After-School Satanism?

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!    Isaiah 5:20

Northern York County Elementary School in Pennsylvania considered having a Satanism club for students after school hours.


From the article:

The local Satanists’ Chapter has previously explained that their club will only be to promote scientific ideas and secularism. They say that if a district has approved Christian Bible study during class hours, then secularist ideas should be given a platform too. 

Spokesman Lucien Greaves says the school could now be in breach of the Constitution. 

Public school curriculum favors science and evolution last time I checked.  Christian Bible study would be the counterpoint to that.  You don’t need to let Satanists into little kids’ heads as young as five to teach science.  Secularists have their platform already in the curriculum!

It was voted down 8-1 while angry parents protested in the halls hours ahead of the meeting and gave the local TV news an earful.

While the local Satanic temple declares that they will not be teaching Satanism, just science and “rational” thought, such teaching hacks away at the Bible’s authority and validity.  For more information on this, check out my category “Science & History and the Bible” at the bottom of this page.  I have many articles in there debunking evolution, misrepresentation of carbon dating and more.

For Satan to achieve his goal of seeing as many people damned as possible, he doesn’t need anyone to believe in him so long as they don’t believe in Jesus!  John tells us everything we need to know about Satan:

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.    John 8:44

When Satanists start trying to educate people, they are dressing lies as truth.  You can bet on it!

The Resurrection

…and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.    2 Corinthians 5:15

I saw this video about Historical Arguments for the Resurrection.  Dr. Gary Habermas gives several historical facts that support the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.  I encourage you to watch the video for yourself.  As a preview, I’ll briefly list his points.

He starts with what he calls a “minimal facts argument.”  He builds his case like a brick wall from the bottom up.

Fact 1:  Jesus died by crucifixion. 

Fact 2: His disciples had experiences that led them to believe they saw and interacted with a risen Jesus.  Their subsequent actions based on those experiences “turned the world upside down.”

Fact 3: Their subsequent actions based on those experiences “turned the world upside down.”  They held to this even in the face of death.

Fact 4: The resurrection was not a later teaching to justify Christianity.  It is possible to track the preaching of the resurrection to immediately after the crucifixion.

Fact 5: There were already several creeds regarding Jesus’ resurrection by the time St. Paul said yes to Jesus.  Paul did not create Christianity.

Fact 6: Both Paul and James, Jesus’ brother who originally did not accept Jesus as the Christ, turned to Him based on their experiences with the risen Christ.

He goes on to say how critics of the resurrection as fact have tended to drop off over the years.  His experience is that critics will admit he has a good case for the resurrection but simply don’t accept it.  When pressed as to why, they answer that they just don’t want to believe.

Dr. Habermas continues with a discussion of near-death experiences as an answer to what he calls the Narnia/Oz refutation of critics.  I won’t try to retell it hear; his discussion is simply too good!

Finally, the Bible needs no proofs of its validity.  Information like this, however, provides us with ways to answer objections to our faith and hopefully open the way for the Holy Spirit to bring them to Jesus.

Alice Cooper – Christian

Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.    Psalm 78:1

…the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’    Deuteronomy 4:10

Vincent Damon Furnier, a.k.a. Alice Cooper

First, let’s use his real name: Vincent Damon Furnier.  Vincent, it turns out, was a pastor’s kid.  And grandkid.  He was raised in a Christian household and did mission work with his dad.  At some point he forsook all that and created the persona of Alice Cooper.  Today he speaks of Alice in the third person.  That isn’t him.  It’s a character.  Period.

He was a typical rock star all about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll.  His wife tried to get him to quit the drugs, but as he says in an interview, “The cocaine was speaking a lot louder than her.”

She left, and he kept going with his drugs.  He says he looked in the mirror at one point and saw what looked like his traditional Alice Cooper eye makeup on his cheeks.  It wasn’t makeup, though.  It was blood.

“I might have been hallucinating.  I don’t know.”

In any event, he flushed the drugs, slept for three days, and called his wife to say it was over.  She was unconvinced and told him he had to prove it.  They reconciled, and part of the deal was to attend church every week.

Another interesting point is that he did not come to Jesus, because he loved Him.  Oh, no!  He returned to God out of plain fear!  He knew that hell wasn’t going to be “getting high with Jim Morrison.”  That’s what he got from the first church he attended; fire and brimstone.  Later he went to another place where the love of Christ was preached.  He then had the right balance.

Fear as motivation is something God has used since Old Testament times.  Today we rely almost exclusively on the Gospel and shy away from telling people that hell is real and that’s their destiny if they don’t repent.

God has brought this message back through people like Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell in which he describes how God took him to hell so he could bring the message back that hell is real and to be avoided at all costs!  Wiese later discovered that there is a whole community of people who have had the same experience and been given the same commission.  I even met one of them last year.  It was a profound experience!

