Darkness cannot cast out Darkness

In 2009, I came across a news magazine from 1989. It featured an interview with a Ghanaian priestess/”faith healer” who at the time resided in Abeokuta, Ogun State. She had a wide reputation for ‘arresting’ witches and making them confess their deeds. People from various locations flooded her shrine daily, bringing along different clients whom they wanted to be psychically diagnosed or freed from witchcraft – of course, for a fee.

Before the day’s work, she would engage in a ritual dance, act wildly like someone possessed and even go into a trance to gain the “energy” to fish out witches. The reporter described how she randomly singled out one of her clients, brought her to a spot, rubbed her chest and the lady suddenly burst into tears, “I’ll confess. I’m a witch. We go to meetings at night. We shape shift into frogs…”

Were these witches really been set free from witchcraft or simply made to confess? There is no credible evidence to believe they were set free other than their confessions.

Such feats have cultural precedents. For example, there is a popular and highly feared deity in the western part of Nigeria known as Ayelala. This deity is well known for its efficacy in punishing offenders of law and order when invoked, and is reputed to catch witches, forcing them to confess their sins in the open.

Ayelala is linked to the water element and is often praised with chants like “Hail! Chief of the mothers: the mighty and awesome Queen. She, who baths in gin like the foreign men.” Wait a minute, that sounds a lot like the Queen of the coast, a high ranking demon in Satan’s kingdom.

There’s no way this demonic queen would cause Satan’s agents to be exposed or confess in public. Unless, there is a manipulation going on behind the scenes – one that is aimed at furthering the devil’s agenda to deceive, steal, kill and destroy.

This past month, DailyMailTV captured an exclusive interview with Rachel Stavis, who was introduced as a “non-denominational Exorcist.” Actually, she calls herself the Sister of Darkness; she uses herbs, shamanic rattle, dagger, Tibetan gong, bells and chants to supposedly rid the bodies of her clients of evil entities. Don’t let her title confuse you, she is a witch; a bumbling satanic witch!

She said: “I see manifestations of entities, sometimes they have a face, sometimes they don’t. When I was a child I called them monsters…they still are monsters, these things that have never existed as human beings. I realized very quickly I could see something other people couldn’t. I tried to ignore it, I didn’t feel like it was a gift at all, it was pretty scary and horrible. But there was no definitive guide book for me growing up so I had to create one“.

Like many psychics who have inherited occult spirits from their parents, Stavis sees into the spirit realm through the agency of evil spirits. Her $1.2 million house in the hills of Studio City, Los Angeles has a Spirit Room filled with an eclectic collection of occult art and memorabilia. Talk about a house with enough “vibes” to make a black witch feel secure.

Stavis claims to have cleansed thousands of tormented people from Hollywood moguls, actors and actresses to stay-at-home moms and politicians from bad entities. But here’s the big question: do shamans, witches and false prophets really cast out evil spirits from their clients? The answer is no.

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons. 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you (Matthew 12:24-29)

This explains it. Only the Spirit of God Who is greater than Satan and all his demons can legitimately cast them out. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; but a brother or sister of darkness can fool people to believe they are arresting a witch or kicking evil entities out of their clients. This is done by:

1. Forcing a weaker or less intelligent demon out of the client’s body so that a stronger and more intelligent one can occupy it.

The Daily Mail crew witnessed an exorcism session conducted by Rachel Stavis, mentioned earlier. She lights her herbs and the air fills with an oily smoke. She closes her eyes and calls in her ‘master teachers’, before asking the ‘higher beings’ to enter the room. Addressing them directly she said:

I ask you to send your energy through the body and spirit, moving that energy through the body and spirit, identifying any negative entities that do not belong and do not serve and pushing them up and out.”

These ‘master teachers’ and ‘higher beings’ are higher ranking demons. As she invokes them to enter her clients’ bodies, they push out the lower ones and occupy their place. Even the Pharisees in Jesus’ time understood this. This is why the demons don’t attack Stavis in her work; she is on their side.

Big shot entities operate differently and can stay more concealed in their hosts. This also explains why Ayelala can be used to make witches confess. Only the lower-level witches inhabited by less powerful demons can be so affected.

2. Absorbing the client’s demons

In this case, the witch or false prophet spiritually negotiates with the demon to leave the person and enter into his own body, either for his own operation or for later transference into the next client. The candidate, of course, feels relieved, but it’s only a temporary relief, because there is no vacuum in the spirit realm. Here is what Jesus said:

24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” (Luke 11:24-26)

Because the person is unsaved and not inhabited by the Holy Spirit, the demons will still have the license to return and take over his life. Sometimes, this operates through a demonic trade-by-barter system, in which the shaman removes the demon of depression from a client and in exchange puts in the demon of debauchery. Satan has no free gift; any seeming ‘good’ he offers is laced with many sorrows and pain.

