By Del Duduit
Ah, Fall is here.
This time of the year is my favorite. There is a crisp feel in the mornings, which makes the coffee taste a little better sitting out on my patio. I live in Southern Ohio and am surrounded by trees. Within a few weeks, God will take his paintbrush and dabble over the foliage with hundreds of unimaginable and spectacular colors.
The Fall season is also a prelude to Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is just a unique feeling.
This time of year also brings about high school football and of course, college football at its finest in Columbus, O-H-I-O. Plus, my birthday is in October. I love the Fall.
There are many things to do in the area during this wonderful time.
But there is an event just a few miles from where I live everyone must attend at least once in their lifetime. In fact, it might change your life forever.
I am talking about the Cavern of Choices at the White Gravel Mines, just north of Muletown, USA.
My good friend Tom and his wife Mindy bought the fascinating caves several years ago. They had the vision to turn the land – which was once used for nefarious reasons – into something life-changing and positive.
Each spring, White Gravel Mines Productions puts on its annual X-Treme Trail Run. Then after Thanksgiving, the organization will feature its second showing of the dynamic and inspirational Christmas Cave.
But for two nights in October, the Mines provide a stunning and chilling performance.
On Oct. 14 and 21, the 7th Annual Cavern of Choices will be in full production. The first showing will start at 3 p.m. and run until it’s done for the night — usually around midnight or so. The average attendance per night is about 2,000 people. Groups are taken through in shifts, so there is some waiting in line.
If you have never gone through the caves, I suggest you make plans. It is described as “a party that is to die for.”
“Visitors get a perspective from the enemy’s vantage point and ends up emphasizing the horrific consequences of bad decisions.”
The Cavern of Choices is a live drama in dark caves with a cast of about 100 people from area churches. The tour through the Mines is not fun and games. According to Tom, it is as serious as a heart attack.
Visitors are guided through the caverns by a demon — dressed to the kill. He takes you through a series of live drama presentations throughout the caves. The scenes take on social issues such as substance abuse, drinking and driving, domestic violence and date rape to name a few. They don’t hold back any punches, and the real-life-scenarios are “white-knuckle” gripping.
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“This is teaching in reverse,” Tom told me. “Visitors get a perspective from the enemy’s vantage point and ends up emphasizing the horrific consequences of bad decisions.”
Perhaps the most devastating consequence is the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ. People will get a chance to see the end result of that decision.
“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Matthew 25:46
In the final scene, people are taken into “The Judgement” where they are introduced to the good news of Jesus Christ. They go from darkness into light. It is an extremely powerful climax. The members of each group are given a choice to make — who will they follow?
The production is moving and makes people wonder about where they will spend eternity. By no means is this a family affair. In fact, Tom said kids under 10 probably should not attend.
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He said the demon guides get fairly graphic and encourage people to make mistakes along the route because, in real life, they want your soul. They want you to screw up and mimic what the scenes depict.
“The enemy has decided to come out of the dark because he thinks that everybody is too foolish to even mind,” Tom said.
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10
I encourage you to make the trek to Scioto County and find the White Gravel Mines just north of Minford. It’s located two hours south of Columbus, two hours east of Cincinnati and one hour north-west from Huntington, W.V. There is no charge, but the ultimate price could be your soul. You could leave the magnificent caves a changed person who lives for the Lord. In the first six years, there have been about 700 professions of faith at the Cavern of Choices.
“We are not trying to scare them out of hell or into heaven, we are showing them real life situations and real life choices,” Tom added. “The best choice is to accept Christ and what He can offer you.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Are you a Christian? Do you let the demons encourage you to make poor decisions? You can be forgiven.
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