rebellion is witchcraft
You are God's creation - He knew you before you were formed in the womb and He created you for His purposes (Psa.139:13-18). You are in God’s plans and you have been built to fulfil a part in the entire scheme of salvation and judgement. You are also loved and precious in God's sight (John.16:27). You see, no one decides to know God by their own will. It is God who draws us to Him (John.6:44). So, if you know God and believe in God, then you have been called of God (Rom.8:28).
Now, God made Moses, Abraham and Jesus for His purposes, even Samuel, Anna, Jonah, Elisabeth, Peter, Paul and many more. The common thread for all who were called was that they listened. They drew close to God, listened to what He said and obeyed. This meant they walked perfectly in God's plans for them (Matt.5:47, Rom.12:2).
Now there are many mentions of witchcraft in the bible which is the use of divine spiritual powers like familiar spirits or mediums (Lev.20:6). It can be in the form of magic, charms or spells. It includes divination, sorcery, enchantment, soothsaying and even astrology (2 Kings.17:17, Acts.13:6). Essentially, it means going to another source, that is not of God, for guidance and direction, much like what Pharaoh, Saul or King Belshazzar did (Gen.41:8, 1 Sam.28:7, Dan.5:7).
You see God made us for His purposes, not for the purposes of some other alternate divine power. When we choose to listen and obey the instructions of a medium, an astrologer or sorcerer, we are actually going head on against God’s plans for us (Mal.3:5). The sin of witchcraft is death (Rev.21:8) and God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. However, His grace is now available for us to repent and turn away from all these practices before it is too late.
Rebellion is like witchcraft because to rebel is to be contrary to instructions and contrary to obedience. Hence, the penalty is the same as dabbling in witchcraft.
We encourage you to listen and obey God's will for you so that you may receive the promise to the saving of your soul (Heb.10:36-39). Rejoice, as there is now no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk according to the Holy Spirit of God (Rom.8:1).
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