By Hamish Balfour
Televangelist Jim Bakker has pleaded with his followers not to visit the pyramids in Egypt.
“The pyramids are monuments to Satan,” said Bakker on his radio show. “If you look at the period when they were built, there is no way it could have been done with the technology they had. If you go there on a tourist trip, you will be in effect worshipping Satan.”
“I believe they used demonic forces, not slave labor to arrange those stones,” Bakker said.
There is great controversy over the construction of the pyramids. The conventional wisdom is they were constructed by laborers, not Israelite slaves. Former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said the he thought they were used to store grain, but historians say they were built as tombs to dead pharaohs. However, conspiracy theorists suggest they were built by aliens. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says this is racist. He suggests that white archeologists simply couldn’t believe that an African country could come up with that technology, while Europe was far behind. They would rather believe that aliens did it, instead of Africans, according to Tyson.
Bakker is not the only evangelical who has suggested that an ancient structure was built by demonic forces. Speaking on Bakker’s show, Dr. Dennis Lindsay suggested that Stonehenge was constructed by satanic giants.