Anne of Green Gables: Harmless Fables?

As today marked the 141st birthday of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, I thought it would be as good a time as ever to talk about the Anne of Green Gables series that continues to be read by countless children (and adults) long after the death of the author. For those who aren’t familiar with the stories, they are a series first published in 1908 about the fictional life of an orphan girl named Anne Shirley who goes to live with an older unmarried woman (Marilla) and her older unmarried brother (Matthew) on a small farm in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

I’ll be direct, what I am about to say may not be pleasant to hear, especially if you are currently involving yourself with AGG. And in all transparency, I don’t really want to talk about it. There are some dark things to be discussed, and it is an unpleasant warning. But I know that it may be a necessary warning, and if it can prevent some girl somewhere from falling into the trap, I will be the first to sound the alarm. You need to know the truth. It may be a good idea to pray before reading and ask for a heart of humility, that you would be soft enough to earnestly seek the truth about this before coming to conclusions.

The books and films are packaged as nostalgic, wholesome tales of innocence and heartwarming childhood adventures perfect for cultivating reading skills and creativity in young girls. Self-proclaimed Christians are embracing them as morally uplifting homeschooling materials that teach such virtues as forgiveness, humility, cheerfulness, gratitude, and patience. They are sold by so-called Christian book stores. The movies are recommended on many “Christian” sites.

“In an era when children’s literature is often crude and immoral, parents will appreciate these wholesome books. Montgomery was married to a Presbyterian minister, and you’ll find characters going to church, praying, reading the Bible….and not doing the sordid things a lot of readers these days seem to think are funny or cute.” (exodusbooks.com/anne-of-green-gables/5224/)

Now, for the other side of the story.

Let me begin by saying that I am very well-acquainted with AGG. Before I was old enough to talk my mother bought me the complete book series, which stayed in my closet until I took an interest in it years later. But once I did, I devoured the series multiple times until they fell apart and even ransacked the library for the succeeding books – namely, The Chronicles of Avonlea series – watched the 3 part movie series directed by Kevin Sullivan based on Anne of Green Gables several times (each movie is about 4 hours long), and the entire Road to Avonlea television series (91 total episodes) with my family.

So as you can tell I have firsthand knowledge of the content of these books and movies and their effects on the minds of young girls. So believe me when I say that there is nothing “Christian” about them in the slightest, neither should any parent let their daughters get into any part of it at all. And I am going to be covering the reasons why in this post.

Imagination: AGG’s Central Theme

There are many dangers in Anne of Green Gables (some of them I will discuss later. Perhaps the one that is most prominent is the one chief theme that the series revolves around. It is not the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not the truth of the Bible. It is imaginations.

If you haven’t taken the time already to do so, please read this short study on the subject.

“because orphans are without the natural protection of family, they must stand on their own to conquer their problems” (560). Additionally, as Paige Gray argues, Anne’s “ imagination, in its ability to transmute the ordinary into something of beauty — to constantly romanticize and idealize the world, as well as her place within it — allows her to endure a traumatic childhood only intimated in the novel” (186)

Imagination is the heart of the AGG series. Anne’s entire identity is wrapped up in it. But something that should be especially concerning to believers is how Anne uses her imagination to not only give her feelings of pleasure, but to separate herself from problems or fears. They are her refuge. They are her comfort. They give her an exit from what is happening. She draws near to them in time of need instead of drawing near to the Lord for those things. The result is young girls learn from Anne’s response to trials. But they don’t learn to look to God, they learn to do what Anne does because it seems to work for her in those books! It is portrayed as a good way to handle life’s problems! And while this is only one of the many places girls learn to copy the waywardness of Anne, it is perhaps one of the most dangerous. It leads children down the road of running to things of the flesh that give pleasure for help instead of God.

“Isn’t Anne imaginative because it is only part of her interesting and creative personality that gives girls an inspiring and positive outlook on life? Aren’t you just reading something sinister into the books?”

From the very first chapter of the very first book the reader quickly learns the reason for Anne’s hyperactive imagination is because she had a hard, possibly abusive childhood as an orphan living with a drunk without any parental love. Her situation was so bleak that she used reading mythology and fantasizing about things being the way she wanted them to be in order to cope.

This is something that stayed with her long after her childhood. And at no point in the series does Anne ever turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for help, or train her children not to do as she did. Rather than instructing in godliness, she teaches them to run to imaginations and actually discourages them from doing otherwise.

As an example, let’s listen to the dialogue between the middle-aged Anne rebuking her daughter for wanting to live in reality:

Anne’s daughter: “‘If I had my life to live over again I’d never imagine anything. And I never will again.’

Anne: ‘My foolish dear . . . my dear foolish dear, don’t say that. An imagination is a wonderful thing to have . . . but like every gift we must possess it and not let it possess us. You take your imaginings a wee bit too seriously. Oh, it’s delightful . . . I know that rapture. But you must learn to keep on this side of the borderline between the real and the unreal. Then the power to escape at will into a beautiful world of your own will help you amazingly through the hard places of life. I can always solve a problem more easily after I’ve had a voyage or two to the Islands of Enchantment.'”

Now we hear clearly from Anne herself that she uses imagination as means to give her feelings of ecstasy and ease the pain and the hardships of life. It is no secret that Anne relied on these fantasies for more than just entertainment (which is wicked enough of itself).

I mean, she actually says that “the power to escape” is what helps you? You can solve problems better by voyaging to enchanted islands? I thought the Bible teaches us to call upon the name of the Lord when we are in hard places and trust in His power… because it is He who helps us, not the evil thoughts of our flesh.

“I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” (Psalms 18:3)

“My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2)

I thought we were supposed to look to His Word for direction when we are faced with the problems of this life, not things that have no substance.

“Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.” (Job 15:31)

To turn to vain imaginations for rest for your soul is to put something in God’s place. (By the way, this can also be true of other things we look to for solace and help.) Listen to me seriously, dear sister, if you are walking in the ways of the Anne of Green Gables books and you are leaning on these kinds of vain imaginations, you are deceived. Every time you imagine something you are DECEIVED because you are lying to yourself. When you use imaginations as a tool to escape from your problems you are trusting in something that has no power to help you in time of need. When you fill your thoughts with imaginations instead of meditating on the true Word of God and thinking on His glorious precepts you are grieving the Holy Spirit. It is idolatry. You are placing something where God should be in your heart. You may think that there’s no harm in it, that it’s all fun and games, but God takes the matter of idolatry very seriously. He does not play games with those who go a whoring after the gods of their hearts. These are stern words but I was once in your place and I only wish someone would have said this to me to wake me up and realize I needed to repent of that spiritually destructive and sinful practice. And even after overcoming that struggle I find that this applies to anything that I would think about more than God. It is very easy to get off-track and even just thinking about certain things in everyday life can become too big in my heart. We must always remember to keep the Lord the main focus in our lives and work to weed out those things which are unprofitable.

You can see clearly from Anne’s words how imaginations are created by the person to put themselves into an altered state of mind, to transport themselves to a place outside of reality. Running from your problems by putting yourself in an altered state of mind is exactly what the world says is the solution for your problems. I could go on and on about how people will use meditation, drugs, music, yoga, fornication, television, video games, alcohol, or anything they can think of to get them away from having to face their life issues and escape the facts. Why would this be any different? Just think about it for a minute. Why should you say it’s wrong to do any of these other things when faced with the sorrows or other turmoils of life but then turn around and make excuses for doing the exact same thing with your heart (or condone those who do)? Because it’s all the same. It is all straight out of hell. It is all wickedness in the sight of God! God doesn’t want you to look to some fantasy land to be your deliverer! God is the only true deliverer. God doesn’t want you to make your fortress some castle in the air. God is the only true fortress.

“Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.” (Psalm 144:1,2)

What is even worse than all of this unscriptural gobbledygook that self-proclaimed Christians are embracing these books as teaching children good values. Remember the quote we read earlier – “wholesome reading.” It seems most of them haven’t even read the books they’re putting in the hands of their children, or if they have… they just don’t care. They don’t think it’s a big deal.

But hopefully at this point you, sister, are convicted. You might say, “Yes, I know what I have been doing in my heart is wrong. I want to be delivered but I don’t know how to turn things around and stop thinking on these wicked things.” Well the cure for this is simple, it is the Word of God which helps you in

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

The Stories Aren’t Suited for Children!

There are many things in the story that are not good for children to think on. These are just a tiny fraction of the many bad things in the book.

The following quote is taken from one of the books in the series:

“I think the story of what happened at Peter Kirk’s funeral is one which Walter must never know. It was certainly no story for children.”

But right after that saying the whole affair of Peter Kirk’s funeral was disclosed nonetheless.

The Chronicles of Avonlea contain many supposedly innocent short stories. But in it there is a short story about a woman who committed fornication and then meets the same man years later after the bastard child was born. I remember reading the story with raised eyebrows because the details of the memories the woman had about her sin with that man were not appropriate at all. I couldn’t find the reference online for the exact book and am not going to read through the whole series again to find it (and I hope you won’t either), but it stood out in my memory.

Many of the stories in the series are creepy and disturbing. The reason for this is because the author was big into the occult,  which we will talk about later. One story in particular gave me the willies (and I read it when I was 17 years old). It contained an account of a little boy or girl (can’t remember which) that regularly visited a haunted garden full of the souls of dead children. The reader learns that the boy or girl’s closest friend had actually been dead for many years, though he/she continues to meet him. And the story was written as though this actually happened, not just something a character made up or a town myth. (Now that’s a pleasant bed time story.) Another story that stuck out in my mind as creepy was the account of a woman who lost her young child to sickness and then spent each night roaming the sea shore, and she was reunited with her dead child in a boat or at another house (can’t remember which) and continued to visit him. There are many stories woven throughout all of the AGG and COA books that venture into the paranormal.

Not that Big of a Deal?

“Anne of Green Gables can’t be that bad. It’s a children’s classic over 100 years old. Even if there are a few things here or there that aren’t exactly good, isn’t it better than most other books out there?””

On the surface, Anne of Green Gables may look wholesome and appealing. And in comparison with many contemporary book series of today it may certainly seem quite harmless. But Satan employs many methods to attack Christians, and his favorite is to start out very imperceptibly. His tactic is to slowly, gradually lead us astray. He is not blatant with us. He is not direct. That would scare us off, and he wants to entice. He wants to start us out on something that looks good and feels good but ultimately is a trap. He appears as an angel of light, not a terrifying hideous creature of darkness. That is why it is so important to be on your guard when it comes to anything you put in your mind.

To those whose excuse is “it could be worse,” take heed… even if you read that which is indeed worse, you could still say the same thing! That line of reasoning will do you much harm. It can ALWAYS get worse. Satan’s realm is an abyss of evil and more evil than the last evil. He is constantly trying to drag you down, down, down into worse and worse. If you accept evil to any degree you will only continue to accept it more and more. You will never be able to say “it can’t get any worse” because it can! There is no limit! Someone who reads one level of evil and someone who reads a lower level of evil both use the same logic to justify themselves. Yet the one with the lesser evil would say the one with the greater evil is in the wrong. It is hypocritical. The basis on condemning the greater evil is the same basis which condemns the first. Who is right? Neither, that’s who. BOTH are in error, one is just in deeper. Evil is evil, plain as that. If it is wrong, it’s wrong.

So where do you draw the line? Everyone draws it somewhere. The question is, do you draw it where God does? How much evil should we willingly allow into our thoughts? If you can say, “it could be better,” take heed – that means that you are accepting a certain level of wickedness. God says no level of evil is acceptable for you. God says:

“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:9)

If you accept any bit of that which is wicked you will eventually become completely wicked. If you think a small dose of wickedness won’t effect you, beware. God is not a liar like man. You WILL be affected by it and it WON’T stop there. It will war against you in the weak places first and then piece by piece, little by little, bit by bit you will be broken down and your inhibitions will be so ruined that can no longer stand for anything.

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)

That is how dangerous evil is. Would you be accepting of a little cancer in your body? No, of course not. Why? Because when cancer gets a hold on one little portion of you it will grow and it will spread until you are completely consumed with it. And if it gets to that point it will kill you. It may take time but eventually you will be destroyed.

Satan doesn’t start off with the heavy stuff right away. No, not by any means. Satan’s strategy is subtlety. It has been his method from the beginning, in the garden of Eden, to be hard to detect.

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.” (Genesis 3:1)

God’s standard for what we read should be our standard. This is His standard:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Because reading is synonymous with thinking, the standard for our reading material can be taken from this verse. But this verse itself is a whole other study, which perhaps I will get to someday.

My Testimony Regarding AGG

I am going to be saying the following to my shame, and in all honesty it will be the first time I have divulged it to anyone. Hopefully though this testimony can help someone to see the truth and the darkness of this deceitful work.

To the mind of a young man, Anne of Green Gables would probably be boring. There’s not much action and it focuses mostly on female characters and daily life events. But to the mind of a young woman there is a very strong pull to this series. There is something about the romance of Victorian society, or perhaps Anne herself, that draws the female reader in like a magnet, and the books and the movies made me feel like I was on PE Island, like I was Anne herself. To me, the hours spent reading the series or watching the movies were really hours spent living another life, so to speak.

(As a side note: if Anne of Green Gables really WAS a godly, wholesome, Christ-honoring book series, why would the God-haters of Hollywood want to promote it? After all, the Elsie Dinsmore series (which was penned about the same time and follows the life story of a young female protagonist) remains to this day completely ignored by them… and don’t hold your breath on that one either. There is obviously something that they find appealing in one that they don’t find in the other. Don’t trust Hollywood!)

Effect #1: Wicked Imaginations

There is a tremendous impact that the series has on the soul of a girl – and the first I noticed personally was that I began to think like Anne… and the mind of that fictional character is so animated in the books that it isn’t hard to do. The more you read them the more you find yourself opening up to them, and to her. Young girls are more impressionable, and it follows that they are more prone to being influenced by others without questioning than adults.

If you have read the books than you know that Anne is known for her imagination, a quality exalted by the world. Anne’s imaginations revolve around nature. They personify the trees and the flowers to a degree that is fantastical. The other part of her imaginations involve picturing people or creatures that aren’t there to be in nature around her. Fairies, dryads, nymphs, elves, and if it’s dark out, ghosts and goblins.

As a result of reading these books I began to do the same thing. When taking a walk outside I would look at a tree and imagine fairies living in it in a mythical kingdom, and the details of their lives. I imagined pixies living in holes in the ground and their battles and feasts and midnight parties. Sometimes the imaginations would be so vivid, I could almost see what wasn’t there. It is was like living in a dream.

I also would fixate on the beauty of my surroundings to a degree that – I am ashamed to say – was indeed idolatrous. I would write poems and stories in my head, odes to the mountains and the trees and the beauty of what I saw (and what I didn’t see), and come home quickly to scribble them down. I would draw and paint little fairies, woodland nymphs, star queens and put them in prose.  They would fill my thoughts all day. What was I really doing? I was building an entire world in my head, that’s as plain as I can put it. At the time there was the thought in the back of my head that something about this wasn’t right. Only later would I learn the very evil origin of all of these activities and fantasy creatures. But I chose the pleasure I was getting from indulging in them. And there was a great deal of pleasure that I got in these “mental exercises.” The mind is a very powerful thing, and the enjoyment it gets from these is also highly addictive. You want to go deeper into it, and the deeper you go the farther away from God you get. When I was bored or sick or upset I would return to Anne’s imagination land. It gave me feelings of comfort and excitement.

