Weighing the Grail Message: Wrong Courses?

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If there is an obvious fact that one gets from reading some chapters of the Grail message, it’s that its author tapped into his vivid imaginations and was influenced by a quirky spirit. Predictably, those who soak in these writings also have their thoughts reconfigured to work that way.

A regular feature of Grail materials is the destructive condemnation of Christianity, hence the need to examine the biblical and epistemological basis of their antagonism and (hopefully) correct some misconceptions.

To this end, some of the claims made in the Grail Message, vol. I, ch. 17 entitled “Wrong Courses,” will be analyzed:

“With few exceptions, mankind labour under a boundless delusion which is fatal for them!”

That right there, is elitism – one of the alluring tools of religious cults. The prospect of belonging to a select “few exceptions” unlike billions of other people is always appealing.

This is how cult leaders gain much following. They make their followers feel “special” by constantly emphasizing that they have been chosen as part of a small group of elites that have been liberated from boundless delusion through esoteric knowledge.

Their thoughts and feelings are constantly stoked. The mixture of being charmed and made to feel special is a cocktail that so intoxicates followers that they readily believe and do things they ordinarily would not.

“God has no need to run after them and beg them to believe in His existence. Nor are His servants sent out forever to admonish people on no account to turn away from Him. This would indeed be absurd. To think and expect such things is a dishonouring and debasing of the sublime Godhead.”

Indeed, “for since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature -have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).

God doesn’t have to force mankind to believe in His existence, but in several places in scripture, God invites mankind to seek Him and pleads with His people to return to Him. He sent many prophets after His people whenever their hearts departed from Him (2 Sam. 12:13; Jer. 3:17; Ezk. 33:11; Zech. 1:3; Mal. 3:7).

The Lord Jesus also lovingly pleads with people to come to Him (John 5:40; Matt. 23:37). He gave to Christians “the ministry of reconciliation” to call mankind back to God from the dominion of Satan and sin (2 Cor. 5:18).

“This erroneous conception causes great harm. It is fostered by the behaviour of many truly earnest pastors who, out of a real love for God and men, try again and again to convert people who turn only to material things, to convince them and win them over to the church.”

Apart from the disjointed nature of his lines, Oskar is switching horses in mid-stream. He blames pastors for the materialistic tendencies of those won over by the church.

By transposing a universal moral flaw onto a specific group of men, he intends to poison the well – to create a very negative image of pastors in a bid to appeal to the prejudice of his readers.

His choice of words regarding pastors who “convert” people and “win them over to the church” betrays a man who has a dim understanding of biblical Christianity.

The preaching of the Gospel results in people being convicted and converted by the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 2:36-37). They become the disciples of Christ, not a putty in the hands of a church. Some ignorant or mischievous folks might have done that, but it’s not a Biblical precept.

Mr Oskar obviously spent too much time in detention and relied on hearsay, or the spirit(s) inspiring him was just off the charts.

Perhaps, the crave after material things was used as bait in some German churches during the Great Depression of the 1930s, so Ab-dru-shin extrapolated that incident onto all churches. In any case, we expect his readers to know better.

Thousands upon thousands feel a certain inner satisfaction, an exaltation, in the consciousness that they believe in God, that they utter their prayers with such earnestness … and they sense a being linked with God, of Whom they also think at times with a certain sacred thrill that produces or leaves behind a state of bliss, in which they revel. But these legions of believers take the wrong course. Living happily in a self-created delusion.”

Thousands upon thousands? Did this man take a poll, survey or collect a data of religious people and their spiritual experiences? Was he privy to the inner states of a multitude? How then did he arrive at this assertion?

Notice also the vagueness in his descriptions. Who are these “believers” and what do they believe? Are they Christians? Muslims? Hindus? Taoists? Druids? Do they all pray to the same God? Unfortunately, no sufficient identification was provided.

