Occult and witchcraft in new Dr. Strange movie "making Satanists the heroes"
Superhero comics have captivated children and adults for decades. However, certain characters become increasingly shady over the years, raising serious concerns about diabolical content that encourages witchcraft and the occult.
Today, millions of children and even many Christians are being indoctrinated with the idea that it is normal to channel other realms and entities that are ultimately demons. In truth, witchcraft and the occult have become so commonplace that people no longer seem to be shocked by their blatant presence.
Joe Schimmel, senior pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, CA told CBN News that Marvel's latest movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is "pushing the envelope" by "making Satanists the heroes."
Schimmel said Marvel is mixing Christian themes to make the movie seem right, "by making the bad guys have elements of Christ in them. A lot of Christians are letting their guard down, not realizing the darkness."
The pastor, who is also a documentary filmmaker, explained that the anti-God focus and evil messages in Marvel movies and DC comics are obvious.
"It's out in the open. They are influencing families and children. Our parents grew up with comic books. Now, they're superheroes but they're not the same comics they were then...they've gotten a lot darker," he told CBN News.
"God uses stories and songs in scripture. Jesus taught through stories. We have to make sure we put on the armor of God and be discerning ... so we're not ignorant to Satan's wiles."
The new film is replete with countless scenes of the heroes casting spells, using occult methods and Eastern religious elements, and interacting with demons. But one of the gentler scenes is being called especially sacrilegious by Christians who have seen it. In the scene, Dr. Strange runs his hand through a cup that turns water into wine, making the sorcerer casting the spell look like Jesus Christ.
Dr. Strange is inspired by a real-life Satanist.
Schimmel noted the similarities between Dr. Strange and controversial real-life occultist Aleister Crowley.
"Doctor Strange himself, many people are unaware that he was created in the image of Aleister Crowley, known as the most wicked man on earth," he said. "Doctor Droom then reincarnated. If you look at the story, he's an Englishman, a witch, he discovers himself, he synthesizes the occult. He uses a third eye to practice his magic."
Schimmel continued, "This is an avowed Satanist who has been turned into a superhero by Marvel.
It's a spiritual war
Focus on the Family's PluggedIn.com agrees that this latest Marvel movie is awash in witchcraft.
Their review says, "Put Dr. Strange and Scarlet Witch together in one movie, and you know what you get? Magic. Lots and lots of magic. And we're not talking Lord of the Rings-style spells. The magic we see in this movie feels as dark and occult as anything we've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe."
"The Multiverse of Madness draws a distinction between the sorcery Dr. Strange uses and the sorcery Wanda practices. But, apparently, both can use the same type of spell books, two of which play a big role in the film. We see both of them cast a dizzying number of spells."
When asked what is the best way for Christians to understand the demonic nature of these characters, Pastor Schimmel said we must look to the Word of God.
"It's spiritual warfare. As Christians, we have to always be diligent to protect our children. We are supposed to hate evil and love God...renounce the works of darkness."
Marvel and DC's war against God
Pastor Schimmel, founder of Good Fight Ministries, recently released the first installment of a seven-part documentary titled Marvel and DC's War on God.
The series highlights how the popular comic books, and the movies they have spawned, are filled with anti-Christ themes that glorify violence, sexual perversion, blasphemy and the occult.
The Anti-Christ Agenda is the first installment in the series.
Schimmel says the series aims to shed light on the sinister content of these films and comics.
"We are called to expose the evil that is going on. Let people know they need to put on the full armor of God, guard their hearts and minds," he said. "Evaluate what you are seeing. Hold it up to the lens of Scripture. Guard our hearts, families and churches. Lift it all up in the light of Christ. Jesus is the ultimate superhero."
Pastor Schimmel added, "We believe we can point people to Jesus as the ultimate superhero."
Writers Admit to Demonic Activity
Finally, he explained that some major comic book writers have actually admitted to using seduction, manipulation, the occult and the Bible to influence children to see God in a distorted way.
"What we've done is look at the screenwriters, the directors and the worldviews and what they're trying to convey," he told CBN News. "What is the worldview of the writer and the director and what is the message - what are they trying to communicate?"
Schimmel noted that the top three comic book writers are Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and the late Stan Lee. "Moore claims to have contacted a demon of the visual arts and channels as he writes. Morrison contacted the spirit realm and was inspired by these spirits. He tells children that he contacted demons...to practice rituals."
Schimmel explained that many parents don't even realize what's going on.
"We have to be careful what comes through the doors of our children's ears and eyes," he concluded.