Pokemon (short for POcKEt MONster and pronounced Poh-keh-mon) is now the rage among both Christian and non-Christian children in much of the world. What do these “pocket monsters” teach our children and what are the philosophies underlying this “innocent” game? Is this something that Christian children should be involved with?

Pokemon is a role-playing game similar to Dungeons and Dragons, MAGIC, and others, but with more subtle occult overtones. It is a copyright of Nintendo and was first created in Japan in 1995, where it was highly influenced by Japanese mysticism. Much of its character seems to come from Shinto (the traditional religion of Japan), Buddhism, Hinduism, other Eastern religions, and New Age philosophies. The game reflects Japan’s warrior past in its violence, with the object being to conquer other Pokemons through physical force or sorcery.

Besides the Eastern religious overtones, New Age concepts abound in the Pokemon cards.2 Each Pokemon is a certain “type,” which describes their “energy.” There are currently 7 types of Pokemon, including “Grass,” “Fire,” “Water,” “Lightning,” “Psychic,” “Fighting,” and “Colorless.”3 Many of the 150 Pokemons use violence to conquer other Pokemons. This violence includes gnawing, slashing, smash kick, fire blast, seismic toss, electricity, poison, psychic blasts, paralyzing, etc.4 This is not the “innocent” game that it is made out to be. Other Pokemons “evolve” through the use of “stones” (thunder, water, moon, fire, and leaf) which are items used to summon powers (the origin of these “powers” is not stated, but they are not from God).4 Training cards also include those that use “potion” and “super potion” to magically heal your damaged Pokemon fighters.

Many Pokemons evolve “naturalistically” to become other Pokemons… In examining the cards, it is apparent that macroevolution is being taught, since “species” that have evolved from other species are similar in appearance. In some instances, the term “evolution” is used incorrectly, since individual Pokemons are able to “evolve” into more powerful creatures. In essence, the game is teaching a kind of reincarnation.

Here are some examples of Pokemon types and what they do:

Name Attack Method
Jynx “Merely by meditating, the Pokemon launches a powerful psychic energy attack”
Abra “Using its ability to read minds, it will identify impending danger and teleport to safety.”
Kadabra “It emits special alpha waves from its body that induce headaches even to those nearby.”
Weepinbell “It spits out poisonpowder to immobilize the enemy, and then finishes the enemy with a spray of acid.”
Ponyta “Its hooves are 10 times harder than diamonds. It can trample anything flat in moments.”
Machoke “Karate chop does 50 damage points”

“I will travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Each Pokemon to understand
The power that’s inside.
Gotta catch them all!”

The words above are from the Pokemon song that is sung at the end of the television program. Children are being encouraged to tap into the power of the Pokemon cards. Further instruction is given at the official Pokemon card site:

Carry your Pokemon with you, and you’re ready for anything! You’ve got the power in your hands, so use it!”5

Many children are taking this instruction to heart and literally carry their Pokemon cards with them everywhere. We are even seeing these cards appearing at our church and Christian school. Children are being encouraged to tap into supernatural power instead of the power given by God.6 They are told that the more cards they collect, the more power they will have. Many children are completely addicted to the cards and spend all of their free time playing with them. If nothing else, Pokemon has become an idol in their lives – being more important to them than God.

The use of Pokemon cards can potentially open doors to demonic oppression through the following activities:7

1. Possession (known or unknown) of occultic records, tapes, books, pictures, charms, tools, games, etc.
2. Seeking or giving consent to occultic power or occultic revelation
3. Fascination with occultic power, occultic revelation, or psychic phenomena, in general
4. Escapism through thrill-seeking, science fiction, soap operas, or some other addicting hobby/activity
5. Fascination with violence, especially violence devoid of justice
6. Meditation on anything other than God’s revealed truth
7. Chanting or other cultic/occultic forms of worship

The Bible’s teaching is clear about being involved in occultic activities. We are told not to become involved in sorcery or divination or consult with mediums or spiritists.8 The high penalty (death) for engaging in sorcery indicates the seriousness of this sin in the eyes of God.9

While Pokemon continues to gain popularity, its creators will continue to introduce new ways to become a Pokemon “Master.” At some point, in order to maintain interest in the game, it will become necessary to add new features/characters and alternate means to “get the power.” My prediction is that this game will add more New Age features, along with more violent and bizarre characters. Those who are involved in Pokemon will continue to be indoctrinated more deeply in the New Age philosophies. In fact, Pokemon resources are listed under New Age resources.10

Another threat to children who play with Pokemon and other role playing games is the tendency to become involved in more serious forms of role playing games, such as Doom,11 Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: the Gathering, and role playing games with even more occultic overtones. In fact, Pokemon sites often have links to these sites (wizards.com, etc.). The “Role Player’s Realm,” which links to Pokemon and other role playing games has the uninhibited URL “http://www.screaming.demon.nl/.” The association with the occult is fairly obvious.

