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Waltzing With Satan

January 17, AD2014 19 Comments


\"Diane

\”The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn\’t exist.\”

The Usual Suspects. Dir. Bryan Singer. Polygram, 1995. Film.

We live under the delusion that Satan was defeated at Calvary. If you think that assessment is unrealistic take a look around. How often do you hear Satan referenced in a homily? How often do you talk to your children about Satan, teach them strategies to recognize and avoid his traps, and his desire to steal souls from God? How often do you pray for St. Michael\’s protection for you, your family, your country?

Thankfully with the ordination of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, we are going to be hearing a lot more about The Father of Lies.  Pope Franics doesn\’t hesitate to remind us, as he has done since becoming pontiff. During his first sermon as the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis\’ message included:

\”Do not confuse the truth. Jesus fights the devil: first criterion. Second criterion: he who is not with Jesus is against Jesus. There are no attitudes in the middle. Third criterion: vigilance over our hearts because the devil is astute. He is never cast out forever. It will only be so on the last day.\”

\”There are no attitudes in the middle.\” And yet, how often do we promote those appeasing middle-of-the-road  attitudes in almost every aspect of our culture and society? Yes, and even in our churches.  We arrogantly believe that if we legislate, or accommodate immorality, we are showing tolerance, compassion, and love for God\’s people. Yet, to support anything that is contrary to Christ\’s teachings and God\’s Will, we are directly supporting the devil, and promoting the destruction of souls. Our actions are  nothing more than the sanctimonious allegiance with ourselves, leaving in our wake a society that is spiritually handicap and morally bankrupt.

Between Liberty and Obedience

James Hitchcock, Professor Emeritus of History at St. Louis University, stated in a Catholic World Report article (1995) entitled, Conservative Bishops, Liberal Results\”few religions in the history of the world have placed more emphasis on doctrinal purity, liturgical correctness, and moral authority that has the Catholic Church . . . If at almost all times in the history of the church, a concern for orthodoxy has been paramount, the contemporary church has an eerie feel about it precisely because of the absence of that concern.\”

It is true that today the Catholics shows clear evidence of an \”absence of concern.\” Too many clergy and laity openly contradict the Pope.  Parishes that embrace a more Protestant appeal. Too many parishioners selectively choosing their acceptance or rejection of Catholic doctrine, and Scripture, while still accepting the Eucharist.  Catholic politicians supporting immoral legislation to secure their place in Washington, and in history, while still receiving the Eucharist.

Alexis de Tocqueville, political scientist, historian, and politician, foresaw this potential decline of the faithful in the Catholic Church in 1840 in his second volume of Democracy in America:

\”One of the most ordinary weaknesses of the human intellect is to seek to reconcile contrary principles and to purchase peace at the expense of logic. There had ever been and will ever be men who, after having submitted some portion of their religious beliefs to the principle of authority, will seek to exempt several other parts of their faith from it and to keep their minds floating at random between liberty and obedience.\”

Today, we call those floating minds – \”Cafeteria Catholics.\” They obey only the teachings of the church they find acceptable, while rejecting all others, and thus support legislation for the same.  Meanwhile, the basis for morality, which is religion, is being diluted with moral relativism; a problematic corruption of Christianity.

Legislating Immorality

In the United States, people clamor to cite the Constitution as the source of keeping God out of anything that is outside the church walls. How many times do you hear the reference \”separation of church and state\” as justification to keep any reference to God from the decision making process, thus passing laws that are contrary to God\’s Will? This reference is perhaps the most widely accepted inaccuracy.

The truth is the reference to \”separation between church and state\” was a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1802. Note that this phrase is not in the Constitution.  Jefferson\’s exact phrase used in the letter was \”wall of separation between the church and the state.\”  Jefferson\’s purpose for this statement was to assure the Baptists that the state would keep out of the church\’s business, not keep the church (God) out of the state\’s business.

It is important to also clarify here that the US Constitution actually states: \”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.\”  The framers of the Constitution did not intend to establish, or to promote, a society void of God. The \”establishment of religion\” that they reference simple means that no single Christian denomination should be favored over another.

The Founding Fathers of the United States intentionally and purposefully founded this country on Christian principles and doctrine.  They recognized that we are all  held to a higher court. The first President of the United States, George Washington, encapsulated the intent best:  \”It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.\”

We continue to deny God\’s sovereignty over our lives, utilizing the referenced phrase, separation of church and state, to justify removing God from the public arena.  The late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus wrote in his book, The Naked Public Square, that there is a need in people for a belief that transcends the world and gives our lives meaning. [sic] \’If we remove religion from the public arena, we marginalize it, we deny its importance to society and relegate it to the private sphere. But if men need a transcendence that can be brought to bear on public affairs, and if religion is denied that role, other forms of transcendence, some of them quite ugly and threatening, may move and occupy the empty space.\’

As we can clearly see in our present culture, this empty space is being conveniently occupied.

