Allow me to preface this blog study by saying that it is my prayer to strike a healthy balance in my blog. I want to expose evil as a warning; yet, my greatest desire is to help others to know of the amazing hope and power we can find in Christ. I want us to be so in love with Jesus that the things of this world fade away. However, we must realize that there are many who call themselves, “Christians” who are living a life of deception. It is my desire that something I can say or do (with God’s anointing) enlightens them and gets them on a good path, once again. Also, I desire to reach the lost and bring them to the loving Savior, Jesus Christ. As you read this blog, you will notice I give examples of real people who are involved in evil. This is not meant to demean them as human beings or to say that Jesus cannot save them… please understand. So, with that said, let us proceed.
How common is Satanism? The short answer is this: It is very prevalent and even more widespread than any of us realize. The reason it is important for us to be aware of this is because we are in a spiritual war every day. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6:12. But also know this: God is greater/stronger than evil; scripture declares that in 1st John 4:4. We, as God’s children, do not have to be fearful of evil (see Psalm 23:4). But, it is important we realize the destitute spiritual condition of our world; then we are more apt to pray fervently and witness more often. Knowing our enemy’s tactics will also give us vigor to be bold for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (see 2nd Corinthians 2:11). God gives us power to fight the good fight of faith. Luke 10:19 boldly declares, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” But we must be sure to use Jesus power/authority against demons and not our own power. As Christians, it is the blood of Jesus and the name of Jesus which gives us authority over darkness.
Unfortunately, Satanism is becoming more mainstream and is being subtly (and not-so-subtly) introduced. Many of today’s entertainers are in a secret society of Satanists called “The Illuminati”. This secret society (founded by Adam Weishaupt in Bavaria in 1776) has been manifested in popular culture, in books and comics, television and movies, games, and music. They are all about mind-control and manipulation. Their desire is to create a New World Order. Not only does the Illuminati promote mind-control, but it also promotes idolatry. According to Galatians 5:20-21, those who practice idolatry will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God. Many think of idol worship as that of worshiping a golden calf or a statue. However, we see idolatry everyday right before our eyes. Celebrities, singers, and authors are looked up to and take the place of God in many people’s hearts. Remember what 1st John 2:15 teaches: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
Many of the so-called “artists” (past and present) in secular music have openly admitted that they have sold their souls to the devil. Others may not openly admit it but it is evident in most. For instance, Jay-Z has a song in which he says, “Murder, murder Jesus”. In his concerts thousands of people hold up the Illuminati symbol (a pyramid, triangular hand symbol) coupled with a repetitious chant. Many in the crowd act as if they are in deep worship to the Illuminati (Satan). Jay-Z acts as their “worship” leader. He also has a song entitled, “Lucifer”. He uses satanic symbolism in his music videos such as gothic costuming, voodoo, skulls, black crows, goat heads, a crucifix of Christ with two bullets on either side… it is truly sad. He even admitted that he has never read the Bible in his life. However, he is far from being alone in his worship to the Illuminati.
Popular singer, Lady Gaga, admits the songs on The Fame Monster album represented personal demons she had faced. While developing the album, she spoke of sin and demons being inside human beings. She referred to her concerts as “post-apocalyptic house parties”. Lady Gaga is quoted as saying that she has this strange recurring dream where there is a phantom in her home. She fears that the devil is trying to take her; nonetheless, she uses her nightmares to inspire her eccentric stage shows. Her wardrobe, props, poses, and makeup aren’t just happenstance. There is a long list of satanic symbols she uses; but suffice it to say that one is “The Eye of Horus“. What is this? It is an ancient Egyptian symbol focusing on the eye. It is used in association with a cobra rising up in protection and with gods and goddesses. First off, the cobra represents a snake – which is Satan, and gods and goddesses are false gods, not the true God of the Bible. If the right eye is highlighted it represents thoughts of possessing masculine energies (through a false god) such as solar, math, reason, words, and numbers. Then we move on to the left eye. If the left eye is highlighted, it represents the mirror image of the right eye and portrays what are considered feminine energies such as lunar, feelings, intuition, and private thought. When any performer uses this occultic symbol they are in essence saying, “My spiritual eye has been opened to see that I am a god.” (Reference Genesis 3:5 where the devil promises Adam & Eve that their eyes will be opened.) Pay close attention and you will see celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Jay-Z (just to name a few) covering an eye with their hand or doing makeup in such a way as to focus on one eye. It would sound like a conspiracy theory if it weren’t so blatantly true. The glamorous, although made-up and glittering on the outside, have a very ugly spirit inwardly.
Luke 11:39 puts it like this: “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and wickedness!” Gang members have certain hand gestures to use as a code, signifying who they belong to. Likewise, many celebrities and singers will use these symbols and hand gestures signifying who they belong to. It isn’t coincidence… they know exactly what they are doing. While we can pray for such people to change, we know that many of them have made their mind up whom they will serve. In such cases, God will not force them to do good but He will turn them over to a reprobate mind, as stated in Romans 1.
Just because the spiritual realm is mostly unseen does not negate the fact that it is very real. There is an ongoing war between good and evil. Many books, movies, music, video games, and the like have evil undertones which open unsuspecting people up to the enemy. TV shows and movies such as: Charmed, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Saga, The Harry Potter Series, 666 Park Avenue, Long Island Medium, and many more have evil undertones which desensitize people to evil.
