Victim of Satanic Cult is today, June 3rd, 2014, the third most popular article of my blog. I believe that readers have examined Victim of Satanic Cult for insight to avoid the power of darkness. This was my motivation to research Modern Satanic Cults so that Christians may avoid Satan and his disciples and move closer to God. The article presents the underworld on earth, where men can enjoy freedom, but in Hell the spirits are in desperation under full satanic control. Brethren, repent and believe in the Gospel.
The largest movement of modern Satanism began in the 1960’s in the United States, led by Anton Szandor LaVey, who founded the church of Satan in San Francisco in 1966, whose activities attracted great media attention. Born April 11, 1930, in Chicago, LaVey became interested in music, the occult and investigated haunted houses in his childhood. He married his first wife, Carole, in 1951 and had one daughter, Karla. He studied criminology at City College in San Francisco, and spent 3 years as a crime photographer with the San Francisco police department. Disgusted with the violence that he had seen, he quit and returned to playing the organ at local night clubs and theatres, and began holding classes on occult subjects. From the classes evolved a magic circle, which met to perform rituals LaVey had devised or re-created from historical sources.
From 1960 to 1966 LaVey developed his elitist satanic philosophy. He viewed the devil as a dark force hidden in nature, ruling earthly affairs. Man’s true nature, he claimed, is one of lust, pride, hedonism and willfulness, attributes that enable the advancement of civilization. The flesh should not be denied but celebrated, and individuals who stand in the way of achieving what one wants should be cursed.
On April 30, 1966, LaVey shaved his head and announced the founding of the Church of Satan. He shrewdly recognized the shock value of using the term church for worshiping. He performed satanic baptisms, weddings and funerals with widespread media coverage, and Karla began giving lectures on Satanism at universities and colleges. The Church attracted an international following, most were middle-class, and included occultists, thrill seekers, the curious, racists, political right-wingers, and celebrities.
LaVey preached all forms of gratification and vengeance. Enemies were to be hated and smashed, and sex exalted. He opposed the use of drugs, saying they were escapist and unnecessary to achieving natural highs. LaVey turned much of his organizational activities over to others in the church and began writing books around 1970: The Satanic Bible, The Satanic Rituals, and The Compleat Witch.
In 1975 the Church suffered a serious loss of members, who left to form a new satanic organization, The Temple of Set. In the mid 1970’s the Church of Satan reorganized as a secret society headquartered in San Francisco, but membership began to rise again in the 1980’s. A number of other satanic groups formed in the United States in the 1970’s was defunct by the 1980’s. Nevertheless, satanic activities remain widespread on both sides of the Atlantic. The extent of Satanism is impossible to gauge, because of the great secrecy of many organizations. Some Satanists are associated with Neo-Nazi organizations or sex magic orders. Some Satanic cults are alleged to be involved in drug, prostitution and pornography trade, and their members include white-collar professionals.
Perhaps most dangerous of all are small cults whose members call themselves Satanists and practice ritual murder and animal mutilation. Such groups kidnap runaway children and the homeless and use them as sacrificial victims. Ex-Satanic cult members have reported gruesome rituals in which hearts are cut out of living victims. Others report that victims are sexually abused before being killed; then their blood is drunk and their flesh is eaten. Women “breeders” produce babies for the “ultimate” and “ideal” human sacrifice. Former breeders report witnessing their babies being skinned alive, eaten, burned, and cut up and thrown in the ocean. Ritual tools are made from their bones.
Satanism has been linked to certain oppressive heavy metal rock bands and adolescent suicides and murders. Some troubled teens apparently turn to Satanism when they feel powerless and abandoned by their families. They join cults that encourage, or require, them to carry out acts of violence to prove their homage to Satan. Drug abuse is common, and the ritual violence gives them a sense of power.