Seeking Help from Egypt

A palm reader and his clients

Some months back, I made a poll on this blog’s Facebook page with the question, “Who is more likely to turn to Satan worship, is it a person who has never heard of God or a person who is angry at God?”

Most responders chose the latter option, which I heartily agree with – not only because I’ve seen it time and again, but also due to the fact that there’s a core of rebellion that typifies all forms of Satan worship.

Once you reject God, you open yourself to the only alternative to God, which is Satan. His face may be disguised to you, but he’s no less real.

The occult is technically the defiance of God’s supremacy, and the screenshots from a lady’s Facebook post later in this article highlight this.

Most hardened occultists were formerly believers who are angry at God over something that didn’t happen when and how they expected it in life.

Those who recruit for the devil specifically target these hurting souls to enlist them on their side. The raging anger and unredressed hate within them are necessary ingredients needed in the kingdom of darkness.

In a certain post, I discussed the various forms divination and how the devil uses them to deceive and trap many souls – including Christians who have lost their spiritual bearing but are desperate for an insight into the spirit realm.

Every human being desires natural knowledge, but it is at the point where natural knowledge fails to satisfy this innate craving that mankind begins to seek supernatural knowledge. And there are only two sources of supernatural knowledge: God and Satan.

I have received emails from several Christians asking me if it’s okay to once in a while seek out their horoscopes, or visit a palm reader, or an Ifa priest or consult a visionary in order to know the source of a certain problem in their lives or families.

Many of these Christians are aware of how the Bible expressly forbids such interactions with the realms of darkness, but for some odd reason, they surmise that they are special exceptions to God’s rules, or that He will protect them, even if they cross the spiritual edge to seek help from Egypt.

The narration in Omotoyosi’s post below illustrates how such visits usually leads many people down the road of demon worship and deception, with grave consequences, I must add.

(Warning: there are some profanities in her post).

Omotoyosi was apparently raised in a nominal Christian home. On her blog, Diary of a Confused Girl, she made a post, The Illusion of Happiness, in which she wrote:

In the year 2014, I thought being closer to God would make me feel better, but it never did. Actually that turned out to be a big disaster. Reading the bible only took me to another whole new phase (A story for another day)! By 2015, I was reading every religious book I could lay my hands on. I even tried the Quran. After that phase of craziness, I came to the conclusion that I was not going to find happiness in God.

She obviously had a form of religion but didn’t experience the power in it.

It’s not certain whether she merely followed through the religious motions of a denomination and convinced herself and everyone around her that she was a Christian or she was actually a genuine Believer in Christ who apostatized from the faith. But from her statement above, I will go with the former. She continued:

A few months later, I packed my bags and decided to move back to England. For a short while after that move, I had the Illusion of happiness. I thought I had found my ‘happy place’ (is that even a real thing?…lol). That turned out to be a greater disaster as I moved back to Nigeria 5 months later with nothing in my heart but hate for God and all he stood for. I cut off all my religious friends and made up my mind to have nothing to do with any of them.

So, here it’s clear that she never experienced the presence of God where there is “fullness of joy” (Psa. 16:11). Her happiness was based on material things, friendship and carnal gratification.

And like most people raised in the tidal wave of secular societies, after some time, they get fed up of the emptiness of the world’s fake happiness and moral rotgut and begin to seek something supernatural to fill the holes in their souls. They start looking for a philosophy or system for a moral anchor or spiritual revelation.

This is what propels many individuals who are disenchanted with wealth and success to see a psychic, visit a seance or join an occult group. They want to connect to something higher than themselves – something omnious that secularism or atheism has failed to give them.

But the demonic forces lurking behind these shady figures are ever ready with their nets to trap anyone who patronizes them.

The messages often given to such seekers hinge on a rejection of the Bible, a denial of the reality of sin and death, a rejection of Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation and a denouncement of Christianity with an allowance for a nostalgic return to ancient paganism and worship of spirits (“ancestors,” spirit guides, pagan deities, fallen angels, devas or aliens).

If you seek supernatural knowledge outside the God of the Bible, you are actually acknowledging other gods as your lords and submitting yourself to their bondage.

When you follow their instructions, perform their prescribed rituals and believe their revelations or predictions about your life, you place them at the steering wheel of your life.

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2-3)

“For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” (1 Cor. 8:5-6).

