Edgar Cayce: The Psychic that Taught Sunday School


It’s hard to overestimate the impact of Edgar Cayce.

Cayce (1877-1945), widely known as “the sleeping prophet,” was actually a “sleeping medium,” probably the most prominent psychic of the 20th century. He is often considered the spiritual “father” of both the New Age movement and New Age medicine.

He is also widely considered a believing Christian. He personally read the Bible from beginning to end each year of his life and often taught Sunday school.

The truth is that Edgar Cayce was an occult medium through whom deceiving spirits, biblically known as demons, provided their teachings – in all over 14,300 trance “Readings,” constituting a unique volume and variety of material. Through hypnotic suggestion Cayce would enter an unconscious trance state, be inquired as to specific questions and the spirit and/or spirits who spoke through him as a “channel” would supply the answers. Most responses dealt with the subject of health, although a wide variety of additional subjects were also discussed, including Christianity and Jesus, astrology, reincarnation, New Age spiritual growth, dreams, angels, Atlantis, and psychic development to name a few. The Readings discussed over 10,000 separate topics in all.

If one examines the life of Edgar Cayce, one discovers that the spirits were typically cunning, if merciless. Remaining largely invisible under the guise of the unconscious mind, they nevertheless used him to utilize people’s concern with their health as a means to assist their adoption of Cayce’s New Age world view.

Ironically, when the Readings first turned unbiblical, even Cayce frankly wondered if the devil himself might be playing a trick on him.

The ARE & Cayce Readings

The organization founded to disseminate Cayce’s teachings is the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE), with international headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and regional headquarters Houston. ARE centers exist globally in 37 nations.

Many years ago I became a member of the ARE and received a number of the “Circulating Files” containing typed copies of the original Cayce Readings. It became obvious that, far from teaching anything biblical or Christian, Edgar Cayce taught a combination of monistic idealism, New Age religion, and psychic development. Despite his Christian background, through the Readings Edgar Cayce ended up rejecting every major Christian doctrine in the Bible. For example, although he spoke highly of “Jesus,” it was a Jesus of his own making. For example, he taught that Jesus Christ, in an earlier lifetime, first sinned in the Garden of Eden when he was Adam. He also denied that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, the incarnate Son of God and atoning Savior from sin. Instead, for Edgar Cayce, Jesus was the spiritual example for mankind in that he happened to best realize the “Christ consciousness” or latent divinity within everyone. Jesus was not born the Christ (or Messiah) as the Bible teaches; he became the Christ (as everyone may) through, e.g., occult meditation and psychic development.

Health & Healings

Cayce’s health revelations and treatments, although containing some truth, were often not based on rational medicine. It is obvious that the spirits had little direct concern for people’s health, whether physical, emotional or spiritual. Their primary interest was to help people adopt an anti-biblical worldview under the guise of achieving better health or spiritual truth and enlightenment. Given Cayce’s overall influence for the last 100 years, their success can hardly be doubted. Cayce has, directly or indirectly, influenced millions of people (e.g., hundreds and hundreds of books have been published about him).


Unfortunately, the physical healings either never occurred or, when people seemed to be healed, there was most likely a transference of the illness from the physical level to the psychological and/or spiritual realm, in essence bringing about the illness on a higher level. This phenomenon is documented in the lifetime counseling work (involving 20,000 people) of the late noted German theologian Dr. Kurt Koch in such books as Occult Bondage and Deliverance, Between Christ and Satan, and Christian Counseling and Occultism.

As is characteristically true, it was Cayce’s occult family and personal history that initially subjected him to the influence of the spirits. As one consequence, for his entire life he was under their sway, unable to stop the Readings despite the spirits’ personal abuse of him or the false teachings they continually supplied to desperate people. For example, the Readings’ failures are well documented in medical diagnosis, predictions of the future, biblical interpretation and in other ways. These failures demonstrate beyond doubt that the spirits which spoke through Cayce were neither good angels, nor ethical and spiritually enlightened beings, nor, as frequently claimed, Cayce’s unconscious mind, or his accessing of the alleged occult akashic records.

On the positive side, even as the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah continue to instruct the world today (2 Pet. 2:6; Jude 1:7), Edgar Cayce’s life provides us with a classic illustration of the profound warning given in the Bible about spiritual warfare and the subtlety of spiritual deception (Eph. 6:10-18; 2 Cor. 11:4), i.e., that spiritually speaking, things aren’t always what they seem because “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light”. Without scientific and/or biblical discernment in critical areas such as medicine and spirituality today, the doors swing wide open to virtually anything, while the spirits have a heyday, operating both openly and clandestinely under various guises.


My advice for those who are using Edgar Cayce’s treatments (or New Age medicine generally), or studying in one of the hundreds of on and off-line Cayce study groups, particularly if one claims to be a Christian, is to turn away from such activity, giving one’s life completely over to Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. For information on becoming a Christian, please see the homepage of www.JAshow.org.

For additional information on Edgar Cayce or documentation, please refer to the forthcoming in-depth article to be posted on this website.


This article was written for The John Ankerberg Show By: Dr. John G. Weldon; ©2013.


