Powers of Darkness
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Indoctrination...in the Church
I want to encourage you to continue to sound the alarm about Harry Potter
and all other forms of occultic indoctrination that is infiltrating our culture. I had to
battle a minister in my "former" church about trivializing the occult with
middle school children. He was performing occultic readings by a psychic as a "fun
attention-getter skit" at the beginning of Wednesday night activities. He didn't see
how that could possibly be misconstrued as anything other than a joke even though several
children were chanting "ohm" and using the hand motion associated with occultic
meditation while this skit was being performed. He was extremely abusive when I challenged
him about this. I took it all the way to the top with the administration of this very
large church, and was belittled and accused of being ignorant and uncharitable. The
administrative pastor (second to the senior pastor) said that I was the only one who had a
problem and he endorsed this method wholeheartedly. He said he thought it was just like
what Johnny Carson did on his TV show.
It's understandable when the world mocks us, but when those we call brothers and sisters
in Christ show such disdain and vehemently denounce us, it boggles the mind. I comfort
myself with two thoughts: 1) God will either show them the error of their ways or hold
them accountable, and 2) it is entirely possible that they are deceived because they do
not belong to Christ and are simply "church attendees", or in my case, wolves in
sheep's clothing. Either way, we are called to be Bereans and to stand with our armor on.
I commend you for your stand and I want you to know that I'm right there beside you.
In the Service of our Savior,
My family is trying to figure out all the double standards of the church
these days and my father e-mails me your news letters to help decipher it all. I've been a
Christian for 30 years (I'm 41) and have been concerned with the compromise of our local
churches for quite some time. I would like to receive your news letter directly because of
the helpful information. You are in our family prayers.
I can't believe the right wing, fundamentalist, old world view, propaganda
you put out in your letters. Please take me off your mailing list.
A former christian, now homosexual agnostic (Jesse)
Entertaining Spirits Unaware...
an eye opener
I just read your book "Entertaining Spirits Unaware" for the
second time. It is such an eye opener. Although I have always been spiritually aware of
Satan's hidden agenda, I have bought into his lies and the idea that if so-and-so watches
it, it must be OK. I have never been too popular for my convictions on certain video
games, cartoons, movies, etc. By allowing a "little bit of compromise here and
there", I have been in rebellion against God. Reading your book again has challenged
me to walk in holiness regardless of what others in the church or my family may say or
think!! Thank you for taking such a stand on the TRUTH!!
Piercing and Tattoos
(Mary Ellen writes after reading "Harry Potter Isn't Going to Go
Away") The same is true regarding the body piercing being accepted & glorified in
the churches today. The Bible is very clear on this too in that our body is the temple of
the Holy Spirit. Yet I hear all the time that those with piercings will be able to go
where "we" or others can't (or won't be able to go). Last I knew, it was the
Holy Spirit that draws individuals to a personal relationship to Jesus.
As a former "everything" from occultist to Muslim to everything else, I am now a
mother of seven children (six sons, one daughter) and I haven't wavered in the truth that
the world is looking for something different in us.
AMEN Mary Ellen !!!
I also believe that whole piercing/tattoo craze is nothing but a desensitizing set up for
the coming mark of the Beast. You can probably tell that I am not ranting and paranoid.
I'm just pointing out a truth. The Enemy is preparing the hearts, minds and bodies of
those who'll be deceived at some point in the future.
Hello my name is Oleg and I've got a quick question. The Bible says not to
swear in any way. I understand that but what should you do if you want to be a fireman or
a doctor? They have to take oath. What does the bible say about oaths? Is it okay to take
if it's necessary to take for your career?
You have asked a very sticky and problematic question. I will do my best to answer
biblically and logically.
I know that some Christians may not see this the way I do but let me lay out what I
The guiding passage on the swearing of oaths is found in Matthew 5.
34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither
by heaven; for it is God's throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither
by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy
head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication
be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
When Jesus admonished Believers not to swear at all in Matthew 5, His caution in v. 34-35
can be seen as a warning not to bring condemnation down on one's self by obligation to do
something or to perform something that was impossible or improbable for a person to
fulfill. People in Jesus' day went about swearing to all sorts of things which they then
later failed to fulfill. The same is obviously true today. In addition, when a person
swear's "by God" on an issue, what they are saying may be completely outside of
what God's will is for a given situation.