Effect #2: Trying to be Anne

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” (Proverbs 23:7)

How true are the words of Scripture. Once I began thinking like Anne I began talking like her, then eventually acting like her. I would adopt her phrases, or the phrases of her companions in the book. I would fix my hair like her. I would copy her mannerisms. While at the orthodontist I remember looking out the window and saying aloud to all the people in the room, “Aren’t the leaves of the trees like a thousand little mirrors?” (A very Anne-like statement.) I wished desperately for snow white skin, freckles, blue-green eyes and red hair like the painting on the cover. I wished my waist was tiny like her’s in the book. I wanted to be Anne, and the only thing that would keep me close to that life removed from reality was to continually read the books or watch the movies. So I did. I read them all the time, day and night (not the Bible). I took them with me in the car. I scoured the library for anything of Montgomery’s and read everything I could get my hands on from her. It fueled that fire and it was addicting.

Why did I want to be like Anne, aside from the appeal of her imaginations? As I said, there is something about her that pulls the mind of a female to her and desires to be like her. Anne is portrayed as the ideal girl. Her mistakes and faults serve only to add to her realism rather than to detract from her character. She is witty, positive, honest, dramatic, creative, captivating and – of course – otherworldly pretty. She is different, but her differences make her popular among rather than shunned by others (what a contrary picture than that painted by our Lord of faithful disciples). From her childhood nearly every character in the book is drawn to her. She attracts attention and has lots of friends. Everywhere she goes she is admired and even worshiped. And of course, the men throw themselves at her. Especially the dashing Gilbert Blythe, who only Anne could snub and get away with it, making his desire for her stronger than ever. I was never very well-liked or popular. No handsome men had swooned over me yet, whereas Anne had everyone under her thumb. She had the spotlight; she had control. Her power appealed to me. I wanted a life of being adored. I wanted a life of glory. It was the vain feminist in me that aspired to being Anne. It certainly was not the direction of the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we ought not to desire the glory like this. Our goal in life should be to glorify the Lord.

These reactions all may seem silly on the surface, perhaps especially to a man. But I think this is something that ladies have in them and many have experienced. We are have an emotional nature and have a very deep longing to be loved. And we are good at getting “carried away” when we do not cleave to God and His Word.

The Many Other Reasons to Avoid AGG

“But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.” (1 Timothy 4:7)

Anne of Green Gables does not have the ability to make anyone more godly. This is because we learn nothing about Him, His Word, or His precious Son Jesus Christ from the start to the finish. You have seen from my testimony how my mind was exercised to imagine vanities and lies and lead me further from the Lord. It certainly was not exercised unto godliness.

These are the reasons I will expound on to avoid Anne of Green Gables. Just one of them would be enough to disqualify the topic based on God’s standard for what we should read or not read, but here they are. Obviously I cannot cover everything, but this should give you a taste.

Another Gospel is Preached

“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:19)

God tells us that we should see them that preach another gospel as accursed. That means you wouldn’t want to get near them (or anything to do with them) with a 10 foot long pole! These books indeed preach another gospel. There is a gospel mentioned in the books, but it is not the same one as the Bible teaches. The redeeming blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us from sin is not spoken of when eternity is brought up in Anne of Green Gables. A false works-based gospel is presented several times though.

Take for example this conversation between Anne’s daughter, Faith, and her companion, Mary, in Rainbow Valley (the 7th book in the series):

Faith: “If you’re good you’ll go to heaven and if you’re bad I guess you’d rather go to hell.”

Mary: “…what must you do to be good?”

Faith: “You must go to church and Sunday School and read your Bible and pray every night and give to missions.”

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9, 10)

(The conversation ends with Mary justifying the sin of telling lies. The clear, true gospel is never found once in any of these books.)

Ruby Gillis, a girl from Anne’s childhood, says the following as she is dying:

“I am AFRAID to die… oh, I’m not afraid but that I’ll go to heaven, Anne. I’m a church member.”[1]

And rather than show her friend the only hope of her salvation is not in church membership but in the atoning work of Christ, Anne merely spouts off her opinion that

“heaven can’t be so very different from life here [,] as most people think.”

But then, Anne herself never professed the Christian Faith at any point. It is only out of an obsession with one of her teachers that the thought ever crossed her mind once in her childhood.

“I never knew before that religion was such a cheerful thing. I always thought it was kind of melancholy, but Mrs. Allan’s isn’t, and I’d like to be a Christian if I could be one like her. I wouldn’t want to be one like Mr. Superintendent Bell.”[2]

If she says she’d like to be one, that means she isn’t one. Just like if you say, “I’d like to be a good cook…” it goes without saying that you aren’t one.

“People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is. Mrs. Thomas told me that God made my hair red ON PURPOSE, and I’ve never cared about Him since.”[3]

For that matter, she never cared about Him for the rest of her life either. Just try to find one place in the books where Anne expresses a love for God or a zeal for His Word.

Anne’s daughter Di (yes, that’s what she named her) believes that saying her prayers every night guarantees her salvation.

“My, but you’re old-fashioned. You looked so funny and holy saying your prayers. I didn’t know anybody said prayers now. Prayers ain’t any good. What do you say them for?’

I’ve got to save my soul,’ said Di, quoting Susan.”

Wait, I thought it was the Lord Jesus Christ who saved my soul by dying on the cross for my sins? How very sad that this is the message children hear when they read these books. The false works-based salvation gospel leads millions to hell. Ask nearly anyone on the street and they will tell you that being good gets you to heaven! It is a LIE believed by the masses. Their sins are not forgiven because they never believed in Jesus Christ. Your works cannot save you, no matter how many prayers you pray every night. You are damned without the atoning blood of the Son of God. These books are leading children and adults alike to the land of spiritual destruction. And the reason you cannot find the gospel in these books is because the author didn’t know it (or believe it) herself.

I think the Bible is very clear that our reading time should be devoted to that which helps you to become strong in the Spirit. Anne of Green Gables revolves around an unbeliever and it can’t even present the plain truth of the gospel anywhere in the volumes upon volumes, let alone offer anything that exercises unto godliness.

Morality without God

“Oh, but these stories have good, moral lessons which help children to improve, so isn’t that in line with Scripture?”

This is a huge part of what makes the AGG series so deceitful. There are lessons in them, yes. And the lessons given often times do not outright contradict the lessons taught in the Bible. At first glance some might seem to uphold a biblical theme. So people think they are good reading that isn’t a total waste of time. But there is a huge problem with them and that is that the lessons taught in the book are not taught through the use of Scripture. They are coming from either the negative consequences that happen directly to the person because of their decisions, or negative consequences from authority figures trying to change behavior solely by a punishment and rewards system while neglecting the soul. The end result is that every single story is a morality message without biblical backup. God’s Word is not the source of any teaching. There is no foundation other than what man thinks should be done. There is never any accountability to God or repentance toward Him for the sins that take place. The spiritual side of instruction is totally missing. Nobody cares enough about what God thinks. It is all about what seems best to them as they live their lives. It is humanism!

When you tell someone to do something or change their behavior and can’t provide a reason grounded on Scripture, you are not providing instruction that can be retained by a child for years to come. To them it just becomes, “Well, I don’t want to get spanked or sent to my room, so I guess I will obey what my authorities are telling me to do.”

