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1 Samuel 28:5-20: Contacting the Dead

Some have said this passage gives approval to participate in activities that deal with spirits and the dead. Yet even if it is possible to communicate with the dead, the Bible very clearly says that attempting to do so is wrong (see Lev 19:31; 20:27; Dt 18:10-12; Is 8:19). The consequences for disobeying God were very dramatic, as 1 Chr 10:13-14 explains that this event and his unfaithfulness ended up costing Saul his life. As Eph 6:12 puts it, we are not in a battle against “flesh and blood” but rather “spiritual forces of evil.” For the time being, this earth is Satan’s territory. Satan is not to be trusted, as he is likened to a roaring lion on the prowl, looking for easy targets and new victims (1 Pet 5:8). By getting involved with witchcraft, Ouija boards, and other demonic practices, we are opening ourselves to a world that is much more dark and dangerous than we could ever imagine.

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