On the Momo Challenge and “Death” Games

The Momo Challenge first gained public attention in July 2018, when it was noticed on YouTube. After some months, this bizarre challenge spread to Facebook and WhatsApp. This was a suicide game targeting teenagers with messages, “challenging” them to communicate with unknown phone number(s) said to be linked to Momo.

Ostensibly, there are several people behind this “Momo” Internet account. Several users have reportedly claimed that Momo responds with violent images and players are threatened if they refuse to follow the game’s “orders” and dares.

Cops in Argentina are linking the game to the death of a 12-year-old who took her own life and have issued a warning to parents, the Buenos Aires Times reported. They are hunting for the “adolescent with whom she exchanged those messages”.

The National Police of Spain have warned against the “absurd challenges”. On Twitter, they even issued out a warning: “Do not go into ‘Momo’! If you record the number on your calendar, you will see a strange woman’s face, it’s the latest WhatsApp viral to come in vogue among teenagers.”

On August 28, 2018, the death of a teenager in India was also linked to the Momo “suicide game”. The 18-year-old, named locally as Manish Sarki, was found in a livestock shed which had words like “Devil’s one eye” scrawled on the wall.

In September 2018, a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy in Colombia killed themselves after reportedly playing the sick game.

A young girl, 5, from Cheltenham has also cut off her own hair after being “brainwashed” by the Momo Challenge. Schools in the UK have also sent out letters warning of the challenge.

Of course, there are reports in the secular media dismissing the Momo challenge as sensationalized hoax or urban legends. But if you have been conversant with social trends in the past two decades, you would have realized the deja vu here.

This was also how occult games like Dungeons and Dragons left a trail of murder, suicides, sexual violence, occultism and deaths in its wake. This was how Charlie Charlie challenge led to a mass of demon possession and strange deaths among school children few years ago.

We have seen the vampire challenge in which teens, fuelled by the vampire movie craze, began to bite one another like wild animals. There was another “Chatroulette” challenge which saw teens participating in anonymous chat rooms that reveal random people on the other side of the webcam.

All these trends are signs of lives and souls without God. If a trend is from God, it will never be popular with the world.

The Word of God says “the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).

Before you join in a social trend, does it meet up with the above standards? If no, then it’s not from God, it’s earthly, soulish and demonic.

What I find particularly disturbing is the image used by the Momo avatar. With its bulging eyes and huge beak-like mouth, it is modelled after a sculpture named “Mother Bird”.

A close-up of the face gives the impression of a mask or a woman with strangely distorted features. It comes close to the depictions of Lilith, a demon that relishes the death of infants and children.

Even the name “Momo” is obviously tailored after Mormo, a female demon associated with ghouls and the dead in Satanism.

This is why parents need to be watchful and have open communication with their children on Internet usage and safety. The devil is really desperate to defile and destroy as many as possible through the Internet.

This is also an important reason why youths and children need to know God personally and walk in the light of His Word.

The Goddess Delusion

Over the last few decades, there has been a fast-spreading paradigm shift from Christianity to paganism. This trend ranges from attempts to promote a feminized version of God to cults centered around a female divinity.

“For the first time in two millennia,” wrote Caitlin Matthews in Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, “the idea of a Goddess as a central pivot of creation is finding a welcome response.”

With the surge of feminism, earth-centred beliefs and New Age spirituality, conceptual social and religious barriers are being broken down, with many adopting a form of female principle – whether by literal goddess worship or a mystical tap into the “feminine energy.”

Elmer Towns was apt to observe that:

“Many women turn to a female deity because they have been hurt by men. They may have been abused, raped, abandoned, or in some way violated by males in their lives. As a result, they may blame the heavenly Father, who is male. Notice, when people ask why God would allow starvation, cancer, or other problems in the world, they never ask why ‘Mother Earth’ or a female deity has caused the problems. It’s always a male deity that they blame. [1]

Ex-Wiccan High Priest, Bill Schnoebelen, reflected on the deceptive ideas that led him into goddess worship:

“While the Biblical Jehovah is striking people with thunderbolts as they step out of line, their Goddess plays and frolics with her hidden children … She is everyone’s fantasy idea of a mother or lover: a gorgeous, compassionate woman who loves unconditionally, does not chide or require much of you, and who is totally available for both service and sexual intimacy. I fell in love with this image of the Goddess immediately.” [2]

Many Wiccans and Neo-pagans freely acknowledge that their Goddess is universally worshipped in countless cultures, traditions and rites worldwide; that their goddess has emerged in different forms, with different names at various periods of history.

