here are many so-called church organizations and movements these days around the world that, were the Holy Spirit Who is God Almighty to conduct a quality control assessment, they would be guilty of spiritual malpractices. You may have attended one of such pseudo-church movements in the past during the days of ignorance. Some may even be operating in your neck of the woods. For you to reach the finish line in your Christian Walk, you need to put a daylight between you and these cults masquerading as spirit-filled churches. Last week, we sounded out ten signposts to look out for to identifying cults as opposed to the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Here are the remaining eleven flags to watch out.
Satan Is a Figment: - Any church organization that forbids members and adherents/attendees from disclosing the tactics of Satan and his demons is a place you should avoid like plague. A cult thrives on downplaying the insidious activities of children of disobedience in the lives of human beings. Either they teach their followers Satan doesn't exist, which suits Satan per excellence; or hide under the mask of saying; "Satan has been defeated, so don't talk about him in this church." Guess what? Those with stentorian voice against masking Satan and his demonic activities are Satanists in closet. Our Lord Jesus Christ spoke more about Satan than any other topic, next to salvation in the Book of Life. We were exhorted thus in Ephesians 5:11: "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." The Synoptic Gospels are replete of diverse activities of Satan and his demons as they fiercely opposed the earthly ministry of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Why won't we expose the pernicious and malevolent activities of Satan, his fallen angels and their human collaborators since the current spiritual warfare started with them? On the other hand, be careful too that we do not get carried away by demonic stuffs, while we lose touch with the primary message of the Good News, which is; the saving of human souls. In a church that is alive, moderation is the watch word.
We Are All Children of God: -In any spiritual cult masquerading as authentic Church of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, you hear such bizarre teaching as general amnesty for the entire human race. We are all children of God, they proclaim with glee. If you recall from last week how self-assured and spiritually complacent cults are, they raise false humility further by proclaiming that all human beings are children of God Almighty. Really? So why did Jesus Christ tell the Pharisees and Sadducees in John 8:44-47: "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God." Look around you across the globe; those who rape young girls, kill, maim and murder fellow human beings and commit egregious acts of violence that numb the average soul are children of Satan, period! Yes, Satan has his children in the world today, while us the authentic children of the Most High Lord God also exist. Where and whom you associate with define which spiritual family you belong and thus will define your eternal home.
Let's All Get Along: Each time I hear any talk about One World Government, I laugh. Any organization or movement, no matter how innocuous and benign, well-planned, intellectual or sophisticated such a body is that is promoting this Satan-driven agenda, it is a cult. We hear of creating one world religion and a movement to bring all faiths of the world together under one umbrella. We are all one family, we belong to the global family of the human race and let's get along to make this world a better place, and let's sing Kumbaya, we are told. That is Satan's overall agenda, but watch out, for the Holy Bible gave us a head's up: "Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "'Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues..." (Revelation 18:4). As redeemed, blood-bought and saved children of the Lord God Almighty by the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we're in the world, but not of the world. Our Lord Jesus Christ told us plainly He came to bring sword unto the earth (Matthew 10:34). Our Lord Jesus Christ wasn't talking about physical violence, but spiritual warfare, which is currently raging between the Forces of God and Satan; Good and Evil, Light and Darkness. There is no middle ground; you're either for Jesus Christ or Satan, period! There is no spiritual autarky , so any movement you go to and they start preaching an all- inclusive world of togetherness, a universal brotherhood, walk away and look for the True Church of the Jehovah Lord God Almighty, Hallelujah!
