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i have been sick for 9 years. i have seen many doctors, including specialists. i have undergone traditional as well as alternative therapies. i am making some slow progress. however, my illnesses are systemic, chronic and elusive. my primary physician referred me to a medical intuitive. she has had success in leading patients to the appropriate treatments, procedures, etc. she says she channels the information from angels. i don't know if i believe the information comes from angels, however, i know there are some people who have the "gift" of being more "psychic", "sensitive" or "intuitive". i know the Bible teaches against the use of witchcraft, sorcery, etc. would this fall under the same catagory?

i've also always had a question about the verses in the Bible regarding God answering prayers that are according to His will. one verse in particular says that if we pray for something that is according to God's will, then we know that He hears us. and, if we know He hears us, then we know we have what we have prayed for. if you aren't sure if something is God's will for your life (i.e. getting married, being healed, or any number of things), how can you know that you have what you have prayed for?

is it inappropiate for women to wear pants to worship? - Kimberly

Many people call themselves psychics, channelers, etc. which is nothing more than a nomenclature change for what the Bible clearly prohibits. According to what you have shared, there seems to be no place for prayer or God in this lady's craft. She "channels" the information from Angels? That is the type of terminology that furtune tellers and people of that type use. Many people who believe in "angels" have little to no belief in God or the Bible. Angels, spirits, crystals, reading the stars, etc. all were part of the same landscape. Don't let the word "angels" fool you. Consinder Gal. 1:7ff.

Biblically, Angels have never been something for humans to use at will. They answer to no one but God. Almost without exception, people were terrified when an angel appeared to them.

Does what this person is doing fall under the same category as what the Bible prohibits? From what you have shared with me, I would say yes. This does not appear to be from God, and if it is not from God, where do you suppose it comes from? I would urge you to read Deut 18:9-14 very carefully and consider each verse. What is going on may be detestable to God.

Stick to what the Bible says to do. James 5:13-18 is a good passage to read and consider. God wants you to pray and rely on him. He may have other things in mind. If we ask anything according to his will he hears us (1 John 5:14). I would encourage you to read the prayers of Paul in Ephesians 3 or Colossians 1. Remember the big picture in your prayer life to help you keep perspective on God's will. If you lose sight of the big picture, it will be very difficult to focus on God's will. I would also urge you to read 1 Cor 12:7-11. The question to ask first of all is "How can God use me through all of this?"

The only guidance on clothing comes from these passages.

"A woman shall not wear man's clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman's clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God (Deut 22:5)."

"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness (1 Tim 2:9-10)."

To some extent, the exact picture of proper dress is culturally sensitive. As long as they are modest, and in good taste, and reflect the spirit of Christ, there should be no problem with it. Pants may have been considered improper at one time, but as a general rule that is no longer true.

John Telgren
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Leavenworth, KS 66048
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