Question: In Occult Invasion, Dave Hunt wrote that “water witching,” or divination, is an occult practice. The well drillers who drilled the well for my own domestic water told me how they had located the best place to drill. They also demonstrated how the “rod” reacted to the presence of water. Are you saying that I should stop using the well and pay thousands of dollars to have them drill another somewhere else when this one is strong and healthy, [and] in a perfect place? James:1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Why not just accept that this is what God wants for me, since it perfectly fits my needs?
Response: Dave’s perspective regarding “water witching” is that it seems to be an occult practice akin to divination because there is no scientific basis for the process. He gives an example of “water witching” over a map by a person in Maine, who not only located water in Bermuda but told the drillers the depth at which they would find water, its quality, and its quantity! Clearly that process is not scientific. Either it’s occult (divination), or it’s just a lucky guess. Dave’s concern is that it may promote divination as a legitimate method for people.
You have misappropriated James:1:17, implying that the Lord agrees with human pragmatism, i.e., “If it works, it’s a good thing.” The fact remains that divination is an ungodly, unbiblical, and occult practice.
No one is saying that you should stop using the well. That’s between you and the Lord: “the just shall live by faith.” If you weren’t aware before the drilling that the well drillers used water witching and neither did you seek them out for their occult technique, your situation seems to be similar to those who unknowingly ate food offered to idols. In 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote that it was permissible for a believer to consume meat that had been offered at a pagan altar, with the caveat being the conscience of a weaker brother. In Corinth, there were many believers who had worshiped these same idols. They did not fully know that God was absolutely sovereign over all other pretenders. For them to eat food offered to idols created something Satan could and would exploit (1 Cor:8:1-13). The same may be said for those dabbling in dowsing. Whom might they influence?