Alengthy article in Cornerstone magazine has charged Christian comedian and occult expert Mike Warnke with fabricating his life story of past involvement with Satanism. The article by editors Jon Trott and Mike Hertenstein in the July/August issue also claims that throughout his life Warnke has engaged in several adulterous relationships.

Several attempts by CHRISTIANITY TODAY to interview Warnke were unsuccessful. Associates said he was touring. However, they supplied a 12-page typewritten response by Warnke to Cornerstone’s accusations.

The 12-page Cornerstone article was based on interviews with an estimated 100 people connected with Warnke and includes 170 footnotes. It paints the 47-year-old Warnke as a master storyteller from childhood who eventually turned the biggest story of his life—that of immorality and satanist involvement—into a best-selling 1973 book, The Satan Seller.

Acquaintances and former friends of Warnke also claim in the article that he has had numerous extramarital affairs, which contributed to his three divorces. Warnke married his fourth wife shortly after his third divorce, and just months ago published a book Recovering from Divorce (Victory House), coauthored with his third wife, Rose, according to Cornerstone.

Selling Satan

For two decades, The Satan Seller has been cited by people inside and outside of the Christian community who attempt to prove the existence of large-scale, organized satanist activity. The book eventually led to Warnke’s renown as a comedian and expert on the occult. According to the Cornerstone article, by the mid-1980s, Warnke was at the height of his fame, appearing on shows such as ABC’s “20/20.” Warnke’s organization, called HOCCK, the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church in Kentucky, ...

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