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Hypnosis in the Church

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Now what does the Word of God say about hypnosis

...we now show you some churches where these magic tricks and satanic techniques are being used. Everywhere you can hear the music in the background, that keeps people MANIPULATED and in a certain TRANCE so that the hypnosis and MAGIC become even more effective. So much so that they make people believe that this is all due to the presence of God and that the Holy Spirit is filling them. People even believe that they get healed. This whole thing is a VOODOO RITUAL. -Hypnosis in Christianity Exposed-

The Holy Spirit works with an active mind, not a passive one. When the Bible says to meditate on God’s word, it means to think about, to chew on, to try and figure out what the different Scripture verses mean.

It does not mean to totally blank your mind out waiting for illumination from God. God works best when you are in an active and seeking mode with Him, not when you are in a passive, robotic, zombie-like state.


Hypnotism is called enchantment (charmer) in the Bible, and is prohibited (1 Deuteronomy 18:9-14Bible quote(verse 9) When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

(verse 10) There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

(verse 11) Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

(verse 12) For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

(verse 13) Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

(verse 14) For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so [to do].1 Deuteronomy 18 verses 9-14

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It might be thought of as the state when the discursive mind shuts down, leaving an unfiltered access to the subconscious, such as dance, chant, creative visualization and hypnosis to focus and direct psychic energy for the purpose of healing, protecting and aiding members in various endeavors.


(1) The fruit of the Spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23Bible quote(verse 22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

(verse 23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.Galatians 5 verses 22-23
). As we follow the Spirit’s lead, He will give us the power to better control our own selves. Hypnosis involves the transfer of control away from ourselves to another person.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.

It’s about control—as Christians, we can let sin control us, or we can let God control us. (See also Romans 6:16-23Bible quote(verse 16) Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

(verse 17) But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

(verse 18) Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

(verse 19) I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

(verse 20) For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

(verse 21) What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death.

(verse 22) But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

(verse 23) For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 6 verses 16-23
; 1 Corinthians 6:9-12Bible quote(verse 9) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

(verse 10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

(verse 11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

(verse 12) All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.1 Corinthians 6 verses 9-12
; and James 4:6-7Bible quote(verse 6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

(verse 7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4 verses 6-7
.) The scriptural formula leaves no room for hypnosis (yielding ourselves to a fellow human being).

(3) Hypnosis leads to an altered state of consciousness in which the mind is very susceptible to outside suggestion. That susceptibility is what the hypnotist needs in order to modify the behavior of his subject. However, the word susceptible should concern us. Scripture says to be watchful and "self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)Bible quote Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.1 Peter 5 (KJV) verse 8). The hypnotist is not the only one who wants to modify our behavior; Satan also wants to do some modifying, and we should be wary of giving him any opportunity to make his suggestions. can teach you how to control your mind and how to spread out positive energy to other people.

(4) Hypnotism is often promoted as a simple way of "refocusing" ourselves and finding the answer within us. As believers in Christ, our focus is to be on our Savior, not on ourselves or anything else (Hebrews 12:2Bible quoteLooking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12 verse 2). We know that the answers do not lie within us (Romans 7:18Bible quoteFor I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.Romans 7 verse 18); the solution we need is found in Christ (Romans 8:2Bible quote For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.Romans 8 verse 2).

(5) Many of the techniques used in hypnosis are shared by mystical, philosophical, and religious systems, including the occult. The "father of hypnotism," Franz Anton Mesmer—from whose name we get the word mesmerize—was himself a practitioner of the occult. His method of inducing a trance was very similar to the way a medium conducts a séance. Hypnotism, along with yoga and Transcendental Meditation, has always been linked to spiritual darkness. The newfound respectability of these practices has not changed their underlying nature.

According to Mark Bankcroft in his article on How Hypnosis Can Affect Changes in Behavior,

Spiritual exploration: Numerous processes using hypnosis for spiritual explorations have arisen since the mid-70's. Contacting one's higher-self, meeting with spirit guides, balancing the chakras, and channeling wise beings for guidance are but a few of the ways in which hypnosis is used for spiritual purposes. When hypnosis is used with what a subject perceives to be spiritual the affects on behavior can be extraordinary. In these settings hypnosis is endowed with magical qualities which makes the spiritual experience very likely to occur. -Mark Bancroft,

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