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Can you imagine… I wouldn’t let my three teenagers go see the most recent Batman movie because I’m convinced the spirit of death was/does operate in it.  Lead actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of sleeping and anxiety meds during the filming of it and confessed the weeks before to struggling with insomnia since the filming began and that the movie “messed with his head.” His friends noted something came on him during the filming because he just looked different, drained.   

One of the spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament is the discernment of spirits. If you are wondering how I can conclusively say the spirit of death was operating in the movie Batman all I can tell you is I discerned the spirit and, coupled with my experience in deliverance ministry, coupled with police chaplaincy, my own personal testimony with the occult, and I’m telling you this isn’t the Batman of twenty-five years ago.

Go ahead and chuckle at me – but most of you haven’t been to the number of teen suicides I’ve been to in the last twenty years. I look at what’s on their walls when I walk in to see them hanging by their neck in the doorway. I’m not saying your kid will go kill himself if he sees Batman, I’m saying demonic spirits have full access to our kids today through media and entertainment venues and parents are clueless.

twilight-2And here, though I’ve not personally seen it, I’m going to urge you to keep your kids away from a hugely popular movie and book series – Twilight. I have only seen the preview and that was enough for me to shut the gate in terms of allowing this teen craze into my household.

My 14 year old daughter reports to me Twilight has fully captivated her high school peers. I got online and watched the trailer and learned it’s an action-packed, modern-day love story between a teenage girl and a vampire (a vampire is a corpse that returns from the grave to terrorize and drink the blood of the living – the idea that there is a good one out there, one who is lovable is dangerous fantasy and deception at its peak). 

The Twilight Saga is a Gateway drug –  lowering inhibitions and desensitizing.  It creates a fantasy world where girls experience Edward’s advances vicariously within their own imaginations – writes a Catholic blogger who has written extensively on this series. The movie and books are targeted to adolescent girls.  350 different fan websites are now on the internet averaging 31 female fans for every male. The demonic is after our daughters. It’s a part of the devil’s ancient war on women.

Parents need to be careful to not expose their daughters to the darkness that strategically emminates from this movie. One parent/Catholic school teacher reacted this way…

I agree, this is a female mass intoxication with disturbing implications. The book, which I finished yesterday, is hypnotic and addictive. The mixture of sexual stimulation and bloodletting/violence is sickening, yet despite having such strong misgivings, I did find myself anxious to read the book again. ..to see what happens.

Take a good look at the picture  above and see if you can’t figure out a few reasons why I don’t want my daughter imagining herself in the arms of that spirit. I don’t want my daughter running around joking with guys quoting this movie – bite me, I want you to bite me.  Or how about this…

What would you say if your high school aged daughter told you she was dating a vampire who had to fight the urge to kill her and suck her blood every time they were together?  And you thought dating a football player was bad enough!  If you were a sensible parent you would intervene and end the relationship, fearing that it might end in tragedy.  In fact, you would have an obligation to protect your daughter from the danger she was unwilling to recognize.  Your love for her would compel you.  So, what would you say if I told you your high school age daughter really is dating a vampire, vicariously, by reading The Twilight Saga?  Oh come on – you might think – it’s not the same thing at all.  The story is just a fantasy.  What’s the big deal?  Nobody is really getting hurt here.  Or are they?

Do you think I’m over-reacting? Here’s the deal, we do deliverance ministry week in and week out here at our church. These seemingly minor things – like movies, books, posters, charms – are welcome mats to the unseen evil world. We have discovered all it takes is one willful glance at soft core porn to release powerful demonic spirits of lust and perversion into seemingly strong men. Within months, good dads start walking around like zombies fully captive and bound to their perversion. Families are destroyed.

I discern the same demonic, blood-drinking spirit in Twilight that I battle against in the abortion industry – a demonic spirit that targets our daughters to drink the fresh blood of the emerging generation that bears the image of God.

