My friend and former student Marla Alupoaicei had little interaction with Wiccans until she was in college. There she met a girl in a writing class who told her, “I’m a white witch.” Marla didn’t know what to say, and having been taught to stay away from anyone involved with witchcraft, she remained silent. She still regrets being unequipped to have a spiritual conversation with that girl. The experience, though, led to the release of a new book, Generation Hex (Harvest House), which Marla wrote with her brother-in-law, Dillon Burroughs, a staff writer for the John Ankerberg show. In the book she deals with many misconceptions about Wicca, five of which she shared recently with me:
Myth #1: You can tell a person is a Wiccan just by looking at him or her.
Truth: “The average witch is a beautiful twenty-five year old,” according to Jami Shoemaker of Llewellyn Publishers. Wiccans do not necessarily dress “Goth” (nor do they ride on broomsticks).
Myth #2: Wiccans are Satan worshippers who sacrifice living beings.
Truth: Wiccans do not worship Satan directly. They consider Satan part of the Christian tradition; most don’t even believe that he exists. They do not perform human or animal sacrifices.
Myth #3: Wiccans try to convert others to their religion.
Truth: Wiccans read books on Christianity and other religions. They typically do not, however, try to convert others to their faith.
Myth #4: Wiccans don’t follow any rules.
Truth: Wiccans follow the Wiccan Rede, which states, “’An it harm none, do as ye will” (translation: “As long as it doesn’t harm anyone, do whatever you want”). They also follow the Rule of Three, which states that the consequences of a person’s actions, whether positive or negative, will return to that person threefold.
Myth #5 Wicca and Christianity are compatible.
Truth: Scripture clearly states that Christians may not participate in any form of witchcraft. Practices associated with witchcraft include séances, casting spells, palm reading or fortune telling, using Tarot cards, communicating with spirits, playing with Ouija boards, or playing occult-related video games.
Marla concludes by saying, “The truth is that most Wiccans enjoy engaging in honest, open dialogue about their faith. If you show genuine interest in them, most will be glad to discuss their beliefs and experiences with you. When you have the opportunity, share a testimony about how God has transformed your life through Christ.”
While every witch is lost in that he or she lacks a saving relationship with Christ, not every witch is wicked in the ways many people think. It's worth our time to learn about their world view. Another of my friends, Julie, told me she had prayed for her college roommate for years. “She was a Wiccan,” Julie said, “And last year she phoned to tell me she had trusted Christ as her Savior.” In telling me this she countered yet another myth--that Wiccans are hopeless causes.