©By S.A. Tower, 2016
While the US celebrates Martin Luther King’s birthday, I must admit it took a long time before I understood the difference between ‘his” vision and my reality. You see, I didn’t see the “peaceful demonstration” rather I was a white child in a predominately black neighborhood and I remember the fear of being in a car that was surrounded by an angry mob rocking the car in attempt to overturn it! The black crossing guard who I’d been taught was a safe person I could run to in time of need, stood alongside of the crowd and did absolutely nothing to dissuade them. By the grace of God, my family survived and moved across town shortly after. This is just one life event as a “minority” child growing up but I have to say that while my own vision of Dr.King was tainted, it didn’t infect my view of all black people and I went on to be highly influenced by Ms. Jackson, my eighth grade English teacher and my best friend Michelle, at my first job. We don’t have to let the prejudices of our past continue to influence our future; rather, we have the freedom to choose whether to wallow in self-pity or as Dr. King repeatedly said, become overcomers.
©By S.A. Tower, 2016
I’d like to introduce you to Andy Scotsman Moore. Andy and his wife, Debbie are waiting to be assigned as pastors and missionaries to a church through www.villagemissions.org. Village Missions place spiritually qualified missionary-pastors to churches in rural communities where they serve in a full-time capacity to provide a Christ-centered church program to the community. Andy was the unofficial resident pastor for the Exwitch and Ancient Crossroads ministry. Our own Mark Bishop (whose testimony is in my latest book “From The Craft To Christ”) also one of the Exwitch administrators provided this statement, “Andy helped in many ways with the exwitch forums as well as the Ancientcrossroads forum. He did everything from apologetics to prayer, with plenty of room in-between for keeping the board running smoothly.”
Andy’s call to ministry began in the 80’s as a pastor and teacher with a focus on discipleship leading him to serve in Japan and the U.S. Both he and his wife share a love for motorcycles and incorporate their passion into sharing and showing the love of Jesus Christ to motorcyclists through the Cheyenne Christian Riders (CMA), in which Andy was the former Vice President and current State Prayer Coordinator for Wyoming.
This next season of ministry is a huge step of faith for Andy and Debbie who will need to raise a minimum support base ($600 a month) before they can be placed in their new church home. Please prayerfully consider partnering with them on a monthly basis or make a donation on their behalf. Go to www.villagemissions.org at the top, you will see see a heading which says “Partner with Us.” Scroll over that and it will bring up a window. Click on Donate Online. Find the “Donate to a Missionary” section and click on the “U.S. Donations” button. This will take you to the support page. Find the drop down box under Support a Missionary. Find their names listed alphabetically and click on Andy & Debra Moore. Fill out the rest of the form and submit.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration in sowing into this ministry.
I recently came across an article that caught my attention due to its use of occult terminology, thus I decided to examine it further. According to the Daily News, neighbors recall strange rituals at the upstate N.Y. building where a teen was beaten to death. Fred Aiken, who has a backyard view, is quoted as saying “they used to build fires on the roofs, and there was chanting and weird rituals.” The strange behavior took a turn for the worse on an October evening after 19 year old Lucas Leonard and his 17 year brother Christopher had enough of the overbearing control placed upon them and wanted out. It was then the two boys found themselves rolling on a blood covered floor while being brutally beaten with electrical cords. The torture continued for over ten hours until Lucas’ lifeless body was brought to the emergency room, such a sadistic act at the hands of those seeking power and control.
An article of this magnitude would make you believe it was the hideous crime of a satanic group, but that is not the case. Ironically, it was a death caused by the "Word of Life Christian Church". To think that such an act would ever happen within the walls of a church in unimaginable. Churches who use fear and intimidation as a means to control their members, such as was the case with Word of Life, who instilled the fear of hell in their congregation, to anyone who considered leaving and stepping out as they claimed "from under God’s will", are actually engaging in manipulation and practicing witchcraft. Worse yet, they are doing so in the name of God. In another twist to the story, the church accused Lucas himself of practicing witchcraft. Apparently in his desperate attempt to escape the church he made reference that he had considered voodoo as an option to freedom. It is said that the beatings were in part an attempt to get the boys to repent from their attempt to leave the church. Yet, considering this, one has to wonder if it were more an attempt to beat the devil out of them.
You may question who would participate in this deadly deliverance? Sadly, his own parents and sister were part of this extreme disciplinary action. Surely the spirit of death was within the sanctuary provoking the pastor during the interrogation which quickly escalated into the group’s brutal beating. You wonder how the parents could witness, let alone participate in beating their own flesh and blood. What seems even harder to fathom is that the ordeal began Sunday evening and lasted throughout the night until Monday without any church intervention and only stopped after Lucas took his last breath. Not all who come in the name of the Lord are true followers of Jesus and this is an example of a church bearing a Christian label while operating under demonic influence. The warning signs were there... a secretive group that cut off ties with family outside of the church, controlling leadership, children who were homeschooled and indoctrinated into their faith, holidays such as, Halloween and Christmas were taboo, even television was off limits. Yet, strange chants could be heard coming from their building, dogs howled all hours of the night and fires burned on the rooftop. We always need to use discernment and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us as it is so important to have the Word of God written on our hearts. That way, when we encounter false prophets, we will not be led astray by their false doctrines.
