by J. Gerald Harris

Dungeons and Dragons
Dr. Gerald Harris
Acts 13:8-11

I read this passage in acts 13 because it seems to provide for us a definition of the occult. Look in verse 10, when the apostle Paul looked at Elymas and he said, "O full of all subtily and all mischief." One translation has it like this: "You monster of underhandedness and cunning." Another translation says, "you incarnation of deceit and fraud." Another translation says this, "You expert in every form of deception and slight of hand."

The Paul refers to Elymas as the child of the devil and the enemy of righteousness and as the one who perverts the right ways of the Lord. One translation says this, "You'll never stop plotting against the saving purposes of God."

So, I saw in this particular passage of scripture a marvelous definition of the occult.

I entitled the message for this evening "Dungeon and Dragons." I used this title because dungeons and dragons is a fantasy role-playing video game that many of you are familiar with. Dr. Gary North, in his book, "Dare call it witchcraft," says that dungeons and dragons is the most effective, most magnificently packaged, most profitably marketed, most thoroughly researched introduction to the occult in man's recorded history. It is a video game that teaches demonology, witchcraft, voodoo, murder, rape, blasphemy, suicide, assassination, insanity, sex, perversion, homosexuality, prostitution, Satan worship, and many other occult themes in living color.

About two or three years ago I had a man who was a member of our church in Jackson who came to me one evening late. He had joined our church. He had attended on several occasions and then he just sort of dropped out of church. I later found out that he was living with a young woman whom he had met in our church. They were not married, but they were living together. No amount of persuasion or pleading seemed to avail to anything.

But then he came to see me on the late night visit. He called me at home ...

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