SWOP-A-GAME

On 9 September 2009 God intervened in my life in a dramatic and awesome way by opening my eyes to the terrifying and severe assault of Satan on mankind through the very games I was selling in my shop. This was the beginning of a very weird and radical new view of the world of modern games. This started a new warning system to warm people about these games. This Creed is just a further attempt to inform and warn people. We already distributing a DVD in Afrikaans and working on an English DVD as well.  We are available to schools, churches and other groups with a dynamic presentation and Power Point program in Afrikaans and English to warn about “The assault of Satan through these games”

This Creed from SWOP-A-GAME is a personal warning that focuses on Satan’s assault on mankind through Playstation, Xbox, Computer, Psp and in increasingly Wii games.

This is our own personal outlook that is grounded on 17 years of experience in this particular field, hundreds of testimonies of people, research on this topic and particular emphasis on the Bible as the prominent backbone for our research.

The Bible, although written 2000 years ago, and particular the New Testament, is surprisingly accurate on the things that are happening in today’s modern games. In this Creed I am going to point out a few of these aspects.

I WILL AND CANNOT JUDGE ANYONE that in his right mind, as an adult person, chooses by his own free will to buy and /or play any of these games himself.  Neither will I judge anyone who does not consider the Bible to be the foundation of his or her own life, or interprets the Bible differently to myself.

God gave in His Word (Genesis) all human beings a free will and choice, so that someday everyone will be liable for his or her own actions.

We will, no matter a person’s age, carry on to warn and inform any individual about a game that we have knowledge of being in anyway possibly harmful to their lives. We will do this verbally or by use of stickers that will be stuck on the covers of these specific games. Our research on this topic will continue, and we welcome any form of assistance in this regard. It is very clear that Satan is very crafty and clever.

I believe that we cannot even see the tip of the iceberg concerning Satan’s assault on the lives of mankind through these games. The more I study my Bible the more this seems to be true.

We are aware of the ignorance in many cases of parents that do not play these games themselves. We would like to share the knowledge we have about these games thoroughly with everyone so that everyone will be properly informed and aware.  I myself was for 15 years deceived by Satan and have sold hundreds even thousands of these games without warning people. I thank and Praise the Lord for opening my eyes for this assault of Satan, and more so thank Him for His grace and forgiveness for my uncountable sins in selling these games with- out warning in the past.

In cases where a friend, family member or parent buys one of these games for and under aged child, we will warn you to an even greater extent. This is my pledge from God’s Word as started in Ezekiel 33: 7 - 9.

Ezekiel 33: 7-9:  “Son of man, I have made you watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his way’s, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn form his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.”

This Creed is based on the following;

1. I believe in God being the Holy, Almighty, Omnipresent, and all Knowing Creator God. I believe in Jesus Christ my personal Savior, the risen God that will return to earth as the Almighty King to judge everyone on all that they have done. I believe that through His blood I am washed clean of all my terrible sins.

I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit living inside me. The power through which Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and that it is available to me.

I believe in the entire Bible being the full true Word of God. I literally believe in every word written in the Bible.

2. I believe that the world of games, be it Playstation, Xbox, Computer and more increasingly PSP and Wii console games being used by Satan and his forces to keep people away from God.

The Apostle Paul was so right when he wrote:

Romans 1:30 (NIV) “... they invent ways of doing evil”

Paul is saying that we are not satisfied in the way we are already sinning. We will discover new ways in which to sin (TV, Computers, Cell phones, Playstations, Xbox’s, etc.) These things can easily become modern day idols. Luke is also very clear to who in charge is of all these things:

Luke 4:6 “And he said to him (the devil speaking), I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.”

My question to you is who then, is in control of the game world?

3. I believe that Satan is a lot smarter than we think. There is written:

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 “and no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve”

Satan is not interested in turning you into a Satanist, rapist or murderer by you playing games.  Although, in extreme cases this could be true.  No my friend he simply wants to waste enough of your time, money and your attention so that you do not have enough time for the things of God.  It is written:

2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing (This exactly describes the content of modern games) They perish because they refused  to love the truth and so be saved”

However, then this most shocking verse:

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

It is as if though God has had enough of this unrighteousness and then allows people to believe the lie that Satan has given them.

So I ask you, how much of your time and money have you spend on games in comparison to the amount that you have spent on God and the expansion of His Kingdom?

Alternatively, has Satan already blinded you to these facts so that you too need to think of all sorts of excuses to back up your perceptions and ideas of these games?

4. The Question that many people ask is:

“Can any of these games then actually be considered good?’

