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Article ID: 4795
Age Group: Adult
Posted: November 11th. 2002
by Kerr Cuhulain
Larson's Compassion Connection
Bob Larson joined the anti-rock crusade in 1967. It was Larson, a former rock musician and disc jockey, who introduced the idea of Satanic influence in rock and roll in his first book: Rock and Roll: The Devil's Diversion. He went on to found Bob Larson Ministries in 1972. Larson has built this Denver based ministry up into a lucrative business. The keystone of Larson's ministry is the Christian radio talk show Talk Back. Larson has made numerous TV appearances on shows such as Oprah Winfrey. Larson has sponsored conferences all over the country to which he brings "occult crime experts" to lecture on "Satanism." For example, he planned a "Save Our Kids Conference" in Colorado on 20-21 July 1990.
The organizations that Larson recommends as resources give you some idea of his beliefs. Four of the organizations on the following list were examined in earlier articles in this series:
- Christian Research Institute, San Juan Capistrano, California. Founded by the late Dr Walter Martin, who spent most of his time criticizing Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons and Freemasons. CRI presents a daily radio program, The Bible Answer Man. Their purpose is basically to inform the world of beliefs that they consider "unbiblical."
- Religion Analysis Service, Brainerd, Minnesota. Like CRI, the purpose of the Religion Analysis Service is to point out religions that they consider "unbiblical."
- Spiritual Counterfeits Project, Berkeley, California. President: Tal Brooke. Another organization seeking out "unbiblical religions." You'll recall that we discussed them in an earlier article.
- Christian Apologetics Research Information Service (CARIS), Milwaukee, Wisconsin. President: Jack Roper. I discussed this organization in detail in an earlier article in this series. Roper has lectured for Larson.
- Cult Awareness Network, Chicago, Illinois. This started out as the Citizens Freedom Foundation. At one time was very active in "deprogramming" activities.
- Personal Freedom Outreach, St. Louis, Missouri. You'll recall this organization from my earlier article on Tom Sanguinet et al.
As this list of resources indicates, Larson is opposed to anything not Fundamentalist Christian.
Much of Larson's air time on his Talk Back radio show is devoted to soliciting money. This gives me the impression that Larson is more interested in the income than saving souls. Even people within the Christian community are concerned about the ethics of Larson's money making schemes. Christianity Today staff writer Lyn Cryderman reported in 1989 that Larson's ministry had engineered a "crisis" for the last two weeks of December 1988 to boost fund raising.(1) Cryderman reported that on 26 and 27 December 1988, via a taped announcement, Larson said that he had been "'ordered' to get away from the microphone due to stress. Further, he said he was worried that during his absence donations would decrease. 'I need you to keep the vision alive,' he told his audience. 'Without you, the vision of this ministry will die.' Larson then substituted previously aired programs for his live show, leaving the microphone for two weeks."(2) Cryderman continues:
"However, sources within the organization who were troubled by their participation in the appeal informed Christianity Today that Larson's absence was planned at least six weeks in advance. The sources, who asked not to be identified, suggested the announced absence was part of a planned 'crisis campaign' designed to bring in funds.
"...One of the Sources who spoke with CT produced ministry memos indicating the ministry knew of Larson's planned absence well before December. One memo, dated November 7, 1988, came from ministry employees and proposed a 'crisis for the last two weeks in December' in which an announcement would be made that would 'plead to the conscious [sic] and sympathy aspects of the listeners/donors'. As proposed, the campaign would 'instill in the listeners/donors that BL [presumably Bob Larson] is a human being too...' A November 11 memo from 'BL', apparently in response to the plan, stated, 'I like the idea,' and subsequent memos indicate staff members, with Larson's input, implemented the campaign."(3)
Cryderman reports that the Larson employee acting as her informant was fired by Larson approximately 3 weeks after contacting Christianity Today. When confronted with this evidence, Larson referred Cryderman to Bill Abbott, Larson's attorney. Abbott acknowledged one of the memos proposing the "crisis campaign," but denied the existence of the 11 November memo indicating Larson's approval.
In 1990 Larson ran a "Save The Summer" campaign on his talk show, claiming that his ministry was in dire financial need. Larson asked people to join his "Communicator Club" for $20 per month, to "save a radio station" (from taking his show off of the air) with a "gift" of $111.56, or to save two for $223.12. Larson asked people to become "Challenge Champions" by donating a "Champion Gift" of $500 or more. He urged people to call in on the "Communicator Club Hope Line" (1-800-223-CLUB) to make their pledges. This number was shared by his "Compassion Connection" counselling service.
You'll recall from an earlier article the notice that the Peters brothers sent around claiming that their ministry was going under and that they needed cash quick. You'll also recall that they were major fans of Bob Larson. You can easily see where the Peters Brothers got the idea from.
