Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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MEDIUMS

An inquiry from a sister in the Lord

Hey Pastor John,

I have heard people talking about a TV show called "The Medium". It is based on a true story. They basically put this woman's life into a TV show. Well . . . she would actually help police solve violent crimes. I have been thinking a lot about this. I wanted to see if what I thought was at all correct.

A medium by definition is someone who communicates with spirits . . . basically a psychic. I know they are evil. But they are doing "good" by solving crimes. So would this mean they are just using the "good" of it as an illusion to lure people into believing in that spirit versus putting your trust in God to bring justice to the situation? So it is a crafty way of deceiving? What do you think?

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Hi:

There are a couple of issues here. First, all "mediums" who are in contact with an unseen being are in contact with a demon. Even those mediums who contact invisible spirits and say that they are in contact with deceased relatives of people are actually speaking with demons, not anyone's dead relatives. Dead humans "know nothing at all" about what is going on in this life, according to Solomon in Ecclesiastes. They contact no one and do not know what happens on earth after they die.

Secondly, it is not surprising at all that some of these demons would help solve crimes. Remember, demons are the fallen spirits who have seen God and were cast out of the kingdom of God, with Lucifer, when Jesus ascended and cleansed heaven to make it a fit place for him to minister. "The Devil and his angels" prefer order to disorder. They have, after all, seen the order and beauty of the kingdom of God. That is part of what the Devil envied. He didn't despise the order of God's kingdom; he wanted a part of its glory. The Devil is a "law and order guy" who unswervingly supports law enforcement. Gangs of unruly young men and women are not being directed by him; they are young people who are out of anyone's control, including Satan's. Murderers, rapists, thieves, terrorists, and the like, are failures, useless to God, the Devil, and to men. Satan wouldn't have them. Jesus will take them in if they repent, but the Devil despises them. They are a disgrace to themselves and to all men, and they will find mercy nowhere but in Jesus.

Satan's successes are the men and women who look and sound good, and who speak to the world on behalf of Jesus Christ but have not been anointed by God to do so. They are Satan's joy. They are instruments of deception, though they may be respected in the community and honored.

Praise and honor from others, that is what Satan wanted in heaven, and that is what he wants on earth. He is wise enough to understand that society's outcasts can't deliver those things to him, and he has no qualms about demons aiding police in their efforts to catch criminals. Only those whom men admire can bring to him what he truly desires: the glory that belongs to no one but God. In our time, "mediums" are still on the fringes of respectable society, but that is changing as time passes and the perverseness of this generation deepens. Prepare your heart for the "lying wonders" that Jesus said we would see wicked men perform as the time of the end draws nearer.

Pastor John

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