I am a Christian and not a Wiccan. A Christian is one
who has been baptized in the name of the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit, and who has made a personal, free-will
decision to commit himself and all his or her life to our Lord
and God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Both of these things are
true of me. I am a Greek Orthodox Christian, a member of St.
John's Greek Orthodox Church, Pueblo, Colorado. In this
paper, I am not speaking as agent for any church, but I
am, entirely on my own responsibility, speaking the truth
in love, as we Christians are supposed to do.
A Situation of Strife and Shame:
There are many Christians today who believe that anyone
who is not a Christian is doomed to an eternity of suffering
in hell. Any decent person, believing this, would be
compelled to try to save as many people from this fate
as possible. But is this belief correct? Jesus Christ, having
noted the faith and righteousness of a Roman centurion,
a Pagan, proclaimed:
"Assuredly I say to you, I have not found such great
faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many
will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons
of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness.
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew
If we accept these words as true, and surely we should, then
it is clear that heaven will contain many who are not
Christians, and hell will contain many who are! Clearly,
throughout the Gospels, Jesus Christ sets forth the criteria
for entrance into the kingdom of heaven, and those criteria
include love, kindness, forgiveness, and a refusal to judge
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive
men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive
your trespasses." (Matthew 6:14-15)
"For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged;
and with the same measure you use, it will be measured
back to you." (Matthew 7:2)
"But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy and
not sacrifice.'" (Matthew 9:13)
"Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is
merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive,
and you will be forgiven." (Luke 6:36-38)
Is it not clear? Anyone who fails in these things, will
calling himself a Christian save him? Anyone who obeys
God in these things, will being unbaptized condemn him?
Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to Me, `Lord, Lord,'
shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the
will of My Father in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)
In addition to these words from the Gospel, let us look at
the words of Micah the Prophet, centuries earlier, who
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Where, in any of this, does it say what doctrines one is to
believe, or whose teachings concerning reality one must
accept? All these things speak on how one ACTS, how
one lives one's life, the kind of person one's actions
gradually bring into being.
Yet it is not by good works that we earn our way into
heaven, because there is no way we can earn the free
gift of God's mercy and grace, which alone can save us.
But it is clear that it is not by faith, in the sense
of sharing the Christian faith, that we are saved, either.
The faith which saves us is not faith in the goodness of our
works, nor faith that we have the right theology and/or
belong to the right church. Rather, it is faith in God,
and in His mercy:
"So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs,
but of God who has mercy." (Romans 9:16)
But the Wiccans, you will say, do not have faith in God.
Yet by their own theology, they certainly do. Those who call
them Satan-worshippers are entirely wrong. They do not
worship Satan, or even believe that Satan exists. Instead,
they worship a Goddess and a God whom they understand
as manifestations of a higher and unknown Deity.
Now if you are a Christian, this will sound familiar to you,
and it should. In the Bible we find the following:
"Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said,
`Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are
very religious; for as I was passing through and
considering the objects of your worship, I even found an
altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing,
Him I proclaim to you" (Acts 17:22-23)
The Wiccans worship the Unknown God, as manifested to
them in the form of a Goddess and a God. Therefore, our
Bible tells us they worship the same God we do; and if they
do not know this, we should know it!
For those of us who are unable to simply stand on God's
Word, and must prove to themselves the truth of what it
proclaims the holy Apostle John has given us the method for
doing this. You have only to attend any public Wiccan
ceremony, and test the spirits which are there, to see "
whether they are of God" (1 John 4:1).
You will find that, while you may perceive the power
manifested there as less than what you have experienced
as a Christian, that power is clearly the power of God.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, these people of Wicca
have been terribly slandered by us. They have lost jobs, and
homes, and places of business because we have assured
others that they worship Satan, which they do not. We have
persecuted them, and God will hold us accountable for this,
you may be sure, for He has said, "Assuredly I say to you,
inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My
brethren, you did it to Me." (Matthew 25:40)
Let us, from this point onward, repent of our misdeeds
and declare that henceforth we shall obey Christ our God,
and not judge others or condemn them, so that He will not
have to judge and condemn us for our sins.
Light & Life,
James Clement Taylor
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