These days, Pentecostal and Charismatic pastors prey on weak minds by always telling them that there are forces and powers from evils shrines and altars working against their lives. It is common to see a “prophet” or “prophetess” prophesying to a person, and informing them that “God told me that there are forces from evil altars and shrines responsible for the ordeals and hardships you are passing through in life.”
A young man who is not doing fine in his business or work, dissatisfied with his present condition, and driven to frustration because he believes his competitors have outran him, visits a popular prophet in his town. He hears the stimulating and energetic charismatic sermons that promises health and wealth; he is told that God has ordained every man for greatness in life, and that if they are not experiencing the fulfilment of these great promises in their lives, it must be due to some forces from the shrines.
In the middle of the enthusiastic sermon, the prophet points to him, mentions his name and describes the challenges he is presently passing through. Then he announces to him that one of his uncles took his name to a village shrine and invoked the forces from that shrines to rise up against the young man. At once, the young man believes it.
“It must be true”, the young man exclaims in his heart, “If not, why is it that all is not working well with me as with others? This prophet must be saying the truth behind my problems!”
What next? The prophet lays hands on him, anoints him with anointing oil to break the yokes of darkness over his life, and further directs him to observe the days fasting and prayer. He is told that during the period of the three-days fasting and prayers he is to read some portions from the book of Psalms, and that he should bind and destroy any power from the shrine working against his destiny. The young man begins his fasting and prayer the very next day, and enters into war with the forces from the shrine that has been invoked against his bright destiny. Anything contrary to what the prophet told him must be false. He has found the root of his problems in life, and he must fight it to the end.
A lady in her thirties has never had anyone propose her for marriage. She see that younger girls in their twenties are being married into rich families, but no one knows she exists. She has been invited to attend several wedding ceremonies of many who are younger than her, but when is she ever going to invite others to come to her own wedding. She is frustrated. Driven with vexation, she determines to know what is behind her problems in life. A friend invites her to her church and tells her, “Why not you attend our prophetic service this Wednesday? Our pastor has a special anointing to break the yokes of delayed marriage. Come, sister, and you will see for yourself.”
During the service, the prophet announces to the audience that, “While the worship song was going on, the spirit of the Lord told me there is a lady here named Cynthia, and this is your first time of attending this church. Your name was taken to a shrine by your stepmother, who invoked the forces of that shrine to hinder your marriage. But because you have come into this church today, by the prophetic anointing of God upon my life, I set you loose!!! Wherever you are, please can you rise up and come forward to this platform and I will pray with you, and you marital curses will be broken.”
Before he finishes speaking, the young lady Cynthia walks towards the pastors with tears in her eyes. She weeps for joy that finally, God has revealed the power behind her delayed marriage. Now she believes that in not less than 3 months from that time, she would be married. If after 3 or 4 years she remains unmarried, it must still be that her stepmother went and submitted her name to another shrine the pastor destroyed the powers of the first shrine. Can sister Cynthia ever receive anything contrary to what she has been made to believe?
But what saith the Scripture? Does the Scriptures hold forth to us that forces from the Shrines can oppress a person’s life and destiny?
Jeremiah 10:2-6 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
Let God be true, and every man a liar! That there are shrines and idols to which evil men and women resort in order to harm others, we cannot deny; but that these shrines and idols have any power or force to destroy men’s lives and destinies, we utterly deny on bible ground. The Holy Scriptures declare boldly,
Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
They cannot do evil: So prophet who makes people to believe that these shrines and idols are behind the evil occurrences in their lives are nothing but liars. Shrines and idols cannot do evil, nor can they bring about any evil. Therefore, it is a useless prophecy and revelation when anyone attributes to them the powers they do not possess. What is evil, but the opposite of good? All the evils that ever befell men in the Scripture were from the hands of God. The earth drowned by a flood, Sodom and Gomorrah melted to ashes, Sarah’s barrenness, Rebekkah’s barrenness, Rachael’s barrenness, Hannah’s barrenness, the Ten plagues of Egypt, Job’s loss of ten children and livelihood, all these evils came from God. “Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?” (Amos 3:6). “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (Isa 45:7).
Judges 6:31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.
Baal, the most revered idol in the Bible time, had his shrine and altar turn down by Gideon, and Joash (Gideon’s father) had to remind his kinsmen that Baal was mere fiction of the depraved mind, or else he should fight for himself.
Isaiah 8:11-13 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
The Lord warned his servant Isaiah not to walk in the ways of the people around him, nor should he entertain the fear of idols which they entertain, rather he should fear the Lord and sanctify him.
We challenge any controverter of this truth to show us a single passage in the Scripture where evil or harm was brought about by an idol or any spiritual force from the shrine.
If a man, a woman, or anyone reasonable creature, finds himself or herself in an unpleasant situation, let him lift up his eyes to the heavens, humble himself, and justify the Judge of heaven and earth, and let him plead for mercy at his hands. With him is life and death, health and sickness, light and darkness, good and evil.
In future I hope to add more to this post and expand this material, but for the meantime, if this short post has helped anyone to see the truth, God be glorified.