JP writes: “Teresa of Long Island says she is Roman Catholic and displays Our Lady in her front yard. She seems sincere and is generous with her ‘gift’. Her readings do comfort people in their grief. Please share your views.”
JP, you are looking at one of the most effective ruses of Satan – a ploy even the Bible warns us about – to appear as an “angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14). And he can do this with even the most well-meaning people, especially those who are actively engaging in the occult arts, such as what the Long Island Medium is doing.
Teresa may consider herself to be a Roman Catholic, display statues of Mary on her front lawn, and even attend Mass regularly, but there is nothing Catholic about what she’s doing – consorting with spirits who masquerade as the dead. She is a practicing medium and Scripture cannot be more clear about its condemnation of this occupation. Here are just a few examples:
“Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead.” (Deuteronomy 18: 10-11)
“Do not go to mediums or consult fortune-tellers, for you will be defiled by them.” (Leviticus 19:31)
“Should anyone turn to mediums and fortune-tellers and follow their wanton ways, I will turn against such a one and cut him off from his people.” (Leviticus 20:6)
It’s also important to point out that just because a medium’s work brings a client comfort doesn’t mean it’s of God. Smoking crack and snorting cocaine make people feel good too, but that doesn’t mean this behavior is right.
Evil loves to masquerade as something good and glamorous and appealing, which is why the discerning Christian must be forever vigilant and permit themselves to be guided by the revealed Truth alone – never by appearances!
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