Evil has a world-class marketing department and they are masters at packaging stuff to touch deep needs in the human heart. And there is no sector of our society more receptive and vulnerable than adolescent girls. Wake up parents! My wife was a middle school teacher and for years she kept current on the literature marketed to adolescent girls today. She regularly commented to me it’s far worse than parents realize in terms of sexuality and sorcery.

Some will say I’m sheltering my kids too much. Thanks for your concern but my kids have been in public schools and I’m pretty sure they aren’t in for much culture shock when they enter the “real world.” But hello? Isn’t my role inherently a sheltering role? I will continue to stand in prayer and in practice between my daughter and the demonic.

Here is a link to some other critical reviews of Twilight. Though a couple of my favorite Christian and pro-life bloggers are loving the Twilight series I do not share their enthusiasm.

I’ll end on a bright note. Youth today are wide open to the reality of the spiritual world. Between Christmas and New Years again this year our family will head to Kansas City for the annual OneThing Conference. It’s with great joy I report my three can’t wait to dive into the Book of Revelation which is to be the main focus of Biblical exposition this year at OneThing. This same God-given curiousity that the darkside is exploiting in movies like Twilight can been seen at One Thing as 30,000 young people pursue the One who is love and fully supernatural.

Miss me?  Word got back to me that I need to put something fresh up here because everyone is really, really tired of looking at my Sept. 9/Dr. Scholer post every day they come here to check the blog for updates. I have been posting fairly regularly at my pro-life blog – Voices Carry. Not sure what to say as far as my ramp-back-up plan for this GatePost blog. Keeping both blogs going is tricky for me especially as Kristen and I are trying to block out large blocks of our freetime for a writing project we are working on together. I’m praying about how to proceed.

Maybe I’ll mothball both blogs or one of them. One of my friends noted it’s like all or nothing with me here – I post like a madman or post nothing at all. Maybe there is a way for me to get a managable rhythm going again. Last week, the VoicesCarry blog ranked #4 for “the most influential political blog” in the state and letting that go seems a waste. Prior to the election it hit the number two spot. I’ve been invited to be a regional political blogger for a right of center aggregate site. Part of me wants to broaden out the Voices Carry site beyond the topic of abortion and start hammering on several issues in the culture war that interest me. And, there is so much fascinating religious news out there in our world each day that I have so much to say about, like this, but nowhere to say it. I have to be careful on this site what I say politically because it’s directly tied to the church and I don’t like that restraint at all.

Yesterday I got a notice from Cluster Maps that …

…an annual automatic ‘archive’ of your red dots has taken place, meaning that all your ‘other’ (previous) red dots are safely stored in the Maps Archive, which you’ll find by clicking on the Maps Archive link immediately above your large full-size world map. Although the map archive has already happened, your existing map will stay displayed until the NEXT update of your map. This helps to avoid displaying a totally empty map until there are fresh dots to show.

So, I thought to post the old map here before it disappears from sight.  It says I had 33,363 visits from 11 Jan 2008 to 11 Dec 2008.

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I don’t get how Cluster Maps does their counting – they say… “Total/subtotal discrepancies above are typically caused either by IP addresses not currently being in the database or by the gap between counter tallies (continous) and map updates (which may be daily, weekly, or monthly).”  Sounds like tongues to me. According to my blog counter, which is accurate, the numbers this year are as follows.

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You can see what happens when you stop posting  – as I did here in August.

Whatever I decide, I welcome your input and really appreciate your interest to read what I’m writing and thinking.

Some of you have emailed or asked about the ChristmasBlog we did last year. I’m sorry we tabled it this year – it just wasn’t in the cards. I promise it will return next near. But, even without us putting up one new post since last December we averaged over 200 hits on that site each day last week from all over the world. People around the world are emailing asking why we aren’t doing a 2008 Christmas blog. People are even sending us Christmas product links asking us to feature/advertise them on the Christmas blog. Amazing. I wish it was going too. O well. Noel.

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