2 Timothy 3:1-8 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith.
A group of Satanists want to hold a “black mass” aimed at mocking the rites of the Catholic Church at the Oklahoma City Civic Center.
Tickets are being sold at the Civic Center for what’s being described as a “sacrilegious” event to be a “blasphemous mockery of the Mass.”
Tickets for the “Black Mass of Oklahoma” are $15. The event is described by the Civic Center ticket office like this: “The Black Mass has been a feared ritual, and now it’s being brought into the light! This will not only be enlightening but educational as well. This Black Mass will be conducted for the public to attend with certain adaptations to allow for a legal celebration.”
Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Catholic archdiocese of Oklahoma City, is calling on the city’s leaders to step in and stop the event from being supported by taxpayer dollars which provide funds for the facility, security, employees and other services.
“We’re astonished and grieved that the Civic Center would promote as entertainment and sell tickets for an event that is very transparently a blasphemous mockery of the Mass,” he said. “The ‘Black Mass’ that is scheduled for the Civic Center in September is a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.”
City spokesman say that as a public facility, they cannot deny the group the right to rent the space under the First Amendment.