Christian web sites with inaccurate descriptions of Wicca
The Jesus-is-Lord Website
Many web sites written by Cowans (non-Wiccans) attempt to describe
Wicca. Many of these do not portray Wicca accurately, clearly, or with balance. Some are pure hate
sites dedicated to disseminating misinformation about Wicca. It is our opinion
of the worst is the Jesus-is-Lord website at: http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/.
That website discuss a variety of topics from a Fundamentalist Christian theological
position, including personal
salvation, Bible translations and the theory of
evolution. They also disseminate hatred and misinformation about a variety of
religious and spiritual groups: Roman Catholicism,
Wicca and other Neopagan
traditions and the New Age. They are a rather
high traffic web site, having received over 1 million "visits"
from 1997-JAN-1 to 2000-AUG-23. (We have asked the webmaster whether
these are "hits," "page loads," or "unique
visitors". These data can differ by 10:1 or more. They did not
The Jesus-is-Lord author extensively quotes author Bill Schnoebelen.
Some Wiccans, having conducted an internal examination
of Schnoebelen's main book on Wicca, "Wicca: Satan's Little
White Lie," 2 have concluded that he is apparently not the Wiccan
High Priest that he claims to have been -- that he actually knows relatively little
about Wicca. Reviewers on the Amazon.com web site rate his book with
an average of two stars out of five. Some reviewers say that they would
have assigned it zero stars, except that one is the minimum allowed. Some
critical comments from reviewers are:
"Some of his misunderstandings of basic Wiccan theology are
so astounding they are laughable, and leads me conclude that he isn't
what he says he is."
"This author is either lying, misinformed, had one bad
experience from a fraud, or some combination of the above."
"The author is clearly ignorant to the practices of Wicca."
"Upon further research, I also discovered that the
"Wiccan" organisation which this man claimed to be a member
of, was not specifically a Wiccan group to begin with, and also kicked
him out for physical and psychological abuse of other students. I do
not suggest this book to anyone, it is just dreadful."
"This guy was never a witch, or he'd know the truth."
"Apparently this author knows NOTHING of Wicca."
One reviewer pointed out that over a two year period, Bill Schnoebelen
claims to have studied four different traditions within Wicca, and became
a "high priest" in each of them:
Druidic Craft of the Wise (Actually Druidism
is not a part of Wicca)
Church of All Worlds
Church and School of Wicca
To reach such a high position in even one tradition is a major task,
typically taking many years of practice.
By 2008, postings on the AR-talk message board said that he also
claims to have been a UFO abductee and a vampire.
Quite a life!
Referring to other books by Bill Schnoebelen, an Amazon book reviewer
wrote: "This from a man who supposedly, in one lifetime, has been
A Catholic Priest, a high degree Mason, 3A
Wiccan High Priest, 3Hard-core (baby
sacrificing) Satanist, 5 a Mormon, 9,10
AND an evangelical Christian; 4 in less than 50
years." (The reviewer missed Schnoebelen alleged consecration as
a bishop in the Gnostic Church). 9 This same reviewer
posted a news report from Wireless Flash, Dubuque, IA which
discussed Schnoebelen's new book: Space Invaders. 6He
allegedly claims that Satan is responsible for UFO abductions. The Devil
has apparently been masterminding this plot for generations, in order to
cross-breed humans with his fallen angels. Schnoebelen allegedly describes
the gray aliens as "de-evolved versions" of elves,
leprechauns and fairies that have become more reptilian-looking as a
result of the homo sapiens - angelic breeding project.
Schnoebelen wrote an article in 2001-AUG concerning Dungeons and
Dragons™ and other fantasy role playing
games. 11,12 In the former essay, he states that he was
a "witch high priest (Alexandrian tradition) during the period 1973-84."
In the latter essay, he writes: "When D&D started,  you could
perhaps find four or five books on Wicca in print." This shows his
lack of knowledge of Wicca. G.B. Gardner, alone had four books on Wicca
published before 1960: "Goddess Arrives" (1948); "High
Magick's Aid" (written 1946; published 1949); "Witchcraft
Today" (1954); "Meaning of Witchcraft" (1959).
Edward L. King analyzed the lifetime accomplishments of Bill
Schnoebelen with tongue-in-cheek amazement.7King's
essay on his Masonic information web site shows that Schnoebelen has claimed to have
risen to high positions of power within many religious and spiritual groups.
Schnoebelen is either a hoax, or an individual who has become a senior
member of the power structure of a bewildering array of religious and
spiritual groups -- perhaps more than anyone else in history. We are
inclined to suspect the former.
