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By Dr. Robert A. Morey
I. WHAT IS WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC? The attempt to do, know or control things which man does not normally do, know or control. Example: control the weather, know the future, make someone die or love you.
II. WHAT ARE THE WAYS IT IS DONE? A. Speech: incantations, spells, chants, etc. B. Feats: dancing, jumping, rocking, etc. C. Pain: fire walking, beds of nails or glass, fish hooks, cuts, burns, etc. D. Divination: messages from the spirit world--mediums, seances, crystal ball, a table, stars, hand, head, ears, eyes, feet, tea leaves, pendulums, dice, talking boards, etc.
III. WHAT IS A "TALKING BOARD?" A board used to receive messages from the spirits. (1) The board has letters, numbers and words (yes/no). (2) There is a pointer which spells out the messages: pendulum, planchette, pencil, etc.
IV. WHEN WERE THEY INVENTED? A. Ancient pagan religions used them: Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe. B. Reintroduced in the 19th century. 1. In France: 1853 a spiritualist invented the "planchette" as a tool for mediums. 2. In U.S.: 1892 William Fuld invented "Ouija" board. 3. Other talking boards: witch board, finger of fate, mystic moodoo, E.S.P., psychic, aye-see, etc.
V. WHAT DOES OUIJA MEAN? A. Fuld asked the board to name itself. It spelled out "Ouija." B. It combines two words for "yes" -- French "oui" and German "ja."
VI. DID FULD USE THE BOARD FOR DIRECTIONS? Yes. Major business deals determined by "ouija." Fuld became a millionaire.
VII. IS IT ONLY A GAME? A. Fuld's company went to court in 1920 to establish it as a religious device to contact the spirit world. They denied it was a "game." They went all the way to the Supreme Court where it was acknowledged as a mediumistic tool. B. Witches, Psychics, Parapsychologists view it as a mediumistic tool for automatic writing. C. Serious users of it claim it is not a game. D. Christian scholars do not think it is "just a game." E. Psychologists and Doctors do not view it as a harmless game. F. Who views it as a game? 1. ignorant parents 2. silly teens 3. uneducated pastors
VIII. IS IT DANGEROUS? A. Spiritualists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Medical Doctors, Theologians and Scholars all say it can be very harmful. B. Earnest Turley and Nellie Hurd would say so if they were alive. They were murdered through it. C. Francisco Madero used it to justify overthrowing the Mexican government in 1910. Revolution came through it. D. Fraud, immorality, drugs, divorce, assault, etc. have been traced back to a message from Ouija. E. Demon possession can happen! "The Exorcist" was based on a true story which began with Regan playing with Ouija. F. Psychics say so. G. Christian scholars say so. H. Psychiatrists/Doctors say so. I. Dr. Kurt Kock compiled hundreds of case histories.
IX. IS IT ALWAYS DEMONIC? No. 80-90% of the time someone is making it work as a joke or it is the result of involuntary muscle movement. But there are 10-20% of the cases where contact is made with demons. Paranormal knowledge is given which cannot be explained.
X. WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT IT? He calls it an "abomination" in Deut. 18:9-14. It was forbidden by the Old Testament and New Testament and was always condemned by Jews and Christians as satanic in origin.
Conclusion WHAT MUST WE DO? 1. Confess it as sin. 2. Renounce Satan and all his works. 3. Throw it away or burn it. 4. Never play with it again.