It is written:
“Wear the full armor of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s clever tricks.” (Ephesians 6:11)
Many people in the Hazard area that I have talked with and studied the Gospel with have been Satanists (i.e., they are devoted to the teachings of Satanism).
There are different “levels” or “types” of Satanism, and sadly, each devoted to certain deceptions that (unfortunately) many Satanists are deceived by. Satanists.
One former Satanist explains it Ike this:
“1.) Lower-level Satanists are often told that there is not really any God or devil. This is the lie promoted in the literature put out by the Church of Satan (COS), mentioned earlier. The COS is this country’s first tax-exempt satanic church. Satan, these people are told, is just a convenient archetype. He doesn’t really exist. He is just a symbol like the Statue of Liberty, with which you can invest meaning and emotional content. For these people, Satan is like a badge they wear which allows them to think differently than the “herd,” and is their license to be perverted or misanthropic. He symbolizes their inner being, their true potential which they must try to achieve. He is everything they could be, if only they could throw off the shackles of society and really be themselves. 2.) Mid-level Satanists, who get past the “comic-opera Satanism,” of the COS are taught that Satan is real, but he is not evil, just misunderstood. This Satan is a variation on the Horned God of Wicca with a lousier disposition. He is a dark, romantic rebel, a loner and a Byronic anti-hero. He represents the darker side of humanity, its alienation and loneliness. This “Satan” isn’t an enemy of God, but a necessary opposite —the “loyal opposition.” God could not look good without Satan to make Him seem good, so Satan is there as a tragic foil. This Satan wouldn’t hurt anyone, and he certainly isn’t an evil being. He is just the lord of dark forces and helps humanity with its “darker side.” 3.) Upper-level Satanists get the next level of “truth.” Satan is evil, but that evil is better than what God has to offer. In this view, Satan is the wrongly accused fall-guy for all of God’s mistakes. God cast him out of heaven in a fit of jealousy and Satan is trying to win back his glory. God is presented as the God of the “herd,” mindless sheep who have a slave mentality. The demented philosopher Frederich Nietschze had this in mind when he talked about Christianity being a “slave” religion. Satanism is said to be a religion of masters. Satan’s kingdom is for the creative and the bold, for those who want to live on the edge. Heaven is presented as a dull place full of dolts twanging away on harps. Hell, on the other hand, is presented as an eternal orgy. Christianity is okay for mere humans (we used to call them “me-hums”), but for Masters, Satanism is the only way to go. It is believed that when one joins up in Satan’s army (by selling their soul to the devil), that you enlist in a war to try and take back heaven from God. God is the usurper and Satan is the rightful ruler of heaven. Thus, Satan is seen as a supernatural George Washington, fighting against the “King George” of heaven. 4.) For the “Magister” (or Master) level of Satanist, Satan is presented as the rightful god of the universe, who draws power from suffering, perversion and death. This level of Satanist is solidly hard-core, but may not actually have participated in human sacrifice yet. However, they have acquired an incredibly twisted ethic in which pain is pleasure and pleasure is pain. These people will slash themselves (or compliant others) to draw and/ or drink blood. Animal sacrifices will be needed, because this is where the real power supposedly comes from. The highest sacrament for these people is the destruction of the innocent. At this level, rites of pain and perversion are believed necessary to help open the “door” to bring into manifestation Satan’s kingdom on the earth. Souls are to be “won” at a frantic rate, because every one who signs up on Satan’s list will be part of an army which will supposedly storm heaven and cast out the false God, Jehovah. 5.) The final level for the Satanist is where the members are usually demon-possessed to their toe-nails. It usually takes many years (or being born into a satanic family) to arrive at this level of evil. Sex with demons and human sacrifice is a necessity. These people know hell is real, but are told that even if they lose in the battle with God, they will “reign” in hell and will never suffer. These people suffer from the common misinformation that Satan rules hell (like the toughest con in a maximum security prison) and can grant favors to whomsoever he will. There is no Biblical support for this, even though movies and even cartoons promote the idea. These Satanists believe that it is their destiny to overthrow and murder God and be co-rulers of the universe with their lord, Satan. They think that they are gods and goddesses themselves and have the right to determine who lives or dies. In their twisted logic, if you are God, you can kill, destroy, steal and rape all you want because you make the rules. Hence the satanic maxim of Aleister Crowley, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law; love is the law, love under will.”[ 1]“ (William & Sharon Schnoebeln, Lucifer Dethroned: An Amazing Story Of Christ’s Power To Deliver & Heal, 33-37 (Kindle Edition); Ontario, CA; Chick Publications)
To my Satanist friends, please know: while Satan would have you believe that he defeated Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary, it was the other way around! The “rulers of this world” did not know when they were killing the Son of God that they were fulfilling the plan of Heaven (1 Corinthians 2:8). He has triumphed over these powers by the Cross, and He arose from the dead three laters (as documented by over five hundred witnesses-1 Corinthians 15:1-8).
Jesus is the Victor, and He is coming back one Day. Satan wants you to believe that you are irredeemable; but it is a lie. Will you not today repent of your sins as a believer in Jesus and be baptized into Him to have your sins washed away (Acts 2:37-38; Romans 6:3-4)?
The churches of Christ stand ready to assist you.