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.
In this edition of Radical Grace Radio we analyze an incident that occurred in Dearborne Mich, where a group of Christians were stoned by Muslims… or so the story goes. But more importantly we examine a situation where a Synagogue leader named Jairus has a problem: His daughter is dying and Jesus is standing around listening to a long drawn out story about blood and doctors.