The Psychic Guide Dogs
By Bob Anderson
"When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee,
thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or
his daughter pass to through the fire, or that useth divination, or an
observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a
consulter of mediums, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do
these things are an abomination unto the Lord; and because of these
abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God." -Deuteronomy 18:9-13
Today's world confronts a strange and growing paradox that
could well mark a pivotal point in human history. Even as the
scientific and technological advancement which ushered in the
space age accelerates at an exponential rate, we
are witnessing far and away the greatest occult explosion of all
time. The evidence seems to indicate that something of unusual
historic significance is in process.
Rise in Occultism
The Bible absolutely condemns occult practices of any kind.
The word "occult" comes from the Latin word occultus, which
means "dark, secret, hidden, or mysterious." It expressly alludes
to the intrusion of a spirit realm-a fourth dimension-into our
three-dimensional world. Throughout the Old Testament, God
repeatedly warned His people about participating in such
activity. In much the same way, the New Testament forbids such actions (Galatians 5:20). Today, however, occultism besieges
America, once considered a Christian nation.
I am not the first to point out that the New Age movement, so
prevalent today, is anything but new. Historians trace New Age
roots back thousands of years to the occult religions of the
Babylonians and India's pantheistic (all-is-God) beliefs of the
Hindus. Hinduism claims to be the world's oldest religion.
However, New Age beliefs ultimately go back to the beginning
of time. It was in the Garden of Eden that Satan beguiled Eve
through his subtlety, convincing her that she and Adam could
become as gods, knowing good and evil.
The serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the
Lord God had made. The Bible tells us in Genesis 3:1-6 that the
serpent said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not
eat from any tree in the garden'?"
The woman replied to the serpent, "We may eat from the trees
in the garden, but God did say, You must not eat fruit from the
tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it
or you will die."
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman, "for
God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened,
and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the
woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and
pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she
took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who
was with her, and he ate it.
New Agers teach the same lies that Satan dispensed at Eden:
1. God's Word cannot be trusted (verses 1,4,5).
2. Man does not have to die (verse 4).
3. Man can become a god (verse 5).
4. Man can evolve through hidden knowledge (verse 6).
Satan is the author of this so called "movement," and all of the
thousands of other cults in the world today as well. His goal is to
deceive the world through his emissaries of darkness who
appear as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11: 13-15).
Encompassing thousands of autonomous (and sometimes
contradictory) beliefs, organizations, and procedures, "New Age
movement" is simply an umbrella term that masks its devious
teachings and practices that have greatly influenced our society
as a whole. Packaged as the latest advance in science,
medicine, psychology and physical fitness (thus making it more
palatable to the American mind), the New Age movement has
made large gains in our technologically oriented society.
Christian apologists and cult experts have been warning us for
years about the perils of occult activity. The warnings have
gone largely unheeded, however, and New Age and other occult
practices have become commonplace
in America today. The Pledge of Allegiance still proclaims that
we are "one nation under God"-but which god? New Age beliefs
and practices have blitzed America, ranging from goddess and
nature worship to reincarnation, psychics, UFOs, and Astral
Projection (out-of-body experiences). Furthermore, New Agers
and other enemies of the biblical gospel have tried in our
schools, on television, and in other public arenas to lump
Christianity with Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and other
childhood fantasies. At the same time they deem shamanism,
witchcraft, Native American superstitions, and other occult
beliefs worthy of our respect and admiration.
Purveyors of Delusion
Pluralism has led to great confusion in our society. Challenging
the validity of someone's spiritual or religious belief is no longer
politically correct, no matter how absurd that belief or doctrine
might be. The social engineers now ask that we accept all
religions as equally valid. But if, as they maintain, all religions
are equal and all ultimately lead to God, why do we need so
many new ones? And why don't these new religions at all
resemble the old ones? It has been hard enough for many people
to distinguish between Baptists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, and
Catholics. But now they are being offered everything from the
Aquarian Gospel to Zen Buddhism to examine. As a society we
are cajoled, deluded, beguiled, and seduced into believing and
accepting occultism under the cloak of tolerance and religious
The problem with the growth of pluralism is that it reduces the
authenticity of any one religious practice. Christianity becomes
merely one of many alternatives. This explains in part why we
now have more than 5000 cults in
America, with tens of millions of followers. It also accounts for
the fact that about one out of every four Americans has now
embraced a belief in reincarnation. Another revealing statistic
comes from a poll conducted by George Barna in 1993:
About four out of every ten adults strongly concur that when
Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and others pray to their god, all of
those individuals are actually praying to the same god, but simply
use different names for that deity.'
Presidential candidate and author/broadcast journalist Pat
Buchanan writes, "Americans of left and right no longer share
the same religion, the same values, the same codes of morality;
we only inhabit the same piece of land.