This is a psychological chess game of sorts. An aggregation of mystical twaddle – replete with terms like “sacred thrill” and “state of bliss” – is thrown at the reader who is expected to just lap it up and adapt the subjective experience to his own religious persuasion.

The chapter’s title itself – Wrong Courses – presupposes that other paths are wrong, though they seem to be right. So, this puts both the knife and cake in the hands of guru Oskar. He has set himself and his system up as the arbitrate by which all spiritual courses are to be judged.

He then sits on his throne and declare legions of believers guilty of living in a self-created delusion without convincingly demonstrating that himself and his followers are not included in that very category.

“Their petitions are demands, their inner being hypocritical. They will be swept away like empty chaff before His Countenance. They will have their reward, certainly, but it will be different from what they imagine … The feeling of well-being will rapidly disappear on passing into the Ethereal World.”

Not only has the author blurred the boundary lines between reality and imagination, worse still, his illusion has supplanted his imagination.

We need to ask: what makes his course right and the Christian course wrong? How does he define “right” and “wrong” and why should his definitions be accepted? How did he determine what is “true” or “false”? And more importantly, why should Christianity be considered wrong and his Grail spirituality be considered right?

His followers can answer these questions on his behalf and polish his apples if need be. But let none of them think they can threaten Christians into kissing the ring of guru Oskar with the blast of his impersonal deity.

[God] will calmly abandon to the Darkness all the wicked, even all the wavering ones, so that those who are striving upward shall no longer be exposed to their attacks; enabling the others thoroughly to experience everything they consider to be right, and thus come to the recognition of their error!

In other words, those who readily put their heads beneath the toes of Mr Oskar are allegedly ascending, while those who waver, those who question his claims and scrutinise them with the Word of God are the ones who will be left down in darkness.

These are creative performances of self-protection from threatening opposers that all cult groups espouse. But such threats cannot displace the strong confidence that Christians have in the Rock of Ages (Rom. 9:33).

Virtually all ancient cultures, whether Greek, Roman, Celtic or Egyptian, had some sort of mystery religion. Although these groups were called by different names in different parts of the world, they all had certain elements in common.

The basic features of this pagan mystery religions are:

1. Polytheism (a belief in many gods or goddesses) or pantheism (a belief that God is the universe) or panentheism (God permeating every element of the universe).

2. A cyclical view of history (the belief that there are eternal, repeatable cycles of life – reincarnation).

3. The veneration or worship of the regenerative processes of nature (sex) as the “sacred mystery.”

This contrasts with Biblical Christianity, which holds to:

1. Monotheism (belief in one God).

2. A linear view of history (the belief that time has a beginning and an end, and that God has intervened, is intervening and will intervene in the history and affairs of mankind).

3. The worship of God through His Son Jesus Christ.

The Grail spirituality fits with these ancient religions rather than Christianity. That’s why no true Christian can be a Grail adherent. He/she will have to follow one and reject the other.

In Volume I, chapter 24 titled “Indolence of the spirit”, Ab-dru-shin spews more of his venom against what he imagines to be Christianity:

“And this main weakness of the souls was love of ease, the indolence of their spirit!

“The church knew very well that it was bound to achieve great success as soon as it showed much leniency towards this weakness, and did not require it to be overcome!

“Anything so incredible can only be possible with thoughtless people of herd mentality, who by such action brand themselves with the mark of the greatest spiritual indolence … What does a man give to his God by obedience to the church! He does not have with it a single, natural intuitive urge, which alone can help him to ascend.”

Before I respond to this flawed argument, I need to point out that whenever this man (and his followers) use the word “church”, they always read into it their Mephistophelian imagery of a gang of evil men enslaving and corrupting thousands of innocent souls.

This tends to resonate with those who have been disgruntled by certain people in churches. They fail to make any distinction between those who truly know the Lord and those who don’t.

But they want us to believe everyone in the Grail movement is sweet, kind and peaceful (actually, the feedback I get from these folks shows a contrary, disturbing picture).

