Recollections of Born Twice: From Demonism to Christianity (I)

This was quite similar to its cover picture

I started reading fluently from the age of 8, and having come from a family background which cherished books, by the time I was in my teens, I had read several books that were light years beyond my age and exposure.

When I was 10, there was this book I saw mother was always reading. It had the picture of a bolt of lightning breaking the chains binding on two human hands. It even had the picture of its author at its back cover. It struck me at that age that it must be a true life story.

One night, I saw the book in her drawer and I began to read it too. That book was Born Twice: From Demonism to Christianity by Kalu Abosi.

Having referenced this book in two articles (one/ two), I’ve received emails from Christians in different countries, asking where they could purchase the book or loan a copy.

Right now, I can’t place my finger on where my personal copy is. If I remember correctly, the last time I had it in my possession was in 2006. I think I loaned it to a friend at the time, who unfortunately didn’t return it to me.

The book itself was published circa 1994 and is now out of print. However, having read and narrated it to friends several times for a period of nine years, I still remember much of its content and I intend to narrate it here as well in a series of posts.

There are some testimonies of “former Satanists” that are not up to par. The authors themselves have been found to be folks of a dubious nature – quacks and sensationalists who merely wanted to make a name for themselves. But Brother Kalu’s testimony – which isn’t that common – has passed the tests.

Some years ago, I came across a Facebook post by one Pastor Allwell Orji, who describes himself on his Facebook page as a Servant in God’s Vineyard, who revealed that he personally knew the author (Kalu Abosi) and was also mentored by the same cleric at whose crusade he was converted: Rev. Uma Ukpai.

He revealed that he was in fact, the first person with whom Kalu shared his powerful testimony as an ex-Satanist at the time, but he was too young in the faith to stomach the depth of information.

Now, I believe the content of that book posed a great danger to Satan’s kingdom and he and his forces have tried to stamp it out of public memory. This, I will try to undo, by recollecting it as much as my memory allows. (Note: some names and geographical features of certain places mentioned in the book have changed over the years).

For those who still have the book handy, I welcome your corrections, feedback and additional inputs, particularly in areas where my memory lapsed in coherence and detail.

The book consisted of 12 or 13 chapters. I don’t remember all the titles of each chapter, but I’ve improvised with my own titles in areas that I couldn’t recall. The first few pages were the foreword by a pastor and words of Scripture (germane Bible passages were interspersed all through the book).

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Chapter 1: My First Family

It started with Kalu telling the reader about his previous family. His parents were fishers and notorious witch doctors in Cameroon. They lived at Nakke Quarters, Kumba, Cameroon. His name was Arena (he was apparently a teenager) and had two younger sisters, Martha and Bayo.

One day, during their fishing trips, his parents were involved in a boat accident and they both drowned in the lake. His sisters too were later swept away during a flood.

He attended school for a while but his hope of going to school was dashed when a strange wind blew away his school uniform and without having a way to fend for himself, he pleaded with one of his father’s friends to allow him go with them in their fishing trips. One day, while they were sailing, a storm came up against their boat and they were all hurled into the lake.

Chapter 2: My Capture into the Spirit World.

After he fell into the water body, in a twinkle of an eye, he realized that rather than being drowned, he found himself descending before a splendid palace in an unknown location. The edifice and its surroundings were beautiful but the place was quiet.

He walked in through the entrance in trepidation, and in one of the halls, he saw two young ladies who spoke to him in a foreign language. They knew he was a stranger, given his attire, and as he later learned through interrogative gesticulation, they were asking him who he was, who brought him there and where he came from.

When their tauntings became unbearable, he became afraid and began to cry as they badgered him with questions in their language. The ladies began to make a jest of him until a glamorous woman appeared with two ladies (a lady on either side) making them all five.

At the appearance of this beautiful woman with a commanding presence, they abruptly stopped laughing and bowed to her, gesturing what he later got to know was obeisance.

The woman looked at Arena, and introduced herself as the Queen of the Coast and the ladies were her agents. She welcomed him to her kingdom and told them he was her special guest whom she had been expecting for quite some time. She told him to feel at home as he would be staying with her for now.

