David Brown |
Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: September 2nd. 2002
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David L. Brown is the pastor of Strength For Today Ministries and the president of Logos Communication Consortium, based in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Logos Communications advertises itself as "Serving the Local Church with Distinctively Biblical Literature, Video Productions, Educational Ministries, Architectural Services" on its letterhead. It's web site is meant to be a source of information on various spiritual paths.
Mythology is a part of all spiritual paths. The Bible is a marvelous example of this. There are countless Christian myths recorded in its pages. Yet you'll have noticed that many of those fundamentalist Christians that we have examined in this series so far don't view the stories in the Bible as myths. They view it as a literal historical record. David Brown is one of these people. He takes the time to tell you so on his web site (http://logosresources.org) in a section entitled "Mythology Examined Biblically." Brown starts by pointing out that the word "myth" does not appear in the Bible. He goes on to say that myths are "substitutes for the truth"(1) and that the Bible should be our "standard of truth."(2) Brown then lists four characteristics of people "who refuse to adhere to truth as their standard."(3) Note how Brown is now using the word truth as a synonym for the Bible in this statement. Brown bases his four characteristics on 2 Timothy 4:24:
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season: reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be tuned unto fables."
The four characteristics on Brown's list clearly outline his agenda:
"1. They are intolerant of the truth... They will not tolerate sound Bible teaching!" "2. They make themselves the authority... they evaluate truth based on their own selfish interests, longings or desires. They set the standard, they are the authority, they are "god" deciding for themselves what is good and what is evil. Actually, making yourself the authority is the same thing as adopting the lie that Satan sold to Eve in Eden."
"3. They look for others who will support their error. It is important to realize that a majority vote does not determine the validity of truth though it may determine whether that truth is accepted. That's where the term "politically correct" comes in. Political correctness is determined by "the powers that be." They manipulate the truth and substitute lies based on their philosophical mind set. Those who jump on the bandwagon are "politically correct!"
"4. They substitute myths for the truth. It is dangerous to turn your back on the truth... When God's truth is rejected it is replaced by a lie. Probably the best example of this is the theory of evolution! Evolution has been "politically correct" for years. It is taught as fact and yet it is not supported by fact. Indeed Darwin's theory of evolution is a myth...a lie."(4)
This list is also extremely revealing, since Brown is clearly engaging in many of the activities that he is accusing non-Christians of participating in. He is intolerant of the truth, he makes himself the authority, he looks to others of like mind to support his error, and he substitutes myths for the truth. An examination of the rest of "Mythology Examined Biblically," as well as other materials he publishes will show how he does this.
From this list in "Mythology Examined Biblically," Brown goes on to attack Disney's movie Pocahantas. "This animated Disney production has been substituted [sic] occult philosophy for historical and Biblical truth! [emphasis in original]"(5) Brown complains. Brown continues:
"In fact, in The Green Egg (Autumn 1995), a widely circulated occult magazine, it says '(Pocahantas) is without a doubt the most Pagan-positive movie ever to come out of Disney, and it is not out there alongside Fern Gully and Captain planet teaching kids about why MOTHER NATURE deserves our reverence...' p.53 [emphasis in original]. You must remember that nearly all mythology has it roots in pagan religion and worship and today there a revival of pagan worship. People are really believing in and worshiping Mother Nature. They communicate with Trolls (we know them as demons). They seek to contact nature spirits, fairies, nymph, etc. There are those who really worship Diana/Artimas."(6)
Judging from Brown's spelling of the name of the Goddess Artemis, he hasn't studied much Greek mythology. Notice how Brown has transformed Pagans into people who communicate with demonic Trolls. Brown advises us that "Myths are to be ignored," citing l Tim 1:4 ("Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith so do"). Brown continues: "I fear that many Christians are being conditioned to be receptive to the occult by mythology and further by the use of visualization and guided imagery, which are techniques of sorcery, they may be brought into contact with demons."(7)
In another article, "Witchcraft Today," Brown tells us that there are two sources of wisdom available to mankind: "God's Wisdom and the Devil's Wisdom."(8) Brown says that "Wicca, witchcraft, paganism, Satanism, etc. are manifestations of the devil's wisdom from beneath. We are to reject the wisdom from beneath, the wisdom of the devil, the wisdom of Wicca. The wisdom of witchcraft is the wisdom of the damned."(9) He defines Witchcraft as "the performance of magic forbidden by God for non-biblical ends."(10) He quotes the Decretum Gratiani, a collection of about 3,800 texts concerning church discipline compiled by the Benedictine monk Gratian in 1140 CE:
"Witches are those who, because of the magnitude of their crimes, are commonly called (malefici) or evil doers. These Witches, by the permission of God, agitate the elements, and disturb the minds of men less trusting in God. Without administering any poison, they kill by the great potency of their charms....For they summon devils and dare to rouse them so that everyone kills his enemies by evil stratagems. For these witches make use of the blood of victims, and often defile the corpses of the dead....For the devils are said to love blood, and so when the witches practice the black arts, they mingle blood with water, so that by the color of blood they can more easily conjure up the devils."
