One person writing to me had this to say: "I feel that any alleged contact with Mary is not only bogus but most likely a channeled evil spirit." This person is confusing legitimate appearances of Mary sent by God with necromancy which is prohibited by God. People who practice necromancy are conjuring up spirits of the dead for the purpose of knowing the future or influencing future events. The Book of Deuteronomy speaks against necromancy: "Let there not be found among you---one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead" (Dt. 18:10-11).
However, it is necessary to differentiate between apparitions sent by God and necromancy which is prohibited by God. Apparitions or appearances are quite different because no one is trying to conjure up anything. They simply happen because God wills them to happen:
- "And behold two men were conversing with him: Moses and Elijah, who appeared in Glory and spoke of his exodus..." (Lk. 9:30, 31). Was Jesus practicing necromancy when Moses and Elijah appeared conversing with him?
My point is simply that we should not necessarily assume that someone appearing from the other side such as Moses or Elijah or Mary is bogus or an evil spirit. People who fail to differentiate between legitimate apparitions sent from God and necromancy are leaving out significant portions of Scripture, probably without realizing it. They were simply following their own tradition, thinking it was Biblical. In necromancy, people are in control and are using unholy means to gain knowledge or influence; in legitimate apparitions, God is in control for his good purposes. After explaining this to the man, who was suggesting an evil source, it made Biblical sense to him and he was able to accept it.
In the apparitions that I have spoken of in more detail, Mary greets us with, "Praise be Jesus." With millions of Christians experiencing deeper conversions, with thousands of Jews being led to Christ, and with hundreds, if not thousands, of miraculous physical healings, I find it difficult to believe that channeled evil spirits could be behind this. If this were true, then Satan's kingdom would be divided and Jesus said, "If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him" (Mk. 3:24,26).
Just because the allegation is made that someone's power is of Satan does not necessarily make it so. Remember, Jesus was accused of operating, "By the prince of demons" (Mk. 3:22). And so I may not like it that someone tries to associate legitimate appearances of Mary with evil spirits; however, I should not be surprised either. After all, Jesus said,
- "If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more those of his household" (Mt. 10:25)! Furthermore, I believe Mary would qualify as being of the household of Jesus.