Disney: Why Bible Believers Should Avoid The Magic Kingdom

Is there any company as well known and widely accepted as Disney?  From its incredible theme parks to outstanding movies, you can find the influences of this company nearly everywhere you turn.  Interestingly, most professing Christians are just as charmed with Disney as unbelievers … a distressing observation when you consider that professing Christians claim to believe the Bible.

Disney: Why Bible Believers Should Avoid The Magic Kingdom

Before I go any further, let me acknowledge that this article will probably step on some toes and it may offend some of you.  That is not my intention and I hope that you will receive what I say in the spirit in which it is written – one of love, compassion and concern.

When I was very young, my parents were convicted to not allow Disney into our home.  We children knew who Mickey Mouse was but we were taught to not play with him or any other Disney characters.  Why?

Well, what are some of the main words that come to mind when you think of Disney?

Magic.  Sorcery.  Wizard.  Enchanted.  Witchcraft.

Does any of that sound familiar?

Within the past few days, there have been many people upset about the possibility of Disney turning Elsa, the main character from Frozen, into a lesbian.  Most of these people are upset because they consider homosexuality to be a sin – an abomination, according to Leviticus 18:22.  But it has not seemed to occur to these people that Disney has been propagating sin and abominations ever since its establishment.  Let’s take a look at a few Scriptures.

“There shall not be found among you anyone who … practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.  For all who do these things are an abomination to YHWH.” – Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Shall we dive a little into the meanings of these words?

H07081 Kecem – divination, witchcraft.

In 1 Samuel 15:23, we are told that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

H5172 Nachash – to practice divination, practice fortunetelling, take as an omen
H6049 Anan – to practice soothsaying, conjure

Leviticus 19:26 tells us, “nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying”.

H3784 Kashaph – meaning to practice witchcraft or sorcery, use witchcraft, sorcerer/sorceress

“You shall not permit a sorceress to live.” –  Exodus 22:18.

H3049 yid’oniy – a familiar spirit, soothsayer, necromancer

“Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am YHWH your God.” – Leviticus 19:31

“And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.” – Leviticus 20:6

“A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.” – Leviticus 20:27

It seems pretty clear from these verses that everything pertaining to witchcraft, sorcery, magic, etc, is a sin and abomination.  And just in case anyone objects to solely using passages from the Old Testament scriptures to support this view, let’s see what the New Testament has to say about it.

Galatians 5:20 tells us that those who practice witchcraft (G5331 pharmakeiasorcery, magical arts) will not inherit the kingdom of God.  In Revelations 9:21, witchcraft is mentioned in connection with idolatry, murder, sexual immorality and theft.  And we are told in Acts 19:19 that when those who had practiced witchcraft came to faith in Messiah, they burned their books/resources.

I am not aware of one instance in the Bible where witchcraft or sorcery is exonerated.  So then why is it acceptable to welcome these things into our homes in the form of entertainment and children’s toys, and pay money to experience them at theme parks?

Disney: Why Bible Believers Should Avoid The Magic Kingdom

When my sisters and I were discussing this issue, and I mentioned that I have never heard anyone give a Biblically sound reason for embracing Disney, one of my sisters told me she was talking with a girl she had met and the girl mentioned how much she enjoyed these things.  When my sister mentioned that the Bible forbids them, the girl replied, “Yes, it does say that, but you can learn so many good morals from them!”

It would be laughable if it weren’t so pitiable!  Why don’t we welcome adulterers and murderers in to learn good morals from them as well?  In the eyes of the Almighty, are those not the same type of sins as witchcraft?

Disney is often referred to as ‘the magic kingdom’.  Since the Bible tells us that magic is an abomination and those who practiced it were to receive the death penalty, would it not be more accurate to call it ‘the devil’s kingdom’?

For anyone who is not quite convinced, I want to talk about Disney movies for a minute.  I have never seen a Disney movie – and I don’t plan to either!  But I decided to look up the plot summaries of seven of their well-known productions.  Let’s read through them and every time you see the references to magic, witchcraft and sorcery (which include things like fairies, wizards, trolls, spells and enchantment), remember that these things are an abomination to our Creator.

Frozen
Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna’s sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It’s a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can’t stop. She fears she’s becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.

Tangled
After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower’s magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life.

Brave
Merida, a Scottish princess whose interests include archery and horse riding, is told by her mother that her interests are not what a princess should be doing and that she has to marry. But Merida chooses to defy her mother. And when she and her mother have an argument Merida rides off and meets a witch. She asks for a spell to change her mother. And the witch gives her a cake which she gives to her mother but the change is not what she was hoping for. So she tries to find a way to fix it.

Beauty and the Beast
Prince Adam was cursed to a beast form by Enchantress who saw no love in his arrogant heart for others. The one way he could break the spell was to learn to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal from his enchanted rose fell, which would bloom until his twenty-first birthday. But who could ever learn to love a beast? Ten years later, Maurice, an inventor from a nearby village, becomes lost in the woods and seeks shelter in the Beast’s castle, the Beast imprisons him for trespassing. His daughter Belle, a bookworm who dreams of life outside her provincial village, finds him trapped in the castle and offers her place instead. The Beast accepts with a promise she’ll remain in the castle forever. In the beginning Belle views him as nothing more than a monster, he views her as difficult and stubborn. But the two soon taste the bitter-sweetness of finding you can change and learning you were wrong.

