Satanism and Witchcraft
|By: Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon; ©1993|
|Satanism and Witchcraft reject morality and can justify every conceivable evil. Witchcraft is a product in part of a rejection of all existing institutions and the “establishments” which are a part of them, and, together with this, a rejection of all religious and moral standards in the belief that the universe is meaningless, chaotic, and purposeless. Witchcraft thus demands the rejection of the existing order and values.|
Satanism and Witchcraft
Excerpt from “The Coming Darkness”
Now let us turn to Satanism and witchcraft. Here, we see that sexual depravity is even more frequently found (sadomasochism, bestiality, ritual murder, etc.). We agree with Dr. Unger who warns, “For those who surrender themselves to worship and serve Satan, the moral degradation and perversion are horrifying.”
For example, in Freed From Witchcraft, former witch/Satanist Doreen Irvine discusses the rationale for her previous lifestyle:
Lucifer must be highly esteemed in all situations, even while at work or in private. Lucifer sees, as he is with Satanists always, and he must be obeyed. Lying, cheating, swearing, free lust—even murder—are condoned… The chief Satanist didn’t care about my prostitution. He believed the more evil he condoned or achieved on earth, the greater would be his reward… I had witnessed evil and ugly orgies in the Satanists’ temple, but I was to see far worse in the witches’ coven… All meetings included awful scenes of perverted sexual acts, as sex plays an important part in witchcraft. Many black witches were lesbians or homosexuals. Sadism was practiced frequently. Some even cut themselves with knives and felt no pain. Some swallowed poison, and no ill effects were experienced at all. Imagine over one hundred black witches all taking part in such perversions at the same time… I added to my knowledge of evil every day…. I practiced more wickedness in a single week than many would in an entire lifetime.
Psychologist Dr. James D. Lisle believes that in the case of the various types of black magic (e.g., Satanism, witchcraft):
You can never be sure a person involved in this won’t step over the line into infant sacrifice or cannibalism. We have evidence that it happens. The people who get involved in a thing like witchcraft have a developing tunnel vision about the world and life. It is a continually narrowing thing that cuts them off from what is going on around them.
R. J. Rushdoony, in a review of J. B. Russell’s historical study, Witchcraft in the Middle Ages, perhaps unveils our future destiny as a nation, as increasing segments of our culture continue their quest for occult power and knowledge:
Because of its radical homocentricity or humanism, witchcraft is radically hostile to law and as a result is religiously antinomian. Russell documents this antinomianism repeatedly. This antinomianism manifested itself in a hostility against the Church (burning churches and killing priests) and against the people who by name stood for the law of God, the Jews, who were readily and brutally slaughtered by the antinomians, and also by the Inquisition. The subversive Joachimite movement fostered such popular activities. As Russell shows, “The antinomians, by arguing that all action was virtuous and that Satan was God, advanced the cause of rebellion, libertinism, and Satanism”.
The practical consequences of this antinomian activity, e.g., rebellion, libertinism, and Satanism, were militant action against the social order and a variety of illegal and hostile practices. These included human sacrifice; Russell is careful to consider the possibility that such charges against witches may have been false, but he concludes that they were clearly true. The purpose was magical, and hence human sacrifice was often followed by cannibalism, adding, “Witches sacrificed or ate children or made them into magical slaves or powders, but they did not abuse them sexually”. Not only was libertinism common to witches, because of their antinomianism, but also homosexuality. “The essential element” in witchcraft during the medieval and later eras “is defiance of Church and society on behalf of the power of evil”. The witch “takes pleasure in corruption of all that a peaceful and just society holds dear”.
Witchcraft is a product in part of a rejection of all existing institutions and the “establishments” which are a part of them, and, together with this, a rejection of all religious and moral standards in the belief that the universe is meaningless, chaotic, and purposeless. Witchcraft thus demands the rejection of the existing order and values. Russell quotes Lynn White, who states of Witchcraft, “It is a drastic and spectacular way of rebelling, a repudiation of things as they are. It is an ultimate denial, a form of nihilism which is demanded by mentally and emotionally unstable people in any time of rapid change” .
The return of magic and witchcraft concerns Russell. It is a return to the vicious and the dark in the human soul, more fearful now perhaps because we are a more secular culture and less restrained. We see again the rise of nihilism and mindless violence, for, in its deeper sense, Russell holds, “witchcraft springs out of hostility and violence that are at the same time as old as man and as contemporary” .
Obviously, any philosophy which rejects morality and can justify every conceivable evil must be rejected by society as a whole. No society can long survive when moral standards are torn asunder, especially in the name of God and religion. If our nation does not change its path soon, our children and grandchildren will live to see an America unrecognizable by our standards.