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Article ID: 4753
Age Group: Adult
Posted: October 28th. 2002
Satan's Fantasies 
by Kerr Cuhulain
I mentioned in Part I of this article that one of Pulling's resources was Phil Phillips, who makes similar claims to Pulling regarding Fantasy Role Playing Games. Phil, like his father, is a fundamentalist Christian minister from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Phillips has a bachelor's degree in Bible studies from "Christ for the Nation" college in Dallas. He is another of those "spiritual warfare" supporters whose writings are full of battle terms and references to spiritual armour.
Phillips is most well known for his anti cartoon and toy stance. Phillips believes that toys, games and cartoons such as "Care Bears'" "Smurfs," "My Little Pony," "Rainbow Bright," "Gummie Bears," "G. I. Joe," "Crystlar," "Power Lords," "He Man and the Masters of the Universe," "Dungeons and Dragons," "Black Star," "Ghost Busters," and others are Satanic. Phiilips has written a much quoted book on this subject entitled Turmoil in the Toybox. He has also organized toy burnings in the past. Not all of these went as planned.
In June of 1988 the members of the Pace Assembly of God Church in Penascola, Florida, planned a toy burning after a visit from Phillips two weeks earlier. However, the pastor Glyn Lowery and youth director Philip Polk were forced to use a garbage truck when the department of Environmental Regulation told them that the burning would release toxic gases. Even this didn't quite work as many protestors showed up and made off with toys before they could be trashed. The protestors were "rescuing" these toys so that they could be given to needy children.
An idea of how Phillips thinks and how he raises money may be gained from a copy of a three page letter from Phillips Ministries, a portion of which is reproduced below. Phillips was incensed because a local radio disc jockey, poking fun at evangelists begging for money, had jokingly asked for $20 over the air, stating that he was broke. Over the next few days listeners sent in $250,000! This money was given to charities. Phillips figured that if people can send that kind of money to a disk jockey then why not him? Phillips reveals some of his greed by asking for a minimum $90 donation rather than a mere $20. His letter reads as follows:
"A few days ago a Dallas secular disc jockey, in a joking manner, mentioned over the airwaves that he was broke and wanted his listeners to send him $20. He was making fun of 'Evangelists.' Over the next few days, this disc jockey received over twelve thousand letters with $20.00 enclosed totalling over $250,000.00. This rock-n-roll disc jockey said that he had no idea what to do with all of the money. It had just been a joke.
"Something is wrong when a disc jockey receives more money in response to a joke than the total amount this ministry has received over the years we have been fighting for the spiritual welfare of the children of America.
"Originally, Phillips Ministries was concerned primarily with the 'turmoil going on in the toyboxes'. We were fighting for the spiritual lives of your children. Now the ministry has many facets that you may not be aware of.
With the release of the book Halloween and Satanism, we have been given a great responsibility to confront and expose Satan through speaking in public schools. Just last week, we were able to minister in two public high schools and one junior high, at the request of the school system. Many of the teenagers were involved in the occult and some of the junior high girls participated in ouija board and 'transchanneling' (sic) activities. Another girl, whose brother was a Satanist and convicted murderer, was going to be used as a virginal sacrifice to Satan himself, by her brother. We ministered to these kids and God set them free.
"Let me share with you what my commitment to deal with Satanism has cost me personally, as well as what it has cost Phillips Ministry. The week before leaving to speak at these schools, our entire family (including myself) became very ill. Satan did everything possible to keep me from ministering to hundreds of teenagers.
"Some of our services have been attacked by witches and Satanists. In one service, my equipment was destroyed in a freak accident, and a paint bomb was exploded, spraying red paint everywhere. It seems that every time we speak out against Satanism, Satan hits myself, my family, and the ministry- in all areas, especially financially.
"You are a very important part of my life and ministry. Your prayers and financial support have sustained me and the work God has given me to do. The hardest thing for me to do is to ask you for money, but we must have your financial support now. Our financial need is not a joke.
