Many Young Adults Are Turning To Witchcraft As A Way To Rebel Against Their Conservative Christian Upbringings

Young adults in America are far less likely to identify themselves as “Christians” than previous generations of Americans, but that does not mean that they have given up on searching for spiritual meaning in their lives. According to Wikipedia, one very popular form of witchcraft known as Wicca has been growing at a rate of more than 100 percent annually in recent years, and this has been happening at a time when Christianity has been in decline in the United States. Of course other pagan and occult groups have been exploding in popularity as well, and as you will see below, one of the primary reasons for this is because many young adults are seeking ways to rebel against their conservative Christian upbringings.

I have written much about how young adults in this country are far more politically liberal than their parents and grandparents, and this enormous cultural shift in values has a spiritual dimension to it as well.

A recent Barna Group study found that only 4 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 have a Biblical worldview.

Only 4 percent.

The shocking truth is that the values of most Millennials much more easily fit into pagan spirituality than they do into most evangelical Christian churches.

If you want to sleep around with as many people as possible, that is okay in witchcraft. If you want to take drugs and get high every day, that is okay in witchcraft. If you want to be a radical pro-abortion feminist, that is okay in witchcraft. If you want to be a gay transsexual exhibitionist, that is okay in witchcraft.

Essentially, one of the great draws of witchcraft is that nobody holds you accountable for anything and you can do so many of the things that the Bible commands you not to do.

So for those that wish to rebel against their conservative Christian upbringings, getting involved in witchcraft can seem quite natural

Witchcraft in this context is a “counter spirituality to the religious conservatism that defined many [queer people’s] childhoods,” as game developer Aevee Bee puts it. The visual novel Bee co-created, We Know The Devil, explores what it means to embrace witchcraft through three queer teens who attend a Christian summer camp, where they spend a night in the woods awaiting the devil. “What [the protagonists] encounter in the woods they understand and perceive as the devil because that is what they have been taught to understand their desires, identity, and love as,” Bee says. By embracing the devil, the protagonists find liberation from their religious upbringings, just as someone might by realizing it’s acceptable to be queer.

Alex Mar is one prominent author that became deeply involved in the world of witchcraft, but she was not raised that way. In fact, Mar is very open about the fact that she was raised as a Christian

I was born and raised in New York City, but my roots are more exotic: between my Cuban Catholic mother and my Greek Orthodox father, family religion involved the lushest, most high-drama strains of Christianity. The elaborate clerical robes, the incense and tiers of prayer candles, the stories of the martyrs cut into stained glass, the barely decipherable chants – as a child, these were embedded in my brain. To this day, despite my liberal feminist politics, I still imagine the world as overseen by a handsome, bearded young white man.

She says that once she learned “to think for myself”, her liberal political views took her away from the church, and those same political views eventually sparked a curiosity about witchcraft

Once I was old enough to think for myself, I broke with the church on issues of sexuality, marriage, the right to choose and the concept of “sin”; I also couldn’t swallow the thin reasoning behind excluding women from the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox priesthoods. At the same time, however, I was haunted by the memory of high mass, the sense that there are mysteries in the universe. When I learned that there was a living, growing American witchcraft movement – one that is radically inclusive, that views women as equals to men, and in which God is just as likely to be female – I was instantly curious.

This is why what we feed our minds with is so vitally important.

Our public schools have become liberal indoctrination centers that are teaching our young people to adopt an anti-Christian way of viewing the world, and all of that propaganda is being backed up by the thousands upon thousands of anti-Christian entertainment that our young people are constantly consuming.

So it is actually not a surprise when many of our “Christian young people” end up like this guy

Dakota Hendrix, a non-binary trans witch based in New York—an identity Hendrix jokingly refers to as “goat femme,” describing their combination of body hair, a smoky eye, and talons for nails—says the practice of witchcraft is a way to take control in a world that can be both metaphysically and mortally threatening.

It’s a supernatural form of self-defense that Hendrix says includes amulets that fight off mis-gendering, rituals that provide protection when walking down the street, and paying honor to queer and trans ancestors who don’t have descendants of their own paying homage. Not to mention—since, Hendrix says, contemporary witchcraft is connected to social justice work—a hex or two on the NYPD for good measure.

But while the rituals are plentiful, the rules are not, and Hendrix says being a witch is all about choosing one’s own path: “Being a witch is being autonomous; that’s the whole point. That’s how we draw power. We are defying the patriarchy, we are defying the submissive norm.”

Allowing our children to immerse themselves in popular culture is doing far more harm than most of us originally realized.

Popular culture is trying to take the next generation away from Christianity, and it is imperative that we start to understand this. And actually, many of the “stars” that our young people idolize are actually into the occult themselves, and once in a while they even admit this openly

“I’m really a witch,” rapper Azealia Banks quipped last January, shortly before all hell broke loose on her Twitter account.

