In this article I would like to give a brief history of occultism and how Satan succeeded in getting this evil into professing Christian churches. Getting the occult accepted by professing church folks was not an overnight event. It took planning and a slow decline into apostasy over the years before the occult would become acceptable. We will start in the 1960's and briefly go forward to this present day.
Due to apostasy and falling away over the years, what was not acceptable in the 1960's to church people became very acceptable after year 2000. The Bible warns that Satan and his demons are our enemy. When he attacks, many times he does his planning over many years to accomplish his goals. The best method seems to be the slow and compromising method that will take many years to accomplish. Not all of the attacks of the devil can be measured in terms of days, weeks, or months. There are times when the devil uses many years to slowly erode Godly standards and to introduce heresy and compromise. This is what he did with the acceptance of demonic rock music in churches and with the current acceptance of the occult by many professing Christians.
His tactic is really not new. In the world of biology, we are given the example of a frog that when placed into boiling water, will immediately jump out. However, if that same frog is put into a bowl of cool water which is slowly heated by a bunsen burner, the frog will eventually boil to death.
The same attack has proven very effective against Christians. Satan used this method to get rock music accepted into the churches. Satan didn't just bring hard rock into church and say to the Christians: enjoy! No, he started very slowly and then he created something called 'religious' rock music. Then he created the lie that anything done by a 'Christian' is acceptable. Finally, over time rock music in all its evil forms was accepted into churches that have not held fast to sound Biblical doctrine. After that accomplishment, the religious rock term fell away and rebellious youth became addicted to all forms of secular rock music. Satan's methods proved very efective with rock and roll music and church people.
This same method has been used to bring the occult to the point of acceptance by both professing Christians and the lost. I'm sadly reporting that the devil has succeeded. The lost people have a new love affair with the occult via Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, occult fairy tales, occult TV and movies, occult cartoons, occult role playing games (dungeons and dragons etc), and occult computer games. Sadly, many professing Christians via the lie that anything done by a 'Christian' is acceptable, have accepted the occult. Tolkien was defined to be a Christian. Satan then got acceptance for his evil occult series of Lord of the Rings by gullible people that believe anything done by a 'Christian' is acceptable.
With that introduction lets look and see how the devil prospered and gained acceptance for his world of the occult by church people.
STARTING POINT IS THE 1960's AND ONWARD
We will start by discussing Tolkien's occult series of Lord of the Rings. Satan has used Tolkien and his occult series in very successful attacks against both the lost and professing Christians. The devil succeeded in getting the occult accepted by both groups, the lost and professing Christians and Tolkiens demonic works played a major role in the process.
Tolkiens occult stories were first published in the 1950's. It is interesting to note that Tolkien took 12 years to write his occult stories and he released them in the 13th year. He was a true occultist and the devil was pleased and blessed his work!
However, Tolkien's books did not catch on and gain acceptance immediately. It wasn't until the rock and roll revolution of the 1960's before they really caught on and became popular. Remember in the 1960's there was rock and roll, widespread rebellion, acceptance of drugs, and acceptance of immorality. People also turned to eastern mysticism and the occult in the rebellions 1960's. During that time over 100 million of Tolkien's books were sold. That is a major success and 'best seller' status for Tolkien! The Lord of the Rings was a huge occult success and lost people world-wide were reading and being introduced to black magick occultism via these books.
At this time in the 1960's, professing Christians did not get involved because they still realized that the occult was a very evil thing before the Lord. Satan knew that he could not present these occult stories to professing Christians at this time and have them accepted. Professing Christendom just was not ready for such a deviation from the Christian faith. In the 1960's, the primary readers of Tolkien's occult and evil stories were lost people who already lived in rejection of the Lord Jesus. These people bought up to 100 million of these books and many became hooked into Satan's world of the occult!
Tolkien's occult books had a great influence and they planted many seeds for other forms of occultism that was to come in future days. For example, occult role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons drew a heavy influence from Tolkiens' Lord of the Rings. Many occult games, stories, and works drew heavily from Tolkiens evil occultic works.
The 1960's also brought drug use and eastern mysticism into the mainstream. Popular rock and roll groups used their power over the youth just like a Satanic pied piper. Rock groups encouraged their blind followers into drug use, sexual immorality, Eastern mysticism, and occultism. In the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's Satan's rock and roll music began to openly show its Satanic roots. Groups became openly Satanic and evil. Rock and roll became more evil and intense but always consistently presented Satan's sins of darkness, rebellion, and immorality to people.
