DEALING WITH WITCHCRAFT IN MINISTRY – Mfon Udoema

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Galatians 5:15 KJV

But if you keep attacking each other like wild animals, you had better watch out or you will destroy yourselves.
Galatians 5:15 CEV

The general knowledge a vast majority of humanity possess about witchcraft is that of evil, destruction and devastation. Presumably and undeniably, witchcraft is synonymous with catastrophe and cataclysm. It is believed that a witch(or wizard) has monstrous proclivity for atrocity.

Stories, myths and legends abound aplenty of witches eating human flesh and drinking human blood.

Among the Mexicans for instance, there are stories of witches called TLAHUELPUCHI. A Tlahuelpuchi is a witch believed to possess evil powers, including the ability to transform into(one of) several animals and in that form devour and suck the blood of humans. In Africa, several of such witchcraft concepts are subscribed to such as ‘OBAYIFO’, ‘ASASABONSAM’, etc.

Juxtapose with ministry, if witchcraft is delineated by biting and devouring of flesh, when we bite and devour one another in ministry according to Galatians 5:15, we are guilty of practicing witchcraft.

Witchcraft in ministry thrives on subtlety, craftiness, stealth, bitterness, envy, strife, etc.

When we fight fellow ministers and ministries seeking to undermine them and hamper or impede their progress and success, that is witchcraft.

Let us be circumspect to decipher that our adversary is the devil and not the fellow minister next door.

I remember some years ago, I was running a youth outreach/NGO and youths were actively getting involved in their vast numbers. We were organizing leadership training, skills acquisition, rural community welfare tours etc. A particular clergy man who claims to be my brother summoned an emergency youth meeting of all youths in his church and threatened his youths with suspension and curses should they ever attend any youth summit, seminar, symposium, etc that I organize. He kept a spy to monitor all my youth programs and report to him. Unfortunately his youths squealed the threat to me. He saw my youth outreach as a threat to his ministry, especially his youth ministry.

Unfortunately, we take the wrong approach in ministry most of the time and the wrong approach leads to reproach.

I remember some years ago, a pastor came to start ministry on the same street where my ministry is. He came to me and told me about the vision. All he had was just the hall and nothing else. He just arrived the city newly. I perceived and saw his vision, passion and drive and decided to encourage him. In the course of discussion, I realized that our weekly activities fell on different days of the week. I decided to give him my chairs and instruments to start for about the first two months until he started acquiring his. My members and ministers were alarmed and amazed at my action. I explained to them that as much as my ministry and his are of God, we are all one and the same. My job is not to fight a young ministry to death but to help it stand and grow to the glory of God. I did this because I knew the ‘wonderful’ experience I had when I arrived the same city few years prior with nothing to start ministry and I vowed that I will lighten the ‘load’ for others.

Let us stop fighting fellow genuine God-ordained ministries. The church next door is not the adversary. Our adversary is the devil. The success of ‘Ministry A’ is not the reason for the failure of ‘Ministry B’. Your success is not the reason for my failure and vice versa.

Many Bureau d Change operators stay in the same location and transact business without acrimony or animosity, same with spare part dealers, etc.

Let us learn to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate the success and progress of one another. Blackmailing, deriding and maligning are tantamount to witchcraft.

Remember, what you sow is what you reap. Rejoice with them that rejoice.
Witchcraft in ministry is real.
Let us all join our voices and cry out for deliverance.

Mfon Udoema

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