Fascinated With Evil (zombies, skulls, demons, skeletons, grim-reapers, death)

Fascinated With Evil
Robert Wurtz II

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19 KJV)

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV)

Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. (John 12:35 NKJV)

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:18 KJV)

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (Romans 13:12 KJV)

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV)

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them […]. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 5:8, 11; 6:12 KJV)

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: (Colossians 1:13 KJV)

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:4–5 KJV)


When we speak of darkness, we are dealing with the condition of one being in rebellion against God and all that  entails. Satan pioneered this condition and apparently proselytized one-third of the angels with him. This means that Satan, and his angels are agents of darkness; propagators of rebellion against God. We might also say that darkness is therefore a state in which God’s influence is absent through rejection. Jesus Christ came into the world as the light of the world. His influence exposed the works of darkness as evil. In fact, this testimony to the world that its works are evil is a primary reason why the world hated Christ. 


Satan is the supreme agent of darkness and he wants his ways to become the accepted norm. He seeks to overthrow God’s influence so that his (Satan’s) evil ways are thought of as “good” and “right” and that God’s ways are “evil” and “wrong.” He was the first to call evil good and good evil. (Isaiah 5:20). Our whole culture is being systematically rewritten right now to accomplish this task. Every concept that has issued forth from God is being turned on its ear and twisted into something wicked. This is the very powers of Satan at work. These forces, according to Paul, are what we are wrestling against. The same force that turned a third of the angels away from God and into a destiny eternal damnation are at work today seducing the unsuspecting to join them in that destiny.



An Invitation to Satan


Satan does not pass up invitations. If you flirt with him, he will take the bait every single time. He doesn’t discriminate, he wants to rule every soul he possibly can. I recall as a child that homes would be set up a “safe houses” so that on our walk home from school, if we were being harassed or were hurt, we could walk up to the door and get help. These homes were identified by a sign in the lower window of the house. All the signs looked alike. It said to us children, “you are welcome to come here and you are safe here.” The sign identified the home as a safe house. 

Likewise, we identify ourselves with the thing we want to be friendly with. If we want to be friendly with darkness and evil, we will identify ourselves with it. We communicate our intentions by what we identify ourselves with. Nobody has any trouble identifying Amish folks. They identify themselves a certain way to communicate who they are and what they are about. For some, they will feel a camaraderie and will be drawn to the identity; others will be repelled and have nothing to do with them. Why? Because the Amish telegraph their intentions by the way they carry themselves. 

However, it’s not just the Amish… it is everyone. If we identify with evil we are telegraphing our desires to Satan and his angels. And he will respond! He never turns down a chance to move in on the person. When he sees people fascinated with evil, darkness, blackness, satanism, the occult, zombies, skulls, demons, skeletons, grim-reapers, death, wickedness, dragons, occult memorabilia, mind-altering drugs, and other such things — he moves in for the kill. He sees a person ready to lock arms with him in his crusade against God Almighty. He is looking at a person who wants to be on his team. This is common sense, but when a person is under the spell of evil, common sense is not common for them.

Symptoms of Destruction

The question an increasing percentage of people ask when we talk about these type things is, “what’s wrong with it?” What’s wrong with dressing in all black and wearing occult symbols? What’s wrong with dressing like a Goth or tattooing skulls and demonic symbols on my body? Well, nothing at all if you want to identify with darkness. If that’s your team, then that’s your identification marks. But what did Paul say concerning Christians? What communion hath light with darkness? Some people seem to almost get a high off of flirting with the demonic. They bring all manor of devilish things into their lives and then have the nerve to blame God when their lives are destroyed and their family is demon possessed. 


God told Israel to throw down and ruthlessly destroy the altars and idols. Understand that a pagan idol is not a decoration for your home. Dream catchers, pentagrams, occult symbols, etc. ad infinitum, have no place in the Christian’s life. It is no different than the sign I used to see in the windows walking home from school shouting, “You are welcome here!” The devil knows where he is welcome; all he has to do is look at you and see what you are identifying yourself with and what fascinates you. It’s too late to play dumb once you’re demon possessed.

