By Rachel Ray
December 21, 2018
A note from Pastor Kevin Lea follows this article.
Witchcraft is thriving in the US, with an estimated 1.5 million Americans now identifying as witches – more than the total number of Presbyterians. As Christianity declines across the country, paganism has swung to the mainstream, with witchcraft paraphernalia for sale on every high street and practises normalised across popular culture. In the past two years, it has also become darkly politicised.
Dakota Bracciale, a 29-year-old transgender/queer witch and co-owner of Catland Books and witch shop in Brooklyn, is pleased with the outcome of the ritual hex placed on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October. The curse, carried out from Catland Books, was well attended by witches, atheists ad humanists – and was followed around the country on social media.
Millennials, says Bracciale, are looking for spiritualism outside traditional religion. “The hex centres on the notion that we live in a universe of chaos, entropy, destruction, death, decay with a final ending of oblivion – scientists are telling us. So the witch does everything for themselves – there is no other help in this universe of decay and chaos. If you don’t get in the driver’s seat things will just get worse,” the witch said.
In a wide-ranging discussion with the Telegraph, Bracciale, who described the interview questions as “sensationalist”, talked about political hexes and witchcraft in general.
Bracciale is “absolutely” willing to cause physical harm through a hex – “no issue with that”. And while Bracciale would have been just as pleased with the new Supreme Court Justice’s death, resignation or physical disfigurement, the main goal of the Kavanaugh hex, and the three hexes on President Donald Trump from Catland Books this summer, was to “let them be exposed for who they are – especially as impotent men”. The curse began with a recitation of the Biblical scripture Psalm 109: 8: “let his days be few, let another take his office.” [Pastor Kevin – a prophecy that pertained to Judas who would betray Jesus – Acts 1:20]
Catland Books is replete with Christian images including
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Note from Pastor Kevin Lea: This trend is not surprising to me at all. When the Harry Potter series of books were embraced by millions (in and out of the “church”), it became obvious that people would soon embrace the practices of witchcraft on their own, and thus fall into Satan’s trap.
I once talked to a Satan worshiper in the San Francisco Bay area. I asked him why he had chosen this path and the associated witchcraft. His answer, “Because of the power that doing so gives me”.
Others have told me of the emotional uplift or buzz they feel. Sexual immorality often plays a part during various practices of witchcraft and related Satan worship. The Bible teaches that sin brings pleasure (and often emotional highs or a “buzz”) for a season (Hebrews 11:25).
Compare this to the biblical call to be born again and to walk in holiness with God. The biblical Christian can experience great joy and peace even in the midst of hardships in this life, but the Bible teaches that to obtain this joy often requires striving, persevering, dying to self, sufferings, diligence, being hated by people because of your love for Jesus and His commandments, etc. The biblical Christian wants to turn away from the lusts of this world and its temporary pleasures. Instead they are seeking the world to come, a world in which righteousness dwells and where all their tears will be wiped away.
However, as we live in an increasingly pleasure seeking society, it is no wonder that the masses are beginning to prefer witchcraft and related doctrines of demons rather than taking into consideration a path of faith in Jesus as their savior; who promises to deliver us from sin and death, but requires repentance and trust in God’s promises and exhortations, which include:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17) NKJV
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Tim 3:1-5) NKJV