DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m very concerned because a cousin of mine just told me she thinks she’ll become a Satanist. I don’t even know what that means, but why would anyone want to get involved in such things? Is she sincere, do you think, or is she just rebelling against her upbringing? — N.S.
DEAR N.S.: I don’t know what your cousin’s motives are, of course; she may well be rebelling against her background. Whatever her motives might be, she’s heading down a very dangerous road, and I hope you’ll do everything you can to turn her from it.
Not many people deliberately and knowingly decide to turn their backs on God and worship Satan instead; far more people serve him without ever realizing it. But some people do become Satanists; that is, people who intentionally turn to Satan and seek to serve him. They may do it out of curiosity; they may do it because they think it will give them some mystical experience; they may believe it will give them power over others.
Whatever their reason, tragically they are believing Satan’s lies. They don’t realize that Satan never tells the truth; he’ll never warn them about the terrible consequences of following him instead of God. Jesus warned, “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
Pray for your cousin, that she’ll realize the danger of what she’s doing. Pray too for wisdom as you speak with her, so you may be both direct and clear, yet also loving and gentle. Pray, as well, that you will be an example to her of Christ’s love and peace, so she’ll be attracted to him instead of our enemy, the devil.
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or go to BillyGraham.org.
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