As America draws near to the important act of voting, there are some spiritual details we might miss. When, in the first century, Paul wrote to the Christians in Ephesus, the culture was dominated by the worship of the goddess Artemis. A kind of Mother Nature served by galli (homosexual priests), she symbolized human autonomy from the Creator and represented the universal worship of Nature.
Acts 19 gives us a sense of the spiritual state of Ephesus and so helps us as we consider our present situation. Architecturally impressive, Ephesus was full of sorcerers, witches and astrologers, who practiced occult magic arts. The Goddess stood at the center of this life, her temple one of the Seven Wonders of the World. As the antithesis to the God of the Bible, she represented fertility, the eternal return to the earth every spring of natural life. Artemis, often associated with the Egyptian goddess Isis, was worshiped both as the sustainer of the physical universe, and also as the goddess of the underworld. She was, therefore, the source of occult spirituality. In other words, in Ephesus, we see a direct face-off between the Goddess/creation/the Lie and God/the Creator/the Truth (Romans 1:25).
In our time of renewed spiritual paganism Isis/Artemis is back. Meet Jean Houston.
Houston was the “counselor” or “channeler” for Hillary Clinton in the 1990s in the White House, enabling her to make spiritual contact with Eleanor Roosevelt. During that same period, she published The Passion of Isis and Osiris: A Gateway to Transcendent Love (1995), a book that proposes this ancient Egyptian myth as the key to our present salvation. As a spiritual teacher, Houston encouraged seekers like Hillary to enter deeply into the ancient myths. Addressing the nation as a whole, she stated: “Myths speak to…the deep unconscious, embedded in the psyche itself…After becoming Isis, we return to our own life enhanced. We form a powerful sense of identity with the mythic characters, not only for our own existence,…but for the remaking of society” (Passion of Isis and Osiris, 4-6). If we are divine, as Houston argues, then we are the center of the story and we can determine what is right and wrong for us. High-level corruption can be justified. Moreover, myth-based spirituality is an essential requirement for the future of the world (Passion, 10).
Electing a president highly influenced by such thinking would have serious spiritual implications for the country and the Church. The issue is neither politics nor even moral failure. It is the deep commitment to pagan cosmology. Respected liberal journalist Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame, documents Hillary’s relationship with Jean Houston. He declared that “Hillary spoke with the dead.” Apparently, while Hillary no longer mentions her relationship with Houston, it still continues.
Presently (Nov 2016) Jean Houston is offering a five-day intensive course to “enter the worlds behind our physical reality and to provide powerful insights and initiation into spiritual rites and practices from ancient Greek, Egyptian and indigenous cultures, studying the spiritual practices of the magus [magician], the alchemist [occult science], the shaman [the paranormal channeler] and the sage [pagan wisdom].” Talk about “forming a powerful sense of identity”! This is pure, experiential paganism. What do you think Hillary Clinton meant when she stated earlier that she found Western Civilization bankrupt (Barbara Olson, Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton [Washington,1999], 311), and when she said, during a recent 2015 speech at the Women in the World Summit, that religious beliefs “have to be changed”?
Let’s be clear. Houston’s teaching is a studied attempt to blot out our God-given sense of the Creator, an attempt the Apostle Paul calls the active suppression of the truth (Romans 1:18). Millions of people in the USA are engaged in this same process. They call themselves progressives, which means they favor broad sexual freedom; often fill their minds with Eastern spiritual disciplines (such as yoga and Mindfulness); profess belief in the “god within”; and sooner or later become involved in various forms of occult/mystical experience.
If Paul reminded first-century Ephesians about the nature of the real battle, should we not also resist the embrace of a pagan worldview? This election is about more than politics. Perhaps, like never before, it is about spiritual warfare.
We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12)
We should take to heart the apostle’s final exhortation: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Eph. 6:10-11).