A MAIOR AVENTURA

ENCONTRANDO DEUS

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).

Excerto de: A MAIOR AVENTURA: ENCONTRANDO DEUS

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
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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:https://www.thetruelight.net/wp/the-spiritual-foundation-of-black-lives-matter/

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, thetruelight.net.

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. https://www.charismapodcastnetwork.com/search/umbanda

Please check out his The True Light Project website for many more transformative stories of people saved by our Lord Jesus Christ. https://www.thetruelight.net/wp/

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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: http://www.thetruelight.net. 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.

Beyoncé

Ama McKinley’s piece on Huffpost.com 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szlPhlopv94.

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: https://www.thetruelight.net/wp/stories/written-stories/ )

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).

This article by Ivani Greppi was originally published at https://www.thetruelight.net/wp/the-spiritual-foundation-of-black-lives-matter/

Please visit http://www.thetruelight.net and check out The True Light Light Project for other informative articles regarding comparative religions.

Ivani Greppi was born in Brazil and is a former Umbanda Medium. Umbanda is a syncretic Yoruba/Afro-Brazilian religion blending Roman Catholicism and spiritism. Her written testimony is available on the True Light website: https://www.thetruelight.net/wp/ivani-greppis-story/.

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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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JESUS WEPT TOO

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

Have faith

Be strong

Pray

Fast

Trust

Obey

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.

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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.”

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“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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Why We Should Not Initiate Communication with Angels, Including Michael

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By Reverend Mark Hunnemann

I chose this title carefully because I could have entitled it: ”Why we should not communicate with angels”. However, I want to leave open the possibility that holy angels occasionally do initiate communication with humans today. All biblical theologians agree that overt angelic activity accelerates at crucial junctures in the flow of redemptive history (e.g. Announcement of Christ’s birth)As we’ll see, the word “initiate” is key in this discussion. Furthermore, it would seem that disguised interaction with humans is a rather frequent angelic tactic (Hebrews 13:2), as well as their general call to be ministering spirits to us. (see Hebrews 1:14) So, please don’t think I am in any way minimizing the reality and frequency of their more covert role as our helpers/protectors, and occasional overt appearances. But, there is a big difference between that and OUR initiating contact with angels.

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BRAZILIAN CANDOMBLÉ PRIEST—AMONG OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADERS— RECEIVES AWARD FROM SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO

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It was very disconcerting to read the following on the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Brazil website:

“BRAZILIAN RELIGIOUS LEADER TO RECEIVE PRIZE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE HONORING HIS FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND TOLERANCE.

Candomblé priest and founder of the Commission to Combat Religious Intolerance (CCIR) in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Ivanir dos Santos, will receive the International Religious Freedom Award from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in recognition of Dos Santos’ long and courageous battle for religious freedom and tolerance.  Dos Santos will receive the prize during the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, taking place in Washington, D.C. July 16-18 (2019).  The International Religious Freedom Award, launched this year, pays tribute to people and organizations that work to protect, promote, and strengthen freedom of religion.”

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For Ivanir dos Santos—a Candomblé priest and activist, who uses his political powers to take away the rights of Brazilian Christians—to be awarded this prize “for his long and courageous battle for religious freedom and tolerance, is beyond hypocritical.

Mr. dos Santos founded the Commission to Combat Religious Intolerance based on the principle that evangelicals are intolerant of Afro-Brazilian religions such as Candomblé, Umbanda, and Quimbanda. He fought for legislation to deem as hate-speech, racist, and intolerant the testimonies of evangelicals who left the Afro-Brazilian religions. Because of this man’s legal fight for “justice,” Brazilian Christians are banned from sharing these specific testimonies on line by law. My prior blog post illustrates how this law blocked the testimony of Ivone Silva and many other ex-spiritists on YouTube.

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Mr. dos Santos uses examples of thugs who call themselves Christians, and who threaten and extort temples of Afro-Brazilian religions, as representatives of evangelicals. Many of these attacks on the temples are by drug traffickers, and it is well documented online.

