SERMONETTE # 7 24 April 1985
First Church of
"The Road to Endor"
Many have traveled the road to Endor. This is the road of no
return. Metaphorically speaking "Endor" means participation in the
occult arts of magic. The name Endor is mentioned in the bible.
It was a village where a spirit medium or "witch" resided.
Peasants and kings came to consult with this woman who could
fortell the future and conduct seances, in the hope of getting a
"reading" or "speaking to the dead" (necromancy) [sic]. She was a good
woman and obviousely a sincere believer in her practices which she
considered a gift of God. An account is given of her in a
meeting with the King of Isreal (King Saul)(I SAM 28:7-25). She
was not faking the phenomenon that is mentioned in the Bible
passages. She actually did summon the dead prophet Samuel. The
result of the seance fortold the death of the king and his sons.
The medium knew that the worshipers of Jehovah were forbidded to
partake in these services and she was certain she would be killed
as an example to any others who would practice her arts, these
supposed works of Satan and his demons.
Johoveh God knew that the occult or "dark mysteries" were very
dangerous and unless one was fully informed, it would be hazardous
to one's health both mentally and physically. This was why he
definitely forbade the chosen people to dabble in the occult that
would do irreparable damamge via the "Road to Endor"(DEUT 18:9-13).
An example is the ouija board in which vile messages have "come
through" to the circle working the mechanism. This indicates that
the energy behind the planchetta is of a demonic nature whether a
subconcious projection of the lower ego of the sitters is the
source or whether it is a demon emanation outside the circle.
These spirits have manifested in many unexplaned phenomena as:
markings of the skin or walls, usually comprised of mystical
symbols containing blood, and includes bleeding from wounds that do
not exist (stigmata). In psychiatry this is labeled auto-hypnotic
In spiritist circles there are manifestations of "rappings",
"materializations", "trance-voice possesions", "a flourecent
substance of vapor called ectoplasm emitted from the medium. The
medium is seated in trance in a corner behind a curtain called a
"cabinet". This cabinet is secured by guards to prevent any abrupt
shock. This substance, ectoplasm, can take the form of persons
either living or dead, which includes saints or indians which are
usually refered to as guides or as in the bible, familiar spirits.
There are teleportations and levitations of persons or objects to
the confoundment of men of science. All this besides the
phenomenon of the "taking on of conditions" of the physical and
mental ills of other. These are other manifestations of a endless
catagory: Clair Gustience - clear smelling, Clair Audience - clear
hearing, Clair Voyance -clear seeing, DeJa Vu - past recall,
Psychometry -information from objects, Tele-kenesis - moving
objects from a distance, Telepathy - reading feelings from a
distance, Apportation - teleporting objects, Teleportation -
teleporting the body, Astro Projection - out of body experience,
Spirit Photography - images of spirits on undeveloped paper,
Automatic Writing - writing under trance. Some of the less
sophisticated variety are Witchcraft, UFO-ology, numerology,
astrology, mesmerism, phrenology, chirography, and card reading.
In a short word they can all be summed us as ESP. So obviously
this could lead to extreme physical and mental deterioration to
both the mediums, who excert tremendous energy in producing the
phenomena, plus the draw on the sitters who are called "batteries".
They are a necessary part of the dispersion of energy directed to
the medium to bring forth the phenomena of the seance. This is
usually accomplished only under subdued red lighting. The medeium
puts her whole life in the hands of a familiar spirit who is the
equivalent of a "high soul" that has access to the world beyond or
the astro heaven world, where the so called dead reside. These
dead ones can communicate to the living and give comfort and
important information to ther loved ones and the sitters in the
circle. This is the explanation of the modern Endor. It usually
ends up like King Saul, in death. The warning writing is on the
Satan, the great deceiver, comes as a glorious "angel of light" and
is it any wonder that his ministers also appear as ministers of
God. Many exorcisms are nothing more than "Satan casting out
Satan" which leads to the ultimate deception that he is indeed the
minsiter of God. Jesus warned us that even the elect whould be
deceived if possible by the craftiness of the ancient serpent that
he identifies as the master deceiver Lucifer ("angel of light"),
the protective angel of the Garden of Enden who rebelled againt his
creator Jehovah God in the beginning. Jesus speaking of this rebel
tells us he a liar and the father of all lies. He was a murderer
from the beginning and never was of the truth (II COR 11:14-15, REV
12:19, JOH 8:44
Although there is much fraud involved in most spiritist groups,
some are legitimate and cannot be denied or explained by men of
science who have observed and tested them thoroughly. The great
excape artist Houdini in his search for truth exposed many fakers,
but he himself admitted to the reality of paranormal phenomena.
Sir William Crooks an electornics genius definitely witnessed
unbelievable levitation by a meduim friend named D.D. Home. he
seemingly contradicted all natural laws of gravity. In broad day
light in front of witnesses, including Crooks, he floated out the
window of a high office building and then floated back in. There
were no strings attached. Was this of God or of the Devil?
To be continued.
AFFIRMATION: I will be on guard against all pyschic phenomena that
does not conform to the Word of God, the Holy Bible, which is the
only safe road that leads to life, instead of death.
PASTOR : Michael A. Tanous
COPYRIGHT (c) 1985 by Michael A. Tanous