Sid the Satanist
Sid's worldview is called Satanism, which is a religion whose followers worship Satan and/or follow the teaching that he represents. While Satanists vary on their beliefs, you can generally put them into two categories. The first type is composed of those who would consider themselves a part of the Church of Satan or *LeVeyan Satanists. They base their beliefs on the Satanic Bible (written by Anton LaVey). Sid is a part of the second (and more popular) category of Satanist, which we'll call "self-taught" Satanists. Since Sid is 'self-taught', he determines the way he'll follow Satan. For example, Sid will perform rituals to conjure up satanic empowerment, and oftentimes have a few friends that participate in these rituals with them. Sid listens to heavy/death metal music that focuses on very dark themes like Satan, murder and graphic sex. Ritual sacrifices of animals (and in extreme cases humans) are sometimes part of the rituals that Sid may engage in. Sid oftentimes looks, acts, and dresses for shock value, so you will see him dress in black and portray a very rebellious attitude. Sid also has a strong hatred of Jesus and any type of organized religion.
*LeVeyan Satanists do not believe in an actual Satan, rather they use the word 'Satan' to describe the forces of nature. Their religion primarily revolves around self-gratification, pleasure, and revenge. In terms of their beliefs about God and the Bible, they are atheistic (see Andy the Atheist).
Questions You Can Ask
- What’s your spiritual background?
- What influenced your decision to become a Satanist?
- What excites you most about being a Satanist?
- What aspect of Satanism makes you the most uncomfortable?
- Have you ever considered the possibility that Jesus was just as opposed to the religious establishment as you are?
- Do you ever feel judged by others for rejecting the existence of God? If so, how does that make you feel?
- Have you ever considered the possibility that you could be wrong and that there is a God who loves you?
- Do you think there is a difference between “religion” and a “relationship” with God? Why or why not?
- Has anyone ever explained the gospel to you?
Areas You Can Admire
- Sid’s belief in a spiritual realm.
- Sid’s unflinching boldness in expressing his beliefs, even when they are unpopular.
- Sid’s belief that God and Satan are in a cosmic battle for the souls’ of humans.
- Sid’s perspective that his spiritual beliefs should influence how he chooses to live his life.
What Sid Believes
Sid believes that there is a hidden spiritual dimension that contains the power of the occult (occult means 'hidden') that he can summon and use for his own purposes. Sid believes that Satan lives in this dimension, and can give him power when he prays to him and performs rituals. In fact, one of the main reasons Sid decided to become a Satanist was the power and temporary pleasure it seemed to offer.
Sid believes in and hates God.
About the Trinity:
Sid is not sure about whether the Trinity exists or not.
Sid has an enduring and burning hatred of Jesus, which is motivated and maintained by the strong demonic influence in his life.
About the Bible:
Sid doesn't believe in absolute truth, so he sees the Bible as a book full of myths and lies designed to keep people from enjoying life.
About the Afterlife:
Sid is not sure whether there is an afterlife or not, and if there is, it won't have places like heaven and hell, and Satan will have ultimate victory. Sid is much more concerned with getting as much pleasure out of this life than worrying about the next.
Sid's whole life focuses on sinning, so he definitely doesn't see a need to be 'saved' from anything.
What the Bible Teaches
God identified Himself as "I Am" (Exodus 20:2) - meaning He is the self-existent (never had a beginning or end) eternal Creator of the universe.
About the Trinity:
There is one God and yet three Persons (Isaiah 45:5; Deuteronomy 6:4; James 2:19).
Jesus is fully God and fully man. He is the God of the universe (John 1:1, 14, 18; 8:58; 10:30. Compare Titus 2:13 and Isaiah 45:21), and He is equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and one of His primary missions in coming to earth was to "destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8).
About the Bible:
The Bible alone is the word of God and is absolute truth. It is without error. It cannot and should not be added to or subtracted from (2 Timothy 3:16-4:4; Revelation 22:18-20).
About the Afterlife:
Those who trust in Christ alone as their only hope of salvation spend eternity in heaven; those who reject Christ spend an eternity in hell. (John 5:24-30; Revelation 20:11-15).
Salvation is by faith in Christ on the basis of His death on the cross. (John 3:16-17, 36; 6:29, 47; Romans 4:1-5; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). Only through salvation do we have true joy. Jesus said, "The thief (meaning Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10.
Things to Remember
- Sid is not waiting around for someone to share the gospel with him, so you will need to approach him with an incredible amount of love and patience. One way you can show this is to see past the 'shock value' lifestyle of Sid to the hurting and trapped individual underneath.
- Focus on the true Jesus of the Bible, especially his open contempt for the self-righteous religious leaders of his day so Sid can identify with Christ. Also, talk about John 8:32, where Jesus promised: " Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Eventually, Sid will (most likely) get to the point where he knows he was duped and now is a slave to the dark spiritual world, so help him understand that he can be set free through the power of Christ.
- You should always pray when witnessing to anyone, but this scenario really needs to be covered in prayer. You are attempting to rescue someone from the grips of Satan. Keep in mind that he doesn't let go of his converts easily. Put on your spiritual armor (Ephesians 6) and prepare for a battle!