Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Devil's Latest Scheme

When I first saw the commercials last year, I admit I was somewhat interested; but after watching the show one time, my intrigue went from curiosity to overwhelming concern, with a trace of anger.

The television series I am referring to is called Long Island Medium.  In case you aren't familiar, it is a series where a woman named Theresa Caputo claims to be a spiritual medium, gifted with the ability to hear and talk with the dead with the intent of giving people messages from their deceased relatives.

I can honestly say that I will never again watch any episode of Long Island Medium, but unfortunately not everyone feels the same way.  According to reports, the show has been averaging 1.9 million viewers in its second season, up from 1.3 million viewers on average during its first season. And is scheduled to start a 3rd season in September.

1.9 million people are now falling prey to the devil in sheep's clothing - or should I say, trendy clothing with a big blonde hairdo. Theresa is an entertainer who claims to be helping people with her gift of talking with the dead. However, in my opinion, she is causing imminent harm to not only those whom she thinks she is helping, but possibly up to 1.9 million viewers who are being deceived by Satan's latest schemes, of which we are warned about in Ephesians 6:10-11 which says,  "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes."

This latest scheme is proof that the devil will use whatever he can, even 21st century technology, to try to pull the wool over the eyes of people who are desperate to believe that there is life after death, but are not convinced that that after life is either heaven or hell, as the Bible states. 

Unfortunately, Theresa Caputo knows nothing about life after death or higher beings. She has been quoted saying that she does not believe in God, but depends on a "spirit guide" to help her with her quest to channel the dead. Even had she not stated her lack of belief in God, it is obvious, because the Bible clearly condemns any use of mediums, psychics, or spiritism. 

Whether referring to talking with the dead, reading horoscopes, tarot cards, palm readings, fortune tellers, astrology or even playing a Ouiji board game - practices based on the concept that some type of spirit, or 'god', or a deceased loved one can communicate with the living is wrong, and against God's ways. 

In the case of the Long Island Medium, people are amazed at the facts she seems to know. It doesn't take but a few minutes to see the look of shock and awe on a person's face when she tells them truths about their personal lives or families that she has no way of knowing. I admit, it's convincing, and quite obvious that somehow she does have the means to know information that she has not been told - that 'somehow' is known as 'Satan'. 

Ephesians 6:12 is one example of proof that demons exists, and that they are hard at work in their game of deception, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
Also in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, we read that Satan disguises himself in ways that would be attractive. After all, if he showed up looking like a fiery demon, I doubt anyone would choose to follow. That passage says: "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve."   

In many areas of life, sin appears to be good and pleasurable, and we get pulled into thinking if it seems fun, or pleasing, or looks attractive, that it's okay. Until that sin wraps its way into our hearts and wreaks havoc on our lives, in the hopes of pulling us so far away from God into such a deep pit of worthlessness, that we can never find our way back. Although watching this show seems innocent and interesting, it is spreading an addiction to deception.  

My prayer is that although Theresa thinks she is helping people, shedding light on the unseen world, that she will see the damage she is actually causing to people who are grasping at straws to believe in something good and helpful.   I have even considered that she may not be aware of how she is actually getting the information, because she is blinded by the devil's deception in her own heart.
Although Theresa Caputo seems like a very nice lady, and genuinely thinks she is using this gift for the good of others, the truth is, she is simply being used in a scheme orchestrated by the powers of darkness that we are warned about in God's Word. If information, guidance and supernatural intervention are not from God, then it is from the deceiver. As long as she continues this masquerade, other people will get hooked as well, and possibly destroyed by the enemy in the long run.

Will you join me in praying for Theresa Caputo? That she will find the real source of guidance and that she will hear God's voice above all the voices fighting for her attention? That she will dicover the one true God, our only divine source of guidance before it's too late? 

Will you pray that the millions of people watching this show will awaken to this scheme, and put on the full armor of God to protect their hearts from the enemy who wants nothing more than to destroy them from the inside out?  If you have been been intrigued enough by this show, ask God to cleanse your heart, and make a commitment to turn the channel when it comes on.

Let's stand firm as a nation against the things of this world that are not of God.  When we storm the throne of heaven with righteous anger and pleas for intervention to overcome evil, God always hears, and in the end, the victory will be His. In fact, it already is.

What are your thoughts on this subject? 

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Anonymous said...

Praying for Ms Caputo and the viewers of the show that the enemy will be exposed for what "it" is and that people will seek God for any and all guidance that they need .

randie said...

I have not seen or heard of this show .I would defenatly not watch it because I remember reading in the bible when paul told a fortune teller to leave be cause she was of the devil not God. I don't remeber the vers but I am going to . I never watch programs like this about mediums and shuch and I will pary for the veiwers of rhe show and the cast. pray that God will revel the true idenity of the devil trying to ruin there lives.

Sheila said...

You are completely on target.

Kim Wood said...

I completely agree with you! I could not believe my eyes when I saw what her show was going to be about. I think I may have watched the first 10 min or so of her first one. I than turned the channel. I pray that the evil will be exposed for what it is evil!!!! I pray that God will remove the blinders off her eyes! I pray God's proctection over the viewers!!

Anonymous said...

