In an effort to educate other people on an alternative church, co-founder of the Satanic Church Riaan Swiegelaar says the church, which does not believe in Satan, intends to do provide a different way of doing things as opposed to today’s normalised churches.
He said he wanted to educate the public on what an above-board religious Satanist was.
“We review Satan as an archetype, that represents our potential that we can reach as human beings.”
The church’s main focus is to educate the public while practising various rituals which are designed for self-empowerment.
There are weekly as well as monthly rituals which will be performed by congregants of the church. One of the rituals will be to write their desires or what they want to be banished on a piece of paper in order to simulate it materialising.
While other church rituals include a right of passage into the afterlife, Swiegelaar says the church will be in contact with the police to ensure that criminal chance takers will not use the church as an excuse for crimes.
“We’re negotiating so that such crimes be reported.”
He said the church would strongly negotiate for crimes to be reported while forensic tests and other tests are done to ensure the law castrated those committing felonies.
Instead of the traditional setup of a pastor in a pulpit, Swiegelaar said their church planned to do things differently by having all congregants or followers part of the ceremony.
Modern Satanism is, in essence, atheism, with a specific difference.
The church’s co-founders, Swiegelaar and Adri Norton, explained: “The big difference between identifying as an atheist, which in essence is saying ‘I believe in nothing’ translates to ‘I stand for nothing’ as oppose to saying ‘I am a Satanist’ which in itself translates to saying, ‘This is what I stand for’. Satan symbolises action. In South Africa, inaction is the norm, hence why our country is in the state it is. In South Africa, we would certainly gain should individuals stand up for their beliefs and take action for what is right. Calling out injustices is an expression of one’s Satanic belief.”
News of the first Satanic church in the country set off a fleet of reactions on social media.