Carlos Santana: Saint or Satanic
Carlos Santana, at 52 years of age, has received more acclaim and airplay in the last year than he had received in all of the previous years of his career as a rock star combined. During the year 42nd Annual Grammy Award telecast (February 23, 2000), Carlos Santana and Supernatural won an unprecedented nine Grammys in the following categories:
Record of the Year: "Smooth"
Album of the Year: "Supernatural"
Song of the year: "Smooth" - writers Itaal Shur and Rob Thomas
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas
Best Pop Instrumental: "El Farol"
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: "Put Your Lights On," featuring Everlast
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: "The Calling," featuring Eric Clapton
Best Rock Album: "Supernatural"
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: "Maria Maria"
Previously, Michael Jackson had held the record alone in 1983 with eight Grammys. What is the supernatural source of the startling success Santana has enjoyed with his album Supernatural? Santana has been quite candid about the fact that he has had supernatural direction and assistance from a spirit entity, which calls itself Metatron, from the inception of the project. This spirit entity guaranteed and even prophesied the success of the album Supernatural before the project had even gotten off the ground. Santana told Rolling Stone magazine in the summer of 1999, more than half a year before the fireworks went off at his stellar showing at the 42nd Annual Grammys:
"I know it sounds New Age... but in my meditation, this entity - which is called Metatron - he said, 'we want to hook you back to the radio airwave frequency. We want you to reach junior high schools, high schools and universities. Once you reach them - because we are going to connect you with the best artists of the day - then we want you to present them a new menu. Let them know that they are themselves, multidimensional spirits with enormous possibilities and opportunities. We want you to present them with a new form of existence that transcends religion, politics or the modus operandi of education today'" (Rolling Stone, Summer, 1999)
Like many rock stars, Santana admits that his success is tied to a spiritual entity. Santana also claims that he has contact with the spirits of musicians who have died, such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Santana has claimed that other artists who participated on his album, Supernatural, were brought to him supernaturally to be a part of Metatron's project. He claimed that they heard his music, or were communicated to in dreams, and were told they were to be part of the project.
Santana claims that his first initiation into the spiritual world took place when he first ingested LSD in the 1960's. He claims that while he played Woodstock, his guitar became a serpent before his eyes and inspired the way he played his seething leads that would catapult him to international fame as a guitarist. God's word warns us to, "Test everything carefully; hold tight to that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Certainly we should test the identity of this spirit, which claims to desire to indoctrinate our youth with a new menu and a "new form of existence that transcends religion [i.e. Christianity, etc]." God's word warns us that we are to test the spirits for not every spirit is from God:
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1)
It is not wise to plunge into any realm without a measure of discernment. In the physical world one does not lift up a rock and indiscriminately grab whatever insects might be bedded under it. In the same way, we are not wise to blindly accept the prophetic ministry of this spirit entity no matter what kind of success it has conferred upon Carlos Santana. In fact, God's word warns that the demonic world would show great signs and wonders insomuch that if possible they will deceive even the elect of God (Matthew 24:24). Power and success then may be as much a witness that demonic activity is taking place as godly activity. Moreover, doctrines as taught by demonic agencies are prophesied by the Lord to be prevalent in the last days and lead many astray from the true faith prior to Christ's return:
"in the latter times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons," ( 1 Timothy 4:1)
THE CHANGING OF THE GODS
Before we explore the type of spirits that Carlos would have opened himself up to through his experiences with LSD, we would like to point out the fact that Santana also had opened himself up to the spirit world through his associations with John McLaughlin. It was McLaughlin who turned Carlos Santana on to the guru Sri Chinmoy. McLaughlin claims that Chinmoy is God declaring, "He is Divine Being." (Rolling Stone, April 7, 1977, p. 23). Carlos Santana recorded an album with McLaughlin and went on tour with him to propagate the message of Chinmoy's divinity. Carlos Santana has also written songs like, Guru's Song and Guru Sri Chinmoy Aphorism. Here we see something, which is at serious odds with God's revelation of Himself as the only true God. Is Carlos Santana's promotion of guru gods like Chinmoy and new age beliefs from God or Satan? God's word warns against those who bring messages of any other god's than the one true God who has revealed Himself in His word and through His Son:
"If a prophet or dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other god's (whom you have not known) and let us serve them, you shall not listen to the word of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. But that prophet or dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the Lord... So you should purge the evil from among you." (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)
Clearly, the Lord takes such false teaching very seriously. This is due to the fact that it is only through a relationship with the one true God that we can be saved, and He regards with the utmost contempt any that would seek to jeopardize His relationship with His people. So serious was this to the Lord God that under the Mosaic Law, the Israelites were commanded to put false prophets to death. Under the New Covenant we are to stay clear of their influences, warn others not to follow them and pray that God would give them repentance before they lead more people astray or die in their horrible sin.
