I have often pondered this question. I am a huge Ghost fan and love everything about them, from their theatrics and sexual overtones, to their Lucifer-loving lyrics and imagery. I have seen some of my Christian friends singing, "He Is" at the top of their lungs and it makes me wonder: If a person is part of a religion where they are ordered to not have anything to do with anything Satanic or Luciferian, and are to denounce all things pertaining to Him, then how can Christians be Ghost fans without betraying their faith? Don't get me wrong, I am not a Satanist (Laveyan or theistic), and I have nothing against Christians, but I was raised as a Christian and I remember the way that I was taught. Singing blatant praise to the devil in any form would have been a really blasphemous and horrible thing for me to do while still a Christian. I never would have heard the end of it from my church family and biological family. It would probably have been worse than when I announced to everyone that I was a witch (Celtic Pagan/Wiccan) in 1993 when I was 14 years old. While folks seem to be a bit more open and tolerant of witches these days than they were in the 90's, I am still pretty sure that the majority of Christians would view anything that promotes Satan as not cool.
Yes, I am aware that in the case of Ghost, Satan and Lucifer are used more as an idea and a form of rebellion...but rebellion from the faith/ church aren't seen as a good thing by Christians for the most part (although there are some who may see the church and the modern day Christian movement as anti-Christian, too).
I suppose that I should also mention here that I am aware that the members of Ghost, to my knowledge, are not actually devil worshippers, Satanists, Luciferian monks, etc. I have seen interviews and believe them to likely be agnostic, believing in something bigger than themselves but not willing to label it one way or the other. It is clear, though, that they are thumbing their noses at the Christian religion (and other monotheistic/Abrahamic religions) for their hypocrisy and for their war against knowledge and enlightenment. I mean, Eve cursed the entirety of humanity when she ate that fruit from the tree of knowledge, right? And Lucifer, the Morning Star, the snake who guided and coerced Eve into eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge...he is God's adversary, right? So...singing his praises, even in a tongue-in-cheek, joking way would be seen as wrong among most Abrahamic religions...right?
I do have to say that I have no issue with going to Ritual and seeing all types of people there. In fact, that is one of the things I love so much about Ghost: Their ability to bring people together from all walks of life because of their amazingly badass music, super talented band members, and mind-blowing live shows. I actually appreciate the Satanic/Luciferian theme and find it quite entertaining, as I know most Ghost fans do. Recently, however, I saw a member of the Facebook group "In Ghost We Trust" post the following, and since nobody was allowed to comment on this post (per the group admin), I thought I would open it up for discussion here. So what do you think about the below post? Can Christians be Ghost fans and still be true Christians? Let's discuss this. Here is the post from the Facebook group "In Ghost We Trust":
"I've been dying to ask this question since I first discovered Ghost and had to swallow their whole Satanist act in order to enjoy their music and stellar live performances. Why would anyone want to worship Satan? The brand of Satanism Ghost are propitiating looks absurdly like Catholicism, but you're worshiping an entity that I've been taught is full of lies and brings nothing but despair and destruction. There's a lot of talk about God in Ghost's music, but they're giving all the props to Satan and painting God as the angry entity not to be trusted. Why trust Satan? For what? What are you expecting to get out of this devotion? Not judging, just want to understand."