It is written:
“Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and eat.” (1 Peter 5:8)
There are different “kinds” of Satanists in the world.
While many Satanists believe in and truly worship Satan, other Satanists reject the existence of a personal devil. Russo provides some excellent insights:
“Defining Satanism is no easy task. One Web site says it has been called the “unreligion” because it does not subscribe to the notion of a deity with human form or attributes, nor a being who must be worshiped. For Satanists, Satan is considered the prototype or original pattern to be followed. Basically, Satan represents certain qualities ties that the Satanist embodies-for example, the questioning of all, avoiding oppressive thinking, determination toward success and human potential, and a rational self-interest. Satanism embraces numerous cultural and religious ideas and concepts from ancient Rome, Egypt, and Greece, as well as elements from Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, and a lot of other belief systems. Basically, a Satanist accepts Satan as a life principle worth following. Even though Satanists are free to choose how and what characteristics of Satan they will imitate, most would agree to follow the “Nine Satanic Statements” These often directly oppose what God says to do. For example, they are encouraged to indulge rather than abstain. They give kindness only to those who deserve it-unlike Christ, who gives grace to all whether they deserve it or not. The statements encourage vengeance and indulging in all sins for the sake of self-gratification. They see men as just another animal, not as a special, unique creation of God. There are also “Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth,” which are important guidelines for the Satanist to pursue. The frightening thing about these rules is that they begin with a statement that sounds great, like, “When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there” However, “If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.” The rules encourage using magick to “successfully obtain your desires” They allow for individual decisions about sex, stealing, and deciding whether or not to destroy someone. Satanists have an interesting and a confusing way of thinking. First they say they don’t believe in Satan. But Satan is the one they are trying to imitate and the one they want to follow. It doesn’t make much sense. You can also frequently hear them say this phrase: “Hail, Satan!” It can be interpreted in two ways. First, it’s a type of acknowledgment of Satan’s achievements, his heritage, and character.. But it’s also another way of saying, “Hail, me!” since Satanists imitate the qualities of the devil himself, who began the lie that we can be the “god” of our world and should live independent of God. Remember, Satan is really at the heart of Satanism.” (Steve Russo, Fear No Evil? Shining God’s Light On The Forces Of Darkness, 128-129 (Kindle Edition); Minneapolis, Minnesota; Bethany House Publishers)
Satanists who reject the existence of Satan have been conned by the father of lies.
Let those of us who profess Jesus Christ as Lord prepare ourselves adequately to try and reach them with the truth.