This entity, to whom Carlos Santana paid homage, can only be a demon as he is parroting the same ranting that deceitful spirits have through the ages. McLaughlin, Santana's mentor, gives us another tip as to the identity of the kind of spirits that he and Carlos Santana are serving. McLaughlin describes his experiences with his spirit guide in terms of classical demonic possession. McLaughlin recounts how this spirit would take control of his body and use it as a vehicle to play his guitar:
"One night we were playing, and suddenly the spirit entered into me, and I was playing, but it was no longer me playing." (Circus, April, 1972, p. 38)
The spirit world into which McLaughlin and Santana have been initiated into not only teaches the worship of false gods, but also promotes the lie that Satan taught to the first humans in the garden, namely that we are gods. McLaughlin claims:
"When I let the spirit play me, it's an intense delight. My role as a musician is to make everyone aware of his own divinity." (Newsweek, March 27, 1972, p. 77)
It is not hard to identify which spirit McLaughlin and Santana are of! Scattered throughout the last thirty years of Santana's music are references to pantheism; the idea that God is in everything, and that everything is God. The spirit using Santana can be identified as nothing other than the spirit of antichrist. It was Satan who originally sought to be like the "most high" (Isaiah 14:9-15). Satan's original deception contained the lie, "Thou shalt be as God", and the Antichrist himself will publicly claim, "himself as being God." (Genesis 3:1-6, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). Satan's original deception also contained the lie, "Thou surely shalt not die." Satan has repackaged this old occultic lie in the form of the new age delusion of reincarnation. Santana also has a song entitled, Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation. Santana, after almost a decade of dedication to his guru, had a falling out with him after his guru spoke out against homosexuality (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 86). Santana, however, continued to believe in the new age lies that first surfaced in Eden and provide the basis of the New Age movement today.
The spirit that has used Santana has done more than propagate the two new age lies of man becoming God and reincarnation/no real death. This spirit who identifies itself as Metatron, also perpetrates the idea that it is through the secret knowledge of the spirit world that the youth of the world will be brought into this higher form of existence that transcends religion. Incredibly, the three satanic lies which Satan uttered in Eden provide the basis of occultic new age teaching today. They are as follows: you shall not die; you shall be as God, and that self realization and God consciousness come through tapping into the secret gnosis, i.e. the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:1-6). We are warned that we are not to allow Satan to deceive us as he did the first family (2 Corinthians 11:2-4) and that we are to be on guard because Satan presents himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:12-15). Satan is the father of lies so we need to remain alert, lest we too be deceived (John 8:44, 1 Peter 5:18).
