Destructive Pacts and their Outworkings

As God was sending His people into the lands of the Canaanites who were involved in pagan worship, He warned them: “Do not make a covenant with them or their gods” (Ex. 23:32). God was warning them against entering into covenants with evil spirits. Some of them eventually “joined” themselves with pagan gods such as Baal (Num. 25:3, Ps. 106:28; Hos. 4:17). This “joining” implies a covenant.

A covenant is a binding agreement between two or more people or parties to get things done with penalty by contact or sacrifice. It’s also called a contract or pact. In The Mummy (2017) movie, Ahmanet, an Egyptian princess is shown making a pact with the Egyptian god of evil, Seth, to help her murder her rivals. In return she was to invoke him into a human body. This illustrates occult pacts between a person and a demon or deity.

A common pact is that made with elemental spirits. These are evil spirits associated with the four elements – air, water, earth and fire. Each class of spirits has identifiable rituals, symbols and operations. These “fantastic four” are also deployed in cinematic characters and storylines. In the Moana movie for instance, the 4 elements – including the fifth one (the spirit force) – all worked together. The green “heart of goddess Te Fiti” is actually a Bezoar stone (or Mustika pearl) used by real life witches and New Agers to communicate with elemental spirits.

Enya’s songs, obviously tailored for New Age listeners, make references to these elemental forces. Part of the lyrics of O Miraculum says in English:

To set sail, a wonderful thing
Wayfarers see the sky, the oceans and the earth
The sea, the sea under the evening star

In her Latin song, Tempus Vernum, she says:

Behold, the north, the south
Behold, the west and the east
Behold, the ocean, the sea …
Behold the earth, the star, the winter and the summer…
Behold the ray of the sun and the shadow, the fire, the water, the sky, the moon, the earth, the star

In the occult, these 4 elemental spirits are linked to the four cardinal points: water (West), fire (East), air (North) and earth (South). In many Wiccan traditions, the four seasons of the Western hemisphere and four other sun-oriented dates are called “sabbaths.” During these 8 sabbaths, their Horned god is ritually invoked into a male witch. [1]

In La Sonadora, her lyrics in English say:

I; the autumn
I; the evening star
I have been an echo
I shall be a wave
I shall be the moon
I have been everything
I am myself

The two elements mentioned here are air (echo) and water (wave). The “evening star” is a title of the pagan great Goddess Ishtar, Astarte or Venus. These goddess forms are also associated with the moon and often invoked on nights of the full moon (esbats) through a Wiccan ritual called “Drawing down the moon.” [2] Fittingly, the CD of this music album, The Memory of Trees, has the picture of a full moon surmounted over Enya,

In Orinoco Flow, Enya focuses on the water element:

From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon
From Bali to Cali far beneath the coral sea
From the deep sea of clouds
To the island of the moon
Carry me on the waves
To the lands I’ve never been

This is a poetic invocation of water spirits to transport the listener to their realm. This is a spiritual kingdom of a hierarchy of demons. One of their key rulers is called “Queen of the coast” (or Queen of the river). She and the many demons under command wield control over many nations, families and individuals through fashion, music, aesthetics, inventions, finance, religions, sexual immorality and entertainment.

There is hardly a culture that does not acknowledge the existence of spiritual entities within water bodies, although many in ignorance and delusion worship them. In the Bible, apostate Jews worshipped a goddess named Asherah. The Bible mentions her images (1 Kg. 15:13), her prophets (1 Kg. 18:19) and the vessels used in her service (2 Kg. 23:4). “In the Ras Shamrah texts, Asherah is the consort of El, the supreme god. She is mentioned as ‘creatress of the gods’ and ‘Lady Asherah of the sea,’ titles that are given to the most important goddess of the pantheon.” [3]

The name of this demonic queen varies from place to place; some even call her “Our Lady of Regla.” Latino music star, Celia Cruz, dedicated an entire track to her in Spanish:

