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Spirit of Truth or Error
Spiritism, The Occult
The origins are as early as the Garden of Eden. Recent revivals began around 1850 with the Fox Sisters in Hydeville, N.Y.. The losses from 2 wars, Korea, and VietNam helped to increase Spiritism.

There are several occult based cults that will fall under this category:
Astrology, Eckankar, Mormonism, The New Age, Rosicrucianism, Scientology, Silva Mind Control, and Theosophy

Biblically Sound Doctrine
In the beginning God... Gen 1:1. God is assumed. The Bible makes no attempt to prove Him. All nations have some concept of God as the Creator and Sustainer of all things.

God is an impersonal, all-pervading energy. All is God and God is in us all. This is the belief of Pantheism - God is in all and all is God.
Since all are God, all have a "divine human potential." Man needs to know and realize that they are one with God and are God to exploit their godlike human potential.
Spiritism holds to a form of the Original Lie of Satan: Man is God, a part of the whole of God

Occult practices: magic, Sorcery, Satanism, Divination, Necromancy, Witchcraft, Voodoo, Spiritism, Astrology, and Shamanism
Related Practices: Parapsychology, Holistic Health, Yoga, Mystics, Visualization, Occult Meditations, Hypnotism, ~Psychic practices

The Lord He is God and there is none else beside Him. Deut 4:35
God is Spirit existing in three persons
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24 (NKJ)
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; Gen 1:26 (NKJ)
"Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language,..." Gen 11:7
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matt 28:19 (NKJ)
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 1 Tim 2:5 (NKJ)

Jesus Christ is mixed with reincarnation and thus viewed as Jesus the man being reincarnated on earth and "Christ" is everyone's occult higher self. Jesus was a medium of higher order.

Jesus Christ is NOT viewed as the unique Son of God as taught in the Scriptures who became a man to become our Savior.

Jesus is a man who by spiritual enlightenment realized that He is God as we all are God or a part of God.

Jesus Christ (The Word) existed in the beginning with God and IS GOD. John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (NKJ)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NKJ)
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Matt 1:23 (NKJ)
Jesus is God yet distinct from God the Father "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel [God], and his Redeemer [Christ], the LORD of hosts: `I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God. Isa 44:6 (NKJ)
God was manifested in the flesh. 1 Tim 3:16
and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Rom 1:4 (NKJ)
Col 1:15-16 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. (NKJ)
Jesus Christ is coming again. "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." Acts 1:11 (NKJ)

The Holy Spirit is an energy that can be used creatively or psychically.

The Holy Spirit is not a person nor part of a Divine Trinity of God.

The Holy Spirit is called God. Acts 5:3-4
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26 (NKJ)
"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. John 15:26 (NKJ)
"And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8 (NKJ)
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;..." John 16:13 (NKJ)
The Holy Spirit raised up Jesus Christ and dwells in us. Rom 8:11

The Scriptures are rejected as the inspired Word of God. We are all a part of God and thus our writings on psychic consciousness and spiritual encounters supersedes the Bible.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2 Tim 3:16 (NKJ)
For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Pet 1:21 (NKJ)
Sin is an illusion that is ultimately in harmony with God. There is no such thing because what is, is right. A lie is the truth intrinsically.

Personal sins are errors of the mind because we do not realize that we are a part of God and as such have not realized our human potential.

As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; Rom 3:10
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom 3:23
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? Jer 17:9 (NKJ)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 (NKJ)
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:10 (NKJ)
The central sin is not believing in Jesus Christ
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18 (NKJ)

Redemption is personal based on human merit in that we come to realize ourselves and develop our full human potentials to finally be made one with the "energy" (God) of the universe.

In Him [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Eph 1:7
And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Col 1:20 (NKJ)
1 Pet 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (NKJ) [Christ] who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:14 (NKJ)

Salvation involves the development of psychic powers and higher consciousness. This is achieved through the occult practices and techniques such as Yoga, Meditation, Channeling of spirits (Demon contact) and looking inside oneself for our full human potential until we attain final awareness of our personal divinity.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12 (NKJ)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph 2:8-9 (NKJ)
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5 (NKJ)
Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Rom 3:24 (NKJ)
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Rom 10:4 (NKJ)
"He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." John 3:36 (NKJ)

Spiritism and the Occult listen to spirit guides, psychic leaders, and other gurus or shamans to lead them to self-realization in various areas of life.
Crystals are used as magic objects, psychic healing, and various drugs and psychic techniques to alter consciousness towards coming to self-realization believing that we are God and one with God.

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Eph 1:22-23 (NKJ)

Death is the merging with the all pervading energy of the universe (As in the movie: Powder). This happens after reaching personal enlightenment and transformation.

Hell only exists as a bad state of consciousness in this life. There is no resurrection nor judgment. We will attain a position in the Spirit world or be reincarnated until we reach a higher level.

The real danger of Occultic practices is that it is a direct contact to the demon world and lie of Satan. It seeks to exploit man's tendency to think of himself as God and not subject to any Higher Power but his own consciousness. It is a pervading evil that can creep into the True Faith in many ways. Various techniques and reports of supposed phenomenon are being accepted by believers

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Dan 12:2 (NKJ)
And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. 2 Thes 1:7-10 (NKJ)

The Scriptures say that, "...the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel" (1 Cor 9:14)
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