To Astrologers and Psychics - Just Say No!
By Bob Anderson
Former U.S. president Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy,
who was the spokesperson for the much maligned "Just Say No" anti-drug
program, were often the centers of debate regarding the controversial topic
Astrology. According to a former White
House source, the Reagans, said to be very superstitious, consulted horoscopes
and a particular California astrologer prior to making major decisions
affecting both their private and political lives. The former president
maintained that he did not make major decisions based on astrology, but
Mrs. Reagan admitted to dabbling in stargazing ("Just
Say No to Astrology," Expression, June 1988).
>A TV network reported that occultism in the White House
is nothing new. Mary Todd Lincoln is said to have held seances in one of
the upstairs rooms - a practice President Lincoln apparently tolerated
More recently, first lady Hilary Rodham Clinton used New
Age psychic Jean Houston, codirector of the Foundation for Mind Research,
to talk to the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt. Reports say that Mrs. Clinton
had talks with Roosevelt and Mohandas Gandhi. From the Bible's
point of view, of course, if there was contact with any spirits, they were
not the spirits of the dead, but demons.
Mrs. Clinton said, "Now I'm sure that there will be a
talk show host somewhere who will point out with great glee that I have
gone over the edge and am talking to myself and to Mrs. Roosevelt on a
regular basis, but I believe that the world, and particularly our country,
would be better off if we all spent a little time talking with Mrs. Roosevelt
. . ." (Hilliary Rodham Clinton, "Keynote Address
at the Dedication of Eleanor Roosevelt College, San Diego," CA, January
Interestingly, when Houston suggested that Mrs. Clinton
have a conversation with Jesus Christ,
the first lady declined saying that it would be "too personal" ("Methodist
Bishop defends Mrs. Clinton's talks with deceased leaders," Expression,
August 1996, p. 8). Incredibly, the United Methodist
Bishop of Arkansas, Richard Wilke, endorsed Mrs. Clinton's involvement
with necromancy, saying, "I think it's marvelous that she's having experiences
like this, " adding that Mrs. Clinton is "one of the most profound lay
theologians in the United Methodist Church" (Ibid.,
p.6). This is simply evidence which shows how deficient
in biblical discernment and godly wisdom many church leaders are today.
What position should Christians take when discussions
of astrology, psychics and other forms of divination arise? Do the stars
shape human destiny? Are there unseen influences in the unconscious mind
related to the position of the planets in their orbits? Can psychics see
the future? Does the Bible say anything about these subjects? Yes, of course
it does! God branded these practices as detestable. Listen to the words
of Moses in Deuteronomy 18:9-12:
"When thou art come into the land the Lord thy God giveth
thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
There shalt not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter
to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times
or an enchanter , or a witch, or a necromancer, for all that do these things,
are an abomination unto the Lord."
God branded the practices of the Canaanites an "abomination."
In other words, these were things that were particularly offensive to Him.
When Israel desired to know God's divine will, they were commanded to avoid
the magic, sorcery and superstitious practices of the Canaanites. Instead,
they were to wait upon the Lord, who would raise up a prophet from among
them. God's prophets were not primarily to foretell the future, but to
instruct and reprove the people in God's name. Prophecies and miracles
were only intended as a sign to establish the prophet's credentials. And
God's prophets were always accurate 100 per cent of the time when they
prophesied (Deuteronomy 18:21-22).
Anything less then 100 percent accuracy resulted in death by stoning for
the false prophet.
>Checking the records of modern-day astrologers or psychics,
even the late Jeanne Dixon, will demonstrate that unlike God's prophets,
they are extremely inaccurate. Incidentally, Mrs. Dixon failed to prophesy
her own death.
One reads further about the enchanters in Daniel 2:1-2.
King Nebuchandnezzer believed that he had received an important Divine
communication. He summoned all of his magicians, sorcerers and Chaldeans.
He admonished them to tell him, both his dream and the interpretation,
pretending to have forgotten the dream so he could test their skills.
The astrologers failed the test and the King ordered them
all executed. God, however, revealed the dream and its meaning to Daniel
who after revealing it and the interpretation with Nebuchadnezzar was made
the ruler over the whole province of Babylon. God rewarded obedience but
The Scriptures indicate that both Israel and Judah were
often contaminated with astrology, sorcery or witchcraft. This contamination
always brought the judgement of God upon them.
Will America be judged by a different standard? Again
and again the Lord sent prophets to warn Israel and Judah, but the people
would not heed His warnings. (e.g., 2 Kings 17:15-17;
23:5; Isaiah 47:10-15). Much of Israel and Judah's
problems can be traced to their involvement with occult
Purveyors of Delusion
Occult techniques are now attracting millions in America
through the New Age Movement. Psychics have become commonplace. Hollywood
actors and entertainers star in television programs urging people to call
their "top professional psychics."
A popular New Age magazine, Body, Mind & Spirit,
recently proclaimed that "now with a single phone call, you can choose
for yourself from among the country's leading Master Psychics including:
ASTROLOGERS.NUMEROLOGISTS.DREAM INTERPRETERS . TAROT CARD READERS.CHANNELERS.PAST
LIFE THERAPISTS . CLAIRVOYANTS . AURA READERS . and HEALERS." All of this
for a mere $3.95 per minute on a convenient 900 number (Paul
Zurmoski, ed., Body, Mind & Spirit, 1993 issues coverflap; cited
in Ron Rhodes, The Culting of America, p. 84).
Psychic Friends Network
Interestingly, the most prominent of the psychic "hotlines,"
The Psychic Friends Network hosted by Dionne Warwick, recently filed
for bankruptcy. The Network had employed approximately 1,500 psychics who,
as in the case of Jeanne Dixon, were not able to foresee the coming demise.
At its peak, the network had logged an estimated three million minutes
a month at about $4 per minute. That would have amounted to a gross income
of $144 million annually (see "Psychics"
Profile, The Watchman Expositor, Vol. 14,
No. 2, 1997).
The seeming flood of psychic programs, many of them literally
giving away up to twenty minutes of free time to attract callers, may have
eventually caused the collapse of The Psychic Friends Network. Hopefully,
for the good of society, this will not be the last of these insolvencies.
Ancient Occult Roots
Many of today's astrologers frankly admit that ancient
Babylonians developed their craft, just as they invented just about every
other type of divination known to man. Just as many people once believed
that the stars were gods, many today believe that the positions of the
stars and planets at the time of one's birth determine one's character,
abilities and destiny. More than 80 percent of all newspapers in America
now carry horoscope columns.
All occult practices are an affront to God. Christians
are to put faith and trust in Him alone. God wants His people to consult
Him - not phoney substitutes. Through the Scripture and through the Holy
Spirit, God reveals what He's doing and what He wants people to know. "To
the law and to the testimony if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah
8:20). "Howbeit when the Spirit of truth is come He
will guide you into all truth .and He will show you things to come. (John
The Lord, through the Word and the Holy Spirit, will guide
His people into all truth and will show them that His promises are true.
That's something that the psychics and astrologers can never do.