Kalu was registered in a boarding school. Initially, the plan was that the queen would be sending over his daily meal to him.
So, he would be eating with his school mates, dipping his hands into his plate and eating what looks like “normal food” with the rest, but his own meal would be human flesh. He also permitted other students to eat from his plate on occasion.
The plan later changed when the queen said he would have to come to their realm for his food. So he became a truant, often absent from class.
His parents relocated to Nigeria from Cameroon at this time, but he wasn’t functioning normally in school as he would most times not be present in class but find himself playing and chasing around with the queen in her palace.
In his senior classes, the queen told him to start giving out their products to his hostel mates, that anyone who uses these products will become initiated except if they were the kind of “people in the ring.” Kalu didn’t understand this cliché, so when he asked the queen who the “people in the ring” are, she said they were the people seeking an opposite power, and she taught him how to identify them.
Kalu intentionally placed his soaps and toothpastes in bathrooms and displayed other personal care products freely so they would be readily used by his hostel mates. The first student he initiated using a hair cream was a student named Haruna, a northerner. He also initiated others as well.
When he was through with schooling, he began to live with one of his elder brothers in the Republic of Benin who was into supply of goods and had a warehouse. The queen instructed him to rent a room outside to house his own unlimited supplies from the spirit world. He steadily began to mix these goods with the ones his brother was selling.
After a period of time, the queen suddenly ordered him to leave that country as soon as possible and relocate to Nigeria where they want him to set up his work. He dumped his brother’s warehouse key, stole some of his possessions and returned to Nigeria. His excuse to his parents was that his brother was maltreating him.
Now living in Benin City, Nigeria, the queen instructed him to rent a two room flat in an outskirt of town and ordered him to go buy an earthen pot from the fifth seller at a particular market of her choice. When he did, she told him she’d be right back and vanished into thin air
When she appeared again, she brought four 3×4 sizes of mirrors and at her command, the mirrors left her hands and became transfixed to the wall of the room.
Then she chanted an incantation and after a while, a strong white light began to shine through the mirrors and four men appeared in them. The earthen pot was magickally filled with blood and passed through the mirrors to these four men who served as witnesses to the ceremony.
The queen told him that no one else is to enter this room as it was now his “working” room. This was where he would be housing the materials unlimitedly supplied from the spirit world. The queen also gave him something looking like peppermint to chew, telling him it would give him the power to change into anyone he wished in the discharge of his duties.
From there, he began to go to named schools in the city, posing as a hawker to sell snacks to students. All the people he initiated, he knew their physical identities through the mirrors in his room. These were his agents. He would also change into a sophisticated lady to supply goods wholesale to retail sellers. His agents numbered into hundreds.
Chapter 6: My Initial Encounter with the Power of God
His first encounter with the power of Jesus Christ was a time he was strolling through Benin City and he saw series of posters of an upcoming crusade organized by (now late) Archbishop Benson Idahosa.
As he looked at the words “Christ” on the poster, the magickal rings on him began to burn his toes and fingers, so he refrained and awaited the date of the event.
While the open air crusade was going on and the minister was preaching, Kalu was watching from a certain place and he chanted an incantation and it began to rain. The rain disorganized the crusade ground and many people began to scamper, looking for a shade.
Kalu watched as Idahosa closed his eyes and dished out a command and the rain stopped abruptly, and people began returning to the field. After an hour, the crowd actually doubled. This was a strange occurrence to Kalu as he had never experienced anyone counter his powers before. So he gave up.
When he met with the queen, he narrated his experience. The queen told him that the reason he was defeated was because the man Idahosa and about one-fourth of the people at that crusade ground were among “the people in the ring” and he couldn’t overcome them. But she revealed she knows how he could boost his powers. She promised to take him to India for an earthly initiation and with that, he’d easily deal with these people in the ring.
Chapter 7: My Earthly Initiation
The queen gave Cashnaya an appointment to meet at a rendezvous and from there, the queen physically came to meet him and took him in a taxi to an area he wasn’t well familiar with. They both walked about nine poles into a thick forest and the queen stopped at a tree.
She asked him what the name of the tree was and he frantically looked around it, trying to find any of his leaves to help identify it, but found none, in fact, the surrounding was neat – as if someone was assigned to sweep it thrice a day. The queen told him it’s called “tossy tree.”
She chanted an incantation and a side of the tree opened like a door and they both entered in. After about twenty-five minutes, it opened again and they stepped out. He realized they were in another location entirely. It was when he saw some signposts in the streets that he realized that they were in Bombay (now Mumbai) in India.
The queen told him that the tossy tree is used to physically travel to any geographical location in the world. Soon, a car stopped by and they both entered it. The queen introduced the driver to Kalu as one of their agents.
They were taken to a ceremony that was held in a large conference centre in the city and in attendance were various occultists from different parts of the world. Kalu was handed their register and he saw his name already written on it, bolder than the rest.
There was a lecture going on and their kind of meal was served. While Kalu was eating, a man walked in and tapped him on the shoulder but he seemed to have forgotten something so he motioned to him to come with him. On getting to where he was, the queen was there already and he told him it’s time for the baptism. He was given a pamphlet to read and follow. As Kalu was about to ask the queen a question, she disappeared.
He realized he was in this alone. There was a huge tank there in the open and out if it seemed to emerge a steam of dark energy. The pamphlet warned the candidate that no matter what they see, hear or experience during the initiation, they must not express any fear, otherwise, they might not come out alive.
There was an incantation written on it to proceed with the ritual and when he recited it, he was levitated and suspended into the tank. He said the lid on the tank had the words “Baptism/Initiation Tank” written in both English and Hindi.
In the tank, the place was filled with strange, fearful creatures. As he fell, he was lashed around like a tennis ball from one bird creature to another. They each had the face of a man, woman, dog, cat and owl, all looking evil.
He landed at the feet of a big creature whose full stature was obstructed by the size of his belly. Its body looked like that of a grizzly bear. It removed his eyeballs with a screw driver and put back in their place, eyeballs which could see more clearer and farther than normal human eyes
Then he was thrown on to a boa constrictor which coiled around him and held him in its grip. It spat out three big eggs with strings which hung around his neck and he was flung to another evil creature and on until he reached the end. In all these, he felt neither pain nor fear and he was brought out of the tank.
At that moment a skeleton hand handed him a pamphlet on his successful completion of the satanic baptism and the rules that guide it.
Kalu said he felt physically stronger, bolder and magickally charged after the ceremony. The queen then appeared and they returned home to Nigeria via the same route they came to India.
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).
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 she loved 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 study. 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 a 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 first, 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 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.
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?
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.