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Witchcraft Repackaged: The Word of God and Harry Potter

Posted by faithandthelaw on September 1, 2011

By John Lynn

The fact that any Christians
would not recognize J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books
(and the corresponding movies) as a ploy of the Devil to introduce witchcraft to
millions of people, especially children, is a sad testimony to the dearth of
biblical knowledge in the Church today. The fact that some go so far as to
endorse the books as advancing good-versus-evil “Christian” principles is even
more discouraging.

For example, in John Granger’s article titled Harry Potter and the Inklings: The Christian Meaning of The
Chamber of Secrets, he misses the boat by not seeing how Satan often
tries to get people to choose between two alternatives, neither of which is
true. In this case, the Devil promotes the whole modernistic, naturalistic,
materialistic, no-spiritual-dimension belief system and then comes along with
Rowling’s supposedly Christian antithesis to that. Granger says that “Rowling
asks us to look at the world magically,” and he speaks of her “edifying use of
magic in literature.” If God’s Word is true, both of those things are exposed as
untrue. Granger uses no Scripture to document his assertions.

We don’t need J.K. Rowling to lead an attack on
modernism, etc., as we already have Jesus Christ and the Word of God, which has
none of the harmful side effects that come with ingesting Harry Potter.

Perhaps there are some Christian principles (e.g.,
good versus evil) woven into the H.P. narratives, but really, how many people,
especially kids, do you think will come away with a Christian orientation or
hunger and pursue that hunger by delving into the Bible? I’d say few, if any,
for it doesn’t give them any real direction. And I think that even those who do
notice anything akin to Christian ideology will be drawn in by that and then led
astray by the more powerful message Rowling is promoting, which is that magic is
anything but evil.

If we allow God to speak for Himself, we can see
things as they really are. First, what does He say about Satan, His arch-enemy?

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

13 For such men are false
apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade
as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions
deserve.

God makes it clear that the Devil is the Master
Counterfeiter. The main characteristic about a counterfeit is that it looks a lot like the real thing. You or I would be
fooled by an excellent counterfeit $20 bill. Why? Because we have not
sufficiently studied the genuine article in minute detail, but the women I once
saw at the U.S. Mint in D.C. could quickly go through bills and pull out the
bogus ones—it was amazing. Of course they had been there 20 years.

There is no such thing as the “good magic,” “good
spirits,” “good force,” etc., that Rowling promotes in the H.P. series. That
rhetoric is a trick of the Devil to entice people into his realm of the
spiritual, but it wouldn’t work if people took even a quick look at The Book.                                                                                                                                                    For example, here are some things God says about
what Harry Potter, many kids’ new hero, epitomizes.

Deuteronomy 18:9-15

9 When you enter the land
the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of
the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you
who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or
sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11
or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD,
and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those
nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before
the LORD your God. 14 The nations you will dispossess
listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD
your God has not permitted you to do so. 15 The LORD
your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers.
You must listen to him.

I included that last verse because it is a major Old
Testament prophecy about JESUS, who is the true “good force” who would come to
destroy the works of the Devil, the bad force (1 John 3:8).

2 Kings 17:13-17

13 The LORD warned Israel
and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe
my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your
fathers to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”
14 But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked
as their fathers, who did not trust in the LORD their God. 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made
with their fathers and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless
idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them
although the LORD had ordered them, “Do not do as they do,” and they did the
things the LORD had forbidden them to do. 16 They
forsook all the commands of the LORD their God and made for themselves two idols
cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the
starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal. 17 They
sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and
sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to
anger.

All those things come from the same source: Satan,
and they are all tied together, in that one thing is designed to lead to
another.

Jeremiah 14:14

Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are
prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to
them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the
delusions of their own minds.

Ezekiel 21:21

For the king of Babylon will stop at the fork in the
road, at the junction of the two roads, to seek an omen: He will cast lots with
arrows, he will consult his idols, he will examine the liver.

If the king of Babylon is
into those things, we should avoid them.

