CAST OUT: Chronicles of a Familiar Spirit

How does a familiar spirit—a demonic entity—an evil imp—gain entrance into a family line and remain there for centuries?

How does such a dark power transfer from one generation to the next—refusing to yield its turf? What compromises reinforce its control? What rituals does it relish? What deepening deceptions attract its fiendish companions, that the stronghold might be strengthened all the more?

Do these ‘spirit-beings’ function under the authority of superior shadowy forces, a spiritual hierarchy whose primary focus is to attack the vulnerable to steal what is good, maim what is whole, pervert what is pure, sicken what is healthy, and destroy anything of lasting value?

How do you win a war of words against an invisible enemy whose chief weapon is deception, who constantly forges lies to keep victims in a state of spiritual stupor?

There is a way out, often maligned, that brings security. There are weapons, often overlooked, that strike terror in the heart of the adversary. The Son rises over those who have faith—and when the Son radiates His light, the darkness must flee.

Ivani Greppi was born in Brazil. Her ancestors were spiritist mediums. Throughout her childhood, Ivani experienced seeing spirits. At the age of 14, in Brazil, she was indoctrinated into Umbanda, a spiritual practice derived from the African Yoruba, Ifá faith, syncretized with spiritism and Roman Catholicism. In 1997, she met a Brazilian missionary pastor in Florida who led Ivani and her family to salvation in Jesus Christ. This fictional story is based on Ivani’s and her ancestors’ spiritual and immigration journey across three continents, spanning one hundred years.,cntnt01,details,0&cntnt01productid=229&cntnt01returnid=123

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My book

CAST OUT: Chronicles of a Familiar Spirit

is finally published!

When news broke of the coronavirus spreading in China, we had just returned from a trip of a lifetime. It was in December 2019.

Our daughter was pregnant with her second child—a boy, this time.

The trip didn’t start off as well as we hoped. Due to a snowstorm in Philadelphia, my husband and I missed our connecting flight to Rome.

Thankfully, my parents, sister, and brother-in-law were booked on a different flight. So, they made it to Rome in time. And other family members who flew in from Boston boarded the cruise ship with them to Naples.

Along with hundreds of stranded passengers, we desperately tried to make arrangements for another flight to Italy. It was chaos.

After many hours, we were booked on a flight to Amsterdam with a connection to Rome. It would give us just enough time to make it to the port in Civitavecchia and board the ship.

Approximately a half-hour into the flight filled with weary passengers, all hoping to make their European destinations, the captain announced that an instrument problem was detected. The plane returned to the airport in Philadelphia. The landing was so rough that emergency responders surrounded the vessel in case a fire broke out.

After several hours back at the airport, standing in line for yet another booking, it was announced that the flight was canceled as well. Vouchers for a dingy hotel were distributed. Like zombies, we waited in another endless line to check-in. There was no food in sight since it was 3:00 AM.

Finally, the next evening, we boarded our flight to Rome. When we arrived, we hired a van for the three-hour-long trip to Naples. Miraculously we made it to the port of Naples just before the ship set sail for the next port-of-call.

Our persistence paid off: visiting the ancient Greek ruins in Athens and Rhodes; shopping in quaint shops in Kusadasi, Turkey; stepping in the awe-aspiring streets of Ephesus; and sipping aromatic coffee in a bright café in Limassol, Cyprus was amazing.

The highlight of our trip, however, was Israel. The Promised Land. The Holy Land. Drenched by heavy rain at the Mount of Olives, we made our way to Jerusalem. Touching the Western Wall in the Jewish Quarter was the most surreal experience of our lives. The Old City, home to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, burst in vibrant colors and exquisite sounds. The aroma of fresh-baked bread wafting in the breeze was tantalizing and impossible to resist.  

In Cana, we walked cobblestone streets and bought wine and menorahs sold in tiny, ancient shops.

We sloshed through the mud at the Dead Sea and touched the salty water, too cold for a swim. We even climbed a camel’s back for photos.

At Mount Carmel, we entered a cave where it is believed that Elijah hid from Jezebel’s wrath.

The Sea of Galilee was the most peaceful place we visited. Barefooted, we stepped in the crystalline waters where Jesus Christ walked and his disciples fished.

In Capernaum, a breeze caressed our faces as we sat in the ruins of the synagogue where Jesus taught the masses. What a gift this was—to look around and picture Jesus Christ healing the sick, delivering the demon-possessed, and worshiping the Father with his disciples. 

