The Dangers of the Enneagram

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your Virtual Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, March 16, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #11 in Series 2020 and is titled “The Dangers of the Enneagram.”

We live in an age of great delusion. Jesus prophesied that this would happen in the last days. When His disciples asked Him what would be the signs of the end times, His first words of response were, “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24: 4). I find Christ’s initial response extremely telling.

The first sign Jesus gave of the endtimes was deception. He warned us that the last days would be characterized by great deception and great delusion. And He warned us to “take heed” against it. To take heed means “to guard ourselves against.”

Deception is the act of misleading in a wrong direction. Deception is the promulgation of a lie that will eventually lead to death, not only physically, but also morally, psychologically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

One of the signs of this great deception is the widespread infiltration into the Church of the Enneagram. Like yoga, the Enneagram has been “Christianized” to make it look innocuous. But it is far from innocuous!

Perhaps you have heard of the Enneagram, or perhaps you have used it yourself. But for those of you who have never heard of it, what is the Enneagram?

The Enneagram is a tool used to analyze one’s personality. It became popular in the corporate world in the 1990s, and from there spread rapidly to the mainstream world. Now, sad to say, it has even  infiltrated the Church!  

The Enneagram is comprised of a diagram listing the numbers one to nine. The diagram has lines that connect each number to two other numbers. According to the Enneagram Institute, the nine numbers represent the so-called “nine divine forms” found in Gnostic teachings. Gnosticism, you may recall, was the heresy that the Apostle Paul refuted in the Book of Colossians. These nine forms of the Enneagram supposedly represent man’s perfect essence in unity with Divinity.

Under the guise of analyzing the personality for the purpose of better understanding oneself and others, the Enneagram at its core has as its purpose a spiritual awakening. Listen to what Marcia Montenegro, a former New Age astrologer who converted to Christianity, has to say about the Enneagram: “The Enneagram purports to lead a person to not only self-understanding, but to an integration of all aspects of the self and, ultimately, to an awakening to the true Self. ‘Self’ is capitalized because the Self is considered by the original (and most contemporary) Enneagram teachers to be divine.” 

As with other things in life, we must look at the root to determine the fruit. The Enneagram has its roots in the occult. In other words, it has its roots in the demonic kingdom of Satan. Some of those roots can be traced back to mystic George Gurdjieff (1866?-1949) who was born around 1866 and lived until 1949. It is purported, although not proven, that Gurdjieff learned the Enneagram from the Sufis, a mystical subgroup of Islam. 

Gurdjieff had two well-known followers–P. D. Ouspensky (1878-1947) and Oscar Ichazo (b. 1931)–who helped Gurdjieff to promote the use of the Enneagram. Gurdjieff taught that man cannot know true reality unless his consciousness is awakened. The Enneagram is a tool for awakening the consciousness. 

One of Gurdjieff’s protegés was psychiatrist Oscar Ichazo. Ichazo, a heavy user of psychedelic drugs, stated that he had a spirit guide named Metatron who guided him and his followers. 

With this background, it is shocking that so many Christians are now embracing the Enneagram. Yet, many Christians continue to promote it as an okay tool as long as it is Christianized. But I ask you, “Can one sanitize evil?” 

So, what’s wrong with the Enneagram, and why is it dangerous?

As Marcia Montenegro writes: “A simple investigation into the Enneagram reveals that its theories of personality are based on esoteric teachings and an occult worldview. The clear origin and purpose of the Enneagram is to initiate a Gnostic spiritual awakening to one’s alleged true divine Self, which is in itself an occult initiation. This is the claim and goal of virtually all occult and New Age teachings. The purpose of such initiation is a shift in consciousness, a change in the way one views reality — God, the world, others, and self.”

We cannot justify an occult practice simply by slapping the label of “Christian” onto it. Yet, that is what the Church has done with yoga and now with the Enneagram. Church, it is time to wake up! You are being deceived, and deception will always lead to destruction and, if there is no repentance, even damnation.

If you have been using the Enneagram, repent now and stop using it. I caution you to open your eyes to this doctrine of devils. And, as Jesus commanded, be not deceived!