The author sets the mood of the essay with a reference to "paganistic
mumbo-jumbo gumbo. Into darkness we go to discover the evil force that
mascarades [sic] behind the name Wicca..." This is not a
particularly balanced introduction.
Reference to fantasy Witchcraft:
The author then states that the "good" witchcraft shown in
such TV programs as Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Sabrina the
Teenage Witch, and Casper
the friendly ghost does
not exist. This is accurate; the programs are intended to be fantasies
Real live Witches don't make people disappear by wiggling their nose!
Then the author states that according to the Bible, all Witches are evil.
While it is true that the Bible condemns women
engaged in evil sorcery, and murderers who kill with poisons, it is silent about other activities which have been called
Witchcraft, such as fantasy TV programs and the core religion of Wicca.
Blasphemy, lies, heresy...
The author states that Wicca is composed of "fables, vain
imagination, paganism, blasphemy, lies, tales, heresay, [sic]..."
Here, he/she is stating the obvious: a person who follows one religion
generally believes that his/her religion is true whereas all other
religions are false -- simply forms of superstition. To a Wiccan, some Christian prayers are
blasphemy against the Wiccan Goddess and God; to a Christian, some
Wiccan rituals are blasphemy against the Christian Trinity. To a
Wiccan, the belief that Jesus was the Son of God is a heresy; to a
Christian, the belief that a God and Goddess exist is a heresy.
Wiccans become Satanists:
The author quotes Bill Schnoebelen as saying that serious followers of
Wicca will end up as Satanists. We are unaware
of any data in support of this assertion. However we feel that it is an
unlikely transition for at least three reasons:
There are many passages in Satanic literature which ridicule and
denigrate Wicca and Wiccans.
Wicca and Satanism have totally opposite rules of behavior.
Whereas Wiccans are generally duotheists, Satanists are mostly
Agnostics, and do not worship a deity.
The author introduces a dualistic concept common in conservative
Christianity: that there are only two supernatural forces in the
universe: God and Satan. If one is not worshiping the Christian God,
then one is worshiping Satan. Thus if a New Age practitioner is
involved with Ascended Master, or a Wiccan invokes the Goddess, they
are really dealing with Satan. "If you ain't [sic] serving
Jesus, you serving the devil de facto." Later, the
author writes: "Jesus or hell are the
only two choices." His statements imply that all faith groups
other than his own are forms of Satanism. That is not true, at least with
the conventional definition of Satanism.
Age of Wicca, compared to Christianity:
Wiccans sometimes assert that Wicca is older than
Christianity. This is a true statement, if one is referring only to the
roots of Wicca. Christianity is generally
regarded as starting at Pentecost, shortly after Jesus' execution,
about 30 CE. Wicca
is based, at least in part, on the symbols, deities, and seasonal days
of celebration of the ancient Celtic
people. They coalesced as a society circa 800 BCE.
But the Jesus-is-Lord author rejects this reasoning. He
that the worship of Jehovah dates back to Adam in the Garden of Eden,
circa 4004 BCE.
Everyone agrees that the ancient Israelites predate the ancient Celts.
But worship of Jehovah is not being questioned here; it is whether
Wicca is older than Christianity.
Origins of Wicca:
The Jesus-is-Lord author states that Wiccan leaders have lied to their
members by stating that Wicca can be traced back, in an unbroken line, to
ancient Celtic worship. In reality, Wiccan leaders and POMs (plain
ordinary members) generally acknowledge that Gerald Gardner created Wicca
in the late 1940's from a variety of sources. He claimed that one source
was a coven into which he had been initiated. He explained that that group
had lost much of its knowledge, rituals, beliefs and practices after
centuries of persecution. So, he fleshed out their religion with material
from other sources: Dr. Margaret Murray's writings on ancient European
Pagan belief, Fraser's "The Golden Bough," some Masonic symbols,
ceremonial magick, etc. All of this information is well known to Wiccans
and is published in many sources on the Internet and in Wiccan books. It
is not kept secret.
The essay states that "Lower level initiates believe everything
they hear and read and will argue you all day long that Wicca is the 'Old
Religion'." Yet, in the next sentence, a passage from
Schnoebelen's book is quoted: "It is now a matter of common
knowledge that much of Gardner's story is fiction." There is an
obvious contradiction between the two statements. The essay also
quotes a description of Wiccan basics from Schnoebelen's book. Most is
Is Wicca based on myth?
