I had a very good friend once that had recently become a Christian. He had owned his own business for years and though he kept his men busy with work, he could never seem to get ahead financially. He once confided in me that he had become so frustrated with always struggling that he had visited a fortune teller the week before. I was surprised since I thought that he was more spiritual and intelligent than that.

He shared this experience saying that it was much like the movies and TV shows. He said the fortune teller was sitting there at a round table with some cards and a crystal ball. She asked him a few questions and then began to talk at random. Her comments were vague and they all seemed to stop just short of giving him any definite direction. Then of course, she suddenly lost her psychic connection and was forced to end the session. She said that he should come back in a few days and certainly she could give him more information then. She thanked him for coming in and said,

“And by the way, that will be $50 please.”

He then asked me what I thought of this and I told him that she was a fraud and that she was wanting to milk him for as much money as possible. Then, he asked, “Well, do you think I should go back?” I think it was a famous, but repulsive, foul-mouthed comedian with a cigar in one hand and a drink in the other, who said, “You can’t fix stupid!”

Why bother with these charlatans, anyway! If we are truly walking with God, we too can predict the future. There is a way to very accurately predict what will happen sometimes five, ten, even twenty or more years into the future. First, we can study history since it seems to always repeats itself. But more importantly, we can study the scriptures to see how God views many things. One of those is His staunch warning concerning this kind of activity.

“anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer (one who inquires of the dead), for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord.” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

It also stands to reason that we as believers should never visit those who are perpetrating these occult practices. In doing so, we are revealing that God is not enough for us; we need more than Him. It is also a sign of weak faith which displeases God. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Hebrews 11:6. Yet, the primary reason is that the Holy Scriptures absolutely forbid it!

So, was the comedian right when he said, “You can’t fix stupid?” Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, “…With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

“If there has to be compromise let it not be in putting anything before Jesus. Live this out and there will be no compromise in anything.” W.H.