The Goddess Delusion

Over the last few decades, there has been a fast-spreading paradigm shift from Christianity to paganism. This trend ranges from attempts to promote a feminized version of God to cults centered around a female divinity. “For the first time in two millennia” wrote Caitlin Matthews in Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, “the idea of a Goddess as a central pivot of creation is finding a welcome response.” With the surge of feminism, Earth-centred beliefs and New Age spirituality, conceptual social and religious barriers are being broken down and many people are being led to adopt a form of female principle – whether by literal goddess worship or a mystical tap into the “feminine energy.”

Elmer Towns was apt to observe that:
“Many women turn to a female deity because they have been hurt by men. They may have been abused, raped, abandoned, or in some way violated by males in their lives. As a result, they may blame the heavenly Father, who is male. Notice, when people ask why God would allow starvation, cancer, or other problems in the world, they never ask why ‘Mother Earth’ or a female deity has caused the problems. It’s always a male deity that they blame. [1]

Ex-Wiccan High Priest, Bill Schnoebelen, reflected on the deceptive ideas that led him into goddess worship:

“While the Biblical Jehovah is striking people with thunderbolts as they step out of line, their Goddess plays and frolics with her hidden children … She is everyone’s fantasy idea of a mother or lover: a gorgeous, compassionate woman who loves unconditionally, does not chide or require much of you, and who is totally available for both service and sexual intimacy. I fell in love with this image of the Goddess immediately.” [2]

Many Wiccans and Neo-pagans freely acknowledge that their Goddess is universally worshipped in countless cultures, traditions and rites worldwide. They admit that their goddess has emerged in different forms, with different names at various periods of history. These are all facets or archetypes of the same great Goddess. This global catholicity of the “great goddess,” however, exposes the diabolic veneer, because a historical overview of many ancient goddesses reveal them to be evil, savage and destructive. For example:

Kali – she is the major Hindu goddess of death, power and destruction. A Hindu text, Devi Mahatmyam, describes Kali as “armed with a sword and noose. Bearing the strange Khatvanga (skull-topped staff), decorated with a garland of skulls, clad in a tiger’s skin, very appalling owing to her emaciated flesh, with gaping mouth, fearful with her tongue lolling out [and] having deep reddish eyes…” She is also depicted wearing a skirt of human arms and accompanied by serpents.

Kali has been worshipped for centuries, perhaps millennia, by human sacrifice. The infamous Thuggee cult of India and Nepal were followers of Kali who strangled their victims as an act of worship to her. Although the British tried to wipe out Kali’s cult when they colonized India, their efforts failed. Much has been reported about the numerous human sacrifices to her in the last decade. As recently as 2015, a boy was sacrificed to Kali by a devotee in Kolkata. If all goddesses are one, then they are by no means benign.

Lilitu/Lilith – the Sumerian goddess Lilitu was depicted as having both the wings and claws of a bird. Some reliefs show her lower half as a serpent’s body or as a serpent with the head and breasts of a woman. Her visual representation closely resembles that of Maleficent in the 2014 Disney movie.

This goddess, under a slightly modified name, Lilith, is also worshipped in the West. Lilith is a figure out of Hebrew cabalistic folklore. She was believed to be Adam’s first wife who refused to submit to him and was sent out of the Garden of Eden by God while she was with child. Enraged at the perceived injustice, she gave birth and then bashed the baby’s brains out on the rocks by the Euphrates River. Another version of the myth says she devoured her children alive. Lilith is worshipped as the ‘Dark Mother’ or demon goddess presiding over feminism, infanticide, abortion and sexual defilement. She also relishes blood sacrifices.

Tanit – the BerberPunic and Phoenician goddess and chief deity of Carthage (modern Tunisia). She was associated with the heavenly bodies, war and fertility and regarded as a consort of Baal Hammon. She was often depicted having a lion’s head.

