CAF Takes a Closer Look at Satanism
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors...”
Much prayerful consideration has gone into the preparation of this tract. Our purpose is not to sensationalize Satanism nor engage the curiosity of the reader in this evil practice. When dealing with a topic such as Satan worship, it is easy to succumb to alarmism and begin imagining that Satanist plots are behind all of the ills of society. At the other extreme, as C.S. Lewis pointed out in his introduction to the Screwtape Letters quoted above, neither should we doubt the existence of Satan or the reality of Satanism with all of its attendant evils. Unfortunately, in our modern high-tech society, the latter position is all too common, even among Christians.
We believe that Christians should be aware of the fact that Satan not only exists but Satan worshiping cults are extremely active throughout the United States today. Tragically, such groups not only involve adults, but also teenagers and even younger children. Although it is impossible to be sure of the number of people involved in these groups, (due to their clandestine nature) most observers agree that the incidence of Satanism is increasing. It is our prayer that this tract will educate people on some of the beliefs of Satanists and some of the symbols used by Satanists. Hopefully, by being aware of the beliefs and symbols used by Satanists. Christians as well as others will be able to determine if their friends or children are being attracted to Satanism or dabbling in the occult.
The Word of God exhorts us to expose the works of Satan: “And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them” (Eph. 5:11).
Some Basic Beliefs of Satanists
The first thing Christians need to recognize about “Satanism” is that the word has been applied to a wide variety of organizations and individuals whose beliefs and activities may differ considerably from one another. At one extreme would be groups which are nominally “Satanist but where Satan worship is really secondary to some other activity (such as sex or drugs). At the other end of this continuum would be the “traditional” Satanist groups for which Satan worship is a primary activity. In between these two extremes are a large number of groups with differing beliefs and practices. In this brief tract, we will focus on the more traditional groups’ beliefs. More extensive presentations of the topic are available for the interested reader.
To understand Satanism, one must understand who the Satanist is really worshiping- it is the Devil himself. Here are some tides which the Bible uses to describe him, his character and methods: Satan, the tempter, the father of lies, Lucifer, the lord of death. Beelzebub, the evil one, the ruler of this world and the prince of the power of the air. A true practicing Satanist will admit that this is who he or she really worships, having rejected the God of the Bible and choosing Satan as his or her god.
The basic world view of the traditional Satanist is summarized on p. 149 of the Occult Sourcebook:
“Traditionally, Satanism has been interpreted as the worship of evil...the very principles which Christianity rejects...Things are, so to speak, reversed- the Christian Devil becomes the Satanist’s god, Christian virtues become vices, and vices are turned into virtues...”
Hence, it intentionally twists, perverts and reverses everything good, as designed and made by God, in order to discredit and mock Him and give glory to Satan.
In certain Satanic rituals the Lords prayer is recited backwards. The cross may be positioned upside down in Satanic rituals. Satanists even mock the Christian practice of communion by drinking human blood or urine and/or replacing the communion wafer with profane materials.
Satanists believe there is “power” or energy within the souls and bodies of animals and humans which can be released and absorbed by the Satanist through specific rituals. These rituals can range from sexual activity to torture or even murder in extreme cases. Satanic thinking is that the younger the victim, the more innocent and therefore the more precious to God. The more precious to God, the greater the perversion and, therefore, the more power for the Satanist to acquire. That's why animals and children are the primary targets for Satanic abuse. They are believed to have tremendous energy within them.
Identification of Satanic Symbols
There are several keys to identification of possible involvement in Satanism. Obviously, none of these things necessarily mean that a person is involved in Satanism but they should save as warning signals.
The first would be an exclusive attraction to and interest in Satanic heavy metal music. Musicians like Ozzy Osborne, Iron Maiden, Judas priest, AC/DC, Twisted Sister, Dio, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, and Slayer to name just a few of the more blatantly Satanism-oriented groups.
A second area which may indicate attraction to Satanic involvement is the area of dress. Attraction to the Sado-masochistic appearance, black leathers, chains, and jewelry employing Satanic symbolism could all be indicators of interest in Satanism.
A third area involves the use of Satanic/occultic symbols which are often displayed on record albums, books, movies. videos, tattoos, jewelry and graffiti.
We will conclude this brief tract by showing some of the more common Satanic symbols below. As we do this, we would do well to remind ourselves of the seriousness with which God views Satanism and all occultic activity. In Deut. 18:9-12, the Lord absolutely forbids His people from occultic practices. As God considered physical adultery punishable by death (Lev. 29:10), so too he considers spiritual adultery also worthy of death (Ex. 22:18).
The “swastika” or “twisted cross” is of ancient origin. Originally, it represented the four winds, four seasons and four points of the compass. At that time, its arms were at 90 degree angles turned the opposite way from that depicted here. It turned in a clockwise direction, showing harmony with nature. The swastika depicted here shows the elements or forces turning against nature and out of harmony. The swastika has been used not only by the Nazis but also by Hindus and various Satanic and occultic groups.
The ankh, an Egyptian symbol of eternal life, is often used with the "scarab", a symbol representing the beetle (not shown). The occultist believes that with a combination of the two, he or she will have the power to control not only this life, but also the next.
The pentagram, with or without the circle, may be used in both black and white magic. Generally, the top point represents the spirit and the other points represent wind, fire, earth and water.
The upside-down pentagram, often called the baphonet. is strictly Satanic in nature and represents the “goats head” (i.e. the head of Satan).
The hexagram. also referred to as the “Seal of Solomon” is said to be one of the most powerful symbols in the Occult.
The symbol of anarchy represents the abolition of all law. Initially, those into “punk” music used this symbol. Now it is widely used by “heavy metal” bands with a Satanic orientation.
Four different ways in which the “mark of the beast” (as described in Rev. 13:16-18) is commonly symbolized. Note that the letter "F" is the sixth letter of the alphabet.
The broken cross is a symbol of the total rejection of Christianity. In some Satanist groups, new members are required to go to a graveyard, renounce belief in Christ, renounce their Christian Baptism. and finally, take a wooden cross and turn it upside down, breaking the cross arms down to demonstrate a final rejection and denial of Jesus Christ and His crucifixion on the cross.
1. Lewis, C.S. The Screwtape Letters • New York;
2. Koch, K. Between Christ and Satan, Grand
3. Bubek, M.I. The Adversary, Chicago, Moody
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