Fashionable Evil

We live in a time like unto Sodom and Gomorrah. People will fragrantly identify themselves with Satan and darkness and then wipe their mouth as if they have done nothing wrong. They are only fooling themselves. The devil knows when he is welcome some place. For example, we woke up a few years ago and it was suddenly “OK” to watch people suck blood and engage in all manor of occult activity as long as we could attach the behavior to a seductive and romantic story line. What are you saying? “Come here Devil and bind thy neck with me; be my heifer that we might plow together.” What madness. What an invitation to total destruction! 


I recall as a young child a woman being on the late night television that dressed herself as a seductive witch. Black hair, black dress, black eye-liner, black fingernails, black everything. When I think of that woman I think of Jezebel that was thrown down before the man of God and trampled to death for her evil. It was bad enough in the home of a sinner on late night TV, but what happens when all this is done in the name of fashion and expression? 

Why would a Christian want to identify with God’s sworn enemies? Question: Do you like to flirt with darkness? You are opening yourself up to devils. You are begging to be demonized. If they who practice such things could see the demons swarming around them when they entertain evil they would not sleep at night. Demons are pictured even as scorpions in the book of Revelation (Revelation 9:3). Would you walk into a room with life sized scorpions for a night of entertainment? This is mere picture language meant to arrest our attention that these creatures mean business and their sting will devastate. 

God told Israel in Judges 2 that he would not drive their enemies out from before them because they refused to stop the compromise, but that the enemy would become a thorn in their side. How much closer can a messenger from Satan get than “in your side” (2 Corinthians 12:7)? Not because you were being persecuted for the purposes of God, but because you opened the door to the Devil and he walked right in.

Run For Your Soul

I write these things because I have watched numerous people over the years flirt with the demonic and end up destroyed. The problem? Many people are simply in denial. The enemy has them duped into thinking that there is nothing  wrong with these things. Symbols don’t mean anything; how I dress don’t mean anything; etc. Really? Then why is the Bible loaded with symbolism? From numbers to objects the Bible is loaded with symbols. From the brazen serpent in the wilderness to the golden lamp stands in the Revelation, we have symbols. We are warned not to touch evil things. Why? Because we are telegraphing our desires and intentions by what we identify with and what we entertain. The devil can take a hint. His song is as the old tune goes, “Just give me some kind of sign girl (boy)…” and he’ll come a running. It’s too late once the enemy gets a foothold in your mind and he wins you over to his cause. By the time you start justifying all these things you are already under his delusion. If you are involved in these things, flee even now! Run for your soul! Not as Lot’s wife who turned back to see one last time, but turn and run while there is still hope and you are still reachable.

A Black Hole

A Black Hole
Robert Wurtz II

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. (Job 38:1-3) 


The book of Job is a very insightful book for those willing to take time and mine out its truths. It contains what God describes as 35 Chapters of darkened counsel by words without knowledge, bookended by 2 chapters of brilliant light on the left and 5 chapters of brilliant light on the right. In the first 2 chapters we learn some essential truths that have to be factored into any catastrophe that takes place in the earth, either individually or corporately. Let us observe:


Satan is walking about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The only ones that seem to be protected from his antics are those under God’s hedge of protection. We then observe what he is capable of,


1. Mass plunder and murder (Job 1:13-15)

2. Mass catastrophe (Job 1:16)

3. Mass armed robbery and assault (Job 1:17)

4. Weather related disaster and loss of life (Job 1:18-19)


Satan is the agent of all of these disasters. It seems to me, that had Job not been under God’s protection in the first place, Satan may have leveled these disasters upon him already. In fact, the text seems to imply that Satan was capable of and likely willing to snuff Job himself out, but God had to put a restriction on him not to touch Job. (Job 1:12) After a relatively short period of time he appears before God again and receives a green-light to touch Job’s body. In all these things I see Satan take full advantage of God’s permission. He is the real cause of Job’s otherwise unexplainable suffering. (N. Geisler. Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, P 683)


