WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main
Getting to know God together.
“CHANGING BELIEFS and VALUES
Whitehorse started seeking answers after her son asked a typical question:
"Mom, can I get Pokemon cards? A lot of my
friends from church have them." Much as she wanted Matthew to
have fun with his friends, she gave a loving refusal. Matthew's
tutor had already warned her that the Pokemon craze could stir
interest in other kinds of occult (evil spirit beliefs) role-playing games such as
Dungeons and Dragons. At the time, she wondered if the tutor had
just over-reacted to some harmless entertainment. After all, the
cute little Pokemon creatures looked nothing like the dark
demonic creatures of D&D. But when she learned that a local
Christian school had banned them because of their link to the
occult (evil spirit beliefs), she changed her mind.
during a recent party for Matthew, Barbara heard two of
the boys discussing their little pocket monsters. One said, "I'll
just use my psychic powers." Already, the world of fantasy had
colored his real world. So when some of the kids wanted to watch
the afternoon Pokemon cartoon on television, Barb again had to
say "no." It's not easy to be parents these days.
DiNozzi would agree. Back in 1995, her son's elementary
school had found a new, exciting way to teach math. The Pound
Ridge Elementary school was using Magic: the Gathering, the
role-playing game called which, like Dungeons and Dragons, has
built a cult following among people of all ages across the
DiNozzi refused to let her son participate in the "Magic
club." But a classmate gave him one of the magic cards, which he
showed his mother. It was called "Soul exchange" and pictured
spirits rising from graves. Like all the other cards in this
ghastly game, it offered a morbid instruction: "Sacrifice a white
does 'summon' mean?" he asked his mother after school one
"Summon? Why do you ask?"
her that during recess on the playground the children
would "summon" the forces on the cards they collect by raising
sticks into the air and saying, "'Spirits enter me.' They call it
as it may sound to American ears, demonic possession is
no longer confined to distant lands. Today, government schools
from coast to coast are teaching students the skills once
reserved for the tribal witch-doctor or shaman in distant lands.
Children everywhere are learning the pagan formulas for invoking
"angelic" or demonic spirits through multi-cultural education,
popular books, movies, and television. It's not surprising that
deadly explosions of untamed violence suddenly erupt from
"normal" teens across our land.” [B. Kjos]
Well, it is a sorry world where
cartoons and funny books are all about evil spirits!
Those kids who want to serve the Lord God, and belong only to Him, must be careful not to get involved with “occult” books and cartoons. These can cause young people to become violent, very disturbed and ungodly in every way. Here is some more of what
"Who are the strange little creatures from Japan that have
suddenly become global super-stars? Most kids know the answer
well: They are called Pokemon (short for POCKEt MONster and
pronounced Poh-keh-mon), and they have stirred up some mixed
just sent a letter home
today saying Pokemon cards are
no longer allowed on campus,"
said Paula Williams, a second-grade teacher in Danville, California.
"The kids know they're supposed to be put away when they come in from recess,
but they're often in the middle of a trade, so they don't come in
on time. In the more extreme cases, the older kids are getting
little kids to trade away valuable cards . . . . It drives a teacher crazy."
parents even more. "Recently, my children were given
a set of Pokemon cards," said DiAnna Brannan, a Seattle mom.
"They are very popular with the children at our church and
elsewhere. I was instantly suspicious but couldn't discern the
problem. We have since been told that they are stepping stones to
the 'Magic cards' that have been popular for the last few years,
which we do not allow."
is right. For instance, any child exploring the most popular
Pokemon websites will be linked to a selection of occult games.
A click on the ad for "Magic the Gathering" brings Pokemon fans
to a site offering promotions such as this:
"A global games phenomenon, Magic: The Gathering is to
the 1990s what Dungeons and Dragons was to the 1980s,
but with the added dimension of collectibility. Here is
the official reference to the biggest new teen/young
adult fantasy game of the decade, complete with
full-color reproductions of every existing Magic card."
The above websites gives us glimpse of the
mysterious little creatures called Pokemon. Ponder the
suggestions in this greeting:
"Welcome to the world of Pokemon, a special place where
people just like you train to become the number-one
Pokemon Master in the World!"
"But what is a Pokemon, you ask. 'Pokemon are
incredible creatures that share the world with humans,'
says Professor Oak, the leading authority on these
monsters. 'There are currently 150 documented species of
Pokemon. . . . Each Pokemon has its own special
fighting abilities. . . . Some grow, or evolve, into
even more powerful creatures.. . . Carry your pokemon
with you, and you're ready for anything! You've got the
power in your hands, so use it!'"
if children try to follow this advice? What if they carry
their favorite monsters like magical charms or fetishes in their
pockets, trusting them to bring power in times of need?”
What if children do trust
They will learn pretty soon that those creatures are awful, are evil and will bring harm to kids! They are little devils, Satan has trained them to trap you. Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to help you, not demons who pretend to be harmless little beings! The Lord will keep you safe from such things! He is mighty and strong, much stronger than they are.
“Beloved, believe not every
spirit, but try (test) the spirits whether they are of God:”
(I John 4:1).
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