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Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: February 3rd. 2003
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Part 3: Battling the Occult
Many Christian authors have written books trying to warn us of the dangers of the occult. One such author who writes about Satanic conspiracies is Dr Hilton Sutton. Sutton was the Chairman of the Board of Mission to America in Humble, Texas. He is considered by many Christians to be an expert in Bible prophecy. Sutton is the author of several books, including: Revelation- God's Grand Finale, The Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church, The US in Prophetic Events, and Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism: Innocent Beginnings, Deadly Results.
Let's look at Sutton's Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism. In the introduction to Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism, Sutton states:
"Originally when I began speaking and writing on the subject of familiar spirits, witchcraft and Satanism, people would often ask the question: Why do you speak and write on this subject?
"The answer I gave was that God has assigned me the work of interpreting the prophetic Scriptures and placing the events of our present day alongside the prophesied events.
"But today, my purpose is to alert the reader to the dangers involved in the occult. Since I published my first book on the subject of witchcraft and familiar spirits, there has become a wider acceptance of this evil, satanic force. Also witchcraft and other occult activities have grown in epidemic proportions.
"...Numerous Hollywood actors and actresses have announced their involvement, especially with astrology and reincarnation ...
"...With so many people already involved in some form of witchcraft, it has become a major problem in the world. I have written this book for the benefit of all whom Satan would attempt to entrap in this subtle, sophisticated, and sometimes intelligent sounding operation.
"The Apostle Peter informs us that our adversary is the devil and that he desires to devour us. (1Pet.5:8)
"Well, I've got bad news for the devil: A born-again, Biblically informed Christian can and will put him to the sword- the sword of God's Word! We will not be taken in by his craftiness, but we will show him some fine swordsmanship which he can't handle."(1)
Sutton uses Webster's New World Dictionary, 3rd college edition, for his definition of "Witchcraft":
"Witchcraft is '1. a) the power or practices of witches; black magic; sorcery. b) An instance of this. 2. bewitching attraction or charm."(2)
As you can see from Sutton's introduction, his approach is to advocate "Spiritual Warfare." He wages this war by lumping anything "occult" or New Age together under the title "witchcraft" and equating this "witchcraft" with Satanism. The following list from Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism, "Forms of Witchcraft," shows how Sutton gathers many diverse systems under the title of "witchcraft:"
"Astrology, Card-reading, Crystal ball-gazing, Cult & Occult practices, Extrasensory Perception (ESP), Fire-gazing, Fortune telling, Handwriting Analysis, Horoscopes, Hypnotism, Idol Worship, Magic, Mediums, Metaphysics, Necromancy, Numerology, Ouija Boards, Out-of-Body Travel, Palmistry, Pendulum, Phrenology, Seances, Spiritualism, Table-tipping, Theosophy, Voodoo, Water-divining, Witchcraft."(3)
Sutton reinforces this later in the book with statements like:
- "Because true followers of Jesus study the Bible, they know that astrology is witchcraft."(4)
- "...Occultism and Eastern religions are notorious for spreading witchcraft."(5)
This inclusive definition explains the outrageous claim that Sutton goes on to make in Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism "that an estimated 160 million Americans today are involved in some form of witchcraft."(6) Curiously, Sutton lists "witchcraft" as a form of "witchcraft" in his list.
Sutton believes that "[The] openness [of our present generation] to witchcraft and Satanism and his wickedness has helped to produce an explosion of corruption that has birthed all manners of troubles and plagues."(7) The title of one of the chapters in Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism sums up Sutton's position on Wicca, Paganism and the New Age: "Witchcraft- An Abomination to God."(8) "God has declared all these forms of witchcraft to be an abomination to Him," Sutton tells us, "and He further shows them to be imperfect. Satan never does anything right; even his most cunning operation can be discovered and defeated".(9) Reading this I can't help but ask the question: If this is so then why haven't you defeated Satan after all these years?
