Although we align, in the broadest of terms, with the LaVeyan tradition, we are the Reformed Satanic Church because LaVey was attempting to start a new religion. We are an anti-religion. Religion is authoritarian; we reject all proclaimed authority as arbitrary and, at best, backed by threats of force and violence. Whether one chooses to abide the edicts of this authority are one’s own decision, but that choice is critically a given person’s to make; usurpation of that sacred choice creates obedience inspired by fear, not respect.
We are our own gods, and it should be noted that the classic Satanic Church agrees–to a point. But when the precious autonomy and will of others can be sacrificed on the altar of democratic ego in the Church of the State, the statist humanism takes hold, and the “I” ceases to be supreme, suddenly subverted by the illusory “we” these charlatans claim to represent, as the clerical ranks of classical religions claimed. And, like the charlatans of old, their god is no more real, but their delusions of their God’s wisdom and benevolence, and their capacity to act in accordance with that wisdom and “benevolence” are likewise no less dangerous.
Lucifer is not our god nor our king. Lucifer is our example. As he refused to obey the arbitrary edicts of an authority, so shall we. Morality is determined by conscience, not by hierarchical ranking of a decree.
In its blind allegiance to authority, the Satanic Church has violated this basic reality. We are to be free, not wards of an authority.
Religion has, since its inception, been a tool to acquaint the masses with authoritarianism, with hierarchies of rulers rather than leaders. The ultimate authority, the deity, provides humanity with an authority that none can challenge. The deity is right because it is the deity. It is above us. It is an authority.
In actuality, it is a figment of the imagination, a tool used by the priests and kings to create within us a desire to obey.
Intercessant religions then became the common trend, with not one religious system on the planet free of this interposition of a priest between the common man and the divine–priests who are, by and large, held to exist in the physical realm and in the spiritual real, torn between worlds. Yet there is only a proclaimed authority, with no word other than the priest’s, and when the common man has searched himself for the divine, he has almost universally found the priest to be a liar and con artist.
Christianity, as one of the most egregious examples of authoritarian faith, serves as the perfect launchpad for something diametrically opposed. We are the anti-Christians; we are, therefore, the Satanists. This is not to say that we are anti-Christ; quite the opposite, as many of Christ’s teachings are certainly divinely inspired.
If we are against the proclamation of arbitrary authority, it gets no more arbitrary than the declared authority of a god. Lucifer had the courage to challenge this arbitrary authority, and so we follow that lead: we reject the authority of gods, the authority of priests, and the authority of man. We are our own authority, and we alone choose our paths. We alone discern right from wrong, not by adherence to laws passed from a god (and, without irony, delivered in actuality by a priest or king), but by empathy, compassion, and imagination.
Lucifer is the evil being not because he did anything within the pages of the Bible that any person would accept as immoral, but because Lucifer challenged authority. This is the true nature of their law, the law of priests, kings, and gods. To be free, we must revere the anti-god; we must revere reason, logic, knowledge, and ourselves. “Obey” is the great commandment of all religions and states, and never is it explained why obedience is good–because, to any moral person, whether obedience is good depends on the outcome, and not at all on the proclaimed authority of the person who makes the demand.
Why, then, should Lucifer be evil? Yahweh has provided no explanation for what benefit may have come to his unthinking, amoral automaton singing his praises in the Garden of Eden had they obeyed. The gut reaction of the theist here is to assert baldly that Yahweh needs no explanation. Why? Because Yahweh is their god. Yahweh is the ultimate authority. There is no other reason. “Because we must obey authority, and we must therefore obey the highest authority.”
But this is not an answer. It is a refusal to think because they know that no sensible answer can be provided, and they cannot handle the implications that their entire worldview of trust in authorities is found on nothing more than an empty “Because I said so.”