The only way to keep from deception is to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. If you do not yet have such a relationship, I invite you now to accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I come to You just as I am. I need You to save me. I cannot save myself.  I repent of my sins and ask You to forgive me. I invite You into my life to be my Savior and my Lord. I thank You for receiving me. In Your Name I pray, believe, and receive. Amen.

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Source cited: “The Enneagram GPS: Gnostic Path to Self” by Marcia Montenegro http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Enneagram.aspx

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The Dangers of the Occult

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With Halloween just around the corner, I think it appropriate today to discuss the dangers of the occult. While occult practices are widespread in our country throughout the year, they become particularly intense around Halloween, since Halloween is considered a religious holiday, if you will, among those involved in the occult.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the occult as “matters involving the action or influence of supernatural agencies.” I’d like to clarify this definition a bit by saying that the occult involves the action or influence of demonic supernatural agencies. Angels are supernatural agencies, but they have nothing at all to do with the occult.

Many people today are involved in the occult and don’t even know it. Perhaps you are one of them. Let me ask you a few questions.

  • Do you start your day by reading your horoscope?
  • Do you call the psychic hotline when you’re facing a problem?
  • Have you gone to a fortune teller, attended a séance, or spoken to what you thought was the spirit of a dead relative?
  • Have you played with a Ouija board or experimented with levitation?

If you’ve done or are doing any of these things, then you are involved in the occult, and you are in serious danger. So, listen very carefully. 

If you’ve experimented with the occult to any degree whatsoever, even if just once, you’ve probably encountered forces outside the natural realm. Most likely, these forces, also called evil spirits, have produced fear in your life, perhaps even nightmares or panic attacks. In some cases, these evil spirits may have even taken over your personality. If so, I want to encourage you today, for there is a way for you to be delivered from the influence of evil spirits.

The Bible God’s instruction manual for man, in Deuteronomy 18: 9-12, has this to say about the occult: “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his 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.”

If you are involved in the occult, you are on a road that will surely lead you to destruction and death unless you make an about-face. Why? Because the occult is the realm of Satan and his demons, and involvement with Satan and his demons always leads to spiritual and often physical death. Demons are fallen angels that sided with Satan when he rebelled against God. As a result of their rebellion, they were thrown out of Heaven and now roam the earth enticing unsuspecting people into their evil traps.

The primary goal of demons is to get you to doubt what God says in the Bible. In other words, to get you to doubt God. This is exactly how Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. He got her to doubt the truth of what God had said to her.

Let’s take a look at this passage in the third chapter of Genesis: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?'”

Let’s stop here for a moment and notice the key to Satan’s strategy of deception. Satan tried to plant a seed of doubt in Eve’s mind as to the integrity of God’s character.  Satan asked, “Did God really say?” Up until this point, Eve had never questioned God. She simply believed everything He said.

But Satan’s question to her planted a seed of doubt in her mind, a seed that Eve chose to receive. In so doing, she shifted her focus from what God said to what Satan said. In other words, she chose to question God’s integrity.

Satan has not changed since he tempted Eve. He still uses the same trick to get us to fall into his trap. For instance, he’ll say to you, “Can it really hurt to play the Ouija board just this one time? After all, it’s only a game.” Or, “How bad could it be for me to go to the séance with my friends? After all, I’m just going to watch. I don’t plan to participate.”

Getting back to Eve in the Garden, now that Satan has planted a seed of doubt in her mind as to God’s integrity, he brazenly contradicts what God said to Eve. Listen, as I read, beginning with Genesis 3: 2: “The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden and you must not touch it or you will die.”

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Here, Satan makes an outright attack on the integrity of God’s Word. He says to Eve, “You won’t die. God told you not to eat the fruit because He doesn’t want you to be like Him, knowing good and evil.” In his craftiness, Satan tried to make Eve think that God was holding out on her, that He was keeping something good from her. Satan tried to make God look bad, and Eve fell for Satan’s deception.

Satan hasn’t changed his tactics since Adam and Eve’s day. He still tries to get us to doubt the truth of God’s Word. He still tries to make us think that God is holding out on us, that God wants to keep something good from us, that God wants to keep us from having fun or from enjoying life. Satan still tries to make God look bad, and people are still falling into Satan’s wicked traps.

One of his most subtle traps is the trap of the occult. Satan sets this trap by preying on a person’s desire to know the future. He presents the occult as a seemingly fun way to determine what lies ahead. What Satan does not tell you is that once you’ve bitten his bait, you are trapped and poisoned for life unless you turn to God and repent.

