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Pokemon

Innocent Childrens' Game...or Not?

I've said it before and I'll say it again! You need to know what something represents before allowing your kids to have it or to bring it into your home.

Just because the unsaved world has things, it does not mean that it is okay for a child of God to have these same things. Objects carry curses and are open doors for demons. The unsaved person already belongs to Satan, so to them, ..."What's another curse?." However, God warns if you, a Believer, participate in the things of Satan and disobey God, then that sin will open doors for demonic spirits to operate in your life and the lives of your family. You will also be out of God's will and fellowship, and your prayers will not be heard.

I posted the article below to teach you the true meaning behind "Pokemon". It was not written by me and is not copyrighted by Real Deliverance Ministries.

You must destroy all Pokemon stuff and get it out of your home. You and your children must repent and renounce Pokemon and choose to submit to God. They are not just cute little creatures! That's what Satan wants you to believe. If he told you they were an extension of his evil and a legal open door for his demons to have a right in your life, you would not buy them!

There are many other kids' toys, games, and cartoons that are open doors for demons. You should go through all of your kids' things (and your home) and get rid of all these occult objects:

  • The Gathering
  • The Smurfs
  • Digi-mon
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Unicorns
  • Trolls
  • Anything with magical, mystical powers

If you are not sure you may email me with a description of the item and I'll let you know about it. For a full listing of items that shouldn't be in your home, read The War Manual. There's a whole chapter devoted to this topic!

THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF, PEOPLE...GET WITH GOD'S PROGRAM!
The following is a REAL letter I received:
(reprinted with permission)

Hi Bill,
 
I am in need of advice. I am a Christian and have a 6-year-old son who has always been a happy boy. He recently has become angry and aggressive. I never allowed Poke’mon things in our home, but I started slipping and he started watching the shows. He went to play with a boy across the street, and his brother introduced him to the Poke'mon and Magic games and he has been playing it.
 
Since then, he has been hitting and screaming and doesn't remember his outbursts. He's like another child. It has actually become worse since I moved into this house about 6 months ago, but is getting worse every day. When I go to my parent’s home for a few days, he is back to his normal self; I come home and he is angry. It's come to the point that I am leaving this home this week and we are putting the house up for sale and moving back to the area near my parents (where we used to live). I'll come here on the weekends to get our home together for sale. I wanted to move anyway because the chaos here has made me unhappy and I'm not very thrilled with the area anyway. My husband is starting to finally see the changes. What is going on?
 
Suzy


AND NOW I PRESENT THE ARTICLE ON POKEMON:
Pokemon - Innocent child game or ?
by Rich Deem

Read the article on Mr. Deem's site

Pokemon (short for POcKEt MONster and pronounced Poh-keh-mon) is now the rage among both Christian and non-Christian children in much of the world. What do these "pocket monsters" teach our children and what are the philosophies underlying this "innocent" game? Is this something that Christian children should be involved with?

Pokemon is a role-playing game similar to Dungeons and Dragons, MAGIC, and others, but with more subtle occult overtones. It is a copyright of Nintendo and was first created in Japan in 1995, where it was highly influenced by Japanese mysticism. Much of its character seems to come from Shinto (the traditional religion of Japan), Buddhism, Hinduism, other Eastern religions, and New Age philosophies. The game reflects Japan's warrior past in its violence, with the object being to conquer other Pokemons through physical force or sorcery.

Besides the Eastern religious overtones, New Age concepts abound in the Pokemon cards.2 Each Pokemon is a certain "type," which describes their "energy." There are currently 7 types of Pokemon, including "Grass," "Fire," "Water," "Lightning," "Psychic," "Fighting," and "Colorless."3 Many of the 150 Pokemons use violence to conquer other Pokemons. This violence includes gnawing, slashing, smash kick, fire blast, seismic toss, electricity, poison, psychic blasts, paralyzing, etc.4 This is not the "innocent" game that it is made out to be. Other Pokemons "evolve" through the use of "stones" (thunder, water, moon, fire, and leaf) which are items used to summon powers (the origin of these "powers" is not stated, but they are not from God).4 Training cards also include those that use "potion" and "super potion" to magically heal your damaged Pokemon fighters.

Many Pokemons evolve "naturalistically" to become other Pokemons... In examining the cards, it is apparent that macroevolution is being taught, since "species" that have evolved from other species are similar in appearance. In some instances, the term "evolution" is used incorrectly, since individual Pokemons are able to "evolve" into more powerful creatures. In essence, the game is teaching a kind of reincarnation.