Archaeological and ancient writings points to animal and human sacrifices as part of her cult worship. Excarvations at ancient sites of her temple showed charred bones of newborns, and in some cases, the bones of fetuses and two year olds. [3]

Artemis – Greek goddess of the hunt, moon and childbirth. She is also called “the thrower of the dart or shooter” of death. A Wiccan writer says “Artemis had a reputation for liking bloody sacrifices, including human ones … Artemis who personified respect for animal life, accepts the necessity of the hunt, but only if the rules and the absolving rituals are observed. In most Goddess religions, a similar reasoning is applied to the fetus and the newborn. It is morally acceptable that a woman who gives life may also destroy life under certain circumstances.” [4]

Notice the strong link between goddess worship, feminism, sexual immorality and infant destruction.

Oya – also known as Yansa or Iansa, this Yoruba warrior goddess is worshipped in West Africa as well as in the Americas. She is the “patron” goddess of death, destruction, lightning and violent storms. Her name literally means “She tore [asunder]”. She is associated with cemeteries, marketplace and said to be queen over river Niger and the Amazon river.

Oya’s symbols are swords (or machetes), flywhisk and water buffalo. Her nine children are emblematic of the moon. She is a huntress (murderer) who presides over magick and evil wisdom. [5] She is also believed to be the mother of the Egunguns – embodiment of the spirits of the ancestral dead in Africa.

Coatlicue – Aztec goddess of the earth, moon, fertility, sexual pleasure and gambling. She is said to be one of the nine Lords of the Night Hours and the power behind all magic in the Aztec world. Her name literally means “skirt of snakes”. As Tlazoteutl, “she appears nude, riding on a broom. She wears a horned headdress with a crescent moon and she holds a red snake. She also has a crescent moon decorated on her nose …. represents the planet Venus. She is often depicted wearing a flayed human skin.” [6]

There is absolutely nothing gentle or good about these goddess figures. They are bloodthirsty fiends whose altars were drenched with blood of many souls. Yet these same entities are being invoked in Wiccan/Neopagan circles today.

Astarte or Ashtoreth – the chief goddess of war and sexuality worshipped throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Astarte is the Greek form of her name. Her symbols are the lion, horse, sphinx and a star within a circle indicating planet Venus (the morning/evening star). She is associated with the crescent moon and depicted with a child on her laps. Figurines of Astarte have been found at various archaeological sites in Israel showing the goddess having two horns.

A feminist author admits that “infant sacrifices were regularly performed in honor of, certainly, some forms of the goddess. It is recorded, for instance, that around the sacred stone which represented the goddess Astarte, hundreds of skeletons of human infants have been found… first-born children and animals were sacrificed to her.” [7]

From the Bible, we can see the dark, downward spiral when people dabble into goddess worship which we observe today as ancient paganism is being revived. After King Solomon was led astray by his pagan wives “He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD…” (1 Kgs. 11:5-6)

Centuries later, about 741 BC, King Ahaz “walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, following the detestable ways of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites” (2 Kgs. 16:3).

Then some decades later (about 721 BC), the Bible says this about the Israelites:

“The set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree… They bowed down to all the starry host, and they worshipped Baal. They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD…” (2 Kgs. 17:10, 16-17).

God has revealed Himself as the only true God and there is no “heavenly queen” ruling together with him (Is. 45:5). He is the embodiment of love and the “father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (1 Jn. 4:8; 2 Cor. 1:3). He desires all men to know and serve Him. Yet, many people are being led astray by another form of modern goddess delusion in a “Christian” garb: the cult of the Catholic Mary.

