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Pour votre édification personnelle, je vous présente aujourd’hui deux émouvants parcours de rédemption… en apparence, tout du moins.

  • Zachary King:

Ces derniers jours, le site catholique traditionaliste Church Militant faisait la promotion de son entretien « exclusif » avec l' »ancien sataniste converti » Zachary King.

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« Church Militant recently sat down with ex-satanic high wizard Zachary King to get insight into the rise of the occult in society. King had risen to the highest levels of satanism before he rejected his former life and turned to the Catholic faith. (…)

King is possibly the only satanic high wizard to step away from satanism and join Catholicism. His journey back to the Catholic Church started when a woman handed him a Miraculous Medal. As King clenched the medal, he was shown a vision of Our Lady urging him to repent and take up the fight against abortion. King has since been speaking out against abortion, testifying that the murder of children in the womb is very often used as satanic sacrifice. »

Pas vraiment « the only« , en fait.  Zachary King s’inscrit dans une relativement longue tradition de « survivants » et/ou de satanistes « convertis », dont les témoignages grandioses n’ont pas tous résisté à des enquêtes poussées, y compris de la part de journalistes chrétiens.

Ainsi Mike Warnke, ancien sataniste  auto-proclamé et auteur du célèbre The Satan Seller, dont la page Wikipédia décrit le destin de la manière suivante:

« In 1991, Cornerstone magazine launched an investigation into Warnke’s life and testimony. The previous year, Cornerstone had debunked Lauren Stratford‘s story that had been recounted in Satan’s Underground. Stratford claimed her deep involvement in Satanism led her to partake in a ritual in which her own child was sacrificed. After the exposé showed Stratford’s alleged child had never existed, Cornerstone journalists Mike Hertenstein and Jon Trott investigated Warnke and his life.

The Cornerstone investigation spanned from interviews with over 100 of Warnke’s personal friends and acquaintances to his ministry’s tax receipts. The investigation revealed a number of inaccuracies and evidence of fraud and deceit in Warnke’s accounts. During the course of Cornerstone’s investigation, pictures of Warnke taken during the time he was alleged to be a Satanist priest were discovered. Rather than showing an emaciated drug-addict sporting long fingernails and waist-length hair, the pictures showed Warnke as a typical ‘square’ of the mid-1960s. The investigation also revealed Warnke’s claims that he and Charles Manson had attended a Satanic ritual to be false; Manson was in federal prison at the time, having no known ties to Satanic churches.

The investigation further uncovered that before joining the Navy, Warnke had been involved with the college Christian ministry Campus Crusade for Christ. The investigation also revealed the unflattering circumstances surrounding Warnke’s multiple marriages, affairs, and divorces. Most critically, however, the investigation showed how Warnke could not have done the many things he claimed to have taken part in throughout the nine months he claimed to be a Satanist – including his claims to be a drug-addicted dealer or a Satanic high priest.[10]

Before publishing the article, Cornerstone contacted Warnke for an interview, but he and Cornerstone could not agree to the terms of an interview.[2][11] In June 1992, at the annual Christian Booksellers Association convention, Cornerstone revealed its story. »

Certains blogueurs chrétiens n’ont pas résisté au plaisir de la comparaison:

« King’s only innovation seems to be his decision to focus on a less-tapped-out niche audience. Warnke’s and Larson’s shtick played well among white evangelicals, so King seems to be testing how it works among far-right Gothic Catholics. That’s shrewd, but he doesn’t seem to have fully explored the different approaches needed to milk that audience. Warnke raked it in from evangelicals through the collection plate and scary direct mail fundraisers, plus he sold books and albums and VHS tapes. King, likewise, is working the speaking circuit and selling DVDs and, eventually, books. (He needs to get his butt in gear and finish those, even if that means hiring a ghostwriter — that’s what Larson and Hal Lindsey did and it worked for them.) But King doesn’t seem to appreciate the difference between the shlock for sale in your local Family Christian Book Center and the shlock for sale in your local St. Jude Shop. If a crafty pro like Warnke had been working the Catholic angle, he’d have been pulling in five figures a month just in candles and rosaries and prayer cards. »

Personnellement, son témoignage m’étonne sur 2 points:

