Occult Music: What Really Lies Beneath?

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I am aware of the hysteria and extremism that have been disseminated about the links between popular music icons and the Illuminati cult. I hesitate to meddle in that area for reasons stated here.

I am not against secular music, and this article is not a witch hunt, but an appeal to discernment.

I define an occult music as music specifically designed to spiritually “benefit” folks in the occult. Most of them are aimed at enhancing occult meditation or rites.

The problem is that much of these music are beginning to gain a wide appeal among Christians, usually due to ignorance. In God’s kingdom as well as in Satan’s, music is important.

In fact, modern witches are taught that music (and dance) is one of the “8-fold paths” for them to grow and mature in their operations.

In some of these occult websites, you will find an array of musicals that are highly recommended for their folks. Such music are either composed or sung by witches and are often charged with demonic “vibrations.”

Occultists work with various entities which they “channel” to produce different abilities – singing, writing, drawing etc. Such arts are demonically inspired and when a Christian feasts on such, he is crossing a spiritual boundary.

A music can be slightly or highly occultic, but generally, they can be easily identified by their lyrics. In the case of folks like Enya, (I loved her music until I began to research about her) who is a Wiccan, the occult nature of their music are somewhat disguised.

For example, in Enya’s  “Caribbean Blue,” she invoked several spirit entities. At the start: “Eurus … Afer …Ventus … So the world goes round…” And at its end, she chanted again: “Eurus … Afer Ventus … Boreas … Zephyrus … Africus.”

Most listeners wouldn’t notice these words because they were masked with soothing percussion.

If you do a little bit of research on the terms: Boreas, Zephyrus, Eurus etc, you will find out that they are names of a class of Greek gods/demons (called Anemoi) associated with the four cardinal points.

Witches invoke these cardinal spirits to bless their “sacred space” during rituals. As a Christian, the spiritual implication of listening to a music invoking demons is dangerous. (Note: I’ve also analysed Enya’s other lyrics here and here).

Generally, music videos convey a message, whether good or bad. But occult music videos typically feature ancient deities, myths, nocturnal/legendary creatures, anarchy, blasphemies against God or Jesus, sexually debased acts, themes revolving around death or torture (and sometimes, visits to the spirit realm), subliminal messages, and occult emblems.

Stefani Germanotta (“Lady Gaga”) has earned a fame in promoting blatantly occult music videos among both witches and non-witches. In her “G.U.Y,” video released last year, she portrayed the ancient myth of Venus being hit with Cupid’s arrow and honoured the dark goddess of witchcraft in various ways.

The Biblical principle of judging a tree by its fruit also applies here. By examining the lifestyle, deeds and statements of these musicians you can know who is in control of their lives (Matthew 7:18).

You need to ask: how do these artistes act on stage?

Are their dressings, dances or hairstyles weird?

Do they bear a sort of resemblance to pagan deities?

What does their stage or album name stands for?

What influences do their music have on people?

Do they admit to having “personalities” within them aiding their abilities?

Do they hint at receiving “inspiration” from an unnamed spiritual source for what they do on/off stage?

The late Michael Jackson was once asked why there are strong sexual overtones in his concerts, he replied:

When I hit the stage it’s all of a sudden a magic from somewhere that comes and the spirit just hits you, and you lose control of yourself. It happens subliminally. It’s the music that compels me to do it. You don’t think about it, it just happens. I’m a slave to the rhythm” (The Evening Star, Feb. 11,1993, p. A10).

We know the Holy Spirit does not act “like a magic from somewhere” or make people lose control. It’s demon spirits that do these.

It has been pointed out that Michael’s persona resembled worshippers of the goddess Cybele called Corybantes.

These men dressed like women; weaved their hair, painted their faces white; were castrated and were keepers of children. They were known to make wild cries or high pitched shrills while they performed their dances and whenever their deity possessed them, they would dance in an ecstatic frenzy – just like MJ used to do.

In a radio interview, Enya was asked what her album The Memory of Trees was all about, she said:

It’s actually from … Irish mythology … it’s derived from the Druids [witches], and they hold the trees as very sacred, so they were very important. So–I thought the title was very strong, but it can conjure up other sort of thoughts for a lot of people…who don’t know the connection with Irish mythology, that they will interpret, you know, their own thoughts with it.”

Apparently, Enya was trying to be more discrete about her occult messages at that time but the picture on this CD showed her dressed in a black robe, resting on a throne surmounted by a full moon.

In witchcraft, this is representative of the motherhood form of their dark goddess.

Someone named Drillskillz wrote on a Nigerian public forum:

Enya’s songs opens up my mind and places me in new realms of existence. My imagination gets quickened and the visions [are] so clear. It’s then I can see into things; into minds and into the earth we live in … I will still keep listening to her songs though they stand the chance of opening you up to forces unknown…

This is how New Age/occult music spiritually influence those who have been initiated. These kinds of people often get violent if you attack their music idols.

