I Was A Christian Witch

 

   

   

Christian Witchcraft.  

Two words which, biblically speaking, are diametrically opposed to one another. A concept foreign to most Christians who are aware that the Bible prohibits the use of witchcraft in both Old and New Testaments. In fact, if you ask most people they would probably say there is no such thing as Christian Witchcraft.

They would be wrong.

In the past twenty years, Christian Witchcraft and Christian Wicca have emerged as growing spiritual paths for many mystically minded Christians. Typically these people come from church backgrounds but for them somehow being a Christian falls short. These are people who often disagree with certain doctrines or dogmas in mainstream denominations, have a love or reverence for nature, and long for a deeper connection with God. They have a love for God, the teachings of Christ but have also been harboring a secret interest in the occult for much of their lives.  Eventually, for these people factors combine which create a desire to stop fighting against what has always felt natural and meld Christian traditions with magickal practices.

I know.  I was one of these people.  I was a Christian Witch.

The real question isn't whether Christian witchcraft exists but rather how is such a thing possible? How could anyone believe they could bring opposing philosophy's into a form of spiritual harmony? The process is called syncretism.  Syncretism pulls religious ideas from a number of sources to create something unique or individual. This is the foundation for Christian Witchcraft.  A Christian Witch will take what they like from various traditions, beliefs, and rituals of both Christianity and witchcraft…and leave the rest behind.  In doing so the Christian Witch creates something totally individual for their own spiritual expression. 

What exactly then does a Christian Witch believe? What does Christian witchcraft look like?

Like all esoteric or mystical paths, Christian witchcraft is highly individualized. However, there are some common denominators which can be found among Christian Witch's, Christian Wiccans, and Christo-Pagans. Most…though certainly not all…Christian Witch's either have a very liberal understanding of the Bible.or follow Gnostic Christian teachings.  Many come from a Catholic upbringing. New Age philosophy can also enter strongly into a Christian Witch's belief structure.  Some will take the religion of Wicca or a form of Paganism and superimpose a Christian understanding of deity on the rituals while others take a more traditional Christian approach, adding magick and ritual into their belief structure. Many will continue to be regular attenders and active participants of their local church. In all circumstances, Christian Witchcraft, Christian Wicca, and Christo-Paganism are nature based.

As a Christian Witch, I was a Christian who practiced traditional witchcraft.  Christianity was my belief…witchcraft was my path.  

Christian witchcraft (or "witchery" depending on who your addressing) differs significantly from Christian Wicca, which actually includes four traditions or "sects" with varying influences:

Trinitarian Wicca utilizes the traditional Christian Trinity but is  "goddess inclusive"…Father, Son, Holy Spirit (Mother). Additionally, saints, angels, and elemental spirits are invoked for rituals and spells.


Norvescensian Wicca follows a threefold path of nature mysticism, spiritual feminism and ritual.  It is inspired by the lives of three Christian mystical women of the past….Brigid of Kildare, Hildegaard of Bingen, and Julian of Norwich.


Marian Wicca views Mary of Magdala and/or Mary, the mother of Jesus, as representations of the goddess.


Sophian Wicca adopts the feminine personification of God's wisdom…"Sophia"…as a separate goddess.

You may be asking why would anyone want to combine Christianity and witchcraft.

 

In my own case, from the time I was young I had always experienced an interest in the occult, witchcraft, and other mysteries. However, being a Christian all of my life I loved God. When I reached a crisis point in my faith as an adult I spent several years exploring the occult, turning my back on God and the church. Eventually though I wanted to be able to return to my Christian roots without giving up what I'd learned about witchcraft. In a way it's like "having your cake and eating it too." The idea of combining Christian belief and the Craft seemed a little strange but also like the answer. What truly surprised me was when I discovered two things…a mentor who was willing to show me how and many others who were on a similar journey. I found a community of Christian believers who either desired or were on a similar journey as my own. A kind of secret movement growing out of needs not being met in traditional or mainstream churches.

