John A. MacMillan

B, Childress
Feb 04 2012

Between the visible and material sphere in which human beings dwell, and that unseen and intangible spirit realm which
surrounds and interpenetrates it, no veil exists save the inability of mankind to see the immaterial with eyes adapted
only for the viewing of material things.  Throughout this vast region, unseen intelligences - some good, some evil -
everywhere move.  With those that are evil the Christian believer has nothing whatever to do.  He is to ignore them,
save when they interfere with him; then his indicated duty is to resist them (James 4:7; I Peter 5:9; Ephesians 6:12).  
The appointed weapons of his warfare are the authority of the risen Lord (Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19) and blood of the
Lamb (Revelation 12:11).  To the man of wholehearted consecration and of scriptural faith these will be found
all-sufficient at all times.

On the other hand, the good angels have a constant and definite service to render to the saints of the Lord.  They are
called "ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Hebrews 1:14).   They are
given charge over God's people to keep them in all their ways (Psalm 91:11).  At rare times they may openly manifest
themselves, even in these days.  But the believer is never to seek contact with them, nor are his prayers under any
circumstances to be directed to them.  His knowledge of them, their service to him and their nature comes from the
Word of God alone.  To seek acquaintance with them is perilous, for in his present state even the saint is unable to
discern between those who come to him from God and others who appear as "angels of light" (II Corinthians 11:14-15),
but in reality are spirits of darkness.

Divine wisdom has set bounds to the spirit world that may not be transgressed with impunity.  Access to God alone,
through Jesus Christ, is permitted.  Human souls, conscious of ignorance and of need, and longing for heavenly help
and fellowship, are given a hearty invitation to "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that [they] may obtain mercy, and
find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).  Such, however, must accept their place as sinners, and draw near
through the atoning work of Calvary.  The blood of the Lamb of God, slain in the divine purpose before the foundation
of the world, furnishes the only access to the divine favor and fellowship.  But the throne and the presence of the
Eternal God is wide open to all who thus approach in sincerity and truth.

The Holy Scriptures set forth everything that God has been pleased to reveal of the other world and its inhabitants.  To
go beyond the limits which He has established constitutes disobedience that brings the certainty of His judgment upon
the offender (I Chronicles 10:13).  There have been, nevertheless, individuals in every age who have recklessly
disregarded the divine prohibition.  With lawless desire they have sought to probe into the secrets of the prohibited
spirit realm, and to communicate with beings of other orders than the human race.  They have not realized that,
whatever the measure of their intelligence, as compared with that of the spirits with whom they seek to communicate,
they are at a profound disadvantage.  The spirits which have been contacted - for such contact has actually and
genuinely been accomplished - appear to know all about us, even at times to divine our thoughts and anticipate our
actions.  They can reveal or withdraw themselves at will, whereas we are entirely dependent for our knowledge of them
upon their own statements, which have repeatedly been proven to be false.

From the human side, after more than six millennia of attempts at communication, there has been no authentic advance
in knowledge.  From whatever standpoint the subject be considered - whether wizardry, witchcraft, necromancy,
divination, fortunetelling, consulting with familiar spirits, etc. - the gain had been altogether on the side of the spirits.  
Men and women have yielded themselves and their bodies freely and fully, losing health, mind, morality and their
immortal souls.  There is not a nation in which such intercourse has not taken place, nor is there any age that has not
left records of it.  Heathen priests have proven themselves to be adept in communicating with these spirits, often to a
greater extent than mediums in our civilized countries.

Our study of this theme has been undertaken with a deep desire to help believers in Christ to avoid the pitfalls into
which many earnest Christians have fallen.  Ignorance and curiosity, resulting in deception and fear, have led numbers
astray.  Treading in forbidden paths, no matter what excuse may be assigned for the action, has brought multitudes into
bondage from which untold suffering has resulted.  Yet for all such there is deliverance.  Not in psychiatry, though it has
had at times a measure of success.  But through the cleansing and loosing power of the blood of the Lamb (Revelation
12:11).  We know of no other effective means.


THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER, by John A. MacMillan, Copyright 2007, WingSpread Publishers