The Witch Of Endor
hile the occult has been popular in American media for
most of my generation, the most recent wave of network television
programming has practically inundated US TV screens with the
supernatural. The cable net USA Network seems to have started the trend
with the series version of Stephen King's Dead Zone, a show about a
psychic that helps the police solve difficult crimes.
NBC followed suit with Medium, where the big
screen actress Patricia Arquette just won a best actress Emmy award for
her role as Allison DuBois -- a real life psychic that helps the
police solve horrifying crimes. Recognizing a trend, CBS has now weighed in with the Ghost
Whisperer, based on another psychic who helps people come to grips
with life and death experiences. This one has the sultry Jennifer Love
efforts follow numerous theatrical films of late concerning supernatural
abilities including White Noise,
The Missing, Bewitched, and The Gift (or go further back and consider Bell
Book & Candle, the Witches of Eastwick, Charmed, etc).
It's worth noting how situation ethics are commonly
employed in all these flirtations with the occult. For example, the police
are usually portrayed as skeptics, but when a horrible killer is on the
loose, they're willing to turn to a psychic. At the same time, we rarely
see the psychics and/or witches portrayed as some repugnant hunchback, for
today's psychics are almost always attractive like Medium's
Arquette or Ghost Whisperer's Hewitt. And let us
not forget, they're helping make their communities a better place by solving serious crimes.
Scripture detailed the causality of situation ethics as
well when Israel's backslidden King Saul consulted the Witch of
Endor. At the time, Israel's primary prophet Samuel had just died, and
the king was
threatened by a significant host of Philistines. Of course, Saul only went
to the night hag when the LORD refused to answer his entreaties for
"And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord answered
him not, neither by dreams nor by Urim, nor by prophets" (I Samuel 28:6).
Saul's justifications are of interest, for they help to
demonstrate the slippery slope that a progressive rejection of the LORD
always facilitates. Instead of proclaiming a fast, or assigning men to
seek out a true prophet of the LORD in the land of Israel,
"Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and
he went, and he went, and two men with him, and they came tot he woman by
night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unot ome by the familiar spirit,
and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee" (I Samuel 28:8).
One can almost see an Israelite advisor objecting to
Saul's course of action, with the king justifying his moves because his
country needs direction -- and after all, the LORD just
won't answer. In what has to be one of the most bizarre examples of
twisted logic illustrated anywhere in the scriptures, we see that because
Saul has lost his connection to the LORD with the death of the
prophet Samuel, and God has chosen not to answer Saul's
various supplications, Saul has gone to a medium to try to conjure up the
spirit of Samuel the prophet, so Samuel can then petition God on his
This plan is so poorly conceived that most recognize
the flawed thinking behind it, yet our leaders are doing essentially
the same thing when the authorities turn to occult power to supposedly
combat evil. As the wickedness in our society continues to escalate, the
ostensibly decent factions within our allegedly "Christian" nation are
turning to those that have familiar spirits for guidance.
This is the rough equivalent of Satan's right hand chasing his prey into
his left hand.
And just as the sad example of Saul seeking his own way
through an unclean spirit ended up with the King of Israel in great
spiritual darkness, the once upright nation of America has deceived
herself to such a degree that she has become a "the habitation of devils,
and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful
bird" (Revelation 18:2).
In short, 21st century America would have quickly
endeared herself to the Witch of Endor.
September 20 2005 -- James Lloyd
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