“What Is The Biblical Teaching On Astrology?” by John MacArthur


John MacArthur,

What is the biblical teaching on astrology?


My wife and I stopped to get a sandwich on the way home last night. We went in and, as I walked in this little place to get a sandwich, there was on the cash register a little sign that said, “The June Horoscopes Are In.” And I thought, “The June horoscopes, like all the rest, are definitely out.” But anyway, the sign said, “The June Horoscopes Are In,” and I thought, “Well, where do you get them?” I turned around and there was a dispenser on the wall where you put in a quarter and you get a horoscope. That’s about the most impersonal way I’ve ever seen it done: drop a quarter in and they’ll tell you about your destiny.

What about these astrological charts? What does the Bible have to say? Well, we covered that in a tape on “Demons and Magic” and if you want a full understanding of that, you can get that. But, let me just mention a couple of Scriptures that help us. Deuteronomy 17:2. Deuteronomy 17:2: “If there be found among you within any of thy gates”—and this is part of God’s instruction for Israel—“If there be found among you within any of your gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, man or woman who hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord thy God, in transgressing his covenant, and hath gone and served other gods and worshiped them, either the sun or moon or any of the host of heaven”—that’s the stars—“which I have not commanded; and if it be told thee and thou hast heard of it and inquired diligently and, behold, it is true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel, then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman who hath committed that wicked thing unto thy gates; even that man or that woman and shalt stone them with stones until they die.” . . .[continue reading]