Should We Associate With People From False Religions?

Q. I am very thankful for this website. I believe that God has used this to confirm many things that He has shown me and He has also used it to teach me (of which I have gone to confirm it through His Word!). Thank you for your obedience to your ministry!

I was reading your article about Contemplative Prayer (which I had never heard about) and looked up Deut. 18 to read about how we are to not have anything to do with people who practice witchcraft etc.

I have worked with someone for the past ten years…we are not ‘friends’, just acquaintances who happen to sit next to each other. Actually, she has always ‘irked’ me and I always wondered why she ‘quietly’ got under my skin so bad. Recently, since we now sit next to each other, she confided (because she knows that I am a Christian and probably ignorantly associates this on the same level) that her husband practices spiritual communications and spells, which I did tell her, “Oh, so he practices witchcraft”, and then told her that was against God.

God’s Word in Deuteronomy 18:10-11 says: Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in [fn] the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.’ My question is, to what extent should I have nothing to do with someone who practices these things? Is talking and being friendly with them ok?

A. In Deut. 18:10-11 we’re warned not to practice false religions, and in 2 Cor. 6:14-15 we’re told to avoid being in a relationship with anyone who does. But we’re also told to share the Gospel. This requires that we allow the Lord’s love for all people shine through us into the world. To me it means being cordial, and a positive influence on those around us.

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