The Lord's warning in v. 36 is different then His warning in v. 34-35 however. It is akin
to taking what is commonly referred to as a "blood" oath. How do we know? Jesus
says do not "swear by thou head." This is the type that occultists swear. It
gives a sort of legal right for other humans (and demonic forces alike) to bring harm to
you if you fail at keeping whatever it is you swear. More so, the moment you swear an
oath, the penalty of which is your own life, you have sinned against God's word and are
game for the Enemy's intrusion in your life circumstances. "Blood" oaths give
the Devil spiritual authority to operate in a person's life. It is such oaths that have
bound and brought deception, spiritual blindness and demonic curses into the lives and
homes of Freemasons.
Now, about your situation. Often people call "affirmations of duty" or
"affirmations of truthfulness" an "oath." This is probably a poor
choice of terms to call these affirmations an oath. Since they are not swearing on one's
"head" then the cost of one's physical or spiritual safety as related to the
"oath" is never in question. We affirm an "oath" of sorts when we
repeat the Pledge of Allegiance at the presentation of our country's flag here in the
United States. Though it may be questionable to some Christians to do so, we also merely
affirm to tell the truth in court proceedings when the judge instructs that a witness be
"given the oath" or "sworn" in. Though lying in a court case can bring
the penalty of perjury into play, Christians should confidently tell the truth in ever
occasion for to do otherwise is obvious sin. Thus, in the case of what to do before taking
the witness stand in court we are merely affirming to do what we would be doing anyway -
regardless of any act of the justice system which "swears" us in before we
Christians should delineate between a "death" or "blood" curse and the
simple affirmation that they will perform particular acts (such as fire fighting or police
work) to the very best of their ability. This is equal to giving your word as a human
being. On the other hand, a death or blood oath brings curses which put you under the
condemnation and spiritual control of other humans in a way the Satan can gain what is
sometimes a catastrophic foothold in the person's life.
I think there are a few important points here.
- Never get in over your head with a promise that you can't perform
- Make a decision to always be truthful in every situation
- Don't get overly legalistic with the term "oath"
- Steer completely clear of any oath that puts you or your family/home in a compromising
Bless you my friend. I hope this gives you a little more input on this issue. May I add
that I am open to any information which you might come across on this issue which might
sharpen my position. Thanks for being in touch if the Lord should bring anything of the
such your way.
Saddened by anti-Mormon email...
I am writting to infom you of how saddend i was to read an email you have
posted on to the internet. (Eric's note: read the email here.)
It is relating to the girl who is becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints. I am not saddend by the girls decision, in fact i am happy to here she
is chosing for her self to lead the life she wants to lead, in stead i was saddend by your
remarks and the remarks of her Uncle. While you may not share the veiws of the girl, and
her boyfriend, and for that matter a large amount of others, i do not feel that this gives
you the right to talk like that about the church. If she were converting to Islam,
Catholisism or any other denomination would you have been quite so outraged?
I myself am convert to the LDS faith and i have never felt so much joy and happyness that
i feal through my membership. I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart and i love
his Father too. I know that i never had the kind of happyness i did before i joined, and
that im so much happier than all of my friends and family that are not members of the
church. I know that i am living in a good way, and that what im doing and not doing is
clean and heathy for me. I do not go out getting drunk, high or smoke which are all very
bad for ones system. I on the other hand love those around me, help in anyway i can wether
it be giving people lifts, visisting them or any other act of service i can do for them. I
am a strong member of my community and i feel blessed with what the Lord has given to me.
I know that most if not all of the belssings in my life have came from my membership
within the LDS chruch.
If you notice i have not sprouted any negative and hurtfull "facts" about you or
any other person or faith. I would not do such a thing. This is because of one of the 13
Articles of Faith that I hold so dear, which states:
"We calim the privilage of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our
own conscience, and allow all men the same preivilege, let them worship how, where, or
what they may."
I hope you bear this in mind the next time you decied to critized someone else for what
they believe or how the wish to live their life.
Vicki (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Yes Vicki, I would be equally disturbed should anyone join any cult, world religion or
spiritual group (Islam, Catholicism, etc) that does not lead one to eternal life and true
salvation. It really doesn't matter if you think I have a right to point out the fallacy
of Mormonism or not. The Bible DEMANDS that I do so and for that single reason, I must. I
don't care what sounds right to a culture like ours. It is what IS right according to the
Word of God. That doesn't mean that I aim to offend anyone but the truth often offends
people. This is especially true in a culture where virtually anything has become
acceptable. When someone (like me) stands up and calls right "right" and wrong
"wrong" it is going to bother some people. Apologetics and comparative religions
(what our ministry does) have a tendency to shake people up. If somebody (like me) comes
along and points out unbiblical doctrines or heresies by which others have become deceived
it can indeed make people uncomfortable. Anyone who who gives answers for faith that
unmask Satan's often sweet sounding lies sticks out because people want to believe what
they want to believe - not what is actually biblically accurate, spiritually healthy and
I am not certain what email you are
referring to as we have encouraged thousands of people to flee Mormonism.
