Greetings and God bless you!
Praise the Lord! I am finally finished with
the 2nd update of my book Entertaining
Spirits Unaware: The End-Time Occult Invasion. In this new edition I
have added the equivalent of over 90 brand new pages of information. Its
almost as if I have written, edited and compiled another whole book. Perhaps it might even
have been easier to have just started from scratch but ESU (now
almost seven years old) needed an update and because its been such an effective tool in
explaining and detailing how the occult has infiltrated our lives and homes we needed to
continue to make it available.
To all those who have already ordered it, your
copy will be on the way to you in the next few days. Thanks so much for your patience and
I am working on two other projects that I hope
to complete in the next month. I'll fill you in more on those later. In the mean time,
here are a number of emails we've received that haven't made it into any of our
newsletters. (I've got about 200 emails saved for consideration for our newsletter and
choosing just a few is tough!) I hope they inspire, challenge and inform you.
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by Easter Star
I am sure glad that I found your
website. I had an opportunity to go with a friend to an Eastern Star installation. I was
shocked to say the least. I have had family members involved in this going way back, but
never went to any functions. As a Christian I sure felt out of place and thought that the
ceremony was pretty odd, and the first thing I thought of when I saw the star was the
pentagram. Of course several people invited me to join, but that will never happen and I
will never go back. I would rather sit in Church with Jesus. So I believe God lead me to
your site, and I printed out "The
F.A.T.A.L. Flaw". WOW! thank you for making this kind of information available.
I want to thank God and you for your website.
I am in transition from Adventism to mainstream Christianity and sites like these that
present the Word of God so clearly have been a tremendous blessing. I love the Lord Jesus
and truly want to know and follow Him all of the days of my life. Please pray for me and
for my husband and son that the Lord will deliver us all from sin and save us for His
kingdom. Thank you,
God bless you! I am struck by your letter and believe that the Lord wants me to share a
couple of things with you.
God knows your heart and your desire to serve him. Rest in His finished work. Let me
remind you of a powerful Biblical truth that many groups (including many Adventists) miss.
Salvation is by faith and faith alone. Our good works follow because we are saved - not to
somehow add to or assure us that God will somehow, based on our merits, accept us. Jesus
completed everything for us at the Cross. EVERYTHING. He purchased us, ransomed Himself
and paid for our freedom with His own blood. Our goodness cannot save us. It is His
righteousness...His worthiness...His blood...His redeeming power that assures us of entry
into eternity in His Kingdom. Wow!
I encourage you to concentrate on His Word, stay in prayer and extend worship to Him in
all things and at all times. He "passed the test" for us, the hard part is done
and He did it - praise God. Now, it is our task to simply love Him, serve Him and share
the truth of His grace with everyone possible. Out of love for Christ and for our fellow
man the truly redeemed cannot possibly stay silent in a world surrounded by those who are
Please let me know if there is any way we can minister to you or your family or if you
have any prayer requests.
Psalm 37:23...righteous in Him!
Luana writes back...
Thank you for your reply. I have to ask you,
how do I rest in His finished work? I guess the reason why I ask is that for the majority
of my spiritual walk I have had "to do" this and that and it feels strange to me
to rest and not "do" something.
I am not suggesting that you do nothing only that your perspective change on why you do
what you do for Him. Our salvation is done. Finished. Complete. Our works are not to
"get saved, become redeemed or assure us that we're going to make it. Our good works
are because we are redeemed!
I am not attending services right now as I am not keeping the 7th day sabbath and I am
still working on Sunday so I can't find a new place to worship as yet.
As quick as you can...get in a good
Bible believing Church. Start visiting on Wednesday or Thursday nights. Some have Saturday
pm services now. God Sunday nights. If you want advice on what KIND of church to start
looking for I would be happy to make some suggestions.
I am praying about it, but as of yet nothing has turned up. I truly want to serve Him
and worship Him. I witness to my son and husband and family, but I don't go to each of my
neighbors, but some I do. I know I don't witness enough, at least not from my perspective,
but God's perspective is different. I truly feel like I am in the wilderness where my
faith is concerned, and I don't want to stay there. What should I do?
Luana...we Christians need each
other...find a Church or even a home Bible study with other authentic evangelical, Bible
Also, witness when you can and where you can but let your own personally testimony shine
through. God will show you how, who and where.
