The Satanic Influence (Way of the Master)
The Satanic Influence is the 6th episode of the second season of Way of the Master.
This episode addresses the "dark influence" that Satan is exerting on the world that manifests itself as rock music, pornography, violent video games, and more. It contains interviews from Ozzfest, clips from concerts and lyrics of musicians who supposedly worship the Devil, Ray's discussion with a member of the Church of Satan and Ray and Kirk's criticism of modern preacher's who don't preach "true repentance."
About this episode
- As the camera pans over Ray and Kirk seated in a dimly lit alleyway with a spooky torch in the background to set the mood, Kirk greets the viewers and says, "Today we're going to talk about something that most people don't even think about, unless you happen to see a grisly murder scene with Satanic symbols at the scene of the crime. We're talking about Satanism... and not just the obvious and blatant work of humanity's greatest enemy, but also the most subtle of Satanic deceptions.
- Opening Credits
Rock and Roll is the Devil's Music
- An Ozzfest attendee answers the question, "Do you think there's any Satanic influence behind rock and roll music?" with..
- "Hell no! And if you let music guide you in life, the way people do and blame it, use it as an excuse, that's f---ing stupid as can be."
- A clip is shown of a performer who yells loudly into a microphone, "We will no longer be oppressed by the fascism of Christianity!" and his fans reacting with wild cheers.
- Another fan is shown who rejects the premise that Satan influences rock and roll, claiming instead that "It's all a show, that's all it is."
- A box with a quote from Frank Zappa appears that reads, "I'm the devil's advocate. We have our own worshipper's who are called groupies. Girls will give their bodies to musicians as you would give a sacrifice to a god."
- More interviews with people who reject the notion that Satan has some influence on rock music, instead chalking up rock and roll's popularity to "Kid's care about what's cool and what isn't" and "People listen to what they want to listen to."
- Clips from Insane Clown Posse concerts show, including one in which a white faced man announces, "And I'm influencing your children..."
- Ray interviews a shirtless man who claims "There is no message in rock music that has anything to do with Satan or the Devil" which our dynamic duo counter with lines from Slayer's song "Alter of Sacrifice" which reads...
- "Waiting the hour, destined to die, here on the table of Hell. High preist awaiting, dagger in hand, spilling the pure virgin blood."
- Another red block comes up on screen with an uncredited quote from one of "two Slayer fans who murdered a 15 year old girl" that reads "I'm embarrassed I allowed Slayer's music to influence me."
Aleister Crowley and Black Sabbath
- Kirk Cameron says, "Aleister Crowley who died in 1947 is known as the father of modern Satanism. Here's Ozzy Ozbourne singing a tribute to this Satanic High Preist."
- "Mr. Crowley, what went on in your head?
- Mr. Crowley, did you talk to the dead?"
- Kirk goes on to state that, "In (Crowley's) publication The Book of the Law he summed up the essence of Satanism, it is...
- "Do as thou wilt, that shall be the whole of the law."
- A quote flashes across the scene from a member of Black Sabbath that reads...
- "Black Sabbath was launched in the U.S. with a party in San Francisco with head of the Church of Satan, Anton LeVey, presiding... all of sudden, Sabbath were Satan's right hand men."
Interview with a member of the Church of Satan
- Ray begins his interview of "Warlock" Jack Malebranche (a member of the Church of Satan) by asking for some background on the Church. Malebranche replies, "Well, the Church of Satan was founded in 1966 by Anton LeVey, who was kind of an interesting character. He had, uh, an interest in the occult and had been an organ player at different circuses around the country... eventually, in 1969 he published the Satanic Bible..."
- Ray asks Malebranche, "If you could summarize the message of the Satanic bible, what would it be?"
- Malebranche responds, "Live life in the here and now."
- Ray continues and asks, "What would annoy the average Satanist about the average Christian?"
- Malebranche responds, "I think Satanist's are generally very annoyed by everyone; we're a very misanthropic bunch. We have very small groups of friends who don't annoy us. I mean, uh... basically if a Christian preached to us we would find that annoying, because we just want to be left alone to go about our own business and follow our own interests. A lot of us are readers, and we kinda like to do our own thing."
- A clip is shown right after Malebranche states that joining the church means "throwing your lot in with Satan... and taking up that archetype" of a "high ranking member" of the Church of Satan who says, "Satan represents the power of force in nature, and we feel that a cleansing of the idiot religion of the palette of Christ is in order... we're doing this through the venue of aesthetic terrorism, which we're doing through the use of art, music, writing; effectively what we call propaganda, the dissemination of information to influence what we call "iron youth"..."
- Ray asks, "I understand that Marilyn Manson joined the Church of Satan, how did that affect things?"
- Malebranche responds, "Well, Marilyn Manson is a very big public figure, but he's also attracted a lot of young kids to the Church of Satan, and a lot of young kids aren't really Satanists. So, while we respect him and the things that he does" (an "interjection clip" is shown of Manson tearing pages out of a Bible and throwing them off the stage, as if to say "How could someone respect such actions?") "we find that we have to kind of go through (the people he attracts.)
