We, in the 21st Century, think that every new experience or invention under the sun began with us. We are the center of our own naive and narcissistic universe. For instance, those who are on the fringes of dynamic experimentation with combining humans with computers, think they are the first to ever consider enhancing the human body with unnatural and extraordinary powers. Need I remind them that such attempts have been made as far back as 3500 B.C., when the Watchers descended to earth to mate with human women and produced "mighty men"; giants endowed with super strength, height, and powers -- it's all there in Genesis, Chapter 6.
Every generation must deal with the latest repetition of age-old practices that threaten to infiltrate and destroy the relationship between man and his Creator. Throughout the ages, man has intuitively known that "something" exists beyond this earthly realm, and has been tempted to communicate with the spirit world. In our youth, we were introduced to the Ouija Board, a board "game" in which one could supposedly summon spirits from "the other side", who would respond to questions by moving a pointer around the board. Little did we know how dangerous that so-called "game" really was.
But Spanish exorcist Jose Antonio Fortea told ACI Prensa (the Catholic news agency serving the Church in Latin America) that the so-called #CharlieCharlieChallenge involves the very real, occult practice of “calling on spirits.” In an interview May 27th, Father Fortea warned that “some spirits who are at the root of that practice will harass some of those who play the game.” Even though the priest thinks that players “won't be possessed” necessarily, the spirit that has been invoked “will stay around for a while ... resulting in other spirits beginning to enter into even more frequent communication.”
I must tell you that such communication with spirits is not confined to children or teenagers. My husband and I were contacted by a woman who we have been quite close to, who said she had a message for us from a "Spirit Master" who has appeared to her. Supposedly he told her that she needed to convey to us some important information that he wished us to know about our future. We politely and firmly declined her offer.
This woman, who professes to be a strong Christian, described channeling spirits "with long white beards" who were her "spirit guides" to a closer connection with God. When we refused to hear what they had to say, she tried to tell us anyway, and my husband had to tell her we did not want to hear one word of what she, or they, had to say.
The problem is that people who entertain contacting such mediums aren't aware that most modern channelers learn the art through the practice of Eastern meditation. Meditation involves "emptying" or "clearing" one's mind in order to "receive messages from the spirit realm". But what everyone should realize -- especially Christians -- is that we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit, who will give us unity, light, and wisdom with our Savior and Father in Heaven. Emptying our minds only presents the opportunity for a spirit imposter to enter our consciousness. Remember, demon spirits have no problem telling some of the truth to hide their deception; and just because a spirit can tell the truth and acknowledge the authority of Jesus, doesn't mean it is a good spirit.
All Christians must keep in mind that any prayers offered to anyone or anything other than God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit constitute prayers and/or worship to demons. It opens the way for evil spirits to have access to that place or person. Our friend who is consulting with her "Ascended Master" has no idea that this spirit being is not from God. She is as foolishly deceived as the youth who are following the social media trend of Charlie Charlie.
The Bible speaks of the danger of ignorance, in God's people (My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge; Hosea 4:6) and how risky it is even to bring things God classes as abomination into our homes. Unfortunately, our generation is so ignorant of God's Word that it has been quite simple for Satan to attack us. Many unknowingly invite demonic attack by dabbling in such practices as wearing jewelry with occult symbolism and power; agreeing to explore the spirit world through a medium; or by playing seemingly harmless board games. How easy it has been for Satan to blind an ignorant and foolish generation!
The very fact that exorcism has become a popular subject in recent months, points to the rise of occultic practices and demonic activities. There is a decrease in knowledge and diminished faith among the world's population; and combined with an increased curiosity and participation, by both young and old alike, in the occult through spirit contact, we can expect an extraordinary rise in demonic activity. It is time we Christians wake up to the very real danger of calling on spirits. This activity is not just an ancient practice; it is alive and well in the 21st Century, and it is a reality we can no longer ignore.
Isaiah 8:19 "And when the people [instead of putting their trust in God] shall say to you, Consult for direction mediums and wizards who chirp and mutter, should not a people seek and consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?"