Weighing the Grail Message: Dark Philosophies

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The Bible opens our eyes to the realms of reality, which we can also term as dimensions.

There is a physical realm of space/time/matter universe in which human beings live, where they are subject to the five senses. But many tend to make the fatal mistake of believing that anything beyond the realm of these physical senses is simply not there.

There is also Heaven, a realm of pure existence where God reigns as Sovereign. In this second “dimension” is where the throne of God is and His glory is fully manifested.

This realm was bridged when God chose to become Man in the person of Jesus Christ. Everyone who is in Him can access this realm of God’s infinite power, love and justice.

There is also a third dimension of spiritual darkness, controlled by Satan and his hosts. Though this sphere is divided into several sub-kingdoms rigidly ruled by hierarchies of fallen angels, it is presided at the top by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2).

This third dimension is a domain of the forces of great deception and wickedness, hence, it consists of all who that have pledged allegiance to the god of the world and are in rebellion against the one true God revealed in the Bible.

Indeed, it’s not strange to find individuals or organizations, claiming to possess some “keys” to luminous ascent, mystical insights or powerful spiritual practices whose sources are actually plugged deeply into the bowels of the kingdom of darkness.

From what has been documented so far, the Grail message is one of such destructive revelations.

Destructive, because, at some point in their teachings, the self-professed “cross bearer” is directly introduced to the very occult philosophies which used to be taught only to secret initiates of modern Witchcraft – until some few decades ago.

In this piece, I will be focusing on chapter 15 of In the Light of Truth Volume 2, titled “Thought-Forms” to unravel how those who follow the Grail path, however sincere, are like the proverbial frog in the kettle, being slowly boiled till they end up in the dinner plate of the Lord of darkness himself.

The first three paragraphs of this chapter castigate materialists whose conversations are hollow; their thoughts empty and their interests oppressively narrow. In the words of Oskar, “many people are not very much different from animals.” He continues:

“They cannot and will not understand that life on earth, with all its pleasures and joys, only gets its real meaning when one has become more or less familiar with the Ethereal World, and knows about the reciprocal actions connecting us with it, for then one no longer has the feeling of being at the mercy of chance.”

As stated previously, the key emphasis behind the occult is interaction with the spirit world and the spirits therein.

The ethereal world, as explained by the Grail message, is the spiritual world from which emanate “alternating currents” and “intuitive perception.” It’s said to be the world of spirits where humans came from and the grail “God” resides.

Of course, the Ethereal World is not Heaven. Our God does not inhabit, nor is He part of, the spirit world or physical world. The spirit realm Ab-dru-shin speaks of is the same one that New Agers and Witches tap into to wield their spiritual energies. 

This is a dimension of spiritual darkness. It does not acknowledge Jesus as the only Way nor the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus emphatically stated: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

“For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Eph. 2:18). The Christian fellowships with God only through the Holy Spirit. But the god of the Grail message is one that can be found in trees, rocks, animals and all other creation.

“Rejoice that all around you lives, into seemingly immeasurably far away regions! Nothing is dead; nothing is void as it would appear. Everything is working and weaving in reciprocal action, in the center of which you stand as humans to continually form and direct anew the threads, as both starting points and final goals.”

Here the seeker is introduced to the two core beliefs of Witchcraft/Paganism: Monism and Animism.

Monism, which literally means “one-ism,” teaches that all is one and one is all. It asserts that all reality may be reduced to a single, unifying principle partaking of the same essence and reality.

In other words, people only think that a rock lying in a field is entirely separate from the field in which it’s lying. But monism says that the rock is the field, and the field is the rock.

Animism is the belief that all things – from rocks to amoeba to trees – is infused with life force or energies. In other words, the entire earth is a living, breathing organism. In the words of a witch, “The ancient world view did not conceive of a separation between ‘animate’ and ‘inanimate'” (Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, Penguin Books, 1986, p. 29).

This is why the Grail message says “nothing is dead.” Their god is like a force or power pervading and pulsating through everything and it can be manipulated like a thread to spin and reach your goals.

