GOD IS NOT A PSYCHIC By Dr Pat Holliday Ph.

D Acts 16:16-18: “And it came to pass, as we (the Apostle Paul and Silas) went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us . . . The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.” All supernatural experiences that happen, are not always from the source of God; "Bar-jesus sought to turn away Sergius Paulus from the faith,” (Acts 13:7-10). "Then Paul . . . FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, set his eyes on him and said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?". Note: the demons possessing the Gadarene demoniac of Mark 5 did not want to be disembodied. They begged to be allowed by Jesus to enter a heard of swine. I. II. Demons can prophesy. The Bible gives several examples of this deceptive demonic activity, such as the account of the demonized fortune-teller quoted above.

There is also a fascinating passage in First Kings, where the prophet Micaiah, speaking for the Lord, told a parable against the false prophets who had predicted success for the wicked king of Israel: I. II. Kings 22:21-22: “. . . there came forth a spirit . . . and said . . . I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.” Demons seek the worship of people - though it is forbidden by God.

Predictably, the worship of Satan and demons is grotesque, often involving bizarre idolatry, vile ritualism and human sacrifice-even child sacrifices. I. II. Leviticus 17:7: “And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils.” Psalm 106: 37-38: “Yea, they sacrificed their sons and daughters unto devils, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan.” Revelation 9:20: “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver and brass, and stone, and of wood.”

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