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Bewitched (4 of 5)
Series: Breaking the Chains of Religion
Pastor Jeff Schreve
In 1964, a new situation comedy hit the airwaves. It was very, very popular. It was entitled, "Bewitched." It was designed to be a light-hearted show, although it had an evil premise. In that show, they would cast spells on people. Oftentimes, poor Darrin would have a spell cast on him. And because of that spell, he would believe the wrong thing and do the wrong thing based on that wrong belief. He was bewitched!
Now Paul, in the epistle to the Galatians, he talks about the Christians there, and he was afraid that they, too, had been bewitched; that someone had cast a spell on them and that they were believing lies and acting upon that false belief.
Now it's so dangerous in the Christian life if you get bewitched; if you start believing lies and acting upon those lies; if you get hypnotized in deception, so to speak. And these people because they were in the process of being bewitched, they were getting ready to trade in their victory for defeat. They were getting ready to trade in their liberty in Christ for laws, their relationship with Christ for religion and rituals and rules. They were moving from the power of the Spirit to the power of the flesh. It's a terrible thing when you're bewitched.
Now what was true in the First Century when Paul wrote this letter, and what was true for these people so long ago is still true today. So many of God's people today, so many that are perhaps in this room today or watching on television, you're sitting here and you're bewitched, too. Someone has cast a spell on you. His name is Satan. And he's caused you to believe the wrong things about God and God's ways. And so God wants to teach us today. He wants to work in our hearts today.
We're in a series called, "Breaking the Chains of Religion." And the Lord wants to break those chains, and He wants to do a great work to break the spell that so many find themselve ...
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