  1. Ebony on March 13, 2019 at 11:23 am

    This is clearly a malicious attempt to smear a true man of God (Edgar Cayce) and use misdirection to lead people into the prison the modern day preachers have cleverly crafted for their own insidious desires. Most preachers know not the meaning of parables of the Holy Scripture because they hear not God’s Word but Satanic ways. Edgar Cayce clearly had prophecy that came to pass and was a benefit to mankind in thousands of healings.
    The Pharisees of old said the same of JESUS himself, that he cast out demons by Beelzebub (Satan) and Jesus rightly replied that Satan can’t do good or he’d be working against his own self & his house would fall. Shame on you workers of iniquity to cast such a grotesque false aspersion on a gift from God!! The unforgivable sin was to blaspheme the Holy Spirit & you’ve done so with great arrogance!

    • Shalene on December 19, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Edger was a kind charismatic man but he himself went years wondering if the entity that gave him the predictions was a demonic entity. He chose to suppress his gut feeling and continue entertaining the entity, and eventually turned his back on full gospel religion. Edgar did not believe Jesus was a god born in flesh. Also, the Bible is very harsh on prophecy. Edgar wasn’t 100% right on his predictions. So he wasn’t a prophet but a medium and he kept going. That’s a big NO NO.

      Jeremiah 23:32
      Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the Lord

      Jeremiah 14:14-16
      And the Lord said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not come upon this land’: By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them—them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon

      John 14:6
      Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me

      Mark 13:22
      For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect

      • MICHAEL TOPAZ on February 15, 2022 at 3:14 am

        That in itself proves that Jesus was not the messiah Or a prophet As he claims he was he wouldn’t have been crucified

        • Gene on September 10, 2022 at 3:08 am

          Not so, Michael T., for Jesus was the messiah as spoken of in Isaiah 53. His death had to come to pass, in order to pay for the sins of mankind. All sins had to be atoned for in the Jewish faith of that time, and the temples had all manner of living sacrifices for sale, from doves to goats, lambs and more. A blood sacrifice was necessary to cover the sins of a person. The temple priests officiated these sacrifices for the Jews. But Christ’s death, was the ultimate sacrifice which put the blood of bulls and goats to rest…for Jesus, the very incarnation of G-D paid the final sin sacrifice. G-D has always had a method of reconciling man’s sins unto Himself, and Jesus came as more than a prophet, but the One of which all the true prophets spoke. Prior to Christ’s birth, the Jews were forward-looking in faith for this Messiah…and once the sin penalty was paid upon the cross thereafter, we, as believers, can look to that past action as having paid for all of our sins too. This was all prophesied in Scriptures and by this happening as foretold, we know it to be true.

    • Christopher Baert on May 5, 2023 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you John Ankerberg for always busting on what isn’t Biblical Truth.Dr.Walter Martin was very good at this also.Between His videos with you and the Kingdom of the cults and your series of facts on books and my Studie guide Bible I’m very equipped to stand sting in these later days.

    • Christopher Naughton on August 12, 2023 at 11:27 pm

      Wow, Ebony thank you for truth telling. Edgar Cayce’s work is now being scientifically proven. The man always worked for his fellow man, always putting them first. And many, many of the readings cured people. This article is misleading. “Ye shall know a tree by its fruit.” Edgar Cayce’s “fruit,” his gift to the planet, was to demonstrate higher dimensions of consciousness to a world seeking answers to life’s biggest questions. Edgar Cayce’s Jesus was also the Jesus of Thomas Jefferson, Mahatma Gandhi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Howard Thurman, even Bill Maher— they all said he was the greatest moral teacher of mankind— none was greater. People are gravitating to THIS Jesus. So, yes, Edgar Cayce’s students in that Sunday School probably LEARED A LOT. They were blessed to have such a godly man as a Sunday School teacher!

  2. Jenn on May 11, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Following Jesus leads to men like Edgar Cayce. Jesus was indeed the first and the last Adam/Atom which split and became Christ in his end of cycles on Earth. His Will lives in us all and we will all rise without judgement… oh ye of little faith. God created magic… he created the heavens.. you are on a planet which spins. You are right when you say things are not as they appear and the devil does show his face as man to keep him dumbed down and unaware of the true power which he possesses. People will wake up and claim their inheritance. The time is NOW!

  3. Victor Monroe on November 19, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Edgar Cayce spoke of the Essenes. This was a faction that admitted Jesus was one of their own. The religious leaders of that day dismissed this information because they had never heard of the Essenes.
    Many years later in the findings of the dead sea scrolls the Essences were mentioned saying that Jesus was one of theirs. There were many things Cayce said that came to pass. I once used a castor pil pack to heal a torn ACL. X-rays examined by the surgeon who said they were torn and needed surgery was astonished by the healing of my ACL. He didn’t believe me either so I can only say that there will always be those who will brush anything aside they don’t comprehend. A sure sign of a fool is one who believes nothing exists beyond their own experience within this life.

  4. firefly on May 25, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    Contrary to this author’s claim, Cayce was NOT a medium. I. e. he was NOT channeling other entities to speak thru him. He was a deep trance psychic, setting himself aside in order to allow his higher soul self which was able to access the higher realms in order to bring forth knowledge that would benefit the querent. And that many more people were helped than not is evident to anyone that cares to look w/o prejudice

  5. Megan on June 2, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    There’s literally no evidence in this article.

  6. Candin on June 17, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    Good article. Stay away from the occult. Satan can heal and Jesus is the one and only true Messiah.

    One who was in the occult.

  7. Susan on January 1, 2024 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for standing strong with biblical information in the face of adversity. Unfortunately people don’t want to hear the truth. Deception is one of the greatest tools in Satan’s arsenal. One who commented, said there is no evidence… not true, there’s plenty evidence where his information and advice failed.
    God will give them over to deception since they chose to believe in a lie and follow their own desires.

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