2 John 9-11, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds”.
© By S.A. Tower, Nov. 2015
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Coming soon in 2014 – From The Craft To Christ – The Allure of Witchcraft and the Church’s Response.
I’ve been busy working with the editor on my upcoming book release, From “The Craft To Christ” leaving me little time to blog but… I will re-emerge from my isolation soon. For now, let me tell share what the new book is about.
“From The Craft To Christ” is a refreshingly-honest book and a valuable ministry tool, exposing insightful information I have gained from my years in the Craft. But it doesn't stop there, as it also shares the true stories of nine former witches who experienced a life-changing encounter with God. I believe that we as Christians, must extend our lives beyond the walls of the building and become a living church revealing Christ Jesus to a deceived generation.
~ S.A. Tower
A few days ago I was informed of an article in The Christian News regarding a small Wiccan academy in Manhattan that is apparently offering courses in witchcraft. While this may be the first of its kind in the Big Apple, it’s certainly not the first school of witchcraft and likely will not be the last. Having an academy of pagan studies in public view may seem alarming, however it really only brings to the forefront something that has been going on for centuries. Rest assured curious enrollees and those taking courses for shock value will be dropouts in no time, leaving only the serious-minded who would have sought it out regardless of public availability.
In a perfect world, from a Christian point of view of course we’d like to see our country one nation under Jehovah God. Yet scripture tells us we live in a fallen world that lies in sin and wickedness. It should come as no surprise that there are pagans (or non-believers) among us. Matthew 5:13 tells us we are the salt of the earth, meaning we are the preservatives in our infected world. In other words, our lives should cause a thirst for the righteousness of God in the ungodly world in which we live.
What I do find disturbing is the school’s “Dragon Academy”, in which elementary and middle school-aged students are taught pagan practices and spellwork. Since the old-school craft that I knew had ethics whereby children were not taught the ways of the craft unless they had a parent involved that granted permission, I checked out their website to see what they had to say. While they seem to be adhering to having parental involvement, I found nothing that said the parent had to be Wiccan. This concerns me. An unknowing parent could easily sign up little “Tommy” thinking witchcraft just a fantasy when the wand in their little darling’s hand is actually real. In the Times article, Starr RavenHawk, founder and Wiccan priestess is quoted “But if people really knew what we are about, they would know that studying to become a good witch is no different than studying to become a good Catholic.” I’d respectfully disagree, in fact there is a big difference when it comes to teaching a 5 year old magick compared to the rosary. Any good witch knows that magick is not something to be taken lightly.
So then… how shall we respond to a pagan academy among us? We are to let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. If we our allowing His light to shine through our lives, our actions will reflect the very nature of Christ… love, compassion and forgiveness. This would be one lesson they would never have expected.
©By S. A. Tower, 2013
I recently read an article by Alex Murashko from The Christian Post concerning The University of Missouri adding Wiccan and Pagan holidays to their “Guide to Religious Major Holidays”. In short, this would add an additional 8 days to the already 40 listed holidays with recommendations for instructors to avoid when scheduling major academic deadlines such as exams, all the way to dietary accommodations. Media personalities that rebuked the college for adding Wiccan holidays in with Christmas and Hanukkah are now being criticized themselves by a group of Salem witches.
According to the article, Tucker Carlson of Fox News said that “Wiccans are a very small minority and shouldn't be included in the University of Missouri's policy”. Mr. Carlson is also quoted as saying “Every Wiccan [he's] ever known is either a compulsive Dungeons and Dragons player or is a middle-aged, twice divorced older woman living in a rural area who works as a midwife." I’d have to strongly disagree with his generalizations. Wicca is not the small minority Mr. Carlson believes it to be and is comprised of people from all walks of life. In fact, Wicca would most likely exceed other lesser known religions on the list such as Shinto and Baha’i. Don’t get me wrong, as a Christian I am strongly in favor of having off on Christmas and Good Friday to celebrate Jesus' birth, death and resurrection. In that sense, Jewish, Christian, Wiccan and other faiths share a common objective of having their holidays observed. However, do we really want to sacrifice education for diversity?
It would seem challenging for a teacher to coordinate an opportune time for exams between the seemingly endless list of religious observances, only to find they’ve scheduled the exam the day after The Super Bowl, leaving students operating on little sleep and potential hangovers from parties despite the Religious Guide. You have to wonder when non-religious days will soon be added compromising their education. The real test for these students is their ability to persevere and plan for their religious holiday to make the grade that will ultimately benefit their future career. It’s a tough choice, but that responsibility lies within the student, not with the institution.
