I should have seen this coming. Why wouldn’t the devil find new ways to use high tech to facilitate demonic possession. His latest attempt at occult spiritualism? Audio and video chatting with the dearly departed. To make necromancy easier, a new company called AFTR will turn you into a spiritualist medium instantly. This form of high-tech divination is part of a new branch of so-called “death care” known as “death-tech.” Cameras are installed at a loved one’s gravesite with two-way virtual communication. AFTR describes this as having “an eternal connection” with dead loved ones. All this for $499, plus access to unlimited streaming for an additional $12.99 a month.
Necromancy is spoken of in Deuteronomy 18:11, where Scripture lists ten forbidden practices of the occult, which God considers “abominations,” that which is disgraceful and utterly detestable. A necromancer is one who speaks with the dead or summons their spirits to foretell the future and discover hidden knowledge. King Saul committed this evil, as recorded in 1 Samuel 28, and brought judgment on his kingdom. It resulted in the death of him and his sons the very next day (1 Samuel 28:19).
This sin of necromancy is practiced today by shamans, psychics, and spiritualist mediums. Having spent much time in Ukraine, I am aware of the practice of families having picnics at the graveyard burial site of a loved one. Sometimes food is set out for the dead to eat, also a common practice in eastern religions. All such communication with the dead is witchcraft and brings destruction and spiritual death. I have dealt with countless cases of demonic possession which resulted from attempts to talk to the dead, or practice ancestor worship. In Luke 16, regarding the story of the rich man and the beggar Lazarus, the Bible declares that there is a “great gulf” (also translated as a “great chasm” – NIV) across which the dead and living cannot cross. Any attempt to do so is deception and disobedience to God, no matter how high-tech such necromancy may be.