Does anyone out there know a bona fide palm reader, fortune-teller or tarot card reader?
I really want to meet one and find out what they think of Jesus.
Many of you have likely jumped to the conclusion that it would be foolishness. Perhaps it is, but I really want to know if these people are just putting on a show or they really have demonic powers?
No, I have not given my life over to the dark lord. I’m just trying to get a handle on what demon possession really looks like in Western society. Let me explain.
The past few weeks I have been studying the life of Timothy for a sermon I’m doing in September. Acts 16 through 20 is often given as a resource by most commentaries when studying Timothy. Not so much because it speaks of him frequently, but that he traveled with Paul during that time. Well, soon after Paul picks up Timothy in Acts 16, something crazy happens!
“Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.” (Acts 16:16-18)
You see, this gal was a true, demon possessed fortune-teller. If I read this correctly, a true demon possessed fortune-teller will know whether or not someone is a follower of Jesus. From this passage, I can acknowledge that an evil spirit should be able to sniff out the Holy Spirit!
Fast-forward to last week, walking through Banff, AB and lo and behold, a tarot card reader had set up shop at the Farmer’s Market. (This is a post within in itself, but we won’t go there.) I was immediately taken back to Acts 16 and wondering, would she know I was a Believer?
In her presence, would she lash out in anger or invite me in? Is she putting on a show or does she have the demonic powers that we see in Acts 16? Alas, she was with a ‘client‘, which gave me good reason to chicken out. I regret it now though.
I imagine most Christians avoid these people like I did. I guess, if I read the passage correctly, Paul tried to avoid his fortune-teller as well. However, maybe by avoiding these people, there are missed opportunities. Opportunities to prove the power of Christ in the lives of some very lost people.
Then again, maybe I just want to know if I have what it takes?
Have you ever been to a fortune-teller?