This artcle is based upon these programs backed against Bible teaching and the teachings of Christ! (Especially geared for the people of the Nation of Malta and Gozo)
FORTUNE TELLERS & MEDIUMS ON XARABANK
Many have seen or heard the programmes that Xarabank aired on national television on Friday 12th and Friday 26th October. I would like to thank God of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He used this well watched programme to expose clearly how people can fall victims to the deception of mediums, fortune tellers (even though they bring you everything but fortune) and the occult in general, not to mention that fortune-tellers end up amassing a fortune over their prey. I want to say "good job' in a way to Peppi Azzopardi for this specific effort. Thank God many will no longer be duped into these snares of Satan, (whether directly or indirectly) because a lot truth came out and lies were made evident! While I am able to see the good in it, I cannot help it but notice the serious and fundamental flaws which I would like to bring to the attention of the reader.
I was particularly surprised in two main instances. In the programme of the 26th October, The Roman Catholic priest never even mentioned Jesus Christ once, taking it for granted (or so it came across) that the "Alla' that he referred to was the same "Alla' (in the Maltese language)- God, of every one represented on the panel! Pity, pity pity!
This could have been a great opportunity to clearly lead people in the right direction, by speaking clearly and truthfully that the God of the Bible, while loving the people doing them, yet abhors these things and let people know that the power Jesus Christ breaks every form of demonic power no matter what "wrapping' it comes under; whether be it White Magic, Black Magic, Spells [Maghmul], Spiritualism, Psychic Readings, Ouija-boards, Necromancy, Tarot Cards, Clairvoyance, Sorcery, Witchcraft, Black Arts, Palmistry, Crystal Gazing, Transcendental Meditation etc etc... It seems that it was taken for granted by the different panel members that they all were speaking about the same God. Please allow me to shed some light; In the Bible even "satan' is called "alla'(in Maltese)-"god' of this world, (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Next time around it would be wise and educational to clarify which "god' every one is addressing, because things can have taken a much different direction than!
It would have been really interesting scene if in the programme there would have also been a Muslim especially because he would have also called his God "Allah'... with all the people of the panel also calling there God "Alla'. The only difference would be, to a Muslim "Allah' is the actual name of his God, but to a Maltese Christian "Alla' is an adjective, since in the Bible God is YHWH not Alla. No wonder many unfortunate misinformed "nominal Christians' (and especially in Malta and Gozo in this matter) think that Muslims and Christians serve the same God! (Far from it) For us Maltese, Alla is simply a poor rendering of the Almighty God of the Bible because of our inherited Semitic influence in our language. (For more informations see: www.answering-islam.org)
The Psychic, fortune-teller on the programme was made to look like "a good psychic or Fortune Teller' and that she is not like the other "false' Psychics and Fortune Tellers in the country. She played her role well and Xarabank certainly did her a great advertising favour! Come on when are we going to learn? When is it going to be that some one with a back bone would tell things for what they really are! God not "god', YHWH of the Bible by no means approve of Psychics (i.e: their practise), nor what they do is okayed by Him in any way! The God, who has revealed Himself through Jesus Christ, The Promised Messiah condemns the use and abuse of these things, and anyone who dies in this life style is to be warned that Hell is what is awaiting them! (1 Samuel 28:3, 2 Kings 23:24, 2 Chronicles 23:6, Isaiah 8:19, Isaiah 47:9, Galatians 5:19-21, Revelations 21:8 etc...) This is not an opinion of a man. This is God' Word!
Leviticus 19: 31, Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God. NASB
Leviticus 20: 6-8,As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people. You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you. NASB
Galatians 5:19-22, Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery [witchcraft], enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. NASB
Christian people believe in a personal related God whom Jesus revealed to them as Father (Matthew 6). To the majority of other "religions', their "God' is a distant God who has no relations or any personal interest in His creation. So how could the members of the panel all refer to God when they did not specify their own definition of God? One would assume that the presenter of the programme can be excused for this flaw since one may not be well educated on Bible Fundamental Truths, and one assumes so because the last time I remember him getting out the Bible and quote out of the it, it was some scriptures about women, taken out of context! Bless his heart! At least, thank God that the Bible was given some prominence any way, even though it could have been more a skilled attempt! I believe that the Maltese people (and all those reading this article and searching for The Truth) deserve to have these questions addressed because many viewers were misled and misinformed about the subject under treatment and the conclusion well there was not a clear one!
