I Was A Christian Witch

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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  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

    • 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.

    • Me too! : /

      • The thing to know is that God is always loving, always merciful, and infinitely forgiving if we turn from our sin and ask Him to forgive us. That’s always the important thing to remember. God always forgives when we turn to Him in repentance.

  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.

    • 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. 🙂

  7. Evelyn Williams says:

    I am happy to have come across this webpage. it had answered a lot of questions that had been boggling in my min for a long time. I am a Christian woman. I have a very close relationship with God, on the other hand my husband who was once saved but long backslide, he does some strange things around the home. makes me feel like he is involve in some kind of witchcraft. some of the things he does is go out at 12:00 O’clock midnight or close to and turn In the same direction and end it by urinating or p. since he was doing these things we fell into absolute poverty. How can I fin out if this really true

    • Hi Evelyn. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you’ve found my testimony and articles I’ve written helpful. My best advice to you regarding your husband is to talk to him about it, find out what’s going on, the reason/purpose/significance of his actions, and speak to him about your concerns. Communiation is always the best way to go if you want to understand where someone is it in their heart and mind. Actions can be misunderstood. So talk to him. 

  8. I have enjoyed reading all of this,,, Prospective is a very funny thing, After all the religious gauntlet I have been though I can honestly say Although I was raised being beat over the head in religion. Lets see how confusing it can be,,, Grand parents …Assembly of God,,,Step Mother … Converted from Catholicism to Jehovah’s Witness . Aunts Catholic/ and some assembly of God, Married Baptist. mother in law Baptist( and she counts because that is who raised your husband and will Grandmother your children despite what you believe, Friends that are Mormon /and friends that are Church of the Nazarene, After the look into all of these I could not help but wonder what the real history was,,, What if Everyone is 15% wrong in the teaching? What if everyone is Off by 15%? Could this happen? Yes,,, It could , All religion has pagan practices embedded in it, Could pagan/ Wicca be off 15% ? Yes it could,,, Would you bet your life on what others teach you? Or would you life on what understanding you have , I believe that Only Judge I will ever have that matters is not of this world,,, I do believe that there was a Jesus, I do Believe in God, I do not know that all the Bible says is accurate Or should I say Untainted by Mankind. So what am I ??? CathaPennyjehovahBabcristopagan?….Good question, And you think I am confused? Still what if everyone is 15% wrong? Where would that put us?

  9. Needsexplanation says:

    God created all things, right, and prior to he knows all that will happen, right, because he’s in complete control. So God created Lucifer FULLY KNOWING he would “fall” from his graces. Also creates man FULLY KNOWING he would “sin” and still knowing all things prior to he goes and does it then punishes his creation the he ALREADY KNEW would screw up. So explain to me how God did not create these unseen things such as witchcraft and why when he created it that he would say nope your not allowed to use something useful I created and I also made you knowing you’d screw up and do wrong so I’ll just punish you for being exactly what I created.

    • God created a way of redemption for sin—forgiveness through accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. That is the ultimate point, really.

      • Rebekah Fuqua says:

        What about healers? We all have the spiritual gift to heal. Healers were considered witches who burned at the stake. What about Shamans and other healers who worship the Great Mystery (God) and still do healings for people to save them from illness? You reap what you sow. So if you do bad then bad will come back and if you do good then you will receive good back. I believe God is colorful through all his creation. God is invisible and visible. God is within us and beyond. God is omnipresent. Yes God wants us to have good intentions not bad intentions in our spiritual practice whether pagan..the craft..healers..shamans and as human beings. The prophets were astrologers and Magi’s. There were visions that some had. There were magical wonders of signs from the Universe and skies. Jesus healed. I think many are unknowledeable about witchcraft. As soon as they hear someone is a witch they think evil. When really the craft is is simply spiritual. Lighting a candle and praying to God is a craft. Intention plays a big role. To do harm or to be one with God no matter what faith or belief you practice. What about Buddhist and Hindu? Are they sinners?

