What To Know About “Monitoring Spirits From the Shrines”

Have you ever heard anyone pray in this fashion of prayer: “Today, by the authority of the name of Jesus Christ, I command any monitoring spirit from the shrine assigned against my life to be destroyed. Any monitoring spirit from my village shrine, I bind you, in the mighty name of Jesus. Every eyes monitoring me from any local shrine, I command you to be blind right now now!!! In the name of Jesus.”

Such is the modern form of prayer practised by the mainstream Pentecostal and Charismatic churches in Nigeria, and also in most West African countries.

Men, who do not know better than to follow whatever the majority of popular preachers proclaim from the pulpits, are made to believe that there are forces and powers assigned to monitor them from the shrines. These monitoring forces are mostly called “Monitoring spirits from the shrines.” It is popularly believed that these monitoring spirits follow them about wherever they go, and bring back necessary information to the idols in the shrines where a witch or wizard has supposedly submitted their names for manipulations.

A young man who fails a job interview is told that a monitoring spirit went to the interview with him, and reported back his activities to the shrine, from where he was bewitched.

But what saith the Scripture? To the Law and Testimony we must seek for the truth, for our generation has brought in pagan beliefs into the faith once delivered unto the saints.

What would David say about monitoring spirit from the shrine? Would the sweet Psalmist of Israel ever entertain such notion? Surely not, for he has left his testimony on record for us. In the 115th Psalm, he ridicules the idea of a “monitoring spirit or a monitoring eyes from the shrines.”

Psalms 115:4-9 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

It is very obvious that these modern fanatics have seeing eyes and hearing ears to dumb idols, else how could they have imagined that there is such a thing as monitoring forces from the shrine which work against men’s destinies. They must also have given these dumb idols walking feet, else how could they boldly contradict the clear and bold teaching of Scripture that idols have feet but cannot walk. David wouldn’t waste a single minute of his time repeating and chanting such useless prayers, for he knows that idols and shrines don’t not have seeing eyes – they have eyes, but their eyes see not!

There is, in truth, a Monitoring Spirit which sees every activity of our life, but He is not in the shrine. He knows every single imagination of the thoughts of our hearts, and before a word is on our lips, he knows it altogether.

Before him we are all naked, and to him must we all appear to give an account of our doctrines, beliefs and practices.

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

He is Jehovah – the Sole and Singular Creator of heaven and earth. His eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good,

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

David knew more of this Monitoring Spirit than all the modern Charismatic preachers, and he gives us a most wonderful and comprehensive and extensive description of the work and activity of this Great Monitoring Spirit in the 139th Psalm. Would you follow David’s theology or men’s hallucinations?

Psalms 139:1-24

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being in perfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Does your church sell anointing oil

Most Pentecostal churches are known for the practise of selling anointing oil in the Church; and the fact that this has become popular with all Pentecostal churches makes it is difficult to convince people that such practise is both unscriptural and wicked. But we believe the truth will always find reception in a heart that has been renewed by the Holy Ghost; and like the Apostle Paul, in all our preaching, we do not labour to have all men saved, rather, we endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory (2 Tim 2:10).

A church that sells the anointing oil is no longer a church but a business centre, and that is exactly what many Pentecostal churches have become – a business centre.

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Hilarious Names of Pentecostal Churches

Once we depart from the principles and practices of the Early Church as found in the Scriptures, there will be no limit to the errors and madness we shall venture into; and what seems as first to be so minor a point will become an enormous mountain we would find it difficult to uproot.

The apostles and ministers of the early Church had a simple way of naming churches based on its geographical locations, and all the churches we read of in the Scriptures followed that rule.

We have the church of Galatians (Gal 1:1-2), the church of Ephesus (Rev 2:1); the church of the Laodiceans (Rev 3:14), church of the Thessalonians (2 Thess 1:1) and so on; but we never read any such thing as “El-shaddai Shall Not Die Ministry,” or “Run For Your Life Ministry;” etc. Do you think I making those names up by myself to give you an interesting post? No, there are actually Charismatic and Pentecostal churches bearing such hilarious names like “El-shaddai Shall Not Die Ministry.”

