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                                          Our Youth

Eph 5:11-19
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

The High Priest of the Satanic church in San Franciso California says:
Satanism is a blatantly selfish, brutal religion. "It is based on the belief that man is inherently a selfish, violent creature... that the earth will be ruled by those who fight to win".

Satanism challenges the biblical teaching regarding man's relationship to others. We are to esteem others better than ourselves, and we are to be team players. In 1 Corinthians we read about being a part of the body of Christ, whereas, Satanism esteems the "self" over others.

Young satanists believe that the strong will rule with Satan. Once they are sufficiently involved, they often make a pact with Satan. Many will make a date for committing suicide.

They don't realize that Satan will not share his place with anyone!

Satanism offers as a lure to the youth in our society: drugs and sex.

With satanic activity being so wide spread there is a profile of those involved in it:

1: They are usually from a white, middle to upper-middle class family.
2: They are usually bright
3: They are often bored and not meeting their full potential.
4: They tend to have a low self-worth
5: They usually are unable to distinguish between right and wrong, from not being taught the difference.
6: Most young folks in this have been abused both physically and emotion-ally.
7: They often have problems in the home and in relating to other people around them.
8: They usually drugs and are sexually promiscuous.

It is a rare occasion when these last two elements are not present.

Some are a part of a family which is involved in worshiping Satan as savior.

Satanism leads one into bondage through mind control and fear, whereas Christianity allows the individual the freedom of choice.

Throughout history young folks have loved music. The problem arises when the lyrics promote lust, drugs and rebellion and even witchraft. 

The Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez of Los Angeles, believed that Satan made him invincible.

Police say the style of the brutal rapes and 16 murders Ramirez committed resembled the lyrics of the song "Night Prowler" on AC/DC's LP "Highway to Hell."     

People speak very easily of Hell, having no idea of just how real it really is.

Once many years ago, I was ministering to a young woman that was an alcoholic.  She refused to accept the help she needed. Instead she walked away from me going to town where she could have a "good" time.  As she waked off, she turned around and smiled at me.  At this exact time I saw behind her a wall of flames and I heard screams of torment.  Never have I forgotten that horrible sight.  
Along with Ramirez's fascination with AC/DC, he used cocaine and PCP in conjunction with a deep interest in Satan worship. He believed that Satan would protect him and not allow harm to come to him. [According to a People magazine September 1985.]

Rachel Matthews, a representative for Capitol Records, recruits new groups for her company. Her comments regarding a newly signed band reveal what she, as one individual representing the music industry, is looking for in a band:

"I was just going, 'Oh (expletive)! I've never heard anything like this!' I've heard plenty of metal and speed metal, but it was just so intense and out of control, just like this caged psychosis going on. I loved it, because you could actually understand the lyrics. And even if they're morbid and gruesome, it's really cool that you could understand what they're saying. It just makes it twice as evil. I like that." (Dallas Life Magazine, 1 July 1988)

The demo that interested Ms. Matthews in the group contained songs like "Die in Pain" and "Foaming at the Mouth."

Look how much worse the songs have gotten since the 1980's.

The "black metal" is overtly satanic. The lyrics encourage such activities as incest, necrophilia, rape, torture, and human sacrifice. Black metal is represented by groups like Venom and Slayer.

King Diamond is perhaps the most satanic of all "black metal" groups. He openly professes Satan and incorporates a large amount of satanic activity into his performances.

How many of our Christian teenagers listen to these groups?

         What to look for

Individuals involved in satanic activity fall into one of four categories:

1. Multi-generational international organizations
2. National organizations
3. Independent self-styled groups
4. Individual dabblers

Most of those involved in witchcraft is the

The dabbler is, in most cases, from a middle to upper- middle class, caucasian home and is a user of drugs and other controlled substances.

Satanism centers around involvement in animal sacrifice, blood ritual, sex, the use of drugs and sometimes murder. According to "The Addiction Letter" (1/89).

Most Satanism revolves around a drug and alcohol dependent lifestyle which glorifies violence, hate, lying, stealing, and vandalism. The involved youngster craves a higher power to validate himself.

The Mental Profile of the Dabbler

Low self-worth

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