Another occult practice that offends God is human sacrifice. And this comes in various forms. Some kill their victims and remove the vital organs to be used for rituals. Others bury humans and animals alive. Yet others use various spiritual means to achieve the same purpose. These include summoning the victim’s spirit to appear in a mirror, where he/she will be stabbed to death or taking the victims name, picture or property to demonic shrines. When any of these is done, the victims would die in their homes without anybody tracing the cause of their sudden death. Whichever, God commands that we should not kill (commit murder). In Exodus 20:13, God said: “Thou shall not kill.” (King James Version). That is, do not murder another human being for whatever purpose. It violates God’s commandment.
Then God also warned the children of Israel not to use their children (or any other person) for sacrifices: “Do not give any of your children as a sacrifice to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 18:21.
Molech (or Moloch) was a terrible idol through which they worshiped the sun. They burned their children in fire as sacrifice to this idol. It was not only Moloch. The children of Israel sacrificed their sons and daughters to Baal and other idols. This is also what the occult world does today. They offend God by sacrificing human beings to the demons and Satan. It is a detestable and an abomination to God. And God will not leave the perpetrators unpunished.
There was a well-publicized case of human sacrifices in 1996 at Owerri, the capital of Imo State, Nigeria. One Innocent Ekeanyanwu beheaded a little boy, Master Ikechukwu Okonkwo, who was lured into a ‘hotel’ as he was hawking groundnuts. Ekeanyanwu was arrested by the police while in possession of the severed head and was promptly taken to the hotel – OTOKOTO HOTEL, where the crime was committed. On searching the hotel premises, the headless body of the little boy and many other human bodies were found. Some buried under the flowerbeds.
And only God knows how many innocent customers of the so-called hotel had been killed and used for rituals. This particular incident sparked off a very violent riot in city. Buildings and properties of suspected cabals, worth billions, were destroyed. I witnessed the riot. I saw some of the rioters carrying dried human body said to have been removed from the refrigerator of one of the cult members – a wealthy businessman. So many other wealthy businessmen and politicians were also fingered as members of the cabal. Ekeanyanwu later died in police custody in very questionable circumstances. And people suspected he was killed in detention so that he would not continue to reveal some of the big names behind the demonic activities.
It is no secret that so many political and business empires have been built by spilling innocent blood, demonic rituals and human sacrifices. Sure, the people involved in this have chosen to bow to Satan so they can acquire temporal worldly possessions, in exchange for their souls. Though we are using events in Nigeria as case studies, these demonic acts happen in every part of the world. Even the worshipers of Satan in the developed world do same. But I must also admit that it is more frequent in the Third World countries because of the high level of poverty and spiritual darkness. Look at the Tanzania case where albinos have since become endangered species, because of their high demand for ritual sacrifices. Even their body parts are sold in ‘markets’ also patronized by the security agents, who are supposed to check the menace. Terrible!
But, it is also true that today some of the most powerful ministries and ministers of the gospel are currently coming out of these dark areas. Though a lot still needs to be done to counter these demonic activities in such places. And no other body will do that than the church (believers). It is the responsibility of the church. The bible said that Jesus (the church) was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. We have the tool to check this – the gospel.
These evil practices are not only practiced by known occult groups. The false places of worship (pseudo churches) are also in the game. Human and blood sacrifices also go on in these places. That a place has taken up a Christian name does not make it godly or genuine.
What will you say about this incident that happened in one of the South-South states of Nigeria? A man left his home to have a walk in the evening and that was the last time his family saw him alive. After searching for him some days, the family decided to involve the security agencies. Then they saw a fresh pile of sand near a ‘church’ and called the ‘pastor’ to show them where the fresh sand came from since there was no renovation work going on in the ‘church’ premises.
After a thorough search, they found a newly cemented portion at the altar. And you can’t believe what happened! When the cemented place was broken, the corpse of the missing man was found, buried there in a vertical position. Incredible! I hear you shout. But that is just a sample of the wickedness that goes on everyday in our society because of the lust for power, money and fame. Our land is filled with the cries of innocent lives that have been slaughtered in sacrifices to the gods of this world. God told Cain: “I am hearing the cry of the blood of your brother, Abel, whom you have murdered.” Seek Jesus now. 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]