Spiritual Adultery – The Path Of The Destroyer

“I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
Uphold my steps in your paths,
that my footsteps may not slip.”
Psalm 17:4-5

What are “the paths of the destroyer?”

There are principles in the spiritual world just as there are principles in the physical world, for it is the same God who established both. In the physical world, men have studied the laws of atoms, and of heat and and of gravity, etc. and with their growing knowledge they have succeeded in decoding DNA on the micro level, all the way to putting men on the moon in the macro level.

There are laws, or principles, in the spiritual world as well. One is the law of sowing and reaping.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;
for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption,
but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
Galatians 6:7-8

This principle is what King David, the author of this psalm, had in mind when he says he has kept away from “the paths of the destroyer.” When a man sins, there will be a consequence. This is a law as sure as the law of gravity.

There is one sin that brings very terrible and very obvious results, and that is the sin of spiritual adultery, commonly known as involvement in the world of the New Age and the occult. The consequences of delving into the supernatural world of the occult are particularly severe, usually resulting in mental illness or premature death. And that’s not all. The Scriptures tell us that judgment on this particular type of sin goes down to the third and fourth generation of those committing this type of sin.

Why is this so?

There are two sources of supernatural power, the power of God and the powers of Satan. When a person is in great need of guidance or consolation, he may seek out a medium or fortune teller hoping to receive a word from a loved one who has departed. Or -a person who is discouraged in life might begin seeking in astrology or “New Age” teachings to find ways to make his life better.

All this is spiritual adultery. It’s trying to connect with supernatural power that is forbidden in the Scriptures. God wants all of our focus on him, and when one ventures into the occult they are making contact with the enemy of God, the kingdom of darkness.

God has made it more than clear throughout his Word that we are to come to him ALONE, for guidance, for help, for anything at all that requires supernatural assistance. He says he is “a jealous God.” Why? Because he is the Most High, he is Almighty God, he is your creator, it is he who brought you into the world, and he demands that you revere him ALONE. Any attempt to receive from the supernatural world outside of him alone is the sin of spiritual adultery. Adultery says “you’re not enough for me.” Adultery tempts with intrigue, and aren’t all men intrigued by the supernatural world? But if this intrigue leads you to someone other than the Lord himself, that is spiritual adultery.

Deuteronomy chapter 18 starting with verse 10, lists several occult practices so that no one will be unclear on this subject. Among those severely warned against are mediums, spiritists, and necromancy (which is trying to make contact with the dead.) Read it, there are many listed there. The passage goes on to say that any PERSON who delves into any of these things, that person is “an abomination to the Lord.” That means that if you have delved into any of these practices, no matter how trivial they may seem to you, YOU have become “an abomination to the Lord.”

The passage goes on to say that this is so serious in God’s eyes, that the judgment on these sins will fall onto the children of the perpetrator. The most common judgment on this type of sin is mental illness, premature death, or both.

“And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits,
to prostitute himself with them,
Leviticus 20:6

If you are a victim of such afflictions, if you see a pattern in your family of premature death or mental illness, then you will need to deal with this before the Lord, confessing these sins and the sins of your parents or grandparents known and unknown. The only way to be set free from this spiritual law is confession and repentance. And it will be a terrible battle. Better not to get involved in these things in the first place. Better to keep your feet AWAY from “the paths of the destroyer.”







The Occult Is Spiritual Adultery

Of all the sins man may commit, none is as rigorously condemned in the Bible as involvement in anything of an occult nature.

What Is “The Occult?”

The word occult is derived from the Latin word occultus which means “hidden.” So it refers to the pursuit of hidden things, hidden knowledge, hidden power, hidden supernatural.

There are TWO sources of supernatural power: God, and Satan.
Satan will always have a counterfeit for everything of God.

God has made available to us an immense amount of knowledge, incorporated in the books of the Bible. In this, his Word, he has revealed what he wants us to know about himself, his purposes, what he wants of us, and myriad other topics which he has bountifully revealed to mankind. In his Word, we are commanded NOT to delve into supernatural things beyond what HE has made available to us.

“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God:
but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever,
that we may do all the words of this law.”
Deuteronomy 29:29

Principle: Whatever God has and whatever God does, Satan will counterfeit it.

For every gift or calling that God gives his people, Satan produces a counterfeit. Are there prophets? Then there will also be false prophets. In pursuing occult experiences, one is not only going beyond the bounds of what is allowed to us, but in being involved in occult things one is actually taking part in the kingdom of Satan, and committing, in God’s eyes, harlotry, or “spiritual adultery.” Turning to occult sources for information, knowledge, or power is “spiritual adultery. It’s a slap in the face to God.

Before bringing the children of Israel into the promised land, the Lord counseled them NOT to adopt the ways of the countries around them, because those countries did not believe in the God of Israel, but worshipped other gods. The Lord told Israel that they may NOT give their daughters in marriages with those of these other countries, nor take the daughters of the foreigners for their sons, lest these foreigners corrupt the faith of the children of Israel. But they disobeyed God and this brought the wrath of God against them. The Lord said that what they had done is harlotry in his eyes.

“Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the Lord; they did not do so.”
Judges 2:17

“And they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers, and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.”
1 Chronicles 5:25

“Thus they were defiled by their own works, and played the harlot by their own deeds. Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against his people.”
Psalms 106:39-40

“They offer sacrifices on the mountaintops, and burn incense on the hills, under oaks, poplars, and terebinths, because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters commit harlotry, and your brides commit adultery.”
Hosea 4:13

One can’t help but notice when reading through the Bible, that this particular offense is the one that angers God the most, and that’s because it’s spiritual adultery.