The other day, one Christian man from Australia was so angry because I posted an article on Facebook exposing the occult themes revolving around a music artiste who happened to be his hero.

Why a Christian would be blindly defending a sex perverted occultist is beyond me. Such mulish mentality is a reflection of the celebrity worship and lack of discernment that have infected many in the church today.

In the late 90s, a Satanist named Marilyn Manson, released a CD titled Antichrist Superstar which was the top-selling in its first week of release. According to World Report (November, 16, 1996):

“With his stage name taken from suicidal sex symbol Marilyn Monroe and serial killer Charles Manson, this ordained Satanist priest and his head-banging band openly defy every moral principle. Wearing T-Shirts that read ‘Kill God, Kill Your Mom and Dad. Kill Yourself,’ the band celebrates hate, racism, sexual depravity, violence and blasphemy … as they mock God and rant against Jesus. Marilyn [Manson] said: “I’m on my way down … I’d like to take you with me.”

Of course, the “down” he was referring to is Hell fire.

Ozzy Osbourne, a notable rock star, has said in an interview, that it’s impossible for people to go to rock concerts and sing their songs and then say they want to go into their rooms to read the Bible.

Why is this? Because he’s aware that their music lines are meant to spiritually enslave and pollute their fans.

Just as gospel music can be used by the Holy Spirit to open people’s eyes, “turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:20), evil musicals do just the opposite. They spiritually blind people, lead them into darkness and push them further under satanic influence.

These musicals compete with one’s knowledge of God’s Word and spiritual growth and should be avoided.

Killing one Soul is not equal to Killing Humanity

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In their desperation to find something humane in their Quran, Muslims love to quote Sura 5:32.

It’s used to portray Muhammad as a humanitarian who believed in the sanctity of life. It is also used to deflect the charges of terrorism from Islam and make it sound like Buddhism.

To get a better understanding of this passage and see how the Muslim’s use of it creates more problem for Islam, I will quote from verse 27 down to verse 33 and comment along.

Sura 5:27 But recite unto them with truth the tale of the two sons of Adam, how they offered each a sacrifice, and it was accepted from the one of them and it was not accepted from the other. (The one) said: I will surely kill thee. (The other) answered: Allah accepteth only from those who ward off evil.

Obviously,  Muhammad is the one speaking here, not Allah. And the story being recited is vague when you compare it with the real account (Genesis 4:3-10).

If Abel knew Cain would kill him beforehand, he wouldn’t have been with him in the field, so the words “I will kill thee” there is from the pen of someone redacting the Bible story.

28 “Even if thou stretch out thy hand against me to kill me, I shall not stretch out my hand against thee to kill thee, lo! I fear Allah, the Lord of the Worlds”

Does a person who is murdered return to earth to retaliate? Interestingly, Allah didn’t teach Muslims to emulate Abel, instead he said:

“If anyone commits aggression against you, attack him just as he attacked you, and fear God…” (Sura 2:194).

Allah is also called the “lord of the worlds.” According to the Bible, Satan is “the god of the world” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

29 “Lo! I would rather thou shouldest bear the punishment of the sin against me and thine own sin and become one of the owners of the fire. That is the reward of evil-doers

Yet Sura 29:7 and 53:38 say man cannot bear the load of sin of another!

If the above verse is true, then those verses are wrong.

Note also that the threat of hell fire was Muhammad’s trademark.

30 “The (selfish) soul of the other led him to the murder of his brother: he murdered him, and became (himself) one of the lost ones.”

How is this any different from the way Muhammad murdered Kinana, Asma, Al-Nadr, Uqbah and those 8 men of Uraynah? No difference.

If this act of murder makes Cain to be “one of the lost ones” that also makes Muhammad. What is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander.

31 “Then Allah sent a raven scratching up the ground, to show him how to hide his brother naked’s corpse. He said: Woe unto me! Am I not able to be as this raven and so hide my brother’s naked corpse? And he became repentant

Unfortunately, the Muslim’s mind has been so suppressed that he doesn’t see anything wrong with this verse.

“Then Allah sent…” the author of the Quran keeps forgetting to maintain the narrative as coming from Allah, so most times, he makes slips by addressing Allah in third person rather than in the first person.

There is even a place where the author of the Quran says, “I swear by Allah that they won’t believe…” (Sura 4:65). Yet Muslims are being brainwashed to believe every jot and tittle in this big book were written by Allah himself!

The idea of ravens teaching humans how to bury the dead is a tale for children. Do ravens bury their own dead? It’s strange to find grown ups absorbing this gobbledygook.

