This video by ex New Ager and owner of the Reasons For Jesus website, Steven Bancarz, lists various occult objects that many of us who were once in the New Age might still have in our homes. Bancarz points out that these objects may be connected to lower spiritual realities which means that we are likely to be effected in some very negative ways.
While I realize this may sound odd to some, respected Christian author and Bible teacher Derek Prince makes a very similar point when he discusses his personal experience with occult items in the wonderful book Blessing or Curse: You Can Chose.
In Prince’s case, the items were a set of Asian wall hanging he had inherited from his grandfather. After researching the imperial dragons embroidered on these tapestries, Prince realized they were once connected to pagan practices and promptly removed the tapestries from his home despite their sentimental (and monetary) value.
…the embroidered Chinese dragons exposed me to the invisible influence of a curse. It was true that I had no intention of worshiping them. Nevertheless, they represented something that had been an object of idolatrous worship for many centuries. They opened a channel into my home for the evil power of pagan worship that had been practiced for millennia.
Looking back later, I noticed one particular effect that those dragons had on me. Not merely were they a barrier that kept me from moving forward into the blessing of prosperity. They even kept me from seeing that the blessing was actually there. Only after I was free from their influence could I discern by faith what God had prepared for me.
Like Bancarz, Prince recommends burning any and all occult objects you possess. Prince also explicitly recommends removing statues of saints or the holy family from your home.
This aspect of Christian housekeeping (especially in regard to books) has been an ongoing process for me.
While in the New Age I amassed a sizable esoteric library, many decks of oracle and tarot cards and a collection of idols from several different cultures. When I first became a Christian, I sold many of these items on amazon, gave some to New Age friends and threw others out in the garbage, a few items at a time. I saved the collectible decks and more desirable books and idols to sell on ebay because I wanted to “get my money out of them.”
Last week I realized how crazy that kind of thinking was – as if I was saying that money is more important to me than God! But I didn’t do anything. Then, a few days later, a friend sent me this video. I had watched it before but as I watched it again the point Steve made about occult items causing you to feel “as if there is not an open heaven above you” hit me like a pile of rocks.
I realized that this was how I had been feeling.
I got rid of quite a few books and idols on Saturday. Afterwards, I noticed an incredible lightness and sharpness which felt a lot like the open wide sensory experience of childhood. It was wonderful!
There are still more books and decks to dispose of. Hopefully over the coming weekend. Check back for an update on my progress!