The Cry of Darkness

Outline: Begins with sound effect of Satan worship - death dance, wailing etc. Speaker refers to it and talks about where it leads, then tells about Jesus, and His atonement; His resurrection and power over Satan. God's hatred of witchcraft, idolatry etc. Scripture quoted on these subjects. Presupposes some knowledge about God.

Script Number:240
Language:English
Theme:Light/Darkness; Witchcraft, paganism; Worship; Saviour of Sinful Men; Power of God/Jesus; Faith, trust, believe in Jesus; Satan (the devil); Syncretism
Audience:Animist
Style:Monolog
Genre:Sermon--topical
Sophistication:General
Purpose:Evangelism
Bible Quotation:Direct
Status:Approved

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Script Text

Listen!! (Pause 1O sec. for death dance, horns, wailing) They are worshipping Satan. It is a bad affair, it is darkness. The people are falling into the deep pit of sin, and one day it will swallow them in death and hell. Do you hear? (Pause 5 sec.) It is the bitterness of the place of Satan. (Pause 3 sec.)

But the people do not need to worship Satan. God wants to draw them up out of this horrible pit. His Son, Jesus Christ, has come down to deliver them. He can put them in the place of safety. His power surpasses death and the grave. He has overcome Satan also. This He did in dying on the cross and rising again from the dead. The living One, Jesus, our Redeemer, can set us free from sin, and the fear of Satan. The worship of Satan, God hates. And the sin of practicing witchcraft instead of trusting in the living God in times of sickness and sorrow - this God hates. People are putting their trust in idols, roots, stones, horns or other dead things recommended by the witch doctor. But they ought to believe in their Creator and Redeemer.

God commanded His people, saying "There shall not be found among you one that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or wizards. For all who do these things are an abomination unto the Lord."

"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards to go whoring after them; I will even set My face against them and cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God." Jesus Christ is the only Saviour. He is the only One Who can forgive your sins. He also has power to heal our diseases.

Allow Jesus, the light of the world, to enter your heart. Then the darkness, and the affairs of darkness will leave your heart. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; He that follows Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life."

But woe to them who love darkness more than light. (Pause 5 sec. for death dance). God's Word names the works of darkness in this way: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, revelling and such like. They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

But remember, my people, God is calling you to come to the Saviour, now! And, "Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your heart."

Deut. 18:10-12; Lev. 20:6.7; Ps. 103:1-3; Jn. 8:12; Gal. 5:19-21; Heb. 3: 7, 8.