The Little Mermaid
Loosely based upon the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Ariel, youngest daughter of King Triton, is dissatisfied with life in the sea. She longs to be with the humans above the surface, and is often caught in arguments with her father over those “barbaric fish-eaters”. She goes to meet Ursula, the Sea Witch, to strike a deal, but Ursula has bigger plans for this mermaid and her father.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one – her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs – Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love’s kiss can save her!

The Princess and the Frog
A modern day retelling of the classic story The Frog Prince. The Princess and the Frog finds the lives of arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana crossing paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician and Tiana, following suit, upon kissing the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams.

 As I mentioned last year in my post about homosexual marriage, if people do not believe in the God of the Bible, then it makes sense for them to accept and practice what the Bible calls sin.  I don’t agree with them but I can hardly blame them!  But for those people who do profess to follow the Bible, in light of the passages presented above, I cannot comprehend how they find it acceptable to welcome Disney into their homes.

I will close with one more verse … after we are told in Deuteronomy 18:10-12 to not practice these things because they are an abomination, verse 13 tells us, “You shall be blameless before YHWH your God.”  The word for blameless means ‘perfect’, ‘upright’ and ‘without spot/blemish’.

I meant to only share one verse but the meaning of that one reminded me of another one!  Ephesians 5:27, speaking of the Messiah, says, “that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”

Dear friends, please hear this in love: we cannot be holy and spotless when we welcome magic, witchcraft and sorcery into our homes and lives.

79 thoughts on “Disney: Why Bible Believers Should Avoid The Magic Kingdom

  1. I want to say thank you for having the spiritual courage to share the truth. And to be open about it… online. This was just one of many things that were brought to my attention when I was Redeemed.

    Thank you and may you be blessed…

    1. Thank you, Andrea. I have found that it is a topic that is rarely discussed in blogging, and yet it is seems so blatantly clear in Scripture! I mean, people can come up with various opinions on the ‘hot’ topics and normally use some Scripture to support their views, but I just don’t understand how one can explain away this issue!

  2. It is a blessing to hear someone speaking up about this. 🙂 Many people would think it’s odd to not watch these Disney “classics”, but it’s definitely been a blessing to me that my parents made the same decision about not watching them because of the witchcraft. Little children often watch these movies & fall in love with them & want to be just like the main characters (especially when the stores start selling all the dolls and clothes–and everything else-with the movie characters on them), so it’s especially wonderful when parents are aware of this from the start.

    “Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart”(Psalm 119:2)

    <3

    1. Thank you for sharing, Joy. You made a good point about how young children especially fall in love with the characters (which, in actuality, are just a fantasy) and are far more enamored with them and imitating them, than they are about any Biblical characters. It’s sad 🙁

  3. Thank you! We see it this way too and I loved hearing it from your view as I hope it will be our daughters as they grow up.

  4. Yes, thanks for speaking out about Disney. It’s not only the “magic” that goes on but the sex and perversion as well. Disney himself was a pedophile. Look up Disney and the illuminati and you will indeed get educated all about Disney’s evil. Odd before I knew all about this , I never cared for Disney as a child as well as my two sons which are now grown.
    Irene

    1. Yes, there are multiple other reasons to speak out against Disney! But, as I told someone, if people are willing to make excuses for the fact that Scripture forbids magic and Disney encourages it … I don’t know that anything else will convince them!

  5. We cannot be holy and spotless even when we DON’T allow these things into our homes and lives. Only Jesus can make us pure.

    As a side note, what do you think of C.S. Lewis’, The Chronicles of Narnia?

    1. “Only Jesus can make us pure.” That’s debatable, considering that people were considered pure before the time of Messiah 🙂

      Re: Narnia, our family is convicted to have nothing to do with it. I understand that there is some Christian influence but with the Greek and Roman mythology influences as well, I feel that it is a mixing of good and evil. Not to mention that magic is portrayed in a positive light.

        1. So the standard changed at a time period in history? This is not supported by Scripture. Besides, you did change the wording. I said “we cannot be holy and spotless when we welcome magic, witchcraft and sorcery into our homes and lives” … your response is “only Jesus can make us pure”. It is true that one can reject certain aspects of evil and yet still be stained by sin. But for someone to accept the saving blood of the Messiah and then embrace what is an abomination to Him … well, Hebrews 10 addresses that and I want no part of it.

          1. Oh, sorry for the misunderstanding. Allow me to clarify. When I said, “Only Jesus can make us pure,” I simply chose synonymous wording to say, “Only Jesus can make us holy and spotless.” My point is exactly what Margaret said in her comment below.

            We are all stained by sin until Jesus washes us clean. And only he can do that. We can try really hard to be good, to do all the right things, and to reject evil at every turn. But we are still sinners. Jesus is the only one who can transform us, wash us clean, and make us right with God. Even the act of rejecting that which is evil is something only Jesus can do in us. No act on our part makes us holy or spotless before God.

            To answer your first question… Yes, the standard changed at the cross. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were made pure by the law. Jesus came to fulfill the law and to make us pure by the blood of His son. This is clearly seen all over Scripture, particularly in Hebrews 9.

            And to clarify, by all of these comments, I am nowhere suggesting someone can “accept the saving blood of the Messiah and then embrace what is an abomination to him…” I wholeheartedly disagree with that idea.

            Thanks for the discussion! So helpful!