The psychic guide dogs, who lead the way through the
metaphysical realm, are found at virtually every level of culture
spiritually blind leading the spiritually blind. Statistics show a
marked increase in psychic interest. Some 70 percent of baby
boomers believe in psychic powers. Some 67 percent of
American adults claim to -have had a psychic experience such
as extrasensory perception.' Hollywood actors and entertainers,
such as Dionne Warwick and Billy Dee Williams, star in
television programs urging people to call "America's top
professional psychics." A popular New Age magazine, Body, Mind
& Spirit, recently proclaimed, "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 ...
All of this is available for a mere $3.95 per minute on a
convenient 900 number.' Today's psychic hotlines and
mystic infomercials, as well as movies, documentaries, and
television programs that frequently promote occult phenomena,
attest to the fact that we live in a time that must be very close to
the end of the age.
God has spoken clearly in His Word about occult workings. The
Old Testament book of Deuteronomy deals with the detestable
practices and idolatrous customs of the Canaanites. Through the
prophet Moses, God warned His people not to participate in the
evil practices of those nations they were about to possess.
However, many of those same practices, or modified versions
thereof, are now commonplace in America.
Let us examine some of the things that God labeled detestable in
Deuteronomy 18:9-13 in light of what is happening in America
First, the Lord cautions His people not to sacrifice our sons or
daughters in the fire. The Canaanites and Ammonites reverenced
many pagan gods. Among them was Molech (Leviticus 18:21,
Jeremiah 32:35), whose worship was accompanied by the
burning of children offered as a sacrifice by their own parents.'
All life is precious to God, particularly children: "Suffer the little
children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the
kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14).
Although here in America we do not legally throw living babies
into the fire, we do kill 4000 of them every day in an equally
repugnant ceremony called abortion. This highly profitable
industry uses many methods of destruction. Most of them are
much more hideous than death by fire. Partial birth abortion, for
example, employs an instrument that sucks the brains out of the
partially born baby before crushing its skull. Remains of
abortions are disposed of in a
variety of ways that may at times include burning. Based on
current figures, by the year 2000 we will be approaching 50
million abortions in the United States alone. In a short 27 years
(1973-2000), we will have aborted 30 times the number of
Americans lost in all U.S. wars." The same spirit that led the
Ammonites to sacrifice their children to a pagan god now leads
Americans to sacrifice more than 1.5 million babies each year
In the same verse of Deuteronomy, God warns against
divination or sorcery. Divination was the act of foretelling future
events, an imitation of prophecy. Today divination and sorcery
are found in many New Age activities. One of the most
prevalent of New Age divination practices is astrology.
Astrology, or observing times, is a contemporary myth that
America widely accepts. In 1975 a Gallup poll showed that
more than 32 million Americans believed "that the stars
influence people's lives" and that many of them consult their
daily or weekly horoscopes. Estimates of the number of
astrologers reached as high as 10,000 who practice it full-time
and 175,000 who engage in it part-time. Nine years later, in
1984, a Gallup poll revealed that among teenagers (ages 13-18),
55 percent believed in astrology. This figure was up from 40
percent in 1978. A 1988 Gallup poll showed that 10 percent of
evangelicals believe in astrology. 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. These people
identify the document that aspires to accomplish this as the
horoscope, which also serves as the doorway through which
many people enter pagan religions.
Many of today's astrologers frankly admit that ancient
Babylonians developed their craft, just as they invented about
every other type of divination known to man. More than 80
percent of all newspapers in America now carry horoscope
columns. According to a past White House source, former
President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy (both of whom
are considered by many to be godly people), are very
superstitious. Nancy is reported to have consulted horoscopes
and a California astrologer before making major decisions
affecting both the Reasons' private and political lives.
Necromancy in the White House
This was not the first time that occultism had occurred in the
White House. A TV network reported that Mary Todd Lincoln
held seances in an upstairs room-a practice which President
Lincoln apparently tolerated with amusement. It certainly is not
amusing to God, who labels the practice of contacting spirits of
the dead (necromancy) detestable.
More recently, first lady Hillary Rodharn 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
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 the world, and
particularly our country, would be better off if we all spent a
little time talking with Mrs. Roosevelt....
Interestingly, when Houston suggested that Mrs. Clinton next
have a conversation with Jesus Christ, the first lady declined,
saying that it would be "too personal. 1112 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 was "one of the most profound lay
theologians in the United Methodist Church."" This is simply
further evidence of how deficient we are in biblical discernment
and godly wisdom among our mainline denominations.
