The worship of Osun, the river goddess of Osogbo, like every other act of idolatry and occultism is forbidden by the Almighty God and He made this very clear in various portions of the scriptures. He said that He will punish anybody that indulges in such and the worse is that the punishment will also go generational. It will go from parents to children and to subsequent generations. That is, even after the offenders have died, their children and children children will also be punished for the idolatrous sins of their fathers and mothers. Terrible! Like we have earlier noted, amongst the various parts of the scriptures commenting on this is Exodus 20: 2-5.
“I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shall have no other gods before me. Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God is a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations that hate me.”
This instruction is just very clear and simple. God said that we must not worship, serve, make any image (representation) or bow down to principalities, powers, demons, fallen angels, mermaids, mermen, mammy water, spirits, humans or their agents in the heavens (air), on earth (land) or in the water under the earth (seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, springs, etc). And the later is where the principality Osun, the river goddess of Osogbo, belongs to – in the water under the earth. In other newer bible translations, these are also represented by birds, animals and fish. They are all saying the same thing. They represent the demonic powers residing in these three realms. God said that He (Jehovah, the Creator of the universe, the Almighty, the God of heavens and earth) is the only person that should be worshiped. He sternly warned that anybody the will flout this instruction will definitely, severely be punished with their children and generations after them.
Now, before we get into these terrible curses issued against idolaters, I will first of all like you to note the place of this instruction in God’s commandments. It is the first! And this clearly shows how important it is to Him. It was like God has been waiting to voice this out. He totally hates idolatry and occultism in any form or guise. He says that He is a jealous God and would not allow anything or anybody to take His place in creation. Yes, He made all things and will not allow His creation to leave Him to worship other things. It is just as simple as that. He says that we should serve Him and be blessed or serve Satan and these demon spirits, their image representatives and be terribly cursed. And let’s see some of these curses:
The word of God made it clear that there is a divine death sentence hanging on anybody that involves in idolatry, witchcraft, sorcery or occultism. They are different branches of the same tree. There are always mysterious deaths over the persons, families, communities, etc, that worship false gods like Osun. Why? One, God’s anger and lack of divine protection will always cause these deaths. Two, the demon gods will also be taking away lives directly and sometimes indirectly by demanding for human sacrifices from time to time. And I hope you know that some of these dreaded, blood-thirsty secret societies like the Ogboni, Osun cults, etc, have links to Osun. In fact, there are about three Ogboni buildings right inside the Osun groove at Osogbo. Ogboni is the elitist, very dangerous and most dreaded secret society in Nigeria. And most influential people from almost all spheres of life in the country are believed to belong to this cult. They involve in various dangerous demonic rituals, satanic worship and human sacrifices, using others and also their wives, children, friends and relations. Some of these shocking, disgusting and unbelievable practices are properly documented in those my books I mentioned earlier. These demonic entities and their human agents are terribly wicked, filthy, blood-thirsty and heartless! Like their master, Satan, they hate human beings with passion. Blood and human sacrifices are normal with them.
Now, the Old Testament laws of the bible recommend that anybody that indulges in the worship of these gods, idols, spirits and other occult practices should be stoned to death. Yes, that is the extent of God’s hatred for idolatry. In fact, He calls it spiritual prostitution, adultery, harlotry, great wickedness and abomination. He told Moses and Israel to stone such offenders to death. But since we are now in the time of grace, the New Testament era, and nobody is stoning anybody to death physically, the penalty has shifted to spiritual and eternal death. When you serve these gods or you don’t have a relationship with the God Almighty, you are spiritually dead. And when you die in that state, you automatically go to hell and suffer forever.
We will continue next week. Thank you for your reactions to this write-up. We are receiving feedback from different parts of the world. In fact, somebody narrated her observation on the worshipers of these spirits and other activities at some beaches in the United States of America. Others wrote to tell their experiences with this particular mermaid at Osogbo. Yes, this kind of demonic worship is a global menace. It is found everywhere, especially in the coastal areas and amongst the cults that promote worldly wealth, fame, influence, immorality, nudity, lust, rakishness and pride. These spirits are the initiators and chief promoters of all these. And if you have been involved in any of these, you must repent today. Yes, immediately and seek Jesus Christ for your salvation. Share this message. Till next week, God bless!
Rev. Agbo is the author of the book, Power of Midnight Prayer, and a minister with the Assemblies of God Nigeria. 08037113283. [email protected]