When one reads the Acts 16 account of the encounter between Paul and the girl possessed by a Python spirit (divination), many things get left unsaid and lost in translation. There is so much more to this scenario than meets the eye! Come with me and we’ll take a closer look at this situation.
When the Father promised that He would never leave us or forsake us, was that a blanket statement for anyone willing to acknowledge His existence? Will there ever be a situation where this promise (or any promise) no longer applies?
Thanks to charismatic publications like the Elijah List and Charisma magazine, “the Spirit of Python” seems to be all the rage in spiritual warfare circles. False prophets and deliverance ministers all have varying ideas as to how this spirit operates and the accompanying spiritual and physical side effects. But do they really know what they are talking about? Is the Spirit of Python really responsible for all they say that it is? What do we know about this elusive spirit serpent? What does the Bible say? What does history say? By the end of this series, you’ll know the truth.
Like most of the doctrine that we learned growing up, our concept of the salvation process was formulated within a framework that, in my view, cannot really be backed up with Scripture. This framework made it easy for debates such as “once saved always saved vs. losing your salvation” to thrive in and confuse the church. This framework is flawed.
Yeshua likened the fruit of a false prophet to thorns and thistles. Contrary to what you may think, this addresses a much deeper dynamic than what you see with the surface-level idolatry, sexual immorality and greed that you see in today’s charismatic circles.