Did you hear the news? The IRS recognizes Satanic Temple as “church” and grants it tax exempt status.
Awhile back, I lived down the street from Anton LaVey. If the name rings a bell it should. LaVey was the author of the Satanic Bible referring to his generation as “the age of Lilith”. In Satanic lore, Lilith is Satan’s bride. Did you know Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet refers to Lilith? He writes “Wildcats shall meet desert beasts, satyrs shall call to one another; There shall the lilith repose, and find for herself a place to rest” (Is 34:14). The Alphabet of Ben Sira, believed to be inspired by the Wisdom of Sirach (circa 700-1000) tries to reconcile the two Genesis accounts: When God created the first man Adam alone, God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” [So] God created a woman for him, from the earth like him, and called her Lilith. They [Adam and Lilith] promptly began to argue with each other: She said, “I will not lie below,” and he said, “I will not lie below, but above, since you are fit for being below and I for being above.” She said to him, “The two of us are equal, since we are both from the earth.” The only equality in this world is a piece of fiction found in the Declaration of Independence. All men and all women are not equal. The search for equality is one of the original lies of Satan. God promises unity (cf. Galatian3:28; John 17) but never equality.
When it comes to spirituality, remember 3 things: location, location, and location .
If you live next to someone like Anton LaVey or if your name is Lilith, I’d consider moving or changing your name. As the Jewish mystics state, “change your name, change your life.” Places and names are archetypes linking you to its power. Unless you are one of the few chosen ones (i.e. knocks you off your horse (cf. Acts 9), you have a better chance of becoming spiritual in a town called St. Paul than Minneapolis. St. Paul lives today in heaven while Minneapolis is only a landmark. Names serves as one of heaven’s USB connections. Jewish mystics believe one of the best ways to ward off the “evil eye” is to change your name. When Jesus gave Peter his new name, there was a foundational spiritual chord struck and every other Peter resonated with that spiritual note. So when a Peter believes, he is immediately drawn to all the Peter’s in heaven. Each Peter is unique (I Cor 12) but every Peter prays in harmony with the archetype St. Peter.
Names serves as one of heaven’s USB connections.
My birth name is George so I link my spiritual software into the prayers of St. George. St George, according to one tradition, endured a prolonged martyrdom (seven years and several dozen tortures) resulting in the conversion of pagans being converted. St. George is my go to guy when I need courage.
The name of Jesus is unlike any name. Scripture states, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (cf. Philippians 2) In Revelation 2, Jesus says to the Church at Thyatira, “I know your deeds, your love and faith…Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet…do not hold to her teaching or learn Satan’s so-called deep secrets.” Stay clear of Satan and his minions or as Paul pens it, “Be wise about good and innocent of evil” (Romans 16:19).
Only God can change your name and location, but you must be willing.
Regardless of where we live or what our name is, the only place to live is in under the protection of His name near the gates of heaven. There is a new name written down in Glory! Some people have their new name already. They are living out their eternal call and participating in heaven’s vision. Do you need a new name and a better location? It’s never too late to go on a journey because God never uses old wineskins. Remember, God changed Abram’s name when he was 99.