also and was committed to a mental hospital. The lead pastors wife divorced him and he was later jailed for some rediculas stuff. Another group in this same Mn town were anxious to see God move but were snared by decieving spirits and a certain man money scamed them for several years depleting there funds. The bizarre nature of this home group involved demonic activity and a complete revolving door of new and leaving. The HUGE wealth they promisedwas coming…never came. (Green lite, thomas buckley). Anyways im 61 now and lost my wife 25 years ago while at a bizarre charizmatic church. Im mean she lost her reality of God. She became independent with authority demanding respect as a prophetess. She quit that church and fasted and said sparks came from her
    finger tips. The pastor was fired for sexual stuff.
    And of the above groups none will answer my letters.
    Jesus yashua said. Ye scribes and pharesees ye travel land and sea to find one convert to make him twice worthy of hell than your selves.

  5. Anonymous November 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    she proclaimed the “spirit of Ester” not Ashtar.

    • Pam Sheppard Publishing November 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      It does not matter. it was God”s will that I heard ASHTAR. google him for yourself.

    • kayeth1 November 25, 2013 at 4:16 am #

      To Anonymous:
      Even if she did say Esther-Esther is not the name to be calling. No man comes unto the Father but by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ left us the Holy Spirit (the comforter) not Esther! So what is your point? No anointing, no impartation of the Holy spirit or any spiritual blessing will come from Esther.

      And to slain is to murder. Being “Slain in the spirit” means murder to your spirit.

      Obviously, If you believe in what you are proclaiming you would not be anonymous! Find scripture to back up what you hear instead of following stir fried foolishness.

  6. rick russell July 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Here is the link. Web page posting a copy of the pastors repentance letter toronto blessing.
    Very humble. And certainly more honorable than a thousand politicaly correct churchs.

  7. rick russell July 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    I read the repentence letter(web page) of the Toronto airport church. Toronto blessing Revival. It was the most mixed up i have ever heard of. Although many indiviguals received great blessings. I met some true believers from that church.

  8. rebecca February 10, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    i have tried discussing this troubling thing i’ve noticed recently although it has always been there. the perversion of worship with my family to no avail. i believe it is easier to fool someone than convince them they’ve been fooled. there are things that were once pagan that are incorporated into societal practice and even wearing a cross is a symbol. with the lord we need to talismans. i have had issues with organized churches since my teen years it’s difficult to discern truth from those inside the church. everyone is on their best behavior. i say if you can’t do it in a church on sunday then you probably shouldn’t do it any other day. i have not been to church in a while. i read others ideas and my bible but should read it more often. i realized that tonight i need to turn to GOD for ansswers and my problems. not other means no wonder i keep making the wrong choices. i stopped for a while and allowed myself to become not overwhelmed but engulfed in emotional gratification and desire for companionship i allowed myself to look towards things i shouldn’t i’m glad i came across your site before i went and actgually had a reading. or bothered with chakras. pray i discern the nature of divinity presented to me if at all and i have the wisdom to interpret God message and will for me. pray he grants me the wisdom to see the path he has chosen for me that i may run to it with fervor and without doubt or fear. pray the lord removes fear from my heart there is so much of it, worry anxiety i am unproductive sometimes because i’m overwhelmed with the anxiety of it all. the anxiety of society. thank you for you time and consideration i need guidance but i’m weary to discuss my out of the box ideas or thoughts with my pastor i’m afraid he won’t understand or will think i’m nutso and i don’t want to be seen as strange at church for my mothers sake. i do need someone to ask questions about my new ideas i get them from reading and i try to ensure my worship is pure but the devil is certainly tricky. fooling us into giving evil things benign names so their true meaning can be lost to time and forgotten to man now he delights in mans ignorance as he participates in pagan rituals and adorn their home with pagan symbols giving homage to demons all the while doing so with no knowledge its the ultimate deceit. i said to my mother one day i read that historically wreaths were used in pagan worship of the winter solstice now we use them as decoration is it possible that we are unknowlingly worshiping a sun demon when we put up wreaths of any kind. she tells me it’s not longer a pagan thing so it’s okay. ( i do not understand this logic, GOD and the demon know it’s meaning even if i don’t) she accuses me of taking it too far in different words, i try a different approach or analogy and she tells me i need to stop questioning things and just have faith. i don’t understand this either my faith in the Holy Spirit is absolute i have felt it it has moved me and protected me. i question if i have chosen the correct God to follow but rarely give it much thought and try to dismiss it as the devils doubt. regardless i just think questioning the origin of things and questioning is my faith on the right path am i diong anything wrong in my worship how can i truly glorify God is my worship of Him is incorrect.

    • Pam Sheppard Publishing February 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

      The Lord described worship not as religious exercise but as walking in the spirit and living by truth. Walking in th spirit involves walking by faith, a thing we really cannot do until the Holy Spirit draws us to the cross and the resurrection of the Lord. Once born again, we have the power to walk by faith and gird ourselves with truth.

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