She explained to him that his late parents were her servants, but they were too stubborn and even though she gave them a long rope to fulfill their obligations, they had become elephant-skinned and she had to eliminate them. She asked him if he would like to see his parents and sisters, he answered in the affirmative.

She took him to a spacious room with its floor well tiled and very neat. She went to a cupboard and opened its part showing him his parents’ decapitated heads. He was struck with grief. She went over to open another cupboard and he showed him his sisters’ heads, all looking freshly preserved.

Arena broke down and cried and confronted the queen about how wicked she must be for killing his family. She grew annoyed and threatened to kill him over his emotional outbursts if he would not cooperate with her. She told him that she spared only him because of the love she had for him, and he was going to continue from where his parents had stopped.

She ordered her male agents to take off his fishing rags and give him a new set of shirt and trouser to wear (he didn’t realize it at the time, but this was his first initiation). According to him, the design of their shirts and trousers was different from that used here on earth.

The queen took him to a “spiritual operation” room where he saw assorted candles in various shapes, colours and forms. One of the candles was shaped like a man and had the wick on its head where it’s lit.

The queen took him to another room that looked high-tech. The computers there were like big white refrigerators. The queen smiled at him and told him to open up one of the computers, but he was too afraid to do so for that was his first brush with technology.

The queen simply moved her hand up and the screencover of the computer opened, showing the data stored in the system. On it, he could see the bodily materials removed from his parents and sisters which had been stored in it including the percentage composition of these materials.

The Queen explained to him that there are 33,000 demi-gods in her kingdom and she would see to it that he visits their chief very soon. She also told him about their president, Satan, but he wasn’t yet qualified to meet him, as it is, but when that time comes for him to go back to the earth plane, she will make the meeting possible.

Chapter 3: The Market in the Beast

Arena, as a neophyte, was told he would be put through training sessions in the palace. These were series of lectures undertook by different appointed teachers each day who would leave for him pamphlets to study before the next class. The lectures were delivered according to topics and dealt with his purpose and assignments. At this point, they attuned him to their language.

He said some of what he was taught were quite inexplicable, but he had lots of questions during the lectures: how possible it would be for him to return to earth with his face without his people being afraid, who would be his parents now since the former were dead, where in the world would he return to etc.

His lecturers told him answers will be provided when the time comes. He asked them how many years he had spent in their kingdom as of that time, he was told nine years. Apparently, to him, it looked like few months.

The meal served there were flesh and blood which he couldn’t partake of, so an agent was assigned to supply him with assorted fruit while he waited behind the door each day. Later on, he was introduced to a tree outside, at a location. This tree had all kinds of fruit growing on it, so whenever he was hungry he would go out there to feed himself.

One day, the Queen called him into her private chamber and told him about the benefits of eating their meal: human flesh and blood. She told him there was nothing really bad in it, and that he actually needs it, if he was going to succeed in his assignment. Arena said he might try the flesh if it was cooked, but the queen blatantly told him that nothing will be cooked there.

He promised to try it and they locked him in a room containing about five refrigerators containing human flesh. After a length of time, he finally decided to try the ones that were not too fresh in there; those kept there for a while. When he tasted it, he felt like spitting it out because it was tasteless.

But from that day onwards, he couldn’t explain the mystery, he began to relish flesh and blood so much that he was often the first to finish his meal whenever it was served.

When the queen opened the door to the room that day and found out he had tried it for the first time, she was so excited that she arranged for him to be taken on an outing.

An agent drove the car (which he said looked like the exotic computerized cars seen in some cartoons or sci-fi movies) and the queen took him on a tour of the entire kingdom. The houses and roads there were very beautiful and neat, but there were no people in the streets.

Arena was also taken by the queen of the coast to visit the chief of the demi-gods who then arrayed him with powers. After this, the queen sent for him one day for a special outing and they took another hi-tech car to another location in that realm.

They alighted at a location; there was a swimming pool there containing a small quantity of water, about 17 buckets. She chanted a long incantation and the floor of the pool opened up and an enormous beast arose from its depth.

It stood menacingly looking at both of them, then the queen spoke to it in an unknown language which the beast understood. The queen turned towards Arena, told him not to fear and promise to come pick him up after his adventure.

