What is spiritualism
defined to be?
A belief that departed
spirits hold intercourse with mortals by means of
physical phenomena, as by rapping, or during
abnormal mental states, as in trances, or the
like, commonly manifested through a medium;
theory that mediumistic phenomena are caused by
spirits of the dead.
Note - The word spiritualism
(or spiritism) is not found in the
Bible, but there is general accord that spiritualism
is based on the belief in the natural immortality
of man, and that the spirit that leaves the
fleshly body at death can and does return to
communicate with the living through the
medium and the control.
Spiritism in Bible Times
Did this belief exist in
Do not turn to
mediums or seek out spiritists, for
you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your
God. Leviticus 19:31. (See also 1
How does God regard sorcerers?
So I will come near
you for judgment. I will be quick to testify
against sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers,
against those who defraud laborers of their
wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless,
and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear
me, says the Lord Almighty. Malachi
What does He say of the
teachings of enchanters and sorcerers?
So do not listen to
your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters
of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who
tell you, You will not serve the king of
Babylon. They prophesy lies to you that
will only serve to remove you far from your
lands; I will banish you and you will perish.
Jeremiah 27:9, 10.
Before their entrance into
Canaan, what instruction did Moses give Israel
concerning these things?
Let no one be found
among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in
the fire, who practices divination or sorcery,
interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or cast
spells, or who is a medium or spiritists or who
consults the dead. Anyone who does these things
is detestable to the Lord, and because of these
detestable practices of the Lord your God will
drive out those nations before you. You must be
blameless before the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 18: 10-13.
Under the theocracy of
Israel, what was the law concerning witches and
those who had familiar spirits?
Do not allow a
sorceress to live. Exodus 22:18. A
man or woman who is a medium or spiritists among
you must be put to death. You are to stone
them; their blood will be on their own heads.
With what does Paul class
witchcraft, and what does he say to those who are
guilty of such things?
witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of
rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions and
envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn
you, as I did before, that those who live like
this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:20, 21.
What does one do if asked
to inquire of a familiar spirit?
When men tell you to
consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and
mutter, should not a people inquire of their
God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the
Should we allow ourselves
to be influenced by signs or wonders performed by
those who would try to lead us away from God and
If a prophet, or one
who foretells by dreams, appears among you and
announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and
if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken
takes place, and he says, Let us follow
other gods (gods you have not known) and
let us worship them, you must not listen
to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The
Lord your God is testing you to find out whether
you love him with all your heart and with all
your soul. It is the Lord your God you must
follow, and him you must revere. Keep his
commandments and obey him; serve him and hold
fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:1-4.
Communication With The
How much do the dead know
of what is going on among men?
You overpower him
once for all, and he is gone; you change his
countenance and send him away. If his sons are
honored, he does not know it; they are
brought low, he does not see it. Job
Do the dead know anything?
For the living know
that they will die, but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward; and even the memory
of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5.
When the spirit departs, they return to the
ground; on that very day their plans come to
nothing. Psalm 146:4.
What scripture forever
precludes the idea that the dead back to earth to
communicate with the living?
Their love, their
hate and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part in anything
that happens under the sun.
Deception In The Last Days
What will be one
characteristic of the last days?
The Spirit clearly
says that in the later times some will abandon
their faith and follow deceiving spirits and
thing taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1.
How does Satan deceive the
And no wonder, for
Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14.
What role do his angels
It is not surprising,
then, if his servants masquerade as servants
of righteousness. Their end will be what
their actions deserve. Verse 15.
Will Satan and his agents
attempt to counterfeit the coming of Christ, and
work signs and wonders to confirm their
At that time if
anyone says to you, Look, here is Christ!
or, There he is! do not believe it.
For false Christs and false prophets will
appear and perform great signs and
miracles to deceive even the elect if that
were possible, See, I have told you
ahead of time. Matthew 24:23,24.
Note As the
crowning act in the great dram of deception,
Satan himself will personate Christ. The church
has long professed to look to the Saviors
advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the
great deceiver will make it appear that Christ
has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan
will manifest himself among men as a majestic
being of dazzling brightness, and about 15 feet
in stature resembling the description of the Son
of God given by John in the Revelation. The glory
that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything
that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of
triumph rings out in the air, Christ has
come! Christ has come! The people prostrate
themselves in adoration before him, while he
lifts up his hands, and pronounces a blessing
upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when
He was upon the earth. His voice will be soft and
subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle,
compassionate tones he presents some of the same
gracious, heavenly truths that the Savior uttered
But the people of
God will not be misled. The teachings of this
false Christ are not in accordance with the
Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner
of Christ advent. The Savior warned his people
against deception upon this point, and has
clearly foretold the manner of His Second Coming.
There shall be false christs, and false
prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders;
insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect
If they say unto
you, look! He is in the desert do not go out. For
as the lightening comes out of the east, and
shines even unto the west; so will also the
coming of the Son of Man be. This coming,
there is no possibility of counterfeiting. It
will be universally known witnessed by the
whole world. E.G. White, The Great
Controversy, pp. 624, 625.
What will be one of
the last great signs performed by this means, to
fasten men in deception?
And he performed
great and miraculous signs, even causing fire
to come down from heaven to earth in full view of
men. Because of the signs he was given power
to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived
the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to
set an image in honor of the beast who was
wounded by the sword and yet lived.
Revelation 13:13, 14.
What scripture shows
that Satan is to work with special powers and
deceptive wonders just before Christs
The coming of the
lawless one will be in accordance with the
work of Satan displayed in all kinds of
counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in
every sort of evil that deceives those who are
perishing. They perish because they refused
to love the truth and so be saved. 2
Thessalonians 2:9,10. (See also Revelation
While many will be
deceived by these wonders, and accept of the
false christs that appear, what will those say
who have maintained their love for the truth, and
patiently waited for the return of Christ?
Surely this is our
God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This
is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice
and be glad in his salvation. Isaiah
What warning has been
given us through the Apostle Peter?
self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the
devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking
for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8.
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