Monday, May 25, 2015

Anaheim Mayor Spends 3 Days with Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu

When Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait took up the Dalai Lama’s offer to hang out together with Bishop Desmond Tutu, he got a taste of His Holiness’ sense of humor.

“He talked about when he was a kid, he just wanted to play and they had to threaten to whip him so he would study,” Tait said. “But they had a special yellow whip for him.

“We laughed about that.”

Tait spent three days at the Dalai Lama’s Dharamshala, India, compound last month, having private talks with the Buddhist master, lunching with the Dalai Lama and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tutu and sitting in on conversations between the two spiritual leaders.

“It’s so out of the box,” Tait said. “Sitting there, having a conversation with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu about kindness, compassion, love, forgiveness, envy, greed. The biggest issues in life. It was great. Two of the greatest leaders for peace and justice of our time.”

As surprised as Tait was to get the phone call invitation from a Dalai Lama emissary a few weeks earlier, the mayor was hardly a random choice.

Tait has been leading efforts to make Anaheim a “city of kindness.” When first elected mayor in 2010, he ran on a campaign of “freedom and kindness.” It was idea he’d been working on since a 2004 meeting with a father who lost his 6-year-old daughter in a car accident.

The father, Edward Jaievsky, was inspired by the memory of his daughter talking about kindness and began putting up “Kindness is Contagious” signs in Anaheim. And it was contagious: Tait joined him in the project and then expanded it.

Among the noteworthy endeavors is a Million Acts of Kindness program launched in 2013 in the Anaheim City School District. Saying hello to a new student, picking up trash, collecting Christmas toys for underprivileged kids – students were asked to perform 50 such acts of kindness. Collectively, they hit the 1-million target in October.

Those efforts attracted the attention of the Dalai Lama and played a role in the Dalai Lama’s decision to celebrate his 80th birthday at Anaheim’s Honda Center on July 5. And the efforts prompted the invitation to Tait.

“The values of His Holiness are very much alive in Tom Tait,“ said Lama Tenzin Dhonden, a San Diego-based attache for the Dalai Lama. “Tom Tait is a very compassionate being. And Anaheim could become the model for many other cities.

The effects of Taits’ approach can come quickly. Anaheim school Superintendent Linda Wagner thinks the program has been largely responsible to the steady drop in suspensions, which this year are on track to be half of the 442 issued the year before the program started.

A token of kindness

When Tait first met the Dalai Lama at his compound April 22, he gave the Tibetan Buddhist one of Anaheim’s City of Kindness tokens. He also gave him a Ducks’ jersey, embroidered with “HHDL” – for His Holiness the Dalai Lama – and the number 80, for his 80th birthday.

“I didn’t know how much time we’d have, if it would just be a handshake,” Tait said. But it was quite a bit more, starting with a 45-minute conversation that included Tait’s wife, Julie, and a friend, Laguna Beach’s Paul Heeschem.

Tait said that the Dalai Lama started his day at 3:30 a.m., with five hours of meditation.

“He said he meditates because everyone he meets that day, he wants to bring joy, and he doesn’t want to act better or higher than anyone,” said Tait, who owns an engineering company. “He’s a joyful guy. He’s funny and humble. I was worried about how to greet him, but there’s no protocol. He doesn’t go for that.”

The Dalai Lama eats one meal a day, a 90-minute lunch. Tait joined him and Tutu for two meals. The two spiritual icons are writing a book together, “The Book of Joy,” and documentarians were filming their conversations, Tait said.

“Desmond Tutu talked about Nelson Mandela,” Tait recalled. “He said when he’d gone into prison, he was angry and aggressive, a kind of militant. He talked about how suffering can change people – how Mandela came out and was at peace, nonviolent.”

The two men’s message of joy and compassion was “impactful,” said Tait, a Catholic who believes the same values are key to most religions.

“The way to happiness is through kindness to others,” Tait recalled the Dalai Lama saying. “Compassion is especially important toward one’s enemies. It leads to understanding and inner peace.”

Small gestures are part of the equation.

“Every day, he pulled out (the token) to show me he was carrying it,” Tait said. “He loved it.”

Social conscience

The trip, paid for by Tait, was a break from City Council disputes that Tait sometimes puts himself in the middle of. He was the sole opponent of a $158 million tax subsidy for new luxury hotels and of the initial proposal for new stadium lease with the Angels. He also has been the council’s most outspoken advocate of a district election plan that would give Latinos a better chance at equal representation on the council.

But through it all, he has continued efforts to grow kindness.

“A CEO builds a new culture by establishing core values,” Tait said. “That’s what we’re trying to do in the city, build a culture of kindness. Then your crime will drops, your bullying at school will drop, your littering will drop. You stimulate the city to get better and all these good things begin to happen.”

