The “God” of Praise and Worship

 

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Dear Reader,

I have been reading a work on the Chaldean Oracles, the work that is the basis of most of Western magic–especially Neoplatonic magic and theurgy.

One curious elements I have come across in the work  (and in all of my student of Neoplatonic magic and Gnosticism, in fact) is that Neoplatonism, theurgy, and Gnosticism all use images and words that are similarly used by Christians. “Father,” “Heavenly Father,” “Father of Lights,” etc.

However, these titles, when used in pagan prayer, clearly refer to other demons or Satan himself, not the Most Holy Trinity.

Why?

First of all, because Neoplatonists are not offering The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass when worshiping but rather are practicing shamanic rituals that induce possession and ecstasy.

Secondly, these pagan services include worship of other gods and daemons as well.

Finally, Gnosticism and theurgy have been repeatedly condemned by the Church as demonic.

However, if it is possible to use “Christian” names for God and even the name of Jesus (as New Agers do), in self-identified pagan worship, then it is also possible that the “Jesus,” “Father of Lights,” and even “Holy Spirit” invoked at self-identified Christian worship, which is actually a contemporary form of shamanism and theurgy, is actually demonic worship.

It is my contention that such rituals take place during “praise and worship” festivals that use the name of Jesus and other holy names of God but are actually worship of demons.

I have already written that praise and worship ceremonies clearly resemble Gnostic rituals. However, even the magic ceremonies of the Chaldeans included such things as “enchanting songs” and “ineffable words” (praying in tongues?) that induced “prophets” to speak in prophesy by summoning spirits.

This sounds a lot like praise and worship ceremonies in which the “Holy Spirit” (or more likely the demon called Apollo by the Greeks and Romans) is conjured through Evangelical praise music and a sweaty, narcissistic charismatic begins to babel and tell the people words of consolation in the form of “prophecy”–remember the demons have no problem telling the people super nice and affirming things.

Is this how the Holy Spirit works? Can He be conjured by a layman and to come and reveal New Age platitudes?

 

 

 

“Sing a New Song Unto the Lord”: Gnosticism and Praise and Worship

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We be worshiping Isis up in here

Dear Reader,

I just came across an interesting tidbit on Gnostics: apparently the heretical Christian sect, engaged in “the recitation of communal exercise…meant to produce mass ecstasy.”

I had previously believed that the only people engaged in ecstatic chanting and singing in the ancient world would be found at Dionysian rituals, but it is interesting to note that the Gnostics engaged in such activity as well.

What is important in all of this is that the Christians were NOT engaged in singing hymns that were meant to produce ecstasy as some charismatic Christians claim today. Rather, it was the pagans who summoned spirits to put them in ecstatic trances.

This is not the method of singing to the only Ultimately and Ever-living God.

This is:

 

 

 

Gnostic and Charismatic Babbling Revisited

 

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Give me that ol’ time Gnostic religion

Dear Reader,

As I have written before, it is apparent that the babbling in the modern charismatic movement has its origins in Gnostic rituals not in the “speaking in tongues” described by St. Paul.

I have just uncovered an interesting tidbit in which the babbling, which by the way, was used to summon “gods” and “angels” (not good ones) could take the form of repetition of a Greek vowel or consonant in the midst of a stream of “praise” directed toward the god (aka devil) addressed. The text which I am examining from the book Platonism and Gnosticism has the following:

“IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH [HHHH O]

YY[YYY]”

And so on.

This sounds like the demonic babble I heard when I would attend praise and worship services as a young man as well as when I would get “prayed over” by healers.

It is no wonder that many of the people I knew in the Charismatic movement have turned out to be degenerates or lost the faith.

 

 

 

 

Neoplatonism, Theurgy, Gnosticism and Charismatic Babbling

 

It is common knowledge among scholars of Neoplatonism that the magical process of theurgy or literally “god working” was practiced by the NeoPlatonic philosopher Iamblichus. However, it is often forgotten that this process was derived from the Chaldean Oracles, a series of mysterious texts commenting on an ancient Babylon mystical poem (yes, reader there is a connection with the Kabbalah and Talmud).

What’s more as Dylan Burns points out in his work Apocalypse of the Alien God, theurgy was also practiced by gnostics. Dylan notes some of the characteristics of theurgy:

  1. Alphabet mysticism
  2. Purification
  3. Hymns
  4. Prayers
  5. Animation of statues (interestingly a common theme of horror movies, actual demonic possession, and there is a clear link with AI and robotics here)
  6. Possession
  7. Conjuring of spirits
  8. Mystical contemplation

What is especially interesting is that one of the marks of gnostic theurgy was what more rational Neoplatonists like Plotinus called “meaningless babbling.” This babbling included all kinds of ecstatic praise of “God” as well as gods and demons and was meant to induce a communal ecstasy during gnostic rituals.

This, my friends, sounds a lot like praise and worship and the charismatic movement.

True Christian worship is always calm and contemplative, and if there is any ecstatic activity, it is instituted by God not by the one in prayer.

When a worshipper conjures the ecstatic feeling him or herself, it is called magic.

Some Reflections on Spiritual Warfare

Dear Reader,

I would like to offer herein some personal thoughts in regard to spiritual warfare. I am not a psychologist or anyone’s spiritual director, so these comments should be taken as my opinion only.

It always sounds creepy and crazy when people on the internet go into detail in regard to their experience with diabolical phenomenon, and there are a number of panhandling “converts” from Satanism who often embellish their experiences with some exaggerations. So, for now at least, I will forego any detail on my experiences with evil.

However, I will share what has and hasn’t worked in ridding the pronounced presence of demonic from my life. Furthermore, some of my comments and sources will be drawn from the writings and podcasts of Fr. Chad Ripperger, whom I have found to be a very helpful resource.

What Has not Worked

I want, in the strongest words possible, to discourage people from seeking help from charismatic healers, prayer teams, etc. There is no question in my mind that these people are channeling demonic spirits in order to temporarily heal people of mental and physical elements.

The phenomenon of “praying in tongues” is either gibberish, or has been suggested, an ancient Semitic language  in which the speaker is actually blaspheming and cursing God under demonic influence.

The festival of praise and praise and worship practice is nothing more than a Dionysian worship ritual in which demonic entities are summoned to possess or at least affect the spirits of those in the ground.

Finally, the phenomenon of praying over someone is simply a lay person commanding a demon into someone as opposed to casting one out.

This does not mean that everyone involved in this practices is knowingly acting as a Shaman. In fact, I think that most of these people think their are honestly calling down the Holy Spirit and healing others.

What Has Worked

  1. Praying the traditional breviary in Latin (especially Compline).
  2. Receiving Holy Communion frequently.
  3. Avoiding almost all secular culture (especially impure movies, music, etc.).
  4. Attending the Traditional Latin Mass.
  5. Confession (especially a general confession).
  6. Penance, fasting, etc. (under the authority of a spiritual director).
  7. Avoiding drinking immoderately.
  8. Joining the Auxilium Christianorum.
  9. Learning the traditional and authentic teaching of the Church and developing a disgust for Modernism and even the Modernism Lite of Novus Ordo conservatives.
  10. Total Consecration to Our Lady (renewed yearly).
  11.  Daily meditative prayer.
  12. Purity (even in the married state).
  13. Renunciation of my own will and attempt to follow Our Lord’s (in everything).

Again, this not guaranteeing a cure, but these things, over time, may help.