The Bible speaks of the illusion of godliness which will be especially prevalent in the last days:

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5)

Because God’s Word is excluded from the instruction in these stories, they are useless – powerless. The Bible is sharper than any two-edged sword and the source of all wisdom. Take that away and you have nothing of any meaning in your stories. They are unprofitable to Christians and therefore can’t help us in becoming godly. Turn away! Don’t read them. Don’t devote yourself to them. They will only lead you down a false way, dear sister.

Other Unscriptural Teachings of the Books

Feminism

If you haven’t done so yet, please read this article on feminism.

Feminists themselves will be the first to say that Anne of Green Gables is a teaching tool to young girls about feminism:

“But if I had to pick a book for a girl under 12 to help her understand the [feminist] ideas that have motivated me since that age, Anne of Green Gables is the first title I’d hand her.”[5]

This woman says you can find all the basics of this destructive ideology in the AGG books. It’s feminism 101. In fact, it’s the first one that comes to mind for her as subliminal training to get girls to soften up in their early years to the Woman’s Lib movement, which is responsible for the destruction of the family unit and society as a whole.

“One thing I think often gets overlooked in Anne, however, is the strong feminist undercurrent in her character.” (Classic YA Discussion: Anne of Green Gables http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2014/04/anneofgreengables.html)

You heard it right. Anne herself is a feminist.

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While never openly admitted, this is clearly seen early on and remains an undercurrent.

The Bible says it is not permitted for women to be preachers…

“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (1 Timothy 2:12-14)

But the concept of women preachers – which is so very, very clearly against God’s Word – is praised by Anne:

“Why can’t women be ministers, Marilla?  I asked Mrs. Lynde and she was shocked and said it would be a scandalous thing… But I don’t see why.  I think women would make splendid ministers.”

It is feminist ideology which says women have a right to usurp authority over men. They have always been the ones to voice such opinions. The Bible says they are to be silent. Just because Anne thinks female preachers are wonderful does not mean God agrees! As for me, I want to think what God thinks, regardless of my own opinions. Of course, nobody answers Anne’s question and she is left to continue in her error… a sorry commentary on the author.

A very large part of the series is centered around the college campus. Subtly the “career girl” mentality is definitely encouraged and pursued. (If you don’t see what’s wrong with that, please read Where is the woman’s place?)

In fact, it was the following quote that convinced me to pursue “higher education” before I knew the truth of the Bible about this matter:

“When Matthew and I took you to bring up we resolved we would do the best we could for you and give you a good education. I believe in a girl being fitted to earn her own living whether she ever has to or not.”

Montgomery was clearly influenced by the sparks of feminist thinking that were beginning to ignite around the time she wrote this. These were the seeds that were being planted in her day, and Montgomery latched onto them and helped to sow them into the minds of her readers through subtle interjections like these:

“‘I don’t believe in girls going to college with the men and cramming their heads full of Latin and Greek and all that nonsense.’ ‘But I’m going to study Latin and Greek just the same, Mrs. Lynde,’ said Anne, laughing.”

Now listen closely to what a biographer of L. M. Montgomery wrote about this:

“Underneath the stylistic underplay, however, her books hold strong power, especially for women. Her light-fingered touch keeps readers chuckling even while they are being swayed by the power of her anti-authoritarian subtexts.” (Writing A Life, p. 118)

In other words, by using humor, the readers learn to have their worldviews changed into one of rebellion (which the Bible says is as the sin of witchcraft, 1 Samuel 15:23).

Anne is praised by everyone around her for being smart. Being smart is not a virtue. Getting good grades and scholarships to further a feminist future is not a virtue. God will not ask you how many degrees and honours you have when you give an account before Him. God only looks for one thing in our lives – the fruit of the Spirit.

Vanity & Pride

Anne is obsessed with her looks and constantly finds herself unhappy with her appearance. She longs for blond hair, freckle-free skin, and has a love for fine clothing and jewelry. She is constantly fantasizing about being beautiful – on the outside.

“Which would you rather be if you had the choice–divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good? I can never decide. But it doesn’t make much real difference for it isn’t likely I’ll ever be either. It’s certain I’ll never be angelically good.”

This sets the stage for the rest of Anne’s two life goals: brains and beauty. Godliness is never her pursuit.

Fashion remains a priority to her from cover to cover.  But then, Anne believes that the latest fads are the shortcut to character development…

“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.”

Anne only feels remorse over her pride when things don’t go right. For example, she is humiliated and mortified over dying her hair, but only because it turns green. She throws her freckle creams out the window, but only after she is embarrassed when a neighbor comes over while she is applying it. The takeaway is, you might get embarrassed in front of others if you worry about your appearance too much. No lesson about WHY it is sinful to be vain. Again, we go back to a vague, feel-good morality without a Scriptural foundation.

And there is an even deeper, more dangerous message being taught beneath the surface of each funny story. “Anne wants to be beautiful, be like Anne. You should desire beauty, too.” Young girls learn to emulate Anne in this fussing over beauty. As a result the shaping of their character and inward beauty by self-discipline is forgotten.

Situation Ethics

Potential disaster justifies Anne’s pursuit of a career.

Satanism

An older child named Mary teaches the following to Anne’s children:

“‘…it seems to me if one has to pray to anybody it’d be better to pray to the devil than to God. God’s good, anyhow so you say, so He won’t do you any harm, but from all I can make out the devil needs to be pacified. I think the sensible way would be to say to him, ‘Good devil, please don’t tempt me. Just leave me alone, please.'”

Apparently Montgomery thought it was cute or funny to have a character in her stories suggest praying to Satan to her young readers. All I have to say is that’s sick and despicable. As an author, you don’t joke about that kind of thing to anyone, especially impressionable kids. Their little minds very well may think that it’s good advice!

The concept of praying to Satan is no laughing matter – it is wicked, ungodly and disgusting.

Prayer

“Do you know what Mary Anna said the other day? She said, ‘Ma, I’m going to stop asking God to make my hair curly. I’ve asked Him every night for a week and He hasn’t done a thing.'”

“I’ve been asking Him something for twenty years,” bitterly said Mrs. Bruce Duncan

The subliminal message is that God doesn’t answer prayers; it all has to come back to self-reliance.

The Bible

Rather than being lifted up the true and life-giving, holy, God-inspired, inerrant Word of God, the Bible is under attack in AGG with liberal distortions, totally made up imaginations and philosophies added to and contradicting Scripture, and of course the dismissing of the Bible as literal truth.

To give you the context for this quote, Anne’s children and their friend Mary have been listening to Walter, Anne’s son, dreaming up wild and unscriptural things about what heaven is like. Mary brings up the fact that the Bible doesn’t say any of the things Walter is imagining. Anne’s daughter Nan responds:

“‘Mother [Anne] says the Bible language is figurative,’ said Nan.

‘Does that mean that it isn’t true?’ asked Mary hopefully.

‘No–not exactly–but I think it means that heaven will be just like what you’d like it to be.'”

Anne can quote reams of poetry and prose and earn scholarships for all of her book learning, but not once can she quote a Scripture. She can teach her children how to waste their lives in a fantasy world that won’t help them one iota, but as far as the Bible is concerned, she can only degrade it to the level of “figurative language” in the minds of her own children. Obviously she has no respect for it.

But there is a reason for this.

When you spend your life trying to convince yourself that things that aren’t real are real, then you will start looking at things that ARE REAL and saying that they AREN’T REAL. That only what you want to believe is the truth.

See how backwards it gets? Yet that is the fruit of a heart that devotes itself to imaginations… unbelief. Hardness. You start exalting yourself against the knowledge of God.

