Pastor's Corner

3 Aug
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Mid-Week Challenge

Mid-Week Challenge

 Well it is back to school time and you know what that means!  Yes, new backpacks and pencil holders, but this year we have an old enemy up to new forms of attack.  You might have heard that in addition to after school clubs like drama, language and sports, children in some towns will have the opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a Satanist!  Yes, that’s right; After School Satan Club is coming to a town near you.  In a 2001case defended by the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Liberty Counsel the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school districts cannot exclude an after-school program on account of the religious views of its sponsors as it would be a violation of free-speech.  This ruling opened a legal door allowing clubs such as Good News Clubs, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other Bible based groups to continue to operate without restriction.  The ruling also opened an opportunity for Doug Mesner, the Satanic Temple’s co-founder to offer up his own after school program in an attempt to clear out all Christian groups. 

So will these Satanists perform rituals and teach on the devil and demons? Mesner says no.  In fact, The Satanic Temple does not believe in the existence of a supernatural being!  They claim to reject all forms of supernaturalism and are committed to the view that scientific rationality provides the best measure of reality.  Mesner tells the Washington Post, “Satan” is just a “metaphorical construct” intended to represent the rejection of all forms of tyranny over the human mind. The curriculum emphasizes the development of reasoning and social skills. Meetings will include a healthful snack, literature lesson, creative learning activities, a science lesson, puzzle solving and an art project.  We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of an everlasting other-worldly horror.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/an-after-school-satan-club-could-be-coming-to-your-kids-elementary-school/2016/07/30/63f485e6-5427-11e6-88eb-7dda4e2f2aec_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_afterschoolsatan-5pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

“Everlasting other worldly horror,” really?  These guys are not scaring the pants off kids and adults like?  One view of the group’s promotional video http://www.afterschoolsatan.com/  had me shaking in my boots.  It looks like some B horror movie accompanied by demon voices and music.  Mesner’s claims are on the side of Humanism but takes offense when outsiders label him this way.  He insists on being called a Satanist. 

So what is their end goal?  To bring glory to Satan? No, these people only want to silence Christians, but they don’t realize how much trouble they are already in.  It is sad that some in our world have come to this.  They think it is funny or culturally enlightened to mock Christianity and parade the term “science” as if it is some form of Kryptonite against all things Christian.  Although they deny the existence of Satan, he is very much involved in their activities.  He does not care if these folks believe in him or not as long as they are doing his job for him.  As the old saying goes, if you play with fire you will get burned.  These folks are having their fun playing around with forces they don’t understand.  A time will come when their usefulness will be up and Satan will discard them like he has all others.  They claim that Christianity teaches other-worldly horror, but they have no idea what awaits them if they continue down this path. 

Be aware of the dangers that await our children as they begin this new school year.  As parents we seek to protect their innocents as long as we can but we cannot protect them from all attacks.  For this reason we have a responsibility to teach them how to protect themselves.  When age appropriate, we must make our children aware of the dangers that are in our world.  As our enemy has a battle plan so must we!

Look, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. But beware of men; for they will hand you over to their councils and flog you in their synagogues. On My account, you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. Matthew 10:16-18

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. - 1 Peter 5:8-9

Serving the Savior

 Bro. Jonathan

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