3. Hypnotizing the client to feign being exorcised.

In this case, the witch simply places a layer of demons into the client to control his/her actions and speech and convince everyone to believe he/she was a witch and is now cleansed. There is a popular Nigerian fake prophet (or rather shaman) who is an expert at this. He is reputed to be an exorcist who interrogates witches and all sorts of demonized people almost daily on his TV to thrill his benighted audience.

He applied this method on a certain Nollywood actor who had taken his mother to his church for healing. He controlled and hypnotized him and made him confess to all sorts of things on video which he later came out to denounce. When such shamans lay their hands on people or fix their gaze into their eyes, they can come under their hypnotic power, especially if they are not Christians.

Most of the time, demons are not kicked out at all, they just hide or reduce their manifestations. The central purpose of these dubious exorcisms is to deceive souls and keep them from repenting or turning from false religions to serve the Lord Jesus Christ who can truly set them free.



How the spirit of Witchcraft Operates

As I explained in a previous article, witchcraft is hydra-headed and it adapts to geographical locations. Western witchcraft for instance differs markedly from the African one. But its influences over individuals, families and churches can be discerned.

This subject is somewhat deep and interwoven, so I may still re-visit it, specifically on how it operates in the church.

– 1Samuel 15:23: “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”

Witchcraft is an expression of man’s corrupt rebellious nature against God. It is man’s attempt to gain what he wants without submitting to God’s law. This is why witchcraft can also be called the universal religion of fallen humanity.

In Galatians 5:20 (KJV) it’s listed along with idolatry among “the works of the flesh.” Rebellion as a work of the flesh opens the door to witchcraft. Whenever you see rebellion at work in a church, family or community, the spirit of witchcraft is working with it. Mass rebellion against godly principles is one of the signs of the last days.

Domination. It brings human souls under the domination of the person whom it inhabits in order to have his/her way. Jezebel exemplified this in the Bible.

When Naboth refused to give up his vineyard and King Ahab withdrew into his inner chamber like a baby, she declared: “Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite” (1 Kgs. 21:7). She exerted domination over all the men of the city, the elders, the nobles and even the throne itself to achieve her purpose.

Like Jezebel, there are parents that exert dominion over their children; wives over husbands, and pastors over their congregations. Now, it’s never the will of God for any human soul to be dominated by another human soul. It poses a hindrance to complete spiritual freedom and growth.

If you reach a point where you are more tied to a certain person in your life (friend, parent or mentor) more than you are to the Lord, and you can’t think or make any decision without first consulting this person, then you are bound. You are being dominated and you need exercise your authority in Christ and break yourself loose.

A couple of years ago, I was in a Christian forum where a lady sought some advice. She has been married for about 4 years, but she and her husband were still living in her in-laws’ family house. On 3 different occasions they found a house and made plans to move, but his mother would dissuade them with fear, claiming that the house was evil and there were witches out there waiting to harm them.

I perceived something was wrong with that marriage. Why should a grown man be living with his wife in his mother’s house? It doesn’t seem right. Why would a man be unable to make decisions about his own family without first consulting his mother? She wields a domineering influence over her son. I’ve seen that happen to people and they don’t usually fare well.

I weighed in and told her she needs to pray against the witchcraft operating in her in-laws’ family. If she doesn’t fight that battle, they will keep having difficulties each time they make an effort to leave, and it’s going to get complicated when their children grow older. Her husband also needs to be prayed for. A spiritual umbilical cord still joins him to his mother.

There are some churches where this operates, where a “hyper spiritual” figure wields a dominating influence over the leaders and no decision can be made in the church unless his/her opinions are sought. Such people usually appear very religious and their presence alone intimidates others. That’s witchcraft!

Manipulation. The spirit of witchcraft manipulates people, emotions, relationships and situations. It utilizes deceptive schemes to achieve its controlling agenda.

Most domineering people are also manipulative. When they see that you are breaking free from their control, they quickly switch to a self-pity, victim or even a suicidal mode to make you stay. That’s manipulation.

When Jezebel wanted to have Naboth murdered, “she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, placed his seal on them and sent them to the elders and nobles… In those letters she wrote: Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people” (1 Kgs. 21:8-9).

First, she stole Ahab’s identity. This is how witches act; they feign identities. They set up different secular groups as fronts to champion their causes. They work as a network in various organizations (especially the media) to protect their secrets and discredit anyone exposing the true face of witchcraft.

These truth-distorting agents work to dispel witchcraft secrets leaked to the public. In May 2008, the story of a cat which transformed into a woman in Port Harcourt City made headlines. From eye witness accounts, the cat was knocked down by a moving vehicle and after a while, it changed to a woman in broad daylight.

She was immediately apprehended by the people there, and began to confess. They were actually 3 witches sent on assignment to kill three people in Abuja (402 miles away). They succeeded with two but failed with the third who is a pastor. She said the power of God worked against them and they had to flee and while returning to their base, she was hit by a vehicle.