Yet, nothing could have prepared us for the blessing of our baptism in the Jordan River. My uncle’s profession of faith, giving his life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, was the ultimate gift of joy in our lives. 

Our trip ended back in Rome. At the Vatican, we were accosted by gypsies begging for food who stole my mother’s wallet. Even though this event was upsetting, we continued to explore the “Eternal City” in the cool night air that smelled of roasted chestnuts. Feeling exhausted, we walked around the Colosseum several times until finding our way back to our hotel shuttle.

A few months after our return to Florida from our wonderful trip, my husband and I attended The Art of Romance, a Valentine’s Getaway, here in St. Augustine. Even though this was a photo-shoot assignment for my husband, we enjoyed every single minute of this unexpected treat.

We stayed at The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, a gorgeous historical establishment.

There was a scrumptious multi-course Farm-to-Table dinner at Chandler Oaks Farm on the first night.

The second day after breakfast, we explored George Street with new eyes, seeing hidden treasures gone unnoticed during prior visits.

Later that afternoon, we visited the Lightner Museum with its fascinating late 1800’s history of Henry Flagler’s Hotel Alcazar. The staff treated us to a behind the scene tour of the staff’s quarters, an area not opened to the public. Champagne and handmade chocolates were offered at the end of our tour.

On Friday, February 14th, we enjoyed brunch at Cellar 6 on Aviles Street. Later, we explored the art scene with a personal guide, meeting local artists.

The experience ended that afternoon at Carrera Wine Cellar with a one-of-a-kind wine tasting hosted by the establishment’s owners.

When we arrived home, I chatted with our pregnant daughter and told her about our wonderful experience. Only a few minutes after we spoke, she called me back. Her water had broken.

Because this was a high-risk pregnancy, we immediately left for the hospital. My grandson was on his way. Three weeks early. Nico was born on February 15th, 2020.

Two days after our grandson’s birth, he had open-heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect, coarctation of the aorta. He remained in the hospital for one month.

When he was finally discharged home, the world went into darkness, into lock-down.

My grandson’s recovery was lengthy. He returned to the hospital for a heart catheterization not long after surgery. Then, a few months later, he had spinal surgery.

During this time, my husband and I became very ill with the virus. My parents, my sister, and her husband had symptoms as well. Thank God, none of us were admitted, and we all healed completely.

Three family members in Massachusetts became severely ill, and all were admitted due to low oxygen levels. Again, we praise the Lord for their healing.

Sadly, two family members in Brazil succumbed to the virus. Some friends lost loved ones.

During these darkest hours, many things changed in our lives. We realized how fragile life is. How precious our freedoms. How much we take for granted. How now is the time to spend with our loved ones—not later. How blessed we are. How thankful we should always be.

It connected us to people whom we have been distanced from. It distanced us from people we were never truly connected to.

In the end, it gave us the desire to reach goals we have put off for much too long.

And in August of 2020, amid the pandemic, while we healed from the virus and our grandson from his surgeries, while packing for our move to St. Augustine, God enabled me to finish my novel.

This story had haunted me for decades, but now I finally had the privilege of writing the two most awaited words in my entire life:  The End.

A contract with Deeper Revelation Books was signed in September.

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I am so thrilled that soon my book CAST OUT: Chronicles of a Familiar Spirit will be launched.

This is an answer to prayer. Finally, a long-awaited, dream come true.

God has given us beauty for ashes.

He has given us joy for mourning.


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Mike Shreve

Ex-Instrutor de Kundalini Yoga

Mike Shreve era um novato na universidade quando uma experiência de quase-morte mudou dramaticamente suas prioridades. Não mais satisfeito com coisas meramente temporais, ele embarcou em uma busca para descobrir a verdade suprema—convertendo-se em um devoto de um guru índio e finalmente ensinando Kundalini Yoga em quatro universidades de Tampa, Flórida. Então um encontro poderoso com o verdadeiro Deus mudou tudo!

Desde 1971, Mike Shreve tem viajado mundialmente compartilhando conhecimentos transformadores que trazem cura para a pessoa completa. Ele é autor de quinze livros, mais conhecido por uma comparação profunda de mais de 20 religiões intituladas In Search of the True Light (Disponível apenas em inglês).