Virgin of Rule, today is your day
Mother of water, my goddess Yemaya
You are the Queen
These songs that we give you o mother
Yemaya my mother, my mother
Ohhoho live Yemaya! [4]

In the first scene of Beyoncé’s Drunk in Love video, there was an eerie music with a focus on the image of a queen on a trophy borne by Beyoncé. She wears a pendant of an inverted triangle/pyramid in this scene. This is a witchcraft symbol of the water element. In February 2017, she released a poem for her twins, part of which says:

Mother has one foot in this world
One foot in the next
Mother black Venus in the dream
I am crowning Osun, Nefertiti and Yemoja
Pray around my bed
I can smell jasmine
I wake up as someone places a wreath upon my head

Osun and Yemoja are Yoruba names for the Queen of the river – believed to be “patron” of sexual lust, childbirth and divination. In witchcraft, Jasmine incense is used for rites involving lust, protection, dreams and money. Nefertiti was an Egyptian consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten who extensively worshipped the solar disk. It’s not a coincidence that this poem was released on February 2, Yemoja’s feast day.

Nigerian music star, Victor Uwaifo, talked about his encounter with this demon:

“That particular day, I stayed really late till everybody had gone. Not long after, I observed that each time the waves advances towards me, I would move back, but the farther I moved the closer it came. Suddenly, I observed a figure coming towards me. I wanted to move away. I screamed … She said “If you see mammy water [Yemoja], never you run away.” I just thought the mermaid loved the music, otherwise it would have harmed me.”

He composed a song based on her words and it became an instant hit. When the interviewer asked if there’s a link between this encounter and his subsequent success, he answered, “I call it esoteric, a privileged knowledge not for everybody. From that time till today, I have been very privileged. I am a spiritual person, I have a chapel in my house.” [5]

Demons don’t just physically appear to people. Some evil covenants must have been in place. Many people consciously enter into these pacts for fame, wealth, success and supernatural abilities e.g water witching, breathing under water, healing etc. Others unconsciously enter into them by offering sacrifices at streams/rivers or lakes, ritual baths, consulting water priests/priestesses, sexual contacts with agents, use of paraphernalia and items dedicated to water spirits and participating in their festivals.

The annual Osun festival held in Osogbo, Osun State, is an instantiation of demon worship under the toga of “African tradition.” Every year, many religious tourists and devotees from within and outside the country troop to the Osun grove (which by the way, is registered with UNESCO) to make and renew their covenants with the Queen of the river.

One of these pilgrims said:
“I was married for over 10 years without the fruit of the womb and the pressure was becoming unbearable from my in-laws … I came to this river in tears and barely one year later, I was all smiles. The river goddess heard my cries and gave me a bouncing baby boy … I go to church but I remain grateful for what the river goddess has done for me.” [6]

Sadly, there are many “Christians” like this woman who “worshiped the LORD, but … also served their own gods” (2 Kgs. 17:33). They profess to follow the Lamb, but swear allegiance to the dragon. These water entities are monstrous beings that seduce and devour their preys like their master Satan (Is. 27:1). The devil and his imps do offer people beggarly fame, comfort and power for pacts, but they all end here on earth.

In contrast, God enters into a covenant with as many accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and offers them every spiritual blessings in heavenly places and all that pertains to life and godliness by His divine power (Eph. 2:1; 2 Pet. 2:3) – only asking that we love, follow, serve and obey Him with all our hearts.

Notes

1. William Schnoebelen, Wicca: Satan’s Little White Lie, Chick Pub., 1990, 223
2. Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, Penguin Books, 1986, 20
3. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, ed. Geoffrey Bromiley, 1979, Vol. 1 p. 317
4. Slightly re-arranged and translated using Google Translate.
5. Nigerian Entertainment Today, July 11, 2014.
6. Osun Osogbo: A Communion of Spirits, Mortals https://emekaumejei.wordpress.com/2009/09/19/osun-osogbo-communion-of-spirits-mortals/

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Tested and Found Wanting!

