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Please be aware that this Section of the 'exWitch Australia' Website is by no means complete... in fact I hope it continues to evolve and grow and is never declared 'complete' as such!  

I more than welcome any contributions (short or long) from ex-Wiccans, ex-Pagans and ex-Occultists - as well as any relevant articles from a theological perspective from Christian believers who do not share this background.  

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Exodus 22:18...

    Jean-Luc deVere

    I have recieved a number of queries about this verse, from both Christians and practicing Neo-Pagans and Wiccans alike.   As impersonal as it may seem, but in order to free up time for further updates to the Site... here's a response that I prepared earlier *wink*...   more > >



Demonic Doorways...

    Jean-Luc deVere

    I have recieved more than a few queries about so-called 'demonic doorways' from several Christians who have visited this Site.   As impersonal as it may seem, but in order to free up time for further updates to the Site... here's a response that I prepared earlier *wink*...   more > >



Witnessing to Witches...


Spiritual Warfare and the exWitch

    Jean-Luc deVere

    Coming from Neo-Paganism, especially having been the High Priest of a Coven, before coming to Christ, a great many people 'expect' that if they have any sort of 'weird' experience or demonic attack to have 'all the answers'.   However, the fact of the matter is that the Occult is a very broad and varied tapestry, and one that often has regional and cultural differences even within the same 'branch' eg the term 'Traditional Witch' has a completely different meaning to a UK Wiccan than to a US Wiccan.   As such while I am able to advise on matters that I am familiar with I am often unable to personally help when it comes to other subjects or issues outside my experience.   That said, I can often refer people to other ministries that may be able to assist them with their queries.

    That is hardly a problem, but what I do find troubling is the number of Christians - even amongst those who have themselves come out of the Occult - have a rather skewed view of and/or little knowledge concerning the subject of Spiritual Warfare. ...   more > >



Spiritual Warfare...

    Jewel van der Merwe

    There is quite a bit of noise about Spiritual Warfare.   How much is really being achieved?   Is there actually a methodology that is to be put into motion to achieve the desired results?   Which book do I follow?   Is "warfare prayer" found in the Bible or has it just been popularized by books of that title?...   more > >



Territorial Spirits and Spiritual Warfare
A Biblical Perspective...

    Eric Villanueva - from the Christian Research Journal, Summer 1992

    This should be mandatory reading for all Christians involved in, or thinking of becoming involved in, 'deliverance ministries' and 'spiritual warfare'...   more > >


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    DEMONS, DEMONS, WHERE ARE THE DEMONS?...
    G. Richard Fisher (Personal Freedom Outreach)




What's Wrong With Rebecca Brown...


Harry Potter...

    Jean-Luc deVere

    It seems everyone has passionately held views about young Harry... OK... It seems like it is time for this exWitch to jump in with my 2c worth...   more > >




What is the Armour of God?...

    Jean-Luc deVere

    Ephesians 6:10 tells us... "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.   Put on the full Armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes."... So what, then, is the Armour of God?   more > >




Can a Christian be Demon Possessed?...

    Bob and Gretchen Passantino - from the Christian Research Journal, Winter 1992

    The doctrine that Christians can be demonized is popularly taught across divergent theological lines.   Although its proponents reject the term demon possession, they nonetheless define demonization as demons inhabiting and controlling people.   Some scriptural arguments are used in support of this view, but experiences (in which demons are seemingly driven out of Christians) are the primary reason why people accept it.   more > >


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    Mark Greenwood (Christian Truth Ministry)




Hard facts About SRA...

    Bob and Gretchen Passantino - from the Christian Research Journal, Winter 1992

    Is there a vast satanic conspiracy inflicting unthinkable abuse on today's youth? Could your own inner problems stem from such abuse - only the memories have been suppressed? Such questions are fuelling an explosive, divisive controversy. Bob and Gretchen Passantino share the results of their extensive investigation into this phenomenon.   more > >


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    SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE: 1992 FBI Report
    Kenneth V. Lanning, FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Science Unit, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime

    SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE IN POPULAR CHRISTIAN LITERATURE: Why Christians Fall for a Lie Searching for the Truth
    Bob and Gretchen Passantino - This article first appeared in the Journal of Psychology and Theology, 1992, Vol. 20, No. 3, 299-305

    THE RECOVERED MEMORY AND SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE
    Cult Awareness & Information Centre (Australia)




Inner Healing and Christian Visualization...