The “Virgin Mary” being worshipped in Roman Catholicism has become the “emergent” goddess archetype of our time, annually drawing millions of people from diverse churches and religions to her shrines and grottoes like the pied piper of Hamelin. Many apparitions and miracles of this Lady have been documented. What is particularly striking is, this Catholic Queen of heaven is demanding that the Vatican define a final dogma to make her the Co-Redemptrix with Christ:

“When the dogma, the last dogma in Marian history, has been proclaimed, “the Lady of All Nations” will give peace, true peace to the world. The nations, however, must say My prayer in union with the Church. They must know that “the Lady of Nations” has come as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. So be it!” [8]

New Agers are also receiving messages from this counterfeit Mary calling for a one world religion: “Each religion is worshipping, underneath the outer trappings, its Creator. It is the same Creator! Whether you pray facing the east or facing an altar or on Saturday or Sunday, it is all worship … All words which have been written in the Holy Books have been written by men in unity with the Creator.” [9]

Bible prophecy indicates that a diabolical female figure will gain universal prominence in the last days. Prophet Zechariah was shown a woman sitting in a basket lifted between heaven and earth which an angel of God called “wickedness” (Zech. 5:7-9). This could be Babylon the Great: the whore who rides on a beast in Revelation 17. This is the demonic religious force behind modern false worship and she will finally usher in the Antichrist in the Last days.

NOTES

1. Elmer Towns, Bible Answers to all your Questions, Thomas Nelson, 2003, 139

2. Bill Schnoebelen, Wicca: Satan’s Little White Lie, Chick Pub., 1990, 113.

3. Lawrence Stager by Paolo Xella et al., Phoenician bones of Contention, Volume 87, no. 338; 1199-1207.

4. Ginette Paris, The Sacrament of Abortion, Spring Pub., 1992, 34, 53.

5. Adeoye C. L. Beliefs and Religion of Yorubas, Evans Bros, 1989, 303.

6. Patricia Turner and Coulter Russell, Dictionary of Ancient Deities, Oxford Univ. Press. 2000, 470.

7. Esther M. Harding, Woman’s Mysteries – Ancient and Modern, Harper and Row, 1971, 138.

8. Message to Ida Peerdeman in Josef Kunzli, The Messages of the Lady of All Nations, 1997, 85.

9. Annie Kirkwood, Mary’s Message to the World, New York, 1991, 145.

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Exposing the Grail Message

The first Grail message adherent I met on a personal level was Fola. We were course mates in the university and were posted to the same state camp for NYSC in 2011. I had assumed she was a Christian until she admitted being a “cross bearer.” She loaned me her Grail message book, In the Light of Truth by Ab-dru-shin. The content was really no different from most mystical or New Age books. When one has the truth of the Bible, the reality of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit, one will not fall for the philosophies in such writings.

You can’t own gold and crave for dross unless you are blind or ignorant. In this piece, I will be pointing out several snares in the Grail message and its movement.

Their Nigerian website says:
“The Grail Movement is not a legal organization, but a collective term for conceptual efforts to spread the knowledge of the Grail Message and to realise it in all walks of life.” The British website states that the Grail foundation serves “to further the public welfare in the spiritual and ethical spheres through dissemination of the work, In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message, and the spiritual and ethereal knowledge therein transmitted.”

The Grail movement originated in Germany in the late 1940s, inspired by the works of the self-proclaimed messiah, Oskar Ernst Bernhardt (pen/craft name: Abd-dru-shin). Oskar was born near Dresden in 1875 but was interned in the Isle of Man during WW 1. There, his mysticism began. In 1928, he completed his Grail writings, but was expelled from Austria and had his work banned by the Nazi government. They were finally published in 1945, four years after his death. Other books used in the Grail movement are The Ten Commandments: The Lord’s Prayer, Book of Javada and Ephesus. Today, Grail teachings have covered 22 African countries garnering about 10,000 members.

In Nigeria presently, there are over 3,500 adherents (persons who have been “sealed” or initiated into the circle) and many more readers and supporters. In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message book, has been translated into 16 languages and has spread over 90 countries. Grail adherents call themselves “cross bearers” and often wear a cross enclosed in a circle (also seen at Grail temples). They gain recruits through public lectures and media broadcasts.

