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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Guitar Hero and Rock Band...Is this for Christian children? Or is this Satan's latest occultic scheme to steal their mind? Part 1


"... in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.... And from such people turn away!
"...all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned..." 2 Timothy 3:1-14

Guitar Hero...Rock Band...is it occultic?  Should Christian's play? Is it evil or harmless?

It's only music...what harm can it do? We listened to it and we turned out all right. I used to think this way. My friends...if you have not visited the Good Fight Theater please do once you have watched these videos. You will have a greater understanding of the power of music and how it effects our children's minds.

I recently told a friend, that Satan really out did himself on this one. How else can you get the parents of  a 9 year old kid to repeatedly listen to AND watch demonic lyrics over and over? Make it into a game!  The slick deceiver turned the evil music of a generation ago into a "childrens" game, complete with demonic backgrounds to boot. Brilliant! The parents will think it's just a kids game and in the mean time our kids are exposed to murder, rape, sexual themes of all kinds and demonic imagery; not to mention filthy language and blasphemy of our Lord.

If you still think it's just a game, then take a look at Metallica, and how they teach hate about Jesus Christ, calling him the God that failed. Then look at a video clip from one of the Guitar Hero games with the lyrics of murder and hate below.

-Chris

PS: Before moving on, I want to make a disclaimer:  This blog is intended for believers in Jesus Christ to wake up. If you have stumbled upon this post and are not a believer; A) You are welcome here anytime, and if you don't know the Gospel, please see the links above or email me.  B) I do not expect you to understand why Christians see these things as evil.  I understand how you would think that what we call "dark" or "evil" in entertainment is normal if you do not believe in Christ.  I used to believe the same way.  In fact, many professed Christians would agree with you, and that is my target audience.  Dear Christian parent, I understand this can be a "grey" area for the Christian.   I don't think you or your child are Hell bound if you own Bakugans, or listen to secular music, or watch movies based on the occult. I do however believe that we as believers can do better, and my prayer is that once you understand what scripture says about these things that you may find better choices for you and your child's entertainment.  If once you understand that God hates what the occult stands for and you choose to continue making it a steady diet of your free time,  then I would say there is cause for concern and would suggest examining yourself to see if you are truly in the faith.  Please see this article on unconscious learning as well as other articles from Berit Kjos on this subject. You can also click on the label: Occult below for other posts.


Thanks,

Chris





Imagine playing this over and over and what kind of world view your child may develop with these lyrics:

Am I evil? Yes, I am
Am I evil? I am man, yes, I am


As I watched my mother die, I lost my head
Revenge now I sought, to break with my bread
Taking no chances, you come with me
I'll split you to the bone, help set you free
 




Folks, you may not agree with everything I have posted on the dark entertainment that is popular with our kids, but I pray that we wake up and realize that there is a battle for their minds, and we need to be aware of what it is they are playing with. Doing this type of research isn't fun or easy and some of the research has lead me to places on the web that made have made me physically ill when I saw what kids who follow the occult are doing.  Trust me...they crave death, blood, murder and mayhem, they HATE God and Christians.  These occult themed games, movies and books that are popular can be a gateway to this mindset. 


"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.... Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" Isaiah 5:20


And if you think it's only the "Heavy Metal" that's bad for our kids, and you only play "neutral music" games on your Guitar Hero...please come back for more in a few days.  You will be shocked by what the bubble gum "pop" musicians are teaching our children.

-Chris



A clip from the game with the lyrics to the song below the video.



Lyrics from the Metallica song that is being played in the above video.

My mother was a witch, she was burned alive
Thankless little b****, for tears I cried
Take her down now, don't wanna see her face
All blistered and burnt, can't hide my disgrace

Twenty-seven, everyone was nice
Gotta see 'em make 'em pay the price
See their bodies out on the ice
Take my time

Am I evil? Yes, I am
Am I evil? I am man, yes, I am

As I watched my mother die, I lost my head
Revenge now I sought, to break with my bread
Taking no chances, you come with me
I'll split you to the bone, help set you free

Twenty-seven, everyone was nice
Gotta see 'em, make 'em pay the price
See their bodies out on the ice
Take my time

Am I evil? Yes, I am
Am I evil? I am man, yes, I am, ooh

and with the action now, I'll strip your pride
I'll spread your blood around, I'll see you writhe
Your face is scarred with steel, wounds deep and neat
Like a devil dancin before ya, smells so sweet

Am I evil? Yes, I am
Am I evil? I am man

I'll make my residence, I'll watch your fire
You can come with me, sweet desire
My face is long forgot, my face not my own
Sweet and timely wh**e, take me home

Am I evil? Yes, I am
Am I evil? I am man
Go!