Waltzing With Satan

Recent news served as a timely reminder that Satan\’s minions are poised to promote his existence and objectives more openly and arrogantly in an effort to minimize God\’s Word.

The Satanic Temple, a New York-based organization, expressed interest in erecting a statue of homage to Satan near the Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma capital building. In a statement released  by the organization in December 2013, this effort is offered by the Satanists in an attempt to help resolve the current dispute in Oklahoma over the erection of the Ten Commandments monument, which is currently the subject of a federal lawsuit.

Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, affirmed the purpose of their statue proposal:  “By accepting our offer, the good people of Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to show that they espouse the basic freedoms spelled out in the Constitution. We imagine that the ACLU would also embrace such a response. Allowing us to donate a monument would show that the Oklahoma City Council does not discriminate, and both the religious and non-religious should be happy with such an outcome. Our mission is to bring people together by finding common sentiments that create solutions that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.”

Pay close attention to the last sentence in Greaves\’ statement: \”Our mission is to bring people together by finding common sentiments that create solutions that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.\”

That is exactly what Satan has been doing for the last 100 years. Through his veil of illusion, we have been creating \”solutions\” that we mistakenly believe will make us happier, and benefit all of mankind, while promoting a more \”tolerant\” society. Specifically in the United States, we have slowly, methodically and stealthily, cloaked behind the disguise of \”political correction\” and \”tolerance,\”  conjured up legislation and laws that are designed to be more inclusive. Yet, we have been duped into accepting and believing that God\’s Word and His Laws are irrelevant, except when restricted inside a church setting.

Claiming Life, Family and Marriage

There are three elements of humanity that Satan is determined to claim and destroy. They are the foundation of God\’s Plan; life, family and marriage. Clearly the  \”Father of Lies\” – The Great Deceiver – has been puppeteer-ing us all along to achieve his objective.

In 1914, the deception of the value of life began with Margaret Sanger, who believed ardently  in sexual liberation, and advocated the right to practice birth control. Just as in the Garden of Eden, Satan chose a woman who valued her \”liberation\” more than her soul. And just like Adam, men jumped on the liberation train in hopes of enjoying the spoils of the emancipation.

Then in 1973, birth control was not enough. Women wanted unconditional free will without being tethered to responsibility. They wanted a \”final solution.\”   The passage of Roe vs Wade offered women that final solution they desired for unwanted and unplanned pregnancies with legalized abortion. At this writing,  there have been over 57- million abortions in the US since the passage of Roe vs Wade. (Worldwide over 1- billion since 1980)  Equally disturbing is the recent news that couples view abortion as a viable option in determining whether to accept a pregnancy based upon the genetic integrity or gender identity of a child.

Thus the destruction of \”life\” and \”family\” has been set in motion, leaving \”marriage\” under attacked.

Redefining marriage, which is currently being challenged in many states in the U.S., to include same-sex unions,  is yet another tool in the arsenal of Satan to destroy mankind. It doesn\’t take a doctorate in biology to appreciate the facts, but still people choose to see accommodating homosexuality as yet another \”solution\” in satisfying human nature that is contrary to God\’s Plan.  In fact, homosexuality is contrary to the success of humanity. Two people of the same sex cannot, and were never intended to, procreate. Yes, they can adopt children. Yes, science can help them conceive through in vitro fertilization. But the truth is, they cannot procreate. Their \”union\”  does not promote the continuation and success of humanity. If you put a group of homosexuals on a island for a lifetime, you will return in 80 years to find humanity extinct.

Yet, if you oppose homosexuality or same-sex unions, or the redefiniton of marriage, you are labeled as bigoted, homophobic, hurtful and uncaring. How can you possible not want to see two people together who love one another? They aren\’t harming anyone. They just want to be able to live their life together, and receive the same benefits as heterosexual couples.   God made them, too.

Remember that Satan is a master of using God\’s Words, and guilt, to promote his agenda. He used that same strategy quit skillfully to tempt Jesus in the Wilderness.  Satan quoted Scripture back to Jesus in justifying every temptation, while using that Scripture out of context to confuse Christ. When gay rights advocates attack Christians who oppose the redefinition of marriage to include homosexual relationships, they are merely deflecting the truth. As Satan attempted to do in the Wilderness, if he can separate you from God by using guilt, he will. For him, it doesn\’t matter what Scripture says. He will twist it to promote his agenda. God tells us to love one another. But he did not tell us to embrace the homosexual lifestyle as morally just.

