The Co-Founder of the SA Satanic Church Resigns, Claiming He Finally Experienced Christ’s Love.
The ex-co-founder of the South African Satanic Church has just announced his resignation, and he is now revealing why he made this decision. In a Facebook live video with the caption, “Why/How did I leave The SA Satanic Church (and turned my back on Satanism),” former co-founder Riaan Swiegelaar explained in detail why he decided to make this change.
More than one hundred individuals reached out to him on social media, wondering why he chose to abandon the South African Satanic Church. Why did he renounce Satanism?
According to Swiegelaar, he was able to “slip out the back door quietly.” He thought that when he left the church, no one would care. But before he explained his reasons, he rst told what drew him to Satanism. He felt it was important for the story and to provide some context to the situation as a whole.
He stated, “So I got involved with Satanism because at the time it resonated with me. Being very broken and being very sad without realizing it and I think the reason a lot of people resonate with Satanism is they come from a very broken place.”
Over the last three years, he has made “thousands of Satanists” and that they are “extremely broken” and “extremely hurt.” This is something that all of them share. Swiegelaar added that he has “never known unconditional love in my entire life,” and that up until now, there have only been four Christians in his life who have shown him what unconditional love truly is.
He is grateful to them for allowing him to participate in it. He went on to explain that at the time, he was a “monster” and an “ugly person,” and that he would take Christians on.
He even got emotional while sharing his experience, remarking, “To show someone love is everything. It’s not a simple thing. You have shown me everything. You have shown me the love of Christ. I’ve seen it in you.”
It was in May that Swiegelaar completed his last interview for the Satanic Church of South Africa. He had no idea it would be his final radio appearance.
Swiegelaar stated that he did not believe in Jesus Christ or His existence during the interview. Then, after the interview, he claimed that a woman who worked at the radio station embraced and touched him. He said she held him in such a way that “he has never been loved” before.
Swiegelaar found out that the woman was also a Christian through a WhatsApp status update that week. He stated, “I couldn’t believe it because I never had a Christian do that. I’ve never experienced a Christian showing that much love [and] acceptance unconditionally.”
After the interview, he saw what his next move would be. He stated, “How do I get more power? More influence?”
He then went on to say that Jesus Christ appeared to him during the ritual…
Swiegelaar said, “I said, if you are Jesus, you need to prove it. And he flooded me with the most beautiful love and energy, and I recognized that immediately because the woman at the radio station showed that to me. That’s how I recognized the love of Christ. Because four Christians showed it, not the others.”
He continued: “When you experience it, it is something different. And again I’m not here to attack people, but I want to get a few things off my chest. I have for a long time believed that I am not worthy of God’s grace because I’m gay and because I have certain abilities. So people made me believe for a very long time I’m not worthy of that. Let me tell you something today, the kingdom of God is not a gated community. The kingdom of God is open to everybody. It’s called grace. ”
Swiegelaar stated that, since accepting Jesus Christ into his life, he has been able to have honest conversations with God.