Yes, it is unbelief. Listen, if you say the Bible is true but then you turn around and say it isn’t literal (aka FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE) you are contradicting yourself. It can’t be true and a lie at the same time. Either it’s true or it’s not, either it’s right or it’s wrong. There is no middle ground. And sorry, but you can’t pick and choose what parts of it you want to believe, which parts you want to relegate into fiction. You don’t call the shots. You don’t have the authority to determine what’s literal or not. When you do that you are putting yourself above God.

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Peter 1:20)

The Bible says Scripture isn’t something you can just make say whatever you want it to. Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. The Bible says we are to interpret by comparing spiritual things with spiritual – not the carnal imaginations of our flesh to the spiritual Word. I’ll readily admit I’m not smart enough to tell you what a passage means. There are many things that with my finite mind I cannot utterly comprehend. But I’ll try to point you to other Scriptures and let the Word of God explain itself. It does a much better job than I ever could.

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” (Hebrews 3:12)

Would you believe that going to Scripture is thought of as HERESY in Anne of Green Gables?

“‘She told me so herself . . . told me she went to the Bible . . . she’s always ‘going to the Bible’ . . . and turned up a verse and every time… I’ve no patience with her and her odd ways… But no, she must set up a religion for herself, consisting of ‘going to the Bible.‘”

On the contrary, to turn away from the Bible results in setting up a religion for ones’ self. That is true heresy.

Sin

Interestingly enough among modern antichrist novels there is a very popular trend of mocking the Genesis account of the fall of man. But we find it as far back as the early 1900’s in Montgomery’s books.

Anne says the following in Anne of the Island:

“The fatal apple of Eden couldn’t have had a rarer flavour …”

Sounds eerily similar to words on the Twilight movie promo poster: “The forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest,” wouldn’t you agree? The message is, if it feels good do it, no matter the consequences.

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)

You are tempting people to sin when you tell them how delicious it is to disobey. You are also saying that God is unloving by trying to stop you from doing something that gives you pleasure.

Looking Down on Church

“The sermon was awfully long too. I suppose the minister had to match it to the text. I didn’t think he was a bit interesting. The trouble with him seems to be that he hasn’t enough imagination. I didn’t listen to him very much. I just let my thoughts run on and I thought of the most surprising things.”

Since when does imagination have a place in any sermon, Anne? I thought we were supposed to glean TRUTH from God’s Word during preaching, not the deceitful falsehoods of our fallen minds. These are the words of someone who has no understanding of the Bible.

Lesbianism (Sodomy)

A Canadian paper wrote that Anne of Green Gables was

“full of homo-erotic, sado-masochistic references…”

This isn’t a Baptist preacher saying this, trying to scare you off. This is the honest estimation of the world.

Megan Follows (who played Anne in the movies) in a recent interview said the following:

“But with Anne and Diana, I like to think it’s a true reflection of the time, that girls particularly when they are young and close, really do love each other. They are in love. It’s a pretty sexual expression, and it may be whatever it becomes but that’s really the basis of Anne’s story. Diana is a soul mate for Anne, who had never had a friend or a family. All of a sudden, she’s found a kindred spirit.”  (http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/megan-follows-on-reign-anne-green-gables.html)

Hmm… is this simply the degenerate mind of Megan Follows and sodomite activists playing up something that isn’t really there in the relationship of Anne and Diana, or for that matter Anne and other girls?

Let’s examine the facts:

  1. There are several instances of passionate speeches, vows of devotion, gift-giving, caressing, waist-hugging, and even kissing between girls in the books (Anne herself partakes in all of the above).
  2. Girls have admitted that AGG was the doorway to sodomy for them, that it introduced the possibility of having a lover of the same sex. This alone would lead me to think that there are overtones of something that is not right about the interactions between the female characters in this book.

Listen to what this self-described lesbian has to say:

“There’s something about Anne Shirley which seems, at least to me, undeniably queer. It’s little wonder that I have always identified heavily with Anne and the novel remains my favorite novel of all time.”

Why would you want to read a book that is so highly esteemed by sodomites?

Breaking Promises

There is a story where Anne’s daughter makes a promise to God but won’t keep it.

This is Anne’s reply:

“Darling, you’re terribly mistaken about it all. God doesn’t make bargains. He gives . . . gives without asking anything from us in return except love. When you ask Father or me for something you want, we don’t make bargains with you . . . and God is ever and ever so much kinder than we are. And He knows so much better than we do what is good to give.”

“When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.” (Deuteronomy 23:21)

Loving the World

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”(1 John 2:15)

It’s as clear as day that the Bible forbids loving the world. The world is God’s enemy so if you join sides with it you set yourself against God (James 4:4). We are not to take delight in it, but rather wage war against it.

But of course, Anne does not see things that way…

“Dear old world,” she murmured, “You are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

Anne does not seek the company of godly Christian friends. She chooses the friends of the world.

Possession

Anne’s son Walter is possessed with an evil spirit from his boyhood, which will take control of him and speak through him and it would terrify everyone around him.

“He began to speak dreamily, partly because he wanted to thrill his companions a little, partly because something apart from him seemed to be speaking through his lips.

“‘Before this war is over,’ he said–or something said through his lips–’every man and woman and child in Canada will feel it–you, Mary, will feel it–feel it to your heart’s core. You will weep tears of blood over it…'”

Other characters also were also possessed.

“But nobody thought Clara Wilson looked absurd. Her long sallow face was flushed, her haunted tragic eyes were flaming. She was a woman possessed.”

 At one point Marilla thought Anne herself was possessed.

“What a girl you were for making mistakes in them days, Anne. You were always getting into scrapes. I did use to think you were possessed.”

Lust

Perhaps the second greatest theme in the books besides imagination is “romance,” or stories of sensual desires and lusts. From cover to cover there is a barrage of mini soap operas that draw the reader vicariously to one romantic entanglement after the next. Of course physical involvement is described in detail from the woman’s point of view – not the actual act of fornication (though that comes in down the road in the later Chronicles of Avonlea), but being kissed and petted by the opposite sex, emotional thrills described in detail, etc.

Here’s a clip from Rilla of Ingleside, the last book in the Anne series, to illustrate what I mean. Rilla is Anne’s daughter, apparently named after Marilla. My comments are in italicized brackets.

“They stood there for a moment, Ken on the lower step… the spicy odour hung round them like a soundless, invisible benediction. [Throw in some Catholicism to kick things off] Ken looked up at Rilla, whose hair was shining in the moonlight and whose eyes were pools of allurement. [Prov. 6:25] All at once he felt sure there was nothing in that gossip about Fred Arnold.

‘Rilla,’ he said in a sudden, intense whisper, ‘you are the sweetest thing.’ [Turning on the flattery always loosens them up]

Rilla flushed… He put his arm about Rilla and kissed her. [1 Corinthians 7:1] It was the first time Rilla had ever been kissed. [And she’s only 15] She thought perhaps she ought to resent it but she didn’t. [Let’s not worry about right and wrong, that spoils everything.] Instead, she glanced timidly into Kenneth’s seeking eyes [Matthew 5:28] and her glance was a kiss.

‘Rilla-my-Rilla,’ said Ken, ‘will you promise that you won’t let anyone else kiss you until I come back?’ [That would make him feel bad.]

‘Yes,’ said Rilla, trembling and thrilling.”

I mean, it’s nauseating the level of depth gone into here. But it’s done on purpose, to put you in that mindset, to make you feel like you are the one in her shoes. And all of these words will reach into you and touch something there that should be kept dormant until the right man comes along. And it goes on and on, bringing the reader deeper into Rilla’s emotions.

