Wayne Dyrness

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
by Berit Kjos, July 2005

“Malfoy’s hex missed Harry by inches, shattering the lamp on the wall beside him; Harry threw himself sideways, thought Levicorpus! and flicked his wand, but Malfoy blocked the jinx….  “Sectumsembra! bellowed Harry from the floor, waving his wand wildly. Blood spurted from Malfoy’s face and chest as though he had been slashed with an invisible sword.”[1]

The story of Harry Potter is an allegory: It is written and packaged to look like fantasy when, in truth, it is a carefully written true description of the training and work of an initiate in an occult order…. The story line aligns with real occult books written by Gavin and Yvonne Frost, who, themselves, run the foremost school of witchcraft in the British Isles.[2] Peter, a former member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. 1

‘I’m a fanatic. I love reading them. They get you hooked.”[3] Ashley, age 14.


As Potter-passion soars to new heights, it’s time to take another look at the young wizard’s influence on Christian beliefs. After all, the sixth book in Ms. Rowling’s spine-tingling adventures into the world of the occult has broken all records. Almost 7 million copies were sold in the United States in its first 24 hours – averaging better than 250,000 sales per hour! What is happening? Why is Harry’s virtual world so enticing? Could this new mythology become the great equalizer of religions — fusing Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Christian communities with 21st century paganism?

An anonymous visitor to our website illustrates its enchanting power to deceive “Christian” youth:

“Harry Potter is merely a work created for readers to enjoy. It teaches children to read and to imagine. Our society has really overreacted to this, especially the church. I myself am a faithful follower who does enjoy reading…. Harry Potter encourages magic and I hope you all have the good sense to celebrate what gods gives [sic] us through wonderful stories like Harry Potter…. Are these evil? Are we not to celebrate halloween? When do you draw the line?”

Actually, our wise and caring God has already drawn some very specific lines for us. To guard us from dangers we can’t even grasp, He has given us clear boundaries that we would be wise to heed.[4] For example, He tells us that anyone practicing witchcraft, sorcery, spell-casting, necromancy or divination (all occult skills that Harry learns and practices at Hogwarts Schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry) is an “abomination.” [Deut 18:10-12 What does that tell us about God’s attitude toward spiritual models such as Harry and Dumbledore? How does it relate to His warning in Romans 12:9: “Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”

If those questions offend you, you may want to stop reading right here. I’m not trying to “impose my beliefs” on you or force you to hear what you don’t want to know. But if you want to understand the power of a tantalizing story and how to guard your children’s minds from the almost overwhelming pressure to conform and compromise, please join me in examining some timeless strategies of the mastermind behind all the corruption in the world.   

Using the imagination to create virtual experience

The human imagination is key to transformation. Impressionable and gullible, it asks few questions and rarely resists deception. Through it, occult images and suggestions take on life-like dimensions that can distort and change our values as effectively than can facts or actual realityIt’s no coincidence that educational change agents want to train children to use and follow this popular alternative to rational thinking. Conditioned to respond to exciting suggestions with their imagination rather than intellect, children can easily be led and manipulated. [See “Brainwashing in America“]

Dr. Donald A. Cowan, president emeritus of the University of Dallas, summarized the strategy well. “What will take the place of logic, fact and analysis in the coming age?” he asked. Then he gave the following reply to his own rhetorical question:

The central way of thought for this new era will be imagination…. Imagination will be the active, creative agent of culture, transforming brute materials to a higher, more knowable state.”[5]

Our wise Maker is well aware of our imagination’s thoughtlessness. He told us that “…the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” [Genesis 8:21] And in Matthew 5:28, He equates the moral impact of imagining something with the actual deed. (“…whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”)

The fact that enthusiastic Potter fans “merely” imagine the spell-casting, hexing, and deadly cursing doesn’t nullify the impact of the mental images. So, for the peace and safety of our hearts, we are told not to entertain these things in our minds! That may sound intolerant to those who have reinvented a more positive or permissive god for our times. But our unbelief doesn’t change the heart or will of our sovereign God. It only shuts Him out, leaving us to rely on our own futile resources. [Proverbs 1:27-33]

God has good reasons for warning us to shun virtual as well as actual occultism. Our minds may be able to separate the two, but our emotions blur those divisions. Think about it. Potter fans are saddened by the deaths of fictional heroes as well as real-life heroes. In their minds, they cheer each winning spell cast by Harry — just as they cheer a homerun by a favorite athlete. In the imagination, fantasy and reality flow together.

So do the light and dark forces of the occult. Harry’s adventures lead you to imagine that the young wizard’s magic is good and Voldemort’s magic is evil, but in reality, the seductive power behind both remains the same. Both rely on (1) a focused, intentional command of the human will and (2) some kind of occult formula designed to invoke a supernatural force. While the “dark side” seems more deadly, the “light side” is far more deceptive. People let down their guard, because it feels good, not evil. It seems exciting, not frightening.

Look with me at the following scenes from the latest book. They illustrate the kinds of encounters that readers enter into vicariously with Harry and his friends and enemies. What kinds of belief and values do they plant into “open” minds? What worldview do they seal in the reader’s memory?

 

In the first encounter, you meet Professor Snape, Harry’s hostile old “Potions” instructor, who has now been promoted to teaching “Defense Against the Dark Arts.”

“You will now divide,”  Snape went on, “into pairs. One partner will attempt to jinx the other without speaking. The other will attempt to repel the jinx in equal silence. Carry on.”

…A reasonable amount of cheating ensued; many people were merely whispering the incantation instead of saying it aloud….

     “Pathetic, Weasley [Harry’s friend, Ron],” said Snape, after a while. “Here — let me show you —“ 

He turned his wand on Harry so fast that Harry reacted instinctively; all thought of nonverbal spells forgotten, he yelled, “Protego!” His Shield Charm was so strong Snape was knocked off-balance and hit a desk. The whole class had looked around and now watched as Snape righted himself, scowling.

“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing nonverbal spells, Potter?”

“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.

“Yes, sir.”

“There’s no need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.”

The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying. Several people gasped, including Hermione. Behind Snape, however, Ron, Dean, and Seamus grinned appreciatively.

“Detention, Saturday night, my office,” said Snape. “I do not take cheek from anyone, Potter. . . not even ‘the Chosen One.”

“That was brilliant, Harry!” chortled Ron, once they were safely on their way to break a short while later.

     “You really shouldn’t have said it,” said Hermione, frowning at Ron. [179-180] 

The key character in the next scene is Ginny Weasley, Ron’s younger sister and Harry’s secret love. Some will remember that in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, she was possessed and controlled by the evil Voldemort after finding his old diary implanted with a portion of his soul. What kinds of values might it transmit to the reader?

“How come you ended up in there, Ginny?”
“He saw me hex Zacharias Smith,” said Ginny. “You remember that idiot from Hufflepuff who was in the D.A.? He kept on and on asking about what happened at the Ministry and in the end he annoyed me so much I hexed him — when Slughorn came in. I thought I was going to get detention, but he just thought it was a really good hex and invited me to lunch! Mad, eh?” 
[147]

Stirring emotions and creating memories

Our minds are far more receptive to contrary values than we like to think. And the more these occult images and suggestion arouse our emotions — whether love, laughter, fear, hate or rage — the more effectively they plant new values in our minds and seal those values in our memory. As a result, youth around the world have learned to love evil and despise truth — just as God warns us: “You love evil more than good….” Psalm 52:3

The anticipated release of Book 6 illustrated this principle well. The date, July 16, 2005, stirred excitement and fierce loyalty around the world!  At 12.01 AM, huge crowds of children from America to Australia were lined up at their nearest bookstore to receive their coveted copy of Harry’s latest adventures. Dressed in black capes, glasses and pointed hats — and with scars on their foreheads and wands in hand — they celebrated the Potter domain of tantalizing power and mystical thrills.

‘I’m a fanatic,” announced 14-year-old Ashley, who apparently has read each of the first five books about five times each. “I love reading them. They get you hooked.” Her sister Lauren, 10, confirmed Ashley’s zeal. “She takes them everywhere,” she said.[3]

Of course, Harry Potter is not the first character — real or fictional — who learned how to excite the masses through evocative imagery and clever words. China’s revered leader Mao Zedong knew well the power of “emotion work.” That’s why he so effectively won the hearts of the people. He knew how to stir “bitterness” against landowners, hatred toward Christians, love for communism, and a sacrificial spirit that would give its all to his totalitarian reign. By identifying and isolating the key “enemy” as the most threatening evil, the new evils no longer seem so bad.

Some of Mao’s strategies, now seen in churches as well as other organizations, were described by Elizabeth J. Perry in a report given at Harvard University in the spring of 2000. Referring to the manipulative effects of myth-making fantasy (here expressed through community theater rather than books, but with similar effect), she said, 

The growth of the revolutionary movement was marked by increasing attention to the importance of ’emotion-raising’ in the process of mass mobilization. 

     “Theater was a critical means of eliciting an emotional reaction that was used intentionally to solidify popular commitment. … Staged public performances have constituted the very heart and soul of the Chinese Communist revolution…. This is not to imply, however, that the emotions expressed in such contexts are somehow phony or inauthentic. A distinctive facet of human feelings is of course their ambivalence and malleability; the genius of the CCP approach lay in its capacity to appreciate and capitalize on this fundamental reality.”[6]

When Ms. Rowling wrote the first book, she could neither foresee nor plan the influence she would one day wield. The story, she said, came to her mind long ago as she was riding the train.’[7] But many others are intentionally riding on her coattails. Her U.S. publisher, Scholastic, has prepared public school curricula based on its pagan world view. Churches have designed Harry Potter Sunday school lessons and small group dialogues — a growth-producing “carrot’ for engaging children and youth in fun “learning” activities. Much of the learning takes place in small groups through the dialectic process as students share and blend their feelings about Harry with each other. Led by a teacher/facilitator, they are trained to think dialectically — for the sake of unity and tolerance, they practice reconciling relevant opposites.

But how do you reconcile opinions dealing with Christianity versus paganism, unity versus separation, good versus evil, etc.? What attitudes would the children learn from each other concerning good and evil in the Harry Potter books?

It would be natural for them to reconcile the conflicts between pagan myths and Biblical truth by redefining traditional words, find more tolerant interpretations of the Bible, rationalize away Biblical boundaries, and cheer the group consensus. They might even celebrate their new-found “freedom” to “think outside the box” of the increasingly offensive Bible. But none of those “solutions” can counter the truth of Scriptures such as these:

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;

Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness….

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,

and prudent in their own sight!”  Isaiah 5:20-21

Consider the next example. Harry and his classmates are listening to the effusive Professor Slughorn, the potions teacher who replaced Professor Snape. He shows them a bottle of golden liquid, which Harry soon “won” by somewhat dubious means. What similar confidence-building, highly addictive “potion” is available to thrill-seeking youth today? (This year, Meth has captivated about 1.5 million users, but next year it could be something else.)

“Well, that one, ladies and gentlemen — is a most curious little potion called Felix Felicis. I take it,” he turned, smiling, to look at Hermione, who had let out an audible gasp, “that you know what Felix Felicis does, Miss Granger?”

“It’s liquid luck,” said Hermione excitedly. “It makes you lucky!”

       “Quite right….Yes, it’s a funny little potion, Felix Felicis,” said Slughorn. “Desperately tricky to make and disastrous to get wrong. However, if brewed correctly, as this has been, you will find that all your endeavors tend to succeed… at least until the effects wear off.” 187-188

 

[Later in the year] “So, Harry — you going to use the Felix Felicis or what?” Ron demanded.

“Yeah, I s’pose I’d better,” said Harry. “I don’t reckon I’ll need all of it…. Two or three hours should do it.”

“It’s a great feeling when you take it,” said Ron reminiscently. “Like you can’t do anything wrong.”

“What are you talking about?” said Hermione, laughing. “You’ve never taken any!”

       “Yeah, but I thought I had, didn’t I?” said Ron, as though explaining the obvious. “Same difference really….”476

 

“Well, here goes,” said Harry, and he raised the little bottle and took a carefully measured gulp.

“What does it feel like?” whispered Hermione.

Harry did not answer for a moment. Then, slowly but surely, an exhilarating sense of infinite opportunity stole through him; he felt as though he could have done anything, anything at all…. He got to his feet, smiling, brimming with confidence.

“Excellent,” he said…. I’m going to Hagrid’s, I’ve got a good feeling about going to Hagrid’s.”

“You’ve got a good feeling about burying a giant spider?” asked Ron, looking stunned.

“Yeah,” said Harry, pulling his Invisibility Cloak out of his bag. “I feel like it’s the place to be tonight, you know what I mean?”

“No,” said Ron and Hermione together, both looking positively alarmed now. …

       “Trust me,” [Harry] said. “I know what I’m doing… or at least” — he strolled confidently to the door — “Felix does.”477-478

Sensory immersion

“Sensory immersion helps learners grasp reality through illusion,”[8] wrote Harvard Professor Chris Dede, a global leader in the development of education technology programs.

Of course, the “reality” these “learners” grasp through “sensory immersion” is not true reality, but a pleasing illusion — a pseudo-reality designed to please our human nature and change the way we think. These illusions seduce adults and children alike. Knowing the difference between truth and fiction doesn’t really matter. We may be perfectly aware that a carrot or piece of chicken will serve our body better than a piece of candy, yet our feelings drive us to choose the latter. [See The Power of Suggestion“]

Through television, movies, music and ads, most Americans are immersed in a sensory environment that bombard their minds and emotions. Without any effort of our own, we are trained to be receptive and “open-minded.” Yet, we are poorly prepared to resist these cultural pressures. Today’s postmodern ideas — which mock facts, truth and certainty — have stripped away the mental tools needed to make wise choices. And with each repetition, the deceptions become more believable.