Satan had to first get rock music accepted in the churches. To do this, Satan created religious rock and the lie that if something is done by a "Christian" then it is acceptable. As a result, many churches opened their doors to religious rock music because it was done by 'Christians'. As time went on the distinction between religious rock and secular rock music fell away. Today in 2004 the professing Christians love their rock music in all its secular forms. 'Religious' rock is really an outdated term as it is all a part of Satan's rock and roll.
Along with the popularity of rock music, the 1960's brought godless philosophy popularized in the schools of "higher learning". The Bible diminished and philosophy and evolution increased in acceptance as the years passed. Along with the acceptance of evolution came the great national sin of abortion. Millions upon millions of innocent babies have been murdered in the womb. People's hearts grew very cold as human life lost its value. Also in 1962-1963 God was kicked out of the public school system and prayer was banned. The fruit of that action can be seen today as many schools have metal detectors to remove the guns and knives carried by the illiterate and rebellious students.
Satan has been very busy indoctrinating the children over the last 50 years. The occult show: The Wizard of Oz is still very popular today and is shown yearly on TV.
Cartoons with light occultism have also been very successful. Witches, sorcerers, fortune tellers, and astrology are presented as a good thing. Of course, not all cartoons are evil. For example many cartoons with Yogi Bear, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, and Winny the Poo are very good cartoons. But every once and awhile the writers add the occult into the story. I have noticed the odd time when Yogi Bear, Popeye, Bugs Bunny and others have played around with occultism via witches, astrology etc. Other cartoons are created and are purely occult based. Examples would be Hercules, He Man, Scoobie Doo, Casper the Friendly Ghost etc.. Themes in these cartoons are constantly based on the occult and witchcraft. A child watching this evil quickly learns about spells, fortune telling, and other forms of occultism as if it was good and normal.
Another big influence to the occult has been good old Mickey Mouse! Years ago Mickey mouse put on a sorcerers hat and started doing spells. Fantasia was created with the occult wizard Mickey as the star. Mickey has been very popular and Disney has been a great conditioner of children toward the world of the occult. Many of their cartoons and movies are filled with witches and things from the dark world of the occult. Today Disney has degenerated to include gay (sodomite) weeks at their theme park. Imagine a family going to Disneyland and seeing a bunch of sodomites enjoying their immorality with one another in public view. Sodomites go to Disney theme parks with fellow sodomites and enjoy a week of sexual perversion. Disney is a very evil company and they continue to this day encouraging children to enjoy the occult. The latest series coming out is called W.I.T.C.H. and of course it is occult based. There will be books, comics, and a TV show about this occultic show. The target audience is teens and younger.
Lets not forget the subject of fairy tales. It is amazing how many people do not like Harry Potter and all his occultism but they tolerate and enjoy the occult found in fairy tales. Of course not all fairy tales have the occult but many of them do. In many fairy tales there are good witches and bad witches casting spells, holding people captive, and using their magical powers to some end. Fairy tales and bedtime stories with witchcraft and the occult has been a great influence for young children. Instead of good Bible stories, many parents buy fairy tale books and expose their children to the occult. They succeed in creating a thirst and an interest in the dark world of the occult at a very young age.
Here are some examples from some common fairy tales that expose young children to the occult. Notice how the occult is a big part of the story.
- Snow White. A bad Witch casts a spell on an apple eaten by Snow White because a magic mirror told her Snow White was prettier. The spell is broken by a kiss from the prince. In the end they live happily ever after.
- Cinderella. A witch casts a spell so poor Cinderella can go to the ball. The spell ends at midnight when Cinderella loses her dress and carriage. In the end all is well for Cinderella thanks to the help from a "good" witch and her spell.
- Jack and the beanstalk. Jack gets some "magic" beans. A magical beanstalk grows near his house and he climbs up to a world in the clouds. Jack kills a giant and keeps the loot and lives happily ever after.
- Rapunzel. She was put in a tower by an evil enchantress (a witch). When the witch wants into the tower she cries out: Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. By the end of the story the prince married Rapunzel and they live happily ever after.
- Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and her dog get transported to the land of Oz. A occult wizard is the leader and he is the man Dorothy and friends must see for help. Dorothy gets help from the "good" witch and battles the evil witches. The witches cast their spells in the story. In the end Dorothy herself is a witch with her own power to get herself home! She taps her heals and says some occult magick words... and its back to Kansas she goes!
Do you see a trend in many of the old time fairy tales and stories? They have bad witches casting evil spells and so-called good witches casting "good" spells. Many fairy tales have a happy ending so the child will be given a pleasant introduction to the world of the occult. Always remember that there is no such thing as a good witch or a bad witch. All the occult is evil and it belongs to the same devil!