This tale was actually stolen from an old Jewish fable called Targum of Jonathan written by Pirke Rabbi Eliezer centuries before Muhammad was born. It says:

“Adam and his companion sat weeping and mourning for him [Abel] and didn’t know what to do with him as burial was unknown to them. Then came a raven…took the body of its dead companion, scratched the earth and hid it before their eyes. Then said Adam ‘I shall do as this raven as done and at once he took Abel’s body, dug the earth and buried it” (Ch. 21).

If the Quran is from Allah, why did it plagiarise an old Jewish rabbi’s fable?

32 “On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone slew a person- unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land- it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land

This verse applies only to “the Children of Israel” (Jews), not Muslims. Also, there are two exceptions attached to the rule – in cases of murder and mischief.

The tafsir Ibn Kathir quotes Qatada saying:

“Their mischief is disobeying Allah, because whoever disobeys Allah on the earth, or commands that Allah be disobeyed, he has committed mischief on the earth.”

The same source says only when a single Muslim is killed does it equal to the whole of mankind. That’s the context of the text.

Since Muslim terrorists are convinced that Christians, Jews or pagans are causing mischief everywhere, this verse actually calls for their murder.

Furthermore, the idea of “kill one soul, kill all humanity” was also an old Jewish myth. It was an idea borrowed from the Mishnah Sanhedrin.

In it, a rabbi speculated based on Genesis 4:10 that:

“Man was created single in order to show that to him who kills a single individual it shall be reckoned that he has slain the whole race but to him who preserved the life of a single individual, it is counted that he hath preserved the whole race” (4:5).

Islamic scholar, Professor Alfred Guillaume admits that in the Quran, “the story of the world’s first murderer [Cain] affords a most informing example of the influence of a Jew behind the scenes” (The Influence of Judaism on Islam. The Legacy of Israel, p. 139).

Evidently, Muhammad was depending on some Jews in composing his Quran, but he didn’t know they were supplying him with their fables rather than their Scriptures. And Allah too didn’t know the difference between myths and facts.

This verse is even a logical fallacy. Killing one person is not the same as killing the whole of humanity.

Muhammad himself killed many people and instructed his followers to do the same (Sura 8:12, 9:5, 14, etc.), so this verse – if taken literally – actually exposes his hypocrisy.

33 “The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter…”

Anyone who doesn’t find this verse to be horrendous is no longer normal.

The term “wage war against Allah” refers to any idea contrary to submission to Islam’s god and prophet. It includes speaking against Islam or Muhammad.

Building a church, preaching the gospel, giving out a Bible or Christian book, Western education or any movie, book or material attacking the Quran in any Islamic enclave also fall under this category.

What the verse is saying is: if you don’t submit to our god and prophet and embrace our cult, we have the right from our god to:
1. Kill you
2. Torture you by crucifixion
3. Cut off your hands and feet
4. Expel you.

Is this not wickedness and extreme intolerance? Only a barbaric and cruel religion would teach this.

Let me be blunt here, anyone trying to justify this verse is demonised and we must be wary of such folks.

The very proceeding verse after Islam’s most famous propaganda verse exposes it as a wicked religion! What an epic failure.

33,000 Protestant Denominations?

If you are familiar with the “journey home” conversion stories on EWTN or Catholic apologetic works, you would have realized a common rhetoric: “Look at the fruit of the Reformation and its ‘Bible only’ – division into 33,000 quarreling denominations with different Bible interpretations! How can such confusion be from God? Only the holy Catholic church is true!”

In 1994, Al Kresta, a Catholic convert, wrote in Surprised by Truth: “I wondered how Protestantism, which has splintered into over 20,000 denominations worldwide, could be what Jesus had in mind in John 17:21…

The most popular Catholic apologetic organization, Catholic Answers wrote in 1998: “Today there are more than 26,000 different denominations and sects and independent churches throughout the world. They have split over issues as central as the Lord Supper and as trivial as what musical instruments may be used at church. Each Christian with Bible in hand, must find his own Christian truth.

Another Catholic apologist wrote: “There are now over 33,000 Protestant denominations … Reliance on sola scriptura has not been effective in establishing doctrine or authority.”

Notice how the number of Protestant denominations has been inflated over the years without any documentation. I’ve personally had grossly inflated figures like 44,000 or 55,000 thrown at me by Catholics, but when I ask for a documentation or standard reference work to back up their wild claims, they either sing another tune or run for the hills.

If there is a standard source for these figures, why the number tricks? A Catholic apologist, Steve Ray, was courteous enough to cite his source for the “33,000” denominations (which he also blamed on sola scriptura) from the World Christian Encyclopedia by David Barret, George Kurian and Todd Johnson (2001), Oxford University Press, page 10. But this argument falls apart on scrutiny.

1. It’s disingenuous for Catholics to blame sola scriptura for these divisions. If a Christian church believes the Scripture is the sufficient rule of faith, how does it then follow that an abuse of it is an argument against its sufficiency?