Like Satan's original deception, Carlos Santana claims that the purpose that the spirit Metatron has in the music that has been given to him is to bring people into the realization that they themselves are God:
"Metatron wants something from me, and I know exactly what it is... The people who listen to the music are connected to a higher form of themselves. That's why I get a lot of joy from this CD, because it's a personal invitation from me to people: Remember your divinity." (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 89)
Santana opens himself up to these spirit beings through meditation. It is at these times that Santana hears their voices as they communicate to him their will:
"...you meditate and you got the candles, you got the incense and you've been chanting, and all of a sudden you hear this voice: 'Write this down'" (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 41)
Santana claims that these spirits convey information to him as though he were "like a fax machine" (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 41). If you do not accept the revelation God has given us in scripture and want to believe that Santana is simply in touch with some benevolent angels, you are not only deceived, but Santana himself has acknowledged otherwise. Santana himself has admitted that many of the spirits he is relying upon for spiritual guidance and the power of music to influence the world are in fact "devils." He admits:
"The energy of devils and angels is the same energy; it's how you use it. It's fuel. There is a saying: If you scare all your devils away, the angels will go away with them. You know, the halo and the horns are the same thing. I mean it's OK to be spiritually horny - that's what creative genius is all about. Geniuses don't have time to think about how it's going to be received... they don't have time to think whether people like it or not, is it morally right, will God like it?" (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 87)
Santana mistakenly believes that both angels and devils are using him. God's word, however, shatters this lie as it reveals that light and darkness have no fellowship together and that the temple of God has no fellowship with demons (2 Corinthians 6:14-17). Santana would like people to know that while he is serving the devil, he is also in touch with some nice angels. God's word, as we have seen, clearly teaches that even Satan himself appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:12-15). While fallen angels will at times seek to present themselves in a benevolent light, their nature is wicked and in time it manifests itself as pure evil. Santana is aware that many of the angels which are using him are in fact devils, because they have revealed their nature to him as he has communed with them. In my own personal testimony, as a developing rock musician, I became more and more aware of the fact that the spirit beings who were channeling their satanic music through me were indeed demonic beings. This was the case, even though earlier in my life I ignorantly scoffed at the concept of the existence of the devil. I could not deny the reality that they existed after some very tormenting spiritual experiences I had encountered with them. I cried out to the Lord Jesus Christ, whom I had also previously rejected. He saved me immediately by His wonderful grace and delivered me from the kingdom of darkness and Satan to the kingdom of His marvelous light. I opened His Word, the bible, and the Lord revealed to me the truth about the spirit world. Sadly, Santana and so many other musicians have given their lives over to the devil in their quest for fame and fortune, and many of them have sought to justify it along the way. Many others, as we have proven in our Video presentation, openly admit that they are aware they are serving the devil and the devil alone. Whether they admit it or not, this is the case! Carlos Santana is either purposely deceiving the public by claiming that he is serving both devils and angels, or he is woefully deceiving himself. Either way, Carlos Santana is a servant of Satan, and if you are allowing his music to influence you, you are allowing yourself to be influenced by devils as Santana has admitted. God's word warns about those who are laboring under the spirit of antichrist, who would like to claim that they are serving the light as well and declares that, "God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5b). Jesus warned, "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters." (Matthew 12:30). Contrary to the belief that good and evil angels work together, the Scriptures reveal that they are at war with one another and that God and His angels will, in the end, emerge overwhelmingly victorious (Revelation 12:7-9). Jesus, throughout His ministry, exorcised devils that had possessed people and were using them like Santana to accomplish Satan's objective. Many rock stars have admitted not only selling their souls to Satan, but that they have been possessed by demons and are used by them to further Satan' kingdom. Carlos Santana has admitted that when he is influenced by these spirit beings, "I'm not Carlos anymore" (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 41). Carlos claims that he is amazed when he watches the footage of his performance at Woodstock, because it was as if someone else was playing his guitar:
"When I see it on TV, it's like another guy playing" he says, "He was trying to get in there, dealing with the electric snake. Instead of a guitar neck, it was playing with an electric snake." (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 48)
Santana says that when he played with Eric Clapton for Supernatural, they were literally "calling out the spirits." (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 42) It is through the power of these devil spirits that Santana and many others are able to channel music, which holds hundreds of millions of people around the world spellbound. Santana admits that he tunes into the same spiritual radio frequency that Jimi Hendrix channeled:
"There's an invisible radio that Jimi Hendrix and Coltrane tuned into, and when you go there you start channeling other music." (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 87)
We have documented that Jimi Hendrix admitted to those closest to him that music was channeled through him and that he was demon possessed and even at times talked about having these demons cast out of him, but never did and ended up suffocating to death on his own vomit. What are the purposes these devil spirits have in mind? Rob Thomas, who sang for Santana on the song Smooth, said that Santana sat him down and explained:
"That the record was put together just so - through sound, it could change people's molecular structure. And he sat me down and explained to me that, as a musician, is what we do. You can play one note and change the way people feel." (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 45)
Santana states that the devils use the music to arouse lust in people and states that he is not concerned about his music defiling women or making them feel heavenly:
"I'm trying now, very graciously, to balance and validate angels and devils with the same reverence... It's OK for your nipples to be hard and for you to be foaming at the mouth and you're really aroused and, OK, what do you do with this energy? I'm not afraid anymore of those perimeters." (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 88)
How many parents would appreciate that Santana's music is designed in the demonic world to arouse their sons and daughters sexually and defile them? How many adults are concerned that he admits channeling devils and has little or no concern as to whether it is moral or whether or not he is in rebellion against God? To be sure, God warns repeatedly against seeking the spirit world and warns that those who traffic in the demonic realm will go to the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). It is significant that at the 42nd Grammys, Santana claimed that the magic of his music was "assigned and designed" to bring unity to the world. The bible teaches that the demonic world will unify the world under the Antichrist and oppose Christ at His Second Coming, which the bible refers to as Armageddon (Revelation 16:14-16). Clearly we are approaching the commencement of the Antichrist and the Second Advent of Christ. It is also significant that the spirit that identifies itself as Metatron has been represented in Satanism for several years by the "eye inside the triangle" (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 41). Satanist, Aleister Crowley, used the eye inside the triangle as the most significant symbol of Satan in, The Book of the Law, as the guiding light of the New Age to come under the Antichrist. This same spirit is at work today like never before through a network of rock stars, movie stars, politicians, educators, religious leaders, entrepreneurs, etc. May God help us to stick to His Word ensconced in the bible lest we be led astray and end up joining their lot in the lake of fire!
We noted earlier that Santana admitted that he had his first real spiritual awakening when he had ingested LSD in the 1960's. Santana has used psychosomatic drugs like, LSD, mescaline, peyote and ayahausca. (Rolling Stone, magazine, March 16, 2000, p. 48). He claims that, "It's a spiritual thing... I feel it did wonders." (Ibid.) The problem is that the kind of wonders such drugs produce are those that Jesus predicted would accompany false Christ and false prophets in the last days (Matthew 24:24). Santana admitted that some of his experiences on such drugs produced "cold sweats, nightmares, and I would wake up screaming:" (Ibid)
God warns us in His word that those who use mind-altering drugs that are geared toward opening one up to mystical experiences will not inherit the kingdom of God. Not only this, but the Scriptures indicate that there would be a marked increase of such phenomena in the last days just prior to Christ's return to judge the world:
"Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality...SORCERY...and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21)
"and they [the final generation of this age] did not repent of their murders nor of their SORCERIES nor of their immorality nor of their thefts." (Revelation 9:21)
"for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your SORCERY." (Revelation 18:23b)
"But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and SORCERERS and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8)
"Outside [God's holy city] are the dogs and the SORCERERS and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying." (Revelation 22:15)
The original family of Greek words translated sorcery in the scriptures cited above as being from the root word pharmakeuo, from which we have derived the words pharmacy and pharmaceutical. The word refers to drugs used to alter one's state of consciousness and open one up to the demonic spirit world. The word has been translated both magic and druggings in various translations because it involves a marriage between the two. It is through Hallucinogens like Peyote, Mescaline and relatively recently LSD that many have been opened to the demonic world and even full blown demon possession. (See our soon to be posted article, Drugs and the New Age Revolution for an in depth study on this issue). It was while Santana was inebriated by the influence of LSD that he claimed to have his first real spiritual awakening. He found greater definition for the New Age lies he had embraced through McLaughlin and then his guru, but for Santana and millions of others in the hippie movement they became Hindus overnight through the practice of Pharmakeia.