        • As a Christian, my belief and perspective comes from the Bible. God is quite clear about the practices of witchcraft (and those who learned how to use herbs and plants as healers who were killed or condemned as witches in the middle ages is a tragic part of history). Witches are not evil (nor have I ever said such a thing) although there is an unfortunate amount of fear surrounding them which needs to be addressed. But your assertion that God does not differentiate between intention (good or bad) in not correct. The prophets of Israel were not the astrologers, diviners, and mages of other cultures (which God warned His people Israel against seeking as well as mediums and psychics). They were not the same or to be compared to those HE called as prophets. The gifts of the Spirit which God imparts to His church are not the same as wordly occult “powers” or abilities. JESUS is not a simple healer (and certainly did not practice witchcraft) but is God the Son who came to this earth as a man to save all of us (yes–including witches, Buddhists, Hindus, etc) from sin (“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23). John 14:6 states “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” So there is a difference between all the things you mention according to God’s word and the practice witchcraft, healing, etc. A relationship with God depends not on our perception of Him but rather the truth which is revealed to us through the Good News of Jesus Christ as told through scripture. But I thank you for your comment and for sharing your perspective. Blessings.

          • Rebekah Fuqua says:

            I just want to say one thing and please do not deny my message. God is the creator of nature..the creator of the Universe and the creator of us. We are part of God. All things are created in God. Amen

          • I believe GotQuestions.org answers this best: “The Bible presents God as holy (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8), sovereign (1 Chronicles 29:11; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 37:20), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10), omniscient (Job 28:24; Psalm 147:4-5), omnipotent (Job 42:1-2), self-existent (Exodus 3:14; Psalm 36:9), eternal (Psalm 90:2; Habakkuk 1:12), immutable (Psalm 33:11; James 1:17), perfect (Deuteronomy 32:3-4), and infinite (Job 5:9; 9:10). God transcends His creation.” Peace to you.

    • Lucifer is not now nor had her every been I fallen angel. It never states that anywhere in the bible.

      • Isaiah 14:12–18 describes the fall from heaven of one called “Lucifer,” a name that means “morning star,” “son of the dawn,” “Day Star,” or “shining star.”: 

        “How you are fallen from heaven,
        O shining star, son of the morning!
        You have been thrown down to the earth,
        you who destroyed the nations of the world.
        13 For you said to yourself,
        ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.
        I will preside on the mountain of the gods
        far away in the north.[a]
        14 I will climb to the highest heavens
        and be like the Most High.’
        15 Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead,
        down to its lowest depths.
        16 Everyone there will stare at you and ask,
        ‘Can this be the one who shook the earth
        and made the kingdoms of the world tremble?
        17 Is this the one who destroyed the world
        and made it into a wasteland?
        Is this the king who demolished the world’s greatest cities
        and had no mercy on his prisoners?’
        18 “The kings of the nations lie in stately glory,
        each in his own tomb,

  10. Catherine Clancey says:

    Can you tell me please where in the New Testament the Bible is very clear about being against witchcraft? Anything in the New Testament would be good. I want to live by the New Covenant, not the Old. I looked up Galatians 5:20 in the original Greek and the word used for ‘witchcraft’ is pharmakia, which translates to medicine, pharmacy. I don’t imagine the Bible is against us using medicine. The verse itself is about avoiding the works of the flesh that are against the works of the Spirit. How is witchcraft a work of the flesh when it promotes the works of the spirit listed in the next verse? The verse you give in Revelation must be a typo because it has nothing whatever to do with witchcraft. I would like to understand more about this.

    • Hi Catherine,

      If you looked up the word in Greek then you know it is cited “5331. pharmakeia far-mak-i’-ah from 5332; medication (“pharmacy”), i.e. (by extension) magic (literally or figuratively):–sorcery, witchcraft.” While we may have a different meaning or use of the word in our language today (our traditional understanding of medicine), it applies to the meaning and intention of these verses as witchraft/sorcery: Galatians 19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

      We also have this verse in Acts which talks about those who left behind their magickal practice when becoming Christians:

      Acts 19:19 “And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver.”

