Basic Principles of Occultism:
We often think that Occultism is simply witchcraft or similar practices. However, Occultism is far more than those things. It is anything that offers itself as something of God, or truth from God, instead of what is actually found in the Word. Occultism hides the truth of the Scriptures from us.
This can have terrible consequences in our walk and in our lives. That is why it is so important to expose and remove it from our lives.
Occultism is based in philosophies and traditions of men that are not found in the Word or that distort what God has said in His Word.
It also includes rudiments of this world that are “not after Christ” (Colossians 2:4, 6-8).
At the heart of Occultism is a desire to be like God or offer a counterfeit of God as evidenced by Satan’s desire to be like the most High God (Isaiah 14:13-14).
Occultism is also behind the New Age and similar philosophies that seek to make man a god unto himself.
We can see this in the enticement of Adam and Eve in Genesis to “be like gods”.
This is also why Satan is called the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Satan’s agenda is to duplicate, replicate or counterfeit all three members of the Godhead.
He counterfeits the Godhead through people. Satan’s kingdom gives thoughts to men as if it were their own minds (Ephesians 6:12).
A modern example of this is a well known psychologist who states that he was taught psychotherapy by spirit guides through automatic handwriting.
Automatic handwriting is a form of occultism where people are inspired by evil spirits and are moved to write what these “guiding” spirits are “dictating” to them.
A more recent example is a popular book, in which the author claims that “a voice” gave her rapid dictation. However, the book denies sin, the need for a Savior and contradicts Scripture, thus giving people an alternative to the Word.
We must remember that Satan and his kingdom are ever seeking to counterfeit the ways and truths of God with many different deceptions, alterations and substitutes.