Fox Television Network is set to air a new series this Fall called "LUCIFER," portraying Satan as a likable, helpful being.
Earlier this year, the series was pitched to Fox by its creators, with this description: "The TV series centers on Lucifer who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals."
Fox bought in. Unfortunately, so will millions of uninformed people.
Fox bought the pilot back in February.
Now they have given the "green light" to move forward with the series.
This is how Fox is promoting the series to the public:
The Devil has come to Los Angeles...LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A. where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.
Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things---wine, women and song---when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux.
For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder.
Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him---as well as his best friend and confident MAZIKEEN, aka. MAZE, a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman."
There's more. Lucifer gets involved with the LAPD in helping them solve the crime, then the forces of evil and an angel sent by God compete for Lucifer's ultimate response to right and wrong.
The Fox PR ends with this: "Can the devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil?
Some pastors are alerting their congregations that this series will be on Fox Television Network---not Fox News Channel--this Fall.
Others are dismissing it as "harmless entertainment" noting that it's just based on a storyline from a DC Comic book.
Joe Schimmel, with Good Fight Ministries, has written a good article about this new show.
He says, "Those who know God's Word should be aware that the entire premise of this show is packed with lies, and why not? It is a show glorifying Lucifer, who Jesus called 'the father of lies'" (John 8:44).
First, he says, it is a blatant deception to portray Satan as "The Lord of Hell." While that is actually taught by a good many Satanist teachers who are obviously misled in thinking they will some how rule and reign with Satan in the underworld.
Jesus did say that hell was created for Satan and his angels. However, it was not created as a place for him to rule, rather a place of eternal punishment for Satan and those whom he deceives.
It's disappointing that Fox, or any other television network, would present Satan as chic or cool.
But not surprising.
Scripture teaches that Satan is adept at portraying himself as a likable or even helpful entity. This is why Paul warned that he deceives by appearing as "an angel of light" (II Corth. 11:13-15).
This is another example of the truth found in the words of the prophet Isaiah (5:20):
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness."
I would add, woe to those who are influenced by those who call darkness light and light darkness---good evil and evil good.
Be Informed. Be Discerning.