When I was 12 years old my favorite TV show was Pokemon. What 12 year old doesn’t want to go on an adventure with magical pets that shoot lightning and can shrink to fit in his pocket? I sure did, and so did all of my friends. Yet, soon thereafter, it was “found out” by a few very well researched “brothers” that Pokemon were actually demons. And all the kids who watched them were being secretly controlled by the devil. (I have never worshiped the devil, just saying).
I remember many other cases where someone “discovered “that certain logos, movies, books, and brands are special satanic ploys to mystically possess the population into Satan worship. Everyone was freaked out and spent time breaking curses, burning books, or destroying clothes with magical logos. We often take note from the Old Testament, where people worshiped idols of stone, and assume Satanism is still so “item-oriented.” But in this new dispensation God has revealed a Christianity that is no longer “item-focused” but “heart-focused.” While we usually realize that “goodness” is not about sacred items and temples, but we still think “badness” is contained within little curses and trinkets.
You see, the thing is, most “Satanists” don’t even believe in the supernatural, or Satan, they’re just trying to shock and scare people. (Most of the reports of satanic abuse are false as well). Most “Satanists” only care about proliferating a rebellion against dogmatic human societal systems. (A very tiny and deluded minority are “theistic Satanists” and do believe in a literal Satan, but their numbers are insignificant.) Yet none of this is the point anyway, here it is: We often think the devil has horns and is parading about on Halloween trying to make us into Harry Potter, yet the Bible says he looks like an Angel of light and is trying to make us hate our brother (1 John 3:10). The truth is you go around holding Harry Potter book burnings all of your life and still be more of a satanist than your local Wicca club. Here is how:
1. Slandering other Christians
According to the Bible, one of Satan’s primary functions is to accuse and slander people. In fact the word “diabolos” from which we get devil, literally means slanderer. In Revelation 12:10, we see Satan called “the Accuser of our brothers.” You may hate witches and Star Wars, but when you accuse other Christians of being bad people, or spread gossip about them, you are being as Satanic as Satan himself.
2. Allowing or Promoting False doctrine
Another thing Satan is very concerned about is preventing others from seeing the beauty of the Gospel. In 2 Cor. 4:3-4, Satan blinds people, in Genesis 3:4-5, he is twisting Gods words to something different. If you often lead people to believe in a Gospel that doesn’t affix our eyes to Jesus, or if you permit false teachers to run rampant, just because you want to be nice, you are serving Satan’s agenda.
3. Telling Lies
Satan is a “liar and the father of lies.” His whole goal since the very beginning was to subvert truth. God is truth, and in him is not falsehood. Satan is the exact opposite, he desires to counteract every attribute of God. As Christians we often tell lies to “do good” or to “help God.” This is the crazy part. Even while trying to be “against Satan” and, for example, speaking out against a film that you think is satanic, like Lord of the Rings, if you tell a lie (many lied saying J.K. Rowling is a Satanist) it is you who is doing the work of Satan. This is the ultimate irony, a Christian fundamentalist, out on a quest to “destroy satan” who uses lies against atheists and others, becomes far more like Satan then his opponents.
4. Being a legalist and refusing to enjoy stuff God made
I’ve often heard sermons warning about the teachings of demons. These usually included child sacrifice, torture, and black magic. Turns out the Bible is very different than certain popular myths would lead us to believe. Paul says demonic doctrines include things like: forbidding people to enjoy marriage and to enjoy certain foods. The Bible actually teaches that God created things to be enjoyed with thanksgiving and it is demonic to refuse all of that. In fact, if you go around forbidding people to enjoy things that are not harmful, you are preaching the doctrines of demons. (1 Tim 4:1-4)
5. Thinking you are a good person
Why is Satan considered bad or evil? Because the Bible tells us that Satan thought he was perfect or equal to God. This sin of pride is the sin that causes all others sins. Thinking you are as good as God will do crazy things to your head and in your life. In Mark 10:18, Jesus says “Only God is Good.” Think with me, if only God is Good, yet you also claim to be a perfectly good person, do you not do EXACTLY what Satan did? If you think you are truly and ultimately Good, perhaps because of all your religious activities, then you are a more provocative Satanist than the warlock standing over a boiling cauldron.