Practicing witchcraft is considered a sin according to the Bible, based on several passages of scripture that make it clear that the spiritual practices of witchcraft are forbidden. In Exodus 22:18, God states, "You shall not suffer a witch to live."
This passage indicates that it is sinful to practice witchcraft. The Bible also provides significant context to support why witchcraft is considered a sin. To begin with, by its very definition, witchcraft is the use of magical powers and occult techniques.
This is in direct opposition to God’s commandment for the people of Israel to worship Him and Him alone. As is written in Exodus 20:3, "Thou shall have no other gods before me."
This commandment sets forth God's law forbidding believers from worshiping any material objects or spiritual powers other than Him. In addition, the Bible warns against dabbling in the occult and engaging in activities associated with witchcraft.
This includes consulting mediums, performing divination, or engaging in fortune-telling. In Deuteronomy 18:10–12, God issues a clear prohibition against such activities, stating, "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead."
This passage makes it clear that engaging in any kind of occult or supernatural activity is forbidden. Furthermore, the Bible encourages us to instead focus on spiritual practices that honor and praise God. In Exodus 34, God commands that the worship of Him should be solemn and reverent.
He states, "You shall keep my sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord." This passage sets forth the need to focus worship on the one true God rather than engage in practices of witchcraft. Finally, the Bible speaks out against the spiritual powers associated with witchcraft. In Isaiah 8:19, God states, "When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?"
This passage shows that engaging in these activities puts believers at risk of turning away from God and puts them in danger of spiritual deception. In addition, in Galatians 5:20, witchcraft is listed among the works of the flesh that believers are called to reject.
Practicing witchcraft is therefore considered a sin according to the Bible. It is in direct violation of God’s commandment to worship Him alone, His prohibition against engaging in activities associated with the occult, and His command for believers to focus on spiritual practices that honor and praise Him. As is made clear in a number of passages of scripture, engaging in witchcraft is a direct violation of God’s laws and a sin.
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark
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