Spiritualism: A Christian Perspective

Selwyn Stevens, M.C.R.; Ph.D.

What can we say about Spiritualism?

First, it is selfish and self-centred, as people seek for what they can get out of it, rather than serving or giving to others. One commentator described Spiritualism as attempting to obtain heavenly superannuation on easy terms.

Second, it is materialistic, seeking a type of heaven which is very earthly and rather limited. One could agree with the comment that it’s a case of tired spirits in search of a spa. The supposed afterlife of the spiritualist seems very close to the old Scandinavian concept of Valhalla, or perhaps even the Moslem’s paradise.

Third, the revelations by these spirits tell nothing about God, so it is untheological. The God of the Bible is the only reputable guarantee of the survival of the human soul after death, yet this is barely mentioned by Spiritualists.

Fourth, Spiritualism is a dangerous faith because it fails to discern the difference between good and bad spirits, and seems to accept blindly everything revealed regardless of source. Spiritualism is dangerous to sanity, spiritually toxic and a menace to real faith in the true God.

Fifth, Spiritualism shows it does not trust in God, and actually distrusts Him. Spiritualists seem to prefer an experimental substitute in place of the certainties explained by God in His word, the Bible. When Jesus explains in Luke 16 about death and the life which follows, His basic message is that no message from the dead can replace or surplant a living faith in the Risen Saviour.

Sixth, because most of the claims regarding Spiritualist phenomena are outside normal human experience, they are difficult if not impossible to prove or disprove. There is plenty of evidence of fraud in seances and other practices. Much is self-deception, and little is really proven about the possibility of tapping into other people’s thoughts while bypassing other senses, or using telepathy. However, demonic contact is clearly evident and we need to be aware of the consequences. In a nutshell, Spiritualism is not proven scientifically. God forbids it in the Bible so it is out of bounds, and we dabble in it at our peril.

Seventh, real faith, including any future life after death, believes in the character of God and His promises. Beliefs such as those of Spiritualists attempting to communicate with the spirits of the dead are unnecessary and dangerous.

Eighth, Spiritualism contains many elements which are suspicious or even ridiculous. Why hold a seance in the dark so the tricks can’t be seen? A truly spiritual faith can never depend on materialistic proofs.

Ninth, Spiritualism is probably the most prominent symptom of social decline, and indicates the final stages of a long process of spiritual decay. History has already clearly shown it to be spiritually terminal on both individuals and societies which embrace it.

Choices We Must Make!

It all comes back to one decision – do you choose to believe the Bible or not? Those whose choice is to reject the Bible and all it contains, despite the overwhelming evidence of its reliability, have consequences to face some time in the future, maybe sooner than they think..

What if .

* the Bible is not true?.

* there isn’t a creator God?.

* Jesus isn’t the only saviour?.

* there is no such thing as sin, therefore no judgement for sin either?.

What would someone lose if they believed the Bible, yet it was later proved wrong? Personally I doubt they would lose much, because the morality of parts such as the Ten Commandments and Jesus’ teaching about loving others would, if lived out, make this world a better place. That person would also have a sense of personal worth and integrity..

But if .

* the Bible is true.

* a creator God did make each of us in His own image.

* Jesus really did die for our sins.

* Jesus is coming again soon.

* there is a Judgement Day where we must each give an account.

* the result of that Judgement Day is an eternal existence either in heaven with God or in hell without Him,.

Then what do we stand to lose if all this is true yet we reject it? .

Effectively we each have three votes. God has one which He has cast for our eternal benefit. Satan has one which he has cast for our eternal destruction. Every human being has the last vote, and must choose to vote with God or Satan – so we get the casting vote. Who will you vote for? You, the reader, now have a choice to make.