There has been some recent concern about the ministry of Christalignment, and their supposed use of tarot cards in ministering to people at New Age festivals.
First, “Destiny Cards” are not tarot cards. They do, however, have a similar look that attracts people who are searching for a “reading”. What they get from Christalignment staff is a prophetic word about their destiny, which is to have a personal relationship with Father God through Jesus Christ, and encountered through the Holy Spirit.
“Destiny Cards” are simply images that help to communicate the message of the Good News to those who are searching for a hope and a future.
EDIT: I do not condone the use of Tarot cards nor any form of witchcraft in my ministry, and neither does Bethel Church. The Destiny cards I refer to in my book “Born to Create” are cards that are one of a kind that people create to bless others or the use of people’s photography to bless others.
Second, the apostle Paul emphasized that he became all things to all men, so that he could somehow win them to Christ (1 Corinthians 9:22). Just because Paul used “the altar to the unknown god” to preach from, he certainly was not buying into the Athenians false religious beliefs, nor condoned it in any way (Acts 17:23).
Jesus always spoke in parables that communicated the message in creative ways in which people could relate and receive.
Third, We see many examples in Church history of creatively expressing the message of the Gospel through “worldly”, and even “demonically inspired”, expressions. John and Charles Wesley changed the lyrics to famous bar tunes, so that the unchurched could worship. Many of these songs have become part of our sacred Hymnal, even though they were “demonically” inspired songs to lead people into all sorts of immorality.
Constantine instituted the tradition of celebrating Christmas (the Christ Mass) on December, 25 to counteract the Winter Solstice Festival, which was a heathen religious festival to offer sacrifices to the god of Saturn in return for protection, blessing, and hope through the dark and cold winter months. Christmas has become a sign to the world that Jesus is the light of the world, offering salvation and hope.
Easter was originally a holiday feast that celebrated Ishtar, the goddess of fertility. Christians have transformed the day into the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, who makes all things new.
Fourth, prophecy is a gift that we are all supposed to use, especially in communicating the Good News. Prophecy is simply speaking on behalf of God in what He would want to say to them to encourage them or give them hope for salvation.
The apostle Paul was very clear that, “We are Christ’s ambassadors as though God were making his appeal through us (2 Corinthians 5:20)”.
When we speak on behalf of God, we are prophesying, which is why we must be careful to communicate His heart to encourage, edify, and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3).
Interestingly, it is not the way in which we creatively communicate to be relevant to our listeners, but the message we relate to them. Sharing the Gospel to people in their own “language” is essential to winning a people group.
Fifth, the term, “Destiny Cards”, is used in a wide variety by a lot of different people and groups. My destiny cards are developed from a prophetic picture that I will draw about what I think someone may need to hear from God, so that they will know that God has a good plan and purpose for their lives. Sometimes, I will also use photos that depict a message that I sense God wants to speak to them through the picture.
Finally, I, and my team, have seen thousands of people come to Christ as we have passed out our Destiny Cards to people in all sorts of environments and events.
For example, one of my team, Melissa, created a destiny card of girl dancing, then, went to the ER, and gave it to a teen who was waiting by herself. Holding the destiny card, she began to cry, and said that her dream was to be a dancer.
Just then, her mother came out of the examination room, where she had been treated fro a severe case of pancreatitis. They had been traveling by bus to Washington State, fleeing an abusive husband and father, when they had to deter to the ER.
Since they had missed their bus, they didn’t know where they were going to stay for the night. Melissa got them a hotel room for that night, prayed for the mom’s pancreatitis, and then picked them up the next day to return them to the bus depot.
Upon picking them up, the mother explained that she felt the presence of God during the prayer, although she could not explain what it was. She also said that she felt healed, and wanted to go back to the hospital to get re-examined.
After three tests, the doctors confirmed that there were no signs of pancreatitis, even though the previous night she was treated for it in their hospital, of which she had had for 7 years!
The young daughter was so impacted that she asked Melissa and her friend to pray for her. She got saved, and then she was then filled with the Holy Spirit, and mom, who was a nominal Christian, was filled with joy and hope!
Not only that, when they shared their testimony with family members, they all received Christ, even the husband and father!
Now, that’s Christmas.
That is the power of creativity in prophesying through a destiny card to bring transformation into people’s lives.
My guess is that those who condemned the use of “Destiny Cards” by the Christalignment ministry did not bother to fully investigate their strategy and fruit, or did not consider that Jesus, Paul, and Church Leaders throughout history have used the same types of strategies, and effectively preached the Gospel.
This Holiday season is a great time for prophesying to people who feel lonely, in despair, and hopeless. They are waiting for someone like you, who know the truth of Christ, and will take some risk in developing an innovative way to reach them in a way that they can hear the message, which is,
Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy, and it is for all of the people (Luke 2:10).
Whether it’s a “Destiny Card”, a prophetic letter, poem, song, mime, or stock photo, I want to encourage you to do something creative this Christmas season to bring the Light of the world into someone’s environment, so that this will be the best Christmas they have ever had because they have encountered Immanuel, God with us.
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