Uma das minhas citações favoritas resume o foco da minha vida há mais de quatro décadas:

“A religião viva…chama a alma para a maior
aventura que pode realizar.”

Isto está falando de muito mais do que meras cerimônias, rituais, tradições e doutrinas. A “Religião viva” é a verdadeira espiritualidade: algo que ultrapassa o intelecto, transcende o âmbito natural, e impulsiona o buscador a uma consciência da realidade sobrenatural e da verdade suprema. Então eu concordo plenamente. A aventura mais
emocionante, gratificante, e intensa da minha vida foi a busca da verdade absoluta e um relacionamento real e dinâmico com Deus. Muitos caminhos diferentes levavam minhas pegadas antes que entrei em uma trilha antiga, muitas vezes despercebida, que me conduziu a Verdadeira Luz; mas o Espírito de Deus me guiou, e por isso sou eternamente grato

Faça o download grátis deste livreto sobre a história da jornada espiritual de Mike Shreve da yoga, misticismo do Extremo Oriente, e espiritualidade da Nova Era para o regozijo de ser um seguidor de Jesus. Compartilhe com seus amigos que estão buscando a verdade.

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Black Lives Matter and Umbanda Spiritism

By Don Veinot

Some of our readers will remember our blog “The Occult Religion of #Black Lives Matter” from September of last year which delves into, Ifá Yoruba, the spiritual practices of #BLM according to the #BLM founders and leaders are the foundation on which the movement is built. A former practitioner of  Ifá Yoruba, Ivani Greppi, weighed in this week with, “The spiritual foundation of Black Lives Matter and Umbanda Spiritism” Umbanda Spiritism is one of several of the African Diaspora Religions such as: 

Vodou (Voodoo) developed primarily in Haiti and New Orleans; Santeria also known as Lacumi or Regla de Ocha, developed primarily in Cuba; Candomblé, Umbanda, and Quimbanda developed in Brazil. These spiritual systems all worship Yoruba deities called orisas (orishas, or orixás).

Ivani Greppi gives a short overview of her testimony but at the time of this writing I spent about an hour on the phone with her and found someone who is in love with the Lord and desires to reach others who are as deeply involved in the occult as she and her ancestors have been. The article is quite well done and adds information as to the rituals of #BLM:

During this protest, Abdullah, who led a group of demonstrators, poured libation on the ground while the group chanted “Asé” after names of the deceased were called. The ritual of pouring libation, common in many religions, is an offering to deities or spirits of the dead.

While politicians are calling for the elimination of religious influence in government, it appears that only refers to Christian influence not spiritistic occultic religions.

Many thanks to Don Veinot of Midwest Christian Outreach for sharing the link to my article “The Spiritual Foundation of Black Lives Matter and Umbanda Spiritism.”

Don and Joy Veinot’s article, “The Occult Religion of #Black Lives Matter,” was a source of reference for my own article and is also linked above.

My article: “The Spiritual Foundation of Black Lives and Matter Umbanda Spiritism” was originally published by Pastor Mike Shreve at:

Pastor Shreve also published it in http://Charisma Magazine

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“Many of us attend church to learn about God, to learn about ourselves, and to connect with God and others. Along with that is a general belief that the church is spiritually safe. After all, the best source of knowledge about God comes from His self-revelation, which is contained in His inspired, inerrant word: the Bible. We rely on church leaders to interpret the Bible, to carefully teach and guide the church family while keeping false teaching on the other side of the doors. But like a virus on a physical level, false teaching can operate on a spiritual level. A church leader may be introduced to new concept or spiritual tool by what is believed to be a reliable source. It may be embraced as a path to a better understanding of God and self. Even with the best intentions and efforts of spiritual leaders, they may themselves become spiritually infected and pass their infection on to their flock. In Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret, we explore the spiritual infection of those who have embraced Richard Rohr and the Enneagram he has delivered into the church through his disciples. 

The claims for the Enneagram are simple. Supposedly it is an ancient tool used by some of the Early Church Fathers. It is claimed to be the “face of God” and each Enneagram number is an individual spiritual path to deeper spiritual understanding and fuller self-awareness. But what if this seemingly harmless tool is in fact one of the largest deceptions perpetrated upon the Christian church in recent history?”