Gratian's work predates Wicca by about 800 years, so he certainly wasn't writing about Wicca here.
In one of Brown's earlier books, The Dark Side of Halloween (and the tract bearing the same name, which is an abbreviated version of it), he attempts to describe the history behind Halloween. Brown does a poor job of it, giving several contradictory versions in different parts of this book. Here are some excerpts:
NOTE: The idea that Samhain was the Celtic lord of death is a very common theme in fundamentalist literature of this sort. Unfortunately this assumption is incorrect. The idea seems to have come from Ray Bradbury's 1973 short story, "Halloween Tree." There really was a Celtic God named Samhain, whom we find in the Leabhar Gabhala Eireann (Book of the Conquest of Ireland), more commonly known as the Book of Invasions. Samhain is a minor guardian of the herds who is the brother of the healer God Cian. Samhain looks after Cian's cattle. Cattle were very important to the Celts, who were a herding people. The connection with the festival of Samhain is that this was when the Celts culled their herds and curing the meat for the coming winter. This culling of the herds may have been one of the original reasons that this festival is associated with death. The Celts did have a God of Death, but it wasn't Samhain. The Celtic God of Death was Gwynn Ap Nudd for the British, Bile or Donn for the Irish and Beli or Arawn for the Welsh. Obviously Brown hasn't researched this.
- "...The origin of Halloween is the Celtic Festival of Samhain, lord of death and evil spirits. Long before Christ (at least 2000 years) Druids in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany and other Celtic countries observed the end of summer by making sacrifices to Samhain. The Celts considered November 1st as being the day of death because the leaves were falling, it was getting darker sooner and temperatures were dropping. They believed Muck Olla, their sun god was losing strength and Samhain, lord of death, was overpowering him. Further, they believed that on October 31st Samhain assembled the spirits of all who had died during the previous year. These spirits had been confined to inhabit animals bodies for the past year, as punishment for their evil deeds. They were allowed to return to their former home to visit the living on the eve (Oct 31) of the Feast of Samhain. Druid priests led the people in diabolical worship ceremonies in which horses, cats, black sheep, oxen, human beings and other offerings were rounded up, stuffed into wicker cages and burned to death. This was done to appease Samhain and keep spirits from harming them. It is clear to see that HALLOWEEN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CELEBRATION OF DEATH... [emphasis in original]"(11)
Brown has also repeated another common fundamentalist urban legend; That "Muck Olla' was the Celtic sun God. The Celtic Sun Gods were Lugh for the Irish, Lleu or Llew for the Welsh and Bel or Belenus for the British and Gaulish tribes. Muck Olla was a legendary boar of enormous dimensions who was said to have been slain by one of the Geraldines in County Cork in Ireland.
The Celts had totem animals, but they represented certain deities, and were not considered to be the abode of departed souls. While Brown is closer to the mark with his suggestion that Halloween is a time of year when the lord of one half of the year is beginning to give way to the lord of the other half, his timing is incorrect. The turning point for this solar myth is Yule (December 21), when the days begin to lengthen again, not Samhain. Nor is there any evidence, outside of Caesar's suspect accounts, that the Druids actually conducted sacrifices of the sort described by Brown. The nonsense about burning sacrifices in wicker cages is wild speculation perpetuated by movies such as "The Wicker Man."
NOTE: Sanguinet is a former member of Gavin and Yvonne Frost's Church and School of Wicca who left their organization in a huff and turned fundamentalist Christian. I'll be telling you more about him elsewhere in this series. Trick or Treat is derived from a similar British practice known as souling, not sacrificicial practices.
- "...Druid priests and people would go from house to house asking for fatted calves, black sheep, and human beings...Hence we have THE ORIGIN OF TRICK OR TREAT [emphasis in original]. 'Trick or Treat is a re-enactment of the Druidic practices. The candy has replaced the human sacrifices (sic) of old, but it is still an appeasement of those deceptive evil spirits. The traditional response to those who do not treat is to have a trick played on them. When you give out Halloween candy, you are, in essence providing a sacrifice to false gods. You are participating in idolatry' says the former high priest of Wicca, Tom Sanguinet."(12)
NOTE: Here is the nonsense about Samhain being a Celtic God of the Dead again. The prototypical image of the "Grim Reaper" isn't modeled after Samhain, it is a representation of the Greek God Cronos.
- "...it began long before Christ among the ancient Celtic peoples (Briton, Gauls, Scots, Irish). They observed the end of summer with sacrifices to SAMAN (Shamhain). He was 'the lord of death and evil spirits'. This marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year...Depending on your source material, the Druid lord of death and evil spirits was called Saman, Samana, Shamhain, or Samhain. His 'holiday' was called "The Vigil of Sama" or Samhain (pronounced so-wein). You probably have seen a modern day version of SAMAN without even knowing it. This pagan god was shown as a ghostly, skeleton holding a sickle in his hand. He later came to be known as THE GRIM REAPER [emphasis in original]."(13)
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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).
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