It never ceases to amaze me when people who consider themselves “good Christians” – and go to church every week – still get caught up in pagan practices that are absolutely offensive to God.
In the twenty-first chapter of the book of Revelation, we are given an absolutely beautiful description of Heaven and the New Jerusalem. God speaks from the throne to let John – and us – know who is allowed to be there:
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:7-8 (NKJV)
In addition to the obvious reference to sorcerers and idolaters, there is another word that is less clear, it the word abominable. Although it may conjure images of Rudolph and Yukon Cornelius from the children’s story, it is far more serious. The original word used here is derived from the Greek root, “bdeo”, which literally means, “to stink.”
Did you know that some actions literally stink to God? As you can imagine, God will not allow anything to stink up the majesty of Heaven.
While we don’t have time to delve into all the Biblical passages dealing with occult practices, scripture is clear that anything that replaces God as the soul source of our wisdom and direction is offensive to our creator. As a matter of fact, it is even offensive to play with such things.
I have witnessed the devastation when Christians play around with Ouija Boards, horoscopes, psychics, ghost hunting, séances, palm reading, tarot cards, fantasy games, occult movies and books, chain letters/posts, affirmations, superstitions, Rosary, etc.
While many consider these things harmless entertainment, allow me to ask a simple discerning question. If Jesus showed up in the flesh to visit your house, would you invite him to join in?
I truly want to see you walk in the full blessings of God. I also know the only way you can do that is to let go of the things that He hates. If you are engaged in these or any other “stinky” activities, I hope you will turn away from them and show God you care more for Him.