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Child’s Play?

 

How many have memories of attending summer camp? Sports camps, theatre camps, Bible camps, band camps etc? Any of these things bring back memories?

 

Bug juice
Crafts
Swimming/Boating
Unusual games/competitions
Long lines for meals
The Canteen
Campfires

The memory I’m sharing today is from my third year of church camp in the beautiful mountains of Pennsylvania. I was 13 that summer and got assigned to Hemlock cabin along with three of my friends from church. This was an old two story cabin and we had the front room on the first floor. There were four girls in the next room and the counselor maintained a room in the back. The second floor housed about a dozen more girls ages 10-14.

One day near the end of the week after a morning of crab soccer, I sprawled across my cot writing a letter during free time. A gaggle of girls buzzing with excitement came bursting into the cabin heading for the next room. Several waved for me to join them so I put down my pen and walked into the room curious to know why they were so excited.

One of the girls from my church began telling the other girls about a guy, (of course) named Kevin who had died recently in a motorcycle accident. She explained that they had been very close and his sudden death was a terrible shock for her. Seems she couldn’t accept his death because when she went to the funeral, it was a closed casket service. She wanted to see him to say “good-bye”.

A girl from a larger church in Trappe, Pennsylvania piped up and said, ‘You have to play the game.” I wondered what she was talking about?

She continued. “It’s called Bloody Mary. You stand in front of this big mirror and say ‘Bloody Mary show me Kevin’ three times while you slowly turn around each time with your eyes closed. Then you stop and look in the mirror and you’ll see Kevin.”

More girls came rushing in from outside until the room was packed. My friend stood there contemplating playing the game. I told her and the rest of the girls not to do it. I told them God warns us to stay away from such things but no one listened to me. The girls closed in and my friend began the chant while I stood in the back and watched.

After the third time around she opened her eyes and looked in the mirror and immediately began screaming and ran out of the room and out of the cabin. All the girls ran after her screaming until I was left alone. I didn’t know what she saw but I knew the fear was real and they should not have done it. I followed them out to the porch. I tried to convince the frightened girls that the cabin was safe but they refused to come back inside.

Not goin back in there!

I walked back into my room and sat on the bed to finish my letter. Later the counselor came in and asked me what happened. She said all the girls are too scared to come back into Hemlock. I told her about the Bloody Mary game and that I warned them not to do it. She called everyone to come back into the cabin. A few refused. She talked to us and prayed with us for peace and protection. She told us even things that seem like childish games can be extremely dangerous and warned us to learn from this experience. I remember being grateful my mother taught me to stay away from such things.

 

The game Bloody Mary comes from a folklore legend and is considered a divination ritual, where someone seeks knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means. More grown up divination tools you may recognize as; Ouija Boards, Tarot Cards, Palmistry, Numerology, and more recently Occult video games and Online Occult games like Death Calculator.

Dabbling in the occult is nothing new. Making profit off it also is nothing new.
“It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.” Acts 16:16 New American Standard Bible

Consider if only one in 20 “churched” girls in the 1970s was aware of the subtle danger of the occult. What do you think the odds are now?

Some believe these things to be fraudulent,  harmless, or explained by science but  scrutinize the following quotes and make your own determination.

Female Fortuneteller or esoteric Oracle, sees in the future by playing her tarot cards during a Seance to interpret them and to answer questions

“. . . Don’t practice divination, sorcery, fortune-telling, witchery, casting spells, holding seances or channeling the dead. People who do these things are an abomination to God.” Deuteronomy 18:10 The Message Bible

 

“For many, witchcraft is more than just a religion .. it’s a way of life… When witchcraft is practiced [sic] as a religion, it is called by the old English term for witch, Wicca. This term is used to counter all the negative stereotypes that society has given witchcraft. . . ” witchcraft.com.au

 

“I want to remind you all there is no such thing as innocently playing with demons,” wrote Father Stephen McCarthy in an open letter to his students at St. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2015 concerning the game Charlie Charlie {or poor man’s ouija board} . He goes on to say, “The problem with opening yourself up to demonic activity is that it opens a window of possibilities that is not easily closed. Please be sure to NOT participate and encourage others to avoid participation as well.” Reported by the Independent.