 

Christian Witch's follow their path silently and in secret, connecting on the internet through chat rooms and on message boards. Christian Witch's have no desire to convert anyone to their way of thinking but simply want to be able to have what they consider to be the best of both spiritual worlds…Christ and mysticism. I eventually turned from the witch path (after also becoming a medium and ghost hunter). I repented of my sins and my relationship with Christ was truly restored. However, I learned one important thing from my occult experience. There are more Christian Witches and Christian Wiccans out there than most people realize. 

  The church needs to wake up to the reality of their existence.

Rather than arguing the impossibility of Christian witchcraft, the church needs to acknowledge there are spiritually hungry people in the Christian community who are being tempted to incorporate magickal practices into their faith walk. We must do all we can to encourage Biblical literacy among Christians.  Too many people profess Christ but have no clue what the BIble says about Him or anything else for that matter. People now seem to base their Christian walk on what they hear in the pulpit, see on tv, or read on the internet without ever checking to be sure it's actually from the Bible, accurate, and in context.

We must acknowledge the Bible as the true, revealed word of God.  There is no doubt Scripture condemns all practices involved in witchcraft: sorcery, spell casting, divination, enchantments, spiritism, idolatry, etc…in the strongest terms  (Deut. 18:10, Deut. 18:14, 2 Kings 17:17, Gal. 5:20, Rev.18:23) but many people are either missing or ignoring it.

As Followers of Christ we are saved by grace as revealed through the gospel.  We don't need to add magick to our lives to be fulfilled or empowered.  After accepting Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives and through Him we are daily transformed to become more like Jesus.  The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom, strength, and spiritual gifts to be used for the glory of God and for building up the church (Acts 1:8, 1 Cor. 12:7-10). 

By loving God and loving people we need to go out into the world as salt and light with the truth of Jesus Christ.  We also have to make sure those in the church are fully equipped with the knowledge of who they are in Jesus Christ.  To stand firm against the temptation and allure of witchcraft.

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."  Matthew 7:13-14

  

   

 

   

 

 

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Kristine McGuire is an inspirational author and speaker, sharing her testimony and encouraging others in their walk with Christ.

Comments

  1. Hi Kristine,
    I’m glad I happened upon this website. I too am a Christian author and am currenlty researching “Christian Wiccans or Witches” (I understand the two are separate) for a possible new book. I’ve a couple questions: 1. You mentioned that there are more Christian Witches out there than we realize…how would I find a few to interview them? and 2. how did you open the door to become an inspirational speaker? I’ve been trying for a few years and can’t seem to get the first invitation. Any directive/advise you can give will be greatly appreciated.
    Blessings,
    Donna

  2. Jana Franklin says:

    Woman, you speak what I feel that I am. I don’t understand why, but it just is; and I feel that God doesn’t have a problem with it. I wish a Christian Witch Coven existed

    • Kristine McGuire says:

      Hi Jana, thanks for your comment.

      And I do understand where you are coming from (very much so). Except whether you “feel” God has a problem with it or not is moot. The Bible clearly states He does have a problem with all forms of witchcraft. I know how difficult that can be when our “feelings” tell us something different.

      In the end, there was only one choice to make. I must defer to God’s Word.

      What made the final difference for me were these words: ““Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”

      Many, many blessings to you friend.

  3. If I’ve been struggling for years with some serious, unrelenting, ongoing issues without any meaning, resolution or relief and all I hear from Christianity is a lot of “Christianese” or long-winded sermons on suffering and cold meaningless theology, if I keep reading Matthew 11:28 and there is no rest or call out to God in prayer for years and keep getting absolutely nowhere, if all I hear from Christian counselors is “I don’t know what to tell you…” I’ll likely start looking somewhere else for an answer. It doesn’t necessarily mean I abandon my core beliefs, it means I’m looking for the relief that Christianity isn’t providing. If God created “…all things visible and invisible” then this or that Pagan practice simply becomes just another tool in that search.

    • Kristine McGuire says:

      I understand your frustration and desire for answers. The dissatisfaction. However, I must disagree with the idea of Pagan practice as simply another tool in the search. Even so, God can use anything to bring people to Himself, He certainly allowed me to experience and learn a lot over the eight years in which I practiced witchcraft but in the end He did require me to make a choice.

