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A satanist Finds Salvation

Today is the account of a satanist who received salvation. Yes, you read that right! Rejoice as the angels in heaven are also rejoicing for this young man! Now, let’s look at how it happened—how did a satanist find salvation?

(Note: My husband is a prison chaplain at a 3000 man maximum security prison.)

In November, I wrote “When a satanist Comes to Church: What is a satanist?“. This article was centered around a specific offender, who has since been transferred to another unit. I will refer to him as Peter throughout this article. However, before Peter left, he surrendered all of his satanic materials over to my husband and asked for a Bible. He did not make a conversion, but he did make a step in the right direction. Peter is a very intelligent man, who had been seeking Christ at one point in his life. But, like so many before him, Peter was deterred by other people’s actions. Let that be a lesson to you.

Keep your eyes on Christ and yourself. Let God deal with everyone else. I’m sure most people who sit on a church pew don’t think they will be a practicing satanist one day.

This post is going to be sharing the story of another young man–one who did make a conversion. I can not reveal any personal identification about him, but I will refer to him as Paul : )

I don’t know what Paul is in prison for, but if he’s at the Telford unit, it’s probably for murder. The Telford unit is called a 25-50 unit, because most of the offenders are 25 years of age and are doing at least 50 years to life. It is a desperate place. All of the horrible things you hear about prison are true and then some.

When Peter started attending chapel services and working in the chapel, the other Satanists joined him. Undeterred by the Christian offenders’ requests to remove them, my husband not only allowed but encouraged them to come. His response to his fellow Christians? Where else would you rather the satanists be? In all walks of life and faith, you will find people who love to debate. I would say that satanists/atheists/agnostics are chief among the debaters. They are often more studied on Christian affairs, literature, and history than most Christians are. For them, it is a matter of proof. For us, it is a matter of faith. (Hebrews Chapter 11 is called the chapter of faith. Excellent read!)

My husband teaches classes throughout the week to the Christian offenders. He teaches wonderful things about how to defend God’s word, how to be a man after God’s heart, how to be a Christian leader, etc. As a way of allowing his men to implement what they have been taught and also assisting the satanists, there was going to be a debate between the satanists group and the Christians. In an actual debate, there are certain rules of debate. Each week, there was a debate class to prep the participants. The class was held in between church services on Sundays. I am unable to attend church with my husband on Sundays, because there is no nursery at the prison : ) But my husband preaches/oversees up to 8 services on Sunday. Some of the satanists that were coming for debate class would come early and stay late. I’m sure they were attending church to gather data for their debate. But God had other plans! Praise Jesus!

The debate had to be cancelled, because Peter was the one spearheading the debate, and when he got transferred, it just fell by the wayside. But Paul kept coming to church.

My husband made it to “free-world” church late Sunday night. (Our services last more than an hour, so even if you are an hour late, there is still plenty to get there for.) Our pastor had him stand and testify. This was his testimony:

Working in the prison system, you don’t see fruit everyday, but today, I saw some fruit. A little bit before I left, a young man approached me in the chapel and said he needed to speak with me. I told him to go ahead, but he said that he wanted to speak with me privately. So, I kicked everyone out of my office and settled in to listen to this young man. You never know what to expect in prison, and I definitely wasn’t expecting him to say what he told me.

He told me that a few nights ago, he got a call from his mother’s sister. She told him that his mother was in the hospital and was not expected to make it through the night. He said that he hit his knees and prayed to God to save his mother and that God told him he heard his prayer.

The next day, he got a call that his mother was doing great, and he was coming to tell me that he is now a Christian.

Glory to God! I serve a risen Savior, a mighty and merciful God!


Mothers—don’t ever give up hope! Grandfathers, don’t ever give up hope! I get chill bumps just thinking about this most awesome testimony. You see, this young man’s grandfather was a Baptist minister. Paul was raised on a church pew, but he was deluded by other people’s actions. He was never won over to the Christian faith while he was in the world. I’m here to tell you that prison conversions do happen, and that God will hear your prayers when you fervently seek Him. His will is that none should perish! He died for this young man, just like he died for you.

And even though the other guy, Peter, is no longer under my husband’s reach, He is still under God’s reach. God has a plan for Him, too. God has a plan for all of us, if we will just submit.

I am so blessed to be a part of this ministry! Without my submission for God’s will in our lives, He would have never been able to use my husband in the way that He has and is continuing to use him. My husband and I started a non-profit prison ministry while he was still just a volunteer chaplain. If you are interested in purchasing something from our Etsy shop, 100% of all proceeds go toward this ministry. Be blessed!

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The Art of Prison Language

I thought y’all might enjoy this little list of prison vocabulary that was printed in an offender-operated Texas prison newspaper. A bit of “Ministering Mondays” to follow.

