themselves to be wise, they became fools." (Rom.
Witches and Satanists use the media to recruit. This is an entry
in the The U.S. Chaplain 's Manual from
the Church of Satan on ethics, recruiting, and relationships.
They were questioned concerning how the Church of Satan recruits
new members. They responded with the following:
"The church does not proselytize but welcomes inquiries
from honest potential Satanists who hear about the church from
the various books about it, the mass media, or word-of-mouth.
This is also from the U.S. Chaplain ' s Manual.
This entry is from the American Council of Witches, and they
were asked the same question. It was answered thusly:
"Witches do not proselytize, but welcome inquiries
from those who hear about the craft by either word-of-mouth
or the media."2
For two totally different organizations and two totally different
entries, they surely have some definite similarities. If two
totally separate and different people wrote these two documents,
without one another's knowledge, they must have been led by the
same spirit. So, in essence, they say they do not proselytize,
but they both have one thing in common. They both have their
religion propagated by the media.
THREE WAYS THAT THE
MEDIA HELPS WITCHCRAFT
By giving a distorted view of witchcraft. They make
a witch look like a wicked, ugly old hag, so that when an attractive
woman claims witchcraft as her religion, people become more curious
and let their guard down.
They introduce good witches to combat the bad, ugly witches.
This gives an image that some witches can be trusted as allies
for good. You notice that good magic always wins over bad magic.
This leads a person to believe that it is okay to practice witchcraft,
if it is for good. If I were to ask you, "Are all witches
bad?"-what would you say?
You may think back to Bewitched and Samantha -she wasn't
a bad witch, was she? Then you might think of Sabrina, the teenage
witch from the Archie comic books. But probably one of
the strongest images may have come from The Wizard of Oz.
Anyone who saw the beautiful witch of the north would not have
one thing bad to say about her.
Just to prove my point, let's talk about The Wizard of
Oz. Is this family classic just a family classic, or could
it be classic witchcraft?
First, you notice that all the witches in the movie are actually
directional. For example, the house landed on the wicked witch
of the east. Dorothy was hounded by the wicked witch of
the west. Then she was helped by the good witch of the
north. Logic would have us believe that if the wicked witches
were from the east and west, then the good witches would be from
the north and south. Yet, you are never introduced to the "good
witch" from the south. Not once in the movie does the "good
witch" from the south appear. Why?
The answer may lie near the end of the movie. Do you remember
how the good witch of the north helped Dorothy get home? Dorothy
was discouraged because she found that the Wizard of Oz was really
a fake, and all hope of her returning home was gone. Then the
witch of the north told Dorothy that she had the power latent
inside her to go home all the time. According to satanic teaching,
it says, "Say unto thine own heart, ' l am mine
own redeemer. ' '' Would we dare think that sweet,
little Dorothy may have learned that everyone has a latent power
to perform good magic? Could she have subtly been the fourth
witch? The "good witch" of the south? Do you remember
the first question that was asked of Dorothy by the good witch
of the north? "Are you a good witch, or are you a bad
witch?" Dorothy said, "I'm not a witch at all.
Witches are ugly." The Munchkins laughed, and Glynda,
the good witch of the north, said, "Oh, no, only evil
witches are ugly. I am a good witch." See, she was beautiful.
Do you know what that image evokes? It gives a false security
that if a witch is attractive, he or she can be trusted as good
and not evil. Could she, Dorothy, have subtly been the fourth
witch? You know where her house came from-the south. Keep in
mind that good witches are from the south and were beautiful.
I would say that Judy Garland, or Dorothy, was very attractive.
Was she possibly the witch of the south ?
Witches do believe in directional spirits which we will talk
about a little later in the section on The Magic Circle.
Remember in the beginning of the movie, Dorothy runs away
from home to save Toto, and finds herself seeking spiritual guidance
from a professor and a crystal ball. He looked into the crystal
point. A very important point is that Dorothy sought occult guidance
before she ever went on her journey to Oz. Now we know the professor
was a fake at that point, but he said that this crystal ball
came from Isis and was used by the Egyptians. Again, Isis was
a goddess worshipped in Egypt. How convenient it was that Dorothy
would just so happen to stumble upon a person who claimed to
have the spirit of divination.