As she turned to leave, Arena, wanted to flee with her away from the beast, but to his utter surprise, he found himself right in it big paws, like a grain of sand, it examined him carefully and then threw him right into his mouth.

He saw himself descending to see an extensive supermarket that outmatched the world’s biggest store, in size and beauty. They had sections and each one contained all the materials or accessories used here on earth, from toys to computers to musical instruments to beauty products to occult books.

On the shelves holding these demonic books he found it clearly written that these are books used by magick and occult practitioners in the physical world. He also visited the section having human flesh and blood and he ate and drank to his fill and continued in his tour.

Eventually, the queen showed up at the tail end of the gigantic store and took him home in the car. The queen told him that his assignment would be to transport all those goods he saw in the beast to the earth plane by all means possible.

Shortly after this experience, he was sitting with the queen in her chamber one day and the place was filled with an array of glamorous ladies who were her agents with messages to deliver to her on their assignments. Each of them would first pay the queen an obeisance and then offer to Arena another type of obeisance to which he responded.

When he asked the queen why her agents were paying him obeisance, she told him that his power and exposure in her kingdom far exceeds theirs. This made him glad.

Chapter 4: My First Meeting with Satan

The queen called Arena to a room one day and told him that before he would be released back to the world, he must have a meeting with Satan, the president. But he’s not yet spiritually qualified to stand in his presence, so she will have to stand with him.

With that, she used her powers to divide herself into two and Arena also into two and at her command, their two halves stuck together, such that he wasn’t standing alone, for the queen was standing with him and vice versa. Then she called and Lucifer appeared.

Satan called him by his name, Arena, in its proper dialect and he saw his prowess. He told him he has been briefed and he knows he is capable of working assiduously for the kingdom. To that end, he’s first going to be given a spiritual name. He was blindfolded and he given a metal box of alphabets to pick from.

He later realized that Satan and the queen were collecting the letters from him and arranging them on the board in the wall. When he was done, his blindfold was removed and he saw the name Cashnaya Daska on the board. That was his working name.

Satan told him he would be reborn to the world like a baby in order to fulfill his assignment and he will choose his mother-to-be from the spirit world. At his command, the large screen in the room (which we now call plasma or LED TV) began to show faces of many women from across nationalities.

As the pictures of these women rolled on the screen, Arena wasn’t interested in them because the women were in no way compared to the glamorous ladies he had seen in the queen’s kingdom. The queen seem to understand this, and at her command, the screen showed the pictures of three women, one light-skinned woman and the other two, dark-skinned.

The queen began to tell him the story of each of the women and he came to love the light-skinned woman. The queen told her she’s a native of Abiriba in Imo State (now Abia State) Nigeria and married to a man from a nearby town in the state. The queen said that this woman had five children but she was responsible for the death of her third and fifth children.

The couple both reside in Cameroon but the queen said they want them to relocate to Nigeria as this was where they marked out for his earthly assignment.

Satan also showed him on the screen, pictures of wealthy men and women, influential world figures, scientists, politicians and religious leaders across board who serve them and are working in their assignments. He eventually disappeared. The queen then extricated her half self from Arena and returned his other half to him.

They monitored his parents-to-be from the screen in the spirit world for two consecutive days. The queen first kept his mother-to-be sleepless with thoughts of her deceased children, and manipulated her thoughts to supernaturally inquire the cause of their deaths.

The queen stirred up one of her friends to visit her the next morning, and after pouring out her heart to her, she opted to take her to a diviner to find out what lies beneath. She took her to the very one that the queen had selected – one of her agents.

The man inquired from his deities, but he had already been given a script by the queen. Instead of revealing the causes of her children’s death, he promised her that she will give birth to another child, a boy, who would bring prosperity to the family and erase her sorrow.

He gave her detailed instructions on what to use before her next sexual relations with her husband. She wanted to offer him some money in appreciation, but the queen signalled to him not to accept it and he refused it. Then they left.

When it was time to send him into the world, Cashnaya was summoned to the queen’s private chamber and she told him it’s time for him to go into the world. She promised to enrich his would-be parents and be with him at all times. She affixed different rings in his fingers and toes; some of these rings, she tightened them like they were nuts.