Christian researchers, Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden note that:

“The New Age movement is an all pervasive, all-encircling philosophy, birthed from Theosophy and Hinduism. New Age groups comprise a united syncretistic religion; everything comes together under one philosophy. Their divine absolute principle is not a person; it is not God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The absolute principle is an impersonal entity that inhabits all creation, whether they call it consciousness, energy, vibrations, spirit, force, Mind, Brahma, or the One” (The Kingdom of the Occult, Thomas Nelson, 2008 p. 193).

“Awake! Use the power given to you in the full knowledge of this mighty happening, lest in your stupidity and obstinacy, or even in your indolence, you bring forth only harmful deformities which choke all that is healthy and good and finally cause you as their author to totter and fall.”

This is one of the starting techniques of witchcraft rituals: how to control and utilize impersonal energies or forces and direct them to work your magick.

This is the same philosophy Napoleon Hill was espousing decades ago:

“A healthy ego makes you more receptive to the influences which guide you from a region beyond the power of our five senses to know … Unseen, silent forces influence us constantly…” (Grow Rich With Peace of Mind, Ballantine books, 1967, pp. 215-20).

This is why even an unwary Christian who relies on the teachings of self-help or motivational cults can slowly end up embracing and practicing the occult. The occult is a very subtle path; it’s like peeling off layer after layer of an onion until you get to its terminal bud.

Many early seekers of occult mysticism are drawn in by the pursuit of wisdom and the heady feeling of using their “mind power” to alter their lives, but by the time they are properly trapped in occult snares, they realize they have been enslaved by vicious demonic forces that know no mercy.

“This is the strange world of thought-forms, the vital activity of which comprises only a small part of the giant mechanism of the whole Creation. Its threads, however, run both into the Gross Material World and further up into the more Ethereal World and in the same way they also run downward into the realm of Darkness. Like a gigantic network of veins or nerve-strands, all is intertwined and interwoven, un-tearable and inseparable!”

What he is talking about here, in cliched phrases, is the dark philosophy of using your mind through the agency of demonic power to control the physical world and navigate the spirit world.

In the ethereal realm that Ab-dru-shin introduces his followers to, there’s a supposedly “pure region” and the lower “dark region.”

But we know that “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all” (1 John 1:5). He “lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see” (1Tim. 6:16). There are no “inseparable” spiritual network of veins in the universe linking God’s kingdom with the kingdom of darkness. Such a teaching is straight from the pit of hell.

Psalm 113:4 says “The LORD is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens.” No man can control God or His power, and man is not the author of it. Anyone that is teaching stuff about “using” or “controlling” some impersonal energies or “animated substantiality” in creation is working with demon spirits!

The Creative Power flowing through man concentrates ethereal matter through the focused volition of a completed thought and combines it into a form which expresses the volition of the thought.”

This is actually an occult ritual. In Witchcraft, the practitioner is taught to use the power of visualization in making his/her spells effective.

According to Hermetic tradition, the Egyptian god Thoth, known to the Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus (The Thrice-Powerful), was the originator of alchemy. He taught that the physical world could be transformed through mental imagery.

In his Magic: An Occult Primer, an occultist, David Conway explains the necessity of visualization for performing ritual magic:

“. . . the technique of visualization is something you will gradually master, and indeed must master if you are
to make any progress at all in magic… it is our only means of affecting the etheric atmosphere. It enables us to build our own thought forms, contact those already in existence and channel the elemental energy we need down onto the physical plane” (p. 59).

In an article, Visualization in Magic, a witch explained:

“We live in a Universe where everything is energy … You see, as human beings we have the potential to focus and manifest the kind of energy that we want to experience in our day-to-day life. This gives us immense power and creative potential. When we visualise an image in our mind – a goal that we wish to achieve, a place that we’d like to live in, the perfect job – we are bringing it closer into reality. We are concentrating that free flow of energy into a singular thought, and the more attention we give to it, the more it grows and starts to manifest in our daily life.”

Christian researcher, Dave Hunt pointed out that both old and new occult rites follow the same underlying formula:

“When the witch doctor slits a rooster’s throat, sprinkles the blood in a certain pattern, and mumbles a secret incantation, the spirits must respond with their magic as part of the bargain. So it is with the new paganism and its new rituals” (Occult Invasion, The Berean Call, Oregon, 2010, p. 83).

