Psalm 119:53,

53. Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

Everyone in the Church talks about how bad things are becoming, how messed up the world is, that things are getting worse and worse every day, onward and etc.

It’s a common thing heard in sermons. Brothers and sisters make mention of it over coffee and at fellowships. Some piece of bad news is reported–a murder, a debauchery, a kidnapping, an abortion statistic, or some other random, unexpected crime or act of immorality–and there we all are, ready to make our commentary known to anyone who cares to listen.

But we don’t do anything. We just enjoy the sound of our own voice as people nod in agreement with our assessment of the situation. We chalk it up to End Times wickedness, while all of us, for a moment, acting intently spiritual because we can quote Matthew 24:12 by heart, become puffed up prophets of the doom and gloom foretold nearly two millennium ago.

May I just say, that if we were real prophets, and our assessment of the current moral situation in the world today was truly spiritual, and our commentaries about those assessments were shared with any sense of true sorrow for all the evil we know happens on a regular basis, we’d all stop blabbing about it and instead, fall to our faces, weeping in horror at what humanity has become and is doing to itself?

Just the other day, apparently the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Show was held and televised across the globe. Like the Academy Awards, which annually celebrates the very best in film and film production, the Grammy’s celebrate the very best in music and music production. Different artists are awarded trophies for different categories, along with segments that include live performances and etc. (I’m sure we all know our way around an award show).

For many millions of music lovers and fans, it’s the one night of the year their favorite acts become vindicated. A Grammy Award shows the world that the singer, band, or group, really is worthy of all the adoration, support, and financial gains they’ve garnered over the past year. To be nominated, then chosen, to be the artist of the year, or to have the album of the year (or whatever other category) tells the producers, the record companies, and the fans that this singer, this band, or this group, is someone special, someone who deserves your attention and affection. You need to buy their music and embrace them as an artist. They’ve arrived! They are somebody important, someone special, someone to look up to.

This is why, of course, the show is broadcast by CBS, a major television news corporation. It is also why it is shown at 7:00 PM, Central Time, on a Sunday. This makes it possible for the most amount of viewers, including children, to watch the program.

Ephesians 6:12,

12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Notice “high places”. It’s the Greek word epouranios. It means the heavenly realm. To say it another way, it means the realm beyond our own, where God, angels, and other spirit beings, such as evil and unclean spirits, live, and move, and have their being. We sometimes call this the Spirit World. However we title it, the fact remains, that such a place, although not bound to any understandable space-time continuum, nonetheless is real. It exists. And it has an influence, whether good or not good, over what happens “down here”.

When I was a child, growing up into my tween and teen years during the eighties and early nineties, horror movies were still on the fringe. They were a niche market, made mostly by underground studios. The same with heavy metal or certain forms of hard rock and hard core hip hop and/or rap. Occasionally, a hit would surface, and a movie or an album would break out and receive universal attention and praise. But of the sheer quantity made during that era, and even before, most of it never reached the masses.

When I was a kid, you had to try hard to find overt references to any form of satanic material. Every once in a great while, you’d hear that some heavy metal group had placed subliminal messages on a hidden track, that had to be played backwards. But that was about it.

Some movies, going all the way into the 70’s, might have Satan or a satanic cult as the main antagonist (e.g. The Exorcist, The Omen, and Rosemary’s Baby), but most of the time, there was a strong moral character, a warrior and hero for good, who stood up and resisted the Evil Presence, triumphing over it, even if they had to sacrifice themselves to do it.

But even these movies were rare. The horror movies that eventually caught on in my day (e.g. Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th), were, although gruesome, violent, and malevolent in nature, were never really billed as featuring evil spirits, demons, or etc. These types of horror movies featured either the possibility of real life villains and violence (e.g. Michael Myers [from Halloween] was an escaped psychopath from a mental hospital), or had a monster for a bay guy that stood in as a haunting reminder of the damage real-life monsters do to society (e.g. Freddy Krueger [from A Nightmare on Elm Street], was a child molester killed in a fire, who comes back to haunt and murder high school aged kids in their dreams), thus showing how things like sexual abuse, a real problem and sin, can be represented metaphorically on film.