Without missing words, a certain Grail adherent wrote:

All religious organizations have always feared giving power to the people by preaching spiritual independence which will make members use there [sic] own God-given abilities to understand the Word and thus reduce the power and influence of these religious organizations and leaders if not make them totally irrelevant.”

He is merely regurgitating what his grand master said above. He makes references to “the Word” but doesn’t tell us whether he’s alluding to the Bible or the Grail message. Yes, he knows what all religious organizations (except his own) fear because Ab-dru-shin the Great has told him their deepest secrets.

This statement, and what Oskar himself wrote, further lends credence to the occult philosophies undergirding the Grail message.

In Satanism, Satan is believed to typify alienation of man from creation. Therefore, a Satanist must reject conformity with institutions. He must be able to wield his own powers alone.

For those in groups like Church of Satan and Temple of Set, Satan represents self, so they worship, follow and please their ‘self.’ “Herd conformity” is one of Anton LaVey’s Nine Satanic Sins, and a repeated critique that Satanists have of Christians.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was a man who had much influence on 20th century satanic thought. His criticism of the “herd mentality” became one of philosophical bedrocks for Satanism’s criticism of “herd mentality.”

Nietzsche believes that: “Every superior human being will instinctively aspire after a secret citadel where he is set free from the crowd, the many, the majority” (Beyond Good and Evil, England: Penguin, 1990, 57).

Ironically, being “free from the crowd”, being part of “a superior few” or “striving for ascent” are the tools of cult leaders to pump their followers full with destructive arrogance which prevents them from seeing where the journey really leads.

The Christian, for Nietzsche, is “the domestic animal, the herd animal, the sick animal man.” (Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist, England: Penguin, 1968, 128).

This is exactly what we read from Mr Oskar and his followers. Evidently, the dark spirit behind Satanism is also the same spirit that inspired the Grail message. It’s the spirit of the lone or desert goat.

While Bible Christianity denounces blind following (1 Cor. 7:23), it is based on denying self and following Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Lk. 9:23).

He also declared, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:29).

To be a Christian entails following Christ as Lord. Christianity is not a self-intuited path, it’s Christ’s path!

The Bible uses the metaphor of sheep and shepherd to convey what it means to follow Christ. The yoke of the Shepherd must lead you in the Way. The ideas of self-mastership, cultivating powers using your intuition or being “a freethinker” are from the devil.

There are only two courses: the narrow Way of Christ which leads to eternal life and the broad path of Satan (which encompasses various false religions, alternative spirituality, and philosophies) which leads to eternal destruction.

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On the Momo Challenge and “Death” Games

The Momo Challenge first gained public attention in July 2018, when it was noticed on YouTube. After some months, this bizarre challenge spread to Facebook and WhatsApp. This was a suicide game targeting teenagers with messages, “challenging” them to communicate with unknown phone number(s) said to be linked to Momo.

Ostensibly, there are several people behind this “Momo” Internet account. Several users have reportedly claimed that Momo responds with violent images and players are threatened if they refuse to follow the game’s “orders” and dares.

Cops in Argentina are linking the game to the death of a 12-year-old who took her own life and have issued a warning to parents, the Buenos Aires Times reported. They are hunting for the “adolescent with whom she exchanged those messages”.

The National Police of Spain have warned against the “absurd challenges”. On Twitter, they even issued out a warning: “Do not go into ‘Momo’! If you record the number on your calendar, you will see a strange woman’s face, it’s the latest WhatsApp viral to come in vogue among teenagers.”

On August 28, 2018, the death of a teenager in India was also linked to the Momo “suicide game”. The 18-year-old, named locally as Manish Sarki, was found in a livestock shed which had words like “Devil’s one eye” scrawled on the wall.

In September 2018, a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy in Colombia killed themselves after reportedly playing the sick game.

A young girl, 5, from Cheltenham has also cut off her own hair after being “brainwashed” by the Momo Challenge. Schools in the UK have also sent out letters warning of the challenge.

