Msg#: 1778                                         Date: 09-02-96  22:09
  From: Dirty Lil' Elf                               Read: Yes    Replied: No 
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  Subj: XianWicca

                        by James Clement Taylor

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. Mary's Eastern Orthodox Church, Calhan, 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 others:

        "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 wrote:

        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?
                (Micah 6:6-8)

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

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

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Light & Life,
James Clement Taylor

... "I think he's getting tired of watching me smile." -Dax
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