I don't want to bother you as I know you are busy with your own ministry, so please
forgive me if I am. I feel the Lord's appearing is very near and I don't want to be found
relaxing when I shouldn't be. Thank you for your time and prayer.
It is absolutely no bother. It is a
part of our ministry. But again, work, witness and live because of what He did for you and
for me and for anyone who will believe.
Luana writes again...
Hi there, Thank you so much for
talking with me. If you could fill me in on what kind of church I should look for I would
be so grateful. Not every church is a Bible believing church even though they say they
are. So what kinds of questions should I ask and what do I look for? I spent my life in
Adventism, so I feel a little less sure of myself when it comes to decisions like this. I
was born into the church and didn't know any better, but praise God that He didn't leave
me there. I love the Adventist people, I just know that there are a few things they
believe that are not scriptural. Any wisdom you
could share will be gladly received. Thank you again for caring enough to respond. Jesus
is returning soon and I want to be ready and for my family and friends and those I have
yet to meet to be ready. Your sister in Christ,
Dear Mr. Barger,
I have been a fan since I read your book "From Rock to Rock" back in 1990. I
have been receiving your newsletter for a time now. I was wondering what you think of the
Christian Rock scene--groups like Stryper, FM Static, Red, etc. Do you think that the beat
is what matters or the message? I've heard a lot of pastors bash Christian Rock. Do you
think you'll ever do a revised (version of) "R to R"? I know it would be a
massive undertaking, but I would volunteer to help with locating sources if you are ever
interested (as both a lawyer and a professor, my writing skills are quite good!).
Thanks for the encouraging note!
Just as in the 80's when I first began to comment on the Christian music scene my feelings
remain the same today. There are some whose message is solid and some who are as weak as a
noodle. There are good and there are bad and there are some that may not be Christians at
all. If you have heard my teaching from years ago or read some of the things I have
written then you know that I depend much on the lyrical content and the lifestyle of the
artist rather than on styles of music or instrumentations.
A friend of mine recently observed that once a human begins to arrange the chords, music
and lyrics of a song then our soulish nature gets involved and thus, as he contended,
music was not "amoral." Though I understand what he is saying and see some merit
in it the same is true whenever we begin constructing or preaching a sermon, writing a
book or any number of other "Christian" activities.
The Bible speaks of music and related issues an astounding 800+ times. Yet in those many
verses God never gave us an indication that He has a favorite style of music or that any
instrument was in itself evil or good. Just as the Internet can be used for gross evil, it
can also carry the words of life and bring sinners to the Cross. So, generally I believe
that the music is a medium and not the message itself. Remember, I said generally.
Frankly, in some circles it is vogue to bash "Christian rock" (I don't like that
term but we're somewhat stuck with it).
Some men I am sure speak against it from their deep conviction that it is leading people
into their flesh and for some it surely can. But if indeed we are being led into carnality
by any music it comes back on us making a decision to reject anything that does that to us
- be it called "Christian" or be it accepted by other Christians or not. (I
wrote on these themes in my book Disarming the Powers of Darkness,
in particular in the chapter "The Battle Cry of Praise" (read at: www.ericbarger.com/disarming/battlecry.1.htm)
There is much to say on the issue that certainly takes a while to
work through. I am genuinely conflicted as to being dogmatic for or against Christian
"rock" for as concerned as I am by some of the stuff that I see being sold as
"Christian" I believe that we need to use discernment and each of us need to
learn to do as Paul said - "Test All Things" (I Thess 5:21)
Let me suggest that you read the following article and see if it doesn't clarify my
position for you. It was written years ago and I echoed some of those thoughts in the
"Disarming" chapter linked above but as I scanned over it today I couldn't find
stuff that jumped out at me and caused me to say "I don't believe that anymore."
Other related info at:
As far as a revised From Rock To Rock book. Melanie and I have
talked about it but one thing I know with certainty is that speaking on the music industry
is literally a full time affair. To do it effectively and to do it well you need to be
completely in that ministry alone. It doesn't cut it to speak to teens about groups that
were popular 10 years ago or even 10 months ago. Its be current or forget being credible.
It is for this reason (and more so because we felt the Lord release us and move us into
apologetics) that we're not actively researching and writing on the music industry any
I really appreciate your offer and should God ever jolt us to revisit that ministry I
promise I will contact you about it. But as for now we're right where we know the Lord
Let me know if you have more questions or want to dialog.