Here are some examples of Pokemon types and what they do:

Name Attack Method
Jynx "Merely by meditating, the Pokemon launches a powerful psychic energy attack"
Abra "Using its ability to read minds, it will identify impending danger and teleport to safety."
Kadabra "It emits special alpha waves from its body that induce headaches even to those nearby."
Weepinbell "It spits out poisonpowder to immobilize the enemy, and then finishes the enemy with a spray of acid."
Ponyta "Its hooves are 10 times harder than diamonds. It can trample anything flat in moments."
Machoke "Karate chop does 50 damage points"

"I will travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Each Pokemon to understand
The power that's inside. 
Gotta catch them all!"

The words above are from the Pokemon song that is sung at the end of the television program. Children are being encouraged to tap into the power of the Pokemon cards. Further instruction is given at the official Pokemon card site:

"Carry your Pokemon with you, and you're ready for anything! You've got the power in your hands, so use it!"5

Many children are taking this instruction to heart and literally carry their Pokemon cards with them everywhere. We are even seeing these cards appearing at our church and Christian school. Children are being encouraged to tap into supernatural power instead of the power given by God.6 They are told that the more cards they collect, the more power they will have. Many children are completely addicted to the cards and spend all of their free time playing with them. If nothing else, Pokemon has become an idol in their lives - being more important to them than God.

The use of Pokemon cards can potentially open doors to demonic oppression through the following activities:7

  1. possession (known or unknown) of occultic records, tapes, books, pictures, charms, tools, games, etc.
  2. seeking or giving consent to occultic power or occultic revelation
  3. fascination with occultic power, occultic revelation, or psychic phenomena, in general
  4. escapism through thrill-seeking, science fiction, soap operas, or some other addicting hobby/activity
  5. fascination with violence, especially violence devoid of justice
  6. meditation on anything other than God's revealed truth
  7. chanting or other cultic/occultic forms of worship

The Bible's teaching is clear about being involved in occultic activities. We are told not to become involved in sorcery or divination or consult with mediums or spiritists.8 The high penalty (death) for engaging in sorcery indicates the seriousness of this sin in the eyes of God.9

While Pokemon continues to gain popularity, its creators will continue to introduce new ways to become a Pokemon "Master." At some point, in order to maintain interest in the game, it will become necessary to add new features/characters and alternate means to "get the power." My prediction is that this game will add more New Age features, along with more violent and bizarre characters. Those who are involved in Pokemon will continue to be indoctrinated more deeply in the New Age philosophies. In fact, Pokemon resources are listed under New Age resources.10

Another threat to children who play with Pokemon and other role playing games is the tendency to become involved in more serious forms of role playing games, such as Doom,11 Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: the Gathering, and role playing games with even more occultic overtones. In fact, Pokemon sites often have links to these sites (wizards.com, etc.). The "Role Player's Realm," which links to Pokemon and other role playing games has the uninhibited URL "http://www.screaming.demon.nl/." The association with the occult is fairly obvious.

Conclusions

Pokemon teaches the following concepts/philosophies that are counter to Christianity:

  1. Violence as a means of obtaining power.
  2. Evolution
  3. New Age concepts (reincarnation, psychic power)
  4. The use of occult objects (magic stones) to gain power over your opponent

Continued participation in Pokemon may lead to:

  1. Involvement in the game that leads to psychological addiction such that the game becomes an idol in the life of the child
  2. Involvement in malevolent role playing games (and people associated with them)
  3. Open doors to demonic oppression

Recommendations

If your child has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, I recommend that he be given the facts about Pokemon and what the Bible says about participating in sorcery. A child who is encouraged to pray about his involvement in Pokemon and follows the Holy Spirit will voluntarily give up participation with Pokemon-associated activities. Several children we have talked to have made this decision without being forced to do so by their parents. If your child has not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I would make the decision unilaterally and explain why he would not be allowed to participate in Pokemon-related activities. If your child is highly involved with or addicted to Pokemon, I would provide extra support for them and encourage and provide opportunities for them to engage in other, less threatening hobbies/activities.

References

Note: As a Christian, I will not knowingly provide a link to pages that promote non-Christian values/ideas. However, the URL's are listed below so that you can confirm the accuracy of the information included on this page.

  1. Much of the research information used to develop this page comes from wizards.com (http://www.wizards.com/Pokemon), the official Pokemon card site.
  2. http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Labyrinth/6402/poke-level.htm
  3. http://www.wizards.com/Pokemon/Rules/Welcome.asp
  4. When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? (Isaiah 8:19)
  5. From Reasons To Believe's web site, "Dealing with Demons" (http://www.reasons.org/resources/papers/demons.html)
  6. "I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people. Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 20:6-7)
  7. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. (2 Kings 21:6)
  8. "So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me," says the LORD Almighty. (Malachi 3:5)
  9. "'A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.'" (Leviticus 20:27)
  10. http://www.newageinfo.com/res/meditat_data.htm
  11. See "No Evidence of a Spiritual Realm?" (http://www.GodAndScience.org/apologetics.html)

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5/15/14

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