She tied her hands and legs with a kind of cord. She opened a drawer and brought out a bottle and emptied its content on his palm. Then she began to chant an incantation. It was a long one. After she was done, the substance in his hand began to melt like ice and he became a bit unconscious and soon, he realized he too was melting and he continued melting till he melted into his mother’s womb.

Now in her womb, he didn’t eat for three days because his mother’s food was different from his (human flesh and blood). The queen observed this, so she began spiritually feeding him with a strange food that was neither flesh not blood and this continued till he was born.

When he was born, he had been told some events would happen and he laughed in his cot in anticipation. A nurse that was about to pick him up for circumcision was menstruating and she fell down on her face, unable to get up in the hall. Another nurse who wasn’t having her menses was called and she succeeded.

At this point, the author emphasized that the reason the queen of the coast had such a leeway in his family was because they weren’t Christians. Had it been there was a praying Christian in his family, it would have thwarted her plans.

Chapter 5: Mission Commissioned

Shortly after he was born, Kalu’s father began to prosper in his business; he won some contracts, built a primary school, had farms, built a Presbyterian church and was made an elder in the church inspite of his ignorance of the position. His family became wealthy as the queen had promised.

Kalu and his friends would usually go into the farms and bushes some evenings to look for snails. Some of the boys were caught stealing the other boys’ snails, so each boy decided to search for the snails on his own. While Kalu was looking for snails in the woods one evening, the queen appeared and called out to him from one of the trees.

She was gorgeously dressed and held a purse in her hand. She told him that his father had infuriated her by building a church for the community and she was going to retrieve all her riches from him. She flashed the content of the purse to him and dropped it in his snail sack. She told him that the money would be for his personal upkeep and was to be securely hidden from others.

She disappeared, and when Kalu looked into the sack, he realized the snails he picked had become bigger in size when the purse touched them. His friends were all amazed at how and where he found such big snails and tried to peep into his sack, but when they saw that Kalu wasn’t releasing his hold on the sack and was too serious, they let him go.

He hid the purse by burying it somewhere around the house. On another occasion when he was about to have a bath, the queen appeared to him again, this time standing on a cloud, and expressed her disappointment with his father’s decision to build a church with her wealth. She promised to withdraw her riches and warned Kalu never to reveal her plans to anyone or he will lose his life. Then she disappeared.

Soon enough, his father began to incur losses on his farm; his business was no longer prospering, and he eventually fell victim to swindlers which made him lose all his savings. From there, he began to start again from the scratch.

Daddy Freeze, Christmas and “the Paganization of Christianity”

An ancient Jewish proverb says: “If you wish to strangle, be hanged on a good tree.” It means, if you must rely on an authority, you do well to make sure it’s a reliable one.

This was my deduction after watching an hour-long YouTube interview with Daddy Freeze by Abimbola Adelakun in July 2019.

For those who might not be familiar with these two figures, here’s a brief background:

Ifedayo Olarinde (popularly known as Daddy Freeze) is a Nigerian broadcaster who who propelled himself to national fame in 2016 by calling out and virulently criticizing the doctrines and practices of popular pastors and ministers in Nigerian churches. His regular boiler-plate rhetoric against Pentecostal clerics carved for him a niche, and in 2018, he declared himself the founder of the Free Nation In Christ Online Church (or “Free The Sheeple” movement).

Abimbola Adelakun is an Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas. She is also a columnist with Punch Newspapers. Her research interests include Critical spirituality, Pentecostalism and Pentecostal culture, religious creativity and modern African cultural performances and expressions. She identifies as a “non-theist” and is obviously a Secular Humanist.

With the pedigree of both the interviewer and interviewee, I was hoping to gain some insights into the ideological underpinnings of this man who is frequently vaunted as an “undefeatable critic” of Nigerian Christianity.

But after ten minutes of listening to this man talk, I cringed at the wide gap between his bombastic claims and his supporting arguments. By the time the video got halfway through, I bristled and pressed “Stop” because I could no longer stomach his harsh, bullying tone and mutilation of basic facts, history and logic.

Since he touched on the topic of Christmas, I’ve decided to revisit that interview and address some of the things he said. His words appear in blue while Dr. Adelakun’s words are in green.

I’m going to throw some light on Christmas … A lot of people argue that, “Oh yes, we agree Christmas was a pagan festival, but Christ came to replace it.”

