SCUD Warnings







By Jerry Johnson

A phrase has been heard to be making the rounds;

A concept declared to be Biblically sound.

The idea, I will show, is not as it seems;

It falls apart quickly, before its' extremes.

"Satan is limited, there's a thing he can't do,

He can't be original or make something new.

So all that he does, he did copy or steal

from God up above and that is for real."

"So whatever you see being done by the bad

First belonged to believers ...isn't that sad?

So we must take back all that which was taken

There's so much to use, come quickly, awaken."

"Since Satan has used it, it's now ours to claim,

we can do it for Jesus to bring him more fame.

So believers pursue it, and use it with joy,

we've got some fun methods, some spiritual toys."

So speak what you want and make it to happen.

Create what you want ...just start to yappin'.

But watch what you say, but only speak positive,

or bad things will start, you know that its causative.

Or see with your mind the Jesus you love

You can see him in denim relaxing above.

Its an aid to your faith when you visual-ize.

Oh, do it just right and your dreams realize

If you're not in sync with your born-again chakras

Get your choir to "OM", it's like Christian opera.

Your crystals anointed by elders in church,

will get you through life with nary a lurch.

Arrange for a seance with Moses and Paul.

And why not have David? Hey, channel them all!

The advice that you'll get'll be both sage and wise,

when your deacons speak out with the voice of these guys.

If knowing the future's your favorite thing

just try Christian Tarot, palm reading, I Ching.

Or during home fellowship, to help you to cope,

the group can pray over your own horoscope.

And keep your mind blank, if you do meditate.

Do it for Jesus and you'll levitate.

Mystic things that you seek don't have to be shoddy,

Do it just right, have your soul leave your body.

Seek UFO's ...ESP and clairvoyance.

To just live by faith? That's just an annoyance.

So try all these things, you won't be the same.

Give witchcraft a shot Jesus' name.


Walt Whitman I'm not.

You didn't have to say "Amen" so loud!

Also, you don't have worry about me taking up too much room on

your hard disk ...I'm not actually going to talk about all the

weird stuff in the poem.

Just the two that have made inroads into the church.

A number of years ago my wife and I attended a Deception and

Discernment seminar in Berkeley, California put on by the

Spiritual Counterfeits Project. It was an excellent seminar

with classes on numerous topics.

The seminar was punctuated by Christians coming together out of

common concern and a desire to emphasize the truth.

But then there was THE class ....the one that ended with people

upset at each other and some people crying and a great deal of


No, it wasn't a church board meeting.

It was the class that dealt with visualization.

Now, for those who may not be sure what visualization is: It

isn't a new type of 3-D movie. It isn't those sunglasses that

let you see behind you. And it isn't an eye exam done by


If you talk to either New Agers or Christians who have bought

into it, visualization is an aid to faith, a way to help God to

make that which you desire to become reality. It is done by

repeatedly and consistently creating a very clear mental image

of an object or goal desired. It is taught that if you create

the image with enough fervor and mental clarity, it will help

the thing to occur in reality. Christians may also create a

mental image of Christ and converse with this Jesus and get

advice. They love the method and are often adamant in its


You probably have already had some exposure to the teaching of

visualization. If you've seen athletes mentally go through

their race or dive or course while leaning and jumping and

swaying with their eyes closed, you've seen a form of

visualization in action. Many sales or business seminars now

teach people to visualize the sale or completed project in order

to help it to happen. If you are into the evolution of language

you may have noticed that somewhere in the last seven years or

so people are now telling you to visualize something rather than

to imagine it.

"So what's wrong with visualization?"

Two things:

1) It has been, is, and always will be an occultic method. For

a reference please (do not) see the first published account of

how to visualize. You will find it in an article in a book

published in the 1920's by Alice A. Bailey, a prominent member

of the occult group, the Theosophical Society. The article was

entitled "Treatise on White Magic".

2) It works.

"Wait a minute here! First you're setting up to trash

visualization ...and then you say it works?!"

That's one of the main reasons that I'm trashing it.

Remember, a lot of things that are not appropriate work. Drugs

make you feel good for a while, despite what objective reality

is; same thing with alcohol, illicit sexual activity, and a lot

of the pleasures of the world that work for a season. They are

effective, seductive and destructive.

Now, I don't mean that if you imagine a Porsche in your front

yard it will show up, but visualization has been used to "help"

physical illness and it has improved performances by those using


"Then what's wrong with it?"

It's a lot like asking what's wrong with killing people in order

to get served more quickly at a restaurant. The goal in itself

is O.K., but the method leaves something to be desired.

You can find visualization taught throughout the history of

published occult, arcane and esoteric literature, including the

book "Real Magic" by Phillip Bonewits, the only person to

graduate from Cal State Berkeley with a degree in Magic and I

don't mean pulling rabbits out of a hat. At the end of the book

he explains how to "launch" a magic spell. A primary part of

that process is visualization.

