Oh, No! Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! is a card game that has been very popular with many younger boys. So what could possibly be wrong with this card game? Let’s take a much closer look at exactly what those cards say and teach the younger boys and girls who are playing them. All is not as innocent as it may seem. I’ll step through six cards. The last card (the seventh) is actually the cover of each of the cards. It’s the same cover for each card and there’s not much there, but I’ve included it to help you identify these cards, should you see your son or daughter playing with them.

It’s important that all parents have a grasp on exactly what it is that is “floating around out there” in “youngen’s land.” The devil is up to no good, and the Bible commands us to “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). To understand what these cards are all about is to have a better understanding of just exactly how the devil seeks to operate in the lives of young people today and how he seeks to influence them.

Note, this is a completely random selection of 6 cards only. There are many many more like these, almost certainly hundreds more in this game alone. This is just one game of many, as well. Some games are worse.

Should you find that your child is playing with cards similar to these (or worse), it would be prudent for you to patiently and lovingly talk with your child about why they are wrong (perhaps go through this article with them). After they have understood, then take the cards away and lovingly, but firmly forbid them from being used again, if you know what’s good for you and your household. You will also want to be careful to pray over all concerned, and over your household, and to lead your child to clearly renounce all involvement with these cards, and ask the Lord’s forgiveness for having innocently, or not-so-innocently, gotten involved in them.

Card 1: Light and Darkness Dragon

The picture features a demonic beast.

The caption/instruction reads: This card cannot be Special Summoned. While this card is face up on the field, its Attribute is also treated as DARK. When a Spell or Trap Card is activated, or the effect of an Effect Monster is activated, that activation is negated and this card loses 500 ATK and DEF. When this card is destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, select 1 monster in your Graveyard. Then destroy all cards you control, and Special Summon that monster.

Wow. That is really a mouthful. I can’t say I understand it fully, but I can say that I see some clear references that signify that this card is of diabolical (demonically inspired) origins. Here are the references:

Special Summoned – as in “calling up spirits from the dead” which is what people who are involved in occult practices and witchcraft do and which is clearly condemned in Scripture. (Deuteronomy 18:10-13)

The word DARK speaks for itself. It’s likely a reference to the kingdom of Darkness (Satan’s kingdom).

Spell – as in “casting a spell” which is what witches do.

Effect Monster: some type of ghoulish creature. Once again, this comes from the kingdom of darkness, Satan’s realm.

Graveyard/monster from your Graveyard – clear diabolical references that focus on death and not life which is what Satan does and why Satanists use skulls as symbols.

What is happening here? The children are being taught to actually call upon spirits – which is the same as practing occult practices and calling up spirits using Ouija boards. This is clear from the last four words in the instructions which tells the child playing this game to “Special Summon that monster”. Let me rephrase that for you, “call upon that spirit”. It’s the same thing. So this game is like an “entry level” Ouija board in disguise. It acclimatizes the user to call upon spirits using language that children can relate to. Do you see how Satan works?

Card 2: Guardian Angel Joan

The picture features an apparent good angel.

The caption/instruction reads: When this card destroys a monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard, gain Life Points equal to the original ATK of the destroyed monster.

This “good angel” is obviously poised as one of the heroes of the game. As stated in the caption, this card can be used to “destroy a monster” and “send it to the Graveyard”. Does this then mean that the game is good, because it enables you to take the side of a “good angel”? The answer is no, the game is obviously not good, because the first card we saw encourages the young children to summon monsters from the Graveyard (a euphemism which translated means, “call up demonic spirits from hell”). No game which came from God’s kingdom would encourage children to do this!

Card 3: Dust Tornado [TRAP CARD]

The picture features something that looks like a tornado with feathers being drawn into it.

The caption/instruction reads: Destroy 1 Spell or Trap Card your opponent controls. You can then Set 1 Spell or Trap Card from your hand.

Once again, we see Spell mentioned, which is a reference to casting spells, which is used in witchcraft, which is forbidden by God and brings a curse on the one who practices it.

Card 4: Felgrand Dragon

The picture features a dragon. In Scripture, Satan is the dragon. The picture is clearly demonic.

The caption/instruction reads: This monster cannot be Special Summoned except from the Graveyard, and only if it was sent there from the field. When this card is Special Summoned, select 1 monster in your Graveyard. This card gains ATK equal to the Level of that monster x 200.

Once again, as with card 1, there are a lot of diabolical references here. The “Special Summoned” … “from the Graveyard” has been explained already. So once again, children are being encouraged to call up hideous beings from the nether world. I hope this is perfectly clear to you what his happening here.

Card 5: Mausoleum of the Emperor [SPELL CARD]

The picture features steps leading up to an alleged “mausoleum”. Two guards are standing guard. A flame burns besides them.

The caption/instruction reads: Both players can Normal Summon or Set monsters without Tribute(s) by paying 1000 Life Points x the number of monsters needed to Tribute Summon them.

This is a SPELL CARD, obviously used for casting spells. The instruction differentiates between “Normal Summon” and “Tribute Summon“. With card 4 we also saw “Special Summoned“. So in this game, there are at least three different ways to “summon” a beast from the Graveyard. Is this significant? Certainly it is. The children are being taught different ways to call up spirits from Satan’s realm.

Card 6: The Creator

The picture features a robotic looking beast (kind of like Iron Man on steroids).

The caption/instruction reads: This card cannot be Special Summoned from the Graveyard. Once per turn, you can select 1 monster in your Graveyard, then send 1 card from your hand to the Graveyard and Special Summon that monster.

This card perverts who the Creator really is and turns him into a diabolical monster. Bad stuff! And a complete perversion of the truth!

Card 7: Cover (applies to all cards)

This is the cover of each card. As you can see, the card is produced by a company called “Konami”. The copyright, you may have noticed on the cards, is “Kazuki Takahashi” (obviously a Japanese name). The name of this particular game is “Yu-Gi-Oh!”. But as mentioned before, there are many more, including a game called “Magic”, also very popular and very diabolical.

Final word of caution: You will encounter Christians, even some Christian leaders, who may play down the significance of these cards. Unfortunately, they do not understand that through cards like these, demonic infiltration is actually possible. A demon may attach itself to a person and “lay lo” for years, only to manifest later through disease, emotional or mental disorders, or other serious manifestations that may lead a person away from Christ. You are playing with fire not to take this seriously and have been warned.

“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-13, emphasis added)