New Age ending in popular Minecraft game?

Within the next week or so My Word Like Fire will publish a report from fourteen year old researcher Preston Zleisy concerning the anti-biblical aspects of Pokémon. Zleisy is warning about something which few adults have any knowledge of at all.

A great resource for discernment about video games in general is Apolomedia, the website of Carl Kerby, Jr., Drew Thorwall, and Solomon Richardson. The excerpt below about Minecraft is taken straight from this website, which you can link to Here. (The link to the entire Minecraft article is at the end of the excerpt.)

According to Apolomedia:

WHAT ABOUT GOD IN MINECRAFT?
However, one of our gaming friends came up to us after a presentation one day pointing out that we had missed the most important part about Minecraft when it comes to spiritual matters! He sent a link to the “ending” of the game. What we saw there was mindblowing and changed our entire understanding of Minecraft.

You could produce an entire documentary on the 8 minute ending scene of this game. In essence, it is an 8 minute wall of new age teaching that seemingly comes out of nowhere and certainly flies in the face of a biblical perspective on God and the created universe. This is a significant place to not only recognize the challenge, but to get the answers and know how to go back to the Bible to find truth.

Look at these statements with which the player is rewarded upon completing the game: (It should be noted many players are frustrated by being forced to read all this text for 8 minutes, regardless of religious beliefs.)

“and the universe said I love you”
“and the universe said you have played the game well”
“and the universe said everything you need is within you”
“and the universe said you are stronger than you know”
“and the universe said the light you seek is within you”
“and the universe said you are not alone”
“and the universe said you are not separate from every other thing”
“and the universe said I love you because you are love”

By reading that, you would almost think this was a biblically based game. Isn’t “the universe” just another way of saying “God”? It talks about light and love and everything! The unnerving part about this is that the way they equivocate “the universe” with God could lead Christ-following gamers almost to buy in to the purported majesty of the universe as it describes the universe with words similar to the way the Bible describes God. It is the kind of close-but-no-cigar language that leaves our defenses down.

“And the game was over and the player woke up from the dream. And the player began a new dream. And the player dreamed again, dreamed better. And the player was the universe. And the player was love.

You are the player. Wake up”

Did you catch that? The game tells you that the universe tells you that you are love, but the Bible tells us God is love (1 John 4:8). The universe tells you that everything you need is within you, but the Bible reminds us that God knows what we need and gives it to us (Psalm 23; 2 Peter 1:3). The game says you are stronger than you know, but the Bible says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13) even as God commands us to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9) because, as the game says, we are not alone, but He is with us.

If it wasn’t clear yet, the game is essentially telling the player “you are god”. “The player was the universe. And the player was love.” After all the hours of mining, all the hours of building, all the hours of someone else saying “can I use the computer yet…” the culmination of your effort is meant to be the realization that you are the godlike universe.

All this from a blank canvas infinite lego set game! Just imagine what else is out there in games where the plot and characters take center stage! Believe it or not, we don’t say this all to scare you, though if it shocks you into action then we believe our mission is accomplished!

WHAT DO I DO?
Determining what action to take as a parent or gamer is up to you. You have to answer: “What about Minecraft?”

We see three main options for the way people usually respond:

Response 1. Play no more. “I don’t want to let my children play these games anymore, because I don’t want to support these messages. There is a much more God honoring way to spend my money and my time.”

Response 2. Play with your eyes wide open. “Thank you for letting us know what are in these games. I am going to sit down with my children and have a Bible study with them. I want to make sure they know what truth it so they are prepared next time a message like this is thrown at them.

Response 3. Just Play. “It’s just a game. Stop making a big deal out of it.”

We won’t tell you which one to choose, but let us just challenge you with this… don’t be the person from Response 3. Instead, take the opportunity to get into God’s Word. Whatever decision you make, as an individual or as a family, make it prayerfully. Find real answers, and share those answers with the world around us! Odds are you know more than one person who plays Minecraft. This could be a great opportunity to start a spiritual conversation on a topic they already care about! We live in a world that has many dark places in desperate need of light. And we need to be the one’s to shine it.

If we become bold in our faith and confident in the Bible, we have a chance to speak the truth of God’s word to a whole culture of gamers who may be getting their only spiritual messages from games. And that is a big deal.

You can read the entire article, Minecraft: Friend or Foe? by clicking Here.