      The real question comes down to whom do you say Jesus is? Do you recognize Him as the Savior, the Son of God, who has redeemed us from sin? He is the way, the truth, and the life—no one comes to the Father except through Him. Those were His words and I believe them.

      I’m so sorry you’ve been dealing with such suffering and found useless platitudes in the church. There have been many times in my life (too many to count) I’ve cried out to God, wondering what on earth is the purpose for some of the difficult/painful situations in my life, the many struggles which are unrelenting. In the end, I remember these words: “In this world you will have trouble but take heart. I have overcome the world.”

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts even though we have apparently come to very different conclusions. May God’s love, grace, and peace be with you.

  4. I am a witch and my husband is an open minded Christian. He does have some difficulties when we create ceremonies for sabbaths with wording. I’m looking for a resource that could provide wording that he not only feels comfortable with, but connected to, that would work with rituals. Any resource ideas. I realize that I/we could write our own, but he’s not that well versed in the Bible and creating a ceremony/ritual is enough work without me also having to research his believes too. If the wheel is out there I’d rather tweak it than re-invent it. Thanks

    • Hi Kamala. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and ask your question. Unfortunately, I’m not able to help in the way you ask as there is not way to blend the Bible with witchcraft. This is a truth I discovered myself in 2007. This is why I turned away from all forms of witchcraft and walk solely with Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. There is simply no compatibility with loving and worshipping God as a Christian and witchcraft. It’s really great, though, that you desire to honor your husband’s beliefs as a Christian. Hopefully, he will take the opportunity to become more well versed in the Bible. I would certainly encourage him to do so (and you as well). Many blessings to you and your husband in Christ Jesus, friend.

  5. I am a christian witch and I don’t feel that I have a reason to repent when I’ve nothing wrong…. You say the bible says witches are sinners right? Well it also says it’s ok to sell your daughter, to have slaves,and many other things that we know are wrong…. Now the ORIGINAL bible has been copied,translated and reprint millions and millions of times in numerous ways and languages and there is proof that some of the translations and parts of the bible are wrong and missing…. I personal believe that god gave me and heart and mind to know what is right and wrong… And I refuse to put my absolute energy and possible fate of my soul into something I’m not 100% sure is all correct… Now if someone shows me the original bible where it says that then I will have to think on it, but I will not put my faith in man and his idea of how I should worship god…. I was born with a brain and a heart and a soul that The Lord gave me and I worship and communicate with The Lord directly and I don’t need a “middle man” telling me how to believe and worship, regardless of how I worship… All that matters is that I’m kind,helpful, loving and have faith… That was the lords main point for us all…. So with all that being said I judge no one…. I was just taken back at the fact that Christians always are saying they are Christ like, but Christ never judged and all he ever asked was that we love each other as we love ourselves and love him and have the faith of a mustard seed in him….and I do this and more … So I don’t see a problem with being a christain witch or being me….be blessed

    • Hi Janelle, thank you so much for your comment and perspective. Obviously, we do not agree. You say that Jesus never judged anyone, yet this is not true. He showed people their sin, encouraged repentance, forgave them (because He is God and can do that),and told people to “go and sin no more”. He will also be the ultimate judge of all humankind. We are to love God and love people, on this we agree. Many blessings to you, friend.

  6. spencer says:

    i have read through the entire thing you wrote and it was a real eye opener. I have a friend who currently believes she is a Christian witch. And honestly i don’t know how to even bring this up to her or talk to her about it, do you have advice for helping her to see this? or how to even bring it up?

    • Hi Spencer. I’m glad the post was helpful. My advice would be to wait on the Holy Spirit, be sensitive to His leading on with an opening to bring up the topic or discussion. Then ask her some questions. Talk to her about how she was drawn to witchcraft, if she is aware of what scripture says about witchcraft and talk honestly with her about the reality about what the Bible says about this topic. I wrote a book a couple of years ago which details my own testimony and involvement in the occult which may be helpful to you. You can also search the archives of this blog by putting the words “Christian witchcraft” in the search bar at the top of the page. I hope this helps some. You can also use the contact form if you have more specific questions or message me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristineMcGuire. God bless. :)

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