            1. The law was and still is God’s instructions. He doesn’t change. He tells us in both the new and old to be holy as He is holy. Why would He command us to do something we can’t do? I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me….right? Christ was here in the beginning along with His Father. He never contradicted His Father. They both are the same yesterday, today, and forever… So the commands Father gave us are His. If we walk in His Ways, we are holy (set apart) because they are His Ways…not mine, not yours, but His Ways, His Word. One of the ways to be set apart is to not allow sorcery, magic, and witchcraft into our homes (or hearts or minds, etc). That’s not a far off out of reach thing… We can do that. It’s Him that told us to do it. He lovingly gave us the boundary for our own good. He will not force us to do it, but He will not (can’t) bless disobedience. He loves us so much that He does not let us stay comfortable in our sin… for long. The question isn’t “Does He love us?” Rather, it is, “Do we love Him?” If we love Him, we will obey His commands. Jesus hates what His Father hates. To say Jesus is now okay with what His Father called (and still calls) an abomination is plain confusing and totally untrue.

              1. I’m not saying, “Jesus is now okay with what His Father called (and still calls) an abomination.” That is the furthest thing from what I am trying to point out. Sorry, I sometimes have a hard time explaining myself!

                Yes, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Word hasn’t changed. The law hasn’t changed. The purpose of the law HAS changed. The way it applies to our hearts HAS changed. This is very clear throughout the Bible, especially in the New Testament. Read the book of Hebrews or Romans, where it contrasts very clearly what the law used to do and what it does now. Things changed at the cross.

                Yes, he calls us to be holy and he gives us commands, but we can do nothing in our own strength or power. It means absolutely nothing to follow his commands if I don’t do them for the right reasons, recognizing that it is he who works these things in me.

                This is why Christianity is not about doing. Jesus already did it. Our response to what Jesus did for us should not be to follow every little thing he said so we can be good people and make God happy. Our response should be to first soak ourselves in the Word (no presuppositions, but what the Word says and means and intends for us) so we know what he says, then to follow his Word out of love and gratefulness for the work he accomplished on the cross.

                Not allowing evil in our homes does not make us right with God. Jesus did that on the cross. Not allowing evil in our homes is one way we can honor God, obey his Word, and show the world who it is we serve.

                These are important clarifications. Sorry if there has been misunderstanding in this discussion. It’s just that your last statement in this article bothered me because it seemed to twist the gospel. Perhaps we’re on the same page here, we’re just stating it differently.

                Thanks for being willing to work this out with me.

            2. Lydia,
              No one was ever made pure by the law… the sacrificial system which pointed to Christ is how the Old Testament saints became right with God, by grace through faith.

              Romans 4:1-8
              What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.
              But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
              “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
              And whose sins are covered;
              Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”

        1. These articles are terrible! Since I have not read/watched Harry Potter, I cannot offer a detailed rebuttal. But all throughout Scripture, we see that the Father hates syncretism. This is why He told the Israelites to utterly destroy the pagan nations that were in the land … so that they would not be led astray. This is why He said over and over to not worship Him in the way the heathen worship their gods. Isaiah 5:20 – “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;” When we try to endorse evil, and use Scriptural principles to support it, that’s scary. I would not like to be in the shoes of those authors.

          1. Well, I’m afraid we disagree on this point. While I think you’re coming to an inaccurate conclusion biblically, I can respect your decision on these matters, because I see your heart’s desire is to do what is right. Praying for you as you continue seeking Him, friend!

            1. Lydia,

              Scriptures tell us that Satan is subtle, a trickster, deceiver, a lier… If you have ever read the auto biography of C.S. Lewis you will find out who he really was. He was converted from the occult into Roman Catholicism – another cult, and not true Biblical Christianity.

              He tells how he and Tolken were both members of the Golden Dawn – a secret society cult. They would meet together to discuss how they would intertwine mythology with Christianity in order to make it more paletable for children.

              In Narnia, the children encounter hybrids. How does one get a hybrid without bestiality occuring? The children are crowned kings and queens of the North, South, East, and West. In the Occult that is directional spiritism, calling upon directional spirits for guidance. Lucy uses the elements to heal with – directional spiritism, which is a Wiccian spell process.

              In the Occult, they love to play with words Asalan – as a lion.

              1 Peter 5:8
              “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

              Psalms 17:12
              “Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.”

              I could go on and on but I hope you are seeing the truth of the war we are engaged in through the media and so called Christians which are really wolves.

              Source:
              C.S. Lewis Was Not A Christian By His Own Words: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDB7B7CFC474773AA

              Blessings,
              Sonya

              1. This is helpful, thank you. Personally, I see a difference between participation in evil, and observing evil and learning from it. It is impossible not to observe evil as it is all around us, even in our very lives. We see evil in ourselves, our family, our friends, the church, every book we read, every movie we see (no matter how Christian), and even in the Bible. That doesn’t mean we try to avoid all of these things. That would be impossible and unbiblical. Instead, we learn how to have a proper perspective of them and use them as our guide.

                Furthermore, to be consistent, if we’re going to stay away from Narnia because the author wasn’t Christian, we have to stay away from music written by almost all classical composers, many of the hymns in our hymnals, and of course, many clean, family-friendly books/movies. And then there’s the fact that many people who claim to be Christian aren’t, and some even claim not to be later in life.

                There is no way to get away from evil and sin, and I don’t think God intended for us to get away from it, but rather learn how to live in the world and influence and learn from it. Again, the difference between participation and engagement. The difference between non-participation and avoidance.