Sutton liberally quotes selected passages from the King James Bible in an attempt to support his argument. "There are many scriptures throughout the Word of God that warn against witchcraft," Sutton tells us, "They cover the many facets of witchcraft prevailing now across the United States and around the world."(10) The quotations that Sutton has chosen include the following:
- "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft... (1Samuel 15:23)."(11)
- "Revelation 9:21 reads: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."(12)
- "Deuteronomy, chapter 18...verses 10-13: There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard..."(13)
In Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism, Sutton makes it quite clear that he believes that society should treat "witchcraft" as a capital crime:
- "...Leviticus, chapter 20...verse 27: A man or a woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard (or a witch), shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them."(14)
- "Because we are no longer under the Mosaic Law, mediums are not put to death by stoning. However, the sentence of death is not lifted. They will be held responsible for their own death."(15)
Sutton has bought into the popular evangelical theory that Wicca is a front for Satanism. Sutton describes how he believes that this process works in Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism:
"Introduction into the occult often begins with parties involving a 'good time' with sex and drugs. Then they graduate to learning witchery (Dungeons and Dragons, Ouija boards, white and black magic, and so on). This occurs before one becomes totally involved in Satanism with animal or human sacrifices on an altar. Drugs are used to numb one's system and to call up demons!
"Many 'innocent' people believe they are dealing with 'white magic'- magic which supposedly makes good things happen for people- or the 'light side of the Force'. Most have no clue that their foundation is already laid for them to worship the devil himself."(16)
Sutton believes that "Satanism is the natural follow-up to 'innocent' witchcraft."(17) By using the term "innocent," Sutton clearly indicates that he is aware that Wiccans deny any connection to Satanists or Satan. Later in his book, Sutton admits: "Ask ten people what witchcraft is and you will receive ten different answers: the world's oldest religion, the practice of black magic, a worldwide secret organization, intercourse with the devil, sorcery with evil intent, devil worship, practitioners of the Black Mass, or the worship of God through the medium of 'the Moon Goddess'."(18) Sutton does not seem to be able to concede that Wiccans worship the Goddess in her own right and not as a channel to an evil male deity. Obviously Sutton favours the darker options that he proposes as definitions in this list.
"Practising witchcraft can result only in destruction"(19) Sutton tells us, "Witchcraft is an operation that the devil has designed to totally destroy you- spirit, soul and body."(20) He attempts to reinforce this dark view with his reader by listing what he perceives to be "the full destructive forces of witchcraft":
"First, it is a hideous tool of Satan, designed to destroy.
"Second, the person involved has begun the slow process of suicide.
"Third, it brings on trouble with God."(21)
Sutton also does not seem to be able to concede that Pagan worship is completely separate from his beliefs either. For example, Sutton states:
"...almost every spell, hex, or witchcraft enchantment has something 'Christian' related to it. We learned in our research that these witches study and know all of the Psalms from our Bible. Even in their secret powers and enchantments, they quote actual scripture verses, especially from the precious book of Psalms... Different 'spells' in witchcraft, along with certain rituals and use of witchcraft paraphernalia, involve the chanting of certain psalms... Witches even use the Apostle's Creed and the Ten Commandments in their worship. They have changed these; they use what they call the 'Devil's Creed'."(22)
This is utter nonsense, and reveals how flawed and/or incomplete Sutton's research is. Wiccans and Pagans have no reason to quote passages of the Bible. The Bible is a mythological document that Pagans do not recognize. Whereas psalms or scripture may form part of some other magical systems, it certainly has no place in Wicca.
The bibliography of Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism reveals how limited Sutton's research was. This bibliography lists only four books, four articles and the Calvary Chapel video America's Best Kept Secret by John Frattarola as Sutton's resources on the topic of Witchcraft. Two of the books are pamphlets written by Anna Riva: The Modern Witches Spellbook and Spellcraft, Hexcraft and Witchcraft. The other two books are by authors who should already be familiar to the reader: Jerry Johnson and Lauren Stratford. Reading four documents, two of them pamphlets by the same author, is hardly what I would call an in depth study of the whole Wiccan spiritual experience. Nevertheless, Sutton goes on to say:
"I cannot- in my right mind- and with a settled stomach- reveal some of the most degrading, grotesque spells and enchantments that witches use to hex or un-hex people described in some of the books that we used for research on this subject. It was too revolting for me. It was unimaginable."(23)
Sutton does not describe the spells that he refers to with such loathing, so again we are left to accept his word and interpret this as best we may.
