What Is Sorcery In The Bible

In the Bible, sorcery (also referred to as witchcraft or magic) is the practice of using supernatural powers or seeking supernatural help from evil sources such as demons, spirits, or pagan gods. The Bible generally condemns sorcery and other forms of divination as they are contrary to God's law and ways and often employ demonic powers.

Sorcery is mentioned in various books of the Bible, including Deuteronomy, Galatians, Revelation, and several passages in the Old Testament. For instance, in Deuteronomy 18:10-12, it states, "There shall not be found among you anyone 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. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord."

In the New Testament, sorcery is also referred to as a sinful practice and is often associated with false teachers who seek to deceive others. For instance, in Galatians 5:19-21, it lists sorcery as one of the "works of the flesh" that are contrasted with the "fruit of the Spirit," and warns that those who practice it "will not inherit the kingdom of God."

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Jamie Larson