Fact a Day: October 16th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: October 16th

The Facts on The Occult (Harvest House, 1991), p. 5

The occult revival in our land is a spiritual AIDS, an AIDS of the soul. In many ways occult activity is similar to an unperceived virus operating within the human organism: it may exist for some period without producing symptoms, or it may kill quickly. Whichever it does, it means certain death for those terminally infected and an uncertain and precarious existence for those who have the virus within them but are currently without symptoms. Apart from treatment, the occult will kill spiritually just as effectively as AIDS will kill physically. The only difference is that there is a cure for occult involvement: repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

What is incredible is not that millions of people have been harmed by occult activity but that the cultural myth continues to persist that the occult is either pure quackery, a harmless pastime, or a genuine spiritual quest. This myth is all the more amazing considering that psychics, occultists and former occultists, parapsychologists, psychic counselors, psychiatrists and psychologists, Eastern gurus, and theologians have issued stern warnings concerning the dangers of the occult.

Further, many people who do accept that dangers stem from the occult compound the problem by asserting that there is both a “dangerous” and a “safe” approach to the occult. These people feel that with sufficient caution and wisdom the occult may be pursued with great spiritual benefit.

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