Pokemon teaches the following concepts/philosophies that are counter to Christianity:
1. Violence as a means of obtaining power.
2. Evolution
3. New Age concepts (reincarnation, psychic power)
4. The use of occult objects (magic stones) to gain power over your opponent
Continued participation in Pokemon may lead to:
1. Involvement in the game that leads to psychological addiction such that the game becomes an idol in the life of the child
2. Involvement in malevolent role playing games (and people associated with them)
3. Open doors to demonic oppression

If your child has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, I recommend that he be given the facts about Pokemon and what the Bible says about participating in sorcery. A child who is encouraged to pray about his involvement in Pokemon and follows the Holy Spirit will voluntarily give up participation with Pokemon-associated activities. Several children we have talked to have made this decision without being forced to do so by their parents. If your child has not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I would make the decision unilaterally and explain why he would not be allowed to participate in Pokemon-related activities. If your child is highly involved with or addicted to Pokemon, I would provide extra support for them and encourage and provide opportunities for them to engage in other, less threatening hobbies/activities.

Note: As a Christian, I will not knowingly provide a link to pages that promote non-Christian values/ideas. However, the URL’s are listed below so that you can confirm the accuracy of the information included on this page.

1. Much of the research information used to develop this page comes from wizards.com (http://www.wizards.com/Pokemon), the official Pokemon card site.
2. http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Labyrinth/6402/poke-level.htm
3. http://www.wizards.com/Pokemon/Rules/Welcome.asp
4. When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? (Isaiah 8:19)
5. From Reasons To Believe’s web site, “Dealing with Demons” (http://www.reasons.org/resources/papers/demons.html)
6. 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.
7. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. (2 Kings 21:6)
8. Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
9. Leviticus 20:27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.


See “No Evidence of a Spiritual Realm?” (http://www.GodAndScience.org/apologetics.html)


Venezuela: Hector and Erica Garcia (7/15)

Dear Churches, Family, and Friends,

We hope this letter finds you doing well. We would like to thank you for your prayer and support.

June / July:

Project VIDA (LIFE) was started by a national pastor, Rafael Ramírez, as a way to preach the gospel in places were the church is not openly accepted. The idea behind this project is to teach: Values, Integrity, Development, and Abnegation using biblical principles. With VIDA as his platform, he has been able to teach God’s word in schools such as, the Airport Security Training Facility, the Formation School for National Guards, as well as public schools. Once a week during the month of May, Bro. Josúe and I traveled to La Guaira to glean from Pastor Rafael (far right) and Bro. Alexi (far left) as they held different activities and classes using this project.

In June, we decided to put into practice what we had learned. Immediately after introducing the project, we were invited to present at local schools. The Pi Suñer High School Principal, allowed us to hold two sessions with the students. We were overjoyed to see 84 total in attendance. Later that month, another session was held for the faculty and staff.

It was a real blessing to see our members involved and promoting this project. One couple even introduced it to their son’s vice principal. At the La Pedrea Elementary, Km 13, we were asked to speak to the faculty about, “Responsibility, and the Importance of Fulfilling your Duties.” This class was so well received, that we were ask to present it to the parents as well. We were overwhelmed with excitement when we were informed that the class was made into a requirement for parents before picking up their child’s final report card!

Project VIDA, has also been a way for us to begin working with the National Guard Post in El Junquito. It is a small post with 52 guards; however, they have been very receptive to the classes. Due to the post size, many of our sessions consist only of the 10 to 15 guards on duty.

At this year’s Jr. Camp, we were blessed to be able to take 5 teens. Yohniquer and Yohn Ángel, are a direct result of the Bible Study started in May, at one of our newest outreaches in km 14. All five campers returned excited, fired up and ready to serve the Lord. We are very eager to see how God will use them in the future.

Prayer Requests:
* Please pray that the Lord would continue opening doors through Project VIDA.
* Pray for the work with the National Guards. (Here, they act as another police force and are constantly being dispatched and put into harm’s way.)

