How to Share the Gospel With a Wiccan
Wicca is a loosely organized set of beliefs that are rooted in mystical traditions, including but not limited to Celtic or Norse paganism, Greek and Roman goddess worship, ancient Egyptian spirituality, Eastern Shamanism, and even Native American spiritual practices depending on the group. People may be attracted to Wicca because of the strong connection they feel with the world around them and in particular with nature. Wiccans are generally tolerant of other religions, but they do not welcome anyone trying to ‘convert’ them.
Questions You Can Ask
- What’s your spiritual background?
- What’s the one thing that you like the most about your Wiccan beliefs?
- Have you ever had a supernatural or paranormal experience?
- Do you believe there are good spirits and evil spirits?
- Do you ever talk about your beliefs with others who see things the same way or do you feel pretty isolated when it comes to your religion?
- Have you ever been mocked or rejected for being a Wiccan by those who claimed to be Christians?
- What do you think happens after we die?
- Who do you think Jesus was?
- What do you think of Jesus’ claim that He was God and the way back to God?
- Has anyone ever explained the gospel to you?
Areas You Can Admire
- Their desire to develop a spiritual view of life.
- Their deep respect for life and nature.
- Their belief in a supreme being.
- Their desire to think for themselves.
What a Wiccan Believes
Wiccans vary in their beliefs, but the majority of them hold to the eight beliefs listed below:
- Everyone has the divine (or goddess) within, and everyone has a ‘life-force’.
- One should develop natural gifts for divination or occult magic (often spelled ‘magick’ by occultists.)
- Divine forces or nature spirits are invoked in rituals.
- The Goddess, as either a symbol or a real entity, is the focus of worship.
- Nature and the earth are sacred manifestations of the Goddess.
- Everyone has their own individual spiritual path to follow.
- Rituals and celebrations are linked to the seasons and moon phases.
- Meditation, visualization, invocation (calling on forces or gods/goddesses), chanting, burning candles and special rituals trigger a sense of the mystical, which typically reinforces their core belief system.
Wiccans believe in a male counterpart to the Goddess, who could possibly be the Christian God or the God of Islam.
About the Trinity:
A Wiccan doesn’t believe in the Trinity.
They believe Jesus was an enlightened man who should be honored just like Mohammed, Moses, Krishna, and Buddha, but he was not and is not God in the flesh.
About the Bible:
Wiccans don’t believe in absolute truth, but do consider the Bible a good book that they pick and choose from to help on their own spiritual path.
About the Afterlife:
They believe in an endless cycle of reincarnation (birth-death-birth-death, etc.) and karma (what you do here affects you in the next life). They does not believe in heaven or hell.
A Wiccan does not believe in sin or a need for forgiveness, so they doesn’t see a need for salvation. In their mind, being ‘saved’ would be to reach a point where one is free from the reincarnation/karma cycle.
What the Bible Teaches
God identified Himself as “I Am” (Exodus 20:2), meaning He is the self-existent (never had a beginning or end) eternal Creator of the universe. There is no Goddess.
About the Trinity:
There is one God and yet three Persons (Isaiah 45:5; Deuteronomy 6:4; James 2:19). There are no other ‘gods’ or ‘goddesses’.
Jesus is fully God and fully man, He is the God of the universe (John 1:1, 14, 18; 8:58 ; 10:30. Compare Titus 2:13 and Isaiah 45:21), and His death on the cross completely paid for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). What a Wiccan sees as ‘enlightened’ was actually Jesus’ power as God. What separates Him from Moses, Buddah, Mohammed, etc. was that He came back from the dead.
About the Bible:
The Bible alone is the word of God and is absolute truth. It is without error. It cannot and should not be added to or subtracted from (2 Timothy 3:16-4:4; Revelation 22:18-20), and it is also the ultimate authority on spiritual matters. Every word of it is inspired by God, so you can’t just pick and choose what you ‘think’ is true.
About the Afterlife:
Those who trust in Christ alone as their only hope of salvation will spend eternity in heaven; those who reject Christ will spend an eternity in hell (John 5:24-30; Revelation 20:11-15). The Bible denies the concept of reincarnation (Hebrews 9:27-28).
All people are sinners in need of forgiveness (Romans 3:23). Salvation is by faith in Christ ALONE on the basis of His death on the cross. (John 3:16 -17, 36; 6:29 ,47; Romans 4:1-5; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
Things to Remember
- Most Wiccans are extremely sensitive toward anything that sounds intolerant and/or judgmental, so approach matters of right and wrong with extreme caution. They also often see Christianity as an oppressive religion, so be sure to show love and respect as someone who represents the Christian faith.
- Ask your Wiccan friend what they believe about Christianity, because they might have a distorted image of what it actually is. Try to use this as an opportunity to help them develop a correct understanding of true Christianity.
- Don’t confuse Wiccans with witches, because anyone can practice witchcraft, but Wiccans follow a strict code. Also, don’t confuse Wiccans with Satanists, because most Wiccans don’t believe in Satan or the devil.
- Outline the strengths and reliability of the Bible (accuracy, consistency, fulfilled prophecy, etc.) because Wiccans rejects it as an unreliable source.
- Stress your personal relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ and what impact that has on your heart and life.
- Whether your friend knows it or not, they are in the grips of Satan. So like you would with a Satanist, be sure to cover your relationship and conversations with them in a ton of prayer.
For Further Research
- Pick up a copy of Greg Stier’s book Dare 2 Share: A Field Guide to Sharing Your Faith
- Check out carm.org