A Satanic religious group has been operating in Russia as an officially recognized church for the past year, according to the news website 66.ru. What's more, the Satanists are using their one-year anniversary to declare opposition to religious extremism.
The Satanic Church of Russia received legal recognition on May 10, 2016 - a date they subsequently declared “the day of Russian Satanism,” 66.ru reported.
In an interview with the news site, church leader Oleg Sataninsky expressed his organization's support for the controversial Yarovaya Laws, which widen the Russian legal concept of extremism and place restrictions on missionary work. Last month, Russia banned the Jehovah's Witnesses religious group under the legislation.
“We consider it necessary to speak out against missionary activity” Sataninsky said. “The Jehovah's Witnesses had an extreme approach. We oppose indoctrination and religious propaganda.”
The Satanic Church of Russia has existed since 2013, but decided last year to register as a religious association, “rather than risk being labelled a totalitarian sect and banned by the state,” Sataninsky said.
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It's likely the Gospel preached by Jesus and His disciples would be labeled as "extremist" in most of today's world. It's quite ironic that Satanism now should be considered an acceptable substitute for His Gospel.
If you recall the visions at Fatima, the Catholic Church was supposed to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. According to some, including Sister Lucia, this has been accomplished. However, considering that Lucia was a virtual prisoner of the Vatican most of her life, it's reasonable to question her judgement regarding this issue.
And if Satanism now is spreading to Russia, it does not bode well for their future.