Your Missionaries to Venezuela,
Hector & Erica Garcia

New Guinea: Kenny and Kalie Keck (7/15)


Mexico: Ernesto and Veronica Valtierra (6/15)

May-June 2015

Dear Pastor and brethren,

“For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”. Psalm 33:4-5

We pray that you are doing well. We thank the Lord for giving us health and taking care of us, and for always supplying each of our needs. Each day He gives us grace and strength to continue working in the ministry. We thank the Lord for our daughters, Areli and Andrea, for always being willing to help us, but overall because we can see their love, effort, enthusiasm, and dedication to do everything for God.

May: we started the month with new visitors, thanks to the hard work of the members who have understood the importance of sharing the gospel. The classes we have given on how to soul win have been very helpful. We ask your prayers for the Rojas family, that their desire to work won’t cease; since their arrival they have been a blessing and are always willing to help so the church will continue to grow for the glory of the Lord. We had a Mother’s Day celebration and did everything we could so the ladies would have a good time, and of course had a special meal for them.

June: there is not a more important reason for the church than to share the Good News. We continued to go on visitation which is our commitment before God and you, knowing that you have trusted us as your missionaries. Unfortunately, we are surrounded by charismatic churches but this motivates us to keep sharing sound doctrine. We have some people that we will keep visiting, it is our prayer that soon we will be able to give you the good news that they have accepted Christ as their Savior. We celebrated Father’s Day at church with sports and good food, which was a different experience for some of the men. They were able to spend time with their family, without the need for alcohol or any other worldly influences.

Prayer Requests:
Vacation bible school (starts Monday 17th)
A bigger place to meet
Health of Bro. Hugo (cancer)
My wife’s health
My daughters schools (Areli and Andrea)

Thank you for your love and support,

Ernesto and Veronica

Zambia: David and Cherri Red (8/15)

Dear Friends,
 We have arrived safely in Zambia. Our first week was consumed with setting up our home. The time quoted for the transit of the container was 5 weeks less than the actual arrival time. This means we are living with only what we could carry on the plane for the first five weeks in Zambia. Everything takes longer here. In speaking with one veteran missionary he said this, “We would make a list of ten things we needed in town. When we went to town, if we accomplished  one thing, we were successful.
An example of this is our stove. We purchased a small Chinese oven that runs only on propane gas – no electricity. This is because everyone in Zambia is now under load sharing. Not enough power exists to meet the demand. This means we are without power for about 8 hours each day. The problem with the stove is the lack of propane! It has been sold out for the last month. But the first Tuesday we were here propane arrived. I got to stand in a line for 4.5 hours just to pay! It took another hour or so to fill the tank. Thankfully I was able to find a large (48kg) tank that should last us more than a few months.
We have already had MANY opportunities to witness. We are rationing the few tracts (700) we brought on the plane with us. They could be handed out in under an hour if we did not do this. I was able to tell a sweet lady about Christ. She had never heard of Jesus. This is rare in Lusaka – most consider themselves to be Christian – but it is almost universal that they believe in works to save them.
Last night we visited a lady who came to church last Sunday. Her name is Grace. But Grace trusted in works. I was able to tell Grace about grace, and how salvation is not about works. It was a wonderful visit.
While filling up the van I was able to strike up a conversation with two of the gas station attendants. They are both Seventh Day Adventists. I said, “Did you know that in the Law you are prohibited from leaving your home on the Sabbath!?” They were shocked. As we talked they asked to do a Bible study with me. My notebook is filling up with men who desire to study the Bible. Many will not pan out – but SOME will!
Next week we start intensive language study 6 hours a day. We are able to speak with many people as English is the national language. But to be more effective we need to learn the local tribal language. I have also been asked to begin both a discipleship program and evangelism training. These will happen Saturday afternoon. In addition I am able to meet with the young men in the church on Fridays – this time will be one of relationship building and teaching. So next week will get BUSY.
Once the container arrives we will be able to set up the printing press. The combination of soul winning and discipleship, printing, language learning, homeschool, setting up a garden and chicken (broiler and layer) operation will keep us VERY busy. The greatest blessing is that we can always find people who are open to hear the wonderful words of life!

Soul-winning Seminars: Bob and Joy Martin (8/15)

August Was a Remarkable Month:

We began the month (August 2nd) at Bible Baptist Church in Justin, TX where Bro. Nolen Partridge is the pastor. This is a great church with a great pastor. Sunday evening we were sent by the Holy Spirit to Northside Baptist Church in Carrollton, TX where the pastor (Bro. Mark Dillalio), preached to our hearts (we need preaching unto also). What a blessing to attend church with our children & grandchildren.

