It is not wise to keep books of occultism in the house. Why? Because inanimate objects can be a vehicle for satanic power. In other words, demons can be attached to such objects.
Christian authors Ankerberg and Weldon wrote:
…pagan idols are not merely artistic pieces of dead wood. They often have a power behind them, as idol worshipers know only too well. Indeed, many objects used in occult practices carry spiritual potency. Ouija boards, tarot cards, I Ching, rune dice, crystals and gems, astrology charts, talismans, dowsing rods, and many other physical implements used in occult, idolatrous practices may become channels for demonic powers. Koch warns of the dangers of even possessing the magic book known as The 6th and 7th Book of Moses, let alone using it. The use of the name Moses here is a camouflage, occultists apparently attempting to make him a ‘patron saint’:
The book has already caused untold harm in the world and people who read it suffer in the process. A house in which the book is kept is also a place where misfortunes often occur.
(The Coming Darkness, 277)
The following are interesting testimonies of the dangers of merely having books of the occult in the home:
A friend of mine was an insatiable reader. He spent every penny he had on books. The main subject he was interested in was occultism and he bought all the books he could on the subject. He was in the habit of reading and studying late into the night. The understanding he received in this way from the ‘other side’ and the wisdom of these ‘prophets’ held a tremendous appeal for him. He began to do certain recommended exercises and to eat the food they advised in the hope that he would become of ‘purer blood’ and attain a ‘higher being’. Ultimately he hoped to receive revelations from the spirit world himself. For a while all went well. Suddenly, however, a rumour went round the town that he had gone mad. He had gone into a frenzy and had started smashing everything around him at home and threatening everybody who came near him. The man was placed in a padded cell of the psychiatric clinic. He raved and raged about like a wild animal. His cries were heard throughout the building. He was finally put into a straight jacket to stop him throwing himself at anyone and everyone who went into the cell. But in spite of all his raging his mind remained clear. He knew exactly what was going on, who was speaking to him, and what was said. But from within himself some terrible voices started to speak out. They ordered him to blaspheme the name of Christ and if he failed to obey he was terribly tormented. There was no doubt about it, he had fallen prey to the powers of darkness and was possessed of evil spirits.
The man’s parents were Christians and they told their minister of their grief. A prayer group was formed to pray for the oppressed man. However, at first in spite of intensive prayer the man’s condition only worsened. The voices only ordered him more vehemently to curse the name of Jesus. But the Lord heard the prayers of his children in the end, and after a few days he was able to leave his padded cell and go home.
Some time after this there was another disaster. He suddenly went blind. Again the prayer group prayed for him. Again their prayers were heard. His eyesight returned, but the demons had not finished with their victim. A little later they struck again. one morning the man woke up to find he was covered with a plague of leprosy and boils. The abscesses covered his body from head to foot. He was again admitted to hospital. His body emitted a terrible stench. No one could stay in his room. The Christians then prayed once more, and for the third time God answered. The stricken man was healed and allowed to go home. Yet the demons would not admit defeat. The next thing was that the man discovered signs of venereal disease on himself. For the fourth time he was admitted to the hospital. Now the doctors thought they had discovered the cause of the previous three illnesses. They prepared to operate the next day. But the man objected, saying that he had never done anything to get the disease. The prayed himself, and the prayer group also prayed. There was an improvement in his condition that night and so the operation was cancelled. The symptoms of venereal disease disappeared as quickly as they had come.