"I have written several newsletters that contain vital, updated information, but we simply could not afford to send them out. We rely on your donations to keep this important information coming to you.
"If you believe that it is important that I take advantage of every opportunity to speak in the public schools and appear on television and radio talk shows, etc., to expose the devices of the devil, please help me now.
"We do need your regular on-going support, but right now we need your gift of $90 or more in the next 90 days. This is why we are asking you to be a part of our "90-in-90 Challenge"...The "90-in-90 Challenge" means that you will commit to send $90 within 90 days. That's all we ask, no lifetime commitment, no huge amount. Any gift you send will be deeply appreciated.
"If over twelve thousand people can send a rock-n-roll disc jockey $20.00 because of his ridiculing the church, 290 of God's people should be willing to do the same for a legitimate ministry that God is using to bless the lives of thousands of children and their families.
"I want to thank you in advance for helping us continue this fight against the occult, witchcraft, and all the wicked schemes of Satan. Please mail the enclosed commitment form with your gift today. We need your prayers and help in a special way at this time.
"For the children, Phil [emphasis in original]."
Of course this is exactly the kind of activity that the disc jockey was lampooning in the first place.
Phillips claims in this letter that a girl "whose brother was a Satanist and Convicted murderer" was going to be sacrificed by her brother "to Satan himself." Phillips doesn't name her or her brother, so we have no way of corroborating this bizarre claim. Phillips says that he "ministered to these kids and set them free." Does this include the girl who was allegedly going to be sacrificed? This is what is implied, but this isn't specifically what he says. You'd think that if he had saved a girl from such a fate that he'd be eagerly advertising this fact and giving details to prove it. But he does not.
Notice also the paranoia and fear evident here. He attributes his family's diseases to Satanic attacks in the same way that I showed you that Randy Emon used to earlier in this book. Phillips claims that his "services have been attacked by witches and Satanists." But the only example he gives is, in his own words, a "freak accident" in which a paint bomb exploded. Does this mean a spray "bomb" (in other words a can of spray paint) or does it refer to an explosive device? How can he claim that it was the work of Satanists or Witches? Phillip's letter is very cleverly worded and suitably vague.
Phillips opens his book Turmoil in the Toybox with the statement "children are being bombarded with toys and cartoons filled with occult symbolism... Many of the occult practices portrayed in cartoons and movies are specifically mentioned in Scripture as being an abomination to the Lord."(1) Phillips states that "A great number of toys on the market today, especially the more popular ones, are based on some of the very ideas [Paul describes in Galatians 5:19-21], namely witchcraft, idolatry, emulations and murders, that God warns against.(2)
Then the weirdness really gets underway. Phillips tells the reader that God personally spoke to him as he was driving from Louisiana to Texas one day:
"Out of the blue the Lord said, 'Phil, do you know what happens when children play with a toy?' Understand, He didn't say this in a booming voice; it was more of an inner voice. The Lord and I have a good relationship. He knows that I know how to hear Him.
"'No, Lord. What?'
"To be truthful, I thought it rather strange that God was talking to me about toys.
"Then the Lord said, 'Phil,...Through toys...Satan is gaining control of the minds of millions of children everywhere. I want you to do something about it."(3)
I think that it is rather strange that Jehovah is talking to Phil about toys too. A psychiatrist would describe this as a delusion. But then this is the person who was attributing his diseases and accidents to Satan earlier. Phil next tells us that similar unexplained accidents occurred while he was trying to set up his ministry about toys: Fuses blowing, his photographs not turning out well and so on. Phillips states: "It was apparent to us that Satan was trying to keep this ministry from being launched."(4) It is more likely that Phillips wasn't a very good photographer.
I agree with Phillips in that he states that there is too much violence on television, particularly in cartoons. I believe that this presents a very poor set of role models, giving the idea that the solution to all of our problems is force. Indeed, Phillips presents a lot of interesting statistics regarding violence on television.
