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Witchcraft and the Church

Posted by truthoughts on June 4, 2008

The seduction of the Church into Witchcraft

I just read an article through an email that I thought was interesting. This article warned the Church against introducing witchcraft to their young ones. I wanted to write a post on this and so I decided to try and look up the original source. Well, I could not find the original source article, but I did find other articles written by the supposed author in which he contradicts the original article that I did read.

The author’s name is Mark Early and he writes for Crosswalk… some of you may know who he is. Well, I will quote an excerpt or two from the email article that I read first.

 

 

“According to a study conducted by the Barna Group called ‘Teens and the Supernatural,’ three out of every 10 teenagers have played the Ouija board, had their palms read, and eight out of 10 have read horoscopes.

Maybe these numbers do not shock you. But while these activities may seem innocuous, below the surface there lurks an extremely dangerous and powerful world – something Scripture refers to as ‘the powers of darkness…’”

The article goes on to say how, though it may seem harmless, it is quite dangerous, quoting the verses: Isaiah 8:19 and Deuteronomy 18. It also states how horoscope readings can lead to yoga (opens the door to Eastern Mysticism), which can lead to demonic themed games and contacting spirit guides.

All of what this author states in this article, I believe, however, the other article I found written by this person is disturbing to me. This other article is located HERE.

In this second article, he goes on to praise the movie Prince Caspian from the Narnia collection. I know that many Christians seem to think that C.S. Lewis’ writings are the child’s version of the Biblical gospel account, however, they fail to acknowledge the paganistic themes also present in these stories.

HERE is another article that I found which goes into more detail of the specifics of Greek Mythology, etc. presented in the Narnia collection of both the books and the movies.

“…The best example in this context (of Lewis’ faith) is Lewis’ atypical view of paganism, which is certainly at odds with many of his fundamentalist Christian supporters. He regarded paganism and Christianity as having much in common, and seemed to consider pagan religions as being a kind of nascent (emerging) form of Christianity…

…This blurring of the boundaries between these traditionally opposed faith traditions can be seen in the chronicles of Narnia, where Lewis not only uses creatures from Classical, Norse and Teutonic mythology such as centaurs, dryads, fauns and dwarves, and the gods Bacchus and Silenus, but also a number of the themes in the books are arguably derived from pagan religions as well. For example, Peter is knighted ‘wolfsbane,’ because he defeats the wolf Morgrim, which echoes stories from Norse and Teutonic sagas, notably the story of the chief god, Odin fighting Fenris-Wolf at Ragnarok, the last battle. The figure of the white witch arguably corresponds to the Norse crone-goddess, Hel, who ruled over the icy afterworld Niflheim…”Hollywood\'s Deception enters the Church

It reminds me of the flood of churches who begged, pleaded and shoved their congregations to go and see the Harry Potter movies… again, consciously blinding themselves to the witchcraft throughout the movie. It is the blind leading the blind.

So, in the days of apostasy and false unity for the ‘greater good’, we must hold ever tighter to the time-tested, accurate and fundamental Word of our Lord… The Bible. In the Bible, we see that this was all predicted to happen just before the return of our Lord to call His Bride, the Church (true believers who are watching and ready) to Himself and there we will be, with Him for eternity.

If you do not know the Lord, please read: The Gift of Salvation

 

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11 Responses to “Witchcraft and the Church”

  1. lucienlachance said

    Just because a child watches something witchcraft themed does not mean they are suddenly going to shed their beliefs and start practicing it. There is nothing wrong with watching a film or reading a book. You can watch Harry Potter movies and still be a good Christian.

    It’s like Christians feel threatened by Wicca and Paganism. Why should it be threatening? They are different belief systems, so what? If you have ANY Christian faith it’s obviously not going to be destroyed by a movie or book. They are for fun, and the creators use magic and strange creatures to make it interesting, NOT to convert your children.

    • DELE AWOSILE said

      Dear Lucien,
      You see, Hosea 4;6 says my people perish because of lack of knowledge, perhaps you are not aware of the principle of
      indoctrination and mind control….
      Well let me give you a working example.
      In a nutshell the new age movement is occult in origin and evil.
      Avatar 2010 is a new age movie that promotes earth worship.
      Guess where the movie got its origin from, POCAHONTAS. 1995.
      You can research it. So you see CHILDREN indoctrinated when they were kids
      and slowly being sucked in into the devil’s agenda…15 years later. follow that trend
      and only God knows what they have planned.
      Its not innocent watching. We are commanded to touch not the unclean thing
      and protect your kids minds from the evil one.
      😉

  2. Peter said

    You appear to have totally overlooked the way Lewis came to Christ – the revelation that Jesus Christ was the “one true myth” – the fact that some of the myths were dim reflections of the true one – Jesus Christ – God manifest in flesh.

    You neglect to note also that these pagan elements were only safe when Aslan (the Christ-figure) was present. Note the statement Susan makes to Lucy in the book Prince Caspian about not feeling safe with these pagan gods if Aslan were not present.

    Lewis never (as a Christian) endorsed paganism as a path to follow, but rather there are some things in pagan religions which are dim reflections of the True myth – Jesus Christ.

  3. truthoughts said

    Peter and Lucienlachance,

    This response applies to both comments:

    I am not quite sure why you (Peter) are referring to Jesus as a true myth, maybe you are saying that it is how Lewis viewed Him at the time of his conversion, regardless, we are not to align ourselves with doctrines of demons (which is what mythology is).