Every industry has a quality control section. There, the shelf-life, microbial load, purity and safety levels of the product are assessed. There is usually a standard chart against which the product’s qualities are compared. If there is a breach in this process, it poses a great danger to the consumers and the integrity of the organization will plummet.

In the field of religion, the testing of truth claims is essential. The more gnomic the claims religious leaders make, the more they should be held up to scrutiny. The Watchtower Society is one organization headed by a Governing Body with such exclusive claims:

“[W]hen the Master arrived, he found his faithful slave conscientiously feeding the domestics as well as preaching the good news. Greater responsibility now awaited that slave. Jesus said: “Truly I say to you, He will appoint him over all his belongings.” (Matthew 24:4) Jesus did this in 1919, after the slave had passed through a period of testing” (The Watchtower, March 1, 2004, 12).

“While all anointed Christians collectively form God’s household, there is abundant evidence that Christ chose a small number of men out of the slave class to serve as a visible governing body. The early history of the congregation shows that the 12 apostles, including Matthias, were the foundation of the first-century governing body” (The Watchtower, March 15, 1990, 11).

“Naturally, all elders must submit to Christ’s right hand of control, guidance, and direction, which he exercises by means of the spirit and the spirit-begotten members of the Governing Body” (The Watchtower August 1, 1987, 19).

It’s on the bases of their claims as God “faithful and discreet slave,” “Christ’s right hand of control” and “spirit begotten” successors of the 12 apostles that the Watchtower leadership demands blind loyalty and absolute obedience from millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide. JWs are forbidden to pit their reasoning, opinions, personal feelings or harbour private understanding of the Bible against this Society.

They are not allowed to test this authoritarian leadership; they have no quality standard to asses whether they are being led by true or false leaders but are made to believe that everyone outside “Jehovah’s organization” is a false teacher:

No matter what false teachers may say, we must not follow them! Why go to such dried up wells, only to be deceived and disappointed? Instead, let us be determined to remain loyal to Jehovah and to the organization…” (The Watchtower, July 2011, 17).

By using pronouns “we” and “us” the Watchtower subtly conditions JWs into a groupthink. Since the Witness has already taken the epistemological leap of embracing the Society as Jehovah’s organization, he/she is precluded from asking the real questions: What really makes our leaders true teachers and the outsiders false? Where are the “abundant evidence” underpinning the Watchtower leadership’s special claims?

In a study edition of The Watchtower, they are told:

How can we protect ourselves against false teachers? The Bible’s counsel regarding how to deal with them is clear. (Read Romans 16:17; 2 John 9-11) “Avoid them,” says God’s Word. Other translations render the phrase “turn away from them,” “keep away from them,” and “stay away from them.” There is nothing ambiguous about that inspired counsel” (July 15, 2011, 16).

Notice that the real question has been moved back one step: how to detect false teachers. If we are directly warned to avoid them, then there must be ways to identify them before we turn away from them. The Watchtower magazine was curiously silent about this crucial aspect. That’s not a coincidence; it’s a tactic of institutional self-preservation.

It further says: “When we learn that Jehovah disapproves of something that we enjoy, for example, our initial reaction might be to rebel. That indicates that we need to make progress in the realm of being “ready to obey.” (James 3:17) In this article, we will review a few areas in which our willingness to fit in with God’s purpose to be obedient from the heart – would be put to test” (p. 28).

Nothing is still said about how false teachers can be discerned, instead, the moral responsibility of being “put to the test” is shifted back on the individual JW to “keep pace with Jehovah’s organization” (p. 29). The words “put to test” comes from Revelation 2:2 which says:

“I know your deeds and your labor and endurance and that you put those to the test who say they are apostles; but they are not and you found them liars” (NWT).

