Netflix Keeps Lucifer Alive After Fox Cancellation and Public Outcry…Including Some Christians
Just weeks after FOX decided to cancel their diabolical and tanking television show, Lucifer, Netflix has decided to resurrect it from the ash heap of history and produce the fourth season. Lucifer is a show that seeks to give the devil a makeover by presenting him as a “good guy” to the public. The FOX website described the show this way:
“Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) to take down criminals.” (Source)
Ironically, the show Lucifer portrays Satan as a somewhat reformed fallen angel who has had a change of heart and transformed himself into an angle of light. Of course, this is exactly the sort of thing that the Lord God warns us that Satan would do, regarding his image, in an effort to get the unsuspecting to let their guard down (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
God warns us in His Word that Satan is “the prince and the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), and that he loves to deceive the gullible by portraying “himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). However, the reality is that no matter how sweet Satan makes himself look, and no matter the amount of babies he kisses to make himself appear to be a benevolent being through Hollywood makeovers, he is still the same old devil, the enemy of our eternal souls, who goes about “as a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8-10).
Making Lucifer Seem Cool
I strongly warned – just before the first episode of Lucifer debuted – that the objective of the show would be to make Satan look “cool,” and that is exactly what the show has done. Just before the first episode, I wrote:
“We should warn those who will be watching FOX’s Lucifer, who are seduced into thinking that he is a ‘cool guy,’ about his truly diabolical nature and malicious designs (2 Corinthians 2:11). They need to know that Satan hates them and his desire is to drag them down to Hell with him.”
Sadly, this is exactly what has happened. After FOX canceled the show, Lucifer supporters came to think he was so cool that they rallied for other outlets to carry Lucifer for more seasons. Just as I predicted before the first episode, folks fell in love with Lucifer. Just look at some of the hashtags/comments in reaction to the show’s cancellation:
#Lucifer is so cool
“The program is interesting and makes us smile and wish we could meet him.”
One online petition garnered over 300,000 signatures in an attempt to save the show. Even worse, many professing Christians have also grown passionate for Lucifer, even defending Lucifer as having redeeming qualities, and criticizing Christians who were grateful to see Lucifer’s demise in the ratings. One fan says “I’m chatolic [sic] and Love Lucifer! I am a Lucifan and I have fought to bring back it.” (Source Comments Section)
One of the ridiculous lies that is promoted in the show Lucifer is that Satan was somehow redeemed by God, and that his redemption shows that all of us have hope––no matter how wicked we choose to be. In the third season, Lucifer’s angelic wings are restored and the angel Amenadiel, the older brother of Lucifer, suggests “Perhaps Father is trying to show you that you’ve been forgiven. Brother, if you can be redeemed, that means that anyone can. Now isn’t that divine?” (Lucifer, Season 3 Premier, FOX)
Incredibly, this lie of the Devil’s redemption is one of the reasons many professing Christians think that Lucifer is cool, just as we have warned. One Lucifer fan, claiming to be a Christian, writes in defense of Lucifer, “it’s about Redemption. If the devil can be redeemed, then there’s hope for the rest of us sad sacks of human flesh.” (Ibid.) Another Lucifer fan says, “I ask you, who needs more forgiving than the devil himself … its core argument is all about the power of redemption.” (Ibid.) Still another writes, “Yes it centres [sic] around Lucifer … It also features the fact of redemption. If the devil can be redeemed then all can.” (Ibid.)
Another Lucifer defender, identifying as a Christian and a “preacher” declares, “I love the show … the bible teaches us the [sic] Jesus atoned for our sins and that forgiveness is divine… even forgiving the devil.” (Ibid.)
While some would like us to believe that the show is just harmless fiction, and will not affect how anyone sees the devil, such quotations prove that the show is influencing a number of professing Christians, who are in fact repeating the ridiculous lies taught through narratives in the show, i.e, that Satan has been or can be redeemed!
