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Summary: The Statue of Baal in Detroit is nothing new. God has dealt with idolatry before.

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THIS SUMMER (2015), THE SATANIC TEMPLE OF DETROIT, MADE THE NEWS.

THEY HAVE ERECTED A STATUE REPRESENTING BAPHOMET, THE SABBATIC GOAT, THE JUDAS GOAT.

THE IMAGE ORIGINALLY DRAWN BY ELIPHAS LEVI IN 1856 CONTAINS BINARY ELEMENTS REPRESENTING WHAT HE THOUGHT WERE THE SUM TOTAL OF THE UNIVERSE.

MALE AND FEMALE, GOOD AND EVIL.

THE IMAGE OF BAPHOMET GREW TO PROMINENCE IN THE 14TH CENTURY, FROM THE LATIN BAPHOMETTI,

THIS IS THE IDOL THAT THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR WERE ACCUSED FALSELY, OF WORSHIPPING.

ORIGINALLY CALLED “AN ATHEISTS ACTIVIST GROUP”, THE SATANIC TEMPLE OF DETROIT TOOK ISSUE WITH THAT LABEL.

IN AN INTERVIEW IN THE TRENDING SECTION OF THE DETROIT FREE PRESS THE TEMPLES SPOKESMAN, DOUG MESNER SAID, “DETROIT IS OUR PRIMARY CHAPTER. WE FEEL AT HOME IN DETROIT.”

THE SATANIC TEMPLE IS FIGHTING TO HAVE THEIR STATUE, WEIGHING ONE TON AND STANDING NINE FEET TALL, INCLUDED ALONGSIDE THE MONUMENT TO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN OKLAHOMA CITY.

IT’S BEING CALLED “THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL AND POLITICALLY CHARGED CONTEMPORARY WORK OF ART IN THE WORLD.”

A NAME LIKE THE SATANIC TEMPLE CONJURES UP IMAGES OF BLOOD SACRIFICES AND BLACK MASSES, THESE FOLKS ARE QUITE ORDINARY.

IN FACT, THEIR LITERATURE REVEALS THEIR BANALITY.

THEIR MANIFESTO STATES THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT RELIGION SHOULD BE DIVORCED FROM SUPERSTITION.

THEY CLAIM THAT THEIR FORM OF RELIGION IS A NON THEISTIC, THAT IT IS, WITHOUT GOD. BUT HOW DOES ONE HAVE A GODLESS RELIGION?

THE CLAIM THAT THEIR ADOPTION OF THE NAME OF SATAN FOR THEIR ORGANIZATION “IS TO EMBRACE RATIONAL INQUIRY REMOVED FROM SUPERNATURALISM AND ARCHAIC TRADITION-BASED SUPERSTITIONS.”

“HE IS A SYMBOL OF DEFIANCE, OF INDEPENDENCE, OF WISDOM AND SELF EMPOWERMENT.” MESNER SAID.

AS FAR AS SUPERSTITION AND RATIONALITY GO, WHEN SPEAKING TO KING AGRIPPA IN DEFENSE OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS, THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS ACCUSED OF BEING OUT OF HIS MIND.

HE THEN USED THE MOST RATIONAL APPEAL OF ALL TO PREACH TO A PAGAN KING.

ACTS 26:25 (NIV) - "I AM NOT INSANE, MOST EXCELLENT FESTUS," PAUL REPLIED. "WHAT I AM SAYING IS TRUE AND REASONABLE.”

AND AS FAR AS SATAN BEING A SYMBOL OF THE REBEL, RATIONAL THOUGHT, INQUIRY OR ANYTHING WORTH ERECTING A STATUE TO, JESUS IN HIS DESCRIPTION OF THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS SAID TO THE HEBREWS,

JOHN 8:44 - "YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, AND YOU WANT TO DO THE DESIRES OF YOUR FATHER. HE WAS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING, AND DOES NOT STAND IN THE TRUTH BECAUSE THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM. WHENEVER HE SPEAKS A LIE, HE SPEAKS FROM HIS OWN NATURE, FOR HE IS A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF LIES.

THE STATUE OF BAPHOMET IN DETROIT CERTAINLY ISN’T THE FIRST MONUMENT OR STATUE BUILT TO HONOR SATAN OR ANOTHER FALSE GOD.

THAT TRADITION IS ALMOST AS OLD AS TIME.

THE TEMPLE OF DIANA AT EPHESUS ONCE HOUSED A MASSIVE STATUE OF THE GODDESS ATHENA.

THAT STATUE, THE LARGEST OF IT’S TIME CONTAINED A FRAGMENT OF AN ASTEROID, A ROCK FROM THE SKY, THAT THE EPHESIANS PAID HOMAGE TO. ACTS 19:28 – GREAT IS ARTEMIS…


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