Satanism and the Occult Target Youth
By David J. Stewart
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 2:5
All the hordes of Hell are attacking the world's youth today. From Hollywood movies, to video games, to music, to what they're being taught in public schools—Satan has a bid for your child!
Hollywood's acclamation of witches is proof positive in the multiple movies it has offered throughout the decades. More recently, in 1996, a movie entitled The Craft, starring Robbin Tunney, Fairuza Balk and Neve Campbell, stormed movie theatres. The movie depicted four young girls all eager in their pursuits of witchcraft. Full explanations about the invoking of demonic spirits as well as enactment's of rituals to summon spirit possession litter the movie. These witchcraft truisms were incorporated into the film as teaching tools for the unsuspecting public. Did it work? Raven Mounani, owner of the occult store, Raven's Flight, and herself a practicing witch credits The Craft with encouraging young women to explore the world of witchcraft. She states:
"I get a lot of teenage girls in here. You can always tell when The Craft has been on TV cause we get a big influx of girls looking for supplies."
SOURCE: http://www.hollywoodunmasked.com/hollywoodswitchinghour.html; Hollywood's Witching Hour; by Jason Kovar
There is no debate that teens are being targeted by the Devil's crowd, trying to recruit them to surrender their lives to Satan. Marilyn Manson even gives alter calls at the end of his concerts, calling Christians as*holes and ripping apart Bibles on stage. Tragically, Marilyn Manson has sold over 11,000,000 albums just in the United States. What kind of person would want to listen to Manson's hellish screaming and blasphemous lyrics over and over? In a word... TEENAGERS! But why? It's because Manson is a freak, an outcast, and troubled teens who come from struggling or broken families can relate to him.
This is the exact reason why teenagers gravitate toward Satanism and the occult, where a person is accepted as they are without having to live up to a certain standard. The lowest degenerate in the world is readily accepted by witches, homosexuals and the rest of the wicked. You'll never find witches exposing the sin of homosexuality. You'll never find homosexuals exposing anything except themselves. It is Christianity which stands up against the wickedness of this world, in obedience to the Word of God which tells every believer to refute all works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). Evil is done under cover of darkness, to conceal it's mischief; but good works are done in the sunlight for all to see. The very word “ occult” means hidden, because their seeds are evil in the sight of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Satanism: The World of the Occult
The Growing Problem
The occult is on the rise; many young people are seeking their spiritual identity through Satanism.
Satanism has become an issue of great concern in our society. It is a phenomena that crosses the city limits into the rural areas of our nation. Satanism is not just a big city problem. The news wires carry story after story about young children being kidnapped, only to be found later as victims of some bizarre ritualistic crime. To help us gain a balanced perspective of the subject, C. S. Lewis in his book Screwtape Letters, says this about Satan:There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.
As satanic involvement among our youth increases, we begin to see the primary goal of such activity. It has become clear, according to the data thus far analyzed by those who investigate satanic involvement, that the primary goal is to alter people's values and turn them against themselves, their beliefs, family, God, and society.
When we begin to take a close look at the occult, it becomes necessary to define terms. There is a great difference between cults and the occult. The term cult refers to a group of people polarized around one individual who is often a magnetic personality. This individual has his or her own understanding of truth, who God is, man's relationship to God, the existence of heaven and hell, as well as a number of other issues of faith. In most cases such individuals incorporate some degree of biblical truth into their teachings in order to gain a certain amount of credibility and in order to deceive the unwary.
The term occult means "hidden" or those things or teachings that are "unknown" or secret. So, the occult is the seeking after knowledge of unknown information, knowledge that is gained beyond the five senses. Therefore, knowledge is received by some supernatural involvement or connection.
Anton LaVey of the First Church of Satan in San Francisco, California, says thatSatanism is a blatantly selfish, brutal religion. It is based on the belief that man is inherently a selfish, violent creature... that the earth will be ruled by those who fight to win.
Satanism challenges the biblical teaching regarding man's relationship to others. We are to esteem others better than ourselves, and we are to be team players. In 1 Corinthians we read about being a part of the body of Christ, whereas, Satanism esteems the "self" over others.
