From this article, Born-Again Witch: Why I Took Witches to a Pentecostal Church (Part 1)
Autumn: My first impression of the grounds and facility was one of surprise. Annika had covered in depth some of the things I might see, how people would likely react to me, and so forth, but the grounds of the church as we approached had a vibe I was not expecting. The architecture and layout was something like the United Nations combined with a modern high school with a sprinkling of the Google campus. Flagpoles lining the “Avenue of Nations” seemed to shout out the place of the church as a meeting for the entire world, and the landscaping and parking lots were meticulously maintained. None of this quite prepared me however for walking in the door and seeing what I now refer to as the “Sacred Starbucks” — the Christian themed coffee shop ‘HeBrews’ complete with pastries, snacks, and little tables. Everything meticulous, corporate, and professionally designed. This place had money. And it was not afraid to use it…
For a while I kept thinking that maybe the next song would be different and I could join in, but it never changed. I felt a sadness wash over me, a loss. I wasn’t going to be able to participate in this no matter how much internal translating I would do. This really wasn’t for me anymore. I felt excluded, left out, the sense that I didn’t belong. For me that was unexpected and surprisingly unpleasant. It was one thing to not join by my own choice, but this expression of worship felt so unwelcoming. I looked over at Autumn and saw that she was observing everything very carefully and was deep in thought. I couldn’t wait to find out what her experience was, if she could see the energy being moved, and what her interpretation would be.
Follow the links to Part Two and Part Three within the article.
Part Three shows the witchcraft used in charismatic churches and also shows that there was no discerning of spirits. Why Christians do not ask the Lord for the discerning of spirits gift is beyond me. Many Wiccans come into a church to bring it down and with much success-and why not? There is paganism and witchcraft going on of which the Lord hates! I call these churches by the name of Ichabod-the glory of the Lord has departed. And they don’t even know it.
In Proverbs we read: “There is a way that seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Think about this for a moment. The Bible states “the wages of sin is death.” So what may seem right, can lead to death because the consequence of sin is death. Do you see how deception works?
Sometimes it is beneficial to take time to do a reality check on our lives. For example, a Christian can be confident that he or she is serving the Lord when he is actually deceived. This is because what we do “seems to be right” in our eyes.
We really need to pray and ask our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the only true God, to reveal to us all of the lies we are believing to be the truth! Confess to Him that you are not sure if you have been deceived but that you need Him to show you. And be at the ready to repent-and be ready to accept that some of those lies may not seem to be wrong to you. But do your research before fluffing it off. Search the matter out in all of your practices, especially those of tradition. Pray the Scriptures. Pray for discernment to know truth from error. And, ask the Lord for the gift of discerning of spirits when you sense something may be amiss in the church. Be Spirit-led. Put on your armor and wield that two-edged Sword!
To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’ ~Revelation 2:1-7 NKJV