“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2
“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” Ayn Rand
I have a friend who has a child with autism. Looking at photos of the kid, it's extremely clear he's full of demons. The mother has a "pentacle" on the front door, but refuses to acknowledge that the power behind that symbol is demonic. "It's not upside-down, like a Satanic pentagram," so it's okay. It's a pagan earth thing, so it's okay. We're not hurting anybody or committing animal or human sacrifices, so it's okay.
This is simply not the case.
You're not okay.
You're hurting yourself, if no one else.
You're not alone. It's impossible to get through this life without picking up some demons, one way or another. It doesn't take much. While we were at Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 1994, we visited Marie Laveau's House Of Voodoo, for no other reason than we were walking by it and the place looked cool. We went inside, and there was an altar of some kind, located in an extremely obvious, prominent place in the shop. It might have been a skull, or a mask, something like that, and there were coins and candles and chicken feet scattered all around it. In total ignorance, we threw a coin or 2 on the altar, "for the experience of it."
In spite of having no intention of engaging in any willful act of Voodoo, this passive, unintentional act of worship undoubtedly opened the doors for demonic infestation.
Demons are like bedbugs. You don't have to pray to them to get infested with them. All you have to do is sit on a sofa where they live. Lay on a mattress where they have taken residence, and you will have to deal with them, one way or another.
The longer you stay on the mattress, the more damage the bedbugs will do.
Two years ago, I walked around in Guanajuato on Halloween. Last year, it finally occurred to me to skip the "interesting cultural event" altogether, but 2 years ago, I went down there. I didn't participate in anything, but I walked around for a few hours with a camera. There was a guy dressed like a zombie, "singing" along with a pre-recorded tape while standing in a coffin. For a small donation, you could stand in the coffin next to him and take a picture. Footage of it begins at the 29-second mark in this video:
There is no way those coffins are spiritually clean. I don't care if they're movie props made out of styrofoam, the act of willfully entering a coffin for amusement is going to open the door to demons in your life. Especially if it's painted in "La Catrina" death imagery, which it looks like the one on the left is. But "playing dead," even for amusement in a busy public gathering, is going to bring a curse on your life.
It's possible I would know. I used to call my band the "Nathan Payne Memorial Service." The joke was that every show would be a "memorial service," so that when people made it to the actual memorial service, it would look like a show to them. There was never anything theatrical about it; there was no "Rocky Horror Picture" anything, no Alice Cooper stage show. The joke was in the name alone.
Pretty clever, huh?
I used to think so. But then the joke wore off. There is no story, but I felt close to death after a relapse in San Francisco. I thought about the name "Nathan Payne Memorial Service" while I was lying at the gates of hell, and instantly hated it. "California Death Trip?" Are you kidding me?
Maybe not so funny after all.
It's an interesting, if creepy, Polaroid from the past, but I'm glad I only got one album out of it.
Did I get some demons from vandalizing my own work with gratuitous death imagery, even if it was only a joke?
Regarding the busy Halloween crowd in Guanajuato, I'm not sure I believe that simply walking through it is enough to get infested. At some level, it very well might only be something fun to do with your family. Maybe you have a camera, and/or a couple kids, and you're walking around eating Elotes (grilled Mexican street corn) and buying balloons and princess tiaras. Maybe a gringo will walk by and you'll end up in his video, and he'll end up in yours, and that will be the end of it. Probably, that's true. Maybe. Maybe not.
The minute you put even a single centavo, or a piece of candy or fruit, or light a candle on an altar of any kind, you have opened the door to demonic infestation. Altars are like vending machines for demons. Insert coins (or any offering), receive demons.
The only difference in a vending machine and altars, though, is that there are no buttons on the altar to decide what kind of demon comes out. You get what they give you. It's more like those toy machines, where you put the coins in and turn the dial and you get whatever comes out. You don't get to choose your toy. Kinda fun, when it's plastic cars and temporary tattoos. But it's another matter entirely, when you're talking about malicious entities from the pits of hell.
And that includes Catholic altars. Stay away from Catholicism. I call Catholicism "proxy Satanism." Read some Chick tracts about it here:
One about pop-culture witchcraft:
And one that takes place during Mardi Gras, while I'm on the topic:
So anyway, the reason I'm writing this is because YouTube is celebrating "World Tarot Day," again (didn't they just celebrate it a month or so ago?), and I want to strongly warn everyone against it. Tarot cards, Ouija boards, and Astrology charts are all great ways to get infested with demons. Don't go there. In spite of what your skeptic friends will say, there is power there. You might even get some truth, or good advice from time to time. But it is diseased. The information isn't clean. The truth you receive is like the bait at the end of the line, to get you to swallow the hook. Fishermen don't go fishing with bait that is unattractive to the fish. If you open that door, demons will come into your life. You will be cursing yourself.
