Is your faith firmly built on the platform of Bible truth? You cannot take anything for granted, everything must be tested by the Word of God in these last days. Satan as a snake has stealthily slivered his way in the midst of the professed people of God. Many of the church leadership and pastors have been seduced and bitten by the Snake. They have imperceptibly become agents of the Evil one. 1 John 4:1 warns, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” Also Jesus tell us to, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24: 4, 5, and 24) This is an extremely serious matter!
Through the agency of spiritualism many churches, including the SDA corporate church, have become mesmerized by the propaganda of a false Christ that teaches a corrupt gospel. None need to be deceived. Inspect their fruit with the Word of God and you will be able to detect their deceitful ways.
The previous article, “Truth, Lie, Apostasy, and Compromise”, revealed that the SDA corporate church has united with the Beast, Papal Rome, through the medium of spiritualism. Remember, “As the teachings of spiritualism are accepted by the churches, the restraint imposed upon the carnal heart is removed, and the profession of religion will become a cloak to conceal the basest iniquity. A belief in spiritual manifestations opens the door to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and thus the influence of evil angels will be felt in the churches.” (Great Controversy, p. 603). This is extremely serious, but you don’t have to be swept away. Let’s examine the fruit and be objective and let the facts speak for themselves.
“Ye shall not surely die,” is Satan’s greatest and first deception that spun this world into chaos. This statement contradicted God’s clear warning to Adam and Eve regarding the results of disobedience. God said, “Thou shalt surely die” if you eat from the forbidden tree. Satan’s first lie to Eve at the forbidden tree taught that if she disobeyed and sinned against God that she would have a “better” existence and be like God. In other words, Satan asserted that humans are naturally immortal and not subject to die or lose consciousness, even if they sin against God.
The belief that humans are naturally immortal and cannot “surely” die is known as “spiritualism.” Spiritualism teaches that even though the body may suffer death and be buried, the “soul” will live on with consciousness and live outside the body. Did you know that spiritualism is the core belief in paganism, new age, Buddhism, Hinduism, and many other false religions of the world? This is to be expected to some extent among religions who do not profess a belief in God as their Creator and make no claims about Jesus Christ and His Holy Word. Many churches got this belief of natural immortality of the soul from Papal Rome during the Dark Ages. Papal Rome adopted it from pagan Rome when they apostatized from the truth of the Bible.
Of course, many SDA’s know that the “dead know not anything.” We know that the dead do not have consciousness after death. We know their bodies return to the dust of the earth and their breath returns to God. So how did the church become seduced by spiritualism?
Remember spiritualism is a key component to papal Rome’s ecumenical program. Even though immorality of the soul is the root of spiritualism, it grows other branches of lies that teach other dangerous doctrine. Let’s explore this topic and see how spiritualism has crept into many churches today including the SDA corporate church.
Remember the key doctrine of Satan’s greatest deception is that you can disobey God and still receive the reward of eternal life and be like God, not in character but in a supreme supernatural position like Him.
There are three main lies that branch from spiritualism that God’s people need to watch out for and not get deceived.
1) First Lie: Dead love ones are still alive as “angels” who can appear as ghosts and communicate with the living.
Satan and his demons can appear before the living and impersonate dead loved ones. They can appear to look just like a dead loved one in mannerism and voice. Many Adventists say they are not fooled by this, but flirt and participate in it without understanding the seriousness of it. Many unsuspectingly play with it. “Furthermore, God has expressly forbidden all pretended communication with departed spirits. In the days of the Hebrews there was a class of people who claimed, as do the spiritualists of today, to hold communication with the dead. But the "familiar spirits," as these visitants from other worlds were called, are declared by the Bible to be "the spirits of devils." The work of dealing with familiar spirits was pronounced an abomination to the Lord, and was solemnly forbidden under penalty of death. Leviticus 19:31; 20:27.” Ellen White, The Great Controversy, p. 556
God’s professed remnant people should have NOTHING to do with pretended communication with the dead. Nor should we play games like someone is speaking to the dead nor experiment with palm readers, psychics, witches, or wizards. This is not a game. Demons are real and can take control and possess those who play this deadly game!
There are many professed Christians who are mesmerized and caught up in the Harry Potter craze and popularity through its movie and book series. Harry Potter is the epitome of spiritualism, witchcraft, and speaking to “familiar spirits” by the use of entertainment and amusement. Matter of fact, the name Harry Potter exposes its main purpose and objective. According to the dictionary, “Harry” as a verb means “persistently carry out attacks on” or “persistently harass.” In the Bible Jesus is the “Potter” and we are the clay. Harry Potter is really about “harry”, persistently attacking the “Potter”, Jesus, his character and Bible truth with lies.
