The practice of witchcraft has existed since the fall of humankind. Now, witchcraft is back in the American culture in full force.
A Brief History on Witchcraft
Since the first sin, witchcraft has existed. It existed since before the fall of man. Sin was in the heart of the angel Lucifer who stated the “I wills” of being God (Isaiah 14:12-14 NIV). The book of Revelation tells of a holy war waged against the dragon and his angels (Rev. 12: 7-9, NKJV). The historical Book of Enoch explains that fallen angels taught witchcraft to people. (1 Enoch 6-11, and 4 Enoch 12-16).
Ancient petroglyphs tell of Shamanism, including people with animal heads. Ancient Sumerians and Babylonians introduced Greek demonology. Demonology includes magic, incantations, and exorcisms. The Greeks practiced Theurgy and Mageia. The Celts (700 BC – 100 AD) practiced Druidism and Paganism. By the medieval period, these practices became known as witchcraft.
During the middle ages, witchcraft became widespread paranoia. Many people were accused of witchery and died for it. In the United States, the Salem Witch Trials caused the demise of many innocent people. But, witches, falsely accused or not, are very real. Witchcraft today takes on very different appearances compared to what it used to be.
Contemporary Witchcraft in Popular Culture
Modern witchcraft includes Wicca, Stregheria, and sorcery. Witchcraft in American entertainment generally consists of “wicked” witches in fairy tales and eastern mysticism in toys. In horror, witchcraft plays a significant role in the plot. This includes games, movies, and literature. Anime, manga, comics, and novels are filled with witchcraft. Ouija boards are sold in toy stores. Television covers witchcraft in entertainment from young ages to adulthood.
The spiritual practice of witchcraft is rising in America as well. Witches, Wiccans, and paganism are all increasing in American Culture. Wicca is “free thought” and encourages wisdom in the nature of the earth. Ritual practice is mysticism using sigil magic. Mainstream mysticism includes yoga, meditation, mindfulness, new-age spirituality, and paganism. Witchery on social media and in the market include tarot reading at beauty shows and “witch starter kits” sold in stores.
Witchcraft is often marketed to millennials. who turn to it due to the dissidence between the ideals of Christianity and the compromising lifestyles of Christians. Millennials are looking for acceptance and belonging in other religions. One of them is witchcraft. Especially Wicca, which promotes nature worshiping craft aspeaceful and good.
What Does the Bible Say About Witchcraft?
Now that the prevalence of witchcraft in America is explained, what does the Bible say about it? The Bible makes powerful statements about witchcraft, including death to witches (Exodus 22:18), and that nothing other than God should be worshiped (Exodus 20:3). Clearly, we are not going to start killing witches again. Let’s leave judgment to God. But, what if we could witness to witches instead? What if our witness to them could be a tool for Christ to rescue witches out of judgment through salvation?
Leviticus 19:31 (ESV) says, “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers Do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” This verse speaks out against witchcraft. There is no question about how God feels about this American witchcraft culture. The Bible also says in 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV), “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect.” As Christians, we are required to have a defense for our faith, but to do it with love. It is how we can break the bonds of witchcraft.