By contrast, a group of Christians was given the challenge of

finding anything in the Bible that even smacked of

visualization. One man came up with the story of Babel and

Genesis 11:6, "And the Lord said, 'Behold, the people is one and

they have all one language; and this they begin to do; and now

nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined

to do.' " That's as close as scripture EVER gets to even

inferring this method and the word "imagine" in the Hebrew is

"zamam" which means to plan or plot for evil intent.

Not exactly a glowing recommendation.

Years ago I was taught how to visualize by a well intentioned,

but underinformed, Christian psychologist in a Christian

college. I became good at it ... very good. I was able to stop

a friend's asthma attack quicker than her medication. I was

able to control my stress level. I was able to stop my colds

within two days. I, I, I, I.

Notice a trend?

If you suddenly, evidently possess the power to get what you

want ..who needs God, or more accurately, who will stop to seek

God's will if you can get your own will?

After all, if God wants something into your life and you yield

to His leading, does He really need your help to create the

reality? And if He doesn't want you to have it, isn't rebellion

to go after it anyway?

Visualization isn't just an occult method and it isn't just a

distraction to a life of faith IN GOD (not yourself or your

ability to imagine). It creates pride and begins to warp your

doctrine and view of God.

"Now, you're really blowing wind!"

I wish that were true.

In a recent book a VERY prominent and repeatedly published

Christian author had a chapter that extolled the virtues of

using your imagination to develop intimacy with God. What he

taught was visualization. In this chapter the author made the

following statement which, by the way, is wholly in the context

and intent of the chapter: "We cannot commune with a Savior

whose form and shape elude us".

That is really interesting when lined up to John 4:24 "God is

spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in spirit and in


The author loses.

And so do those who follow his lead.

Exodus 20:4 instructs us to not worship any created images. I

believe that probably includes mentally created images. After

all, if I commune with a God whose form and shape have not

eluded me I have two problems.

1) I am communing with a god that I have defined by my

imagination. MY imagination, formed by MY mind, which is

neither perfect nor capable of recreating a complete and

accurate picture of God. My desires and prejudices will color

both the image I create and the advice that image gives.

2) If I can figure God out well enough to imagine a Biblically

accurate and complete image with my brain, that God's pretty

small and probably doesn't warrant my worship.

After all, my brain can't even imagine or understand how a TV

set I plug into a wall can produce accurate replications of

actors that did their thing weeks or years ago. If I can't

figure how a TV works, how in the world am I supposedly capable

of accurately imagining God?

It just don't make sense.

Let me be blunt: I HATE visualization. At one point it seduced

me and I hate to see others get sucked in. It is an occult

method that has NO place in the life of a believer. It is not a

neutral tool. It's a satanic one.

No, I won't win any diplomacy awards for this article.

Now on to a briefer look at the second occultic method. And,

yes, you can breath a sigh of relief.

"Lizard tongue and wing of bat,

Tooth of hen and leg of gnat,

Grant the wish I wish to hold,

Give me lots and lots of gold"

Most of us would recognize that poem as a farcical version of a

magic spell ... it's also not all that different from a teaching

that has made MAJOR inroads into the lives of many believers.

I quote a book that is extremely popular with the people that

hold to this second type of error: "Those that say they can and

those that say they can't are both right. Words are the most

powerful thing in the universe." "God never did do anything that

He didn't say first. He said it then He did it. The power to

do it was in the Word." "You must watch what you say. You have

to believe that those things that you say - everything you say -

will come to pass."

I could go on ... ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

This error is known as positive confession. Historically it's

known as casting a spell.

It is the idea that whatever you say, because you said it,

creates reality. Therefore, you can only verbalize things that

you want to happen.

I had a friend that believed in positive confession. She had a

book of verses, taken out of context, of course, that were to be

said in order to create a positive reality.

Included in this book was a verse that talked about God holding

back the flood waters. It was to be stated to overcome a

woman's water retention.

I am NOT making that up. I still chuckle about that.

That friend died while positively confessing she had been healed

of cancer.

To me, this particular belief (spelled h-e-r-e-s-y) has two

ridiculously obvious doctrinal problems:

1) It holds that the spoken word is "the most powerful thing in

the universe". That concept is easily trashed in Exodus 20

where it is declared that we are to have no other gods ...most

powerful things, if you will ...before him. Also, if what they

say is true, when Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem

and said how he would gather Jerusalem as a hen gathers its'

chicks, he should have spouted feathers.

Just joking!

2) Man's spoken will then becomes sovereign. Not God's will ...

man's. Besides, since this teaching has no basis in reality, as

my dead friend can now attest, it just sets people up to deny

reality and live, and die, in a world of fantasy, wishful

thinking and self-delusion.

Both visualization and positive confession are gaining converts

in the church today. Both deceive and delude those who end up

following their own desires rather than seeking God's will.

Both are simply witchcraft ... supposedly done in Jesus' name.

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