For centuries and centuries it has been widely accepted in American Christianity that Satanism is a bad thing. But hopeful reformers look to make the Church more welcoming of people it has long marginalized as being evil and wrong.
In recent years, organizations like Cheap Grace Ministries Network, Light Bearer Presbyterians, Accuser Baptists, and Abaddon Out Loud are trying to help churches become more accepting of their Satanic neighbors.
NEW YORK — In the book Street God, Dimas Salaberrios shares his harrowing journey from striving to be a drug kingpin to eventually becoming a servant of God. The experience that proved pivotal to his transition came, he says, when he fell under the power of an evil force that seemed determined to destroy him.
In Street God, Salaberrious, co-pastor of Infinity Bible Church in NYC's Bronx borough and president of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York, recounts how his girlfriend at the time, Renee, took him to her mother's home so that the older woman and her friends could pray for him.
"When I walked in, those three ladies called on Jesus, then came toward me. I think they recognized that, while demon possession is not regularly acknowledged in our country, as it is in other parts of the world, I had made myself a prime candidate for it because of my lifestyle," Salaberrios writes in the book. "The three women saw that and went right to work. 'I bind this demon up in the name of Jesus,' Renee's mother said. 'Loose him, Satan! Come out!'" more >>
O the fanciful world of Harry Potter. You've read the books, or at the least seen the many movies. Now comes this fantastic little homage to the popular series.
Thanks to a video uploaded to YouTube last week, you can see what one animator has done with the dreamy world, making it come alive using its own pages.
Peter Heacock, the man behind the YouTube account "UnPOP," made a short film in the style of stop-motion. more >>
This Christmas season the nation's largest atheist group is planning to unveil a display to rival a Nativity scene at an Indiana Courthouse as part of its ongoing legal effort to have the Christian feature removed from public property.
"The Freedom From Religion Foundation will display a Bill of Rights 'nativity' and a winter solstice banner this year in Franklin County to counter a Nativity scene that has stood alone on public property for 50 years," the organization announced in late September.
"During the course of litigation, the county decided that rather than stay neutral on religion, it would open a public forum for displays, and passed an ordinance regulating the use of its lawn by community residents and organizations." more >>
The Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon in which the gunman was said to have targeted Christians, based on some eyewitnesses' accounts, was not just a "violent crime," according to televangelist Pat Robertson. He believes the deadly assault had a spiritual influence, and the gunman's own alleged manifesto would seem to support such an assertion.
"I just say that — our heart goes out to those people when you think of the bravery, but that man was a satanist," Robertson said Tuesday. "He was a satanist. He wanted to be a prince in Lucifer's army. He made it clear. So we weren't dealing with some 'gun violence.' What we're dealing with is satanic violence against people of faith."
"And it shames us all. To think many times that you are in a crowd and they say, 'Do you know the Lord?' [and you say], 'Well, I'm not sure,' [that kind of thing]. 'Do you want to carry your Bible?' [And you say] 'Well, not really, I don't want to be embarrassed.' And those people were willing to stand up and take a bullet, be shot dead because of the name of Jesus. It humbles us all," Robertson added. more >>
Although the Bible portrays Jesus being tempted by Satan, some Christians doubt whether the devilish figure actually exists. However, one Christian pastor insists that it was indeed "a very real devil that tempted Jesus in the wilderness." In fact, he says, the devil "is still in business" and "goes to church every Sunday."
"It was a very real devil that came into the Garden of Eden to seduce Adam and Eve. It was a very real devil that tempted Jesus in the wilderness. He is still in business. He goes to church every Sunday. And if you don't know how to recognize him and take authority over him he'll destroy your life, your marriage, your children, your church, your hopes, your dreams. That's what I want them to take away," Cornerstone Church Pastor John Hagee said during a recent television discussion about his latest book.
Hagee made the remarks during an interview with James and Betty Robison on their "Life Today" program, which was published online Monday. more >>