LLM Question for 5-18-2012, and, SPIRITISM-ARE WE ABLE TO TALK WITH THE DEAD?
First the Question: Was it actually Samuel who appeared to King Saul at Endor? Yes or No?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 5-15-2012
Question: Is it possible for the living to communicate with the dead? Yes or No?
Answer: NO! Many splendid people have seen and communed with others in the spirit world, but they have ALWAYS been deceived by an evil spirit. The others were not spirits of people who had ever lived on earth. God in His Holy Word has told us all about the hereafter, that great unseen world, and man’s eternal experience after his days on earth are over. My dear friend, if you have lost a loving companion, and you are lonely, sad, discouraged, almost desperate, do NOT seek solace in some Satanic delusion. Believe the Word of God. In the Holy Bible, you can learn all about the present whereabouts of the dead, the comings and goings of the human race. However, if you reject the Bible, there is nothing but darkness, uncertainty and despair. Out of the 841 responses we received to this question, 96.3% of you got it right! Therefore, NOW, let us take a look at,
SPIRITISM-ARE WE ABLE TO TALK WITH THE DEAD?
This series of three messages is on the subject of “Spiritism”; in other words, to be very clear, on the teachings and practices of Spiritists. Now, make the distinction…notice that I did not say “Spiritualists.”
A spiritual man is one who is indwelt and controlled by the Holy Spirit. There is NO OTHER kind. Men may claim to be spiritual, and if they do so without the Holy Spirit of God, then they worship or are indwelt by a demon spirit. ONLY those indwelt and controlled by the Holy Spirit, are truly spiritual. The posers are puppets.
Therefore, a truly spiritual man is one who is indwelt and controlled by the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth who has been sent down from Heaven. No man can be spiritual who denies the record that God has given in the Bible concerning His only begotten and well-beloved Son, the LORD Jesus Christ.
The spiritual man is instructed in the Word of God to try the spirits. He believes that all Scripture Is God-breathed; therefore, his first question is, “what saith the Scriptures?”
When men claim to be spiritual and deny the record that God has given in the Bible concerning His only begotten and well-beloved Son, the LORD Jesus Christ, then they are spiritists. These Spiritists are indwelt by the spirit of the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
According to the Word of God, the prince of the power of the air, who is also called the prince of this world and the god of this age, is Beelzebub, the prince of the demons. He is also known as Satan, and the Devil, the accuser of the brethren. He is the Member of the Body of Christ’s adversary, and like a roaring lion he walks about seeking whom he may devour.
The member of the Body of Christ is told to resist him steadfast in the Faith. This supernatural one, who is spoken of as the ruler of world darkness in the heavenlies, is accused by God of the crime of deceiving the whole world. Fallen angels, Demons, and evil spirits are under his authority and direction.
The true spiritual man is uncompromisingly and unceasingly against any and all religions that deny the inspiration and absolute authority of the Holy Scriptures, which we call the Bible. The Bible condemns Spiritism.
Spiritism was flourishing on this earth four thousand years ago. The Word of God was against it then just the same as it is at this present time. Ancient Spiritism did not pretend to advocate the worship of the God of the Bible. Modern Spiritism does NOT worship the true God; but it does claim this. And not only so, but it desires to be classified as a Christian Religion. Yeah, how about that.
True Christianity will, of course, stand the test of the Bible; let me make this very clear...the entire Word of God fully endorses True Biblical Christianity, and supports every claim and doctrine of True Christianity.
The spiritual man knows full well that the New Testament Scriptures prophesy that Satan transformed into an angel of light sends forth his messengers, disguised as Christian ministers, trying to deceive religious people and entice them through the preaching of another Jesus and another Gospel into his apostate religious “Christianity”.
God has prophesied that many shall follow the pernicious ways of Satan’s servants, who have gone in the way of Cain, Korah, and Balaam, denying the LORD that bought them. These servants are spoken of as blind leaders of the blind, as false prophets, wolves in sheep’s clothing, deceiving if possible the very elect.
God has likewise told us that in the latter days many shall depart from the Faith and give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.
He was NOT prophesying concerning the heathen world. He was speaking concerning the great apostasy in what we call “Christendom”, (not to be confused with the Body of Christ). Surely this great apostasy is now sweeping over Christendom with alarming rapidity, and many are being given over to that strong delusion prophesied in the Word of God, that they should believe the lie and be judged.