      And from GotQuestions.org: “Spiritual Babylon, representing the false religious system of the last days, will deceive “all nations” with sorcery (Revelation 18:23) before judgment falls. The book of Revelation says that sorcerers “will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8; see alsoRevelation 22:15).”

      As a New Covenant believer, I believe it is important to learn or glean from the whole Bible. And the Old and New Testaments are clear on the use of sorcery, witchcraft, spellcraft, divination, etc, and God’s clear command to stay away from those activities

  11. I’m really glad I came across this. I was once a practicing witch and pagan, but God was so gracious as to draw me back to him. When I first became a Christian again I briefly considered Christian witchcraft. But I was fortunate enough to have a friend invite me to a Christian conference (Momentum, in the UK) and I renounced it all. God really saved me.
    I’m having a bit of a low right now and have been so very tempted about witchcraft again. I can’t believe the allure it holds for me even though I know it is not right. Thankyou for posting this. I would really appreciate prayers.
    Your sister in Christ
    xx

    • Thank you for sharing your story. Praise God for all He has done and is doing in your life. And yes, I will be praying for you as I’ve been where you are and so have many others. May God’s strength and peace overshadow you as you walk with Christ in faith and love. Peace, sister. 🙂

  12. I struggle with what I am. I have no definition for it. I am not a witch as I do not wish to control things around me. I seem to have an ability for sensing things with out trying. I have dreams that lead me to do things, like starting a community garden that will end up donating a portion of its harvest to a food pantry in a heavily urbanized area (we live in a suburb on the outskirts of this area). I seem to be able to pick herbs that make teas that are effective at healing (minor things like cold and minor infections). I am drawn to knowing what herbs have what properties and I have been drawn to rocks my whole life. I believe “magic” is just different energy flows in the universe. The secrets of how God made things work. Like electricity, that is a form of magic man has learned the rules of. I think some of us are made to be receivers of different forms of the energy that our creator puts out, kind of like a radio, we take in the unseen and put it out in a way that benefits the space and beings around us. I do not like being called a witch or thinking of myself in that context, but I do believe that our creator did put things and beings here to take advantage of the energies that flow from him through out his creation. I don’t know how I fit in to it or what I understand of it, but I know that I love God and he made me more sensitive to things for a reason. I just pray that I always use my “gifts” to his glory.

    • Thank you for sharing your comment. 

      • Glad i came across this…been curious about spells but glad i saw this..is there anything wrong with the laws of attraction ive been reading up on it …wondering if god would dissapprove? But from what ive read its alot like visualizing your dreams desires alot like pray ask believe recieve sounds similar ive heard pastors say pray like you already have it.laws of attraction same thing…

        • Hi Cat. Thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad you found the post to be helpful. In regard to your question, I thought I’d point you to Got Questions. I’m not as “up” on The Secret (the laws of attraction) as others so this article should be informative: http://www.gotquestions.org/secret-law-attraction.html

          Blessings!

  13. I completely agree with this whole article. For a while I was tempted into practicing Wiccan and occult practices and thankfully I came to the realization that I cannot incorporate magick into my religion and I had to chose one or the other and that Bible verse about working for two masters and hating one and loving the other came into my head and I finally realized that I had to choose God and I’m so glad I did. It’s hard, it is really really hard because all the magick seems so fantastic but you have to resist it. Thank you so much for writing this article.