Jesus Did Not Die to Save Fallen Angels
The truth is that each and every human being can be redeemed because Jesus died for the whole world (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2), not because Satan was somehow redeemed. In fact, the Scriptures state that while Jesus died for everyone, He did not die for the fallen angels or come to their aid:
“But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone … Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.” (Hebrews 2:9, 14-16)
It is not only a deceptive lie to claim that the devil could be redeemed, but also a serious falsehood to believe that he has, or will (sometime in the foreseeable future) reform his ways. The Lord Jesus Christ said of Satan, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44b). All you have to do is read the last few chapters of The Book of Revelation to see that Satan goes on deceiving the masses right up until the time he is finally thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20-22).
Truth be told, even in the show Lucifer, Satan is still depicted as an evil entity who desires to encourage and increase rebellion in the human race against the Creator God. In the Lucifer episode “A Priest Walks Into a Bar,” Lucifer enters a Roman Catholic confessional to talk to a penitent women. After she confesses being tempted to commit adultery against her husband, he encourages her to fully embrace her wicked desires:
Woman: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been three hours since my last confession.
Lucifer: Three hours? Speedy sinner, I like it.
Woman: No, I just need more guidance. I’m still having lustful thoughts about another man.
Lucifer: Splendid. Who’s the lucky fellow?
Woman: Um, my husband’s limo driver. What should I do, Father?
Lucifer: Well, my dear, uh, you should embrace your desires.
Woman: Really? Uh, when I was here earlier, Father Frank told me I should be faithful to my husband.
Lucifer: Well, I don’t know why you’re listening to that fool. I mean, let’s be honest, if you wanted to be faithful, then you wouldn’t be fantasizing about your limo driver, now, would you, eh?
Woman: You’re right.
Lucifer: No, no, no, no, no, don’t feel bad. You have those desires for a reason. You should act on them. I mean, you can always come back here, confess, and all will be forgiven. Isn’t that how this system of yours works?
Woman: When you put it that way…
Chloe: Lucifer, what do you think you’re doing?
Lucifer: For your penance, ten Bloody Marys and a good shag.
(Lucifer, Season 1, Episode 9, FOX)
So even in the show itself, Lucifer is still depicted as a horrifically wicked being seeking the destruction of marital relationships. We can see why certain lawless people would love to believe Satan is saved in all his unrepentant wickedness. Because if the devil is heaven bound, despite his ongoing campaign to tempt the wicked to rebel against God, then surely we can all go on heaven, despite our own personal rebellion against God and His moral law. Of course, it is all a lie and a pipe dream! For as we have seen, Jesus did not die for the devil and, moreover, Satan is not repentant anyway. Those who are banking on going to heaven, because of the delusion that even the devil is saved, should be aware of the fact that Jesus warned that unless we repent we will perish (Luke 13:3, 5). The Scriptures further warn “without holiness, no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14b).
The Same Old Devil
Satan has long sought to get mileage out of the delusion that he is somehow good. In ancient Gnosticism, the devil is recast as a savior in the form of the aeon Sophia. In Valentinian Gnosticism, Satan is portrayed as Sophia, who channels the serpent in the Garden of Eden, offering Eve liberation from God, who is depicted as an evil monster.
Such deceptive lies that portray Satan as somehow good have been mirrored in neo-Gnostic, satanic cults, such as The Process Church of the Final Judgment. The Process taught that there are four “Great Gods of the Universe”: Jehovah, Lucifer, Satan, and Christ.
Leading psychologist, Carl Jung, who taught that the devil should be added to the Trinity (which he called the “Quaternary”), influenced The Process Church of the Final Judgment. Jung maintained, under the tutelage of a demon he called Philemon, that the devil is part of the collective unconscious, along with the other persons of the Trinity, and that Satan needed to be embraced if true psychological balance was to be achieved in the human psyche.
