Riaan Swiegelaar, co-founder of the South African Satanic Church (SASC), has resigned from his post as presiding priest of the controversial church on 30 May 2022. He also resigned from the church council, as well as dissolved his membership with the organization.
In a live video broadcast on Facebook, Swiegelaar said, “To be very honest, I initially thought I’d quietly slip out the backdoor and I didn’t think people would be so interested in why I do what I do.” ”
He said he engaged in Satanism because it resonated with him at the time, and because he was “very sad and very broken, without realising it”. “I think a lot of people resonate with Satanism when they come from a very broken place.” ”
“I have met thousands of Satanists over the past year and they are extremely hurt and broken—that’s the one thing they all have in common,” Swiegelaar added.
He burst into tears and added, “To this day, there have only been four Christians in my entire life who have shown me what unconditional love is. ”
Adel Frey, one of the people who supported him, messaged him saying that she just did a simple thing by showing him love. “People, showing love for others is everything. You showed me the love of Christ, I saw it in you”.
He adds that Frey showed him unconditional love at a time when he was an “ugly monster”, and when he adopted Christians who do that. “You showed me unconditional love. ”
In mid-May, Swiegelaar conducted his last interview as a member of the SASC on the CapeTalk radio station, not knowing it would be his last radio interview as an oldie.
Swigelaar said in the interview that he does not believe that Jesus Christ exists. A lady from the radio team walked up to him after the interview and hugged him in a way he had never been hugged before.
A week later, he saw on WhatsApp that the woman is a Christian. “I never had a Christian do this. I have never experienced a Christian show so much love towards a self- proclaiming satanist. ”
“And it stayed with me, though. ”
A week later, when Swiegelaar had to perform a ritual to see “what the next phase is to gain more influence and power”, he did the ritual and during the ritual Jesus appeared before him.
He said, “If you are Jesus, you have to prove it.” He said what he experienced next was the most beautiful love he could imagine.
“And I recognized it right away, like the woman at the radio station pointed it out to me.”
“This is how I recognized the love of Christ.” No one is too far gone to come back to Jesus Christ. He is always waiting for you with open arms!
You can watch Swiegelaar’s video here: https://www.facebook.com/riaan.swiegelaar/videos/610599526944658/