Prophetic ministry prophets and priest must always guard against prophetic witchcraft. Jeremiah tells us about the rebellion hidden in the lives of profane prophets and priests. “And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err” (Jeremiah 23:13).
The word “folly” means to operate in rebellion and foolishness. Workers of witchcraft do foolish, even stupid, things that don’t make any sense. Then they say that God told them to do it. They will argue with their counsel saying things like, “I have heard from the Holy Spirit, and I am submitted and listen to Him only.” Statements like that are common and contrary to the Word of God, which teaches that there is safety in a multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14).
When you start thinking that you are more spiritual than others and that you are the only one that can hear from God, you’re in big trouble. When you think that you are the only one that’s got the truth, and the only one that receives revelation, or the only one that can prophesy, or the only one that knows the Word of God, you’re entering the realm of foolish rebellion. You’re well on your way to being overtaken by the spirit of witchcraft.
Jeremiah said that profane prophets and priest, “prophesy by Baal.”
Baal is a spirit of divination (false prophecy). Were these Samarian prophets and priests prophesying? Yes, yet when they prophesied it brought error and led people astray. Their prophetic words did not lead people into liberty and freedom from sin, but into sin’s bondage. That’s the result of prophetic witchcraft.
Witchcraft released through false prophecy (in Baal) can rob years from a person’s life. Prophetic divination only releases confusion and will never lead you closer to God. We must learn to submit to God and avoid folly, the foolishness of rebellion.
ISSUES OF SIN
“I have also seen in the prophets of Jerusalem a horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah” (Jeremiah 23:14).
Notice the characteristics of prophetic witchcraft:
- Adultery (betrayal and sexual sin)
- Strengthening evildoers (compromise)
- None return from wickedness (avoiding confrontation of sin that hinders repentance)
- As Sodom and Gomorrah (unclean).
People that walk in witchcraft are subject to sexual sin and perversion, whether by viewing pornography where no one can see them except God or by flirting with girls or boys in the church.
I prayed for a young man once and smelt a strange odor and knew by the Spirit of God that it was a homosexual spirit. All homosexual spirits are unclean spirits. When I discerned what it was, I said to the spirit, “Come out of him!” Instantly, the spirit slammed the young man to the floor and came out.
Unbeknownst to me, the young man was the pastor’s son. Children of ministers are trophies to demonic powers. The pastor later told me that many prophets had attended his church, but he had never seen any of them cast out unclean spirits. I thought that was a terrible reflection on the true prophet’s ministry that carries a responsibility of dealing with matters of sin and holiness. You cannot be a true prophet and ignore sin.
People that walk in witchcraft avoids dealing with issues of sin. The devil doesn’t want to expose his strategies. True prophets, however, always deal with issues of sin (Lamentations 2:14). That doesn’t mean that God will publicly embarrass someone. Don’t forget that there is a prophetic statesmanship used with the seasoned prophet.