What position should Christians take when discussions of
astrology and other forms of divination arise? Do the stars shape
our destiny? Are there unseen influences in the unconscious
mind related to the position of the planets in their orbits? Again,
we must go to the Bible. God branded these practices as
detestable. In other words, they were particularly offensive to
Him. When Israel wanted to know God's divine will, they were
commanded to avoid the magic 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 tell the future, but to instruct and reprove
people in the Lord's name. God intended prophecies and
miracles primarily as a sign to establish the prophet's credentials,
and God's prophets were accurate 100 percent of the time when
they prophesied (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). Anything less than
total accuracy resulted in death by stoning for the false prophet.
Check the record of any modem-day astrologer or psychic, even
the famous Jeane Dixon, and you will discover that, unlike God's
prophets, they are extremely inaccurate. Yet many people
believe Dixon to be a good Christian. In her book Yesterday,
Today and Forever Dixon asserts that the Holy Spirit guided her
in uniting Christianity with astrology. "As I understand it... the
Catholic Church and many other religious bodies as well have
never condemned the study of
Astrology Dixon says. "I have never experienced any
conflict between my faith and the guidance I receive from
my church on the one hand and the knowledge I find in the
stars on the other ... Actually, much of what I know I learned
from a Jesuit priest, who was one of the best-informed
scholars I ever met."
Deuteronomy 13:1-5 informs us that even a prophet who
prophesies correctly, but leads a person to worship other gods, is
a deceiver and a betrayer of God. We are not to follow that
prophet. Most prophecies of modern-day psychics do not come
to pass. Deuteronomy 18:22 states:
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing
follow not nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath
not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou
shalt not be afraid of him.
Ruth Montgomery, Dixon's biographer and close personal friend,
is the first to admit that Dixon has made false prophecies, but (in
spite of evidence to the contrary) she says those errors are
infrequent: "Jeane made a few forecasts that failed to occur....
She predicted that Red China would plunge the world into war
over Quemoy and Matsu in October of 1958; she thought that
labor leader Walter Reuther would actively seek the presidency
in 1964." According to the Word of God, the sign of a false
prophet is false prophecy. Jeane Dixon qualifies as a false
There is also an occult connection to Dixon. For example, she
uses a crystal ball and telepathy plus astrology in her activities, all
of which Scripture condemns. Furthermore, her call to become a
prophet was dispensed by a fortune telling gypsy.
Does any scientific evidence support astrology? Do the sun-signs
really influence our lives? In test after test, the
answer to both questions is no. One experiment involving nearly
3000 married couples and 500 divorced couples tested
compatibility based on astrological signs. The results showed that
astrological signs did not significantly alter the outcome of either
group. Those born under the "compatible" signs married and
divorced as often as those born under the "incompatible" signs."
Astrologers have also claimed that certain professions, such as
politicians and scientists, tend to be born under one certain
sun-sign or another. In other words, they link a person's sign to his or
her chances of succeeding in a particular field of endeavor. Yet
research involving more than 16,600 scientists and nearly 6500
politicians detected no relationship between the sun-signs and the
particular vocation in which a person worked. Sun-signs among
the two occupations mentioned were as arbitrary as for society
at large." Robert A. Morey declares in his book Horoscopes and
the Christian, " . . . it is idolatry to ascribe to the stars that
which belongs only to the God who created them."
In America, witchcraft has received a great revival of interest
and participation. Occult book stores, which now proliferate in
this land, are busily trying to satisfy the immense interest for
books and other information on witchcraft and black magic.
Browse through any mall bookstore and you will find an entire
section of occult books that children of any age can acquire.
These occult sections are typically much larger than the Christian
sections. Public libraries also have great demand from people
with an ardent curiosity in books dealing with witchcraft,
demonology, and the occult.
However, the Bible calls sorcery witchcraft, and strictly forbids
the practice (Deuteronomy 18: 10; Exodus 22:18).
Witchcraft was a means for extracting information or guidance
from a pagan god. The word describes the activity of Balaam
the soothsayer, or professional prophet, who was hired to curse
Israel. It also describes the woman at Endor who brought up the
spirit of Samuel. All the major prophets condemned witchcraft.
Yet, here again, some witches and sorcerers have tried to
sanitize their practice by calling it "white" witchcraft or "white"
magic as opposed to "black" witchcraft and "black" magic.
Those who use such terminology are merely trying to conceal
their works of darkness with religious or spiritual words and
symbols. White magicians teach that there is only one source of
universal power. Black magicians, on the other hand, believe in
a good source and a bad source of power. White magic is
nothing more than Satan transforming himself into an angel of
light (2 Corinthians 11: 14).
Anton LeVey, author of the Satanic Bible and Pope of the first
Church of Satan in San Francisco, California, has said explicitly
that to believe that there is any such thing as white magic is
mythology. There is no such thing as white magic, according to
LeVey. All of it has its source in occult psychic power and has
nothing to do with God."
