James Van Praagh's Beyond TV show
Is he really communicating with dead people 
or is something else going on?

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Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. 
Leviticus 19:31

One of the most spiritually dangerous and highly misleading TV shows airing today is James Van Praagh's program called Beyond.  In the show, he allegedly contacts deceased relatives and friends of guests on his program in front of a live audience.  The guests who have received a message through him, allegedly from the deceased person, are then interviewed afterwards to get their reaction to the experience.  Often they say that it must have been the actual deceased person they were trying to contact, because Mr. Van Praagh communicated details of things that he could not possibly have known about.  To those who understand what is really going on, it is no surprise whatsoever that a) he may really be having contact with spirits, b) he may actually be receiving information from the spirit(s) that he could not possibly have known about and c) he seems to be authentic and sincere.  However, in spite of these things, he is still sincerely wrong and is a very dangerous person.

Mr. Van Praagh may be having actual contacts with spirits.  If he is, they're not who he and his guests think they are.

There is no question that he is either a) a clever hustler or b) actually having spiritual contacts that are giving him this information.  If he is having real spirit contacts, we can be 100% certain that he's not communicating with the deceased people he thinks he is. He is being deceived by demons who are a lot smarter than he is.

God created all living creatures including spirits, so He is the ultimate authority on this topic.  A careful review of the Bible reveals these truths about what Mr. Edward is involved in:

  1. It is impossible to contact deceased persons directly or through mediums like Mr. Van Praagh.

  2. Deceased people can't contact us regardless of whether they're in Heaven or Hell.

  3. Demons will sometimes exploit attempts to contact the dead by deceiving those who are doing it with all kinds of very believable counterfeit experiences.  

  4. God absolutely forbids these kinds of contacts for our own good, and because He finds them offensive.

  5. Like other mediums who refuse to heed God's warnings on this matter, Mr. Van Praagh may in some cases be facilitating direct contact between demons and the guests who appear on his TV show.  It is possible that the demons may remain in contact with some of them long after the show is over to continue the deception.

  6. We are not defenseless against this trickery.  We can learn to spot demonic deceptions by learning what God teaches us about them in the Bible.

Here is a list of some of the key Bible verses that James VanPraagh and those who utilize his services are violating or are foolishly ignoring:

Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. 
Leviticus 19:31

There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  
Deuteronomy 18:10 (KJV)

When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God? {Should they} {consult} the dead on behalf of the living? 
Isaiah 8:19 (NAS)

For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  
2 Corinthians 11:13-14 (KJV)

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any [thing] that is done under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 (KJV)

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 4:3-4

The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.
Deuteronomy 29:29

And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?  When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Deuteronomy 18:21-22

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that [would come] from thence.
Luke 16:25-26  (KJV)

[Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12  (KJV)

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