But Phillips doesn't provide any statistics to shore up his arguments that cartoons and toys are teaching Satanism to children. Phillips infers that his statistics regarding violence on television must apply to what he calls "occult symbolisms" as well. The trouble with his argument is that most of the symbolism that he labels Satanic is neither Satanic nor violent.
Like Pulling, Phillips uses Thomas Radecki as a resource. He also recommends Tim LaHaye's book Battle for the Mind, Mel and Norma Gabler's What Are They Teaching Our Children?, and Christian author Constance Cumbey's The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow. Remember Pastor LaHaye from my earlier discussion of Michael Warnke? Mel and Norman Gabler are the founders of the Christian organization Educational Research Analysts in Longview, Texas.
As you will soon see, the message being preached by Phillips is that non-Christians are trying to indoctrinate children. But what will also become very obvious is that he feels that it is perfectly acceptable for Christians to use these same tactics. The following statements by Phillips illustrate this point of view:
"I would discourage my child from spending the night at someone's house where the parents or guardians are not Christians. Don't misunderstand. I would open up my house anytime to non-Christian children; there, I could supervise. In my home, I would be the controlling factor, and we could be a witness, as a family, for the Lord."(5)
"Children must be taught that God, alone, is all-powerful."(6)
"...the real world is violent, filled with murders, Satanism and the occult..."(7)
"Scripture also warns believers against associating with unbelievers."(8)
"By the time the child is a teen, unless his parents have instilled Christian values in him, he will have more knowledge of the occult than he will have of God... Therefore, we now have a generation growing up with attitudes turned against God."(9)
"Although demons are prevalent in many fantasy movies and corresponding toys, it is important that children know demons are real... Children should be warned that there is a war going on between Satan's battle for control of the world and Jesus (sic)."(10)
"Do we really want children to think that they can rely on their own powers to fight evil?"(11)
"Christians are generally not represented in television in a real manner. Christians generally are not depicted on television as being intelligent. In fact, by excluding an accurate representation of Christians, television is not very representative of the vast majority of people in the world. "Television generally does not give much credence to Christian beleifs or concepts."(12)
"Through these 'cute and innocent' toys, a wedge is inserted to make a wider gap for Satan and his influences to enter a child's mind, thereby, leaving him susceptible to incorporate these negative influences into his daily experience. "Again, these changes do not happen overnight. It takes years of having the mind saturated with images directed by Satan as he tries to stimulate the mind to focus on vain or carnal fantasies... Although some toys are blatantly occult, they are not the only ones which warrant our concern... Often knowledgeable parents will prohibit their children from playing with certain toys which are outright occult...But if a child continues to play with certain 'cute and innocent' toys that may portray occult images, his mind will be corrupted, albeit in a 'quiet' way, leaving the parent to wonder 'how'... I am suggesting, however, that before buying a toy, study it. Then decide if that toy's symbols are in line with Scripture... The real danger lies in the occult and violent images connected with the toy which are conveyed to the child via cartoons, television and movies. As a child watches these shows, he sees the producer's idea of the toy's capabilities. He watches the toy as it displays certain 'powers' and projects certain images through the cartoon or movie. Then when the child plays with that toy, he visualizes the toy with the pre-programmed 'powers' and characteristics; thus, if the toy displays certain occult characteristics, occult images are being programmed into his mind..."(13)
Phillips attempts to justify these statements and his stand by making statements like:
"Occult symbols and violence guide a child's imagination into the world of Satan... There have been many documented accounts of children (and adults) killing themselves or others as a result of their undisciplined imagination and fantasy playing... Through [television, toys and books] Satan stimulates one's mind to focus on vain and carnal fantasies... When involved in 'vain imaginative play', children often exalt themselves above God, by pretending to be characters which they believe to be more powerful than Jesus."(14)
But Phillips doesn't give us any documented cases to prove that this is so. In fact, as I pointed out earlier in this article, the number of cases of people committing suicide or homicide as a result of Fantasy Role Playing Games are extremely small in number and mostly unsubstantiated.
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