 

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The Art of Prison Language: A Vocabulary Update

By Lance Lindsey

Lockhart Unit Reporter for The Echo (Texas Prison News)

The following is a list of phrases commonly used in today’s prison communications. This is given as a means of education: use at your own risk!

1) Beat your feet – telling someone to get lost

2) Bet that – to agree with someone; to concur

3) Everybody ain’t able – to have something going in your favor by which one could gloat over!

4) Get somewhere – telling someone to get out of your space

5) He’s got something – when someone exhibits extraordinary talents or skills

6) He smoked it – to blow an opportunity

7) I’m just saying – a warning or declaration stating the obvious

8) Kick rocks – telling that person with the big nose to get out your business

9) Knock it down – a prompting to get confirmation of facts

10) Know what I’m saying – a sly tactic for getting the person to believe what you are saying

11) Let your hair down – to stop the pretense of toughness or to go into a chill mode

12) Move around – telling an annoying person to scrame

13) Put some wind in your collar – to tell a person to just be cool

Now for the “ministering Monday” part:

When you are speaking to an unbeliever or to a new babe in Christ, take into account that they may not always be picking up what you are putting down. Don’t expect them to know the lingo. Don’t speak in words that they can not understand. You got to break it down to their level sometimes.

Peace out, fool.

When A satanist Comes to Church: What is a satanist


I am in no way an expert at anything, least of all satanism. My information comes from my husband and what he has learned on his own and from the satanists in the prison community and from research I have done through the official church of satan website and Wikipedia. As with all things research, I do not just go internet-article hopping. That is a dangerous thing! Always try to go to a reputable source, especially when dealing with other people’s beliefs.

Two Types of Satanism

  • Atheistic: Atheistic or Deistic Satanism is generally the same as Ethical egoism, in that the highest good is acting in one’s own interest. Satanism has essentially been called “Egoism with ritual”. (http://en.org/wiki/Satanism)
  • Theistic: Theistic Satanism (also known as Traditional Satanism, Spiritual Satanism or Devil Worship) is a form of Satanism with the primary belief that Satan is an actual deity or force to revere or worship.[28][29] Other characteristics of Theistic Satanism may include a belief in magic, which is manipulated through ritual, although that is not a defining criterion, and theistic Satanists may focus solely on devotion. Unlike the LaVeyan Satanism founded by Anton LaVey in the 1960s, Theistic Satanism is theistic as opposed to atheistic, believing that Satan is a real being rather than a symbol of individualism. (http://en.org/wiki/Satanism)

So when someone states that they are a satanist, you might could start the conversation with “Atheistic or theistic?” People who are usually just going for shock value generally won’t have taken the time to educate themselves, so you might get “Huh?” as a response from them.

I have always been interested in observing people and studying them and why they are the way they are, why they believe what they believe. Most of the time, they don’t even know. That is why it is essential that I educate myself on not only Christianity but on other religious beliefs. I encourage you to do the same, but pray before you go delving into studies of other religions. Don’t be swayed. There is always some truth in every lie. That’s what makes it so believable.

Let’s play Jeopardy!


Answer: This person chose satanism based on the conflicts he found in this religious group.

If you chose “Question: What are Christians?” then sadly, my friend, you are the winner.

And let’s add to that a quote by a little bald-headed guy otherwise known as Ghandi.


I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.–Ghandi

I’m not trying to beat anybody up. But we all know this is a problem. That’s why I make it a point to study to show myself approved. I know why I believe what I believe. Do you know why you believe what you believe? Are you religion x because your family is religion x or are your religious beliefs grounded in Jesus’ teachings? Most atheists or satanists will be able to out-debate you when it comes to what the Bible says.

Studying the Word is not enough. You have to live by the Word. More than just your soul depends on it. You have a responsibility to draw in the lost. Those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). You will have the fruit of the spirit. It is one fruit. You have to have them all to have the fruit. There are plenty of other religions that hold to these same principles, but they are missing the truth. Jesus is the truth (John 14:6).

A Closer Look

The satanist that I will be building my articles around is atheistic.

He wasn’t always a satanist. He was an active member in Christian churches. He kept going from church to church, because he never could find a church that lined up with what the Bible taught. In the end, he decided God wasn’t real and he has put on the cloak of atheistic satanism—living to serve oneself. This guy is extremely well-educated, especially when it comes to the Bible. Just another example that having knowledge is not enough.

I felt it was necessary to lay this foundation, before I delve into the heart of the subject. There are lots of misconceptions floating around out there. The story is still unfolding, but I will be adding to this series this week to bring you up to speed.

As usual, I look forward to any and all comments, private or public.