Solo!

My soul is longing for, await my heir
Sent to avenge my mother, sweeten myself
My face is long forgot, my face not my own
Sweet and timely wh**e, take me home

Am I evil? Yes, I am
Am I evil? I am man

Am I evil? Yes, I f*****g am
Am I evil? I am man, yeah


PS:  This blog is intended for believers in Jesus Christ to wake up. If you have stumbled upon this post and are not a believer; A) You are welcome here anytime.  If you don't know the Gospel please see the links above or email me.  B) I do not expect you to "get it".  The dark nature in entertainment is normal if you do not believe in Christ.  In fact, many professed Christians would agree with you, and that is my target audience.  No Christian parent, you or your child are not Hell bound because they play Bakugan's or listen to occult laced secular music.BUT, if you or your child substitutes it for God's word more often than not, then I would say there is cause for concern.  Please see this article on unconscious learning as well as other articles from Berit Kjos on the subject.  Also see the sample clip from the Good Fight ministries on the right handside of this blog then link to their Good Fight Theater for more.




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Friday, November 13, 2009

Twilight New Moon...is it for Christians? Does Stephenie Myer promote the occult?

As we continue to post some of Berit Kjos well written articles exposing the occult themes that is in our entertainment; I feel like we need to address the Twilight movies.    There are several problems with the movie.  Many of my Christian friends would disagree we me, Berit and many others who are in the discernment ministry. I don't think someone is damned to Hell for watching this movie.  Seriously folks, if that were the case we would all be in trouble for what we've watched.  The issue is that this particular movie/book series has a cult following and many Christians who "don't have enough time" to study God's word have read all the books and could tell you every characters name and what they eat on page 44 of book 3, but can't find Ephesians 5:11 if they had to.  It's a distraction.  We only have a short time here and to be so devoted to any book or movie is wrong.  Let alone one that promotes the occult.

Then there is the mockery of the blood atonement of Jesus Christ...think about it.   What do "the undead" need to do to live forever?  Murder and drink their victims blood.  What did Christ do for those who put their trust in him?  He spilled His blood on Calvary in order for those who repent from their former lifestyle of sin and trust Him as Savior to have eternal life in Heaven.  The following article by Berit Kjos has all the details. Please check out the article on Bakugan's that she wrote as well under "The Battle for Your Mind" label, to see what those occult symbols mean and why our kids shouldn't play with them.

-Chris


PS: Before moving on, I want to make a disclaimer:  This blog is intended for believers in Jesus Christ to wake up. If you have stumbled upon this post and are not a believer; A) You are welcome here anytime, and if you don't know the Gospel, please see the links above or email me.  B) I do not expect you to understand why Christians see these things as evil.  I understand how you would think that what we call "dark" or "evil" in entertainment is normal if you do not believe in Christ.  I used to believe the same way.  In fact, many professed Christians would agree with you, and that is my target audience.  Dear Christian parent, I understand this can be a "grey" area for the Christian.   I don't think you or your child are Hell bound if you own Bakugans, or listen to secular music, or watch movies based on the occult. I do however believe that we as believers can do better, and my prayer is that once you understand what scripture says about these things that you may find better choices for you and your child's entertainment.  If once you understand that God hates what the occult stands for and you choose to continue making it a steady diet of your free time,  then I would say there is cause for concern and would suggest examining yourself to see if you are truly in the faith.  Please see this article on unconscious learning as well as other articles from Berit Kjos on this subject. You can also click on the label: Occult below for other posts.


Thanks,

Chris






 A warning concerning Stephenie Myer's best-seller:
 Twilight

Seven reasons to shun this vampire tale

Berit Kjos - November 2008
"Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, 'Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?' And the woman said to the serpent, '... God has said, ‘You shall not eat it [the fruit of the tree], nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’
    "Then the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not surely die.... So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate." Gen. 3:1-6


The forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest: "Edward is nothing like any boy [Bella has] ever met.... In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance — unorthodox because Edward really isn't like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal.... But he doesn't have fangs.... And he doesn't drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice."[1]

The author receives the message: "Bella and Edward were, quite literally, voices in my head. They simply wouldn't shut up. I'd stay up as late as I could stand trying to get all the stuff in my mind typed out. ...it's been a true labor of love, love for Edward and Bella and all the rest of my imaginary friends..."[2]

Wall Street Journal: "'Twilight' has targeted the collective soul of teenage America, and will surely have its way."[3]

Email from concerned parents: "I have seen lots of Christian girls reading this and other books by Stephenie Myers. They are so evil!  My daughter tells me that most of the girls at the Christian school are reading them." Another parent wrote, "All the girls at school are reading those books. Yes, it is a Christian school."



