What is Spiritualism defined to be?
"A belief in the frequent communication of intelligence from the
world of spirits, by means of physical phenomena, commonly manifested
through a person of special susceptibility, called a medium."
Did this doctrine exist in ancient times?
"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after
wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God." Lev. 19:31.
How does God regard sorcerers?
"And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a
swift witness against the sorcerers." Mal. 3:5.
What does he call the sorcerers?
"Therefore hearken not ye to... your enchanters, nor to your
sorcerers; ...for they prophesy a lie unto you to remove you far from your
land." Jer. 27:9, 10.
What was the ancient law concerning witches, and those who had familiar spirits?
"A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a
wizard, shall surely be put to death." Lev. 20:27 (Deut.
18:10-13) (Ex. 22:18).
With what is witchcraft classed by Paul?
"Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies... I have also told you in time past,
that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
God." Gal. 5:20, 21.
What should one do if asked to inquire of a familiar spirit?
"And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have
familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter: should
not a people seek unto their God?" Isa. 8:19.
Is it possible to test every spirit?
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God." 1 John 4:1.
By what are we to try them?
"To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not
according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isa. 8:20.
Should we have any confidence in signs or wonders presented by those who would try
to lead us away from God?
"And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto
thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and
let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that
prophet, or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God proveth you, to
know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul." Deut. 13:2, 3.
What course should one pursue under these circumstances?
"Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear Him, and keep
His commandments, and obey His voice, and ye shall serve Him, and
cleave unto Him." Deut. 13:4.
We are directed to the "law and to the testimony," by which to try
these spirits that assert to be voices from the dead. After one dies, how
much does he know of what is going on among men?
"Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away. His sons
come to honor, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he
perceiveth it not of them." Job 14:20, 21.
Does he know anything, or have any memory?
"For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know
not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of
them is forgotten." Eccl. 9:5.
What does the wise man add, that forever precludes the idea that the dead come back
to earth to communicate with the living?
"Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now
perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that
is done under the sun." Eccl. 9:6.
Then when miracles are performed by spirits purporting to be those of our dead
friends, to what may we attribute them?
"For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which
go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather
them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." Rev. 16:14.
What will be characteristic of "last day" apostasies from the faith?
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some
shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils." 1 Tim. 4:1.
How will Satan deceive the people?
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
light." 2 Cor. 11:14.
What role will his agents assume before the end?
"Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness." 2 Cor. 11:15.
Will Satan try to counterfeit the coming of Christ, by signs and wonders?
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or
there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false
prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it
were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Matt. 24:23, 24.
After these signs and wonders are shown, what is immediately to take place?
"The Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and
shall destroy with the brightness of His coming; even
him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs
and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them
that perish." 2 Thess. 2:8-10.
What will those say then, who have maintained their love for the truth?
"And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God, we have
waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for
Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation." Isa. 25:9.