We must be on guard. Proverbs 4:23 plainly says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Not only do certain types of entertainment harm us, but even things/actions can harm us and give Satan a foothold. Such evils with occultic roots are: Hypnotism, Fire Walking, Palm Reading, Good Luck Charms, Acupuncture, Black Magic, White Magic, Reading of Tea Leaves/Crystal Ball, Divination, Sorcery/Witchcraft, ESP/Psychics, Mediums, Necromancy, Eye Diagnosis (people who look into your eyes/soul to diagnose conditions), Relics, graven images of false gods, Fortune telling/horoscopes, UFOs (demonic manifestations), Levitation, Needle on a thread (to tell your future), Omens, False Religions, Quantum Physics, Transcendental Meditation, Wizardry, Yoga, Chants… and that is just to name a few! Bible Teacher, Bill McLeod once said, “Many of these things are baby steps to a deeper involvement in the occult. The devil doesn’t mind how innocently you start, as long as you wander over into his field.”
Throughout his ministry, McLeod also speaks of a phenomena which he calls The Phenomena of Resistance. He said that there was once a lady who couldn’t pray as a result of the enemy’s resistance against her. Every time she would try, a demonic force would cause her throat to close off. He also spoke of a lady who could not fold her hands to pray. Each time she would try, a demonic force would tear her hands apart. The aforementioned ladies, opened themselves up to demonic forces unknowingly. The one who could not pray opened herself up to this attack due to using the Ouija board. After praying for her and commanding the demons to leave, she could pray, one line at a time. After she began praying, she could then pray freely. Her former problems ended and the Lord Jesus set her free. Jesus freed both ladies.
Furthermore, the torment of bulimia was linked to occultic involvement (in some cases). However, McLeod advises, “We must never assume that a person has a demon problem just because they are having psychological or some kind of a spiritual problem. We must never make this kind of assumption because sometimes you can hurt people when you’re trying to help them. I would say that 95% of the people who have occult manifestations or problems have been involved in some area of the occult. If people are not involved in the occult, it is very unlikely, [although not impossible] that their problem is of an occult nature.” He also tells about an Old Testament scripture in 1st Samuel 15:23 which says that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. McLeod says, “So to God, a rebellious, stubborn spirit is just like being involved in witchcraft.” Perhaps, problems could arise simply because a person is stubborn and rebelliously resisting God’s Will. So, things that may appear harmless may be used by Satan to desensitize us to his lies.
Witchcraft, Wicca & Evil
It has been said that some people involved in witchcraft do not believe that Satan exists at all, while others involved in witchcraft do believe in him and worship him. Regardless of their stance, the truth of the matter is that neither group worships the One true Savior, Jesus Christ. Many Wiccans do not accept the fact that there is good and evil in the world. Even the Atheist is without excuse. Romans 1:18-21 states: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
According to the Word of God, all kinds of witchcraft (voodoo, black or white magic, any charms used for protection or destruction, etc.) are bad no matter what and no matter how the witches represent it to deceive the people. According to the book, Satanism in America, hard-core Satanism is “the fastest-growing sub-culture among America’s teens.” There is also an increase in the number of self-proclaimed witches. Personally speaking, I used to have a job where a co-worker was a self-proclaimed witch. Wiccans have successfully repackaged Satanism and witchcraft into a friendly, environmentally-concerned religion. Yet it is a religion that worships demons and Satan.
The daughter of a Wiccan author, Falynn Trayer, 17, is similarly breezy about her witchcraft. “I have no set rituals,” she said. “If I want a better grade at school, I may ask the god and goddess for their help, burn a candle — something like that.” You see, Satan is attempting to take God Almighty’s place. In fact, there are many covens of witches all over the U.S. and around the world.
Satanists and witches worship the moon and have evil rituals set around it; especially when it is a full moon. Deuteronomy 4:19 warns against this. “And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.” Likewise, Satanists and witches exalt nature. Romans 1:25 speaks of this very thing. “These people have exchanged God’s truth for a lie. So they have become ungodly and serve what is created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen!”
One Christian website, states it plainly. “Wiccans use their concern for the environment as a lure for recruiting young people into the occult. Tragically, public school children are attracted by Wicca’s commitment to protecting the earth. We need to protect the children first by keeping them away from witchcraft.” Not only do we need to keep children safe, but everybody needs to be safe and stay away from witchcraft. We need not be fearful, however, it is wise to run away from such evil. In fact, in Old Testament times, people were put to death by stoning if they were found guilty of contact with evil things. Leviticus 20:27 says, “Men and women among you who act as mediums or who consult the spirits of the dead must be put to death by stoning. They are guilty of a capital offense.” Thank God that we are now under the grace of Jesus, however, that does not give us a license to sin. After all, we know that all sin will be punished unless it is forgiven and under the blood of Jesus. Refraining from evil is for our own protection.
1st Corinthians 10:20-22 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
Leviticus 20:6 If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.
Isaiah 8:19 Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead?
Isaiah 47:11-14 But evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing. Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed; perhaps you may inspire terror. You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you. Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame…
Ephesians 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
2nd Chronicles 33:6 Manasseh also sacrificed his own sons in the fire in the valley of Ben-Hinnom. He practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the Lord’s sight, arousing his anger.
Malachi 2:17 You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them”…
Revelation 21:8 But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars–their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
Ephesians 4:27 And give no opportunity [foothold] to the devil.
“Pastor Mark Driscoll Talks About Modern Day Idols” http://youtu.be/kJNi7KXb6WQ
“How You May Be Opening Doors To Demons” http://youtu.be/qgOfNI_QHsI
“Mark Driscoll on Yoga” http://youtu.be/BhcoBLdM8CQ
“Mark Driscoll on Twilight” http://youtu.be/ZkHl0MK_ZdY
“The Occult In Your Living Room” http://youtu.be/VACzNHB0yuA
“The Occult” by Bill McLeod http://media.sermonindex.net/18/SID18438.mp3