PureFlix Entertainment bills itself as family-friendly entertainment, as a Christian alternative to Netflix and other movie channels. It’s branded tagline: “No Language, Sex or Violence Surprises.”
And yet there is a strong warning with its new promotional release of the 2013 movie, Divination:
"Divination is a spiritual warfare thriller like no other you’ve seen. PARENTAL WARNING: Spiritual warfare. NOT FOR CHILDREN. Spiritual forces collide in a supernatural battle between good and evil."
First red flag: Spiritual Warfare. For those Christians who think engaging in spiritual warfare is okay, it is not. Other than equipping our minds with Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17), putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:13), and fleeing from the devil (1 Peter 5:8-9), we are NOT to engage in casting out or battling demons in the spirit realm or any other realm. Yes, Jesus equipped and anointed the Apostles to do that, but He does not want us engaging with demonic forces.
Note: There is an entire movement called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) which sprang from the Latter Rain Movement, encouraging and teaching Christians to engage in this sort of Spiritual Warfare Ministry, and you need to research this unbiblical counterfeit movement if you are involved in it.
I’m not a PureFlix subscriber and can’t review the movie, but I most definitely will review the advertisement trailer that bombards my Facebook Timeline several times a day, urging me to sign up for my first month of PureFlix viewing for free.
First, we know (or should know) what God commands us about avoiding witchcraft and sorcery: Deuteronomy 18:9–12 “…Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”
Here’s the trailer, and I warn you it is frightening.
Notice this statement about the demonic:
“It isn’t just real, it’s more real than the physical world. There are forces around us all the time. Some people can tap into it. And change things. You have that gift. I can see it in your eyes.”
So this woman is a “seer” who can “tap into” the spirit realm? Folks, this not a spiritual gift or anointing of God to be admired, but is pure witchcraft.
When one of the male characters bellows, “Open your eyes, Jason. Open your eyes!” We see a pair of hands opening to reveal eyeballs in the palms of his hands. This kind of imagery is taking artistic license with the New Age. Again, this is not biblical Christianity.
Are there positive messages of Divination? Many would point out that the movie decries dabbling in the occult, which is a good thing. But aside from opening up doors to demonic, the movie does not explain why, and more importantly it does not point to a Who. No Jesus, no repentance, no cross, no salvation, according to those who have seen the entire movie:
“I liked how they showed what goes on in the realm of the spirit and how we open doors to the demonic when we mess with the occult. I liked how they showed angels watching over us to protect and defend us but, what I did not like is that there was no mention of Jesus or God. The angels just kept saying, "he". And that whole blood thing with the tree and the husband using his blood to set his wife free... what was that about? Only the Blood of Jesus can wash away our sins, heal, deliver, set us free and put the devil to flight! This was the biggest disappointment for me concerning this movie.”
Here is the Pureflix synopsis of Divination.
Jason is a young, successful artist married to the lovely Jessica. They are filled with joy at their first pregnancy and the uncanny return of their mysterious friend Dee. However, Jason is tormented by Fear continually whispering nightmares and horrific visions into his mind. As he descends deeper and deeper into the dark places of his mind an intervention is made by the powerful angel Joshua and the war for Jason and his family is on.
Divination is a spiritual warfare thriller like no other you’ve seen. This movie contains the following: Violence - Several fights and sword fights with angels cutting demons and flashes of CGI blood spurting; body parts of spiritual beings cut off; woman does blood ritual and cuts self with knife; stabbings with knives; bloody hand; character hit by car in man's dream; man puts gun in mouth and then shot is heard; in spirit realm a face is whacked and then falls from body. Drugs - Wine a couple of times. Other - Very scary images of fierce looking demons with sharp teeth and angry evil faces; woman casts spells and practices the occult and gives occult book to friend; tarot cards seen on table; other woman practices an occult ritual; blood put on book; talk of divination; spirits including fear but heavenly angels are seen as well; man has nightmares.
Final thoughts today from Scripture: The name of Jesus is not a magic incantation that causes demons to flee from before us. Even Michael the archangel did not rebuke Satan in his own power but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9). When we start talking to the devil, we run the risk of being led astray as Eve was (Genesis 3:1–7). Our focus should be on God, not demons; we speak to Him, not them.