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Chapter 13—Consulting Spiritualist Physicians
From time to time I have received letters from both ministers and
lay-members of the church, inquiring if I think it wrong to consult
spiritualist and clairvoyant physicians. So numerous are these agents
of Satan becoming, and so general is the practice of seeking council
from them, that it seems needful to utter words of warning.
God has placed it in our power to obtain a knowledge of the laws
of health. He has made it a duty to preserve our physical powers in the
best possible condition, that we may render to him acceptable service.
Those who refuse to improve the light and knowledge that have been
mercifully placed within their reach, are rejecting one of the means
which God has granted them to promote spiritual as well as physical
life. They are placing themselves where they will be exposed to the
delusions of Satan.
Not a few in this Christian age and Christian nation resort to evil
spirits, rather than trust to the power of the living God. The mother,
watching by the sick-bed of her child, exclaims, “I can do no more. Is
there no physician who has power to restore my child?” She is told
of the wonderful cures performed by some clairvoyant or magnetic
healer, and she trusts her dear one to his charge, placing it as verily
in the hands of Satan as if he were standing by her side. In many
instances the future life of the child is controlled by a satanic power
which it seems impossible to break.
I have heard a mother pleading with an infidel physician to save
the life of her child; but when I entreated her to seek help from the
Great Physician, who is able to save to the uttermost all who come to
him in faith, she turned away with impatience.
When Ahaziah, king of Israel, was sick, “he sent messengers,
and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the God of Ekron,
whether I shall recover from this disease.” On the way they met Elijah,
and instead of a message from the idol, the king heard the awful
denunciation from the God of Israel, “Thou shalt not come down from
that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.” [
2 Kings 1:4