An ex-Satanist who is now a Christian and oversees a ministry that reaches out to occultists believes that American society is "submerged in the occult."
Jeff Harshbarger, head of Refuge Ministries and author of the book Dancing With the Devil, told The Christian Post in an interview that characteristics of occult belief are commonplace in American culture.
"Our society is submerged in the occult; Harry Potter has filled the minds of our children for a decade and vampirism meets our teens with the illusions of grandeur. Witchcraft went mainstream decades ago, and Wicca is its offspring," said Harshbarger. more >>
The University of Missouri's release of a "Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations" has created controversy over whether schools should take into account non-traditional holidays celebrated by groups such as Wiccans and Pagans when scheduling exams and other student activities.
Media outlets and personalities who have called out the college for putting Wiccan and Pagan holidays on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are now being criticized by a group of Salem witches, according to NoBo Magazine, a local news publication for "North of Boston."
The coven of witches are upset over the comments made by Fox News guest Tucker Carlson last Sunday in which he said that Wiccans are a very small minority and shouldn't be included in the University of Missouri's policy that recently added Wiccans and Pagans to the guide's list. more >>
Members of the Satanic Temple are celebrating Florida Gov. Rick Scott's recent bill defending religious freedom and will be holding a rally in his honor.
Satanists are getting ready to show solidarity with Scott on Jan. 25 at a rally in front of his office in Tallahassee, celebrating his recent approval of State Senate Bill 98, which allows children to read inspirational messages at assemblies and sporting events.
"The Satanic Temple embraces the free expression of religion, and Satanists are happy to show their support of Rick Scott who -- particularly with SB 98 -- has reaffirmed our American freedom to practice our faith openly, allowing our Satanic children the freedom to pray in school," a press release by the Satanic Temple states. The temple's leader, Neil Bricke, will deliver a speech to the crowd during the rally. more >>
Author and outspoken pastor Mark Driscoll says he wants to make it clear that movies such as "Twilight," which opened this weekend, are something Christians should not treat as harmless entertainment and, in fact, have inspired some real-life demonic trends.
Subtitled in his blog, "A Father's Fright of Twilight," Driscoll states, "Twilight is for teenage girls what porn is to teenage boys: sick, twisted, evil, dangerous, deceptive, and popular."
While millions of movie-goers attending the final installment of the teen vampire series are expected to bring in high numbers at the box office, he warns that many mothers have joined daughters in their obsession over the dark plot and characters. more >>
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," which opens in theaters on Friday, is the last chapter of the popular "Twilight" movie series, but a Christian producer and author has warned that it is just the beginning when it comes to leading teenagers into occult practices.
Steve Wohlberg, who is the speaker/director of White Horse Media and hosts "His Voice Today" on The Walk TV, shared in a phone interview with The Christian Post that he has noticed a disturbing trend forming among teenagers who have become obsessed with the "Twilight" movies – they are turning to real occult groups and even participating in bloodletting practices.
The "Twilight" films have been growing in popularity since the first movie's release in 2008, but the last film, as the official trailer reveals, features heroine "Bella" Swan turning into a vampire herself and stating joyfully, "My days as a human are over. I've never felt more alive. I was born to be a vampire!" more >>
In the final part of The Christian Post's two-part interview with author S.A. (Seleah Ally) Tower, a former witch who became a Christian, she shares that it was her realization of how intensely God loves her that saved her from the life of a Wiccan practitioner.
Despite a Wiccan society that is mainly apart from mainstream America, Tower became a member of a coven (community of witches) 23 years ago. This coming Halloween she will be co-hosting a "Hallelujah Night" webcast to commemorate the day 13 years ago when she "walked into church a practicing witch and left rejoicing as a believer in Jesus."
Tower grew up in a traditional Christian household and wants to continue sharing her life story so that others who are experiencing the same struggles in the spiritual realm can have hope. more >>