What If Satan Isn't Real; Can Christianity Survive?

by Pastor Mark Downey

After the classroom hypothesis of supposing satan as a supernatural reality, we are forced to admit that this notion follows the historical theology of dualism and lends itself to the theory of the dual seedlines, or the belief in the satanic origins of jews. This is not an established fact, although Identity seedliners have fused an established world jewish conspiracy with an unestablished cosmic satanic conspiracy.

The Christian Identity community is facing an identity crisis over this 'satan' issue. Who are we . . . as a movement? We know who contemporary jews are, just using the biblical definition of an antichrist. Why do we need to go beyond scriptural parameters and attach extraterrestrial genetics of cosmic evil to the earthly biological enemies of God? Jews may be the epitome of wickedness, but I haven't heard of any devil gene discovered in their DNA.

The majority of churches and seminaries teach that satan is real, but that doesn't say much in an age of apostasy and ecclesiastical corruption. For the most part, that is why the more intellectual adherents of CI discern a problem with a false interpretation of what the word satan actually means. I have to wonder why gnostic dualism is so compatible with the Two Seedline denomination of CI. The late Bob Miles was often confused as being labeled Identity, when in fact he was not Christian at all, but an avowed dualist promoting a modern form of Manichaeanism, including a celestial group of warring angels, fallen astral seed, multiple creations and of course, Satanael, AKA Lucifer, who is as real to the dualists as the true God of heaven is to monotheistic Christians.

Dualists and dual seedliners share a mutual concentric ambivalence between the uncertainties of optimism and pessimism, between light and darkness, not really knowing whether it's going to get better or worse, and offering little resolve in overcoming this supernatural devil who is no mere pesky upstart or rebellious subordinate posed to usurp the Creator of the universe. The point, for them, is that you must believe that satan is real, even though he is a false god. Well, what if satan . . . their satan . . . isn't real? What have the dualists of satanism got to lose? It doesn't make the jewish problem disappear or appear less significant. But it does mean that satanic dualists would have to admit they were wrong; that their speculations do not translate into sound biblical exegesis or respected scholarship; that they have been responsible for decades of meaningless deviations and spoiling the priority of Christian unity within the CI movement.

As a result of these elements, the 'satan is real' crowd has been an impediment to the good news of the CI message. Identity believers know all too well the curse of communicating a schizophrenic theology with the dead weight of a serpent Seedline doctrine. The evidence of this is reflected in our inability to attract proselytes necessary for a mass movement, even if we were to maintain ourselves as a remnant. CI simply meanders, without structure and discipline, thanks to the shifting sands of incompetent leadership. If we were to 'prove all things and hang on to the good' (I Thes. 5:21), we might, as a consequence, deserve the blessings of God's promises. We must resolve the dissonance between our being God's instruments of righteousness and our abject failure to convince others.

If we claim to have the proof or knowledge that Hosea 4:6 says will destroy us for lacking it and also claim that we are being destroyed because of a conspiracy against our identity as Israel, then we should be successful in our great commission to the lost sheep through one thing and that is . . . the truth. Anything else, such as grandiose mythologies, will fall short of our election and birthright.

A supernatural devil producing supernatural jews produces a religion of fears, resentments and hypocrisy. The controversy of Satan points to the basic hermeneutics of Christian apologetics. In other words, the method in presenting the reasons for defending the divine origin and authority of Christian teachings. When faced with such monumental decisions in what we should believe in, from the standpoint of discerning right from wrong or being able to separate the truth from lies, do we stand before the judgment seat, facing God, saying we did what we did because we thought it was right, with the converse reservation that we do nothing because it might be wrong? That was the thinking of dualist apologetics leader Bob Miles.

What should be obvious to any Christian is that we do what we do because of what God's Word tells us is right and we do nothing when God tells us something is wrong. Which leads us to the question, is it wrong to believe that satan is real? This opens the floodgates of scriptures, whereupon we are inundated with very plain prohibitions against other gods, strange gods, idols, heresies, blasphemies, doctrines of devils and witchcraft. If satan is not real, the dual seedliners are not only wrong, they are in grave danger of forfeiting any chance of redemption to enter the Kingdom. It would be better for them to do nothing and shut their mouths, than to be barking 'satan is real' outside the New Jerusalem with the rest of the dogs, idolaters and whosoever loves and makes a lie (Rev. 22:15).

Satan interpreted as a supernatural being is a lie. This nonsensical, unbiblical personification of cosmic evil is a man made invention. "This people draws near to Me with their mouths, and honors Me with their lips; but their heart is far away from Me. But they worship Me in vain, teaching for teachings the ordinances of men" (Mt. 15:8-9). The only real satans in the world are human adversaries who preach another Jesus, another spirit and another gospel, much the same as the religious con man or serpent that beguiled or conned Eve through his subtilty (making a lie appear as the truth) so that her and our minds should be corrupted (II Cor 11:3). Are you being seduced by the serpent Seedline theory? Do you give credence to anything outside of yourself, the power to tempt you to sin? Do you believe all power is given unto Jesus Christ in heaven and in earth (Mt 28:18)? Do you believe that each one of us is tempted when we are carried away and enticed by our own lust; then lust, having conceived, gives birth to sin, and when the sin is fully developed, it brings forth death (James 1:14-15)? This is what impregnated Eve and screws around with our mentality every day.