  14. Butterfly Moon says:

    Hi, I was raised from birth as Assembly of God. I believe in God, I believe in Jesus, I accepted him as my savior at a very young age. I have been baptized both in water and the holy spirit, I have spoke in tongues. My dad was a preacher, and my brother is a pastor. I have studied the bible my entire life. However I am also from a native american background, and if you know anything about native americans they use a lot of herbs, they do ritual, they use herbs both for medicinal and ritual purposes. I have spent many hours of prayer and fasting concerning this. If I choose to worship God by way of lighting candles, burning incense, oils, or herbs (which by most definition would make one a witch) how in the world can you make that a sin when the bible talks about them burning incense and herbs as an offering and using herbs for healing??? If one is not practicing divination, seances, using ouija boards, etc…….then how can using the candles, herbs, incense, oils, making a personal altar to the Lord and kneeling before him in prayer or even writing your own prayers out become a sin??? I have sat back and watch a religion that I believe very strongly in that as of today no one has convinced me to stray from become far from what Christ intended it to be, I have watched “Christians” run people completely away from Christ because of their attitude all the while saying they are doing what Christ would want them to do. I have watched them lie and back stab and I KNOW without a doubt this is for sure a sin. The church world today for the most part has strayed far from what it was intended to be when we have so called pastors and preachers that only look for how big they can make their wallets get through the donations of which is mostly needy people giving their last dollar to ” receive a miracle”. Yet these people still call themselves “Christians” and do it with lies leaving their lips.

    • Hi Butterfly Moon. Thank you so much for sharing your faith and your story. The use of incense, oils, herbs–these things in and of themselves are not “witchraft”. None of these things are what makes or defines a witch. The intention behind the use of oils, herbs, and the like is what determines what is behind it. None of what you have mentioned in your comment speaks of sorcery, spellcraft, divination, etc. I have no objection to ritual (especially when it is from a deep sense of culture) and believe it has its place in religious/spiritual practice. So in this (and what you have said in regard to what much of the American church looks like today) we are in agreement. Peace.

      • Butterfly Moon says:

        Is there any way for me to speak privately with you? Facebook? some type of chat? I desperately need answers to some ?s and I do not believe it is by accident I happened along your blog. Thanks!

        • You can message me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristineMcGuire

          🙂

          • The witches are easy to identify in the church . When I go in and kneel I asked the Lord to please remove all foul spirits not of God from the church in Jesus name. The same ones leave almost everytime. I have only done this a few times . It kinda makes me feel like I am wrong for doing this but I do realize it is not me that is doing it. I have no power to remove anyone. The name Jesus is the power and I know this

          • How about asking God to reveal Himself through His love, power, wisdom, grace, peace, and salvation to all people who are in attendance, instead. Ask God to open the hearts, minds, and spirits of every person in your church to the truth of the Gospel. And then ask God to use you in ministering to those people. 🙂

            Blessings. Kristine

  15. I have Been a Christo-Witch since 1999, I enjoyed your article, I personally have no desire to return
    To mainstream Christianity, but I am glad you found your Spiritual Home. My personal belifes are not based around the Bible (I believe the Bible is a Inspired Text, I just don’t feel it Infallible, as only God is Infallible), for me The Bible is a starting point, a Spiritual Tool for personal Inspiration by the Holy Spirit, I Honor the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit(Mother). I believe the Path to Heaven is Stright and Narrow, but no the Only Road. For me Jesus is my Personal Lord and Savior, it’s because of Him I am alive today, I put my Trust in Him to lead me Back to My Heavenly Father and Mother, his grace is sufficient. Many Blessings

  16. Hello,

    I believe that I might be a Christian Wiccan. I am a Roman Catholic and therefore believe in God, Jesus, The Holy Sprit and the Virgin Marie. However, I also believe that we have magic within us and in the magic of herbs and baths.

    I am terribly new at this, so I have some questions if you don’t mind. I need to know what sort of food should I eat for a more spiritual connection, the best book for herbs (the healing and spiritual benefits of each). Just a beginners book basically.

    Thank you so much.

