Derek Prince - Don't Fool Around With The Occult
This is a clip from the full sermon: War In Heaven And Earth - Part 2
Well, gradually, in stages, the Lord led me into a ministry of mass liberation. And I have conducted such services in Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, in at least a dozen countries. And I discovered that you can do it en masse. I'm not saying it's the best way, but when the needs are so great, you should do what you can. And I've learned to instruct people, help them recognize their problem, and show them how to be set free and pray for them to be set free. Now I want to answer some common questions. How do they get in? And my answer is: usually through a moment or place of weakness. The devil looks for the weak moment or the weak spot to get in. What are those moments or places of weakness? This is not a complete list but it will give you some insight.
First, prenatal. Many babies are born with a demon in them. And it happens because of something the mother did or didn't do. And the biggest problem that exposes children to demons, unborn children, is involvement in the occult. And I want to say that you cannot get involved in the occult in any form without being exposed to demons. There was a proverb that said, "He who eats soup with the devil needs a spoon with a long handle." I want to tell you that there is no spoon with a handle long enough to make it safe to eat with the devil. And I want to read from Deuteronomy chapter 18 in the NIV because the language is more current. This is what God says about the occult, that is, involvement with any kind of spirits that are not the spirit of God. It was written to Israel before they entered the land.
Deuteronomy chapter 18 verse 9. When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to do according to the abominations of those nations. No one may be found among you who will let his son or his daughter pass through the fire. So the first kind of person is he who actually makes his own children into living sacrifices, by presenting them in an oven to the god Moloch. And I want you to understand how important all the other practices to follow are in the same category as offering your baby as an offering to Moloch. God makes no distinction. No one may be found among you who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, who practices divination, who is a sorcerer. Do you know what fortune telling is? Predict the future. It tries to discern something supernatural through a spirit that is not of God. Every fortune teller is a predictor of the future. If you have ever been to a fortune teller you have been exposed to a spirit of fortune telling.
I remember dealing with a woman who needed deliverance from the spirit of divination. She said, "I don't understand how this ever got into me". But I discovered that she regularly read the horoscope pages in the newspaper. That's all you need to do. None of you, I know, have ever done that. Whoever practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, (which is rampant in the United States today—from the top in our country down, from the White House to the bottom, sorcery abounds.) who consults a soothsayer, who casts incantations, or who consults the dead. For anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving these nations out of their possession from before you. You must be upright before the LORD your God. Anyone who does any of these things is reprehensible. Going to a fortune teller is disgusting. God puts it in the same category as people who sacrifice their children to an evil god.
You might say, "Well, what's wrong with the occult"? I'll try to explain it this way. When you get involved in the occult you make friends with God's enemies and God takes offense and you have to repent, and you have to give up all involvement if you want help from God. So that's... Let me give you a remarkable example and it happened quite recently. A woman, a very fine Christian woman, came to me with real sorrow. She said: "We just got a letter from my son who is in college telling us that he is gay from birth, that he was born gay".
So I started talking to her and I said, "When you were pregnant with your son, did you do something occult"? She said, "Well, yes. I was trying to figure out if it was a man or a woman, a boy or a girl. I had a pendulum hanging in front of my womb and I knew if it went one way, it was a boy was and the other way it was a girl". I said to her, "You exposed your unborn son to a demon because of what you did. ' That's why he's homosexual from birth." Now she's a very solid Christian woman. She understood, she repented, and I believe that in time her prayers will bring her son to salvation. But let this be a warning to you. You can't mess with the occult in any form and if you want a further definition of the occult, it's in my book.