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Wicca not flat out Evil , or I stir up a turd

A CHRISTIAN SPEAKS ON THE FAITH AND PATH OF WICCA

by James Clement Taylor

I am a Christian and not a Wiccan. A Christian is one who has been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and who has made a personal, free-will decision to commit himself and all his or her life to our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Both of these things are true of me. Although I am a Greek Orthodox Christian, in this paper I am not speaking as agent for any church but am, entirely on my own responsibility, speaking the truth in love, as we Christians are supposed to do.

A Situation of Strife and Shame:

There are many Christians today who believe that anyone who is not a Christian is doomed to an eternity of suffering in hell. Any decent person, believing this, would be compelled to try to save as many people from this fate as possible. But is this belief correct? Jesus Christ, having noted the faith and righteousness of a Roman centurion, a Pagan, proclaimed:

“Assuredly I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:10-12)

If we accept these words as true, and surely we should, then it is clear that heaven will contain many who are not Christians, and hell will contain many who are! Clearly, throughout the Gospels, Jesus Christ sets forth the criteria for entrance into the kingdom of heaven, and those criteria include love, kindness, forgiveness, and a refusal to judge others:

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

“For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Matthew 7:2)

“But go and learn what this means: ..I desire mercy and not sacrifice.'” (Matthew 9:13)

“Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:36-38)

Is it not clear? Anyone who fails in these things, will calling himself a Christian save him? Anyone who obeys God in these things, will being unbaptized condemn him? Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ..Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

In addition to these words from the Gospel, let us look at the words of Micah the Prophet, centuries earlier, who wrote:

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:6-8)

Where, in any of this, does it say what doctrines one is to believe, or whose teachings concerning reality one must accept? All these things speak on how one ACTS, how one lives one’s life, the kind of person one’s actions gradually bring into being.

Yet it is not by good works that we earn our way into heaven, because there is no way we can earn the free gift of God’s mercy and grace, which alone can save us. But it is clear that it is not by faith, in the sense of sharing the Christian faith, that we are saved, either. The faith which saves us is not faith in the goodness of our works, nor faith that we have the right theology and/or belong to the right church. Rather, it is faith in God, and in His mercy:

“So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy.” (Romans 9:16)

But the Wiccans, you will say, do not have faith in God. Yet by their own theology, they certainly do. Those who call them Satan-worshippers are entirely wrong. They do not worship Satan, or even believe that Satan exists. Instead, they worship a Goddess and a God whom they understand as manifestations of a higher and unknown Deity.

Now if you are a Christian, this will sound familiar to you, and it should. In the Bible we find the following:

“Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ..Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you” (Acts 17:22-23)

The Wiccans worship the Unknown God, as manifested to them in the form of a Goddess and a God. Therefore, our Bible tells us they worship the same God we do; and if they do not know this, we should know it!

For those of us who are unable to simply stand on God’s Word, and must prove to themselves the truth of what it proclaims the holy Apostle John has given us the method for doing this. You have only to attend any public Wiccan ceremony, and test the spirits which are there, to see “whether they are of God” (1 John 4:1).

You will find that, while you may perceive the power manifested there as less than what you have experienced as a Christian, that power is clearly the power of God.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, these people of Wicca have been terribly slandered by us. They have lost jobs, and homes, and places of business because we have assured others that they worship Satan, which they do not. We have persecuted them, and God will hold us accountable for this, you may be sure, for He has said,

“Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Let us, from this point onward, repent of our misdeeds and declare that henceforth we shall obey Christ our God, and not judge others or condemn them, so that He will not have to judge and condemn us for our sins.
Light & Life,

James Clement Taylor

So its clear, I post this here to be told why its wrong, though if no one can make an argument that is consistent with the whole scripture (and not just the parts they like best)…

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September 15, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. 1 John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life.

    Comment by CC | September 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. Here are some general thoughts for you to consider: Because of the Roman Centurion’s faith he was not a pagan, as we in this day understand the word pagan. He simply believed Jesus, his motives were pure. The wored Christian has become so inclusive that it is deluted to anyone’s definition. Finally, Paul experience what he was saying about the unknown God. Paul, you remember, was persucuting Christians. He believed he was doing it for God. He was highly educated, but Paul with all his learnings was wrong. Because Paul was wrong, but also had pure motives, God stopped him and turned him around for Himself. Yes, there probably are some who are in Wicca that are worshiping Paul’s God. When in God’s time, He will turn them about. Or maybe He will leave them in that position for a little longer for His own glorification. God known our hearts. He knowns if we are worshiping the unknown God for our own reasons, or if we are really searching for Him. If we are searching for Him, we will fine Him as Paul did. Love Mom

    Comment by RiverRatRanger | September 25, 2007 | Reply

  3. I’ve been to a few Wiccan ceremonies. I did not feel God there. It was just a gathering of people who were trying to attain power not meant for them in order to change petty things that, at most, were an inconvenience. I know there are a few individuals who are trying to find a “real” god through Wicca, however, those were not the people that I’ve met. To say that your entrance into Heaven is based purely on your ability to be a “good person” is yet ANOTHER cultural twisting of the scripture. God was very clear about it: believe in and accept the sacrifice that Jesus made = go the Heaven, be a good person and obey God’s will = have a positive self-image in life and get rewards after you get to Heaven. Behaving yourself simply means that you get goodies to play with during the rest of eternity, it does not correlate to getting into Heaven. Now, that does not mean that if you believe in Jesus then you can cause all sorts of trouble and get away with it. Cause too much trouble, and you prove, trough your actions, that you did not truly accept the gift and the responsibilities that come with it. Also, our spirit is already immortal. It can not die in the same sense as our bodies and will remain after the body dies and decomposes into carbon particles. We already have eternal life. The question is, is that eternity going to be spent in peace along side God and what he has to offer (life) or will it be spent in solitude and constant pain (death)? In this case, death being translated as a separation or loss and not the word death as it is normally used in our language. That was one of the tricky translation problems (Greek and Hebrew to English) that caused several new variations on the original teachings and meanings. Ah, gotta love trying to take a concept from one language to another when the new language does not have the appropriate word.

    Comment by James T | October 25, 2007 | Reply


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