Some who practice black magic have made a pact with the
devil. Some occult churches right here in America require
submission to Satan as a requirement for membership. Maury
Terry, an investigative reporter, writes in his book The Ultimate
There is compelling evidence of the existence of a nationwide
network of satanic cults, some aligned more closely than others.
Some are purveying narcotics; others have branched into child
pornography and violent sadomasochistic crime,
including murder. I am concerned that the toll of innocent
victims will steadily mount unless law enforcement officials
recognize the threat and face it."
The Bible teaches of a literal being called Satan who is out to
deceive the world:
The great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the
Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to
the earth, and his angels were cast out with him
(Revelation 12:9 NKJV).
The devil is not only real, but his ultimate goal is our destruction
(John 10: 10). He will use any deception at his disposal, but
generally uses the most subtle deceit (2 Corinthians 11:3,4).
A wizard is a person who has a familiar spirit. In the Old
Testament, a familiar spirit was a spirit that had frequent
communication with the wizard. New Agers call this practice
"channeling." This is a term for spirit possession. A familiar
spirit, called a "spirit guide," speaks through the channeler
(automatic speaking) or writes through him (automatic writing).
According to reliable sources, there are thousands of channelers
in America today. Some, like J. Z. Knight (who channels a
35,000-year-old spirit called Ramtha), have made enormous
amounts of money. Knight owns a 50-acre ranch in Yelma,
Washington and earned at one time a reported 4 million dollars a
year from her various Ramtha enterprises. The estate in Yelma
evolved into a New Age mecca, with a 2-million-dollar, 10,000-
square-foot house and a giant maze where Ramtha initiates
develop their relationship with the tutelary spirit .20 Like wizards
and channelers, many psychics
and occultists also acknowledge that their powers come from
spirits they have contacted, whether they initially realized it or
not. Channelers, however, knowingly and willingly allow spirits
to control them.
Rock music has become an occult religion to many people. At
some of their concerts, the heavy-metal group Black Sabbath
has given altar calls for Satan, inviting young people to come
forward to make Satan their lord. Lyrics in their song "Master
of Reality" call Satan the "Lord of this world" and "your
confessor now." Ozzy Osbourne, son of a Christian minister and
former lead singer for Black Sabbath, has also given an altar
call for Satan at one of his concerts.
Some members of the group Iron Maiden openly admit that they
are dabbling in the occult, including witchcraft .22 One Iron
Maiden concert in Portland, Oregon, opened with the words
"Welcome to Satan's sanctuary." Glenn Tipton of the group
Judas Priest confessed that when he goes on stage, he goes
crazy: "It's like someone else takes my body. " Rock music has
become a purveyor of occultic and satanic activities. Some of
the most common themes found in this style of music are illegal
drugs, illicit sex, violence, incest, rebellion against authority, and
rebellion against God. There is little question as to who energies
Occultism and the Movie Industry
Not only has Satanism affected rock music, but its presence has
been heavily felt in the American motion picture industry.
Movies such as The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, The
Amityville Horror, and Poltergeist exalt and glorify Satan.
Jesus Christ, meanwhile, has been degraded. For example,
Martin Scorsese's film The Last Temptation of Christ depicts
Jesus in a highly offensive manner. The film portrays the Son of
God as a sinner, a coward, and a homosexual who stumbles through
life, having an affair with Mary Magdalene along the way
before being executed for his troubles.
Perhaps the most dangerous movies, however, are not the
blatant ones just mentioned. Most people recognize those
movies as flagrant attacks on Christianity. The more subtle films
that plant seeds of occultism in the minds of our unwary youth
are much more dangerous, in the opinion of many critics. Most
of the films of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg would fall
into this category. Enormously successful movies such as the
Stars Wars trilogy, Close Encounters, Poltergeist, Raiders of
the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones, Ghost, and Cocoon, to name just
a few, are rooted in Eastern occult religion. We are raising an
entire generation of young people who are unaware that their
minds are being filled with Eastern religious thought.
God's Final Warning?
The spiritual roots upon which this nation was built have eroded
from every vestige of society. The Bible has been removed
from public life and replaced by occultic and pagan ideas of the
past, even though America achieved greatness because it was
founded upon Christian principles and values. But God is not
mocked; if He brought judgment upon nations in the past that
turned to occultism, how can He ignore a land where 30 percent
of our children are born out of wedlock, where 1.5 million
unborn babies are murdered in their mother's womb each year,
where an estimated 30 million people belong to cults, and
another 60 million believe in or practice some form of
We desperately need to heed the words of Scripture:
If thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other
gods and serve them and worship
them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so
shall ye perish, because ye would not be obedient unto the
voice of the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 8:19,20).