Let me answer by asking a few personal questions:

  • By playing these games, can you honestly say that your relationship with the Lord has grown stronger and that you long to Worship and Praise Him more and more every day? That the more you play and the more intense these games become, the closer it brings you to God?
  • The more you play these games; can you honestly say that the time you actually spend with God has increased and has improved your relationship with Him?
  • The more you play these games; can you honestly say that your church attendance has increased and that you have become a more valuable asset to the church itself. The more you play these games, can you honestly say that your relationship with your life partner, boyfriend or girlfriend from their point of view, has grown stronger, especially when they are not playing with?
  • The more you and your children play games; can you say that work/ academic achievements have bettered as well as those of your children?
  • The more you play games; can you honestly say that your values and morals have bettered from what they were before you started playing?
  • The more your children play games; can you say that their behavior and discipline have bettered and that they now enjoy doing activities of value and have become more sensitive to their own wrongdoings?
  • In the progressive playing of these games, have you or your children found that any of these games are promoting the Bible and that God is praised.  (I ask again. Who is really in charge of the game world?)

Congratulations if you can answer “Yes” to one or two of the above questions. I have been in the game business for 17 years and have heard from thousands of people exactly the opposite.

The next statements are rather true:

  • The more you play these games, the further you move away from God. (I am talking about the one and only living God, not some idol god that you can use to ease your conscience)
  • The more you play these games, among one of the first thing that you water down is your personal time that you spend with the Lord and your desire to build a relationship with Him.
  • The more you play these games; you start to become engulfed by the fantasy world of them your church attendance and urge to attend the church becomes less and less and the only reason for occasional church attendance is to ease your own conscience.
  • From testimonies, it has been concluded that by playing these games as a “serious gamer” the rest of the family are cut short, especially in the cases where the rest of the family are not playing with.
  • Academic achievement usually drops due to the uncontrolled amount of hours that children are allowed to play games. This is particularly true in the cases where a child plays a game that has a higher age restriction than he should be allowed to play.
  • In many of these games, children are shown how to rebel against rules and regulations, to be disobedient, publicize arrogance and to experiment with sex and rugs.
  • Dear parent, you will have to deal with these issues one day when he/ she reaches their teenage years. From the testimonies of both parents and children themselves, unfortunately this will be the case 80% or more of the time.

5. Many people ask the question:

“What about the age restriction on games? Isn’t it a good guideline?”

It is very important to note that the age restrictions on games nowadays have unfortunately slacked to the point where they are not reliable enough to base a decision on. We live in a world that supposedly gives us religious freedom. Although satanic rituals are banned by the law, Satanism is a legal religion in South Africa. No warnings are given on games if they contain satanic or occult rituals. Nor are any warnings posted for blasphemy. In other words, you are warned about violence in a game but you are not warned against satanic, occult or blaspheming against God.

In many games, the story of the Bible is molded, changed, made fun of or said to be false. God the Father, Jesus the Savior and the Holy Spirit the Helper are mocked directly and sometimes even by name.

In some of these games, the story of the Bible is twisted and changed so subtly that the “gamer” does not even realize it.

The warning in the book of Revelation is very clear and very direct:

Revelations 22:18-19 “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are de- scribed in this book.”

Someone does not need much of mental ability or necessarily question how God feels about his word in the Bible.

(This says that he or she playing these games will go to hell - frightening, but true)

I am also convinced that the demonic and satanic content in games are strategically placed into these games to increase the addictive aspect of them. After 17 years’ experience in the game industry I can honestly say that the above statement is true in 80% of cases.

I know that just about all businesses do not care what they sell and to whom they sell it anymore. The idol of money is the only aspect that matters and the purpose is only to sell as many of these games as possible. Age restrictions are very strict when it comes to alcohol (that destroys the body) but in the case of games (that can destroy the soul); it is shocking. I have seen an 18-year-old age restricted game being sold to child as young as 9 years old without question.

6. The question many people ask and I have asked myself many times. What purpose is there then in continuing the business SWOP-A-GAME?

Our sole purpose is to warn and inform people of this terrifying and severe assault of Satan. Even if I need to in spite of business, sell any games no more, I will carry on fighting Satan in this terrain. In keeping this business open I can speak as an authority and have the privilege to reach many more people walking into my shop with this message.

God did not destroy the tree in the middle of the Garden of Eden, he merely warned the people not to eat from it. God respected the free choice that He gave to humans. I have thrown out games to the worldly value of R70 000 and daily losing money and customers due to my weird outlook on games. The peace and the blessings God has given me since I took this chance are absolutely amazing.

I would like to clarify that I will not in any way judge anyone in spite of my warnings that would still like to buy and play a game. I will not force the message of the Bible onto anyone. My responsibility, although stretches a bit further than that of the so called, “gamer.”  If he is wrong he is only responsible for his actions in standing before the judgement throne of God.  I am also responsible for every game I am selling and not warning people against the possible dangers thereof. I might be wrong but this will remain to be my focus and my larger goal.  Anyway, my view point won’t endanger anyone at all.

J A Malan

Owner-SWOP-A-GAME

 

We will welcome any testimonies concerning this creed and experiences of people who want to share it with us.

 

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We are receiving testimonies every day and experiencing the intensifying onslaught of Satan on the work we are doing. 

Please pray for continuing of this work.  If you need help, you can contact us and we will put you in contact with the right people.