If my goal was to undermine Christianity, incite rebellion against parents, eradicate Biblical values, and spread moral chaos, I would urge teens to read the Twilight series. I would prompt them to immerse their minds and emotions in the dark, emotional whirlpool of sensual occultism. And I wouldn't warn them of the consequences.

Of course, my real goal is the opposite: to expose this assault on Biblical faith and to equip potential readers with information that enables them to resist the temptation to join the collective journey into the mind-changing realm of the occult. The following points show the raging spiritual war that's sure to intensify in the years ahead.

1. VAMPIRES & WEREWOLVES are rooted in pagan cultures around the world. The various historical expressions of these mythical creature were dreaded, blood-thirsty manifestations of evil spirits. Linked to darkness, they were viewed as supernatural creatures of the night. Today's more familiar forms were shaped through folklore, fairy tales, and memorable villains such as Count Dracula. Both were re-imagined in more humanized forms through the Harry Potter books and Anne Rice's popular Vampire Chronicles.
But they're not benign. Bella's passionate love for the mysteriously handsome Edward may be fiction, but the obsession felt by teenage readers who "resonate" with Bella is very real! Young super-fans (Twilighters) identify with her plight, sense her fears, and "feel" her passion. They love the story because it arouses strong, unforgettable emotions -- the kind of enchanting thrills that can best be shared within the peer group, not with parents.
In the process, they also learn to crave the mystical, paranormal stimuli that belong in the forbidden realm God calls evil. Knowing well our human inclinations, He warns us to shun all forms of real or imagined occultism:
"...have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret." Ephesians 5:11-12

"For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?... Therefore 'Come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord."
2 Corinthians 6:14-17

2. Fantasy and imagination can transform beliefs and values more quickly than reality. Many of our readers defend their love for occult entertainment with this standard justification: "I know the difference between reality and fantasy." But it doesn't matter! Know it or not, persuasive fiction and virtual experience can change minds and plant lasting memories more effectively than actual experience!
Popular fantasies, with their boundless thrills and unforgettable images, bypass logical thinking. Their subtle suggestions face little conscious resistance. Designed to stir feelings and produce strong emotional responses, they create new realities in today's "open" minds!  As Harvard Professor Chris Dede, a global leader in the development of education technology programs, wrote, "Sensory immersion helps learners grasp reality through illusion."[4]
But what kind of "reality" will "learners" find through illusion? And how do those illusions shape their lives? These Scriptures give us a clue:
"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:6
"...they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart..." Jeremiah 11:8
"Jesus said, 'You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28

"Do not be deceived. ...he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."
Galatians 6:7-8
3. God tells us to "abhor what is evil" and "cling to what is good." (Romans 12:9) When today's youth love the emotional thrills of popular occultism, they are desensitizing their hearts and minds to its evil. They are turning God's truth upside down. And they -- with a little help from the marketing industry -- are already turning America's values upside down. It all fits the plans of our globalist leaders and that old serpent in Genesis.

