21 May YOLO: The Doctrine of Demons
Around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries there was a man that you probably haven’t heard of. His name was Aleister Crowley. Despite being little known today, Crowley was a man of great significance. In 2002 the BBC ranked him as one of the top 100 greatest Britons of all time. Personally, I think they underestimated him.
As a child (and a man) Crowley was disturbed by most accounts. From a young age Crowley was referred to as the “Beast from Revelation.” He loved it. These aspirations didn’t go away as he got older. Crowley ended up leading several secret societies, popularizing the occult, and starting a new religion.
To celebrate his wedding, he and his wife went to Egypt. This was not your average honeymoon. Rather than enjoy the scenery, eat fine foods, explore the glory of God’s creation and man’s ingenuity, Crowley and his wife began participating in a series of cult rituals. At one point, on April 8, 1904, Crowley heard a disembodied voice claiming to be the messenger of Horus the Egyptian God. Crowley wrote everything down that the voice told him. The result was The Book of the Law.
This later developed into his religious system known as Thelema, which is founded upon the idea that the 20th century marked the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, in which a new ethical code would be followed; “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” This statement indicates that adherents, who are known as Thelemites, should seek out and follow their own true path in life, known as their True Will.
Understand what this is truly saying. Rather than God’s law, we become our own gods with our own truth, our own path, and our own ethical code. Let me translate in our modern language: “What’s true for you is true for you and what’s true for me is true for me. What’s good for you is good for you and what’s good for me is good for me.” Of course, this violates basic laws of logic and is immeasurably harmful to us all.
Of course this demonic dispensationalist prophesy appears to have some merit. Indeed, the whole of the law has become the individual’s will. With the popularity of relativism and postmodernism, individuals have become their own gods. We are bombarded with phrases about your truth and my truth. We are constantly told “I may not agree with it, but I can’t tell them what to do,” uttering Crowley’s maxim that the individual is the sole sovereign.
The YOLO Agenda
This is no accident. It may have begun with Crowley, but now celebrities, particularly those in the music industry, are promoting this message with no small degree of intentionality (Check out this interesting image). It is the new norm. In 2011 Drake, a rapper I hear quoted by one too many youth pastors (read: Dear Youth Leaders Please Drop The Pop Culture References), popularized a then little-known term, “YOLO.” YOLO stands for “You Only Live Once.”
Common to demonic doctrines, this acronym is close to true. The Bible will confirm that “It is appointed for men to die once (Hb 9:27).” But this is where the truth ends and the lie begins. You see YOLO, in its modern usage, is the idea that you only live once so do what you want. Sound familiar? Do what you want is becoming the whole of the law.
The YODO Agenda
Of course, this cuts out the back half of Hebrews 9:27. The whole verse reads, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this comes the judgment.” So, rather than you only LIVE once, the Bible declares that you only DIE once. But then you live again and face judgment. Therefore, it’s not you who makes the law, but the Creator. You don’t get to determine what is right and wrong or what is true or false. The only once capable of that is the Judge.
So Christians. Don’t buy the lie. You don’t YOLO. This is literally a demonic doctrine. Stop believing, stop saying, and leaders stop teaching it. It is God is the sole source of truth and He has spoken. YODO(You Only Die Once) and then comes the judgment.
For more on this read: (CAN YOU BE GOOD WITHOUT GOD?)