What Is Occultism?

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I used to be an acupuncturist and a Reiki Master. During acupuncture school, my fellow students exposed me to many different things that were not part of our school curriculum. I encountered angel worship, Reiki, energy work, psychics, teachings of Abraham (not the one in the Bible), palm reading, tarot cards, divination with pendulums, and much more. 

I saw first hand how manipulation occurs with spiritual entrapment and spiritual travel.  A man at a conference I attended tried to put a spiritual ‘hook’ in me so that he could access me in the spirit realm later.  That same night, I had a feeling of being pulled off my bed and dragged away. I had no idea what was happening but I awoke and struggled to say the name of Jesus.  When I called out “JESUS!”, the struggle stopped and I went right back to sleep. 

At this time in my life, I had no idea about spiritual warfare. My knowledge was only a song by Nicole C. Mullen which said, to call on Jesus and He will come rescue you. I heard that song on my way to the conference and the Holy Spirit brought it to my mind as I was experiencing this spiritual attack. I called out to Jesus, He came and rescued me. 

I still do not understand all the happened that night but there is really no need for me to know all that happened. The next day at the conference, the man who tried to manipulate me asked me who I had protecting me. He said he had never encountered anything or anyone so powerful. I told him Jesus was my protector.  Honestly I was a bit shocked by all that happened but I became intrigued by the spirit world. Armed with a lot of confidence and a large amount of ignorance I set about exploring that world. 

I was a Christian and had been for most of my life but had never seen power or experienced the Holy Spirit. On my spiritual discovery journey I learned that many people in the New Age have more power than most Christians. The reason being, they believe in the unseen and have experience spiritual power, not Holy Spirit power but powers of darkness.

If Christians would realize that we are in a spiritual battle and engage on a spirit level how much ground could we recover? When you bring up the spirit realm in most churches, they look at you like you are nuts. I have had the best conversations about the spirit realm with psychic and new age practitioners. I find they believe in Jesus, they just do not believe He is the only to the Father. They believe in the power of spirits. These are satanic spirits that are evil but can masquerade as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). I find that people attracted to new age practice are very open to discussions about the Holy Spirit whereas the average Christian does not want to discuss things of the spirit or Spirit. 

Fast forward about 15 years, now I speak to various Christian groups about New Age practices and things of the Spirit. One question that always comes up is “what is occultism?”. It is a great question but most people are not prepared for my answer. 

The word occultic is an astronomical (not horoscopes) term. Merriam-Webster defines the word occult as to shut off from view or exposure.  Occultism is when one heavenly body passes in front of another and obscures the one behind it, such as a lunar eclipse. In other words, occultism occurs when something blocks the sun or the Son.    

The practice of occultism is an agreement with any belief or practice that opposes the law of God and comes between God and man.  It offers itself as truth from God, when in fact, the real truth is obscured and hidden. 

It is easy to look around and think that occultism only applies to psychics, tarot card or palm readers but what about addictions? What about busyness? What about idolizing our pets? What about gossip or slander? What about comparing ourselves to others? What about all those self-help books that tell us we can fix our selves? Do these ‘occlude’ us from the truth of God?  The answer is yes.

The ultimate goal of the new age movement is self-idolatry (Isaiah 14:12-15). Today we personalize everything and make it all about us.  We take so many photos of ourselves that Merriam-Webster added the word ‘selfie‘ to the dictionary last year. The New Age movement has moved to the mainstream. The world around us aims to minimize the deity of Jesus Christ and promote the god of self. 

I find that Christians are eager to point fingers at psychics and other new age practices but we fail to realize that we participate in many activities that occlude the Son from our lives. We run to alcohol for confidence. We run to pornography to escape. We run to romance novels to find love. We use religious activity as a substitute for a relationship with Christ. We idolize food and entertainment.

I can easily talk about psychics, divination, witchcraft and sorcery. I could pull out many scriptures and testimonies that show they are from the pit of hell but I think it is much more important to focus on what in your life occludes you from seeing Jesus rightly? What keeps you from spending time with Him? What keeps you from having Holy Spirit power in your life? What do you need to remove so you can see the Son?

Nothing in this world is new today.  Satan is real. Distraction, busyness, and offense are some of his best weapons.  As believers we are engaged in spiritual warfare. There is a battle raging right now. Our eyes must be open , our minds full of The Word, our hearts ready to love, our feet ready to stand and our mouth ready to proclaim that Jesus is the only way to the Father.

After all,

O – On
C – Christ’s
C – coattails
U – unfit
L – Lucifer
T – trails and he 
I – Is
C – condemned. (Revelation 20:10)

The Truth of the New Age movement is that

N – No one
E – else
W – wins

A – All
G – glorify
E – Elohim (Phillipians 2:10-11)

What is blocking your view of Jesus? We do not have time for anything to occlude our view.  Jesus is the only thing that matters!

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26 thoughts on “What Is Occultism?

  1. What a post! Your accrostics are great! I had never looked up the word occult, assuming I knew what it meant. But now I realize occultism is much more dangerous and widespread!

    1. Thank you so much, Aryn! Occultism is very widespread and very sneaky!!

  2. Agreeing with you that we need to understand our spiritual battles better and keep our yes in the One who can protect us. Also loved this observation: The ultimate goal of the new age movement is self-idolatry (Isaiah 14:12-15).
    Thanks for wanting to open our eyes to these truths. b

  3. Wow! What a powerful story! Thank you so much for sharing! There are many lonely people searching for love and acceptance in this world and need to hear the truth about Jesus. I have been watching the A&E series on Scientology and it is scary how people can be sucked into the occult world. The spiritual battle is real! I’m am just putting the finishing touches on a blog post about angels and somehow this makes it seem that much more timely….