Sutton alleges that Witches suffer "from extreme nervous disorders, as well as all kinds of emotional and mental problems. Psychiatrists have their hands full trying to help these distressed people."(24) Sutton would no doubt be shocked to learn that quite a number of my Pagan associates are psychologists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses. In Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism, Sutton additionally claims that witchcraft is responsible for suicide. "This is true today as people are deceived into a demonic entrapment," Sutton tells us, "Destruction is everywhere. Death by suicide is rampant. The suicide rate among young adults and teenagers is epidemic! Far too often when a suicide is investigated, authorities discover that the victim was involved with either witchcraft or drugs, often both."(25) Sutton warns his readers that "One must consider the connection between this age group, their practices, and the high murder and suicide rates."(26) Yet Sutton cites no studies or statistics to prove his claims or link such practices to suicide. The reader is again expected to simply take his word for it.
Sutton continues by saying that psychiatrists can only occasionally help because "a psychiatrist cannot rid a person of demonic influence or control."(27) In other words, Sutton believes that the people that he believes to be "witches" are all possessed. He confirms this belief elsewhere in Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism:
- "A medium is a person who has become literally taken over, and or possessed, by a familiar spirit. All spiritualist mediums, regardless of their category, are demonised. I cannot emphasize strongly enough this fact: Fortunetellers, clairvoyants, astrologers, seance mediums, reincarnationists- all are demonized!"(28)
- "The doctrine of devils known as reincarnation is actually the work of familiar spirits which possess people and cause them to believe they have lived a previous life."(29)
- "Witchcraft, Satanism, familiar spirits- it's all a deadly game. Dabbling in these occultic practices is a road that leads straight to hell!"(30)
- "Satan is constantly at work to control a person's mind. Drugs and witchcraft open the mind to strong satanic influence and eventual possession."(31)
Sutton tries very hard to convince us that all of the things that he classifies as "witchcraft" are linked to the abuse of drugs. "In most Biblical references, when the word sorcery is used, it carries the singular interpretation: witchcraft or enchantments," Sutton tells us, reinforcing his earlier remarks. "However," he goes on to say, "When used in the book of Revelation, the word sorcery has a different root and carries the definition: witchcraft involving drugs."(32) Elsewhere in Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism, Sutton re-states this:
"God declared that rebellion would result in witchcraft, and it certainly has. Today witchcraft has combined with a drug usage in this country that has grown to major proportions. God does know what He's talking about!
"Witchcraft and drugs are not new. History records their use among most pagan tribes, where Satan had a stronghold, where he was worshipped.
"Today these two very satanic operations are often used by sinister, satanic mediums and gurus to deceive people into believing that witchcraft or drugs are a way to God. But God cannot be found through either of them!"(33)
Here is a sample of some further statements made by Sutton in Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism:
- "...Such people can be misled and taken captive by a 'pseudo-spiritualism', which in the truest sense is witchcraft in its most devastating form."(34)
- "There is no way a true believer, or born-again Christian, can participate in any of these activities. For one to call himself a Christian and practice any form of witchcraft would be an act of rank disobedience.
- "...Satan has very little trouble outwitting the intellectual, carnal mind".(35)
- "Many historians point out that Adolph Hitler and many high-ranking officers of the Third Reich were heavily involved in Satanism".(36)
NOTE: Sutton fails to name any of these "historians."
- "Don't allow involvement with any form of witchcraft to prevent your spiritual growth."(37)
As is common in books of this sort, Sutton makes all manner of allegations about there being proof about hideous Satanic activities. For example, he states that "Many documented police investigations have indicated that many witch covens have a plan of infiltrating churches. Some witches have been literally caught at the back of the church, casting spells on pastors as they preached their Sunday morning sermons!"(38) As is also common, Sutton fails to give any details to allow the reader to corroborate such claims. Sutton claims: "Much of my research and many of the stories that I share concerning Satanism come directly from officers in law enforcement agencies in Texas, New York, New Mexico and California and from their confidential case files."(39) However, Sutton refuses to name all but a few of them, using the excuse that "My sources are confidential, but I have personally spoken with these officers."(40) Thus the reader is forced to take Sutton's word. The only exceptions to Sutton's rule about not naming sources connected to law enforcement are all Satanic Conspiracy myth supporters who we've discussed elsewhere in this series, including: Lyle Rapacki, Dr Al Carlisle, and Lt. Larry Jones of Cult Crime Impact Network, Inc.