Technically, there are demon spirits that latch on to people who patronize these shamans, spiritists, seers and psychics whose assignment is to reinforce the supernatural terms of the rituals to the inquirer, or trouble the inquirer until he/she succumbs to the conditions given by the psychic.

In 2016, I read of a medical doctor in Haiti who sought a Voodoo practitioner for power and he was told to recite his request before the image of the “saint” at the entrance of the shrine. The priest told him that whatever step he should take would be communicated to him by this “saint” in his dream.

That night, he had a dream where this “saint”, looking handsome and sunny, instructed him on what to perform to receive occult power and he obeyed.

From that day on, he observed that any patient he attended at work would take a turn for the worse and inspite of all medical help, would end up dying.

When he noticed this disturbing pattern, he began to seek for help elsewhere. Turned out, one of the demon guides of the Voodoo priest had been spiritually attached to him and was destroying his career.

Again, you may wonder how these people can supposedly read minds as it occurred in the above “witch story.” This is an ability given to them by the spirit of divination or their familiar spirits.

The spirit that is introducing certain thoughts into the heart of the unregenerate is usually the one that will tell the psychic what the individual is thinking. This usually becomes difficult for the psychic when it comes to a Christian.

I’ve once met a white garment seer who while discussing, asked me to look deep into his eyes, but I refused, because I understand how hypnotism and telepathy work.

He tried to supernaturally “read” my life right there, but he couldn’t. All the things he said about me were off the mark. This was a man who boasted of hearing “animals” speak to him.

Eventually, he said in obvious defeat, “Just make sure you pray and read your Bible every morning.” What Christian doesn’t already know this is important? He later suggested that I have a “strong spirit.” Of course, because greater is He that is in me than the familiar spirits using him.

God had a reason for this clear warning:

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.” (Isaiah 31:1).

Just one visit to the agents of the devil for any help or insight can alter your life in ways beyond your imagination. Seek the Lord diligently and He will lead you in the way you should go (Jer. 33:3).

Real Spiritual Warfare or Mere Satanic Hysteria?

Growing up in the 90s, we heard lurid tales about the Church of Satan. Many of these stories were passed on from person-to-person – usually from a pastor to his congregation to friends and family, then neighbours to classmates and on to another pastor and his congregation.

It was a self-perpetuating and self-authenticating circle of narration, with each narrator embellishing the tale with his/her imaginative details. Of course, this chain of transmission wasn’t limited to Nigeria. It spread across several countries in Africa.

We were told that the Church of Satan founded by Anton LaVey in the US, mimics the Christian Church, but literally worships Satan and sacrifices humans to appease their horrific god along with involvement in cannibalism and vampirism.

Bill Gates, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Madonna Ciccone and other music stars or influential celebs were tagged as members, and many of us were warned to avoid being bewitched by their seductive charms.

In fact, I was told by a friend that Madonna had sex with Satan and has dedicated all her music albums to the prince of darkness. How he knew this with certainty boiled down to the authority of “someone who knew something.”

Just as we have people today who morbidly see the Illuminati or the New World Order behind every vice and world event, back then, Hollywood, degrading music, porn – even HIV – were all attributed to the bestial acts of the Church of Satan!

The current recrudescent panic about “satanic” vaccines, biochips, 666 mark or “invisible radiations being used to track people” which has filled the right-wing conspiracy lunatic fringe, is nothing new. Only the alleged culprits and minor details have switched over the years.

Those days, there were no Internet with which you could verify stories, you just had to take the word of “my pastor or my friend who knows someone abroad said…” as evidence.

To make it worse, some American Christian books which seemed to provide information on Satanism, circulating in Africa at the time, were by Rebecca Brown.

Her books contained sensational, hysteric and patently embellished tales which further accentuated the gross misinformation and urban legends being spread about Satanism in Nigeria.

Her books failed to rightly distinguish between the various orders of witchcraft (e.g. “white” witchcraft, Neopaganism and black witchcraft) and different satanic groups (e.g. the difference between traditional or theistic Satanism and LaVeyan Satanism) but dubiously lumped everything together, hence, many people ended up believing that the Church of Satan (CoS) fits the depictions conveyed in her paranoid-inducing books.

Again, many Christians were influenced by the world of make-believe (particularly Nollywood) which were ironically based on incorrect portrayals of the occult and spiritual warfare.

For instance, several scenes of satanists vanishing into thin air or turning into fish, snake or dog as a pastor holding a big Bible was confronting them, were a staple, even in Christian movies.

