A medium professes to communicate with the dead. The Old Testament or Hebrew Bible lists a medium as one the Lord detests (Deuteronomy 18:11, 12.) A medium was subject to capital punishment (Leviticus 20:27). King Saul of Israel is the most infamous user of a medium. God said it partly brought about his death (1 Samuel 28:7 and 1 Chronicles 10:13).
How the 2002 Schreiber Gambol committee could choose an "internationally known medium" for a fundraiser is amazing! Did they read his web site to see his Spiritualist Church connections? Did they see that he does not see himself as showman but a sincere medium? Did they see that he is not only a practitioner, but that he seeks for others to become mediums? Was there any sensitivity about people who recently lost loved ones? Was there any concern that the event might disgust some in the community? Was there any concern that such a fundraiser might influence our Schreiber students?
Some people have expressed concern about negative effects upon students from merely seeing "In God We Trust" plaques. Some have expressed concern about the use of the word "sin" as a biblical description of certain sexual activities. Will these same people express concern about promoting a person who professes to speak to the dead?
Jesus died and rose from the dead to communicate to man. The New Testament is available for anyone to hear His message. Jesus also taught about a man who died and wanted to communicate with his five brothers. The man begged father Abraham to send someone to warn his brothers. Abraham said that they had "Moses and the Prophets to learn about life after death." The man said that they would only change their ways if someone spoke to them from the dead. Finally Abraham said, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead" (Luke 16:31).
The choice of a medium is a mistake. It is a mistake before God and for our community.
Dr. John Michael Thomas
Pastor of The Bible Church of Port Washington