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The Connection Between Umbanda Spiritism, Black Lives Matter, Beyonce’ and Jay-Z

By Mike Shreve

On Revealing the True Light podcast with Mike Shreve, Ivani Greppi—a former Umbanda spiritist medium who had an encounter with Jesus that changed everything—shares her testimony.
We, as believers, should pray for all of those mentioned in this article that they will encounter the love of Jesus and the life-changing power of the truth.

Umbanda is a religion originating from Brazil in the early 1900s. Umbanda combines African beliefs (known as Ifa’, a Yoruba religion), spiritism and Catholicism, similar to Santeria, which is primarily found in Cuba, and Voodoo in Haiti.

Twelve main deities called Orixas are worshipped. They are connected to Catholic saints (primarily because Catholicism was imposed on the African slaves resulting in the religious syncretism).

Umbanda practitioners are psychics who “channel” or become possessed by spirits and “deities.” Those attending their meetings seek counsel from these “entities.”

What Is the Connection to Black Lives Matter?

The leaders of BLM claim theirs is a “spiritual movement.” Patrisse Cullors, co-founder, and Melina Abdulah, BLM-LA co-founder, are Ifa’ practitioners. During the protests, reciting the names of victims killed by police brutality is intended to call up the dead. “Say the name” is the cry, followed up by chanting the word “Ase'” that means “the power to make things happen, or so let it be.” It is believed to affect a release of divine force.

All riots are preceded by rituals including pouring out libations, which opens the door to demonic manifestations and violence. In no uncertain terms, God forbids this:

“There must not be found among you … one who casts spells, or a spiritualist, or an occultist, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God will drive them out from before you”(Deut. 18:10-12).

Where Is the Connection to Beyonce’ and Jay-Z?

In the 2017 Grammy Awards, Beyonce’ channeled the Yoruba Ifa’ goddess Oshun. She also paid homage toward Yemaya—an Umbanda orisha. Jay-Z raps about Xango, the father of fire, lightning and thunder. Their music is a contaminating influence.

On Revealing the True Light podcast with Mike Shreve, Ivani Greppi—a former Umbanda spiritist medium who had an encounter with Jesus that changed everything—shares her testimony.

We, as believers, should pray for all of those mentioned in this article that they will encounter the love of Jesus and the life-changing power of the truth.

An in-depth article on this subject is on Mike Shreve’s website,

Mike Shreve has been involved in evangelism (outreach to the world and ministry to the church) since 1971. His passion is to offer a faith-filled, grace-founded, Jesus-focused, power-imparting presentation of the gospel. The motto of the ministry concisely communicates his mission statement: “Speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15)

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Umbanda Spiritism’s Connection to Black Lives Matter, Beyonce and Jay-Z (Ep. 55)

Discover Umbanda Spiritism’s connection to Black Lives Matter and Beyonce in this interview with Ivani Greppi, a former Umbanda Spiritist medium. Discover why BLM rioters cry “Say the name!” and the Umbanda deities highlighted in Beyonce’s and Jay-Z’s music.

I was honored to be interviewed by Pastor Mike Shreve on the “Revealing the True Light” podcast.

Please check out his The True Light Project website for many more transformative stories of people saved by our Lord Jesus Christ.

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From Spirit Guides to the Holy Spirit

I’m so happy to share that my testimony of deliverance from Umbanda spiritism has been published by Deeper Revelation Books.

Ivani Greppi was introduced to the Umbanda (Yoruba) Religion in Brazil at the age of fourteen. She was considered a medium from birth due to her psychic “gifts” of seeing the spirit world from early childhood. In 1997, a Brazilian pastor visited the family’s printing business in Florida. God used this casual event—a simple business card order—to deliver Ivani and her family from generations of occult practices.

Ivani is a RN with a heart for medical missionary work. She lives in Florida with her husband Maciel. Her four grandchildren are her love and passion. Ivani’s personal transformation story in English and Portuguese is found on the comparative religion website: She is part of the True Light Task Force. This booklet is also available in Portuguese: De Guias Espirituais ao Espírito Santo: Ex-Médium Umbandista Transformada pelo Senhor.

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The spiritual foundation of Black Lives Matter and Umbanda Spiritism

Like the Medium of Endor in 1 Samuel 28, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM-LA, attempt to call up the dead. The ritual is to publicly recite the names of black victims killed while chanting the African Yoruba term “Asé” after each name. Per the website Rooted Resistance, Asé, pronounced Ah-Shay, has multiple meanings but is mainly defined as “the power to make things happen, or so let it be.”

