The laws of the physical sciences do not apply in the spiritual realm. So what are these laws to which the Positive Confession leaders refer, laws which govern the realm of spirit and seem to work? We find them in the world of the occult: for example, the “law of manifestation,” which declares that thoughts held firmly in the mind, spoken aloud, or visualized will “manifest” in the physical world. This law was taught to Napoleon Hill by the demons who posed as Ascended Masters from a School of Wisdom on the astral plane. Leaders in the Faith movement refer to this law as well.
Occultism counterfeits the power of God. One clear example is found in the confrontation between Moses and Aaron and the sorcerers and magicians in Pharaoh’s court. The latter were able, by the power of Satan, to duplicate (but only to the degree allowed by God) what God did miraculously through Moses and Aaron. Thus when God told Aaron to “cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent,” we are told that “the magicians of Egypt did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents; but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods” (Exodus:7:10-12).
And so it was with the first two plagues that God brought upon Egypt at the command of Moses and Aaron. Following each one we read, “And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments; and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened” (Exodus:7:22; cf. 8:7). But following the third plague we read, “And the magicians…could not…. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God” (Exodus:8:18,19).
The power that Samson evidenced (Judges 14-16) was no display of naturally acquired muscular strength. It could only have been supernatural Holy Spirit power manifested through flesh and blood.
The demoniac in the New Testament “had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces…” (Mark:5:4). Again we have the manifestation of a paranormal nonphysical power revealed through flesh and blood ofr which there is no physical, scientific explanation. We are clearly told by Christ Himself that the power came from unholy spirits invading the physical world and possessing a human body—spirits which Jesus cast out of this enslaved man to free him from their bondage.
The young woman in the city of Philippi “brought her masters much gain by soothsaying” (Acts:16:16). She was a fortune-teller who seemed to have access to a paranormal source of information. Her source of knowledge and power was a “spirit of divination”; and when the apostle Paul, “in the name of Jesus Christ…command[ed] [the spirit] to come out of her…he came out” and the woman lost her occult powers (Acts:16:16,18).