What the Bible Says About Mediums


The Bible strictly forbids and warns people to not consult with mediums. This includes psychics, astrology, fortune telling, tarot cards, palm readings, seances, and ouija boards.

Isaiah 47:13 – “You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you.”

When we seek guidance from mediums we are trusting in the familiar spirits they are consulting instead of God. God wants us to look to Him alone for guidance, answers and direction.

Exodus 20:5 – “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.”

Familiar Spirits are Satan’s Demons

Familiar spirits are not only God’s enemies, but ours as well. In John 10:10 the devil is referred to by Jesus as “the thief.”

John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Deceived people think they are benefiting from seeking mediums, but these spirits seek only our harm. This is why God forbids us to consult with them.

Many people are tormented by demonic spirits after consulting with mediums. When we experiment with mediums, we open ourselves up to the demonic and give them permission to come into our life.

Familiar Spirits Know About Us

These spirits are called familiar spirits for a reason. They are assigned to us by the devil to spy on our lives. This is how they seem to know so much about us.

As God assigns His angels to watch over us, the devil also has his fallen angels (demons) watching us. God wants us to have a full and productive life, but the devil seeks our doom, destruction and deception.

1 John 4:1 – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Mediums are false prophets, frauds and con artists. They take advantage of people for personal gain or for their own self worth (ego). Some are used by familiar spirits (demons) by being deceived into thinking they have a special gift. Others know exactly what they are doing.

Both are being used by demons to give their predictions, whether knowingly or because they are deceived. The source nonetheless is the same – the spirits of darkness! The devil has demonic spirits assigned to us who have a lot of information about our lives. Mediums get their information from these demonic spirits.

Below are a number of scriptures that forbid consulting, seeking or experimenting with mediums or familiar spirits of any sort. These scriptures are self explanatory, take them at face value. God means exactly what He says. Read the entire context to get the full impact of each scripture.

Scriptures:

Leviticus 19:31 – “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits, do not seek after them, to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”

Leviticus 20:6 – “And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.”

1 Samuel 28:3 – “Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had lamented for him and buried him in Ramah, in his own city. And Saul had put the mediums and the spiritists out of the land.”

1 Samuel 28:9 – “Then the woman said to him, Look, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the spiritists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?”

2 Kings 21:6 – “Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger.”

2 Kings 23:24 – “Moreover Josiah put away those who consulted mediums and spiritists, the household gods and idols, all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord.”

2 Chronicles 33:6 – “Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger.”

Isaiah 8:19 – “And when they say to you, ‘Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?”

Isaiah 19:3 – “The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst. I will destroy their counsel, And they will consult the idols and the charmers, the mediums and the sorcerers.”


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