WND Adverticle Blames Demons for Everything

The Worldnetdaily has another one of its classic adverticles, an “article” that is really just an advertisement for a book it’s now selling. And this one, by an “expert” on spiritual things (i.e. a minister), blames most every bad thing in the world on — you guessed it — demons.

In an era in which seemingly normal people suddenly snap and commit horrific crimes, we must look beyond secular explanations and consider alternative sources for evil, says a top-selling writer and pastor.

Karl Payne, the author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance,” says the New Testament depiction of the spirit realm is the only sensible explanation for the evil being unleashed on society.

“I believe Ephesians 2:2 is accurate,” Payne told WND. “Matthew 4. Romans 1 says we are on a trajectory that is running down. Morally and ethically, the longer humanity is apart from God, we see more and more horrendous decisions.”…

Payne’s book is now considered a “go-to” resource for pastors and apologetics teachers who are scrambling to answer questions about the explosion of demonic manifestations and oppression. Suddenly, seminaries across the country are calling Karl Payne.

“I’m being asked to speak at Trinity, last month I spoke at Talbot. Liberty has contacted me, and Multnomah School of the Bible has asked me to speak there. When I was in school, seminaries wouldn’t have touched this topic. Now these same groups are saying, “You need to get us up-to-speed!”

Well Bob Larson can’t do all the talks on the subject, you know. This whole idea that there is “evil being unleashed on society,” especially in the largely Christian West, is rather absurd. Violent crime has been going down steadily, as have teen pregnancy and many other social ills. But these people seize on a few high profile incidents in order to build the false narrative on which their entire premise rests. It’s a lot like the massive exaggerations you hear from so many Christians about how terrible they were before they got “saved” (Mike Warnke to the white courtesy phone).

About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • raven

    blames most every bad thing in the world on — you guessed it — demons.

    Now just what is the difference between fundie xianity and any primitive superstition?

    Or between fundie xianity and any multi-level marketing scam?

  • Kevin Kehres

    A bargain at $4.95 apiece.

    It’s a 2013 title. Gotta find a way to get rid of remainders. Shredding them is so … final.

  • raven

    ….blames most every bad thing in the world on — you guessed it — demons.

    Pffft. Demons are pussycats. You have to believe in them before they can do anything.

    If you really want to live in a Dark Ages world, now Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, Elves, Brownies, ghosts, and Reptilian Space UFO aliens are the ones to watch out for.

    Although, I’m sensing a marketing opportunity here. Do It Yourself demon detection and exorcism kits. I’m sure Amazon. com will sell them. I can even guarantee they will work.

  • chrisho-stuart

    I read your headline too quickly; as “blame democrats for everything”. About same thing, I guess, as far as WND is concerned.

  • Dunc

    Or between fundie xianity and any multi-level marketing scam?

    Only the Church of the SubGenius guarantees eternal salvation, or TRIPLE your money back!

  • blf

    He’s got it all backwards. The problem isn’t too many demons, it’s too few. There just aren’t enough ghouls, ghosties, demons, daleks, things that go BUMP! in the night, peas, and sentient mudpuddles to keep all the priests, prophetesses, profiteers, and psychics in check. The priests, et al., are overrunning the planet, turning it back into a 4th C BCE “society” of slaves and an “elite” 0,0001%. We need more demons!

  • Pen

    It’s a bit like the Republican party. They’re backed into such a tight corner that the only way out is through the thirteenth dimension.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    If his theory about being apart from his god causing awful things is true, then wouldn’t the world have been at its most violent around late BCE/early CE and then gotten progressively more peaceful, enlightened and just as Christianity spread and flourished. Instead of, you know, having the Christians start some of the most long-lasting and bloody wars in history — ironically over who were the actual “true Christians: — and killing women by the hundreds of thousands because they were determined to be witches?

    Also, wouldn’t it have been better marketing to make the demons gay? Or Muslim? Or both?

  • Larry

    It’s demons, all the way down.

    It seems Carl Sagan was right when he wrote his book “The Demon-Haunted World”.

  • busterggi

    “I believe Ephesians 2:2 is accurate,” Payne told WND. “Matthew 4. Romans 1 says we are on a trajectory that is running down.”

    Looks as though the Abrahamic religions and their god(s) have failed for the past several thousand years. Maybe we ought to try reason instead.

  • thebookofdave

    Wow! Demons sure seem to be able to get a lot done. Maybe my initial incredulity was a bit too hasty.

    Need an excuse to take a sick day off? There’s a demon for that. Tired of searching for the cause of those funny engine noises? There’s a demon for that as well. Want to make those annoying door-to-door solicitors disappear? There’s another demon. Want to get the final word in your next debate against one of those stubborn skeptics? Find some evidence, ya bum!

  • John Pieret

    a “go-to” resource … to answer questions about the explosion of demonic manifestations

    Funny, if I wanted the answer to that question. I’d probably survey demons rather than “pastors and apologetics teachers.” Go to the source, don’t cha know. Oh, wait a minute …

  • Kermit Sansoo

    “Matthew 4. Romans 1 says we are on a trajectory that is running down. Morally and ethically, the longer humanity is apart from God, we see more and more horrendous decisions.”

    .

    Sure, 300 hundred years ago American Christians were committing genocide; raping, torturing, and selling slaves; and hanging accused witches and heretics, but they certainly weren’t allowing gays human rights!

  • caseloweraz

    Payne’s book is now considered a “go-to” resource for pastors and apologetics teachers who are scrambling to answer questions about the explosion of demonic manifestations…

    Yeah, those demonic manifestations blowed up real good!