The popular movie and television drama streaming service Netflix has decided to carry the fourth season of the sin-saturated fantasy police drama “Lucifer” just weeks after FOX decided to not to renew the show. Hundreds of thousands had signed a petition calling for various outlets to save the program, which portrays the sly and crafty devil from Hell in a hypothetical series about Satan’s earthly life as a crime fighter in America’s City of Angels.
“Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) to take down criminals,” a description of the series reads on the FOX website.
“Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer has a way of manipulating people into confessing their deepest, darkest secrets, which helps Chloe deliver justice. But Lucifer quickly discovered that Chloe makes him vulnerable. When he’s around her, the devil can bleed like anyone else,” it states. “It’s a truly scary realization that doesn’t sit well with his best friend, Mazikeen aka Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.”
The various episodes center on Lucifer’s assistance with solving murder mysteries in the city, but also feature aspects such as Maze’s desire to return to Hell, Lucifer’s sexual relationship with a psychotherapist—along with other sexual references, and Lucifer’s “mother,” known as the former wife of God, who escapes from Hell and takes residence in a woman’s body until she is killed and carried to Heaven by angel Amenadiel.
“A reporter learns that Lucifer has been sleeping with Linda, who happens to be the reporter’s estranged wife,” a summary of the episode “Off the Record” reads.
Lucifer and crime-busting partner Chloe also kiss in various scenes, but Chloe enters a relationship with Marcus, who reveals that he is actually Adam and Eve’s son Cain, who murdered his brother. The show portrays Marcus/Cain as being immortal and explaining to Lucifer that he wants to die, but has unsuccessfully and repeatedly tried to kill himself.
During the third season, Lucifer regains his wings and loses his devil face, to which Amenadiel remarks, “Perhaps Father is trying to show you that you’ve been forgiven. Brother, if you can be redeemed, that means that anyone can. Now isn’t that divine?” Amenadiel, who has the power to stop time, had originally arrived in Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to Hell.
An unrepentant Lucifer, who acknowledges that he preys upon men’s desires and finds God’s rules to be “arbitrary,” continues living in his wickedness, but struggles with his thoughts, and at one point, “prepares to get his devil face back at any cost, until another victim’s life shakes his confidence.”
The program, which has a DLV rating for violence, coarse language and suggestive dialogue, has been rejected by various family groups, such as the American Family Association’s One Million Moms.
“Satan is not in the business of kindly helping the LAPD solve crimes,” also wrote Joe Schimmel of Good Fight Ministries and host of the documentary “Hollywood’s War on God” in an online post as the show was about to debut in 2016. “Rather, he and his demonic minions are busy inspiring the most heinous crimes imaginable. Jesus said, ‘He was a murderer from the beginning,’ (John 8:44) and comes ‘to steal and kill and destroy.’ (John 10:10)”
The pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California said at the time that viewers should be told the truth about the malevolent and destructive nature of the devil.
“We should warn those who will be watching FOX’s Lucifer, who are seduced into thinking that he is a ‘cool guy,’ about his truly diabolical nature and malicious designs (2 Corinthians 2:11),” Schimmel opined. “They need to know that Satan hates them and his desire is to drag them down to Hell with him.”
After FOX decided to cancel the show last month due to its ratings, supporters utilized the hashtag #SaveLucifer on Twitter in calling for other outlets to save the program. A number also created online petitions, one of which obtained over 300,000 signatures.
“FOX cancelled Lucifer, a show loved by people around the world! Let’s get the show picked up by a better network like the CW, HULU, Netflix or Amazon!” the petition read.
Using a devil emoji, creator Joe Henderson thanked supporters after Netflix decided to take up the show, telling them to “get ready for more deviltime.”
The Scriptures mention Lucifer a number of times, outlining in Isaiah 14 that the prideful fallen angel was cast out of Heaven. 2 Corinthians 7:14 warns that sometimes “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 1 John 3:8 also notes that Christ came to destroy the devil’s sinful works.
“He that committeth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil,” Scripture reads.
Revelation 20:10 teaches that one day, Satan will be eternally cast into the lake of fire as he refuses to repent.
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever,” it promises.
As previously reported, Netflix also recently raised concern after it announced that it would be carrying a new cartoon series called “Super Drags,” which centers on the fictional tales of drag queen superheroes.
“They’re here, they’re queer, and they’re going to save the world,” the outlet announced on social media on June 7.
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