In his book, LSD: My Problem Child, Albert Hoffman, the drug research scientist who developed LSD recounts how his first controlled experiment with the drug opened him up to what sounds again like classic demon possession:
"The dizziness and sensation of fainting became so strong at times that I could no longer hold myself erect, and had to lie down on a sofa. My surroundings had now transformed themselves in more terrifying ways. Everything in the room spun around, and the familiar objects and pieces of furniture assumed grotesque, threatening forms... Even worse than these demonic transformations of the outer world, were the alterations that I perceived in myself, in my inner being. Every exertion of my will, every attempt to put an end to the disintegration of the outer world and the dissolution of my ego, seemed to be wasted effort. A demon had invaded me, had taken possession of my body, mind, and soul. I jumped up and screamed, trying to free myself from him, but then sank down again and lay helpless on the sofa. The substance, with which I had wanted to experiment, had vanquished me. It was the demon that scornfully triumphed over my will. I was seized by the dreadful fear of going insane..." (LSD-My Problem Child, 1980, McGraw-Hill Book Company)
Incredibly, Hoffman acknowledges that the sense of becoming possessed by a demon after ingesting LSD is a common report among most researchers:
"Both the estrangement from the environment and the estrangement from the individual body, experienced in both of the preceding experiments described by Gelpke - as well as the feeling of AN ALIEN BEING, A DEMON, SEIZING POSSESSION OF ONESELF - are features of LSD inebriation that, in spite of all the other diversity and variability of the experience, are cited in most research reports. I have already described the possession by the LSD demon as an uncanny experience in my first planned self-experiment." (Ibid.)
Sadly, just like in Eden of old, Satan works his magic through the forbidden gnosis of drugs like LSD to convert the spiritually estranged into the original lie that, "Thou shalt be as God." Hoffman demonstrates the utter futility of this delusion when he describes what has happened to people who have been convinced they are God when in fact they are not and their lives end in tragedy after believing such a delusion:
"Like the other hallucinogens, however, LSD is dangerous in an entirely different sense. While the psychic and physical dangers of the addicting narcotics, the opiates, amphetamines, and so forth, appear only with chronic use, the possible danger of LSD exists in every single experiment. This is because severe disoriented states can appear during any LSD inebriation. It is true that through careful preparation of the experiment and the experimenter such episodes can largely be avoided, but they cannot be excluded with certainty. LSD crises resemble psychotic attacks with a manic or depressive character. In the manic, hyperactive condition, THE FEELING OF OMNIPOTENCE OR INVULNERABILITY CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS CASUALTIES. Such accidents have occurred when inebriated persons confused in this way - believing themselves to be invulnerable - walked in front of a moving automobile or jumped out a window in the belief that they were able to fly." (Ibid)
Sadly, Satan who was able to get the first humans to buy into his lie hook line and sinker continues to promote this lie in our day as he prepares the world to accept the antichrist as God and deceive the entire world with a strong delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). Santana claimed at the 42nd Annual Grammys that his music was being used to heal the world. His music, like the music of so many other agents of Satan, is being used to bring the world together under the antichrist. Santana sings in his song, Give and Take:
"Get your concentration on your meditation. Take the right direction for future destination... the whole world is one big family."
Jesus said of those who rejected Him, that they were of their father the devil (John 8:44). Jesus said you must be born again to get into the family of God (John 3:3). Like the original lie, and like the examples that Hoffman gave of those who had ingested Satan's brew, the world will be plunged even deeper into spiritual death in the name of becoming God. We need to acknowledge that we are mere humans who need to be humbled from the massive ego trip that Satan has deceived us with. We should be grateful that God made us and has allowed us to share in His creation. We should be thankful that He has been so patient with us and that He is awaiting that even more will repent before He pours out His wrath on those who think they are God or live as though they are and He is not! Sadly, the same spirits are using New Agers like Santana to indoctrinate the world with the same old lie, only in a different dress. Santana has said, "You can have the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I'll deal with them when I get on the other side...". No Santana! God will deal with you when you get on the other side. It is our hope and prayer that Santana will acknowledge the delusion he is under and renounce his service of Metatron and become a servant of Jesus Christ before it is too late. If you are into pharmakeia or New Age ideology, we warn you in Christ's love to turn from your rebellion against the true and living God and place your faith in the historical Jesus revealed throughout the pages of Holy Scripture, and you will be saved. We strongly encourage you to get into music that truly glorifies Jesus Christ who made you (John 1:1-3) and in His great love, gave His life on the cross as a payment of your sin debt to save you from eternity in Hell. Bow your head now if you are not following Him and confess your sin and ask Him into your life. He promises to save you if you turn to Him as your Lord and Savior. If you refuse to submit to Him and accept His free gift of salvation, you shall surely perish (Luke 13:3).
"If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:31b, 32, 36)
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
"...I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies" (John 11:25)
"All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out." (John 6:37)
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)
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