Contact the writer: 714-796-6753 or mwisckol@ocregister.com

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Symptoms of Spiritual Pollution, Part 5

Continued from: 
Symptoms of Spiritual Pollution, Part 1
Symptoms of Spiritual Pollution, Part 2

Symptoms of Spiritual Pollution, Part 3

Symptoms of Spiritual Pollution, Part 4


In my continuation on the blog series Spiritual Warfare from the last time I discussed the critical aspect of Dependency.  I first started off the blog series with Reverence for God.  The second part was that to truly understand God you need to submit to his ways and thus not your or other human’s ways.  The third aspect is to be completely dependent upon God for everything in your life. The last section of the blog series I focused on the fourth aspect which is TRUST in God.

The next aspect of Spiritual Warfare is Intimacy with God, Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  The intimate act of communion with the Creator is what we are after in this life, not the supremacy over demons.  However, some people think that having supremacy over the demons is how you defeat them due to the words spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ giving us authority over the demons found in Matthew 16:19 discussing the keys to the Kingdom.

It is utterly worthless for a person to think that demons flee at the sound of your voice if this person do not know God. This becomes a meaningless act of speaking words in thousands of exorcisms or deliverances if you do not know sweet intimacy with the One who is literally sustaining your soul.  For when you pass away, all of your so-called accomplishments upon this earth shall be stripped away, thus the only thing you will have is your relationship with God. 

So when you get to Heaven for judgment of your soul, will you be meeting a total stranger or a King whom you are deeply bonded to? Why one would chase after temporary gifts when you could be pursuing the giver of gifts is mind boggling.  For the warning from above is that whoever loves this world is an enemy of God, James 4:4.  Which Intimacy you choose to have will have serious implications for your soul in eternity.  

So what is Intimacy then?  Intimacy is defined as having a close familiarity or friendship, something which is personal and private (Webster’s dictionary).  So intimacy with God carries with it the aspects of a relationship with someone where the individual is vulnerable, loving, trusting, etc.  To have an intimate relationship with God means that the deepest part of you is having a relationship with God.

What an incredible world in which God who is glorious and you are the speck who is just excited to be in His holy presence.  Intimacy with God fills our souls with a deep sense of completion as well as satisfaction.  In this intimate act one can find joy, peace, and satisfaction working up within us and pulling us away from a love of any created thing.  No greater joy can be experienced than serving a God who says his children are pleasing in His sight.  Compared to truly knowing God in an intimate manner being able to discern the presence of demons seems worthless.   

So let me ask you the reader of this blog this question.  What do you gain from having a heightened awareness of the powers of darkness?   Especially when it comes to using “discernment” so to speak in Spiritual Warfare.  Our God has already told you that demons abound in this world and that they are intent on destroying us humans, John 10:10.  Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ beheld Satan fall like lightening, Luke 10:18.  So being able to sense or see demons crawling all over other people only heightens your distress. 

Yes, they are here and there, but what can you do about it?  Nothing!  You are just a powerless speck and demons aren’t afraid of you in the slightest.  However, what they are extremely afraid of is God, Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, see James 2:19.  The demons view you the reader of this blog for what you are: A fragile creature who is so easy to traumatize, manipulate and cause havoc within your life.  

The demons know the Bible better than you or any person—thus they can quote any verse in any language known and unknown ancient languages to us humans.  Many people in Spiritual Warfare feel that they must do certain aspects to defeat demons.  These people feel that they must “study” and know why this person is “demonized” by a particular demon.  Yes, part of that aspect is important to know which ones are present within the person, but it is not the end all requirements to defeat the demons.

However, what do you personally gain by focusing on mere created things when you should be directing your attention to the Creator of all?  Many times people turn to so called “demonologists” who perform acts to cast off these forces because these demonized people feel they have the knowledge to defeat these created beings.  When you have intimacy with God the Father you will be protected, but sadly a demonized person is in this position for the lack of intimacy with God from within their life.  Sadly, many of these demonized people are “Christians” who are continually sinning.  The apostle Peter warned of sinning Christians being in the grips of Satan in 2nd Peter 2:21. 

Now what do you gain by fantasizing that you can go to battle against creatures who are far stronger, can manipulate the laws of psychic, come and go within milliseconds and that you have some knowledge of discernment along with knowledge of which demonic force might be present? 

Unfortunately, many people feel that this is all they need and throw the name of the Lord Jesus Christ around to cause the demons to tremble and flee.  While they are trembling because of the power in the name of God, however, the demons are not trembling because of this person not having an intimate relationship with God.