We mentioned that the primary goal of demons is to get you to doubt the truth of God’s Word. Their primary weapon in attempting to achieve this goal is deception. How do demons deceive? They deceive primarily through your thoughts, through what you think.

You see, demons talk to you. They talk to you by planting thoughts in your mind. Thoughts that put God and His Word in a bad light. Thoughts that question the good character of God.

For instance, regarding the occult, demons will try to convince you that involvement in the occult has no serious consequences. They may tell you that playing the Ouija board is only a game or that reading your horoscope just helps you to make wise decisions about your future. But, beware! Like Satan, their leader, demons are liars by nature. And speaking of Satan, the Bible tells us in John 8: 44 that Satan is “a liar and the father of lies.” In other words, there is no truth in Satan, nor is there any truth in his demons.

So, whenever demons speak to you, you can be sure that they are deceiving you.

But, you may ask, “How can I know when a demon is speaking to me? That’s an excellent question. Here is the answer. You can know when a demon is speaking to you when the thought in your mind contradicts what God says in the Bible. So, you see how critically important it is to know what God says in the Bible.

The Bible is the voice of God speaking to you. In order to recognize the voice of a demon, you first have to know the voice of God. And the way to learn the voice of God and to recognize it is by studying the Bible.

Bank tellers learn to recognize counterfeit money by handling only real money. They’ve become so good at recognizing real money that when they pick up a counterfeit bill, they can immediately feel the difference. The real money that they’ve handled is the absolute standard against which bank tellers determine whether what they are handling is real or counterfeit money.

Likewise, the Bible is the absolute standard against which we measure the truth or falsehood of a thought. When we fill our hearts and minds with the true thoughts found in the Bible, we will immediately recognize a false thought that enters our mind. We will immediately know that it is a thought put there by Satan and that it is a lie.

Remember, if a thought or a statement does not line up with the Bible, then it is false. Get rid of it, put it out of your mind immediately and replace it with a true thought from God’s Word.

If you are involved in the occult or have only tried it once, here are some things you must do: 

1. Run to God and repent of your sin. God is full of mercy, and He will gladly forgive you. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, do so. In a few moments, I will show you how.

2.  Read the Bible every day. The Bible is your spiritual food. Just as your body needs food in order to function properly, so does your spirit. The Bible is food for your spirit.

3. Find a church that teaches the Word of God without compromise. Sad to say, there are some churches today where the pastor preaches what the people want to hear. Stay away from that kind of church. Go to a church where the pastor boldly preaches the full Word of God.

4. Seek deliverance from evil spirits if you are oppressed by fear, nightmares, panic attacks, etc. Involvement in the occult opens doors for evil spirits to enter your life. While in most cases, these evil spirits oppress your soul and your body, in the case of someone who is not born again, these evil spirits can actually possess the spirit of that person.

A born again believer in Jesus Christ can never be demon possessed. He can, however, be demon oppressed.

So, the first step in being delivered from evil spirits is to be born again by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Then you may need to seek the help of a pastor or a born again Christian who has experience in casting out demonic spirits. If you have trouble finding such a person, please contact me, and I will point you in the right direction. My email address is drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com.

In wrapping up today’s program, I’d like to assure you that no matter how deeply you may be involved in the occult, God can and will set you free. Even if you are a high priest of Satan listening to this broadcast, God can and will deliver you.

You see, God is far greater and far more powerful than Satan. In fact, God originally created Satan as the beautiful Lucifer, the leader of praise and worship in Heaven. Lucifer, however, chose to rebel against God, and, in so doing, became Satan.

When Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead, He regained for mankind the legal right to the earth that Satan had stolen from Adam and Eve. So, today every born again believer in Jesus Christ has been restored to the same position of authority over the earth that Adam and Eve originally had. Moreover, every born again believer in Jesus Christ has been given power and authority over Satan and all his demons.

In Luke 10: 19, Jesus said, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Wouldn’t you like to have that power today? Wouldn’t you like to be able to drive Satan and his demons out of your life? You can by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. When you receive Him, you receive His power. But not only do you receive His power, you receive everything He earned for you by dying on the Cross for you.

