Coming Out Of The Closet
Since this very well could be the end times because of the signs its interesting to see so many in Christianity coming out of the closet concerning Harry Potter and the new age spirituality.
Ive noticed because of popular trends in the culture (which many undiscerning Christian seem to follow) pastors and leaders don't even hide the fact they want to popularize something God forbids and condemns in His Word.
Popular trends in the culture can make a lot of money for the big church machines man has created.
Are we saving souls and leading others to the Lord?
My Bible states in the end times there will be a great falling away.
Not great revival.
"Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being assembled to meet him ... Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion [in the original greek: apostasy - 'great falling away'] comes first, and the lawless [one] is revealed, the son of perdition..." 2Thess 2:1,3
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils..." 1Timothy 4:1
I do believe that is what is happening here right now. You will either believe these verses or not.
Its your choice.
On the Harry Potter topic I really don't see what Christians don't get.
The Harry Potter books specifically are about children going to a school to learn witchcraft.
So children who love Harry naturally want to imitate what Harry does.
Which is learn and hone skills using witchcraft.
Does God's Word in any verse, way, shape or form allow or promote witchcraft?
Does Gods Word state that witchcraft is ok if its used for good or moral purposes?
This is a very black and white issue.
Lets look at some James Emery White comments from his blog at Crosswalk.com.
"My reading list, of course, is not meant to endorse the content of the books, but to recommend the importance of reading the books." end quote-
To me this is double speak which is a popular trend among many pastor's today.
I don't need to watch a porno book or watch a porno movie to know its bad for you.
I don't need to read Harry Potter to be able to speak to the public about witchcraft.
Yes I suppose we could find something moral in about anything the end justifies the means.
If your marriage is on the rocks and your sex life is on the fritz why not get your wife to buy some Fredrick's of Hollywood clothing or watch a adult movie. (Folks this is being promoted in the Christian community).
I'm sorry but if you cant see the beauty in your wife without dressing her up like a tramp I really feel for you.
But prayer can solve this issue not Fredrick's of Hollywood.
The same goes for Harry Potter.
One commenter compared James Emery Whites approach similar to that of Paul's approach to the Athenians.
I don't think this is a viable comparison.
You can be aware of whats going on in your culture without having to be immersed in it by literature and ritual practice.
Do I have to actually have to perform a spell (or attempt it) to witness to a wiccan and let them know the danger of this practice?
Of course not I just turn to Gods Word and show them where it is wrong.
Of course even though they will probably not to relate to Gods Word I can show them in Gods Word where Jesus died on the cross for them and wants to deliver them and spend eternity in heaven with them..
I don't have to read Harry Potter to be able to relate to them.
Now you have a choice.
Folks like Ken Copeland and Benny Hinn have been exposed time and time again but people still send them money.
You have a choice and will be held accountable for your choices.
Not by me but by God Himself.
Of course one day James Emery White and Rick Warren will have to give account directly to Jesus for all their actions and things they promoted.
So will I.
Many of the leaders and pastors in this new form of Christianity are no longer even trying to hide what they promote.
You cannot state you hold firm to the core doctrines of Christianity and then turn around and promote the occult and new age.
That makes a person double minded.
James 1:8 "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."
Meaning a person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time and can't make up his mind about anything.
Can we even be sure these new brand of preachers believe in the core doctrines of the Bible?
Time will tell.
Again many of these leaders are coming out of the closet.