However, Sutton is obviously aware that the figures regarding the number of Satanic homicides thrown about by Dr Al Carlisle don't stand up to serious scrutiny. Sutton states that he believes Carlisle's figure of 50,000 to be "too high and may be exaggerated and hard to prove."(41) Nevertheless, Sutton reports it and insists that it "gives us something to think about."(42)
In light of the fact that anonymous or clearly unreliable individuals are Sutton's sole sources, and considering the background of some of the aforementioned individuals listed in his bibliography, we must seriously question Sutton's credibility and the credibility of his unnamed sources as well (if they exist). Yet time and time again Sutton cites cases with not a shred of evidence offered other than his own say so.
For example, Sutton claims that:
"Several years ago, the remains of human beings were discovered in an abandoned munitions dump near Houston, Texas. Authorities later revealed that several adults had been sacrificed during witchcraft activities in which drugs were used... Law enforcement authorities tell us that they believe human sacrifice and, in particular, child sacrifice is now widespread throughout the world."(43)
Sutton does not give any exact dates, names or locations. Nor does Sutton identify what law enforcement agencies made such claims. It has been my observation that law enforcement agencies are in fact becoming increasingly sceptical of such claims, due to an almost total lack of evidence to support them. The closest Sutton comes to citing actual sources is to quote an article in the 21 December 1969 issue of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. Mimicking Rapacki's technique, Sutton does not give the authors name or the title of the article, which apparently refers to Charles Manson and his group:
"Tales of Witchcraft cults that sacrifice animals and turn humans into 'slaves of Satan' are coming out of the mountains... Police are paying greater heed to these macabre stories in the aftermath of disclosures about the so-called 'black magic' practices of Charles Manson... Investigators also tell of teenagers who described witchcraft initiation ceremonies in which participants must eat the entrails of an animal while its heart is still beating. There are also numerous reports of persons being placed under hypnotic type spells by a head witch who slips LSD into ceremonial wine..."(44)
You'll note that the article is, like Sutton's claims, devoid of any details which would allow corroboration.
Sutton relates several stories about alleged ex-witches that once spoke to him. None of them are identified in any way. These accounts include the following:
- "I learned of one former witch who related, 'I was an honor student in elementary school. As a reward, I played the game Dungeons and Dragons. It's a fantasy, role playing game that is deadly and deceitful- very occultic. Then I progressed to mythology, and ultimately, to hard-core Satanism. But it all started with the game Dungeons and Dragons. The sad part is that I sat under New Age churches which taught me white witchery.' With tears in her eyes, the former witch told of gruesome tales: 'Astro-projection is where the spirit body leaves the physical body. I was able to travel to witches' circles, spiritually. I physically witnessed several murders (not when I was involved in astro projection). I never took my hand to a knife. I witnessed several children who were killed and mutilated. Many were raped before they died. it was horrible!'"(45)
NOTE: No names, no locations, no dates, no proof. Sutton doesn't even suggest that as a result of this person's revelations to him that police reports were made and perpetrators arrested, another characteristic of books of this sort. Note the tactic that Sutton has borrowed from the Inquisitors here: Lacking evidence, he claims that the "witch" travelled to the "Sabbat" astrally.
- "'The only way to get out of Satanism is through Jesus Christ!' An ex-witch, now a born-again Christian, made that statement."(46)
NOTE: If this supposed "ex-witch" really believes this (and actually exists) why doesn't Sutton name the person and let them witness to their beliefs, as you would expect them to?
- "What can one say to the ex-witch who admits, 'Heavy metal music engulfed my life. It hypnotized me'?"(47)
NOTE: How about saying: "You're lying." Once again, the "ex-witch" is not identified.
Sutton conducts the same sort of smear campaign against Aboriginal American spiritual beliefs, alleging that: "A former medicine man admitted, 'I learned that I could use my mind to hurt people. Once I wanted my teacher to break her leg. She did. I was 'taught' how to injure a person (with my mind) (sic)'."(48) The "former medicine man" is not identified by Sutton.
Ironically, in Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft & Satanism, Sutton states that "there is no doubt that the actual practice of witchcraft is an historical fact of no small political and, of course, spiritual importance."(49) I would agree, albeit for different reasons. Sutton clearly does not understand the historical facts concerning Witchcraft.