Banks is known for her online rants. She tends to share fairly dense ideas, spontaneously spun out in punchy lines liberally interspersed with curse words. I don’t know a person on this earth who can agree with every one of them, but her opinions are smarter than she usually gets credit for.

Still, even by Banks’s standards, the witch thing was weird. It came out in the middle of a run about black Americans and their relationship to Christianity:

I wonder if most of the black American Christians in the US know WHY they are Christian. I wonder if they even consider for a SECOND that before their ancestors came to the Americas that they may have believed in something ELSE.

As a Christian, it deeply alarms me that we are losing an entire generation of Americans.

If we keep doing the same things that we have been doing, we will continue to get similar results. That is one of the reasons why I laid out a recipe for spiritual renewal in my latest book entitled “The Rapture Verdict“, and my hope is that the church establishment will embrace what watchmen such as myself are saying instead of fighting it.

If we continue on with business as usual, the evangelical church in America will continue to shrink and multitudes of our young people will continue to seek out other outlets for their spirituality.

At the same time that interest in witchcraft is growing, interest in Satanism is skyrocketing as well. I recently wrote about how the Satanic Temple has experienced a huge surge in membership since Donald Trump’s election victory in November, and at Clemson University students are reportedly going to hold a “lamb sacrifice” and a “Bible burning” to celebrate the opening of a new campus chapel

The poster contains imagery associated with Satanism, like pentagrams and an illustration of the goat-headed Baphomet.

It goes on to state that a live lamb will be provided for sacrifice by “[their] friends” at the Clemson Collegiate Farm Bureau. A Bible-torching ceremony is listed as part of the proceedings, with a cash prize for the student who burns the most Bibles. Finally, attendees are invited partake in a pentagram completion event, where they will “help summon Baphomet to celebrate the new Clemson Chapel.”

There was a time when it would have been unthinkable to put up a poster like that in America, but unfortunately those days are long gone.

Christianity is on the decline in this nation, and witchcraft and Satanism are on the rise.

We desperately need a major spiritual renewal, so my hope is that the church in America will wake up soon.

Michael Snyder

Author: Michael Snyder

Michael Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Economic Collapse Blog and End of the American Dream. Michael and his wife Meranda believe that God is raising up a Remnant in these last days (Revelation 12:17; Revelation 14:12) that will bring in the greatest move of God the world has ever seen and the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever seen.

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Michele Burdo
Michele B
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March 14, 2017 11:09 am

A number of years ago, through a series of events, I befriended a lady who had joined a local coven of witches. She spoke about astral traveling, powers, hexes and Tarot cards. I earnestly spoke to her about Jesus and his power and showed her scriptures. She saw that I had power and she was very curious about this power and sometimes would ask me to pray for her and God miraculously healed her. Many of my Christian friends said that I ought not to be friends with her. My reply was, “Why not? Who else is going to tell her about Jesus?” Fast-forward to several years later and this woman finally gave her heart to Jesus Christ and we sat together and she renounced witchcraft and garnered even a deeper healing in her at that time. She has followed after Jesus ever since. She had been raised in a traditional Jewish home. As she attended Hebrew School, she began studying the Kabbalah and from there she spring boarded into witchcraft. I asked her what caused her to turn to dark powers and she described herself as feeling powerless. All is not lost when a young person turns to witchcraft. Jesus is still the answer and they still need to hear the truth in love. When the great harvest of the Last Days comes, people from all walks of life will be seeking the real truth that can be found in Jesus Christ.

James Bailey
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March 14, 2017 11:27 am

Amen! Great testimony Michele.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith
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March 13, 2017 11:25 pm
People in the church need: blunt, raw, unadulterated, uncensored Holy Ghost filled Gospel in action. Most churches in America, not all, are to busy displaying watered down, sugar coated teaching, preaching, and living, just handing out spiritual diabeetus on every corner. We live in a sad day when an estimated 68% of professing Christians watch pornography, 1 out of every 4 professing evangelicals read their Bibles more than twice a week, the divorce rate is almost as high as Tom Brady’s career completion percentage, Maury Pauvich/Jerry Springer families are becoming the norm, more church going people know more about professional athletes and comic book superheros put on the big screen, than honorable people in the Bible, pastors on TV/Internet profess to be in open marriages, are okay with adulterating, fornicating, homosexual lifestyle, and openly display they are spiritual pimps(tress). Yet, we wonder why a used car salesman has a more favorable job rating than a pastor. The church is rendered powerless, millennials/post-mills want nothing to do with the church Most of the American church is to busy giving their members the Willy Wonka special, leaving them lost, no discernment, and lacking proper spiritual nutrition. Walk in some churches today and you’d think you walked into Studio 54, The Cotton Club, or an event in Las Vegas. Why would I leave the club atmosphere and lifestyle, just to go to church and get the same thing I just left? And if you dare say something in disagreement, the church has some umpa-loompas waiting to escort you out of the building. Ringley Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus is going out of business, and I can’t help but wonder did they lose out to one of their competitors the American Church? God is raising up real men and women of God about his… Read more »
Brenda Brown
Brenda Brown
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March 13, 2017 8:11 pm

Christianity has to do more than recite laws of right and wrong, go to church, sing songs, and play happy for young people to be interested. They are missing the heart and soul of divine love and the adventure into new frontiers that God’s revelation is opening. They need to step into His Presence, Spirit, and Being, and that’s going to take people who really know how to break through in the Spirit so that God can descend into the meetings. That’s precisely why we’re on the edge of a New Thing, and I very much believe that their spirits were made for what is coming rather than what has been.