But looking at the bigger picture, here are two young people kissing before marriage, getting intimately emotionally involved with each other, exciting lustful passions through the flesh and what lesson does that teach the girls who are reading it? That it’s all harmless fun? It’s okay to do what makes you feel like “trembling and thrilling?” Yes, and it is training them to fall for the first “Kenneth Ford” who comes along tall dark and handsome with an army outfit on and seems to take interest in you. The book may have a happy ending but reality is far different for girls who foolishly allow themselves to be used like this. Real men – godly men – do not behave like this. They are patient enough to wait for marriage, that is honourable. You may think he feels about you like you do about him, but a man who is more concerned about satisfying his lust than treating you nobly will look at you as an object to throw away. True love is not built on tremblings and thrillings and starry eyes and allure.

Please remember that this only scratches the surface of the lust in the books.

Don’t be tricked, sister, into thinking Anne of Green Gables is not another romance novel meant to stir up the burning flames in your heart. It absolutely is. And absolutely don’t be fooled into thinking that reading such things won’t affect you, that you won’t get “caught up” in it. Countless girls have been damaged by them, and you have a fleshly nature too.

The Paganism of Anne’s World

Nature Worship

A very large part of the books centers around describing the natural world in poetic and often pagan ways. The author will elaborate and focus so effusively on it that it crosses into idolatry. No, Montgomery won’t talk about the glory of God, but she will gush constantly over the beauty of the seasons and times of the day and night. And it is not about her trying to be a good, descriptive writer, it is about expressing the adoration she has for the earth itself rather than for the Creator who made it! Never does she praise God as a result. If she does look to some outside source it just draws on ancient god/goddess worship and devilish fairies/spirits (we’ll get to that later).

It is something Anne opens her very soul to. Don’t believe me?

“The beauty of it all thrilled Anne’s heart, and she gratefully opened the gates of her soul to it.”

Flowers Have Souls

As a child, Anne brings up the concept of flowers having souls:

“Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?”

She goes on to hold to this years later when Matthew dies.

“Perhaps the souls of all those little white roses that he has loved so many summers were all there to meet him.”

Perhaps you are very deceived, Anne.

Actually, the concept of flowers having souls is found in Catholicism, which believe in 3 types of souls and refer to the souls of plants as “vegetative souls.” Catholics did not invent this teaching; the got it from the Druids. In other words, it is 100% pagan.

Diana relates to Anne that her daughter (named Anne Cordelia in honor of Anne herself) communicates with the spirits of flowers. Talking to the things of nature is a practice of Wiccans (modern-day Druids), who too believe that plants have souls.

“She loves prowling about the woods . . . and one day when I scolded her for talking to herself in the garden she said she wasn’t talking to herself . . . she was talking to the spirit of the flowers. You know that dolls’ tea-set with the tiny pink rosebuds you sent her for her ninth birthday. There isn’t a piece broken . . . she’s so careful. She only uses it when the Three Green People come to tea with her. I can’t get out of her who she thinks they are.”

Now just what is meant by the “Three Green People?” Witches will tell you that the spirits of devils sometimes visit children in the form of small people, elves or fairies, but that’s a topic for another day.

Of course Anne doesn’t think this is anything to worry about.

“Don’t grudge Anne Cordelia her fancies, Diana. I’m always sorry for children who don’t spend a few years in fairyland.”

Sure… don’t be worried that your child is involved with dabbling in witchcraft, spending their life drenched in paganism and having tea with devils? I’m sorry for the children who do!

Trees Have Souls

Anne names trees and pictures them to be people. She calls the tree outside her window “Snow Queen.” Throughout her childhood Anne communes with trees and they remain an important part of her life.

Animals Have Souls

Let’s get this out in the open right off the bat: animals do not have souls. There is no Scripture to justify such a thing; in fact it is exactly the opposite. But Montgomery, always eager to push past the teachings of the Bible, mocks those who believe it by inserting the following in the description of “Dog Monday,” Anne’s son’s adopted stray:

“Inside his homely hide beat the most affectionate, loyal, faithful heart of any dog since dogs were; and something looked out of his brown eyes that was nearer akin to a soul than any theologian would allow.”

She admits those who study Scripture in humility and with an open heart will not accept that, but she doesn’t care what the Bible says. And she is the one to mix in theology with her so-called innocent “make-believe” books, so you can’t say this they are somehow separate from Bible teachings.

While unsupported by true Christian teachings, it might be interesting to note that in Catholicism the souls of animals are called “sensitive souls.”

First it’s talking to plants and flowers and trees like they are friends, then it’s talking to cats and dogs like they are friends…

“Might as well have it over with, St. George,” Ellen sternly told the black cat, after Mr. Meredith had gone home and Rosemary had silently gone upstairs. “He means to ask her, St. George–I’m perfectly sure of that. So he might as well have his chance to do it and find out he can’t get her, George. She’d rather like to take him, Saint. I know that–but she promised, and she’s got to keep her promise. I’m rather sorry in some ways, St. George. I don’t know of a man I’d sooner have for a brother-in-law if a brother-in-law was convenient. I haven’t a thing against him, Saint–not a thing except that he won’t see and can’t be made to see that the Kaiser is a menace to the peace of Europe. That’s his blind spot. But he’s good company and I like him. A woman can say anything she likes to a man with a mouth like John Meredith’s and be sure of not being misunderstood. Such a man is more precious than rubies, Saint–and much rarer, George. But he can’t have Rosemary–and I suppose when he finds out he can’t have her he’ll drop us both. And we’ll miss him, Saint–we’ll miss him something scandalous, George. But she promised, and I’ll see that she keeps her promise!”

But more on this and later, we’re going to talk about what Montgomery herself actually believed about animals.

Astrology

In the Epigraph, at the very beginning of the book all set apart by itself, we find this quote by Browning, which Montgomery apparently is applying to Anne. It’s the first clue you should slam the cover shut, and you haven’t even made it to chapter 1.

“The good stars met in your horoscope
Made you of spirit and fire and dew.”

That may sound poetic and beautiful and stir up some emotions in you, but it is a lie. So many lies are softened by the use of beauty and poetry. We wouldn’t accept it half as easily if someone were saying, “God didn’t make you, you were made by stars that concocted you with fire and water like the evolutionists say.” And that is EXACTLY what they preach, by the way. They say you are made of stardust and slime.

Beware of falsehoods masked in frilly language, which is a large part of the dangerous intrigue of these books.

Let’s set the record straight: stars don’t make anyone. Angels don’t make anyone. Some cosmic explosion didn’t make anyone. Only God makes people! He is the Creator!

For those who don’t already know, the horoscope is a tool of astrology. Those who practice astrology look to the stars to tell you your future. That is a practice condemned in Scripture as sorcery. Hear what God says about that:

“Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them…” (Isaiah 47:12-14)

False Gods

There is a sinister undercurrent of the worship of false gods in AGG. It is there in much classical literature too (which is one reason why you should not read them!), but it is present in Anne’s stories as well.

 “Anne always liked to get up early and catch that mystical half-hour before sunrise when the world belongs to the fairies and the old gods.”

Morning does not belong to devils.

As a present, Anne receives a nude statue of the wicked pagan fertility goddess Artemis (Diana). In other words, a sex idol of a devil. Does Anne immediately throw such an abomination into the fire and grind it to powder? No. She and Gilbert laugh off those who are shocked and astonished at it.

This is insight into the true character of Anne. She laughs at Rachael Lynde for her disapproval on going to college. She laughs at those who are appalled at her heathen idol. If Anne Shirley was a real person she would be one of the millions of girls who laugh off the wise instruction and warnings all the way to hell, and I say that with gravity.