New applicants or readers are directed to study the 3 volumes of the Grail Message and subsequently invited to face a panel of judges who drill them with questions to assess if they are “evolved” or mature enough to be sealed into the Grail circle or still need to undergo further orientation. Grail temples have weekly hours of worship (which includes Sundays) and Grail festivals (thrice in a year) during which members to-be are sealed. Non-cross bearers are not allowed to be part of their worship.

Some non-Christians (and uninformed Christians) think the Grail Movement is just another Christian denomination, or at least, a sect, but a cursory reading of their materials quickly divests one of such an idea. Their dim view of Christianity is rather conspicuous:

“Do not allow yourselves to be confused by those men and also churches who have already long ago surrendered to Antichrist … No wonder then, that he could penetrate to the altars, and that representatives of earthly religions, also of the Christian churches were bound to become his victims … Observe his dubious methods in defence and attack; for he will once more make use of only of slander and insinuation since his followers are incapable of doing anything else” (Grail Message, 1, ch. 3).

“And this present, only apparently harmless form was born out of the same unspeakable spiritual arrogance of the representatives of all churches, as hitherto. And where this damnable arrogance is not present there is to be found an empty conceit based on the earthly power of the churches.”

“Every Catholic thinks himself far better before God than a Protestant without there being any cause for it, but every Protestant thinks himself more enlightened, more advanced, and thus nearer to his God than the Catholic! … Both parties are fools, who rely on something that does not count in the least before the Will of God!

An icy blast will sweep them away like worthless chaff; for they lack pure humility within themselves … By their nature they are the worst misusers of the Name of ‘God,’ the most flagrant transgressors of the Second Commandment! They all serve Lucifer, not God! And thus they scorn all the Commandments of God!” (The Ten Commandments of God, Sunday Punch, Dec. 2015, 9).

Indeed, the Grail movement is anti-Christian. Jesus said “whoever is not against us is for us” (Mk. 9:40). By opposing Christianity, the Grail message shows it’s from the spirit of lies. “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood” (I Jn. 4:6).

Those quotes also establish the Grail movement as a cult. In his work, cult expert Ronald Enroth, lays out some identifying marks of cults. “Their beliefs, practices, and values are counter to those of the dominant culture. They often place themselves in an adversarial role vis-a-vis major social institutions” (What is a Cult? Downers Grove, IL: Intervasity Press, 1981, 18). In other words, for a person to actually embrace the Grail movement, one must have a level of underlying opposition or hostility against mainstream Christianity. Notice also, that the reader is baited to dismiss any criticism of the Grail message as “slander and insinuation” from the Antichrist. Persecution complex is a tool commonly deployed by many cults to control their followers.

“Perceived persecution is one of the hallmarks of virtually all new [cultic] religious movements. Their literature, public statements and in-house indoctrination all convey the theme that in one form or another their group is being singled out for persecution – by mainstream Christians, the president, parents or the government” (What is a Cult, 22).

The preface to In the Light of Truth issues this warning: “Religious fanatics and irresponsible enthusiasts may hold aloof, for they are detrimental to the Truth. As for the malevolent and prejudiced, they shall find their sentence in the very words.”

This is a pre-emptive threat aimed at fostering blind subjection of the mind in the readers. If the Grail message is the truth; if it’s a word for mankind to “find the right path” and lead them “to the longed for height,” then Oskar need not try to deter critics, fanatics or the prejudiced from sifting through it. In the Bible, God allowed even Satan to quote from His Word. A divine revelation is never afraid of criticism. Pure gold does not fear test from the hottest fire but is in fact, refined by it. The Bible has survived intense attacks from religious fanatics, irresponsible enthusiasts and the malevolent, yet it’s still very alive “reviving the soul” and “making wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7).

