Philippians 1:9-10; “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.”
‘This topic is a controversial one’, is the way most reports refer to society’s latest fad; ‘Pokémon Go’. Three months after its initial release by Nintendo, the virtual game is still going at it, even if it isn’t talked about all the time as it once was.
Today we’re looking at the spiritual dangers of this latest craze in an effort to give a heads up to the unknowing, and to remind others of what the Bible says about discernment.
I heard about this latest phenomena when it first came out, and knew then there would be trouble ahead in the body of Christ. What I didn’t know, is how wide spread it would be, and that the Mormon Church would be using it as a way to spread their distorted gospel.
My initial reaction after reading an article at MormonHub.com was heartbreak. I then went online to see what, if anything, Christian ministries were saying about it, and I sadly discovered it was a mixed bag. Instead of totally denouncing anything to do with demonic activities, I read a few articles telling me it wasn’t all that bad. Ugh.
Pokémon became very popular right about the time I came to know the Lord and began working with Ed at Saints Alive in the early nineties. Christians then were ambivalent towards the dangers, much like they are today.
What I’ve learned about this virtual game tells me the spiritual dangers of this are just as bad, if not worse, than they were in the early ‘90’s. I believe the reason why is because people have become more tolerant. Many times we’re seeing Christians weigh the difference between what’s really bad, vs. thinking they’ll let something slide because it’s not as bad as other things.
We saw this type of mindset in the ministry when Mr. Romney ran for president the first time. I received numerous e-mails telling me how awful I was for publicly stating Romney’s theology was of the devil. Many told me I was voting for Obama if I wasn’t supporting Romney.
My answer to that was ‘really?’ So how does one grade different levels of evil? Does God do this? If He does, let me know!
As for the Pokémon game, here’s how it works –
Pokémon Go is an interactive video game that’s downloaded as an app on a smart phone which gives clues as to where a Pokémon is at in a local community. Many claim it’s a great way to get the kids to go outside for exercise. That part of it, yeah okay, it gets them outside. Then what?
The object of the game is to collect as many Pokémon monsters as you can, then train, and use them to invoke the individual powers of each creature. You do this with the intent they in turn can catch and control, other people’s Pokémon.
Meaning of the word Pokémon –
Description of few of the monsters* –
Haunter: can hypnotize, eat a person’s dreams and drain energy.
Abra: reads minds.
Kadabra: emits negative energy that harms others.
Gastly: induces sleep.
Gengar: laughs at peoples’ fright.
Nidoran: uses poison.
*See Christian Apologetic Research Ministry
As you might imagine, this type of activity is nothing but demonic, and has no place in the life of a devoted Christian.
Psalms 119:66; “Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.”
Mormons are using this as a tool to open the door for conversation, so if you’re playing this game, it’s another reason to be on the lookout for potential danger.
I ask anyone reading our message, how does this glorify Him?
In what ways does it honor Him?
Yesterday (9/30/2016) we read in Melissa’s article where a Mormon woman told her when she practices yoga she feels as if she’s helping God in the atonement.
How? How do you help with something God alone took care of?
In this case, how do you honor God by participating in a game whose characters are monster demons? I’m not following the reasoning in this at all. Part of the story at MormonHub focused on a mom (LDS) and her three children who’s incorporated the game into FHE (Family Home Evening).
Oh, how we’re praying Christians will stand firm! Taking part in things like this opens the door to all sorts of evil. It can do so when the Christian takes part in it thinking it’s no big deal. What about the next game that comes along and it’s just as bad, or maybe ‘a little bit worse’? Will it be okay then?
Another problem is what it says to the unsaved. Paul told us that while everything’s legal for the Christian, you don’t want to make a bad impression to those who don’t know Him.
The un-churched has always looked at Christians expecting a higher level of good behavior. If they’re getting the wrong message, it doesn’t speak well of our Lord. Furthermore, it could also harm the walk of those who have a weaker testimony and drive them away. Paul tells us about this in 1 Corinthians 8:8-13.
His word also tells us not to give the evil one any opportunity – Ephesians 4:27 reads –
“Neither give place to the devil.”
We’re praying Mormons will see the futileness in subjecting themselves to another false god. Paul warns us to not walk as the Gentiles do in Ephesians 4:17, and this is what we pray for those who engage in this activity. Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t make it okay, after all, this is what got the Israelites into a boatload of trouble. Jeremiah 10:2-4.
We used resources from several different venues and want to list them here if you’d like to do further research. Know that we’re praying for both the Mormon people, and our brothers and sisters in Christ!
With Love in Christ;
How Mormons Use Pokémon Go to #ShareGoodness
3 Things All Christians Can Learn From Pokémon Go
Jarrid Wilson, Op-Ed Contributor at ChristianPost.com
Is Pokémon Go Evil, Dangerous or Demonic?
Straight Talk #18 On Pokémon
William J. Schnoebelen
What is Pokémon?