“…till at last the child’s mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child’s mind,” wrote Aldous Huxley over seventy years ago in Brave New World.  “And not the child’s mind only. The adult’s mind too — all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides — made up of these suggestions.”[9]

When children are so enchanted by Harry Potter’s world that they read each book again and again, discuss it among their friends, dialogue in classroom groups and write “fan fiction” based on the myth, they “make it their own.” Their minds and emotions are so “at home” in the story, that their old familiar home might even seem strange and foreign in comparison.

A former student at Clinton’s Governor’s School in Arkansas, who had happily read and played in an unreal learning environment isolated from his family, summarized it well: “The students. . . say, ‘This is the perfect place. I never want to go home.’ I caught myself saying that several times.”[10]

This Governor’s school for future leaders had embraced several key brainwashing techniques that help us understand today’s strategies for change:

  • Isolate students from family and friends (who cling to the old values)
  • Discredit or undermine former authorities (parents, pastors, etc.)
  • Reinforce new beliefs and values (those that fit the vision for pluralism and unity)
  • Emphasize feeling-based learning
  • Immerse learners in a desirable fantasy world

“It would be impossible for me to describe to you just how exciting and unusual this educational adventure is,” said former president Bill Clinton back in his days as governor of Arkansas. That was before one former student became so depressed that he committed suicide.[10]

Immersing children and youth in a wildly exciting pagan belief system will change their minds, memories, beliefs and values. “Christian” fans who find the story irresistible will facecognitive dissonance, a form of mental and emotional confusion. To social and educational change agents, this intentional dissonance is an essential step in the process of “unfreezing” minds and “opening” them up to a new way of thinking.[11]  It occurs when the child tries to reconcile the shocking new suggestions with the beliefs they learned from their parents.

The next scene involves three characters so obviously evil that Harry and other “good” occultists seem almost saintly by comparison. The three villains serve Voldemort, the ultimate evil in the story. Narcissa is the mother of Harry’s taunting classmate Draco Malfoy. Her sister Bellatrix, a member of Voldemort’s cruel army of Death Eaters, killed Harry’s “godfather” Sirius Black and tortured to death the parents of Harry’s friend Neville using an excruciating spell.  

     “Certainly, Narcissa, I shall make the Unbreakable Vow,” he [Snape] said quietly. “Perhaps your sister will consent to be our Bonder.”

     Bellatrix’s mouth fell open. Snape lowered himself so that he was kneeling opposite Narcissa. Beneath Bellatrix’s astonished gaze, they grasped right hands.

     “You will need your wand, Bellatrix,” said Snape coldly.

She drew it… and placed the tip of her wand on their linked hands.

     Narcissa spoke. “Will you, Severus, watch over my son, Draco, as he attempts to fulfill the Dark Lord’s wishes?”

     “I will,” said Snape.

     A thin tongue of brilliant flame issued from the wand and wound its way around their hands like a red-hot wire.

     “And will you, to the best of your ability, protect him from harm?”

     “I will,” said Snape.

     A second tongue of flame shot from the wand…

     “And, should it prove necessary… if it seems Draco will fail…“ whispered Narcissa… “will you carry out the deed that the Dark Lord has ordered Draco to perform?”

     “I will,” said Snape. 36-37

This vow, made early in the book, was fulfilled at the end. The hateful Professor Snape — who turns out to be the mysterious Half-blood Prince — did what Harry’s hostile classmate Draco Malfoy failed to do: kill Albus Dumbledore as the revered schoolmaster lay injured near the top of a staircase. But this fictional tragedy will probably strengthen Harry’s influence in the real world. For — just as terrorism justifies increased government surveillance — this evil deed helps justify Harry’s use of dark magic to finish his unbiblical mission.

 

Isolation and uncertainty

Though millions of children around the world are now absorbing the message in Book 6, most of them make this dark and disturbing journey into the occult realm alone. Unless the book is read aloud in a group setting, each reader encounters Harry, Dumbledore, Snape, and the Death Eaters through their own minds and imagination. Even if parents discuss the action afterwards, each individual reader must face the ominous atmosphere, the lighthearted spells, the cutting remarks, and the murderous cruelty alone. No one else shares their personal reactions as they turn each page.

Once planted in the mind, those memories will continue to color a child’s view of God. They will probably stir cravings for more occult thrills. Each new book and reading will reinforce the person’s growing familiarity with forbidden realms. Few realize that the actual world of the occult is far darker and more frightening than they can conceive. And few know God and His Word well enough to discern the spiritual distortions. Vital Scriptures needed for spiritual warfare seem alien to those who have embraced the postmodern mindset.

I have received many letters from children, youth, parents, pastors and teachers who all claim to be Christians yet love Harry Potter. Their emotional arguments show that their understanding of God’s Word has been compromised beyond recognition. In many cases, their expressed faith fits right into the spiritual transformation I described in The Rising World Religion.

They had learned to love the occult and to justify their rejection of Scriptures such as Jeremiah 10:2: “Thus says the Lord: ‘Do not learn the way of the Gentiles.'” That last word refers to the pagan nations that surrounded His people. They were not to learn the occult beliefs and practices of the heathens who worshipped other gods and lived in bondage to demonic forces. Yet, Israel ignored that warning and was destroyed.

Victory

God alone can lead us safely through the tempting lures and illusions that bombard our children in this thrill-seeking culture. And He proves His faithfulness again and again to those who trust Him.

I was speaking at a Sunday School Convention about 15 years ago on the topic, “The Unholy Power of Charms and Symbols.” Parents and teachers were still crowding into the small auditorium, when I began showing transparencies of simple symbols such as the yin-yang, the peace symbol, and the ankh. We discussed their meanings — and why their popularity has skyrocketed today.

I showed my compound symbols, but had not had time to prepare a transparency with the multifaceted Theosophical symbol. So I began to draw its many parts on a clear transparency: first, a large circle, then two overlapping triangles forming a hexagram, then a small pentagram and swastika…. Suddenly, something large and dark hit me hard in the chest. For a moment I lost both my balance and my breath. Then, in a flash, I knew what was happening. I had made myself vulnerable by unwittingly performing what might have been a ritual with mediaeval alchemy and other religious traditions.

Still in front of the crowd and the microphone, I cried out, “Forgive me, Lord! Cover me with your blood. In the name of Jesus Christ, I declare Your victory over the evil one. In You, we are ‘more than conquerors!’ Thank you, Jesus, my Lord and my King!”

As fast as it came, the entity disappeared. I apologized to the startled audience, asking their forgiveness for foolishly, though unintentionally, opening the door to this evil. Then we all thanked God for His lesson and protection.

Among the people gathered around me afterwards was a woman who said, “I think I know what happened to you. While you were drawing that symbol, the man sitting next to me was moving his hands in strange ways and murmuring something as if he was casting a spell. He may have come to bring occult interference.”

Only our sovereign, omniscient God knows exactly what happened that day. I may not fully understand the details of the ongoing and intensifying spiritual war operating in the unseen, but He impressed on my mind three important lessons:

1. The reality and power of the evil one operating in the physical as well as the spiritual world we inhabit.

2. The victory we have in Christ who makes us “more than conquerors” when we know, love and follow Him.

3. The importance of living each moment in this warring world ready, with “the sword of the Spirit… the Word of God” at hand to wield against any assault on mind or body.

“Therefore keep watch… be ready,” Jesus warned His disciples. “Be on guard! Be on the alert!”  

Today, more than ever, we must be alert and ready. We need to be “hidden in Him,” wearing His armor — the protective covering of our Lord Himself. We can’t afford to be presumptuous; we must not forget that whenever we choose our own way rather than His, we “take off” the “breastplate of righteousness” and stand defenseless in the raging battle. But walking with Him, in His ways, we are safe.

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand….” Ephesians 6:10-13


See How can Games, TV, Books and Movies change your faith and hinder your walk with God?

For an in-depth study on the Armor of God, see A Wardrobe from the King

See also this chart: Opposing World Views


1. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic Inc., 2005), page 522.

2. “Ask Peter” — “Harry Potter: The Story Behind the Stories” at www.crossroad.to\ask-peter\hp-overview-1.htm

3. Paul Rogers, “Harry works his magic,” Mercury News, July 16, 2005.
4.
Twelve reasons not to see Harry Potter movies at www.crossroad.to\articles2\HP-Movie.htm

5. Spoken at a 1988 forum address at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. This address formed the nucleus for his book Unbinding Prometheus: Education for the Coming Age.

6. Elizabeth J. Perry, “Once Again –With Feeling: The Chinese Revolution Revisited.” Report given at Harvard University CBRSS Events, Spring 2000. (Apparently the article is no longer available online.)

7. God tells us that “the whole world is under the sway of the evil one” (1 john 5:19). We don’t know all the ways he “sways” the people of the world, but his goal has always been to “free” minds from true devotion to Jesus Christ and manipulate our thoughts and feelings so that we serve him rather than God.

8. Chris Dede, “The Transformation of Distance Education to Distributed Learning.” While this and other papers by Professor Chris Dede focuses on education technology, it emphasizes the value of sensory immersion into synthetic environments as a tool to mold minds by instilling a programmed perception of “reality.” http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwitr/docs/distlearn/index.html

9. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (New York: HarperCollins, 1932), page xvi, 28

10. A Model School for the Global Community at www.crossroad.to\text\articles\littleton5-99.html

11. Reinventing the World at www.crossroad.to\articles2\Reinvent1.htm

12. Mark 13:9, 22-23, 33, 37; Matthew 24:42, 44; 25:13.

Marketing the Occult: Harry’s impact on “Christian” values

Marketing the Occult
Harry’s impact on “Christian” values

By Berit Kjos, November 2005  

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“Weak-kneed muggles may recoil from ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.’ Dubbed ‘Scary Potter’ in the British press, the latest screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s increasingly dark books is the first in the franchise to be slapped with a PG-13 rating.”[1]

Spiritual transformation… is mediated through a person’s religious imagination.”[2] Lancaster Theological Seminary

“The world of imagination and fantasy can help pass on to the child cultural and social messages [and] function as a way to experience vicariously things an individual could not do first-hand.”[3] International Journal of Adolescent Medicine & Health


As the movie begins, Harry Potter is dreaming. A large serpent slithers out of the darkness, and Harry hears the cold, hissing voice of the murderous Voldemort. This evil wizard — whose body had been decimated during a futile attempt to kill Harry thirteen years earlier — is instructing his groveling servant Wormtail. Their deadly plot would require Harry’s life. “I will not disappoint you, my Lord,” Wormtail promises.

This nightmare introduces a major theme of the story: Voldemort is planning his return to a physical body through a blood sacrifice involving the 14-year-old student wizard.

Compared to Voldemort’s wicked plans and heartless brutality, Harry’s magical training seems downright good. So when the dark scene above is replaced with Ron Weasley’s fun-loving home (where Harry and Hermione are finishing up their summer break), all seems well. Who cares if these friendly folks are all witches and wizards? Here paganism seems normal!  Never mind that the supernatural forces they manipulate correspond to those of Satan rather than God. In this enticing setting, the occult realm feels good to the unthinking audience. . 

Those affirming feelings are important. They help the audience identify with the “good” wizards and — through the imagination — participate in the action. When Harry triumphs, the viewers share the exultation. When danger threatens, they feel Harry’s anxiety. This emotional bond silences the moral reasoning that should warn Christians that this plot is displeasing to our Lord.

Led by Mr. Weasley, the group hurries to a hilltop “portkey” which magically transports them to the celebrated Quidditch World Cup festivities. But the popular event is interrupted by an invasion of Voldemort’s Death Eaters.  As this ruthless horde spreads fire and destruction, the spectators flee for their lives.

The students return to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. They are greeted by a new, less gentlemanly version of Professor Dumbledore, who introduces the Triwizard Tournament. Like the real-world Olympics, this international contest is supposed to build peace and co-operation between diverse pagan groups.

Its three contestants are magically chosen by the Goblet of Fire. Surrounded by what looks like a ritual “sacred circle,” this “sacred” goblet spews out three names that are read by Dumbledore and cheered by the crowd. But the goblet has a surprise in store. A fourth name appears: Harry Potter. Some complain that the famed wizard is too young to qualify, but the goblet’s choice prevails.

Mad-eye Moody, the new Defense of the Dark Arts, helps Harry prepare the spells and curses needed for victory in the upcoming tournament. But this undercover agent for Voldemort is no true friend. Though he teaches Harry defensive strategies, his classroom instructions expose his values and puts these shocking suggestions into young minds:

Reducio,” said Moody softly. “You don’t need thumbscrews or knives to torture someone if you can perform the Cruciatus Curse…. Anyone know any other [spells]?

Hermione’s hand shook slightly as, for the third time, she raised it into the air.

“Yes?” said Moody, looking at her.

Avada Kedavra,” Hermione whispered. …

“Ah,” said Moody, another slight smile twisting his lopsided mouth. “Yes, the last and the worst. Avada Kedavra… the Killing Curse.”[4]

I’m not saying that the movie would drive its audience to actually torture or kill anyone. The effects of these suggestions are far more subtle. They fit into the dialectic process — conceived by occultist Georg Hegel and embraced by Marx and Lenin and other revolutionaries. This process calls for social change through continual exposure to opposing beliefs and values (thesis versus antithesis). The tension or conflict created by those contradictions prompts traditional thinkers to compromise and conform to an evolving consensus (synthesis). Christians are not immune to this mind-changing process.

The goal of this revolutionary process is to change the way most people think and relate. The contrary suggestions will gradually “free” minds from the old absolute truths and values of the Bible. After a while, people will no longer react negatively to the evils that God abhors. Their consciences is desensitized. Everything becomes tolerable except Biblical truth, which exposes sin and draws a politically incorrect dividing line between what God calls good and evil.

Human nature naturally delights in occult or violent entertainment!  In ancient Rome, the thrill-seeking masses flocked into the huge Coliseum to be energized by gory gladiators and Christian martyrs torn by hungry lions. Centuries later, during the anti-Protestant Inquisition, the crowds gathered to watch the bloody spectacles of hanging, burning, beheading and quartering. Only a few decades ago, the evil Darth Vader became the most popular Star Wars character. Today the public’s growing thirst for blood and gore is partly quenched through vicious games and movies. Do you wonder what will satisfy that craving ten years from now?

