Ghost band
[Photo by: Mikael Eriksson]

Swedish “devil-worshiping” band Ghost have caused quite an uproar in the community of Midland, Texas. Members of the area gathered to pray about the band’s upcoming show, with Pastor Larry Long claiming the show is “not healthy for the community.”

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Ghost are scheduled to perform on Monday, Nov 19 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in Texas, but not everyone is pleased about the booking of such a show.

Pastor Larry Long told “The Morning Show With Craig Anderson” on KWEL AM 1070 FM 107.1 that he was surprised by the venue’s agreement to book the event.

“I was in a prayer group yesterday afternoon, so I didn’t learn about it until yesterday morning. I saw a Facebook post from a friend of mine,” Long told the radio station. “But it was during the time that we were spending in prayer, a group of us, that it [was] just really impressed upon me that we need to speak out against this. I don’t know that we can stop the band from coming—I don’t know how that works—but this is very concerning to me.

And I’m not so much concerned about the band as I am about the fact that Wagner Noël didn’t have better sense than to sign this band. What are those people thinking? Are they a part of our community? Do they care what the majority of our community might think about something like that. It’s quite remarkable to me that they would even sign a band like that.”

Long did some research on the band and their lyrics after hearing about the upcoming concert, and admitted that he was bothered by it all.

“Sure, I’m concerned about the content of the band. We have a freedom of religion in America, which means a freedom of irreligion and anti-Christian faith, if that’s what people want to do. And so, from that sense, yes, the band bothers me. But I’m not in favor of outlawing the band per se; what I’m in favor is finding out from Wagner Noël what in the world they’re thinking… I don’t know what Wagner Noël can do once they sign that contract, but for Heaven’s sakes, they need better sense than this.

And I think the community should be alarmed about it. This is not healthy for our community. Because we Christians believe the devil is real, so when you have a devil-worshipping band… And I’m sure the band believes the devil’s real; I doubt that they’re just doing this as a part of their schtick for music and music they produce and so on. And if you were to read some of the lyrics of their songs, they’re really quite disturbing.”

When asked about the lyrics that upset him:

“There’s [a] song about… What’s it called? ‘Satan’s Hammer’? Something about a hammer. And it talks about the fact that the person singing the song is seeking a relationship with the devil. And if young people go to a concert like this and they think it’s all just good fun—kind of like Halloween, so to speak—and so, ‘This is all just good fun,’ and ‘Don’t make such a big deal out of it,’ I think if they’re singing along to those lyrics, who knows what in the world they’re opening their hearts and lives up to?”

The Pastor also shared a story he happened to stumble across while looking up the band.

“When they came to America and went to Nashville to cut their album, they couldn’t find anybody that would sing with them on their album, because the content of their music is so demonic. So they had trouble finding people to sing. Here’s the funny thing: they couldn’t cut their album in Nashville, so they had to travel out to California to find people to be willing to sing the devil’s music. [Laughs]”

He also went on to discuss Ghost’s image, and how he believes they really do worship the devil.

“The main band leader goes by the name of Tobias, whether or not that’s his real name, who knows? And then the rest of ’em go by ‘ghoulish horde’ or something like that. Of course, you see this kind of stuff and you say, ‘Well, how much of this…? Do they understand?’

I think that they understand all of it. I think that they are doing this intentionally, and I think they really do worship the devil, because I believe… as a Christian, as a biblical Christian, I believe the devil’s real. So I imagine maybe some people listening right now would say, ‘Oh, you guys are getting overblown with this,’ and those kinds of things. Well, you would only think that if you didn’t think the devil was real.”

Members of the Texas community have reached out to the venue in regards to the show, but have not received a response.