JOHN G LAKE, HIS LIFE, HIS SERMONS, HIS BOLDNESS OF FAITH, John writes on page 78, "I said, Are you the man who has been hypnotizing this woman for two years and grafting her hard-earned money?  In the Name of Jesus Christ you will never hypnotize anyone else." Grasping him on the coat front, I struck him on the shoulder with my other hand, saying, "In the Name of the Son of God come out of him."  And it came out.  That hypnotic demon was gone out of him.  He never hypnotized again but earned an honest living."

The History of Hypnosis


You do not have to go very far back in researching hypnotism to see that it is associated with the occult. According to Dr. Cathy Burns, Ph.D. hypnotists themselves referred to hypnotism as seances as recently as 24 years ago.7 In fact, historically hypnosis has been viewed as part of the occult. Prevention magazine carried an article by Kerry Pechter that made that very clear. The article said, "like alchemy and astrology, the practice of hypnosis once belonged to the world of the occult."8 Another author went on to say, "Witchdoctors, Sufi practitioners, shamans, Hindus, Buddhists, and yogis have practiced hypnosis..."9 In India, Hindu conjurers call it Jar-phook according to an old book I have. It says, "The Jar-phook of Upper India [is] a system of treatment practiced by the Indian conjurors, or Jadoo-walla, by stroking and breathing on the limbs or body."10 But you don't have to go across the ocean to find hypnosis associated with the occult. In fact, "ritual hypnosis and dance were integral elements of shaman's communication with the spirits..."11 among the American Indians. A shaman is a medicine man. Both Sitting Bull (Tatankaya Iyotake) and Big Foot of the Sioux used hypnotism.

An honest researcher cannot deny the occult connection of hypnotism. Since that is true, Christians should not have anything to do with the practice. And upon what basis do I say this? Deuteronomy 18:10-12 for one --

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Note the two emphasized words, "enchanter" and "charmer". According to cult/occult researcher Dave Hunt the ancient practice of enchanting and charming involved "exactly what has recently become acceptable in medicine and psychiatry [known] as hypnosis. I believe this both from the ancient usage of this word and from occult traditions.12 In light of this, hypnotism is unacceptable for believers to participate in.