Divination/Witchcraft: (Part 2b) – Spellbound Captivation – YOGA

YOGA 1“‘You shall have no other gods before Me.'” -Exodus 20:3 (NASB)
“I am the LORD; that is my name. I will not give my glory to anyone else or the praise I deserve to idols.” -Isaiah 42:8 (NASB)
“‘For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another.'” -Isaiah 48:11 (NASB)
Yoga has gained popularity in Christianity;  however, Yoga has no place in the life of Christian, and it is also another form of “Christian Meditation.”  Christians may live in this world, but we are not of this world.  We have been set apart for service unto God and are to do things God’s way and not take on the customs of this world.  Vain philosophies and imaginations of man such as Yoga will only take you down the broad road that leads to destruction and just because the word “Christian” is slapped in front of Yoga or the like DOES NOT make it Christian.  It is simply disguising itself in a blatant display of defiance before the God Most High who is spoken of in the Bible.  The Scriptures clearly show the children of Israel did not get away with Idolatry, neither will you.


YOGA 2.jpgYoga has its origin in Ancient India and is practiced in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.  In India, “Namaste” is a common greeting as well as in the cultures neighboring them, and “Namaste” is associated with Yoga. The word “Namaste” literally means “I bow to you” and the other meaning to “Namaste” is “the light in me bows to the light in you,” and the word “Namaste” is used at the beginning and end of every Yoga session. If you are a Christian and you greet someone with the term “Namaste” you are actually telling the person, “I bow to you” which is recognizing the individual as a god, which means you are also acknowledging the ultimate goal of Yoga.
The word “Yoga” literally means, “to combine” or “to yoke,” and if you are doing Yoga, you are yoking yourself to the worship of false gods.  Part of Yoga is the chanting of the Sanskrit word “Aum” or “Om,” which is considered so sacred that it is at the beginning and ending to every Hindu mantra and incantation.  Even the holy book of Hinduism, the Bhagavad Ghita (ancient Indian Text) tells you why every mantra and incantation is buttoned with “Aum” or “Om,” and is symbolic “Uttering the monosyllable Om, the eternal world of Brahman, One who departs leaving the body (at death), he attains the superior goal.”  The religion of Buddhism also considers “Aum” to be sacred and follows suit in its practice as well.


YOGA 3In Hinduism, the ultimate goal is to become one with god, to be the creator god (the supreme god) called Brahma, the first god (4-headed) in “the triad,” which also includes the Hindu gods Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer as shown in the photo to the left.  To reach what is called “moksha,” a state of complete perfection, liberation, and godhood,  some Sadhus, Indian wandering holy men, have chosen a life of poverty in order to go on a quest in search of perfection and liberation, and to become god the creator.  They look inward toward themselves, “the god within.”  However, it is not only the Sadhus looking to reach a state of complete perfection, liberation, and to be the creator god but also anyone who practices the religion of Hinduism.

YOGA 5Now if any of this sounds familiar to you, there are passages that speak to one creature we know of that was thrown out of Heaven because he wanted to be God; His name is Lucifer/Satan, and he is the epitome of wickedness and anything that tries to exalt itself against the God of All Creation spoken of in the Holy Bible.  Both the King of Babylon and the King of Tyre, within the pages of the Bible, are shown to have the same characteristics in human form as Satan; Satan, being the epitome of all evil, and the kings, spiritually speaking, were no different than their father the devil.  The Kings of Babylon and Tyre wanted to be God and would do anything to achieve their goal of reaching the absolute state of perfection and godhood.  From Isaiah 14:12-17 (GW) “How you have fallen from heaven, you morning star, son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the ground, you conqueror of nations! You thought, ‘I’ll go up to heaven and set up my throne above God’s stars. I’ll sit on the mountain far away in the north where the gods assemble.  I’ll go above the top of the clouds. I’ll be like the Most High.’  But you’ve been brought down to Sheol, to the deepest part of the pit.  Those who see you stare at you; they look at you closely and say, ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook the kingdoms, who made the world like a desert and tore down its cities, who didn’t let his prisoners go home?'”  From Ezekiel 28:12-18 (ESV) “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.  You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx and jasper, sapphire, emerald and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings.  On the day that you were created they were prepared.  You were an anointed guardian cherub.  I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.  You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.  In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you out as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stone of fire.  Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.  I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.  By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you.”  From Luke 10:18-20 (BSB) When Jesus was speaking to the 72 who had come back from doing great works in His name, “He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  The 72 could not take credit or pride in what they had done in the name of God and through the authority given to them by Christ because the great exploits they had done were not done by human strength or human wisdom.  They were given authority by Christ.  They were to give glory to God and not take pride or take joy that the demons submitted to them.  