Dorothy finds herself seeking occult guidance throughout the
whole movie. Who could ever think one bad thought about the sweet,
innocent girl who would sing, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow,"
before the rainbow was used as a symbol for the New Age movement?
By the way, for some of you who do not know what the rainbow
means in the New Age movement, it means basically the arch or
bridge that leads from the natural to the supernatural. Without
a doubt, Dorothy crossed the bridge in The Wizard of Oz.
The sad thing about it is that Judy Garland, who played Dorothy,
died of suicide. Miss Garland may have found the rainbow, but
she never found the light of the world.
Let me prove my point of how the media promotes witchcraft.
Right now some of you are angry that I would bring up The
Wizard of Oz while talking about real witchcraft. Some of
you are thinking that I am, excuse the expression, "witch
hunting." Right now, some of you would like to debate me
on all the good wholesomeness of this movie. All I can say is
that witches are right-the media can be their best source of
recruitment. The media has craftily changed your biblical perspective
of witchcraft. Not one time is witchcraft mentioned in a good
context in the Bible. Philosophically you might say that witches
are not all bad. But biblically they are always bad. As a matter
of fact, in Exodus 22:18, the Bible says that "Thou shalt
not suffer a witch to live."
SYMBOLISM BEHIND THE WIZARD OF OZ
1. They followed the yellow brick road. Yellow is often used
as a color to refer to gold. There is only one place I have ever
heard about golden streets- that is Heaven. (Remember, her house
did spiral northward.)
2. This golden road led Dorothy and her friends to the Emerald
City, where the all-powerful and all-knowing wizard lived. Omnipotence
and omniscience are two attributes that belong only to God. They
found that the all-powerful and all-knowing wizard was a fake.
He was just a man that people had elevated to become a supreme
being. In a world filled with agnostics who are confused about
the existence of God, could this be a reference to God? See,
God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and yet many would have us
to believe God does not exist; that He is just an elevated person
that we created to be a supreme being.
3. The final thing to consider is the pure dose of humanism
as the end result. After finding out that the wizard was a man,
they found out that they had all the power inside themselves.
The Tin Man really did have a heart; the Cowardly Lion really
was not a coward; the Scarecrow had the ability to think the
whole time; and Dorothy had the ability within herself to go
home any time.
Humanism teaches that there is no God, and that we all have
the power within ourselves to succeed. There may be those who
say I am making too much out of The Wizard of Oz. Witches are
just make-believe. Before you make that statement, maybe you
might want to read about how witches are gearing up to change
"But in Wiccan circles, Cabot is considered a
high priestess of the religion and a leader. In 1986, she and
other witches formed the Witches League for Public Awareness,
a non-profit, tax-deductible organization dedicated to correcting
misinformation about their religion. They publish a newsletter
and pamphlets, like law memorandum that outlines the 1985 U.
S. District Court decision that ruled witchcraft
is a legitimate religion. The most recent newsletter discusses
an Air Force ruling that approved religious holidays for witches
and a U.S. District Court case in which a federal judge ruled
against the Salvation Army because it fired a woman who practiced
To illustrate how witchcraft is viewed from God's perspective,
not media perspective, we must look at Nineveh. You remember
Nineveh. It was the city Jonah went to. It was the city that
God cared so much about that he sent Jonah, special third-day
delivery, via whale. This city was so big, it took three days
to walk around it. The walls were one hundred feet high and broad
enough to drive a chariot on. It had more than twelve hundred
towers that people could adorn. Yet, it was a wicked city. Jonah
3:4 says, "And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's
journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh
shall be overthrown. " These words convicted the whole
city and they all repented.
Then one hundred and fifty years after one of the greatest
revivals in history. God sent another prophet whose name was
Nahum, to Nineveh. Even though Nahum means "the comforter,"
his message was anything but comforting. It was a message of
doom. Yet the people would not repent. Why? The answer is found
in Nahum 3:4: "Because of the multitude of the whoredoms
of the well-favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that
selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through
her witchcrafts." This verse tells us that witchcraft
destroys nations as well as homes.
THREE DANGEROUS SIMILARITIES BETWEEN
NINEVEH THEN AND OUR WORLD NOW
Witchcraft became not only accepted, but well-favored.
