Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
This piece is about the things we say and believe. There are statements or beliefs that we may or may not know that have ties to the Occult, Witchcraft, Mysticism, and New Age. Therefore, these ‘buzz words and phrases’ that many circulate are clearly not Biblical and are things that no true Christian should adhere to. Also, this is about realizing what we say has meaning in this life and in the next. Our words matter in how they relate to others, and we should strive to be aware of their effects.
Seeing is believing – Obviously, to see something right in front of you requires no amount of faith, because of course, if you can see it, you know that it is there. The Bible has a lot to say about how blessed those are who have not seen but yet believed, as in the example of Jesus’ words to the doubting Thomas disciple. (John 20:29 “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.) For Born-Again Christians, we know that our lives are all about walking by faith and not by sight, so the phrase “seeing is believing” is obviously not Biblical.
Your mind’s eye – Huh… your mind has an eye? Oh, you must mean the ‘third eye’ of the occult or the ‘all seeing eye’ of freemasonry. This ‘one eye’ thing is an important symbol in the occult world, symbolizing mind control, which is often gained through various methods or tactics. This symbol of the ‘one human eye’ goes as far back as the start of civilization and is in nearly all cultures around the world. This symbol clearly does not have anything to do with the God of the Bible.
Time heals all wounds – Um, nooo… time does not heal all wounds… God does! This manmade phrase is nowhere found in God’s Word. If anything, it gives one a ‘false sense of hope’ with no lasting power behind it, causing others to look towards something other than Almighty God to relieve their pain and discomfort. The best advice is to embrace the words of Jesus and no other to find lasting comfort and solace for your pain.
Namaste – This New Age Yoga term means, “The divine light in me bows to the divine light in you.” What does God’s Word have to say about this? Are we to bow to anyone other than the Lord Jesus Christ? Does God give His Glory to any other? Clearly, a resounding NO! Sadly, this term is subtly being used everywhere, even in kids’ cartoons! ‘Come out of her, my people’ should be the cry to Christians who woefully partake of this occultic, satanic, Hindu practice, which has absolutely nothing to do with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Soulmate – This unbiblical, pagan, and esoteric term points people to the wrong type of expectation and connection with others. Yes, we were created for relationships, but the ultimate relationship we were designed for was one with God. No person here on earth can ‘complete’ us; only God can. He is the only one who can meet all of our needs and fulfill our yearning for true friendship and intimacy.
Dreamcatcher – An object that originates from an ‘unchristian source’ used to mythologically ‘catch dreams’ and one which has ties into the ‘spirit world’ is not something a true Christian should have. Objects like this often open one up to the enemy by allowing nefarious practices into one’s home and life. Something to also keep in mind is the fact that there are also feathers tied to it, and feathers are often used in witchcraft practices for spell casting and wicked things of that nature.
Tolerance – Oh, how those who are ‘not on the side of truth’ love to tout this term! On one hypocritical hand, they want you to ‘tolerate’ their views and beliefs on some movement, but on the other hypocritical hand, they paradoxically refuse to ‘tolerate’ yours, especially if they are ‘in line’ with the Bible! This ‘buzz word’ has come about in recent years and is ultimately not a good thing, especially in these Last Days.
Positive thoughts and vibes – This phrase is often used by people who, instead of asking for ‘faith-filled prayers’ over their situation, subscribe to an alternative view of ‘positive thoughts and vibes,’ as if that will enlighten or sustain them in whatever trial they are going through at the moment. This is clearly anti-Christ and anti-Christian in its New Age views on the power of ‘positivity and vibes.’
Yin and yang – Dualism, black, white, good, bad, male, female, yin, and yang, all of which stem from Taoism and Eastern Religions. It is the concept that no one or no thing is ‘all good or all bad,’ which is clearly unbiblical. It is the ‘sacred idea’ of the occult and freemasonry that there are no absolutes; everything is grey, so to speak. Um… the Bible is full of absolutes! There is absolute evil and absolute holiness, absolute light and absolute darkness. The idea of blurring these lines between good and evil is overtly anti-Christ and anti-God in nature, which is a mindset that should be avoided at all cost.
