Rainbows and Demons

RainbowsAndDemonsby Deana Chadwell7/4/15
Ever pick up a rock and find its underside crawling with creepy things? I’m afraid I have. It would be nice to just put the rock back where I found it, but I can’t. It’s too much in the news these days; it was the Supreme Court’s decision about gay marriage that prompted me to turn it over – that decision and a statement one of my colleagues made decades ago.

Having been concerned about the contents of a paper he’d written, I was discussing a student with his counselor; the essay hinted at suicidal temptations and contained some disturbing occult references. No high school student should ever be in the dark and lonely place he was in when he wrote that paper; I was frightened for him. I have no recollection of how the situation resolved itself, but I can still hear his counselor’s offhand remark that in her experience occult interests seemed to go hand-in-hand with homosexual activity. (The student was gay.) It was an odd remark — she wasn’t a Bible-thumper like me, and she meant no condemnation of either activity. She just noted their connection. Her statement has been haunting me ever since.

The whole homosexual fuss in the last decade or so has had me on edge. I’ve had both gay friends and gay students of whom I’ve been very fond, but about the time I start to soften my biblical point of view on the subject, pictures of gay pride parades pop into my head and the revulsion I feel is visceral. How do we resolve this? Can we condemn people because they’re breaking a 4,000-year-old prohibition — one they claim no longer applies?  After all, no one is perfect. So, I’ve been doing some historical research — how has this situation worked out in the past?[pullquote]Can we condemn people because they’re breaking a 4,000-year-old prohibition — one they claim no longer applies?  After all, no one is perfect.[/pullquote]

We all know about Sodom and Gomorrah — I include it because we need to be wondering about the outcome there. God blew those two cities to smithereens because of the “abominations” (Hebrew – toebah) being done there. God sends two angels (We should note that in the Bible angels — both elect and fallen — seem to be always male) to warn Abraham’s nephew Lot to get out of Sodom. The men of the town try to rape these angels. Once Lot and his family escape, the town goes up in smoke. Note that both towns were slated for destruction before the rape attempt happens. If homosexuality is normal, harmless, not a problem, why did those towns have to be vaporized? Homosexual behavior is unhealthy, and doesn’t assist in reproduction, but it hardly seems a vaporizable offence. Yet, this divine attitude toward sexual deviance is still there a thousand years later when Moses passes His Law on to the Israelites:

“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.

Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.

Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. Leviticus 18

The entire chapter covers sinful sexual behavior — every possible permutation of sexual immorality, including child sacrifice. (The worshippers of Molek included in their worship rituals sex “enhanced” by the screams of children who were thrown into the fire built in the belly of the idol.) That reference immediately precedes the prohibition of homosexual and bestial behavior. Is there a connection?

The key word in all of this is idol. Throughout the Bible, idol worship (i.e. demonism) is connected with sexual perversions. Look at the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans:

So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen, “(vs. 21-24). 

What did God create? The entire universe, including angels, both the good ones and the ones that eventually turned on Him — angels we now call demons, angels who have historically been worshipped as idols, angels who cohabited with human women in Genesis 6. It was that sexual deviance that brought about the Flood and the rainbow that has now been co-opted by more sexual deviance.

Let’s move ahead in history to the Knights Templar, the quasi-religious brotherhood that began as a military answer to the attacks of the Seljuk Turks against Christian pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem in the late 11th century. Much has been written about this mysterious organization, so much that the truth is a muddle, but it appears that their long years in the Middle East (over 2 centuries) wrought some remarkable changes; they not only became fabulously wealthy, but they adopted some most un-Christian habits — a fondness for the god Baphomet and the ritual homosexual practices associated with this half-goat/half-human, half-male/half-female idol. These “sex magic” practices are said to have been petitions to demons for power and wealth. The transgender movement is making a little more sense. Androgyny seems always to be present in demonic environs and today’s postmodern deconstructionist mindset is the perfect backdrop for the blurring of all distinctions, male/female, good/bad, evil/divine.[pullquote]Androgyny seems always to be present in demonic environs and today’s postmodern deconstructionist mindset is the perfect backdrop for the blurring of all distinctions, male/female, good/bad, evil/divine.[/pullquote]

Now jump almost a thousand years to the 20th century and pre-Nazi Germany. The Nazi party began in a gay bar in Munich. In fact, according to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Ernst Roehm, Hitler’s close associate at the beginning, and the leader of the Storm Troops, was a homosexual, as were “so many of the early Nazis.” Hitler’s Brown Shirts, the Storm Troops, were almost always homosexual — “manly” homosexuals, not effeminate men; the androgynous were often executed.

It isn’t hard to connect the Nazis to horrendous homosexual and pederastic acts, but where’s the connection to the occult? Both Heinrich Himmler and Hitler himself were so involved that they eventually erased Christian holidays and replaced them with holidays connected to ancient German idolatry.