You can read more about Bill Wiese in my article We ARE Living in Biblical Times.  If you’d like more on my meeting with someone who had a near-death experience, see Perfect Love.

Vincent proves that people need both the law and the Gospel in order to be saved!  Some people need more of a stick, some more of a carrot.  We need to be ready to use both!    Pure fear is what drove Vincent back to God.  The Gospel cemented it for him.

Vincent calls himself the ultimate prodigal son who went out and nearly destroyed himself, but somehow found his way home.  The YouTube video is a collection from several interviews, which you should find very interesting!  Another video you would enjoy is an interview he gave about his good friend, the late Glenn Campbell, and the faith they shared.

The Façade of Notre Dame

I just finished watching a special on HULU about the Notre Dame fire, April 15, 2019.  One the one hand, it was a remarkable telling of that day and the firefighters who saved the north bell tower and thereby saved the south tower also.

It was also disappointing in that God was not mentioned in the story of this catastrophe even though the cathedral was built in His honor.  The rector was prominent in this documentary, and he kept saying things that someone who should know the Bible better than most should not say.  He kept wondering why this would happen, the implication that this was something from God, but why did it happen?  Is this a test for him?

Bad things don’t come from God.  They come from Satan.  Why?  Because God made humans “a little lower than the angels,” and Satan is massively pissed at us for being God’s favorites.  Anything he can do to make us miserable is on the table.  Did God allow Satan to do this?  No!  Adam and Eve gave him the keys to Creation when they took his word over God’s.  Can God use Satan’s works against him like some cosmic ju-jitsu master?  Absolutely!  He promised as much:

…all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.    Romans 8:28

Everyone in the documentary was horrified at the thought that this massive, 850-year-old structure would be gone…altering Paris’ famed skyline.  The firemen heroically stopped the fire in the north tower, preventing the fall of bells weighing in excess of 10 tons each, which would likely have collapsed the tower, and then tumbled into the south tower.

Everyone was so relieved that the façade had been preserved and Paris would still be Paris!


Over 100 religious relics were saved from the reliquary and the safe in the sacristy.  The safe contained the (supposed) crown of thorns Jesus wore, a nail from His cross, and a piece of wood from the cross.  I remember watching a firefighter carry out a glass case with the centuries-old tunic of a monk that was on display.  I remember seeing it in person when my wife and I visited Notre Dame many years ago.

We climbed into the towers and saw the bells.  We tread those ancient stone steps and wondered at the grandeur of this building and the artwork that was part of it.  I tell you this to say that I completely understand the horror of the Parisians and the French in the face of the loss.

But where was the talk of God in light of the fact it was God’s house burning down?

The only religious moment in the story was when thousands of Parisians ringing the scene started singing hymns when it became apparent that the towers were saved.  The firemen 200 feet above told of the ethereal sound of so many voices singing.  At least the façade had not been destroyed!

The façade indeed.  I ask, not critically, where those thousands were with their hymns for decades prior to the fire?  I ask why the concern for the physical and their collective attachment to it?  Why was the physical part of it crowding out the spiritual?

The causes are many.  Man relies on his own mind to explain the world instead of the Bible.  Man decides what is right and wrong in relative terms.  Man decides what constitutes families and marriages instead of listening to the Creator of those institutions.  Man decides the preservation of physical things like tunics and crowns of thorns of greater importance than preservation of faithfulness to God and meeting together in churches, regardless of their size and grandeur.

And yet the cause is but one; man has not listened to God’s Word as much as he has listened to himself.  Man is no longer bible-literate as I suspect of the rector.  God speaks and no one listens.  Human traditions speak in the forms of relics and old habits, and man pays rapt attention.

I lament that so many Christians believe the Bible – however unfamiliar they might be with it – and yet deny the supernatural.  If they find themselves in the face of events like Jesus visiting Muslims in their sleep to bring them to Himself or near-death experiences, they deny that is possible in this modern era.  They bury their heads in the sands of their familiar bible stories like so many spiritual ostriches.

We all present our facades, our faces to this world.  It is understandable, given the pain of being sinful, insecure, and frightened.  The one façade we must let fall is the one that calls us Christian when God is not foremost in our lives.

I can recall calling on church members who refuse to come to church but raise a stink of they are removed from the church roster as if mere membership will save them!  Such are the facades that are damning!

Do we all stumble?  Yes!  I write these articles for myself as much as you!  But do we make the effort to chip away at our façade of Christianity to show a truly fervent heart?  Therein lies the answer.  Just as Paul struggled against his sinful nature to do as God wishes, so must we now.  It’s the struggle that let’s us know our faith is alive!