Young satanists believe that the strong will rule with Satan. Once they are sufficiently involved, they often make a pact with Satan. They commit themselves to a future date when they will take their own lives by suicide. They believe that if they submit themselves to Satan in death, they will come back in another life as a stronger being and rule with him forever. According to recent statistics, fourteen young people a day take their own lives. A major concern for those who uphold a Judeo-Christian world view is that this generation is becoming detached and is losing all sense of morality. Many have lost their mooring. It is imperative for the church, as a corporate body, and we as individuals, to share the message that Jesus Christ is the only possible solution to our emotional and spiritual needs.
The Power that Entices
Power has become an obsession with young satanists. It is sought after on the physical, mental, and spiritual levels. According to one former occultist, the greatest lure into the occult is "power" and "knowledge." Not just corporate power but personal power. Gaining knowledge that others do not possess is another aspect of the occult. When an individuals have more knowledge it affords them a degree of power over those who do not have access to that knowledge.
Likewise, Satanism offers its lure to the youth in our society. Drugs and sex have become the bait that so often ensnare the unsuspecting.
With the increase of satanic activity, a profile of those involved in Satanism has emerged. They are generally from a white, middle to upper-middle class family. In most cases they are bright and do well in school; however, they are often bored and are not challenged to meet their full potential. They tend to have a low self-worth and are unable to distinguish between right and wrong because of their relative ethical system. They often have problems in the home and in relating to other people around them. They use drugs and are sexually promiscuous. It is a rare occasion when these last two elements are not present in the mix.
Abuse, both physically and emotionally, is another aspect of this mix. Young satanists are often abused children who know no other way to relate to people. Some are a part of a multi- generational family involved in worshiping Satan as savior.
Anton LaVey, Satanist High Priest of the First Church of Satan in San Francisco gives us a glimpse of how Satan is seen in his book The Satanic Bible:We hold Satan as a symbolic personal savior, who takes care of mundane, fleshly, carnal things.
Satan has attempted to usurp the place of Christ in redeeming mankind. He has endeavored to establish himself as a god who is equal to or greater than Jehovah and in a sense render God ineffective. LaVey goes on to say that "God exists as a universal force, a balancing factor in nature, too impersonal to care one whit whether we live or die."
Therefore, the Judeo-Christian God is inaccessible and has no compassion. Thus, Satan becomes the solution to man's deepest needs.
Satanism leads one into bondage through mind control and fear, whereas Christianity allows the individual the freedom of choice. We have the opportunity to either accept God's free gift of life or reject Him and simply exist separate from God's love.
READ MORE: http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/satanism.html
Try the Spirits
By David J. Stewart
It is no coincidence that Harry Potter has been targeted at children, making its author J.K. Rowling a billionaire. Harry Potter desensitizes children to the evils of witchcraft. Though seemingly harmless, Harry Potter opens the door to the occult and witchcraft. 1st Samuel 15:23 likens rebellion with witchcraft. That is because witchcraft is rebellion against God, seeking power and guidance from a demonic spiritual source. Any spirit that is not the Holy Spirit is a familiar spirit (i.e., a demon). 1st John 4:1 tells believers to “try” (or test) the spirits, to see whether they be of God or Satan. There are many demonic spirits (influences) in society today... MANY!!! 1st John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
How do you test a spirit? Simply, with the Word of God. The Bible is God's Word. The only reliable Bible in the English-speaking language today that hasn't been corrupted is the inspired KING JAMES BIBLE. That's the only Bible I use, or ever will use. Satan knows that if he keeps publishing new Bibles that people won't be able to memorize Scriptures anymore. Why memorize a Bible that is going to change in a few years? I've never met anyone who could quote even small portions of a corrupt Bible word-for-word. But I know many believers, including myself, who can quote hundreds of Scriptures word perfect from the precious King James Bible, because I've used it my entire life since childhood.
