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Does the Bible Condone Saul’s Conjuring of the Dead?

host Adriel Sanchez aired October 29, 2020

Episode 564 Show Notes 

From the Show

One of the reasons why Saul was condemned, and why we are told that the Spirit of God left him, is because of his attempt at trying to speak to the dead. For those who have hope in Jesus Christ, we have hope that when we die, we are not just going to go float around, as it were–we are going to be with the Lord in heaven.

–Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. In Deuteronomy 29, when it says that Israel served and worshiped “gods whom they had not known and whom he had not allotted to them,”does this suggest that there are other spiritual beings that are lower gods?

2. Should we repeatedly ask for the same things in prayer?

3. Does God ever say thank you in response to us when we are obedient to walk in good works, or is God too awesome and important to say ‘thank you’ to his servants?

4. In 1 Samuel 28, Saul has a strange encounter with the “Witch of Endor.”From my understanding, Saul consults this woman to summon the spirit of prophet Samuel in order to receive advice against the Philistines in battle. Does this sequence prove that there are ghosts or spirits of dead people that can actually be summoned?


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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their five children.

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