Thanks again John and have a great day in Jesus!
My Life Spiritually!
Some time ago we featured this
email in a newsletter. I am reprising it again and adding another new email I have
received from Ryan.
When I received the first email
from this young man in Minnesota, his mother had just attended
the Christian Workers Conference in Spokane, WA and had heard me address the
conference on the effects of the occult in our culture. In particular, she had become
concerned about the affinity her 13 year-old son had with Egyptian artifacts. Shortly
thereafter, the young man (Ryan) wrote me about his interest in ancient Egypt.
I have a collection of
Egyptian stuff like books, small statues, papyrus wall hanging, Egyptian stamps, Egyptian
money, a cheesy looking pyramid. My statues
are of Anubis the Sphinx and a statue of King Tut.
He added saying, I am a Christian I enjoy doing 20 min. long
sermons for Church Youth Group nights. I love
Christian music. I really believe in the power
of prayer. So my question is since I am a
Christian and know what the kind of Egyptian stuff I buy symbolizes does that still mean I
am at risk of anything Satan might bring in because of my Egyptian stuff?
I wrote Ryan a very
straight-forward letter warning him that even though he may know what the items he was collecting
and studying symbolized they may well represent a way for Satan to gain a foothold in his
I wrote: Anubis - Egyptian
god of the Dead is represented as a man with the head of a dog or jackal. He was a god of
the funeral cult and of the care of the dead.
In The Book of the Dead, he was depicted as
presiding over the weighing of the heart of the deceased in the Hall of the Two
Among other things I said,
I encourage you to begin spending the time you now spend each week on study of
Gods word instead of the Egyptians...they followed MANY other Gods...we follow just
one and He wants his children filling their hearts and minds and spending their time
learning about and serving Him.
I also encourage you to renounce
all forms of mysticism and idolatry and if they have gotten a hold on you begin to claim
the promise that Christs blood is greater than all of Satans deceptions.
I didnt hear back from the
young man again for some time but not long ago I received this email.
His next email started by saying Thanks, you saved my life spiritually.
He wrote: I
wrote you last year and was asking you about my Egyptian collection. You pretty much said
to get rid of it. I was angry at first but I prayed about it that night and the next
morning the first thing that came in to my mind was to get rid of it.
The next night after I took my
stuff down, I felt something that was in my room; it may sound weird but it felt like an
evil presence. That was the first night in two years that I needed the light on with my
door open just to feel some what safe.
I was going to sell it on Ebay
but it didnt sell. Then my Great Aunt said that it could be that God wants me to get
rid of it and not give it to someone else. So I very reluctantly burned it. But after I
burned it that night I felt a Godly presence in my room that night. Later that night I
thought to myself that I WAS falling away from God without knowing it. During that time I
had my Egyptian collection I was falling away from my Christian friends and I was
I guess all I can say is thank
you, because you cant thank somebody enough for telling them the truth and saving
their soul. If my mom hadnt gone to Spokane, Washington who knows where I would be right
I am doing another sermon on the
18 of January on reincarnation. I may be over
anxious but I think I have found my calling for life.
I would like to be a Chaplain in the U.S. Army. Anyway thank you, thank
you, thank you for helping me get rid of that stuff. Also I love to read your newsletter
and I really enjoyed the newsletter on Harry Potter. I think you should keep on writing
about it you may be able to get more people listening to you.
wrote me again in November of 2006.
I don't know if you remember me
but a few years ago I wrote you about my obsession with Egypt and the occult. I would just like to thank you for your continued
newsletters and your warnings to America's youth and there parents. I really appreciate what you are doing and what you
have done. I respect your views and the
answers you give people no matter how mad they are at you.
I know its heart wrenching to receive e-mails of people who don't only
disagree with you but seem to hate you for what you do.
The truth hurts and that's why they get so angry.
Since you saved me from the
shadowy world of the occult I would like to tell you how my life has changed. In the summer of 2004 I went on a short term
mission trip to Mexico for two weeks and helped build
houses and run VBS. I started up the worship
band we have at our church and have become a chair member of the Youth Panning Team. For being only 16 this is a huge step for me. I also started speaking every so often at our
church about my testimony and the occult and have received a lot of good feedback. Just like you I have been persecuted by people who
so strongly disagree with me that they have thrown away 9 years of friendship with them. I have made a difference in some peoples lives and
a lot of parents have thanked me for speaking about this because their kids won't listen
Just this last summer I was on
Summer Servant Teams which is a month long leadership training outfit that prepares young
people for leadership in the church. There
were 250 who applied and only 12 got in, including me.