August 4th Bro. Frankie Hunt and I left Dallas, TX and flew to Phenom Phen, Cambodia (5 million people) to preach and teach a Soul-winning Seminar. The accommodations were great, but the food was contrary to our digestive systems. You have not eaten real Mexican Food until you eat it in Cambodia (sarcasm). Our hearts were stirred by the spiritual darkness of the land. God allowed us to be used of Him to invade that darkness with the Gospel. The attacks of satan were intense, but we had the privilege of functioning under the protective hand of the Lord. Bro. Frankie preached the 5th Anniversary service of Grace Baptist Church of Pochentong, Cambodia and I gave my testimony. We had three lost people saved during the invitation, including a 70+ year old man. There were 137 pastors, church leaders, and deacons in the Seminar, and 26 people got saved when we sent them out on the streets to witness. After teaching these men and women how to teach their members to witness and win souls, they committed themselves to the task. God sent them back to their home churches all over the nation of Cambodia and Vietnam to witness and teach their people to witness. You can see more pictures & info at our website www.wesws.com and click on “CambodiaUdt”.

August 16 we reported on the trip to Cambodia at our home church (Southside Baptist Church). What a blessing to report to the church that had underwritten much of the trip and the work of missions to another country. I had the opportunity to wear a 100% silk shirt; it is the normal attire for missionaries and only costs $10.00. The church in Cambodia sent presents for our church, our pastor, the pastor’s wife, and my wife.

August 21-23 I taught a Soul-winning Seminar at Welcome Hill Baptist Church in Powder Springs, GA. The pastor is Bro. Johnny Ivey, and God has abundantly blessed. Sunday evening they had a testimony time where the church committed themselves to witness each day, seeking souls for the Lord. At the end of the service they had cleaned out the tract rack. The evening service found us at Ridge Road Baptist Church in Hiram, GA.

August 30 we were at our home church (Southside Baptist Church). God saved the pastors youngest son, and after the service saved a lady who does not attend church, but came with her friend. Sunday evening we attended Warrington Independent Baptist Church here in Vicksburg, Mississippi, not knowing that it was their 5th Sunday “popcorn preaching and singing” service. I had the honor of speaking about the Weekend Soul-winning Seminars and also preaching a 9½ minute message. Bro. Marvin Curtis Jr. is the pastor of a church with a marvelous history of service to missions & the Lord.

Once again we thank you for praying for us (there’s some really nutty drivers out on the road), and also for giving that we might go and teach churches that normally would not be able to underwrite a Soul-winning Seminar. We know that the reason we have the health to travel and do the work of God is because the people of God pray. We understand that it is the Lord, but we also know that He works through you so He can work through us. We so appreciate your faithfulness. Please know that we pray for you also and thank you so very much.

Bro. Bob

Korea: Benjamin and Jaeock Park (8/15)

Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,

Two More Baptized in June

We had another baptismal service on the last Sunday of June and two adults, Mr. Jong-jin Kim and Ms. Min-jeong Kim (they are not related) were baptized in a portable pool which was set up at Brother Park’s back yard. Brother Kim and his wife attend our services every week from Daegu which is about two hours away from Sejong. They want to move to Sejong next year. Please pray for their spiritual growth in the Lord. I am grateful for your prayers and financial support which make all our works possible for us to do in Korea.

The Charter Service of Banpo Bible Baptist Church

On July 12th, there was the Chartering of Banpo Bible Baptist Church which we started right after our arrival to Korea in 2013. It was their second anniversary as well. Banpo Church runs about 20 people each Sunday and they were organized to be an Independent Baptist Church. We celebrated the event with many pastors and people from sister churches in Seoul. Praise the Lord for His grace allowing us have another Bible believing, Gospel preaching, Baptist Church in one of the most affluent places in Korea! It would not be possible without your prayers and supports, so thank you again for your parts in this ministry.

The First Vacation Bible School of Sejong BBC

Vacation Bible School is very dear to my heart. I was saved in July of 1969, when there was a VBC in a small Baptist church of our town. I was there for a day and was invited to be back to their Wed. evening service, where I heard the Gospel for the first time and accepted the Lord as my Savior. We had our first Vacation Bible School and it was a great time. There were about twenty young people and eight adult teachers and helpers involved together. The Lord saved three precious young people into His family. Please continue pray for the growth of those young people and of Sejong Bible Baptist Church.

