This is an informative and respectful article from Marcia Montenegro from Christian Answers for the New Age. Marcia demonstrates a compassionate attitude towards those who are lost, but in no way compromises in sharing the truth about God, Jesus Christ and our need for salvation.

WITCHCRAFT, WICCA AND NEOPAGANISM

By Marcia Montenegro, First written in 1995

You are in a circle. Protection from the Goddess or various spirits is invoked. The elements of earth, fire, air and water are called in. You begin to dance slowly around the circle, then faster. There is chanting. The pace increases; the group is “raising energy.” Everyone is prepared for whatever ritual will be performed, whether to call for protection, healing, world peace, a special favor, etc. This is a composite scenario of the pagan rituals participated in by the writer during her years as an astrologer. The rituals vary from group to group, even person to person. Based on the writer’s contact with witches and Neopagans until her salvation in Christ in late 1990, and her contact with witches/Wiccans through her ministry, the information provided here is not a scholarly analysis or history, but rather seeks to give the flavor of contemporary witches and their world view. Although the writer was not part of a coven, many witches and pagans belonging to different covens and traditions were her astrological clients and her friends.

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For those who are familiar with the teachings and practices of the charismatic ‘New Apostolic Reformation’ and those of the emergent church (um, is the circle making ringing any bells?)…no doubt you will see some significant parallels in beliefs and practices. Look carefully. You will see it.