Read God’s Word.  Become truly familiar with what God has given to us for instruction.  The saving truths in the Bible will be all our tools to keep our facades fallen!

Take Your Hawking to School Day

But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.   Isaiah 64:8

william_Maillis_sized_770x415xTake Hawking to School Day isn’t coming next week or next month, but it apparently is coming to debate hall or TV channel at some point. This from a 10 Yr Old Prodigy Out to Prove Atheist Stephen Hawking Wrong: “God Does Exist.”

This ten-year-old isn’t just smarter than your average college student. He’s been officially declared a genius. Consider the following:

At four years old, he was learning algebra, sign language and how to read Greek, and when he was five, he read an entire 209-page geometry textbook in one night, and woke up solving circumference problems the next morning.

People at MENSA are crying with jealousy. Me? This must be how ants feel whenever they look up and see us. Most kids are trying to eat spaghetti without a bib at four. This kid’s dog is hanging out at the other end of the table, wondering if he hasn’t already invented an anti-gravity machine.

“So much for crumbs from this master’s table!”

Stephen HawkingWilliam wants to be an astrophysicist when he grows up, which is likely to be next month at the rate he’s going. Although he hasn’t got is first B.A. yet, he’s got this intuitive feeling that both Hawking and Einstein got it wrong when it comes to black holes.

And God.

The son of a Greek Orthodox Priest, William wants to prove that an outside force is the only thing capable of creating the universe, which means that “God does exist.”

This is one clay pot that God formed during a special, extended session with His galactic Potter’s wheel! It sounds as though this determined young man has been given a purpose from God, and I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out. You could sell tickets to the show, and that might be just what happens. Let’s see Hawking and Maillis go Mano a Kiddo on pay per view.

“William Maillis takes Stephen Hawking to school!”

Who knows; Hawking might find himself convinced and en route to heaven. Wouldn’t that be something?!?

Unforced Errors

WildfireFor we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12

TsunamiSomeone dies. Someone else loses a job.  We’ve had natural disasters galore between Mexico’s earthquake and an onslaught of record-shattering hurricanes.  The common question is “If there’s a loving God, why?”

People often ask that rhetorically to try to make the point that God doesn’t exist. Some people really want to know, in which case it’s a great question, but addressed top the wrong being.  Instead of arguing that disasters prove that either God is not love or simply doesn’t exist let’s argue that terrible events ARE proof that there is a devil who hates us all and loves to cause as much harm and suffering as possible!

Angry at GodWhy is the evidence always directed against God instead of acknowledging the obvious, namely that such things prove that the world is wicked and the devil does exist? Ergo, God must exist too.

But let’s back up and take this from the top. Slowly.

God is love. As the Creator of us all and of all we can witness and more, God puts Himself last.  That’s how much He loves.

Dog & Boy 2God wants a loving relationship with separate, intelligent life, so He created us and a world for us to live on and a universe in which it can exist. He created us in His image, but as individual beings apart from Himself.  He made us this way to have a real relationship, a relationship of choice on both parts.  See A Love Tutorial!

Furthermore, God put Himself at risk from His own creation, those He loves, by giving us the ability to say no. He makes plain what it takes to have a relationship with Him: don’t eat from that one tree.  Just that one.  Later it’s the Ten Commandments and certain conditions even after the Tree was chosen.  He never gave up on us!

Think on this: do you have someone who loves you? Do you cherish that love? Is that love meaningful to you?  What if you found out that that person only loves you under compulsion?  What if that person has no choice but to love you no matter what?  Would you still find that love meaningful to you?  Would you still cherish it?  Would that person even be an equal to you in your eyes once you discover that his or her love is mandatory for them?

They would perform all of the acts of love such that you wouldn’t know that it was forced upon them. But if you found out that it was all required, forced behavior, would you enjoy it as you do now?  At all?

sexbotArtificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies are coming together to create robot companions; dinner company, house mate, slut…?  Go ahead and Google “Sexbots” and see how far we’ve fallen.  These automatons are for lonely people who will settle for all of the mindless acts of love, because they can’t find a real mate, sad as that is.

The point is that, in this case, the creators (humans) place themselves over the creature (robots). Humans would get conversation, company, a nanny, or sex from these things.  It’s all about what an individual can take from or do to something/someone else.

Did I just say “someone” in reference to robots? Well, yes.  Because lawyers and ethicists are starting to ask the question, “If AI is a sentient being, who’s going to protect the rights of these sexbots?”

While I find the argument ludicrous, it goes to prove my point; we are not at all like God. We – as a race – create a new “life form” for the acknowledged purpose of enslaving it to our will and even abuse.  Some people find that objectionable and want to protect the robots…and/or make a buck.