Righteousness Is at Discount: - There are many acts frowned upon and we hid our heads in shame from yore that are now becoming fashionable. It is pathetic. The real Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bride of the Savior isn't supposed to be run like the world. "Let you light so shine before others" our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us, "that they- (non-believers and the world)-may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." What does that mean? The church is to radiate heaven on earth; Christians are supposed to be morally above-board and project the best of heaven on earth that unbelievers will envy and want to be part of us saved souls through our good conduct. In a demon-infested and sin-soaked world brought low by our First Parents' disobedience and rebellion, the Church of the Living God should be a sanctuary to the hurting, aching and the depressed. But what do we see in the world today? Some churches are havens of Satanists; members commit eyesore activities that open us to scorn and ridicule. We are not to change the world, but the world will look at the church and want to change, because of our leading examples in righteousness and holiness. Any church where the pastors sleep with members, defraud congregation, fight over money, perks, and positions; bicker over power and privileges is not the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Walk away. I have told you of the experience I had while living in Tampa, Florida about fifteen years ago when the Lord Jesus Christ used me to plant a church in that city. Read my co-authored book: "The Kingdom of Satan Exposed," and you will be amazed at how Satan and his children are masquerading as children of the King.
Celibacy: - Satan is a bastard. He sneaks in through the backdoor in many people's lives, while the unsuspecting are watching the main door. Where did the idea of celibacy come from in the first place when the Creator commanded unambiguously: -
"God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.? (Genesis 1:28). Celibacy is not of God and has never been commanded by Him as a Church policy, but if you are given the grace from on High to be celibate as Apostle Paul, enjoy the blessing, but don't decree it as a group act. Even those hypocrites who pretend to be celibate commit egregious sexual acts behind closed doors making one to wonder, why impose such man-made burdens on people? As Apostle Paul openly disclosed: "It is far better to marry than to burn with passion" (I Corinthians 7:9b). If you are a man thinking that by abstaining from sexual intercourse, while committing masturbation and pornography is acceptable, you have been deceived. Ditto, if you are a woman, divorced or single and out of frustration, you resort to masturbation and toys to relieve your sexual desires, you are a spiritual goner. Seek the Face and Grace of the Lord God Almighty for a partner/wife husband and don't fall for the tricks and lies of Satan and his demons that you are too old, ugly or whatever to settle down to a legitimate husband/wife. Any so-called church movement or spiritual organization that doesn't preach the Truth of the Word is a cult, stay away.
Shutting Out the Holy Spirit: -Not all churches are controlled by the Holy Spirit and any church organization that doesn't recognize the King is not part of His Risen Body. I listened to the sarcasm of a religious sect that the Holy Spirit is an inanimate thing, a wind and non-personal and I was flabbergasted. The King on His physical departure from here told us plainly: "But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me, about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned" condemned" (John 16:7-11). Do you see pronouns like; "he, his, him," and animated descriptive epithets of the Holy Spirit? In fact, the Holy Spirit is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, period! In addition to all other unique attributes of the Creator Lord God Almighty of Whom Jesus Christ is the Son, the Holy Spirit demonstrates and proves to the world the trio Divine Attributes of Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience of the True Lord God Almighty Hallelujah! Any movement, organization or congregation that denies the infallible proof of the Holy Spirit and denies Him is a cult and the people that worship in the place sadly, are lost unless they retrace their steps. You are not even a Christian, if you do not have the Holy Spirit. Apostle Paul made this known plainly and for us redeemed souls and indwelled with the Holy Spirt we bear testimony thus: "You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ" (Romans 8:9).
Mind Control: - A lot of bizarre and oddballs are happening these days and the social media are teeming with them. You hear and watch some worshippers eating grass on the orders of their pastors, women lining up to suck the penis of their pastor, because the idiot told them his sperm is made of whatever, and mind-boggling scenes and activities done in the name of religion. You begin to wonder; how can human beings be so stupid to be porous to such mind-altering and soul-controlling measures? Of course, for those with the Holy Spirit, such behaviors and activities are the unmistakable thumbprints of cults. Any church organization where you are asked to suspend your God-given brains and become zombies, marionettes and lobotomized plaints all in the name of religion and spirituality is a cult. Never, I repeat, never will the True Lord God Almighty through the Holy Spirit tell us to do something or carry out any spiritual activity with our brains, souls and spirit suspended. Yes, we are commanded to obey the Lord, but nowhere in the Holy Bible angelic visitations occurred in somnambulistic state. Jacob wrestled with an angel and asked to be blessed; Moses argued with the Lord God Almighty on Mt. Horeb, Mrs. Manoah asked questions from the angel who foretold the birth of Samson, Zechariah doubted Gabriel's prophecy and the Virgin Mary demanded from Angel Gabriel how would she-a virgin-be able to conceive which was a legitimate question. The Almighty God doesn't punish us for our doubts; He enlightens us with His Word. Any semblance of mind-control in any shape or form from any quarter in any religious movement is cultic. Cut off your spiritual umbilical cord from such cult and seek the Truth revealed in the authentic Word of God: the Holy Bible.
