Does it offend God for us to be interacting with idols, or witchcraft?
Can it prevent His drawing near to us?
The book of Hebrews tells us that the old testament was written to be a warning to us, so in this passage found in Ezekiel is there any sort of relevance to our lives today? Do we knowingly or unknowingly allow evil offensive idols or sorceries to separate us from close fellowship with The Lord?
5Then He said to me, “Son of man, raise your eyes now toward the north.” So I raised my eyes toward the north, and behold, to the north of the altar gate was this idol of jealousy at the entrance. 6And He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations.”
7Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall. 8He said to me, “Son of man, now dig through the wall.” So I dug through the wall, and behold, an entrance. 9And He said to me, “Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here.” 10So I entered and looked, and behold, every form of creeping things and beasts and detestable things, with all the idols of the house of Israel, were carved on the wall all around. 11Standing in front of them were seventy elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them, each man with his censer in his hand and the fragrance of the cloud of incense rising. 12Then He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are committing in the dark, each man in the room of his carved images? For they say, ‘The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.’” 13And He said to me, “Yet you will see still greater abominations which they are committing.”
14Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. 15He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Yet you will see still greater abominations than these.”
16Then He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun. 17He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they have committed here, that they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me repeatedly? For behold, they are putting the twig to their nose. 18“Therefore, I indeed will deal in wrath. My eye will have no pity nor will I spare; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, yet I will not listen to them.”
—Ezekiel 8:5-18 (New American Standard Bible)
So then when we embrace practices that are evil and seemingly innocuous, as The Lord declares in the passage above could they be driving His Holy Spirit and presence away from us as His Temple?
Did you know that many common practices we treat as fun and lighthearted have their origins in the occult, demon worship, and even satanism? Things as simple as leaving a tooth for the tooth fairy, enjoying books like The Harry Potter series, or playing occult-based video or board games? Or maybe even watching our favorite new movie…a former wiccan recounts how when she would enter a witches gathering they would recite to each other “blessed be”, and upon leaving they would tell each other, “may the force be with you!”