You receive forgiveness, healing, prosperity, love, joy, peace, restoration and so many other wonderful benefits that I don’t have time to mention them all. Truly, if you’re looking for good benefits, there are none better than what you receive when you receive Jesus Christ.

So, pray this simple prayer with me now and break Satan’s power over your life. Repeat after me:

Lord Jesus, I come to You just as I am. I admit that I am a sinner in need of Your mercy and grace. I believe that You are the Son of God, that You died for me, and that You rose again on the third day. I invite You now to come into my life. I receive You as my personal Savior and as the Lord of my life. Make of me all that You created me to be. Amen.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a born again follower of Jesus Christ. I invite you to write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help get you started in your Christian walk. In addition, I invite you to visit me at my website, maryanndiorio.com.

Thank you so much for listening. This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, your virtual life coach, reminding you that God loves you just as you are and just where you are and that He will help you to keep on winning with the Word!

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THE SOUL ROOTS OF SICKNESS – Part Three

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Last week, we discussed the results of Adam and Eve’s sin on the human soul. We considered the three parts of the soul—the mind, the will, and the emotions—and the function of each part. In this week’s post, we’ll be exploring some different kinds of soul sickness, focusing particularly on “soul fragmentation.” 

What is soul fragmentation? Soul fragmentation is simply another term for the tearing apart of the soul. This tearing apart occurs during times of trauma. 

When we experience a traumatic event, we cope with the trauma by placing the intense emotion and memory caused by the trauma in a special part of our soul and walling it off from the rest of our soul. Depending on the severity of the trauma, if we didn’t wall it off, we would likely not be able to go on with life. These parts that are walled off are called fragments.

All of us experience soul wounds during our lives. Many of these wounds begin in the womb and in early infancy and childhood. Others result from our own sin. Unless dealt with, these wounds last a lifetime, affecting our relationships and every aspect of our lives. 

Every time the soul is wounded, it is fragmented in some way. The Bible describes this fragmentation in several different terms:

  1. A tearing apart or rending: “Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver” (Psalm 7: 2);
  2. A destruction: “But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul” (Psalm 6: 32);
  3. A disturbance or an unsettling:–“Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls….” (Acts 15: 24);
  4. A defilement or a polluting:–“Then said I, ‘Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth;'” 
  5. A cutting off from a group:–“Therefore every one that eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people” (Leviticus 19: 8);
  6. An imprisonment:–“Free my soul from prison that I may praise Your name” (Psalm 142: 7).
  7. Double-Mindedness.–“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1: 8).

Sometimes, the soul can be so badly fragmented as to result in severe mental illness.

God designed the spirit and the soul to communicate with each other. Because of the fall of Adam and Eve, this line of communication was severed. So, before we are born again, the spirit and the soul are separated from each other. But when we are born again, the communication between the spirit and the soul is restored. 

“Sometimes, the soul can be so badly fragmented as to result in severe mental illness.”

The soul, however, is not saved when we are born again in the same way that the spirit is saved. When we are born again, we are given a new spirit that is perfect, but we are not given a new soul. The soul still suffers the vestiges of Satan’s attacks upon it and must be renewed by the Word of God (Romans 12: 2). These vestiges often require deliverance ministry in order to be completely removed. Deliverance severs communication between the demonic realm and the soul and results in the soul’s restoration to wholeness by the power of God.

In addition to wrongs that are done to us, our own sin greatly damages our souls. Peter wrote this: Dear friends, I warn you as ‘temporary residents and foreigners’ to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls” (1 Peter 2: 11). Sexual sin, especially, has grave and deleterious effects on the soul (See my post titled “Sex and Soul Ties”). 

How the Soul Is Fragmented

1–Involvement in witchcraft. Witchcraft opens the door to soul fragmentation. Any time a demon is allowed to gain control over the soul, fragmentation and bondage occur. Note Ezekiel 13: 20: “Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘See, I am against the magic charms with which you ensnare souls like birds, and I will tear them from your arms. I will free the souls you have ensnared.'” 

2–Abuse, physical or verbal. Abuse can cause some of the worst kinds of soul fragmentation. When a soul is severely fragmented, it can result in what psychiatrists call “multiple personality disorder.” Years ago, I went with a team from my church to minister at a local mental institution. My heart grieved as I saw that many of the patients there suffered from multiple personality disorder and other types of soul fragmentation, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They lived in another world mentally and had been severed from truth.

