Soon after the fall of man, people began to traffic with the fallen angels and demons rule over the affairs of this world directly or indirectly, by the consent of man. There are many who have sought power to get what they want by serving these spirits. In some cases the power is obtained through sacrifices, in other cases, through religious or magic rituals, or a combination of both.
These fallen angels, these evil spirits, are masters of deception. Their agenda is to destroy mankind, but they are limited in that they have to operate in a certain sense by the rules which God Almighty has set. Like a computer virus or trojan horse which does much destruction because it spreads well before it strikes, these beings spread their influence through various religious and occult societies, infecting mankind with all kinds of curses BEFORE destroying their subjects. Being creatures of darkness and deception, they are not honest about who they are. They have the power to manifest themselves even as angels of light, benevolent spirit guides, ascended masters or whatever form they choose to take. By gaining the trust of their subjects, they are able to use them as agents of destruction.
None of these evil spirits ever died for us to take away our sins. Their interest is not in our betterment, though they may claim to the contrary. They want to keep us from the Saviour Jesus Christ, and get us into a religion where we become our own saviours, or where we trust some false god to save us. It doesn’t matter what the exact religion is. In every case, if we die in our sins, without receiving the cleansing made available by the perfect blood sacrifice of the Son of God, we will be forever at war with God in our hearts, and forever suffer the fiery wrath of God. The evil spirits, the gods of this age, want exactly that to happen. They offer spiritual and worldly trinkets in order to deceive us and cause us to lose our eternal souls.
Pagan religions and occult practices are two of the broad classes of weapons that these fallen angels have in binding us to that which will ultimately destroy us. All forms of witchcraft – “white” or “black” come into this category. They both deny the only Saviour whose death and resurrection proves Him to be in fact the Son of God and the true Saviour of the world. All the doctrines coming from spiritism, ufo encounters, scientology, the new age movement, wicca, shamanism and a thousand other forms deny Jesus Christ and lead people into a corrupt pursuit of demonic power.