Even the old school zombie flick used to be a metaphor for greed and corporate consumption, i.e. how humanity is dehumanizing and cannibalizing itself on its own evil. Now, such films and TV shows are created just to be violent, gory, and scary to watch. Envelopes are pushed for ratings. Statements, even through such a warped lens, are not being made at all. It’s just graphic and sadistic for the sheer pleasure of it.

What’s my point? The point is that, once upon a time, all the horror movies, dark and disturbing music, and other arts in the United States, if they wanted to do a treatment on anything satanic, had to really fly under the radar, or avoid it all together, using stand-in metaphors and analogies to get the point across.

It’s not that way now. Whereas before, a ghost story was simple about ghosts, now every movie that features a supernatural element, like a ghost, or a haunting, or etc. all pretty much involve demons (e.g. Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Possession, the remake of Evil Dead). The writers and directors are up front and blunt about it. Their stories don’t revolve around a difficult to understand metaphor pertaining to an uncertain evil presence otherwise unidentified. Nope. We are told right away: it’s a demon the protagonists are facing.

And here’s the sad thing: the protagonists almost never win these days. Most of these films don’t have a strong moral center of a character, who, by simply being one of the good guys, knows how to combat the evil by virtue of the following, formerly agreed upon fact: Right makes Might, and the Good Guys Always Win.

Now, the agreed upon fact in movies like this is: Might makes Right (even when the might is represented by an evil spirit) and There Are No Good Guys, so no wonder a demon can easily overrun and destroy a family.

Here’s the even sadder thing: most of these movies involve child actors having to pretend to be possessed and demonically afflicted.

And by the way, these movies aren’t the niche, underground kind of movies they used to be. These are the blockbuster tent-pole events of the summer season, selling millions of tickets. Did I mention most of them are now only rated PG-13? You know, the rating that used to mean children 13 years old and up could see the movie if their parents first bought them the tickets, but now means any child who is 13 or above can go and see it without parental permission or approval.

So what does this have to do with the Grammy’s?

This past Sunday, 1/26/2014, the 56th Annual Grammy’s Award Show contained the following:

  • A half-naked, bondage get-up wearing Beyoncé singing a duet with her husband Jay-Z called “Drunk In Love”, in which they came together body to body as he groped her backside. It was the opening number and had to be censored for home viewers. The majority of the song featured the singer performing a pretend lap dance on a chair. And in case you didn’t know it, Jay-Z has nick-named himself “Hova”, which is short for J-Hova, as in Jehova, an often used name for the God of the Bible. The icing on the cake? He has embraced “Do As Thou Wilt” as his moral philosophy, a dictum created by Aleister Crowley, the most (in)famous Satanist to have ever lived.
  • A live performance of a song called “Same Love” by an artist called Macklemore (who won four Grammy’ this year), in which he blasts God, Christianity, and the Bible (while using 1 Corinthians 13 to support homosex) as an effort to show he’s all for gay rights. During the performance, 33 different homosexual and heterosexual couples were present and married by none other than a temporarily commissioned by the state of California to legally marry people Queen Latifah (you know, the star of Joyful Noise, a movie about a Christian Gospel choir competition, who was recently featured in Good Housekeeping, in which we are told she “rediscovered her [enduring] faith”, and by “continuously praying”, she came to believe that God is “ever-present” in her life. Even though she was often speaking to her dead, that is, “departed brother”, she became “convinced she received answers, which gave her hope”, that is, that it was God speaking to her.)
  • A live performance by Katy Perry in which she dressed up like a Salem witch and summoned demonic, Baphomet figures (a common idol and image embraced by satanists) who surrounded her while she pole-danced on a witch’s broom, then was “burned at the stake”. She was singing a song called Dark Horse, which features lyrics comparing her to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, Karma, the Hindu idea that what you do here on earth affects your future reincarnation, and finally, the song also compares her to Jeffrey Dahmer, you know, the mass-murdering, homosexual cannibal.
  • The Best Gospel Song and Best Gospel Album went to Tye Tribbett, who committed an adulterous, homosexual menage a trois while on tour just a few years ago, in case anyone forgot or didn’t know (he being the adulterer since he was married at the time).
  • The Best Metal Performance went to Black Sabbath, you know, the group whose leader singer, Ozzie Osbourne, calls himself the prince of darkness, referred to himself as Lucifer (a misnomer for Satan) in the song N.I.B., and helped name the band after one member borrowed a 16th century book on magic which led to a demonic visitation (a side note: a very public lawsuit was filed against Ozzie in the 1980’s after a teenager shot and murdererd himself while listening to “Suicide Solution”, a song written by Mr. Osbourne which features the lyric “suicide is the only way out”).

