What is Burning Man?


Burning Man is an annual week-long festival held in the middle of a dessert, and gets its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy.

When you go to the Burning Man website, it says, “Burning Man is not a festival.” Oh, my bad. It must have been the costumes, live music, and celebration that threw me off. So Burning Man is “a temporary community, based on 10 practical principles” which include, “radical inclusion, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression,” and there are “radical rituals.”

Also, decommodification. Advertising and the selling of goods are prohibited at Burning Man. (But admission will cost you over $1,000 on your Visa or Mastercard. All sales are final, and no refunds will be issued for any reason. Someone’s making bank off of this flimflam!)

So tens of thousands of people gather for an annual event in the middle of no where, encouraging self-expression, rituals, and dancing around a large wooden idol. What else will inevitably happen at this pagan gathering? Yup, drug use and sexual immorality. Burning Man is a pagan, drug-riddled, orgy.

1 Peter 4:3-5 says this is not new. People have been doing these pagan things for millennia, which include “sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you don’t join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you. But they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”

And they call their festival “Burning Man”…? Unless you repent of this culture and follow Jesus Christ, your radical self-expression is actually self-destruction, when we understand the text.

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