Many people feel that their own religion is based on the word of God,
but that all other religions are based on myth. Many Christians view Wicca
as a bunch of myths and legends. Some Wiccans and even liberal Christians
view the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) as being largely based on
ancient stories and myths of heroes who did not actually exist. In
reality, almost all religions contain some religious myth, and Wicca is no
Development of Wicca:
The essay describes some of the traditions within Wicca, such as the
Alexandrian Wicca, and lists some of their common elements: worship of the
Goddess and God, belief in reincarnation, a shamanic worldview, equal
respect for males and females, etc. However, some inaccuracies crept in:
Wiccan rules of behavior are described as a "do your own
thing" morality. In reality, the Wiccan Rede is a
very restrictive and demanding
behavioral code: "An it harm none, do what thou wilt."
This requires a Wiccan to carefully analyze any action in advance, to
make certain that it harms no one, including themselves.
Although we have seen no data on the frequency of orgies among
Wiccans, we suspect that it is close to that of the followers of other
religions. Ritual sex is performed by some Wiccans, but it is between
two persons in a committed relationship and is not done in the
presence of other members of the coven.
The essay quotes Schnoebelen's book: "Satan added such
notions as ecology, environmental awareness and feminism."
Concern for the environment is definitely a prominent theme in Wicca.
So is feminism, at least in the sense of equal treatment and value
given to persons of both genders. But these beliefs follow naturally
from the fundamental principles of the religion; they did not
originate from Satan.
Some errors crept into this section as well. The essay asserts that:
Wiccans believe that Jesus embraced his dark side. We have been
unable to find any reference to this within the Wiccan literature.
Wiccans are organized in covens of 13 members. This is an ancient
superstition left over from the Renaissance. Many covens are much
smaller; a few are larger.
Wiccans believe that "Wicca" means "wise
one," but that leaders keep the real truth hidden: that the
word originally came from bending or warping. Actually Wiccan web
sites, books, and other literature typically describe both possible origins for
After Wiccans gain some experience, they start to perform black
magic -- e.g. they cast spells to manipulate people, and influence
them against their will. Any Wiccan who uses rituals to manipulate,
dominate, or control others is violating the Wiccan Rede. The
Rede is so fundamental to Wicca that any persons violating it can no
longer be considered Wiccans.
The Wiccan Rede "A'in it harm none, do what ye will"
is very close to the Satanist rule of behavior. The latter is
misquoted as: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the
law." But, there is an obvious and major difference between
the two. The Wiccan Rede prohibits
harming oneself and other persons; the Satanic rule allows harm.
The essay states, correctly, that initiates into Wicca are blindfolded,
bound and naked. The author of the essay seems particularly concerned
about the nudity. Actually, this a common practice in many aboriginal
religions. The various steps of initiation symbolize death and rebirth.
More errors appear in this section. The essay asserts that:
References are made to the "Dark Lord of Death,"
"Lord of the Underworld," etc. This appears to be
related to the belief that "Samhain" is the Wiccan/Celtic God
of the Dead. This is a Christian myth. Samhain literally means
"end of the summer season." It is a new year's Wiccan
Wiccans embrace their dark side and, as Starhawk says: "acknowledge
the creatures we may find there." Actually, any Wiccans who
investigate their dark side actually attempt to understand themselves
more fully. The creatures that Starhawk refers to are purely symbolic,
not devils as the essay implies.
Wiccans ridicule Christianity and the Christian God. Actually, since
Wicca is a very different religion from Christianity, Wiccans do very
little speculation about the details of the Christian faith.
Wiccans engage in ritual sex. Actually, this is part of some
traditions, where it is called the Great Rite. But, as noted above,
this is done alone by a couple who are already married or within a
Wiccans whip each other ceremonially. This is not a common ritual
practice among Wiccans. However, it is still done in a few covens in the Gardnerian
tradition. The whipping is symbolic in nature and is gently performed
using an instrument made of a soft material. "... they use a silk cord
for this purpose. It is a symbolic gesture not intended to cause pain or
Aleister Crowley was a Satanist.
Actually it was The Law of Thelema which was
largely derived from his work, not Satanism. His prime aim was to
contact his Holy Guardian Angel Aiwaz. His
goal was to recapture the ancient pagan and Gnostic Christian
mysteries of the Middle and Near East. It was such literary greats as
Baudelaire, Byron, Shelley, etc., who lived in the 19th century, who
should more properly be regarded as the first Satanists.
Bill Schnoebelen, "Space Invaders?." This book can be
ordered online at: http://www.withoneaccord.org/ The web site describes the book contents: "What is really behind
UFOs? Fad, cover-up, or something more sinister? Bill provides Biblical
answers that relate to end-times prophecy."