Witchcraft is condemned in the Bible
By Patti Armstrong
Photo: Donald Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress Feb. 28. (Jim Lo Scalzo via Reuters / CNS)
Witches in the U.S. are offering a solution to those who say Donald Trump is not their president: cast a spell on him.
The planned monthly event began Friday, Feb. 23, at the stroke of midnight with witches from around the country casting a mass spell to drive Trump from office. Organizers set up a Facebook page called “A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him.” The spell is publicized on the Internet and includes a list of necessary supplies such as an unflattering photo of Trump, a tarot card, a stub of an orange candle, and earth.
The ritual calls on spirits, which include the “Demons of the infernal realms,” and commands to “bind Donald J. Trump so that he may fail utterly.”
But an American exorcist says the words in the spell – “That he may do no harm” – sugarcoat the reality that the devil wants the destruction of mankind and never has our best interest at heart.
Spells can have power, said Father Vincent Lampert, the designated exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis since 2005 and also pastor of St. Malachy in Indianapolis.
“I think there’s power, but it’s not coming from God,” Father Lampert said. “Anyone who would dare say they want to challenge that God is in charge is using the power of evil as their own. They should realize that we can’t use the devil; the devil uses us. People can’t control it and the devil ends up using them for his own purposes.”
Spells, according to Father Lampert, only have an effect in people who are spiritually weak. If we are anchored in God, Scripture tells us we have nothing to fear, he said, referencing Ephesians 6:10-18: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Father Lampert pointed out in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 the use of witchcraft is condemned as detestable to God. He has known people who derived a sense of power and make money from people who pay to have spells cast, while hundreds have come to him for help after spells were cast on them.
“You can’t stop someone from placing a curse, but as a Christian, if you are you praying to God and going to him, the curse will have no power,” Father Lampert said.
For Catholics, attending Mass, receiving the Eucharist, and going to confession offer strong protection against evil, he said, repeating that curses are effective when people are weak. “People are fearing the devil more than trusting God.”
Father Lampert said those who are supporting the spell are relying on evil that feeds on anger and revenge. “The end result of all this for people will be to find themselves more deeply entangled with the devil,” he said. “Their lives will continue to spiral out of control because they do not have God as an anchor.”
Prayers for protection are very effective, according to Father Lampert, but should not simply be reactionary. “We should always be proactive in our faith and praying for our leaders – both civic and religious – as a normal part of our everyday action,” he said. “Scripture tells us to pray unceasingly.”
Msgr. John Esseff, a priest for 63 years and an exorcist for over 40 years in the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., said the face of the devil is becoming more clearly seen. It used to be more common for something of an apathetic demon to appeal to human weakness through developments like the sexual revolution. That was replaced by “the apostate demon,” Msgr. Esseff said, which denies that “the sacrificial nature of human life is possible.
“We are told we will never able to achieve this kind of holiness or goodness or unity – it just can’t be done,” he said. “This is a real apostasy; not just in politics but also in churches, convincing people that holiness is unattainable.”
Msgr. Esseff said we are now seeing the stage of the antichrist where the evil one is not afraid to show himself to humanity. Msgr. Esseff quoted 1 John 4: 2-3: “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”
“It’s not Trump they are against but Jesus,” Msgr. Esseff said. “The devil is saying, ‘no way are you reigning in this country, we are coming out against you!’”
The spell is nothing to fear if our trust and hope is in God, Msgr. Esseff said. “Anyone who would even begin to put God back into place is going to have the forces of hell against them,” he said. “Our Lady of Fatima has given us the key to deal with this: Increase prayer and reparation,” such as making five First Saturdays.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Fatima message, in which “Our Lady warned us ... the final battle will be against marriage and the family,” said Msgr. Esseff. “This is not about politics, it’s about God.”