Acts 8:9-13

9 Now for some time a man
named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of
Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and
all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This
man is the divine power known as the Great Power.” 11
They followed him because he had amazed [KJV=bewitched. Greek=to put one out of
his mind] them for a long time with his magic. 12 But
when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and
the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed
Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

Acts 16:16-18

16 Once when we were going
to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which
she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by
fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and the
rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are
telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up
for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to
the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At
that moment the spirit left her.

The above verses show that evil spirits are behind
all such occult practices. It seems like God wants to make it crystal clear that
having anything to do with such “curious arts” is like playing with
fire.

Two more things I found, one from each side of the
force, so to speak. I thought the second one was an extremely interesting and enlightening testimony, from
which I learned a lot.

(1) “Harry in an absolute
godsend to our cause,” said High Priest “Egan” of the First
Church of Satan in Salem, MA. “An organization like ours thrives on new
blood – no pun intended – and we’ve had more applicants than we can handle
lately.”

(2) Harry Potter? What
Does God Have To Say?

I am writing this urgent message because I was once a
witch. I lived by the stars as an astrologer and numerologist casting horoscopes
and spells. I lived in the mysterious and shadowy realm of the occult. By means
of spells and magic, I was able to invoke the powers of the “controlling
unknown” and fly upon the night winds transcending the astral plane. Halloween
was my favorite time of the year and I was intrigued and absorbed in the realm
of Wiccan witchcraft. All of this was happening in the decade of the 1960’s when
witchcraft was just starting to come out of the broom closet.

It was during that decade of the 1960’s, in the year
1966, that a woman named J.K. Rowling was born. This is the woman who has
captivated the world in this year of 2000 with four books known as the “Harry
Potter Series.” These books are orientation and instructional manuals of
witchcraft woven into the format of entertainment. These four books by J.K.
Rowling teach witchcraft! I know this because I was once very much a part of
that world.

Witchcraft was very different in the 1960’s. There
were a lot fewer witches, and the craft was far more secretive. At the end of
that spiritually troubled decade, I was miraculously saved by the power of Jesus
Christ and His saving blood. I was also delivered from every evil spirit that
lived in me and was set free. However, as I began to attend fundamental
Christian churches, I realized that even there witchcraft had left its mark.
Pagan holidays and sabats were celebrated as “Christian holidays.”

As time went on, I watched the so-called “Christian”
churches compromising and unifying. I also watched with amazement as teachings
from Eastern religions and “New Age” doctrine began to captivate congregations.
It was a satanic set-up, and I saw it coming. Illuministic conspirators were
bringing forth a one-world religion with a cleverly concealed element of
occultism interwoven in its teachings.

In order to succeed in bringing witchcraft to the
world and thus complete satanic control, an entire generation would have to be
induced and taught to think like witches, talk like witches, dress like witches,
and act like witches. The occult songs of the 1960’s launched the Luciferian
[“Lucifer” means “light-bearer”] project of capturing the minds of an entire
generation. In the song “Sound Of Silence” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, we
were told of seeds that were left while an entire generation was sleeping, and
that the “vision that was planted in my brain still remains.”

Now it is the year 2000. All of the foundations for
occultism and witchcraft are in place. The Illuminists have to move quickly,
because time is running out.

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.

The first book of the series, entitled “Harry Potter
and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, finds the orphan, Harry Potter, embarking into a new
realm when he is taken to “Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” At this
occult school, 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!

How serious is this? By reading these materials, many
millions of young people are learning how to work with demon spirits. They are
getting to know them by name. Vast numbers of children professing to be
Christians are also filling their hearts and minds, while willingly ignorant
parents look the other way.

The titles of the books should be warning enough to
make us realize how satanic and anti-Christ these books are. The aforementioned
title of the first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, is a real
giveaway. The second book was called “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”,
while the third book was entitled “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Azkaban.”

Sadly enough, this blatant witchcraft has been
endorsed by well-known and respected “Christian” leaders, such as Dr. James
Dobson and Chuck Colson, who have proven themselves to be modern day Judas
Iscariots. Nothing could be more obvious than that Harry Potter books are pure
witchcraft and of the Devil. The “Christian” leaders, however, defend them by
saying that good magic always wins and overcomes evil magic.

