Devil worship is growing quickly, Kenyan Bishop said

Kenyan bishop said that Devil worship is a reality in Kenya; he also added that he hopes Pope Francis’ declaration of the Year of Mercy would help Catholics remain strong.

Bishop Emanuel Barbara of Malindi said, “Young people are being lured into the issue through promised educational scholarships,” along Kenya’s Indian coast.“And they include the Christians and non-Christians,” he added.

At a recent theological symposium on the occult and Satanism, Bishop Barbara said devil worship was growing quickly in this East African country and that it had global implications.

Later, some appealed to Kenya’s bishops to move from “talking about the issue to acting on it” during the question-and-answer session.

“Education on how to battle out this issue is lacking among us, the Catholic faithful,” said one participant. Another asked the bishop for literature on the issue.

In an interview with CNS, one participant who wished to remain anonymous was quick to mention those behind the recruitment of people into devil worship as effectively exploiting the areas of unemployment, illiteracy and influential minds of the young people.

“No wonder the issue is more pronounced in schools and colleges, for example,” he explained.

Fr Clement Majawa, currently lecturing at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, said the church and government had to inform the public on the reality of devil worship.

He proposed introducing courses on secret religious societies and traditional African religions. Also, he proposed that Catholics work with Kenya’s Ministry of Education to develop curriculums and to have a team of chaplains and counselors on hand for challenging situations.

In 1999, a presidential investigation on devil worship in the country, chaired by the late Archbishop Nicodemus Kirima of Nyeri, revealed that devil worship could be found in schools, churches and even government offices.

Archbishop Kirima, who chaired the commission of senior religious leaders, told the BBC the investigation was launched to find out whether devil worship was linked to ritualised killings or other unlawful activities.

The report was presented to the government in 1995, but has still not been released publicly and was only recently made available to religious leaders.




  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    How odd that God created the devil, so that his human creation might worship him. Also, if he had not created the devil, there would have been no mythical fall from grace. God is supposed to be all-knowing, so didn’t He know this was going to happen? If He didn’t want devil worship, all He had to do was not create the devil in the first place. Seems pretty simple to me.

  2. Wachira Reply

    Patric, yhe devil wasn’t created to be the devil at the first place. He was an Angel but God demoted him when he tried to act and behalf like he was God. Satan failed because of his pride. Same case the world is failing/Fallingand gonna fall because of the pride, the world has turned good to wrong and wrong to good. That’s why there’s disaster all over the world. Preachers and faithful, believers have become hypocrites, they have betrayed God. They have been attracted into the Modern world. The world leaders have changed God’s law to their laws in order to fit in them. Simply devil is working hard to win the world and making sure all the Christians will lose their souls if all gonna worship him. “FEAR” has entered into the heart of every Christians. Afraid to talk the truth. Afraid to stand up strong. Rejected Bible reading.. when they read the Bible they understand it into their ways. Truly truly I say to you whoever will be ashamed of me I will be ashamed of him/her in front of my father. Is time to open our physical and spiritual eyes..Preach the truth, Preach the gospel without fear….a sin is a sin and it’s not a human right. Light and darkness can never walk together. Let God be God and devil be devil… one will be judged according to someone’s deeds all will be judged individually let no one fall into world trap. Those who pray let us pray hard .. Devil still think he can be God.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      So you’re saying that God is not all-knowing? He doesn’t know the future? He didn’t know when he created Satan that he would end up being a bad guy? For that matter, when God creates humans, doesn’t He know in advance if they are going to heaven or Hell? If He does, isn’t it pretty horrible to allow someone to be born that is destined for Hell? And if He doesn’t know, then He’s not all-knowing, is He? He’s limited, like we are.
      I sort of assume that if He’s outside of time and space, then He must know what’s going to happen, but maybe they were wrong when they said He was all-knowing. Then again, the bible says that Satan will be defeated and thrown into Tartarus (one of the four Hells), so it seems that the author of The Revelation, a mere human apparently high on psychedelics, knows what’s going to happen, even if Yahweh doesn’t. If Yahweh does know about Satan’s impending defeat, then He must have known before He created him, that all this was going to happen, yet He created him any anyway. Why? So He could enjoy watching Satan tempt people, so He could send them to Hell? The whole story is just ridiculous. You prove to me that God or Satan exists, and then we’ll talk. It’s important to remember that in the bible, Satan doesn’t kill anyone – except possibly Job’s family – the text is unclear as to whether God or Satan kill them. God on the other hand, kills millions in the bible. There are websites that have gone through and added up all the deaths in the bible that God commands or condones, and it’s not a pretty picture. Satan also told the truth when he told the mythical Eve that she would not die on the day she ate from the fruit as Yahweh had promised. He also told the truth when he said that God did not want them to become like the gods, knowing good and evil, and so his first act was one of evil towards his mythical creation, cursing them with an imaginary original sin, and not only them, but all of us who had nothing to do with any of that fairy tale.