You can see some pictures below; these are photos taken of the sign posts of some well known “prophetic” churches and ministries in Nigeria. I will show you the pictures and comment briefly on each of them.

This posts will also explain why we have chosen to go by the simple name of “UMUAKA CHURCH” for our local congregation here in Umuaka, Njaba LGA, Imo State, Nigeria. When we write “UMUAKA CHURCH” on the church sign post, we put a very short description like “Particular Baptists” so visitors and inquirers can easily know what we stand for. Now let us check out the names of these churches and have some spiritual entertainment:

The Devil’s Hunter Ministries


Whatever may be the meaning this blindseer has in his mind and brain to have named his local church “The Devil’s Hunter Ministries”, one thing is certain, they are on the business of hunting out devils and evil spirits. Gone are the days when men preached to bring sinners into the consciousness of the wrath of God due to their sins, and of the way of salvation secured through the atoning death of Christ. No, gone are those days indeed! Such preaching and sermonizing may fit into the Puritanical era, but no longer in our time. Our 21st Century generation has realised that it is not sin, but Satan and evil spirits that keeps men from God’s blessing; and so the race to hunt out these evil spirits has began. Let us replace the old-fashioned doctrinal preaching with “Devil-hunting”, and the old-fashioned “accapella” singing with drums and Gospel Jazz.

If you are not moved with tears in your eyes to lament with me how swiftly our generation has turned from the old way, then you have not had a work of Grace wrought upon your heart. It is that simple.

Oh God, Na Like This We Go Dey?


This is a Nigerian pidgin English meaning “Oh God, are we to remain in this condition?” I don’t have much to say; but let everyone reasonable person ask himself if a sinful creature who deserves nothing from God ought to ask God such silly and stupid question.

Elshaddai Shall Not Die Ministries


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Whom Having Not Seen, Ye Love

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” I Pet 1:8

How this passage of the bible rebukes the crazy, tongues-obsessed Charismatic movement! How it lays the axe to the root of the 21st Century evangelists who claim they have seen the risen Lord, and that the Lord Jesus Christ has appeared to them in one way or the other!

Here the Apostle Peter writes to his converts who at that time were “scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia”, and possibly, a great number of them were of the 3, 000 that were converted upon hearing his sermon on the day of Pentecost (See Acts 2).

He testifies of their love towards the Lord Jesus Christ, and this their love towards the Lord Jesus Christ was in spite of the fact that this Jesus whom they love was one whom they have never seen. What a love!

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You won’t believe what the old Jonathan Edwards said of visions and trances!

In our generations it is common to hear preachers encouraging their hearers to seek the fantasy of seeing the Lord Jesus Christ in their dreams and visions. Preachers tell their hearers of how the Lord walked into their sitting room last night, and gave them special instructions, and revealed deep mysteries to them; and at the close of the sermons they exhort their hearers: “You as well can have such deep and intimate relationship with Christ. Yes, you can expect to begin to see him walk up to talk with you as openly and physically as you see me talking to you.” And once this seed and expectancy is sown in the heart of the hearers, Satan begins working on their carnal senses, depraved hearts, and imaginations, and they begin to concoct visions of Christ appearing to them. Once this seed has taken roots in their hearts, anyone who brings the true gospel to them is scorned as a heretick, cessationist, and or atheist.

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Believe it or not; no Charismatic has ever seen Jesus!

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In this degenerate day into which our lot is cast, one thing that is most needed to be heralded in our churches is a scriptural setting forth of the attribute and character of God so that the sheep will know their Shepherd and not follow the voice of strangers and wolves (John 10:5), and one of the characters and attributes of God that needs be constantly proclaimed now is the spirituality of God. I mean, that God is a spirit (John 4:24).

