POKEMON

POKEMON
Who Is Really Behind This Phenomenon?

My friend, the answer is the devil (Satan), who uses his evil power to blind the minds of children and adults nationwide. This tract is designed from a Biblical perspective to help you see the dangers of the occult, how Pokemon relates to the occult, and most importantly…to help you see your need to trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior from sin and hell.

The name Pokemon is derived from Pocket Monster. Pokemon has entertained Japanese youth since 1995. In the United States, it has rapidly captured the minds of children all over the country. Pokemon is everywhere...Nintendo video games, cartoon shows on TV, movies, comic books, toys, clothing, VHS videos, DVDs, and the well known collector card game. It is not as popular as it was a few years ago, but the video games, movies, and the card game are still very popular with children and even adults of all ages. Most characters are either headstrong, stubborn, self-centered, vindictive, obnoxious, hormonal, sexually preoccupied, evil, thieving, cross-dressing characters and are DEFINITELY not role models! They do not portray any Biblical values. The Devil (Satan) wants to do everything contrary to God and his word (The Bible). He has counterfeits to everything God has and will often add a lot of truth with his lies to deceive people. Satan himself is the father of sin. 1 John 3:8 says,

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

Jesus is God come in the flesh to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus says in John 8:44,

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Anything of the occult is a dangerous tool of the devil to keep people away from God and his word. He wants to keep us from knowing Christ as Savior! Pokemon may appear fun and innocent. But, is it really fun and clean?

Pokemon portrays supernatural, occult powers and symbols which are very dangerous to the minds of young children causing nightmares, bad actions, and more. It beckons the young spectator to enter the manipulative and wicked realm of role-play. Kids are carrying around their Pokemon like a magic talisman. They feel it can bring out psychic, and other supernatural powers in themselves. The so-called fantasy just-for-fun world of Pokemon has already conditioned many children to be receptive to occult powers. It promotes occult values, not Biblical. It’s subtle suggestions, images, and values are manipulating the minds and feelings of the children who are into it. It conditions them to accept humanistic wisdom and occult spirituality. Involvement in Pokemon blurs the player’s ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality and sears the conscience of the player as well. It is designed to be a stepping stone to harder occult-oriented games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, made by Wizards of the Coast, who are the makers of Pokemon!

There is a battle going on in the minds of our children and grandchildren. Satan is getting the upper hand because people are oblivious to the tactics he is using to pollute their minds. Satan, through his human helpers, uses subtle, deceptive methods to advance his evil doctrines. So, how can we protect ourselves from this? We must measure Pokemon paraphernalia by the principles of the Bible to determine if it is acceptable. What does the Bible (God’s word) say about Pokemon? This tract is written from a Biblical perspective. GOD’S Word does have quite a bit to say about it:

Leviticus 20:6-7 - "And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God" These things relate to the occult…Wouldn’t they relate to Pokemon?

I Thessalonians 5:21-22 - “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Pokemon certainly has an appearance of evil, no matter how much good is in it.

Philippians 4:8 - “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” These are where are thoughts should be directed, not towards things of the occult.

I Corinthians 10:31 - “…Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Can you use Pokemon for the glory of God? Will it honor him? Romans 12:9 - “...Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” This relates to Pokemon. God tells us to abhor (HATE) that which is evil.

The most important question is, Do you know the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? It is simple to be saved. Just bow your head and pray to God in your own words and admit to him that you are a guilty sinner that deserves Hell, but that with all your heart, you believe Jesus Christ can save you from sin and Hell and change your way of life (Romans 10:9-13). What is your choice? Will it be Heaven or Hell? Don’t put this matter off (Heb. 2:3). Why not trust Christ today my friend and start living for God? I pray this was helpful for you.

If you have trusted Christ as your Saviour, or would like to, please email the author of this tract at: svdtday@yahoo.com