"You can only have a new society," wrote Marilyn Ferguson in The Aquarian Conspiracy, "if you change the education of the younger generation."[5]  That process demands that people reject God's wise boundaries and "abhor" what He calls good. That change is well under way![6]
"You love evil more than good...." Psalm 52:3
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.... Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" Isaiah 5:20-21
4.  Twilight's feel-good occultism brings "cognitive dissonance." Committed Christians (in contrast to cultural Christians) face a form of mental and moral confusion when confronted with incompatible values. Since Twilight's worldview clashes with Biblical Truth, readers are forced to make a choice: Will they heed home-taught values or the tantalizing message in the books and movie?
Many choose compromise. This moral "dissonance" prompts Christians to modify their values in order to resolve the conflict. After all, they don't want to lose their friends or their group's approval. Yet the only way to God's victory is willingness to take a stand on Truth -- whatever the cost.
"...the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you, be watchful in all things..."" 2 Timothy 4:2-5
5. The consequence of compromise is a new belief system. "These books are so addictive -- kind of like drugs," wrote a visitor. "If they can captivate Christians who should know better, just think what they can do to non-Christian readers."
She is right. Like addicts, Twilighters learn to crave more and more of the same genre -- or something even more shocking and sensational. The only belief system I know of that can support such sensual and spiritual cravings is today's "New Spirituality"[7] rising out of the channeled messages of occult authors like Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson and Barbara Marx Hubbard. Promoting counterfeit gods and practices in the names of "Abraham," "God" and a false "Jesus," they complement the original lies of the serpent.
Driven by winds of change, the faith and values behind America's success are fading fast. Filling the vacuum is an amoral, power-seeking, thrill-addicted ideology that clashes with everything we have treasured in our nation. No wonder we face social and moral anarchy. But our God still reigns! He continues to be a refuge for those who seek Him!
"... in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.... And from such people turn away!
      "...all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned..."
2 Timothy 3:1-14


6. Redefining evil.  Few Twilighters see their new passion as evil. After all, Edward is a relatively "good" vampire, isn't he? Though he lusts for Bella's blood, he restrains his craving. Other vampires (and some of the werewolves) in the saga are downright murderous, but he's a good guy! Isn't he? Besides, the story has spawned a noble mission.

According to an article titled "Twilight fan knows it's not just vampires who need blood," college freshman, Kayla Urban, is "obsessed with vampires." She is also a blood donor "fixated on a blood drive" in her county. To her, the blend of "vampire-loving Twilighters and the need for more blood donations seemed a logical match."[8] Hers is a noble mission, as are many collective service projects these days. It all depends on who sets the standards for right and wrong -- God or man! While God's standard is like an anchor in a storm, man's values shift with the winds. For--

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9


Since the beginning, human nature sought alternatives to God and His guidelines. Spiritual deception gave rise to vast occult belief systems and unceasing manipulation by the forces of darkness. Thus pagan sacrifices -- a devastating corruption of God's perfect plan for His people -- became the norm in all parts of the inhabited world. These notes may help explain God's ban on "fellowship with... darkness...[and] idols," including blood-thirsty vampires.[9]

When the blood is drained from man or mammal, life ends. In the Old Testament sacrifice (now replaced by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ), an unblemished lamb died in the place of God's people. Its substitutionary death served as atonement (paid the penalty for sin), bringing redemption. For a limited time, sin had been purged, forgiveness granted, and the sanctified person could joyfully return to God's holy presence.
In contrast, pagan rituals often involved human sacrifices. The demonic forces behind Moloch, Baal and other "gods" would demand human blood. A beating heart might be cut out from a living sacrifice, its blood drained into a bowl offered to the blood-thirsty "god" by those who hoped for future favors. Others would drink human blood to obtain the strength of their victims. (See Modern Missions) The gruesome Hindu goddess Kali -- with her serpent hair, necklace of skulls, and long bloody tongue -- reminds us of man's timeless delight in death, cruelty, serpentine symbols, and the dark forces of evil.
The cold, pale, blood-thirsty vampires of the past were expressions of those captivating forces. Today's more flattering models make them all the more seductive.
Human sacrifice is forbidden in the Bible. In fact, God warned His people repeatedly, "do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life." But His people didn't listen. So when they began to copy the cruel child sacrifices of their pagan neighbors, God "raised up" the armies of Babylon to conquer the land and exile its people. (See Blood and Judgment)
The self-giving death of Jesus Christ (God's holy, "unblemished Lamb") differs radically from those pagan sacrifices. He willingly gave His life as our atonement then rose victoriously from death -- thus trading the old temporary solution to human depravity for an eternal redemption. Freed from sin, believers are joined to Him by His Spirit -- a glorious gift granted to those who love, trust and follow Him!

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life... that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life...." Deuteronomy 30:19-20

7. God's way to peace and victory. When we choose to follow His ways, He gives us a heart to love Him, spiritual eyes that can know and love His Word, the comfort of His presence, and a confidence in His constant care -- no matter what happens around us. Twilight's deceptive thrills are worse than worthless when compared to the wonderful riches our Shepherd promises those who will turn their backs to evil and walk with Him. 