  1. Sa connaissance des différentes organisations satanistes « visibles » parait très superficielle et allusive, a fortiori pour quelqu’un qui se décrit comme  un ancien « « Grand Sorcier » de l’Eglise mondiale de Satan », qui aurait « vendu son âme » dès l’âge de 13 ans et participé à pas moins de 146 « avortements rituels ». La connaissance du milieu satanique qu’il dispense sur sa page Facebook se résume à des partages d’articles de presse sur le Temple Satanique ou sur les « messes » noires de l’Eglise d’Ahriman, en lesquels il semble voir un seul et même satanisme qui serait aussi celui de cette Eglise mondiale de Satan dont personne n’avait entendu parler avant lui, mais qu’il décrit comme extrêmement influente et importante numériquement. Sans jamais expliquer comment une organisation athée et rationaliste qui agit au grand jour et qui se donne pour « mission » d' »encourager la compassion et la bienveillance » dans notre société, un groupuscule ouvertement théiste et occultiste, et une conspiration mondiale clandestine et criminelle peuvent relever d’un même phénomène (à part leur emploi commun du mot « satanisme »), ni donner d’informations précises et vérifiables sur la dernière.
  2. Il est en effet extrêmement surprenant qu’après 26 ans passés à sacrifier des bébés dans des centres IVG, Zachary King n’ait, semble-t-il, pas été en mesure de donner aux forces de l’ordre des informations permettant de démanteler cette Eglise mondiale de Satan, ou, au moins, de prouver cette existence. A ma connaissance, la position des autorités américaines sur l’existence alléguée de cultes satanistes clandestins procédant à des meurtres rituels n’a pas changé depuis le guide de l’investigateur écrit en 1992 par l’agent du FBI Kenneth Lanning, qui concluait à l’absence de preuves de leur existence. Il est vrai que ce genre d’amnésie sélective (des récits de messes noires très détaillés, mais un flou extrême concernant les lieux et les auteurs) est courant chez les « satanistes » convertis. A milieu des années 1980, l’un d’entre eux avait été mis face à ses contradictions, au cours d’une émission de télévision en direct, par Michael A. Aquino:

Mais qu’importe les preuves, au fond, puisque certains chrétiens ont tellement besoin de vivre dans un monde où l’Etat, la presse et l’armée collaborent secrètement avec des satanistes et le Diable  pour tuer des bébés, qu’ils sont prêts à gober absolument n’importe quoi, pourvu que ce soit emballé dans une jolie histoire de rédemption personnelle qui valorise leurs convictions personnelles.

Encore plus cynique, la conversion opportune de Jacob McKelvy:

  • Jacob Mckelvy

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Contrairement au témoignage de Zachary King, il n’est pas possible de remettre en cause la réalité du passé sataniste -ou plutôt luciférien- de Jacob Mckelvy. Ancien mormon, il a co-fondé en 2015 avec trois autres « archontes » -Hope Marie, Michael W. Ford et Jeremy Crow- The Greater Church of Lucifer. Cette organisation, dont le succès initial a été réel (aux normes des églises satanistes) et international, se présente de la manière suivante sur son site:

« The GCOL (Greater Church of Lucifer) is a non-dogmatic, philosophical center for those who apply our basic 11 Luciferian Points of Power in their own individual, unique and productive way. We are not atheistic or theistic, your approach is your own. The GCOL is not an organization which desires to help everyone, our philosophy encourages individuals to seek the knowledge needed to lift themselves up. Our gatherings and meetings discuss our philosophy and all the associated topics and areas within the Left Hand Path and other areas of study. The GCOL seeks mature, strong of mind and those who are successful or upon their own path of happiness in life. Luciferianism is made strong by the individual achieving results and illuminating our philosophy by example. We will not convert: either you are ‘Luciferian’ or not; there is no in-between. »

Les quatre archontes ont co-écrit une « bible » luciférienne intitulée The Wisdom of Eosphoros, qui expose la doctrine de cette Eglise.

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Les rapports entre Mckelvy et ses trois collaborateurs se tendent cependant rapidement. Selon le site Satanic Views:

« According to leaders such as Michael Ford things did not feel right about McKelvy, for instance in an initial GCOL ritual McKelvy required that he be robed and that a new Luciferian member bow to him, an action that seriously runs contrary to the idea of the LHP where the individual is their own god, bowing to nobody.  McKelvy a former Mormon apparently had not studied Luciferianism, yet most were happy for him to represent them as leader of a Luciferian group. »

Le 28 avril 2016, The Greater Church of Lucifer publie ce message sur sa page Facebook:

« Members and Friends of the GCOL,

As of the evening of April 24th, 2016, Jacob Mckelvy (aka Jacob No) is no longer affiliated with the Greater Church of Lucifer. This is a permanent decision and Jacob will not be returning to the GCOL at any future time. The reasons for this are complicated and we ask that you respect the privacy of Jacob and his family in this time of transition.
Please rest assured that the Greater Church of Lucifer will continue to exist and operate into the foreseeable future. There will be a few minor changes in order to streamline operations. Effective immediately we will be closing the shop and membership donation packages. Once we have caught up on the existing backlog, the membership donation packages will be reinitiated in some form.
The number of forums on Facebook have become unwieldy and many simply contain duplicated content or are not active at all. Over the next little while, you may see some of these groups being consolidated. The forum hosted on the GCOL website is still under discussion.
We will keep you informed on any other changes or developments.

