THE DEVIL'S LATEST INITIATIVE - HARRY POTTER

BIBLE READING: 2 Timothy 3:1-14

2Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

INTRODUCTION

[a] The Apostle says in the first verse of  chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians, “I do not want you to be ignorant.”  He is speaking about the supernatural!

[b] Christianity, from it's inception, has been a supernatural religion! But, because it has neglected that supernatural aspect, other  religions, especially Satanism and Witchcraft, are surging ahead, and captivating the interest - especially of our young people!

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

[c] There is much genuine concern amongst Christians today, about the manipulation of young minds through the Harry Potter books , by J.K. Rowling, a Welsh single parent.

[d] Harry is a young 11 year old, who, realising he has occult powers, goes to a school of witchcraft, exercises his power, casting magic spells, etc. The books have a huge cult following amongst young people, who take the magic portrayed in the books very seriously. It is giving many children an unhealthy interest in the real occult.

POINT 1

[a] NEWS REPORT:  JK Rowling has told an audience that her Harry Potter books do not encourage Satanism. Rowling was questioned while she read from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to 10,000 Canadian fans in Toronto. She told the person who asked the question:

"No. You are a lunatic."

Thousands of children turned up at Toronto's Skydrome dressed in wizard costumes and carrying home-made broomsticks.

Rowling was speaking at the International Festival of Authors. Organisers wouldn't say how many people turned up to the event but did say that more than 10,000 of the 35,000 tickets available were sold.

The event is thought to have attracted the biggest crowd ever to hear an author read their work.

[b] In the stories, Harry has a lightening bolt scar on his forehead.

"Why did you choose the lightning bolt as a trademark for Harry Potter?" Miss Rowling was asked.

"Just because I decided that it would be an interesting and distinctive mark."

[c] Distinctive indeed! The lightening bolt is the 'Satanic S', formed as a flash of lightening, one of the foremost signs in Satanism! It is worn to give power over others. It was also worn by the evil and hated SS in Nazi Germany!

[d] Does it not remind you of the words of Jesus in Luke 10:18 "And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."

Young people, all over the world, are showing they are followers of the Harry Potter philosophy, by wearing temporary tattoo 'lightening bolts' on their foreheads!

POINT 2

[a] Satanism and Witchcraft feature heavily in the New Age, and you can see this aspect come through very strongly in the Harry Potter series, the Ying and Yang idea, that good and evil all emanate from the same deity - the same source. Therefore 'good' occult powers are used to combat 'evil' occult powers - as in 'Black' and 'White' Witchcraft!

[b] If you read the likes of "From Witchcraft to Christ", by converted queen of black witches, Doreen Irvine, you will find an awful lot of parallels in the Harry potter series, right down to the invisibility cloak and summoning of demons! This is what makes J.K. Rowlings' writings so dangerous, because there is so much of the real thing slotted in! These are no fairy tales, like The Wizard of Oz, or Cinderella!

[*] A converted witch, David J Mayer, who is now a minister in America, speaks of the school for witches in the Harry Potter series,  'Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.' "At this occult school," he says,  "Harry Potter learns how to obtain and use witchcraft equipment. Harry also learns a new vocabulary, including words such as "Azkaban", "Circe", "Draco", "Erised", "Hermes", and "Slytherin"; all of which are names of real devils or demons. These are not characters of fiction!

[*] The third Potter Book is entitled "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the name of one of those actual demons!

[c] Jo Rowling has publicly promised. That the next books will get progressively 'darker'!

[d] Rowling herself, in an interview said, "I get letters from children addressed to Professor Dumbledore [headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the books’ setting], and it’s not a joke, begging to be let into Hogwarts, and some of them are really sad. Because they want it to be true so badly they’ve convinced themselves it’s true."

[e] I remember hearing a active queen witch say that when we entered the new millennium, it was time for witchcraft to flourish and become the world religion, in place of Christianity!