Here is why.
It is really quite simple. If the Jesus of the Mormon Church was indeed the Jesus of the
Bible then the Mormon Church would be a vehicle in which one could find salvation.
However, the Jesus of Mormonism is NOT the historical, Biblical Son of God. Thus,
Mormonism teaches and believes in a "Jesus" who is unable to save and whose
entire premise is based upon the teachings of a false prophet named Joseph Smith.
You need to read the warning the Apostle Paul gave about "different Jesus'" who
would come to deceive. Read it in II Corinthians 11:3-4.
To accomplish the introduction of this new false Jesus, Mormonism demands that people
abandon the prophetically tried and true Jesus of the Bible. The switch comes when Joseph
Smith claims to be adding to the Biblical story, sort of filling in the gaps via the
instructions of the angel he called Moroni. On the surface (and without thorough
investigation) Mormonism may sound similar to the authentic Christian story. But once you
analyze the stark differences, the Mormon Jesus is clearly not the Biblical Jesus
and Mormonism is not authentic Christianity. The heresies of Mormonism can only be
justified if one follows Smith's leading and tests the Bible by the teachings of The
Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of
Great Price which are all many centuries newer than the Bible, instead of the
other way around. To any truthful investigator transposing the Bible as ultimate authority
and replacing it with Smith's teaching is completely backwards and is frankly laughable.
The Bible - the oldest and ONLY inspired document - commands us to test any and every
"new" revelation by it to make certain that it actually came from Almighty God.
When one does this the BOM and other Mormon texts are woefully lacking.
Mr. Hinckley - your current "prophet" - did himself separate the Mormon Jesus
from the Christian (read that Biblical and historical) Jesus when he stated:
In bearing testimony of Jesus Christ, President Hinckley spoke of those outside the
Church who say Latter-day Saints do not believe in the traditional Christ. (He
said) No, I don't. The traditional Christ of whom they speak is not the Christ of
whom I speak. For the Christ of whom I speak has been revealed in this the Dispensation of
the Fulness (sic) of Times...In this dispensation, the Lord has declared that this Church
is the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth.
- LDS Church News Archives, Saturday, June 20, 1998 reporting on Hinckleys speech to
6,600 missionaries assembled in Paris.
(Originally reported at:
Article currently appears at: http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/31188/Crown-of-gospel-is-upon-our-heads.html)
This comes in line with what Milton Hunter wrote too:
The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the
other sons of God.
He was called Lucifer, son of the morning. Haughty, ambitious, and covetous of power and
glory, this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of
- Milton R. Hunter, The Gospel Through the Ages, p. 15 (First Council of The Seventy)
Oh how I wish (for the sake of every Mormon) that the Mormon Jesus was indeed the Biblical
Jesus and was capable of saving souls from eternal judgment. But because the Mormon Jesus
is a counterfeit, I must and I will continue to warn you and whom ever else I can to turn
from the Mormon Church and find salvation in the REAL Jesus.
The trail of broken and deceived lives that Joseph Smith left behind represent an eternal
tragedy. The truth is that those who have trusted Joseph instead of the Bible are destined
for the same destruction that he is experiencing in Hell at this moment. The only remedy
to avoid this outcome is to repent and accept the Jesus of the Bible as Lord and Savior.
I pray that you will examine the BIBLE alone and find that the Mormon Church is not an
avenue to eternal salvation when examined under the light of God's infallible and eternal
I do not wish to engage in an extended debate with you. I have plenty on my website
concerning Mormonism to help any honest seeker of truth. However, I will be glad to be
here for you if you should ever want to honestly interact and seek the freedom and joy
that only Jesus Christ - the crucified and risen Lord - can bring.
God bless you!
Take A Stand! Ministries
Concerning your article "Harry Potter isn't going to go away"...
you are RIGHT!!!
I was also fired from a Methodist church pre-school, that I had taught for
ten years, because I was telling a friend of mine at the public library that "Harry
Potter promotes witchcraft" and someone was listening to that conversation and
reported me to the board of the Methodist church where I was teaching pre-school. I was
brought before the board and told I could not talk to anyone, anywhere about my personal
thoughts about "Harry Potter" because I represented that Methodist church and
they see nothing wrong with it. I was ask to not teach there at the end of the school year
because of my "Harry Potter" view.
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