As children grow older they can be weaned from the occult found in fairy tales and introduced to the occult in other activities. Recently, Mattel Toys has introduced a new spell casting Barbie Doll for young girls. This doll is a school girl by day and a spell casting witch by night. Children can even mix spell casting potions that they can drink! The target buying group for this doll is girls 3 years old and up. Boys have all kinds of occult based toys (many from Japan) that use the elemental powers of witchcraft to do battle with evil forces. Boys are encouraged to use the occult to fight bad guys to gain the victory.
Don't forget that Ouija boards are still as popular as they were 20-30 years ago. Children can contact "spirits" who will answer questions. This "toy" opens the door to demon possession and oppression. Today Satan's Ouija board can still be bought in toy stores.
The powers of witchcraft play a part in many toys. Of course as children get older they will be ready for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. These occult base stories are really more in-depth witchcraft training courses.
IT HASN'T HURT ME!
The most common argument from blind parents is this: I grew up on fairy tales and toys with light occultism and I turned out OK!
The fact that a person is defending the occult in fairy tales and toys is proof that they have been hurt by it! It shows a loss of discernment and a toleration of something very evil. Remember the occult is an abomination to God! Do not sit around making excuses why it is good and acceptable! The only one who approves of such reasoning is Satan.
SIT BACK AND THINK
Go over your mind and review how Satan introduced and popularized the occult in the 1960's with the lost. He also introduced and popularized rock music in the 1950's and 1960's. The devil was very successful in getting these evils accepted by lost people in those days. Satan was busy. He created the occult to be 'enjoyed' by all age groups. Fairy tales, cartoons, and certain toys indoctrinated young children and the older were taught the occult by Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Rock and roll led many toward the dark world of the occult and rebellion. Occult role playing games did their part to lead people to Satan. Sadly, people became addicted and followed the many Satanic pied pipers on a downward path toward hell. Satan did not introduce the occult to the world in one great event. He did many things over many years in order to achieve the successful acceptance of the occult he enjoys today.
But the challenge and goal is to destroy the Church. More had to happen in order to get Church people to love and enjoy the occult. The occult is forbidden and is an abomination by God. Great spiritual apostasy is needed in order to get the occult accepted in the churches. This type of apostasy just will not happen over night!
Let's look at some history of the church from the 1960's onward to see some of the devil's battle plan:
In the 1960's the church was not ready to accept the occult. Church people did not accept Tolkien or Lord of the Rings in the 1960's. They just were not ready at that time to accept the occult. Most church people knew the occult was very wrong and evil before the Lord and wanted nothing to do with it.
In order to bring the professing Christian church to a point that they would accept the occult Satan did the following:
1) Introduction of perverted Bibles based on the occultists Wescott and Hort and perverted manuscripts. All these new versions became popular as the KJV was set aside for the 'modern' versions of the Bible. Anyone disagreeing was given the nasty name of KJV onlyist. Satan launched a massive attack and was successful in getting people to reject the Bible that God has blessed since the reformation for the newer versions based on corrupt manuscripts.
2) Rock music made it into the church. Satan started introducing it in 1970's and made great headways in the 1980's. Soon many churches were converted to contemporary music (rock music with religious lyrics - or religious rock). Over time, Satan got the rebellious professing Christian youth to get more into secular rock music by spreading lies that one of the group members was a Christian. Remember the lie that if something is done by a Christian, then it is acceptable. Also remember, this lie from the devil states that rock music is acceptable if it is done by a Christian. This lie was used until all rock music was accepted. Occasionally, I still hear this lie used by professing Christians to justify their love and adoration of a certain rock and roll band. It goes like this... did you hear that so-and-so of the rock group so-and-so is a Christian? In reality, if so-and-so of the rock group so-and-so really was a Christian, then they would forsake the rock and roll scene and get out of it! The fact that they do not leave the rock and roll scene is proof that they are not a saved Christian.
During the 1980's, I remember all kinds of rock and roll rebels telling me that this band and that band was OK because there was a 'Christian' in it! This went on for many years as the rebellious justified their love of Satan's rock music.
I remember sitting in an adult Sunday school class that was used by a Christian school during the week and seeing carved names of the popular rock and roll bands in the desktop. The "Christian" kids attending that school seemed to like Black Sabbath as I remember seeing that name carved in the desks more than once!