This global catholicity of the “great goddess,” however, exposes the diabolic veneer, because a historical overview of many ancient goddesses reveal them to be evil, savage and destructive. For example:

Kali – she is the major Hindu goddess of death, power and destruction. A Hindu text, Devi Mahatmyam, describes Kali as “armed with a sword and noose.”

“Bearing the strange Khatvanga (skull-topped staff), decorated with a garland of skulls, clad in a tiger’s skin, very appalling owing to her emaciated flesh, with gaping mouth, fearful with her tongue lolling out [and] having deep reddish eyes…”

She is also depicted wearing a skirt of human arms and accompanied by serpents. Kali has been worshipped for centuries, perhaps millennia, by human sacrifice.

The infamous Thuggee cult of India and Nepal were followers of Kali who strangled their victims as an act of worship to her. Although the British tried to wipe out Kali’s cult when they colonized India, their efforts failed.

Much has been reported about the numerous human sacrifices to her in the last decade. As recently as 2015, a boy was sacrificed to Kali by a devotee in Kolkata.

If all goddesses are one, then they are by no means benign.

Lilitu/Lilith – the Sumerian goddess Lilitu was depicted as having both the wings and claws of a bird.

Some reliefs show her lower half as a serpent’s body or as a serpent with the head and breasts of a woman. Her visual representation closely resembles that of Maleficent in the 2014 Disney movie.

This goddess, under a slightly modified name, Lilith, is also worshipped in the West.

Lilith is a figure out of Hebrew cabalistic folklore. She was believed to be Adam’s first wife who refused to submit to him and left the Garden of Eden while she was with child. She later gave birth to the baby and bashed its brains out on the rocks by the Euphrates River.

Lilith is worshipped in witchcraft covens and satanic groups today as the ‘Dark Mother’ or demon goddess presiding over feminism, infanticide, abortion and sexual defilement. She also relishes blood sacrifices.

Tanit – the BerberPunic and Phoenician goddess and chief deity of Carthage (modern Tunisia). She was associated with the heavenly bodies, war and fertility and regarded as a consort of Baal Hammon.

She was often depicted having a lion’s head. Archaeological and ancient writings points to animal and human sacrifices as part of her cult worship.

Excavations at ancient sites of her temple showed charred bones of newborns, and in some cases, the bones of fetuses and two year olds.[3]

Artemis – Greek goddess of the hunt, moon and childbirth. She is also called “the thrower of the dart or shooter” of death. A Wiccan writer says:

“Artemis had a reputation for liking bloody sacrifices, including human ones … Artemis who personified respect for animal life, accepts the necessity of the hunt, but only if the rules and the absolving rituals are observed. In most Goddess religions, a similar reasoning is applied to the fetus and the newborn. It is morally acceptable that a woman who gives life may also destroy life under certain circumstances.”[4]

Notice the strong link between goddess worship, feminism, sexual immorality and infant destruction.

Oya – also known as Yansa or Iansa, this Yoruba warrior goddess is worshipped in West Africa as well as in the Americas. She is the “patron” goddess of death, destruction, lightning and violent storms.

The name Oya literally means “She tore [asunder]”. She is associated with cemeteries, marketplace and said to be queen over river Niger and the Amazon river.

Oya’s symbols are swords (or machetes), flywhisk and water buffalo. Her nine children are emblematic of the moon. She is a huntress (murderer) who presides over magick and evil wisdom.[5]

She is also believed to be the mother of the Egunguns – embodiment of the spirits of the ancestral dead in Africa.

Coatlicue – Aztec goddess of the earth, moon, fertility, sexual pleasure and gambling. She is said to be one of the nine Lords of the Night Hours and the power behind all magic in the Aztec world. Her name literally means “skirt of snakes”.

