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The “Magick” is Gone

October 31, 2008

This morning, I began the usual pattern of activity in preparing to head off to work. Upon realizing that a little extra time remained, I decided to do a quick blog check. Soon, after a series of other things, I came across the testimony of Donalyn Vaughn which can be read at the following link:

IN AND OUT OF WICCA – A FORMER WICCAN SPEAKS

I was running out of time, so I copied it to read later at work. Donalyns testimony is incredible. It reveals the power of God to deliver from deception and it reveals pitfalls that can lead to one going into a way that appears right.  It exposes the dangers associated with having a form of godliness and what transpires when those who make the claim of being “christian” begin to question the basic foundations of the faith. Donalyn was raised in what she terms a “churched family” and was in attendance every time the doors were open. To many casual observers, it would have seemed that a departure into the realm of the occult for such a one would would be, to put it mildly, “unexpected.” Yet, through a series of events which are carefully explained, she drifted into this realm; pursuing spiritual fulfilment and desiring to be in contact with the divine.

She tells how she saw christianity as being impersonal and distant. (This should cause all of us to examine ourselves. What kind of Jesus are we presenting to the world? A distant impersonal one or the living King of Glory who sees our thoughts afar off and hears our faintest cry?)  She delved headlong into the world of wicca and eventually started up a coven of witches. She then tells how the Lord supernaturally called her back into the fold.  This testimony is filled with wisdom and the following is an example of what can be learned from this:

“Most people who are active in paganism grew up in the church. Most pagans I knew came from nominal Christian backgrounds (mostly in mainstream denominations). People who are vulnerable to paganism are deeply spiritual beings. They want more than what they believe Christianity has to offer. They despise religion and want more of an experience with the divine, a relationship that goes beyond the four walls of a church. Satan loves to twist the truths of God. He does this with these people convincing them that what they seek cannot befound in Jesus, but what they seek is the essence of a relationship with Christ. Just as in Jesus day, the religionists have elevated their tradition to a point that the message is getting lost.”

Please check out this testimony. I think that in the days ahead, I may start incorporating more testimonies, like this one, into this blog. And sometime, I will try, “once again,” to write down my own. I’ve tried several times, but each attempt ends up the same. To cover all that I want to cover would take volumes. To leave anything out seems halfhearted. The end result is always frustration to the point of abandoning the effort. (This is why there’s merely a brief paragraph on my “about” page) But I think that I really need to place it out here.

Something that Donalyn mentioned was that how spiritual growth came as a result of the departure into paganism. In other words, had this not happened, she may well have ended up being “religious” like those around her. I can understand this. I was backslidden for about thirteen years, until the Lord restored me in the spring of 2004. He did a work suddenly that astonishes me still. One day, I remember telling the Lord, “I thank you for the lessons learned during that dark season, but I really wish that I had never drifted so far off course.” And yet, had the season of rebellion not taken place, I may well have conformed to the “religious crowd.” I was heading in that direction when I moved back to Michigan and began to slip. (noticeably that is) The season of rebellion was almost like being rebooted. (The only scriptural reference that seems to fit is that of when Nebudchadnezzar was with the beasts of the field till seven times passed over.) Praise God for his mercy that endures forever!

 John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

There are many testimonies similar to this one that can be found through a simple google search. Here’s some that I found just a few minutes ago:

Annie Finton This testimony has many commonalities with the one presented above; although I only had time to quickly scan it. Most importantly, however, is that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.

David Meyer has a number of articles out here. This one discusses the Harry Potter phenomenon. (This article was written in the year 2000.) While the dangers associated with harry Potter should be obvious, I list it here because many professing christians see nothing wrong with this or other such forums. In fact, my search also revealed a number of folks who claim to be christian witches. This, of course, is impossible. Praise the glorious name of Jesus who opens our eyes; granting understanding and discernment to any who will seek him in sincerety. The greatest truth found in Donalyns testimony is her admonition for us to “seek Jesus” not religion or signs. This she explains perfectly.

Well, I must be going for now. As mentioned above, this will probably be the first of many more testimonies to bring to awareness here s time permits. Reading the testimonies of others is always encouraging (Rev 12:11) and strengthens our own resolve to run with patience, the race that is set before us. Until the next time, have a blessed day in Jesus.

 

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9 comments

  1. To me her testimony and yours along with many others, just verifies the fact that Jesus didn’t command the disciples to “Go, make Christians…” He could have said that or something like it but He did CHOSE to say, “Go make disciples…”
    So many churches just want a person to ‘pray a prayer,’ get baptized and put on the roll. Then we’ll see them in heaven.
    It’s no wonder that many on the rolls of churches are involved in all kinds of worldly ‘stuff.’ I was right there too.
    I haven’t read the testimony yet but I plan to.
    Thanks for your guidance to these issues.
    Blessings,
    –Jerald


  2. I was happy to see that you had posted again so soon since the silence and the lamb, and then you posted this one shortly after. I read her testimony, and I agree with her and Jerald.