Sincerely,
Jeremy Crow, Michael W. Ford & HopeMarie Ford
Co-Presidents of The Greater Church of Lucifer »

Puis, le 14 juin 2016, ce second message, beaucoup plus explicite:

« Dear Members, Friends, Brothers and Sisters of the Greater Church of Lucifer,

It is with a heavy heart that we release this statement. We have an obligation to our members and all the brothers and sisters who have supported and joined us on this spiritual journey, to make you aware of an ugly issue within the GCOL.

We (The Board of Directors) have been purposely silent on the details surrounding Mr. McKelvy’s resignation. It has been necessary for us to remain silent because of an ongoing internal investigation into the funds and donations of the GCOL. We needed time to review all of the records and try to regain property that belongs to the GCOL. What we found is a gross misappropriation and mismanagement of church donations and funding.

At this point we feel it is absolutely imperative to provide all of you with some important information about the events leading up to and following the recent resignation of Jacob McKelvy (aka Jacob No.).

In the process of gathering the financial information for government reporting, we received a great deal of resistance from Jacob McKelvy (aka Jacob No) in releasing the full records to the board of directors. This resistance culminated in Jacob voluntarily resigning from the GCOL. As we managed to obtain more and more of the financial records it became clear that Jacob had been utilizing Church funds for products and services that had not been approved by the board of directors. The vast majority of these purchases were not even brought before the board for approval. These purchases include items of dubious value for the Church but many of the purchases were clearly for items that had nothing to do with the church.

When confronted, Jacob was unable to give plausible explanations for these purchases and the receipts he did have did not cover these unexplained purchases. The board of directors determined that it would be in the best interest of the GCOL to refrain from publicly discussing these details until we had a chance to review the financial records. This also provided us with the opportunity to try and obtain as much of the Church property as possible from Jacob while simultaneously analyzing the financial data to develop a more comprehensive accounting of the situation. We are now at the point where we feel we have obtained everything that Jacob is going to voluntarily turn over.

As Luciferians, we believe that every individual is accountable for their actions, positive or negative. When the Board of Directors was established with our By-Laws, each Archon agreed to adhere without fail to these established By-Laws. No purchases or monies were to be spent without approval from all 4 board of directors. However, Jacob did not adhere to this agreement of the bylaws and made many purchases without the knowledge or approval from the board. He violated our trust and confidence.

Our Immediate Future

We cannot let the actions of this one man define us, there are many people out there who are waiting to see the GCOL fail and the Luciferian movement fade away. This is merely a bump in the road and we are in the process of wrapping things up with this chapter in the history of the GCOL. We are not victims we are Luciferians. As Luciferians, we recognize that the individual is accountable for their own thoughts, words and actions and as a matter of cause and effect, results can impact those around them. The actions of Mr. McKelvy have consequences which have, unfortunately, affected the GCOL in the present but which will not keep us from our future. Obstacles and challenges which we currently face will be overcome and conquered. We are now putting together steps to ensure this does not happen again in the future.

Orders Placed Prior to Jacob’s Departure

Many of you have notified us to the fact that you placed an order and it was never fulfilled. In Jacob’s resignation letter to the board of directors, he stated that “I intend to finish out all the remaining work that needs to be done and close out any and all pending shipments and tasks” He has since sent out a few of the remaining orders but failed to send out others. Please be assured that the current board of directors, consisting of Michael W. Ford, HopeMarie Ford and Jeremy Crow, are working hard to ensure all outstanding orders get fulfilled or refunded. We immediately closed the donations and GCOL store when Jacob left as he was in charge of producing and sending all GCOL orders. Upholding the integrity of the GCOL is our highest priority.