Fairies and Magic

These are both abominations to God.

3: How To Do Magic

“More invested in minutia than grand narratives, the Anne books are unusual in their storytelling pleasures. Many of the YA series I’m drawn to focus on the emotional experience of a young central character who learns that the world is more dramatic and magical than expected — think the hidden, escapist worlds of Harry Potter, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, or The Wizard of Oz. Under the mundane surface of life, these books promise, there is epic adventure awaiting a hero! But while Harry and Lucy and Dorothy offer heroism, they offer it only when the right contexts, and the right mentors, present themselves. Anne, however, has no Dumbledore or Aslan to initiate her into a larger understanding. Instead, Anne herself is the portal — the tornado, the wardrobe — who helps the characters around her understand that the “mundane” world, itself, was always already full of deep magic.”(https://www.lareviewofbooks.org/essay/ten-things-i-learned-from-loving-anne-of-green-gables)

Inside the Mind of Lucy Maud Montgomery

Now we come to perhaps the strangest aspect of Anne of Green Gables, and that is the author herself. Why is it important to know about Lucy Maud Montgomery? Well if you are reading the books, than you are having the writer put thoughts into your head. And the kind of thoughts those are is determined by none other than the person behind them. So if a good person is writing, what they are writing will be good too. Likewise if it is a bad person, their work will be bad. A good tree cannot produce evil fruit (Matthew 7:18), and I think we have already seen much evil in the books themselves.

Her typical biography will portray her as a loving, dutiful wife to a godly minister. Actually the man she married was almost as nutty as she was.

“He suffered from ‘religious melancholia’ and believed that God had predestined him to hell. He would spend days groaning, sobbing, singing hymns, and howling uncontrollably. Sometimes he would stare at the wall for hours, ‘hair bristling, blue underlip hanging, eyes glaring, face livid,’ Montgomery wrote.” (see 96) (http://mentalfloss.com/article/60282/14-facts-about-anne-green-gables-author-lm-montgomery)

Would you believe it if I told you Montgomery was a devil-possessed witch who consulted with familiar spirits and sought out the occult? But you don’t have to take my word for it…

Table Tilting (A.K.A. Table Turning, Table Rapping)

From Wikipedia:

Table-turning or table-tipping is a type of séance in which participants sit around a table, place their hands on it, and wait for rotations. The table was purportedly made to serve as a means of communicating with the spirits; the alphabet would be slowly called over and the table would tilt at the appropriate letter, thus spelling out words and sentences. The process is similar to that of a Ouija board… If the experiment was successful the table would rotate with considerable rapidity, and would occasionally rise in the air, or perform other movements.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table-turning)

While the article goes on to propose that the movements could be accomplished through natural means, Christians should understand clearly that this is highly wicked and abominable in the sight of God.

Montgomery picked up table tilting as a teenager and continued it through her life.

“It is twenty-eight years since I first learned to ‘make a table rap.’ We used to do it out in Prince Albert for an evening’s fun. When I returned home I introduced it among the Cavendish young fry and it was the fashionable amusement of the winter. Then we grew tired of it and dropped it. About ten years ago something started it up again and one winter we had lots of fun over it.”

When it became known that Montgomery and her cousin’s wife May were “dealing with devils,” she decided to stop the practice publicly but “kept it up in private for our own amusement.” She addressed the spirit behind the table as “Jane” and would propose to “call Jane up for a bit of fun tonight.”

“In the session of July 18, she described how she and May had been ‘putting Jane through all her old stunts –– such as walking around the room on two legs exactly like a human being, bowing, dancing, keeping time to music, etc.'” (http://www.islandnet.com/~sric/Montgomery_Lucy_Maud.pdf)

Table tilting is nothing less than playing and consulting with devils. But to Montgomery, it was “for the fun of it.” Allow me to interject something here, because this is a serious matter. As Christians, we understand that witchcraft and spiritism and things of the occult are not to be trifled with because God says it is wrong, first and foremost. Devils aren’t friendly playthings – they are real and dangerous entities that are workers of Satan himself that seek your hurt, and if you claim to be a Christian and you don’t see the harm in dabbling in such things then something is very wrong! So much evil and destruction and wickedness has been done all in the name of having a good time, and it never ends in anything but sorrow and death and torment. It is wrong. It is sin.

“… and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15)

And as if that wasn’t bad enough she had no qualms about teaching it to the neighborhood children too! Would you really want your children to read a book by such a woman? By someone who thinks it’s “kid-friendly” to present witchcraft to the youth? And assuming the books were void of the input of evil spirits, would you trust her not to mix in her wicked views with her works?
She also got messages from it.

“Stating that it was ‘for the fun of it,’ she and May chose to assume that spirits were indeed present and wishing to communicate. Nonetheless, she provided evidence of actual communication: ‘We got no end of messages from this source –– and some of them I must admit were strange enough. For one thing, they were always true to type –– quite characteristic of the people as we knew them in life.'” (ibid)

“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.”

Ouija Board
Truly, when you start letting in evil, it does not stop. It continues to grow in your life and take over. By accepting wicked table tilting for recreation (which we learned is similar to the Ouija board anyway), it paved the way for Montgomery to take up something even more wicked.

Yes, Montgomery actually used this evil device to communicate with spirits (devils). The Ouija board has a very sordid history and is indeed a cursed object originated with satanists. I won’t go into all the detail – research yourself if you dare, I wouldn’t advise it – suffice it to say that the author of Anne of Green Gables communicated with devils using this damnable invention. She began out of a desire to hear from her beloved dead cousin.

“…Since [cousin] Frede died I would give anything if I could only be convinced she still exists and that there might be a faint hope of getting some communication from her, even by the medium of the Ouija-board.”

And sure enough, she did. While using it, Frede (to clarify, a spirit impersonating Frede) proceeded to question Montgomery.

During a seance, Montgomery notes that one of the sitter’s Father

“believes that the power behind Ouija is a demonism. He may be right. But evidently some demons have a sense of humor!” (Ibid.)

In other words, I may be dealing with devils but at least I think it’s funny!

There were dark forces involved in the life of Montgomery. This is evident in the following quote:

“As well as trying her hand at table-tilting and Ouija boards (see PLANCHETTE), Lucy Maud Montgomery analyzed the meaning of dreams, sometimes experienced premonitions, and came to believe that her cat (Daffy) had psychic abilities.” (Ibid.)

She continued on to write the Emily of New Moon series, stories about a girl who “exercises strange psychic powers” (Writing a Life, p. 76). I know this to be true personally, because when I started to watch the movie based on that book, it was so weird my sister and I turned it off!

Are you getting the picture yet? This lady was a devil-seeking, occult-practicing witchcraft-promoting spiritist! Listen, you HAVE to have devils in you to do and believe all the things Montgomery did and believed.

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

“A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:27)
What is interesting is that Montgomery believed the paranormal experiences brought about from her seances came from
“some strange power existent within ourselves… the subconscious mind.” (Ibid.)

I believe Lucy Maud Montgomery had a strange power existent within herself alright. I believe she was filled with devils! She opened herself up to their influence, she sought them out, she played around with them. And that is part of why her books over a hundred years later have such a huge impact. Even in her day she was rising to a high level of fame and notoriety, and let me tell you… she didn’t get there all on her own.

Which brings me to the final and one of the most important points: it is clear that these evil spirits within her worked through her during the making of Anne of Green Gables. And those who have read it will know what I’m talking about when I say that there is something magnetic in those books. There is power in them to so captivate the reader and influence them that is more than can be explained. Take heed, reader.