This is the oldest con game ever hatched out of hell.
As a real witch, I learned about the two sides of “the force.” Apparently, so do
many “Christian” leaders. When real witches have sabats and esbats and meet as a
coven, they greet each other by saying “Blessed be”, and when they part, they
say “The Force be with you.” Both sides of this “Force” are
Satan. It is not a good side of the force that overcomes the bad side of
the force, but rather it’s the blood of Jesus Christ that destroys both supposed
sides of the satanic “Force.”

High-level witches believe that there are seven
satanic princes and that the seventh, which is assigned to Christians, has no
name. In coven meetings, he is called “the nameless one.” In the Harry Potter
books, there is a character called “Voldemort.” The pronunciation guide says of
this being, “He who must not be named.”

On July 8 at midnight, bookstores everywhere were
stormed by millions of children to obtain the latest and fourth book of the
series known as “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” These books were taken
into homes everywhere with a real evil spirit following each copy to curse those
homes. [MY NOTE: I don’t know if there is a spirit with each book, but evil
spirits DEFINITELY “ride on” every occult object they can, like books, amulets,
pagan art objects, etc., and that is why in Acts 19 the people burned all that
stuff. That’s how some idol statues talk, bleed, etc. This stuff is REAL, and
not to be messed around with!]

July 8th was also the 18th day (three sixes in
numerology) from the witches’ sabat of midsummer. July 8th was also the 13th day
from the signing of the United Religions Charter in San Francisco. Now we have
learned that the public school system is planning to use the magic of Harry
Potter in the classrooms making the public schools centers of witchcraft
training.

What does God have to say about
such books as the Harry Potter series? In Acts 19:18-20, we read the following: “And many that believed came, and
confessed, and showed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts
brought their books together and burned them before all men: and they counted
the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily
grew the Word of God and prevailed.”

As parents, we will answer to God if we allow our
children to read witchcraft books. The Word of God will prevail mightily in your
life only if such things of Satan are destroyed.  (Pastor David J.
Meyer)

Does all this mean that everyone who reads HP will
become seduced into practicing witchcraft? No. But the books build a desire to
practice spiritual magic (witchcraft). For some, that will remain a fantasy.
Others, however, will begin to practice by casting spells, and their desire to
live out this fantasy will lead them into a belief system that promotes, either
indirectly or directly, the worship of Satan. Such indirect worship via
actionable spells and other spiritual manifestations will likely lead to misery
and destruction like that of the direct worshiper of the Devil.

The evil spirits behind witchcraft are the
counterfeit to the God of Abraham, the Father of Jesus, and His angels, and are
in the HP books/movies being introduced to a generation that is embracing them
as good spirits whose power is to be coveted. These children have a genuine
desire to power up and be like Harry and Hermonie and defeat evil and do good.
Many will rise to positions of great power and become accomplished Wizards in
the coming years. Most will rely on that power to help them in time of need
instead of praying to the true God, and when they do, they will find emptiness
when they most need help.

The spiritual seduction of witchcraft will not lead
to genuine good in a practitioner’s life, as that is against the Devil’s nature,
which is to steal, kill, and destroy. Direct or indirect orientation to, and/or
worship of, the Devil by practicing spells and witchcraft, whether via white or
dark magic, will lead only to harmful outcomes.

The Word of God is the most exciting, meaningful,
applicable, and well-written literature on the planet. I pray that you will read
that to your kids rather than the deceptive fantasy of H.P. Unlike the
fabrications in H.P., records like Elijah and the prophets of Baal, the parting
of the Red Sea, et al, really happened, and they
illustrate the goodness and the power of God as He opposes and overcomes the
evil of Satan.

The following verse is a concise exhortation that, if
we adhere to, will bring great blessings to our lives: “Submit yourselves, then,
to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

We must first recognize
this wicked being before we can resist him, and I pray that what I have shared
with you will help you do both.

http://www.thelivingtruthfellowship.org/tltf/Spiritual_Warfare/Entries/2011/8/24_The_Word_of_God_and_Harry_Potter.html

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