1Peter 4:11, "If anyone speaks, let him speak as the Oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
2Peter 1:4, "... that through these you may be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world ..."
A serious Christian is a medium/oracle.
Witches and wizards are mediums/oracles.
In John 6:63, Jesus said: "... the flesh profits nothing. The Words I speak to you are SPIRIT and they are Life." This is why clear/sharp understanding of the TEACHINGS of the New Testament that equips a Christian with the ability to make righteous judgment regarding spirits and teachings is paramount, otherwise a "Christian" would be relating with deceitful spirits instead of the Holy Spirit. In John 7:24, Jesus said: "Do not judge according to appearance, but Judge With Righteous Judgment.” The lottery (cleromancy) that the Apostles used in Acts 1:21-26 to determine who should become the twelfth Apostle is not the "divination" which God condemns in the Torah, it's different just as the Apostles were mediums/oracles of the Holy Spirit.
Yesterday (4 Sep 2017), i further learned more about something i really didn't have knowledge of, although prior to yesterday, if someone tells me they use objects and signs to determine as confirmation from God, i would rightfully tell the person it's not the path God wants for Christians (and my conviction on that remains the same). Yesterday, i did a small research on "What is Divination?", and i got a better understanding on it. First, i discovered that "divination", is a synonym for witchcraft. I never knew, and that it is the use of objects (anything physical) to spiritually get unknown knowledge or power. In some of my articles (e.g., "Meditation, Prayer and Fasting", "No Images", and "Beware of Christian Occultism"), i wrote according to the knowledge i had at that time without knowing definition of divination but warning Christians never to use images, or mental imagery or objects (e.g., candles, holy water, etc) for spiritual purpose because the Jewish Scripture (Old and New Testament) wants us to only depend on understanding the Scriptures of God and simply trust in the Almighty Creator to lead, guide and orchestrate for us when we are dealing with issues for which we don't see clear answers for in Scripture and from God by convictions in the mind and spirit.
Furthermore, i discovered that in some ways the following in Scripture is "divination", which shows the imperfections of God's people and how they had to grow-up and forsake such imperfections: Judges 6:17, 6:36-40, Gideon seeking confirmation from God by observing signs and objects. The Apostles once used lots to show them who is to join them to fill the twelfth position: Acts 1:21-26, "... And they cast their Lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles." Proverbs 16:33, "The lot is cast into the lap but its every decision is from the Lord." Pagans are the ones guilty of real divination: Jonah 1:5-7, Then the mariners were afraid, and every man cried out to his god ... So the captain came to Jonah, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God, perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.” And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
Pagans, and so-called "Christians", without understanding of the Jewish Scripture (Old and New Testament), are the ones guilty of real divination which God condemns in the Torah, such persons are without the true-God and His revealed mind. In John 6:63, Jesus said: "... the flesh [the physical] profits nothing. The Words I speak to you are Spirit, and they are Life."
Galatians 3:21 to the end of ch.4 talks of God's people and Torah as God using baby talk, a lower mode of communicating and relating (as with Children) but now in the New Testament, God is communicating and relating via better mode having trained-up ISRAEL and the Jewish Apostles through the Old, for the next level in which Gentiles are now fully accepted and grafted into the blessings of the Jews.
FUTURE - Zechariah 14:16-21 presents another Era (God's Era) in which the mode of relating will be further superior, and God's People (Jew and Gentile) will once again use animal sacrifices in YeruShalem as God physically reigns over all this earth from YeruShalem. Maybe i could be wrong in my understanding of how the Feasts of YAH (e.g., Sukkot) will be observed in that future reign of the King, but in the Torah, animal sacrifices are intrinsic to those feasts which speak of our Loving Creator who gave His Life for us and to us before anything was created, just as physical communion speak of this precious Lamb.
I sent that to my friend who has being asking questions. I also sent him the following:
This issue we're dealing with is simply answered and solved in these words: ERA, DISPENSATION in which God chooses His mode of communication. There's nothing intrinsically wrong or right with objects and Signs but what we see of the early Apostles (e.g., in Acts 1 casting of lots) is an imperfection because God was already moving into the New Testament dispensation. Another example of such imperfection that the Apostles had to allow God to remove from them was their attitude towards the Gentiles (e.g., Acts 10, vision of unclean meats/animals).
