We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Déjà vu

Did you have a déjà vu experience? Well that is what Moses must have had when he and the children of Israel were protected from the plagues and left Egypt with all their treasure. Hundreds of years earlier, Father Abraham was guided to Egypt because of a famine in his land. While sojourning there, the promised seed was put in jeopardy when pharaoh took Abraham’s wife Sarah into his house (Gen 12), no thanks to self serving Abraham. To protect the purity of Abraham’s wife, God brought great plagues upon pharaoh and Egypt (Genesis 12:17). But the plagues awakened the king to the recognition that God’s protection was upon this family (Genesis 12:18). So Pharaoh summoned Abraham and commanded him to leave Egypt (Genesis 12:19). Not only was Abraham and his family driven out, but he left Egypt with much treasure (Genesis 12). Five hundred years after Abraham entered Egypt, another famine would hit during the days of the 12 sons of Israel. During their sojourn in Egypt, the promised seed was again put in jeopardy by another pharaoh; but he too was reminded that this family was under the protection of God through 10 violent plagues. (Exodus 1ff) Commanded to leave Egypt, the children of Israel then left with much treasure. Are you presently experiencing a famine in your life? This may be your opportunity to experience God’s leading, protection and deliverance that ultimately leads to an exodus that leaves you with much treasure. We serve a great redeeming God who can be trusted, so don’t be afraid to go down to the Egypt’s of life; and when things get difficult there, remember, in the end, you will leave with an eternal treasure.

Published in: on October 31, 2009 at 8:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Halloween and Harry Potter

Mona Mikaël has undertaken extensive research into the symbolism of witchcraft, sorcery, and other occult movements, as well as the problem of manipulation of human consciousness in the modern era. In her voluminous study of the use of symbols in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter et L’ Ordre des Ténèbres (Harry Potter and the Order of Darkness), she states that the underlying narrative, which is nearly invisible to most readers, is a largely subliminal indoctrination in diabolic consciousness. She is not so much referring to the obvious level, the witches and wizards and flying broomsticks, but focusing on the deeper levels of narrative, the unveiling of symbols, and the spiritual meanings behind the symbols, which she believes conveys a parallel and highly esoteric message that gravely disfigures eternal values. This disfigurement is not only the distortion of values in young minds, she emphasizes, but a more profound disfigurement in the subconscious, and the soul. It is impossible for me to recite her copious research into this subject, but a sample may suffice. Regarding just one out of a plethora of examples, Mikaël writes: “On a Halloween night, Harry and his friends are invited to the Death-day party of Nearly-Headless Nick, the nearly decapitated ghost. At one end of the room, ghostly guests play ball with their own skulls. At the other end is laid a table covered in black velvet. Large rotten fish were laid on handsome silver platters, cakes burned charcoal black, were heaped on salvers; there was a green maggoty haggis, a slab of cheese covered in furry green mould and, in pride of place, an enormous grey cake in the shape of a tombstone, with the tar-like icing forming the words, Sir Nicholas de Minsey Porpington died 31st October, 1492. Harry watched, amazed, as a portly ghost approached the table, crouched low and walked through it, his mouth held wide so that it passed through one of the stinking salmons. “Can you taste it if you walk through it? I expect they’ve let it rot to give it a stronger flavour” said Hermione knowledgably, pinching her nose and leaning closer to look at the putrid haggis. Knowing that ghosts do not eat, one may ask, what is the purpose of this disgusting table? And why is the table covered in velvet when a worn-out rag would be more consistent with such a meal? The logic of symbols answers these questions by shedding light (partially at least) on the veiled meaning of this feast. In the context of the spirit of Halloween, which is the pagan Celtic solemnity of Samhain and the Devil’s New Year’s Day as some call it, this table is an altar, offering a sacrifice to the Prince of the day (Satan), and the sacrifice is the decomposing flesh of fish, symbol of Christ in the early Church.

Published in: on October 31, 2009 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Harry Potter and Abortion

By February we will be announcing a new book titled Harry Potter and the Paganization of Christian Culture, by Michael O’Brien. I thought I would give you some tid bits as I am reviewing the manuscript: Material you may not be aware of in Harry Potter: “In Potions class they make brews that can be used to control others. In Herbology they grow plants that are used in the potions; the roots of the mandrake plant, for example, are small human-like babies who scream when they are uprooted for transplanting, and are grown for the purpose of being cut into pieces and boiled in a magical potion.

Published in: on October 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Death and Glory

In the last chapter of the book of John writes about what kind of death Peter would experience to glorify God. I then reread the text and it says this: “This he said to show what kind of death he was to glorify God.” As I read and reread this sentence, I began to realize that death is our final act of glorifying God. Maybe if we begin rethinking death, not as a final crushing blow, but our final act of our most important duty to glorify God.

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