Over time the distinction between religious and secular rock fell apart. It always was the same music set to different words so in reality, there was never a difference between religious rock and secular rock music. Currently in these post year 2000 days, the rebellious youth listen to and defend all forms of rock music and all kinds of Satanic bands.
There is one thing very unique about rock music. Once Satan gets it accepted in a church, a once solid, faithful, Bible believing church goes apostate and liberal. Rejection of sound Biblical doctrine goes hand in hand with the acceptance of rock music in a church. One of the major tools of leading a once faithful church into apostasy has been Satan's use of rock and roll music in that church. Sadly, too many churches have fallen away because they opened the door to Satan's rock and roll music! Beware of this danger!
3) A third attack against the church has been ecumenicism. Ecumenicism has the goal of people accepting Roman Catholics as Christians. The goal of ecumenicism is to unite all religions into one big one. By overlooking things like doctrine, religious people seek to unite and be as one. What really happens is that churches move back and get close with the Roman Catholic church. The reformation is rejected and churches seek to be one with Roman Catholics as 'brothers in Christ'. Roman Catholics are considered to be 'Christian' with no need for evangelism. Groups like Promise Keepers became very popular to both Protestants and Catholics. Currently, there are other popular movements that seek to unite with Roman Catholicism. The Alpha course is a good example of current ecumenicism. Remember that Satan wants people to consider Roman Catholics to be Christians. This was a major part of Satan's plan to get the occult accepted in the church as we will soon see.
POST YEAR 2000
Since churches were liberalized by rock music and ecumenicism they were ripe for the next step. Satan launched a major movement to popularize the occult. He started first in the secular world and then branched into the churches for acceptance. Over time, he succeeded in both counts!
Harry Potter was used mightily to prepare the ground of the acceptance of the occult. Some professing Christians accepted Harry Potter but as a rule most did not. Some very liberal pastors and so-called religious leaders encouraged Christians to read Harry Potter. They claimed it was nothing more than harmless fantasy and did not represent the real world of the occult at all. In truth, these men lied and faithfully carried out Satan's bidding! Beware of such men! Still, most Christians did not accept Harry Potter as they knew the Potter series was written by a practicing occultist. However, Potter was very popular with the lost and perishing. Harry Potter made it into the school systems and became required reading for grade school children. It is interesting that the Bible is forbidden in school but the occult is acceptable and even required reading.
Harry Potter was very successful among the lost people and the author became a very rich person. She has recently hit one billion dollars profit from pandering her occult stories. However, her riches are only of this world and they will soon pass away as she perishes forever in hell.
Through all this acceptance of the occult by the lost, Satan still wanted to get the occult accepted in the churches. He knew that Harry Potter was not able to succeed with church people. It is true that some tares in the Christian church accepted Harry Potter but overall most people did not.
The devil then resorted to his lie that was very successful with getting rock music accepted in churches. Remember the lie that anything done by a Christian is acceptable. Satan then used that same lie and convinced people that Tolkien was a Christian. Tolkien was a Catholic and thanks to the ecumenical movement many people believed that Catholics were Christians. In reality, Tolkien never was a Christian but instead was a occult loving Catholic who is currently dead and burning in hell. But Satan's lie worked! Liberal and doctrine rejecting people believed the lie that Tolkien was a Christian with all their hearts. As a result they read his occult work, The Lord of the Rings thinking it was acceptable. People reasoned since Tolkien was a 'Christian', the Lord of the Rings must be great stuff to read and good family entertainment! Professing Christian parents bought the books and movies on this dark occult series for their children because they believed the occult is acceptable if it was written by a 'Christian'. Children of these professing Christian parents enjoyed Lord of the Rings with all its black magick darkness and occultism. They were hooked, addicted, and snared as Satan achieved a major victory!
The occult is very addictive. It presents a world and a Satanic power that is very attractive to the flesh and the sin nature. Today there are all kinds of professing "Christian" witches and warlocks who are addicted to Tolkiens' occult world. These people cling to the lie that if a 'Christian' did it then it is acceptable. As a result they will not consider repenting of their occultic sins. Bible verses can be quoted but they do nothing to these people who have sold their souls to Satan's world of the occult. They don't even care that the occult is an abomination to God! These people love their occult entertainment and will not give it up!
Here is a reminder of what the Bible says about the occult. I might also add that these verses condemn Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings as an abomination to the Lord.
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Despite what the Word of God says about the occult, Satan did succeed in getting it accepted in professing Christendom. His major tool was the lie that anything done by a Christian is acceptable. Once that lie was believed, people accepted all the occult and witchcraft found in Tolkien's occultic Lord of the Rings series.