Now go find a picture of the last gay pride parade. It is my contention that we are not homophobic in our revulsion; we are demonophobic; we are afraid, and rightfully so, of the demonic influence apparent in those demonstrations. Could the vile orgies of Molek and Baal have looked much different? So far no children have been burned alive, but soon many will be sacrificed to the pedophiles working their way into public acceptance. Tell me that such a thought isn’t demonic.

According to CatholicCulture.com exorcists are seeing quite a rise in demonism. Dr. Valter Cascioli, a spokesman for the International Association of Exorcists, said, “…the number of disturbances of extraordinary demonic activity is on the rise.” The situation, he said, is “becoming a pastoral emergency.”  Just recently the clergy in Mexico held a national exorcism to fight the growing instances of demonic behaviors. It is interesting here to note that the Greek word for drug abuse is the same as the word for witchcraft—pharmekaia. These things are all tangled together – sorcery/demonism/drugs/sexual deviance.

This is why we’re horrified. This is why the Supreme Court decision and the White House sanctioning of that decision scares so many of us. Demonism and sexual perversion are two sides of the same coin, and the name of that coin is “Hate God.” I can still hear the attendees at the last Democratic presidential convention booing the creator — not once, but three times. Is America quickly becoming a nation that God will “vomit out?” We have good reason to be afraid for “[w]e struggle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…” Ephesians 6:12. 

Sources:

History of Homosexuality

Exorcists see rising demand, cite increase in occult activity

What Was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?

The truth about homosexuality and the Nazi Party

Homosexuality, Gender Confusion and The Spirit of Baphomet


Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.
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I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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13 Responses to Rainbows and Demons

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’m not sure that I believe in angels and demons (although it was a pretty interesting movie). Smart people don’t believe in such things.

    Yet…holy smokes, it’s fair to step back, connect the dots, and see that there is more going on than just men poking into each other. I am sold to a large extent that it’s not just sexual gratification going on here.

    Mr. Sulu is such a wonderful example of what we are up against. Not satisfied with having sodomy sanctified as marriage, he apparently has Tweeted “We’ve just started” or something of the sort. And he made racist comments about Justice Thomas. And as I just read a passage in “Cannery Row” (can’t find the darn quote), that said that those who are caught in bad acts have one of two choices: To repent, admit error, and mend one’s ways or to double-down on evil and take it to a new and deeper level. Steinbeck says that the latter is the most common.

    I take it as absolutely axiomatic that anyone engaged in homosexual activity, much like those engaged in adulterous acts, knows they are doing wrong. And when one tries to normalize doing wrong, that’s when you really get this walk on the dark side. As Deana said, “After all, no one is perfect.” True enough. But that’s a separate issue from pursuing imperfection to the point of achieving something we might call demonic-like. (Is there a secular word for this?)

    I still don’t know if demons exists. I kind of doubt it. But mankind can become one. He can create it in himself. He can engage in activities that degrade himself and distance him from decency. When this becomes a collective mindset, you have the bulk of something dark, something that is repelled by the light just as dracula is by garlic. Whether this demon has deeper ontological ties might perhaps be a quibble. It does exist on some level.

    • Glenn Fairman says:

      You may not believe in angels and demons, but can you doubt that both the beauty and malevolence we see throughout the human condition most often arises from the general character of individual souls, writ large? Call these animating forces what you will. What sorcery assails men’s minds and leads them to give moral assent to the human catalogue of butcheries committed in the twisted honor of God or Reason? What are the origins of the pervasive desire for cruelty and human self-destruction? What drives men to embrace the darkness and forsake that still small voice holding forth in the deepest part of themselves?

      Mind and consciousness participate in a network of being that transcends matter and if we do not heed the angels of our better nature, then evil will fill the vacuum. The thoughts that consume a man’s mind are the source of his ability to give form either to the sublime or the malignant — for himself, and for those that surround him.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Call these animating forces what you will. What sorcery assails men’s minds and leads them to give moral assent to the human catalogue of butcheries committed in the twisted honor of God or Reason?

        Glenn, I completely agree that some people are driving be such an all-pervasive purpose of destruction, perversion, and perniciousness that we’re no longer talking (in modern pop-psych parlance) of a mere series of bad “choices” but of a totality of character that is malignant. If that be demons, so be it.

        What are the origins of the pervasive desire for cruelty and human self-destruction? What drives men to embrace the darkness and forsake that still small voice holding forth in the deepest part of themselves?

        I swear. I think there’s something in the ink of tattoos. As Theodore Dalrymple quips, he believes that tattoos are the cause of anti-social behavior because nearly every hard case he’s run into is covered with them.