Process cofounder, Robert Moore, a former Scientologist, taught that Christ loved Satan, and in embracing him there was a “reuniting of the Gods.” It was through the unification of light and darkness, good and evil, that the kingdom of God would be ushered in and the millennial kingdom would be manifest on earth. The “greys” were those who could not synthesize light and darkness in their subconscious, and they would experience the fiery judgment to come. At their meetings, Processians sang songs of praise to Jehovah, Lucifer, Christ, and Satan. The Process Church went so far as to visit Satanist Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan and author of the Satanic Bible. They also visited the ruins of Satanist Aleister Crowley’s satanic sex temple, known as Thelema Abbey on Cefalu. The Process cult used a perverse sex symbol which consisted of the Greek letter Alpha inside the letter Omega, called “the Sign of the Union,” which blasphemously represented sexual intercourse between the allegedly male god Lucifer with the allegedly female Jehovah.
The result of mixing good and evil, in the end, is pure evil. This cult was long associated with mass murderer and cult leader, Charles Manson, who also claimed to mix good and evil. Charles Manson’s prosecutors suggested that The Process Church was connected to the Manson family and their mass murders. When Charles Manson was asked if he knew Process founder Robert Moore, he responded: “You’re looking at him. Moore and I are one and the same.” It only took one visit from two Process members and Manson never brought up the cult again. Manson, incidentally, identified himself with both Satan and Christ.
Will the True Christian Leaders Please Stand Up?
It is truly tragic, and a sign of the evil times in which we live, that so few Christian leaders are warning about wicked shows that glorify evil like the show Lucifer. Where is the outrage among God’s people? Have we become so accustomed to the dark that we no longer see it as darkness, but as light? God warned Ezekiel to stand up and warn his people against sin, lest their blood be upon his head (Ezekiel 18). He further warned against the false teachers who “put no difference between the holy and profane (Ezekiel 22:26, 44:23).
One of the horrific consequences of Christian leaders failing to make a distinction between good and evil is that those who are the victims of Satan’s schemes languish in the darkness, believing it to be light:
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20)
True Christian leaders are commanded to expose the works of darkness by shining the light of Jesus and calling those who are asleep in the dark to repent and respond to the light of Christ:
“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise (Ephesians 5:11-15).
At the end of the Lucifer episode mentioned earlier in this blog (A Priest Walks Into a Bar), Lucifer blasphemes God, after a supposedly innocent person is gunned down, with these words:
“You cruel, manipulative (expletive)! Was this all part of Your plan? It’s all just a game to You, isn’t it? Eh? Well, I know punishment, and he did not deserve that. He followed Your stupid rules and it still wasn’t good enough! So what does it take to please You? Break Your rules and you fall! Follow them and you still lose?! Doesn’t matter whether you’re a sinner! Doesn’t matter whether you’re a saint! Nobody can win, so what’s the point? What’s the (expletive) point?” (Lucifer, Season 1, Episode 9, FOX)
Note that in this evil rant, God is portrayed as unjust and evil, while Satan is depicted as good and caring. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the very opposite is the case! The show Lucifer is a mouthpiece for the devil of old, whose name in the Greek is “Diabolos,” which means “slanderer”. Far from cool, one of the chief names that God gives to Lucifer is slanderer, because he is the ultimate backstabber. He inspired Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, then Judas’ subsequent suicide. Satan is not one to be loved, trusted or worshipped. He hates and mocks his own followers and seeks their eternal damnation in unending torment. Satan is literally hell-bent on bringing as many people as possible with him to the lake of fire. We read in the Book of Revelation:
“Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” (Revelation 12:12)
The Devil’s Eternal Demise
In the end we do not see Satan and God united, but rather Satan, and all the humans who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, thrown alive into the lake of fire forever and ever:
“And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:10-15)
May the Lord have mercy on us for trying to justify evil in any form, or for any disloyalty we have shown Him in fraternizing with the enemy. If we sincerely love the Lord, we will hate evil and not try to justify it:
“Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 97:10)
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9)
Those who claim to be true Christians should be spending their time living for Jesus and His glory, not defending the devil! It is true that Lucifer is back for a little while, but in the end he will be finished forever and Jesus will be back forever:
“To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who [f]is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:5b-7)