'Christian Witches' to Host 'Magickal' Convention in Salem
Reverend Valerie Love is preparing to host the first “Christian witches” convention in Salem, Massachusetts, this April.
According to CBN News, Love is both an “ordained Minister of Spiritual Consciousness” and a practicing witch.
According to her website, Love was raised in “the cult of Jehovah’s Witnesses” and after 26 years as a Jehovah’s Witness, she had a “magickal” awakening. The founder of the Covenant of Christian Witches Mystery School and author of 15 books, wrote on her website that she has “always been ‘magickal’” and is a “born witch.”
In 2013, Love published The Christian Witch’s Creed which has amassed a large following.
In her Christian Witch’s Creed, Love wrote, “I am a Christian Witch; I love my cross and my wand. I consult my Tarot deck and my Bible. I adore & am devoted to Christ and the Goddess."
It continues, “There is no conflict in what I do, what I say or who I am.”
“Whether I’m walking in nature hanging out with Faeries, or in high consciousness communication with Angels or commanding demons & spirits, or stirring a healing remedy in my cauldron, or pulling herbs for a tea, or speaking a spell or dressing a candle, where ever I may be and whatever I may be doing, I am never confused and I am never in denial,” the creed goes on. “I am clear and certain. I was sent here by God for God’s good purpose,” the Creed proclaims.
According to CBN News, both Love and Calvin Witcher – a man who describes himself as a “prophet,” medium, and healer – both offer tarot card readings and “coaching sessions” that cost nearly $50,000.
In a Facebook live stream with Love, Witcher, who says he comes from a Christian background, describes the Bible as “not a Christian text,” claiming that it is full of sorcery. Witcher said, “The Bible is a huge book of sorcery. You literally can't get around that. You can't get around Jesus being a magician. There's just no way.”
"You're talking about the whole of Jesus' adult ministry is all magic, all sorcery. Even if we just say 'Jesus.' Every particular miracle Jesus does defies human law, defies the laws of the universe and the world. So… you can't really talk about being a Jesus follower without doing what he did which is magic," he added.
Despite Witchers’ claims, the Bible speaks clearly about why Christian’s should not engage in witchcraft. Deuteronomy 18:9-12 says, “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”
Galatians 5:19-21 echoes this sentiment saying, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
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