    Anyway, please don’t get me wrong, I do see the correlation of the Lion as a Christ figure, however, God said in His Word that magic was an abomination and that light has no place with darkness.

    By using ‘characters’ whether you call them mythical or magical, etc. to entertain someone as to make the truth of the gospel accepted is attempting to add to and take away from the true Word of God, which is prohibited by the Word of God.

    2 Corinthians 6:14-18

    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    Isaiah 8:19-20

    And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.

    Deuteronomy 18:9-14

    When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 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. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so [to do].

    Galatians 5:16-21

    [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Galatians 5:24-25

    And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

    Now that you can see the conflict between man’s ways and God’s ways, here are the things, which we are called to do.

    Galatians 5:22-23

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

    Philippians 4:8-9

    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

    Hebrews 13:8-9

    Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines…

    Proverbs 16:25

    There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.

    Thank you for your comments.

  4. jason said

    omg you have to be kidding me right, people will either accept that its a book based on fantasy a mix of real and imagined connotations. if you truly believe that kids are going to read this book or any book and start believeing its real well, there stupid and will eventaully realize it.

    oh and btw you want to see how Christianity really views witchcraft read the malaus malifacarum, it was published as a guide to detect and determine who is a witch, and was endorsed by the papal powers of the time, this is mainly attributed to it being one of the first books ever printed in a printing press. and is responsible for the death of over a million men, women, and children. so tell me this is the god you hold so dear? your concerned about a stupid book when (edit word), schools are considering the pledge of allegiance to u.s. to be in violation of the state and church.
    face reality and fight the real issues not ones that dont matter

  5. truthoughts said

    Jason,

    Thank you for your comment. You have brought up a book that you said was endorsed by the papal powers of the time. If you notice on this site, I do not hold the papacy in very high regard. I believe that the Catholic church has been a very strong culprit of distorting the truth about Christianity. I have not heard of the book you have referenced, so I cannot comment specifically in regards to that.

    I do believe, however, that what we are exposed to, especially as children, effects us greatly. The Bible says that bad manners corrupts good habits, light has no place with darkness and if we instruct a child in the way they should go that when they grow up they will not depart from it.

    There are children who play extremely violent video games and watch horror movies, then go out and attempt to mimic them in real life because they do not understand the consequences of their actions. Magic / Witchcraft, etc. are very real and very dangerous and the Bible is very clear as to how the one true God feels about the matter as I have stated in my post.

    The God I hold so dear and serve is the God of the Bible, not a deity made up by man by twisting His words to fit their opinions and perverted human desires. The true God is one of love and of judgment, He is truth and holiness, He is the beginning and the end. His Word stands true from beginning to end and will never die. We will all be held accountable to His Words whether we agree or not.

    I am not sure what you are calling the “real issues” to fight, other than you bringing up the pledge of allegiance. So, I cannot comment on that. I am sorry that you feel the way that you do, but I will continue to hold the Lord God dear and serve Him to the best of my ability and I pray that you will seek the truth and find it in Jesus.

    Thank you,
    Alison

  6. jason said

    “There are children who play extremely violent video games and watch horror movies, then go out and attempt to mimic them in real life because they do not understand the consequences of their actions. Magic / Witchcraft, etc. are very real and very dangerous and the Bible is very clear as to how the one true God feels about the matter as I have stated in my post.”

    please do not blame voilent video games and hollywood for some kids lack of understanding as to what is real and what is not. Columbine, virginia tech, red lake high, these events have been blamed on video game violence, horror movies, and Tv. yet in reality while these things do play a small role in behavior, the major factor is parenting or lack there of.

    i grew up playing games like Doom, and quake, i listen to rock, and heavy metal. i learned to shoot guns and even how to blow tree stumps out of the ground, yet i never went out and well shot people or commited murder, because i was taught morals when i was young. and beleive me i didn’t have it easy by any means growing up. i have been so broke i have had to steal to eat.

    “The God I hold so dear and serve is the God of the Bible, not a deity made up by man by twisting His words to fit their opinions and perverted human desires. The true God is one of love and of judgment, He is truth and holiness, He is the beginning and the end. His Word stands true from beginning to end and will never die. We will all be held accountable to His Words whether we agree or not.”

    smart, very smart. i often run into religous zealots who don’t know the first thing about the bible and religion. ok let me explain it in a kinda odd way, organized religion is nothing more than self governance, a set of moral codes that is socially and morally acceptable. i can worship god in my way. its more being spiritaul while instilling and living by morale code.

  7. zarah said

    jason,,
    U speak out of ignorance, seek the truth, SEEK God and his wisdom..

  8. Sam said

    If anyone saying that the Harry Potter books are horrible, evil, witchcraft filled, devil books, actually bothered to read the books they would see something totally diffrent. The books are ACTAUALLY about how love, loyalty, and friendship can overpower evil.. JK Rowling just used magic and sorcery to show this. The Chronicles of Narnia are actually my second favorite series…I guess that makes me a horrible person, huh?

    • truthoughts said

      I do not believe that you are a horrible person. I do believe that the ways of the enemy are seducing and if given the chance, he will use what others consider harmless to get into the lives of the unexpectant and take over from there. The Bible is very clear that those who are God’s people are not to have anything to do with the ways of darkness which includes all forms of magic.

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