5. Before their entrance into Canaan, what instruction did Moses give Israel concerning these
"When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God gives thee, thou shall not learn to do
after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone 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 consultant 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 does
drive them out from before thee. Thou shall be perfect with the Lord thy God." Deut.18:9-13.
NOTES - Those who consult or have to do with mediums' or any who profess to receive
instruction or communications from the spirits of the dead, disregard this plain instruction and place
themselves upon the enemy's ground. Ever since Satan told that first lie in Eden, when he denied that death
would be the result of sin, in the very face of death itself, he, working upon man's natural dread of death
and upon his distress at the thought of being separated from loved ones, has been endeavoring to persuade
men to believe that the dead are not dead, and that men do not die. Idolatry, heathenism, Spiritualism,
occultism, and the whole brood of false isms of this kind, it will be noticed, deal very largely with death.
This, of itself, indicates their origin, and should be a warning to all to let them alone-to have nothing
whatever to do with them. They are from beneath, and not from above. However promising or pleasing
they may be at first they are downward and destructive in their tendency, and ultimately lead away from
God, into unbelief of His Word, and into sin. They promise life by denying death, and apparently "make
good" Satan's lie in Eden, through the ministration and manifestations of evil angels representing
themselves to be the spirits of the dead.
In a sermon on "Spiritualism an. Imposture," Rev. T. De Witt Talmage said: "Spiritualism takes
advantage of those who are weak and morbid with trouble. We lose a friend. The house is dark, the world
is dark, the future seems dark. If we had, in our rebellion and weakness, the power to marshal a host and
recapture our loved one from the next world we should marshal the host. Spiritualism comes in at that
moment, when we are all worn out by watching-all worn out, body, mind and soul and says. 'Now I will
open that door; you shall hear the voices; take. your places around the table; all be quiet now.' . . . I
denounce Spiritualism because it takes advantage of people when they are weak and worn out and morbid
under life's bereavements and sorrows. . . . If Spiritualism had full sway, it would turn the world into a
pandemonium of carnality. It is an unclean and an adulterous religion."
What is the only unpardonable sin?
What will be the experience of those born of the Spirit ?
How was the opening of the judgment to be made known to the world?
What was the character and the work of many of the bishops at that time?
Concerning what did Christ tell us not to marvel?
Why was the gospel to be preached to the Gentiles?
What will he one of the last great signs performed by this means, to fasten men in deception?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle