Friday, June 09, 2006

Left Behind: Eternal Forces

The following is a recent News Alert from Bud Press at Christian Research Service.

See also Bud Presses webpage titled - Left Behind: Eternal Forces Selected Articles and Press Releases


From Bud Press at Christian Research Service

Dear Friends:

As you know, the controversy over the video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces, is swirling, with comments from both the Christian and secular camp. Should the game prove to be a hit, it may serve as a springboard for similar games in the future.

In the meantime, I have established a specific page on my website that carries selected articles and press releases on the game. The page will be updated often, and will serve to save time and assist fellow researchers.

Left Behind: Eternal Forces Selected Articles and Press Releases at .

Again, according to the Left Behind Games website ( click HERE ), LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces will allow the gamer to "Play multiplayer games as Tribulation Force or the AntiChrist's Global Community Peacekeepers with up to eight players via LAN or over the internet!" (emp. added)

This, in and of itself, is enough for Christian parents to reject the game, and keep it out of the hands and minds of children and teenagers.

For the record, Christian Research Service considers the Left Behind: Eternal Forces video game as dangerous to the spiritual welfare of Christians, and should be avoided. This is not a Christian game, where innocent minds are built-up in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and the truths of His word. On the contrary, this game provides the Christian with the option and ability to experiment, to cross-over, to venture into the dark side, and become a simulated enemy of the cross.

LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces will not only allow the gamer to "Play multiplayer games as Tribulation Force or the AntiChrist's Global Community Peacekeepers," but will allow the player to:
• Conduct physical & spiritual warfare: using the power of prayer to strengthen your troops in combat and wield modern military weaponry throughout the game world.
• Recover ancient scriptures and witness spectacular Angelic and Demonic activity as a direct consequence of your choices.
• Command your forces through intense battles across a breathtaking, authentic depiction of New York City.
• Control more than 30 units types - from Prayer Warrior and Hellraiser to Spies, Special Forces and Battle Tanks!
• Enjoy a robust single player experience across dozens of New York City maps in Story Mode – fighting in China Town , SoHo , Uptown and more! [ LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces, Game Description ]
"We hope teenagers like the game..."
--Tim LaHaye, Los Angeles Times

For professing Christians to advertise and promote a video game of this nature--with its unBiblical content, inherent risks and ramifications--is reprehensible. Their actions demonstrate a failure to communicate with God's word, and heed its Scriptural commands.

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been
cast into the sea (Mark 9:42).

And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out
of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh. Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen (Jude 1:22-25).

Bud Press, Director
Christian Research Service
Jude 3
June 9, 2006

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