To answer this question, let’s look at what the Bible teaches on the subject. Although as Christians we live in the world, we are not to be of the world. Living in the world, all types of beliefs and sinful practices surround us, but we are not to be a part of them (John 17:14-15).
If you are on Facebook or some other social media platform, you will see all sorts of beliefs by nonbelievers and even Christians that don’t line up with the word of God. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between a Believer and a nonbeliever. However, the Bible is clear that God does not want His children to be a part of the world’s belief systems.
This article isn’t a judgment. People are free to do and believe what they want. My goal is to share God's truth, open blinded eyes and see people set free from Satan's bondage. God says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” The rest of that verse should be very frightening to every Believer. It goes on to say, “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Just the thought of being rejected by God to me is frightening!
I have never heard a teaching on astrology and horoscopes in church or Bible study. I believe this is one reason so many Christians partake in these forbidden practices. God actually has much to say on the topic in His word, and I believe there ought to be more teaching on these kinds of topics within the Body of Christ. I will share a few points here.
The basic belief of astrology is that planets and stars have an influence upon our lives. Horoscopes and zodiacs have Babylonian roots. We know from studying the Bible that Babylonians worshiped false gods. This is a blatant indication that God is against any Babylonian practices.
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me." — Exodus 20:3
It is believed that astrologers have special knowledge and can predict events in a person’s life. The purpose of a horoscope is to gain insight into a person’s character and foretell the future. Doesn’t this sound like a psychic? These people use familiar spirits, and demons that have been around for centuries, and they are real. They know a lot of things about us and our family line. That’s why some of their information is sometimes so head-on.
Leviticus 19:31 warns, "Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God."
Notice God warns that they will defile you. When you defile something, you make it dirty or make it lose its purity. The problem with astrology is that it advocates faith in something other than God, and it is divination. The Bible clearly forbids divination, sorcery, and hidden arts.
Deuteronomy 18:10-14 warns, “9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 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, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God. 14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so.”
But as for you, child of God, follower of Christ, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so. I would say that is pretty clear, wouldn’t you? Ephesians 5:7 tells us, “Therefore do not be partakers with them.” One man said it like this: If you are partakers of their sins, you must be of their punishments too. Refuse all partnership with sin. Just as your natural instincts should flinch from partnership in punishment; let your spiritual instincts flinch from partnership in sin.
Many Christians celebrate their birthday (the date God set aside for them to enter the world) and call out zodiac signs with a sense of pride, “I’m a Sagittarius, Virgo, Scorpio, etc.” giving no thought to the true origin or what God says about such practices. I was born on April 1st, however I do not identify as an Aries, or any other false title placed on me. I used to, until the Holy Spirit taught me that identifying with these false gods was a sin, and opened the door for spirits of darkness to enter and gain a foothold in my life. Once I learned the truth, I repented to God and renounced astrology and every other form of witchcraft that I had unknowingly been a part of. I am a child of God, a Christ-follower, a whole Bible Believing Christian. I am an Ambassador of Christ.
No believer should have anything to do with astrology, crystals, psychics or any other form of new age practice! No Believer should rely on, or look to a zodiac sign for their identity. No Believer should use a zodiac sign to determine their personality traits, and what person’s sign is best for them to date or marry, and even using horoscopes to forecast their future. God’s people are to listen to God only. God has revealed His will to us in the Word of God, the Bible. As Christians, we are to read the Bible and pray to God in order to gain wisdom and guidance. Any other source of guidance, information, or revelation that does not line up with the word of God is to be rejected.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” —James 1:5 NIV
There is a lot to the occult, which is why it is such an evil trap. Occult activities include meditation, yoga, horoscopes, astrology, new age philosophies, reflexology, palm reading, tarot card reading, tea-leaf reading, Ouija board games, Dungeons and Dragons games, Wicca, astral projection, spells and incantations, channeling and trances, Satanism and a lot more. Some of these activities seem harmless, but understand that there is nothing harmless about Satan and his activities. His only goal is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). It only takes a crack in the door for the enemy to come in and set up camp in your life.
If God convicts you of any occultic, new age or humanistic involvement, confess the sin and renounce the practice and turn completely away from it.
Here is a prayer you can pray:
Father God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ. I confess that I have participated in, and come into agreement with the evil works of darkness of __________________. I acknowledge this is sin before You and I repent and renounce all involvement in these wicked works of darkness. Please forgive me, and wash me clean in the Blood of Jesus Christ, and renew a right spirit within me. I choose this day Lord, to follow You and forsake all attachments and agreements with the unfruitful works of darkness.
I bind and cast out every demonic spirit of these occult sins that I have given entrance to in my soul. I am not in agreement with you, and I cast you out now! Leave this house now in the name of Jesus! Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! By faith, I declare I am free. Thank You, Father God, for Your grace, love and mercy. Thank You for setting me free to serve You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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