Satan’s Objective


Satan obviously had studied Job’s life. He knew he had a particular ‘fear’ or ‘concern’ that those whom he loves would curse God in their heart. (Job 1:5) You will know that his wife was the only person of his immediate family that was spared. After seeing all these events we read, Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. (Job 2:9) This was worse than death itself. Job commented saying, For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me. (Job 3:25) Our Hebrew words for ‘greatly feared’ are pachad pachad. This is literally feared feared. In Hebrew idiom words are doubled for emphasis. This is why we have king of Kings (the ultimate king), lord of Lords (the ultimate lord), holy of Holies (the ultimate holy place), etc. Job effectively said, ‘my ultimate fear’ has come upon me. This is what Paul called ‘a fiery dart from the wicked.’ (Ephesians 6:16) Notice it takes faith to extinguish such fiery darts (fiery arrows). 


The enemy among us


There seem to be a mystery at work here. Why does God allow Satan to walk around causing havoc (seeking whom he may devour), seeing fit to hedge in His own people? Obviously he has a right to be here in some sense. Adam opened the door, and now he is here. This begs the question; if the evil and suffering that is in the world is directly related to sin and Satan, why do we hear certain ministers attributing these disasters directly to God as an expression of His sovereignty? Some seem to suggest that every single minute detail of the world is scripted by God. Obviously God could stop Satan if he wanted to, but there seems to be something else at work here. Did Adam’s sin open the door for Satan to come into the world to reign? We know he did not have authority in the Garden of Eden. He was allowed there by God for the purpose of testing Adam and Eve. But once they submitted themselves unto him, we see his ‘authority’ in various places as:


1. The ruler of this world: John 12:31; John 14:31; John 16:11
2. The prince of the power of the air: Ephesians 2:2
3. The god of this world: 2 Corinthians 4:4
We see his authority also being expressed in places like Daniel 10:13; “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” and again to the Ephesians, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly realms.”
Some theological persuasions, zealous to vindicate God, simply say that what happened to Job was none of Job’s or anyone else’s business. This has the sound of a high degree of piety, but it is not the whole picture. The fact is, God did tell Job what happened and He told us what happened. Some would suggest that God simply ‘told Job off’ in Job 38:1ff, but this is not the whole story. We know by virtue of our possession of the revelation, that at some point God backtracked to the beginning and told Job how the whole thing went down. 


Zealous for Sovereignty


To ignore the first 2 chapters of Job is to overstate the way in which God expresses His sovereignty. It is easy to skip to the end and therefor paint God as an omnipotent being that goes around on a power trip doing what He wants no matter who likes it. Granted, He could do that if He wanted to, but that is not how God has revealed Himself to man. There is always a wisdom to what God does that is in harmony with His revealed attributes. He cannot deny Himself. If the theology or doctrine does not square with God’s revealed attributes, yea, if the doctrine smite the conscience of the Saint, wherein can it be judged biblical? 


Light in the end


It is worth observing, that Job had no idea what was happening to him as the crisis unfolded. Yet, in time God showed him the truth. God is careful to show enough light to the situation of Job so that we do not get the wrong idea about Him. To skip the first two chapters of Job, that were added in retrospect so as to give a complete account of the events, is to rush to judgment in a way characteristic of the modern media that moves in its own biases. Contained within Job 1 and 2 are facts to be held in evidence, not chapters to be skimmed over as if one were scanning a book you would just as soon not read. It is essential to Job’s theology. What can we learn from this?


1. We live in a fallen world that is subject to spiritual realities
2. Satan accuses man of serving God only for the benefit
3. If God were to lift the hedge, likely all would be destroyed
4. God protects the saints in ways he/she is not aware of
5. The events were not an arbitrary expression of sovereignty


Indeed, God may not have told Job at the time, but obviously He told him what happened latter on or the first 2 chapters would not be part of the corpus. Why some attribute everything that happens in the world simply to God’s sovereignty, when obviously Satan has a certain level of free-reign, is to deliberately misrepresent our life experiences. Make no mistake, Satan is bringing the full measure of his authority to bear for evil all over the world. Indeed, he has come down having great wrath for he knows that he has but a short time. Yet, God is charged by scoffers and credited by certain Christians with deeds carried out by Satan every day. Amazing!




