Astrology and witchcraft is soaring among millennials. Here are 7 shocking facts about this disturbing trend:
- Millennials are substituting witchcraft for religion…
Research is showing that more and more Americans are interested in spirituality, but fewer and fewer are interested in organized religion. This is especially true of millennials.
One study has shown that over half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science.
Psychic services such as palm reading, tarot card reading, astrology and the services of mediums has grown into a $2 billion industry in the last five years.
- What they are seeking…
According to the owner of a “metaphysical boutique” in Brooklyn, New York, millennials are seeking something in their lives that has the power to enact change.
For young adults feeling swallowed up by big industry, environmental destruction, big government and toxic social structures, the world of astrology, spell casting, tarot, meditation and trance can be incredibly attractive and enticing.
- There is a void in their lives...
Saint Augustine said, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.”
When people lack a personal relationship with God, they often notice a void in their lives, which they then attempt to fill with substitutes…other people, material things, a career… even witchcraft.
- What the Bible says about witchcraft…
The Bible has quite a lot to say about witchcraft.
In Deuteronomy 18:9-13, God warned the Israelites through Moses not to imitate any of the “detestable ways” of the nations occupying the promised land. Here’s what those nations were doing:
- Practicing divination and sorcery
- Interpreting omens
- Engaging in witchcraft
- Casting spells
- Consulting the dead
God told His people that anyone doing these things “is detestable to the Lord.”
God said that because of their witchcraft, He would drive those nations out of the land.
In Galatians 5:19-21, the apostle Paul condemns witchcraft and says that those who practice it (or other “acts of the sinful nature”) will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Google “Witchcraft and the Bible” for many more passages regarding this dangerous activity.
- How youth leaders should handle witchcraft…
If youth leaders (or parents) encounter young people who are dabbling in witchcraft, here are some suggestions:
- Ask them to explain why they are interested in witchcraft and how they hope to benefit from their experience
- Listen carefully with empathy and understanding
- Listen for clues regarding what they think is missing in their lives (the void) that they believe witchcraft will satisfy
- Model an authentic Christian life and world view. Share your own struggles and weaknesses, and how you access God’s power to overcome
- Share in a loving way what God has to say about witchcraft
- How the church should address witchcraft…
The church needs to address the boom in witchcraft in a similar way to youth leaders and parents, with an emphasis on Scripture. Some specific ideas…
- Deliver a sermon series on “What God thinks about witchcraft.”
- Prepare Sunday School classes on witchcraft: one geared for teens, one geared for parents of teens, one geared for single millennial adults.
- Write a pamphlet or booklet on the Biblical view of witchcraft and offer copies to the congregation.
- Witchcraft is a form of spiritual battle…
Like all other forms of idolatry, the lure of witchcraft is a form of spiritual battle.
It’s a battle for your mind, for your heart, for your loyalty and commitment.
It’s a battle of ideas.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.”
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, New International Version)
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