Knowing our weaknesses better than we know ourselves, God rebuked his rebellious people long ago with these words:

“You love evil more than good….” Psalm 52:3

“All those who hate me love death.”  Proverb 8:36

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil….” Isaiah 5:20-21

The final showdown with Voldemort demonstrates most of the forbidden “abominations” listed in Deuteronomy 18:9-12: witchcraft, sorcery, spellcasting, spiritism, and necromancy (communicating with the dead). “All who do these things,” warned Moses, “are an abomination to the Lord…”

That list of timeless occult practices is a warning, not only to those who actually participate in occultism, but also to those who merely imagine these things. Jesus explained this principle in the context of immorality: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28

The transformational power of the imagination is documented in a study by International Journal of Adolescent Medicine & Health:

“The world of imagination and fantasy can help pass on to the child cultural and social messages [and] function as a way to experience vicariously things an individual could not do first-hand.”[3] International Journal of Adolescent Medicine & Health

In light of these warnings, ponder this last scene:   

“…suddenly, the sparks emanating from the cauldron were extinguished…  Through the mist in front of him, he [Harry] saw, with an icy surge of terror, the dark outline of a man, tall and skeletally thin, rising slowly from inside the cauldron…. Whiter than a skull, with wide, livid scarlet eyes and a nose that was flat as a snake’s with slits for nostrils….  Lord Voldemort had risen again.” (643)

“He knew he was facing the thing against which Moody had always warned… the unblockable Avada Kedavra curse — and Voldemort was right — his mother was not here to die for him this time.” (660) 

“Voldemort’s dead victims whispered as they circled the dueler…. And now another head was emerging from the tip of Voldemort’s wand…. Harry, his arms shaking madly now, looked back into the ghostly face of his father. ‘Your mother’s coming…’ he said quietly. ‘She wants to see you…. When the connection is broken, we will linger for only moments…. you must get to thePortkey, it will return you to Hogwarts.’…

      “Harry…” whispered the [dead] figure of Cedric, ‘take my body back, will you?’…

      “‘Accio!’ Harry yelled, pointing his wand at the Triwizard Cup. It flew into the air and soared toward him. Harry caught it by the handle.  He heard Voldemort’s scream of fury at the same moment that he felt the jerk behind his navel that meant the Portkey had worked — it was speeding him away in a whirl of wind and color, and Cedric with him…. They were going back.” (667-669)

The movie mentions Harry’s choice “between what is right and what is easy.” Harry had supposedly chosen what was “right.” At least, that’s how today’s pluralistic, amoral world would see it. But would Harry’s choices be “right” for Christians? Of course not!

Today’s emphasis on group conformity and consensus builds an ever-changing moral and spiritual understanding. An important part in that process of change is cognitive dissonance — mental or emotional confusion. It occurs when people think or act in ways that may feel right but clashes with their Bible-based conscience. The natural or most comfortable way to resolve this confusion ordissonance is simply to adapt their moral understanding to the new situation.

For children tutored in paganism by popular authors, movie producers, and computer programmers, there may be no turning back. The images they imprint on their minds cannot be erased by the human will. Aldous Huxley summarized it well in The Doors of Perception: “The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out.”[5]

We would be foolish to ignore the restless cravings stirred by imagined experiences in forbidden realms. A little dabbling in the occult usually fuels urges to explore other practices. It doesn’t matter whether seekers pursue Eastern pantheism, Western witchcraft, or create their own personal blend. In our times, these all fit together. Whether packaged for our youth as D&D, yoga or Hogwarts School for Witchcraft or Wizardry, they desensitize their captive fans to the dangers of occult forces. And all too often they become irresistible to the enthusiastic victim.[6]  

On the other hand, each time we say “no” to the ever present temptation to accept the world’s counterfeit gods, idols, thoughts and ways, we honor God and strengthen our will to resist. When we set our minds to know, love, and follow Him, He gives us the power and perseverance to triumph over the world’s counterfeit promises, tempting deceptions, and painful persecution.    

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ….” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5


Endnotes:

1. Rebecca Louie, “Goblet’ brims with fear,” New York Daily News, 11-13-05 at http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/story/364708p-310544c.html

2.  Lancaster Theological Seminary, USA, UMI Order number: AAM9822985 Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities & Social Sciences. 1998 Jul. 59 (1-A): p.0201  

3. Aminadav, C., International Journal of Adolescent Medicine & Health, April-June 1995.
4. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Scholastic Press, 2000); page 215.

5. Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception (Chatto & Windus Ltd., 1954).

6. http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/rising-religion.htm

 

The Deadly Magic of Potter Movies: The Order of the Phoenix

 

The Deadly Magic of Potter Movies  

The Order of the Phoenix is not “just fantasy!”
by Berit Kjos – 2007

 

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“…it can’t be much darker – or more dramatic – than the challenge the young wizard faces with the re-emergence of Lord Voldemort…. Claiming to have seen the mysterious Voldemort, Harry is met with disbelief and derision … and the suspicion that he’s a liar rapidly spreads through the school. More than ever before, the thing that makes Harry special also makes him an outcast.”[1] Movie review

“Harry longed to bite the man… but he must master the impulse. He had more important work to do. But the man was stirring…. He had no choice…. He reared high from the floor and struck once, twice, three times, plunging his fangs deeply into the man’s flesh…. The man was yelling in pain… then he fell silent…. Blood was splattering onto the floor…. [Harry’s] forehead hurt terribly.”[2] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Parents who watch the Harry Potter movies may not always be aware of the dark occult world that empowers this series. Unlike the book, this dark movie doesn’t explain the nightmarish scene above. Nor does it describe the murderous spells and curses that kill Sirius Black, Harry’s beloved friend and “godfather.” To better understand those forces you may want to read our review of the book behind the fifth movie, The Order of the Phoenix.

You may not know that Sirius, like Harry, was an animagus (shape-shifter) who could turn himself into a large, black dog. This shape-shifting process is sometimes called transmutation. Its roots may not trouble those who delight in Harry’s magical world, but Christians should remember that shape-shifting has been part of sorcery and shamanism through the centuries.

In this segment of the seven-part series, Voldemort, the evil wizard with the cravings of a vampire, repeatedly makes his deadly assaults through the jaws of a serpent. And since Harry was psychically linked to this devilish wizard, he participates in the attack as if he were actually inside the snake — as if Voldemort’s spirit had possessed Harry’s mind.

Yet, this event is not an example of shape-shifting. Both Harry and Voldemort have the magical ability to “talk” with snakes (parseltongue), but this is different. Harry is now an unwilling participant in Voldemort’s mind. He feels his enemy’s hatred, shares his thirst for blood, and participates in his murderous action. As Harry explains in the book,

“I thought I was a snake, I felt like one – my scar really hurt… It was like something rose up inside me….” (Page 481)

Not a nice story for children, is it? The rest of this sinister plot isn’t much better. Harry is depressed and angry. His best friends don’t understand him. Professor Dumbledore, Harry’s father-like former protector avoids him. Though most Hogwarts students once admired him, they now distrust him. And the end of the movie leaves little hope in a better future. In fact, a coveted but hidden prophecy — one that fueled some of the cruel curses near the movie’s end — warns that either Voldemort or Harry must die. One must kill the other.

Throughout the book, rage, revenge, lies, sarcasm and sorcery bombard the imagination of the reader. The movie dramatizes the same somber mood. Harry fears he is becoming increasingly like Voldemort, while the merciless wizard is rebuilding his army of scheming death eaters, many of whom are the fathers of Harry’s most hostile classmates. Scene after scene immerses viewers into unforgettable evil — often wielded by supposedly “good” wizards.

Today’s love for such depravity shows that God’s warnings are as relevant as ever. Here He describes ancient Israel, which had turned from God’s loving protection to the deceptive guidance of diviners and sorcerers:

“…they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart.” Jeremiah 11:8.

From enticing fantasy to demonic reality

In some ways Rowling’s wizards resemble the real wizards behind medieval alchemy. The facts and philosophy behind alchemy are rarely mentioned these days, which might explain why Biblically illiterate “Christians” are so easily persuaded to equate it with Christianity. Author John Granger first introduced this deception in his 2004 book, Looking for God in Harry Potter, published by the “Christian” Tyndale House. He argues that alchemy (plus mysticism), rather than the cross of Christ, is the pathway to redemption — and that Potter will show us the way:

“Understanding the Harry Potter books as alchemical writing in the tradition of the English ‘Greats’ will explain otherwise bizarre events, plot turns, and names in the novels…. The alchemist, like all traditional or non-modern people, understood man to be essentially spirit (as man is created by the Spirit), then soul, then physical body…. [H]is tragedy was that he was fallen, i.e., that he had lost his spiritual capacity or intellectus, by means of which Adam walked and talked with God in the garden. Alchemy was the means, in conjunction with the mysteries of the Church, by which he could regain this lost capacity….     

“It is essentially a super-conscious or spiritual work that happens through correspondence with archetypes that are above, not below, individual consciousness…. Rowling clearly understands both ‘alchemy in literature’ and the ‘alchemy of literature.’ Her books satisfy the need in us, born in a profane culture without heroes or avenues of transcendent experience….We get this experience in our identification with Harry…. Rowling’s novels are so popular because her works transform the human person via imaginative identification, catharsis, and resurrection.”[3] [Emphasis added]

Yes, Rowling obviously understands both alchemy and sorcery. And her occult wizard-world may well “transform” members of emerging and market-driven churches through “imaginative identification.” But Granger’s misplaced reference to “resurrection” has nothing to do with Jesus Christ who gave His life to free us from bondage to the forces of evil. 

In contrast, his usage of words such as “correspondence,” “above” and “below” fit right into medieval alchemy and Rowling’s magic. The phrase, “as above so below” dates back to ancient “mystery religions” and to the mythical Greek god Hermes. The occult philosophy linked to his name also gave birth to Hermetic magic, the mystical Kabbalah, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy and other occult organizations that flourished during the 19th and 20th centuries.[4]

A former member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn who became a Christian and renounced these works of darkness, explained it to us in these words:

“I was taught in ritual magick how to go to different planes of existence outside the physical body. I could create a realm there in which I could practice ritual magick and perfect my magical skills…. Through my will and imagination, I made things happen on the physical plane. As above, so below! This ritual magick is a manifestation of the power of your will.”[5]

His words remind me of the Wiccan author Starhawk’s formula for magic and spells. Author of The Spiral Dance and founder of the “Covenant of the Goddess” she taught her followers exactly what Harry and his young wizard friends were learning at Hogwarts. Rowling seems to know those occult principles well:

“To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form, to soar beyond sight, to explore the uncharted dream realm of the hidden reality… to leap beyond imagination into that space between the worlds where fantasy becomes real; to be at once animal and god….

 

Spells [and magic]… require the combined faculties of relaxation, visualization, concentration, and [mental] projection.”[6]

From pagan bondage to Christian freedom

To equate the wizard world with Christianity, Rowling and “Christian” Potter fans must divide the wizard population into two categories: good and evil, or light and dark. The “good” wizards can then be likened to “Christians” who fight the forces of Satan.

But this wishful logic is flawed. Unlike the “good” and “evil” wizards, Christians and occultists turn to opposite sources of strength. And while Christians trust God’s grace for victory, occultists trust their own magical skills and concentration for victory. There are no enlightening parallels between God’s people and occult adepts![7] 

Before the spread of Christianity, cultures around the world relied on the dark forces of the occult. Contrary to the modern illusions of noble, earth-loving primitives, tribal people of the past lived with constant, justifiable fears. They sought peace and healing, revenge and rewards through divination, sorcery and magic. Their shamans or medicine men could be kind or cruel, but their only source of supernatural relief was a dark pool of capricious demonic forces.

In those days, ordinary people feared angry spirits as much as they feared their jealous neighbors. So to save a sick child from a supposed angry spirit, a mother might offer a sacrifice to a “benevolent” spirit. To kill a rival, an offended warrior might rely on a powerful deity. Both might hire the services of the tribal shaman — one who had “sold his soul” to gain his power.

That pagan world illustrates Harry’s wizard world. Rowling’s spiritual forces may seem less personal and more predictable, but neither world offers anything comparable to our Biblical God. There is no “good side” apart from knowing Christ.  

The timeless results of popularizing spiritual alternatives are all around us.[8] Our children and grandchildren are learning to —

1. Love tempting alternatives rather than God. (Revelation 2:4-5)

2. Enjoy evil more than good.  (Psalm 52:3 & Isaiah 5:20-21)

3. Trust fantasy more than Truth.  (Jeremiah 7:24, 23:16)

4. Reject God’s unchanging Truth and adapt home-taught values to changing culture. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

5. Redefine Biblical words to support today’s thrills. (Isaiah 5:20-21)

6. Ignore contrary suggestions and follow the crowd. (2 Timothy 3:1-14)

 

The solution, of course, is to turn back to God, to heed His warnings, and to follow His way:

“There shall not be found among you anyone who… practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

“Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:8-10


1. “Magical, but dark” at http://www.mercurynews.com/harrypotterheadlines/ci_6338686

2. J. K. Rowlings, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Warner Brothers, 2003, p. 463.

3. Looking for God in Harry Potter at http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/04/harry-granger.htm

4. Warnings – How mysticism & the occult are changing the Church at www.crossroad.to/Excerpts/warnings.htm

5. Role-Playing Games & Popular Occultism at http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/2003/occult-rpg.htm

6.  Starhawk, The Spiral Dance (New York: Harper & Row, 1979), p. 62.

7.  Overview and Application of Harry Potter at http://www.crossroad.to/ask-peter/hp-overview-1.htm

8. America’s Spiritual Slide at www.crossroad.to/charts/SpiritualSlide.html

 

Harry’s Last Battles & Rowling’s Beliefs: A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry’s Last Battles & Rowling’s Beliefs
A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By Berit Kjos – July 24, 2007

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“Days before the release of the seventh and final novel in the series, youth leaders are being told they could use the popularity of the Potter books and films as a ‘launch pad’ for exploring Christian themes.” [1]  

 

“The story of Harry Potter is, and always was, a Christian allegory – a fictionalized modern day adaptation of the life of Christ, intended to introduce his character to a new generation…. 