- Ray presses him to expound and says, "When you say they're not Satanists, do you mean they're not doubting enough?"
- Malebranche laughs and replies, "No, they're more interested in shocking their parents. They want to put on the make up like he does... they're followers, and we want leaders in the Church of Satan."
- Malebranche continues explaining the philosophy behind Satanism and says, "On a certain level, Satan is a part of ourselves that we tap into. When we say, "Hail Satan!" to a certain extent, I'm saying, "Hail me!"
- Ray: "You're on the throne? So it's a self church?"
- Malebranche: "Yes."
- Ray: "But that would not that hold the shock value that the Church of Satan does, right?"
- Malebranche: "Certainly... we want people who are not interested in what other people are going to think."
- A clip is shown of Anton LeVey, who says: "All religions are coming around to Satanism. We're in the throes of a new Satanic age." The screen then ominously fades to black.
What Christians think about Satan
- We're back with Ray and Kirk in the alley, and Kirk jumps right in. "The Bible says that Satan is the god of this world and that he will blind the minds of the unbelievers. Jesus called him "the Prince of this world" and "the Father of Lies." The Bible warns us, as Christians, to be ready to stand against the wiles of the Devil!"
- Kirk: "Has Satan snuck in? Is there any deception within the church? Has he decieved you, or me?
- Ray backs his co-host up. "Despite what the Bible says about Satan, that he's real, that he's a deciever... look at what's happened!"
- Grafitti on a brick wall reads: "In 2004, 50% of those who claim to be born again actually deny Satan's existence"
- Kirk: "Even though the Bible says that Satan is real, 50% of professing Christians deny that he even exists! And that's a very scary thing to do, cause when you deny that Satan exists, you let your guard down, and that's when he can move in and bring deception to the church. It's kinda like, um, denying that terrorists exist. You let your guard down when you don't believe in them, and then they can move in!" (A clip is shown of a plane crashing into one of the already burning World Trade Center buildings.)
The Prodigal Son and the Unsaved
- Ray proceeds to tell the story of the Prodigal Son, which he claims is a type of metaphor for non-Christians and what they ought to do to get back in God's good graces. The basic jist of the story is this: a man's son demands his inheritance ahead of time, then runs off and blows it on partying and prostitutes, eventually losing all of it. He decides to get a job feeding pigs, but the work is so disgusting that he chooses instead to return home and beg for his father's mercy. His father is overjoyed to have him back and gives him new clothes and a feast, because "My son was dead and now he is alive!
- Kirk: "The story of the prodigal son is a picture of every person before they come to Christ. You and I had turned away from God to serve the Devil and the pleasure's of sin.
- Kirk: "The Bible teaches us that unsaved people live in spiritual darkness. It's as simple as this: if you're serving sin, you're serving Satan. You see, our natural appetites are unclean; we desire pig food!"
- Kirk keeps at it: "And if you don't believe me, just think about what people crave. Think about what's in your average soap opera or prime time television show. It's filled with things like adultery, jealousy, lust, fornication, rape, gossip, greed. Or popular movies today, with all of it's violence, filthy language, explicit sex and graphic murder!"
- He continues: "Look at the cover's at magazines that you can find at any book store; these used to be considered "soft core pornography" and hidden from young people's eyes. Think of the video games that kids crave; they're extremely violent and sexually perverted. Think of most rock music, with it's explicit sexuality, blasphemy and dark Satanic side. Consider the internet's multi-billion dollar hardcore porn industry, or how the average person uses filthy words and blasphemy in every day speech. Life in the pigsty is normal, natural, and totally acceptable."
Satan in the church
- Ray begins a segment in which he asserts that Satan has not only begun to influence "the world" but that he has moved into "the churches" as well.
- Ray: "Most people believe that the Devil is the darkest of figures, but the Bible tells us that he can present himself as an angel of light. Listen to what the Bible says about Satan's workers within the church:
- "For such men are false apostles, (counterfeits,) deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles and special messenger's of Christ... And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as ministers of righteousness."
- 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15
- Kirk: "Satan is extremely subtle. The Bible says that he will even use professing men of God, ministers of righteousness, pastors, and teachers, to deceive the church!"
- Kirk: "The most effective way for Satan to penetrate the church is at the point of entry; to poison the evangelistic message... and that's exactly what's happened: Satan has contaminated the biblical method of bringing people to Christ... (Popular preachers/pastors) refuse to use the moral law, the Ten Commandments, to bring the knowledge of sin, like Jesus did."
- Kirk continues his slam against preachers who refuse to use the Way of the Master materi- err, the Moral Law.
- "But remember what the Apostle Paul said: "I would not have known what sin was if not for the law."
- Kirk: "Today's church has become the last day's Laodicean church!"