                Thanks as always for the discussion!

              2. Lewis was never a Roman Catholic. Lewis converted to the Anglican church after he was an atheist. And there is a great difference between those two churches.

      1. Hannah said: ““Only Jesus can make us pure.” That’s debatable, considering that people were considered pure before the time of Messiah”

        Yikes….people were sinners before Christ came and after. Only by looking ahead to a future Messiah were they made righteous. People were definitely not pure. *Only* Christ can take away the sins of His people…sins past, present and future. He alone is worthy of all praise because of His perfect, sinless life, death and resurrection on our behalf! Chris was/is not a plan B. He is the alpha and the omega.

        I am not throwing this in here to be unkind…but I’m just a little concerned that your theology is off a bit…? 🙂

        Re: Disney…I am definitely not into it now….but dont’ have a huge problem with some of the older classic movies like Cinderella and Snow White. Magic…? Yes…however, it is more of an imagination thing that we like….it’s fun and imaginative. Our great Lord gave us these imaginations to use! 🙂 We like Narnia and Lord of the Rings movies…although we were always sure to talk to our children about magic and wizardry not being a God-honoring thing and honestly, I think we all honestly just view it from a *pretend* stand point. Not in an evil way. Narnia is an allegory. We enjoy the story and the fun of it….but definitely base ourselves in the Truth of God’s Word. We don’t do Harry Potter though….as it focuses on Wizardry and that is too much in my opinion.

        It is also disappointing because Disney, apparently, has added the first openly gay scene in its remaking of Beauty and the Beast. I have only heard of it in the news.

        Just my two cents. 🙂 Have a lovely week!

      2. Hannah, it’s not debatable at all… the Old Testament day saints were only made pure via the sacrificial system that pointed to Messiah, not by their own works.

        Hebrews 9:11-22
        But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
        For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

    2. My family grew up on the Chronicles of Narnia, and though I believe CS Lewis had good intentions, I believe it’s still mixing. My husband and I have chosen not to go that direction. God says to not add to or take away from His Word. Having characters that do magic, or are half man and half horse, and are being portrayed as good, is definitely going against His Word. There’s more than just that, but that alone raises red flags. Half man and half animal also supports evolution and flies in the face of the Biblical account of Creation. Another thing to consider: What “characters” did Jesus use in His “storytelling” (parables)?

    3. Dear Lydia, are you inferring that since “we cannot be holy and spotless” that we shouldn’t even try?

  6. We must do what we are called/convicted to do/not do, but no matter how hard we try we are NEVER spotless and never will be, only through the grace of God are we clean. Thanks Lydia.

  7. Thank you for your bravery and posting this article. I unfortunately grew up with Disney all around me – literally! Walt Disney’s personal secretary was my father’s aunt. I was on movie sets all the time, my birthday parties were filled with Disney reel-to-reel (yes I’m old. Lol) movies and memorabilia, and I was even given a free trip to Walt Disney World in 1996. All that to say, is that the darkness of Disney is even WORSE than most people know. Disney was a 33 degree mason, he rarely came outside during the day because he hated the light, he was hooked on opium, and he was an open pedophile around friends and his employees. And that’s only the basic surface of what I know about him. It gets worse. All this to say, is that it’s been extremely difficult in separating myself from these evil clutches since becoming a Believer in Messiah Yahushua but I’ve been set free!! So keep encouraging people to stay far away from that corporation. The enchantment is very real, very dark, and the adversary has his hands all over it. Like you said, it’s sad to see the number of “Believers” who think there’s nothing wrong with it. A chocolate chip cookie with a little tiny bit of horse manure is still inedible no matter how much sugar you add!!!

    1. Cindy, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. I think it is better to hear these things from someone who is more closely connected, than myself who is a rather distant observer! Your last line is so true! A little sin leavens the whole lump, especially when sin is portrayed as a good and positive thing.

  8. Hannah, thank you for writing this. You know, I never thought about Disney that way. Wow….this is an eye-opener for me.

    I grew up with Disney movies all around me. As an only child, who was left alone quite often, I relied on my imagination to keep me occupied. As a young adult my imagination (day dreaming) got me in trouble. But now as a believer in GOD, I realize that my gift of imagination is best served through creativity which is God centered.

    When I look around me and see nature, see my pets, see love, and see smiles, I am full of wonder and awe of our awesome God. What the Disney movies project holds nothing to what is real, what God has created.

  9. This is most interesting. I had someone ask me if I watch Disney movies and I said that I did. But as we started to talk about them I realized that what she was watching wasn’t anything that I knew. Because when I think of Disney movies, I think of the ones we watched like Old Yeller; Swiss Family Robinson; Davy Crockett; Treasure Island; Pollyanna; and Johnny Tremain.
    Watching movies where magic is portrayed as acceptable, especially for children, shapes ones view of what is right and wrong. I think Isaiah 5:20 can be applied to this.
    God Bless.

  10. Always interesting to read different views. 🙂 I LOVE fiction and always have, so I love symbolism, too. I definitely don’t like everything about Disney, but I haven’t written them off completely. I do appreciate Christians having convictions and sticking to them for sure. Blessings. 🙂

  11. I am so happy to see an article like this. When our children were young, I planned to never allow Disney movies in our home. But our church was more liberal about these things and I eventually gave in. This, and other things like it, are still regrets to me today. Keep speaking the truth, no matter how unpopular. Also, these were interesting posts on this subject. I used to be a fan of Narnia (another regret), but would not be today. Just an added note about Walt Disney … he was close friends with the artist Salvatore Dali (sp). I warn you about looking up the paintings of this man …. very unclean. Walt Disney was a wolf in sheep’s clothing … thank you again for speaking the truth.

