The Practice of Witchcraft in the Scriptures -- By: Roy B. Zuck

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 128:512 (Oct 1971)
Article: The Practice of Witchcraft in the Scriptures
Author: Roy B. Zuck

The Practice of Witchcraft in the Scriptures

Roy B. Zuck

[Roy B. Zuck, Executive Vice President, Scripture Press Foundation, Wheaton, Illinois.]

Witchcraft Today

In recent years, witchcraft—the alleged power to cast spells of influence on people or events—has become almost commonplace in America. The publishing of books on how to practice witchcraft1 ; the offering of courses on witchcraft at the University of Alabama, New York University, and other schools; the scheduling of radio and television interviews with self-claimed witches; the publishing of articles in large circulation daily newspapers-all these offer tips on how to cast curses or spells.

Involvement in witchcraft used to be limited to the eccentric few, but is now the experience of many. For example, an article in The Wall Street Journal2 describes a thirty-four-year-old woman who cast a love spell on a friend she just started dating. In her New York apartment she drew around her a “magic circle” on a sheet on the floor with a stick of charcoal. Then as incense swirled around her and as candles flickered, she chanted, “By all the names of princes and by the ineffable name on which all things are created, I conjure you…” Louise Huebner, the so-called official witch of Los Angeles, explains in her book Power through Witchcraft3 how to cast spells of love to lure a person with whom one is having

romantic problems, spells of emotional bondage, money spells, and so forth.4

Some present-day witches meet monthly in covens, usually when the moon is full. A coven consists of six males called warlocks, six females, and a high priest or priestess. They also hold eight festivals a year, with the most significant one being on Halloween. In these meetings spells of influence are conjured either for the benefit of others (to heal physically or to help in numerous other ways), or for the harm (physical or otherwise) of others. The former is commonly known as white magic and the latter as black magic.

Dr. Kurt Koch, noted German theologian and pastor, has counseled thousands of persons entangled in various forms of occultism. He reports that through black magical powers, witches are able to bring upon others oppression, disease, harassment, and even death. Through white magic, persons have been healed, crops have improved, protection from harm has been maintained, and so forth.5 Many missionaries report having witnes...

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