Of course, there are reports in the secular media dismissing the Momo challenge as sensationalized hoax or urban legends. But if you have been conversant with social trends in the past two decades, you would have realized the deja vu here.

This was also how occult games like Dungeons and Dragons left a trail of murder, suicides, sexual violence, occultism and deaths in its wake. This was how Charlie Charlie challenge led to a mass of demon possession and strange deaths among school children few years ago.

We have seen the vampire challenge in which teens, fuelled by the vampire movie craze, began to bite one another like wild animals. There was another “Chatroulette” challenge which saw teens participating in anonymous chat rooms that reveal random people on the other side of the webcam.

All these trends are signs of lives and souls without God. If a trend is from God, it will never be popular with the world.

The Word of God says “the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).

Before you join in a social trend, does it meet up with the above standards? If no, then it’s not from God, it’s earthly, soulish and demonic.

What I find particularly disturbing is the image used by the Momo avatar. With its bulging eyes and huge beak-like mouth, it is modelled after a sculpture named “Mother Bird”.

A close-up of the face gives the impression of a mask or a woman with strangely distorted features. It comes close to the depictions of Lilith, a demon that relishes the death of infants and children.

Even the name “Momo” is obviously tailored after Mormo, a female demon associated with ghouls and the dead in Satanism.

This is why parents need to be watchful and have open communication with their children on Internet usage and safety. The devil is really desperate to defile and destroy as many as possible through the Internet.

This is also an important reason why youths and children need to know God personally and walk in the light of His Word.

Have you been Touched by an Angel?

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The topic of angels is one that inexorably incites curiosity and keen interest from both Christian and non-Christians. It is a subject that is frequently explored in literature, music, art, film, cyberculture, television and religious circles.

A TV series that fuelled much of the angel hysteria in the 1990s was Touched by an Angel (featuring Della Reese and Roma Downey). This series became such a cultural phenomenon that it was nominated for eleven Primetime Emmy Awards between 1997 and 2000.

It might interest you to know that it’s not only Christianity that believes in angels. Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, even Wicca, Hermetic Qabalah and New Age spirituality also believe in angels, but their angelogy contradicts Christianity and the Bible.

This is why a fine line should be drawn. In the age of deception which we live in, a biblical view of angels is vital, so that we do not veer out of the original faith handed to the saints in a bid to get “touched by an angel.”

What you need to know

The Bible defines angels as “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). In plain words, angels are sent forth to minister for God or to serve us, God’s people.

The use of the present participle in that verse emphasizes the continuance of angelic ministry even in our day. The word translated angels from the original Greek language is angelos which carries the same meaning as “messenger.”

Angels are also called “ministers” (Greek: leitourgous) of God, that is, servants of God. Though they are spirits, they can manifest themselves physically (cf. Gen. 18:2). They are living beings that possess personality (intellect, emotion and will).

They are variously called the sons of God, morning stars (Job 38:7), sons of the mighty (Ps. 29:1 NASB), watchers (Dan. 4:13-15), holy ones (Matt. 25:31), princes (Dan. 10:13), thrones and dominions (Col. 1:16).

The angels of God were created long before the earth. God said “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth … when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38: 4, 7).

This indicates that at Creation, angels were shouting for joy when they saw what God was doing. 

We also learn that there are innumerable angels with God. At one place Jesus said, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:53).

In the ancient Roman army, a legion consists of 3,000 – 6,000 soldiers. So when Jesus speaks of 12 legions of angels, it’s clear that He refers to tens of thousands of warrior angels. These are possibly the “armies of heaven” that will come with Him at the Second Advent (Rev. 19:14).

In another place, the Bible speaks of “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” where there are “thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly” (Heb. 12:22).