Game CharlieCharlie

 

“Divination in any form is sin. It is not harmless entertainment or an alternate source of wisdom. Christians should avoid any practice related to divination, including fortune-telling, astrology (signs of the zodiac), witchcraft, tarot cards, necromancy, and spell-casting. The spirit world is real, but it is not innocent. According to Scripture, those spirits that are not the Holy Spirit or angels are evil spirits.” GotQuestions.org What Does the Bible Say About Divination?

Innocent or Deceptive?

So what do you think?

For more information on this topic, check out:

“The Fakers” Danny Korem and Paul Meier

“The Occult: The Authority of the Believer Over the Powers of Darkness” Josh McDowell and Don Stewart.

 

 

These practices have become more prevalent in our modern society exploding through online access.  Be aware and be in prayer.

Shine on. . .
karan k

 

Lions and Tigers and Zombies, Oh My!

 

“Be careful! Watch out! Because you don’t know when the time will come.” Mark 13:33 International Standard version

Run of the mill zombie

“Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” Galatians 6:8 New Living translation

As a kid I saw a movie entitled, “The Last Man on Earth” that scared me silly. There are several versions of this movie. I saw the one made in 1964. It stars Vincent Price battling a world where a plague infects everyone turning them into vampiric zombies except for himself. He was immune to the plague. For Price’s character every day was a lonely fight against the living dead to survive. It did not end well for him and the whole thing unnerved me as a 10 year old.

A scene from the movie “The Last Man on Earth” where he was actually the good guy

At least 471 feature length films have been made to date with zombies as the theme. Exactly what is the attraction? Why are so many people obsessed with the idea of zombies and a zombie apocalypse?

Fast forward  from 1964 to October 31, 2010. Television channel AMC premiered a new cable series in the U.S. called “The Walking Dead” based on a comic book series of the same name. It was also carried internationally by FOX.

The show is going into its 8th successful season due to consistently high Nielsen ratings. It has won numerous awards and continues to attract more viewers in the 18-49 age range than any other cable or television broadcast series. It is safe to say it has become a phenomenon.

Again I ask, what is the strange appeal of zombies that continues to capture the minds of the masses? Not to mention a new street drug named Flakka  or  “Gravel” also associated with zombie-like behavior.

“And instead of worshipping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshipped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.”  Romans 1:23  New Living translation

 

Be Aware

I knew the Bible speaks of an apocalypse or complete destruction of the world in the book of Revelation. But when I ran across this passage in the prophetic book of Zechariah, something struck me silly again. I couldn’t ignore it. I kept being drawn back to it and so I throw it out here as a warning for the things with which we occupy our minds.

“And the Lord will send a plague on all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their people will become like WALKING CORPSES, their flesh rotting away. Their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.” Zechariah 14:12 New Living translation

A ccording to this passage, a ZOMBIE-LIKE apocalypse is really going to happen. Not like in the movies, but it’s not going to be something you’ll want to stick around to see!

Don’t wanna run into this guy—for all you ZOMBIE lovers, careful what you extol

 

Chew on this;

A commentary on the passage from www.biblestudytools.com expounded the verse as;
“Punishment of the foe, the last Antichristian confederacy; (which basically means anyone who fights against those trusting in the teachings of Christ) Cross referencing Isaiah 59:18 “He will repay His enemies for their evil deeds. His fury will fall on His foes. He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth.” CAN YOU SAY APOCALYPSE?
Continuing with Isaiah 66:24 “And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against Me. For the worms that devour them will never die, and the fire that burns them will never go out. All who pass by will view them with utter horror.”

Apocalypse is not something to celebrate, rather something to prepare your soul to escape. Trust me, you won’t wanna be sticking around for this epoch in history.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

 

“DON’T BE MISLED—-YOU CANNOT MOCK THE JUSTICE OF GOD. YOU WILL ALWAYS HARVEST WHAT YOU PLANT.”

Galatians 6:7 New Living translation

 

To leave you with an encouraging thought to FLURISH, remember this!

“God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy (book of Revelation)  to the church, and He blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, FOR THE TIME IS NEAR.” Revelation 1:3 New Living translation

Christ followers have nothing to fear for what is coming, but everyone else is in danger of their worst nightmares coming true.  We need to warn a world in denial!

Shine on. . .

karan k

Pay attention to #6, #3 and # 1 for Zombie-like characteristics.