22nd September, 2010
What on earth could have been the cause of this modern madness called cults? I haveÂ observed with disdain the sudden appearance of cults on the scene of our national andÂ community life. Initially in those days, cults or cultism existed secretly but nowadays,Â people come out openly with pride to admit their involvement in cultism.
The most unfortunate part of the whole matter is that they unleash terror on the peopleÂ in the name of â€œputting right certain things that went wrongâ€ or at some other timesÂ trying to take revenge for the â€œwrongsâ€ done them. And too bad the police are too weak toÂ arrest the situation. I believe that those who are involved in cultism do so because theyÂ do not know the implication of what they are doing.
Cultism is an act of devotion that reflects a form of reverence to a deity. When itÂ involves some level of secrecy, it is said to be secret and especially when the secretsÂ are for those who have more than â€œordinary knowledgeâ€ consequent to passing through aÂ process of ritual called initiation. Therefore, cultism involves ritualism as well. ButÂ whatever the case may be, it is the devil that empowers and encourages cults to operate.Â Some secret cults are referred to as orders because they operate strictly according toÂ some religious rules. It is therefore worthy of note that all secret societies areÂ spiritual movements and because of this, there must surely be an entity that receivesÂ their worship.
A secret cult is therefore said to be an occult because of the involvement of all theseÂ things mentioned earlier. But I want to state that all these are part of Satanâ€™s deceitÂ (I Cor. 8:5-6).
The spiritual origin of cults/occults
Cults/occults are authored and guided by demons in the universe who have dividedÂ themselves into occult kingdoms. Planes, zones, realms and centres among themselves asÂ well as their presiding deities, or the so-called â€˜gods and lordsâ€™ ruling them. ExampleÂ is Moloch (Acts 7:43, 19:24-35).
A secret society whose root is from a region or plane within an occult kingdom proclaimsÂ such region to be kingdoms. For instance, some societies consider the causal and theÂ etheric planes to be kingdoms. Each secret cult also speaks of only the demonic kingdomÂ they are aware of which some of them refer to as â€˜cosmic forcesâ€™ in the mystical way ofÂ expression. In cults or society, there are also hierarchies.
Why do people join cults?
People are in secret cults for various purposes. This is why Iâ€™ve divided them intoÂ classes thus:
â€¢Those who are seeking solutions to problems.
â€¢Those who manipulate the combination of elements for esoteric purposes. Among these are:Â sorcerers, juju makers, witch doctors, magicians, soothsayers, necromancers, etc., butÂ see II Chron. 33:6; Acts 13:6; and Deut. 18:10-12.
â€¢Those who seek occult knowledge and esoteric mysteries. It should be noted that SatanÂ has nothing to offer.
â€¢Those who seek political power and fame. Everyone is called to live daily in theÂ consummate essence of the â€œalmighty powerâ€ and in the recognition that Christ is the onlyÂ Lord and Saviour of mankind. Cultism is a sin and a sinner is a servant of sin untoÂ death. A cultist is in a state of positive spiritual nothingness and so even if heÂ attends a church, he cannot have his act of worship accepted by God because he is at theÂ zero level on Godâ€™s spiritual scale of being. So the only source of power is God. He isÂ the only one who can guarantee you victory in life.
â€¢Godâ€™s curse is upon a cultist: A person who is a member of a secret cult is under aÂ curse. The efficacy of every curse depends on the reason behind its â€˜cosmic rightâ€™ asÂ well as on the intensity of mental or the emotional focus that propelled it intoÂ â€˜enforcement layer.â€™ Therefore, when the intensity of any curse has reached such subtleÂ layers, the elemental spirits or curse enforcing demons will receive it for necessaryÂ actions. This is in a case of man cursing a fellow man, but when God curses, itâ€™s aÂ disaster.
â€¢Witchcraft bondage: There is a category of witches called blind witches. Cultists are inÂ this category. A blind witch does not know himself to be a witch but the fact is that itÂ is in his life that witches practice their crafts because he has their mark ofÂ destruction no matter how big or precious what the devil might have given him may appear.Â He has been marked for destruction. So, all the so-called initiations into cults areÂ blind initiation into witchcraft because it is a process of demonic enslavement in allÂ categories of oneâ€™s existence.
â€¢His prayers are abomination to God (Prov. 28:9; 15:8): God does not listen to theÂ prayers of the wicked. He cannot curse a person and bless him at the same time unless heÂ repents.
â€¢Demonic covenant is binding on cultists: Our God is a God of righteousness who does notÂ allow any man to accuse him of doing otherwise. He is a good legal expert. The demons goÂ into action immediately one pronounces a penalty upon himself in form of a covenantÂ involving certain things like blood, body fluids, kolanuts, salt, etc., and such if aÂ person, upon defaulting as a member, is praying against the consequence, God will notÂ answer unless such covenants are broken.
In conclusion, anyone who practices cultism is treading the path of hell and the vesselsÂ of Godâ€™s wrath are poured out permanently upon the pilgrims treading such path. So, asÂ the race to the 2011 polls hots up, I advise our youths and even politicians to desistÂ from this madness called cultism so that together, we can lift our heart up to God for aÂ better Nigeria. It is well.
â€¢Revd. Adewumi is the Vicar, All Saintsâ€™ Anglican Church, Okerube, Ikotun. Tel:Â 08064988171; e-mail: [email protected]