Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6 NLT
This post will probably not make me very popular; however, some disturbing things keep being brought to my attention and the longer I put off sharing them, the more unsettled I am.
By the way, this is NOT a “satanic panic” post! There is not a demon in every doorknob. We do, however, need to be discerning when it comes to what our children are being exposed to. While children’s books, shows, and movies are oftentimes fantasy and generally harmless, there are some that have real beliefs and practices behind them and are created to peak the interest of our children – making those practices seem fun and harmless, when in reality, they are not. So, here goes…
The most recent thing that I have come across is this video by ex-new ager Steven Bancarz (Reasons for Jesus). He talks about the dangers of an adorable video of Barbie encouraging children to practice yoga. Harmless, right? It’s BARBIE for crying out loud!! How can a cartoon be “EEEeeeeevilllll?” Well, give it a watch. I suggest watching it all the way through and to seriously consider the material he presents. If you are training your child up in the beliefs and practices of Hinduism, then you may not have an issue with what is being taught. However, if you are a Christian, you may want to take this one to the Lord in prayer, and spend some time in God’s Word to find out what He has to say about such practices.
These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land. Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.
You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. Deuteronomy 12:1-4 NIV (emphasis mine)
Here is another “fun” cartoon. This one is about a girl who finds a portal, becomes a witch’s apprentice, and has a super awesome time hanging out with “the king of demons” (who is such a cutie-pie) in “the demon realm.” I guess there is really no reason to hide it, anymore. Disney has been grooming us for a show like this for awhile, now…especially when they started transforming the villains from their movies into people who are, deep down, inherently good…just “misunderstood.” Welcome to The Owl House! Available, now, on the Disney Channel.
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Luke 11:34-35 NIV
And since I’ve brought up Disney, I’d like to share a personal story about something that I experienced, concerning Frozen 2. I have not seen the movie, nor do I necessarily plan to. I had not been anticipating the second movie and had forgotten that it was going to be released in time for the holidays. Last November, I was shopping in the baking aisle at Walmart, concentrating on ingredients needed for Thanksgiving baking when I found myself getting very agitated – so much so, that I actually asked, out loud, “Why am I so agitated?!” This garnered weird looks from fellow shoppers, since my husband was down another aisle and I was standing there, by myself. As I stood there looking like a crazy person, I realized that there was extremely eerie music playing. It didn’t have any words, but definitely sounded like something that one would hear at Halloween. One word suddenly came to mind: Frozen. When my husband rejoined me, I mentioned to him how the song was making me feel. It didn’t seem to have the same affect on him, so I just made a mental note to look up the song when I got home and then pressed on with my shopping. The agitated feeling left once the song was over.
The next morning, I did a quick search of Frozen 2 songs and found it, immediately. As much as I didn’t want to, I decided to listen to the song – this time, with the words. I wasn’t agitated, this time. Instead, I became nauseous and felt overwhelmingly grieved. The actual words of the song mirrored my own journey into the New Age. As a young person who was somewhat spiritually intuitive, and also a Christian, I didn’t want to step outside of the boundaries set up in God’s Word. But New Age beliefs and practices were enticing and empowering, and I eventually gave in…Into the Unknown.
Not gonna lie, eeriness aside, the song is epic and exciting. The same kids who were singing “Let It Go” most likely moved seamlessly into singing this one. The clips that I have seen of the movie are stunning. But there is a beautiful side of evil. Satan masquerades as an angel of light and we are tempted when we are led away by our own evil desires. The enemy’s work can be found in the most “innocent” of places. Again, I’m not saying that there is a demon in every doorknob, but we are to be discerning and to test the spirits…every spirit, no matter where they may be found. And yes, I get that it is “just a fantasy story” and Disney isn’t “Christian.” However, the spiritism and animism behind it is very real…and so is the allure of it. Especially when it is all wrapped up in a beautiful Disney princess package.
If you’re interested in more information on the beliefs and practices behind Frozen, Marcia Montenegro (Christian Answers for the New Age – CANA) has written a number of articles:
CANA – “FROZEN” SHOULD NOT BE CHOSEN: Elsa Is The “Fifth Spirit” https://www.facebook.com/FormerNewAger/posts/10156374329957237 Follow link or visit ChristianAnswersfortheNewAge.org
I am also including a video entitled “Where Did My Child Learn That?” The speaker is Johanna Michaelsen, another ex-new ager. She is the author of “The Beautiful Side of Evil” and “Like Lambs to the Slaughter.” She has an amazing testimony. And because of her background in the New Age, she can speak to the dangers of it…even when practiced by a professing Christian.
Finally, I thought I might toss in this little gem. You know, in case you have a little one interested in learning how to summon some demons, while coloring!
Pray for your children. Pray for all children. They are being exposed, at extremely early ages, to things that most adults can’t even handle. Those who want to change culture know to target the children…the earlier, the better. What children are exposed to, today – through education and media – become their beliefs and values as they get older. Train the children – change the world. (for better or for worse)
The next time you are walking down the DVD aisle at a store, pay attention to the covers of those DVD’s…especially the ones at a child’s eye level. I didn’t even touch on stuff like ouija boards, magic, and the books, shows and movies (like Harry Potter, Twilight, etc…) that seem to be the usual suspects when issues like this come up. But they are still available and as popular as ever! I don’t think many of us even notice what our kids are exposed to – we’ve been conditioned to no longer see it. Heck, many of us are caught up in it, ourselves! My prayer is that God would open our eyes to what our children are seeing and to show us how those things are affecting them (and us). And then I pray that God gives us the wisdom, through the guidance of His Holy Spirit, to clear away those things that hinder us from having an intimate relationship with Him.
Occultic practices cannot be redeemed and God is not obligated to protect us from practices that He has warned us, over and over, to stay away from.
When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery,interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 18:9-13 NIV
Children are precious to God. We should take great care in understanding what they are being exposed to and protect them from that which will bring them harm…especially those things wrapped up in a pretty, fun, or innocent-looking package. It’s time for us to be discerning and to test the spirits – not only for us, but for our children, as well.
And Jesus said, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.” Matthew 18:6-9 NIV
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There is a beautiful side to evil.
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Indeed, there is!
There is a quote from Johanna Michaelsen’s book, “The Beautiful Side of Evil,” that hits the nail on the head:
“Remember there is a beautiful side of evil – deceptive, subtle, adorned with all manner of spiritual refinements, but no less from the pit of hell than that which is blatantly demonic.”