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Shepherdstown church to present seminar on astrology, witchcraft

October 30, 1997

Ben Alexander of St. Petersburg, Fla., founder of Exposing Satan's Power Ministries, will present a three-day seminar on astrology and witchcraft at Shepherd College's Reynolds Hall at the corner of King and German streets in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 1, Sunday, Nov. 2, and Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. There also will be sessions at 10 and 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 2. The program is hosted by Church of Christ at Shepherdstown.

Alexander wasraised in a Jewish home in a London slum. Nearly 77 now, he became obsessed with death at the age of 11 after seeing his deceased father in a coffin in the family's living room. He later became deeply involved in practicing spiritualism.

Alexander and his wife moved to the United States in the early 1960s and converted to Christianity. His crusade against his former practices has taken him to a dozen countries and every state except Rhode Island.

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There are people who have psychic power, and contact with the spirit world is real, Alexander acknowledges.

He knows this from his own experience and because it is recorded in the Bible.

He will show slides of ectoplasm - yes, the stuff of the movie "Ghostbusters" - which the dictionary defines as the substance believed by spiritualists as emanating from a medium in a trance or from an object undergoing telekinesis, being moved by psychic forces.

Halloween comes from Celtic and Druid traditions, according to Alexander. He calls it "Satan's Watch," a night given over to demons. Jack-o'-lanterns originally were carried to keep spirits away.

Alexander believes it's OK to let children have a little party and dress in biblical costumes, but celebrating Halloween could lead to seances and "messing with the spirit world" later on. Alexander cites verse after verse from the Bible to prove that this is wrong.

His problem with the nature-based practices of Wicca and Witchcraft is that they worship creation rather than the creator.

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