"Christianity" And Satanism: Which Is More Deceptive?

Written on October 1, 2015 - Updated on October 3, 2015

Before I came to Christ, a few of the bands that I used to listen to are satanists, and I am well aware of how deceptive satanism can be, especially to those who are hurting. Satan often preys on the hurting and uses their hurt against them, and for his own purposes. With that being said, I believe that much of what passes for "Christianity" today is even MORE deceptive than satanism. Here is why I believe that: Satanism teaches much of what is the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches, but at least the satanists admit that it is contrary to the Bible. Many false teachers in our day are also teaching the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches, but the difference is that they claim that their teachings are coming from the Bible, and that is what makes their teaching even more deceptive than satanism.

One example of this is the self love teachings. Far from teaching us to love ourselves, the Bible actually warns against self love in 2 Timothy 3:1-2 by linking it to perilous times, and states that "no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it" (Ephesians 5:29). The words "no one" would have to include those who are supposedly are lacking in self love. It is a complete contradiction to suggest that our problem is both pride and lack of self love. It must be one or the other, but it can't be both. And the Bible has made it clear that pride is the problem. That was one of the main points of my article titled Self-love vs. Selfless Love. While satanism teaches that we should embrace pride (which is the same thing as self love), much of the professing church teaches the same thing. The only difference is that they are teaching that it is not pride, but a "healthy" self love. If pride is the problem with all of us (which it would have to be if "pride goes before destruction" - Proverbs 16:18, not lack of self love!) then self love of any kind simply cannot be healthy. Here is another example of how "Christianity" is now teaching what has already been taught by satanism, only more deceptively.

A popular saying by satanist Aleister Crowley was "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law". Frankly, I see this same mentality in much of the professing church today under the guise of "grace", even though many who hold that mentality would probably acknowledge that Aleister Crowley was not a Godly man. Too many have apparently interpreted God's grace to mean freedom to sin rather than freedom FROM sin. I see this especially among those who like to play the pharisee card. This "Do what thou wilt" mentality in the professing church is partly due to the fact that the new age movement has crept into the professing church. As the result, there is now a tremendous amount of confusion about what a relationship with God is and what legalism is. We have reached a time when people are called "legalistic" for sharing their testimony of how God delivered them from a carnal life that they once lived, but those who do so are the ones who are under legalism themselves since they are the ones going by unbiblical rules - rules which suggest that it is wrong to be against carnality. And the absolute worst kind of carnality is carnality that is done in the name of God, under the guise of grace.

It is true that Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with God.... however, much of the professing church which holds the "do what thou wilt" mentality has apparently made biblical doctrine out to be "religion", and I have explained why this is a false conclusion in my article titled Are You Spiritual But Not Religious? One example of this that I have seen is Brian Welch, the guitarist for Korn (one of the bands that I used to listen to before coming to Christ) who supposedly came to Christ in 2004, but then came back to Korn around 2013, even after saying that he could never go back to Korn. That last article that I linked to was partly in response to a book that I read by him after hearing that he came to Christ, although I did not mention him in the article. Part of the book condemns Christians who are concerned about doctrine as "prideful" and "religious", and maybe he has come across some who truly are defending their pride under the guise of defending sound doctrine, but that does not do away with the fact that the Bible was given to us for doctrine and correction, just as it says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. It is far more prideful to refuse correction, and yet claim to be "spiritual but not religious". No one can truly be spiritual until God has corrected their natural, carnal way of thinking (See 1 Corinthians 2:14). Yet too many have made the Bible out to be a book that was given to massage our ego rather than a book that was given for our correction, and then they hypocritically accuse those who disagree with that way of thinking of being "prideful".

We are not saved by our good works, but by faith (See Ephesians 2:8-9). However, the "do what thou wilt" church who condemns Christians that hold to sound doctrine are thereby condemning their faith. While the true Christian is not under law but under grace, the Lord's commandments are not burdensome to those who truly are under grace (See 1 John 5:3). If His commandments seem so burdensome to the "do what thou wilt" postmodren church in our day, then perhaps they should sincerely examine whether they are truly under grace. We don't obey His commandments to get saved, but we do so as the result of our salvation. And this desire to obey Him is too often misunderstood as legalism by those who are under legalism themselves.

October 3, 2015 update: The part of this article which mentions the Korn guitarist Brain Welch also has a link to a documentary about him on You Tube. As a former Korn fan, I am aware that the documentary is not perfect, and it crossed my mind that some people might make a big deal about some of the mistakes in it, even though they are minor. For example, one part of the documentary misquoted the Korn song Lies as saying "all these Jesus lies", but the line in that song actually says "all these useless lies". I am certain that is what the song is saying since it is one of their songs that I used to listen to the most. But I believe that the misquote was an honest mistake, and nothing to make a big deal about when I consider that the documentary has more valuable info than mistakes. I also have to give a warning that the documentary may be too oppressive for some, but I linked to it because I think it contains info about Brian Welch that his fans need to be aware of, and it is a documentary that got one of my Facebook friends to change his mind about Brian Welch. I have no hatred toward Brian Welch, and I am aware that he has been through a lot. But I just want to encourage people to test all things, as it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:21.

"If we are not changed by grace, then we are not saved by grace" - AW Tozer



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