Nuggets from “An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith” by Dave Hunt
The New Testament comes down severely against something it calls “sorcery.” The Greek word translated as “sorcery” in English is pharmakeia – from which, of course we get our word for pharmacy or drugs. We are told in the Bible that this practice of contacting the spirit world through drugs will permeate civilization in the last days. The world will refuse to repent of it and, as a result, God’s judgment will fall: “Neither repented they of…their sorceries…for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived…for without [excluded from heaven] are sorcerers” (Rev:9:21; 18:23; 22:15). Paul warned: “Now the Spirit [of God] speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. (1 Tim:4:1-2)
Among the “doctrines of devils” taught by these seducing spirits is another theory propounded to escape God’s judgment after death. Let us consider first of all what is commonly called “spirit survival.” Some of these communicating entities claim to be the spirits of persons who once lived on earth and died centuries or even thousands of years ago. They offer as “proof” bits of information known only to the dead person and the living relative or friend to whom the “spirit” now speaks through a medium. Of course, that does not provide foolproof identification of the “spirit” as being that of the deceased. On the contrary, we know that these are “demons” impersonating deceased persons because they promote Satan’s basic lies given to Eve in the Garden. Specifically, spirit survival comes from Satan’s assertion, “Ye shall not surely die” (Gen:3:4).
No wonder, then, that the Bible repeatedly forbids any attempt to communicate with the dead (Lev:20:6); Deut 18:9-12). Their spirits are either in heaven or hell, not flitting about on the so-called astral plane communicating with those still alive on earth. Necromancy is, in fact, trafficking with demons, the very “seducing spirits” of which the Holy Spirit warns us throughout Scriptures.