By Ruth Davis
Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine;
I believe the biblical verse above - "they stagger, but not with intoxicating drink"...speaks more to spiritual staggering at the Word of God than to the literal staggering of intoxicated occultists. But the words are fitting in this context, and graphically illustrative.
Spiritual drunkenness - staggering and numbness and feeling "under the influence" - is an experience shared by occult worshippers in Sufism, Satanism and Hindi yoga, among others. It is one of Satan's counterfeits of biblical communion with God. Moreover, there is no such thing as biblical spiritual drunkenness. It is not a God-given experience that Satan mimics in other religions. Staggering and feeling drunk is never biblical. Godly spirituality is sober above all else, and eminently reasonable, even while being wonderfully supernatural. And it is based on the life-giving Word of a God who is sober, orderly, and gentle. Therefore as a 'counterfeit' experience, it is one of the easiest to identify as ungodly and unbiblical.
Spiritual drunkenness was a common feature at
But if you are not convinced, if you wonder about all this and have nagging questions and doubts, please read on. Heed this small voice, for to quench it would be to quench the promptings of truth. I write here plainly, but in love. We need to bring down strongholds of error about spiritual drunkenness. On the principle that showing is better than telling, following are illustrations from the mouths of occult practitioners themselves. All believe they have met with God and are communing with Him while they stagger about. And there are more similarities. Please compare and judge for yourself if this could be from God, or from Satan.
An enthusiastic pastor from
Pastor Bill Randles observed the following at a Charismatic meeting:
This experience is believed to bring the joy of God:
A kundalini yoga teacher wrote:
And a general pagan teaching on the joys of spiritual drunkenness:
Drunkenness among Satanists
A leading priest of Satan, Alistair Crowley, who called himself The Great Beast and who prophesies from his "Lord Satan," as he calls him, wrote:
The following is from
Clearly The Great Beast experienced raptures of love, or he could not write like this. Note the description of "drunkenness of the innermost senses." These descriptions may be extreme, but it is important to realize that even those who experience less extreme symptoms of spiritual intoxication are practicing the same form of spirituality. The difference is one of degree, not of kind. Whether you are a little bit drunk or a whole lot drunk depends only on how much you have taken; it is all poured from the same cup. An accursed cup.
Sufi drunken states
The mystics of Islam are known as Sufis:
Here again we see trance states, submission to a greater power, spiritual drunkenness and visions while under the power of an intoxicating force.
Egyptian goddess of sacred drunkenness
Egyptian festivals feature a goddess of spiritual drunkenness with a very strange name, Hwt-Hrw. It is written:
See how many religions teach that spiritual drunkenness is how we commune with deity?
The truth about spiritual drunkenness
Spiritual drunkenness is an occult experience, shared with occultists everywhere.
A good test for occult practice is to see how it fits with the definition provided on this Website (Read: What is Occult, What is Biblical? ) -
To seek God in spiritual drunkenness clearly fits all aspects of the definition. It involves communing with God (as it is thought) beyond nature, reason and the mind: occultists do not seek God in His Word, nor in prayer or mindful obedience, but through delving into the spirit realm for experience. It is thought that feelings of rapture and joy mean one has found "the father's heart" and is communing with Him. And it involves the action of manifest presence upon the mind and spirit, with the extreme results of mental numbness, loss of balance, etc.
Spiritual drunkenness is spiritually adulterous communion with another god.
As is generally the case in occultism, the Word of God and the place of the Scriptures as our source of very life are forgotten. Experience reigns supreme. But practitioners are not experiencing God. They are experiencing Satan, or of satanic spirits, for Satan is god of the occult. There they commune with him, and in drunkenness they experience his depths. They seek him out, lie with him and stagger under his influence, all the time worshipping him as God, praising him and rejoicing. I would venture to say that spiritual drunkenness it is an extreme form of spiritual adultery that involves the whole of the person: soul, spirit, emotions, mind and flesh. It is a complete giving over to Satan, the very enemy of the soul. How deceptive and evil it really is.
Spiritual drunkenness is spiritually blinding and is a manifestation of spiritual blindness.
Those who indulge in spiritual drunkenness (or any other form of occultism or apostasy, of course) will, as they progress along the path they have chosen, become increasingly blind to the things of the Spirit of God. In particular, their hearts will be hardened to the Word, and they will be increasingly disabled from understanding it. The Scriptures will become to them as a book shut and sealed. Their understanding will be darkened and darkened. Hear Isaiah describe this:
They cannot. The life-giving Word of God is sealed to them. They simply cannot understand His truth and the meaning of the Scriptures. They have fallen in with the father of lies, and there they have made their bed.
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All quotations are fully cited in the book True to His Ways, but are removed here for simplicity and to avoid links to occult or Charismatic websites.
© R. Davis, Baruch House Publishing. Posted 2008.
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