The difference now is that, priests and priestess of the new occult spirituality usually employ “scientific” terms and often introduce “bloodless” rituals to the initiates. But the old methodology of witchcraft – directing demonic powers to work using the mind – remains unchanged.

Thus this form is something real, something living, which now, in accordance with the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, attracts what is homogeneous in this world of thought-forms or is attracted by them, depending on the strength it possesses.”

In chapter 53 of this same Volume II, Oskar Bernhardt delves into the pagan worldview of animism when he states that each individual species of matter – every stone, plant and animal – produces its own specific radiation.

This radiation blends with the radiations of the other species with which it is combined, and together these form a harmonious halo of radiations which is already recognized today and simply called Od or aura.

This is the mystical twaddle that Grail followers pride themselves in, that they find the ‘law of attraction’ directing them towards colourful radiations emitting from other souls in the Grail movement.

Like my friend Fola, the first Grail adherent I personally knew, told me, when I asked why she often avoided some fervent Christian coursemates during our university days. Her answer was quite revealing, “The vibrations emanating from them do not harmonise with mine.” That’s the same thing any occultist would say when they encounter a Christian filled with the Holy Spirit.

In the aforementioned chapter, Ab-dru-shin actually reveals how the gate of occult power is opened through sexual rites:

“Until the sexual power awakens the process is the same as with a baby. Through their radiations the material cloaks absorb only what they need in order to mature. When the sexual power sets in, however, the spirit stands fully equipped, the gates are then thrown open, and an immediate connection is established.”

How satanic can you get.

“Unfortunately, however, it is hate, envy, jealousy, lustfulness, avarice and all other evils which, through their greater numbers of adherents, form the strongest power centers in the world of thought-forms.”

Like most occult/New Age organizations, Grail adherents are taught that doing some good acts and avoiding certain foods with “bad vibes” will make their ethereal (spirit) bodies light and ascend into the “realms of light.”

This ethereal delusion is all that the devil needs to prevent a person from receiving eternal life freely offered by God through Jesus Christ.

They are also taught that bad thoughts will weigh heavily on their ethereal bodies and make them dense and earthbound, and thus sink into the realm of darkness. In my personal engagements with Grail adherents, I’ve not yet met a single one that hasn’t displayed the sins listed by their guru in the quote above.

This shows that they only flaunt these virtues in speech, their actions bespeak the opposite. The Bible says “wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it” (Luke 7:35). You cannot tap into devilish wisdom and bear godly fruit.

The philosophies espoused in the Grail message do not come from God but from the powers of darkness.

 

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Touch not God’s Anointed: What it really Means

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This post is a quote from the appendix of a book I am currently reading, Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century authored by Hank Hanegraaff in 2009 (published by Thomas Nelson).

Hendrik “Hank” Hanegraaff, before his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy in 2017, was the president of the Christian Research Institute, an apologetic ministry founded by one of the brightest Evangelical minds in the 20th century, Dr. Martin Walter. For decades, Mr Hank was the anchor of “The Bible Answer Man.”

The first edition of Christianity in Crisis was published in 1993. It systematically unmasked the Word-Faith movement – a movement which threatens to undermine the foundations of the faith delivered to the saints.

The book was a bestseller and it won the Medallion Book Award for excellence in evangelical Christian literature. The new volume has been “augmented with a ‘Cast of Characters’ section that provides comprehensive information as well as biblical evaluation of the newest and most prolific stars in the faith galaxy—virtual rock stars who command the attention of presidential candidates and media moguls” (from the Introduction).

The following is an excerpt from Appendix A: Are “God’s Anointed” Beyond Criticism?

“During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ exhorted His followers to not judge self-righteously or hypocritically. Is this necessarily what Christians do when they question the teachings of “God’s anointed” preachers and evangelists?

Many teachers who claim such anointing would say so, and many more of their followers commonly reply to all manner of criticism: “Touch not God’s anointed.”