Therefore does focusing on the enemies of God draw you closer to God Himself?  No, it does not draw one closer to God.  Searching within yourself for some “powers” that don’t exist is a complete waste of time.  This life is not about triumphing over some group of non-human creatures known as demons.  Life is about pursuing an intimate relationship with the Creator of all.  Thus this means accepting as well as cooperating with His methods as God drills those four essential attitudes down deep within your being.  

Those core values for God are: reverence, submission, dependency and trust.  As long as you keep these 4 values at arm’s length, one is not going to grow in the sight of God.  What you will create is a state of being spiritually stagnated.  These are the humans that the demons seek out to enact their plans upon because of the stagnation within their lives.  In order to break free from the grips of the demons one must have that special intimacy with God.

In our next blog we will cover DISCERNMENT and what this affords a person as this is thrown around in Spiritual Warfare.


Rev. Bradley Luoma, Exorcist




Saturday, May 23, 2015

Can Ouija Boards Actually Cause Psychological Harm?

I know last year I wrote a blog regarding this subject but I think I really need to touch on it a little further. I always receive emails about this...usually after its too late and activity is already taking place or they are being tormented psychologically. The following are posts I found on random sites just researching this subject on the Internet however, they are still very disturbing nonetheless. Feel free to check for yourself. This subject has many different opinions and this blog is just mine and what I personally believe. First I'd like to throw in this verse from the bible regarding subjects of this nature....

"Isaiah 8:19 says it all: “Should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?”

"Shortly after the death of my lovely father, my mother became very obsessed with contacting him via the Ouija board. It was really bad. She has now found herself surrounded by spirits day and night. Although at first they were pleasant and friendly in their communication, they became abusive and insulting. She no longer needs the board as they speak to her without. The spirits allege to be my father and his family. They have threatened to kill her. She has even sustained injuries she says they have inflicted on her. She sees lights like little flames around her. My mother is in her early seventies and sometimes sounds distraught. I live in another part of the country to her and have not witnessed any of this… although I can see how tormented she is when I visit her. I believe she has allowed demons into her life through the Ouija Board. I had believed they were conning my mum into thinking the family were communicating. The language they use is disgusting and not words my mum word ever have even been familiar with! I feel really sorry for her and I don’t know if she will ever be free now."

"My husband watched my daughters play with a Ouija board and it told them to look in a box where they could find a lock of his mother’s hair. They found it. Since then he has been on the board himself alone and I am finding writings to Heavenly father and Satan. He does not sleep and seems in a daze… any ideas?"

"A Ouija board is a gateway to the astral plane. The lower astral plane. The lower astral plane is where demons reside. Just like in the movie "Insidious'. When you communicate through a Ouija board you are opening up a gateway to demons. Demons that can invade your life and or take over your body and you may never be able to get rid of it or them your entire life."

Now Let's Discuss This "Zozo" Crap..

The reason for my attitude towards this is because the more people that speak about it and go on TV etc..is only giving it more power and more life. When you give something enough attention you make it real. A lot of things simply start as a thought form. It's scary how much it can come alive simply by giving it so much attention. Good example of this is the Slender Man phenomenon that I blogged about last year. It was on the many different news outlets. From what I understand, The demon was created by somebody 5 years ago I believe in a contest to submit the creepiest monster however, the photo seemed to gain a lot of attention and it became alive and took on a life of its own... Very much like the Thin Man legend. I personally believe all the attention this character was given has probably inadvertently created a negative entity. People started contacting him trying to summon him or trying to prove he is real is asking for trouble. It's just an excuse to keep things going. Why not leave well enough alone? Who go on TV and draw even more attention to this entity? Jesus Christ can handle this demon. I love how they act this demon can't be stopped. With the right help any attachment or possession is not impossible for God to eradicate. Demons fear God for a good reason. Just like slender man I believe this Zozo hype has taken on a life of its own.

I found the following article very interesting: (The Sun, 22884) by Lewis Clifford.

“They are vile creatures of the night,” warned Dr. Alberto Gonzalez, of the Pan American Institute of Health. “They exist. They can possess the bodies of their victims and cause normally gentle, nonviolent people to commit outrageous crimes. They can assume other forms some quite ghastly.

“And they are among us in many instances solely because of these sinister toys called Ouija boards.” Gonzalez, a psychiatrist and parapsychologist, claims he has found demonic links to several cases of cattle mutilation and human vampirism in Central America.

Rev. Morris Cerullo, president of World Evangelism and author of The Black Side Of Satan, Creation House, Carol Stream, Illinois, 1973. “Many people have related to me weird tales of answers given by the Ouija board. This and other occult games may seem intriguing, but the implications are serious and not to be tampered with. They can lead to dangerous waters indeed.