Don't do it.
Once you realize how many different kinds of doors demons are hiding behind, how many seemingly-innocuous or normal events and activities are open gateways to demonic infestation (or worse), you start watching your step. Horror movies are open gateways, for sure. Fear spirits are pouring out of the screen during any showing of any type of horror movie. Most if not all drug use opens the door to malignant spirits (I'm not entirely convinced about marijuana, though many Christians are. I quit smoking it over a year and a half ago, but I'm not convinced there are demons there, necessarily)(I might be wrong). But hardcore drugs like heroin, cocaine, etc... Definitely full of demons. Heavy drunkenness will fill you with demons (ever wonder why the stores advertise beer, wine, and "spirits?"). Any sexual activity of any kind with someone who isn't your spouse will open the door to all kinds of Transfer spirits. People who engage in a lot of promiscuous activity are like a demonic Grand Central Station. Be careful with that. You're getting the demons of everyone they've ever slept with, and vice-versa. It's bad news. Avoid it like the plague it is.
Not only the spiritual plague, which is unavoidable, but possibly a physical plague as well. Stay away from it.
What about music?
I actually got rid of all my Led Zeppelin videos, because the band intentionally infected their music with dark spirits. Which is extremely unfortunate, in my opinion, since they were actually a brilliantly-talented band. I've discarded some Nick Cave material, because there are spirits there. Rhyming "Jesus" with "diseases" in the song "Magneto" is brilliant, and while I like the music and poetry of that song, I realize there are spirits behind it, and I can't listen to it. I can't let those spirits into my head, ever again. Things like "death metal" and genres with dark religious imagery should be avoided at all costs. If a band has a name like "Electric Wizard," or "Black Sabbath," that's probably a hint. It doesn't matter if you like the music. There's always going to be a band where you'll be able to say, "I like the music."
Unfortunately, the music doesn't have anything to do with it. Not the greatest artistic loss, if you're talking about some solid-state riff-based band with demon-puke vocals, but perhaps a real loss, if you're talking about the live version of "Dazed and Confused" from The Song Remains The Same. Great song, great performance, but it's full of darkness. The WIZARD that Jimmy Page turns into during the psychedelic solo isn't put there to look cool. At least not entirely. There are other forces at work, other reasons and motives behind the scenes.
Which is truly unfortunate, until you realize how hateful, destructive, deadly, and evil the spirits are, hiding just beneath the surface. Once you realize that, it's easier to let go. It's like putting down your favorite drink, the last one on earth, once you realize there is HEMLOCK in it.
It might taste good, but it'll kill you.
Demons are everywhere. The world is literally infested with them. Jesus cast out a legion of them from one man (Mark 5:9).
So what do you do, once you realize you have demons? Is it possible to be saved, and forgiven, and still have demons?
Yes, it is. Born-again Christians can't be possessed, but they can be infested.
So what is to be done about it? Go to the Benny Hinn Show and get pushed over by his greedy demonic superpowers?
You'd do just as well to visit a seance and talk to a demon pretending to be Marie Laveau as go to the Benny Hinn show. Stay away from people possessed by a spirit of greed. Especially when they think (or are claiming to think) they're operating with the power of God.
In fact, you'd probably do better to visit Marie Laveau than Benny Hinn. Marie Laveau might give you some kind of natural remedy that might actually work on the natural level. She'll "bless it" so that it infects you with spirits, of course, but the root or powdered leaf itself might actually be helpful (or would have been, if the witchcraft hadn't been added. Witchcraft is the fluoride-soaked high-fructose corn syrup of the spirit world. The world's most toxic additive). Benny Hinn is just going to knock you over with his demons. After bilking you for more money than you can afford to lose, of course.
So what do you do?
I'm in the middle of that learning curve myself. But Hardcore Christianity in Phoenix, Arizona has been an invaluable source for me. Visit their website, watch some of their videos. There's no need to give them anything. But the information and livestreamed sermons that end with deliverance sessions are powerful. Especially Rick Katt night on Thursday nights. It's worth checking out.
“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 6:12