I've not watched the show but did see ads for it. I learned a long time ago that evil lurks in such enticing places. This is all on the same level (to me) that reading mommy porn (50 Shades) and watching sexually charged movies (Magic Mike) are.
Dabbling in any of these is only asking to walk on a slippery slope that NO ONE can honestly balance.

Scripture is clear... F L E E !!

Baking Journey said...

I haven't seen this either and appreciate your post to let us know that it exists. And, yes, Wanda, FLEE. Let me pray now. Dear Heavenly Father, you must be grieved at such, but I ask that you open the eyes of the cast, producers, workers, supporters and the viewers to see that this is unholy and certainly not something to play with. Help each of them to see their need and please give them an opportunity to call upon you for salvation and for strength to reject this latest ploy of Satan. I ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

SuRuDe said...

Thank you, Tracie for taking a stand against the enemy. I become disheartened when Christians do not see the things of darkness as harmful to their souls passing off shows like this, Harry Potter, and Twilight as "not real" and only entertainment. I stand with you and say, "flee!" What fellowship does darkness have with light?

Amy said...

I agree completely, and even told my children the source of her information when the show was first being advertised on TLC. I made it clear that we would not be watching any such show b/c it was contrary to God's Word. I thank you for your boldness in calling out the truth in regard to the show and Ms. Caputo in such a loving and humble way. I believe God is glorified when His people can do this in a way that is not self-righteous, attacking, or condemning.

Chad Jones said...

I knew i was right when i seen my first episode. People ask if this id real ? The answer is yes ! The medium is getting her info from the devil . He is giving her all the info to tell , and the info is all true and accurate , the devil knows how all our charicteristics and personallity , he is giving these people false hope that we dont have to do anything to get to heaven. Because the devil wants you to believe that your loved one went to heaven without God . That is his best lie , that we can get to heaven without the Blood of Jesus . My wife watches the show and she loves it . I have told her not to watch it but she thinks , " its just a show " not knowing that the devil is just as happy with people not believing in anything. You dont even have to believe in the devil to go to hell. The devil will walk you into hell with a smile and a kiss and tell you he loves you , remember he is of light as well . That is what i think people are seeing when they are close to death or technically die for ten minutes , the white light . It reinforces in people that think that just being a good person is good enough to get to heaven because they seen the white light , but just beyond that white light are the pits of hell . For your own sake , ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you , know that the only way to get to heaven is thru Him , know that Jesus died at calvary for all our sins and was resurrected on the third day , ask Him to be first in your life , Know that Jesus died for all our sins on the cross. Its a free gift that He gives us all if we will just ask and trust in Him .

Anonymous said...

You people are COMPLETELY blind by the unopened minds youv created for yourself. Even if you believed what she was doing was real, it would only be considered "evil" in your book just because you faithfully believe so in a word of old cultural beliefs. We will grow out of polytheism and monotheism. We will find the real truth of the afterlife is a wonderful place for us to renew our souls and grow from the world we experienced in the physical world. There is NO DEVIL or TRUE EVIL because there is only peace to an extent to what we believe we deserve. The reason for the belief of this "evil" and evil characters like demons and such is due to our minds wishing for revenge for the people that have done bad and "wrong" things that we feel they deserve it so there must be an after life for them to eternally suffer much more than the people that physically suffered from the others bad acts. Please. This religion is made upon from thousands ago when they had nothing else to believe because life was so harsh. That's beyond the point, but the truth is that Theresa is not evil. If she was a fake, I don't really care because I know that psychics are helpers and it is something we all have in us, we just aren't as sensitive spiritually as others.

Anonymous said...

You should be ashamed of yourself for judging others. Teresa does not fortune tell. U are twisting and manipulating what she stands for. Telling someone their loved ones are ok and with god so they can feel some relief from a sense of grief is not "evil" but running ur mouth the way u are certainly is.

Josef said...

Hello there,

It's because of Theresa Caputo that I now believe in God and Heaven. I have been raised Catholic, but the belief was always doubted. Can you explain to me how Satan would benefit in this situation? If anything, this is bringing me closer to God.

I'm willing to be receptive to any comments. I would have never thought this was Satan, but friends of mine who are Jovah's witness, said it was, although they believe everything is Satan these days. PLease enlighten me on this subject.

Anonymous said...

All of you sound completely uneducated and hateful on top it. Are you sure the devil isn't whispering in your ears with all that hate??? Go ahead... Cast the first stone. You should be ASHAMED of yourselves. Take this ridiculous post down and be in God's white light.

Josef said...

How am I hateful?

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I used to love watching this show, she does seem to be a very nice lady. And, I'm not sure if she really believes she is helping people, but I feel sorry for her:[ I hope she realizes what is truely happening to her, to!

Anonymous said...

If Ms. Caputo is so "evil" as you claim due to her being a medium, then why may I ask did you watch the program in the first place? If you feel that mediums, psychics, etc, are the work of the "devil" then why did you yourself sit through an episode? Surely you knew what it was about as the word "medium" is in the title of the show. Seems a bit hypocritical to me. Also, just for the record, Ms. Caputo is a practicing Catholic. If bringing countless amounts of innocent joy and peace to strangers is considered "evil" so help us all.

Anonymous said...

God allows her to work at this level for different reasons : in order to expose satan's tricks to believers AND help some unbelievers to come to Him (God). God is all power and wisdom, so He constantly uses satan's deceptions for our own good. Praise the Lord!