     “…knowing more about her [Rowling’s] religious beliefs is not just crucial, not just enormously significant, but will blow the whole thing open, so that even a 10 year old will be able to figure it out.”[2] Abigail BeauSeigneur

 

“The Harry Potter novels… address the need… we have for spiritual nourishment in the form of edifying, imaginative experience of life in Christ.[3] John Granger

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…” Isaiah 5:20


“The story of Harry Potter is an allegory,” observed Peter Lanz, a former temple-master in an occult order. “It is written and packaged to look like fantasy when, in truth, it is a carefully written true description of the training and work of an initiate in an occult order.” Peter continues,

“…everything Harry does is an extension of his belief system. His foundation is in magic through will. The concept that magick is an extension of will is a foundational occult truth and is diametrically opposed to the Christian concept of will where every born again believer’s individual will is brought into submission under Christ.”[4]

In spite of this unbridgeable chasm between occultism and Christianity, Joanne Rowling insists that she is a believer. She has kept the details of her faith a secret, explaining that such information would disclose the mysterious ending of her popular story. So when asked if she was a Christian, she gave this answer:

“Yes, I am, which seems to offend the religious right far worse than if I said I thought there was no God. Every time I’ve been asked if I believe in God, I’ve said yes, because I do, but no one ever really has gone any more deeply into it than that, and I have to say that does suit me, because if I talk too freely about that, I think the intelligent reader, whether 10 or 60, will be able to guess what’s coming in the books.”[5]

Now that the final book is out, there’s no need to guess. We know the end of the story — one that apparently corresponds to the author’s beliefs. So what does it tell us? 

Rowling created a hero with many noble characteristics, and in this last book, Harry willingly gives his life. Responding to a message he magically received from Hogwarts’ former Headmaster Dumbledorethrough Professor Snape’s memories, the young wizard walks unarmed up to the evil wizard Voldemort, who points his wand at him and projects a killing curse. Harry falls down, apparently dead.

He awakens in a large hall. Noticing his own nakedness, he wishes to be clothed — and some fitting clothes magically appear. Then Dumbledore (who died in the previous book) arrives and praises Harry for his courageous sacrifice. Here are some glimpses into their long, mysterious conversation:

“‘But you’re dead,’ said Harry.

“‘Oh yes,’ said Dumbldore matter-of-factly.

“‘Then … I’m dead too?’

“‘… on the whole, dear boy, I think not….’

“’…But I should have died — I didn’t defend myself! I meant to let him kill me!’

“’And that,’ said Dumbledore, ‘will, I think, have made all the difference.’ Happiness seemed to radiate from Dumbledore….

“So the part of his soul that was in me. … has it gone?’

“’Oh yes!’ said Dumbledore. “Yes, he destroyed it. Your soul is whole, and completely your own, Harry.’…

“’But if Voldemort used the Killing Curse… and nobody died for me this time — how can I be alive?’

“’I think you know,’ said Dumbledore….

“’He took my blood,’ said Harry.

“’Precisely!’ said Dumbledore. ‘He took your blood and rebuilt his living body with it! Your blood in his veins, Harry…. He tethered you to life while he lives!’

“’I live… while he lives? But I thought… I thought it was the other way round! I thought we both had to die?’…

“You were the seventh Horcrux…. What you must understand, Harry, is that you and Lord Voldemort have journeyed together into realms of magic hitherto un-known and untested.'” (707-709)

A Horcrux? What is it? Why is it important?

Fearing death, Voldemort had hidden pieces of his soul in seven Horcruxes (containers). By now, Harry and his friends had found and destroyed five of these magical receptacles. Two were left when Harry’s near-death experience began.

One was Harry himself. So if Harry had simply killed his arch-enemy, a piece of Voldemort’s murderous soul would still be hidden inside Harry. For some time, this soul-link between the supposedly “good” wizard and the evil wizard had given Harry a painful access to Voldemort’s thoughts and emotions. Only by giving his life could Harry be freed from this bondage.

Now, the only remaining Horcrux is Nagini, Voldemort’s huge pet snake. Knowing the challenges ahead, Harry continues his conversation with Dumbledore:

“‘I’ve got to go back, haven’t I?’

“’That is up to you.’ ….

“’Tell me one last thing,’ said Harry. ‘Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?’…

“’Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?’” (721-722)

Harry chooses to return to his lifeless body at Voldemort’s feet. After some torturous tests to verify the absence of life, Voldemort declares that Harry is dead. He will soon realize his error, for Harry has still another battle to fight and win.

But Harry’s final victory is less significant than the above near-death encounter. By presenting a counterfeit version of Biblical salvation, Rowling gives her readers an image of a counterfeit Christianity that embraces the occult. Most people accept it as true, for such dialectical lies (union of opposites) — taught through occult systems such as the Kabbalah, Gnosticism, Rosicrucianism, and Unity — have now become an accepted way of thinking around the world. Indeed, what God calls evil, now seems deceptively good![6]

Only by standing firm on God’s Truth can we resist such tantalizing deceptions. Yet churches around the world are choosing to ignore politically incorrect Scriptures such as these:

“There shall not be found among you anyone who… practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead [necromancy]. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out…”Deuteronomy 18:10-12

“And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.” Leviticus 20:26

Merging opposites: good and evil, light and dark…..

As in Old Testament days, today’s world sees God’s guidelines concerning occult influences as a hindrance to their quest for mystical thrills. In contrast, blending good and evil makes sense to postmodern churches. And as Harry and his friend Hermione point out, such compromise serves the pluralistic vision for “common good.”

John Granger, author of Looking for God in Harry Potter, may be the most effective promoter of this dialectical heresy. He puts the entire series into an occult context.

Notice the references to the union of opposites — and to the occult use of Scriptures — in Granger’s quotes:

“…the principal activity of alchemy is the chemical marriage of the imbalanced ‘arguing couple’: masculine sulfur and feminine quicksilver. These two qualities have to be reconciledand resolved (die and be reborn) before then can be rejoined in a perfected golden unityOpposites have to be reconciled and resolved for there to be a new life.

 

“Alchemists frequently cited Christ’s words: ‘…except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.’ (John 12:24)  Alchemists took this verse and the hope of eternal life in Christ’s death and resurrection as a scriptural confirmation that their doctrines were correct.”[3, page 44]

Those who immerse their minds in Rowling’s occult message enter into a virtual experience — not of Christian redemption — but of this magical merger of good and evil. God warns us to shun any such “common ground” between His Truth and the world’s illusions. For,

“…what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ ‘Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate,’ says the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 6:14-17

“Walk as children of light for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth, finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:8-10

Rowling’s twisted gospel clouds minds and corrupts the truth. It pleases man, not God. Yet, even global leaders like Rick Warren support this pagan movement. His “Ministry Toolbox” newsletter (June 21) included this promotion by James Emery White:

“Though the seventh and final installment is yet to be released (July 21, to be exact), when it does, it will be well-worth reading. Though some would disagree, I am one to put Rowling’s work in the camp of fantasy literature, along with Lewis and Tolkien, with her use of magic more mechanical than occultic. I found her earlier six volumes instant classics of the genre, and the final book will undoubtedly cement this series as among the best written.”[7]

But our friend Peter Lanz (who left the world of the occult decades ago), warns us that

“It is not only foolish but it is also dangerous to dismiss the indoctrination of the adventures of Harry Potter with the excuse, ‘It’s ONLY fiction,’ ‘it’s JUST a book,’ something without a real agenda. The agenda of J. K. Rowling is very real — she is writing to instill in children a familiarity with occult ‘truth.'”

The nature of Rowling’s beliefs and savior

With this final book came the clues to Rowling’s “Christian” beliefs. Ponder these comparisons:

1. No need for the cross. The true Christ was holy and sinless; Harry Potter was neither. From an occult perspective, he was a relatively “good” wizard, but his life and associations model the dark evil forces arrayed against God from the beginning of time. His powerful magic is an extension of his own will — exercised not by faith in God, but by willful projection of an occult power usually channeled through a magical object. Representing the “beautiful side of evil,” as Johanna Michelson called it long ago, his supposed likeness to Jesus is a mockery of our Lord. Remember how God views occult practitioners:

“…he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger.” 2 Chronicles 33:6

2. Victory through human effort. The saving work of the true Christ was finished on the cross. In contrast, Harry killed Voldemort after his near-death experience. As a wizard, his “work” relied on a forbidden magical formula used by sorcerers or occultists through the ages: mental concentration, purposeful visualization, and willful projection of an occult force — usually channeled through amagical object.

“…what communion has light with darkness? …  ‘Come out from among them and be separate.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

3. Fellowship with the dead. Unlike Jesus who knelt in prayer to His Father before facing the cross, Harry met with the wizards he loved before his false death. His murdered father, mother, and special friends walked and talked with him before his surrender to Voldemort. Afterwards, he met with the dead (yet alive) Dumbledore. These encounters illustrate necromancy — the forbidden act of communicating with the dead. Can authors who commend what God abhors be followers of Christ?   

4. Loving the forces of evil rather than God.  Ultimately, any comparison between the world of witchcraft and the Kingdom of God is meaningless. Harry’s actions are accomplished in an occult context that is abhorrent to our holy God. The domain of darkness will always clash with God’s way, truth and life! 

Since few mythical saviors have more power to draw crowds than Harry Potter, it’s not surprising that Rowling’s message is praised as a “launch pad” for “exploring Christian themes.” All the more, we need to “be on guard” — always ready to test what we hear by the light of God’s Word.

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8

God’s way to victory

Unlike Harry’s fans who relish occult empowerment and magical skills, the friends of Jesus can delight in the peace and promises of God:

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

     “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ… and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:1-9

For “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”Galatians 2:20  

 


1. ‘Use Harry Potter to spread Christian message’, (7-18-07) at www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;?xml=/news/2007/07/17/npotter217.xml

2. Abigail BeauSeigneur at www.mugglenet.com/editorials/editorials/edit-beauseigneura01.shtml

3. John GrangerLooking for God in Harry Potter (Tyndale House, ) at www.crossroad.to/articles2/04/harry-granger.htm

4. Occult roots of Harry Potter magic and How mysticism & the occult are changing the Church at www.crossroad.to/Excerpts/warnings.htm

5. Accio Quote! at www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-vancouversun-wyman.htm

6. Warnings – How mysticism & the occult are changing the Church

7. Ministry Toolbox” newsletter (June 20) at www.pastors.com/RWMT/?ID=316&artid=10674&expand=1

Movie Review: Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Movie Review: Part 1 of

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Review of the Harry Potter book behind the movie

By Berit Kjos – November 24, 2010

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“When we first started ‘Harry Potter’ and cast 10-year-old Daniel Radcliffe in the title role, parents drove their 10-year-olds to see the movies. Today, those same kids are now driving themselves to the midnight shows.”[1] Dan Fellman, Warner Brothers“In a chilling performance by Ralph Fiennes, the [Voldemort] character plays out like a dimensional compliment to Adolf Hitler. He is as hungry for power as they come. … his deliberate hatred of the muggle race [humans] mirrors the Nazi internment of the Jews.”[2]

“Death Eaters constitute a group of wizards and witches, led by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort… who seek to purify the Wizarding community by eliminating the Muggle-borns. They…recognize one another by the Dark Mark on their left forearm, a sign created by Voldemort to summon them instantly to him.”[3]

“The whole world is under the sway of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19

 


Dark, dismal, demonic, deadly…. There’s no sign of joy in this disturbing movie! Yet it captivates childrenstirs love for evil, and arouses addictive cravings for more stimuli and ever darker thrills.[5]  Why are the forces of evil so enticing?

These are dark times…” declared Rufus Scrimgeour, the Minister of Magic (rumored to be a vampire), as the movie begins. “Our world has never faced a greater threat.”[4] 

He’s right in more ways than one. That solemn warning could be applied to at least three different spiritual battlefields:

1. Lord Voldemort’s murderous domain.

2. Harry Potter’s lighter, more deceptive face of the occult.

3. Today’s embattled world, where love for occult entertainment is fast becoming more acceptable than God’s Truth.

 

1. The deadly domain of the occult

Voldemort and his horde of Death Eaters have taken control of the Ministry of Magic. Their resisters are killed. Fear and chaos shadow the land. Rufus Scrimgeour, who refused to help them find Harry Potter, has been cruelly tortured and killed.

 

Even Voldemort is in trouble. In his fanatical quest for power and immortality, he has created six Horcruxes that contain imbedded parts of his own soul. Harry and others have already found and destroyed some of them, and now they are searching for the rest. Voldemort’s goal is to kill Harry before he destroys more of his soul. His life depends on it! To plot Harry’s capture and murder, he summons his Death Eaters to a meeting at Lucius Malfoy’s manor. Voldemort must do the killing himself, but he can’t use his own magic wand since it shares the same phoenix feather “core” as Harry’s.

“What about you, Lucius, he asks coldly. “I require your wand.” Seething with silent rage, Lucius reluctantly hands his precious wand to his despised master.

 

Meanwhile, the bound and tortured body of a woman hangs upside down from the ceiling. Voldemort identifies her as Professor Charity Burbage. She is guilty of teaching Hogwarts students that Pure-bloods (witches or wizards) are free to “mate with muggles.” That violates Voldemort’s standard for racial purity, so he kills her. He then invites his monstrous serpent Nagini to eat his bloody “dinner.”Such horror may actually sound funny to some. It’s not. The unthinkable images, the addictive thrills and the twisted values in this story will not be easily erased from young minds. As Joanne Rowling and the movie makers intended, this horrendous tale will captivate people of all ages and cause them to crave more such thrills.

Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman, who has long researched the effects of visual images and suggestions on children, shared this illustration:

“After the Jonesboro shootings, one of the high-school teachers told me how her students reacted….’They laughed,’ she told me with dismay. A similar reaction happens all the time inmovie theaters when there is bloody violence. The young people laugh and cheer and keep right on eating popcorn….

 

“We have raised a generation of barbarians who have learned to associate violence with pleasure, like the Romans cheering and snacking as the Christians were slaughtered in the Coliseum.”[6]

2. The deceptive side of evil 

As the skies turn black, Harry Potter and his loyal friends hurry to pack their belongings and flee their foes. By now, the hateful Professor Snape has alerted Voldemort to their plans, and the masked Death Eaters soon intercept their journey through the skies. Magical spells and deafening explosions shatter the stillness of the night, but Harry and most of his supporters survive. They straggle into their temporary “safe” house to rest and heal their battle wounds.

It’s tempting to cheer for the weaker side in this struggle. But life is not as it seems in this world of guided images and tempting illusions. The war between Hogwarts’ supposedly “good” sorcerers and the despicably evil ones may look like a battle between good and evil, but it’s not! Both sides trust the dark forces of magic — wielded through magical wands, spells and swords.

So do some of their fans. But those who “love evil more than good,” [Psalm 52:3] will experience the devastating consequences of the values they have chosen to embrace. As God warns us:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21

God’s warnings become meaningless irritations to those who identify with Harry and his two best friends, Ron and Hermione. In their imaginary world, the key to victory lies in superhuman feats, not Biblical faith. At the moment, their focus is on Horcruxes — those physical objects empowered through fragments of Voldemort’s corrupted soul.

Hermione had studied the book, Secrets of the Darkest Art. “It’s a horrible book,” she explained, “really awful, full of evil magic…. And the more I’ve read about them [Horcruxes], the more horrible they seem, and the less I can believe that he actually made six. It warns in this book how unstable you make the rest of your soul by ripping it.”[6] 

Wikia article reveals more secrets:

“The process makes the part of the soul remaining in the witch or wizard unstable. If the maker’s physical body is later destroyed, he or she will live on in non-corporeal form…. Destruction of a Horcrux is difficult, but not impossible, and requires that the object be damaged beyond most magical repair….”

“The fragments of a person’s soul within a Horcrux… have certain magical abilities, including the ability to influence those in their vicinity. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione were carrying Salazar Slytherin’s Locket around their necks in 1997, they each became moodier and more prone to fighting, especially Ron.”[7]

Using their wands and spells, the trio did capture that locket. Now they just have to destroy it!  They tried their most powerful spells, but nothing worked. The best they could do was to guard it by wearing it. In turn, they all suffered those annoying mood swings. Ron’s dark mood and jealousy finally drove them apart, and he left.

One day, while wearing the locket, Harry noticed a glimmer of light in the distance. It grew into the shape of a deer that led him to a frozen pond and then revealed a sword hidden under the ice. Excited, Harry broke the ice, undressed and swam to the bottom of the icy water. When he reached for the sword, he was blocked by a force from the soul-fragment in the locket. Unable to swim up for air, he nearly drowned.

Ron’s timely return saved Harry’s life. Ron retrieved the sword and used it to slash and destroy the locket. But their sweet success was short lived, for evil forces continued to pursue the trio until the end.

The last scene could hardly be more depressing. Lord Voldemort comes to Deathly Hallows to dig up Dumbledore’s grave. Like Harry, he suspected that the legendary “Elder Wand” would be buried with its master. The movie ends as Voldemort lifts the coveted wand into the air as a sign of victory.

3. Actual occult forces in the real world

Spiritual warfare has raged since the beginning of time, though many refuse to believe it. It’s simply not politically correct to suggest that actual witchcraft, magic and sorcery could have darkened tribes and civilizations throughout history. As Al Gore suggested in his 1992 book, Earth in the Balance, historical paganism should be honored, not criticized:

“The richness and diversity of our religious tradition throughout history is a spiritual resource long ignored by people of faith, who are often afraid to open their minds to teachings first offered outside their own system of belief.”

“[Ceremonial sites] seem to confirm the notion that a goddess religion was ubiquitous throughout much of the world until the antecedents of today’s religions — most of which still have a distinctly masculine orientation — swept out of India and the Near East, almost obliterating belief in the goddess. The last vestige of organized goddess worship was eliminated by Christianity….[I]t seems obvious that a better understanding of a religious heritage preceding our own by so many thousands of years could offer us new insights…”[8]

But Mr. Gore was distorting the truth. Witchcraft, goddess worship and other practices linked to ancient paganism were cruel and bloody, not kind and benevolent. The main goddesses in the Middle East three to four thousand years ago included Asherah, Astarte, Ishtar and others. Their ritual worship involved spiritism, sorcery, witchcraft and human sacrifices — as did Voldemort’s occult rituals.

Around 1450 BC), when Moses was preparing the Israelites to enter the promised land he spoke this warning:

“There shall not be found among you anyone who practices witchcraft… interprets omens, or a sorcerer… conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12.

Raised and trained at the Egyptian court, Moses would surely have learned to write. In recent times, archeologists have uncovered all kinds of magical tools, pagan idols, and mythical scripts that reach back to ancient Egypt, Canaan, the Hittites and other parts of the world.

Dr. Paolo Matthiae, Director of the Italian Archeological Mission in Syria discovered “more than 15,000 cuneiform tablets and fragments” and unveiled a Semitic empire that dominated the Middle East more than four thousand years ago. Its hub was Ebla, where educated scribes filled ancient libraries with written records of history, people, places and commerce.[9] 

Western nations have been relatively free from occult entrapment since the Protestant Reformation. But now that God’s Truth and guidelines are increasingly banned and silenced — by law as well as through political correctness — that freedom is fading fast. 

No public rules or boundaries are preventing occult enticements from spreading around the world. Never before have people been so ready and willing to receive the world’s most corrupting images and suggestions as they are today!

How does that impact our children? The Journal of the American Medical Association offers some clues:

It compared two nations or regions that were demographically and ethnically identical; only one variable is different: the presence of television. ‘In every nation, region, or city with television, there is an immediate explosion of violence on the playground, and within 15 years there is a doubling of the murder rate. Why 15 years? That is how long it takes for the brutalization of a three-to five-year-old to reach the ‘prime crime age.’”[6]

What can parents do to monitor and restrict violent and occult media messages? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pray — fervently, frequently and confidently — based on God’s Word!

  • Teach your children to “put on” and wear the Armor of GodThe greatest weapon against the world’s deceptions is His Truth. The Armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) provides an outline of the vital truth that can expose and resist any of Satan’s lies.

  • Be watchful. Explain the danger of occult entertainment to your children. Share the statistics and the horrendous consequences of the conditioning process. Show them items in the newspaper that provide current and relevant examples and warnings.

  • Understand the Nature and Tactics of Satan. Children need to be alert to both his timeless and his current strategies. We are all engaged in a spiritual war—and we cannot close our eyes to the realities of the foes that assault us.

  • Keep thanking God who gives us the victory. Know His Names and count on His promises. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

1.  Lauren A. E. Schuker, “‘Potter’ Charms Aging Audience,” WSJ, 11-22-10.  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703567304575628783648960748.html?KEYWORDS=Harry+potter+deathly

2. “These are dark times,” http://www.gcsunade.com/2010/11/18/movie-review-‘these-are-dark-times-’/

3. Harry Potter Wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Eater

4. Allison Wingate, “Dark times ahead for Harry Potter,” 11-20-10, www.reviewtimes.com/Issues/2010/Nov/20/ar_news_112010_story3.asp?d=112010_story3,2010,Nov,20&c=n

5. Read this testimony: “Leading Me Back Through the Darkness” at http://www.crossroad.to/Victory/testimonies/jonathan.htm

6 .Dave Grossman, “Trained to Kill” at http://www.killology.com/print/print_trainedtokill.htm

7. Horcrux, http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Horcrux

8.  Al Gore, Earth in the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit (Houghton Mifflin, 1992), p.260

9. “Moses a myth? Archeological and historical evidence of Biblical accuracy” at www.crossroad.to/articles2/08/archeology.htm 

A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Harry’s Last Battle

A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
 Part 2:  Harry’s Last Battles

By Berit Kjos – July 18, 2011

 

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I have been encouraged by my pastor at my CHRISTIAN church to read the Harry Potter books, because even though they have references to magic and sorcery, they can teach us more about the values of Friendship and Bravery than he can…. I am no longer Christian.  Somewhere along the way my beliefs changed. I practice Wicca.” A young visitor to our website

 

“Days before the release of the seventh and final novel in the series, youth leaders are being told they could use the popularity of the Potter books and films as a ‘launch pad’ for exploring Christian themes.”[1] 

 

“In its early years, ‘Harry Potter’ was a litmus test of orthodoxy for some conservative Christians, who expressed concern over its portrayal of witchcraft….The hysteria has largely died down, and not many religious leaders asked their flocks to avoid the final movie….Many Christians have cheered the portrayals of loyalty, courage and love.”[2]

“[They] practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord….” 2 Kings 17:17

I had plenty of company last Saturday morning as I hurried into the movie theater to see the final film in the Harry Potter series. Several families with children walked in ahead of me. Others followed. One little girl couldn’t be more than three years old! How would she react to this scary movie?

For more than two hours, the audience sat immersed in a mystical world filled with frightening shrieks, explosive sounds of death and destruction, and enticing suggestions certain to appeal to power-hungry youth already attuned to the forces of evil.

If you are a parent, please don’t take your children to see this movie!

By its end, it had exposed the two sides of today’s popular evil. Like the yin-yang symbol, there is an obvious dark side and a more subtle “light” side to occult deceptions. To resist their mind-changing allure, we need to understand both. 

The Dark Side of Evil

This last part of the Harry Potter sequence promotes everything God bans in this warning:

“There shall not be found among you anyone who… practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead…. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

 

During the last three centuries, Americans have enjoyed relative freedom from the occult forces that have tormented many other parts of the world. From the beginning, the pilgrims and a significant number of other believers trusted God and built this nation on the foundation of His Word. Therefore God protected their land. Few were exposed to words and actions that led to the occult.

But times have changed and God’s actual truth is rarely heard in public places. We can no longer shut out the well-marketed forces of evil that press into our lives — even in churches. That’s all the more reason to prepare for the spiritual warfare ahead. Let’s begin by taking a closer look at the occult practices listed in the above verses from Deuteronomy. Each practice is featured in this movie.

1. WITCHCRAFT: Trusting the occult spirit world for power to perform all kinds of magical spells and wonders.

Witchcraft was common in Old Testament days. Back then it was already a “normal” part of life in cultures around the world. Finally, in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, such practices faded in the West. More recently, that trend has been reversed. The mind-changing fantasies spread by Rowling and her admirers have sparked a rapid revival of interest and delight in occult empowerment.

2. SOOTHSAYER: A fortuneteller, diviner or seer in communication with demonic spirits.

3. INTERPRETING OMENS:  Receiving messages and interpretations — usually ominous – from the spirit world.

4. SORCERY: Performing magical feats through occult forces.

If witchcraft and sorcery sound like fantasy and fairy tales to teens and children today, the devil must be very pleased. He is constantly on the lookout for those who will follow his ways — even if “just” in their imaginations. As God warned long ago,

“They…walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart….” Jeremiah 7:24

5. CONJURE SPELLS: Manipulating occult forces according to mental formulas and projecting the spell through a physical object.

“To cast a spell is to project energy through a symbol,” explained Starhawk, the wiccan author of The Spiral Dance. “Spells… require the combined faculties of relaxation, visualizationconcentration, and [mental] projection.”[3]

Most spells in the movie were cast through magically empowered wands. The powerful Elder Wand apparently had a mind of its own and could choose whether or not to serve a new master. Wikipedia explains its bizarre history:

“In the preceding movie, Voldemort…opens Dumbledore’s tomb and claims the wand as his own. Assuming incorrectly that Snape is the wand’s current master, Voldemort slays Snape, not realizing that the wand’s allegiance was to Draco….Harry had subsequently disarmed Draco and taken his wand. …the Elder Wand’s allegiance had since shifted to Harry….Voldemort uses the Elder Wand to cast his final Killing Curse against Harry’s Expelliarmus charm. But since the wand’s allegiance is to Harry, Voldemort’s spell backfires and kills him once and for all.”[4]

Spells were also essential to the creation and destruction of the horcruxes used by Voldemort to secure his own immortality. “Invented” by J.K Rowling, they only exist in the imaginations of those who are captivated by her tales and by the additional “information” they inspire. For example, Wikipedia adds this gruesome description:

“…the creation of a Horcrux requires one to commit a murder, which, as the supreme act of evil, ‘rips the soul apart.’ After the murder, a spell is cast to infuse part of the ripped soul into an object, which becomes the Horcrux….Both inanimate objects and living organisms have been used as Horcruxes, though the latter are considered riskier to use, since an organism can move and think for itself….

“To be destroyed, a Horcrux must suffer damage so severe that repair through magical means would be impossible….Once a Horcrux is irreparably damaged, the fragment of soul within it is destroyed.”[5]

These dark fantasies share a common consequence with actual occult realities. Both stir cravings for new and ever darker occult thrills and knowledge. The natural consequences of pursuing such a path is spiritual bondage and torment. Listen again to God’s warning:

“They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke.

Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,

And be filled to the full with their own fancies.” (Proverbs 1:30-31)

6. CALL UP THE DEAD [Necromancy]:  Invoking the spirit of a deceased person through occult formulas.

Here the story gets more complicated. Harry himself was one of Voldemort’s horcruxes, since a piece of Voldemort’s soul was hidden inside him. Therefore Harry had to die before Voldemort could be killed. That realization made Harry’s life bleak indeed. The months of hiding from Voldemort and his armies had taken their toll. Choosing to face his inevitable death rather than fight it, he walked unarmed into Voldemort’s forest camp.

