Carolyn G (19 July 2011)
"The Spirit of Nosferatu and the Children of the Damned"

This is such a disturbing report.

The Spirit of Nosferatu and the Children of the Damned

This week some 300 exorcists flocked to Poland for a week-long congress to examine the current fashion for vampirism the world-over and the apparent connection between this fascination and a surge in demonic possession. The need for such a congress illustrates how so much of the world is experiencing what would have seemed impossible just fifty years ago: an explosion of ancient occultism and wicked fascination with all things paranormal by today’s spiritually abandoned public. In the United States alone, there are now more than two hundred thousand registered witches and as many as 8 million unregistered practitioners of “the craft.” On college and high school campuses across the nation (and in homes via electronic media such as iPads and TV), ghosts, incubus, succubus, witches, vampires, werewolves, and other “creatures of the night” are popularly esteemed as objects of desire and idolized by young men and women who view them as cult icons of envious mystical power. Psychologists have long understood how women in general desire strength in men, but few could have imagined how this natural and overriding need by young ladies would be used in modern times to seduce them of their innocence using mysteriously strong yet everlastingly damned creatures depicted in popular books and films like Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. Listing all of the related fan sites, music videos, magazines, television shows, and movies currently dedicated to sexual (or romantic) obsession with alluring demons-in-flesh would require more space than can be allowed in an entry of this nature. These would include television shows like Being Human, The Gates, Underworld, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, and dozens of others (not to mention hedonistic gay-themed programs such as The Lair, a series that plays nationwide on all major cable systems based on a vampire-run sex club). Pop music idols including Lady Gaga, Natalia Kills, Jessie J, and even Britney Spears have likewise caught the demon-fever, and in recent years have used their music to increasingly deploy magic spells, occult words, and esoteric symbols. Even church leaders and Christian teens seem enchanted by the darkness. An April 13, 2011 article titled “Mysticism Infecting Nazarene Beliefs” was preceded only a few days before by a Telegraph article describing how a “surge in satanism” including inside the church has sparked a “rise in demand for exorcists” within traditional religious settings.[1]

Yet for some, focusing as we just have on pop-culture memes as a sign of deeper, culturally relevant consequences is an over-assessment of the danger. The present captivation with dark supernaturalism by this generation will eventually fade, people like this argue, so we should not worry, as the long-term effects of Harry Potter’s witchcraft and Twilight’s vampirism will be of no more significance in the years ahead than was the Cowboy and Indian games played by our grandparents.

As a doctor of theology with a past in exorcism, I couldn’t disagree more. Mass media including the Internet, television, film, radio, and other mass communications systems have traded the Bela-Lugosi-like vampires of former years who could be vanquished with Christian symbols (and silly Abbott and Costello’s Frankensteins and Mummies) for monsters of profound demonic character depicted as impervious to Christ’s power. As a result, today’s youth have exchanged yesterday’s pigtails and pop-guns for pentagrams and blood covenants aligned with forces far stronger than former generations could have imagined. Under demonic influence, this age is systematically  being seduced by a supernatural system, wherein kosmokrators (rulers of darkness who work in and through human counterparts) command spirits of various rank until every level of the material world, secular and religious, is touched by this influence. If we could see through the veil into this domain, we would find a world alive with good against evil, a place where the ultimate prize is the soul of this generation and where legions war for control of its cities and people.

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