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—think on these things." Philippians 4:6-8

Comment by Jane of Lake Forest, California:  It is nearly impossible to find a teenage girl in our community who hasn't read Twilight.  Now, I am finding 20 - 30 year old women engrossed.  Every single one of them has been to the movie….

       My 17 year old daughter found the movie embarrassing and ridiculous.  She was mortified at all the girls screaming and swooning over the imaginary character, Edward

      I think part of what you point out, is that reading a book, allowing our minds to bring to life the printed word and personify it to fit each of us, is far more powerful and enduring than the quick visual images of a movie. Images that may not match how we imagined the book. My daughter's response was NOT characteristic of the other movie goers.  They loved it.  They are willing to accept any garbage as input.  …

     I asked one boy how many guys were in the theater?  "Uhhh, do I include the flaming homosexuals?"  "No."  "One guy, me.  And you should have seen the flamers screaming and carrying on over Edward, too!" 

     Bet you didn't see that one coming.  I know I didn't. 

     I had not put together the sudden increase in teen girls giving blood. I'm sure the Red Cross doesn't care why, but I do.  So many times while I was at Saddleback the rationale given for some stupid, expensive, non-biblical projects was, '...if one person gets saved, it was worth it."  As I watched and learned, I saw many people not saved; they either turn away in disgust, were only there for whatever was free or fun, or worse, think they were saved but not given the full Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

     So, my hackles go up when I hear weak excuses for inexcusable behavior.  All these actions lead to exactly what you pointed out - COMPROMISE.  I call where we live, "The Valley of Compromise".  Now, I have to say we live in a nation of compromise.  From a world view, compromise is in fact the goal, at all times, with all people. 

     Perhaps your article will give some parents a clue about their teen's behavior (both girls seeking forbidden love and boys patterning themselves over babe magnet, Edward. 


    There was a Red Cross Blood Drive at our daughter's High School. 

    Who would have thought there would be a revived Romantic/Horror Genre?  I now believe that many 'daughters of man' could actually succumb to the desires of demons.  How tragic that many choose to remain ignorant and actively pursue darkness and evil.  Have you noticed how emboldened and belligerent the Homosexuals have become?

Yes, I have. It reminds me of Sodom and Gomorrah -- and the judgment that followed.


 From Garrett: You MUST read this: http://twilightmoms.com/About.php
The lady who wrote this [apparently the founder of the Twilight Moms group] even confesses to being a former Mormon LDS Missionary.  There are some pretty eye-opening statements in here about how easily people are deceived.
"Do you think you are the only one whose life turned upside down when you read Twilight?....
"Wayyyyy back after I'd first read the series, I was immediately obsessed, but the only other obsessed people I could talk to about it were the teen age girls in my neighborhood. I felt awkward and crazy that I couldn't get these characters out of my head. I searched the internet for hours, explored fan sites, myspace groups, stephenie's website.... I just couldn't get enough!
      "I felt like the only one in the whole world out there my age who was completely obsessed with these books and that there was something severely wrong with me.
      "Finally, on the myspace group "Henry Cavill IS Edward," I got up the courage to post a new topic. I was specific in the title and said I was searching for any 30 something married women, with or without children, who are as obsessed as me...."




Endnotes:




4. Chris Dede, "The Transformation of Distance Education to Distributed Learning. While this and other papers by Professor Chris Dede focus on education technology, it emphasizes the value of sensory immersion into synthetic environments as a tool to mold minds by instilling a programmed perception of "reality." http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwitr/docs/distlearn/index.html

5. Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy (New York: J.P. Tarcher, Inc.,1980): 280.




9. "Come out from them and be separate" at www.crossroad.to/HisWord/verses/topics/separate.htm






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Thursday, November 5, 2009

True Christian or Fasle convert? Does Jesus know you?

In this sermon jam, Paul Washer teaches who is the true Christian, and to whom Jesus will say "Depart from me, I never knew you".  Those have to be the most frightening words to ever hear.

Please...examine yourself to see if your truly in the faith.  We're not saved by merely reciting a prayer and then go back to our old life style.  We become a new creature and there should be evidence; not perfection, but evidence of a changed heart.  Listen to Hell's Best Kept Secret and True and False Conversion for more on this important understanding of salvation.(links are available on side bar).

-Chris




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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Should Christians see Harry Potter? Does J. K. Rowling follow the occult?

Along with the previous post on the Bakugan craze, and highlighting the Kjos ministries.  I am going to post several of their articles in order to help Christian parents see the danger in the occult and entertainment. If you like this article see other Harry Potter articles by clicking here.

Chris




Twelve reasons not to see Harry Potter Movies 



 
For background information, see 
Index to all our Harry Potter articles



Notice the suggestions at the bottom of this well-distributed Harry Potter magazine:

"CAST A SPELL, MIX A POTION, TRY A TRICK! 



"The premiere of Harry Potter the movie will lead to a whole new generation of youngsters discovering witchcraft and wizardry....Increasing numbers of children are spending hours alone browsing the internet in search of Satanic websites and we are concerned that nobody is monitoring this growing fascination." Peter Smith, general secretary of the British Association of Teachers and Lecturers [1] 

Psychic Eye Book Shop manager cheers "the Harry Potter craze": "It's taken away a lot of the fear. People are more accepting of things like witchcraft and magic after Harry Potter came out. We find that we are a supporting environment for customers like that." Mountain View Voice, CA, 7-26-02.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone opened on November 16 at a record-breaking number of theaters across the country. "Christian" as well as public schools bussed their students to see the long awaited movie based on the first book in J. K. Rowling's ground-breaking series. Teachers are facilitating classroom discussions that train students to seek "common ground" and conform to an ever-changing group consensus.[2] While forbidding prayer in the name of Jesus, most schools seem to welcome spells and sorcery in the name of Harry Potter.
The pressure to participate in the fun and frenzy is intense. So what can a Christian child do in the midst of such hype, hypocrisy and popular wizardry?   
Those who know God can find answers in His Word. Consider this list of Biblical warnings and wisdom, then put on the Armor of God and pray that He lead you in His way. 
1. God shows us that witchcraft, sorcery, spells, divination and magic are evil. He hates those practices because they blind us to His loving ways, then turn our hearts to a deceptive quest for self-empowerment and deadly thrills. Harry Potter's world may be fictional, but the timeless pagan practices it promotes are real and deadly. Well aware that the final result is spiritual bondage and oppression, He warns us:

"There shall not be found among you anyone who... practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord..." Deuteronomy 18:9-12
2. The movie's foundation in fantasy, not reality, doesn't diminish its power to change beliefs and values. Imaginary (or virtual) experiences and well-written fantasies can affect the mind and memories as much, if not more, than actual experiences.[3] Designed to stir feelings and produce strong emotional responses, a well-planned myth with likeable characters can be far more memorable than the less exciting daily reality -- especially when reinforced through books, toys and games as well as movies. Small wonder Harry's fans have been counting the days until their next fantastic journey into Hogwarts' classes on sorcery, divination, potions and spells.


"But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward." Jeremiah 7:24


3. Each occult image and suggestion prompts the audience to feel more at home in this setting. Children identify with their favorite characters and learn to see wizards and witches from a popular peer perspective rather than from God's perspective. Those who sense that the occult world is evil face a choice: Resist peer pressure or rationalize their imagined participation in Harry's supernatural adventures.

        The second choice may quiet the nagging doubts, but rationalizing evil and justifying sin will sear the conscience and shift the child's perception of values from God's perspective to a more "comfortable" cultural adaptation. Even Christian children can easily learn to conform truth to multicultural ideals and turn God's values upside down - just as did God's people in Old Testament days:


"But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward." Jeremiah 7:24


"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness....
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!"  Isaiah 5:2-21



Harry Potter Special [Magazine] interviews actors Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), Tom Felton (Draco), Harry Melling (Dudley):
If you could cast a spell on someone, what would it be?
Daniel: "If I liked them, it would be a spell where I'd give them special power, like invisibility.
Your favorite word in the Harry Potter books?
Daniel: "I like the word--it's very bad to say this--but I like the word Voldemort."
What magical power would you like to have?
Rupert: "I'd like to levitate."
Do you prefer to play a bad or good character?
Tom: "Bad. It's more fun because it is different.
What magical power would you want to have?
Tom: "Invisibility. So I could sneak around and go places I shouldn't."
Did you find it hard torturing Harry?
Harry M: "No. I found it quite fun, actually."[4]


Harry Potter Special: Inside the Magical Magazine (Primedia, Inc.), pages 24, 26.
David Rockefeller ( "search" for "Rockefeller" on this site), Vice-President, Financial Operations.
4. God tells us to "abhor what is evil" and "cling to what is good." (Romans 12:9) But when Christian children and teens love the Harry Potter myths, delight in the movie and read the books again and again, they are desensitizing their hearts and minds to its evil. Turning God's truth upside down, they are learning to "love" what is evil. The natural next step is to reject God's wise boundaries and "abhor" what He calls good.