But first Harry wanted to see his dead parents and friends. His magical Resurrection Stone enabled him to call up the spirits of his father and mother as well as Remus Lupin and Sirius Black. They promised to stay with him until he died.

During his brief time in the state of “death,” Harry was visited by the spirit of Albus Dumbledore who suggested that he return to life. Since “dying” had freed him from bondage to Voldemort’s horcrux, he chose to return.

Many have equated Harry’s death with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They are way off track! Any such comparison is a mockery of God’s actual Truth.

The Light Side of Evil

Surrounded by Hogwarts ash-covered ruins, Harry wins his final battle against Voldemort. Later, as he stands on a high ridge with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he pulls out his Elder Wand, the most powerful wand known to wizards. He breaks it in two and throws the pieces into the canyon below. Apparently, there’s no need for it anymore.

Did he really believe that all warfare ended when Voldemort died? Would peace now prevail in the region cleansed of its cruel leader? What about Voldemort’s surviving army of ambitious, murderous “death eaters”? Might not some of them fight for his lofty, tyrannical position?

Harry doesn’t answer those questions.

The movie concludes with a brief glimpse of the three friends nineteen years later. Ron, of course, married Hermione. Harry married Ron’s sister Ginny. Now the two couples are standing with their children on the magical railroad Platform 9¾, ready to send their older children off to school on the Hogwarts Express.

When Harry’s middle son admits his fear of being “sorted” into the Slytherin dorm rather than Gryffindor, his father comforts him: 

 

Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin [Severus Snape] and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”

He was? The sour, sullen, ruthless Severus Snape was no friend to Harry during his school years. Nor was any other member of the Slytherin clan. Most of them were deadly enemies. Many joined the Death Eaters. In light of the previous Potter books, this sudden emphasis on peace, harmony and reconciliation makes no sense!

George Orwell would probably agree. His familiar book, 1984, sums up such strange contradictions with these words: War is PEACEFreedom is SLAVERYIgnorance is STRENGTH.[6]

We might add this lie: Evil is Good!  In a world that despises God’s Word and moral guidelines, it’s not surprising that a series of books based on witchcraft and wizardry has won the hearts of the people. Occult themes, whether in books, movies or computer games, have become one of today’s most effective tools for social transformation. Even churches are promoting the change. The “light” side of evil could hardly be more deceptive!

As God’s Word tells us, “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) That’s reality today! But the consequences for those who believe his lies will be severe:

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.” Isaiah 5:20-21

God’s Ultimate Victory

Today’s rising world system has called for unbiblical peace and a prescribed form of solidarity that has little tolerance for Christians who refuse to compromise. Yet, if we stand firm in Jesus Christ, our sovereign Lord, He will surely meet all our needs — and much more!  Those who resist the world’s tempting lies in His name will be safe in Him — now and forever!

This world system denies the message of the cross. That’s why the name of Jesus is banned from all kinds of public places. But we cannot be silent! What Jesus prayed to His Father almost 2000 years ago is now His message for us:

“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one…. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”  John 17:14-19


Notes:

1. “Use Harry Potter to spread Christian message,” The Telegraph [a British newspaper], July 18, 2007. This link is now obsolete: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;?xml=/news/2007/07/17/npotter217.xml

2.  Sarah P. Bailey, “How Christians Warmed to Harry Potter,” Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2011, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303812104576441641674217076.html.  See also John Granger’s message at  www.crossroad.to/articles2/04/harry-granger.htm

3. Starhawk, Spiral Dance (San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1979), 25.

4. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horcrux#Deathly_Hallows

5. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horcrux#Horcruxes

6. George Orwell, 1984 at George Orwell’s 1984

Harry Potter Overview

 

Overview and Application
Books 1, 2 and 3 

By Peter Lanz

The story of Harry Potter is an allegory: It is written and packaged to look like fantasy when, in truth, it is a carefully written true description of the training and work of an initiate in an occult order.

In every instance, everything Harry does is an extension of his belief system. His foundation is in magic through will. The concept that magick is an extension of will is a foundational occult truth and is diametrically opposed to the Christian concept of will where every born again believer’s individual will is brought into submission under Christ.

 

Everything that Harry learns is immediately applied to his life and practiced over and over. Harry learns that everything he thinks, says or does is an act of magick. This concept in magick is written out through the exercises that he does while at Hogwarts School for Wizardry and Witchcraft. Christians should be discipled that their belief system is the foundation of everything that they think, do and say. The fact is that everything we think, do and say is an extension of our belief system. It is dangerous to suspend our belief system when it comes to judging the value of what we give our children to “read for entertainment.”

 

Harry Potter is instilled with the traits of “Every Man.” There are characteristics of Harry Potter that every kid will identify with. Kids will defend Harry’s choices and actions as justifiable. The author is very successful in evoking strong sympathy and empathy for Harry in her readers. The books teach situation ethics rather than absolute values of right and wrong that are taught in the scriptures.

 

 What is important to emphasize is that words have meaning and power. Words influence culture. It is impossible to read something and not be effected by it or learn something from it. It is not only foolish but it is also dangerous to dismiss the indoctrination of the adventures of Harry Potter with the excuse, “It’s ONLY fiction,” “it’s JUST a book,” something without a real agenda. The agenda of J. K. Rowling is very real — she is writing to instill in children a familiarity with occult truth — she just clothed it in fun.

 

For the non-Christian, there is nothing wrong with this story. For the Christian, what the author writes is considered an abomination by the LORD. (Deut. 18) See the following!

 

 

Harry
Potter Books 1, 2

& 3

The Occult
Parallel

Book 1, page 51: Harry is invited to attend
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where:

  • Harry is an initiate
  • Harry is learning witchcraft
  • Harry is learning to conquer fear.
A person is INVITED to join an occult order

  • The story line aligns with real occult books
    written by renowned occultist Gavin and Yvonne Frost.

  • The Training Work of the Initiate, by William
    Gray
The first book is called, “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.”
Occultists use sorcerers’ stones to transmute substances from one
to another.
Book 1, page 66. Harry is informed about how much work goes into becoming a
wizard and about how much there is to study. The book tittles listed, while not actual books, are significant.
The content Harry has to study includes:

Astrology, Herbology, Astronomy (book 1, p. 133), Channeling power, how to use magick
wands and practicing rituals.

The titles of the books listed closely align to actual occult book.

Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry:
Book 1,
page 90-94 to get to the school, people have to go through a portal and
get on a train.

Book 1, p. 131-133. The rooms shift places until the students can lock
them down through visualization.

The entire school of
Wizardry and Witchcraft is a creative visualization and exists on the
astral plane- not on the physical plane.
You can’t get to it unless
you go through the portal at the train station. This is why the rooms in the
school move around. See 

Role-Playing
Games & Popular Occultism
Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry
is organized:

  • Dumbledore (a man) (#1)) Supreme Mugwump
  • Snape (a man) (#2)
  • Professor Minerva McGonagall (a woman)
    (#2) Deputy Headmistress (book 1, p. 51)
Parallels any occult order:

  1. Imperitor (a man) (#1)
  2. Temple Master (a man) (#2)
  3. Cancellareous (a woman) (#2)

No one confronts the power of an Imperator.
No one is more powerful than he. He rules the order.

Harry learns how to cast
spells.
Occultists manipulate
elemental spirits, demonic entities, servitors, etc., as well as
circumstances and people through spells, acts of will, creative
visualizations, and ritual spells for their own benefit. (destruction
spells, death spells)
Book 1, p. 114: There are four
houses within the Hogwarts School: Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor and
Hufflepuff.
Each one probably represents
an element. Air. Earth. Water. Fire. Since Hogwarts exists on the astral
plane, that takes care of the fifth element – ethers. We do not know this
yet by the end of book three.
Book 1, 66. Harry has a spell
book
Grimore — and occultist’s
personal book of incantations.
Voldemort wants the sorcerer’s
stone so he can “create” a new body for himself.
There really is a sorcerer’s
stone — no comment on what it does or how it’s used — just know that it
IS!
In Harry Potter, the “will in
action” is a strong theme that runs throughout the story line.
The will in action is a direct
reference tot he laws of Thelma, more specifically, the first law upon
which all other laws hinge: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the
law. Nothing supersedes the will. The supreme will rules.”

Voldemort wants the
sorcerer’s stone so he can “create” a new body for himself
.

There really is a sorcerer’s
stone
– no comment on what it does or how it’s used — just know that it
IS!

In Harry Potter, the “will in
action” is a strong theme that runs throughout the story line.

The will in action is a
direct reference to the laws of Thelema, more specifically, the
first law upon which all other laws hinge: “Do what thou wilt shall be
the whole of the law. Nothing supersedes the will. the supreme will rules
.”
Book 1, p. 53. Harry was told that his parents
died in a car crass. Actually they were psychically murdered.
In the occult world, people
“die” by “accident” or “natural causes.”
Book 1, p.164. Hedwig- Harry’s pet owl. All
the students at Hogwarts get and send their messages by owl.
Actually, Hedwig and all the
other owls are familiar spirits. In the occult — familiar spirits are
used to convey messages from one occultist to others.
Book 1, p.130-133. Harry returns to his
dormitory room through a “portrait hole.” The portrait asks for a
password.
Book 2, p. 300. The sink
– another example of a portal and how to open it up.
Portrait hole = portal
– the opening between the physical plane and the astral plane through
which entities move back and forth. Portals open with the correct words.
Book 1, p. 138 and Book 3, p. 2.  Harry
uses a quill pen, ink and parchment paper to document his magical
spells
.
Standard occult practice —
all occultists learn to document their spells in the initial stages
of their training.
Book 1, p. The author gives a description of
what is referred to as Quirrell’s master.
Harry could see a face on the back of
Quirrell’s head.

Quirrell is strengthened by unicorn blood,
the Elixir of Life (book 1, p. 293). He drinks blood.

This is a description of a
real psychic vampire. The face says, “See what I have become, mere shadow
and vapor. I have form only when I can share another’s body. But
there have always been those willing to let me into their hearts and minds
.
(Book 1, p. 293)
Psychic vampires are
real. Drinking blood is strictly forbidden in the Scriptures.
Book 1, p. 291. “There is no good and evil,
there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”
Power is the greatest central
them in the occult world. There is no god and no devil in the occult
world. There is ONLY POWER.
Book 1, p. “Always use the proper name for
things — fear of a name of anything increases fear of the thing itself.”
Harry is being instructed in
how to purge fear. All emotion, in the occult world is purged out of a
person. Fear could mean death.
Book 2, p. 20-21. Harry broke the decree for
the restriction of underage wizardry because he had just done serious
magick. He gets a reprimand. He does it again in book 3 when he attacks
Aunt Marge. (p. 28-30)
AKA – he broke the rules of
discretion that every occultists is well aware of. Occultist NEVER break
the rules of discretion.
End of book 2 (p. 317, 322) A young girl gets
possessed; you see a conjurative being that threatens to kill. Harry kills
a certain conjured spirit (a snake) with a special sword.
These passages are an indirect
reference to Kaballah, the Tree of Life, the Kundalini
(snake) and the Sword of Kerubum. “SELF” is the source of
power.
Book 2, p. 52 mentions a “Hand of Glory.”Book 3, p. 208. Hit Wizards. These are references to items
used in VERY NEGATIVE magick.
Book 2 explains why Voldemort is the way he
was (a psychic vampire) in book one. Harry doesn’t understand Voldemort
until Dumbledore explains him.
In trying to protect Harry from a psychic
attack on his life by Voldemort, Harry’s mother took the attack on herself
and she died. When she took on the full brunt to the attack, she absorbed
most of the energy.

Harry absorbed some to the knowledge of
Voldemort, but when the energy returned to Voldemort, it destroyed his
body. That is why, in book 1, we see him as a psychic vampire  — he
needs to have a host body.

Rowling gives a perfect
description of the difference between demons and fallen angels on the
physical plane in this example of Voldemort. She writes that Voldemort
once had a body, then he didn’t now he does when he attaches himself to
other people. This is the way demonic entities exist in the physical
world. They need a physical body in which to manifest.
Angels, holy or fallen, do not need physical
bodies to manifest — they can make their own bodies on the physical
plane.

When occultists repel a psychic attack,
they absorb some of the knowledge of the individual that attacked them. In
Harry’s case, he absorbed the ability to speak snake (and other special
capacities) from Voldemort.

Book 2, p. 314-322. Rowlings describes an
occult war: Voldemort says he’s the greatest sorcerer in the world and
Harry says that Dumbldore is the greatest wizard in the world. Then a fawkes, a phoenix and a sorting hat show up to defend and fight for Harry.
Voldemort gave Harry permission to use the tools Dumbledore sent him.
Harry defeats Voldemort.
Occult wars are fought on the
spiritual level. This story line is straight psychic metaphor. Harry found
the weakness in Voldemort’s existence and capitalized on it. There are
references to items used in VERY NEGATIVE magic.
Book 3, p. 247. The Dementor’s kiss. Lupin explains that when
dementors wish to destroy someone utterly, they suck the soul out of the
person through their mouth. “You can exist without your soul, you know, as
long as your brain and heart are still working.”
Book 3, p. 250, 251. Hermione is reading a
Rune translation.
Book 3, p. 426, 427. Harry has a conversation
with Dumbldore regarding saving Pettigrew’s life. Dumbledore tells Harry
that when one wizard “saves another wizard’s life, it creates a bond
between them. This is magic at its deepest and most impenetrable.”
This bond and debt is called
an ON in the occult world.
Harry does not know that he can talk in the
language of snakes. You get an inkling of this in books 1, page 28. When
Harry has a conversation with the boa constrictor, he thinks the snake is
talking English, when, in fact, it is Harry that is talking “snake.”
The conversation with a snake comes up
again in book 2, page 194. In a class titled “Defense Against the Dark
Arts,” a
snake is ready to attack one of the members of his group, Justin, and
Harry tells the snake to stop. The snake obeys immediately. People were
astounded that Harry could speak snake.
Those who practice the many
forms of familiar magick have the ability to communicate with animals.
I.e.: horse whisperers, medicine men, etc.
Book 3, p. 28-30. Harry attacks his aunt Marge
for her disparaging comments about him and his family by placing a
swelling spell on her.
This is a psychic attack.
Harry’s lightening bolt scar on his forehead is a symbol of his psychic
strength. The lightening bolt is similar in nature to the occult “Sword of
the Cherubim.”
Book 3, p. 133. Harry’s class practices on a
bogart to remove whatever fear they have. A bogart is an entity which
morphs into whatever anyone is afraid of. It is a shape shifter and will
change itself into “whatever it thinks will frighten us most.”
Bogarts, called something else
in the occult world, are real. They are used in occult training as
practice for conquering fear and for perfecting their craft.
Book 3, p. 83. Harry has a confrontation with
several dementors. These creatures are similar to vampires that can suck
the positive energy out of a person. They cause a person to be confronted
with their own evil and what the person fears. Harry is not successful in
deriving the dementors away on his own. In book 3, p. 236-237, Lupin
teachers him a spell to put a barrier between him and the dementors.
In the occult, psychic
vampires are similar to dementors. They feed on the emotional energy of
people. Fear is a strong emotion that dementors feed on.

