Saturday, December 1, 2007

Finally, Someone Gets It

A Christian Speaks of Wicca and Witchcraft
by James Clement Taylor

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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. I am a member of St. Mary's Eastern Orthodox Church, Calhan, Colorado.
In this paper, I am not speaking as agent for any church, but I 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)

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 the power manifested there may
be 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.

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