This message is not just for the good inhabitants of Perry County, but to Christians everywhere. Since 1993, a cancerous evil has been brewing and subtlety influencing scores of teenagers and young adults in the name of strategy and role playing. Mathematician Richard Garfield created Magic The Gathering as a role playing card game where players represent sorcerers and try to eliminate their adversaries. They use various color coded cards that represent different types of magic.” Will everyone who plays this game become addicted to it and look to things of the occult? Saying yes to that would be the same as saying everyone who takes a sip of alcohol will be become an alcoholic. Some will argue that an individual’s personality plays into how much they play; however, this game represents evil. Christian people should not associate with this game in any form. Let me share just one example of a card. The Kjeldoran Dead card is covered in skeletons and the quote, “They shall kill those whom once they loved.” I am not going to listen to someone’s justification of their involvement in anything that The Bible speaks against. I am not judging that person, but Christians as God’s people should stand firm in the faith. As Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make you paths straight." Magic The Gathering is not your granddaddy’s magic act so to speak.
Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Magic The Gathering is a scheme from the devil. Satan brought forth the fall of mankind with a piece of fruit. How many souls do you think he has stolen and led astray in the name of strategy? A lot of folks will use the argument that they have played and turned out fine. A lot, who play however, place their belief, their faith in the cards, deny Christ’s deity, die and spend eternity in Hell. The Bible is clear Christians are to steer clear from the occult:
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.
Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. Regardless of whether you believe it or not, we did not evolve from a single cell amoeba, we did not happen by accident, The Living God created us all. I, FOR ONE, WILL NOT engage as a Christian in anything that would make me detestable to the Lord that sacrificed Himself for me. Will you?
Are you a Christian that deals in Magic The Gathering? If you are, allow me to pose the same question as Jesus, The Lord God Almighty as recorded in Matthew 16:26. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” In other words, how can you walk with God if you are involved with things that are not of God? Christians are instructed via The Great Commission to educate and spread Christ’s Gospel to the entire world. Christians are not to hang out with those who are considered unbelievers. Before you think I am judging, take a look at the God’s Word.
2 Corinthians 6:14-17
14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belia? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.
Still think it is okay to engage in “just a card game” that represents the forces of true evil and darkness? Jesus spoke many profound messages. The following is simple, yet speaks volumes in reference to where you stand. "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” Are you with Him or against Him?