"WITCHCRAFT IN THE PEWS"
BY GEORGE BLOOMER
George Bloomer, "Witchcraft in the Pews, Pneuma Life Publishing, Bakersfield,
CA (1996) ISBN 1-56229-447-4. Read
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This book comes with endorsements from many pastors of Evangelical churches and ministries.
The theme of the book is the infiltration of Witchcraft into Christian churches, and the
growing influence of Satan within Christianity.
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The author identifies a common weakness in some congregations in which either the pastor or
a faction within the church "seemed excessively controlling and wanted to influence every
decision," This he equates to the practice of witchcraft. He expresses concern with the
Muslim sponsorship of the Million Man March on Washington DC. He criticizes some churches
for making marriage services available to all of their members, including homosexual couples.
He questions whether the Religious Right is truly Christian.
writes that there are three words used in the English translations of the Bible to define
the occult. They are "the pillars of demonology:"
||Divination, which he defines as fortune telling through the use of tarot cards, tea leaves,
crystal balls etc.
||Sorcery, which he claims uses drugs, dancing, charms and makeup. In
reality, sorcery uses spoken words and rituals to change the future.
||Witchcraft, which advocates disobedience and leads to domination,
manipulation and control of others. In reality, Wicca, which is the main
form of Witchcraft in the U.S., forbids its members from attempting to
harm others. Their main rule of behavior, the Wiccan Rede, prohibits
Wiccans from using spells or other rituals to influence the behaviors of
Some points raised in the book:
||In an apparent reference to court decisions concerning Wicca he
notes that Witchcraft has been recognized as a religious movement by the
U.S. government. He states that Wiccans pray to devils. In reality, they
worship a God and a Goddess. He
links Wicca with the hillside strangler in California whom he claims was
a devil worshiper. Ken Bianchi (1935 - 2002)
certainly was a sexual sadist. He killed nine young women. But there is
absolutely no indication that he was a Wiccan.
||He states that the aboriginals of Latin America,
practiced Witchcraft before the European invasion and the forced
conversion to Roman Catholicism. The original religions in
Latin America were certainly non-Christian. However, they were unrelated
||He lists "spiritual wickedness in high places" within
Christian churches which are caused by the infiltration of Witchcraft. These include
allowing gays and lesbians to be ordained into the ministry, permitting
adultery, promoting positive thinking, engaging in mental telepathy,
etc. None of these practices are particularly linked to Wicca or other
forms of Witchcraft.
||He defines witchcraft as including worship of any deity other than
the Christian Trinity. This would include Islam, Hinduism, Taoism and
essentially all of the great world religions as forms of Witchcraft.
||He links Witchcraft to Santeria, which is
practiced in many Caribbean countries. In reality, Santeria is a
syncretistic Caribbean religion formed from a merger of Roman
Catholicism and the beliefs of the Yoruba and Bantu people in Southern
Nigeria, Senegal and Guinea Coast. It is unrelated to Witchcraft.