In times past, the God of Israel set in place certain ways for His people to seek and commune with Him, and he forbad other ways. In particular, he forbad occult practices.
God’s commands for spiritual practice are as important for Christians today as they were for the Jews under the Old Covenant. All believers need to understand the difference between godly and occult spiritual practice. However, teaching in this area, if you can find it, is weak and incomplete.
True to His Ways fills the gap. This important book provides an in-depth survey of Bible teachings on the occult and shows how to distinguish true Christianity from the counterfeit. The author has “been there.” She writes with compassion. She explores questions such as:
- What is true godly spiritual practice?
- Why does God forbid occult practices?
- Does the Holy Spirit ask us to open up and submit to Him?
- Why does the anointing seem to remain with leaders who fall into sin?
- What is the difference between true prophecy and occult prophecy?
- When does spiritual warfare become occult?
- What about spiritual drunkenness and charismatic manifestations like laughing and shaking?
- What about being slain in the spirit?
From their own words, Ruth shows how worshipers in pagan religions experience the same sort of spiritual drunkenness (as it is called) that charismatics do. She shows how manifestations like trembling, weeping and laughing, and being slain in the spirit, are also part of Hindu spiritual practice. So are powerful spiritual experiences of supernatural love, and even receiving prophetic gifts. While there are of course true gifts from God, there are also extremely deceptive counterfeits. These come through occult practices.
As Ruth delves ever more deeply into the teaching and practices of the nations we are brought face-to-face with the startling works of ancient magicians. Like Charismatics, they practiced occult spiritual warfare and prophesied, claiming that their practices were biblical. She explains that many well-intentioned persons fall into such practices without realizing their forbidden and dangerous nature. The Christian who wants to ensure that his or her spiritual practices are godly, safe, and true needs to know where to draw the line. This book is the only one we know of that clearly explains what is occult and what is true Christian practice.