Testing the spirit behind Alcoholics Anonymous (1 John 4:1-3)

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. (1 John 4:1-3)

According to Apologetics Press, “If, according to John, there were many antichrists in the first century, what was John’s definition of an antichrist? John defined an antichrist as any person (or group) who denies the Father and the Son. In 1 John 4:3, he explained, ‘every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world.’ When analyzed critically, one can see that any person or group, which does not recognize that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has come in the flesh, is a person or group that has been seized by the spirit of antichrist. As abrasive as it may seem, groups such as Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and even orthodox Jews would all fall under John’s condemnation of denying the Son and the Father.” [1]

Alcoholics Anonymous also falls “under John’s condemnation of denying the Son and the Father.” [2]

Official A.A. literature defines “god” in this manner: “[The alcoholic] may choose to think of his Inner Self, the miracle of growth, a tree, man’s wonderment at the physical universe, the structure of the atom, or mere mathematical infinity. Whatever form is visualized, the neophyte is taught he must rely on it and, in his own way, to pray to the power for strength.” [3]

Alcoholics Anonymous is not really about treatment. It is a spiritual weapon, and it is used to point the unsaved away from Christ, and to dilute the theology of the Christians who, in ignorance or out of fear, do attend A.A. To understand A.A.’s purpose, one need look no further than this Bible verse:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Source Notes:
1. Which Spirits Are From God (1 John 4:1-3), by Kyle Butt, M.A., http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=11&article=1203
2. Ibid.
3. http://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/aa-literature/p-12 -the-jack-alexander-article-about-aa

Will Catholicism elevate homo-spirituality?

I have often wondered what comes first–is it homo-spirituality or homo-fascism? We are seeing homo-fascism for sure, and face the angry intolerance of many who want to silence us because we believe what the Bible says.

Yes, homosexuality is a sin. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11)

I may as well say it while I can. And for my wife and myself, and for many others who have repented of this, the clock is ticking. Why? Homo-fascism. Silence the Christians who have the audacity to disagree about homosexuality. Persecute Christian business owners and whoever else tries to obey the Bible about this sin.

Make what we think and say a crime: Hate Speech.

Now, interestingly enough, homo-spirituality may be coalescing via Catholicism. By homo-spirituality I mean the elevation of homosexuality to an exalted, even sacred status.

Ridiculous? Maybe. But let’s see what all this looks like a couple of years from now.

In a meeting of Catholic bishops, and with the Pope present, a document described as relatio post disceptationem was read. According to the online news source, The Guardian:

In a passage entitled “welcoming homosexual persons”, the bishops said that although the church could not support gay marriage, it needed to explore ways of making gay people feel included. “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities?” the document says.

“Often they wish to encounter a church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?” [1] (emphasis mine)

This won’t stop at Catholicism. And we don’t want to be around for that which will writhe on the altars of the coming false church.

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted. (1 Timothy 8-11)

Source Notes:
1. Vatican: Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer Christians, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/13/vatican-homosexuals-same-sex-marriage-christians-catholic-church

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When the nature of God becomes less important

I am the LORD, and there is no other,
Besides Me there is no God. (Isaiah 45:5)

According to an official A.A. pamphlet, “The founders of A.A., it is obvious, felt that alcoholics need the help of a Power greater than themselves. But again, whether by accident, design, or divine guidance, they have wisely refrained from strictly defining this Power. While A.A. literature has used and continues to use the personal pronoun which describes the concept of a personal deity, a belief in this concept is by no means required. In fact, I am convinced that the greater a member’s years in A.A., the less important the nature of this Power becomes.” [1] (emphasis mine)

What does this mean? Although Christians in A.A. may strongly disagree, the author of this pamphlet rightfully notes that there is indeed a spiritual dilution that takes place.

Source Notes:
1. A Member’s Eye View of Alcoholics Anonymous, pg.18. This pamphlet is official “A.A. General Conference-approved literature.”

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Better if God gave Ten Commandments in manner of Twelve Steps?

The following is excerpted from A Member’s Eye View of Alcoholics Anonymous., which is official “A.A. General Conference-approved literature”:

Once again, we are confronted with an aspect of A.A.’s therapy which has had a totally new impact without, apparently, any accompanying newness of substance. Where, then, could the difference be?

