In this article I would like to explain how sorcery is working in the church and why "opening portals," certain "third heaven" experiences, and the "Jumper anointing" all fall under the category or sorcery. Revelation 9/21 and 18/23 both speak of a time when every nation will be under the power of witchcraft and sorcery. During my time in the new age movement, I was involved in many occult practices, including astral projection, in which my spirit would leave my body and I could see myself in two places at once. Through the power of my mind or will, I would then be able to pull my spirit back into my body. Another definition of sorcery is lawlessness and can include unlawful entrance into the spirit realm through doorways other than Jesus Christ who said, "I am the door. I am the way, the truth and the life."
There are many doorways or gateways into the spirit world, including yoga, transcendental or mindless meditation which is emptying the mind (versus meditating on God's Word), shamanic breath control, and drug-induced spiritual experiences, in which the conscious mind is altered through a chemical shift in the nervous system. In fact, the original Greek word for sorcery and witchcraft in the above scriptures and in Galatians 5/20 is pharmakeia, where we get our word pharmacy and drugs from and includes the use of drugs to produce a spiritual experience.
There is a key verse in John 5/19 which says, "The Son can do nothing of himslf." This means that Jesus didn't do anything by His own will, soul force or mind power. He completely operated in the Spirit of God, waiting on God. He only did what He saw the Father do and said what He heard the Father say. He never initiated spiritual experiences through His soulish realm or His mind, but only was led by the Spirit of God at all times.
If the Son could do nothing of Himself, then the servant is not greater than his master. The self is the soul. It is self will versus God's will. This is what is meant by Hebrews 4/12, The Word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, dividing asunder between spirit and soul, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart. Jeremiah 17/9 says the heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it? Only God knows our hearts and our intentions. What we may think is a good thing or the right way may not be God's will at all, especially if we place our minds in an altered state of consciousness. We come to know God and His will through His Word and through an ongoing personal, and intelligent, relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Psalm 138/2 says, "I will praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and for Your TRUTH. For You have magnified Your Word above all Your name." This means that all teachings and experiences in the name of God must be measured by the Word of God, the Holy Bible.
We in America live in a fast paced society. We want everything now, including our spirituality. But many are operating out of what one well known author called soul force or latent soul power. Jesse Penn-Lewis saw first hand the dangers of excess during the Welsh Revival. She knew that wherever the Spirit of God was moving, the enemy was surely going to come in and try to bring deception to the children of God by challenging the move of God. She said the last great battle against the Body of Christ in the end times would be spiritual deception based on 1 Timothy 4/1. This scripture is an express warning that in the last days "some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons." These "doctrines of demons" are now flooding into the Church under the guise of spirituality and so called science. Trance ecstasies, contemplative mind-emptying "prayer," opening portals and jumping to other realms are all being taught now in the church and are all sorcery. I believe this is what Jesus meant when He said, "Many will come to me saying, Lord, Lord, we did many miracles, healed the sick and cast out demons in your name." And He will say to them, "Depart from me you who work LAWLESSNESS. I never KNEW you."
Today there is an entire movement in the Church by those who are "worshiping angels" - depending on angels instead of God - and "intruding into those things which they have not seen" and teaching others to do the same (Colossians 2/18). May the Lord Jesus, the only Christ and Son of God, give us the gift of discernment like Paul had in Acts 16 when he dealt with and cast out the spirit of divination that came proclaiming the things of God!
For a more detailed teaching on how shamanism and astral projection through guided visualization and opening portals have entered the Church, go to Fanatic For Jesus by following the link below: