Category Archives: Occultism

Christians and Halloween


Should Christians participate in Halloween? Should Christian parents allow their children to trick or treat? In this classic MCP, Mike shares great work from the Ankerberg Theological Research Institute on the history, customs and dangers of Halloween and why those who claim the Name of Christ should NOT be a part of this observance.

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Mark Driscoll talks about the Twilight craze

I listened recently to this portion of a Mark Driscoll message where he emphasizes the ungodly phenomenon of the Twilight books and movies and the occultism that it involves. He states many of the same points that I have and I agree with Mark’s conclusions. Christians, and especially Christian parents…how can you in good conscience and obedience to the Lord, allow your children, or yourselves, to have anything to do with this stuff? One more note; there is some humor in this clip, and many of the folks in the congregation are laughing, but I am glad that Driscoll drives the point home.

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The Dangers of Wicca

I offer this excerpt from a wonderful article by Kimberly McRae entitled “The Dangers of Wicca” and the entire article is available at http://www.armorofgodbooks.com/armorofgod/?p=358. I was saddened recently by the discovery that someone I know is involved in this “religion” and also claims to be a Christian at the same time. This is a deception and a lie. You cannot be both a Christian and a Wiccan!

Those involved in Wicca and other aspects of the occult need the truth of the Gospel, our love, compassion and prayers. A the same time, I believe a firm and scripturally secure stance must be taken to rebuke this evil. PARENTS…WARNING! Is your child becoming interested in wicca, witchcraft and new age mysticism?

Wicca, also known as witchcraft, is an occult religion in which multiple gods are worshipped. It can be practiced alone, as a solitary practitioner, or in a coven. Many of you may have heard of or seen covens glamorized on television or movies. A coven is a group of people who practice Wicca together.

Most Wiccans take on the Celtic god and goddess, Diana and Pan, to worship. While others, take gods from other ancient cultures. I worshipped the gods, Isis and Osiris, from Egyptian times. This drew me to Aleister Crowley’s works as he worshipped the same false gods. The goddess is always seen as more revered than the god because she brings life to the god. I will discuss the importance of sexuality to Wiccans later in this article. Regardless of the form that the worship of these deities takes there are always two things that remain the same. The goddess is the mother of all life and relates to the moon. The god relates to the sun and represents nature.

Wiccans also believe in the elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit. These elements are called on frequently during magical divination and rituals. The symbol of a pentagram, five-pointed star within a circle, relates to these elements. Each point of the star represents one element.

Spirit communication and guides are often called on to aid the Wiccan during rituals, meditation, or divination. Many practitioners use objects such as crystals, tarot cards, or Ouija boards to communicate with what they believe to be spirits.

The Bible clearly tells us that witchcraft is an abomination to the Lord in Deuteronomy.

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Deuteronomy 18: 10 – 12

God’s Word goes on further to tell us that the lies and deceptions of Wicca, occult practices, divination, and other pagan practices are not from Him.

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

Jeremiah 14: 14 – 15

Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.

Jeremiah 27: 9 – 10

For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 29: 8 – 9

In God’s eyes witchcraft is seen as rebellion or disobedience to Him.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

1 Samuel 15:23

 

Additional information available at ArmorofGodBooks.com and KimberlyMcRae.com.


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Fellowship Church complains about story re: their Twilight sermon series…

I received notice today, Friday 3 December 2010, that Fellowship Church in Grapevine Texas ( a Dallas surburb), where Ed. Young Jr. is pastor, filed a complaint against me for posting a video on my site included in the story below, after having reposting it on YouTube. Regardless, I have also tried to view the video on Vimeo and was instructed that the it is now a “private video” and would not allow me to view it.

However, the video is still available at ALittleLeaven.com at http://www.alittleleaven.com/2010/08/twilight-the-sermon-series.html.

I encourage you to watch it for yourself. Perhaps someone at Fellowship Church would rather not have you know what they are doing there.

 

This comes courtesy of A Little Leaven.com and is more evidence of the lunacy, laziness and apostasy of Ed Young, Jr.