This a straw man. Whatever pagan worship that was occurring on December 25 prior to Christ, lacked any coherence or a chain of continuity that could be directly traced down to those observing Christmas today.

Granted, many customs, words, concepts and styles of one civilization pass on down and influence one another. But if some of them had pagan significance at some other time or place, it doesn’t mean it still does.

The fact that December period was observed in some old festivals doesn’t mean that they have the same influence or significance today. After all, people can choose any day of the week or month to observe whatever is of importance to them. You don’t have to forge a connection between theirs and the past.

Not to mention, our modern calendar is not the same as ancient calendar of other cultures.

Let me give you this example: you are the river goddess, I’m Christ, okay? We are both born on the same day. It makes no sense for us to shift Christ’s birthday if it happens to fall on the river goddess’ birthday. Hey, we are both born on the same day, let’s do it together, you understand? But we know the Christians are separated from the river goddess’ worshippers…

This is a vapid oversimplification of paganism and it does nothing to strengthen his argument.

Pagan religions don’t specify a date for the nativity of their deities. Most ancient festivals were based on local geographical weather, seasonal cycles, moon phases, and astrological dates. In plain terms, their festivals rarely fell on the same day each year.

For example, Tammuz, which the Encyclopedia Britannica defines as a Mesopotamian “god of fertility embodying the powers for new life in nature in the spring” had varying festival periods in the pagan calendar.

Easton’s Bible Dictionary says his festival was observed in Chaldea in “the month of July, the beginning of the summer solstice.”

The Fausset’s Bible dictionary says “an annual feast was kept to him in June” at Byblos.

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia says the “mourning by Tammuz was celebrated in Babylonia by women on the 2nd day of the 4th month… [while in Syria his death was celebrated] in midsummer.”

Now Christ was born three months before Christmas, and you took him from his birthday. You didn’t bother finding out what day he was really born and of all days you are matchmaking with the river goddess.

This is a frozen argument. The claim of Jesus being born on September or October is debatable, but Mr Freeze says it dogmatically. No one is definitely sure which exact month Jesus was born on, neither does it matter. What matters is that He was born.

The allegation of matchmaking a deity’s birthday to another also assumes that all ancient cultures or geographical locations used the same calendar or shared the same concept of their deity’s “birth.”

People like Daddy Freeze suppose that if something once had a pagan significance, it must always be of pagan significance! That’s untrue.

The days of the week and months of the year were named after pagan deities. They had pagan significance in the past, but it doesn’t mean they still do so.

Friday was named after Frigg and Thursday after Thor. That you hold a religious service on a Friday doesn’t mean you worship Frig. Neither does having your religious festival on a Thursday mean you worship Thor.

The names, Mercury, Venus, or Mars for planets were originally pagan names. But no one today supposes that planets are deities.

And you can’t hide behind Jewish calendar because during the Babylonian captivity, the Jews renamed some of their months in Babylonian terms. The month of Abib was renamed Nisan and another one was even named Tammuz! Yet no one would accuse Jews of worshipping Tammuz.

This time it was a god, Nimrod with Christ. And then you say you’re replacing Nimrod with Christ. Oh brilliant! But you’re still celebrating with Nimrod’s tree and the Yule and the mistletoe and the gifts and the parties, so where is the Christ?

It’s there

This is where he sounded so lopey that it was embarrassing for me to watch or listen to. Notice that even Dr. Adelakun who had no intention of defending Christianity had to point it out to him: the Christ you say is absent in Christmas is there. But daddy Freeze sees Nimrod.

Many anti-Christmas/anti-Easter zealots are like a close circuit; they read the same set of hogwash, rehash the same lines of arguments and repeat the same trope of misinformation which they never bother to fact check in any objective or valid sources.

So most of the time, when you’re dealing with the “Christmas-is-of-pagan-origin” folks, you’re stuck with a self-perpetuating and self-validating worldview. Mr so-and-so (who isn’t even a scholar in the field he’s pontificating on) says it or wrote it, and he is in our coterie, so that settles it.