        Mind and consciousness participate in a network of being that transcends matter and if we do not heed the angels of our better nature, then evil will fill the vacuum.

        There do seem to be two stark and incompatible ways of viewing reality and our place in it. One, we are a chance conglomeration of matter with no inherent purpose, small or large, other than the biological necessity of reproducing and staying alive. Therefore any thoughts in our heads, however grand they may seem at the time, are mere useful affectations, at best. But none are comprised of ultimate truth. Therefore the best we can do is delude ourselves with useful delusions, perhaps singing the John Lennon song, “Imagine” — basically imagining that all the artificial constructs that we fashion are the real cause of human suffering. So if we could just Imagine no religion, no borders, no nationalities, no government, no political parties, no anything, we wouldn’t have anarchy but world peace. In short, if we’d just get over our delusion that the world means something and that our lives have purpose, we could all join together in the peaceful task of getting stoned, proverbially or otherwise.

        I don’t say that just to mock that point of view. I view it as a distinct possibility. Pope Francis and people like him give great evidence for moral relativism. It’s hard not to notice.

        Or, two, the moral natures embedded into us are not random and represent some higher order. If there is a higher order — like current flowing down through a copper wire — then if we insulate ourselves from that moral Source then that is not a neutral act. Thus “secularism” (basically, atheism with vulgar pop culture and commercialism as distractions thrown on top) can never be neutral or good. If you unplug, you cannot expect good things.

  2. Brad — I agree with you that mankind is capable of whipping up monumental evil all on his own. In my vernacular that’s called original sin. And too often we foist things off on devils just to avoid the rap ourselves. But I think something much uglier is taking place here. Most of the time human beings know instinctively what is right and what is wrong; we know what decency is. But these folks have swallowed an extra dose of nastiness that doesn’t surface very often, and we’re in the middle of it.

  3. Rosalys says:

    I think you are really on to something, Deana. One may have a besetting sin, some bad habit or inclination that it seems you are (or I am) continually battling, trying to get under control; and just when you think you have it conquered, it rears its ugly head. But when one not only won’t see and call it what it is (sin and evil), but actually glories in it, one opens oneself up to more and increasing depravity. It’s not surprising that these practices go hand in hand.

    Speaking of Hitler…

    Do any of you remember watching the Wellstone Memorial Rally on TV? I thought I was watching a Hitler political rally! Evil even sounds the same.

    • Yes, Rose, I do remember that — it was totally creepy.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      At a funeral, we use our highest beliefs to remember the deceased. For liberals, political expediency is their highest belief, so naturally they will turn such an event (the Wellstone memorial, the memorial service in Charleston) into a political rally.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    occult interests seemed to go hand-in-hand with homosexual activity

    I think it would be more correct to say that occult interests seem to go hand-in-hand with sexual immoralities of all sorts. This is very logical when one understands that much of passes for interest in the occult is simply defiance of God or the status quo.

    The Bible is very clear on what passes for normal and acceptable sexual behavior. So for those who are defiant by nature or who desire perverted sex, the occult provides just the thing. It allows sinful action combined with the Gnostic sense of being smarter than others. Of having secret knowledge. Of being special and part of the “in crowd”.

    Of course, if someone really believes in the occult, they probably believe in God so they are, in the end, bringing down damnation upon themselves. Perhaps they are simply self-destructive. Aleister Crowley would, probably, be the most famous example of such a person. His influence went far into the thought of the 1960’s generation of anti-establishment types including musicians, artists, drop-outs and political activists.

    Johnny Depp was in a movie which touched somewhat upon the subject. I think the title was “The Ninth Gate”.

    I do not know if there is anything to the occult. But I did know someone many years ago who was making an in depth study of the occult for academic purposes, as I recall. In any case, he said as time went by and he got more deeply into the subject odd things started to happen. He finally decided to drop his studies because of this.

    On a separate point, your link to homosexuality and the Nazis is a very questionable one, at best. The man who wrote this used to work for the American Family Association, hardly a pro-homosexual group, but they finally threw him out due to some of the things he claimed in that piece.

  5. Timothy Lane says:

    One can discuss whether or not homosexuality is really worse than other sins, but it’s clear that (to Christians who follow the Bible) homosexual marriage is an oxymoron. The problem with Kennedy’s decision is that it will eventually lead to forcing Bible-following Christians to choose between society and religion to a degree that isn’t necessary to accomplish any reasonable goal.

  6. Soconserv says:

    When I saw the White House lit up in rainbow colors on TV, I turned my head in horror and thought ” how demonic.” So I feel a kinship with what you wrote. Thank you.

    • Thanks for reading — and you can imagine then how I felt when my granddaughter posted the same picture with the comment “Cool!” She’s old enough and smart enough to know better. Yikes.

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