I believe it lies in the way the Steps are presented, rather than what they contain: They are reports of action taken, rather than rules not to be broken under pain of drunkenness.

I have often wondered what the course of mankind might have been if the Ten Commandments had been presented in this same manner, rather than as blunt commandments negatively expressed: ‘We honored our father and our mother.’ ‘We remembered to keep holy the Sabbath.’ ‘We honored the name of the Lord our God and took it not in vain.’ ‘We bore no false witness against our neighbor.’ (pg.16) (emphasis mine)

The presentation of the Twelve Steps as reports of action taken, rather than as commandments to be followed, also forms the basis of A.A.’s conspicuous absence of any formalized body of dogma or doctrine. (pg.17) (emphasis mine)

Source: aaorg/…amemberseyeviewofaa.pdf

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More on A.A.’s spiritual roots: William James

Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22)

William James’ book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, had a profound effect on the development and formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. According to A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s official A.A. biography, “[Wilson] would later say that James, though long in his grave, had been a founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.” [1]

Just like other key players in A.A.’s spiritual history such Emmet Fox, Carl Jung, the Oxford Group, Norman Vincent Peale, and Harry Emerson Fosdick, the influential William James was not a Christian.

Pulitzer Prize winner Nan Robertson, an A.A. member, writes, “A favorite of Bill and Dr. Bob was The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature, by William James, the great American psychologist and philosopher.” [2]

Reading James’ book reinforced Wilson’s occultic white light experience in the hospital, which he tragically believed was God. He never drank after the experience.

What was so appealing about The Varieties of Religious Experience?

James writes, “A form of regeneration by relaxing, by letting go, psychologically indistinguishable from the Lutheran justification by faith and the Wesleyan acceptance of free grace is within the reach of persons who have no conviction of sin and care nothing for Lutheran theology. It is but giving your private convulsive self a rest, and finding that a greater Self is there.” [3]

Related: More on William James and A.A.

Let’s face it. If A.A. had started out as a truly Christian movement, it would have remained so. It was never meant to be Christian, only to give the illusion of once having been so. (Ephesians 6:12) This has lured many into its sphere of influence.

Source Notes:
1. PASS IT ON, pg.124
2. Nan Robertson, Getting Better, pg. 47
3. William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, from the chapter The Religion of Healthy-Mindedness

Another discrepancy in the “A.A.’s Christian roots” mythology

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)

PASS IT ON, the official A.A. biography of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson, describes William James as “a founding father of American psychology,” [1] and notes that James “had made a detailed analysis of a wide number of religion or conversion experiences.” [2]

William James’ book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, had a profound effect on the development and formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. According to Bill Wilson’s official A.A. biography, “[Wilson] would later say that James, though long in his grave, had been a founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.” [3]

James was also a great influence on other purported Christian influences such as Anne Smith and Sam Shoemaker.

So, was James a Christian? Consider this following exchange betweenTom McMahon and Deidre Bobgan that took place during The Berean Call radio program:

Tom:

But once [Bill Wilson] finds somebody who has the spiritual experience, then he goes through a spiritual experience, but then he has to try and figure out what’s the basis for this and really where I am going here is, his leaning upon a man who is probably known as the father of modern psychology and that’s William James, the Harvard psychologist and philosopher.

Deidre:

Yes, instead of going to the Bible, he went to William James’ book, The Varieties of Religious Experience . Now, William James was 1842 to 1910, and is considered the father of American psychology and he was intrigued with mystical and existential experiences. People would report these to him and he was very fascinated about it. Now, he didn’t care about the religious persuasion of mystics as long as they achieved a personal experience. He was fascinated by people who experienced these kinds of things and so [James] wrote this: “In mystic states we both become one with the absolute and we become aware of our oneness. This is the everlasting and triumphant mystical tradition hardly offered by differences of clime or creed, in Hinduism, in Neo-Platonism, in Sufism, in Christian mysticism and Whitmanism we find the same recurring notes so there is about mystical utterances and eternal unanimity.” So, Wilson went to William James for the explanation rather than to the Bible. And so here what we see is, you see, Bill Wilson’s experience fit William James’ description than anything in scripture. So he grabbed hold of that and what he continued to look for his entire life and work with AA was anything that would bring a person into the spiritual realm. That’s why he went into the idea of spiritism, séances, necromancy, speaking with the dead and he had various experiences of meeting with various spirit guides. [4] (emphasis mine)

According to author Dick B. “Both Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob studied William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience, from which Bill had concluded there was a validation of his own ‘hot flash’ conversion experience. Little recognized too were the New Thought language and ideas that filtered into A.A. language via Rev. Sam Shoemaker’s writings and those of others, including Anne Smith. Shoemaker particularly relied upon James’ writings on self-surrender and conversion.” [5]

James didn’t care what one believed in. All spiritual experience was valid in his eyes. And so, once again, a key factor in A.A.’s spiritual foundation has nothing to do with Christianity.

