“There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12
“And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” Acts 19:18-20
Many Christians do not realize the strong entrapment that results from exposure to the occult. Often the infection from exposure goes undetected until severe consequences manifest.
Many Believers mistakenly assume all effects of such contact are automatically removed at conversion. Like curses, however, we must act if we want total freedom.
Understanding is needed
First: realize how abominable the occult is to God. It is distinctly rebellious to acknowledge the help of evil spirits even as a joke. For this reason God requires us to renounce every occult contact individually.
Second: understand that direct association is not required for oppression from occult spirits. Ignorance will not protect you in the presence of evil. Oppression can come by simply being in the presence of occult practice. Satan doesn’t play fair.
Third: understand that such exposure has allowed unclean spirits or demons to enter you. You must cast out these occult spirits. To renounce the occult spirits or practices is not enough. The demons must specifically be told to leave.
Fourth: because some of these evil spirits are strong, you may need help to break completely free.
Occultism is participation or involvement in any way with fortune telling, magic practices, spiritism, or false religious cults and teachings. Contact with the occult may have occurred in childhood. Sometimes people completely forget past exposures. Occult involvement can also come from previous generations involvements. An individual can inherit psychic ability or a familiar spirit. (See Deuteronomy 5:7-9)