Self-abuse, in the form of drug addiction, alcoholism, gluttony, Satanic music, participation in New Age practices and in false religions, also severely fragments the soul. 

Soul fragmentation as expressed in mental disorders often does not respond to therapy and medication because such modalities do not address the real issue: demonic infiltration, oppression, and even possession.  These can be dealt with only by the power of Jesus Christ administered through Christ-Followers trained in deliverance ministry.

3–Making vows to false gods or to occult or Satanic organizations of any kind; for example, the Masons or the Rosicrucians.  Making such vows imprisons the soul and ties it to the organization or false god to which the vow was made. 

If you think you are suffering from soul sickness, there is hope for you!  In my next and last post on soul sickness, I will discuss alters, which are similar to fragments but more severe than fragments. We will also discuss the wonderful news that your soul can be fully restored by the power and blood of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord!  Don’t miss this last post of the series!

My Prayer for Us Today: “Father, we come to You in the Name of Jesus, thanking You for Your mercy and grace. We receive Your healing power to restore our souls. What Satan meant for evil, we trust You to turn to our good. We trust that You will take our ‘mess’ and turn it into our ‘message.’ In Jesus’ name. so be it!”

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you beginning to see that your sickness may be due to diseases in your soul? If so, you are experiencing a revelation from God because he deeply loves you.  Please leave your valued comment in the box below. 

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Horoscopes? Ouija Boards? Séances? Are They Really Harmless?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

With Halloween close on our heels, we are entering the yearly period of intense occult activity in our land. Not that the occult isn’t alive and active all year round. But at this time of year, it steps up its game. 

What is the occult, and why is it dangerous?


The occult is involvement with demonic supernatural agents. Notice that I said “demonic” supernatural agents. Good angels are also supernatural agents, but they are by no means occultic in nature or function. Instead, they are holy and in total submission to God.

Demons, on the contrary, are in rebellion to God. Demons represent the one-third of the angels who joined Lucifer in rebelling against God. The other two-thirds of the angels remained faithful to God.

Many people today are involved in the occult and don’t even know it. Perhaps you are one of them. If so, read on, because involvement in the occult is extremely dangerous to your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

How can you know if you are involved in the occult? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

1–Do you start your day by reading your horoscope?
2–Do you call the psychic hotline when facing a problem?
3–Have you gone to a séance, consulted a fortune-teller, or spoken to someone you believed was a dead relative or friend? 
4–Have you played with a Ouija board or experimented with levitation?
5–Have you played with tarot cards, read tea leaves, or used crystal balls to determine the future?
6–Do you play occult games like Dungeons and Dragons or Tunnels and Trolls?
7–Have you had your body tattooed in private places?
8–Do you use occult symbols on your personal belongings–symbols like the pentagram, the number 666, or horned creatures?
9–Do you easily rebel against authority? 
10-Have you engaged in animal sacrifices?
11-Do you watch horror or occult movies or read horror or occult books, like Harry Potter?
12-Have you had out-of-body experiences that terrified you?
13-Are you addicted to drugs?
14-Do you deliberately cut yourself?
15-Are you inordinately depressed, to the point of wanting to commit suicide?

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft….” ~ 1 Samuel 15: 23

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you need to take action!  Even if you’ve experimented with the occult “only one time,” you’ve opened the door to a demonic realm that is affecting your life at this very moment.

For example, do you experience panic attacks, nightmares, or inordinate fear? These symptoms could very well be due to your involvement–past or present–with the occult. 

Or perhaps you are tormented by voices continually talking in your head. You may be afraid to tell anyone about these voices for fear you would be considered insane. You may see horrible images in your mind that drive you to distraction, yet you are afraid or embarrassed to share this with anyone. You may have an inordinate fear of something but are unwilling to divulge it. This fear may be due to your involvement in the occult. In worst case scenarios, involvement with the occult could result in a complete takeover of your personality by demonic spirits–something called “demon possession.” 

If you are, indeed, involved in the occult, there is hope for you! That hope is in Jesus Christ!  Before I gave my life to Jesus, I used to read the daily horoscope, unaware of its grave dangers. After I was born again, Holy Spirit showed me in the Bible that what I was doing was sin. I immediately repented and stopped reading the horoscope.