All temptations of evil are of this world, not some inter-dimensional devil. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world" (I John 2:16). When it says ALL, does that mean anything else? These three elements are exactly what tempted Christ. The devil in this case, as it was with Eve and ourselves today, is the adversarial mentality to go against God. We can overcome adverse thinking as did Jesus Christ. There was a recent report that the Polish jew Pope John Paul II performed several exorcisms in the last 20 years. Does this mean that diabolical demons from hell are real? Certainly not! What is real in the Catholic mind or the mentality of seedliners is the belief in a lie. "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion" (II Thes 2:11). The delusion is that satan is some kind of tangible creature. "Who [the delusional] changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the creator? " (Romans 1:25)

What is the truth of God? "I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no god beside Me . . . I form the light and create darkness: I make peace and create evil. I the Lord do all these things." (Isaiah 45:5, 7). God created evil in the sense of adversity, afflictions, calamities and grief, to be the sure fruits of sin. God brings good out of evil, which man or devils cannot do. When we repent of our sins, instead of blaming Satan for our failures, we are turning to God for our salvation. He died for our sins on the cross (I Cor 15:3).

Sin was the original cause of death. "By one man [not a supernatural devil] sin entered the world and death by sin" (Romans 5:12). So, where in the devil is a real supernatural Satan in all of this? "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested [the Word was made flesh], that He might destroy the works of the devil" ( I John 3:8). But, in verse 5 it says, "He was manifested to take away our sins." "He put away [abolished or destroyed] sin by the sacrifice of Himself" (Hebrews 9:26). Well, which is it, the devil or sin?

From the foregoing evidence it is obvious that it is not either/or, but rather synonymous terms. The real satans of the Bible are not fallen angels, but in fact the carnal sin nature of man. "He that practices sin is of the devil" (I John 3:8). In other words, when we transgress the Law of God, it's from our own sin nature, being enticed by our own desires. "For the devil sinned from the beginning", meaning Adam and Eve, and continuing in v. 9, "Everyone having been born of God does not sin, because His seed [God's] remains in him and he [man] does not value sinning . . . by this are the children of God and the children of the devil revealed (v. 10). Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother." The context here is the racial stock of Israel, not satanic Seedline jews. If White people sin, they are the adversaries of God. The qualifier is not an evil infusion of supernatural genetics. It's behavioral in doing what's right according to God.

If you don't love your own race enough to tell a kinsman the truth and cause a brother to be twice the child of hell than yourself, then you can join the 'satan of the month club'. Verse 11 adds, "For this is the message you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain, who was of that wicked one [sic]." Cain was not the product of a sexual union between a devil-god and the mother of our race. "And for what reason did he slay him [Abel]? " that he was the literal seed of cosmic evil personified in a superhuman monster called Satan? No, that's not the reason given. It's "because his own works were evil" as the verse concludes "his brothers [works] were righteous."

Now you can capitalize Wicked and One as they do with the alleged proper noun Satan, but that would change the intent of God's Word. Bullinger's affirms that wicked and one are an adjective and noun respectively, explaining the Greek word poneros to mean "full of labours and pains in working mischief." Once we recognize that the words devil and satan relate to sin and not a fairy tale competitor of God, and that sin always comes from within ourselves, then we can acknowledge that the atoning blood of Jesus is a powerful weapon to defeat all the carnality that is in the world. It conquers the power of sin by providing a means of forgiveness.

Justification imputes to us the righteousness of Christ. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). We can rest assured that our rejection of Satan as a supernatural reality will not affect the integrity of true Christianity. In the real world, acceptance of such fables actually infects and contaminates Christianity with theological cancers. Ironically, the delusional deity of dual seedliners is but a mere reflection of John 8:44 which they are so fond of quoting. Little do they realize the death they bring upon themselves and others for not hearing the truth of God's Word. They too, entertain the possibilities of their precious devil, becoming blind to the purpose of Creation and estranged from the one true God. It is clear that God has no cosmic or earthly competition and that His omnipotence is virtually infinite. Spooks and goblins are best left to spear chuckers living in mud huts.

The contrived forces of darkness have no communion with the shining light of glory. Unless the seedliners snap out of their trance, they will be chasing shadows and be a bloody drag on the CI Movement. Christianity itself cannot survive the hypnotism of apostasy. Pagan concepts have riddled our faith with confusion for far too long. The theater of Two Seedline is an abomination which CI should divorce itself from. Surely, we have higher intellectual standards for the survival of White Christian civilization than the dueling banjos of good and evil. CI is in a precarious stage of development because of a doctrinal anarchy which endangers any semblance of Christian unity.

Romans 1:21 says, "Because, even though they knew God" [who is the 'they'? It is the shepherds, the pastors, the leadership] "they did not joyfully honor Him as God." And here are 4 different Bible versions of the next phrase:

  • but became vain in their imagination King James Version
  • but they became futile in their speculations New American Standard
  • but trifled in their argumentations Ferrar Fenton
  • but became vain in their reasoning American Standard Version

The verse concludes "and their foolish, undiscerning senseless hearts were darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." The men of Israel in CI need to identify these devils among us and the real adversaries of God. May the nonsense of twisted interpretations whither on the vine so that we can begin to deal with real problems in the real world. That's the real deal.

Related Reading: "Speak of the Devil"