  12. Hannah, I commend you for speaking the truth and standing on it publicly. So many Christians compromise the Word of God for many reasons and end up mixing biblical word with worldly, popular views. The Word says that we would suffer persecution for His namesake. It’s frustrating though when the persecution comes from other so-called believers and Christians. Your views on Disney are spot on. And if we are truly followers of Christ and have the Holy Spirit on the inside of us, we will hate what He hates….period. There’s no debate here. It is an anti-Christ spirit that will twist the Word and try to “reason” from the flesh. Thank you for bringing this issue to discussion and your wise insight on it.

  13. The Roman Catholic religion is not a cult. it was Jesus’ first religion. He made Saint Peter the leader of the church.
    Marilyn

    1. I have observed that the definition of a cult among professing Christians varies greatly. Would you please look at all the discrepancies between the practices of the Roman Catholic religion and Jesus’ recorded practices in the Bible and Catholic writings.

      1. Elizabeth, Catholicism is not a cult. It is the religion Jesus Christ founded. He entrusted the care of it to his apostles (the successors of which are the Bishops and priests we have today) and Christ made St. Peter the Church’s first pope.

        To a non-Catholic I can see how it may seem like there are discrepancies (“Catholics believe things not in the Bible!” or “The Pope said that, can you believe it?!”) but there are, in fact, no discrepancies between Catholic doctrine and Christ’s teachings and the Bible. (By the way, Jesus Christ’s revelation is passed to successive generations in two different forms, sacred scripture (the Bible) and sacred tradition (through apostolic succession)).

        I obviously cannot get into all of this in great enough detail in a comment box, you would have to do some research yourself, but briefly, Catholic doctrine is not in error (for clarity, a doctrine is an officially promulgated Catholic teaching…not just “the Pope said this yesterday” or “I saw my Catholic neighbor/friend/priest do that”). Yes there will be Catholics who are in error (Catholics sin – we are human, after all), yes the Pope can be in error – he is human, after all, and only protected by the Holy Ghost from error by the Holy Ghost in specific circumstances. But, actual Catholic doctrine is not in error, nor does it contradict anything Christ gave us.

        1. I do not want to turn this thread into a debate on Catholicism and it can be confusing to use the term “cult” since it is often defined as ” a system of religious beliefs and ritual” – which would define Catholicism as well as any other denomination. Suffice to say, there is no Biblical support for the idea that Jesus founded a new religion, and there is great evidence to support the idea of that there are discrepancies between Catholic doctrine and the teachings of Messiah/the Bible. Volumes have been written on this topic and yet I’m afraid it does little good to discuss it unless both parties are willing to consider the fact that they may be wrong and be willing to convert to the others opinion. I can say that due to the errors in Catholicism and knowing the truth of what I believe, there is no way I am willing to be convinced that the Roman church is actually Biblical. I imagine you are also convinced of the accuracy of your beliefs so with that being said, this is not the proper time and place to debate this issue. However, since this is our site, for the sake of our readers, I must contradict your statement that “actual Catholic doctrine is not in error, nor does it contradict anything Christ gave us” and acknowledge that this is not accurate.

  14. Thank you for posting this article. We were told years ago to stay away from Disney by the Southern Baptist Convention. I am thankful we saw in scripture also that this was forbidden by Messiah. I might add you might want to look at your stock portfolios and mutual funds or ask your financial advisers if you own Disney or Pixar stocks. Unknowingly your retirement savings might be supporting these companies.

  15. Lots to think of in your corner of blogland. The Spirit guides us to all truth. John 16:13. It’s beautiful to see young women diligent in pleasing God.

  16. Iagree is ful of aweful. yet I can use that like a health tearch in school did us to teach us what to avoid when we got out in the world because its witch craft and the acult. that health teacher had been a nun when she was young and even in public school she found a way to show us truth and get away with it. I can us thse shows for the same. I can also use them to help my kid understand why people need to be delivered. I am part f a delieverance team.

  17. One of the first things I think, when reading a convicted article like this, is “so, you only wear skirts, as well, do you?” but I see that you (most likely) do!

    I was wondering, since you seem to respond to comments, do celebrate christmas and easter? If not, why? if so, why?

    1. Hi Tracy, I do try to respond to comments – although not always in the time frame that I would like to!

      No, we do not celebrate Christmas and Easter. I can’t write out a detailed explanation in a comment – maybe that will be a future blog post once I’m all inspired and geared up to face a storm of controversy 😉 In a nutshell, they were formerly pagan holidays, involving the worship of false god, and I believe it is wrong to try to “Christianize” them. The Scriptures speak strongly against syncretism – mixing or combining different forms of worship. So much of the symbolism in these holidays is derived directly from pagan worship, sometimes even involving human sacrifices. Why would we, as Bible believers, want anything to do with them?

  18. So, not all Disney movies deal with magic – for example, Tarzan, The Aristocats, 101 Dalmations, The Fox and the Hound…I can see why someone would not want to watch those movies for other reasons (such as, “Why would I spend an hour and a half of my life in front of a screen when I can spend it in the word?”), but I would NOT condemn those movies like I would the Disney movies dealing with sorcery. How do you feel about those sorts of films?
    Also, I don’t really want to get involved in a C. S. Lewis debate (and I probably won’t because by the time I read this post, it’s kind of old, LOL), but I will say that in the case of observing evil, and not partaking of it, you can learn a lot. The best moral books to me are about immoral people and the consequences of sin – NOT about moral people. Granted, nothing freshens my resolve to seek after YHVH than hearing a believer gush with His praise and singing of His goodness, but I still find moral lessons in stories about not-so-holy people (as long as they are not justified in their sin). I loved reading Anna Karenina, because it specifically addressed dangers and compromises leading to adultery. So…that’s my take on that.

    1. I believe that Disney itself symbolizes so much wickedness and “mixing” of good and evil that my conviction is to stay far away from it all. Walt Disney himself was an evil man with an evil agenda and I believe that totally affects the productions, even if they may seem harmless.

      I agree that you can learn from observing evil but not partaking of it. We see this in Scripture – there are historical accounts of adultery, incest, murder, etc. It happens. It’s not a sin to acknowledge that. But the problem is that sin is often sensationalized. We can learn moral lessons without immersing ourselves in the thrill and sensation of sin. I haven’t read Anna Karenina so I can’t speak from experience but I am familiar with the gist of it. It’s one thing to be knowledgeable of the dangers and comprises leading to adultery, but to read them in a sensationalized, thrilling format would be concerning to me.

      And as far as C.S. Lewis is concerned, the issue is that his *good* characters are the ones doing magic. It’s not a matter of the good guys vs the bad guys – and the bad guys are the only ones doing wrong. No, his good guys are practicing/benefiting from what the Bible calls an abomination. Again it’s a confusion – calling evil good, and good evil!

  19. Excellent Article ~
    Thank you ~
    We are not to put any evil thing before our eyes ~ “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭101:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  20. Your amazon link below is encouraging me to buy Disney books and read little mermaid. Just thought you might be interested in knowing that.

    I really enjoyed seeing this article. It was a great encouragement to me to see other faithful youth striving to serve God and study his Word. I’m 21 years old and I can appreciate your blog posts. I enjoy doing Web work and media ministry for our Savior.

    Exposing the entertainment industry and related subjects have a special place in my heart and interest because I was deep in these things and found no joy until at last broken, destitute, and empty I found a divine Savior that satisfied all of my needs.

    Thank you for being faithful. I’d be interested in studying further with anyone of your family, father, mother, you, sisters or anyone who is interested in holy things. I’d like to know more about your faith if at all possible.

    If you can, please email me walkswithgodministries@gmail.com

  21. I can not believe how many Christians are burning bridges that could be used to lead others to Christ!! What would happen if we stopped condemning the things of this world and embraced them as missionary tools? Disney is not evil!!! People can choose to see or use something in a bad way but that does not pervert the items original nintention. if I throw a chair at a window that does not make chairs evil! If God didnt intend for us to be creative beings he wouldn’t have given us imaginations. maybe instead of wasting time and energy preaching against so many things…… Disney, dancing, Harry Potter, ext we should meet people where they are in this broken world. I am a strong Christian and I love Harry Potter and Disney!!!! There is no safer place to learn about magic than there. Magic itself isn’t wrong, the practice of it is. God never forbids reading about magic only the practice of it. Daniel was the head of the Kings magicians therefore he must have had knowledge of it. If we are to be so separate from magic than we shouldn’t read our Bibles where the occult is mentioned frequently. Stop discriminating and learn to tell the difference from pretend and reality!!!!!

    1. Two things:

      1. To say “Magic itself isn’t wrong, the practice of it is” is illogical in the extreme. Magic is nonexistent unless it is being practiced.

      2. To call oneself a strong Christian and love the glorification of what God calls an abomination … this is a very scary place to be.

      1. So basically as a Christian I should never read books watch movies go on vacation an if someone so much as breathes the word magic I should run away screaming. We are to be IN the world but not of the world. Sounds like a pretty boring existence to me. If someone had told me before coming to Christ that as a Christian I could never visit Disney World again or read fiction books it would have pushed me farther away from Christ. Sometimes it seems like Christians spend so much time being against things that we forget what we CAN do.

        1. There is nothing wrong with watching movies, reading books or going on vacation! What is wrong is accepting and glorifying what the Almighty defines sin. And if you’re going to do that, I think you need to question what type of Christianity you practice. There are plenty of people who call themselves Christians and yet live lives that dishonor and disobey the One they claim to serve. Scripture says if we love Him we will keep His commandments and they are not grievous. It is He who calls magic an abomination, not me. If honoring and obeying Him sounds like a boring existence to you, I’m not sure why you call yourself a Christian in the first place.

