The Gospel Coalition

The Story: Last week at the Texas Capitol, pro-abortion protesters shouted, "Hail Satan!" in an attempt to drown out pro-lifers' rendition of "Amazing Grace." But on Twitter the United Kingdom's Church of Satan said it was "Unfortunate to see Satan's name used in such a diabolical manner."

The Background: Texas blogger Adam Cahm, who recorded the video below, says, "For the record: They've been doing this all day, this is just the first time we caught it on video."



After the story broke, the UK Church of Satan tweeted
Unfortunate to see Satan's name used in such a diabolical manner. Another example of what 'Satanism' doesn't represent. #HailSatan
— UK Church of Satan (@UKChurchofSatan) July 3, 2013

They later added:
Why wouldn't Satanism be pro-life? What else is there? We are all free to make choices. Agreeable or not. Everyone is entitled to choice.

What It Means: It's doubtful either the abortion supporters chanting "Hail Satan!" or the Satanists denouncing them believe in the reality of the Evil One. They think the abortion issues is about them, and their choices. But they're wrong: abortion is about God.

As John Piper has explained, the ultimate evil of abortion is not that it kills children or that it damages women—which it does. "The ultimate evil," he said, "is that it assaults and demeans God." But that, he says, "is what the gospel of Jesus Christ is about. How God planned and brought about a plan to forgive people who have committed the ultimate outrage of discounting his glory and treating it as less valuable than their own private preferences."

Piper continues by stating that leaving God out of the picture trivializes abortion.
All things are trivial without God. God is the ultimate reality over the universe. All other reality is derivative and dependent and has no ultimate meaning at all without reference to God the ultimate reality. In him we live and move and have our being. If we leave him out of account, we know
nothing of any lasting significance about ourselves or the world. Therefore the message that I have to give is that abortion is about God. And therefore it is not trivial. . . . The most important things to say about abortion are how it relates to God and how God relates to it.



Comments:

Trevor Minyard

July 9, 2013 at 08:27 AM

Mike, you won the Christian internet with that one!

[...] As Texas legislators debated a law last week that would restrict abortions in the Lone Star State, a group of abortion rights protesters tried to drown out a group of anti-abortion protesters at the state capitol by chanting "Hail Satan!" [...]

Ryan

July 9, 2013 at 02:41 PM

When I saw that I actually had to do a double take to check if this was the Onion or not

[...] As Texas legislators debated a law that would restrict abortions in the Lone Star State a few weeks ago, a group of abortion rights protesters tried to drown out a group of anti-abortion protesters at the state capitol by chanting "Hail Satan!" [...]

Michelle

July 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Yes, I thought that was hilarious. The Satanists are mellowing in their old age. They used to be all about sacrificing babies.

Andrew

July 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Unfortunately neither the abortion supporters or the supposed 'church' of Satan have any clue who the evil one actually is though both are being utterly led down the path to destruction...

Lisa

July 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I literally laughed out loud.

Mike Im

July 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Did anyone else immediately chuckle at the irony of "Unfortunate to see Satan's name used in such a diabolical manner?"

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Ronald Pagsolingan

July 8, 2013 at 04:40 PM

1 TIMOTHY 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

Heather Carrillo

July 8, 2013 at 04:15 PM

Oh man! You beat me to it! I was just about to ask who else found a sort of dark humor in the fact that they denounced the use of Satan's name as...diabolical.

Paul

July 8, 2013 at 01:08 PM

Yes, I did. Maybe I don't understand satanism very well...

Jdl

July 8, 2013 at 01:04 PM

Isn't this much ado about nothing? Should it surprise anyone that a bunch of hyped up liberals were immature at a protest?
My understanding was that there only a few people hailing the evil one, and we've just made a bigger deal about it than it actually is.
My sense is that there are worse and more noteworthy atrocities going on that could take up our attention...

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Laurette

July 12, 2013 at 08:42 AM

Yeah, I'd have thought they would be pleased it was used in a diabolical manner.

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