A second example of a new phenomenon, which at first
sight one doesn't know what to make of, is the now very common phenomenon of
UFOs, flying saucers.
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There is a particular Protestant evangelist, the
above-mentioned Carl McIntire, who is extremely strict and righteous and very
Bible-believing. He has a radio program, the Twentieth-Century
Reformation, and a newspaper. He is absolutely upright—you have to
separate from all people who are in apostasy—and his ideas are very nice.
He's anti-communist. He calls Billy Graham an apostate, together with
everyone who deviates from the strict line of what he thinks is right.
From this point of view he's very strict, and yet you see the strangest things
i his philosophy. For example, he's building himself the Temple
of Jerusalem, in Florida.
He has a model of the Temple, and
he wants to build it so as to make it compete with Disneyworld.
People will come and pay to see the great Temple
which is soon going to be built for Christ to come to earth. This is
supposed to provide a good opportunity to witness Christianity.
He goes in for the flying saucers, also. In every
issue of his newspaper there's a little column called "UFO Column,"
and there they talk, to one's great astonishment, about all the wonderful,
positive things which these flying saucers are doing. The give
conferences and make movies about them.
Just recently there have been several Protestant books about
UFOs, showing quite clearly that they're demons. The person who writes
the column in this newspaper got upset about this, and said that some people
say that these beings are demons, but we can prove they aren't. He says
that maybe a couple of them are demons, but most of them aren't. He cites
a recent case in which some family in the Midwest saw a
flying saucer. The flying saucer came down, landed, and the family saw
inside little men—they're usually four and half feet tall or so—and they sang
"Hallelujah." They stopped and looked and then they flew away;
I guess they didn't talk to them any more. And that set the family to
thinking; they began to think "Hallelujah"; they began to think about
Christianity; they looked in their Bibles, and they finally ended up going to a
Fundamentalist church and being converted to Christianity. Therefore, he
says, these beings must be some kind of people who are helping God's plan to
make the world Christian because they said "Hallelujah."
Of course, if you read Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov, you
will know about all the deceptions which the demons perpetrate: the demons
"pray" for you, the demons make miracles, they produce the most
wonderful phenomena, they bring people to church, they
do anything you want, as long as they keep you in this deception. And
when the time comes, they will suddenly pull their tricks on you. So
these people, who have been converted to some kind of Christianity by these
so-called outer-space beings, are waiting for the next time they will come; and
the next time their message may have to do with Christ coming to earth again
soon, or something of the sort. It's obvious that this is all the work of
demons. That is, where it's real. Sometimes it's just imagination,
but when it's real this kind of thing obviously comes
This is very elementary. If you read any text of the
early Fathers, any of the early Lives of Saints or the Lausiac History,
you find many cases where beings suddenly appear. Nowadays they appear in
spaceships because that's how the demons have adapted themselves to the people
of the times; but if you understand how spiritual deception works and what kind
of wiles the devil has, then you have no problems in understanding what's going
on with these flying saucers. And yet this person who writes the UFO
column is an absolutely strict Fundamentalist Christian. He is looking,
actually for new revelations to come from beings from outer space.