Some of these teachers even add that such actions carry literally grave consequences. Consider what prominent Faith teacher Kenneth Copeland affirmed in his taped message Why All Are Not Healed (#01-4001):

“There are people attempting to sit in judgment right today over the ministry that I’m responsible for, and the ministry that Kenneth E. Hagin is responsible for . . . Several people that I know had criticized and called that Faith bunch out of Tulsa a cult. And some of ’em are dead right today in an early grave because of it, and there’s more than one of them got cancer.

In addition to certain Faith teachers, such sentiments may be found among various groups involved with shepherding and other forms of authoritarian rule (from diverse “fivefold” ministries to a host of large and small “fringe churches”).

The leaders of these groups are commonly regarded by their followers as having a unique gift and calling that entitles them to unconditional authority—sort of a heavenly carte blanche. To dispute any of their teachings or practices is not distinguished from questioning God Himself.

Advocates of such unquestionable authority assume that Scripture supports their view. Their key biblical proof text is Psalm 105:15: “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” (KJV). But a close examination of this passage reveals that it has nothing to do with challenging the teachings and practices of church leaders.

First, it needs to be noted that the Old Testament phrase “the Lord’s anointed” is typically used to refer to the kings of Israel (1 Samuel 12:3,5; 24:6, 10; 26:9, 11, 16, 23; 2 Samuel 1:14, 16; 19:21; Psalm 20:6; Lamentations 4:20), at times specifically to the royal line descended from David (Psalms 2:2; 18:50; 89:38, 51), and not to especially mighty prophets and teachers.

While the text does also mention prophets, in the context of Psalm 105 the reference is undoubtedly to the patriarchs in general (vv. 8–15; cf. 1 Chronicles 16:15–22), and to Abraham (whom God called a prophet) in particular (Genesis 20:7). It is therefore debatable whether this passage can be applied to select leaders within the body of Christ.

Even if the text can be applied to certain church leaders today, in the context of this passage the words “touch” and “harm” have to do with inflicting physical harm upon someone. Psalm 105:15 is therefore wholly irrelevant to the issue of questioning the teachings of any self-proclaimed man or woman of God.

Moreover, even if we accepted this misinterpretation of Psalm 105:15, how are we to know who not to “touch”—that is, who God’s anointed and prophets are? Because they and their followers say they are? On such a basis we would have to accept the claims of Sun Myung Moon, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, and virtually all cult leaders to be prophets.

Because they reputedly perform miracles? The Antichrist and False Prophet will possess that credential (Revelation 13:13–15; 2 Thessalonians 2:9)! No, God’s representatives are known above all by their purity of character and doctrine (Titus 1:7–9; 2:7–8; 2 Corinthians 4:2; cf. 1 Timothy 6:3–4).

If a would-be spokesperson for God cannot pass the biblical tests of character and doctrine, we have no basis for accepting his or her claim, and no reason to fear that in criticizing his or her teaching, we might also be rejecting God.

Finally, if any individual Christian is to be considered anointed, then every single Christian must be considered anointed as well. For this is the only sense in which the term is used (apart from Christ) in the New Testament:

“You [referring to all believers] have an anointing from the Holy One” (1 John 2:20). Thus no believer can justifiably claim any sort of special status as God’s “untouchable anointed” over other believers.

With this in mind, it is significant that the apostle John does not use this term with reference to inspired or dynamic preaching or teaching, but to the ability and responsibility of each believer to discern between true and false teachers (vv. 18–24). Nobody’s teachings or practices are beyond biblical evaluation—especially influential leaders.

According to the Bible, authority and accountability go hand in hand (e.g., Luke 12:48). The greater the responsibility one holds, the greater the accountability one has before God and His people.

Teachers and other leaders of the Christian community should be extremely careful to not mislead any believer, for their calling carries with it a strict judgment (James 3:1). They should therefore be grateful when sincere Christians take the time and effort to correct whatever erroneous doctrine they may be holding and preaching to the masses.

And if the criticisms are unfounded or unbiblical, they should respond in the manner prescribed by Scripture, which tells them to correct misguided doctrinal opposition with gentle instruction (2 Timothy 2:25).

