Today, I watched an interview of a satan worshipper and self-professed satanic “pope” on ABC News’ website. If you can handle the deeply disturbing content and images, you can view the video here.
This is alarming to me on so many levels. First, there’s the obvious: this man, a registered sex offender, is calling himself a spiritual leader and performing rituals in worship of evil incarnate. I have read and seen worse, and I can pretty much guarantee they have performed worse, but naturally they have to tame it down for the TV audience.
Then there’s the more subtle message from the Catholic side of things. When the arch bishop says “they believe the powers they are invoking are real,” he is sadly mistaken. People, demonic powers are real (Revelation 16:14), and we are plainly told in scripture to stay far, far away from them (Leviticus 19:31,Deuteronomy 7:25, Deuteronomy 18:10-11). Demons are powerful and we should be careful not to mess with them or take lightly their power (Acts 19:13-16).
I also have a bit of an issue with ABC calling the members of the Catholic church “Christians,” when we know full well that they are two different religions. This reporter refers more than once to “freedom of religion” and talks about how all religions are embraced here in America. Brothers and sisters, do not be deceived. This reporter is (perhaps unknowingly) part of a dark force at work to desensitize us to blatant evil – and it’s working. We’re told to be tolerant of this, and to simply look the other way if we don’t like it. The people who did show up to protest were painted in the video as a bunch of religious loons, perhaps not far off from members of Westboro Baptist Church. The general view of Bible-believing Christians today, perpetuated by Hollywood and the mainstream media, is that we’re religious zealots and fanatics that should be ignored, or worse yet, altogether silenced. That will not stop me. I will keep fighting to spread God’s truth, even if Satan does have control of the media and has the world believing that I am a nutcase.
There’s one more thing from this video that I feel the need to bring attention to. If you listen to some of this man’s “prayers” you can clearly hear him say, “Keep us from the righteous.” He knows that Christians are righteous. He knows full well what he is dabbling in, and he delights in it. Let’s be under no delusion; this man is not sick in the head, nor is he in need of a psychiatrist as some commenters have suggested. This man knows full well whom he is serving, and he knows he’s headed to hell.
Christian warriors, let’s unite in prayer. Let’s take a stand for Christ. I’ve read Revelation and I know God wins in the end, but Satan is going to try and take as many souls with him as he can until that glorious day. We need to share the truth of God’s joyously freeing salvation, and pray without ceasing for the lost. Our job is to spread the message of salvation. As depressing and disheartening as it can be to see such evil all around us, we must remain firm in our calling. It is not our strength but the Lord’s that keeps us going.
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:2-5