I’m concerned about how the recent onslaught of movies, tv shows, and books incorporate, focus on, or glorify things like magic, witchcraft, vampires, or the occult. Separate from the thoughts I have about our culture and society as a whole, I’m not sure that believers realize that indulging such topics is not good for them.
I’m thinking about how scripture says all things witchcraft/sorcery/etc. is an abomination to the Lord. And those who practice them are not blameless before Him and will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Deut. 18:10-13; Gal. 5:19-21; Rev. 21:8). In other words, these things (magic, witchcraft, sorcery, the occult, etc.) have eternal consequences.
Given how strongly the Bible speaks against these things and condemns those involved in them, and given how intoxicating and addicting these topics can be, it’s wise for believers to avoid them altogether.
It’s not that believers are prohibited by God from watching a movie about vampires, reading books containing witchcraft, etc. As the Bible says, “’Everything is permissible for me’—but not everything is beneficial.” (1 Cor 10:23). But just because you can do it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. And it also doesn’t mean that it won’t master you (which witchcraft/sorcery/magic/spells/etc. will eventually do).
In that same passage, Paul says, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?” (I Cor. 10:21-22) I want all believers to be educated on these things, to know the danger of them, and to choose not to arouse the Lord’s jealousy or take lightly something the Lord condemns heavily. In other words, when it comes to this cultural preoccupation with occultic activity, may believers proceed with caution and be very, very careful.