 

 

Americans With No Abilities Act (ANAA)

The following is meant to be humorous, unless you’re a liberal, then I’m sure you’ll be offended, as usual…

The Americans With No Abilities Act (ANAA) 
(Finally Here)

President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many more Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

“Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.”

In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Speaker Nancy “Cruella” Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid incompentencepointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent).

Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and give a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

Finally, the Americans With No Abilities Act contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, “Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?”

“As a non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,” said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich., due to her inability to remember righty tighty, lefty loosey. “This new law should be real good for people like me. I’ll finally have job security.” With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Said Sen. Dick Durbin, Il: “As a senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so.”

In addition to those individuals mentioned above, a partial list of those rumored to have approved of this “Act” as well are: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Diane Feinstein, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummins, Bill Marr, Keith Olbermann, Maxine Waters, Jehmu Greene, Chuck Schumer, Anthony Weiner, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Juan Williams.

Tyranny at its best!

Subject:Letter By Laura Hollis Of Notre Dame

This comes from Notre Dame. What a powerful and true letter by Associate Law Professor Laura Hollis of Notre Dame.

A MUST read if you care about your country, your health and your future.

November 20, 2013obama

The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.

The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care – and we allow it. They take away our insurance – and we allow it. They take away our doctors – and we allow it. They charge us thousands of dollars more a year – and we allow it. They make legal products illegal – and we allow it. They cripple our businesses – and we allow it. They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and we allow it.

Where is your spine, America?

Yes, I know people are complaining. I read the news on the internet. I read blogs. I have a Twitter feed. So what? People in the Soviet Union complained. People in Cuba complain. People in China complain (quietly). Complaining isn’t the same thing as doing anything about it. In fact, much of the complaining that we hear sounds like resignation: Wow. This sucks. Oh well, this is the way things are. Too bad.

Perhaps you need reminding of a few important facts. Here goes:

1. The President is not a king. Barack Obama does not behave like a President, an elected official, someone who realizes that he works for us. He behaves like a king, a dictator – someone who believes that his own pronouncements have the force of law and who thinks he can dispense with the law’s enforcement when he deigns to do so. And those of us who object? How dare we? Racists!

And while he moves steadily “forward” with his plans to “fundamentally transform” the greatest country in human history, he distracts people with cheap, meaningless trivialities, like “free birth control pills”! In fact, let’s face it: this administration’s odd obsession with sex in general – Birth control! Abortion! Sterilization! Gay guys who play basketball! – is just plain weird. Since when did the leader of the free world care so much about how people have sex, who they have it with and what meds they use when they have it? Does he have nothing more important to concern himself with?

2. It isn’t just a failed software program; it is a failed philosophy. People are marveling that Healthcare.gov was such a spectacular failure. Well, if one is only interested in it as a product launch, I’ve explained some of the reasons for that here. But the larger point is that it isn’t a software failure or even a product failure; it is a philosophy failure.

I have said this before: Obama is not a centrist; he is a central planner. And this – all of it: the disastrous computer program, the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted, the lies, the manipulation of public opinion, the theft of the public’s money and property and freedom (read insurance, and premiums, and doctors) – IS what central planning looks like.

The central premise of central planning is that a handful of wunderkinds with your best interests at heart (yeah, right) know better than you what’s good for you. The failure of such a premise and the misery it causes have been clear from the dawn of humanity. Kings and congressmen, dictators and Dear Leaders, potentates, princes and presidents can all fall prey to the same imperial impulses: “we know what is good the ‘the people.’

And they are always wrong.

There is a reason that the only times communism has really been tried have been after wars, revolutions or coups d’état. You have to have complete chaos for people to be willing to accept the garbage that centralized planning produces. Take the Soviet Union for example. After two wars, famine and the collapse of the Romanov dynasty why wouldn’t people wait in line for hours to buy size 10 shoes? Or settle for the gray matter that passed for meat in the grocery stores?

But communism’s watered-down cousin, socialism, isn’t much better. Ask the Venezuelans who cannot get toilet paper. Toilet paper. Viva la Revolución!

Contrary to what so many who believe in a “living Constitution” say, the Founding Fathers absolutely understood this. That is why the Constitution was set up to limit government power. (Memo to the President: the drafters of the Constitution deliberately didn’t say “what government had to do on your behalf.”) They understood that that was the path to folly, fear, and famine.)

3. Obama is deceitful. Just as the collapse of the computer program should not surprise anyone, neither should we be shocked that the President lied about his healthcare plan. Have any of you been paying attention over the past few years? Obama has made no secret of his motivations or his methods. The philosophies which inspire him espouse deceit and other vicious tactics. (Don’t take my word for it: read Saul Alinsky.)Obama infamously told reporter Richard Wolffe, “You know, I actually believe my own bullshit.” He has refused to be forthcoming about his past (where are his academic records?). His own pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told author Ed Klein, that Obama said to him, “You know what your problem is? You have to tell the truth.”

Did Obama lie when he said dozens of times, “If you like you plan, you can keep it. Period!”? Of course he did. That’s what he does.

4. The media is responsible. And had the media been doing their jobs, we would have known a lot of this much, much earlier.

The press is charged with the sacred responsibility of protecting the people from the excesses of government. Our press has been complicit, incompetent, or corrupt. Had they vetted this man in 2008, as they would have a Republican candidate, we would have known far more about him than we do, even now. Had they pressed for more details about Obamacare, Congress’ feet would have been held to the fire. Had they done their jobs about Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA spying – or any of the other myriad betrayals of the public trust that this administration has committed, Obama would likely have lost his 2012 reelection campaign. (A fact that even The Washington Posthas tacitly acknowledged. Well done, fellas! Happy now?)

Instead, they turned a blind eye, even when they knew he was lying, abusing power, disregarding the limits of the Constitution.It was only when he began to spy on them and when the lies were so blatant that the lowest of low-information voters could figure it out that they realized they had to report on it. (Even in the face of blatant, deliberate and repeated lies, The New York Times has the audacity to tell us that the President “misspoke.”) They have betrayed us, abandoned us and deceived us.

5. Ted Cruz was right. So was Sarah Palin. The computer program is a disaster. The insurance exchanges are a disaster. What’s left? The healthcare system itself. And this, of necessity, will be a disaster, too.

Millions of people have lost their individual insurance plans. In 2015, millions more will lose their employer-provided coverage (a fact which the Obama administration also knew, and admitted elsewhere).

The exorbitant additional costs that Obamacare has foisted on unsuspecting Americans are all part of a plan of wealth confiscation and redistribution. That is bad enough. But it will not end there.

When the numbers of people into the system and the corresponding demand for care vastly exceed the cost projections (and they will, make no mistake), then the rationing will start. Not only choice at that point, but quality and care itself will go down the tubes. And then will come the decisions made by the Independent Payment Advisory Board about what care will be covered (read “paid for”) and what will not.

That’s just a death panel, put politely. In fact, progressives are already greasing the wheels for acceptance of that miserable reality as well. They’re spreading the lie that it will be about the ability of the dying to refuse unwanted or unhelpful care. Don’t fall for that one, either. It will be about the deaths that inevitably result from decisions made by people other than the patients, their families, and their physicians. (Perhaps it’s helpful to think of their assurances this way: “If you like your end-of-life care, you can keep your end-of-life-care.”)

6. We are not SUBJECTS. (or, Nice Try, the Tea Party Isn’t Going Away). We have tolerated these incursions into our lives and livelihoods too long already. There is no end to the insatiable demand “progressives” have to remake us in their image. Today it is our insurance, our businesses, our doctors, our health care. Tomorrow some new crusade will be announced that enables them to take over other aspects of our formerly free lives.

I will say it again: WE ARE NOT SUBJECTS. Not only is the Tea Party right on the fiscal issues, but it appears that they are more relevant than ever. We fought a war once to prove we did not want to be the subjects of a king and the Boston Tea Party was just a taste of the larger conflict to come. If some people missed that lesson in history class we can give them a refresher.

The 2014 elections are a good place to start. Call your representative, your senator, your candidate and tell them: “We are not subjects. You work for us. And if the word “REPEAL” isn’t front and center in your campaign, we won’t vote for you. Period.”

Laura Hollis is an attorney and teaches entrepreneurship and business law at the University of Notre Dame.

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny!

Ban Truth – Reap Tyranny

by Berit Kjos

Revised December 1, 2004

Skip down to ACLU or United Religion and Sun Myung Moon

Note: Many of the links below are now obsolete.


“It is a sad day in our country when the moral foundation of our law and the acknowledgment of God has to be hidden from public view to appease a federal judge.”1 Alabama’s former Chief Justice Roy Moore

“Whereas… both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God…  I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be….”2 George WashingtonThanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

“If we will not be governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.” William Penn, January 3, 1701

 

“My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:12-13


Once again history repeats itself.  Like ancient Israel, America has gradually been turning its back to God. While Christians from coast to coast were awakened by Judge Roy Moore’s call for a return to religious freedom and Constitutional integrity, their minority response will hardly untangle the roots of anti-Christian socialism now imbedded in our government and civil society. 

Do you wonder why US leaders would ban God’s universal guidelines for law and order, then choose social philosophies that turn our God-given personal “rights” into the impersonal “rights” of the “greater whole”? Why would they trade our heritage of freedom for oppressive restrictions and unconstitutional limitations on free speech? And why would a federal judge in Alabama ban a stone replica of the Ten Commandments but permit the purchase (using federal funds) of a pagan statue honoring Themis, the Greek goddess of law?

Actually, in light of history, these paradoxes make some sense. As our nation bans truth and forgets God’s Word, it weakens both discernment and resistance to the flood of spiritual and social alternatives. Craving thrills more than truth, the majority will barely notice the change. That’s one reason why the National Park service dared to name some of the Grand Canyon’s majestic formations after Hindu gods, then ban the small Scripture plaques that praised God for the beauty of His creation.3

Do you doubt this is happening? Then take a look at the following trends and events. They point to a sobering reality which America, like ancient Israel, prefers to ignore.

1. Basing legal opinions on UN and European models. Dissatisfied with American law and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently announced that “The Supreme Court is looking beyond America’s borders for guidance in handling cases on issues like the death penalty and gay rights.”4

Justice Breyer went a step further. “The world is growing together through commerce, through globalization, through the spread of democratic institutions, through immigration to America. It is becoming more and more one world of many different kinds of people … And whether our constitution fits into the governing documents of other nations, I think, will be a challenge for the next generation.”5

Nothing will undermine American values, freedom and sovereignty faster than reframing our Constitution by the dimming light of European values and global ideology. The following headlines — from 2001 through August, 2003 — give a short glimpse of the natural course America has chosen to follow:

France Passes Controversial Anti-Cult Law: “Courts can dissolve religious groups and impose heavy fines…. ‘[I]f we want to have children’s church, Sunday school, that can be seen as influencing minors. If we do work for old people, it’s preying on the vulnerable.”

 

Sweden Moves to Criminalize Opposition to Homosexuality: “That means people coming from (the homosexual) lobby group could sit in our churches having on the tape recorder and listen to somebody and say, ‘What you’re saying now is against our constitution.’ … the real intent is to criminalize Christianity.”

 

Free speech falls prey to ‘human rights’: “…there was Toronto printer Scott Brockie, hauled before our version of the Inquisition — a human rights tribunal — and fined for turning down printing business from homosexual activists. And the case of the Christian couple in Prince Edward Island who shut down their bed and breakfast rather than be forced to condone homosexual acts under their own roof.”

 

The Bible as ‘hate literature’? “A prison sentence for quoting the Bible in Canada? Holy Scriptures treated as ‘hate literature’?” 

 

Advocating for religious freedom: “The government of Belarus is presently considering introducing a highly restrictive religion law that would drive Belarus back into Soviet era oppression, crippling the numerous small Protestant evangelical and non-traditional groups.”

 

Will the Bible be banned in America? “An extremely disturbing precedent has been set in Canada that homosexual activists in the U.S. are trying to duplicate. According to a December 2001 decision by a Saskatchewan court of appeals, the Bible is hate literature if it is quoted verbatim and in context when it is used to condemn homosexuality as sin…”

 

U.N. group in ‘showdown with religion’: “At a forum Monday, attended briefly by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, panel members singled out Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants as opponents…. Princeton University professor Anthony Appiah, wondered whether or not religion should be limited, as it poses a ‘challenge’ to the homosexual agenda….”

