Many years ago, when a few churches started to incorporate deliverance (exorcism) ministries into their services, they would occasionally run into people whose lives were somehow affected by various rites of witchcraft. Much of the time, the victims of these rites would discover that the curse they received came not as a result of what they did, but something their ancestors did (See Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 5:9, and Deuteronomy 23:2-3). Other times, the curse comes from something that they did "innocently," not realizing the dangers involved. Whatever the case, ". . . the curse causeless shall not come." (Proverbs 26:2) Anyone who tells you that witches cannot place curses on Christians is totally unaware of the true realities of what they are dealing with and they have not studied the scriptures closely enough.
When Balaam tried to curse the Children of Israel in Numbers 22-24, his attempts to pronounce curses were turned into blessings. It wasn't until King Balak hired the daughters of Midian to seduce the Children of Israel into various sins of idolatry and adultery that they could be cursed (See Exodus 25). Undoubtedly, it was Balaam who told them what they had to do (Numbers 31:16). Eventually, Balaam would have to pay for his sins. When the Israelites invaded the Promised Land, they killed him (Numbers 31:8, Joshua 13:22).
To begin with, a definition of witchcraft is clearly in order. Simply put, witchcraft is any attempt by one person to control or manipulate the activities of another person. Sometimes, it is done with the victim's consent, like what happens when psychiatrists and psychologists subject their patients to hypnosis. Dr. Sigmund Freud often used hypnosis to help people get free of cocaine and other drug addictions. One such case can be read about in Nicholas Meyer's allegedly fictional book titled The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. It chronicles the cocaine addiction of Sherlock Holmes and the lengths his associate, Dr. John Watson, took to get him free. Dr. Watson would use a ruse to get him to Vienna, Austria so Dr. Freud could treat him. The treatment Dr. Freud used, did work on Mr. Holmes, but not without a lot of tribulation. Later in Dr. Freud's career, he disavowed the use of hypnosis, claiming it unreliable. (Note: contrary to what is written in literature textbooks, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are real characters. Of course, we know how accurate many school textbooks are!)
Most other types of witchcraft done on people is done without their consent. For example, a simple marketing billboard along the highway can be a form of witchcraft. The question that needs to be asked is very simple: is the ad giving me information to help me make a decision on whether to buy a product or service? Many times, companies insert subliminal pictures into their advertising, pictures that people do not mentally see directly, but pictures that people do see subconsciously. Most companies feign innocence when accused of this kind of advertising, but researchers who have studied advertising have caught them in the act.
The most famous of these pieces of advertising came in the 1980s when Proctor and Gamble [NYSE:PG] used their now infamous moon and stars logo on all their products. Pastor Win Worley and others, citing Deuteronomy 7:26 and Joshua 6:18, warned that the symbol was an "accursed item" which should not be brought into your house. He further cited the story of Achan in Joshua 7 for additional biblical support. Pastor Worley apparently came across this symbol in many of his deliverance sessions and decided it was time to expose the Proctor and Gamble logo. It was also pointed out to him that the symbol could be found on Tarot Card Number 18. He started a nationwide campaign that eventually forced Proctor and Gamble in 1985 to find another less offensive logo (though the company's public relations officials will never admit that they changed their logo for that reason, even to this day).
While some deliverance ministers may take exception to the methods of Pastor Win Worley, he was right about not bringing accursed items into their houses. Numerous deliverance ministers have noticed and later reported that when people removed cursed items from their house, that the house and the people in it changed considerably. This was no different than what Paul required of the people in Ephesus to do in Acts 19:19 when they burned their occult books, worth well over a million dollars in today's economy. While the text did not mention occult artifacts, I don't think it had to, considering what the Old Testament has to say about accursed items. Remember that the New Testament did not exist when this event happened.
The reasons for these biblical commands is also very simple. When you bring an accursed item into your house, you are giving the false god or evil spirit ground to be in your house or apartment. The most common accursed item I find in houses is Buddhas, though these days, I find that many dolls from China and other third world countries also have a curse attached to them. Many images and figurines can also be accursed. I would suggest you pray and ask the LORD whether you should have them in your house.
Some of you may be asking yourself, why is he spending so much time talking about this. The answer is yet another simple one: when you allow these items to stay in your house for any period of time, they will begin to deaden your spiritual sensitivity. While the zombification process may not be as dramatic as you see in the movies, it can be even more deadly. Most of the time, people in this situation don't realize they are being zombified. When that happens, they lose their spiritual sensitivity. When they lose their spiritual sensitivity, they lose the ability to be warned by the Holy Spirit when evil is around them. When you understand this, you begin to realize that zombification can happen and most people will never know it until it is too late.