One of the most prolific lies that Satan purports is that people are born homosexuals, lesbians, bi-sexual, transgendered.  Scripture tells us in seven passages that God condemns homosexual behavior. If God made a man or woman to be a homosexual,  why would He condemn the behavior seven times in Scripture? If God intended for homosexuality to be part of God\’s Plan, why didn\’t Jesus address that while on earth? Why doesn\’t the New Testament offer a clarification?  Christ certainly addressed other issues.  That is because, homosexuality is not a condition. It is a lifestyle. And Satan has done a clever job of convincing us to believe otherwise.

Thus the destruction of \”marriage \” has been set in motion.

Where Do We Go From Here

Although we have morphed into a culture, a society, a country, a world that believes in itself above all things, there is still time to alter our course of destruction.   We need to stop dancing to Satan\’s music.  We must return to the humility that promotes a God-centered world. We must stop promoting anything and everything that is contrary to God\’s Word and teachings.  The Ten Commandments are not options. We must recognize and accept that we have been duped and played for fools, taking back our dignity as God\’s children. And we must stop doing what de Tocqueville referred to as \”keeping our minds floating between liberty and obedience.\”  We have to acknowledge, and accept, that through obedience we embrace a life that is filled abundantly with blessings beyond our comprehension.  And that our mortal life can never compare to our eternal life.

\”Put on your whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against 
the schemes of the devil.\”
(Ephesians 6:11)

Let the words of Fr. Larry Richards inspire you from his book entitled Surrender:

\”Some people take Christianity and twist it around to fit their own little beliefs. Throughout the centuries, people have taken Christianity and put their own little spin on it. They take the joy out of Christianity. Many heresies have arisen which, for a time, have turned people away from the true Faith and the true teaching of the Church. I always tell people “Focus on the teaching of the Church, and focus on the teachings of the Scriptures and you will never go wrong.” Everything else is projection and people’s opinion, and I am not the least bit interested in it. We need to focus on what is true, and what has been revealed to us.\” [p. 145]

What are you doing to change the course of humanity? Prayer? Fasting? Active involvement in blocking legislation that opposes God\’s Word? Witnessing to those who are confused and search for answers with love and charity?

Are you convicted in your beliefs as a Catholic Christian and willing to proclaim them? Or are you merely \”floating between liberty and obedience?\”

© 2014. Diane McKelva. All rights reserved.

About the Author:

Diane McKelva is an American writer, essayist and columnist. Recognizing that we are all spiritual beings living a human experience, she shares stories that compel her readers to challenge their potential in life. Her work often reflects her Catholic faith, and frequently examines issues surrounding moral and ethical dilemmas, and conflicts in humanity. She is a Southern writer, born in Kentucky and raised in Tennessee, where she resides with her husband, children, dogs and lone cat. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Arts and Communications from Memphis State University. (University of Memphis) After achieving success in marketing, she began her freelance career in 1994. Her work has been presented at such venues as the Mid-West Writer's Conference. She is a contributor to numerous religious and secular publications such as Catholic Online, The National Catholic Register, Shalom Media, The Tennessee Register, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, to name a few. She is currently the Senior Editor of the online publication, Catholic Stand, owned by Little Vatican Management, founded by Tito Edwards.

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  • Phil Dzialo

    I choose to take no issue with your conception of Satan, nor his/her agenda with humankind.

    I must take exception with your revisionist presentation of the religion and state separation. It is of necessity to maintain a government of the people and by the people. The people are not represented by religion, but religions are free to comment on pending legislation and justice matters. The US is not a Christian nation nor is it a nation of God. God is never mentioned ONCE in the Constitution….not once and tat is the governing document created by the Founders.

    Furthermore, Jefferson…what did he really say:

    “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.”
    -Thomas Jefferson: in letter to Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813

    . “Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual.
    State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of the church tends to make the clergy unresponsive to the people and leads to corruption within religion. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society. We have solved … the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson: in a speech to the Virginia Baptists, 1808

    “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814,

    Or perhaps Ben Franklin:“When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obligated to call for help of the civil power, it’s a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”~Benjamin Franklin, letter to Richard Price, October 9, 1780

    Or the unanimous vote of the US senate and John Adams: “The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.”~1797 Treaty of Tripoli signed by John Adams

    The US is not a Christian nation nor found on Christian principles…most founders were deists. The separation of church and state allows for Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Suffis, Jews, etc. and atheists to live together, to govern together, to make law together as it reflects the will of a democratic populace. Government is by the people, not by any religion….although all religions are able to lobby for their position. The majority makes for a democracy; the Churches, for the most part, are not democracies.

    • http://www.dianemckelva.com/ Diane McKelva

      Hi, Phil… I knew I would hear from you. ;) Always enjoy a rousing debate with you. Hum…sounds like you read this article – some of your statements sound similar. http://www.forbes.com/sites/billflax/2012/09/25/was-america-founded-as-a-christian-nation/

      Everyone is entitled to their observation and interpretation. ;) There is a plethora of material debating this issue on both sides of the isle. The message remains the same. We are removing God and legislating immorality.

