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Sacrificing To Spirits Is Demonic



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Sacrificing To Spirits Is Demonic
Christ has ended the sacrificial system. No more sacrifices are to me made except the sacrifices of praise, of doing good and sharing. (Hebrews 13:15,16) The sacrifices for blessing and for spiritual power and for approval with God and for forgiveness of sins have been completely fulfilled in Christ. Hebrews chapters 8 to 10 set this doctrine of fulfillment out in great detail.
What then is God’s opinion of common Filipino spiritual practices such as sacrificing chickens or goats to gain magic powers or leaving food at the shrines of saints in order to gain luck, blessing and good fortune. The answer is that God views such practices as demonic and abominable.
(Leviticus 17:7 NKJV) "They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have played the harlot. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations."'
(Deuteronomy 32:16-17, 32,33 KJV) They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. {17} They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. ….{32}For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: {33} Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
(1 Corinthians 10:20-22 NKJV) Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. {21} You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons. {22} Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
These verses clearly indicate that the sacrifices of idolatrous religions are not offered to God, but to demons (Lev 17;17, Deut 32:17, 1 Cor 10:20) and that these sacrifices are not helpful but harmful. In fact they are “the poison of dragons” a “cruel venom” that bitterly afflicts the worshippers (Deut 32:32-33). Such sacrifices are abominations that arouse God’s anger (Deut 32:16) and provoke Him to jealousy ( 1 Cor 10:20-2). Thus idol worship is not a valid “alternative religion” but rather is an evil and poisonous demonic sacrifice
In the book “Cuenca” about Filipino spiritual warfare the missionary sees a dragon spitting poison into the ground, as if Satan was poisoning and cursing the area through the practice of witchcraft. Idol worship “poisons’ and curses whole areas and cultures and those places that most engage in it such as African nation and Haiti are very poor and struggling, have an high level of violence and are difficult to help because the curse continually frustrates all efforts at improvement. Similarly the most poverty stricken areas of the Philippines are often the areas that have the most extensive use of magic and witchcraft and sacrifice to spirits.



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