~ KIDS AND THE OCCULT ~
The Shocking Reality
Group releases survey results concerning teens and occult practices
early 2006 Barna reported that of 4000 teens surveyed across the United
have engaged in occult activity beyond mere media exposure and horoscope usage
believe horoscopes are always true
have used a Ouija Board
have read occult books
have played games based on the occult or sorcery
have participated in a sťance
have attempted casting spells, hexes or have attempted mixing a magic potion
have had their palm read
have had their fortune told
have witnessed psychic powers being used
have visited a medium or consulted a psychic
Barna survey served to confirm disturbing truths found in the 2001 American Religious Identification
Survey. The ARIS data indicated that between 1991 and 2001 the
number of people identifying themselves as Christians in America
dropped from 86.2% of the population to 76.5%. During the same period those claiming to be
Wiccans rose by an astounding 1675% !!!
years I have been remarking at my seminars and in private conversations that the Church is
at least partially responsible for the fact that teens are seeking out satanic, occult and
New Age spiritual options. This is due to a lack of personal commitment to godly values
and a breakdown of lifestyle role modeling by Christians throughout our churches. The
shift towards occult spirituality has no doubt been aided by the fact that many teens are
growing up in home and church atmospheres which are to varying extents void of the
reality, anointing, spiritual presence and power of God. (Matt 24:12)
following comments, which summarize the findings of the Barna research team, directly
address the root of the problem.
The research revealed that
many churches fail to address the subject of the supernatural with sufficient frequency or
relevance. Only 28% of churched teenagers recall receiving any teaching at their church in
the last year that helped to shape their views on the supernatural world!
Shame on us. But more importantly, what action are we now going to take? Will we fast,
pray and declare war on the Enemy? Or will we refuse to rock the boat and just go with the
flow? Will youth pastors continue to use game playing, pizza parties and ski trips as the
main staples in order to keep the crowd and in so doing silently proclaim that
activities alone constitute having church? Or will they be the kind of
bold, Godly zealots that Paul and Peter would have appointed? Will our leaders be content
to keep downplaying the tough issues of sin, lifestyles and doctrine as well as the
uncompromised preaching of the Gospel just to keep filling the seats with people whose
ears long to be tickled? (II Tim 4:1-8, Isa 30:8-17)
the church today many of our youth are spiritually starving. Why do you suppose they
appear to be flocking to the occult? Surely, this rise of the demonic is also described in
most prophetic writing concerning the end days, the Apostle Paul warns the Thessalonican
church of exactly what we are seeing in our time.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means:
for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin
be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the
temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that,
when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what
withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of
iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the
way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even
him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying
wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And
for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That
they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
- II Thessalonians 2:3-12
detailed for years in the seminar and video The MOST Dangerous Cult
there must be from within the Church a falling away or, as another translation
states, a rebellion from and against the truth. The actual Greek word
translated falling away is apostasia or
apostasy. This defection from the faith by those who claim to be Christians
is a sure signal that the Antichrists arrival is eminent.
down in the passage Paul speaks of the mystery of iniquity. (This verse serves
as a springboard for my late 2006 teaching video Bible
Prophecy and the Occult.) When examined carefully this phrase yields
an astounding prophetic truth.
word mystery in II Thessalonians 2:7 comes from the word musterion (Strongs
Concordance Greek word #3466). It means
hidden thing, secret, mysteries,
religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals, a hidden or
secret thing, not obvious to the understanding (with) a hidden purpose.
is a clear description of the occult!
coupled with the word iniquity (anomia gk)
or contempt and violation of (Gods spiritual) law (Strongs Concordance Greek word #458) Paul is
clearly expressing that during the period just preceding Antichrists rule there will
be a blunt rejection of truth and a rise of the occult which is, according to Deuteronomy
(Strongs Concordance Hebrew word #08441)
or the worst of all abominations before the Lord!
to Scripture it is clearly no coincidence that the current occult explosion is happening
at the same time that many Christian leaders have determined to follow unbiblical, seeker
driven ideas which appease the crowd instead of proclaiming Gods complete word.
Though this rise of evil in the
last days is indeed prophesied, those who have ears to hear will hear and will shine the
light of truth on both the occult activity and the anemic condition which parallels it and
which now pervades throughout the Church.
should note that a similar abandonment of truth was a byproduct of liberalisms
encroachment into the once sound mainline denominations decades ago. Then, now and from
the beginning one of Satans primary tools has been to plant seeds of doubt which
attack Gods word (Gen 3:1). What should distress us today is that this evil
disregard for Gods word - often veiled like a Trojan Horse - is now in full swing
inside evangelical circles.
is the hope there is and will be until Christs return a holy, obedient, vocal
and evangelistic remnant. Praise God! Our task is clear. Help prepare the next generation
to be powerful servants of the Most High God.
kids desperately need to be instructed, prepared, equipped, prayed for and warned through
the whole counsel of Gods word. Above all, they need to experience first hand that
God is where the fulfillment, joy and strength is.
truth is that our teens are looking for us to set the bar. God help us that we give them
something to shoot for. Forget the pop psychology with a Bible verse attached, the self
esteem teaching, being Purpose Driven or merely religious. Start praying for
revival and stop worrying about how the world (or the unsaved in our churches) perceive
us. Bring back the presence of God to our
churches or watch Satan lure our kids deeper into his camp!
man on fire disturbs the world, a building on fire attracts the world, a community on fire
changes the world. ...I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century
will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without
repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without
William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army
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