"You love evil more than good...." Psalm 52:3

5. Immersed in Hogwarts' beliefs and values, children learn to ignore or reinterpret God's truth. They lose their natural aversion for the devious spirits represented by the creatures and symbols in this eerie world. Caught up in the exciting story, they absorb the suggested values and store the fascinating images in their minds -- making the forbidden world of the occult seem more normal than the Kingdom of God.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ."  Colossians 2:6-9

6. This inner change is usually unconscious, for the occult lessons and impressions tend to bypass rational scrutiny. After all,  who will stop, think and weigh the evidence when caught up in such a fast-moving visual adventure?  Fun fantasies and strategic entertainment has a special way of altering values, compromising beliefs and changing behavior in adults as well as in children.  This learning process has been named "edutainment" -- a favored way to train multicultural citizens for the envisioned 21st century community.  Its power to influence beliefs and behavior is illustrated by today's marketing firms which spend billions on entertaining ads that touch emotions, ignore the facts, yet motivate people to buy the product. 

"Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way." Psalm 119:37

7. The main product marketed through this movie is a new belief system. This pagan ideology comes complete with trading cards, computer and other wizardly games, clothes and decorations stamped with HP symbols, action figures and cuddly dolls and audio cassettes that could keep the child's minds focused on the occult all day and into night. But in God's eyes, such paraphernalia become little more than lures and doorways to deeper involvement with the occult. In contrast, He calls a person "blessed" who -




  • "walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,





  • nor stands in the path of sinners,





  • nor sits in the seat of the scornful [mockers];




"But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Whatever he does shall prosper." Psalm 1:1-3








It might be hard to escape the symbols that remind people of Harry. His words and phrases help fuel today's cultural transformation:
The mainstream media uses the word "muggles" to deride those who don't want children to read Harry Potter books.

"A columnist from the Chicago Daily Herald used Harry-Speak.... He said that a particular NBC Olympics commentator was the 'dementor of the sports commentators.'"


"Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is going to name this year's snowstorms after the Harry Potter characters. The first blizzard of the year will be called Albus...."[4]





8. The implied source of power behind Harry's magical feats tend to distort a child's understanding of God. In the movie as in the books, words traditionally used to refer to occult practices become so familiar that children begin to apply the same terms to God and His promised strength. Many learn to see God as a power source that can be manipulated with the right kind of prayers and rituals -- and view his miracles as just another form of magic. They base their understanding of God on their own feelings and wants, not on His revelation of Himself.

"You thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you...." Psalm 50:21

9. Blind to the true nature of God, children will blend (synthesize) Biblical truth with pagan beliefs and magical practices. In the end, you distort and destroy any remnant of true Christian faith. For our God cannot be molded to match pagan gods.

“For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:1


10. God tells us to "train up a child in the way He should go."  It starts with teaching them God's truths and training them all day long to see reality from His, not the world's perspective. To succeed, we need to shield them from contrary values until they know His Word and have memorized enough Scriptures to be able to recognize and resist deception. Once they have learned to love what God loves and see from His perspective, they will demonstrate their wisdom by choosing to say "no" to Harry Potter.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7

11. While some argue that Harry and his friends model friendship and integrity, they actually model how to lie and steal and get away with it. Their examples only add to the cultural relativism embraced by most children today who are honest when it doesn't cost anything, but who lie and cheat when it serves their purpose.

"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased [depraved] mind, to do those things which are not fitting.... They are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them." Romans 1:28-32

12. God has a better way. When His children choose to follow His ways, He gives them a heart to love Him, spiritual eyes that can understand and delight in His Word, a sense of His presence and a confidence in His constant care -- no matter what happens around us. Harry Potter's deceptive thrills are worse than worthless when compared to the wonderful riches our Shepherd promises those who will ignore evil and walk with Him. 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." Philippians 4:6-8



Endnotes:




4. Harry Potter Special: Inside the Magical Magazine (Primedia, Inc., no date), pages 49-53. David Rockefeller ( if you do a "search" for "Rockefeller" on this website you would see the Rockefeller influence on education and global transformation), Vice-President, Financial Operations.









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