Patrisse Cullors

Anthony Shintai’s Yorubaland article defines Asé as the divine force, energy, and power incarnate in the world. “Asé is an affirmation that is used in greeting and prayers, as well as a concept of spiritual growth.”

“When we speak their names, we invoke that spirit, and those spirits actually become present,” said Cullors during an interview on June 13, 2020, streamed on Facebook’s Fowler Museum at UCLA page, “Spirituality is at the center of Black Lives Matter.” In response, Abdullah, who is also a professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, added, “We become very intimate with the spirits we call on.” The chanting of “say his/ her name,” per Cullors, is more than a hashtag, “It is literally almost resurrecting a spirit so they can work through us to get the work that we need to get done.”

Hebah Farrag, assistant director of research at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, researches the “new spiritualities emerging from Black Lives Matter-affiliated organizations.” Ifá is the Yoruba religion or belief system of divination practiced by the BLM leaders. In her article “The Fight for Black Lives is a Spiritual Movement,” Farrag writes how a protest on June 2, 2020, in front of Mayor Garcetti’s house demanding reductions in the city’s funding of police, “began like a religious ceremony.”

Melina Abdullah

During this protest, Abdullah, who led a group of demonstrators, poured libation on the ground while the group chanted “Asé” after names of the deceased were called. The ritual of pouring libation, common in many religions, is an offering to deities or spirits of the dead.

On July 25, 2020, KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian, host of Life Examined, asked Melina Abdullah, “Can you talk about how you begin a protest? Names of ancestors evoked, prayers said for those who haven’t had a chance to participate. How do you characterize these moments?” Abdullah responded, “We generally ask that people not film the openings of our events and demonstrations. And as part of that is the demonization of the way in which we acknowledge spiritual energy. So, I have seen some of those articles, some of those critiques of pouring libation, which is a centuries-old tradition among African people, acknowledging that when bodies are stolen, spirits still remain. So, there was that consciousness, but more than that consciousness, as we pour libation and engage in spiritual work, we actually don’t want that disrupted in any way by filming because we believe filming actually disrupts some of the spiritual energy. All Black Lives Matter meetings and protests begin with the pouring of libation.”

Hebah Farrag’s article for Religion Dispatches, “The Role of Spirit in the #Blacklivesmatter Movement: A Conversation with Activist and Artist Patrisse Cullors,” points out how the BLM movement “expands the definition of ‘faith-based,’ and offers alternate notions of faith, self-care, and wellness as resistance to disrupt a martyr mentality and heal those within traumatized communities.”

During BLM protests, what stood out for Farrag was the “images of a white-clad black woman burning sage across a militarized police line. Altars using sacred images and symbols from multiple faiths placed to hold space for those murdered. Events ending with prayers for the oppressed. Protests called ‘ceremonies’ in front of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s house, with attendees asked to wear all white.”

The African spiritual rituals of Ifá openly practiced by BLM in crowded city and urban streets of the United States may sound like an obscure, rare, and unique religion. But it is not. Many African Diaspora Religions, also known as Afro-American, and African-derived religions are practiced throughout the world. When African slaves were scattered around the globe, they brought with them their beliefs and rituals. Slaves were not allowed to worship in their faith and were usually forced to convert to Catholicism in the New World. However, they continued with their spiritual practices in disguise through syncretism.

Catherine Byer’s article “African Diaspora Religions” on the Learn Religions website gives examples of African Diaspora religions with Yoruba and Catholic influences: Vodou (Voodoo) developed primarily in Haiti and New Orleans; Santeria also known as Lacumi or Regla de Ocha, developed primarily in Cuba; Candomblé, Umbanda, and Quimbanda developed in Brazil. These spiritual systems all worship Yoruba deities called orisas (orishas, or orixás).

What BLM activists now openly practice—Yoruba Ifá—is by no means a new religion. It is not a new type of spirituality. It’s been around for thousands of years. It’s practiced throughout the globe. Johnson Olawale’s article on the Legit website, “Yoruba Religion Ifá History and Interesting Facts,” explains that Ifá is a system of divination that plays a critical role in the culture and traditions of Candomblé, Santeria, Palo, Vodou, Umbanda, and many other Afro-American faiths and in some traditional African religions. The article also points out that Ifá is not, in fact, a religion, but more of a spiritual system based on three components: Olodumare (the Creator of heaven and earth), Orisa (nature spirits, or gods), and the ancestors.

