The first "Greater Church of Lucifer" will open later this month in a Houston suburb and just in time for Halloween, organizers of the venture have said.
According to organizer "Jacob No," a nom du guerre, the church will open in an aged house in Old Town Spring to offer people a different kind of "church experience."
"We do not have a preacher. We do not have somebody saying this is the way it has to be, that you have to live this way," No told Houston's KPRC, but without facing the camera. "We're giving a platform for people to explore themselves with ultimate freedom, to be able to look in the mirror and say I understand you better."
The church insists it is not a Satanist church – that is, a church that worships Satan – because they are imitating, rather than worshipping Lucifer, the traditional name ascribed to the angel that rebelled against God and took a third of the angels with him.
In the Bible, the name "Lucifer" does not appear. Instead, it is a Latinized name derived from the Hebrew word helel, which is translated "shining one" or "morning star." Both Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:11-19 speak of the fall of a seemingly angelic being, though the passages are addressed to the King of Babylon and King of Tyre, respectively.
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