If we do not proclaim this solemn truth, we’ll wake up one morning and discover that John 4:24 has been ripped off from our bibles, and that men no longer believe that God is a Spirit; we’ll wake up to see that one of these Charismatic/Word of Faith teachers is being worshipped as Jehovah himself. Maybe, I may seem to be exaggerating issues here, but just reason with me for a few minutes. Do men today believe that God is Sovereign? Do they believe that God’s will rules over our own will? Do they believe that God does whatever he pleases and that he seeks his own glory? No, they don’t. Why? That is exactly what I should be asking you.

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Are we believers or eyewitnesses? Part 2

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The faith healers have almost got us to lose our birthright and blessings as believers. Little do men of this generation realise that they are believers of the gospel, and not eyewitnesses of it. Little do they know that blessed are those who believe without seeing (Luke 24:). We are believers and at that we are blessed than the whole apostles, including Paul himself. They believed the gospel because they saw the risen Lord and the live miracles given to prove their ministry, but we have believed without seeing the risen Lord, yea, even without seeing any miracles.

It takes greater faith to believe what you did not see; it takes greater faith to receive what your natural senses did not and could not prove. We who are believers have got greater faith than the whole Apostles put together, and nothing could be more than that!

Peter, James, John, and Paul believed because they saw, but we have believed without seeing; which of these involved a greater faith? Is it not we who have believed without seeing?

Peter would never have believed had not the Lord appeared to him after his resurrection. Paul would never have laid down his sword of persecution against the disciples had not a mighty power struck him down on the way to Damascus. We in this age have believed and laid down our sword not because we saw the risen Lord nor because a bright light knocked us off our chariot. We have believed because we have been given greater faith than them. The Apostles were eyewitnesses and thereby men of little faith; we are believers and men of greater faith! They believed on the plane of sight and what their natural senses could fathom, we have believed on the plane of faith without judging God’s word by our natural senses. They saw the miracle of the open tomb but the only miracle we have seen is the written record, and in heaven we will be more blessed than they because Jesus said it (John 20:29). But the faith healers and Charismatics would not have it so. They want to see Jesus before they believe. They need miracles and signs to confirm their faith, and this their errors has given birth to a lot of lies and propaganda as one says he saw Jesus, another says he saw the Father, and another yet sees the Holy Ghost. They see lies because they are looking for something to see, and they will keep seeing vanities because they fail to see the only thing they ought to see, and that is, that we are believers and not eye-witnesses. We are not to see the open tomb but the written record. Continue reading

Are we believers or eyewitnesses? Part 1

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We need such questions as this is, especially, in this age when many are constantly laying claim to seeing the risen Lord and having other spectacular experiences like going to heaven and descending into hell and then coming back with a revelation or special message to the world. Most a times, the testimonies given by these men are contrary to the teachings of the Holy Writ. It even gets more disturbing when these that claim to have seen the Lord deny the essential or cardinal doctrines of the Christian Faith.

The first thing to be brought to our understanding is that we are first and foremost “believers” because we believe in the written account of the gospel given us by another class of people who have preceded us, who the Scriptures designates as “eyewitnesses” of the gospel. You and I are believers, not eyewitnesses; while Peter, James, John, Paul and the rest of the Apostles are called eyewitnesses, but never were they referred to as believers. I will ask the reader to exercise patience as we delve deep into God’s word to see that this is true.

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Dreams are chaff, the Bible is wheat

One of the Charismatic strongholds in the hearts of men is dreams. Even when the Charismatic has been convinced of the futility of speaking in tongues, they hardly want to trust God’s word fully as their only guide in every area of their life. They still reason that dream is still one way of knowing God’s mind. By saying this, they are saying that God’s mind is not fully made known to us in the written word. Dreams can be a stronghold in one’s life. I know it because it was to me until God helped me out.

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