Familiar Spirits, Witchcraft and Satanism is just another literary exercise in ignorance and fear. Sutton's publisher claims in the back of this book that "Hilton Sutton is regarded by many as the nation's foremost authority on Bible prophecy... having spent over twenty-five years researching and studying the book of Revelation." I hope that his research and study of Revelations was more thorough than his research and study of Witchcraft. An expert on Pagan religions he is not.
Russ Parker was the vicar of two churches in Great Britain: Christ Church, Coalville, and St Peter's, Bardon Hill. He is a member of the Leicester Diocesan Deliverance Advisory Group. Parker is a former member of the Manchester Diocesan Deliverance Advisory Committee (1981-85). He claims to have been "involved in deliverance ministry over twenty years."(50)
Parker is the author of the 1990 book Battling the Occult, which is another good example of this sort of literature. In Battling the Occult, Parker cites evangelists such as Frank Vaughan (a Baptist missionary), Jean Darnall, Audrey Harper, Doreen Irvine, Derek Prince, Jeffrey Dickens as sources. The titles of the books listed in Parker's bibliography give you an idea of what Parker's philosophy is:
- Dr Stuart Checkley, a psychiatrist at Maudesley Hospital and a resource for Maureen Davies' fundamentalist Christian Reachout Trust and for the Evangelical Alliance. He is the author of Doorways to Danger.
- M Scott Peck, a Christian psychiatrist and author of People of the Lie, The Road Less Travelled and A Different Drum.
- John Richards, author of the book But Deliver Us From Evil.
- Dr Kurt Koch, a prolific evangelical Christian author.
- Martyn Lloyd-Jones, author of Christian Warfare.
- Ralph Gasson, allegedly a former medium who became a fundamentalist Christian. He is the author of The Challenging Counterfeit.
- Michael Perry, editor of Deliverance.
- Michael Harper, author of Spiritual Warfare.
- Michael Ross-Watson, author of Can A Christian Be Demon Possessed?
- Charles Sherlock, author of The Overcoming of Satan
- John Wimber, author of Power Evangelism.
- Paul White, a Christian children's author.
- Donald Bridge, author of Power Evangelism and the Word of God
- Graham and Shirley Powell, co authors of Christian, Set Yourself Free.
- David Porter, author of Children at Risk
- Frank and Ida Mae Hammond, Christian exorcists and co authors of Pigs in the Parlour: A Practical Guide to Deliverance.
- William P Wilson, author of Hysteria and Demons.
- John Warwick Montgomery, author of Principalities and Powers, Death and Beyond, God's Inerrant Word, Demon Possession and Three Yet One.
- Leon Suenens, author of Renewal and the Powers of Darkness.
- Alistair Forrest and Peter Sanderson, co authors of Cults and the Occult Today.
- Michael Green, author of I Believe in Satan's Downfall
- Graham Twelftree, author of Christ Triumphant.
Parker opens Battling the Occult by stating:
"In April 1989 fifteen bodies were discovered in a mass grave in Matamoros, Mexico. Some of the bodies had been sacrificed in a type of black-magic ceremony by a 'satanic, voodoo, drug smuggling cult.' As it turned out, the perpetrators were practitioners of a centuries-old folk religion called Palo Mayombe that had become syncretized with a nontraditional form of Satan worship. According to experts, there has been a significant rise in this self-styled Satan worship in the past years, especially among young people into heavy-metal music." (51)
Parker puts the phrase "satanic, voodoo, drug smuggling cult" in quotations, but who is he quoting? Parker claims that "experts" say that "there has been a significant rise in this self-styled Satan worship." Parker doesn't name these experts. In fact, the true experts proved that what was practised in Matamoros wasn't Satanism at all. Nor was it Vodoun. This gives a very clear indication that the unidentified experts mentioned by Parker here are not experts at all.
"The Christian Church has always proclaimed the good news that Jesus saves," Parker tells us, "In order to do this, it has had to engage in spiritual warfare."(52) Parker has declared holy war on people whose beliefs differ from his. "The word of God is an offensive weapon for times of spiritual warfare."(53) says Parker. Elsewhere in this book Parker states: "Someone has said that the devil is religious. It is a fact that many thousands of people are attracted to cults and societies which deny basic scriptural truths about the deity of Jesus Christ and the way of salvation... The list ranges from Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, the Moonies (Unification Church) and Christian Science, to those which incorporate facets of Eastern mysticism or New Age thinking, such as the Hare Krishnas. In addition we have seen an explosion of occult-based religions and cults."(54) This is just another way of grouping everything non-Christian together in a manner similar to that used by Sutton.