Dietary Rules: - We have been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus and the walls of hostilities between the Jews and Gentiles-non-Jews-had been broken down by our Risen Lord so we could become one family in Christ Jesus, Hallelujah! No burden is supposed to be placed on any born-again Christian on what to eat, thus dietary rules are hallmarks of the occults. You are not spiritually matured, greater or stronger, because of what you eat or abstain from, period! As Apostle Paul warned in I Corinthians 8:8: "…food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do." Consequently, food for the stomach and stomach for food, God will destroy both in hell fire, (I Corinthians 6:13), so don't let food become your god by revering it. Leave any church or religious organization that prescribes dietary rules to members; that is cultic.
Observances of Days: - Half education is dangerous, because the deplorable are the most garrulous. They argue over doctrinaire matters to prove they are knowledgeable. The first set of deplorables on earth were the Pharisees and Sadducees. Can you imagine a group of ignorant people asking the King of kings why cure a sick man on the Sabbath? Our Lord Jesus Christ was so surprised that He shamed them thus: "He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." (Matthew 12:11-12). A young man was hectoring on the phone the other day about his new-found religious movement with their false piety and adherence to the observances of the Sabbath. Suffering from serious intense spiritual identity-crisis, he has fallen into error of many of today's youths looking for spiritual adventure and spiritual highs. Every day is of the Lord, including the Sabbath. Like food, observance of a certain day and setting that day apart for the Lord is not a command. Such practice doesn't increase your spiritual prowess. As Apostle Paul pointed out in Romans 14:5-6: "One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God." You can observe the Sabbath conscientiously and meticulously and still not have the Holy Spirit and end up on the Other Side of the Eternal Track. Come unto your senses, folks! Leave this cult and bask in the freedom our Risen Lord Jesus Christ procured for His redeemed souls on Calvary rather than wallowing in doctrinal quagmire.
Congregational Apartheid: -A sister went to one of these cults touting itself as the real deal and masquerading as a body of the Lord Jesus Christ. She didn't see anyone that looked like her and thought she would be welcomed with open arms. After their rituals, she went forward to introduce herself to the so-called pastor presiding over the place. "You know, you can go and worship at …. Where your people are?" the POS-Piece of S…) told the lady. The likes of Diotrephes are still around on earth; they say they have found salvation, but they are so narrow-minded that they think the Lord Jesus Christ is their exclusive "property" whereas the Good News preaches love for God and love for one another. All the lands where the Gospel is preached, as Apostle Paul pointed out, the grounds are leveled, because in the Good News of salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: "…there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all" (Colossians 3:11). The spiritual high horse of many will take them to the nether gloom, unless they repent. Amos, the prophet from Tekoa warned the Israelites of his day and his exhortations are as relevant today as ever. I once went to a so-called church about thirty years ago when I was a baby Christian and wanted to sit down in a seat, but was told it was reserved for one spiritual honcho. That was my last time of visiting that place.