The Bible is perfectly suited to its purpose, but people are still imperfect, people are sinners and people are ignorant. Even more than a point, people have their traditions and mindsets. Therefore, there will always be differences in interpretation.

Besides, there are many Christian churches today that do not profess, let alone practice sola scriptura. There are still churches where all sorts of concepts that violate sola scriptura are being embraced, so how can the principle of sola scriptura be blamed for the actions of those who do not even believe in it?

2. Has the alleged infallible Magisterium of Catholicism succeeded in uniting Catholics? A poll once showed that 25% of Catholics in the US didn’t believe in life after death, another 46% says no one really knows and 55% believe they can dissent from official Church teachings and still remain Catholics.

In another poll by the National Catholic Register, 67% of Catholics in the U.S. favoured ordaining women, 52% accepted abortion, 75% said priests should be allowed to marry, and 87% said couples should make their own decisions on birth control.

Another Catholic publications published a survey showing that “less than 29 percent of those under the age of 45 agreed that the ‘bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ”. According to the work, Peter Lovest Thou Me?, in France and Italy, 49% Catholics don’t believe in Christ’s resurrection, 77% don’t believe in hell, and 75% believe in neither purgatory nor the devil.

The Catholic World Report once indicated that, “two-thirds of Catholic theologians [express] disbelief…in the existence of Satan.” All these facts show that Catholicism is not as united as pop apologists try to make it look. Such “cafeteria” or “buffet” type of religion is certainly not the plan of God. One of the elementary rules of Logic is consistency:  if an argument refutes your own position, it’s dishonest for you to utilize it.

3. The World Christian Encyclopedia which has obviously been over-cited lists 242 Catholic denominations, 781 denominations (p. 16) yet, neither groups arose from the Reformation. It also stated that Protestants have 8,973 denominations and this list includes non-Trinitarian groups like Oneness churches, Seventh Day Adventists, and some “Marginal” or “Independent” groups like Jehovah’ Witnesses, Gnostics and Mormons!

Even a novice knows that these are not Protestant churches. Catholics can only arrive at the “33,000” figure by either inflating the number in their source by over 300% or most quoting that figure have never consulted their source.

4. On a closer examination, it’s obvious that Catholic apologists arrived at their 33,000 figure by lumping together the 8,973 Protestant denominations given in this World Christian Encyclopedia with other groups listed separately which are not related to them. For example, the reference work lists:

The “Independents”, Arab radio/TV network (19 denominations), British Israelites (8 denominations), Afro-Caribbean Zionist (1 denominations), Gay/Lesbian tradition, Latin Rite Catholics, Old Catholic (26 denominations).

If you have even a passing knowledge of these groups (such as the Old Catholic/Latin rites) you’d agree that they do not believe in sola scriptura, let alone practice it. Note this fact very carefully the next time a Catholic throws around catchy phrases like “Which of your 33,000 is the truth?” or “Sola scriptura is the blueprint for anarchy.”

5. Catholic apologists, Ben Douglass, Nick and David Palm have included this “Protestantism has 33,000 denominations” rhetoric into their list of “Unsound Sticks: Arguments Catholics Shouldn’t Use.” They wrote:

The World Christian Encyclopedia artificially inflates the number of Catholic ‘denominations’ by counting Eastern churches in communion with Rome as separate denominations.” They also stated that even if an accurate tally for Protestant denominations can be arrived at “we still could not blame the whole of that number on Sola scriptura. Some of these churches share substantial unity in faith, even if they are judicially independent (perhaps due to geography). And much of the disunity of faith within Protestantism …stems from efforts to subordinate the authority of Scripture.

While I must commend these men for their honesty and objectivity, their voices have been drowned by other “front line” pop apologists of Rome. It’s quite unimaginable for these guys who have thrived on the ignorance, applause and financial support of their Catholic audience for years to sidestep their propaganda, admit their falsehood and retract these errors.

Even when these facts are pointed out to them, they will still resort to another shallow rhetoric: “Are you now saying having 100 denominations is acceptable to God?” Which of course begs the question, because if God wanted to do away with all disagreements and denominations, He could have done it. But He hasn’t.

6. This World Encyclopedia even hurts the Catholic apologia. On page 11, it lists out figures of people killed by various groups in history:

Secular governments killed 55, 597,000.
Atheists – 31,519,000
Muslims – 9,101,000
Animists – 7,469,000
Catholics – 4,951,000.

So Roman Catholicism has the blood of 5 million people on her hands – according to the same source they use to bash Protestants! I don’t see Catholics quoting this portion. Why?

This reveals a lot about those who defend Rome. Truth is not their priority. Even worse, their fans are too biased and prejudiced to rely on facts while the plate-spinners are more eager to gain fame and donations and keep their latest DVDs selling.