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Worship of Devils and Men

In Worshipping of Demons and Men on April 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

The tendency of the age is to “serve the creature more than the Creator.” The boastful spirit of men is described by Paul. He says, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man.” See (Rom. 1: 25, 22, 23)  These statements were literally fulfilled in the heathenism of ancient times, and are being as literally fulfilled in the Spiritualism of today.  In the worship of man, the first step in either age is to exalt and deify him, and the next is to worship his departed spirit.  In the worship of devils, the first step is to make them respectable, and the next is to adore them as gods.

About six thousand years ago, Satan, the father of lies, said to Eve, that if she and her husband would only disobey God, and sin, “Ye shall be as gods.” In our day we find Spiritualism teaching the same old lie. Heathen mythology converted dead heroes into gods, and modern Spiritualism revives the heathen custom, and offers worship to dead friends, great scholars, and noted philanthropists. With men transformed into gods, the next logical step is to worship and pray to their spirits after death.

The Devil Is Their God and Father. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of of your father ye will do.” John 8 : 44.

The following question and answer were given through the medium, Mrs. Conant: —“Ques.—Do you know of any such spirit as a person we call the devil? “Ans.We certainly do. And yet This Same DEVIL IS OUR GOD, OUR FATHER.”Banner of Light, Nov. 4, 1860., A. B. Child, another medium, says : — “What is called the devil is the Spirit of God in nature.“—Christ and the People, p. 167. In another work the same author says : — “It is the mission of the devil, yet unthinking of by men, to carry them through the hell of earth, and prepare them for the heaven of the spiritual world.”— Better Views of Living, p. 41.

Worship of Devils.

Concerning the origin of the heathen worship of demons, the author Gibbon writes : —”It was the universal sentiment, both of the church and of heretics, that the demons were the authors, the patrons, and the objects, of idolatry. Those rebellious” spirits who had been degraded from the ranks of angels and cast down into the infernal pit, were still permitted to roam upon the earth, to torment the bodies and to seduce the minds of sinful men. The demons soon discovered and abused the natural propensities of the human heart toward devotion, and, artfully withdrawing the adoration of mankind from their Creator, they usurped the place and honors of the Supreme Deity. By the success of their malicious contrivances, they at once gratified their own vanity and revenge, and obtained the only comfort of which they were yet susceptible—the hope of involving the human species in the participation of their guilt and misery.”—Vol. I.p.121. 

The nations of Canaan, when Israel came up from Egypt, deified the dead and worshiped them. In Num. 25:1, 2, we read that the daughters of Moab invited Israel to “the sacrifices of their gods.” These occasions were celebrated with feasting and the most debasing orgies. David, referring to this very sin of Israel, said, they “ate the sacrifices of the dead.” (Ps. 106: 28) Hence the gods of Moab were deified dead men. Paul traces back such worship to its legitimate source. He says ” that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils.” (1 Cor. 10: 20) Hence, at Baal-Peor, Israel took part in devil worship. Likewise all communication with so-called spirits of the dead is communication with devils, and the worship of spirits is no more nor less than heathen devil worship.  It has been seen that Satan is acknowledged as their god and father. It is, therefore, but natural that they should pray to him. And this worship is given with eyes open.  Their devil-god is the Lucifer who fell from his “high estate,” or, in the words of the Bible, was “cast as profane out of the mountain of God.” (Ezek. 28:16)

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