Also, I learned that some of my ancestors had been involved in the occult and, as a result, had passed on to me a generational curse. So, I underwent deliverance ministry whereby I was set free from the generational curse of occult involvement. 

If you have been involved in the occult, you, too, can be set free by the power of Jesus Christ. Jesus is not only able to set you free; He wants to set you free. Go to Him now! Here is a prayer you can use as a model as you ask for His help:

Father God, in the Name of Jesus I confess my involvement with the occult. I also confess any involvement of my ancestors, on both sides of my family, all the way back to Adam and Eve. In the Name of Jesus, I repent of my personal involvement with the occult, and I repent of the involvement of any of my ancestors with the occult. I ask Your forgiveness for my personal sin and for the sin of my ancestors. In the Name of Jesus, I break the power of the generational curse of the occult from operating in my life or in the lives of my descendants. I thank You, Father, for Your cleansing power that sets me free from the curse. Amen!

I’ve listed below some further resources for you. Please take advantage of them as you so choose. If you need prayer or a referral to a deliverance minister, please contact me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I will be happy to help you. 

FURTHER RESOURCES FOR DELIVERANCE FROM OCCULT INVOLVEMENT:

1 – My short podcast on the occult: “The Dangers of the Occult”.

2 – “Symptoms of a Bound Life” by Ron Phillips

3 – They Shall Expel Demons by Derek Prince

4 – Prayers That Rout Demons by John Eckhardt

5 – The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson

  

 

 

 

 

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The Dangers of the Occult

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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danger-keep-out-signDo you start your day by reading your horoscope? Do you call the psychic hotline when you’re facing a problem? Have you gone to a fortune-teller, attended a séance, or spoken to what you thought was the spirit of a dead relative? Have you played with a Ouija board or experimented with levitation? If so, pay close attention to what I am about to tell you, for it is literally a matter of life or death.

All of the activities mentioned above are part of what we commonly call the “occult.” Webster defines the occult as “matters…involving the action or influence of supernatural agencies…” I would add that the occult involves the action or influence of demonic supernatural agencies. Angels are supernatural agencies, but they are certainly not occultic in nature.

If you’ve been involved in the occult to any degree, you’ve probably encountered forces outside the natural realm. Most likely, these forces have produced fear in your life, perhaps even nightmares or panic attacks. In some cases, these evil forces, or spirits, may have even taken over your personality. But be encouraged, for there is hope for you.

The Bible, God’s instruction manual for mankind, has this to say about the occult: “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his 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 . . . . “(Deuteronomy 18: 9-12).

If you are involved in the occult, you are on a road that will surely lead you to destruction and death unless you turn around. Why? Because the occult is the realm of Satan and his demons, and involvement with them always leads to spiritual, and often physical, death.

Demons are fallen angels that sided with Satan when he rebelled against God (Isaiah 14: 12-15 and Ezekiel 28:12-19). As a result of their rebellion, they were thrown out of Heaven and now roam the earth, enticing unsuspecting people into their traps.

The primary goal of demons is to get you to doubt the Bible and, in so doing, to steal from you, kill you, and destroy you not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Bottom line, they want to take you to hell with them.

The primary weapon of demons is deception. Through your thoughts they try to convince you that involvement in the occult has no serious consequences. After all, they say, playing the Ouija board is only a game, and reading your horoscope just helps you to make wise decisions about your future. But beware! Like Satan their leader, demons are liars by nature (John 8:44). They cannot tell the truth.
If you are involved in the occult or have only “tried” it once, here are some things you must do:

1) Run to God and repent of your sin. God is full of mercy and will gladly forgive you. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, do so right away.

2) Read the Bible every day.

3) Find a church that teaches the Word of God without compromise.

4) Seek deliverance from evil spirits if you are oppressed by fear, nightmares, etc. Find a pastor or a born-again Christian who is experienced in these matters. If you have difficulty finding someone to help you, contact me at maryann@maryanndiorio.com.

5) Avoid movies, TV programs, music, and reading material that deals with the occult. Also, avoid friends who refuse to give up their involvement in the occult.

6) Pray continually. A close relationship with God is essential in keeping you strong and alert against the traps of the devil.

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