No, You Can’t Be a Christian Witch

I receive several messages every day in my Tumblr inbox. The great majority address the same dozen or so topics: my conversion, something a friend said about Catholics, clarification of a doctrine, prayer requests, relationship advice, and so on. However, other topics come in waves and I’ll be inundated with five or six messages about something weirdly specific every few months. This week, and four months ago, I received questions about “Christian witches.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Christian witch.

So what is a Christian witch? From what I’ve gathered, Christian witches are people who participate in a syncretic, highly personal form of witchcraft that contains trappings of Christianity, most often Catholic Christianity. It is not a “form” of Christianity or a fusion of the two, because there is no room in Christianity for witchery.

Witchcraft, in its purest form, is the attempted manipulation of forces or spirits. It exists hand-in-hand with the occult, which is essentially witchcraft applied to the pursuit of hidden knowledge (i.e. the future). The spirits witches interact with are by default foul spirits, as the Holy Spirit and His angels do not respond to attempted manipulations. God doesn’t respond because first and foremost, we are called to love God, and the opposite of love is not hate, but use. “Christian” witches attempt to use God’s power. It is an insult to His sovereignty. The second reason God doesn’t respond is because it is sin. He has declared it to be forbidden, so it becomes evil. God, not our desires, is the source of morality.

Therein lies the source of the problem for most “Christian” witches: sin. Witchcraft, being human-centered, is morally relativist, eschewing absolutes like good and evil, right and wrong. Most of these practitioners can’t fathom that what they’re doing is wrong because all they see is their own intentions, not the Word of God. They intend to worship God with witchcraft, so to them, they are.

However, sin is not defined as heinous, black-hatted atrocities. Sin is nothing more or less than disobeying God. He says not to practice witchcraft–so you cannot practice witchcraft and be in a state of grace.

There is a pretty simple chain of Scripture to follow about witchcraft, in the Bible:

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft. – Deu 18:10

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. . . . Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. – Gal 5:19-21

And for people who are still convinced that they can show their love for God by sinning:

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. – John 14:15



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