The 700 Club with Pat Robertson

Bring It On: The Occult and False Religions



Where does it say in the Bible that God is against tarot card readings? I have a friend who may want to have this done, and I want to steer my friend away from it.

I would look at the book of Isaiah, particularly where it talks about the 'spirits that peep and mutter.' You can look in the book of Deuteronomy and Leviticus, particularly, and you can see the prohibitions against witchcraft and sorcery. Tarot cards are part of the sorcerer's tools. God said, 'Should not a people turn to the Living God and not to these spirits that peep and mutter?' There is a prohibition against those who engage in witchcraft. As a matter of fact, in the Old Testament, they were stoned to death. It is wrong. It was executable by stoning in the Old Testament regimes, so this is not exactly something that God approves of.

All these -- the Chaldeans, the magicians, the astrologers, the soothsayers -- they are all part and parcel of the same thing. They are demonically oriented.

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Pat, I just wanted to know if astrology and reading your horoscope is wrong. My friends and I started reading them just for fun. I don’t want to do anything against God. Is it wrong if we just read them for fun?

Get a concordance and look up astrologer, soothsaying, necromancy, caldeans and some of those other terms. Yes, it’s wrong. It’s like saying, “Well, I have a lion, and I wonder if it’s okay to go into his cage and pet him from time to time.” Well, he might be a friendly lion. On the other hand, he might be hungry, and you’d become dinner. Those things are deadly, and once you open the door into the occult, it’s one crack, and then the next and the next and the next. Of course, you shouldn’t be involved in horoscopes and that kind of activity. It’s unbiblical, and it’s wrong.

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My stepdaughter is fascinated with vampires and other occult practices. Her bedroom is draped in black and has an altar with candles, incense, and a pentagram. I tell my wife that even though I am not our daughter's biological dad, I am still responsible before God for my household. My wife tells me to mind my own business. What do you believe is my responsibility before God concerning her behavior in our home?

First of all, according to the Bible, you are the head of your household. That includes your wife and your daughter. If she [your wife] got married in a Christian marriage, she is supposed to submit to the authority of her husband in matters of spiritual activity.

You do not wish to invite Satan to come into your home. The pentagram, the candles, the occult incantations -- they are all prayers to Satan and to demons to enter your home and to do damage to your home and to your family. As the high priest of your household, you have an absolute right to say, 'No, this is my home and I am paying the bills. You get that junk out of here!'

Don't think that because you are not involved in it that you are going to escape. There was a prophet in the Old Testament whose name was Eli, a wonderful human being, but he let his children get away with murder. Eli the priest allowed his children to engage in fornication with the women who came to the temple to worship, and it got so bad that God said, 'Eli, you and your whole family are out of here. You are out of work, and none of your progeny is ever going to have a part in the priesthood again.' The same thing is true with you. You must take a stand on this. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Your wife has got to say that that is the way it is. You need to say, 'I am not arguing with you. This is the way it is going to be.'

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I heard a "minister" on TV say that Allah and God were the same. What are your thoughts, and what are the distinctions if they are not the same?

Under no circumstances is Jehovah, the God of the Bible, and Allah, of the Koran, the same. First of all, the God of the Bible is a God of love and redemption, who sent His Son into the world to die for our sins. Allah tells people to die for him in order to get salvation, but there is no understanding of salvation. Allah was the moon god from Mecca. That is why Islam has the crescent moon. The flag of Turkey has a crescent moon with a star in it. Well, the crescent moon is because Allah was the moon god, and that is the deal. But we don't serve a moon god. We serve the God of creation, the Creator of everything.

They are not the same. To translate Allah as God is wrong. When you see something in there and it says Allah, you translate it Allah. Don't call it God because it is different. God is Elohim. He is the Creator, the Jehovah God, Yahweh. Yahweh of the Old Testament was the Father who brought forth Jesus into the world.

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I know that there are witches and wizards in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles. Does this make the stories evil or can Christians legitimately use these things to make interesting allegory?

I think the witches were bad, and the lion is Aslan. He’s Jesus. So Jesus triumphs, and it’s kind of like good over evil. There are demons, there are evil forces, there are angels, and there is the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, in The Narnia Chronicles, overcomes the curse that the wicked witch has put on the earth. So there’s nothing. I think it’s a highly spiritual allegory which people have been reading for years and have been blessed by it.

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I’ve heard a lot of famous people promote these so-called religions like Scientology and Cabbalism. What is the attraction behind these belief systems, and do you think they’re popular enough to steer people away from Christianity?

Gordon Robertson

I think there are lots of things out there that are trying to steer people away from Jesus Christ --“We don’t want to accept Him as the ultimate sacrifice for all of mankind.” Within us, God has put eternity, and we’re constantly searching for that thing that will fill it up. There are all kinds of methods, meditations or things that appeal to the mystical that want to try to fill that up for us. But then you get into the guts of them, and they’re always works oriented. It’s all about “what I can do to somehow get good enough so that this reluctant God will take an interest in me.” They’re all wrong. Christianity, Jesus Christ, is the only one that says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” We can’t get there, but He, in His mercy and His love, reached down from Heaven so that we could be together with Him for all eternity. And only that will fill up the eternity in your heart.

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I’m confused about the difference between someone who is a psychic and someone who is a prophet. Is a prophet the spiritual equivalent of a psychic?

Absolutely not. The word psychic comes from the Greek word psuke, which means soul. These are people who have soulish impulses that come primarily from demon spirits. That’s where all this comes from. There are some people who have a natural psychic feeling, but a prophet is hearing from the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God touches the spirit of man, whereas demonic forces do not touch your spirit. What they do is touch your soul. The apostle Paul said the psuke man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God.

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