He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
The most common way of evangelizing these days is to ask this question of people: If you were to die tonight, where would spend eternity. In this show we submit to you that this is categorically the wrong method of persuasion. In fact, I personally think that the approach of asking “where will you spend eternity” does nothing but appeal to our narcisim. But this is exactly the problem. We’ve been trained by the world to think of things in terms of how it benefits us, how it impacts our lives, so much so that any other way of thinking is deemed as backwards and irrelevant. But how do you begin to offer a corrective to this viewpoint? How about proclaiming “the kingdom” like Jesus did?
Do Christians sometimes Practice Magic in God’s name? Here’s the deal. Martin Luther, in his Small Catechism, said concerning the second commandment:
We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.
Now, think about this for a second. How many ways are there to “Use Witchcraft” in God’s name? What if the “witchcraft” is cleverly cloaked in evangelical rituals like word/faith prayers that call upon power to manifest changes in reality? What if it were people cursing each other by misusing Jesus’ teaching on “cursing the fig tree” in Matthew 21:18? How about swearing by God’s name while telling a lie? How about when people try to buy power with their tithes? How about when people call upon “Prophets” of our age to divine the future for us like King Saul did with the witch of Endor in 1st Samuel 28? These seem crass, but they are happening in Churches all around Florida and the Space Coast.