“Use of a Ouija has even led to violence and even to murder…” Dr. Marta Prohazka of Fairfax, Virginia, is also convinced that spirits can play terrifying destructive games with human behavior. During her practice as psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, she realized that many patients she had considered “hallucinating paranoid schizophrenics” might instead merely be in touch with something invisible to her but visible to them.” I came to understand that another plane, or dimension or existence interrelated with our plane or visible manifestation,” she said. “By training and expanding consciousness, some individuals gain entrance into that invisible dimension. It seems to some like a window into heaven.

“I also learned that contact with the other dimension can be dangerous, especially if a psychically sensitive person loses his emotional harmony. The window into heaven can then become a window into Hell.”

Millions of the plastic oracles are in use in American households, nevertheless. And the eerie messages from beyond they have spelled out have been credited or blamed for marriages, divorces, sickness, misery, mystery or murder. Psychic and medium Anne Rose told the Sun: “Horrible demons have definitely been released by the Ouija board.

“The Ouija board is a vehicle which makes it easy for negative spirits and demonic forces to enter this plane of existence.” The Merrillville, Indiana clairvoyant cautioned that evil spirits or demonic forces often gain the trust of people experimenting with Ouija boards by answering several questions truthfully and providing predictions. “Once they have gained the trust of their victims, it is easy for the entity to move in and take over either by strongly influencing that person, or by outright possession,” she said. People who are untrained and unsophisticated in the field of the paranormal and supernatural should never play with devices such as the Ouija board, according to the clairvoyant. http://www.ghostresearch.org/articles/ouija.html

People have many different opinions and theories on this subject. I personally do believe in the power of suggestion that can take over when you subconsciously move the planchet for it to say what you fear or what you want it to say. So many people are only freaking themselves out and there is certainly nothing paranormal behind it or demonic for that matter. But there are times when an evil entity will take over and it's usually too late by the time people have realized there's something terribly wrong and they make the connection between the Ouija board, dousing rods, K2 etc..whatever device was used in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. Any ITC device (instrumental trans communication) can create the same trouble. It's the intent behind it when you are trying to communicate and summon which gives these evil inhuman entities a "legal right" to come into your life which in my humble opinion makes it a lot harder to get rid of them as opposed to when they were inadvertently invited out of ignorance or lack of knowledge. The reason I'm writing about this again is because of the number of emails I'm receiving regarding the spirit board and other types of ITC devices as it seems to be on the rise of people wanting and intentionally trying to summon a demon. And unfortunately there is a plethora of instructions on how to do this all over the Internet and YouTube. Feel free to research this for yourself if you think I'm exaggerating in any way. I am certainly not trying to create a new do panic I am simply just passing on some knowledge and what I have noticed in the last couple years. I wrote last week about King Solomon and the condition he was in the last days he was on this earth which many believe have to give it the fact he kept so many demons to do his bidding when God forbid it. With all his wisdom he should've taken God seriously and as I said last week in King Solomon's last days he was speaking out of his head it was gibberish he was definitely being tormented in the mind. The mistake people make is that these things can be controlled in a protection circle or what ever that is just not true. They only obey Satan nobody else. I can't make that anymore clear they will not obey anyone but Satan!

Please understand it is just not worth the risk my friends I'll be honest with you curiosity is out there I'll be the first to let you know that I had a father who was a minister and I knew better and I played around with the word knowing better so I get it....I understand the curiosity sometimes gets the better of us. I was fully aware it was wrong....at least in my religious faith that I practiced and I did it anyway and the results were terrifying for me and my two friends and till this day they won't talk about it. One of them will but not the other. This event took place alone 18 yrs ago.


Written By Jennifer Lori Auld

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Paranormal and the Importance of Doctrine

By Reverend Mark Hunnemann

We live in an age of unprecedented escape from reason. Instead of folks making an informed decision regarding eternal truths by the use of the bible and reason, feelings and pragmatism rule the day. For many, they reject anything that they simply don't like and embrace ideas that feel right to them. Others will believe in most anything that seems, at the moment, to work. Of course biblical Christianity does include our feelings, and it does 'work', but to use either of those as the main criterion for determining our beliefs is a certain recipe for disaster, temporally and eternally.

Christianity works because it is true. It is NOT true because it seems to work.The latter makes our observations the final arbiter of 'truth' instead of God and His Word. None of our faculties should be allowed to operate autonomously from God. Yet that happens frequently when professing Christians have a supernatural encounter and mis-identify their experience.

How many times have I/you heard someone say: "That spirit must be good or positive, because it FEELS good and positive."? If God's truth/doctrine truly rules our lives, we would not make such foolish observations.

On a similar note, I heard Jerry Springer say in an advertisement regarding his tabloid TV show: "It is all so wrong, but oh so entertaining!" If we immersed ourselves in doctrine, then we would not want to waste our time in trashy entertainment. And in my opinion, Springer is one of the high priests of filthy entertainment.