A Black Hole 


A black hole is a region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or light can escape. Job’s counselors were like a black hole, they opened their mouth to give counsel and before it was over with, drew out what light of understanding did exist. They had given their ‘two cents’ and it is as if God told them, “Who art thou who pretendest to speak on the deep things of God, and the administration of his justice and providence, which thou canst not comprehend; and leavest my counsels and designs the darker by thy explanation?” (Adam Clarke) 


Most of the time it is better just to keep quiet about things, but these men insisted on speaking. We see the exact same thing going on today. God as much as told Job that all the ‘talking’ did nothing more than cast darkness on the already dim situation. This is what happens when men and women are provoked to give answers where God has chosen to be silent for the time being. For Job, he would eventually learn about Satan and how he accuses the Saints day and night before the Lord; how he walks about as a roaring Lion seeking whom he may devour. But, when the talking and commentary begins, independent of Divine Revelation, it only can lead to greater darkness. There is an old saying that states that many situations would be viewed differently but for a critical piece of evidence. Imagine that; if we knew just one more detail we would see the whole situation in a totally different light. Many times we think we have all of the facts, but we do not. The fact missing in Job’s case were the events that took place at the beginning of the story in the Heavenlies. Solution? Be content with the revelation you have and stand in faith knowing that at some point in either time or eternity the truth will come out. Speculation is no contribution and merely leads to doubt, distress and disillusionment. There may well come a day when God shows us chapter 1 and 2 of some of the severe trials we have been through.  


Words Without Knowledge


It is staggering to listen to these men speak chapter after chapter knowing the truth God revealed at the beginning. They did not have the privilege we have. We have a God’s eye view of the situation. After all, that is what scripture is, a God’s eye view of human history. These men had no idea what had happened in the heavenlies, yet they just kept on putting two and two together with their limited information. What they did not know is that what they were doing was sin. Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? They had set themselves up to judge as God. They had made all sorts of pronouncements from a position of ‘no knowledge’. There was only one problem. God was listening. This ought to give us pause. God is concerned as to how events are construed. The fact was, Job lived in a fallen world no matter how peaceful things were in his household. There was a merciless, unmitigatedly evil Enemy walking about seeking whom he may devour, a Greek word (καταπίῃ) that means, ‘to swallow’ or ‘to drown.’ (see Matthew 23:24, 1 Cor. 15:54, Hebrews 11:29) He is here and he means business. The only thing standing between Him and us is any hedge of protection God may have placed around us. God blasted Job’s counselors as sinners for wrongly and presumptuously interpreting the events that happened. What they did was sin. Job had to pray for them in the end. 


Darkening Counsel


Job was obviously hoping for answers. His family was dead except for his wife. He was scratching himself with broken pieces of pottery to ease the boils on his body. These men saw the devastation and came to their own conclusions. Their counsel was so horrendous, that it actually drew what little light their was out of the situation. Like a black hole in space they opened up and the gravity of their comments drew everything into it. What a sad state of affairs! This is what happens when men and women speak about things too wonderful for them. Love puts the best construction on events. These men were so confused and settled in their confusion that they never stopped to wonder where the line of people were that should have been coming to bring them bad news. That is to say, ‘why were they spared?’ Didn’t bother asking that. They could not see how nonsensical and inconsistent with their own conscience that their counsel was. But they had answers, lots of answers. God’s response? Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 


Summary


God didn’t tell Job, ‘it’s none of your business.’ God is not a smart aleck. Paul wanted us to know that we serve a loving God. In Ephesians 3:18 he wanted us to comprehend it, to lay hold of effectively (kata-) with the mind, to grasp (see Acts 25:25). With all the saints (sun pasin tois hagiois). It is no isolated privilege. (Robertson) He wanted Job to understand as well. By revelation he took Job back in time to the beginning of his trial and showed him a God’s eye view of the Accuser of the brethren doing what he does. Job walked away with a better understanding of the inner workings of the world in which he lives. Paul said it like this, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:10-12) One of these days the Accuser of the Saints will be cast down and then we will rejoice. But for now we must arm our minds and clad our bodies because the enemy is coming. 


  

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