My nephew, some time ago, was cutting out some pictures in his
class. The teacher then handed out some pictures of witches and
told the students to cut out these witches. My nephew looked
at his teacher and said, "I can't cut out pictures of witches;
I don't believe in witches." The teacher told him he didn't
understand-these were good witches. Talk about lacking in discernment.
There are many Christian people who would be ready to defend
The Wizard of Oz. If it were just an entertaining movie
and not an indoctrinating movie, why are Christians so mad when
I suggest it to be bad? It all depends on what you use as your
plumb line. If you use the Bible, you will probably have no trouble
with making the right decision. But if you use philosophical
ideas, you will be headed in the wrong direction.
The Bible says it sells nations-that means it is marketable.
Today, everything on the market has something to do with witchcraft.
Witchcraft today is a very marketable commodity. In fact, it
is so bad that I have a lot of parents say to me, "Everything
I've got for my children is bad, bad, bad. What can my children
play with?" Understand that before the Antichrist sets up
his kingdom, he's going to have to set up an Antichrist society.
Everything you hear today is dealing with magic-it's like magic,
it works like magic, magic this, magic that. Witchcraft is very
Finally, the Bible says that Nineveh's families were sold
into witchcraft. Did you know that witchcraft is family oriented?
That's right, witchcraft today is rated "G." Top family
movies, like Witch Mountain, Escape to Witch Mountain, and
Return to Witch Mountain, by Disney are all family oriented.
The Care Bear Movie had a witch in it, as did The
Little Mermaid. (Again, don't say they were bad witches unless
you believe there are such things as good witches.) These are
just a few of the hundreds of "G" rated movies that
do not have vulgarity and nudity, but are loaded with witchcraft.
Did you know that the Billy Graham film , The Prodigal,
was rated PG by the Motion Picture Industry of America? Do you
know why? Because the Motion Picture Industry said that children
should not be exposed to Christianity without the consent of
their parents. Yet, witchcraft today is all rated "G,"
but is it family oriented? Please understand, Satan has a family-oriented
program. He wants desperately to reach your family. Those involved
in witchcraft are also referred to those who study the craft.
Strangely enough, craft is the root word for "crafty."
And one would have to admit that they live up to their name.
The third way the media encourages witchcraft and Satanism
is they give a distorted view of Christianity. Let's look
again at some quotes from the U.S. Chaplain 's
Manual. What is witchcraft's role in relationship with
other religions? According to the American Council of Witches,
| ". . . cooperation with other
religions are cordial, except those groups which have sought
to persecute and defame the Craft. "4
Can anyone guess what religion they are talking about ? The
answer is Christianity. To my knowledge, Christianity is the
only religion that has ever come out against witchcraft. This
is a quotation from the U.S. Chaplain's Manual, submitted
by the Church of Satan. Their relationship with other religions
is as follows:
"The Church of Satan stands as a gathering
point for all those who believe in what the Christian Church
In essence, witchcraft and Satanism stand with open arms,
and gathers all those who oppose Christianity. Here's a test
to see if our society holds to the Christian belief or the satanic
or witchcraft belief, via the media:
Does the Bible teach homosexuality is wrong? Yes.
the Church of Satan teach homosexuality is wrong? No
the Church of Wicca teach homosexuality is wrong? No.
the Bible teach that adultery and fornication are wrong? Yes.
the Church of Satan teach that adultery and fornication are wrong?
Does the Church of Wicca
teach that adultery and fornication are wrong? No.
the Bible teach that we have only one true God, Jehovah? Yes.
Does the Church of Satan teach there is one true God, Jehovah?
No, they make themselves god.
the Church of Wicca believe in the one true God, Jehovah? No,
they have many gods. Does the media believe in the one true God,
Jehovah? No, they adhere to the god of humanism.
Does the Bible teach that occult powers are bad? Yes.
Does the Church of Satan teach that occult powers are bad? No.
Does the Church of Wicca teach that occult powers are bad? No.
So you see, practicing Satanism and witchcraft is not putting
on a black robe, praying to the devil, or burning candles at
midnight. It is a value system that is totally contrary to Christianity.
You must understand that everything that we believe as Christians
is opposed by Satan.
