Checking Under The Hood
As of late people have been upset at me because of my exposure of Rick Warren and James Emery White endorsing the reading of Harry Potter books.
Ive been accused of trying to hurt those who are actively engaging the culture.
But does the Bible teach us that we need to actively engage the culture in order to share Jesus with them?
If you want to know what is counterfeit in the world today do you study what is counterfeit or what is true?
Treasury agents learn to detect counterfeit money not but studying counterfeit bills but actually studying real bills.
Do I need to know everything about Harry Potter or witchcraft to know that it is bad?
No I need to find out what the Bible teaches about witchcraft.
“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [an ancient occult practice], or one 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 [detestable] to the LORD…”
Now take notice in these verses witchcraft is not linked with a religion but with a practice.
One of the arguments for harry Potter is that it does not promote a religion such as wicca.
Agreed but it does promote practices the Bible strictly forbids.
Some comments from Christian Answers-
Those who follow the path of the magic arts are on the wrong path - a road that leads away from God, not toward Him. In one way or another, the end will be disaster. The evil Queen Jezebel practiced witchcraft (2 Kings 9:22) bringing catastrophe on herself and all Israel. Over and over, God denounces those who "conjure spells" (NKJV) and those who practice witchcraft and sorcery. The Bible says that anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:10-12; 2 Kings 21:6; Micah 5:12; Isaiah 47:12; Ezekiel 13:18, 20; Acts 8:11-24; Leviticus 20:27; Exodus 7:11; Revelation 9:21; 22:15).
God warns of the ultimate punishment. Revelation 21:8 says of "…those who practice magic arts …their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur… the second death" (NIV). Those who practice witchcraft (sorcery) will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20-21). These practices are anti-God and are in rebellion against Him.
The Mars Hill card is also played a lot but Paul called these people ignorant for worshipping a unknown god Acts 17:23.
The same folks defending Harry Potter probably missed this verse in scripture.
Many of citizens of ancient Ephesus practiced the magic arts. Those who became Christians realized the foolish error of their former lives and burned their expensive books of magic as the trash they were.
"Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver."
And what was the result of these folks burning the books?
Lets look to the next verse.
"So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed."
Wow we really dont want to talk about that kind of thing here in America but look at what the results were.
So what do we do about the counterfeit?
Many people who have bought a used car are beware and look to see if a car is cut.
That means a car that has been pieced together to look like a real car but in fact is fake and could cause a big accident possibly killing or severely injuring you.
Many preachers out there today are like cut cars.
Their statement of faith are modeled after the core doctrines of Christianity.
But when you get in and drive around a bit you realize something is wrong.
Compare what they do and preach and teach to Gods Word.
If it doesnt add up shut the door behind you.
Study Gods Word and be faithful Bereans.
Know who Jesus is.
Thats the best way to engage a lost culture and nation.
Men like James Emery White seems to be looking for something good in something that God says is evil.
Be a faithful Berean
"These were more fair–minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so."