ANGELA WRITES: I have a longtime friend who is a Christian, but recently told me she’s a psychic. She claims that she sometimes blacks out and sees things that end up happening a short time later, and that it’s not her fault because she “suddenly and randomly goes into a trance.” She says she doesn’t like it or try to do it. I’m just not sure how to react.
I know that the Bible says not to seek out mediums, psychics, and fortune tellers because they will defile us (Leviticus 19:31), but she’s my friend and I don’t think it would be right to just abandon her because of a recent problem. Doesn’t that verse mean that we shouldn’t ask for our fortunes to be told or to be resurrecting spirits? What about if I just want to be friends? On the other hand, I know I can’t just act like it’s all good, or that psychics are great, etc. It’s not good, and such a power is generally given or staged by demons, like in Acts, where Paul cast the divining spirit out of the slave girl (Acts 16:16-19). What should I do?
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I was visiting friends at a school where one of the students (a former satanist) kept having visions kind of like she’s having. I’m not sure what exactly went on (it was all in Spanish) but the whole church was there for him. They prayed with him for hours, pleading with God fix it. And He did!
I don’t know what was going on then or what’s up with your friend, but pray.
Pray that God be glorified.
Ask him to heal her.
Pray for her to be encouraged that God is greater than this — thing.
Ask for her peace.
Ask that she be filled with the holy spirit.
Pray she’ll know that Jesus has payed for every sin, even this. (If it is a sin, I’m not sure.)
And of course that she trust his power and goodness, we know that Jesus wins in the end.
Hope this helps!
P.s. I totally agree that the passage in Luke is about seeking that out not helping someone who’s stuck there.
I forgot to mention something when I submitted the topic.
The thing is, she doesn`t really view it as a problem, more like something “cool”.This makes it all the more difficult because she doesn`t really think it`s a problem and therefore isn`t going to do anything to fix it.
But thanks for the input! And it does help a lot 🙂
In that case I would probably confront her on it. It’s not something to take lightly, especially if she’s a Christian. Glad it helped! I honestly know so little about this sort of thing, I wasn’t even sure if I should say anything.
Just wondering, what kind of a “psychic” and to what degree? Are we talking about doing stuff like predicting what card you will pick (like you might see a magician do) or are we talking about like predicting what you will eat in a month type stuff?
More like she suddenly blacks out and “sees” things, like that her sister would get hit by a car (which did indeed happen, but she is ok!). I guess kind of like passing out and watching something happen while she is out.
Along the lines of what okiegal mentioned, starting with the basics, begin by praying hard for her and asking God for what you should say to her. I think it would be reasonable to mention that, while God does give each of us different gifts (sometimes in a very specific form), there are also a lot of evil influences at work in the world. These influences can also be subtle or explicit. Satan can evil use spiritual gifts of ours to undermine our relationship with God, e.g., by tempting us to become prideful. Once you two agree on these basic facts put forth by scripture, then you want to persuade her that it’s best for her to pray about it and ask Jesus if these gifts are real and from Him.
I think you should believe her. Demonic power is real. After that, I think I can’t really say much more without knowing more. Does she want to be free of this? How long have you known her? Do you sense a spiritual force when you’re around her? Do her parents know? Sorry. Lots of questions. I think these are more questions for you to think about than anything you necessarily need to answer.