    • Hi,

      I’m sorry but I cannot help you with what you seek. I am a former witch. I no longer practice the Craft nor advocate for it. Rather, I do quite the opposite by sharing my testimony and what scripture says about the practice of witchcraft and occultism. My calling is to share the light of the Gospel with all who will listen or understand that freedom, salvation, and life come only through God by the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. I can, however, encourage you to put aside witchcraft and Wicca to seek a deeper walk with Christ. Blessings to you. Kristine

  17. Catholics perform rituals, use candles and incense, spells are a deeper and more meditate prayer to me. Christianity just wasn’t enough for me. Prayer was not deep enough. Although I wish I could connect with Christians’ more, my mind is open to universal love. I just can’t believe that A God would choose one religion or one book to represent himself to the whole world. Love is universal. A book that has helped me in some ways, although I’m resistant to believe everything it says is “Conversations with God.” At first, when I was deep into Christianity I threw the book, it angered me. I later came back to it and looked into my heart and saw that it rang true to me. I’m sad because I want us all to come together, but who cares who’s right? Is that what really matters? Are we going to cast out other’s because they believe different things? Jesus came to show love for all, why can’t we have that? The one thing religion should do is not to separate us, but to bring us all together. I don’t care if your buddist, or pagan, or atheist, muslim or whatever, love is universal. Everyone believes in it, and needs it at some point. We don’t want to admit it, but we need each other, and we need each other’s love and acceptance.

    • Hi Amy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. I agree with you that Jesus did come to show the world what love means—God’s love for us. And it is Jesus who said “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). That is very specific. Jesus came to restore relationship between God and humanity throught he forgiveness of sin through His life, death, and resurrection. As a Christian I accept that gift of grace.

      Sin is what separates us from God. Sin is what separates us from other people, in my opinon, because that is where the roots of bitterness, anger, and hatred are found. Here’s the thing. God is the Creator of all things. He has given us the way to be in relationship with Him. He has given us THE WAY. That is what Jesus is all about. That is the LOVE He shared and taught to His disciples. That is the love which He commanded all of His followers to share through the Gospel. This does not mean we can go about doing whatever we want. When we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, we are meant to follow Him in obedience and we are meant to leave sin behind. God has made it clear through scripture that witchcraft, mediums, psychics, spellcraft, et al, are not in line with His Will. This means it is a sin to do such activities. Therefore, as a person who is a follower of Jesus Christ cannot follow those paths and be in obedience to God. 

      As a Christian, who is called to share the Gospel (good news), this means that I share that truth with those who do not know Him and I do so with love and peace. What they choose to do with the information is between them and God.

      Blessings in Christ, Kristine

  18. what if you are born a medium, or I guess psychic. are you automatically doomed for hell? did god give that individual person a gift just to dahm them? I’m not a “wiccan”, I’m purely Christian, but I was just wondering.

    • Hi Haley. All human beings are born in sin. It is through the grace of God through Jesus Christ, receiving Him as Savior and Lord, that are sins are forgiven and we are born again into a new life. Indeed, there are people who are spiritual aware or sensitive from a young age. I am one of those people. I had many spiritual experiences as a child but that did not make me a psychic or medium until I began seeking to act as such.

      God has given us His word. This is how we know that seeking knowledge, wisdom, or communication with the dead (or spirit world) is against His will. This is how we know not to seek our psychics or diviners. God uses strong words against becoming or seeking out psychics or mediums. 

      God does give His spiritual gifts (words of wisdom, prophecy, discernment) to whom He chooses for His glory and we who follow Him choose to be obedient to His will. This means that someone who is spiritually sensitive chooses not acting as a medium or a psychic in obedience to God but rather seek to serve Him through His spiritual gifts. Hope that helps. 

  19. Hello I hope you can help me. I found Jesus in my heart about two years ago and it seemed right after I lost faith. Mainly because I was sickened by the way Gods letter of love to humanity was being used for hate and oppression. I got a new understanding of how Jesus is my personal savior by studying Quaker beliefs. I found myself only being able to truly pray when I was walking in nature. I knew some “witchy” rituals from my high school best friend who was Wiccan. I have a little corner in my room with some leaves and rocks I find on my walks that remind me of Gods creation. I have been burning incense that goes with what I’m trying to improve or learn from the day in my corner. The thing is I don’t know if I can call myself a witch I know that deep down no matter how many rose quartz pebbles I have it wont change anything or cast a spell. The ritual of the witchcraft practice helps me to slow down and think about how the Lord works in my daily life. This article frankly leaves me afraid please tell me if I have been misled and need to get on a different path to a closer relationship with God.

