Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy Biblical References Series: Episode Five—If a prostitute, a tax collector, a synagogue ruler, a Pharisee, a Roman Centurion, and some likely wealthy ship owners can accept Christ as Savior…Can supposed “Devil Worshipers”?

I have watched many YouTube videos created by supposed Christian preachers claiming that many entertainers that claim to believe on Christ are faking their beliefs. I will not post links to these videos because they are readily available to anyone who might follow rockers and rappers and singers and actors and athletes and other wealthy celebrities who claim to have converted to Christianity or were born that way.

Now some of these celebrities may be faking it, but some videos imply all of these celebrities are faking it. (Note: these folks never seem to think of the possibility that some celebrities that are supposed Satanists might also be faking it! But anyway….).

To just flat out say all these celebrities are phony Christians, however, with no verbal proof from the celebrity that they are faking it, is wrong. Folks who call themselves Christians shouldn’t be ‘making stuff up’ either! And this snippet post is a response to this rumor-mongering, which these folks ought to know Christ abhors.

The following snippet from Chapter Fifteen of The Prodigal Band has narrator and pop culture reporter Lloyd Denholm watching a Presbyterian minister in Scotland giving a sermon to his flock, debunking the notion that ‘supposed devil worshipers’ could or would never truly accept Christ as Savior. He uses the various Gospel examples of reprobates, religious and civil authorities, and supposedly wealthy business owners that accepted Christ as proof that anyone, even ‘devil worshipers,’ can accept Christ and repent of their sins. Not mentioned in the sermon was the conversion of a key Pharisee, Nicodemus, that I refer to in a previous snippet post.

July, 2003, on a Scottish TV channel rebroadcast on public TV

On a night in July, 2003, I, Lloyd Denholm, watched this special segment within a public television newscast. A Scottish Presbyterian minister resoundingly debunked what was then a consensus opinion of the vast majority of Christian pastors. They insisted that Sound Unltd’s acceptance of Christ as their Savior was a hoax designed solely to sell what they thought was a ‘fake Christian’ album, The Way.

“Now suppose a local thief was caught in his theft, tried, and sent to prison for two years. What would be the chance of this thief repenting from his reprobate behavior and bowing down in repentance to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and accepting Christ as Savior? According to a recent study conducted by the University here, there is a one-in-seven chance this could happen to this thief. Now let’s go one step further and apply that to what in Jesus’ day were considered thieves—also known as tax collectors.”

Laughs from the congregation.

“Well, the Bible speaks of one in particular, a tax collector named Matthew, who did accept Christ as Savior and as we know became one of Christ’s Apostles. And then there was Zacchaeus, chief tax collector. That’s two out of about a hundred. But in the same vain can one accept that a religious ruler or a soldier of the occupying force, can also believe on Christ? And I’m not even talking about the wife of Pontius Pilate here. A centurion, a head of the Roman legion there, upon asking Christ to heal his servant and telling Christ that he was not even worthy of having Christ in his house, was not only rewarded with the healing of the servant, but was told by Christ that his faith was stronger than the faith of anyone in all Israel! From a Gentile no less! Further, Jairus, the head of a synagogue, called on Christ to heal his daughter knowing that the religious authorities would not exactly appreciate him calling on a blasphemer! And what about leading business owners and CEOs of the day? A key Apostle of Jesus was just such a man—Peter, who owned fishing fleets, and then also the two sons of Zebedee, James and John, who were in line to become owners of another large fleet. Thus we are talking about several likely rich individuals here.

“We are also talking right and upstanding citizens here. But what about people like that thief, reprobates within the Gospels? One of Christ’s most avid followers was a woman possessed by demons. She was a prostitute who may have actually been what we might today call a devil worshiper. You know of whom I speak—Mary Magdalene. Yes, she was cured of demonic possession by Jesus Christ, and she became such an important follower that an angel actually appeared to her at the Resurrection. Now who would have thought in those days that a woman many may have considered a devil worshiper would and did become a chief disciple? What would the chances have been for that to happen? And there were others demonically possessed who were cured, but none as important as Mary Magdalene. I do not know how many demonically possessed whores existed in Israel at the time, but I will lowball the figure and say she was likely one out of maybe a thousand.

“And that brings us to today. I do not have figures on how many prostitutes around today are considered devil worshipers, but I do know of one profession where it is said by some that the vast majority of its practitioners are devil worshipers—rock musicians. You know, they’ve ‘sold their souls to the devil,’ right? That is popular conventional wisdom, anyway. So for many it is extremely hard to believe that six of the most notorious, wealthy, and reprobate of these people could actually proclaim, in public and on record, or on CD for that matter, that they are now believers in Jesus Christ. How can six supposed devil worshipers, not to mention drug addicts, alcoholics, womanizers, purveyors of obscene stage antics, including one bisexual who is known to have sodomized fellow rockers and others, and lovers of money and the debauched lifestyles they have led— how can such licentious evil doers ever possibly accept Jesus Christ and repent? For that is what many believe….”

To read the rest of the sermon as to the prodigal band’s mission, click the bookstore link above to purchase the trilogy book, and click the link to the free PDF download page to download The Prodgial Band.

Important message to followers and readers of this site: Several main pages on this site need some revisions including why after a year or two of saying I might allow PayPal purchases off the site I have decided to scrap that idea for good. Other revisions must also be made, plus we are having visitors over the next week so I will be busy dealing with that. Thus the next new post will likely be in early October.

The Prodigal Band Trilogy © 2019 by Deborah Lagarde, Battle of the Band © 1996 by Deborah Lagarde, The Prophesied Band © 1998 by Deborah Lagarde and The Prodigal Band © 2018 by Deborah Lagarde. Permission needed to copy any materials off this page.

Author: deborahlagarde

Born on Long Island, NY, in 1952, now live in the mountains of far west Texas. Began writing fiction stories at about 8 years old with pen and loose leaf paper, and created the characters in my Prodigal Band Trilogy as a teenager. From the 70s to the 90s I created the scenario which I believe was inspired. While bringing up and home schooling my two children I continued to work on the novels and published "Battle of the Band" in 1996 and "The Prophesied Band" in 1998. Took off the next several years to complete home schooling and also working as an office manager for the local POA. In 2016, I retired, then resumed The Prodigal Band, a FREE PDF book that tells the whole story to its glorious end. Hint: I'm a true believer in Christ and I'm on a mission from God, writing to future believers, not preaching to the choir. God gave me a talent and, like the band in my books, I am using that talent for His glory, not mine (and, like me, the band is on its own journey, only fictional.) I also wrote for my college newspaper and headed up production, was a columnist in a local newspaper in the early 2000s, and wrote for and edited "Log of the Trail," the news letter for the Texas Mountain Trail Writers, and wrote for and edited it's yearly catalog of writings, "Chaos West of the Pecos." OmegaBooks is my self-publishing sole proprietorship company founded in 1995. Other jobs included teaching secondary math, health aide, office worker, assembly line work, and free-lance writing and bookkeeping,much of it while home schooling.

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