By the time the master truth-distorter swooped on this story, those believing it were made to look like bumbling dolts. But those in the know can see through such efforts.

Witches also manipulate relationships. They can turn you against someone who truly loves you while making you believe they are your allies protecting you from danger. They impersonate others to attack in the dream and also manipulate a person to abandon his God-ordained assignment or divine location.

Second, Jezebel used religion to achieve her ends. She called for a solemn fast and charged Naboth with blasphemy. The accusation was well calculated to inflame the emotion of the religious public. Satan’s servants use false accusations, slander and emotional manipulation to stir up hostility against Christians.

Intimidation. Witchcraft spirit oppresses, breaks people’s spirit and inflicts terror.

After Elijah displayed God’s supremacy in Israel and destroyed Baal’s prophets, Jezebel sent a message to him, cursing herself in the name of her gods if she didn’t kill him. Elijah fled in terror and even began praying for death (2Kgs. 19:1-5).

The question is, why did the same man who had enjoyed supernatural provision, who had shut and opened the sky and disgraced Baal flee from a woman’s threats? You see, when you are under heavy witchcraft oppression, you won’t remember your previous spiritual victories or how many times God has answered your prayers.

It’s like being in a dark hole of despair; you feel that God doesn’t love you; you feel discouraged, weak and ashamed and even have suicidal thoughts! When you are in this state, know that a host of wicked spiritual forces have been unleashed against you.

Intimidation comes when the enemy sees you refuse to be dominated or manipulated. It’s aimed to make you cower and feel alone like Elijah felt: “I am the only one left” (v. 10). But God made him realise there are 7,000 others. You need to free yourself like a gazelle from the hands of a hunter, like a bird from the snare of a fowler.

Whoredom. Witchcraft works hand in hand with all forms of sexual promiscuity. The Bible speaks of “the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft” (Nah. 3:4)

Witchcraft spirit wields control over individuals, churches, families and cities through sex. The level of prostitution in a place can indicate the level of witchcraft there. As more people give themselves over to sexual depravity, sexual looseness, degrading entertainment and eroticism, they easily come under demonic influence.

If you observe a spider catching an insect, you will see that it first binds it with a silky web, then paralyses it with a poison and makes sure it is completely weak before it feeds on it. That’s how witchcraft spirit operates. It binds its victims with unclean sexual habits, paralyses their spiritual lives and spiritually kills them.

– The final one is mentioned in Micah 5:12 “I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.”

The spirit of witchcraft casts spells and curses on people, places and objects. A spell or curse is achieved by sending out evil spirits to perform a given assignment (although certain spells are utilized for “good” purposes like healing, fertility etc.) They are used to blind, evoke lust, afflict with diseases, kill, hinder, torment and destroy.

Witchcraft spells are tools used to control, manipulate, punish and terrify. At times, a spell may not directly touch a person but will affect his/her immediate surroundings. Breaking such curses and spells in prayer in Jesus’ name usually takes care of them, but if a Christian is not discerning, they may linger.

Kalu Abosi, a former high-ranking Satanist who later became a Christian evangelist, wrote in Born Twice: From Demonism to Christianity, an operation he undertook in his past.

One night, a satanic meeting he was conducting was supernaturally disbanded (when a Christian prays aggressively, it causes chaos in the demonic realm). He checked up on their monitoring screen and saw a praying Christian man from Benin City causing the havoc. He had seen him before at the New Benin market and he could also see 4 angels with bright swords standing with him as he prayed.

As he schemed on what to do, the screen blew into ashes and he fled. Spurned on to action by his “spiritual mother” (Queen of the coast) the next day, he resolved to destroy him. He crossed his legs and chanted an incantation over a bowl of water and this Christian man’s reflection appeared in it. As Kalu picked up a knife to stab him, he saw two angels extricate his reflection from the water. So he slowly dropped the knife.

He afflicted his 3 children with diseases and they later died. He also “weighed” his wife and saw that she was spiritually weak, so he afflicted her with a mysterious sickness. The Christian man, being a store owner, began auctioning his goods so as to clear her medical bills, but Kalu said he sent fire to destroy his store and a few others.

Yet this man didn’t give up. He rented another shop from a man who happened to be a satanic agent. Kalu ordered this landlord to eject him. Soon, a Christian brother helped him and he found another place. Kalu frustratingly dismissed him as obdurate and let him be.

Years later, as Kalu was visiting a market in Benin, he was shocked to see this Christian man in a store, bigger, better and filled with more goods than the one he had before. Pretending to be a customer, he struck up a conversation and then, to his shock, learnt that God had healed his wife and restored all that he lost.

Satan and his demons have been defeated 2,000 years ago. No angel, nor demons, nor powers nor any principality can separate us from God’s love. But the sober question is, if you and I were in that Christian man’s shoes, would we keep serving the Lord?