    • Hi Emma,

      If you have confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He is the Son of God, and confess your sins then God is faithful to forgive you of sin. May I recommend that you honor God’s gift of creation and nature without using the trappings of Wicca or witchcraft? Seek Him, serve Him, learn and know His word (the Bible), find a fellowship of Christian believers (church, Bible study) and walk with Him alone. Have you been misled about Wicca, witchcraft, the occult, or spiritual avenues which “seem” good? Yes. These are not the way to God. There is only One Way–Jesus. Here’s the awesome news. God’s mercy is everlasting, His grace never fails, and His love for you is INFINITE. So, no fear. God’s love is the whole reason Jesus came in the first place—to reconcile God and you. Blessings. 

  20. Dear Miss,
    I want to thank you for writing this. It helped me understand things a little more. But, I have a question. I have a very close friend that just recently opened up to me about being a Christian Witch. I care about her so much, but she’s so sensitive, and I don’t want to lose her friendship. I’ve asked God for guidance on how to handle this without seeming to be too ‘Don’t follow that, this is the right way!’. At the same time, however, I can tell that there is something wrong with her. It’s like a tug in my heart whenever I’m near her… I’m scared for her. Is there any way I can tell her what she is doing is wrong, without seeming to be insensitive?
    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Cali,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad to know the post has been helpful. About your friend–the best thing you can do is love her, pray for her, and wait for opportunities to share the truth with her as God leads. Be willing to listen to her. Be prepared for her to be defensive. And remember that only God can change a person’s heart. Just be a friend to her and an example of Christ’s redemptive love. God’s got this.

      Blessings,

      Kristine

  21. I grew up Christian and was baptized at an early age but have always been interested in witchcraft. I love God and believe in Jesus but I want to be a Christian witch I want to worship God in my own way by using herbs and stones and spells through his power in which he has given me. Your article helped a lot thank you

    • Hi Amy,

      Thank you for commenting on my article but it would appear you have gleaned the wrong message. If you love God and believe in Jesus then you must understand that the path of witchcraft is not going to draw you to Him but away from Him. Being a Christian means living in obedience to God. Following your own path, your own way, is not His way. My prayer is that God will reveal the truth to you. His presence and power is not found through witchcraft.

      Blessings, Kristine

      • Mrs . Hall says:

        Thank you so much for this article ..sorry to reply on a thread , could not figure out how to comment otherwise .

        This is a tough issue .

        Witchcraft is self will period . We can white wash it all we want but self will & Gods will won’t mix .
        Self will = darkness no matter how sweet or ” good” we may try to make it out to be .

        Self worship ( will) is what caused the enemy to fall.
        Ultimately witchraft is rebellion .
        What I want & how I want to do it VS What The Lord wants and how He would have it done .

        It says in the Word the enemy comes as a angel of light .

        This mix of Christianity & peganism is a definite example of that .

        We can’t give our whole self ( mind , body , spirit , Soul ) over to God (we were bought with a price) and rebel by doing what We see fit .

        We can love nature & Love God
        We worship Him ( The Creator) not his ( creation)

        We have to stop pretending that our will over Gods Word is ok .

        It’s not , that is exactly how people are deceived .

        Thanks for this article

  22. Amanda Ayers says:

    If the Bible talks so heavily against witchcraft, then why was it common practice for the Jewish priests to perform rituals, sacrifices and divination? Also, Jesus himself performed witchcraft and it is highly suggested by theologians that Jesus was crucified as a WITCH due to the fact that he performed ‘miracles’ aka magick outside of the church, which only the Jewish priests were allowed to perform, and crucifixion was a common punishment for this crime. Learn your History lady.

    • Hi Amanda,

      Question #1:  Many religions practice “ritual” which is defined as “a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.”. God required animal sacrifices to provide a temporary covering of sins and to foreshadow the perfect and complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God forbade all magic practices (Leviticus 19:26; Deuteronomy 18:10) however the people of Israel were continually influenced by the cultures surrounding them which included practices such as divination–including the priests. These practices were never condoned by God, as the prophets made sure the people knew. Much is included in scripture to tell us the history and situation of the time. This does not mean God approves of it just that it happened.

