Christianity, Cults & the Occult PowerPoint presentation
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Paul Carden, general editor, is a longtime specialist in the field of cults and new religions around the world. He is the executive director of the Centers for Apologetics Research (CFAR) in San Juan Capistrano, California, and general editor of Christianity, Cults & Religions. He is former co-host of the “Bible Answer Man” radio program. He speaks and writes extensively on the topic of “Confronting Cults on World Mission Fields. Paul has devoted nearly 30 years of his life to cult-related research and outreach in Latin America, Africa, eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union. In 1980, Paul joined the Christian Research Institute (CRI) under its founder, Walter Martin. For six of his fifteen years at CRI Paul served as a missionary in São Paulo, Brazil, and for six years he co- hosted the live, nationwide “Bible Answer Man” radio broadcast alongside Ron Rhodes, Robert M. Bowman, Jr., Kenneth Samples, and other noted apologists. During his time at CRI he was also the ministry's director of international outreach and a senior editor of the Christian Research Journal (1989-1995).
Since nearly 75% of U.S. teens have dabbled in some form of psychic activity or witchcraft (according to a recent Barna Group survey of more than 4,000 teens), your students will be open and eager to know how to face the occult when they face it in their school and neighborhood.This 200-slide, ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation clearly contrasts Christianity and 11 movements with a wide range of occult connections:
- Freemasonry (Masons, the Masonic Lodge)/li>
- Kabbalah Centre
- EckankarTopics compared:
- Origins (founders, dates, headquarters)
- Key writings
- Key beliefs
- Occultic practices
- Affiliated organizations
- Symbols and photos • News and controversies
Some religious groups look harmless, but the Bible says their practices can be spiritually deadly! Many people are attracted to occult groups like the Kabbalah Centre because of celebrities such as Madonna and Demi Moore. Other people don't know what's behind Rosicrucianism and Anthroposophy until it's too late. Pop culture glorifies Wicca and neopaganism. Christians need clear, reliable information on these and other groups to know what's what and who's who.
- Astrology and Horoscopes
- Glossary of Occult Terms
- Scriptural Warnings on the Occult
Many American youth (73%) have engaged in at least one type of psychic or witchcraft-related activity, beyond watching a TV show or movie, or reading their horoscope.
The Barna Group reported on the most common types of occult behaviors:
Using a Ouija board and reading a book about witchcraft or Wicca - 30% of teens
Playing a game featuring sorcery or witchcraft elements - 25% of teens.
Participated in a séance- 10% of teens
Casting a spell or mixing a magic potion - approx 8% of teens
Having one's palm read (30%)
Having their fortune told (27%).
Visiting a medium or spiritual guide (9%).
Consulting a psychic (9%).
Is someone you know involved with an occultic group? This unique, up-to-date chart can give you the information you need to understand, to pray, and to offer help.