Many Christians say that they don't care for doctrine. The reason given is that they think that doctrine is divisive or that they simply believe in Jesus and the bible.

However, the simplest definition of 'doctrine' is expressing the teaching of the bible! We are all theologians (not in the technical sense)--the issue is whether we are good or bad theologians. And that depends on whether what we believe (doctrine!) is consistent with the bible.

And when someone says that they simply believe in Jesus, my reply is 'which Jesus?' There are many false notions of who Jesus is. Who is Jesus? To answer that (biblically!) we have to wrestle with the dual nature of Jesus--He is fully God and fully man. That, my friends, is high doctrine!

Every denomination, or non-denominational church, has its doctrinal distinctives. That is fine, but what has given doctrine a black eye in many Christians eyes is when pastors or lay people camp on those distinctives. For example, I am Presbyterian and reformed in my beliefs. I was not raised that way but came to those beliefs by reading the bible. However, on Facebook and elsewhere, I have tried to not camp on reformed distinctives because that is divisive. Besides, I believe that the Lord has mainly called me to cultural analysis, and especially focusing on exposing the schemes of the devil--focusing more distinctly on the biblical view of the 'paranormal'.

In my opinion, the single most important need of the Christian community today is to re-capture a sense of God's holiness--which, of course, is doctrine. R.C. Sproul has written profoundly on this vital subject.

Regardless of our callings, we need to re-capture a love for truth/doctrine which is God honoring. We need to resist the spirit of the age which downplays both reason and truth. What we believe will effect where we spend eternity.

Mark Hunnemann is the author of Seeing Ghosts Through God's Eyes: A Worldview Analysis of Earthbound Spirits. It's also available in eBook format.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dalai Lama Meets with Vietnamese CEO's

Theckchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 15 May 2015 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with a group of 112 Vietnamese from the Vietnam CEO Club at his residence today. The group consists of about 60% women and 40% men. Most were in Dharamsala for the first time. To begin with the visitors offered His Holiness two large volumes containing Shantideva’s ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ one in English and the other in Vietnamese. They were the work of 600 contributors. In his acknowledgement, His Holiness said:

“I received an explanation of this book ‘Bodhicharyavatara’ from Khunu Lama Rinpoche in 1967, at which time he asked me to teach it as many times as I could. And I’ve tried to do that. I have found it very helpful for transforming the mind. I read it and study it whenever I can.

“What this book teaches is really helpful for reducing the self-cherishing attitude and feeling attachment for things we see as inherently existent. We all have negative emotions and, since we want to be happy, it helps to reduce them. Whether we formally follow a religious tradition or not we need to pay more attention to inner values.”

He went on to say that when we talk about happiness, we usually associate it with sensory pleasures, beautiful sights and soothing sounds. We pay insufficient attention to our mind that is the source of happiness within us. He mentioned that the first item on the BBC news this morning was about migrants trying to reach Europe from North Africa in rickety boats, many of them dying on the way. This is an example of a man made problem. Many of these arise because of the division we feel between ‘us’ and ‘them’ and our tendency to work only for ‘our side’. ‘The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ teaches us how to counter this tendency.

The first of several questions from the audience asked how we can see our minds in order to change them. His Holiness explained:

“To begin with you can focus your eyes and mind on an object. When you close your eyes, an image of the object remains. This is a generic image and you can learn to hold your attention on it to sustain it. Later, you can change your focus to the mind itself.

“Chapter 6 of the ‘Guide’ talks about patience. We tend to rely on and trust our negative emotions, but if we read this chapter it becomes clear how harmful they are and how we need to control them. Chapter 8 explains the disadvantages of attachment and a self-cherishing attitude as well as the advantages of cherishing others instead.

“Whether or not we formally follow a spiritual path, it’s important that to investigate the causes of unhappiness, which are the negative emotions, and ways to counter them. We also need to pay attention to the causes of happiness, such as love and compassion, and ways to develop them.”

His Holiness asked the group about rates of suicide in Vietnam and was told they were quite low. He further enquired whether most cases took place in cities or in rural villages. Hearing that most take place in cities he suggested that people feel isolated and lonely more easily in cities, whereas in villages there seems to be more social support and a sense of community. He remarked that love and affection have a role in this. As social animals, friendship is very important for human beings and friendship is based on trust, which grows when we show concern and respect for others. He added that there is a need everywhere to educate people about the value of warm-heartedness.

He asked about corruption and the gap between rich and poor in Vietnam and the answer to both questions was, “Large”. He remarked that clearly material development is necessary, but equally important is inner development. We all have problems, he said, but we have to find ways to deal with them.