Of course true born again Christians do not want anything to do with Satan's occult so it is really not an issue with them. Satan will never succeed in getting true Christians to accept the occult because a saved person loves the Lord and seeks to please Him. The occult is evil and will never be acceptable to a saved Christian.
Today there are many problems for saved Christians. Many are forced to witness the falling away in a once sound and Bible believing church. These Christians have to listen to the tares defend their love of occult entertainment. Children of tares love the occult and they go around trying to convert other children into the occult as well. Acceptance of the occult has its effects as far as Sunday school and in Christian schools. It is possible for a child to attend a Christian school and be one of the very few in their class who does not like the occult. This is a major sign of the great apostasy or falling away prior to the return of the Lord Jesus to rapture home His people!
SUMMING IT UP
In this article, we have shown how Satan got the occult accepted by religious people. If you sit back and think about things, Satan did a major deception and it worked! He succeeded in getting the occult into professing Christian churches. The devil didn't succeed immediately but his plan worked when executed over 40 years or so. As a result, many of these professing Christians are now hooked on the occult. These people love Satan's world of the occult and think it is fun and harmless. Anyone who dares to say it is sinful and an abomination to God becomes a target for abuse and nastiness by these occult loving religious people! They do not care about any Bible verses that warn about the occult. These people are immune to the Bible and any Biblical correction. They really do not care that the occult is a sin and an abomination to God. Occult lovers have made up their minds and their ears are closed! They are lovers of the world of Satan's occult rather than lovers of the Lord.
WHAT'S COMING NEXT
The world of Satan's occult does not sit still. It is always a downward process for those involved and addicted. The rebellious professing Christian will not sit still and be satisfied with their occult experience via Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. They have read and enjoyed the occult and things forbidden by God. As a result, they have literally become addicted to the occult like a drug. Expect more interest and involvement into the world of the occult in the days ahead by these professing Christians. I would expect many who were at first concerned about Harry Potter to dig in and enjoy these popular evil books and movies. These false professing Christians have developed a love for the occult and Harry Potter will be another good fix for their enjoyment. The evil Disney organization is also coming out with C.S. Lewis's occult Narnia series in movie form in late 2005. Expect all the occult loving professing Christians to enjoy all that occult entertainment as well. Of course the lie that Narnia was done by a "Christian" will be used again! Soon these people will be ready and will involve themselves in heavier forms of the occult. Over time many will drop the 'Christian' act (as they were never saved in the first place) and go direct into the dark world of the occult to experience all Satan has for them in a real and personal way!
People who accept the occult are on a downward path away from God and toward hell. Expect their occult involvement to increase as time goes on. These people will grow far from God and very close to the devil.
In this article we have seen at a very high level how the devil succeeded in getting the occult accepted by professing Christians. I use the word 'professing' because of their love of the occult, it proves they are not saved. Saved people do not love the occult with all its spells and witchcraft which is an abomination to the Lord. However, tares and false Christians do love these evil things and many of them attend church.
After the rapture these false occult loving professing religious people will be left behind. They will believe the lies of the antichrist and will fit in well in the coming kingdom of the antichrist (The New World Order). Satan's world of the occult will be a major part of the antichrist's kingdom so these professing occult loving religious people will fit right in!
Right now the world is being conditioned to accept and love the occult while rejecting the Bible and everything God has to say.
Remember the devil knows his time is short.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time
Lets zoom out and look at a even bigger picture in light of Bible prophecy. Satan has got his occultism accepted by the lost and the professing Christian church. What is his bigger goal?
Soon after the rapture the antichrist will be permitted to rise to power. The worldwide kingdom of the antichrist will be filled with all kinds of sin, evil, occultism, and immorality. It will have rock music as well as all kinds of occultism. By getting all this evil accepted now, the devil has succeeded in making major preparations for the coming kingdom of the antichrist.
All this preparation from the devil means one thing to the saved Christian. It means our time is running out here on planet earth. Soon, at a time of God's choosing, the Lord Jesus will descend to earth to rapture home His church! Time is running out and one day soon, saved Christians will be standing before the Lord!
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Think about what the Lord would have YOU to do in these closing days before the rapture!
If you are not yet saved, I would strongly suggest you to repent (turn from) your sins and humbly accept the Lord Jesus into your life as your Lord and Saviour. Time is running out and salvation is being offered to you right now. There are no guarantees for tomorrow. Death can come an the most unexpected of times. It is very important that you get right with the Lord Jesus today!
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