There will be our first Church Camp next week, and the 1st anniversary celebration of Sejong BBC at the end of this month. A three day evangelistic meeting is planned for Aug. 28-30. Please pray for this special event so that God would save many more souls and them to be added to the church.

Thank you again for all your love, prayers and helps for our ministry here in Sejong and in S. Korea.

Prayer Requests:
1) Banpo BBC (Pastor Lee), Andong BBC (Pastor Chung), and Sejong BBC.
2) Salvations and growth of souls in our churches.
3) First Anniversary Evangelistic Meeting (Aug. 28-30).
4) Wisdom and power of God upon our lives.
5) Our health.

Gratefully in His Service,

Brother Benjamin Heewon Park

Scotland: Russell and Janet Brinkley (7/15)

June / July 2015
Dear Pastor & Praying Friends,

Many Open Doors

We had 22 people at our annual 4th of July Church Cookout, with 4 families visiting for the first time! Our hall-keeper Hugh brought his wife along and one family is a result of Russell’s chaplaincy work. Many answered prayers! Our unfriendly next door neighbor, who became unhappy with us two years ago about the height our landlord had the hedges cut, has apologized to us! She was just diagnosed with breast cancer and she said she realized that life was too short to hold grudges. She even invited Janet over for a cup of tea and this is another family who came to the 4th of July cookout. Russell took it upon himself to mow a neglected area of grass in our neighborhood and one pleased family brought him flowers and chocolates. Janet was able to witness to two Jehovah’s Witness ladies at our front door. An Englishman, with a summer work contract in Perth, has been visiting our mid-week service after looking at our church website. (www.bbcperth.co.uk) We witnessed to a plumber working in our house, who is new to the area. A family who has faithfully been attending our Sunday services, recently moved closer to Perth just so they can attend the mid-week service too! A young single mother just started a weekly discipleship class with Janet. Janet was invited to become a Unit Helper in the Girl Guides Youth Program.

Summertime Fellowship

We praise the Lord that God has given all three of our children their own special friend here on the mission field. With another year of homeschooling behind us, we look forward to the fellowship opportunities that the summer brings. Russell and Dylan hosted a Missionary Men’s Campout leading up to Father’s Day in June. They camped for three days in the beautiful coastal city of Oban and had a refreshing time visiting with the other missionary men and boys. Our family took a short trip to Cornwall, England to visit with fellow missionary Kent Gossmeyer. It was a much needed holiday and the fellowship was sweet.

We feel that God is really at work here in Perth and we are so excited to see what He has in store. Thank you for letting us represent you here and for your prayers!

Serving together,

Russell, Janet, Taylor, Dylan & Danielle Brinkley

Brazil: Benjamin and Luciana Leaf (7/15)


Brazil: Don and Linda Leaf (8/15)

August 18, 2015

Dear Praying Friends,

Special Activities

In our last prayer letter, we spoke of the planned 8th year anniversary of the work in Cornélio Procópio. Our Lord blessed the meetings with good preaching and good attendance. On the first weekend in August, we also had our annual missions conference. The son of one of our members who is the pastor of a Baptist church about one hour from Cornélio Procópio was the speaker. Again, the Lord blessed as the people were once more challenged to be involved in evangelizing the lost, personally and collectively. The Lord worked in the hearts of our people. A faith promise for missions doubled the amount of funds being given for missions. The people also promised to give above their regular tithes and offerings for the payments of the land we purchased last year. The promised offering will pay one third of the monthly payment.


Several months ago, we went through a discipleship program with the purpose of preparing some of our people to be able to use the material themselves. This is beginning to happen with some of those who did the study using the material with others. We believe that true church growth is dependent upon consistent and energetic involvement of the membership and not just upon the leaders. Soul winning and discipleship should be normal activities of every member of the church.

Can You Help?

In June, we received an email telling us about a Brazilian Christian in the US that was looking for a Baptist church in or near Cornélio Procópio. When we spoke with Debora, she asked if we could help her parents who were Christians, but had received very little Bible teaching. She had gone to the US to study in a Bible school and recognized how little she and her parents knew about the Bible. After meeting her parents, they began a weekly Bible study with the national worker.

Moving Forward

We have seen growth in the Sunday School. A goal of an attendance of 50 has been set with the prize being a special luncheon. There also are rewards for attendance, memorization, and bringing visitors. This growth is forcing us to find a way to increase our classroom space. Our Sunday worship service continues to run between 55 and 60. Three people who attend regularly are not saved. Those who are saved continue to show spiritual growth.

Thank You for your faithful prayers for us,

Don & Linda Leaf

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