David Mayer, the converted witch says, "It was the Communist revolutionary Lenin who said, "Give me one generation of youth, and I will transform the entire world." Now an entire generation of youth has been given to a woman named J.K. Rowling and her four books on witchcraft, known as the Harry Potter Series.

As a former witch, I can speak with authority when I say that I have examined the works of Rowling and that the Harry Potter books are training manuals for the occult. Untold millions of young people are being taught to think, speak, dress and act like witches by filling their heads with the contents of these books. Children are obsessed with the Harry Potter books that they have left television and video games to read these witchcraft manuals."

 

POINT 3

[a] Witches themselves are thrilled that they are being presented for once, as being 'GOOD' rather than evil. They feel they've had a very bad press!

[b] "The Pagan Federation (an umbrella organisation for occult religion) has appointed a youth officer to deal with a flood of inquiries following the success of the Harry Potter books which describe magic and wizardry."

"It is quite probably linked to things like Harry Potter….." explains the Federation's media officer, Andy Norfolk. "Every time an article on witchcraft or paganism appears, we had a huge surge in calls, mostly from young girls." (www.thisislondon.co.uk)

 

[c] In recent years, Christians have become more and more aware of the dangers of children celebrating the witchcraft festival Halloween!

[d] The problem is that for what we could term "The Harry Potter Cult", it is Halloween every day - and the devil is just waiting for children to reach out and make contact with him! He'll give them plenty of 'magic' to play with!

POINT 4

[a]A few years ago, a Wiccan student wrote a promotional article for The Talon, her  high school newspaper, about witchcraft. What happened shows ….. the growing preference for paganism. The student, Leah Mowry, based her conclusions on interviews with several other student witches at Los Altos High School in California.  In her article, she boasted that her religion:

 

"was more tolerant than traditional beliefs

taught people to take better care of the environment

helped people to empower themselves

and only used "good" magic."

 

Soon afterwards, a Christian student, also an editor for The Talon, asked if he could write about Young Life, a Christian group active on their campus. 

 

"No," was the response, "because witchcraft is underexposed in our society and Christianity is overexposed."  In other words, witches could give public testimonies about the benefits of their religion, but Christians were no longer allowed to express their faith and testimonies.

 

[*] I wonder have you noticed the sudden upsurge of media interest in witchcraft in recent days? There was a witch on morning television within the past few weeks - teaching people, on air, how to perform spells, and make potions! Supposedly, in them you would find happiness!

I remember saying to my wife, they wouldn't allow a Christian evangelist on to tell how deep and lasting happiness is found in the Lord Jesus!

 

Christianity simply doesn't fit, and Mr. Norfolk of the Pagan Federation thinks he knows why. The Christian Church has failed to provide "the right degree of spirituality for young people," he explains. In contrast, paganism involves "direct communication with the divine." (www.crossroad.to)

Any guesses who he means by 'the divine'?

CONCLUSION

[a] These are days when our faith, our freedom, our families are all coming under threat as never before!

[b] The things themselves are by no means new! The devil is sticking with a tried and tested formula! Even Christians are sometimes taken in!

Evil can be presented in such a positive and seemingly 'good' way! But it doesn't change the fact that it is of the devil!

It is glorifying his powers! Some Christians would rather go to an occult 'healer' than ask their minister or other Christians to pray with them!

Some place more faith in reading their 'stars' every day, than they do in reading God's Holy Word!

Then they wonder why they're coming apart spiritually! They wonder why they have no spiritual resources to cope in a time of crisis!

[c] Away back in the time of Moses, these things were also rampant!

6  “If any among the people are unfaithful by consulting and following mediums or psychics, I will turn against them and cut them off from the community. 7  So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I, the Lord, am your God. 8Keep all my laws and obey them, for I am the Lord, who makes you holy." (Leviticus 20:6-8 - Living Bible)

[d] We must keep ourselves pure, but we must also safeguard our children, and not allow the devil free access into their young impressionable lives.

MAY THE LORD GRANT US WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING!

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