Worshiped Beauty

“It has always seemed to me…that, amid all of the commonplace of life, I was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty.  [NOT God’s kingdom] Between it and me hung only a thin veil.  I could never quite draw it aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting world beyond – only a glimpse, but those glimpses have always made life worthwhile.”

Rejected the truths of the Bible about hell:

“I cannot recall just when I ceased to believe implicitly in those teachings—the process was so gradual. My belief in the fine old hell of literal fire and brimstone went first—it and others seemed to drop away like an outgrown husk, so easily that I knew it not until one day it dawned upon me that they had been gone a long time. I have not yet formulated any working belief to replace that which I have outgrown.”

She dared to say the idea of hell was blasphemous…

“In his normal state of mind Ewan [Montgomery’s husband] does not believe any more than I do in that blasphemous old idea of a ‘hell of fire and brimstone…’”

… and believed instead in Hindu reincarnation:

“The hope of heaven is too dearly balanced by the fear of hell, and the one thing implies the other. I believe in neither: but I believe that life goes on and on endlessly in incarnation after incarnation, co-existent with God, and Anti-god, rejoicing, suffering… Our best reward is the joy of the struggle.”

When Montgomery killed herself by a drug overdose at 67, she learned the truth.

Idolatry

“Silence seemed to come through the pines to me like a Real Presence [aka, spirit!] —hovering, enfolding, blessing. Those great tall trees around me were my brothers—my older wiser brothers [Um, when you think trees are smarter than you are, than you really have a problem]. I stood for many minutes by one of them, my arm around it, my face pressed to it [tree-hugging Wiccan], breathing a prayer to the God of Beauty I have always served—a new re-consecration to Him. Fresh from Herodotus. I feel like the priestess of an oracle under her sacred pines. The Past was the Present. [That’s Jesuit double-speak] Frede came to me there—and a man I once loved kissed me again [more devils].”

In this statement (full of all kinds of wickedness) is found the key to understanding exactly who Montgomery served her whole life. Was it the God of the Bible? Was it the precious Lord Jesus Christ who died for the sins of the world?

To understand what god Montgomery is talking about we have to understand who the god of Herodotus was.

“You will find that the god Apollo dominates Herodotus’ work. This is because Apollo, as the god of prophecy, embodies many of the themes that Herodotus wishes to express. Apollo’s principal shrine was at *Delphi in central Greece (The World of Athens 2.15-17). There his oracles were delivered by a priestess (known as the *Pythia) seated on a sacred tripod.” (http://homepage.usask.ca/~jrp638/CourseNotes/HdtNotes.html)

So this “god of beauty” she had always served was none other than the god Apollo. Who was Apollo? Apollo…

“… is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology. Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, and more.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo)

Hmm. Someone in the Bible matches this description very well.

Before his fall, Lucifer was a musical creature. (Ezekiel 28:13) He is a false prophet (John 8:44) full of corrupt wisdom (Ezekiel 28:17, Apollo’s “truth and knowledge”) – with the power to heal (Revelation 13:3). He was beautiful and bright (Ezekiel 28:17, Isaiah) and also had the ability to plague with disease (Job 2:7).

“Apollo” is Lucifer. It is one of the masks that he wears to be worshiped by idolaters, which he longs for. Lucifer desires worshiped and to be like the Most High God. Lucifer is the devil.

“And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” (Revelation 9:11)

There is very likely a connection between the Apollyon of Rev 9:11 and the Apollo of the pagans.

“Abaddon”, with the Jews, is one of the habitations or apartments of hell (y), because it destroys all; “Apollyon” is the same with “Apollo”, the god of the Heathens, who has his name from destroying (z).” (John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible)

Now, whether or not Montgomery was aware that she was serving Lucifer by serving the false god Apollo, doesn’t change the fact that she did and it is wickedness and idolatry however you look at it.

You’re either on God’s team or Satan’s, there is no in-between.

Why would any Christian want to read anything that comes out of the mind of a bible-denying, nature-worshipping, occult-practicing, feminist idolater?! Don’t believe for a minute that her beliefs didn’t bleed into her writings. I’ll be the first to tell you that they’re filled with it.

Teaching children recreational witchcraft, writing “children’s stories” that promote paganism and a boatload of evil to young ones passed off as wholesome Christian literature… the words of our Lord Jesus reveal things wouldn’t go very well for Montgomery at judgement-time:
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. ” (Mark 9:42)

Final Thoughts

Do we really need to have this? Why can’t we just be happy with God’s Word and writings that edify? Is life really so boring to us that we need this stuff? They clearly do not glorify the Lord. So just lay it down! Lay it down and you will be free! You can’t experience true liberty to walk with God while you are enticed by these things. They will bind you and hinder your spiritual growth in Christ. They will bring you back into bondage and be a stumbling block to you. I plead with you not to be deceived by the pretty packaging and innocent appearance, and not to turn the other way when your conscience is pricked.

[1] Anne of the Island: Chapter XIV – The Summons
[2] Anne of Green Gables: Chaper XXI – A New Departure in Flavorings
[3] Anne of Green Gables: Chapter VII – Anne Says Her Prayers
[5] The Quiet Feminism of Anne Shirley (girlsincapes.com) August 11, 2014
Other resources:
https://keepersofthefaith.com/category/InHerWords
http://kofcompany.com/butterandhoney/l-m-montgomery-who-was-she/

4 comments

    • Meredith says:

      Why though? I can understand that someone might laugh off this post, if they are not a Christian, and if they don’t want to walk by the rule and authority of the Bible. The things spoken of here may seem trivial from a nonbeliever’s perspective, but to the Christian who wants to walk with God, they ought to be serious matters, not laughing ones. I pointed out problems in the AGG materials, such as preaching a false gospel, trivializing the Bible, dealing with familiar spirits, witchcraft and lust… these are all sins in the sight of God, sins that Christ shed His blood for. I pray the Lord would soften your heart to the truth.

  1. Kathy Buskett says:

    Thank you for writing this. It’s nothing to laugh at. I too was sucked in by Anne, CS Lewis and many other supposedly “Christian” authors at a very young age. This eventually led to me practicing witchcraft. I was a paid psychic. Thanks be to Jesus that He set me free. And now as I’m asking him to take away all illusions, I’m led to this site. I really had no idea Anne was literally a witch. You might want to search for that in the books as well because that’s what the Holy Spirit told me as I was reading. She was red haired for a reason and literally was a 19th century attempt to indoctrinate children into witchcraft, just like Harry Potter is today. It seems innocent until you dig deeper. I was saddened to recognize many of the quotes and remember how much Anne meant to me as a young preteen. My parents were new Christians snd didn’t know any better. I’m so grateful to the Lord for rescuing me and setting me free from the vain imaginings. I expect there’s more to come. This was an especially important building block in my character growing up. I understand more now how I got sucked into that lifestyle. Witchcraft is everywhere. In movies. In music. Even In toy aisles. Especially in toy aisles. I pray anyone reading this would take it seriously though I’m sure most wont – there might be a few like me who needed to hear it. God bless you sister.

    • Meredith says:

      Thank you for sharing your testimony of how the Lord was gracious indeed to deliver you from that life and the things that lead up to it! I also have found that many time the Lord in His mercy has to tear down things in our lives that were built up in our formative years, so He can fashion us according to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. What you said about witchcraft permeating our society is very true. We are so benumbed in our culture to it that most do not have eyes to see. I do have a post on CS Lewis in the works. He was an author I was heavily influenced by as well growing up. I’m glad you found the post a blessing. May the Lord continue to reveal His ways unto you as you seek faithfully after Him and keep you in the right way.

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