By appealing to only readers who are willing to put their brains under Abdrushin’s toes, the Grail message evinces another feature of destructive cults: esotericism. Grail adherents believe they are seeking “ascent to the luminous height” while others outside are “spiritually indolent” people.

They typically assert that the Grail message is an extension of Christ’s teachings, although in a more developed form. Developed, because the Gospel writers supposedly never met Christ, hence the Bible is incomplete and riddled with contradictions, until Oskar brought the real thing in the 20th century. How could Oskar who wasn’t an eye witness to any Biblical event offer a superior account than the inspired 1st century Gospel accounts by “eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Pet. 1:16)? Not possible.

The validity of the New Testament is based upon the facts of fulfillment of prophecies, symbolism and typology of the Old Testament. Thus, if the Grail message is to be received as divine, it must meet the test of being in complete agreement with the Holy Scriptures as found in the Bible. Logically, since the Bible was before the Grail message and the Grail message – to a large extent – appeals to the Bible, then whenever there is a conflict between the two, the newer and lesser (Grail message) must give way to the older and greater (the Bible). Thus, a fair and rational person must reject the Grail message if it contradicts the Bible. Here are some examples:

a] Another Christ

“Jesus was procreated physically, otherwise an earthly birth would not have been possible … With this gross material act of baptism, the beginning of the Mission was firmly anchored in the World of Gross Matter. The bandage fell. From the moment Jesus himself was conscious that He was to carry the Word of the Father among mankind on earth” (1, p 82)

Jesus is eternal; He wasn’t created. He has been from “eternity past” (Mic. 5:8). Jesus had been a Messiah from birth and He knew who He was even at age 12, long before being baptised (Lk. 2:49). The Old Testament gave many precise prophecies about the birth, lineage, ministry, and mission of Christ centuries before He came in the flesh. Lastly, Jesus didn’t “carry” the Word of God, He is the Word made flesh (Jn. 1:14).

b] Denial of Christ’s atonement

“Neither was the death on the cross a necessary sacrifice, but a murder, a dastardly crime… Christ certainly did not come to the earth with the intention of letting Himself be crucified; neither does redemption lie in the crucifixion!” (1, ch. 55)

On the contrary, Jesus is presented as “the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (Jn. 1:29). God’s plan has been that Jesus would “give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt. 20:28). He said: “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father” (Jn. 10:18).

c] Denial of Christ’s resurrection

“The physical body of the Redeemer followed the same course that every other physical body has to follow in accordance with the Natural Laws of the Creator. Consequently, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, did not rise again in the flesh” (2 ch. 48).

Since Jesus is the God-Man, He is above natural laws. Only His physical body died – not His spirit nor soul – and only His body rose again. He told His disciples, “It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see me I have” (Lk. 24:49). Every instance of resurrection in the Bible is a return to life of physical bodies. Jesus’ case wasn’t an exception.

d] Fictitious stories

“Three kings found their way to the stable and presented earthly gifts; but then they went away, leaving without protecting the child whose earthly path should have smoothed with their wealth and power…” (1, p 82)

The number of the wise men (they weren’t kings) from the east wasn’t given. They could have been more than three. God, not men, protected Jesus as a child.

It continues:

“Disquietude drove Mary away from Nazareth, and Joseph seeing her silent suffering and longing, granted her wish solely to make her happy. He handed over the management of his carpebter’s shop to his oldest employee… in the course of their everyday life of works and cares; the meaning of the Radiant Star faded from their minds… it was only on his [Joseph’s] deathbed that … [he] saw in passing the Cross and the Dove above Jesus Who stood alone at his bedside” (1, 82)

Who was the eye-witness to these events? These are concocted stories without a shred of historical documentation.

e] Pantheism

“The physical bodies merely act as spiritually animated instruments, which themselves only took shape through the power of the spirit. The same applies to trees, stones, and the whole earth. Everything is animated, permeated and driven by the Creator spirit” (1, p. 39).

