Many people who practice Witchcraft may be unaware of any harmful effects that can result from its practice. This article will therefore highlight some Christian concerns and explore the possible dangers that may arise.
A Drive into Deeper, more Esoteric, and Sometimes Darker Practices
Many Witches will often turn to deeper, more esoteric, and sometimes darker practices, in an effort to find spiritual fulfilment. This experimentation into the spiritual realm is essentially a search from the human heart to connect with God. Indeed, the motivation of many Witches is often a noble one. Many seek to better themselves as human beings, help others, and find fulfilment. Unfortunately, rather than finding fulfilment, a nagging void is left that can never be filled by such practices. The only way that this void can be filled is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who brings us back to God, the source of all life and fulfilment. Jesus said:
"...I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst" (John 6:35)
Untrustworthy Spiritual Forces
Although they may not realize it (or admit it), Witches are connecting themselves with powerful spiritual forces that are not what they appear to be. These forces (whether they believe them to be personal entities or some sort of abstract non-personal forces) are unstable and unpredictable. The reality is that the spirits that operate in the realm of Witchcraft are malevolent beings that do not have people's best interest at heart, but rather seek to ruin them spiritually. Some people have testified of very bad experiences through contact with such forces. For example, see the testimonies page of this site: Stories of Freedom.
God Commands People to Keep Away from Witchcraft
It should also be remembered that another reason why Christians are concerned that Witchcraft is harmful is because God commands us to keep away from it (e.g. Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Lev. 19:26, 31; 20:6; 2 Kings 17:10-17; 21:1-6; 23:4-7, 24-25; 2 Chron. 33:6; Acts 13:6-12; 16:18; Gal. 5:20; Rev. 9:21). God, as an all knowing and caring God, knows the spiritual difficulties that can come from the practice of Witchcraft. This is why He commands us to keep not engage in it.
Witchcraft Draws People Away from God's Salvation in Christ
Although there are some Witches who do have a respect for Jesus, most begin to develop a very distorted image of who He is, and the message that He preached. Often this can be linked with a mistrust of the Bible. Through my own observations, and reading, I have noticed that a lot of literature on the subject of Witchcraft, and Neo-Paganism in general, often impresses on its readers that the Bible is unreliable and not to be taken seriously. If people read such repetition often enough, they will begin to believe it rather than to examine the facts for themselves. As a result of this, many Witches and Pagans of all persuasions soon begin to mistrust God's written revelation about Christ, and consequently, not believe what it says about Him. Many Witches believe that the Bible is unreliable and has suffered additions and deletions throughout history. Many believe that such teachings as reincarnation were originally contained within its pages, but were taken out by the Church at a later date. There is no evidence for this, however, and the record actually shows that the transmitted New Testament record, that we have today in our Bible's, is a very good and trustworthy copy of the original. As well as this, it is worth taking notice of the fact that the early Church Fathers, who wrote prolifically, and quoted the New Testament extensively in their writings, never discussed reincarnation as a legitimate Christian belief. For more information on the reliability of the Bible text see the following link: The Trustworthiness of the Bible: Was It Tampered With By the Early Church? By Craig S. Hawkins).
Of course, despite the evidence, there will always be those who will maintain that the Bible is not trustworthy. It is far more comfortable to believe that the Bible is unreliable and ignore its message than to face up to the fact that it is true. To do so, one would then be forced to come to terms with its key message: That humanity is separated from God by sin (Rom. 3:23; 6:23) and that the way back to God, true forgiveness and salvation, is in Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). This is not a popular message today, but it is the clear message of the Bible.
It is clear that there are dangers involved for those engaged in the practice of Witchcraft. Many are driven into deeper, more esoteric, and sometimes darker practices. The spirits which operate in the realm of Witchcraft are not what they appear to be but rather seek to draw people away into disobedience against God and from the salvation that is found in Christ.