The question of suicide came up again and he recalled hearing about a monk in Tibet who was arrested and subject to ‘class struggle’ by the Chinese authorities in 1958 or 59. When the monk was being transferred to another place and the party stopped to rest, he engaged in the practice of transference of consciousness and in effect took his own life. His Holiness said that we have to consider cases of suicide according to their circumstances.

A question was asked about the 5th and 6th verses of the ‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’, which deal taking defeat upon yourself while giving the victory to others and coping with those who harm you despite the good you have done them. His Holiness stressed the importance of not getting angry with people who do you harm, but also of not being complacent about their wrong doing. You can and should intervene.

When a member of the audience requested a very simple explanation of emptiness, His Holiness replied that things do not exist as they appear.

Someone else asked how to deal with the negative emotions that arise in the course of doing business. His Holiness advised him to try to conduct his business less for his own profit, and not in order to cheat, exploit or deceive others, but in order to contribute to society at large.

“Learn about negative emotions and how to counter them. Be practical about it. It’s not only businessmen who are subject to negative emotions, even hermits is the hills can be subject to jealousy and competitiveness. But if you become familiar with recognising them you can learn to deal with them.”

Original link with photos http://dalailama.com/news/post/1272-meeting-with-vietnamese-ceos

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Lesser Keys Of Solomon And Dark Magic

The book itself is fine however, once one attempts to summon or try a invocation that's when things can get pretty dicy. NO ONE should attempt anything. It should be only for knowledge and study purposes only. People don't realize how easy it is to open wrong doors when becoming to involved with this subject. But I'm sure this warning will just fall on deaf ears. It's usually too late once they realize they have messed with forces beyond they're ken.

The Key of Solomon, in Latin Clavis Salomonis or Clavicula Salomonis, Hebrew Mafteah Shelomoh (מפתח שלמה), is a grimoire, or book on magic, attributed to King Solomon, probably dating to the 14th to 15th century Italian Renaissance and presenting a typical example of Renaissance and magic. The Lesser Key of Solomon, or the Goetia, is a medieval magickal text that claims to give the techniques and materials needed to embark on the mystical path of Solomon. It gives directions for casting magick circles, and invoking demons and dark Djinn into the consciousness of the magician. Here like Solomon the magician must unleash the demon from the brass vessel and symbolically slay the demon with a magical sword. Like the Djinn trapped in the magick lamp, the demon may also grant the wishes and desires of the magician, but it is the test of fortitude for the magician to resist these temptations and expel the demon from his mind.

These are from what I know, ancient hebrew spells, rooted in hebrew mysticism. Solomon the wise king of Isreal, son of David supposedly used the magic formulae laid down in the Clavicles to gain power over Demons. For example, he is reputed to have cast a spell to put the Demon Asmodeus into submission and make him build the Temple of Solomon. At the end of Solomons life He spoke in jibjerish and no one heeded his calling until his death. This was a very sad end for one who thought it was okay to walk with only 1 foot in God's Word.  And all because he heeded the invitations of his foreign wife who had nothing to do with our God all powerful creator of the Heavens and Earth. He did what he should not. when he summoned Samuel, He was rebuked.

A demon is believed to be a force that can be conjured and controlled. They are also believed to have the ability to possess or inhabit the body of humans and the only way to rid the person of them is to conduct deliverance and/or Exorcism. Demons are portrayed differently in different cultures. Some believe demons to be actual physical beings that can take the form of anything, including animals. Others consider the real demons as more of a spiritual force of evil battling for one's soul. They  have been feared and written about in almost every culture in one form or another. Any type of summoning will put you in the line of fire. You will not be able to control whatever you happen to conjur. The risks are too dangerous.

What Is Black/Dark Magic?

Black magic has traditionally referred to the use of supernatural powers or magic for eviland selfish purposes.[1] With respect to the left-hand path and right-hand path dichotomy, black magic is the malicious, left-hand counterpart of benevolent white magic. In modern times, some find that the definition of "black magic" has been convoluted by people who define magic or ritualistic practices that they disapprove of as "black magic".[2]

According to the bible God despises witchcraft and black magic. Many commands, beginning in the Old Testament, forbid any association with witchcraft or sorcery. Deuteronomy 18:10says, “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.” Exodus 22:18says, “You shall not permit a sorceress to live.” When God removed Saul from his position as king of Israel, He compared Saul’s behavior to the evil of sorcery. Through the prophet Samuel, the Lord said, “Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols” (1 Samuel 15:23). Many other Old Testament passages condemn witchcraft in its many forms (Micah 3:7; 5:12; 2 Kings 21:6; Leviticus 19:26, 31; Deuteronomy 18:14).

