A New Name: Reject Sorcery

Before we start trashing Disney or Harry Potter or The Jedi lets define sorcery. In Galatians 5:20, Paul uses the Greek word “pharmakeia” which is the use of medicine, drugs or spells. It is further defined as “magic, sorcery, enchantment”. This word is only used twice in the New Testament – here in Galatians 5:20 when it is referred to as a “work of the flesh” and also in Revelation 18:22 in reference to the destruction of Babylon at the end of time “…for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.”  

Sorcery is found where idolatry reigns. Where something, someone, anything is exalted above God, sorcery is practiced in place of goodness to achieve influence and power over people. Where magic and enchantment seek to destroy goodness you have evil at work. When goodness brings about magic and enchantment God is at work. God’s goodness is constantly at work to bring our gaze to Jesus. Sorcery is the practice of magic and enchantment to bring glory to a person, idea, organization… any kingdom without God as its king. We must destroy sorcery.

But you’ll never destroy real enchantment and magic because you’ll never destroy the One who romances your heart.

I found this quote from a television series called “Merlin” who most of us know as the wizard in the legend of King Arthur. I have not seen this show but in reading the story line for the title character I think this is worth sharing: “There is no evil in sorcery, only in the hearts of men.” This backs up Paul’s warning to us not to delight in the works of the flesh but stay in step with the Spirit.

That being said… do not pursue magic, enchantment, and sorcery. Keep your eyes on The Groom!

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