This verse unequivocally stresses the necessity of Christians to test those who claim to be apostles, yet the magazine doesn’t quote it. The term apostle means “a sent one” and it’s technically identical to the claims made by Watchtower leaders – of being Jehovah’s mouthpiece and “the faithful slave” sent by Christ to feed the people. If they were truly appointed by Christ since 1919 then they must be tested just as the early Christians tested those claiming to be apostles. And if found to be liars, they should be rejected.

Until a Jehovah’s Witness does this, he/she has no yardstick of determining whether he has been feeding on pure lies or a mixture of truth and lies. But Watchtower leaders don’t want to tested and found wanting, so they de-emphasize Revelation 2:2 in their materials such that JWs will seldom encounter it let alone apply it – unless they directly read the Bible. The Watchtower 2006 library CD shows that Revelation 2:2 has been quoted a total of only six times in Watchtower literature from 1950-2006.

In almost every instance, the text is so remotely interpreted that its real meaning is somewhat muddled. Below are 3 examples of their explanations after quoting the verse:

(I) “We can see that the apostles, during the ‘last hour’ of apostolic care on earth, stood in the way, preventing the organizing of the ‘mystery of this lawlessness’ into a corporate body, the ‘man of lawlessness’ (The Watchtower April 15, 1957, 253).

In the verse Jesus was commending the Ephesian believers for testing those claiming to be false apostles. But The Watchtower avoids talking about this but applies it to a singular figure: “the man of lawlessness.”

(II) “Faithful ones soon find that the speech and conduct of these deceivers do not ring true. Like the Ephesians, Christians today “cannot bear bad men” so they disfellowship them from their congregations” (Revelation – Its Grand Climax at Hand! 1988, 34).

They deflected the verse to apply to individuals who didn’t claim to be Christ’s right hand of control or Spirit anointed leaders instead of the Governing Body of the Society.

(III) “Today, congregations of Jesus’ true followers have a similar record of good deeds, hard work and endurance. They do not put up with false brothers who want to be viewed as apostles. (2 Corinthians 11:13, 26) Like the Ephesians, loyal Christians today “cannot bear bad men.” To maintain the purity of Jehovah’s worship and to protect the congregation, therefore, they do not extend the hand of fellowship to unrepentant apostates” – Galatians 2:4, 5; 2 John 8-11 (The Watchtower May 15, 2003, 12)

Again, the text is flipped around and placed on ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses (“apostates”). But these individuals have not claimed to be apostles or their successors. For some people to have claimed to be apostles in the 1st century implied they were in leadership positions so what we see here is a classic shell game to hide the truth.

People who make special claims must be tested and critically assessed before being accepted as true teachers/leaders. The Bible is clear on this testing:

a) Deut. 18:22 says “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken.” Leaders who truly speaking for God give accurate prophecies, but the Watchtower leadership have given many false prophecies.

b) Gal. 1:8 says “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.” The Gospel revolves around the death and resurrection of Christ but Watchtower leadership preaches a false gospel and a false Christ.

c) Isa. 8:20 says “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.” True teachers teach in harmony with the Bible, whereas Watchtower leadership teach doctrines that conflict with plain Bible teachings.

d) Matt. 7:15-16 say “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them….” True teachers bear godly fruit but Watchtower leadership has historically and presently borne the fruitage of falsehood, hypocrisy, cruelty, sexual depravity and hate.

e) 1 Pet. 5:3 says to church leaders: “not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” Godly leaders lead by example, personal growth and gentleness, but the Watchtower leadership lords it over JWs, binding heavy burdens on them, forbidding them from independent thinking and holding their leaders accountable.

An outgrowth of all man-centred, authoritarian leaderships is exemplified by the Society’s desperate efforts at mentally and spiritually subjugating JWs, demanding they have “complete confidence” in whatever the organization reveals. This is like consuming food and drinks that haven’t passed through quality control on the leverage of blind faith and sentiment. The spiritual consequences of such stupor is perilous.