Rainbows and Demons

detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights  by Hieronymus Bosch, 15th century Dutch painter.

detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, 15th century Dutch painter.

Ever pick up a rock and find its underside crawling with creepy things? I’m afraid I have. It would be nice to just put the rock back where I found it, but I can’t. It’s too much in the news these days; it was the Supreme Court’s decision about gay marriage that prompted me to turn it over – that decision and a statement one of my colleagues made decades ago.

Having been concerned about the contents of a paper he’d written, I was discussing a student with his counselor; the essay hinted at suicidal temptations and contained some disturbing occult references. No high school student should ever be in the dark and lonely place he was in when he wrote that paper; I was frightened for him. I have no recollection of how the situation resolved itself, but I can still hear his counselor’s offhand remark that in her experience occult interests seemed to go hand-in-hand with homosexual activity (The student was gay.). It was an odd remark – she wasn’t a Bible-thumper like me, and she meant no condemnation of either activity. She just noted their connection. Her statement has been haunting me ever since.

The whole homosexual fuss in the last decade or so has had me on edge. I’ve had both gay friends and gay students of whom I’ve been very fond, but about the time I start to soften my biblical point of view on the subject, pictures of gay pride parades pop into my head and the revulsion I feel is visceral. How do we resolve this? Can we condemn people because they’re breaking a 4,000-year-old prohibition – one they claim no longer applies?  After all, no one is perfect. So, I’ve been doing some historical research – how has this situation worked out in the past?

We all know about Sodom and Gomorrah – I include it because we need to be wondering about the outcome there. God blew those two cities to smithereens because of the “abominations” (Hebrew – toebah) being done there. God sends two angels (We should note that in the Bible angels -- both elect and fallen -- seem to be always male.) to warn Abraham’s nephew Lot to get out of Sodom. The men of the town try to rape these angels. Once Lot and his family escape, the town goes up in smoke. Note that both towns were slated for destruction before the rape attempt happens. If homosexuality is normal, harmless, not a problem, why did those towns have to be vaporized? Homosexual behavior is unhealthy, and doesn’t assist in reproduction, but it hardly seems a vaporizable offence. Yet, this divine attitude toward sexual deviance is still there a thousand years later when Moses passes His Law on to the Israelites:

“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.
“Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.
“Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
“Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. Leviticus 18

The entire chapter covers sinful sexual behavior – every possible permutation of sexual immorality, including child sacrifice. (The worshippers of Molek included in their worship rituals sex “enhanced” by the screams of children who were thrown into the fire built in the belly of the idol.) That reference immediately precedes the prohibition of homosexual and bestial behavior. Is there a connection?

The key word in all of this is idol. Throughout the Bible, idol worship (i.e. demonism) is connected with sexual perversions.  Look at the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans:
“So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen, “vs. 21-24.

What did God create? The entire universe, including angels, both the good ones and the ones that eventually turned on Him – angels we now call demons, angels who have historically been worshiped as idols, angels who cohabited with human women in Genesis 6. It was that sexual deviance that brought about the Flood and the rainbow that has now been co-opted by more sexual deviance.

Let’s move ahead in history to the Knights Templar, the quasi-religious brotherhood that began as a military answer to the attacks of the Seljuk Turks against Christian pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem in the late 11th century. Much has been written about this mysterious organization, so much that the truth is a muddle, but it appears that their long years in the Middle East (over 2 centuries) wrought some remarkable changes; they not only became fabulously wealthy, but they adopted some most un-Christian habits – a fondness for the god Baphomet and the ritual homosexual practices associated with this half-goat/half-human, half-male/half-female idol. These “sex magic” practices are said to have been petitions to demons for power and wealth. The transgender movement is making a little more sense. Androgyny seems always to be present in demonic environs and today’s postmodern deconstructionist mindset is the perfect backdrop for the blurring of all distinctions, male/female, good/bad, evil/divine.

Now jump almost a thousand years to the 20th century and pre-Nazi Germany. The Nazi party began in a gay bar in Munich. In fact, according to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Ernst Roehm, Hitler’s close associate at the beginning, and the leader of the Storm Troops, was a homosexual, as were “so many of the early Nazis.” Hitler’s Brown Shirts, the Storm Troops were almost always homosexual – “manly” homosexuals, not effeminate men; the androgynous were often executed.

It isn’t hard to connect the Nazis to horrendous homosexual and pederastic acts, but where’s the connection to the occult? Both Heinrich Himmler and Hitler himself were so involved that they eventually erased Christian holidays and replaced them with holidays connected to ancient German idolatry.

Now go find a picture of the last gay pride parade. It is my contention that we are not homophobic in our revulsion; we are demono-phobic; we are afraid, and rightfully so, of the demonic influence apparent in those demonstrations. Could the vile orgies of Molek and Baal have looked much different? So far no children have been burned alive, but soon many will be sacrificed to the pedophiles working their way into public acceptance. Tell me that such a thought isn’t demonic.

According to CatholicCulture.com exorcists are seeing quite a rise in demonism. Dr. Valter Cascioli, a spokesman for the International Association of Exorcists, said, “…the number of disturbances of extraordinary demonic activity is on the rise.” The situation, he said, is “becoming a pastoral emergency.”  Just recently the clergy in Mexico held a national exorcism to fight the growing instances of demonic behaviors. It is interesting here to note that the Greek word for drug abuse is the same as the word for witchcraft—pharmekaia. These things are all tangled together – sorcery/demonism/drugs/sexual deviance.

This is why we’re horrified. This is why the Supreme Court decision and the White House sanctioning of that decision scares so many of us. Demonism and sexual perversion are two sides of the same coin, and the name of that coin is “Hate God.” I can still hear the attendees at the last Democratic presidential convention booing the creator – not once, but three times. Is America quickly becoming a nation that God will “vomit out?” We have good reason to be afraid for “[w]e struggle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…” Ephesians 6:12.