“I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me.” -Isaiah 43:11 (NASB)
“You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.” -Exodus 34:14 (NLT)
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” -Matthew 24:11 (KJV)
“Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.” -1 Timothy 4:1 (NLT)


How do you repurpose pagan worship and pagan prayer and then turn around, call it Christian, and actually believe the pagan worship and pagan prayer will be acceptable to the God who is spoken of in the Bible?

Coming Next:  Divination/Witchcraft: (Part 3) – Spellbound Captivation – Who Do You Want To Talk To?


Divination/Witchcraft: (Part 2a) Vain Repetition & Meditation

Vain repetition -formulated prayers, mantras, incantations- are words which are useless and empty which flow from the human mind, things conceived by man, influenced by vain imaginations and worldly philosophies.  In Romans 12:2, it states, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Jesus had this to say about vain repetition in a teaching in Matthew 6:7 (NLT), “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.”
In Acts 19:28 (BLB), we find an example of vain repetition, “And having heard, and having become full of rage, they were crying out saying, ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians,'” and in Acts 19:34 (ESV), “But when they recognized that he was a Jew, for about two hours they all cried out with one voice, ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!'” For two hours, they kept crying out the same phrase over and over.  Their shouts lasted only two hours and what purpose did it serve?  No purpose at all.  It was simply part of their rioting, senseless rioting over a false deity with all that chanting, and no results.
The Oxford Dictionary defines mantra as:
  1. Originally in Hinduism and Buddhism a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation
  2. A Vedic hymn.
  3. A statement or slogan repeated frequently.
The Origin of the word itself:  “Late 18th century: Sanskrit, literally ‘a thought, thought behind speech or action’, from man- ‘think’, related to mind.”
Mantras and incantations have their origins in the Vedic Religion (India).  The ancient text “The Vedas,” considered sacred, is in the Sanskrit language, written between 1500 and 1000 BCE, is filled with prayers, formulas, liturgy, and mythological accounts. Many of the languages spoken in India have descended from the Sanskrit language.
Mantras/Incantations have been part of Christian Meditation since about the 4th Century having its origins in Eastern Religions and Eastern Philosophies (Monks/Nuns of Eastern Orthodoxy, The Church of the East, Oriental Orthodoxy, Eastern Catholicism) has flowed into Modern Christianity where even Transcendental Meditation (From the Middle Eastern Religions and Middle Eastern Philosophies as well as Asian Religions and Asian Philosophies) is readily accepted with the use of mantras and incantations.
For instance, in a video of a Christian Meditation Instructor, she stated, “I want you to use this mantra.  Repeat after me:  I choose you.” She would take a deep “cleansing breath” and then repeat the mantra.  She did this several times.
Another Christian Meditation Instructor looked at a bible verse from Isaiah and proceeded to put her electronic Bible down and commenced with the meditation.
In some of the worldly meditation videos, I saw the same thing going on as I did with the “Christian Meditation” videos.  I could NOT see the difference between “Christian Meditation” versus the Secular Meditation unless I looked very closely.  In other words, there was no difference with the so-called Christian Meditation versus the Worldly Meditation.  Both use Bible Scripture to back up their forms of meditation.  Mantras and incantations are mantras and incantations no matter how much you try to dress it up, disguise it, slice it, or dice it.
Acceptable Prayer to the God spoken of in the bible does not involve mantras or incantations or formulated prayers.  King David poured his heart out to God in the Psalms (56:8 NLT) “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”  In Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV), it states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” and in Matthew 11:28 (NASB), Jesus says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”  We are told in 1 John 5:14 (ESV), “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”  And that even in prayer (Psalm 150:6 NLT), “Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD! Praise the LORD!”  Acceptable Prayer to the God Who is The Creator is simply pouring your heart out before Him, coming into His presence with thanksgiving, and acceptable prayer is also repentance and confession before Him, seeking after Him and His righteousness.