In November of last year, he rightfully filed a criminal complaint against a Christian church group for religious intolerance. He claims that while Umbanda worshipers gathered for a service at a cemetery, thirty “evangelicals” attacked them, calling them satanic, and demonic.

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It is not, under any circumstance, acceptable for any religion to attack another. However, by protecting the rights of the Afro-Brazilian religions, through dos Santos policy initiatives, evangelicals are being silenced in their testimonies, and in turn having their rights stripped away.

It is infuriating to read how this duplicitous, religious activist who is creating intolerance against Christians in Brazil, has received accolades from the American government.

On July 17, 2019, in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of State honored the following International Religious Freedom Award Winners:

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“Ivanir dos Santos is a priest of the Afro-descendant religion Candomblé in Brazil, a faith that is often a target of discrimination and physical attacks in Brazil. He is the founder of the Commission to Combat Religious Intolerance and the Center for Marginalized Populations, both of which help vulnerable groups. Santos rallies thousands from all religious backgrounds at events such as the Walk in Defense of Religious Freedom in Rio de Janeiro.”

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“Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan defends Sudan’s religious minorities as a lawyer and activist with the Sudanese Human Rights Initiative.  A member of Sudan’s Muslim majority, he advocates stronger legal protections for minority religious communities and helps them navigate the country’s judicial system. ‘My defense of religious freedom in Sudan is the least that I could do,’ he said.”

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“William and Pascale Warda of Iraq founded the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization in 2003, a nonprofit, apolitical organization that monitors human rights violations in Iraq. The organization has documented ISIS atrocities against Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities. ‘The solution for our world is charity and love,’ Pascale said. ‘We are called to make a difference.’”

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“Salpy Eskidjian Weiderud of Cyprus is an architect of a peace-building initiative in Cyprus called the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process. She has been its executive director since 2012. For almost 30 years, she has worked with faith-based institutions in Europe and the Middle East to promote interfaith understanding.”

“Imam Abubakar Abdullahi of Nigeria risked his life in 2018 when he intervened to save 262 Christians and other individuals. In a mosque and his home next to the mosque, the imam sheltered hundreds fleeing from ethnic Fulani herdsmen who were attacking them. When Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo commended his actions in May, Abdullahi said, ‘God created mankind differently, but he wants us to live together in peace and harmony, and not harm each other.’ (Abdullahi was unable to attend the awards ceremony.)”

All awardees, with the exception of Mr. dos Santos, promote equality and liberty of all religions. Mr. dos Santos fights only for the rights of the Afro-Brazilian faiths while persecuting Christians by silencing their testimonies of coming out of the Afro-Brazilian practices.

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The International Religious Freedom Awards presented by Pompeo took place during the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom summit. “The ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom brings together leaders from around the world to discuss the challenges facing religious freedom, identify means to address religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, and promote greater respect and preservation of religious liberty for all. This event focuses on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change.”

In an interview with Christianity Today, Pompeo explains why the US is hosting the world’s biggest event on religious persecution by inviting 100 nations and 1,000 participants. Pompeo stated that freedom of religion is America’s first freedom, “and we want to work to make sure other countries understand how central it is to the individuals that are in their country to have the opportunity to worship as one chooses, or choose not to worship.” He added that governments should not “restrict, impose, impede, or punish those activities” as this is “central to human dignity.” Pompeo believes that through the State Department, the U.S. can lead this conversation.

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Regarding the persecution of Christians worldwide, Mr. Pompeo said: “We are equal opportunity when it comes to ensuring that religious freedom is protected. The data you described about the risk to the Christian faith in certain parts of the world is real. There is enormous Christian persecution in many parts of the world. As you know, we work diligently to make sure that those individuals, those human beings, have the capacity to practice their faith that they have chosen—in this case, Christianity. But you watch, too, this administration work on behalf of Muslims or the work we do on anti-Semitism. We want every person of every faith to have the capacity to practice their faith or choose not to.” Mr. Pompeo states that he is a Christian evangelical believer, and is grateful to practice his faith personally and freely.

