Thursday, November 09, 2006

Criss Angel - Mind Deception

There is this incredibly annoying commercial that appears frequently on TV advertising a reality show by illusionist Criss Angel. It shows this young man predictably dressed in gothic black performing all kind of "apparent miracles" while an incredulous public looks on in amazement and wonderment. One of the scenes shows the dark Mr. Angel (pun intended) walking on water. As I watched the commercial recently, the below passage of scripture came to my mind which I think fittingly captures the lure and presumed success of Mr. Angel's presentations:

Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God; For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; 7-12 NIV)**
Mr. Angel is simply the latest in a long line of "illusionists" who wow the masses with their feats of miracles, signs and wonders. However, befitting the modern day dive into evil and darkness, Mr. Angel makes no pretension about his imagery and presentation. Gone are the days of light hearted illusions of the David Copperfields of the world. Instead, Mr. Angel is presented brashly and boldly as a character of insolence and darkness...all the while not worrying much about offending or turning off his public. If anything, the creators of his realty show embrace the dark persona and imagery, knowing full well that it will (in this day and age), draw more adoring spectators.

For those who care enough to have read this far into this post, I urge you to avoid Criss Angel and others like him. There are many out there, and the devil's puppets in the media are only to willing to bring you more and more as they are manipulated by the secret power of lawlessness already at work in our society.

**I highly recommend reading 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2 for some insights to where our society is now and also where it is heading.


Anonymous said...

You have sighted a very interesting and revealing passage, 2 Thessalonians 2 vs 3-4;7-12 to highlight Mr Angel rebellion against God. But this passage has a far more compelling revelation, it reaches the very fabric of the modern day institutional churches and denominations. Verse 4, which reads
"Who opposeth and exalteth himself(satan) above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God"(KJV)
I quote from the KJV which I find to be a more reliable translation of the original Greek text. I am not sure what is meant by "set himself up"(NIV), but I do know that 'to sit' as stated in the KJV means 'to rule'and temple in this context refers to all the institutional churches and congregations of today.
Note also verse 11 "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie"(KJV). This refers to all those who remain in such institutions believing the lies of miracles,visions, dreams, healing and financial prosperity. There is also a very relevant statement in Jeremiah 23 vs 11-40, as well as many other passages in both the old and new testament, too many to mention here.
The truth of God's word is surely revealed when we follow the biblical rules as stated in 1 Corinthians 2 vs 13-15(KJV).

Peter Shaw said...

My comment to "anonymous" above is that painting the entire church body with the same brush is incorrect and misleading. Typically in most situations, the same label can never accurately be applied to an entire group of people. While I agree that many modern churches are off-center from God's true purpose for His people, I know of many true worshippers who worship in our modern churches who worship God in Spirit and in truth. They are not perfect people and sin at times in their continuing humaness, but love and worship the Lord no less than anyone else. The church is not about biblical rules (as in the case of Old Testament theology), instead the church is about loving and worshiping Christ in spirit and in action. To that degree, there are millions of true believers worshipping in modern churches just as there are many modern churches who fall completely short of God's expectation.

Respectfully Responded,

Peter Shaw

A God who sends people to Hell?