We further call your attention to this declaration of the Apostle Paul to the religious of Corinth, “I fear lest as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety so your minds shall be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Cor. 11:3. If Satan, through his subtlety, could beguile that first innocent pair in the Garden of Eden; to be sure he can deceive man in his present fallen state.
God would not have us ignorant of Satan’s devices; but He would have us to put on that spiritual armor that He has provided for His spiritual children that they might stand against the wiles of the Devil. Satan is more than clever. He is ubiquitous, powerful, supernatural. He is directly or indirectly responsible for sin and sickness and sorrow and death, and he achieves much by his counterfeit religion, and then also plays havoc with the Body of Christ by means of Christianized agnosticism.
Now we, here at the Lion and Lamb Ministry, claim that Spiritists have been seduced and or possessed by evil spirits, that the teachings of modern Spiritism, like the teachings of ancient Spiritism, is really the doctrine of demons. We furthermore claim that Spiritism is one of the strong delusions of Satan.
We do not propose to prove our charges by our statements against the statements of the conscientious and sincere Spiritists. But our constant and sole appeal shall be to the Holy Scriptures which are given by inspiration of God and are profitable for doctrine and correction, which Scriptures modern Spiritists claim as their “text-book”.
We would not, for one moment, say that there are not some excellent, brilliant, and very religious men and women in this Satanic cult. However, the Bible is the Member of the Body of Christ’s text book and the true Member of the Body of Christ is against every religious movement that the Bible condemns. Now does the Bible condemn modern Spiritism?
We might speak of it as Christianized Spiritism, because Jesus Christ has been brought into this movement by many of the leaders of today. Now, before we throw on the searchlight of God’s holy Word, let us briefly state what Spiritism teaches:
1) Consciousness after death.
2) It is possible for the living to communicate with the dead.
3) That we are surrounded by other intelligences in the unseen world.
4) God is impersonal but is responsible for the creation and the elements of the universe.
5) Man never had a fall. Whatever is, is right. Evil cannot exist. No matter what man’s path may be, good or bad, it is the path of divine ordination and destiny.
6) In the spirit world, souls do wrong as they did here. They reap what they sow, but are gradually purified and blessed. And man is made better in this life by intercourse with spirits.
7) There is no atoning value in the death of Jesus Christ. He was a religious enthusiast, a Jew who came to an untimely death. He was, however, a medium of high order. But the teaching of spirits supersedes and is an advance upon the teachings of Biblical Christianity. Jesus Christ was NOT God, but He is now an advanced spirit in the sixth sphere.
8) Hell does not exist and never will. There is no judgment after death. Neither is there any such thing as bodily resurrection.
Now, it is almost inconceivable that any person belonging to a religious organization teaching such doctrines should have ANY desire to be called a disciple of Jesus Christ; or would permit such a religious movement to be called a “Christian” religion. But remember the clever Devil.
There has always been the cry for religious tolerance and we are conscious of the fact that the constitution of this great country, the United States of America, grants to each and every one the perfect right to religious liberty. But remember, that our statement is that the Bible condemns the religion known as Spiritism.
First we quote from Deuteronomy 18:10-12, “There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
You will notice here in the eleventh verse the word “necromancer” which means “making request of the dead.” Associated with necromancers, in their abominations, were the consulters with familiar spirits, known as mediums, shamans, etc.. A necromancer is a spirit medium. God’s wrath and judgment were against these evil practices which He calls abominations. Now surely, no member of the Body of Christ will want to endorse something that is an abomination in the sight of the Holy God.
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God” Leviticus 19:31.
“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people”. Leviticus 20:6.
“And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof; and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards”. Isaiah 19:3.
“And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust”. Isaiah 29:4.
“And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards; he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger”. 2 Kings 21:6.
Now we will especially call your attention to Isaiah 8:19-22. So, first, “Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter: Should not a people seek unto their God; for the living to the dead?” Some of the modern Spiritist leaders hold seances in the light, but most of the mediums who seek information of the dead, keep on in the dark.
Then, in Isaiah 8:20, the LORD gives to the member of the Body of Christ the test…“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
The LORD Jesus Christ is the light of the world, He said to His Disciples, “Ye are the light of the world,” “shining lights in the midst of a wicked and a perverse generation.” He said, “If the light that is in thee be darkness, how GREAT is that darkness;” Surely, no Member of the Body of Christ will say that the Word of God in any way supports Spiritism.
But the question is always asked, “What about Samuel and Saul?”
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)