Source Notes:
1. PASS IT ON, pg.124
2. Ibid.
3.Ibid.
4. Why Does The Church Support Alcoholics Anonymous?, The Berean Call radio program http://www.thebereancall.org/content/why-does-church-support-12-step-programs
5. http://silkworth.net/dickb/a_way_out. html

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Paul Robeson in 1933)

We have forgotten, or have never learned, about the depth of suffering black people endured in this country.

Through slavery, and in the decades after the Civil War, faith in Christ kept many black Americans from utter despair. They weren’t getting many breaks down here, so their eyes were on Him.

Some years ago I attended a black church. We were not allowed to call it a black church because our pastor said, “Ain’t no black church. Ain’t no white church. There is only the Christian church.”

Truer words were never spoken.

Paul Robeson sang Swing Low, Sweet Chariot in 1933.

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The A.A. experience? “…rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence…”

A return to one of the most popular MWLF articles…

According to the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (the AA “bible”), “…there was nothing left but for us to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed.” (pg. 25)

What is this “simple kit of spiritual tools” the Big Book refers to? In AA, the member gets to be the potter, and work the wheel, and the clay of the higher power is shaped into whatever form the person desires.

One’s “god” (or “goddess”) could be a spirit, a doorknob, the “christ” of The Shack or the New Age, Uncle Ernie, or Mohammed, or anything else.

In AA, there is seemingly no need for Christ. The AA Big Book teaches, “The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered our hearts and our lives in a way that is miraculous.” (pg.25)

But the thing that directs these lost people is not the Creator (which the Big Book also claims is already in people), because the Lord does not dwell in those who do not know Christ.

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of Christ dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Romans 8:9)

Should we be worried for the AA people? Yes, we should. While millions have been pointed away from the Savior, the AA theology has also watered down the Body of Christ.

The AA Big Book teaches, “Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider another’s conception of God. Our own conception, however inadequate, was sufficient to make the approach and to effect a contact with Him. As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps.” (pg. 46)

Let us end with Truth from Jesus Christ and one final anti-bibical passage from the AA Big Book.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6)

In direct conflict with Christ’s own Word, the Big Book tells alcoholics, “We found God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of the Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men. When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God.” (pg. 46-47)

Why does this not matter? Why are so many Christians serving two masters? Is it not you who have been evangelized–into the AA theology. You are silent about Christ, calling Him “higher power” as if He were simply another tin god in the meeting room.

We have all heard the AA insults about “religion,” meaning only Christianity, of course, and we all know the claim that churches can’t help alcoholics. Well, try being a member of the Body of Christ…serve in your church…and see what the Lord will do.

But please, quit defending this thing that Christ Himself warns against, all right?

Related article: Unholy origin of the 12 Steps

Your words were found and I ate them (Jeremiah 15:16)

Your words were found and I ate them,
And your words became for me
a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O LORD GOD of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16)

Jeremiah. The weeping prophet. No wife for him, no children, just the hard road of obedience. Jeremiah agonized over the unfaithful people, and he warned again and again, as he was instructed to do.

For decades the Lord gave the people opportunity to repent and return to Him.

Thus says the LORD,
“Stand by the ways and see and ask
for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

And I set watchmen over you,
saying,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet.’
But they said, ‘We will not listen.’ (Jeremiah 6:16-17)

And it did indeed come to pass, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the enslavement of the Hebrew people. Torn from Jerusalem and banished to Babylon, where men of God such as Ezekiel and Daniel served as faithfully as had Jeremiah in Jerusalem.

The cruel Old Testament God? I do not know Him. He does not exist. Let not the holiness and righteousness of a sovereign God be perceived as capriciousness. The Old Testament God is kind and merciful, for He is the God of the New Testament.

He is still giving opportunity to repent and come to Him.

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

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