I’ve written about the fatal flaws of the “Nimrod-is-god” assertion and I do not wish to repeat it here. Both the Bible and history indicate that Nimrod was never worshipped as a deity (whether a “father god” or “king of the gods”); he founded no religion and has no valid link to deities in the Babylonian, Persian Greek, Roman, or Nordic pantheon.

In plain terms, the old theory of the “Babylon connection” of Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz to pagan deities (both ancient and modern) is at best, tabloid sensationalism.

I don’t see it, unfortunately. I don’t see it. What I see is the paganization of Christianity and here is the biggest point that everybody misses, Christ never asked for his birthday to be celebrated. Never. There were many years that Paul went to meet Peter… no birthday. They remembered to do so many things but never remembered to celebrate his birthday? It was never part of the doctrine.

Daddy Freeze’s Free the Sheeple movement is simply one of the versions of the Sacred Name cults or Hebrew Roots movement. These are aberrant religious groups that teach that all of Christianity except theirs is irredemably infected with hellenized paganism, that Christianity went off the rails right from 325 AD.

Yup, no one got it right for 1700 years. The real name of God was lost, the name of Jesus was paganized. The gospel was paganized. Everyone was in darkness, lost and doomed for hell until the light came on in the 20th century when some pockets of people knew “the restored truth.”

And what’s their truth? That using the Hebrew name of God and Jesus, following the laws of Moses and disavowing apostle Paul and the epistles of the New Testament as “Greek pagan corruption” brings you to the light…yes, new light. Doesn’t that sound familiar yet?

So when Mr. Ifedayo goes off in tangents and tells us about how the only two birthdays in the Bible were instances where men were executed (the second through a chain of manipulation and indirect assassination), he’s not deriving this from either Scripture or history, but his cultish ideology – the kind that is inconsistently selective about pagan origins.

According to Browser’s Book of Beginnings, the earliest evidence of a game that featured two opposing teams kicking, tossing, and aggressively advancing a ball in opposite directions was practiced 5,000 years ago in Egypt—as a fertility rite. Sounds like football doesn’t it?

So why do they rail against Christmas and still play or watch soccer?

There are so many issues with Christmas. The paganization is not even the date (which even is paganized), the paganization is even the celebration…

In the Bible, Jesus is called a Lion (Rev. 5:5), Satan is also called a lion (1 Pet. 5:8). Using Daddy Freeze’s logic, Jesus is Satan!

The woman called Mystery Babylon had a cup in her hand; the Lord has a cup in his hand (Ps. 75:8). Using Daddy Freeze’s logic, God is mystery Babylon.

Pagan kings sat on thrones and wore crowns; the Lord sits on a throne and wears a crown (Rev. 1:4; 14:14). Using Daddy Freeze’s logic, the Lord Jesus is pagan.

Pagans worshiped the sun; the Lord is the “sun of righteousness” (Mal. 4:2). Pagan gods were likened to stars; the Lord is called “the bright morning star” (Rev. 22:16). Using his logic, the God of the Bible was “paganized.”

Someone needs to school Daddy Freeze (and Reno Omokri, another kook in the barrel) that taking a stand against paganism shouldn’t be taken to foolish extremes. If you want to fish for pagan origins behind every bush and shelf, you will have to reject the Bible as pagan!

All of the following practices or beliefs mentioned in the Bible were also known among pagans: raising hands in worship, taking off shoes on holy ground, a holy mountain, a holy place in a temple, offering sacrifices without blemish, a sacred ark, a city of refuge, bringing forth water from a rock, laws written on stone, fire appearing on a person’s head, horses of fire etc.

That some primitive tribes worshipped trees in the past doesn’t mean people decorating trees during Christmas today are worshipping trees. That’s the dumbest argument in the book.

When was Christ’s birthday celebration decided? 317 years after He died! Oh wow, it took you 300 years, and who decided it? The Council of Nicaea and Constantine who worshipped the sun all his life and “gave his life,” why because there was a problem in his kingdom. Come on.

This was the lowest water mark. Anyone who is so lacking in intellectual dignity to the point of claiming that the Council of Nicaea and Constantine decided on Christmas shouldn’t be taken as an authority on any Christian doctrine, no matter how large his YouTube subscribers might be. It’s simply irresponsible for Daddy Freeze to spout such an outright falsehood for public consumption.