I encourage every young person to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES as Jesus commanded in John 5:39, and you'll see that witchcraft is demonic, as are Rock 'N' Roll, Walt Disney, Hollywood, and all the vile Pop and Country songs glamorizing adultery, drunkenness and immorality of every sort. God is still on His throne. Billy Sunday said: “If you want to drive the Devil out of the world, hit him with a cradle instead of a crutch.” Today's children are tomorrow's adults. If the Devil's crowd can INDOCTRINATE our youth with the homosexual agenda, hellivision, immoral Rock music, and the lies of Devilution, then Satan has their souls.
Kids today don't stand a chance unless Christian parents train them up in the way they should go (Proverb 22:6). The Devil wants every teenager, and he starts out the day they're born trying to destroy them. By the age of 5, ninety-percent of a child's psychology is developed. This is why it's dangerous for parents to open the floodgate of demonic influences via television and music. A child left alone while its mother is too busy working a job isn't going to develop properly.
Few people realize that everything happening today in America was carefully plotted, designed and carried out by evil criminals. Our nation didn't just go bankrupt. Our schools didn't just turn Godless. Our society didn't just become immoral. It's the evil influences (spirits) deliberately propagated through TV, talk shows, magazines, psuedo-education, books, music, and false religion. American society is absolutely saturated with demonic influences. People don't even flinch anymore about the evils of abortion, pornography, gambling, drunkenness, et cetera. Where will America's downward spiral end?
Walt Disney has made The Jonas Brothers a household name. The 3 boy band from New Jersey has become a worldwide sensation. They are recognized for not drinking alcohol, nor taking any illegal drugs, and are allegedly committed to remain pure until they marry. Who would think that their song, KIDS OF THE FUTURE contains backward masking praising Satan, Satan, Satan! It's not surprising, for Walt Disney has a history of pedophilia and occult involvement. Nearly everything is a deception these days. Don't trust anything from the Devil's crowd. All of Satan's apples have worms. The Devil is a beautiful liar.
Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.”
If you search the Word of God, then you'll find quickly that God hates witchcraft and evil in its every form. God is a loving God; but He hates sin more than any human being could ever comprehend. I certainly wouldn't send anyone to Hell for all eternity; but God is just and hates sin so much that He will send the wicked to eternity in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15; 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9). Ye must be born-again (John 3:3-7).
Dozens of TV shows and products have been targeted at youth, from Sabrina the Witch, to Harry Potter, to W.I.T.C.H., to Charmed. Witchcraft is a sin (1st Samuel 15:23). God wants all Christian believers to hate evil (Psalm 97:10). The sinful world embraces sin and evil, but God wants His children to abhor sin and evil. We are not all God's children.
The Word of God is THE TRUTH. There is a raging battle in the world today over information, whether it be in the secular or spiritual realm. Satan is a liar of liars. The mainstream newsmedia is packed full of highly paid liars. People have lied so much that it's now a staple of American culture. People break their marriage vows without any hesitation. Thank God for the faithful Christians still standing for God today, and there are many. But you won't find them in the music industry, nor on TV, nor being praised by millions of worldly fans. That's heathendom. I have more respect for Marylyn Manson than I do for phonies like Michael W. Smith, TobyMac, Rebecca St. James, Third Day, the News Boys, and Amy Grant. They're a bunch of sellouts who are afraid to raise a Christian flag, lest they lose most of their fans. The Bible tells us to seek praise from God, and not men. John 12:43, “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
The celebrities that you idolize won't be there when your life falls apart, your health fails, and Satan sifts you as wheat (Luke 22:31). Satan's will for your life is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). There's not a Satanist, occultist, nor child of the Devil on this earth who truly cares about you. But God cares (1st Peter 5:7). I'm sick and tired of all the worldly music that targets youth today, like Katy Perry's song and album, TEENAGE DREAM.
Anton LaVey, who founded the Church of Satan, taught that Satanism is just doing your own thing, living life the way you want. That's what Satan wants too. Whether you live for Satan, or just live for yourself, either way you're not living for Jesus Christ. One of the high priests in the Church of Satan, Peter Gilmore, said that “America is absolutely a Satanic nation” ... because people are free to do whatever is right in their own eyes. As you read earlier in the article by Russ Wise, “The occult is on the rise; many young people are seeking their spiritual identity through Satanism.” The great need of our time is preaching preachers!
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