Tim
Tim
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March 13, 2017 11:19 pm

So the Baby Boomers (I APOLOGIZE in advance if this offends)
who gave us abortion on demand, mass experimentation with WITCHCRAFT, no-fault divorce, lots of drugs, lots of pre/extra/post marital sex and STD’s etc. will get to have THIS GENERATION TO VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE “EUTHANIZED” or allowed to live.

Wow.

For those of you who do care about this issue, please pray (a lot). This issue demands prayer of the sin involved and the need for repentance.

God bless you.
Tim

Tim
Tim
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March 13, 2017 11:20 pm

Typo Correction (sorry).
This issue demands prayer because of the sin involved and the need for repentance.

God bless you.
Tim

Julie
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March 13, 2017 11:54 pm

Thank you for your comment, Tim.

Diane Boneck
Diane B
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March 13, 2017 9:03 pm

Jesus said there would be a “Great Falling Away” before he returns.I would say to these people, ‘ You believe you are thinking for yourself, by rejecting the rigid rituals or whatever of Christianity. What do you think casting spells, hexes and following the wiccan calendar is doing? Instead of casting hexes, I rather bless people, with healing and words of love and encouragment. People are hurting, and what does being a wiccan or satanist do, but add to the misery of the world?Believe it or not, when the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is spoken, you will all fall down! You are leading your soul to more bondage, not less. Get off the losing side. Jesus sets you free for real!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
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March 14, 2017 4:00 pm

A co worker of mine started wearing the Wiccan star. I told her it was witchcraft and she said it was about Mother Earth. Shortly thereafter she got assigned to another group. I need to follow up with her…

John Barry
John Barry
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March 14, 2017 7:51 am

It all comes down to the Church and people do not understand the Spiritual connection to all we do . When the Harry Potter movies came out the LORD had me warn a number of pastors and people in my area that at least 10% of the kids who watch those movies will dabble or go into witchcraft . WeeGee boards are good at teaching the demonic also . This is also why there is so much illness in the Church . I went to a Nichols Cage movie a few years ago ( The Sorcerers Apprentice ) , demons were jumping off the screen onto people and I could only stay about 15 minutes the demonic was so strong I got sick to my stomach .

Peggy Ann
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March 14, 2017 2:04 pm

John,
So you have the gift of seeing in the spiritual realm?
Do you have the gift of seeing both the angelic and the demonic?

John Barry
John Barry
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March 14, 2017 2:47 pm

I think so Peggy , but I have no control over it or know when to expect it . I will just be out around people and the LORD will open my eyes to a demon on a person , place or building so I will know to pray . Have seen the Angelic a few times and the Glory Light we will walk / dwell in and you are going to love it Peggy ; but mostly the Demonic realm . I get words of knowledge mostly on salvation issues for a person , but some times for other reasons to help a person .

Peggy Ann
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March 14, 2017 3:33 pm

That’s all really awesome. I find it so interesting that you actually saw the demonic coming off the movie screen and onto people. Wow, that’s something to think about and be aware of.

Sue
Sue
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March 14, 2017 12:28 am

When God doesn’t fill that hole in humans spirit’s, they use drugs and witchcraft/satanism to provide meaning. Pray for your loved ones to win them back.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith
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March 14, 2017 12:52 pm

Pastor Tim Thompson has a whole ministry dedicated to the occult and witchcraft. He is an ex witch and very powerful ministry. He even deals with sexual demons and how to spiritually fight them. He has some very straightforward videos. Here is his website:

http://exposingthedarkness.com/

Bridget B
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March 14, 2017 7:18 am

Hey, you posted a visual novel link! I remember coming across that game because it was tagged with Jesus. When I read the summary I was like “yeah, I’m not wasting my money on this”.

The game industry is viciously anti Jesus. That’s partly why I make Christian visual novels.
The visual novel Paranormal Teens is to teach young people about spiritual warfare. It’s at http://www.christianvisualnovel.com and http://store.steampowered.com/app/549770/

Because it’s blunt about Jesus it’s gotten some atheist hate online. Please support it and review if you have Steam.

I dabbled in Wicca myself when I was a teen. And I eventually abandoned it for hardline atheism when my spells weren’t successful.

Praise God for my protection during that time and that the spells didn’t work. He was looking out for me.

Jan
Jan
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March 14, 2017 5:58 am

It is a very sad thing that in giving free reign to all their desires and lusts they will be spending all eternity in chains. Our society is literally in free fall now.

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