There is, of course, another side to this issue: criticism often can be sinful, leading to rebellion and unnecessary division. Christians should respect the leaders that God has given them (Hebrews 13:17). Theirs is the task of assisting the church in its spiritual growth and doctrinal understanding (Ephesians 4:11–16).

At the same time, believers should be aware that false teachers will arise among the Christian fold (Acts 20:29; 2 Peter 2:1). This makes it imperative for us to test all things by Scripture, as the Bereans were commended for doing when they examined the words of even the apostle Paul (Acts 17:11).

Not only is the Bible useful for preaching, teaching, and encouragement, but it is equally valuable for correcting and rebuking (2 Timothy 4:2). In fact, we as Christians are held accountable for proclaiming the whole will of God and warning others of false teachings and those responsible for them (Acts 20:26–28; cf. Ezekiel 33:7–9; 34:1–10).”

[Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity in Crisis: 21st Century, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2009, pp. 382-386]

A Call for Christian Accountability and Ethics

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Christianity, by its very nature, is the way of Christ, and this way is a narrow one. It is a highway of holiness in which Christians are expected to be salt and light to the world.

This is why when a Christian leader (someone who has been appointed to teach the Word of God at any level) has credible allegations of crime levied against him/her, the response of the Body of Christ to it sends a strong message to those within and without the church.

It cannot be denied that Christianity has been a strong historical and cultural force which shaped the Nigerian political and religious sphere. This is why the decisions that the Nigerian Christian body make regarding serious allegations such as rape against a popular pastor, tells us the kind of society we want to build.

In the midst of the baffling controversy of the alleged serial adulterer and rapist, Biodun Fatoyinbo, the Christian Organization of Nigeria (CAN) gave a press release that contains a number of howlers, none of which should come from a Christian body that values justice, truth and moral integrity.

In the release made public on Saturday, they wrote:

As we seek the help of CAN Elders and the Holy Spirit in resolving the current problem, it is our prayer that both parties will sheath their swords and stop the media war in the interest of the Church and for the greater glory of God.”

I sincerely don’t understand what they meant by the call to “sheath their swords” and stop the “media war”? Are CAN members oblivious to what this issue is all about or they are deliberately trying to twist the narrative? I suspect the latter.

Do they think Busola Dakolo’s allegation was borne out of personal vendetta or was she his only victim?

Is this a “media war” instigated by a scorned woman or the exposure of a sexual predator in the pulpit?

It’s indeed a disappointment to find a supposed Christian organization playing cheap politics with the lives of the wounded flock.

In the release, they made an appeal to Romans 5:8,11 and 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 as if this hoopla is all about Biodun’s sins. This is the same “we are all sinners” line that Biodun’s defenders have been chanting all across the public space.

And I wonder if someone ever informed them that there is a big difference between sins and crimes.

According to a legal dictionary, crime is a violation of a law in which there is injury to the public or a member of the public and a term in jail or prison, and/or a fine as possible penalties. In a plain sense, when there is a crime, there must be a penalty.

But not all sins are crimes though all crimes may be sins. Therefore, the redress of crimes cannot be the same as sins. Not in every instance. With the exception of those under Sharia dictates or Mosaic laws:

Fornication is a sin, not a crime.

Adultery – sin not crime.

Not paying tithes – sin not crime

Breaking the sabbath – sin, not crime.

Eating shellfish or pork – sin, not crime.

Homosexuality – sin, not crime (though some countries criminalize it).

Sorcery – sin, not crime.

Gambling – sin, not crime

Alcoholism – sin, not crime.

But when you are talking about rape, paedophilia, theft, perjury, murder, destruction of private or public property, money laundering, financial embezzlement and so on, you are talking about crimes. That’s the way the world works. Deal with it.

Some sins can result in crimes, such as sorcery being used to murder and fornication which can include sexual acts with a minor or sexual predation – which is an accurate description of a pastor taking his flock as sexual preys.

When a crime is uncovered, it shouldn’t stop at mere apology to the aggrieved, it should also be adjudicated in the court of law:

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake” (Romans 13:3-5).

Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Tim. 1:9-11).