As Tlazoteutl, “she appears nude, riding on a broom. She wears a horned headdress with a crescent moon and she holds a red snake. She also has a crescent moon decorated on her nose …. represents the planet Venus. She is often depicted wearing a flayed human skin.” [6]

There is absolutely nothing gentle or good about these goddess figures. They are bloodthirsty fiends whose altars were drenched with blood of many souls.

Yet these same entities are being invoked in Wiccan/Neopagan circles today.

Astarte or Ashtoreth – the chief goddess of war and sexuality worshipped throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Astarte is the Greek form of her name.

Her symbols are the lion, horse, sphinx and a star within a circle indicating planet Venus (the morning/evening star).

She is associated with the crescent moon and depicted with a child on her laps. Figurines of Astarte have been found at various archaeological sites in Israel showing the goddess having two horns.

A feminist author admits that “infant sacrifices were regularly performed in honor of, certainly, some forms of the goddess. It is recorded, for instance, that around the sacred stone which represented the goddess Astarte, hundreds of skeletons of human infants have been found… first-born children and animals were sacrificed to her.” [7]

From the Bible, we can see the dark, downward spiral when people dabble into goddess worship which we observe today as ancient paganism is being revived.

After King Solomon was led astray by his pagan wives:

“He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD…” (1 Kgs. 11:5-6)

Centuries later, about 741 BC, King Ahaz “walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, following the detestable ways of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites” (2 Kgs. 16:3).

Then some decades later (about 721 BC), the Bible says this about the Israelites:

“The set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree… They bowed down to all the starry host, and they worshipped Baal. They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD…” (2 Kgs. 17:10, 16-17).

God has revealed Himself as the only true God and there is no “heavenly queen” ruling together with him (Is. 45:5). He is the embodiment of love and the “father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (1 Jn. 4:8; 2 Cor. 1:3).

God desires all men to know and serve Him. Yet, many people are being led astray by another form of modern goddess delusion in a “Christian” garb: the cult of the Catholic Mary.

The “Virgin Mary” being worshipped in Roman Catholicism has become the “emergent” goddess archetype of our time, annually drawing millions of people from diverse churches and religions to her shrines and grottoes like the pied piper of Hamelin.

Many apparitions and miracles of this Lady have been documented. What is particularly striking is, this Catholic Queen of heaven is demanding that the Vatican define a final dogma to make her the Co-Redemptrix with Christ:

“When the dogma, the last dogma in Marian history, has been proclaimed, “the Lady of All Nations” will give peace, true peace to the world. The nations, however, must say My prayer in union with the Church. They must know that “the Lady of Nations” has come as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. So be it!” [8]

New Agers are also receiving messages from this counterfeit Mary calling for a one world religion:

“Each religion is worshipping, underneath the outer trappings, its Creator. It is the same Creator! Whether you pray facing the east or facing an altar or on Saturday or Sunday, it is all worship … All words which have been written in the Holy Books have been written by men in unity with the Creator.” [9]

Bible prophecy indicates that a diabolical female figure will gain universal prominence in the last days.

Prophet Zechariah was shown a woman sitting in a basket lifted between heaven and earth which an angel of God called “wickedness” (Zech. 5:7-9).

This could be Babylon the Great: the whore who rides on a beast in Revelation 17. This is the demonic religious force behind modern false worship and she will finally usher in the Antichrist in the Last days.

Notes

1. Elmer Towns, Bible Answers to all your Questions, Thomas Nelson, 2003, 139

2. Bill Schnoebelen, Wicca: Satan’s Little White Lie, Chick Pub., 1990, 113.

3. Lawrence Stager by Paolo Xella et al., Phoenician bones of Contention, Volume 87, no. 338; 1199-1207.

4. Ginette Paris, The Sacrament of Abortion, Spring Pub., 1992, 34, 53.

5. Adeoye C. L. Beliefs and Religion of Yorubas, Evans Bros, 1989, 303.

6. Patricia Turner and Coulter Russell, Dictionary of Ancient Deities, Oxford Univ. Press. 2000, 470.

7. Esther M. Harding, Woman’s Mysteries – Ancient and Modern, Harper and Row, 1971, 138.

8. Message to Ida Peerdeman in Josef Kunzli, The Messages of the Lady of All Nations, 1997, 85.

9. Annie Kirkwood, Mary’s Message to the World, New York, 1991, 145.

Through the Flames of Molech

In Deuteronomy 18:10-11, some 9 abominable practices were listed:

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or his daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium, or spiritist or who consults the dead.”

