The U.K.’s Baptist Deliverance Study Group is warning that Brits are increasingly turning to paganism and the occult amid the pandemic as they grieve loved ones, some of whom they never got a chance to see before they died.
Premier Christian News reports that the ministry has seen an increase in people who try to contact family members who have passed using spiritual mediums, a practice which the Bible expressly forbids and warns against.
These rituals, the group warns, “open up a doorway to great spiritual oppression which requires a Christian rite to set that person free.”
“The fact that people have often not been able to say goodbye properly…there’s often been very limited contact at the end with loved ones, and even limited numbers in funeral services. And therefore, it stores a lot of unmet psychological needs in people,” Rev. Jayne Irlam, who is part of the group, told PCN.
“We need to think carefully as the church about how we meet that, and how Christ wants to meet that in order to persuade people that they don’t need to turn to these practices, which invariably leads to bondage and suffering in the end,” she explained.
The group has already had several people reach out for help after getting involved in spiritualism or even Satanism. Irlam also noted that the occult could be attractive to some people who have not found the same sense of community in a church.
Interestingly they say that these groups had afforded them with “a greater sense of belonging than they would feel from the established Church.”
“I think that’s a real challenge towards the Christian Church, to think very carefully about why people perceive that,” Irlam said. “It is very sad that somebody might actually feel but they get a greater sense of purpose and belonging, and even support from a group dedicated to something like witchcraft than they do from the Christian Church.”
“My advice to churches would be to look out for people who are searching and may wander into the church, who have also been looking around at other spiritual options. And make sure that your doctrine is clear that you cannot combine following Christ with the odd visit to the spiritualist church,” she also urged.
The pandemic has been trying for billions of people around the world, and for those who do not know Christ, nor the love of his church, they will seek comfort and satisfaction wherever they can.
These roads, however, all lead to death, as the Bible-believing Christian knows all too well. Now more than ever we have an imperative to reach out in love to those who are seeking answers to life’s most challenging questions.
Saints, don’t ever lose sight of our instructions to make disciples of all nations! This dark world sorely needs His light.
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