Parker tells his readers: "It is not a case of two almost-equal forces, with the cause of good eventually succeeding. In the New Testament we are told that the devil is a defeated foe."(55) We saw Sutton making a similar statement. If this is so, why doesn't God finish Satan off? This implies that what the Christians say about God being loving and compassionate is false, since he lets this inferior opponent cause so much suffering and does nothing about it. Parker paints a very vengeful picture later in Battling the Occult when he states:
"In Exodus we are told that children shall be punished for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations... we are not immune from the effects of our immediate family life and past history.
"Some parents who have been involved with the occult pass on to their children the presence of evil spirits which entered and influenced them as a result of their occult interests."(56)
- "In one case a local minister was called into a school where some pupils were in a hysterical and suicidal state, frightened by their experience of [Ouija boards]."(57)
NOTE: Parker does not identify the minister or the school.
Parker takes a similar approach to Sutton, proposing that the occult is simply a doorway leading to Satanism. "There seem to be four doors through which people go in search of occult fulfilment," Parker states, "superstition, fortune telling, magic and spiritism. It is my experience that all four produce some degree of spiritual contamination."(58) Parker defines superstition as "basically a lack of trust in God."(59) Parker claims that:
"...people involved in all aspects of the occult... often told me they got involved in the first place because they believed 'there was something in this which seemed to work.' I would go further and say that the 'something' is in reality a 'someone', namely, our spiritual enemy, the devil... Anyone, Christian or otherwise, who gets involved in the occult comes within the orbit of his spirit. Disobedience to God can ruin our Christian lives, and unless we respond with a truly repentant heart, we are heading for spiritual bondage."(60)
Parker defines the term "occult" as follows:"The word occult comes from the Latin term occultus, which means 'hidden, secret, sinister, dark or mysterious'."(61) In fact, "occult" simply means "hidden" or "secret." Parker is stretching things considerably to read "sinister, dark or mysterious" into this Latin term.
This is what Parker has to say about magick:
"Magic normally falls into the two categories of black and white. Black magic seeks to control enemies while white magic seeks to benefit friends. White magicians claim that their power is from God, and they use Christian symbols such as the cross or the fish. The name of the Trinity is often used. Often there is the threefold repetition of the Lord's Prayer coupled with the use of three crosses, three Bible verses and three candles..."(62)
This is the same sort of claim made by Sutton: That magic invariably involves the use of verses from Scripture. This doesn't sound like any Neo-Pagan circle I've every seen. Pagans don't recognize the Christian mythological system, so we don't use the Christian trappings, since none of them hold any significance for us. Having just finished saying that "white magic seeks to benefit friends," Parker promptly contradicts himself in the following paragraph:
"Both black and white magic seek power in order to control. This clearly contradicts the Christian gospel, which teaches that we are given power in order to serve others."(63)
And later, Parker states:
"The holder of occult power...serves no one but himself and his own desire for domination... There is, then, an immediate contrast between occult power and Christian power. The former binds people to the will of others; it is a power that enslaves..."(64)
As if Parker and his ilk aren't seeking domination. Parker confirms his fear of Christian domination being challenged in the statement:
"...As Christians we should be warned that the occult is a real attempt by the evil one to produce an alternative to Christianity.
"Occult involvement feeds idolatry by concentrating attention on one's own abilities and not on the one true God... Occult power is evil. It forms part of the strategy of our adversary the devil to keep men and women in spiritual bondage. Occult involvement, being typical of man's sinful rebellion against God's Word, brings people under spiritual domination..."(65)
Parker identifies children as being at risk from occult influence:
"Tragically, a number of small children become trapped in an obsessive interest in demons and evil. There is many a psychiatrist who will testify to having to work with disturbed children whose trouble began with a fascination aroused by...fantasy [role playing] games. Magic is not good for anyone and does not improve the quality of life."(66)
NOTE: Parker again fails to name any specific case or therapist that could support such claims.
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