Prosperity and Lifestyle of the Pastor and Leaders: -Do not be deceived folks, not every prosperity and the bling, bling you see being paraded over there these days are from the True Lord God Almighty. Look at the flashy lifestyle of these cult leaders and you wonder, if the blessings are truly Divine. Yes, our Lord Jesus Christ wasn't materially poor while here on earth. He owns all, but abase Himself for you and me. If Jesus Christ were a poor man, while He was physically here on earth, He would not have told the apostles: :"The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me" (Matthew 26:11, Mark 14:7 & John 12:8). From this statement alone, we knew our Lord Jesus Christ had all His earthly needs taken care of, otherwise He would not have exhorted us not to worry about food, clothing and shelter (Matthew 6:23-32). Glory be to the Lord Jesus Christ, I am comfortable and the King of kings and Lord of lords has provided me and my family with what we shall eat throughout the remainder of my life. For this, I am eternally grateful to Him, the Jehovah Jireh, Hallelujah! But when you turn money into your god and unbridled acquisition of material possessions become the sole object of your ministry, you are done for. Watch out! Satan is god of extremes and in matters of possessions, he and his demons can make your life so materially miserable or suffuse you with wealth beyond your imagination thinking the latter is the Lord's blessing. He did it to king Solomon. So, what you be our attitude as redeemed souls? I commend King Agur's prayer to you in Proverbs 30: 7b-9: "Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God."
PRESIDENT MUGABE, YOU ARE HUMAN AND WILL DIE TOO!
There is this nonsense making the rounds on social media that a group of European scientists have studied the DNA of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and have concluded, the tea-pot dictator and blood-thirsty tyrant will not die. In other words, the buccaneering ogre of Zimbabwe has been given the bill of immortality by fellow humans. What a hogwash! Was Mugabe born by one of the children of Adam? Is he human? Is he not part of the sin-soaked fallen creature of yore? Does he have the blood of Adam and Eve in his veins? Hear the infallible Words of the True Lord God Almighty in His revealed Word: The Holy Bible: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: A time to be born and a time to die…" (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2), consequently, "…just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that then judgment" (Hebrews 9:27), so, Mr. Mugabe, you will soon die. You can't escape it and thereafter, you will have to answer for the thousands, if not millions of human lives you murdered in Zimbabwe. It shan't be long.
LETTERS OF THE WEEK
Hello Dr. Moshood, I somehow stumbled upon your column and I thank God for the opportunity. I was studying your past prophesies and was blown away with the accuracy and the sense of authority of your words. It makes me so happy to be a Nigerian. Sir, thanks for your concern for Nigeria. You are a blessing to this country. I have always wanted someone to guide my actions, for I believe that God direct us all. And. if we follow his path we would not go wrong. I have been apprehensive about my career and my future for some time now. I know that with your guidance and direction everything would be well.
My name is… and I am from Cross River State. I had my first degree in Engineering and an MBA in marketing. I have been blessed by God to get very good positions in good organizations, but somehow these jobs don't last. I have worked with the following companies… These are good jobs by Nigerian standard but they have been financially unrewarding, even though I don't drink or go clubbing or womanize. The last two years have been really the peak of the them all, I had quit my job at… as Head of Sales and Marketing with a friend to start a new business, but it flopped leaving me out of source of livelihood for almost a year and half now in the middle of one of the most challenging periods in Nigeria history. It has been very challenging for myself and my family, Sir. By his grace I have just gotten an offer to start a new job with an oil and gas company in Abuja. And even though I am excited about it, I wanted you to help guide and direct my path. What do I need to do to make this job a successful one and a financially rewarding one?
Secondly, my life long goal has been to eventually become an entrepreneur and start and grow my own business. I believe I have the skills to do this and friends and acquaintances have praised me for my business acumen and encouraged me to start something. When is the right time for me to start having been unsuccessful the last time? Will I will be successful as a business person. In what way can you guide me to meet my lifelong aspiration? Sir, I look forward to your reply would do anything that you would require me to do to make my dreams a reality, because I earnestly believed you are God- sent in my life. Warmest regards---G.U. Abuja, Nigeria.
Call me, you have my number in Texas. It shall be well in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Shalom Sir. I just finished reading pastor Oham's testimony as featured in your column on 27/07/2017 in the ?Nigeriaworld.com. Sir, I want you to know that my own monthly period has ceased since around 2012 and my husband and I have been believing God for the fruit of the womb for some years now to no avail. Please put me in your prayers. By God's grace I've completed the deliverance prayers you instructed me to make. Trusting God to hear from you soon, Sir. Thank you, Sir---C.O.M. Niger State, Nigeria.
Please call and let's move on to the next spiritual stage, thanks.