At this point in the video (at 20:00-20:06) you could see the look of “My goodness, I can’t believe you’re this wack” on Dr. Adelakun’s face.

Okay, so I think this is where I’ll disagree with you. First of all, the things that you highlighted, it’s like you seem so much invested in faithfulness to an origin rather than looking at it as an appropriation of the past to meet the exigencies of the present. So if we say Jesus… [DF rudely interrupts her mid-sentence to ramble].

There is really nothing you can do because what you have called Christianity today is a composite of all these past paganism, Jewish culture

[DF quickly interjects again aggressively]:

My Christianity is a Christianity that starts in the red Bible which is the highlighted words of Jesus. Anything else that history has is history’s business.

Notice how he contradicts himself. He appeals to history to bolster his hypothesis that Nimrod is the figure being honoured at Christmas and leans on Constantine and the council of Nicaea, but when he was given a picture of history that conflicts with his bias, he quickly throws history into the bin and dives into that oh-so-cool solo scriptura jibe.

Daddy Freeze only considers history as  valid so long as it supports his abstractions, fancies and self-canonized authority. This is a very unreliable man, a hack who pretends to do serious research – a false teacher who shouldn’t be teaching you – that is, if you don’t wish to go astray.

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit: Objections and Questions

Having written about the baptism with the Holy Spirit in previous articles, there are some objections to it that I wish to address here, as well as questions that I’ve been asked about this on my Facebook page.

  1. A common objection says that only the apostles could pray for people to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, therefore, it was an experience that was available only for the early church and it ceased when the last apostle died.

Going by the events of Acts 8:14-17, this would appear to be true. Philip the evangelist preached in Samaria and many were saved by believing the gospel. Then the apostles in Jerusalem sent Peter and John to them to minister the Holy Spirit baptism.

But going back to Acts 1, we see that there were about 120 believers gathered together at the upper room (vs. 15). They didn’t consist of 12 apostles – and all of them received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (2:4).

When Peter preached to the crowd after Pentecost, he based this experience on the fulfilment of Bible prophecy in Joel 2:28-32. In it, God promised to pour out His Spirit upon “on all people” and His gifts will be bestowed on men and women, young and old, and it will extend to their sons and daughters.

In other words, the baptism with the Holy Spirit was to continue from generation to generation until the end of the Church Age. It was not God’s plan for it to die off with the foundational apostles.

It’s also evident that Peter and the apostles didn’t believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit would be restricted to only the apostles or the apostolic age or even to the Jews alone. This why he said:

“This promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39).

If you have been called by God out of the dominion of Satan, sin and the world into the kingdom of His dear Son, this blessing is for you. Even in the NT, there appeared to be a succession of spiritual gifts onto young believers by the laying on of hands (1 Tim. 4:14; 2Tim. 1:6).

From early church history, the writings of men like Eusebius, Irenaeus, Chrysostom of Constantinople, and Augustine of Hippo showed that speaking in tongues after being baptized in the Holy Spirit was known among many Christians (who weren’t even leaders) in various regions.

Furthermore, Ananias was described as “a certain disciple” (Acts 9:10) and wasn’t an apostle, yet he ministered the baptism of the Holy Spirit to Saul of Tarsus. Nowhere does the New Testament say only apostles or bishops could have or administer it.

  1. Another objection says that the gifts of the Spirit were only given to the early church to witness to the people of the supernatural, but now the testimony of the church is “faith, love and hope” (1 Cor. 13:13).

The proceeding verse after the prooftext says: “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts…” (1 Cor. 14:1). It didn’t say “or eagerly desire spiritual gifts.” We are commanded to desire both because both are real and vital for every era of the church.

Another prooftext used as a prop is 1 Cor. 13:8 “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

This verse alone doesn’t indicate that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased. It says that tongues will cease, not that they have ceased. All of these things are future tense. Therefore, prophecies, tongues and knowledge haven’t vanished away.

To understand what this text is saying, we have to include the proceeding verses:

“9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

It’s interesting to see how preconceived notions can obscure the interpretation of otherwise clear bible passages.

Some people read these verses and what they make of them is “‘When completeness comes’ is referring to the Bible. Now that the Bible is in its complete form, we no longer need the gifts of the Spirit!”