God is NOT amused nor pleased. Isaiah 8:19 – 20 says, “19 And when they shall say unto you, 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? 20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
A “familiar spirit” in Hebrew means “properly a mumble, that is, a water skin (from its hollow sound); hence a necromancer (ventriloquist, as from a jar): - bottle.” - Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary. A necromancer is one who supposedly speaks to the dead. Did you know a necromancer is by definition a ventriloquist? “Ventriloquism, or ventriloquy, is an act of stagecraft in which a person (a ventriloquist) changes his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere, usually a puppeteered "dummy". The act of ventriloquism is ventriloquizing, and the ability to do so is commonly called in English the ability to "throw" one's voice.” (Wikipedia - Ventriloquism)
Should God’s people have ANYTHING to do with this? NO! “Originally, ventriloquism was a religious practice. The name comes from the Latin for to speak from the stomach, i.e. venter (belly) and loqui (speak). The Greeks called this gastromancy (Greek: εγγαστριμυθία). The noises produced by the stomach were thought to be the voices of the unliving, who took up residence in the stomach of the ventriloquist. The ventriloquist would then interpret the sounds, as they were thought to be able to speak to the dead, as well as foretell the future.” (Wikipedia - Ventriloquism)
Remember Satan is the original ventriloquist or puppeteer who was able to “throw” his voice into the snake to speak to Eve. We do not have to be deceived. Ventriloquism or puppetry is necromancy with pretended communication with the spirits of the dead. The Bible says, “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. God also says in Leviticus 20:6 that all those who practice any form of familiar spirits (necromancy) which is ventriloquism or puppetry will be cut off from among His people.
Many SDA churches not only use ventriloquism/puppetry as a form of entertainment in the church, but it is taught to be used as a “ministry.” Do you think Jesus uses the Devil’s devices to reach souls for Him? No. This devilish practice is also done at many of the camp-meetings, youth camps, church schools and conference sponsored events. Do you think they are being blessed by God or cursed by Satan? God calls those who use these things an abomination in Deuteronomy 18:10 – 12.
2) Second Lie: Natural immorality of the soul says that humans are also gods. This is the same lie that Satan told Eve. Spiritualism teaches that humans are naturally good, not evil. Problems in life are not really the fault of your own doing. It teaches how to “tap” into your god self through various forms of mediation, yoga, or “contemplative” prayer.
The branch from this false belief is humanism, that does not believe in the God of heaven, but sees self as god. Most Christian churches have joined humanism, but with the professed belief in a false “humanistic” Jesus that loves and promotes their fleshly desires. This “christian” branch of spiritualism is know as “christian humanism.” They believe that they are good in themselves and that “doing good” for humanity atones or excuses sin.
“While it (spiritualism/humanism) formerly denounced Christ and the Bible, it now professes to accept both. But the Bible is interpreted in a manner that is pleasing to the unrenewed heart, while its solemn and vital truths are made of no effect. Love is dwelt upon as the chief attribute of God, but it is degraded to a weak sentimentalism, making little distinction between good and evil.” - GC 558
The official logo for humanism worldwide is the “Happy Human” icon, arranged by the British Humanist Association (BHA) in 1965. There are many variations of the original logo that bona fide humanist organizations use. See examples:
“The trademark is still held by the BHA, which freely licenses use of the symbol by bona fide Humanist organisations worldwide.” - (Wikipedia) As a church, do you think it should stay away from a logo that has any resemblance of humanism? It is sad to report that the SDA corporate church has adopted humanism. The fruit is not only revealed in what is being taught in the modern Sabbath school lessons and the pulpit, but is also seen in the their humanistic logos that have been adopted by many of its institutions, churches, and schools. Here are some examples of SDA church humanist logos:
This is sad, but it is better to know the truth, than to continue to drink from this cup of spiritualism. They are exposed and those who continue to drink from this apostasy will be swept away from the firm foundation of truth.
Also notice that the head is separated from the body on all the humanism logos. Why is that? Spiritually it implies the reality that the corporate church has separated itself from the head of the church, Jesus Christ. In addition to this, the humanism logo also points to the pagan and Catholic form of sun worship. Found in many pagan sun worship idols is a sun that hangs over a horizontal crescent moon or in the middle of a pair of horns such as the illustrated picture. Look at the humanism logo is looks strikingly similar, a sun in between and crescent moon or a pair of horns!
During the Catholic mass, also known as the Eucharist, the priest holds a monstrance that contains a crescent moon to mount a round sun disc wafer, thus duplicating the pagan’s sun in a crescent moon. The Eucharist is not only blasphemous, but it is a pagan sun-worship ceremony.
3) Third Lie: Another branch of spiritualism is the belief that God will not destroy those who are in sin. In other words, spiritualism says that nobody really has to have victory over sin because they will go to heaven anyway. This is a lie!
“By representing the basest of men as in heaven, and highly exalted there, Satan says to the world: ‘No matter how wicked you are; no matter whether you believe or disbelieve God and the Bible. Live as you please; heaven is your home.’ The spiritualist teachers virtually declare: ‘Everyone that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?’ Malachi 2:17. Saith the word of God: ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.’ Isaiah 5:20.” - GC 557
All forms of spiritualism and humanism are permeating throughout the SDA corporate church. Many seminaries are training the church’s pastors and leaders to perpetuate Satan’s lies. What does Jesus say in Matthew 15:14, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
Every wind of doctrine is blowing with hurricane force intensity from every direction. There is a tornado of apostasy swirling all around us. You must keep your eyes of faith on Jesus and His Word in order to stand in the storm. You cannot afford to sip on the wine of Babylon that is currently be served in many churches today. This is not the time to be spiritually drunk.