Church of Lucifer to Open in Heart of Bible Belt

An altar in the Greater Church of Lucifer, as depicted on the organization's Facebook page. The group's leaders claim it does not worship Lucifer, but seeks the "light of truth." | (Photo: Facebook/Greater Church of Lucifer)

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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