Had the State Department carefully investigated Mr. dos Santos, it would be clear that his religious and political agenda is discriminatory against evangelical Christians. His goal is not to unite but to divide.

Mr. dos Santos’ actions contradict the “Statement of Concern” of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom: “As representatives of the international community, we recognize that religious communities of all traditions can be powerful, peaceful forces for good in the world.  We call upon all governments to respect the individual’s human right to believe or not believe, to practice any faith tradition or none.  We celebrate the good of religion manifested in countless selfless acts of service, compassion, and charity across the globe, and condemn horrific acts committed in the name of religion. We strongly encourage governments to broadly engage with all religious and other communities of conscience, and to encourage the communities we represent to handle any disagreements on matters of ethics, politics, philosophy, and theology through respectful, peaceful, and constructive discourse. Co-Signatories: Ukraine, Italy, Armenia, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Kosovo, Poland, Denmark, Albania, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Lebanon, Slovakia, Latvia, Norway, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Norway, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Hungary, Marshall Islands, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.”

An article by Religion News Service states: “As religious freedom summit ends, State Department announces new alliance, sanctions. Trump administration officials announced a new alliance with U.S. partners focused on religious freedom and new sanctions against foreign military officials supporting countries the U.S. considers to be instigators of religious persecution. The developments Thursday (July 18) were among the highlights of the last day of the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. Foreign ministers also took turns stating ways their nations are working to affirm religious liberty. That followed two days of meetings where survivors shared their stories of persecution and some of the almost 900 religious leaders and activists in attendance made plans to foster interfaith understanding.

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Before a gathering of representatives of 106 countries, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced plans to create the International Religious Freedom Alliance. ‘We hope that this new vehicle — the first-ever international body devoted to this specific topic – will build on efforts to date and bring like-minded countries together to confront challenges of international religious freedom,’ he said. ‘It will provide a space for the work that we do here to flourish throughout the year.’ Vice President Mike Pence, speaking later in the day, announced that the U.S. had placed sanctions on two leaders of Iranian-backed militias, groups he said have ‘terrorized the people of the Nineveh Plain,’ a region of northern Iraq where religious minorities, including Christians and Yazidis, are persecuted. ‘The United States stands with all victims of religious persecution and the American people have them in our hearts — and in our prayers,’ said Pence.”

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T.A. McMahon, president, and executive director of The Berean Call ministry wrote in his book America: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice: “Americans are rapidly ‘awakening’ to what is being hailed as a paradigm shift in global consciousness.”

Sadly, this summit reflects the ecumenical “New Spirituality” of today. Mr. McMahon brilliantly wrote, “When we compare biblical Christianity with the religions of the world, using the Scripture to guide us, we see that the gap between them is unbridgeable. In fact, one is forced to the conclusion that there are really only two religions in the world: biblical Christianity and all other religions.”

 “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise” (Isaiah 42:8).

REFERENCES:

https://br.usembassy.gov/statement-on-respect-for-religion-or-belief/

Historic Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Brazilian Honored by U.S. Government for his Fight Against Religious Intolerance

Pompeo presents 1st International Religious Freedom Awards

https://g1.globo.com/rj/rio-de-janeiro/noticia/2019/07/17/brasileiro-recebe-premio-do-governo-dos-estados-unidos-pela-luta-contra-a-intolerancia-religiosa.ghtml

http://arquivonacional.gov.br/br/ultimas-noticias/1779-lider-religioso-brasileiro-recebera-premio-do-departamento-de-estado-dos-eua-por-sua-luta-pela-liberdade-e-tolerancia-religiosa.html

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mundo/2019/07/governo-dos-eua-premia-brasileiro-por-luta-contra-intolerancia-religiosa.shtml

International Religious Freedom Award Winners

As religious freedom summit ends, State Department announces new alliance, sanctions

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/july/mike-pompeo-religious-freedom-ministerial-dc-irf.html

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