Black Lives Matter founders are not the only ones bringing these spiritual practices to the forefront of American society and culture. During the 2017 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé paid homage to the Yoruba Ifá goddess Osun (or Oshun). Pregnant with twins, wearing a golden gown, Oshun’s sacred color, Beyoncé channeled the goddess of “love, money, and waterways,” or goddess of water and fertility as some headlines claimed.

The Ringer website’s article by Taylor Crumpton, “Glory B: Beyoncé, the African Diaspora, and the Baptism of ‘Black is King,’” describes Beyoncé’s visual album released on Disney+ that reinforces the ancestral lineage of black people as divine beings, born from natural and spiritual forces of the universe. In this video, Beyoncé pays homage to Yemayá—an orisa (orisha), or deity, who is the mother of water and all living things in the Ifá and other Yoruba derived faiths. In this same article, Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, is quoted to reference another Yoruba orisa—Changó (Xangô or Shango), the father of fire, lightning, and thunder, which he raps about.


Ama McKinley’s piece on titled “Beyoncé Serves African Spirituality in Lemonade” describes her reaction while watching the visual album as being “awestruck.”  McKinley writes that she is a practitioner of Ifá and loves to “point out pop culture occurrences of this ancient tradition and its pantheon, the orisha, right here in the West.” She lists some examples: Ricky Ricardo’s 1940’s hit “Babalu” (a detailed ritual to the orisha Babaluaye), Gloria from Orange is the New Black (a Santeria practitioner who worked in a bodega), and Jay-Z’s rap referencing his orisha. Beyoncé’s poem “Denial,” however, caused McKinley to “stop breathing.” The poem describes the requirements of the year-long process of an Ifá practitioner to initiate into the priesthood.

McKinley explains the steps she took in 2012 to become a priestess: She spent 365 consecutive days wearing white (all white), three months of no sex, no looking in mirrors, and taking all meals on a mat on the floor. “And for one year, I could not cut my hair.” This is how she became an Iyawo, a Nigerian Yoruba word for bride. This title is given to those going through Ifá, Santeria, Candomblé initiation rites to become a priest/priestess.

The Dancers Group website has an article by Mary Ellen Hunt titled: Teacher, Priestess, Dancer: Paying Tribute to Blanche Brown.” Blanche Brown was the wife of former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown and began her dance career studies in New York with a Haitian teacher. She also participated in Haitian ceremonies in “the middle of Manhattan.”

“It really showed me how culturally African dance began, what it was for,” Brown explained. “In that community, they were dancing for spirits. It could have been a celebration of a spirit; it could have been for somebody who needed to have that spirit come down and talk to them. But it was for something.” This experience led Brown to the Yoruba tradition, and she was initiated as an Ifá priestess in the early 80s.

Iyanla Vanzant is a lawyer, talk show host, best-selling author, and a Yoruba Ifá priestess initiated at Ola Olu by the Ifá Foundation of North America, Inc. She is the host and producer of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Vibe Magazine recognized her as one of the “100 Most Influential African Americans.” Newsweek featured her as one of the “Women of the Century.” Vanzant’s website offers online workshops and events, “As Founder of Inner Visions World Wide, Iyanla is actively engaged in personal development courses and ongoing training programs for spiritual life coaches, and ordained ministers.”

Many other celebrities currently practice or have practiced this Yoruba spirituality, including Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Celia Cruz, Chaka Khan, 21 Savage, to name a few. Their status and fame significantly impact society and culture by glamorizing this practice through their seductive art. Black Lives Matter, however, has completely exposed Ifá for what it truly is: an occultic spiritual practice that opens participants up to the influence of dark spiritual forces.

In Washington, D.C. in 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo awarded Ivanir dos Santos, a Brazilian Candomblé priest and activist, the International Religious Freedom Award in recognition of dos Santos’s “long and courageous battle for religious freedom and tolerance.” Dos Santos founded CCIR (Commission to Combat Religious Intolerance). Ironically, because of this commission, testimonies of Christians who previously practiced and were delivered from Yoruba derived Candomblé, Umbanda, or Quimbanda are now legally banned in Brazil. This is based on the principle per CCIR that evangelicals are intolerant of Afro-Brazilian religions. These testimonies are deemed as hate speech, racist, and intolerant.

