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Path: ncsuvm!psuvm!VTVM2!MKLINE Approved: NETNEWS@PSUVM.bitnet gateway Message-ID: Newsgroups: bit.listserv.christi+ Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 19:47:47 EDT Reply-To: Practical Christian Life Sender: CHRISTI+@FINHUTC.HUT.FI From: MKLINE%VDH.BITNET@VTVM2.CC.VT.EDU Subject: Rock 7-2 Subject: Rock 7-2 This series talked about rock and "the occult". THIS DOES NOT REPRESENT *ALL* ROCK MUSIC! ALL comments ARE WELCOME! 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2- John Ankerberg - Rock Music - 08/05/90 - #5 - FAM Channel Sun, 10:30PM The primary reason for our existence is to know and experience God, an act called worship. Understanding only too well, fallen man's tendency to lose sight of eternal things and reduce reality to a headlong quest for emotional and physical satisfaction. God cautions us through out the scriptures to seek first His kingdom and not let the world system wear us down. "Above everything else, guard your heart,("in other words, what listen to, watch and do") for it is the source of life... Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the left or the right... Let your eyes look straight ahead. Prov 4:23-27" Hundreds of years later, Jesus amplified this teaching when He said that our eyes should be single, completely focused on God. If they're not, "your whole body will be full of darkness. No one can serve two masters -you'll end up loving one and hating the other. (Matt 6:23)" The bottom line for us is that IF WE REALLY LOVE GOD, WE'LL FIND OURSELVES NATURALLY OFFENDED BY THINGS THAT MOCK HIS CHARACTER (Killing Joke, "Eighties"), IGNORE HIS LOVE (Album, Greater Than One, "I don't need God", OR PERVERT HIS TRUTH." If instead, we gravitate to and embrace these types of things, we don't really love God. We simply can't. "If anyone loves the fallen world's ways, the love of the Father is not in them. For everything that is in the world - the desires of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boastings about what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." Now let's get back to the other key excuse that people use to avoid the truth, the issue of intention and motivation. Interestingly enough, rock's fans are not the only ones who live behind a wall of denial in this area. The artists themselves often like to play dumb. Led Zeplen's, Jimmy Page denied any evil motivations in his legendary involvement in the occult when he said, "I do not worship the devil, but magic does intrigue me." Stone's guitarist Keith Richards told an interviewer, "There are black magicians who think we are acting as unknown agents of Lucifer." In other words, "If something is going on outside our control, it's not our fault." All American boy, Michael Jackson, whose phenomenally popular video, Thriller, is filled with occult imagery, including his transformation into a werewolf, and necromancy or contact with the dead, begins the video with the following disclaimer. "Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult." And both Ozzy Osborne and D Snyder of Twisted Sister, try to down play the obvious elements of rebellion and the occult in their music, claiming that it's all in fun, and then professing to actually be closet Christians. (MAKS> Is this possible when Jesus said "You WILL BE witnesses"?) What do these denials mean? If all these people mean well, or are just trying to have a good time, they and their fans can't be considered followers of Satan, can they? Well, listen carefully, because everything we've seen and heard so far, has been leading up to what I'm about to say. Part of the reason that many people have such a hard time with this Satan worship business is because they have a characture image of the devil and his religion in their minds. He's the horn headed dude in the red pajamas, and following him, should he even exist, means sacrificing babies, drinking blood, or something else equally horrible or weird. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. As we've already seen, Satan is an invisible spirit and a master of disguise. ("...Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light. 2 Corr 11:14). His ability to pass himself off as an angel of light can fool the rebellious, or the spiritually ignorant, into thinking that black is white, truth a lie, and even that God Himself is the one telling them these things. And as for following the devil, many who openly do so, can tell you that, at least for them, it's nothing like the movies portray it, and that's what's so frightening. For example, Anton LaVey, the high priest at one satanic church, explains the essence of Satanism as follows: "And he must as a satanist, knowing this, realizing what his human potential is, eventually, and here is one of the essential points of satanism, attain his own godhead in accordance with his own potential. Therefore each man, each woman, is a god or goddess, in satanism." (MAKS> Were we not talking about Mormons becoming Gods, and Buddhists attaining their own potential. Seems to make one wonder who they are closer to. No flames, but one might want to reevaluate their life.) So, in essence, (Motley Crue, Dr. Feelgood) Satanism is simply each person acknowledging no one else, not even Satan, as a higher authority. As our own God or Goddess, each of us is free to do as we please. Theologically, this philosophy is reduced to a single axiom found in the fourth chapter of the book of Satan. "Say unto think own heart, 'I am mine own redeemer.'" (Book of Satan 4:3). "All we are... All we are we are. We are all, all we need. (Warlock "All We Are")" We are all born with the sense we are not complete, that something is missing. The rest of life becomes a quest for wholeness and fulfillment, the theological term, redemption. What ever we look to for this, be it God, money, power, sex, or anything else, that person or thing becomes our redeemer, by definition, our God. Satanism states that that God, is us. "There's beauty in the heart of a beast; Fear behind the eyes of a thief; I know, you know we're all incomplete; Let's get together and let's get some relief; All we are; All we are we are; We are all; All we need." In His Love, Michael A. Kline, Sr. SSE Tech Support 804-786-1559 Home: Va Dept of Health 13308 Thornridge Ct. 109 Governor St. Room 309 Midlothian, VA 23112 Richmond, Virginia 23219 804-744-9126 "Know God, Know Peace" "No God, No Peace"

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