 

California’s Omnibus Hate Crimes Act of 2004“It is clear that this bill [signed into law September 22, 2004] is intended to punish those who speak out in defense of the pre-born as well as restrict the rights of persons to speak out against homosexuality…. Why are crimes against certain people or classes of people more deserving of stronger punishment than the same crimes committed against persons or classes of persons that do not fit into the designated ‘hate-victim’ list [which lists “anti-reproductive rights crimes, gender-bias crimes, anti-immigrant crimes, anti-Arab and anti-Islamic crimes and…actual or perceived homelessness”]? Are their lives of less importance? Isn’t this tantamount to legal discrimination?

Did you notice the “new” views of right or wrong? Our world can’t tolerate the old Biblical laws that identify certain behaviors as sin and certain beliefs as incompatible with Christian faith. Offended by the truth, it bans the convictions that once gave rise to social order and prosperity. Its new systems leave no room for an uncompromising moral standard which can’t be conformed to man’s shortsighted vision of the 21st century community. [Isaiah 5:20]

2. Thrashing the Ten Commandments.  Thank God for Judge Moore who dared to stand against the corrupt establishment. “The people of this state elected me,” he said, “to uphold our constitution, which establishes our justice system, evoking the ‘favor and guidance’ of Almighty God. To do my duty, I must acknowledge God.'”6  

Later, in his Wall Street Journal article, “In God I Trust,” Judge Moore clarified his position:

“We must acknowledge God in the public sector because the state constitution explicitly requires us to do so. The Alabama Constitution specifically invokes ‘the favor and guidance of Almighty God’ as the basis for our laws and justice system. As the chief justice of the state’s supreme court I am entrusted with the sacred duty to uphold the state’s constitution.'”7

Our founding fathers — Deists and Unitarians as well as Christians — never intended to ban the Ten Commandments from public places. They viewed this “Decalogue” as universal law, essential to peace and order in the new Constitutional Republic.  Constitutional lawyer John Eidsmoe explained it well. In “The Decalogue: Cornerstone of Jurisprudence,” he writes:

“The basic values of almost every legal system in the world are summarized in the Ten Commandments. Among these is respect for life, expressed in the Commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ and reflected in the homicide laws of every legal system…. Another basic value is respect for property expressed in the Commandment ‘Thou shalt not steal’ and reflected in the property laws and larceny laws of most civilizations…. Respect for truth is further expressed in the Commandment ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness.’ A society that has no respect for truth cannot function….

“Judge Thompson holds court in the Federal Courthouse, a few blocks away from the Alabama State Judicial Building. In front of the Federal Courthouse, standing by itself, is a sculpture of Themis, the Greek goddess of law and justice…. Judge Thompson utterly ignored this fact in his ruling. These two monuments — The Ten Commandments in the Alabama State Judicial Building, and the image of Themis in front of the Federal Courthouse — capsulize the real controversy in this case. Will we be governed by the values of the Ten Commandments as represented by Chief Justice Moore’s monument, or by the values of paganism and statism as symbolized by Themis at the Federal Courthouse?”8
I hope you and I will choose God’s law. After all, He enables us to fulfill it. But contrary forces are driving our nation toward less merciful lawgivers. And a new generation has learned to see both our Constitution and His Word as malleable documents easily adapted to fit our changing times. 

3. Re-learning in government schools. Alabama’s judicial building is not the only public property in the state to be purged of God’s laws. Schools faced the same fate. Across the country, they are shutting their doors to all signs of Christianity. Consider these examples:
School rejected girl’s religious valentines: “A school that allowed students to exchange valentines featuring Britney Spears and boy band ‘N Sync violated a second-grader’s constitutional rights by rejecting her homemade cards celebrating Jesus.”

Poster With Picture of Jesus Lands Kindergartner in Court: “A kindergartener ‘was assigned to draw a poster relating to his class’ study of environmental issues. He drew people picking up litter, children holding hands around the globe and a picture of a white-robed man kneeling in one corner.’ The teacher censored it.”

Christmas book banned from class: “The second graders were told to bring a book to class that represented their Christmas traditions…. Laura was the only student to bring in a religious-based book and was told she could not share her book with the class.”

Anti-discrimination policy threatens 1st Amendment: “Rutgers banned a Christian group from using campus facilities and stripped the group of university funding because it selects leaders on the basis of religious belief…. ‘The real intention is to break or banish religious groups with biblically based opposition to homosexuality.'”

 

The campus crusade against Christ (revisited): “Young Life was told to change their constitution to refer to its membership as a ‘community supporting Christianity’ instead of ‘a community of adult Christians.'”

These orders to hide God’s truth and ignore His values fit into a tragic timeline summarized in our Chronology of Education. But behind the education establishment stands a vast network that joins the media, civil society, socialist organizations and rich foundations together in a common crusade: to transform everything we have treasured about America.  

4. Betraying our nation and deceiving the people. In the frontlines of this battle stands the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). From the beginning it has supported any group or activity that would help undermine Christian values. Controversial issues such as pornography, homosexuality, pedophilia and abortion for minors fit right into its agenda.

Small wonder! Its founder, Roger Baldwin, was a committed Communist. He followed the revolutionary blueprint written by Antonio Gramsci. This influential Communist leader warned his comrades that to win America, they must eradicate Biblical values as a social force. Their Marxist goals would be met, not by violent revolution, but by infiltration into all the main social institutions: the media, schools, government, churches and civil society. All must be enticed into the dialectic process, learn to think collectively and set aside obstacles such as absolute truth. [See Brainwashing in America]

The transformational Marxists,” writes Detective Phillip Worts,” advocated a ‘slow march through the institutions,’ as famous Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci would say….   The Gramsci Strategy is the ‘War of Position’, (i.e. the battle ground is for the mind and culture) vs. the “War of Maneuver”, (i.e. traditional battlefield warfare with guns and bombs).”9

It matches the ACLU strategy: Gradualism. Point by point as in a chess game, you weaken, then block the opposition forces. Today, as the majority of Americans have yielded either to political correctness or to blinding trivia, that destination comes closer and closer. “The Betrayal at the Top: The Record of the American Civil Liberties Union,” summarizes both the heart and the goal of the ACLU:

“…strange conclusions result from the group’s tendency to view the concept of rights as pertaining not to all individuals and what they have the right to do, but rather to groups who use government to take away from others the things they think they deserve. Unlike the authors of the U.S. Constitution, the ACLU views our rights as demanding the fruits of another’s labor rather than the opportunity to earn them ourselves….

“…its Executive Director and moving spirit until 1950 was Roger Baldwin….. he was quoted as saying, ‘I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control by those who produce wealth. Communism is, of course, the goal.’ He gave this advice in 1917 to an associate who was forming another group: ‘Do steer away from making it look like a Socialist enterprise…We want also to look like patriots in everything we do….’

“It should not be surprising to note that Baldwin was active during the 1930’s in quite a few of the Communist Party’s United Front organizations….

       “ACLU activists William Z. Foster and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn would later become leaders of the Communist Party, U.S.A….  Despite this partisanship, the ACLU and its affiliated tax-exempt foundation continue to receive substantial yearly support from the Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie… and other foundations.”10

Social changes pushed by the ACLU have lured millions away from God. As truth fades from our common language, the vacuum is being filled with a wide assortment of sensual, spiritual and occult thrills — many of which can easily be adapted to UNESCO’s Declaration on the role of religion in a Culture of Peace. They help break down public resistance to an envisioned unifying spirituality and to the new management systems which steer churches as well as governments and corporations toward the planned solidarity[See Reinventing the World]

 

As management guru Peter Drucker observed, “there is a substantial critical mass of people and churches that are already moving.’ …While acknowledging that there are still many unhealthy churches, there is a justified ‘change in basic premises, basic attitudes, basic mind set… on the whole, we are on the march….” 11

 

5. A global spirituality.

 

Leading the quest for an official union of world religions under the wings of the United Nations are two men, each pushing their own self-styled distortion of Christianity. You can read about Episcopal Bishop Swing, founder of the United Religions Initiative, in Heresy in high places.” Swing’s competitor is the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, owner of the Washington Times and countless other organizations that have blended into conservative politics and global leadership training. The two fit together.

 

Like an octopus reaching its tentacles in all directions, Rev. Moon seeks to identify with the Christian community as well as with liberal and global institutions. As he gains power and buys influence in high places, his hostility toward genuine Christianity becomes increasingly apparent. In a recent speech promoting his Interreligious and International Federation for World Peacehe exposed his horrendous distortion of the Bible and of God’s purposes:

      “God has been fighting for 2,000 years to build a foundation that can connect to the world…. To find such spiritual people and make the necessary preparations, God is working through a new religious movement centering on Christianity….

     “I hope that all religious people will join their hearts together and follow through on my proposal to establish a council within the United Nations composed of representatives from various religions, parallel with the General Assembly….

     “I have already appointed tens of thousands of Ambassadors for Peace. All around the world, they carry the banner of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace that I founded…. It will not be long before the will of the almighty, omniscient and absolute God is accomplished.”12

But an article titled “Christian Churches Should Stop Using the Cross shows Rev. Moon’s hostility toward the heart of the Christian gospel:

     “An interfaith group founded by Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon is spearheading an effort to have Christian ministers remove crosses from their churches, calling them a symbol of oppression and perceived superiority….

     “The American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), an organization that began as a project of Moon’s Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), believes the key to ‘true and lasting peace in the Middle East’ is reconciliation between members of the world’s three largest religions…. ‘The cross has served as a barrier in bringing about a true spirit of reconciliation between Jews and also between Muslims and Christians, and thus, we have sought to remove the cross from our Christian churches across America as a sign of our willingness to remove any barrier that stands in the way of us coming together as people of faith.'”13

Moon may be blind to the gospel, but he is right about one thing. The cross is a barrier. Jesus alone gave His life for His people and opened the door to His eternity. The cross separates those who accept His gift of salvation from all others. But if we truly care about others, we will lovingly reach across that barrier with the whole truth, not hide or ignore “the offense of the cross.”

 

6. The only safe position.

 

Today’s social changes would sadden, but not surprise George Washington, the first President of the United States. Back in the 1790s, He knew well that the newly established republic would face opposition. Long before transformational Marxists such as Gramsci, Gorbachev and Roger Baldwin came on the scene, he anticipated their subversive tactics. Long before schools or the ACLU began their crusade to cleanse truth from our land, he warned us that resisters could face persecution.

 

Where did he gain such insight? From the Bible. It is full of illustrations that highlight the unchanging ways of human nature and the conspiracies of foolish men who try to sabotage God’s wise plans. Sobered by these realities, Washington offered some timely warnings in his 1796 Farewell Address:

“One method of assault may be to effect in the forms of the Constitution alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. . . .

“Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests.”

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness – these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. … And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”14

By “religion,” Washington meant Christianity. He read God’s Word, he counted on His promises and he feared the devastating consequences of rejecting the sovereign Ruler of the universe. So at his 1789 inauguration, he placed his hand on a Bible opened to Deuteronomy 28. That amazing chapter brings warnings America would do well to heed today:

 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth….

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face…. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail…. if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 28:1-14

Does that promise remind you of America?  Its long list of wonderful blessings show the kinds of favors God showered on our nation as well as on ancient Israel. But verse 15 begins a parallel list of consequences for those who reject His ways.

“But…if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments…. that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you…. The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew…. The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust…. The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies….

“A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor… Locusts shall consume all your trees and the produce of your land…. The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail…. Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart….” (Deuteronomy 28:47-48)

Could this downward slide to poverty, plagues and servitude be the final page in the history of this blessed nation? Yes, it could — if we, like ancient Israel, refuse to turn back and acknowledge God’s sovereignty.

For our God reigns — whether people believe Him or not. And His warnings to nations are as relevant today as they were over two thousand years ago when Israel traded His protection for the futile promise of capricious pagan gods. It led to disaster, as it will for America if we continue on this path:

“Now all these things happened to them [paganized Israel] as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Corinthians 10:11

The world government prophesied in Revelation 13 is no longer a distant dream; it’s taking shape right before our eyes. For our children and grandchildren’s sake — and for the glory our Lord and Redeemer for whom nothing is impossible, let us pray that America wakes up and takes this promise to heart: 

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14-15

 

Endnotes:

1. Jeffrey Gettleman, “Monument is Now Out of Sight, but Not Out of Mind,” New York Times, 8-28-2003.

2. George Washington, Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789, www.crossroad.to/text/articles/Thanksgiving.html

3. Bible verses out at Canyon,” http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/0714canyonbible14.html

4.Gina Holland, “Ginsburg: Int’l Law Shaped Court Rulings,” Associated Press, Aug 2, 2003.
5. 
Justice: Can Constitution make it in global age?,” WND, July 7, 2003, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33444See also From U.S. Sovereignty to Global Conformity.

6. Judge Moore Undeterred by Ten Commandments Battle Setbackshttp://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/8/222003a.asp

7. Judge Roy Moore, “In God I Trust,” Wall Street Journal, 25 August 2003.

8. John Eidsmoe, The Decalogue: Cornerstone of Jurisprudence,” http://www.chalcedon.edu/report/2003feb/eidsmoe.shtml

9. Detective Phillip Worts, Community Policingwww.crossroad.to/articles2/Community-Policing.htm

10. William H. McIlhany, “The Betrayal at the Top: The Record of the American Civil Liberties Union.” http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Senate/1777/aclu.htm

11.Peter Drucker on the Church and Denominations. This pdf file is posted on the Leadership Network website at http://www.leadnet.org/allthingsln/archives/netfax/1.pdf

12. Rev. Sun Myung Moon, “God’s Fatherland and the One World,” September 21, 2002. Toward an Interreligious Council at the United Nationshttp://www.truthtrek.net/religion/rev_moon.htmScroll down to this conference and notice the horrendous lies in the speech by Sun Myung Moon — owner of the Washington Times and countless other influential organizations.

13.  Christian Churches Should Stop Using the Cross, [Moon] Group Says

14. Washington’s Farewell Addresswww.crossroad.to\text\articles\WashingtonFarewell.html

 

[Article Reprinted with Permission]
by Bert Kjos 2003
www.crossroad.to

Original Source: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/2003/ban-truth.htm

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