      Question #2: Jesus never performed witchcraft but was the Son of God. He was/is both human and divine. His miracles were indeed just that— MIRACLES and were considered as such both then and now. And no Jewish priest was “allowed” to perform magick (as stated above all forms of magick were forbidden). Reputable theologians do not subscribe to the “Jesus was a witch” theory.

      Question #3: Jesus was crucified because He gave His life for people such as you and me for the forgiveness of sin. If you want to get technical, the priests took Jesus before Pilate and pushed to have him crucified because he challenged their authority, preached as no other before, performed miracles (not witchcraft and was never accused of witchcraft btw), and committed “blasphemy” by calling Himself the Son of God. 

      Thank you. I know my history and scripture. Blessngs.

       

  23. Makalie Woody says:

    It disappoints me that, when you look through the comments people have left here, some people legitimately struggling with beliefs and looking for someone to maybe help them understand what they are going through, or someone wondering if anyone else can see their side of things, that when the person who wrote this article just sends them a thanks for your opinion type of message, and yet, when its someone with similar beliefs, she leaves a novella of information… That, my “friend” makes you, and what you believe in look terrible. Just a heads up. Treat everyone fairly, or don’t respond at all. Many blessings to you.

    • Thank you,, friend, for your comment. I believe I’ve done my best to respond to people the best I’m able. I’ve certainly not intended to slight anyone and do apologize to anyone if I have done so. If you find fault with me then there is not much I can do. I do mean to treat all people fairly. Blessings to you as well.

      • wilbert porter says:

        Greetings in the name of Christ. I truly commend you on your article & the work you are doing for him. I am commenting because I am a Christian emcee who was actively involved in gangbanging which is also rooted in witchcraft Unknown to a lot of believers. But I have been walking in redemption for 2 years from backsliding. There is a brother who is affiliated with many of the local gospel rappers here who was a witch. Although he & I have never met, I realize he is heavily into this Christian mysticism, speaking of elementals, the merkabbah, shamballa, and other demonic things. The remaining emcees are in constant fellowship with him , but don’t see the error of his belief because he has resources the are able to readily use. How do I confront this man? How do I cause the brothers to see this deception without causing myself to be looked upon as a hater? Shalom & blessing.

        • Hi Wilbert,

          Thank you foryour comment and kind words. I’m glad to know God has worked so mightily in your life. In regard to your question, there are some great apologetics sights out there (one of which I just learned about called Christian Thinkers Society which I’ve not had a chance to explore but comes highly recommended from reliable, biblical believers). My favorite “go to” site is Got Questions. Got Questions is an excellent resource with a huge library of questions with biblical answers. I encourage you to explore these sites for answers which you could share as the need arises.

          My prayers are with you that God will give you wisdom and guidance in how to minister the truth to this group of emcees and the man who is so heavily influenced by occult thinking. 

          Keep standing firm in the faith, brother.

          Blessings,
          Kristine

  24. Hebrews 11 says:

    I practiced “Christian Witchcraft” from about 1988 through 2011 because I felt let down by the Church. I incorporated Irish mythology and, oddly enough, the lies of fiction writer Carlos Castaneda. In any case, there is great power in the True Faith of our King Jesus, much more so than in any witchcraft. There are indeed powerful witches, but are we not destined to be that much stronger. Elijah at one point was indeed terrified of the Phoenician witch Jezebel, but that was previous to the Blood of Jesus. There is nowhere in the Word of God that confirms that any of us, washed in the Blood, can be defeated by evil spirits or witches who house them. I should say that there is a vast difference in the “white magic” of Wicca and so-called “Christian witchcraft” and Satanism, which is “black magic.” The two kinds of witches generally never communicate with one another, the former defending their position to do only good, never evil. That said, the only good comes through the grace–divine assistance–of Jesus Christ.

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