The Scriptures likewise bear record that Manassah’s downfall came about as a result of his delving into Spiritism in II Kings 21:6 and II Chronicles 33:6. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, and the Canaanites, as Scripture tells us, all practiced Spiritism, which in one form or another, continued through the ages. In 1848 Spiritism received its modern rebirth at Hydesville, New York, in the persons of Kate and Margaret Fox, two of the best known of the 19th century to promulgate Spiritism.

 

-The Revival of Modern Spiritism.

Modern Spiritism had its birth, as far as most church historians are concerned on March 31, 1848. On that date Mrs. John Fox, of Hydesville, New York, heard peculiar noises in the upstairs rooms and cellar of her home. Margaret and Kate Fox seemed to be particularly sensitive to these noises, and through this sensitivity supposedly they developed into mediums, and their communication became known as “The Rochester Rappings.”

 

It’s interesting to note that Spiritism has made its strongest appeal to those who have suffered great loss, and after each great world war. Spiritism always seems to be on the upgrade following the death of loved ones.

 

Over the last several decades, the media has greatly contributed to the growth of Spiritism by making available such TV shows as Crossing Over, hosted by medium Jonathan Edwards- an hour long program on the Science Fiction channel- and the Animal Planet show Pet Psychic with animal communicator Sonya Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick supposedly talks directly to the animals featured on the show, and her commentary could easily be dismissed as absurd except for the detailed knowledge she appears to possess about the animal’s likes, dislikes, happy times, and traumatic experiences. This information is specific enough to warrant a second look at Fitzpatrick and to question her “sources” of information; whether natural or supernatural. Edwards’ commentary also contains many disturbing details- enough to pique the interest of millions of viewers. She appears frequently as a popular guest on Larry King Live and numerous other celebrity talk shows.

 

The history of Spiritism literally spans the ages, but throughout it all, two things remain constant. The first is that Spiritism is to be found everywhere, posing as a universal, common denominator for all religious groups, not excepting Judaism and Christianity. It teaches the continuity of life and the eternal progression of man toward perfection in the spirit realm.

Second, the Eternal God has condemned its practice in the sternest possible terms, maintaining that the interpretation of the supernatural realms belongs solely to Him (Gen 40:8), and that those who practice intrusion into these realms are worthy of death (Exodus 22:18).

 

We are repeatedly warned in the strongest terms not to seek after mediums and not to dabble in the realms of divine dominion (Leviticus 19:31). Only the deluded prefer the doctrines to faith in the Word of God, and, we as we shall see, the doctrines of Spiritism are precisely of such nature.

 

The lure of “easy money” is more than enough to draw many unsuspecting would-be mediums into occultic and/or deceptive spiritistic practices. Ex-psychic M. Lamar Keene said of the largest Spiritist camp, in Chesterfield, Indiana, that it was “spiritualism’s answer to Disneyland.” That first season of mine, more than 65,000 pilgrims crowded onto the grounds from here, there, and everywhere. They spent more than a million dollars to commune with their beloved dead.

 

-The Theology of Spiritism.

The seven principles have been set forth as follows:

1-    The Fatherhood of God.

2-    The Brotherhood of man.

3-    Continuous Existence.

4-    Communion of Spirits and Ministry of Angels.

5-    Personal Responsibility.

6-    Compensation and Retribution Hereafter for Good and Evil Done on Earth.

7-    A Path of endless progression.

 

To the Spiritist, man is a spiritual being, evolved from the lower forms of life, up through the period of consciousness, to the state of the higher moral and spiritual faculties, which survive, unaffected, the decomposition of the physical body. Good deeds they say springing up from a good heart, have a creative force in building pleasant abodes in spirit life, and conversely the sinful create their own unhappy habitations. The wicked must compensate for their evil deeds, here or hereafter, and attain a state of justice before they are prepared to enter upon the path which leads to spiritual happiness and progression.

 

The Spiritualistic Hymnal indicates changes made on well-known hymns and we have listed one to demonstrate their theological position in so doing.

          Just As I Am

 

Just as I am, without one plea,

But that, O God, Thou madest me,

And that my life is found in Thee

O God of Love, I come, I come.

Just as I am, nor poor, nor blind,

Nor bound by chains in soul or mind;

For all of Thee within I find

O God of Love, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,

Tho dogmas I may ne’er believe,

Nor heights of holiness achieve

O God of Love, I come, I come.

 

Statements from the Spiritualist Manual:

-We do not believe in such places as Purgatory and Hell. Communicating spirits have merely graduated from this form of life into another. That life can be heaven or hell-like, just as each spirit chooses to make it; the same applies to our life here. (Page – 183)

 

-Even the most degraded personality can in time attain to the greatest heights. It is easier, however, to begin progression in earth life… Each must work out his own salvation; each has an equal opportunity to do this when he shall have atoned for the wrongs and overcome the temptations and allurements to the sense gratifications of earth life.

 

Spiritism cannot in any sense qualify as Christianity. In fact, it is a particularly virile form of cultism, opposed in almost every specific to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. It is hardly necessary therefore to refute Spiritism, since its own statements are of such an anti-Christian nature as to be self-convicting.

Perhaps the most striking example in the New Testament of the immutable attitude of God towards Spiritism and mediums is recorded in the thirteenth chapter of the book of Acts and merits careful scrutiny.

-Acts 13:1-4, “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

-Acts 13:6-11, “And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.”

 

As we close this study of Spiritism, three important factors can be gleaned from the comparison of Spiritism historically and theologically with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

          -First, Spiritism as a cult has been from its beginnings in opposition to the Judeo-Christian religions. In order for one to embrace its teachings, every major director doctrine of the Christian faith must be rejected, including the inspiration and final authority of the Bible, the doctrines of the trinity, the deity of Christ, the Virgin Birth, Vicarious Atonement, and the bodily resurrection of our Lord from the grave. The biblical doctrine of salvation by grace alone, through faith in Christ, apart from the works of the Law, is anathema to spiritist theology, which relies on progressive evolution, or growth in the “spirit world,” to attain final perfection.

          -Second, it cannot be forgotten that amid the vast majority of spiritistic phenomena, which are fraudulent, there are truly supernatural manifestations. Authorities have given credence to a number of those that do not readily admit to natural or trick explanations. True Spiritism, then, can produce supernatural manifestations, which the Bible describes as originating in demonic forces, and thus under the judgment churches.      

          -Third, Christians must realize that Spiritism is practiced by persons who willfully ignore the God of the Bible and His declared means by which he makes men holy, ie, the sending of His Son into the world that the world that the world through him might be saved.

 

In the spirit of Christian love, we are committed to bear witness to Spiritists, refute their preaching, and confront them with the Christ of Calvary, who alone can take “away the sin of the world.” Spiritism properly understood in indeed a cult of antiquity, but its motivating force come from Satan, who said a long time ago, in pristine Eden, “Ye shall not surely die.” And of whom Jesus Christ said, “He is a liar” and “A murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth.” (John 8:44)