On YouTube last year, I translated from Portuguese to English the powerful testimony of Ivone Silva, an ex-Candomblé priestess. Silva was famous worldwide while practicing Candomblé. Celebrities paid her large sums for consultations, including Sylvester Stallone and Gloria Stefan.

In April of 2019, YouTube notified me via email that they received a court order regarding my translated video stating it was blocked from view in Brazil. This email included an eleven-page annexed court order submitted by the Judiciary Power of the Federal Justice of Rio de Janeiro. The video is still available here in the U.S. but no longer in Brazil. Here is the link to the video with English subtitles:

At the age of fourteen, I was initiated in the Umbanda religion in Brazil. I, too, channeled and was possessed by Yoruba deities (which are actually false gods impersonated by demons). I often made offerings of libation, candles, and flowers. I bowed at the altar of the orisha gods and called upon the dead for divinations. I was baptized in a waterfall. I wore white clothing and beads around my neck. In 1997, I was saved by Jesus Christ and delivered from decades of spiritual deception and oppression. I know firsthand how dangerous the Ifá Yoruba spiritual practice is, because opened me up to demonic influences and kept me away from encountering the true God. (You can read my personal transformation story at this link: )

Don and Joy Veinot, on the Midwest Christian Outreach website wrote an article titled, “The Occult Religion of #Black Lives Matter.” The writers describe BLM as a “deeply occultic religious group ‘wearing political garb.’” They emphasized that “for the moment, we still have freedom of religion and freedom of worship in this nation, so celebrity actors, singers, entertainers, and their followers, as well as the leaders of BLM, have the freedom to believe and practice as they wish. However, the right to believe and worship as one chooses is not the same thing as affirming that all beliefs are equally true or valid. Some beliefs are false, and some even dangerous.”

Divination and necromancy are forbidden by God in His Word:

Do not turn to spirits through mediums or necromancers. Do not seek after them to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:31, see also Deuteronomy 18:9-14).

An important question raised in the Veinot’s article puts the entire BLM spiritual movement into perspective: “What sort of spirits are they which cause mayhem, pillaging, looting, burning down businesses and homes, and killing or throwing lethal objects at police officers, as well as brazenly calling for the death of police officers throughout the nation?”

Mark Hunnemann explains in his book, Seeing Ghosts through God’s Eyes, that spirits of the dead are not earthbound, and that “ghosts do not exist; they never have and they never will. However, demons do exist, and they love to wear sheep’s clothing.” “And no wonder! For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).” The Bible teaches that “As it is appointed for men to die once, but after this comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).” So, what spirits are summoned during the BLM marches? What spirits are called on during the Yoruba Ifá ceremonies? I agree with Veinot’s response to this question: “The spirits behind BLM are actual spirit beings, the ‘evil spirits’ condemned in the Bible, obviously the ‘negative disruptive forces known as Ajogun’—demons—referenced in Odu Ifá’s own (sacred text) literature.” I do not believe participants realize this truth; they are probably very sincere in what they are doing (just as I was). So I pray that God will open their eyes.

Dr. Stella Immanuel, a Texas physician born in Africa, who spoke at the Supreme Court Steps regarding Covid-19 and hydroxychloroquine, addresses demonic possession and witchcraft in her Fire Power Ministries social media. In one of her YouTube videos titled, Exposing BLM Witches, Dr. Immanuel prays for this country’s deliverance regarding demonic spiritual attacks.

Sadly, today many Christian pastors and church leaders are not equipped or interested in teaching about spiritual warfare. Sun Tzu’s The Art of War teaches that “if you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

In Christianity, we win the battle with love. Many of those in the Black Lives Matter Movement are hurting people who have very legitimate concerns about prejudice and instances of police brutality. I can sympathize with that and relate to the pain they feel (as I do with anyone of any race who is subjected to injustice). So, I am not protesting BLM leaders and their followers as such, but rather, the occult practices and beliefs which they promote (many of which were once the foundation of my life). In like manner, I am not against the practitioners of any non-Christian religion. My heart goes out to them. I am against all false beliefs that derail a person’s spiritual journey through this life. I long to see occultists and BLM participants discard their belief system by discovering the beauty of true salvation that is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I feel sense of spiritual responsibility for those involved in Umbanda Spiritism (or similar expressions like Santeria), not only because they are fellow human beings, but because I once embraced a similar belief system. All of us have a common enemy and that is the evil, the power, behind false and deceptive beliefs—Satan and his demons. My urging to any BLM participants or Umbanda Spiritists who may read this article is simple: “Therefore, submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

God’s Word teaches that “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

In the Berkley Forum article by Farrag, “The Fight for Black Lives is a Spiritual Movement,” Cullors said, “The fight to save your life is a spiritual fight.” Cullors embraces ideas that I now know are false, but she is correct that this life is a spiritual fight.