©By S. A. Tower, 2013
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A friend of mine recently witnessed the grand opening in the hospital where he worked. The hospital lobby itself looked more like a major city airport lobby minus the moving walkway. The press and paparazzi were everywhere and the newest addition to our family was actually photographed on this grand opening for the front page news. The first sign of trouble was when my friend walked into the Cathedral of Light. This integrated belief chapel hosted a smorgasbord of Gods to meet the patient’s palette. The chapel is void of any spiritual symbolism except for the aura of blue light circling the perimeter of the ceiling and bouncing off the array of glass beads that cascade down to the sterile white pews. On the hospital staff was a closet Christian who was the Director of Religious Ministries, bound to the diversity creed.
The new age of medical arts was running amuck throughout offering such practices as Reiki, Acupuncture and Tibetan Singing Bowls but down the hall where my friend worked, scripture engraved jewelry and decorative crosses lined the shelves. It was not uncommon to hear Christian music fill my friend’s workplace and God dwelt there in the praises of His people. Until that tragic day when someone took offense to the cross and the word was given to either offer a representation of all beliefs or none at all. Not wanting to display and encourage the worship of other Gods, he choose none at all and was forced to pull all Christian items off the shelves despite his spiritual conviction.
Christmas arrived at this brand new high-tech hospital with a gleam of hope by the Menorah displayed at the front desk but when it came to hanging garland and displaying Santa’s in my friends attempt to meet this diversified creed he found that garland and ornaments were considered “Christian”. But what truly amazed me was that I never knew Santa had converted to Christianity. Tell me… since when did he give his life to Christ? Checking Bible Gateway revealed no reference to Santa Claus or for that matter garland. In fact… if I think back I find garland in my pagan past. My friend actually had a conference call about his alleged pro-Christmas stand where even the pagan acknowledged that my friend was right and Christmas trees and garland are from pagan traditions. However the HR committee decided that Santa and his reindeer, snowmen, Christmas trees, garland and ornaments along with the colors of gold red and white were guilty by association with the word “Christmas”. And so down came the garland, the snowmen melted and Santa flew out with his reindeer. Yet this leader of diversity defended the Reiki, Acupuncture and Singing Bowls… after all they had no association with “Christ” only the new age arts which fit the multi-faith label.
Now the symbols of Christ and the Christians are gone leaving a spiritual void for the diversified world and the ultimate healer and giver of eternal life has left the building. "911… what’s your emergency?” “Hospital is in Code Red”!
©By S. A. Tower, 2013
Coming soon.... this October.
What is Insights From Hindsight? Insights From Hindsight is a 30-day biblical study guide that corresponds with the book and offers spiritual insight into the events that transpired. It can be used as a personal study guide or for use with small groups. Included are sections on how to minister to those spiritually lost and spiritual warfare. These “insights” expand beyond the book and offer useful tips to engage in intercession.
Get this… you walk into Barnes & Noble only to find the store is half the size as it used to be. A quick glance and you notice the various Nook devices and loads of accessories. The barista counter is over in the far corner with tables for coffee talk discussion. Yet, something is missing… books! Where are all the paperback books? You look around and find several large flat screens playing a barrage of non-stop book trailers advertising the latest novels. Then you see it… The Espresso Book Machine (EBM). It has the same concept as the Red Box that you rent movies from. Only these aren’t videos, but a catalogue of books! You skim through the different categories until you find it, that’s right... Taken From The Night. The description tells you it’s a true supernatural story of an ex-witch saved by grace. You slide your credit card and with the push of a button, you experience print on demand taken to a whole new level. Within the time it takes to grab a cup of espresso, the machine releases your book in the basket below, complete with cover, binding and contents. At last… you grab your mocha and find a nice comfy chair to engage in the encounter with God.
Seems like a far-fetched idea? Is this the wave of the future with books? Ever wonder why the book section keeps getting smaller at your local Barnes & Noble or other bookstores? Well get ready… because they actually already have The Espresso Book Machine available now in 30 different locations across the USA and the UK. It is the cutting edge of the printing revolution and is sure to change the entire publishing industry. And yes... rest assured we have jumped aboard and Taken From The Night will soon be available at your nearest Espresso Book Machine. Cheers!
© S. A. Tower, 2012
With the rewrite finished, the manuscript was sent off for a line edit. I’m anxious for its return. It’s amazing to see what actually goes into publishing a book. To think that the first draft was over 400 pages long and has slowly shaped down to half that. In the long run it’s a much tighter story and certainly more enjoyable for the reader. I have to admit it is humbling to bare your soul on the pages of a book. Each page unlocks the secrets of your heart and exposes your vulnerability to the reader. Next chapter… the manuscript undergoes a grammar makeover.
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