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“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
Ephesians 5:11 (ESV)
After reading that snippet of Ephesians 5, how might the Christian naturally apply its wisdom to the topic of witchcraft? A plain understanding ought to lead us to a plain conclusion: take no part in such things, and expose them for what they are. According to leading “Christian Witch” Valerie Love, however, the love of Christ and of “the Craft” can harmoniously coexist in the life of the Christian.
Within the community of Christian orthodoxy, we shouldn’t be naive or ignorant of the flagrant false teachings and heresies spewed by those who claim—and contort—Christ in their ideologies. Let’s examine Ms. Love’s particular brand of “Christian witchcraft” to see how it compares to true faith in the living God of Scripture.
On her personal website, Valerie Love describes herself as a reverend (while offering no credentials, by the way) and a “minister of spiritual consciousness”. She recalls “communing with spirits” as a toddler and describes her relationship with Jesus as her “love affair with the Ascended Master Christ”.
Ms. Love offers The Christian Witch’s Creed, a manifesto of her beliefs, which she encourages her ilk to adapt or customize for their own lives. I appreciate her honesty in publishing this creed; it makes it much easier to sort out her clear errors and heresies.
Ms. Love begins her creed by poetically declaring, “I am a Witch, and proud of it, free to be as God created me, living my Soul’s Destiny… Magickal, Mystical, Mysterious me, I am Love, exceedingly.” 1 John 4:8 (ESV) tells us that “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” We, his people, are only capable of loving because of our knowledge of God, love is not a state of being we can attain, let alone “exceedingly,” yet Ms. Love adds, “I am only here for Love.”
“I am a Christian Witch,” the creed continues. “I love my cross and my wand. I consult my Tarot deck and my Bible. I adore and am devoted to Christ and the Goddess.”
That’s not how this works!
I will assume Ms. Love means she loves the cross symbolizing Jesus’ crucifixion and not her cross which, as a believer, she would be called to take up daily, which would result in her denial of her fleshly desires to pursue her “true identity” in something Scripture explicitly condemns. What does the Cross mean to us beyond just the means by which Jesus was killed? His death on the Cross paid for the sins of those who believe. He was the sinless, blameless substitute. God’s wrath was poured out on the Lamb, for he alone was worthy to be the spotless sacrifice. The cross should ever remind us of the holy, righteous wrath of God poured out on his beloved, perfect Son as the only way for any sinful man or woman to be redeemed, regenerated, and reunited with him. What is the wand? How does a witch’s wand, a tool used in feeble attempts to manifest what we think ought to exist or happen, find its place in our hearts next to the cross where our Savior paid for our sins?
Next, let’s address the apparent equality of authority Ms. Love gives to both her Tarot cards and her Bible. 2 Timothy 3:17 (NIV) tells us that all Scripture is God-breathed. The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are God’s clear, everlasting Word, the source of all truth, and the only standard against which all other words we hear and say may be measured. Tarot cards, on the other hand, can be reasonably traced back only as far as the 1400s in Europe, and even then they weren’t used for cartomancy and divination until the mid-to-late 1700s. Furthermore, verses 16 and 17 add that Scripture is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” If I may take off my skeptic hat, I ask what need have we of palm readings, tarot divination, or any other revelatory magic even if they worked?
“Magick is in my blood,” the creed continues. “I was born this way, and I love it! It feels good to be me.” If ever a person more boldly embraced their sin nature! Magic is in no one’s blood and Ms. Love was not “born a witch” as she states. She, like you, me, and everyone, was born a sinner, an enemy of the God who made her, and it is only through repentance and faith in Christ that we have our salvation and peace.
Though I could go on, I’ll conclude my analysis of Ms. Love’s manifesto with this statement: “Though others may not fully ‘get’ me, I know who I AM.” (emphasis Love’s). To me, this reveals a key detail in Ms. Love’s story: she did not find a satisfying identity in one cult, the one in which she grew up, so she is seeking it in another. Ms. Love tells us that she became a Jehovah’s Witness at the age of four, when her mother became a devout convert. It’s perfectly understandable, and heartbreakingly common, for people to become disenchanted and depressed while living under oppressive, heretical, pseudo-Christian teaching such as that of the JWs. Many who apostatize and leave these groups don’t become Christians, they become “ex-religious” agnostics if not outright atheists, like the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Dan Barker.
In Ms. Love’s case, though, she continues to claim Christ, and that’s my problem here. Her words demonstrate the grave errors in her beliefs, bringing to mind Titus 1:15-16: “…to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.”
In one of her videos, Ms. Love contends that no one can tell her how to believe. She’s right. We can’t. We can, however, define terms properly, and fairly judge fruit. Witchcraft or sorcery are expressly forbidden, never once positively mentioned in Scripture. Reverence of a “goddess” or any other spirit or divinity categorically catapult Ms. Love and other “Christian witches” right out of the doctrinally-diverse realm of Christendom.
Valerie Love is not a Christian witch. There is no such thing. Please join me in prayer for her.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do[e] such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”