It’s also worthy to note that these angels are organized into ranks (Col. 2:18) and are sent for various assignments:

They guard gates (Rev. 21:12); wage war in actual bodily contact (2Th. 2:10); execute judgements (Gen. 19; 2Kgs. 19:35 etc.); lead sinners to gospel workers (Acts 10:3); witness confessions (Lk. 15:8-9); impart God’s will (Acts 5:19-20); take the saints at their death to God’s presence (Lk. 16:22); strengthen them in trial (Mt. 4:11); protect the saints (Ps. 34:7); give revelations (Lk. 15:8-9) and bring answers to prayers (Dan. 9:31-23) etc.

Five Popular Myths about Angels

#1 All angels have wings

In arts and popular culture, angels are always depicted having wings on their backs. Renaissance European arts even added a twist to it: they portrayed angels as winged chubby infants holding bows and arrows (obviously borrowed from depictions of the Roman god, Cupid).

Many Christians today still adhere to this hallowed myth, that all angels have wings. But with the exception of cherubims and seraphims described in the Old Testament, there is no description in the Bible of angels with wings.

Every time an angel made an appearance to someone in Scripture, the person always thought the angel was human. Humans did not observe that angels had wings or could fly.

Cherubims are a special group of angels attached to the throne of God whose task is to guard the Holiness of God.

For instance, a cherub was placed at the gate to Eden so that people might not enter after Adam and Eve were cast out. The two likenesses of angels that were placed on the Ark of the Covenant were were cherubs (Ex. 25:18-22).

The Bible also speaks of seraphims (from the word “burners”) who had six wings. These are angels who are concerned with the holiness of God. They cry out continually: “Holy, holy, holy” (Isa. 6:3).

So technically, angels don’t have wings, but cherubims and seraphims – which are higher order of angels – do.

God’s angels are powerful beings; they are not the sweet-faced chubby infants found in Catholic art.

#2. Female angels

This was one of the misleading concepts popularized by the Touched by an Angel series.

Many statues and artwork also depict angels as female. In Choo Thomas’s Heaven is so Real, she also claimed to encounter a female angel.

But going to the Bible, we see that the word angel is always used in the masculine gender both in Hebrew and Greek. Sex, in a human sense, is not ascribed to them.

#3. Everyone has a Guardian Angel

This myth is a very popular one. It pervades both religious and secular circles, for obvious reasons.

In the Touched by an Angel series, the angel usually appears to a person who is a derelict or has some moral problems and helps them solve their problems with the credit going to the angels. This sort of teaching is loved by the world.

Plenty of people (even if non-religious), are fascinated with the idea of having a personal spiritual protector working out their life’s hassles without really submitting to God. So, they seek a spirituality that gives comfort to such warm, fuzzy sentiments. 

Some Christians actually believe every child born on earth has a personal guardian angel assigned to him/her by God. He follows, helps and protects them until the point where they start to sin. Though they appeal to Matt. 18:10, the doctrine doesn’t appear to be based on sound exegesis.

Angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation. The unsaved have no angel. “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them” (Psa. 34:7). 

The unsaved are excluded from angelic protection and deliverance. (Though it doesn’t mean God, in His grace, cannot sovereignly protect them). Children having angels who see God’s face (cf. Matthew 18:10) most likely refers to those that have come to know the Lord or are born to Believing parents. 

Of course, there have been many accounts of personal supernatural angelic experiences in books, documentaries and daytime talk shows. But two things are common to many of such “angel” narratives:

One, these individuals are not Christians. Two, the angel frequently occupies a central figure in their lives. He – not God – becomes their personal saviour/guru, which makes their experiences highly suspect.

How can a non-Christian who is not in the light nor has yielded to the authority of Scripture be able to discern between what is coming from God or what may be of the devil? Answer: They don’t! Everything is accepted as true because it resonates with their emotions.

#4. We need to locate our guardian angels and listen to them

This myth is circumscribed on #3. In recent times, the Internet has become cluttered with “angel reading” ads aimed at luring people into seeking out messages purportedly coming from their “guardian angels” in heaven.