Another friend (Josh) challenged me by saying that a Christian isn't a "medium" because God condemns such in the Torah but then he agreed with me that Christians should be vessels for the Holy Spirit. He also disagreed with me for saying that, serious Christians are "oracles of God"; he showed me other translations of 1Peter 4:11 different from NKJV which i usually use. Josh pointed me to a Bible Dictionary that helped me see that "oracles of God" is used to mean "Word of God" [ also ], therefore i replied him with this SMS: Okay, i see that "oracles of God", is also used to mean the Word of God which we certainly are not. I agree with you in that sense. I hope you realize that we are VESSELS that need to be filled with our Loving Creator. ... Josh, one of the main point of this present meditations of mine is this: "Christians" who are not paying serious attention to the TEACHINGS of New Testament can unknowingly be a medium for Deceitful Spirits rather than being a vessel of the Holy Spirit.
I also sent this to Josh: Acts 22:17, "Now it happened, when i [Paul] returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that i was in A Trance", 10:9-10, "... Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat, but while they made ready, he fell into A Trance". Josh, do you know that Pagan-mediums fall into trance too?
Concerning "divination", use of objects and signs to know God's will or to get confirmation on what we don't have definite guidance for in Scripture, we shouldn't set our hearts on this or follow this way for determination, but God can certainly use signs and wonders to confirm to us which way to go when we don't have clear guidance from Scripture.
Some how, new Christians must find ways to access the source (especially New Testament) for themselves and make sure what they are being taught is true to Scripture.
Ephesians 2:19-20, "... fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone"
Revelation 21:14, "Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
From my phone-texts, 19 Sep - 30 Sep 2017
Unlike me, God is too lenient and Loving. Too many persons are wasting His gifts/resources (e.g., time, Grace, patience, embrace, bible knowledge, truth, health, etc) but this won't last forever if they are not entering into the purpose/goal of this Wonderful Lover, which is: union with Him in all of His ways, not just the things we like about Himor the things social-pressure doesn't challenge about His ways. Romans 5:6-11
It's important to realize and acknowledge how the Deceitful Spirit works in us (humans), otherwise we remain in deception. If we don't see how the Snake works in us (humans), it may stifle our spiritual progress with God (unless we simply trust and follow God). The Snake's mode of operation in humans is this: Unbelief Concerning God's Character or How God Is. Also whenever we allow Doubts Concerning Anything God Has Said or Revealed, then we are allowing the Snake to be successful in separating us from the One who should be dwelling in us (through His Words, which Jesus said is Spirit and Life) to have dominion over the animals (the earthly spirits) which include the Snake.
One of the keys to Romans 12:2 transformation by receiving a new mind, is that we need to become BELIEVERS. The Good News is the power of God unto Salvation to those who BELIEVE (Romans 1:16). We need to BELIEVE that God has nothing against us anymore because He gave His Life as payment for our sins including future imperfections. We need to BELIEVE that God gave that sacrificial Peace Offering so we (spirit-beings) can be RECONCILED to Him (The Spirit) because we are a dwelling place for Him; that's what He created us for, companionship with Him. Just as any normal parent would go and search for the child that gets missing, God came and has done everything by which we should now RECONCILE with Him. He passionately seeks this because we are His most treasured possession, the crown of all creation: spirit-beings created in His likeness (a dwelling place for Him). We need to start BELIEVING these spiritual realities, in so doing, we are developing the New Mind of Romans 12:2 which will make transformation easier and comforting. Fear not, see, i bring you Good News of Great Joy (Luke 2:10).
When we proclaim this wonderful Good News of Amazing LOVE, we must also communicate that people need to begin studying the ways of the Lord and SURRENDER to Him in all of His ways through this Amazing Love. God's goal/purpose is union with Him in all of His ways, not only the things we like about Him or the things social-pressure doesn't challenge about His ways; otherwise we are deceiving ourselves as most Pastors and churches are. When preachers say "God accepts us as we are", or that His love is "unconditional", that's not the whole truth. Jeremiah 8:11-12, "They have healed the wounds of My people superficially, saying, 'Peace, peace!' when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall in the time of their punishment, they shall be cast down” says the LORD. 2Cor 6:1, "... (we) plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain."
16-Nov-2017 . Here's something i find strange about the Lord but i'm now totally accepting. In His design of souls and His magnanimous giving of Himself to them, He allows those who are interested in Him to be blessed as they drink of His water (Scriptural Truths) to the extent they want, and experience some intimate satisfaction and life with Him, yet many of these won't be in Heaven with Him forever. See 2Cor 6:1 . You see this picture in David who had various wives, yet only few such as Abigail and Bathsheba truly entered into union with him. Abraham had various wives yet only Sarah was his true-wife. 2Cor 6-7, “... (we) plead with you not to receive the Grace of God in vain. ... Therefore: Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty. Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” He must have total control of me since He created me as a dwelling place for Himself. Paul wrote to one of his assistants: 1Tim 4:15-16, "Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Watch yourself and the teaching. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you."