  22. Hi Everyone!
    You all have truly interesting viewpoints and I thank you for sharing them.
    I enjoy constructive arguments that make us all think beyond our own understanding.
    The Bible says in Proverbs that I should not lean on my own understanding but trust in God.
    I am far from being a sinless sister in Christ. This keeps my pride in check because Christ is so sinless and spotless. It is Christ who keeps me grounded each day. If I make bad choices, like watching a disney movie, and I am not aware that it is a sin. He is faithful and will forgive my sin. We must all be aware that our conscious keeps us alert to our sin. If God has not revealed our sin to us through our conscious, His word, or teaching from other believers, He is faithful and will reveal it to us. All in His time, we cannot justify our own righteousness before each other and think we are blameless. We all fall short of God’s glory. We should all focus not on ourselves and where we fit in the manmade, Christian world but instead to always point each other to Christ. While Christ was always right and the disciples usually wrong, Christ chose to love them. To guide them and when they failed he graced them. He did it for us all. For those who go to Disney World, and watch Disney movies and those who’s conscience warn them against it. Ultimately when we focus on Jesus’s sacrifice, mercy and grace, for us on the cross we will not be focussed on mickey mouse.

    Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

  23. Hi ladies! 🙂
    I grew up in a non Christian home and was surrounded by Disney. It’s something that made my family and I very happy and we have plenty of memories. I know without doubt that I wholeheartedly love Christ. That’s why I’m struggling with this issue so much! I want to do the right thing! I have been diagnosed with religious OCD (scrupolosity) and I am aware that the Bible addresses the struggle between Christians of different maturity in faith but when does maturity in faith turn into scruples? And when does a fear of God turn into a fear and anxiety of ending up in hell because we worry about watching a movie with magic in it? I understand that anxiety and guilt and condemnation is not from God. Conviction, truth, and clarity come from God. Is the magic seen in Disney movies and Lord of the Rings the same as the evil magic used in the Bible? Is “magic” the right word for these made up worlds in Disney? And why is magic even evil? Is the ability to change a blue dress to pink a sin? Or is it because the power to do so comes from a power that is not God??? (The source is usually never clarified in Disney movies) God wouldn’t allow anything to destroy a child of His, especially not a movie franchise, right? I truly trust your answer! And I pray that you answer it not from a state of fear but of love and compassion for a young girl who simply wants to do something that makes her happy and her family as well. Is Disney and lord of the rings permissible?

  24. One other follow up-
    I am having trouble distinguishing fear of God and just fear. I cannot tell if this fear of making the wrong choice is positive or negative. Can you help me clarify this difference? What does it mean to fear God and to just be fearful?

    1. One final follow up (sorry girls haha)

      So I have been praying hard on what I should do on this issue and I have finally (through all the confusion) have been convicted to make this decision-
      I think that not everything at Disney is bad. You can still enjoy certain movies and perhaps even the parks… I’m going to be praying on that issue as well but that is for you to decide! Many of the movies even portray magic as bad! Snow White, the first Disney princess, is cursed to sleep forever by a witch unless true love’s first kiss can wake her up! What a easy way to bring up to young children who may watch such a movie on how God’s love can save us from evil! Beauty and the Beast is another example of a witch using her evil magic to harm others and only love can break the curse. Tarzan is a Disney movie with no magic at all! There are plenty of Pixar movies with no magic and even Dreamworks (which is now owned by Disney I think) has two Biblical movies! (Although not completely accurate, still has great music and is a great way to start a discussion about the Bible).
      In movies where the supposed “good guys” use magic, I have chosen to avoid them. I feel good about this choice, and it felt like a clear answer to me right after I prayed to God.
      Much love!

  25. im currently away with family in Orlando and we were visiting the Disney grounds and watching the firework show… been feeling convicted and conflicted. The word “magic” is plastered everywhere and there is a lot of messages about magic and making wishes. Going to continue to pray, please pray for me!

    1. I will pray for you Sabrina! Please be encouraged, I am a Christian who loves Disney and I know many other strong believers who do as well. I have been going to Disney since I was two and hope to take my own children someday. I fully believe that I can be a Christian and still love Jesus with all my heart!! I pray that God will give you peace in this matter. My pastor made a point in his sermon this week that I would like to share with you…..In our desire to not be OF this world we need to be careful to not lock ourselves away FROM this world. As Christians we need to be accessible to the lost and if we set ourselves apart too much we appear aloof and unapproachable.
      “Everything is pure to those shoes hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving because their minds and consciences are corrupt.” Titus 1:15
      Disney is not sinful but you can choose to see it that way…….Along with pants, marriage, cars, imagination, and everything else.
      May God bless you

  26. Dear Sabrina, I am sorry for the delay in getting back with you. I’m not too clear on what questions you are still seeking answers on – if you’d like to clarify that, I’d be happy share my thoughts. I do pray that you will have wisdom and discernment. I would encourage you to keep in mind, as I stated in the article, what is an abomination to our God should be abominable to us too. This applies to various aspects of life – not just magic. I haven’t heard any sound Biblical reasoning as to why it’s now okay to be entertained by sin. That’s my perspective in a nutshell. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know 🙂

    1. At this point in time I usually read from the KJV for my personal devotions but I use a variety of versions for study. I believe it is especially important to discover the meanings of words that are used in the original language and context.

  27. You are by far the most moronic person I’ve ever seen. Definition of a modern day pharisee and someone who does not understand metaphor or joy.

  28. I know I’m over a year removed from this post, but I’d like to comment on a few things anyway.

    1. Parts of the post came across as condescending and “holier than thou.” I don’t believe it was intentional on your part; it seems as though you want people to consider your perspective on the subject because you genuinely care about their spirit. However, it’s helpful to remember this: Jesus was contextual. He came to the earth as a man in order to help people understand God’s love – he literally put himself into our context. I believe that hasn’t changed – he still reaches people through their own, personal context. For you, it means you don’t watch movies involving magic, because you don’t want it to hinder your spiritual growth. For others, it means those magical movies might be the only thing God can use to reach them. Your context isn’t the “right” context – it’s YOUR context.