“For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers
on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me…”
Exodus 20:5

God wants his people to look to him alone for their needs, to look to him alone for anything of a supernatural nature, and to shun all occult activities because they are of Satanic origin.

King Saul King Saul was facing going into battle and he needed to know whether to proceed or not. The prophet Samuel had died, so Saul went to a medium asking her to bring up Samuel to tell Saul what to do. Saul knew that all forms of occult were strictly forbidden, but he really needed to know what to do, so he visited this medium. And for this abomination  …Saul died the next day.

“So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance.” 1 Chronicles 10:13

What Are Occult Activities?
“There shall not be found among you anyone who:
makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire,
or one who practices witchcraft,
or a soothsayer, (one who supposedly predicts the future)
or one who interprets omens,
or a sorcerer,
or one who conjures spells,
or a medium,
or a spiritist, (a channeler, or one who gets guidance from a “higher” spirit)
or one who calls up the dead.
For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord…”
Deuteronomy 18:10-12

So occult activity is anything having to do with fortune telling, magic, witchcraft, contacting the dead, etc. Ouija boards, tarot cards, tea leaf reading, palm reading, “psychic” predictions, astrology and horoscopes, and so forth. In short, every attempt to gain supernatural knowledge or power outside of the Bible is occultism, and the Lord calls it spiritual adultery, and the individuals who do those things are “an abomination” to God.

It’s important to add here that experience has shown another way Satan disguises himself in an attractive way, and that is through the philosophies and practices rooted in eastern religions. Yoga (–there is NO such thing as “Christian yoga,”) transcendental meditation, reikki, and all such practices are rooted in Satanic false religions and practicing these things will bring a curse or judgment. These things masquerade as things that can bring peace and health, but invariably the very opposite will come upon the one involved in these things and might even come upon the children of that person.

“For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves
into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”
2nd Corinthians 11:14-15

Results Of Dabbling In The Occult

“Without exception, those who have become involved in any kind of occultism will eventually suffer Satanic oppression in some manner.” For many it’s mental illness or premature death, and the curse can go down to the 3rd and 4th generation.

King Saul died for this particular sin. (1 Chronicles 10:13)

Involvement in any form of occultism opens a door into one’s life to Satanic oppression. One does NOT have to be doing this knowingly. Any form of occultism, even in ignorance, will open those doors and oppression is inevitable.

Based on research among men of God in the “deliverance” ministry, i.e. those who cast out evil spirits, the notable results of any dabbling in the occult are:

1. Mental illness
2. Deep depression
3. Premature death, especially among the children of those who have dabbled in the occult
4. Suicide
5. Repeated heavy-duty trauma such as houses burning down, car accidents. These things can happen to anyone and not be related to the occult, but when you see repeated instances of trauma in a family, occult involvement should be strongly suspected.

The Judgment Usually Spans Generations

“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me…”
Exodus 20:3-5

“…but he by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation…”
Numbers 14:18

“…you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me…”
Deuteronomy 5:9

Don’t absolve yourself saying that you don’t hate him. HE said “If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15

Because Satanic oppression will span several generations, it is common to see these things even at an early age in a child of an occult practitioner. The child may be “psychic,” or “sensitive” to things of an occult nature. What can be sadder than the sight of a child being affected by these things?

What Does One Do?

… when realizing there is Satanic oppression on himself or his children?

Dealing with this kind of thing is no easy task. Many people go to their graves still in bondage or affliction. But for the person who takes this seriously and truly wants to be set free, here is what that person is to do:

1. Confess faith in Jesus Christ and surrender yourself and your entire life unto his lordship. He must be not only your Savior, but also your Lord. He ALONE can bring deliverance. Pledge total obedience to him as he leads you in paths of righteousness which will be pre-requisite to deliverance.

2. Confess out loud and renounce Satan. Renounce all occult sins as they come to your mind. Whatever sin, whatever memory he brings to your mind, do not make excuses, just confess it as sin.

3. Once you have totally surrendered your life to Christ, become observant of what he brings to you to do. Oftentimes he will make you very sensitive to anything of an occult nature in your possession and will have you part with it. NEVER sell or give to others what you are being led to part with. Throw it out or burn it.

4. Renounce Satan and command him to depart. State that you are now covered by the Blood of Jesus. Pray for deliverance from all Satanic oppression.

5. Be an astute observer of “the wiles of the Devil.” That is, learn Satan’s “M.O.” Learn the tricky ways through which he will try to ensnare you again. His primary M. O. is deceit. He will make sin attractive and seek to convince you that it isn’t so bad. Be WATCHFUL of deceit. Jesus said several times to be watchful lest you be deceived.

6. If you have very deep affliction or bondage, fast.

“And when he had come into the house, His disciples asked him privately,
‘Why could we not cast him out?’ So He said to them, ‘This kind can come out
by nothing but prayer and fasting.”’

Mark 9:28-29

Don’t be tricked into a “fast” of any kind other than complete abstinence of ALL food for a designated period of time. No liquids other than water. DO drink water though, because while the body can go without food for considerable periods of time, it can’t go without water.

How long should a fast be? Pray for specific direction. A fast is usually 24 hours, or up to three days.

7. Just as your body needs protein, your spirit needs the Word of God regularly. Read DAILY in the Bible, and ask for help to understand and receive it.

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in my Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”’
John 8:31-32

Meditate on and feast on Scriptures promising deliverance such as:

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,
that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me:
to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed…”
Luke 4:18

8. Get involved in Christian fellowship. Attend a church or prayer fellowship in which you will receive nurture and counsel. Do NOT try to go it alone.