Witchcraft in Today’s Media – Rebekah Boruff

Originally posted on Facebook: July 30, 2011
Harry Potter

DO NOT BE DECEIVED

Lately, I’ve been musing about a topic that really drives me crazy. It pertains to movies, television shows, radio ads, internet advertisements, books, as well as all forms of media not mentioned here trying to sell witchcraft to a young (or old) audience. I see a major problem with today’s media advertising movies/shows/songs about vampires, witches and warlocks, spells, potions, magic – the whole lot of it. Having a two year old who likes to watch Dora the Explorer, and just about anything animated, exposes me to much of children’s television of today. I frequent Disney Channel and Sprout networks as well as Nick Jr. television. Sad to say, but the “pickings are slim” when it comes to quality TV shows. The same goes for public library books or children’s books from Barnes & Noble. I am soooo sick of Harry Potter movies, sensual Twilight books/shows, or how about the new My Babysitter’s a Vampire on Disney channel. Why am I angry with these things? Truly, I am more afraid than just blindly angry. In the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 18:10-11), the Lord specifically speaks against witchcraft: “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his 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.” Moses goes on to say that these people are “detestable” to God.

I could be wrong, but I believe they were burned at the stake in the Old Testament if they practiced witchcraft or anything like it (Exodus 22:18; correction: witches were stoned to death, not burned, Leviticus 20:27). In the New Testament, I don’t think it gets much better as far as the punishment that waits for those who indulge in sorcery. The apostle John didn’t have any cute, soft words for spells and magic works. Revelation 9:21 speaks of those who do not recant for their magic arts. Revelation 21:8 is unmistakably clear: “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Why are so many “Christian” magicians dull to these verses? I grew up in a town where the neighboring city had a cute CHRISTIAN magician. WHAT?!!!!!!!!!!!! Christian Magician should be an oxymoron. Those who indulge in the magic arts/witchcraft will be thrown into the Lake of Fire! I don’t want to be among those who are running after Harry Potter and his new hit movie (which sold more in the box office than all of the Star Wars trilogy). Furthermore, I don’t want my 2-year old “innocent” daughter growing up to cast spells on people/animals. Let there be no mistaking that I am NOT wanting to vindicate anything with even the fringes of witchcraft about it!

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of WesleyGospel.com, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Baptistic Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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