Monday, November 22, 2010
Of demons, Harry Potter, and white witchcraft within the church
Every time I see a commercial on television for a new Harry Potter movie, I get upset because I know that many, many people will invite demon possession by just watching the movie thinking it is entertainment. And believe me, there are many a Christian parents, teens and younger children who will argue until they are blue in the face about whether the movie has redeeming value. It is my personal belief that the Harry Potter series, like ouija boards, tarot cards, and anything else involved with witchcraft--white or black--is an invitation for the supernatural to wreck havoc on an unsuspecting soul.
"Inside Catholic" magazine has written a review of Father Thomas Euteneuer's new book "Exorcism and the Church Militant." Euteneuer is an expert in exorcism and demon possession. He wrote the book to provide guidance for parents who need a reminder that the occult is not innocent entertainment. Euteneuer says dabbling in the occult and even watching Harry Potter movies could give demons legal entry into an unsuspecting person. Just playing around with the occult in a seemingly harmless act, Euteneuer says, is opening a window to possession. He claims that demons cannot operate without permission from human beings, only entering a person upon invitation--either intentional or unintentional.
Taking this a step further, I believe Christians should be on high alert when it comes to movements within church circles that promote "revelation knowledge," "personal prophecy," "spiritual soaking," and "spiritual impartation." There have been entire ministries and ministry teachings on extra-biblical, self indulgent and dangerous doctrines that take a little truth from the scriptures and expand it far beyond its context, to enable those seeking spiritual power and supernatural revelation. Unsuspecting Christians who trust ministry leaders can be led into white witchcraft thinking they are receiving power and extra-Biblical knowledge from the Holy Spirit, when in fact, they may be inviting control by not-so-holy spirits.
When church leaders are caught up in emotional half-truths rather than being sober minded and grounded in THE truth, the winds of strange doctrine can sweep into the souls of the seeking and unsuspecting. In Acts 16:17, a woman possessed with a spirit of divination which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying met Paul and the disciples. "The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation." Paul was grieved and cast the spirit out of her. This woman used the truth to gain personal credibility. Paul discerned by knowing the truth, which is the word of God, and abiding in it. We should do the same.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Word of Life Ministry