How does the media encourage anti-Christian views? When was
the last time you saw a movie that made a Christian look sensible?
The movie Footloose made the villain of the town a preacher
who was against teenagers dancing.
The movie Cape Fear (1991) made the psychopathic killer
a born-again Christian. In one scene of the movie, the villain
tells a young lady he doesn't hate her father; he prays for her
father. Then he proceeds to molest her.
The NBC made-for-TV movie which aired on Monday, September
7, 1992, was titled In the Best Interest of the Children.
It portrayed the mother of the children as being men tally ill.
When they were coming to get her to put her in a mental institution,
she huddled up with her children asking Jesus to help her. They
all cried and again she looked at the children and told them
to get down on their knees and pray to Jesus. Then she looked
at her little daughter and called her a Judas and told her that
she had betrayed her! The daughter told the mother that she had
not betrayed her. She had not said anything at all.
Again we see the Christian portrayed in a negative fashion.
She was mentally ill. You know that is not the first time Christians
have been called mentally ill. That is the image that the media
is putting out toward Christianity today.
Again we see the Christian portrayed in a negative fashion
in the movie about Jim Jones and the Guyana tragedy. This movie
portrayed Jim Jones as a fundamentalist preacher gone crazy.
Jim Jones was never a fundamentalist preach He was a socialist
New Ager. But you have to understand this was a perfect opportunity
to put Christianity in a negative context.
How about David Koresh? Hollywood could not even wait until
the end of the stand-off before they went into production on
the made-for-television movie. From the very beginning, this
group was referred to as the Davidian cult. The key word here
is "cult." There is an extreme hatred in our country
for cults. People in America are more tolerant of drug dealers
than they are of cults. I must admit, I, too, have a low tolerance
level for extremist cults. The thing is, where does the government
or the media get off calling a religious group a cult? A cult
is a religion that does not hold to the basic doctrines of the
Christian faith. Neither the government nor the media adhere
to the Christian faith. So why do they have the right to call
any religion a cult?
Will the government and the media one day declare their religion
of humanism to be the true religion? Will they one day declare
that any other religion is a cult? Will this give them the right
to kill people? Will people of the future accept this kind of
barbarianism? The answer is YES!
Revelation 13:4-7 says, "And they worshipped the dragon
which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast,
saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with
him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things
and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty
and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against
God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that
dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the
saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all
kindreds, and tongues, and nations."
If we say the Bible teaches us to kill witches, we would be
cruel, non-tolerating bigots. Yet, during the Tribulation it
will be totally accepted to kill saints. It is amazing how many
Americans believe the government was right to kill some innocent
women and children because the media called them cultists.
These are just a few blatant misrepresentations of Christianity.
When was the last time you heard a news report putting the Christian
Church in a good light? Not lately. Yet who has not heard about
Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggert? Since those scandals have been
exposed, people look at Christians a little bit differently.
When I tell people that I am an evangelist, the first thought
is not that I am a Christian serving God, but that I am a charlatan
and a dishonest person. This was not the view ten years ago.
Ten years ago, if you told someone you were an
evangelist, they would call you "Reverend."
Now they grab their wives, hide their children, and
hold their back pocket!
How has this affected Christianity? It has made people hostile
toward Christianity. Women who have prayed for years for their
husbands to go to church, now find themselves hearing the words,
"I told you all those people at church were hypocrites."
And their husbands are going to die and go to hell, because the
media has given a misrepresentation of Christianity. Yes, there
is a Jim Bakker, and yes, there is a Jimmy Swaggert, but if the
media would spend as much time showing all of the Christians
who have served God and all that we have done over the last thousands
of years for communities, the Jimmy Swaggerts and Jim Bakkers
would just be a drop in the bucket!
You used to be able to talk to people about the Lord and even
if they did not agree with it, they would still hear you out.
Today, the tolerance level toward Christianity is near zero.
You might say the worse Christianity looks, the better witchcraft
and Satanism look. So the next time you see Christians being
laughed at and made fun of, understand that it is a planned deception
to turn the hearts away from God, which automatically turns their
hearts toward Satan.
* This article was used by permission from David Benoit's book,
"Fourteen Things Witches Hope Parents Never Find Out"
Chapter 6. For information on how to obtain this excellent
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