But reading it carefully, we see that it’s contrasting time and eternity. Prophecies are supernatural glimpses because we still know in part; and that will be as long as we are in this mortal flesh. We don’t yet see face to face, we still see only a reflection of spiritual mysteries.

So until when this imperfect era gives way to perfect eternity, prophecies have not ceased, tongues have not stilled and knowledge has not passed away.

In fact, apostle Paul wrote in details about the gifts of tongues and prophecies which should let us know that such guidelines were binding on future generations of the church. He said:

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.” (1 Cor. 14:39)

  1. Another objection – and this is the most toxic – is that any manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit today is of the devil.

I’m yet to see a single biblical support from those who mouth this bilge. It’s often a syllogism that flows from objections 1 and 2.

Now, if the gifts of the Holy Spirit are of the devil as they claim, they need to tell us precisely when this subversion came to be. Turns out that many cessationists deny the supernatural in Christianity but acknowledge it in the devil’s fold.

If these spiritual gifts were described in the New Testament and these things were “written to teach us so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope,” then we will like to know exactly when the devil took them over from the church (Rom. 15:4).

Some others try to discredit the baptism with the Holy Spirit by instilling fear into the hearts of Christians that if they prayed to be filled with the Holy Spirit, they will receive a demon of false tongues or a demon of divination.

One of the earliest materials where I found this reprehensible idea disseminated was a work by Ellen G. White published in the late 19th century:

“Satan appeared to be by the throne, trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, “Father, give us Thy Spirit.” Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace” (Early Writings 56.1).

Some of those teach this in churches today apparently picked it from here and modified it. They might not come all out to say Satan sits on God’s throne, but they will always accord to him a level of authority over fellow believers sincerely seeking God’s gifts.

We need to read Luke 11:11-13 out loud to them:

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Jesus might not be speaking of a literal snake and scorpion here, He could be referring to spiritual serpents and scorpions – demon spirits.

If you are a child of God, God is your Father, and there is no way you would ask Him to fill you with His Spirit which He promised to give, and He as a loving Father will send you a demonic spirit nor would He let that happen to you.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (Jas. 1:17)

The only way you can receive a wrong spirit is if you didn’t seek the God of the Bible or you didn’t go through His only Son, Jesus or you deliberately invited a demon in by invoking it or following its prescribed rites.

This explains why some adherents of white garment churches and other semi-pagan systems have counterfeit spiritual gifts and supernatural experiences.

But the existence of the counterfeit points to the validity of the original, just as fake currency is an imitation of a genuine one.

I’ve been asked about those who realize they have certain “gifts” from their childhood or observed that they “inherited” them from their parents.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are bestowed only on believers, so if these individuals were saved from young ages and filled with the Holy Spirit from that period, they will exhibit these gifts as God wills.

On the other hand, if they weren’t saved and their parents who had these “gifts” weren’t saved or were involved in pagan religions, occult arts or New Age spirituality, that could signify demonic infestation. They would need to renounce such gifts and kick out the false spirits operating behind them.

I’ve been asked if dreams and visions are also gifts of the Holy Spirit. No, they are not (See 1 Cor. 12:1-11). Although some gifts of the Holy Spirit like prophecies, discernment of spirits, word of knowledge or word of wisdom can be expressed through dreams or visions, this doesn’t always happen.

In syncretic churches, they have seers or psychics who specialize in dreams and visions and are given this kind of “power” through certain rituals. These seers wear four-cornered caps and are known to also give wild, ecstatic and ritual-themed prophecies after they’ve danced to drums or repetitive chants.

Many of them will also tell you to pray to angels and spirits which visit or speak to them in their dreams and visions, but if you know the Word of God and could discern spirits, you can figure out that these seers are vessels of evil spirits.

I’ve also been asked about instances where a believer used to be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues, but no longer does so. If I were counseling such a person, I’d want to know if he had totally backslid or still actively prays and studies the bible but merely experienced a period of spiritual dryness.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is not a one-time experience because as long as we live in this mortal flesh, we will “leak” and need to be re-filled. The responsibility to build ourselves up spiritually and stir up the gift of God within us lies on us:

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (2 Tim. 1:6)

“Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees” (Heb. 12:12)