This fall’s television lineup on the CW includes a new show, Reaper, that will make light of Satan and what he does. The premise of the show is that two parents in suburbia sell the soul of their son to the devil. When the devil comes calling to collect on what he is owed, he puts the young man to work rounding up evil souls that have escaped from hell, using special weapons and powers that are given to him from Satan.
And so the vast wasteland of television continues its downward spiral. From the previews I’ve seen, the concept is rather unoriginal and seems to take some of its ideas from comics such as Ghost Rider or Hellboy. It’s too bad that Hollywood continues to lack originality and it’s even worse that Satanism is made to look so inviting and hip. According to the Bible, Satan is a spiritual robber who comes to steal, kill, and destroy anything that remotely resembles God, especially humans–all of whom are created in God’s image. He is also called the father of lies, a deceiver, the one who seeks people to devour, the accuser of the brethren, and worse titles. In short, he is a spiritual being that should be avoided and not one who is to be welcomed or that we should associate with.
But you wouldn’t know that from the previews of Reaper. It does nothing but promote misconceptions about Satan, death, and hell. For instance, no one can escape from hell according to Jesus’ parable about the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). No one in hell has any supernatural powers to fight anyone who is against them either, as portrayed in the show. This show, just like so many movies and shows before it, is nothing more than a slick tool to recruit young or naive minds into the service of Satan. As the coming of Antichrist approaches, Satan is inspiring those involved in the media to lay a foundation in the minds of the people that will open them up to receive and worship him and his protegé, the Antichrist. He continues to deceive people into thinking that his works like witchcraft, ESP, psychic powers, drug and alcohol abuse, and other evils are where true power can be found. But ultimately he and his followers will find out how powerless they truly are when they have to face the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only one with all power.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–