We, as believers, are not to adopt the ways or customs of this world (Romans 12:2), and when you are using the mantras and incantations you are you are committing the sins of divination and idolatry.  When you chant mantras and incantations you are exalting and giving glory to Satan, NOT GOD, and as children of the Most High God, we are to follow the examples and teachings of Christ, NOT the ways and customs of this world.  The Bible is quite clear when it states in Deuteronomy 18:9-13 (NLT), “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you. But you must be blameless before the Lord your God. ” 

Christian Meditation is NOT a new thing and it’s not the new thing God is speaking of in Isaiah 43:18-19 which states, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
To use this passage to justify “Christian Meditation” is to misinterpret and to misappropriate the text because this passage is speaking about the Lord not having exhausted His power, that whatever situation one may find him/herself in, God will provide a way through the situation which is likened to a “wilderness” and that God provides relief to His child where there is none.  We can see this, by the full context of Isaiah 43:18-19 by reading the previous verses which state (verses 16-17), “This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick,” which means the God who parted the sea and delivered Israel from Egypt, defeated their enemies and provided a way of escape.  Where they didn’t see any relief, God provided them with relief from their oppressors and gave them victory.  This passage has absolutely nothing to do with this “new thing” called “Christian Meditation.”
Nowhere in Scripture will you find the Transcendental Meditation steps such as focusing on self-discovery or enlightenment or to be aware of your environment.  The Bible does NOT tell you to focus on yourself in prayer.  As a matter of fact, it states, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is fixed on you because he trusts in You,” (Isaiah 26:3 NLT) and “When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into the full truth. He won’t speak on his own. He will speak what he hears and will tell you about things to come,” (John 16:13 GW).  Truth is given by the God Who Created The Heavens and The Earth, and the Bible states, in Psalm 33:4 (NLT), “For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does,” and in John 17:17 (NLT), we can see Jesus prayed, “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.”
Christian Meditation, like the worldly meditations, takes your mind off Jesus Christ as told of in the Bible, and has you emptying your mind to discover your environment around you, to focus on self-discovery, and focus on gaining enlightenment.  The Bible tells you what to focus such as in Galatians 6:14 (NLT), “As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died,” and 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NLT), “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God,” and in Roman 13:14 (NLT), “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.”
Biblical Meditation never requires using eloquent words or formulas to pray to Him.  He is not impressed with the power of your voice as you shout out to Him.  He is not impressed with many words.
In 1 Samuel 16:7 (GW), it states, “But the LORD told Samuel, “Don’t look at his appearance or how tall he is, because I have rejected him. God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the LORD looks into the heart.”  HE LOOKS TO YOUR HEART, not your outward display of showmanship before Him.
Biblical Meditation is not influenced by culture or any kind of man-made philosophy, and it does not coddle the vain imaginations of man.
Biblical Meditation involves you and Jesus “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5).  Jesus is your Mediator, sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for you.
You will find nowhere in the Bible where it tells you to “Exhale the bad, Inhale the good,” or to utter any such nonsensical mantra such as “Exhale the bad, Inhale Jesus.”  The Bible does not say for you to focus on the environment when meditating on God, but the Bible does say in Colossians 3:2 (ESV), “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”  The Bible does not say empty your mind, but the Bible does say in Philippians 4:8 (ESV), “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  The Bible does not say to tell you to recite mantras and incantations, but the Bible does say in Matthew 6:7 (NLT), “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again,” and in John 4:24 (BSB), “God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth,” and in Psalm 150:6 (NASB), “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”
Meditating on God’s Word is hiding His Word in your heart, and in Psalm 119:11 (KJV), the Psalmist King David declared, “Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  Meditating God’s Way is “Be still and know that I am God.”  When you hide God’s Word in your heart, you have Scripture you can think about, ponder, consider, and something you can put into action.  By hiding His Word in your heart, committing His Word to memory, you have something you can carry throughout the day with you, not just one day but every day.  At various points, you can sit down and meditate on what you studied or read from the Bible, thinking about how you can apply the Word of God practically to your life.
Acceptable Prayer and Biblical Meditation (as shown in the Scriptures) is pleasing to God while Christian Meditation and Vain Repetition are forms of divination because they involve the invoking of false deities…