Lying is Satan's main weapon against God’s children. He uses the tactic of deceit to separate people from their heavenly Father. The most common lie is "there is no God,” “God doesn’t care about you,” “the Bible cannot be trusted,” But we must remember the apostle Paul tells us that Satan “masquerades as an angel of light” so that what he says and does sounds good and seems reasonable. Another example would be "familiar spirits" demons masquerading as your past love one in order to get a foothold into your life. Of course they would know exactly what to say that only your grandmother would know and they could appear to look like you're lost and dearly departed. The Bible warns us to "be aware of the familiar spirit"

Many as I spoke of before are attempting to summon these entities which causes me great concern. With a few new TV shows and a few new movies with this type of stuff is having a big influence on people. So many of the newer shows are centered around dark magic. A new show called "The Originals" seems to be a spinoff from "The Vampire Diaries". There is a new Insidious movie (part 3) coming to theaters soon. It is very disturbing from what I can see from the commercials it is just not healthy, these type of movies and TV are just not healthy. I understand it is a entertainment thing but the problem is people in real life try to emulate the events that take place during such "entertainment". I hope my article help shed some light regarding these books and the dangers that they can present.

If you feel you have inadvertently opened wrong doors due to becoming obsessed with the books regarding demons or possession and the Devil is attacking you with fears, worries, anxiety etc., you can pray in the Name of Jesus and resist and overcome him!--Jesus said, "Behold, I give you power over all the power of the Enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."-Luke 10:19. This power is YOURS if you believe His Word, claim His promises and pray in the Name of Jesus! In fact, if you are filled with faith and His Holy Spirit, you have the authority to resist the Devil directly, just like Jesus and His early disciples did.

Written By Jennifer Lori Auld

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Musings Regarding Bruce Jenner

By Reverend Mark Hunnemann

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

Let me begin by saying that many folks are disgusted by this whole thing and think there are much more important issues to deal with, like the poor and homeless. I understand, and I agree in-part, but as we’ll see, Bruce Jenner, just by virtue of WHO he is, will make this issue take a quantum jump in terms of impact. Make no mistake about it; Satan is thrilled at destroying or causing confusion about basic creational distinctions like sexual identity.

It is rare that I buy a copy of ‘People’ magazine but this week I succumbed because it featured Bruce Jenner. While some of you may know him mainly due the Kardashian TV show, I was gripped by his achievements way back in 1976 when I was in college. As the Olympic gold winner of the decathlon, that made him in many people’s minds the greatest athlete of his time. Ten grueling events made this decathlete an instant star and hero to millions. I remember vividly watching his performance in the mile run, which if I recall correctly, cemented his victory. He was the epitome of a ‘manly man’, at least in the world’s eye. He certainly was an inspiration to me in terms of a ‘triumph of the human spirit.’

On April 24 nearly 17 million people tuned in to watch his bombshell interview with Diane Sawyer in which he revealed publicly what many had already suspected: he is focused on creating a new existence as a woman.  He said, “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman. My whole life has been getting ready for this…” It seems that his affinity with femininity goes far back into childhood, when he liked to wear women’s clothes, in the secrecy of his home.

I am not trained in this area but when he claimed divine sanction for his actions, then I really took notice. Jenner said, “Maybe this is my cause in life. This is why God put me on this earth—to deal with this issue.” Given his iconic status, Jenner may very well be an extremely effective ambassador for this cause. And appealing to God and His alleged call on Jenner to spread the ‘okayedness’ of transitioning from male to female, or vice versa, will only further increase his impact both in and outside the church.

It seems that he (for the time being Jenner prefers the male pronoun, but that will change) is consciously taking systematic steps toward a full female identity. Over the years he has had hormone treatments and so on to start the process, only to stop for a while and then resume. According to this article, Jenner has not YET had his ‘plumbing’ changed, but it seems inevitable according to his plans.

Out of the ten children in my family, I had one sister who was a lesbian until her untimely death at the age of 50. There seems to be no rhyme or reason why she had this same-sex affinity, but the one certainty is that we loved each other. I mention my sister to let my readers know that I don’t know it all, and that I have special compassion for those mired in gender-identity issues. From even a cursory reading of the gospels, it is clear that Jesus reached out to those considered sexually or morally depraved by the religious community. However, it must be added that He never condoned their sin, no matter how tender our Lord dealt with them. “Go and sin no more” was his constant refrain after He had dealt compassionately with notorious sinners. If we despise Jenner, homosexuals, etc., then we simply are not Christians. How can we hate after God has been so kind and gracious to us? To critique Jenner, as I am doing, is not an act of hate. At the moment I feel like weeping at how every one of us was born with ‘cracks in our psyches’ due to the Fall of Adam.

