Spiritualism: Seduction, not Sanctification
The Baptist Deliverance Study Group is expressing its concern that some people are turning to spiritualism in the belief they can make contact with their departed and so find the closure they so desperately need. By Jayne Irlam
In the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic, a great many people have been left struggling with grief. The loss of a loved one is traumatic at any time but with the added complication of restricted visiting, many of the deceased unfortunately could not pass away in the presence of friends and family. Those left behind carry a unique pain, and bereavement experts agree that many will be struggling with their bereavement as a result.
It may not come as a surprise, then, that some of those people are turning to spiritualism in the belief that they can make contact with their departed and so find the closure they so desperately need.
This historical relationship between mass loss of life and a resurgence in interest in spiritualism is nothing new. The Great War and the Spanish flu pandemic both saw similar developments. It is completely understandable that those desperate to say goodbye to their loved ones would be attracted by a spiritual philosophy which offers communication with the dead.
But the Baptist Deliverance Study Group is expressing its concern and urging caution to those tempted to take this path.
We have had people approach us asking for deliverance ministry to be set free from some horrific consequences of becoming involved in spiritualism. Communication with the dead in this way is specifically forbidden in the Bible by a loving God who wishes to keep people safe from bondage to preternatural or demonic powers.
Becoming involved in activities such as Spiritualism can open up a doorway to great spiritual oppression which requires a Christian rite to set that person free.
We would advise anyone suffering from bereavement to turn to their local Christian church and not the Spiritualist church if they want true, loving and compassionate healing. If people saw the bondage to spiritualism we have seen, they would have nothing to do with it.
For further information and guidance, contact the Revd Gary Serra di Migni, Project Lead: Cases at email@example.com
The service of the Baptist Deliverance Study Group is available to any denomination
The Revd Jayne Irlam, RN, BA (Hons) MA is Project Lead: Education Research and Training, Baptist Deliverance Study Group
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