Why do so many encourage magical thinking? Because then you need a magician. Authority and power tends to prefer the people be spellbound than rational. It is better for the masses to be mystified than discerning.
I’ve seen it so many times. It’s dangerous, but it works! All a person has to do is say, “I hear from God, and he has something he wants me to say to you!” and the person is hooked! Most anyway. I’ve seen it. Actually, I’ve been it! People are so hungry for proof of the spirit that the hook doesn’t even need bait, it just needs to be shiny. The hook is “There is a god” and the shine is, “He has something to say to you personally”. There’s money in that.
I’m not against spirit, but I am against its misuse. I’m not against mystery or the unexplainable, but I am opposed to it being marketed like snake oil.
Discernment of spirits. Where’s that gift when you need it?