In October of 1991, Bob Larson told the Rocky Mountain News that his annual salary was $69,000. However, as a result of Larson filing a divorce action in January 1991 against his wife of twenty years, Kathryn, he was required to make financial disclosures to the court. These public documents show what Larson was really worth at the time:
Gross Monthly Salary $6,792 (ie: $81,504/yr)
Monthly Expense Allowance$2,750
Monthly Retirement Allowance$4,208
Monthly Housing Allowance$2,291
Monthly Cafeteria Plan Reimbursement $333
Add to this Larson's salary from International Broadcasting Network (the distribution arm of his Talk Back radio show), consulting fees from Bob Larson Ministries' Canadian operation and moneys paid to Larson for his personal auto and the total, after taxes, worked out to about $220,000 per year. Add to this Larson's $1000 per month recreation allowance and royalties, and the total amount that the Larsons reported on their 1990 Income Tax return was $403,310. In addition, the Larson's owned five pieces of prime Colorado real estate. Their marital assets at the time of their divorce came to $1,444,703. Obviously the Christian radio evangelism business is lucrative.
Larson is the author many books, including:
- Rock and Roll: The Devil's Diversion
- Babylon Reborn
- Rock: Practical Help For Those Who Listen To The Words And Don't' Like What They Hear
- Larson's Book of Rock
- The Day Music Died
- Larson's Book of Cults
- Larson's New Book of Cults
- Larson's Book of Spiritual Warfare
- Satanism: The Seduction of America's Youth
- Tough Talk on Tough Issues
- Straight Answers on the New Age
- Dead Air
- Shock Talk: The Exorcist Files
Larson's videos include:
- Larson's Video of Spiritual Warfare
- Video Handbook on Spiritual Warfare
- Six Entries of Evil
- Step by Step Deliverance
- How to Break the Six Strongholds of Satan
- Exorcism in Action
- How to Beat the Devil at His Own Game
- Highway to Hell
- Showdown With Satanism
- UFOs and the End Times Agenda
- The Exorcism
- The Four Laws of Spiritual Warfare
- Six Ways Demons Dominate
- Demons or Dissociation
- Unmasking Murder
- The Truth About Demons
- Freedom From Family Curses
- Freedom From Lust and Suicide
- Metal Mania
In The Devil's Diversion, Larson expands on the theme of David Noebel's 1966 book Rhythm Riots and Revolution. Larson simply replaces Noebel's concept of Communist influence in rock music with the Devil. Larson contends that the beat of rock music is borrowed from primitive, Pagan rituals. Like Noebel, Larson states that he believes that this beat hypnotizes young people, incites riots, and erodes moral judgement. "Lyrics of today's rock songs are a large part of the tidal wave of promiscuity," Larson tells us, "Illegitimate births, and political upheaval have swept our country."(4)
Larson revised The Devil's Diversion in 1968 and again in 1970. In 1971 Larson wrote Rock and the Church. Larson had become alarmed by the appearance of Christian rock and his message in Rock and the Church was that the only true Christian music was sung by born again Christians who only associate with and play for other born again Christians. Writing about "the devil's beat," Larson warned his readers: "When used excessively, under proper circumstances, the beat of rock music is a force accommodating demonic possession and therefore is not worthy as a vehicle to communicate the gospel."(5)
Over the years Larson went on to write many more books critical of Rock. Gradually his focus changed from the beat of the music to the immorality and "occultism" that he perceives in the lyrics. Larson contends that rock music causes drug addiction, promiscuity, suicide and homosexuality. In Larson's Book of Rock, Bob warns us:
- "When the lyrics explore the obscene and profane, when the entertainers glorify the perverse and forbidden, and when the beat borders on the erotic, that's where I say NO! [emphasis in original]"(6)
- "Some top hits are so lewd that the lyrics can't be printed for fear of having this book classified as pornography."(7)
In Larson's Book of Rock, Bob interprets common American slang in interesting ways. "Funky" always means sexual odours, "groovy" becomes a sexual position, and "gigs" become sex orgies.
Larson's position on Christian rock has changed over the years too. Unlike Jeff Godwin, Larson now supports it.
Over the years Larson's focus has also shifted from attacking rock and roll to pontificating about what he perceives to be cults. A good example of Larson's "anti-cult" writing is Larson's Book of Cults, which was released in 1982. Larson's Book of Cults is a reference book used by many fundamentalist Christian organizations. Larson's Book of Cults lists major world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam as "cults." Pagan religions are not even mentioned because Larson considers Pagans to be Satanists and indistinguishable from them. The following quotations from Larson's Book of Cults will give us an insight into what Bob Larson's approach to religion is:
- "The sociological considerations of cult activity must mirror the standard that Christ is the source of determining error and truth."(8)
- "Even though this book recognizes the positive elements in certain cults, it must not be forgotten that the Bible requires reproof and rebuke of any teaching which exalts itself against the necessity of salvation through Christ."(9)
- "Whether a belief system conforms to Scripture or the extent to which it departs form biblical precepts is the ultimate gauge for truth and error."(10)
- "As Dr Walter Martin has observed, 'A person may be morally good, but if he sets his face against Jesus, his fruit is corrupt.'"(11)
- "Whether or not a particular religious group claims to be Christian is not a prime consideration...the premises of this book are based on two contingent factors which evaluate whether a group is cultic:
"(1) If they ignore or purposely omit central Apostolic doctrines; or
"(2) if they hold to beliefs which are distinctly opposite to orthodox Christianity."(12)
- "...all ideologies which are contrary to Scripture originated from the same source- Satan."(13)
- "If the source of the information is evil, and if the application is unbiblical, nothing is proved except that Satan is able, supernaturally, to manipulate one's consciousness."(14)
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