In our efforts to ensure this type of abuse can never happen again we will be moving to an entirely new model that eliminates the collection of donations by headquarters with the exception of what is needed to pay for the website host. We will be empowering the local branches with special tools and personalized guidance in order for each to become financially self-sufficient. This more decentralized model of funding local branches is also a better representation of the Luciferian philosophy in action. More details on this will be provided within the next few weeks.

Thank you all for your support and dedication throughout this trying time. We have a powerful and inspiring vision for the future and together we can overcome and achieve even more in the future.

Sincerely,
HopeMarie Ford, Michael W. Ford and Jeremy Crow
Board of Directors, Dated 6/13/2016 »

L’organisation est depuis dans une situation matérielle très difficile, confrontée à la colère de nombreux membres, et le formulaire d’adhésion a pour l’instant disparu de son site.

De son côté, Jacob Mckelvy semble aller beaucoup mieux. Il a ouvert un nouveau site, sur lequel il proclame sa conversion au christianisme et son désir de devenir un prophète et un exorciste:

« In May of 2016 Jacob left the Luciferian Church he created never wanting to go back. He looked back at everything he has done and it was fruitless.  He felted used, betrayed and disgusted. He went to seek for truth as he felt a void inside. During the Summer of 2016 he was plagued with dreams that he could no longer deny was a calling home.

On August 1st 2016 his life changed forever. As he drove by a Church in his home town he felt an urgency to go in. On August 11th 2016 he confessed to the pastor and made Christ his Lord and Savior. Since then he has been baptized in water and spirit and was given the mantel of a prophet to God in a short amount of time later. He is a seer, dreamer and visionary for Christ.

Today he is excited to be able to share his testimony of hope and inspiration of the glory of god. Jacob can relate and understand a very wide audience as he has walked in their shoes. He now wants to give back the best he can to so that people can truly see that Christ is the redeemer of all. He is inspiring the take on the calling of deliverance minister and prophet to help play a major role in bringing lives back to Christ and casting out demonic influences and possessions in peoples lives. »

Une vraie contrition ne saurait être obscurcie par une inutile fausse modestie: il n’hésite donc pas à se décrire comme un occultiste et démonologiste de tout premier plan. En harmonie avec les attentes de son nouveau public, sa description du satanisme prend un tour ouvertement surnaturel et inquiétant qui était absent des textes de The Greater Church of Lucifer.

Dans les vidéos qui décrivent sa conversion, il dit avoir voulu « détruire » le christianisme:

Par la Grâce du Saint Esprit, ses difficultés de gestion financière et commerciale semblent s’être miraculeusement évanouies, puisque, deux mois et demi à peine après sa conversion, il n’a pas hésité à mettre en ligne sur son site une boutique de t-shirts à la gloire du Christ, et une page de demande de dons financiers.

Je ne voudrais pas faire croire que mon intérêt pour le satanisme m’a rendu cynique et aveugle à la possibilité et à la gratuité de la Grâce divine, mais autant dire que dans ce cas précis, je suis, bien évidemment, vraiment très très très sceptique.

Bien sûr, il existe des exemples sincères de satanistes convertis au christianisme. L’Ordre des Neuf Angles a révélé en 1996, l’identité de son ancien porte-parole Christos Beeste (le compositeur anglais Richard Moult) en représaille pour sa conversion au catholicisme. J’ai par ailleurs publié en 2010 un billet sur la conversion du membre unique du groupe d’unblack metal Elgibbor, que je crois profondément sincère.

Mais il existe une vraie demande publique pour ce genre de témoignages, qui est nourrie par les angoisses et le besoin de manifestation concrètes du combat surnaturel de Bien contre le Mal de nombreux chrétiens, de toutes dénominations, et une promesse de célébrité et de revenus financiers pour qui veut bien y répondre. La foi chrétienne est aussi un marché, comme le numérique, comme l’agro-alimentaire, et certains en ont une conscience froide. Souvent ceux d’ailleurs dont les témoignages sont les plus spectaculaires et répondent le mieux aux attentes de leur auditoire.

Mise à jour du 19/10/2016: Jeremy Crow, archonte de The Greater Church of Lucifer, a apporté en commentaire du billet de Satanic Views les précisions suivantes sur les circonstances du départ de Jacob McKelvy:

« At no time did the GCOL run out of money. Jacob settled out of court and has paid a settlement in order to avoid legal action. At this point we have fulfilled almost all the back orders and should have the remaining few cleared up shortly. A lot of rebuilding activity has been going on in the background to fix issues that we have identified with the original structure, etc… We intend to come back with a stronger, more useful organization that is even more closely aligned with Luciferian philosophy than before. »