  3. Robert Anthony Villamor Reply

    Patrick, even if God is all knowing, he gave anges and men free will. He doesn’t force anyone to believe him. He wishes us to come to him of our own accord. Pride made Lucifer and his followers fall from grace, thus brining about evil. God provides us with the wherewithal fo fight evil. We just have to accept and use these gifts.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      If He wanted us to come to Him of our own accord, perhaps He could have provided some actual objective evidence of His existence…. |
      As for free will…. “28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.…” He hardened Pharaoh’s heart, he causes this that and the other thing to happen throughout the bible. There is very little in the bible to support the concept of free will – but it is a critical concept, because otherwise how could God be justified in sending people to Hell? But he apparently sends unbaptized infants to Hell, so there you go…

      1. Robert Anthony Villamor Reply

        Let me answer in several parts.

        For proof of God’s existence, just look at yourself and the universe around you. Think, how did this all come about? Random patterns of particulate movement? Something or someone must have exerted an external force to get things going because anything that is at rest remains so unless acted upon. Elementary physics. See your fingerprint? It’s different from mine and those of others. I’ll leave you to your own conclusion, but for me, this (among other things) is enough to confirm my belief in God.

        Divine predestination is indeed a very complex matter, which many more learned than either of us have tried to distill into terms that may be more easily understood. So pardon my humble attempt at expounding on this.

        Let’s get some basics out of the way first. Predestination is defined by Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, predestination is, “The act of decreeing or foreordaining events, the decree of God by which he hath, from eternity, unchangeably appointed or determined whatever comes to pass. It is used particularly in theology to denote the preordination of men to everlasting happiness or misery.”
        Free will is the ability to make choices according to your desire. From the theological standpoint, there are two kinds of free will: compatibilist and libertatian. Compatibilism is the position that a person is only as free as his nature permits him to be free and that his sinfulness prevents him from freely choosing God (1 Cor. 2:14, Rom. 3:10-12, Rom. 6:14-20). Libertarian free will is the position that an unsaved sinner is still able to freely choose God in spite of his sinful nature (John 3:16, 3:36).

        With these key words thus defined, it would appear at first that predestination and free will are at odds. Well, actually, they are not.

        God’s predestination means he has a plan and has the foreknowledge of how things unfold. But this does not mean that we have no free will choices. The fact that we were born is an indicator of predestination since we did not choose to be born. While we are young, our elders make choices for us. But as we grow and increase in knowledge and understanding, more choices and the responsibility attached to them come about. We can choose to do good or evil in much the same way as we choose what we’ll have for breakfast, what we’d wear for the day and the like.

        God predestines in and through our choices. But because God is all-knowing and all-powerful, he knows what we will do, ergo, whatever you choose to do out of your own free volition is known. But His knowing doesn’t mean you don’t freely choose.

        A simple analogy is putting a rock and a marshmallow in front of a child and telling him or her to choose. Although we know that the rock is inedible and that eventually, the kid will choose the marshmallow to eat, we do not hinder the child’s ability to choose. It’s actually the same thing in Genesis, where God gave man a choice whether or not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We know how that wound up.

        As to sending people to hell, this is actually where human choice and responsibility come in. We may freely choose whether to put God at the center of our lives and have peace and order, or put ourselves at the core and have chaos wrought by human hubris. The latter is obviously fertile ground for sin and death.

        As you can see, it is extremely challenging to form a human notion about a predestination to judgment and the operation of human free will and our responsibility. This is because of the limits of human understanding. What may seem profound to us may simply be folly to God.

        As Thomas A Kempis put it, “Our curiosity often hinders us in reading Scriptures, when we attempt to understand and discuss that which should be simply passed over.”

        May the Lord guide you, bless you and keep you in your search for the Truth.

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