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Former drummer for Gary Lewis and The Playboys and The Coasters. Tim has also played with Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster, Darlene Zscech and Hillsongs, Jeff Fenholt, SteveCamp among others. Tim founded The Simply Agape Project in 2001 to get free Christian music to the troops. Recordings have been made with Tim, and friends Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel SR, Justo Almario,Steve Camp , Jared Ming and some wonderful Independant Christian artists.The Somebody Brave CD also features words of encouragment to the soldiers from Pastors, Moms, Dads, and Lt Col Brian Birdwell a Pentegon 9/11 survivor Tim is married to Donna Wirth and has four children Alan 25,Steven 23, Brittany 22, Bethany 21. Tim has played in numerous churchs as well as shows on TBN. Tim has also performed on JCTV on the show Generation Worship featuring worship leader Jared Ming. Tim has a book published worldwide titled "Pass The Plate And Let Us Prey" (My Search For Black and White Christianity in a Gray Nation)

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Are evangelicals going soft on Witchcraft?

I just read a article titled "Evangelical Wiccans?"

here is the link http://www.cwfa.org/articledisplay.asp?id=8777&department=BLI&categoryid=misc


Here is another link to the source article refered to in "Evangelical Wiccans" from the Religion Journal.
http://www.religionjournal.com/showarticle.asp?id=3099
Every since the major success of Harry Potter as well as this accept all groove evangelical have been in lately embracing New Agers like Leonard Sweet and Ken Blanchard. And the growing Emergent movement with contemplative prayer and mystical experience have opened a door.
You cant take a honest look at the Harry Potter book sales and not believe many Christian are buying these books for their children and teens.
Here are some comments by children on a Harry Potter site asking them what spells they would like to cast if they could.
http://www.scholastic.com/harrypotter/reading/castaspell.htm
Casting spells (whether they work or not) is in fact practicing witchcraft.

I am no fan of Richard Abanes but I thought his book "Harry Potter and the Bible" was a fairly decent book.
This is part of a recent exchange Abanes had with a Christian who likes Harry Potter on the persons blog site.

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PS I am not for book banning or burning, Harry Potter teaches neither Satanism, nor Witchcraft (capital "W"), and Rowling is not a witch. Let's start from there, shall we?"


Strange stance for Abanes to take in my opinion. I would disagree with Abanes that Harry Potter does indeed teach witchcraft with a big W or a little w its all the same spirit. And these books specifically target young people.
Plus I also believe the Harry Potter books encourage children (even if indirectly) to practice witchcraft and repeat spells learned from Harry Potter books. This could open a young child up to demonic activity.
There is no set exact form for a witch or wiccan to practice their craft so they can take a little from this a little from that. I have met wiccans who even ackowledge Jesus as one of their gods. So you really cant state that Harry Potter books don't teach witchcraft even if that was not the authors intent.
Its not hard to connect the dots here.
It is increasingly difficult to witness to wiccans. They think they are good to go into a wonderful afterlife had a conversation with my ex sister in law who is a wiccan. I expressed concern and love for her because she once knew the truth of Jesus Christ. I expressed a desire to not want to see her go to hell for rejecting Christ. She told me "Thanks Tim but you know I'm good to go." "When I die I'll go where my people go and when you die you'll go where your people go." I agreed whole heartily with her. Its not a question to me because the Bible is very clear on where her people will go. As well as where saved Christians go. And I will not be her judge but Jesus Christ will be.

We need to keep praying for our youth. We also need to love and witness to pagans and wiccans sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them.

Acts 19:18-20 "And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds (confessed and repented). 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 (several million dollars). So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

It is my fondest hope that many wiccans, pagans and witches would come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And that they would then publicly burn their spell books and items of witchcraft. What a tremendous testimony that would be for Jesus Christ and His power to save sinners.

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