Here, the Israelites had just left Egypt – the home of occultism – after over 400 years. They were already familiar with pagan beliefs and practices, so there was no need for Moses to explain these stuff to them in detail.

The “passing children through the fire” was a rite in which children were sacrificed to pagan deities like Molech, Baal and Chemosh:

Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD” (Lev. 18:21)

Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelites or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death. The people of the community are to stone him” (Lev. 20:2)

They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech…” (Jer. 32:35)

These rites to Molech were so abominable to God that He placed a death sentence on the Israelites who practiced it. The Nelson’s Bible Dictionary explains:

“Molech was the national deity of the Ammorites (Lev. 18:21, Jer. 32:35), whose worship was accompanied by the burning of children offered as a sacrifice by their own parents. The god Molech also appears in the Old Testament as Milcom (2 Kings 23:13, Zeph. 1:5) and in the New Testament as Moloch (Acts 7:43).”

Smith’s Bible Dictionary notes that: “Fire gods appear to be common to all the Canaanite, Syrian and Arab tribes who worshipped the destructive element under an outward symbol, with the most inhuman rites.”

The priests who presided over these evil sacrifices were called “Chemarim” (Hosea 10:5, 2 Kings 23:5).

From a historical account, Molech’s image was of a metallic bull in a sitting position, with outstretched arms. A furnace was set up within it and a child to be sacrificed was placed on the red-hot arms. Loud drums and flutes were used to suppress the screams of the child- and the parents looked on with frenzy.

Other ancient pagan cultures also had such deities. Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain, was placated with rites which required young people to shed tears. The priests ensured the children cried before being sacrificed.

Skeletons of newborns or unborn infants have been found at the El-Manati sacrificial bog. In 2007, the remains of 24 children (aged 5-15) sacrificed to Tlaloc were discovered, dating back to 950-1150 A.D.

The Mayans also sacrificed their children. A mass grave of 1-2 year old sacrificed children was found in the Maya region of Comalcalco in 2005.

The Incas were not also far behind. In 1995, archaeologists uncovered the bones of 42 male adolescents in Peru who had been sacrificed to pagan gods.

The sacrifice of babies (especially twins) was also practiced in Africa for centuries – a historical witness that ancient paganism wasn’t “sweet and cool” as neo-pagans try to paint it.

It’s easy for us to dismiss these evil practices as barbarism of a primitive era. We all want to think we have become more humane and civilized in our time. But the deities to which these people sacrificed to are demon spirits (Ps. 106:37, 1Cor. 10:20).

These demons are still alive and well in the 21st century, though their activities are modified to adapt to modern civilization. Molech still operates on 3 major fronts:

1. Human sacrifice

This is going on today in hard-core Satanism, witchcraft and pagan cultures. The Daily Mail (October 2013) reported the case of an Indian father who sacrificed his 8 month old son to Kali, the Hindu goddess of power and death.

A case is also currently brewing in the US about quarry workers alleged to practice human sacrifices.

Hard-core Satanists believe the younger and innocent their victims are, the more power is released through their sacrifice. This is why they have “breeders” – women who are frequently impregnated to produce babies for sacrifice.

These “underground” satanists have ways of cleaning up their sacrifices from the public eye or using alternative methods. Rather than physically kidnapping and sacrificing people, they can perform demonic rites to cause accidents or mass destruction of victims.

In Africa, people can be physically kidnapped and ritually slaughtered. Several shrines where such evil acts were performed have been exposed in the media.

The central purpose of all human sacrifices is to gain the cooperation of demons for power, wealth or protection. In the occult, blood sacrifices are the quickest means of invoking powerful demons for operation.