  4. I think delving into spiritual matters when unprepared can have unwanted results. My best answer is trusting Jesus and praying for the armor of God to protect me from the unseen.

  5. This.
    I’m finding myself rather speechless too.
    What you wrote is truth, the enemy is a copycat, mimicker, and yet there is a spirit going around that is making it out that he has full authority, that he is the powerful one. It’s becoming more and more severe as the time grows nigh. He is a liar!
    I’m so glad you are freed from that wickedness. It’s amazing how newageism has taken over even in the “Christian realm”. Terrifying.
    I just had a lengthy conversation with my sister about idolatry this morning, so you can imagine how my draw dropped this afternoon reading this. I quote, “The ultimate goal of the new age movement is self-idolatry (Isaiah 14:12-15). Today we personalize everything and make it all about us. We take so many photos of ourselves that Merriam-Webster added the word ‘selfie‘ to the dictionary last year. The New Age movement has moved to the mainstream. The world around us aims to minimize the deity of Jesus Christ and promote the god of self. ”
    God forgive us.
    God help us.
    A shakedown is coming.
    May the strongholds… even flesh, come down, captive to obedience to Jesus Christ

  6. Wow, what an excellent post on a very important topic. I agree — calling on Jesus during times of spiritual attack or temptation is the way out. He will always come to our rescue.

  7. Great timely article. We have moved from a place where God was dead to a place where people no longer know who God is and in the search for God have been trapped in a place set up entirely to enslave and deceive. Worth reminding people that the only way to God is Jesus.

  8. This stuff is scary because it’s real, but Satan has twisted our culture to enjoy things like this. It’s so important to be aware of this spiritual warfare without giving the devil a foothold and more power than he actually has. Thanks for spreading awareness here!

  9. Satan’s realm is not fake, but very real! I think we need to do all we can to submerge ourselves in God. Satan has a bulleye’s on Christians so why do we want to flirt with anything in his realm!

  10. I think that many Christians do not take the occult seriously, which leaves us open to be deceived. Posts like this are important reminders that we need to be alert and on guard all the time!

  11. I didn’t know the literal definition of Occult but believed it was anything that uses power that is not from God. I think we can partner with evil spirits unintentionally when we cling to things that are not of God like addictions as you discuss above. I thought your post was really interesting and would love to read more from you on spiritual warfare please.

    1. Thank you, Danielle! I do have more posts like this planned.

  12. This message is important. I know someone who was caught up in the occult before he became a Christian. He tells an amazing story and reminds us to fear the power. To respect it enough to stay away from it. Spiritual battle? You bet! And so many of us are oblivious. Great topic. Great post. God bless!

    1. Thank you, Nancy!

  13. This is one of the clearest explanations I’ve ever seen of occultism and how we should respond to it. We think the problem is outside of us, assuming that if we’re not doing the listed occult activities of evil then we’re doing just fine. This post makes it strong and readily apparent that the trouble is within ourselves, in the very core of our sinful natures: “I can easily talk about psychics, divination, witchcraft and sorcery.” Which is what we’re tempted to do. “I could pull out many scriptures and testimonies that show they are from the pit of hell but I think it is much more important to focus on what in your life occludes you from seeing Jesus rightly?” (Yes! Preach it, sister!) “What keeps you from spending time with Him? What keeps you from having Holy Spirit power in your life? What do you need to remove so you can see the Son?” You listed all the things we do to avoid the Lord. You asked the important questions. You provided the answer in Christ. Thank you! This is refreshing! Like you did when you cried out to Jesus, we need to know HIM, not the details of evil, but Jesus himself and his Word, what he says, what the Word says, who we are in him, and how he says to act, relying on him and not upon ourselves.

    1. Melinda, thank you so much for the comment. It really blessed me to read it.

  14. “The practice of occultism is an agreement with any belief or practice that opposes the law of God and comes between God and man. It offers itself as truth from God, when in fact, the real truth is obscured and hidden. ” Excellent definition! Thanks for providing some very insightful thoughts on this subject and for making me realize that occultism is closer to us than we think!

  15. I did not know this was the definition!

    Thanks for the education. What a powerful spiritual experience.

    So I don’t know much about reiki, but it seems like snake oil… what is your opinion on it?

    People around here act like its’ very logical

  16. Occultism scares me but your post included so much more to be included in that category. Thank you for such an eye opening topic. Great post.

    1. Thank you, Wendy!

  17. Thanks for this awesome post, another great wake up call for all of us. Staying alert to the tactics of the enemy! God Bless

  18. Wow. What a frightening and serious situation. We need these wake up calls. Thank you for sharing your story. I only had one small experience with occult type things and it left an indelible impression on me – never to revisit again. The warfare is real. It is clearly stated in the Bible. We so easily gloss over it. May we be more and more in tune with the Holy Spirit in these last days. I appreciate your faith, Michelle! God bless you!

  19. I thought I knew what occultism was before but you did an amazing job of breaking it down! Anything that keeps us from seeing the son! That really hit home for me! God has already been dealing with me about that and this just confirmed for me His work.

    1. Thank you so much, Amber!

  20. The battle that we are in the middle of is very real. Satan not only wants our lives but wants to keep us from impacting others. Thank you for revealing truths that so many prefer to ignore.

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