I spent a week in Eau Clair, Wisconsin in training and then two weeks
in Marysville, Washington and followed by a week at a farm
in Iowa for follow up training. We were constantly stretching our comfort zones by
going into malls and witnessing to people. Our
goal was to eventually say a 10 second prayer with them at the end of the conversation. The catch was we couldn't even look at the other
Servant Team Members when we did this, so we were completely on our own. I met some amazing people on the trip and canvassed
entire towns for VBS and church outreach. It
was the first time I had been away from my home for an entire month before and the first
time I had been on an airplane. This was
during the British terror plot that was foiled. But
God provided and all went well. This summer I
am planning on going to Turkey with the Christian radio station
here for mission work. That will be an
exciting experience, considering its a Muslim nation.
I would just like to thank you
from the bottom of my heart for what you did for me and the work you do. I am currently in college at the University of Minnesota through their post-secondary
program. Its a program were high school kids
in 11th grade and up can go to college while they are still in high school. So I am 16 doing 19 year olds work. Its going well but it can be a challenge with the
liberal views that are expressed. Again thank
you for you work and warnings that you give to America's and the worlds youth. I will continue to pray for you. God bless you.
Thanks for uplifting
I am thrilled to
here from you and to get the great report on what youre up to and what the Lord is
doing in your life. I believe that God has a mighty plan in store for you. Make certain to
stay close to Him and listen as He directs your steps (Psalm 37:23) !!!
I have thought of
you often brother and will be praying for you - especially as you prepare to go to Turkey. Please keep me
"in the loop" on what is happening with you and let me know if there is anything
we can do to help, pray or minister to you.
I am just humbled to
have been there for you and to have been able to speak words of counsel to you at the
right time back when we first met.
God bless you Ryan
and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
This website is hilarious and full of unbelieable (sic) falasies
(sic). You claim to be bringing Christ to the prople (sic), but all you bring
is pure ignorance.
Care to give me some exacts as to how I am promulgating
"fallacies" and bringing "pure ignorance"??? It is easy to sit back
shielded from view by a mouse and keyboard and throw unfounded, undocumented and immature
stones from the darkness - stones that have no fact or specifics to back them up. You have
got to do better than to just to attempt an electronic drive-by mocking of me.
If I'm ignorant I want to know how, where and why. Unless you
can bring some valid dialog it is obvious who is ignorant. (You might check your spelling
says "Keep it Up!"
RE: Emails in your newsletter from Christians
defending Harry Potter
I just wanted to say, Keep up the good
fight of faith. As Paul stated. It wasnt the sinners that condemned Christ and
put Him to death, it was the religious people. Those that defended their way of life. May
we be more conscious of defending the Cross of Christ than Harry Potter. The body of
Christ is full of compromise and many that defend their way of life will find themselves
standing before the Judgement seat of Christ. Romans 14:10, 12. I am sure that anyone
standing before the judgment seat of Christ wont have time nor the strength to
defend the works of Harry Potter. For we will give an account on that day for every idle
word spoken, Matthew 12:36-37. Not too many people like to talk about judgment though.
Its not popular, but ignoring the this truth wont make it go away.
May your foes spend more time on looking into themselves and working out their soul
salvation rather than tossing stones your way for bring sight to the blind.
Ezekiel 18:24 "But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does
injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None
of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he
is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die."
What a terrific note from a powerful
preacher, pastor and friend. Thanks Dennis!
After reading your emails, remarks & the Harry Potter story
and information on your site again, I want to ENCOURAGE YOU to keep doing what you are
doing. The fact that you have remained in the ministry being a Herald for the TRUTH as
long as you have tells me you were definitely called of the Lord.
I want to express here that YOU ARE CARRYING THE TORCH (Lamp)
FOR THE GOSPEL in a mighty way just as Jehovah God set His Lamp in Jerusalem & nothing
can stamp it out. Our Lord God loves mankind so much that He made a namesake for Himself
called the country of Israel (also see Rom. 1:20) because of the unilateral covenant God
had made with Abraham simply because of Abraham's faith. KEEP IT UP & KEEP THE
FAITH!!! God Bless, Love In His Name
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