2. Child abuse

Every act intended to traumatize or break a child’s spirit – child slavery, child cruelty, sexual abuse – are forms of passage through fire.

The International Labour Organization estimated that 8.4 million children worldwide are in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage, forced labour, forced recruitment and pornography. By implication, many children today are being exploited, abused and forced to give up their childhood.

Like the parents of old who threw their children to fiendish idols, some modern parents throw off their children into the streets, onto strangers or family relatives where they are physically, emotionally and sexually abused, while the parents receive pecuniary rewards in exchange.

This same trend prevails in Hollywood where parents sacrifice their children’s sanity and well being for fame and money.

There are some Hollywood elites who actually specialize in sexually preying on young actors and actresses. Amy Berg has produced a documentary interviewing many of these abuse victims in Hollywood.

In Africa today, child sexual abuse has become an elephant in the room. In a certain country, 1 out of 3 women has been sexually abused as a child. This act is so rampant that it now makes the news almost weekly, and it seems the Nigerian society has evolved a level of tolerance to it.

A reporter once questioned a father on why he raped his own daughter, and he replied: “I am her father and I’m having sex with her, how is that your business?” Now that’s a demonised man!

In Islamic enclaves, many girls are given over to older men to be abused all in the name of “marriage.” Their productivity and prospects for a bright future are immolated on the altar of a twisted 7th century tradition.

Wasila Tasiu, a 14 year old bride who poisoned her 35 year old rapist (“husband”) to death is a case in point.

Boys are also victimized. The “bacha bazi” custom prevalent in Islamic nations involves boys (mostly from poor families) being bought by a master, dressed up like women and made to entertain men at parties. They are often sexually used by the male customers.

The Guardian (London) reported a former warlord who boasted of having up to 3,000 boys over a period of 20 years – an outrageous hypocrisy coming from regions that claim to be strictly opposed to homosexuality

God has a special love for children, and it’s the duty of every adult to protect them. People who mistreat children in any form have the judgement of God hanging over their heads (Luke 17:2).

3. Abortion

Aside from Molech, another principality that controls infant destruction and feminism is a female demon named Lilith. These two “strongmen” are worshipped in witchcraft.

In the book, The Sacrament of Abortion, Ginnette Paris, a Wiccan, wrote:

“In most Goddess religions a similar reasoning is applied to the fetus and the newborn. It is morally acceptable that a woman who gives life may also destroy life under certain circumstances … It is not immoral to choose abortion; it is simply another kind of morality, a pagan one” (pp. 53, 56).

This wicked rhetoric also plays out in the liberal world and apostate churches.

Although abortion may not be carried out to appease an actual deity, it’s a form of human sacrifice – taking life on the altar of convenience to appease the god of self.

Abortion is a sacrifice at the hands of other gods. The gods of “pleasure” and “convenience” being appeased with the death of human lives just the same way as ancient pagans appeased their bloodthirsty deities.

The difference now is that these rites are performed in hospitals instead of high places, and doctors – who are supposed to save lives – have become the high priests of death. Now, they use medical instruments instead of the arms of a flaming idol.

According to an estimate, there have been 31,410,429 abortions worldwide in 2015 alone and over 1 billion since 1980. Has our generation not outdone the savage pagans of the past?

There is a stream in the city I grew up in South Western Nigeria, where women frequently dumped unwanted babies. Even as I type this, I still remember the awful sight of a baby thrown in that stream in 1997.

The motherhood instinct in every woman prompts her to nurture a child, but the demon of Molech removes that nature and replaces it with cruelty.

I read about a newborn baby in India dumped in a place by her mother but was rescued by a dog who heard her screams while searching for food. Even an animal had the compassion that a human mother didn’t have. Indeed, humanity has fallen.

During a Texas court protest in July 2013, while pro-lifers were singing “Amazing grace,” pro-abortionists were chanting “Hail Satan!” This evil trend appeases the devil and the Body of Christ must stand against it.

If you have upheld the cause of Molech in any form, there is forgiveness at the Cross. Ask the Lord to forgive you and cleanse you. Now take authority and break off the foul hold of Molech from your life!