This is spiritual warfare—a battle against spiritual darkness—only won through the power of Jesus Christ, by His blood shed on the cross. Christians must stand together against spiritual evil in prayer and fasting and reach out in love to those who do not yet know the Lord Jesus. Our nation needs revival and deliverance. Our country needs Christian pastors and leaders to equip their flock to put on the armor of God for spiritual protection against this very real invisible war and know how to bring deliverance to those who are yearning to be free.

For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

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Ayahuasca and DMT Opens Portals to the Demonic

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“There is a new trendy psychedelic drug called Ayahuasca (or yagé), a powerful hallucinogenic potion made from vines. When the Spaniards and Portuguese first encountered indigenous South Americans using ayahuasca, their earliest reports described it as “the work of the devil.“ Ayahuasca was used for centuries by indigenous Amazonians, who believed that it enabled their shamans to receive messages from their “gods” and for ‘spirit flight’ to visit their “ancestors” or to descend to the underworld to locate the source of illnesses. The tea or potion, which contains the psychedelic drug DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), nicknamed the “spirit molecule”, which is said to bring personal “enlightenment” by confronting the user with their darkest fears. Today in Brazil, where consumption of the plant has led to numerous religious cults, the mind-altering tea has been linked with a string of suicides, murders and cases of mental illness and insanity – often at the very…

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Christians when challenged with trials, tribulations, broken hearts, or tragic events are usually told by well meaning friends to:

Have faith

Be strong





The list goes on, and on.

It is not acceptable to cry, question, show fear, or to agonize about anything.

Why?  Because if you have faith and trust God, you shouldn’t have human emotions.

As a Christian, you must remain strong.

Crying and questioning the situation God has put you in only shows your lack of faith.

Perhaps, because of your sin of weakness, God is punishing you.

He won’t be able to help you.

You need to get right with God.  Now.  Get on your knees and repent.

So, during the lowest point in your life, there is always the well-meaning, hyper-spiritual Christian friend who will pray for you.  But instead of strengthening you, or bringing you peace, their prayers only pile on accusation and condemnation, resulting in more negative emotions, specifically guilt.


These Christians are no different than Job’s three friends.  Their words only added to Job’s suffering.  After losing all his children and property, while seating in an ash pile and scraping his festering boils with a piece of broken pottery, Job’s friends used their spirituality to accuse, and judge.

Are you going through a very difficult trial?  Is your pain unbearable?  Are the very people who should be ministering to you, causing you even more torture?

Stop.  Take a deep breath.  Find a quiet place and read in God’s Word what happened to Jesus when He faced unbearable situations.

When Jesus arrived at Lazarus’ tomb, even knowing that He would resurrect His friend, what did He do?

He wept.  John 11:35

When he beheld Jerusalem, the very place where he would be crucified, what was His reaction?

He wept over it. Luke 19:41

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What did Jesus Christ say to His disciples before His crucifixion?

“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” Matthew 26:38

What was His prayer like?

“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by.  Nevertheless, let it be as You, not I, would have it.” Matthew 26:42

What was Jesus Christ’s physiological response to the stress of His approaching torture and death on the cross?

Being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.  Luke 22:44

Yes, Jesus Christ, our God Almighty, who came in the flesh to save us, experienced sadness, pain, anguish just as we do when facing difficulties.  Did He lack faith?  Did He sin when expressing human emotions?  No. And neither do we lack faith or are sinning when we express our grief.

God counts all our tears.  He records our lamentations in His Book.  Psalm 56:8

When accused of weakness, or having lack of faith when you experience grief, remember that, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26

Most importantly, while enduring trials and tribulations here on earth, be assured that when we meet our Father in heaven, “He will wipe every tear from our eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


“Who then is the one who condemns?  No one.  Christ Jesus who died, more than that—who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:34


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