Enemy No. 1: Satan worship returns worldwide
Even the secular press gives the devil his due, as reports of violence driven by occult beliefs are sweeping the global media.
In Mexico, a restaurant worker was reportedly tortured to death as part of a Satanic ritual. Police in Long Island are investigating animal sacrifices which may be being done by a cult. Even an unsolved murder from 1984 has recently been linked to the notorious “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez, the Satanist serial killer who sometimes committed his murders in a ritualistic fashion.
Thus, mainstream media outlets are proclaiming the global “comeback” of exorcism and spiritual warfare as Christians try to combat a perceived rise in occult practices.
And experts warn demonic influence is real, and not to be taken lightly.
Dr. Karl Payne of Antioch Bible Church, who until recently served as the chaplain of the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks, argues such forces can lead to violence.
“I have no way of knowing if the specific accounts in these articles are real or not,” Payne said. “But I have no question that there have been, and continue to be, killings done in the name of Satan or his minions, carried out by occultists.”
Payne wrote “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance” to educate believers about the real danger posed by the occult. But he told WND it is a mistake to believe victims of demonically inspired violence were literally killed by supernatural forces.
“It is incorrect to say that Satan or demons
have authority to kill human beings,” said Payne. “Jesus Christ alone ultimately holds the keys to life and death. Demons can certainly encourage occultists or deceived wannabes to justify murder or commit mayhem, but they cannot carry this out without the hands and feet of those doing their bidding.
“Human beings are perfectly capable of killing others out of their own perverted initiative, and do not need the devil to blame for the cowardly deeds they have plotted and planned. But that does not eliminate the possibility that Satan, or more likely one of his minions, can attempt to encourage death and destruction through the hands of those willing to participate in their diabolical destruction.”
The occult, demons and possession have been increasingly prominent subjects in pop culture recently, with one example the new television reboot of the classic horror film “The Exorcist.” Supposed “live exorcisms” have also been hosted by some television networks.
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