Witchcraft in the Church?
by Ronald W Robey
 
1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
 
In the above verse, we learn that witchcraft is a sin. But the question arises, what exactly is witchcraft in the verse above?
 
The Hebrew word is “qesem”, (keh-sem) and it means “a divine sentence.” So, “witchcraft” is the act of pronouncing a divine sentence upon someone.
 
Now, I know God told prophets to decree that people would be blessed for obedience, or cursed for disobedience. That is not witchcraft. If God tells one to speak blessings or cursing, He is not telling that one to perform witchcraft.
 
But if one pronounces a blessing or cursing on someone where God did not authorize it, that is witchcraft.
 
When the pastors or spiritual leaders of a church assembly tell their congregation that they must tithe their money or they will be cursed, those pastors are pronouncing a curse upon those who do not heed their bidding. They are guilty of witchcraft.
 
Sadly, many pastors are guilty of rejecting the Word of the Lord concerning what God’s holy tithe consisted of and are guilty of pronouncing a curse upon the saved.
 
These Pastors are therefore sinning against God and against His Church.