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Contacting the dead

James Van Praagh, the renowned medium, psychic, and co-producer of the CBS drama “Ghost Whisperer,” was interviewed on the FOX News Channel recently. He provided a few noteworthy soundbites:

“I see dead people, feel dead people, and hear dead people.”

“I say that Jesus was a medium, because Jesus was able to contact the people in spirit.”


Mr. Van Praagh says he uses his unique abilities to be “a conduit of comfort, healing, and most importantly, love” (quoted from his website at He also teaches mediumship classes, and helps people contact dead loved ones. While he may indeed be contacting something, it’s not a deceased loved one whom he is reaching, because they are dead. More likely, he’s making contact with a demon (a satanic angel) rather than a dead person, or else he’s got a very lively imagination.

The goal here is not to poke fun at James Van Praagh, but rather examine his and other mediums’ and psychics’ practices from a Biblical standpoint. What does God have to say about their practice? God doesn’t call these practices wonderful or encourage us to use them to spread “love” around the world. On the contrary, He says this in Leviticus 20:6, 27:

"I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.”
"A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads." (NIV)

The practice which Mr. Van Praagh advocates is completely at odds with what God wants us to do - it’s a sin. Don’t be duped by an innocent sounding message of love and compassion and healing. It can lead to further occult practices and further away from God. The Lord is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Stay alert!

Written by Scott Diekmann

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