I have heard from several people (usually women), even some of those who call themselves Christian, labeling themselves as an “empath.” According to the dictionary, an empath is “a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual.” Within the New Age movement, empaths are generally defined as extra-sensitive people who can experience the emotions of any person—or animal—standing nearby, regardless of context or knowledge. The claim that empaths can perceive the physical sensitivities and spiritual urges of others is a characteristic shared by many in the occult or New Age. At least in some cases, a person who have empath abilities could just be psychic abilities.
Empath is distinguished from having empathy, which is the ability to listen to, understand, and relate to the emotions of others. That is a precious gift, and it is biblical to carry others’ burdens, emotional or otherwise (Galatians 6:2). I have had experiences that is similar to what an empath may feel where the Holy Spirit moved in me to have compassion or empathy for people. But we ought to exercise discernment because the enemy likes to counterfeit a lot of things of God.
However, claiming the powers of an empath goes beyond proper compassion and godly sensitivity and enters the realm of the psychic. If you have a history of involvement with the occult or the New Age (or had ancestors involved in it), and think you have “empath abilities,” then I would question if there was something demonic going on and perhaps seek prayer for deliverance. If you didn’t know, getting involved in such practices can open the doors wide open for demonization, and psychic abilities can be attributed to demons (read Acts 16:16-18).
One ex-New Ager who turned Christian, Marcia Montenegro, gives her insight:
An “empath” has nothing to do with the common meaning of empathy. The term “empath” is used in the New Age, usually in connection with New Age healing or counseling. An empath is really a psychic but may not like to use the word “psychic.” Sometimes they call themselves a “sensitive,” “medical sensitive,” “healing intuitive,” or just an “intuitive.” No matter the label, an empath is still a psychic. “Intuition” in the New Age is often equated with being psychic and may be used in place of “psychic.”
Furthermore, this is not about being sensitive to others’ feelings. It is about actually experiencing what they are feeling the way they are feeling it, whether physical or emotional. It is considered a psychic “power” or ability. I know it well from the New Age. There is no biblical basis for being an empath.
If you do a word search for “empath,” it will be found mostly on New Age or maybe some self-help sites. The context is most commonly New Age because that is where the word has been and is used.
Redefining the term to try to make it seem Christian is dishonest and misleading. I am weary of seen Christians adopt terms and beliefs from the New Age.
Please hear this: The New Age has nothing to offer in terms of spirituality or healing! It is awash in a worldview totally alien and hostile to Christ.
So if you use this term as a Christian term, I hope you reconsider.Source
You may want to check out the post Do You Have Psychic Abilities?.
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.”