    2. You stated that you haven’t actually seen any of the movies in question, but you’ve read internet summaries. Please note: that’s one of the many reasons non-Christians don’t take Christians seriously – you’re literally forming an opinion about something you actually know nothing about. You clearly have knowledge of scripture, and that’s great. But don’t cherry pick verses purely to support your opinions – especially when those opinions are based off vague information about something you refuse to experience. If you don’t want to watch Disney movies, then don’t watch them – but don’t turn your personal preferences into expectations that you think everyone else should follow.

    3. The reason most people love Disney movies has nothing to do with magic – it has to do with the character relationships. In Frozen, Anna literally sacrificed herself in order to save her sister – it’s a story about the true love that exists between sisters. Tangled is a story about a woman taking a journey in order to uncover her identity and reunite with her parents. Brave is the story of a mother and daughter who don’t get along but eventually realize their love is stronger than they knew. Moana is a story about a girl who loves her people so much that she goes on a dangerous journey, risking her own life in order to save them. These movies revolve around love, not magic. They focus on relationships, not sorcery. (The older movies are less empowering to women but, all the same, they still focus on love and relationships.) My point is: these are movies about relationships and the power of love… two things that are overwhelmingly biblical.

    4. In regards to magic: yes, there is magic in the movies, but it’s secondary to love. Magic isn’t the point of the story. Furthermore, most of the movies depict magic as something that’s wielded by power-hungry people and is something that should be avoided (again, very biblical). And the movies that depict “good magic” make it a point to show that such magic exists from a place of love – Elsa recognizes the love between her and her sister, and that allows her to control her power and use it for good. The magic in Moana is driven by Moana’s desire to help the people she loves. Spells are broken by acts of true love. Again – these stories are driven by love, not magic, and the people who wield magic cruelly are inevitably defeated, because light always defeats darkness… yet another biblical theme.

    5. In regards to the Magic Kingdom – honestly, I think you’re just taking that far too literally. It’s metaphorical – Disney World is a place that lets you feel like a kid again. It’s the “magic kingdom” because It lets you experience childlike awe – “magic,” as in the beauty and majesty and fun and simplicity of the world that we knew as children. And Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:2).

    That’s it. My intent is not to bash your beliefs – as I stated earlier, I firmly believe that God speaks to us in regards to our own, personal contexts… so what works in your life won’t necessarily work for others. I appreciate and respect your beliefs – I just don’t agree, because I see how God can use (and HAS used) these magical stories to speak to people. So I just encourage you to consider other perspectives and remember that God can literally use anything he needs to in order to reach his people. He’s God, after all. 🙂

    1. Literally, just AMEN to everything Kristi pointed out. And, yeah, just because it’s called the “Magic” Kingdom, doesn’t mean people who work there are practicing witchcraft on the streets. It’s just food and rides and fun stuff. There’s no ‘real’ magic; only the magic that comes from your imagination and wonder and being in such an awsome park.

      I can respect your family’s decisions to not watch Disney movies. That’s fine. But as Kristi said, you can’t comdemn people for enjoying something you know next to nothing about. People can enjoy Disney, Narnia, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars (because I’m just assuming those last two are also forbidden) and still be Christians. It’s people who make those things like idols, more important than their faith. As long as God is the most important thing in your life, than there’s nothing wrong with watching a few magical movies where good always conquered evil.

      Oh, and I read some of the above comments…yeah, I feel like it’s really harsh and un-Christlike of you to judge someone like Walt Disney without even knowing him. He was not an ‘evil man’ as you say, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.

      There’s just my opinion.

      God bless!
      ~ Michaela

  29. This is a rather late comment, but thank you very much! I’ve been against Disney for my five children for a long time, in part for the reasoning given here, and in part because of the perversion of Disney. It’s good to see agreement about Disney, especially when my own mother thinks I’m ‘being silly’ for not letting her take my children to see Disney films.

  30. Hannah,
    Thank -you so much! I , myself, am so baffled at fellow Believers who get into these kinds of , ” entertainment? ”
    I usually do not know what to say to them, or how to approach it without hurting them, and being viewed as a a self-righteous holier than thou sister. I have prayed for specific people that their eyes be open and their hearts convicted how disloyal these indicements are to Jesus.
    As a very young person I used to occasionally read horoscopes, and was convicted that doing so was putting faith in the enemy, and not trusting in God. It is not just for , “fun” as many would characterize these forms of so called entertainment. There is no playing games here.
    To me, it’s very clear that all forms of witchcraft, sorcery, spell casting etc. are an affront to our Holy God, and these children’s programs indoctrinate our little ones into the dark arts. Is that for Christians? God forbid not! It is not innocent stuff.
    Please pray for people in churches where there is not any discernment against these things. And for me to know how to handle such a serious issue with my fellow Christians. It is true that so many love, adore their Disney World, and the little I have done speaking against it, the more alienated I have become from my sisters and brothers in the Lord, which saddens me.
    Since I am not a Pastor or speaker, my thoughts about our Jesus hold very weight, and yet, I know it is God who commands us, and His message, not mine. I can only speak the Truth, as I am given opportunity, and live my convictions, for whatever that is worth.
    May you be Blessed in your writing and sharing of the Truth.

    As Holloween approaches, the same issue arises.

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