With the spread of the New-Age in the world, many are buying incense at their local shops or yoga studios to relax to. Others are thinking that it is the same kind of incense that is spoken of in the Bible and thus see no harm in using it. In this article I hope to bring light on the matter of incense within the context of the Church and personal use in your environment.

Incense within the context of the Church.

Historically, incense in the Western Catholic Church and Eastern Christian Church represents “the prayers of man rising to the heavens”. During funeral rites it is also used as a sign of honour to the body of the deceased.

The use of incense in religious worship actually predates Christianity by thousands of years, but for the sake of this article we will refrain to explaining what is symbolizes within the context of liturgy and personal use.

The incense that is found in the Apostolic Church is also known as Holy Smoke. It is considered a sacramental used to venerate, bless and sanctify. This kind of incense is not harmful, unless you are a demon.

Incense smoke symbolically and spiritually purifies all that it touches. If you are wondering if it has a biblical foundation keep reading.

In the Old Testament God commanded His people to burn incense in Exodus 30:7, 40:27.

Exodus 30:34-37

34 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, 35 and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred. 36 Grind some of it to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. 37 Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the Lord.

Clearly, God is asking us to regard this kind of incense as sacred and holy.

Incense within the context of daily life

With the widespread of the New-Age in the modern world, the chances of you getting sacred and holy incense as spoken of in the bible is minimal, unless you receive it from an Apostolic Church. The Catholic Church actually gives Holy Incense to its community on the feist of Epiphany or Three Kings‘ Day.


If you decide to shop for your own incense, you risk getting an occult object. If you want to aroma your home, there are many other methods to go about that without ties to the occult. However, if you are set on getting incense, you must be extremely careful about the kind of product you will bring into your home. Most incense available in your local store will have a spiritual component assigned to it. Example: “Call of the Shaman”; “Angel Healing”; “Attracts Money”, etc. This is extremely common for the incense that is available to you through yoga studios and crystal shops. These are occult objects that can and will open spiritual portals to demons in your life. BEWARE. Keep reading.

WARNING: Incense can also act as a psychoactive drug.

This kind of incense is not meant to be burned as a holy and sacred object to the God of the Bible, but as a means to reach a higher level of relaxation as one would on cannabis.

In India, incense is specifically used to help with the worship of Krishna and Rama, while in the western world it is burned in the halls of yoga studios.


These kinds of INCENSES are OCCULT OBJECTS. No matter how “good they smell”, they are tied to the world of witchcraft and spiritism. Occult objects in your home give a legal right to demons to oppress you & your family. Oppression can come in mild forms of headaches, nausea, pains or more severe oppressions such as long-term depression, anxiety, sleep paralysis and so on. This means you can have short-term or long-term effects of holding on to an occult object in your home. If you are a Christian, you are meant to stay away from anything related to the occult.

In different cultures, they are portrayed to help you get rid of “evil” spirits, when that is actually a master trick, because they draw “evil” spirits in!

Therefore get rid of your occult incense as soon as you can. They open portals to unnecessary oppressions for you and your family.

If you want to cleanse your home from truly bad energy—simply call a priest who actually has authority over the spiritual realm instead of trying these dangerous methods that only bring in more demons into your life.


The movie “Eyes Wide Shut” portrayed Tom Cruise assisting a satanical ritual where incense was used which has led many to accuse the Catholic Church of performing satanic rituals when using incense. When in fact, it is the other way around. Satanists steal everything they can from the Catholic Church when it comes to rituals in order to mock it and deceive the masses. In this scene, Incense was presented right before women were asked to strip down and prepare for a sexual ritual. The Holy Smoke of the Lord was never meant to be used in such a context.

Ritual plays an important role in liturgy and the Bible speaks about the place and time for it. The incense used in the Bible is not pagan, however the incense from your yoga studio is in fact today’s modern witchcraft.

Unfortunately, whatever you will see in the Kingdom of Jesus, you will see a mockery of in the kingdom of satan.


As a Hippie New Ager, I used to love smudging with a sage.

Saging or smudging a house for cleansing is just as bad as using occult incense. You need to understand that saging or smudging is a shamanic ritual that typically involves four directions ceremony or prayer. Instead of cleansing your environment and energy, smudging opens portals for bad spirits to linger around you and your home. By all means, please stay away from it.


Breaking them, burning them and throwing them out is the best decision. You do not want anyone to be able to retrieve them from a garbage and use them again. It’s important to note that once a spiritual portal has been open through the use of an occult item it can never be closed. You can however ask a priest to come over to your space, anoint it with oil and bless it. Also, a mass can be performed in your home. Moreover, you can repent from your past activities and confess them. Confession with cut all ties with the spirits that were attached to these occult items and activities you involved yourself in. They will no longer have a legal right to oppress you.

It’s important to note that anyone that has been involved in the occult and wants to cut ties with the consequences of their past choices will need to possibly seek deliverance. In more serious cases, an exorcism will be required.

This is how serious playing with the occult is.

Thank you for taking the time to read.

May the Lord bless you and reveal himself to you.

Meet the author

Johanna – Hebrew for “God is Gracious”

I’m a former New Ager, Yogi & spiritual nomad turned Christian after a moment of illumination in 2017. I created this website to help you differentiate between light & darkness and to answer questions about spiritual topics from a Catholic Christian worldview. ->Find me on IG @myjourneytojesus

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