This was first published in January 2009 at The End Time. This version is edited.
On Monday, January 19th at 6:00 pm, hundreds gathered at Dupont Circle in Washington DC for a ceremony performed by a “shaman.” The ceremony was intended to ‘clean the White House of ‘evil spirits.’ Organizer Kate Clinton used the method called by pagans and witches, “saging” or “smudging.” Two thousand participants stood outside the nations’ First Home and waved lit bundles of sage around and hugged and chanted. Participants said they were “into the moment” and the crowd was “radiating the love.”
Saging is a process. The adherent bundles sage, ignites them and leaves them to smolder. The resulting thick blue smoke supposedly has a cleansing effect and removes ‘unwanted energy’ from the area.
Many people do not notice how pervasive occultism in our society is. We are so used to charms, amulets, spells, rituals, ceremonies, wiccans, wizards (Harry Potter) that we forget the bible says No! No! No! to it all. The Bible speaks to the practice of the occult, which includes astrology, sorcery, magic, paganism…God condemns the whole practice of the occult. Repeatedly.
In the book by CS Lewis called “The Screwtape Letters,” Wormwood the demon is instructing his nephew, an acolyte demon. The issue is their target’s Christianity. The target isn’t that receptive tot he ‘unwanted energy’or influence of the demons. Screwtape says, “For a long time it will be impossible to remove spirituality from his life. Very well then, we must corrupt it.”
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. (1 Timothy 4:1)
I think we’re there.