The next thing that happened was almost unbelievable. Both his hands and his feet became so badly twisted that he could not even walk. He had to drag himself along on crutches. The Christians recognised now that these extreme forms of illness were demonic effects. They explained this to the afflicted man and asked him if he had ever been involved in occultism. Since he had led a reasonably moral life up till that time he could not think of anything in particular that he had to confess. It was then that this group of Christian men noticed how many books he had on occultism. his bookshelves which stretched all round the room were full of them. The leader of the group was alarmed at the sight of all the spiritistic and magic literature. The men told him categorically that he had to cut himself off completely from his occult literature. But the man was not happy with the prospect, as he had invested a lot of money in it. For a while he argued with them but in the end they said to him, “Either you get rid of these books, or else you remain the target for demonic attacks.” The man gave in. They burned the books there and then. It took them some hours to burn all the books that he had, and he stood there throughout the process lamenting his loss. As they were getting to the end the man took hold of one of the expensive leather-bound copies written by Jacob Lorber and said, “not this one. I must keep this one.” The others were adamant. They told him that he would never be liberated unless he had got rid of every one of his books. And so this volume too was thrown into the flames. After this the man’s condition improved steadily each day. The terrible troubles of the past did not repeat themselves. A few weeks later on the advice of the other Christians he went to a Christian convalescent home. Under the ministry he received there he found Christ to be his Saviour and experienced a complete renewal of his life. The crippling in his hands and feet which had improved a little since the burning of the books was now completely healed. He later, after his deliverance in body and soul, obtained the post of a technical designer in a large firm.
He married happily and continued, by the grace of God, to be a true disciple of Christ, being much used in the blessing of others.
The last four examples come to us from a well-known evangelist, known to me personally, who has kindly allowed me to publish them in this book.
(The Devil’s Alphabet, 142-145)
In 1956 I was asked to counsel a widow who had been left completely alone in the world. When she first visited me she told me the following story. Her husband had worked on the railways and had died in the previous year. Since then her only means of support had been through her 39-year-old daughter. This daughter had been a talented and gifted woman but had suddenly started to act very strangely. She was finally caught by the police in cemetery in the process of exhuming her younger brother who had been dead for some years. She had had a human bone in her hand which she had only allowed them to take away when she got to the hospital. While this daughter was at the hospital the mother discovered that one of the rooms of the house was locked, and the key was missing. It was later found on the daughter in the mental hospital.
When the mother unlocked the room she discovered a number of books on sorcery there. She then realised that both her husband and her daughter must have used these books to practise sorcery. She had known nothing of this before and was herself opposed to the practice of such things. On checking up with the relatives I discovered that the daughter had already as a child been healed through magic charming on several occasions. The mother burnt the books immediately. But that same night she was terrified out of her sleep by some dreadful rumbling and heavy knocking noises. She simultaneously heard footsteps in her bedroom accompanied by knocks and scratching in the walls and furniture. In her distress she called on God and prayed some verses of a hymn. The noises did become somewhat quieter after this but they failed to go away altogether and they recurred each night.
After explaining the idea of repentance and faith to her, the woman expressed a willingness to trust in Christ. I encouraged her to really put her faith in Him, and to call upon the Lord in her distress. After this, matters improved somewhat, but later I received a letter saying that she could no longer get any peace. I felt constrained to go to the house in question. When I arrived I immediately commanded the spirits in the name of Jesus Christ to leave at once. The troubles ended and there were no more disturbances in the house thereafter. This was a literal fulfillment of the words, “With authority he commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him” (Mark. 1:27). We can praise the Lord that he still sets the prisoners free even today.
(The Devil’s Alphabet, 151-152)
A minister’s wife told me that her husband is also teacher of religious education at a high school. The pupils asked the minister to give them a lesson about the occult and about the Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses. The minister knew little about it, and therefore ordered a copy from a German publisher. He studied it so as to inform himself. His wife told me, “Ever since we have had that book in the house we have had trouble. We have constant illness and accidents, and continual strife and quarreling.”
(Occult ABC, 204)
In Ch. 19 in the Book of Acts when people repented and turned to Christ they destroyed their books despite their high monetary value:
“18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”
If you have any books (or paraphernalia) of the occult or magic in your home I would strongly suggest you destroy or least trash it immediately.
You may want to check out “Do Not Bring Any Detestable or Cursed Object Into Your Home” and “Cursed Objects“.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can receive Him into your heart and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”