Correct. Of course, conflation of the left & the devil goes back centuries but the 1960s counterculture provoked a massive recrudescence of this type of paranoia. And the charismatic movement, starting in the late 1950s, was the seedbed of the 70s Christian backlash.
And, the Charismatic movement traces back, in turn, to the dual [faith] healing and renewal (or revival) movements of the late 1940s, within American Christianity. One thing that's very striking about magazines from the Healing movement - they were obsessed with UFOs.
Both movements were characterized by outbreaks of mass hysteria, which makes all the more sense given the bottled up stresses of the great depression followed by WW2, then the nuclear age (of anxiety) and the Cold War.
In context, hysterical release wasn't so unreasonable.
The charismatic movement, and it's evil twin the satanic panic phenomenon (which continues to this day) were in considerable part related to the dominant culture's feverish embrace of modernity at all cost.
Much of right-wing (Christianity dominated) American political culture projected all darkness (imagined, its own, whatever) onto the USSR & global communism which along w/hippies, feminism, drug culture, rock & roll, etc. all got imagined into a feverish, inchoate demonic mess.
And so it goes.

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