Can You Be Decieved?...

    G. Richard Fisher (Personal Freedom Outreach)

    The inspired Apostle Paul warned us: "Let no one deceive you" (2 Thessalonians 2:3). It is apparent that we are vulnerable to deception and we must not forget it. We must be on guard and protect ourselves against it. There is deception everywhere in the religious world. We must be alert.
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Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Religion?...

    Dr. Ronald Nash - from the Christian Research Journal, Winter 1994

    Many Christian college students have encountered criticisms of Christianity based on claims that early Christianity and the New Testament borrowed important beliefs and practices from a number of pagan mystery religions. Since these claims undermine such central Christian doctrines as Christ's death and resurrection, the charges are serious. But the evidence for such claims, when it even exists, often lies in sources several centuries older than the New Testament. Moreover, the alleged parallels often result from liberal scholars uncritically describing pagan beliefs and practices in Christian language and then marveling at the striking parallels they think they've discovered.   more > >


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    CHRISTIANITY, THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST AND THE MYSTERY RELIGIONS
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Was the New Testament Influenced by Pagan Philosophy?...

    Dr. Ronald Nash - from the Christian Research Journal, Fall 1993

    Did the Christianity of the first century A.D. borrow any of its essential beliefs from the pagan philosophical systems of that time?   Was first century Christianity - the Christianity reflected in the pages of the New Testament - a syncretistic religion (i.e., a religion which fuses elements of differing belief systems)?   more > >


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Is the Word of Faith Movement Biblical?

    The Word of Faith movement grew out of the Pentecostal movement in the latter 20th century.   Its founder was E. W. Kenyon, who studied the metaphysical New Thought teachings of Phineas Quimby.   Mind science (where "name it claim it" originated) fit well with the emerging Pentecostal movement and its emphasis on the supernatural, so he combined them and created a peculiar mix of orthodox Christianity and mysticism.   Kenneth Hagin in turn studied under E. W. Kenyon and made the Word of Faith movement what it is today.   Although individual teachings range from completely heretical to completely ridiculous, what follows is the basic theology most Word of Faith teachers align themselves with.   more > >


What does the Bible say about Prosperity Gospel?



What's Wrong With Hillsong...

    Neil Richardson

    Brian Houston, is founder of Hills Christian Life Centre in Sydney, home of the fantastically popular Hillsongs Music (you've probably sung their song 'My Jesus, My Saviour (Shout to the Lord)' by Darlene Zschech if your church dabbles with anything after 1900!).

    As the blurb on the back of his books says, he "loves life.   As one of Australia's most sought after speakers, he has a passion to see people fulfil their potential in every sphere of life.   A respected church leader, popular motivational speaker and skilled communicator, Brian travels extensively, addressing leadership conferences throughout the world.   His television program Life is for Living is broadcast in over 30 nations, and his natural ability to mix humour with a strong, clear message draws him to people of all age groups and backgrounds".   His Christian ministry also includes "dynamic community centres that employ professional doctors, a psychologist and financial consultant".

    These vocations perhaps indicate Brian's three main preoccupations: health, mental well-being and self-esteem, and wealth.   In this article we will be addressing the last of these preoccupations, and asking whether the emphasis Brian puts on it is Biblical or not.   more > >


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Debunking the Gosford Glyphs...

    David Coltheart

    In response to the many requests that regularly come to Archaeological Diggings, I decided for once and for all to check the claims made for the so-called "Gosford Glyphs" located near Kariong, about 60 km north of Sydney.   Following a suggestion made by a regular reader of AD, I made an appointment with Neil Martin, Ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) at Gosford who recently took me on a guided tour to the site.   This was my third visit to the cleft in the rock where about 100 Egyptian­looking hieroglyphs carved into the sandstone cliffs have given rise to all sorts of speculation about their age and significance..   more > >



The Whore of Babylon...

    It is worth noting that the Biblical passage in Revelation 17 describing the 'Whore of Babylon' (who many Christians believe represents the 'False Church' to be set up by the 'Anti-Christ' in the 'Last Days' before Christ's return) seems to be a vieled reference to a revival of the Mystery Schools and a resurgence of Goddess Worship of the type seen today.   more > >

    There is more to consider in this issue than is presented here, and the creator of this Site is ill-equipped in regard to either time or resources to delve further into this question.   However, I hope, that by raising the question in the first place it will inspire others to investigate the issues involved in greater depth.



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