Here's an inexplicable item we found in our news feed.
Alternet picked up on a recent article featured in Charisma magazine about Contessa Adams.
The Charisma article goes into detail about Adams' belief that, back in the day, she was the sexual plaything of demonic spirits.
For nearly two decades, Contessa Adams felt as though she had no power against the demonic violators of her body. She felt trapped in secrecy and shame and knew that the demons tormenting her wanted things to stay that way.
But God had another agenda for Adams when she found Christ in 1979. The former stripper has a ministry through which she exposes one of Satan's darkest secrets—sexual demons.
These spiritual rapists, as Adams describes them in her book, Consequences, often prey on people by performing sexual acts through nightmares and erotic dreams. Some people become so dependent upon these demonic experiences that they actually look forward to them.
This isn't the first time Charisma wrote about Adams. Back in 2000, the magazine did a story about her escape from voodoo.
According to Adams' autobiography, Consequences, Satan claimed her from birth by using a midwife named Flossie—a known witch on the Caribbean island of Dominica.
"In retrospect, my theory for all this was that when the servant of Lucifer blew breath into my mother...hell spoke," she writes. "The monarch of hell uttered, 'Both can live, only if I have the soul of the child!' [My] mother admits that she was voodooed or hexed, as it were. One could easily say that from my birth I was raised by a hexed, voodooed or a demon-possessed woman."
Adams had other relatives who were involved in the occult. The most notable was her maternal grandfather, who was a witch doctor. He was considered a "good" one because he reversed spells and curses that were cast on family members.
For Adams, practicing voodoo and various forms of Santería was kid stuff, she says. There was a deeper evil she craved, and she literally had an appetite for it. One of her favorite delicacies was "black pudding"—a concoction containing raw animal blood.
Anyway, you can imagine the treatment that Alternet gave Adams' "demon sex" claims.
Then God came along and ruined everything, I mean saved her, putting her on the path to righteousness and helping others who are (naked) wrestling with their own sex demons.
But demons aren't just about getting laid. They're wreaking havoc all over the place, in addition to the mischief they've wrought on confused Christian genitalia.
The primary demon fighter in the modern Christian world is the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), a global network of Charismatic Christian ministries devoted to Dominionism, the idea that they must take over public institutions in order to save America and the world from ... demons (and gays, of course).
It's interesting that the Alternet article jumps (rather abruptly) to the issue of NAR.
We wrote about the apostolic movement a while back, when we profiled Robert Henderson and his local apostolic center, Wellsprings.
During the research for that article, I came across an article by researcher Rachel Tabachnick detailing Charisma magazine's love affair with the Pentecostal leaders in NAR.
A November Charisma Magazine article is titled the “Rising Tide of Influence: How Pentecostalism is gradually changing the dynamics of American Politics.” But most of the leaders in the article are not traditional Pentecostals — they are apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation. The NAR is one of the current forces behind the radicalization of the Religious Right, and in turn, U.S. politics. NAR leaders teach a dualistic worldview in which all other religions and philosophies, including secular democracy, are considered controlled by demonic entities in a cosmic battle with Christianity. They are leaders on social issues, like fighting abortion and gay rights, but they also emphasize a mandate to take “dominion” over all of the “Seven Mountains” or cultural power centers — arts, business, education, family, government, media, and religion.
But getting back to this most-recent Charisma article on demon sex and Adams: Why? Or, more specifically, why was another article published about a 13-year-old book? The demonic sex-life of a former stripper is sexy, no doubt, and worthy of pondering at length, but this is seriously missing what we in the biz call a "news hook."
Unless, of course, there has been an uptick in accounts of demon sex attacks?