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The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), pp. 16-17


What is (medical) channeling?


Medical channeling occurs when someone permits a spirit entity to possess him or her for New Age healing purposes. The spirits may possess the healer to perform psychic diagnosis or healing through them, or the spirits may use the vocal chords to speak through the person in order to give spiritual, medical, nutritional, and other teaching. Several forms of spirit communication by channeling exist, such as automatic writing, trance and inner voice dictation.

Increasingly, even medical doctors are turning to channelers for advice—or even becoming channelers themselves….

Channeling claims to work through a variety of means. For example, by meditation, visualization, hypnosis, altered states of consciousness, and other methods, the spirits are able to enter, possess, and control a person much in the same way a puppeteer controls a puppet. New Age health therapists claim that by permitting spirits to possess and speak through them, mankind can attain a wealth of spiritual and other wisdom directly from spirits who have passed on or who are highly evolved. The spirits claim they can assist people’s health concerns and direct them toward true individual and social enlightenment.

The major problem in channeling is that too much evidence exists that the spirits (who claim to be wise and loving entities sent from God to help people) are really lying spirits that the Bible identifies as demons. Channeling is part of what the Bible associates with the “spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:10-18) and is thus specifically forbidden (Deuteronomy 18:9-12). The hidden purpose of the spirits is to gain the trust of men so they can exert influence and control over them in order to bring about their eventual ruin.

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Roman Catholicism.


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