These online readings are said to guide inquirers on their life purposes, relationships, weekly plans and their future.

Though the terms have changed a bit, it’s the same old stuff that many people have sought at seances, palmists, star gazers, crystal ball readers and other brand of diviners for centuries.

When you read these “message from your angel” ads carefully, you will realize that the so-called angels being contacted for information are spirits imitating the departed. The old spirit guides have been rebranded as “angels” and sold in the market place.

Some Charismatic churches also teach that we need to communicate with our angels and “put them to work” – to bring us money, healing, peace and helpers. These are more based on Frank Peretti’s school of the spirit world than a historic, biblical thought.

Talking about Frank Peretti. His Christian fiction novel, This Present Darkness, has sadly been used as the manual of spiritual knowledge for many believers. That was one of the books which popularised the idea of localised angels contacting humans.

But in every instance of an angel physically appearing to individuals like Abraham, Lot and his family, Gideon, Moses, Manoah etc., it’s clear that the angels had the physical appearances that matched the people to whom they appeared; they dressed like them and spoke their languages.

There were no “European” angels contacting Asians or “American” angels, “Chinese” angels or “African” angels doing the same.

Aside that, the angels that appeared to God’s people and gave them revelations did so only at God’s sovereign arrangements.

Daniel wasn’t trying to contact angel Gabriel for visions. Zechariah wasn’t in the temple, trying to locate an angel. Mary the mother of Jesus didn’t seek an angel. Apostle Peter or John wasn’t seeking an angel for a revelation. Neither should we.

#5. We need to pray to and invoke angels for help

This is often a consequence of myth #4. When folks have been seduced to believe that angels have a corner in the market where they can be contacted for knowledge, the next best thing would be to learn their names, call on them and make them intermediaries.

In African syncretic/ “spiritual” churches (as well as Roman Catholicism), the special invocation of and prayer to angels is inextricably linked with their rituals.

They invoke and pray to angels Michael and Gabriel, as well as names of “angels” found in post-exilic rabbinical traditions and ceremonial magick, like Raphael and Uriel. These are all fallen angels.

In the Bible, only three angels’ names are recorded: Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel. Lucifer fell, and with him a host of angels known as fallen angels.

The Bible distinguishes between these unrighteous angels (or  unclean spirits) who followed Satan and “the elect angels” who follow God (1 Tim. 5:21).

These fallen angels are the force behind the “angel craze” in pseudo-Christian religions, New Age spirituality and the secular world, leading many down the path of a false god.

They give their followers false miracles and supernatural experiences that deepen their delusion and strengthen them in their iniquities.

An ex-satanist who worked with such evil spirits said:

“The sylphs [elemental spirits] do shout and make noise when they are in full control of the medium. Besides this, they teach series of rituals that are unscriptural. They are fond of doing rituals with eggs, sugar, ginger nuts, earthenware, coins and cereals …

“The sylphs [also] make their congregation abstain from meats, especially pork, rabbit, crab, snail, mudfish, duck meat, grass cutter and other forest animals … The spiritual churches erect altars by burying alive ram, crucifix, doves and Bible’s as a ritual. That serves as a point of contact to the spirits of the air or fallen angels. The powers in the church depend on the number of days fasted for the rituals, some fast 21 days while others for 14 days.

“Those who have learnt advanced magick, as I did, buried the general seal of the spirits called ShemHamephorash in Hebrew or Seal of Solomon according to magick. This higher seal of magick attracts fallen angels and Olympian spirits to execute their duties in the church” (Romanus Monday Ekeocha, Christian Alive, vol. 2. No. 14, 2006, p. 2).

The angels being invoked in these syncretic churches are Olympian spirits also invoked in occultism. Angels of God do not accept worship, prayer or veneration from anyone (cf. Rev. 22:8-9).

Nevertheless, true Christians enjoy angelic intervention just as God’s Word says. I have personally experienced this, and I will be sharing them in my next post.