Therefore, the first act of injustice against all the victims of Biodun Fatoyinbo is to reduce his crimes against them to mere “sins.” That’s a callous, mendacious and unchristian attempt to minimize the injuries he inflicted on others.

Furthermore, in all the accounts given by his victims and numerous sex partners, there were often large pay outs and monetary gifts. It will be vital if this is equally investigated.

The organization he heads is registered with a non-profit status, and to the best of my knowledge, he doesn’t have any allied industries or entrepreneurship schemes that serve as sources of great income. So where was the money coming from?

If the money he showered on these women were from the tithes and various offerings and other public money donated to his ministry by people who thought they were “connecting the power” for their breakthroughs, then he should be penalized and have his tax-free status revoked. 

A church leader expending “God’s money” on satiating his lust is gross betrayal of public trust, lack of financial stewardship and abuse of spiritual authority. Is there a Christian body with enough integrity to call this evil by its name?

I have read posts by church goers who highlight his benevolence, Bible knowledge and miracles that have come from his ministry. What is in dispute here is not his giving to charity or ability to teach the Bible. Anyone can do these without necessarily been born again.

And since the name of Jesus and the Word of God are effective any day, God will always honour the faith of His people even if the vessel ministering to them is as false as a 13 dollar bill.

At this stage of our Christian experience in Africa, miracles should no longer be the yardstick of genuineness.

Some Christians, in their desperation to launder the image of their hero (and it’s all about him), appeal to us to cover the crimes of our leaders just as Muslims do for theirs. This is the lowest watermark that people will sink to.

I must ask, since when did Christians – who are called to be the light of the world – began to model their ethical codes after the religions of this world? Indeed, it’s written in the Islamic hadith that if a Muslim covers the sins of a fellow Muslim, Allah will also cover their sins on judgement day.

Aside from the ethically flawed implications of that charge, the whole idea of sins being covered on judgement day is completely alien to Biblical eschatology and soteriology.

What does the Bible say we should do about evil or grievous sins being committed in Christian leadership?

Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed” (Gal. 2:11).

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11).

Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear” (1 Tim. 5:20).

This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13).

And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds” (Rev. 2:21-22)

Nothing here about covering up crimes or criminals to protect the image of a person or church. It is actually our exposure of them that shows the world our revulsion and makes it clear to others within the church that such actions are contrary to the Faith.

If you take a look at civilized climes, you will find that accountability in the church is not often overlooked.

Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, Robert Liardon, Eddie Long etc. were all exposed for their sexual indiscretions at one point and they publicly confessed their deeds, and in the case of Bakker, served his sentence for financial misappropriation.

Even David Yonggi Cho, the icon of South Korea, publicly confessed his misdeeds and was sentenced to prison for his financial embezzlement – and the earth didn’t cave in neither did the sky fall to the ground.

But why is it that when it comes to our dear country, influential church leaders are excluded from any degree of scrutiny and accountability? Why do we prioritize image and status over truth and justice?

Here again is what the Bible says about Christians like Fatoyinbo who use Christianity as a cover for their unclean practices:

But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person” (1Cor. 5:11).

Paul even said such an evil person should be expelled from the church (v. 13)! This should cover all those defending and protecting sexually loose persons in their churches with the veil of shame.

The church in Nigeria needs to take some hard, unpopular stance in order to restore its sullied image before the world.

We cannot be denouncing corruption outside the church while making allowances for it inside the church. It is a travesty of the noble examples we should be giving to the unregenerate.

Most sex predators don’t work alone; they usually have enablers, whether in word or deed. There is always someone who saw or knew something but chose to look the other way. They need to break their silence on this case because judgement will start in the house of God.

From the accounts of Biodun’s victims, his wife, Modele, “Pastor Flo” and the elders of the church (“the COZA 12”), are all aware of Biodun’s numerous sexual assaults over the years. These are the devious people helping him in covering his tracks and giving him a makeover after each of his sexual vampirism.

These are the people who “strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life” (Ezekiel 13:22). No, Biodun is not the only alleged culprit of sexual predator and COZA is not the only slaughter pen in this country.

May the Lord expose them all. And may His healing balm minister to the lives of all their victims.