"...The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." I Timothy 3:15
Dungeons & Dragons
Like another writer, we apologize for being so late in waking up to the knowledge
of what is going on among so many young people’s pastime. We have been aware of drug,
alcohol, and sex parties, but we were not aware of the very dangerous pastime called
"War Games" of which Dungeons & Dragons are perhaps the best known.
These games of fantasy are opening up a whole realm of occult to the players. The
games that may seem innocent to some youthful player, are immersed in witchcraft
and occultism. The games that may seem innocent to some youthful player, are immersed
in witchcraft and occultism. The games depends on a person using their imagination
to do all of the horrible things that are not allowed in good society. He can go
as far as his imagination will allow. In his imagination he assumes the powers of
any diabolical demon that he can conjure up. He may take on the personality of a
thief, a fighter, a magic user or some other character that has supernatural powers.
One writer said they are rightly named "War Games," but not as most people suppose.
These are games that Satan has connived up to bring about war on God’s kingdom. Children
and young people alike are being ensnared because they are not aware of the affects
on their spiritual life. Some of the games are called: Cults of Prax: A Chaosium
Rulebook; Tunnels and Trolls: A Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Role-Playing Game; Sorcerer’s
Apprentice; Chivalry and Sorcery: Warfare and Wizardry in the Feudal Age; Hell-pits
of Nightfang. These are just a few. Christians, may I ask you to check carefully
any game you buy kids. Don’t just go by the title, look at the way it is played.
The games are netting millions of dollars for those who invent and sell them. There
are all kinds of extras to buy to make the game do many things. Some of the games
allow the players to put hexes on each other. One game, I am told, tells you how
to become a werewolf, another helps you make a deal with the devil. There are recipes
for mixing potions. Two recipes that I read were sickening. One called for the fat
of a child that has been dug up from the grave. Another merely said boil the fat
of a young child. We feel that any Christian can see through the purpose of these
games without much more being said.
In case some of you are not aware of it, the imagination of a Christian belongs to
the Lord. I’m sure that all of you are aware of God’s hatred for witchcraft and other
occult activities. Deuteronomy 18:9-14 is clear enough, however, there are many other
scriptures which you can find. Imagination is something that we are definitely commanded
to control. Read II Corinthians 10:3-6. Verse 5 says to cast down any and all imagination
that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring every thought into obedience
to Christ. I believe that is clear enough.
These role-playing games are nothing more that taking on the personality of some
evil character and allowing your mind to exalt that which is against God. It allows
the carnal mind to enjoy vicariously murder, stealing, lying, stabbing, rape, adultery,
etc. We want to refer to the words of Jesus in Matthew. Chapter 5 deals with the
sin of thinking and talking. He says calling your brother a fool makes you in danger
of hell (v.21-26). He makes it clear that to have lust in your heart is the same
as committing the deed (v.27-32) In chapter 12 Jesus tells us how important are our
words (v.33-37). In the light of what Jesus has taught and what Paul wrote there
is no way to make these fantasy war-games harmless.