Mediumship is the practice of interacting with spirits or supernatural entities. The Bible does address the subject, but its position is varied and complex.
In this article, we shall look at the biblical perspective on mediumship and the different verses that illuminate this controversial practice.
Mediumship in the Old Testament
The Old Testament contains references to interactions with spirits and the supernatural. One notable example is the story of King Saul and the medium of Endor in 1 Samuel 28.
In this tale, Saul sought the help of a medium to summon the ghost of the late prophet Samuel. The medium’s actions were initially successful, but they led to a scolding from the spirit of Samuel, who criticized Saul for his disobedience to God’s commands.
This passage is often cited as evidence that the Bible forbids mediumship, as it suggests a negative view of attempting to communicate with the dead. Saul’s actions were seen as an act of desperation and a lack of faith in God’s guidance.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 is another crucial passage in the Old Testament that addresses mediumship. It explicitly condemns practices such as divination, interpreting omens, and consulting spirits. These practices were considered to violate God’s commands directly and were associated with the pagan nations surrounding the Israelites.
Mediumship in the New Testament
The New Testament is generally less explicit in its mediumship discussion, but it touches on spiritual gifts and supernatural phenomena. Acts 16:16-18 recounts the story of a slave girl possessed by a spirit of divination.
The spirit allowed her to predict the future, which earned her owner’s money. When Paul and Silas encountered her, Paul cast out the spirit in the name of Jesus Christ. This episode demonstrates the authority of Christ’s followers over supernatural entities, but it doesn’t delve deeply into the theological implications of mediumship.
Mediumship in Modern Times
Mediumship has gained a prominent place in contemporary society. Several psychic mediums have become celebrities due to their supposed powers to foretell the future, make contact with spirits, and guide clients. These mediums have huge followings and have drawn the attention of high-profile persons such as Hollywood stars, politicians, and business owners.
Perhaps one of the most controversial aspects of modern mediumship is the claim by some psychic practitioners that they channel divine entities. Names like ‘Jesus Christ,’ ‘Jehovah God,’ and ‘the Virgin Mary’ have been invoked, causing a blend of fascination and skepticism.
In Leviticus 19:30-32, we are explicitly prohibited from engaging with mediums. It also reminds us of the importance of observing the Sabbath, showing reverence for God’s sanctuary, and respecting the elderly. Just as we don’t regard these other commands as outdated or irrelevant, it’s reasonable to view the prohibition against mediums as equally applicable in today’s context.
Why Should We Avoid Mediums?
Initially, we must acknowledge Satan as the ultimate deceiver. According to John 8:44, the devil is a liar and the father of lies. Given the prevalence of dishonest and deceitful practices today, it is crucial that we remain vigilant against them.
Moreover, we are alerted by the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:14 to the cunning nature of Satan, who often assumes an alluring guise. The passage is a cautionary reminder that mediums and channelers frequently exhibit a façade of luminosity amidst times of obscurity.
Both Jesus and Paul forewarn us that these deceptions will escalate as we approach the second coming of Christ. Jesus prophesies in Matthew 24:24 that false messiahs and prophets would arise and perform massive signs and wonders to deceive.
Similarly, Paul’s letter to Timothy, 1 Timothy 4:1, claims that in later times, some would abandon the faith and pursue deceptive spirits and things taught by devils. While mediums have always existed, contemporary access to their practices is as easy and accessible as a simple click.
Because of these reasons, it’s best to be doubtful and careful when someone says they can talk to dead people, connect with relatives who’ve passed away, tell us what’s going to happen in the future or claim to know particular things from the spirit world about us.
These practices and claims are not new, and neither is God’s warning to stay away from them. No matter how tempting they may sound or how many nice things they promise, God still tells us to avoid them.
Even in modern times, the Bible’s guidance remains constant. We must avoid attempts to communicate with the dead, predict the future, or claim special insights from the spirit world.
The Bible’s eternal wisdom encourages us to value firm faith in God’s guidance over the enticing promises of mediums.