|By: Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon; ©1993|
|The occult involvement of one’s parents can predispose a child to the occult or result in psychological disturbances.|
Please tell me everything about ESP. I want to be a scientist. PS. I am 9.
The above letter to The American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) was cited in The Christian Parapsychologist (the journal of the Churches Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies—an organization seeking to integrate Christianity and parapsychology). It represents an unfortunate sign of the times. Thousands of teens and even preteens have become interested in the psychic realm due to the influence of the modern occult revival. Hundreds of educators are obliging them. (See our book Thieves of Innocence.) For example, the Director of Education for the ASPR confessed the following:
One reason for the increase in interest in these matters is undoubtedly the positive media exposure to the world of the psychic, the educational efforts of organized parapsychology institutions to legitimize its “scientific” nature, and the growing influence of the New Age Movement.
But there is another aspect that cannot be overlooked and which should be considered relevant: As surprising as this will be to some, it is the sins of the parents. Can parents’ occult activity really have some effect in predisposing their unborn children, or even their children’s descendants toward occult interests? Further, can occult activity bring unintended harm to one’s children and other family members?
We know that certain sins committed by the parents in the physical realm can seriously affect—even deform or kill—an unborn child. This would include alcohol or drug addiction and many sexually transmitted diseases like herpes, syphilis, and AIDS. We also know that the physical and emotional sins of parents can also leave lasting scars on their children as in incest, emotional withdrawal, and physical abuse. Can we be sure, then, that the spiritual area is exempt from visiting the sins of the parents on the children? Why are some children “born” psychic? Further, can parents’ occult practices influence an unborn child emotionally? If in rare cases a child can apparently be physically marked in the womb from occult practices, what other kinds of psychic or spiritual “markings” might be caused by such activity?
That the occult involvement of one’s parents can predispose a child to the occult or result in psychological disturbances should not be thought impossible. Widespread reading in occult literature reveals this as a common theme. Further, according to the Scripture, occult activity is one proof of hatred for God. Exodus 20:5,6 declares that the sins of those who hate God are carried to the third and fourth generation:
As Dr. Koch has noted:
He gives many examples which are indicative of the impact one person can have on his own family and even succeeding generations. We will cite relevant details from just five cases mentioned in his Christian Counseling and Occultism:
The fifth case is cited at length as an illustration of the extent of damage that can be caused in what Koch refers to as “the terrible balance sheet of this family”: four cases of mental illness and nine terrible deaths—
Russ Parker is vicar of Christ Church in Coalville, England. He has had 20 years of experience in deliverance ministry. In Battling the Occult, he lists several physical and spiritual problems associated with one’s parents’ occult or other sins, including one actual case; of blindness from birth that was healed immediately upon exorcism. This man had apparently been possessed by an evil spirit at birth as the result of the criminal activity of his parents. (See p. 316.)
Many secular researchers have also noted there is a hereditary factor for psychic predisposition: Dr. Fodor, the psychoanalyst/ psychic researcher referred to earlier, observes: “In most cases mediumship can be traced as a hereditary gift. If the heredity is not direct it is to be found in ancestors or collaterals.”
The compilation by the editors of Psychic magazine—Psychics: In Depth Interviews—reveals a consistent pattern. Most psychics interviewed admitted familial involvement. Famous mediums Arthur Ford, Eileen Garrett, and Douglas Johnson all had aunts who were mediums or psychics; Irene Hughes and Peter Hurkos both had psychic mothers; and virtually all 19 members of witch Sybil Leek’s nuclear and extended family were sympathetic to psychicism.
As with Edgar Cayce, Olga Worrall, and other well-known occultists, the predisposition often surfaces during childhood, especially in experiences with spirits. In the book cited above, Jeane Dixon, Eileen Garrett, Irene Hughes, Douglas Johnson, and “Kreskin” (who denies he is a psychic even though he practices automatic writing) also encountered psychic events at a young age.
Babies grow into young children, of course, and here the problems continue. Just as there are cases of child demonization recorded in the Bible (Luke 9:38,39) they are also recorded throughout history. Martin Ebon’s book Demon Children documents several cases of child demonization (or what are thought to be) and the terrible suffering and tragedy they bring; this is confirmed also by Samuel H. Young’s Psychic Children.
Thus, Dr. Fodor indicates that even babies and small children of occultists may actually be possessed as a result of their parents’ sorcery:
Dr. Koch attempts to explain the mechanism by citing the illustration of magic:
Consider the case of a pastor who was apparently demon influenced without even knowing it—or the cause:
We stress that an experience of this nature does not necessarily mean that Christians are to have great concern over their family histories. First, for most people this information may be unavailable. Second, among Christians an experience of this type is probably rare. Third, when people are converted to Christ, they belong to Him alone. As God does for many other areas, we can expect that, if and when necessary, He will work accordingly to heal and deliver people from such things they know nothing about.
Why this does not happen in every case is unknown. Perhaps the best attitude to take is simply to note that such cases apparently exist—and also to realize that if something like this is a problem in a person’s life, God will certainly work to take care of it on His own terms or through other means. We stress again that, generally speaking, Christians do not need to be concerned over the sins of their ancestors. Only when there are spiritual problems that seem to fit the phenomena of occult bondage should the possibility be explored.
But the heredity predisposition for psychic abilities or occult influences is not the only possibility to consider where the phenomenon of transference is concerned; the active occultist can also influence those around him.