In an attempt to stop the bleeding (sagging attendance figures), Ed Young, Jr. has decided to see if he can surf the Twilight pop-culture wave. Who knew that Twilight and Biblical Christianity had sooooo much in common?

Here are the details regarding the sermon series from the theFellowship “Church” website:

As life unfolds along the path before us, we often find ourselves seeking connection, hope, love. But it’s more than a desire to find the right feeling.Our deepest desire is to know…and to be known. Ultimately, we want to discover the potential, the presence and the power of romance.

In this series, Ed Young takes a unique look at romance throughout Scripture. And he shows us the reality that true romance from God’s perspective is about much more than a fleeting feeling of infatuation. It’s the very thing that can help us experience love, meaning and direction every day.

We’re sure this will be a blockbuster “sermon” series.

 

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The Subtle Body-Should Christians Practice Yoga?

by Dr. Albert Mohler at www.albertmohler.com

 

When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral. The bare fact is that yoga is a spiritual discipline by which the adherent is trained to use the body as a vehicle for achieving consciousness of the divine. Christians are called to look to Christ for all that we need and to obey Christ through obeying his Word. We are not called to escape the consciousness of this world by achieving an elevated state of consciousness, but to follow Christ in the way of faithfulness.

There is nothing wrong with physical exercise, and yoga positions in themselves are not the main issue. But these positions are teaching postures with a spiritual purpose. Consider this — if you have to meditate intensely in order to achieve or to maintain a physical posture, it is no longer merely a physical posture.

The embrace of yoga is a symptom of our postmodern spiritual confusion, and, to our shame, this confusion reaches into the church. Stefanie Syman is telling us something important when she writes that yoga “has augured a truly post-Christian, spiritually polyglot country.” Christians who practice yoga are embracing, or at minimum flirting with, a spiritual practice that threatens to transform their own spiritual lives into a “post-Christian, spiritually polyglot” reality. Should any Christian willingly risk that?

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How Twilight is Re-Vamping Romance

 

This comes from Visionary Daughters.com, the website of Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin. Read the entire article at http://visionarydaughters.com/2009/11/how-twilight-is-re-vamping-romance#footnote10

 

Emotional Pornography

‘He grinned his crooked smile at me, stopping my breath and my heart. I couldn’t imagine how an angel could be any more glorious. There was nothing about him that could be improved upon.’ (Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 12, p.241)

For this discussion, we would like to set aside the dark paranormal element of Twilight, though that is a concern on its own. We believe what ultimately draws women into this series and other romance novels in millions-strong droves is the same thing that lures men into an estimated $3-4 billion-a-year pornography industry.

Journalist Alisa Harris explains: “It’s called emotional porn. When men glut their physical lust with pictures of airbrushed girls pumped full of silicone, they become dissatisfied with real women’s bodies. When women plug their emotional caverns with chick flicks and chick lit, they become dissatisfied with the real men they know because they can’t measure up to the guys from The Notebook or Pride and Prejudice or Walk to Remember.” (Alisa Harris, “Beating Darcy Down”, Kritik Magazine)

Pornography is not simply about pictures. At its core, pornography starts with:

1. A desire to use people as self-gratification machines
2. A preference for man-made reality and man-made people over the real thing.

These hold as much temptation for women as for men, though romance novels often feed their fire better than pictures. (It has been found, however, that pictures of Robert Pattinson don’t put a damper on anything.) [4]

R.J. Rushdoony asks, “Why should an unreal female be exciting, and a far better and real woman not be so? The key is the essence of imagination: the fantasy woman is totally the creation and creature of man, whereas the real woman is God’s creation and creature. It is essential to imagination to create a man-made world and a man-ordained decree of predestination. It is the essence of sin to demand such a world.” [5]

Why should Edward, Mr. Darcy and other romantic heroes be more interesting than “far better and real” men? Because these men are the creations of women, tailor-made just the way we want them… rather than the way God made them.

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