My Friend's into Witchcraft

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What do you think about witchcraft? My friend says she only uses it for good, but in my opinion, all witchcraft is wrong. I told her it's a bad idea to mess with things we only "think" we have control over. Besides that warning, I don't have much to say to her. I'm not very familiar with witchcraft, so I don't know what Christ would say. But I want to do more than pray for my friend. How can I help her?

Let me start by saying I believe your concerns about your friend are justified. When students flirt with witchcraft, I believe they are flirting with significant spiritual forces. But I don't think most people who check out witchcraft go into it with evil intentions. They enter into it somewhat innocently. Then they progressively get more involved, in much the same way people become addicted to drugs: They start with simple experimentation but are drawn into a much stronger and deeper connection to evil. Without early intervention, even a slight fascination with occult practices, like witchcraft, can become an all-consuming obsession.

How can you help your friend? Introduce her to the true source of her search for meaning, the Lord of Light. No matter how crazy your friend's beliefs may seem, or how antagonistic she is toward Christianity, you share at least one interest already—you're both looking for real spirituality, for beliefs that can change your life. The problem is, she's looking in all the wrong places.

Satan doesn't want your friend to find real spirituality through faith in Christ. The Bible calls him the "father of lies" for good reason. Satan is very deceptive, making spiritual darkness look like spiritual light. I think that's one reason people like your friend can experiment with witchcraft and not understand what they're getting into. They can truly believe practicing witchcraft is good.

But witchcraft is far from good. In 2 Chronicles 33:6, we clearly see that sorcery and witchcraft are evil in God's eyes. So I encourage you to do what you can to help your friend.

One great way you can help her see Jesus is by continuing to be her friend. You can't simply count on her interest in witchcraft to fade away, although it might, but you can patiently urge her toward the Light. You can do this by demonstrating God's unconditional love. Get together regularly to hang out, hit a movie or go for a walk. Invite her to youth group or church. Be a person she can count on for a listening ear and solid advice.

I have one very important caution, though. Don't allow yourself to be drawn into any of her witchcraft rituals or literature. As a Christian influence in her life, you should be willing to talk to her about witchcraft. Yet always be clear on your stance against the occult. I would also encourage you to see if your friend would talk to your pastor or youth pastor about witchcraft. Getting help from a wise Christian adult may not only help your friend, but it can also help solidify your own thinking about ideas contrary to your beliefs.

Finally, it's essential to understand there is a spiritual battle going on all around us. Here is the way Ephesians 6:12 explains it: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." One of the best ways to fight this battle is through prayer (see Ephesians 6:18).

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