    Although my life is not comparable to hers, I, too grew up in a “christian” home, but had no clue what that even meant aside from staying out of trouble and praying the sinner’s prayer. I remember praying it many times b/c I thought I had lost my salvation if I had done something bad.

    It wasn’t until I had a real experience with God when I was 17 that I truly became a Christian and understood what that meant.


  3. Good Morning Jerald. You hit it perfectly. Too often we try to go out and “make christians” instead of disciples; and that being our idea of what a christian is like based often upon our traditions. We indoctrinate them, dress them up to look like us, and teach them to talk like us, instead of admonishing them to “follow Jesus.” This is one thing that Donnalyn talks about, just “following Jesus. I did a post on my other blog, http://timbob2.wordpress.com last night about some things that I’ve noticed concerning the saints who came out of this background. One is a sincere desire to “follow Jesus.”

    Thanks for dropping by. Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.


  4. Good morning Code. I shudder to think of how look at christianity as just being a set of traditions and rules, but not a personal relationship with the God who created all that is. It seems very widespread and many who turn to paganism, do so in pursuit of spiritual fulfilment. They’re actually “looking for Jesus” but their idea of Jesus is the picture of a distant impersonal one portrayed by many who profess to be “christians.” This is why I find myself asking “what kind of Jesus am I presenting to those around me?”

    Thanks so much for stopping by. The dialogue is very encouraging and I’m reminded that our God is an awesome God. Have you heard from Susan or Richard? They have moved and their phone number is no longer in service.

    Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.


  5. Lot’s of good points in the post and comments. I’ll add a few.

    In your comment, timbob, you said:

    “We indoctrinate them, dress them up to look like us, and teach them to talk like us, instead of admonishing them to “follow Jesus.”

    This is, in my view, part of the problem. Following Jesus is supposed to be more of a corporate endeavor than an individual one. There is a huge difference between admonishing someone to follow Jesus, and walking that walk out WITH them by the Spirit and grace of God.

    You asked in your post:

    “What kind of Jesus are we presenting to the world?”

    Paul said, in Romans 2, speaking of hypocritical Jews:

    21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written.

    Christians fail to see that this applies to us, as well. God’s name is indeed blasphemed because of us. This is a serious, major issue.

    Christians fail, or refuse to see that we, as individual believers and as Churches, are actually light-years away from the true calling God has placed upon us, and the fact we won’t face and deal with it is very grievous.

    Anyone willing to delve into these issues more deeply, please check out my blog. I believe the issues raised there are THE critical issues facing believers and the Church in these end-times.

    It will take some time and energy, but look and see whether I’m seeing things as they are, or am just another complainer.


  6. hey timbob

    you got me curious about your testimony – i’d love to see it when it’s up!

    we have many milestones in our walk with Him and i like to take the time to pen them down without leaving our details. my way of giving Him glory for what He has done in my life. it could be encouragement to somebody else, who knows!

    i got interested in paganism and wicca before coming to Christ. what donalyn says is true – we are deeply spiritual yet are so severely misled. however, no matter how appealing paganism and wicca was, there was never the convicting satisfaction hence we float around, before Christ’s life buoy comes along and takes us up for good.

    thanks for sharing! always a delight to check back once in a while. as you can see, i haven’t been active in a while.


  7. Good morning “inhisgrace.” It’s go good to hear from you again. When I found Donalyns testimony, it began a search for the stories of other who have come from various backgrounds. There’s now a page where I am collecting such testimonies.

    A few years ago, I worked with a girl who was deeply involved with wicca and she has been in my prayers ever since. She was really sweet, but following a way that will never offer fulfilment.

    As for my testimony, it’s much more average, but I’m in the process of writing it out. (page “My Testimony) So far, I’ve only covered the first few months after coming to Jesus in 1983. I would be very interested in reading yours if it available.

    Thank you so much for checking in and commenting. I’ll swing by when I can. Have a blessed day in Jesus.

    timbob


  8. I can definitely sympathise with this woman’s testimony. I spent a couple of years identifying as Wiccan before becoming a follower of Jesus in my early 20s.


  9. Hi Fikalo. Thanks so much for taking time to comment. I remember the morning when I stumbled across these testimonies. They were encouraging as I’ve been praying for a particular girl for over five years who practices the craft. Both of these testimonies encouraged me to keep lifting her up in prayer.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I attempted to leave a comment on your site yesterday, but the computer was going nutty. You have put together a lot of information and I’ve added your site to the blogroll here. Blessings always in Jesus name.



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