But what is clear is that God is against occultism whether it is Fortune-Telling, Witchcraft, Palmistry, Scientology, Telepathy, Satan worship and the long list of many other forms of occult and this can be verified and proved by many references in the Old & New Testament in the Bible. The main reason why these things are strongly condemned is because Satan, who comes to steal, kill and destroy lives, is behind them all as their author! (John 10:10). Seeking help from the occult is equivalent to calling upon another god and insulting the true God. A true Christian should not seek guidance or power through any other means unless they want to fall prey under the bondage of a killer and mass-murderer-Satan. Christians' safest and sure way to be led is always through the Inspired Scriptures and the True Shepherd Jesus Christ. Even in prayer every Christian remains certain that his/her prayer is heard ONLY when it is prayed directed to The Father in Jesus' name (John 14:13-14, John 15:16, John 16:23-26 etc...)
In the Old Testament, the sentence of capital punishment was in effect on witches (sorcerers) Exodus 22:18 or wizards (clairvoyant or psychic) Leviticus 20:27. To have any dealing with spiritism is to be defiled and unfit to appear before God (Leviticus 19:31). Today real Christians ought to rise up and do some serious prayer warfare motivated by the Love-Agape of God for these souls!
For those who may have been held captive innocently through ignorance and/or lack of sound spiritual direction let me encourage you that you may not be taken in by the subtle tricks of the devil and be deceived!
I have heard of many who tell me that they have been to some fortune teller or medium or psychic and they saw that they had statues of various saints and even candles and they even talked in the name of God, so they seemed like they are not doing any thing wrong after all! Well the truth is that they are worst from those who don't use (abuse) of naming God! In Acts 16:16-20 there was a woman who practised fortune-telling and she seemed to even be doing some thing admirable because she was shouting and telling people that Paul and Barnabas were preaching to the people the way of salvation, which in fact they were! However because the devil is a master deceiver since he couldn't stop the Apostles, he tried to hide behind this deceptive well-meaningness! However, by the power of The Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ, Paul the Apostle commanded the devil to come out of her and the ability to do fortune telling ceased. This clearly shows that the powers of fortune-telling were coming directly from the works of the devil! Actually, Being led by the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul shouted with power and authority, "Satan...come out of her"...and she was made free!
This is something which is what these deceived souls need! They need deliverance from Satan and an experience with the Risen Savior and Lord! So don't be fooled, these people may mention God ok, but they are working by the power of the Evil one. The word "God' is not a name and therefore it does not intimidate nor stop Satan's Work but the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God does! (See Philippians 2:5-9)
So let me spell it with absolute clarity: Any one who practices or has any connection with White Magic, Black Magic, Spells [Maghmul], Spiritualism, Psychic Readings, Ouija-boards, Necromancy, Tarot Cards, Clairvoyance, Sorcery, Witchcraft, Black Arts, Palmistry, Crystal Gazing, Transcendental Meditation, Divination, calling upon the dead, etc will bring judgement upon him/her self and will open wide the doors for curses upon his/her life and an invasion of demonic presence with a possible demonic possession! All of this is also an offence against God- and thus it makes it a serious sin.
If you are some one who have practised such things but you want to stop this lifestyle (repent), than your only real remedy is The Redeemer Jesus Christ who came to Earth to beak the power of the evil one off of any one who would believe in Him and receive Him as his/her personal Lord and Savoir! (Please read: Luke 4:18-20, Luke 10:17-21, Mark 16:15-20, Acts 3: 10:38, Acts 8:9-25, Acts 13:6-8, 1John 3:8 etc...)
Acts 3:17-19,nAnd now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also...Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord
If you have been caught in one of the above mentioned situations and don't know how to get out of it, I would highly encourage you to seek help through people who really know the Lord as their personal Lord and Savoir-Deliverer (DO NOT MISTAKEN THIS WITH RELIGIOUS PEOPLE).
The Son of God, Jesus Christ was revealed, to destroy the works of Satan
and that He did with an awesome uncomparable power and success! (See 1 John 3:8, Acts 10:38, and especially Colossians 2:15! Ha ha ha! Awesome Jesus!
- Article compiled by Anthony Zarb Dimech
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