Why Bruce Jenner has had a life-long struggle with accepting his male-ness is beyond the scope of this blog as well as my competence. While this is not explicitly an issue of homosexuality, which the bible is explicit about, it is an issue of gender confusion. While some people ask whether addiction is a disease or a sin, I answer that it is both. At some point sinful over-indulgence becomes a physiological enslavement. In this vein, that is how I think we should view Jenner’s situation. My sister, due to the ravages of the Fall, MAY have been born with a proclivity toward lesbianism. However, she, like Jenner, made early decisions which opened ‘Pandora’s Box’. My sister was severely abused by her husband which I am sure only made matters worse. Similarly, whether by nurture or ‘nature’, Jenner had an affinity for femaleness, but (and this is crucial) he also made decisions against his conscience which deformed his conscience, and accelerated his gender confusion. Did his parents teach him about mature, biblical masculinity? Did they see his wearing of female apparel at home as innocuous child’s play? Was there a same-sex (dad) deprivation in his early years? I am not a psychologist nor a Jenner expert so I don’t know the answers to these questions.

What says the bible? “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord (Yahweh) your God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5)

This text likely prohibits transvestism. However, the larger issue at stake is the bible’s insistence on adherence to protecting creational distinctions between females and males. The wearing of clothes of the opposite sex is opposed in the strongest language because it is an outward expression of a diabolical confusion of one of God’s most important creational distinctions. Bruce Jenner crossed both boundaries—he had a long history of cross-dressing, which certainly contributed to his confusion and pursuit of changing his sexual identity. When Jenner wore/wears girls/women’s clothes we have to ask what God felt about that, and not what our darkened culture says. Whatever mitigating factors there are, the bottom line is that Jenner is not humbling himself before God’s law as expressed in the above text, and implied in many other texts which celebrate how God has created each one of us as He sovereignly designed.

That he says that his life calling from God is to open the doors to gender transition certainly is antithetical to the bible. It is so easy to get fixated on legitimate issues but miss the main issue. I said in my book that when we have a difficult issue, then we need to follow Jesus’ lead and go back to Genesis 1-3. We have male and female which comprise the image of God. The distinction includes, but goes much further, than a difference in plumbing. To borrow a phrase, Jenner is ripping asunder what God has joined together—namely, our God given sexual identity. Undoubtedly there were similar situations hundreds of years ago in America, but Jenner is both symptom and cause of the moral decline in America. That he could ‘come out’ and be considered a hero is a symptom of how depraved our values have become. That Jenner is already a cultural icon means that his destruction of creational categories will possibly have an unparalleled effect on the continuing diabolical confusion regarding a biblical understanding of masculinity and femininity.

Hence, with tears, we must resist and oppose any gender ‘transitions’. God made Bruce Jenner a MAN and whatever feelings and struggles he faces, he must bow before the Lord and repent.

Recently in an issue of "World" magazine there was an article which reported that it is illegal in New Jersey and California for state licensed counselors to talk with minors about changing their sexual orientation, but also prohibit discussions about changing behavior or pursuing efforts “to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attractions or feelings to a person of the same gender.” Take note: that includes any counseling that suggests that it is possible for a person to change—or even reduce—same-sex attractions.

For Christian counselors licensed by the state, the directive is clear: the laws prohibit them from talking with minors about resisting same-sex attractions, including any biblical encouragement to pursue repentance and faith in Christ. 18 other states have/are considering similar bans, and the Obama administration seems poised to possibly enact a national ban.

As one person said, “I think it is a very dangerous position for the government to say it knows best what kind of counseling one should receive.” Amen!

But the New Jersey ban does add a striking caveat: this ban does NOT include counseling for a minor seeking to transition from one gender to another. And in California the ban does not apply to therapies that affirm a minor’s sexual orientation. That is inconsistent, to put it mildly.

“That means in both states, licensed therapists may talk with minors about changing their bodies if they want to be another gender, but not about changing their feelings if they don’t want same-sex attractions.’ (Jamie Dean, World, pg. 46). This leaves licensed Christian counselors in these states in a real dilemma, and many have to turn clients away, though many are seeking legal recourse. In Los Angeles, one hospital has experimented with over 100 minors with puberty-blocking drugs. Surely this is insane and depraved.

I repeat: all of us were born with psychological ‘issues’ due to the Fall, so that should fill us with compassion for those struggling with sexual confusion. We can and should realize that folks like Jenner struggle with real feelings which can be difficult to change. However, there are many people who were mired in sexual sin but found freedom in Christ. Even at this stage, if Bruce Jenner (or you) look to God’s revealed will in the bible and find competent/compassionate counseling, then I am confident that he will find substantial healing regarding his sexual confusion. I’m not saying it would be easy, but we must seek God’s will regardless of the cost. “There but by the grace of God go I.”

Mark Hunnemann is the author of Seeing Ghosts Through God's Eyes: A Worldview Analysis of Earthbound Spirits. It's also available in eBook format.

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