The Wicker Man is a giant effigy allegedly used by the Druids to perform human sacrifice, according to the writings of Julius Caesar. He mentions it as one method in which the Celts performed rituals, but other than Caesar's observations there is little scholarly corroboration. In today's neopagan practices, a Wicker Man may be used for celebration of a fire feast or at harvest time (although nowadays it's without the human sacrifice).
MAINSTREAMING PAGANISM IN THE CHUCH
THE WICKER MAN
“Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.” Leviticus 20:2-6
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” Matthew 18:6-7
John MacArthur’s Regeneration Camp is held each summer during the Druid festival of Lugnasadh. Parents and churches from all over the United States send their adolescent children to Camp Regen. There the young people may be hearing sermons about holiness and separation from the world, but they are also learning and practicing the customs of the heathen. Regeneration Camp games and activities look like harmless fun but they have a most sinister source—the Druid fire festivals of Great Britain. Regen campers may be having fun now, but they are unwittingly traveling a dangerous path on the road to destruction.
“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.” Deut. 18:9-12
How must God view the spectacle of Christian youth playing “funeral games” on the pagan feast of Lughnasadh––with their faces painted and bodies tattooed, making war cries and playing tug of war around a sacrificed pig’s head, slogging in the mud like swine and displaying the spirit of revelry at pagan rock concerts, etc.? The ultimate funeral game and high point of the Druid festivals, however, is the burning of the Wicker Man, and there were even vestiges of this abomination at the Regeneration and Forest Home youth camps.
According to the Beltane Fire Society, “Our previous Lughnasadh celebrations have often included burning a wicker man, vegan feast, lamb or pig spit-roast, games and challenges, community-focused ritual, usually finished off with some drumming and dancing around a big bonfire.” (beltane.org
) In pre-Christian Britain, and even later, a sacrifice was made by fire of one or more human victims in a giant wicker cage made in the image of a giant, that is a Nephilim.
Today there are popular Wicker Man festivals in the British Isles on the Druid feasts. Several Wicker Man festivals were held in the weeks preceding the 2012 London Olympics, which occurred during the Festival of Lughnasadh. For example, a major Wicker Man festival was held in Scotland the week prior to the Olympics and various Wicker Man festivities were held in England and Ireland during the month of July.
Although the horrific Wicker Man sacrifice is alleged to no longer be performed, its memory has been revived and popularized in modern times by film industry––the 1967 British novel, Ritual, the 1973 British horror film, The Wicker Man and more recently in the U.S. with yet another Wicker Man film in 2006 starring Nicholas Cage. The 1973 version of the film was released in British theaters on July 27, 2012, the date of the Olympics Opening, and a scene from the Wicker Man film was shown as part of the ceremony. Exactly one year to the day later, on July 27, 2013, an edited version of the film was released in the U.S.
THE WICKER MAN
Forest Home Camp & Retreat Center “Core Values” begins with the Mission Statement “Encounter Jesus. Experience Transformation. Engage the World.” Forest Home’s “Vision” is “to partner with the Church to create a revolutionary Christ-centered experience in which people of all ages... connect with God through His creation.” Connecting with God through His creation is pantheism. “Pantheism, and the worship of nature...lay at the root of all pagan idolatries.” (Fausset’s Bible Dictionary) Pantheism and nature worship are condemned by God in Romans 1:23-25:
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creation more than the Creator.”
The “Core Values” of Forest Home require, not Bible study, but innovative, revolutionary thinking: “Dream Big,” “Think outside the box,” and “Dream, plan and execute new ideas.” This is the transformational, New Age language of the church growth movement which is transforming churches into centers of pagan worship. This is being done by subtly introducing elements of pagan worship to church programs for children through adults.
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