SA CHURCH LEADERS URGE M-NET TO REMOVE DANGEROUS LUCIFER SERIES FROM SOUTH AFRICAN TELEVISION
We have recently been informed that M-Net has decided to move the “Lucifer” series to Friday nights in the 23h00 timeslot and have increased the age limit to 16. We also understand the series will be available on DStv catch up. We thank you for relocating the program to a later timeslot and for increasing the age limit. However, we are not convinced these actions will mitigate the potential harm caused to the many vulnerable young people in our country.
The Lucifer series, whether intentional or not, portrays Satan - the personification of all that is evil - in a sympathetic manner. This is highly dangerous especially to impressionable youth in our nation.
The program portrays Satan as a cool and misunderstood individual. Again, whether intentional or not, the impression one gets after viewing the program is that Satan, whom the Bible calls the “father of lies” is not such a bad guy after all. Lucifer, then, is given a Hollywood makeover and becomes more appealing.
This may be regarded as fantasy. But our history reveals that movies, TV programs and music do have a psychological effect on young people. There have been numerous reports in the news media of young people dabbling in the occult with devastating consequences for them, their families and society at large.
We further believe the trendy portrayal of the devil in the "Lucifer" series will mainstream evil behaviour. The popular media has historically been used to either humanise or dehumanise people to great effect. The "Lucifer" series humanises the personification of evil to the extent that evil becomes trendy.
Evil, or the personification thereof must be strongly condemned and discouraged not positively and sympathetically portrayed in the popular media. We trust that M-Net will put people before profit and will act swiftly to protect our youth from negative and damaging influences on national television in South Africa.
As a result of our spiritual and moral responsibility to society, we the undersigned Christian leaders in South Africa strongly urge M-Net to immediately cancel - in its entirety – the Lucifer series from South African television. We appeal to the management of M-Net to consider its social responsibility to a nation plagued by crime, violence and all manner of evil.
Dr Isak Burger – President, AFM of South Africa
Dr Anton van Deventer - Federal Leader of the Full Gospel Church of God SA
Dr Nico Landman - President of the Pentecostal Protestant Church SA
Pastor Nevil Norden - Leader of Living Word SA (Lewende Woord SA)
Pastor Marius Erasmus - Lede in Christus - Members in Christ