Dogma – A term that has been attributed to ‘religious beliefs’ in recent times due to opinions and code of tenets that one holds on to. A lot of times, one will be called ‘dogmatic’ if they hold to their convictions and beliefs too strongly. This is something those ‘not on the side of truth’ like to say about those who want to follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life; so watch out for this ‘buzz word’ to those on the narrow path in these Last Days.
Luckily – In the Christian life, there is no such thing as ‘luck.’ It is either God’s Grace and Favor or it is not. To attribute something to ‘luck, luckily, or lucky’ is to forgo the acknowledgment that God’s Hand of Divine Favor is in sway.
Black Lives Matter – No joke, we recently drove by a huge mega church about an hour away which had this slogan splayed on a jumbo banner on the front of its building for all to see! Uhh… those with eyes to see and ears to hear know that BLM is an organization that has admittedly revealed their ties to not only witchcraft but to Marxism as well! Who in their right mind, especially as a church in these Last Days, would support such a nefarious organization?!
Y.O.L.O. – An acronym that stands for ‘You Only Live Once,’ which implies throwing caution at the wind to do whatever you want without concern of personal responsibility or resulting consequences! The Bible teaches that we are to live this one life we have been given in God’s Eyes for His Glory and for the furtherance of His Kingdom, not for selfish gain or careless ambition. The YOLO philosophy diverts one’s attention away from God and onto selfish ‘self-gratification’ and is not a mindset a true Christian should adhere to.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Obviously, these words and phrases are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of things we or others may have said or heard, whether knowingly or unknowingly, that have their ties to the New Age, Occult, Mysticism, and Witchcraft, so be aware. Just as Hosea prophesied, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” we need to educate ourselves by growing in knowledge of these things and be diligent in studying God’s Word to know the difference and to show ourselves approved unto God.
Our words matter whether we realize it or not – For example, the childhood rhyme of, “I’m rubber, you’re glue; whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks back onto you” is not true. Oftentimes, things we say to or about others resonate deeper than we know. The words often do not bounce off of them or run down off their backs like water on a duck. Instead, they tend to permeate into the deep recesses of one’s mind, and sometimes for long periods of time.
Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Matthew 12:37 “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
Proverbs 13:3 “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.”
Question: what are the odds that a car will come crashing into your home? Not much unless you live right off of a super busy street. Sadly, this very thing recently happened, which ended a young High School Senior’s short-lived life. Local News Sources said she was sitting in her living room one morning doing virtual classroom on her laptop when a van plowed right into her house, instantly killing her. It was not clear if the person in the van was suffering from a medical condition, but that person was critically wounded as well. Her older brother, who was sleeping in the next room, woke up at the commotion and found his sister under the rubble. When he grabbed her wrist to check her pulse, he said she was already gone.
James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Needless to say, our lives are very short, and we do not know when our number will be up. We are like a vapor, here today then gone tomorrow. This is why each day we are given is another opportunity to say the things we need to say with meaning. To say things with ‘grace’ to our hearers, to display the Fruit of the Spirit of Love and Kindness through our words.
All of this is ‘preaching to the choir’ which is myself because, like Paul, “I am the chief of sinners” when it comes to this area. Too often, I say things in a ‘crass or rude way but under the guise of joking.’ However, it is still not displaying ‘grace’ to my hearers or about others. With the Lord’s help, I find that I will catch myself and say, “I need to repent; I should not be saying that.” Each day is another chance to improve in this area and to please God with the meditation of our heart (mind) and the words of our mouth.
1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Overall, we need to be mindful of our words, whether they be of the New Age, Witchcraft, Mysticism, or the Occult or simply just something that is not graceful to our hearers or about others. The main reason is because we have a Father up in Heaven who is looking down to and fro upon the earth to see who is living mindfully to please Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”
Until next time… Maranatha!
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Candy Austin is an Ambassador for Christ/Freelance ASL Interpreter/Writer, just passing through on this Narrow Path with her Beloved Husband and Best Friend Doug along with their 2 furbaby cats Harley (12) and Dallas (9).