(Coming Next:  Divination/Witchcraft:  (Part 2b) – Spellbound Captivation – YOGA)

Sozo Is Witchcraft

New Testament Greek Lexicon Meaning of the word “Sozo” pronounced “sode zo”:  Sozo is a verb which means “to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction;  one (from injury or peril) -to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health;  to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue;  to save in the technical biblical sense; to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment;  to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance.”
We know things can be taken out of context, taken from the original meaning, and twisted to the point where it cannot be recognized or it is made to be as close to the meaning as possible but has a twist and turned into a lie.
Sozo has been taken from its meaning in the New Testament Greek Lexicon and has been twisted into a form of divination that is being allowed in quite a number of churches.  Any church conducting Sozo Mediation and Meditation sessions are doctrinally unsound and theologically incorrect.  Sozo requires a mediator “to walk with you through your subconscious” in one or more sessions, and that, Folks, is NEW AGE RUBBISH.
You can roll manure in sugar, but it’s still manure; And to allow your mind to be emptied to just anyone or to any form of divination, you will open a door that will lead you down a path you have no business being on, and in the end, you’ll regret it because you are opening yourself up to demonic spirits and their demonic world.  In Ephesians 2:2, it states,  “You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.”  Satan is going to make something look good.  He is not going to show you what the sin and its consequences look like.  In 2 Corinthians 11:12-15, it states, “But I will keep on doing what I am doing, in order to undercut those who want an opportunity to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.”
YOU NEED ONLY ONE MEDIATOR.  That Mediator is Jesus Christ Himself. The Word says in 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity–the man Christ Jesus.”  You do NOT need any man or woman on the face of the earth to intercede before God Almighty for you to be reconciled to Him.  You have THE MEDIATOR.  You have people of like precious faith you can ask to pray for you because we are told to pray for one another, BUT CHRIST IS LORD AND SAVIOR, and He alone is our Mediator, our Intercessor, and He is before the Father for us.
We know Jesus prays for us because we see in Luke 22:31-32, which states, “‘Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.'”  (John 17:6-26, Jesus prayed for his disciples and all believers).
“Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons, influenced by the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. ” -1 Timothy 4:1-2
The problem is most claiming to have a relationship with God are not studying their Bibles, are not walking in obedience to God, want to continue living in their life of sin (whatever the sin might be), want to hear preaching filled with lies and will embrace those lies, and will not check the Scriptures to find out if the teaching and preaching they have heard lines up with the Word of God.
As a result of those problems, false doctrines and teachings such as Sozo Mediation and Meditation are infiltrating the church.  In Matthew 7:15-20, it states, “‘Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.'”
If you want to be victorious in your life, if you want to be made complete, if you need a healing (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually), it will not come through any Sozo Mediation or Sozo Meditation.  It will not come through any form of witchcraft, and it will not come through any false teaching.  If anything, you will end up with more problems and illnesses than you began with, or you will end up with a cheap knockoff that will eventually fall apart.  Jesus Himself said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing,” and He also said, “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'”
Christ is your Healer, and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  Is your mind troubled?  Do you have a broken heart?  Do you need a healing from an illness?  Sozo mediation or Sozo meditation is not going to help you, BUT it will hurt you more. JESUS CHRIST, however, is your Mediator between God and you and He is the One through whom your healing comes.  No matter what your need is, Jesus is the answer.  NO MAN ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH CAN HEAL YOU.  Healing comes through Christ.  The Word says in 1 Peter 2:24 states, “Christ Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.”
I’ll conclude with this:  STUDY THE WORD OF GOD AND USE IT AS A BAR OF MEASURE FOR ANY PREACHING OR TEACHING YOU HEAR.  Study the Word.  Study the Bible, taking notes.  KNOW your Bible so this way when you see or hear something, you will then be able to recognize whether it is of God or not.  Just because something is a “church program” or “church function” or “church study” or “ministry function” does not mean it’s of God.  You can tell by the fruit.  In 1 John 4:1, it says, “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.”  TEST EVERY SPIRIT.
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.'” -Isaiah 30:15
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'” -Matthew 11:28-30
 Linda A. Knowles