I could go on, and many who might read this could write me off, thinking I’m just being a paranoid, right-wing Christian boo-hooing on a little innocent fun. For those that might come away with such a conclusion, all I can say is: I’m not talking to you.

I am talking to you, Holy Spirit-filled, dedicated to Jesus Christ, Christian believer and worshiper of God who obeys the Word.

Isaiah 56:9-10,

10. His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
11. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

The watchmen, that is to say, the shepherds, are laying down on the job, doing nothing, caring only for themselves. Beasts of the field (from verse 8) are coming “to devour” this country and world, and yes, even the Church, and not a single watchmen in the night stands ready to sound the alarm. The LORD continues, “the righteous perisheth and no man layeth it to heart…” (Isaiah 57:1), which is to say, NOBODY CARES. The children of God are falling prey left and right to the heathen, over-sexed, satanic culture of the United States, and we just chit chat about hell and a hand-basket.

In the days of the prophet Joel, when an invading army (the Assyrians) was about to come upon the land, God moved upon His man to instruct Israel to do the following:

“Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth” (Joel 1:8).

Cry and mourn as though you were a young newlywed attending your husband’s funeral. In verse 13, God continues the theme:

“Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God…”

Where is the horror, you guys? When is the last time that you or anyone you know ever found themselves laying prostate before the Lord, sobbing uncontrollably in travailing intercession for lost sinners being sucked into the toxic vortex of wickedness hovering over every man, woman, and CHILD?

Do you not know and have you not considered that this lewd, intentionally demonic, celebration of satanic evil in the world today is, first and foremost, aimed at children? Katy Perry was a featured singer and winner at Nickelodeon’s 2013 Children’s Choice Awards.


Recently, Jay-Z, during one of his concerts, saw a 12 year old boy in the front row rapping along to every one of his songs, and invited him on stage to rap with him. They performed the song “Clique” which features f- words, s-words, b-words, and n-words. That’s the song a 12 year child in the audience was bouncing and rapping to, then asked to come forward and sing. Now, the child had enough sense not to say the swear words, but WAKE UP!

What was a twelve year doing at such a concert? How did he even know the lyrics to begin with, prior to ever attending the concert?

In Psalm 119:53, the Hebrew word for horror means to be (come) peevish. Peevish means to be querulous. And if these words aren’t a part of your normal vocabulary, then allow me to help you.

They mean to be in an incessantly bad, annoyed and irritated mood, and so incessantly and angrily complain about the very annoyance and/or irritant causing the bad mood.

This kind of “horror” has taken hold upon me before. It was about 5-6 years ago, while I was up late one night praying. It has never let go. Time and time again, the Holy Spirit grips me and won’t release me. I’ve spent hours upon hours of prayer time bawling my eyes out for the wickedness that’s in the world, begging, BEGGING God to intervene and save us.

What about you?

Ezekiel 9,

1. He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
2. And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.
3. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;
4. And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
5. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
6. Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
7. And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.
8. And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?
9. Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.
10. And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.
11. And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

God said to begin at His sanctuary, that is, at His temple on earth. The Church is now His temple on earth. I wonder, will the Lord once again do to us what He did back then, and if so, will He again begin, this time at New Jerusalem, marking only those who sigh and cry for all the abominations that are done in her, and otherwise kill off the residue of “believers”, who, for lack of the horror they should be feeling and experiencing, simply don’t care?


~ by votivesoul on 01/29/2014.

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