      Excellent book on the matter by Robert H. Bork “Slouching Toward Gomorrah.” Love it. Brilliant man, may he rest in peace.

    • cestusdei

      Where does the COTUS say “separation of church and state?” One cannot understand American history apart from the intense Christian religious beliefs of so many of its people. Do I need to post the usual quotes that you no doubt have already seen and ignored.

    • Phil Dzialo

      There is no reference to either God nor separation of church and state in the COTUS. The separation phrase came from Jefferson in a letter to the Baptists…the same Jefferson who cut and pasted the Bible to create a new version without the miracles, etc. The founding fathers were deists for the most part. Washington was a borderline Methodist and Freemason. Obviously you also choose to ignore my quotes…..

    • cestusdei

      So you admit your view is outside the COTUS. Here are some quotes that you ignore. I can give more if you wish.

      George Washington

      1st U.S. President

      “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens
      and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher
      duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should
      be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of
      Christian.”

      –The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.

      John Adams

      2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

      “Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible
      for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by
      the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in
      conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice,
      kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and
      reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would
      this region be.”

      –Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.

      “The general principles, on which the Fathers achieved
      independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly
      of young Gentlemen could Unite, and these Principles only could be
      intended by them in their address, or by me in my answer. And what were
      these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of
      Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: And the general
      Principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young Men
      United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities
      sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence.

      “Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that
      those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable,
      as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.”

      –Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, excerpt from a letter to Thomas Jefferson.

      “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch
      in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be
      celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival.
      It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts
      of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and
      parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and
      illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this
      time forward forever.”

      –Adams wrote this in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776.

    • Phil Dzialo

      So here are 35 more quotes from the founding fathers:

      http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/04/35-founding-father-quotes-conservative-christians-will-hate/

      I need remind you that all references to God are to God and not necessary Christianity….the founding fathers, again were deists. deists recognize God.

      We could obviously share hundreds of quotes (many out of context) . The purpose of dialogue is not to win an argument, but to provide historical and rational basis for discussion, not to assert ad hominem arguments. So I’ll sign off here and leave it as neither of us will convince the other,,,,and that;s ok.

    • cestusdei

      So if I give you 36 quotes from our side you will give up? No, you recognize that you are the one playing the ad hominem game.

  • james

    ” Too many parishioners selectively choosing their acceptance or rejection of Catholic doctrine, and Scripture, while still accepting the Eucharist.”
    I believe the invitation reads ” Happy are those who are called …” not culled.

  • john654

    A while ago, Bill O’Reilly, on Fox, did a, “Fair and Balanced”, segment on, “Is the Devil real?” I finally just turned the TV off and wrote this song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEuQejOXHMA

    • http://www.dianemckelva.com/ Diane McKelva

      Wow, John, you are so talented. Love the song. Powerful message. You were inspired. Thank you for sharing. Will be sharing this on my FB page. ;) God bless.

    • john654

      Diane, Thank You for such a wonderful compliment. For many years, in my youth, I sang in bands, I’m 63 and Jesus gave me my guitar back. I think He said, “Here, maybe I can trust you with it now?” It’s AMAZING how the Devil hates it when I play the songs I’ve been writing!

  • john654

    Phil, You said, “I choose to take no issue with your conception of Satan…” Why?

    • http://www.dianemckelva.com/ Diane McKelva

      I wanted to ask the same question, Phil. I’m curious to hear your perspective.

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  • John Darrouzet

    Link from Diane’s post shows the artists’ vision of the statue. Notice the children in it:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/devil-worship-group-unveils-satanic-statue-design-oklahoma-state-capitol-article-1.1568893

    • http://www.dianemckelva.com/ Diane McKelva

      John, you should post that Mark Twain video and the explanation that you shared with me. Now that’s compelling.

  • John Darrouzet

    A claymation of Mark Twain’s “Mysterious Stranger” was banned from TV some time ago because of its expected effect on children. Here’s a YouTube link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpaRouocBes

    Your post, Diane McKelva, suggests how far we have slipped since that earlier effort to address a subject even written about by Mark Twain, but now raising its head in Oklahoma.

    Even Mark Twain could not finish his writing about Satan. Could it be that he realized he was getting to close to Satan?

    He did finish his book on Joan of Arc though. See “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Recollections_of_Joan_of_Arc.

    Are we deceiving ourselves or being deceived? Who’s behind it all? May St. Joan of Arc come to our aid in these tumultuous times! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc)

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  • http://www.dianemckelva.com/ Diane McKelva

    And the evidence continues to bear witness of the same.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2014/01/27/A-J-McCarron-Grammys-Evil