These were the “amunitions” that gave rise to certain scenarios in some Nigerian Christian books on spiritual warfare where you have agents of Satan running for the hills or instantly confessing to their evil deeds once the name of Jesus was mentioned by a pastor.

Many of these tales and thinking followed me into my adulthood until I began to research on the occult, and gain a biblical understanding of spiritual warfare. It was then I realized that much of these things do not always happen in such ways as depicted in those books – at least not physically.

Now, in the above tweets, you’ll notice a common pattern of approach by both Destined Charles and Femi-Fani Kayode: a hysteric, reactionary and “Nollywoody” back-and-forth Twitter war with a Satanist.

First of all, if they had known something about LaVeyan satanists, they would have known they are basically atheists. They don’t believe in the existence of God or Satan.

The CoS’s definition of Satan is of an archetypal force of balance existing in nature which they tap into and use it for their own selfish will. Of course, we know that’s just a philosophical euphemism to describe the powers of darkness, but it’s a more subtle system that requires wisdom and insight from the Christian.

Let me say it here that the LaVeyan satanism is an innocuous group which operates one of the lowest levels of demonic energy in Satanism. There are more powerful underground satanic covens where all kinds of debased, insidious and evil acts are being perpetrated, whilst the CoS is just an official, legal, self-identified organization. It doesn’t represent or speak for all of Satanism.

Spiritual warfare has to be fought with knowledge, not ignorance. Apostle Paul said, “I do not fight like a boxer beating the air” (1 Cor. 9:26).

That was from a man who preached in the core demonic cities of Europe in the first century. He wasn’t going from place to place binding and casting Greek or Roman gods like Jupiter, Hecate, Diana or Thor. Instead, he went forth to preach the gospel that liberates souls from their powers.

Yes, preaching the gospel is the rudimentary aspect of warfare. That is why our feet is to be shod with the equipment of the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15). This is what we use to crush the heads of spiritual serpents and scorpions.

That’s why the devil hates it when you preach the gospel because you are symbolically crushing his head. But misinformed Christians want to directly take on big battles with satanists on the Internet without first starting from the base level of spiritual warfare.

Another thing to note is, spiritual warfare is not and should not be motivated by flesh – a desire to show off one’s power, to impress the audience or garner attention to self. It is not a war against flesh and blood; it involves a believer using spiritual weapons under the direction of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 10:4).

Any “spiritual” warfare that emanates from a personal life of falsehood, or a fleshy reaction to “fix” an opponent or a desire to retaliate against perceived disrespect, will make one a laughing stock before the enemy.

In instances where Christians directly addressed demon spirits working through human vessels or pronounced spiritual judgement on a physical enemy in the New Testament, it was to defend the Gospel of Christ, not self – the very carnal nature that empowers the enemy.

For example, when Elymas the sorcerer, was trying to prevent the Roman proconsul, Sergius Paulus from accepting the gospel and becoming saved, Paul pronounced judgement on him. But take note of what happened before he spoke:

“Then Saul, who is also Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, with you cease perverting the straight way of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time…” (Acts 13:9-11).

You can see that he was filled with the Holy Spirit at that moment. Therefore, his words were not the product of his own fleshy reaction to opposition, but represented God’s sovereign judgement on the sorcerer, uttered by the Holy Spirit. This proved the supremacy of Jesus over Satan, without any hysteric back-and-forth.

When you truly have the power of the Holy Spirit, you don’t need to stage any show. And you can’t go into war with the enemy with a memorized method devised by men solely inspired by emotion. It has to be backed up by the Word of God and directed by the Holy Spirit.

Lastly, here is another inconvenient truth. Some things are meant to stay here on earth until the very end. For instance, no amount of prayer can kill demons or banish the devil from this earth. He will always have his loyal followers at each generation of mankind.

From the book of Revelation itself, you can see that even after the Second Advent of Christ, after the Millennial reign, Satan will still marshal his armies together from various nations to wage war against the Lord’s people, and that will ultimately seal his eternal doom.

But until then – when all the enemies of God are stripped of their powers and sent to eternal perdition – you cannot render Satan and all his vessels “useless and powerless in Jesus’ name.”

I believe that the Church in Nigeria truly needs to receive some balanced, biblical teachings and unlearn some legends and shameful errors about the occult and spiritual warfare. Then, our approach to those involved in the occult, would be more measured, mature, spirit-filled and Christ-honouring.