God spoke other things into existance, but man received “the breath of life” which made him “a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). Only pagans believe the delusion that trees, rocks and the earth are alive and have souls.

f] Karma

“You can then joyfully start working off all your karmic burden. What you do for your neighbour you do in reality only for yourselves! Solely for yourselves, since according to the Eternal Law everything returns to you without fail, good or evil, either already here or there” (1, pp 29-31).

But the Bible teaches forgiveness as a gift God offers by grace to all who trust in the perfect sacrifice of Christ (Rom. 5:15; 6:23). Belief in Karma is illogical, unbiblical and amoral.

g] Salvation by works

“Therefore free yourself! Do not delay a single hour in setting a limit to this enforced atonement! The honest volition for what is good, for something better, reinforced by a truly heartfelt prayer, will bring redemption!” (1, ch. 7)

This sounds a lot like a satanist’s creed: “Here and now is our day of joy! Here and now is our opportunity! Choose ye this day, this hour, for no redeemer liveth. Say unto thine own heart, ‘I am mine own redeemer'” (Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible, 33). But God’s Word says: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8).

h] Sexual liberty

“There will be far less unhappiness if people will only free themselves from the error of the merits of sexual continence. Compulsory continence is an interference which may have dire consequences … Suppression is unnatural” (2, ch. 14).

What a free license for sexual immorality! The book says there is a “continual conflict with the natural instincts” which “consumes a great part of the person’s spiritual powers, keeping them in constraint so that they cannot be active in other directions. Hence the free unfolding of these spiritual powers is hindered.” Lastly, sex is a “necessary process of an intimate fusion and a mutual exchange of vibrations, thus producing greater power.”

This idea is well-entrenched in the belief and practices of ancient and modern pagan fertility cults and it’s straight from the Evil one (1 Cor. 6:18).

i] Occult powers

“Through the continuing good volition in every thought and deed, a constant reinforcement also flows retroactively from the homogenous source of power, so that the good becomes more and more firmly established in man himself, emerges from him and first of all forms accordingly the ethereal surrounding that envelops him like a protective covering” (1, p 41).

Drawing on the Arthurian legend of the “holy Grail” the book overtly introduces its readers to Satan’s spirit realm and the spirits therein:

“Far above the eternal cycle of Creation, there floats like a crown in the centre, an ‘Azure land,’ the abode of the blessed, of the purified spirits; who may already dwell in the Regions of Light! This island is separate from the world. [There stands] the Grail Castle… Light of Greatest Glory and harbours the Sacred Vessel of the Pure Love of the Almighty, the Grail!” (1 p. 77)

In witchcraft, the chalice or caldron represents their great goddess Astarte/Astaroth (called by many names). Occultists believe green is Venus’ sacred colour and it’s no coincidence that the Grail books are completely green. Grail adherents observe 3 annual festivals: Festival of the Holy Dove, Festival of the Pure Lily and Festival of Love/Radiant Star. The lily festival is said to be specially for women.

A Grail adherent pointed out that lily and rose symbolize “two female figures of Light Awe; through whom God outpours His gracious powers of Love and Purity.” Apparently, they represent the two demonic queens in Satan’s kingdom: Asherah (queen of the coast) and Astarte (queen of heaven) respectively. Oskar wrote:

“Certainly, there is a Queen of Heaven, Who according to earthly conceptions could also be called the Primordial Mother, and Who yet possesses the purest virginity… since the human spirit can only see the spiritual, from which it has emerged, it is unable to behold the Primordial Queen, Who is of a much higher species. But should anyone ever be so blessed, it would be possible to see Her spiritually radiated picture… This, however appears lifelike, and can be so strong even in its radiation, that it works miracles wherever it finds the soil prepared for it…” (1, p 50)

If you are seeking a false god, a false Christ (Parsifal) and demonic entities, then you need the Grail message. But if you want truth, peace, eternal life and a relationship with the true God, study and meditate on the Bible.