10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. – Revelation 20:10 (KJV).
“In a world where Christians are routinely being murdered and raped in the name of God, even non-believers must be curious about the rise of Satanism. Here at home we are also witnessing a surge in Satanic attacks,” the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue wrote in a press release this week.
Donohue pointed out that the Satanic Temple’s chapter in Detroit is preparing for a “Satanic ceremony” at the grounds of Michigan’s Capitol this weekend, aimed at countering a nativity scene.
The group, which raised over $2,500 from supporters to perform its upcoming event, announced on Friday that it also plans to unveil a large statue dedicated to the devil in Detroit later in December.
The large 9-foot bronze statue of Baphomet, which reportedly weighs one ton and is made of bronze,
“is intended to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides on Oklahoma State Capitol grounds,” claims the group.
“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” the Satanists add.
In a separately planned event, a Oklahoma City satanist is planning to pour costume blood over a Virgin Mary statue outside of St. Joseph Old Cathedral on Christmas Eve.
Daniels obtained a permit for his “display,” set-up for which is permitted to begin at 4:30 p.m. and must be removed by 6:15 p.m. His protest will be restricted to the sidewalk outside the cathedral, and he is not allowed to block any of the church’s entrances. The permit also requires that he clean up the entire display and ensure no materials are left on the sidewalk.
According to the news report, Daniels is protesting the Catholic Church on Christmas Eve due to the archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s recent demonstrations against his group’s “black mass,” the unveiling of a Baphomet statue, and Daniels’ own book-signing event.
“The purpose of the blood is to add another layer of corruption to Mary, which is an emblem of the Catholic Church,” said Adam Daniels, explaining that he believes the virgin birth story of Jesus is a fraud.
The Satanist also revealed he is planning to cover the statue “in sulfur powder and ash.”
In his press release, Donohue called out American media, who he argued have barely said a word of condemnation about such planned events.
“Take CNN: on December 13 it aired a very sympathetic show on Satanism. It even allowed an unnamed mother—she is a Satanist—to blame Christianity for her gay son’s suicide, providing no evidence whatsoever,” he added.
The CNN report in question looked to clarify supposed misconceptions about Satanists, noting that most followers of such groups do not literally believe in Satan, but are atheists.
The Satanic Temple explains: “We do not promote a belief in a personal Satan. To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.”
The CNN report claimed that Satanists are not opposed to celebrating Christmas, though believe that Christians stole the holiday from pagan traditions.
The Satanic Temple group has especially been active this past year in promoting its beliefs, and in July reportedly asked supporters at an unveiling of a Satanic statue in Detroit to sign a contract that pledges their souls to Satan.
“I understand that my signature or mark representing any name, real or made up, upon these papers constitutes a lasting and eternal contract, and that there will be no further negotiations on the matter of my eternal soul,” the contract read in part.
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But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death -Revelation 21:8 (KJV).
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God- Galatians 5:20-21 (KJV).
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,-2 Thessalonians 2:9 (KJV).
In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood – Isaiah 59:13 (KJV).
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.-Acts 20:30 (KJV).
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: – Amos 8:11 (KJV).
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. -2 Corinthians 11:13 (KJV).
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction – 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV).
And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them – Luke 21:8 (KJV).
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. – Matthew 24:11(KJV).
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.-2 Peter 3:3-5 (KJV).
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.– 2 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV).
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.– Titus 1:11-14 (KJV).