Wicked within: U.S. plunges toward ‘occultism and demons’
Television shows featuring exorcisms as entertainment. Lucifer as a crime-fighting hero on television. Occult symbols used in music videos.
References to demons seem to be everywhere in American culture. And the rise in occultism comes at a time when experts, including Catholic priests who specialize in the rite, claim exorcism is becoming more common.
Now, Karl Payne, author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance,” argues America is becoming desensitized to images of evil promoted by the mass media.
“Yes, pop culture is glorifying occultism and demons, and you would have to be living under a rock to deny this current reality,” he told WND. “And if a person had WiFi, the Internet or cable television, he could still find it in the desert, under that rock.”
Payne, the pastor of Leadership Development and Christian Education at Antioch Bible Church and the former chaplain of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, argues the promotion of demonic imagery is troubling because it hinders believers’ ability to avoid spiritually dangerous things.
“Familiarity can deaden inhibitions,” he explained. “Curiosity can shorten the life of a cat. It can also draw naïve, curious or bored human beings into the world of spiritism or the occult that can have very real and dangerous consequences. The entertainment industry’s decision to glorify the brutalities of spiritism and occultism has steadily moved the profane into something popular within at least a growing percentage of listeners and viewers.
“The Third Reich of Nazism clearly demonstrated that if you tell a lie loud enough and often enough some people will believe it, even if that lie results in the justification of murdering millions of innocent people. I still think it is more than an irony that some of the same entertainment pundits that view evangelical Christianity as extreme, and conservative Christians akin to dangerous terrorists for their pro-God and pro-life convictions, view and promote occult baloney as harmless, healthy entertainment.”
Payne was especially critical of how Christianity has been driven out of civic life even as overt Satanists campaign to insert their own beliefs into the public square.
“Spiritists and occultists demanding the right to promote their views while they attempt to systematically demean or censor orthodox Jews and conservative Christians from the public square, boardroom, school room, ball field or awards shows are speaking and acting in a blatantly hypocritical manner,” he told WND.