Thursday, May 5, 2016

'Ghost Brothers' and 'Destination America'

Huffington Post … “Ghost Brothers is addictive.”

It has been said that the paranormal is the new normal. Take the new show on Destination America, The Ghost Brothers. This is the first paranormal ghost hunting show that features an all-black ensemble. Three black men who have known each other for a long time have teamed up. Their mission statement asserted at the outset of each show—“To show that ghosts are for real.”

“The series follows best friends Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey on a mission to uncover whether some legendary “haunted” houses are the real deal. All raised in religious households, Spratt, Mass and Harvey were taught that messing with the dead is dangerous business, but their own unexplained experiences piqued their fascination, driving them to find out how spooky the supernatural can be. “Ghost Brothers” is described as blending the group’s natural curiosity with comedic flair, offering a fresh, funny and unique take on the spirit world.

“We’re excited to join the Destination America family and prove that there can be a little humor in the unknown,” said Spratt. “But the best part about ‘Ghost Brothers’ is that this time, the black guys make it out of the haunted house alive!”

“Destination America is the leader in paranormal programming, and we are excited to bring diversity to this space with the very first African American ghost-hunting team on television,” said Jane Latman, general manager of Destination America. “Dalen’s, Juwan’s and Marcus’ personalities shine through in ‘Ghost Brothers,’ wearing their emotions on their sleeves in an incredibly relatable way during all of the fear, thrills and chills of investigating things that go bump in the night.”

I must confess that as far as entertainment, they are, well, entertaining. Their shared culture reveals itself in some of their mannerisms, and humor.

My concern is this—to whatever extent black folks may have avoided paranormal shows due to their being all-white, now have some of their own. In other words, blacks, and those drawn to black heritage, now have a magnet to pull them into the ever widening net of fascination with the paranormal….and all the danger that comes with fascination with the paranormal. Yet another segment of America is being brainwashed into believing that ghosts exist. As I mentioned, Ghost Bros. are already persuaded that ghosts do exist and they are passionate about persuading others, by allegedly proving it.

Rather than listening to their families wise warnings, they are rushing headlong into ‘Satan’s sandbox”.

Their gear and methodology is essentially the same…except that they prefer smart phones to do some of their video and EVP.

Unlike most other groups these guys are genuinely funny. And that has already proved to be a powerful attraction to a new audience.

I’m sure that parapsychologists and others will be cynical of their methodology but my concern is that like most investigative groups, they assume the very thing they are trying to prove—namely, the existence of earthbound spirits.

As one homicide detective said, he did not approach a crime scene with any pre-conceived notions because that could potentially cause him to overlook or mis-interpret the data/evidence….and possibly cause him to arrest the wrong person. By approaching locations with the assumption that ghosts exist, the Ghost Brothers do what most every other group does…and the data is overlooked or mis-interpreted. I truly wish that paranormal investigators would approach the data with the same caution as the above homicide detective. Where is the group that follows the consensus of historic Christianity (see last week’s blog on 100 years of Reformed Creeds) and views paranormal activity as demonic?

Destination America is certainly one of the leading paranormal TV channels, with at least 8 paranormal shows. On a popular level, they are on the cutting edge of changing the thinking of America regarding the paranormal….thanks to the quantity and diversity of ghost-driven shows.

While parapsychologists and paranormal investigators are dismissive of these shows, we cannot afford to be dismissive because they (TV shows) are what is affecting tens of millions of non-discerning people.

I find this deeply disturbing because Destination America is fast becoming the destination of America. It is both symptom and cause of our cultures exploding fascination with the paranormal. It is their mission to establish the paranormal as the new normal. Unless God intervenes, the destination of America is going to continue down the path to demonization due to the fascination with the paranormal.

This is leading to an unprecedented amount of overt demonic activity, as prohibitions regarding attempting to communicate with the dead (which does NOT imply that they must exist as some injudiciously assert) are being disregarded left and right. Ghost Brothers may be sincere but they are sincerely wrong, and are contributing to opening doors to an unprecedented amount of overt demonic activity….here in what was once ‘the Christian West’. The Christian worldview is being replaced with a highly spiritual occult worldview…which is very similar to the ancient Gnostic worldview –just re-cast in modern garb.

A few days ago I hit a milestone—I turned 60 years old. This has caused me to become reflective regarding the kind of country we are going to bequeath to our children and grandchildren. I have three children in their 20’s, and three young grandsons. What kind of country will we leave them?

As long as I’m able to write, I am determined with renewed passion to do all I can to stop this paranormal juggernaut, for the sake of our children/grandchildren. I dearly want to have as deep an impact for God’s glory in our culture before I am called to glory. Hence, I will, by God’s grace, push back against the forces which ‘Destination America” represents. Not pushing back is lazy, selfish, and God-dishonoring because, to not speak out, is essentially accommodating this evil. Then we will lay squarely on the lap of our children the noxious fruit of this fascination with the paranormal, and our indifference.

While there are many exceptions, we have become a massively selfish generation which is fixated on personal peace and affluence. May we instead weep at the graveside of our culture…and work and pray for a destination of America that is delivered from its present course by a revival of the Holy Spirit and reformation of sound doctrine.

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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