The Wiccan religion is exploding in popularity. As Christianity fades in the Western world, hundreds of thousands of people, especially women, are turning to alternative religions such as Wicca.
The new American Religious Identification Survey shows that most religions in the United States are losing members fast. However, that is not the case with the Wiccan religion which is growing rapidly. The survey revealed that Wiccans, witches and other "new religious movements" have grown by more than a million members since the last ARIS survey was published in 2001.
"Wicca is the fastest-growing religion in America, set to be the third largest religion by 2012," claims Marla Alupoaicei, the co-author of the controversial new book "Generation Hex".
Alupoaicei also says that "The numbers of adherents are doubling every 30 months".
The truth is that there are now over 700,000 websites for Wiccans, and there are communities of Wiccans in every major city in the United States.
This comes at a time when there is a mass exodus from many of the established churches in the western world.
Women, in particular, seem to be leaving many traditional churches at a blinding pace. An English church census recently found that more than 50,000 women a year are leaving the Anglican church.
Many of these women (and men) are deserting traditional Christianity for Wicca and other forms of pagan religion.
So just what is Wicca?
High Priestess Janina Giordano says that Wicca is “a new religion based on very old, ancient practices.”
The prominent Wicca leader who goes by the name of "Starhawk" (the author of "The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess") defines Wicca this way:
"Witchcraft" or "Wicca" refers to the specific set of Goddess-centered traditions that come from Europe and the Middle East. "Witch" is a subset of "Pagan," just as "Methodist" or "Baptist" is a subset of "Christian." And we capitalize "Witch" just as we capitalize "Mormon" or "Buddhist."
Young people in particular seem to be really taking to Wicca. The Pagan Federation in the United Kingdom reportedly receives hundreds of enquiries from teenagers every single day of the year.
Harry Potter and other media such as "Charmed", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "The Craft" have helped make Wicca and witchcraft increasingly popular in recent years.
Does a mass shift of our population into "tolerant" religions such as Wicca where there are no set "doctrines" and very few rules about what is right or wrong prepare us for the time when a one world faith will arise?
Will the adoption of witchcraft by a large percentage of our young people make it easier for the people of the Western democracies to be herded into a one world government and a one world Luciferian religion?
The truth is that as we move through the last days the darkness is only going to get darker. Young people are fascinated when they find out that there is actually REAL power in the Wiccan religion and in witchcraft. The vast majority of people have never seen any REAL power in a Christian church, so they are pretty much blown away by what a lot of these witches can do.
So for those of us who are Christians, we need to get much closer to the Lord so that we can shine that much brighter as the world gets darker. May we be a light in the darkness that can help those who seek to escape the grasp of evil.