I suppose someone who’s gullible enough to believe the stories in the Bible can’t be blamed for believing that magic is real…
But screw it: Pastor Dan Delzell thinks magic is real.
First, take a look at this video featuring the magician Dynamo:
Cool trick. I couldn’t tell you exactly how he did it, but that’s precisely what makes it a neat illusion.
Here’s Delzell’s take on it:
I had never heard of the magician, Dynamo, until I read about how he floated alongside a double-decker bus in London recently. I watched the video. Personally, I think it was legit. I believe this was a paranormal event and an authentic example of levitation. But it’s not like this sort of thing is completely unheard of today.
Umm… what? Did Delzell not notice that he wrote the word “magician” in that same paragraph?
Then he continued:
Many magicians and other occultists have experienced levitation and various forms of supernatural power. These sorcerers typically cast spells or perform other rituals in an attempt to conjure the power to accomplish these feats. It is becoming more and more commonplace to see such expressions of magical performance.
Just as some magicians engage in illusion, so do the spirits which seduce magicians to go deeper and deeper into their craft. It is incredibly enticing, especially when the performers start to get high on the attention it brings them. While the spellbinding feats such as levitation are very often real, these “abilities” are not under the ultimate control and power of the magician.…
Thankfully, there is a way out of this addiction if you are one of those who has become snagged in their cunning web of witchcraft and sorcery. Do you want to get free from this “puppet life” and magical obsession? Here is something any witch or magician should seriously consider. Try saying these words sincerely from your heart, if you dare:
(Spoiler: The magical words involve Jesus.)
Anyway, that really just happened. A columnist for a non-parody website wrote about how a magic trick isn’t a trick at all; it’s all witchcraft and seduction, led by Satan.
But there is a way out!
And then begin to read the Bible rather than books about magic. God’s Word will fill your soul with things you could never receive from the dark side.
No one ever tell this man about Twilight or he’ll have an aneurysm…
By the way, if the name of the pastor sounds familiar, it’s because he recently offered “irrefutable” mathematical proof for Christianity… without using any math whatsoever:
There is no way one man could have fulfilled all 8 of these prophecies unless God was making it happen. Who else controls history? Who else could give us such irrefutable proof for Christianity? The odds are one in one hundred quadrillion, or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.
If someone told me Delzell was an atheist pulling a fast one on the Christian Post, I would believe you. Maybe this is part of some long game to delegitimize the faith. (I think he’s for real, though…)
Even the Christian commenters at the Post can’t believe this guy’s one of them. But I wouldn’t let them feel superior so easily. Delzell’s claims still make about as much sense as most pastors do on a Sunday morning.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)