God did not create robots or AI. He created living, self-aware beings who could choose and then put Himself at risk by allowing us to reject Him.

adulteryAnd exactly how do we reject God? After He asks us to use His creation within its design parameters, i.e. be nice to each other and the planet, we do everything we can to use ourselves and others outside of everyone’s design parameters.

Some of us even flip Him off and tell Him to get the F*** out of our country and lives.

satan B.jpgNo, we choose against God and enslave ourselves to the god of this world and his “…rulers of the darkness of this age…(and) spiritual hosts of wickedness.”

And who put HIM in charge of the world??

Um, that would be us. Because, starting with Adam and Eve, we chose Satan over God.

When terrible things happen, it shows very clearly that God does indeed love us. He loves us so incredibly much that He allows us to reject His overtures of love if we so choose.  It’s also proof that the choice of rejection puts us in league with Satan and gives him sway over this world.

And then we complain about God’s behavior when the consequences come home to roost. That perception also demonstrates how the rulers of the darkness of this age…(and) spiritual hosts of wickedness work in this world, cloud our minds with bad thinking and perceptions.

Fortunately, Jesus placed Himself even lower than the angels in order to suffer our lot and pay our debt for us. Again, all we have to do is to choose wisely.

God loves you

No Excuses!

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,    Romans 1:20 NKJV

Let’s get back to basics. God made everything that exists, and He did it through Jesus per John 1:1-5:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.

This is clearly a world that did not happen by accident. From the microscopic to farther than we can see with our best telescopes, the universe is a thing of such complexity that an open-eyed look at any piece of it screams “Intelligent Design!”


All Had to Happen at Once!


I reviewed a book last year, DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral.  Click on the title to see a recap on the series.  Our bodies are an amazing piece of electrochemical engineering.  Once you learn how independent structures within cells and between cells operate, you’ll understand that all of these independent yet smoothly interacting components cannot have happened by evolutionary chance.  Each component would have had to randomly evolve in synchronicity with each other to validate its worth and be “accepted” by evolution.  It is mathematically impossible!


Just ONE Cell!



The earth is in a very precise orbit which allows life here. The moon also is part of our system, controlling tides as it orbits earth.  We spin.  The moon doesn’t.  How does that happen if everything comes out of a swirling mass?  Did the moon just independently decide to put on the brakes against that momentum or did Someone decide this system works better with a non-revolving moon?Water

Speaking of tides, water is a miracle in itself. Why is it that everything in the universe contracts when cold and expands when hot…except water?  Why would there be one substance in all of creation that behaves contrarily to every other type of matter in existence?  If it didn’t have these and other properties, life on earth would be impossible.

WaterUnversalSolventWater is often called the Universal Solvent; H2O. That’s one oxygen molecule with two hydrogen molecules.  They bond together in such a way that one end of a water molecule has a negative charge, the other end a positive charge.  Water is essentially positive and negative, enabling it to latch onto almost anything.


Planet-Wide Sprinkler System


But water is so common we take it for granted in the grand scheme of things. It is the “oil” to the “engine” of earth.  It’s what keeps the planet alive.  Only a very special substance can do that!  We simply fail to see it, because we’re so used to it!

Our cells, us, earth, our solar system, and the universe are so complex that it cannot have happened by chance. These are God’s fingerprints all around us!  That is why we are without excuse if, in light of creation, we refuse to recognize those prints and choose the lies of men and their Father of Lies, Satan.

Free yourself from believing the lies of the ruler of this world, the Devil. Don’t listen to them, listen to God!  Listen to what His creation is telling all of us; there is a Designer, an Originator of all that exists.

See my recent article Evolution and the Geologic Record for some more info and insight into Creation and the evidence that surrounds us.

Just take a real, hard look at the facts for yourself and see if what the evolutionists are telling you really does make sense or not.

Take look at the world around you, at all of God’s finger prints all over Creation.  How could all that we are and live in be a cosmic accident?

A Life Saved by Death

22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’     Luke 16:22-24

Does God exist? There are a great many proofs in this world that He does.  His fingerprints are all over creation, both in the complexity of all that exists, from the subatomic level to the universal expanse.  God is there from Extra Large to Extra Small.

I took a different perspective on near death experiences a while back, writing about the events that can happen at death; Seeing Death.  You might be interested, not in what people report after having been clinically dead, but in what those who witness death sometimes see.

Today I want to share a video of someone whose life was changed by dying; Ronald Regan. Not the former president, but the advisor.  He lived a very violent, sad life as a child and young adult.  One night he screwed with someone he shouldn’t have and bled out.  The ER didn’t think he had a chance.  But he did.  He just had to go to hell first.  Go ahead; at 16:38, it’s a short view.

To go from down and out with drug and alcohol problems to one of the top political fiigures in the country is astounding…unless a high power is involved.