Once upon a time, my mother visited native doctors to search for solutions. In Africa, native doctors are men or women believed to have access into the supernatural world. She told us quite a few stories about her Ngambe (native doctor) house misadventures. Perhaps the one I remember most is the time when she was commanded not to talk to anyone on her way back from a Ngambe house.
Fortunately or unfortunately, my mother saw her cousin on her way back and she erroneously shouted, "Besong!" Then, mama suddenly remembered that she wasn't supposed to talk to anyone. Her talking to anyone before getting home was supposedly going to kill the powers of the medicine she had been given. She became temporally mute. Her confused cousin, Besong kept asking her, "Grande Soeur, na weti?" (Big sister, what's the matter?) She kept looking at him like someone who was had forgotten her name or who she was. She couldn't offer a word. I'm pretty sure uncle Besong was mortified so he had to follow her home. There she began talking again and the mystery was unraveled.
1. They sell solutions
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
2. They keep telling you of your enemies
"your enemies." All those who do not want you to progress, die by fire!
3. They encourage revenge
4. They provide potions for you to take home
5. You have to depend on them!
6. They can access the supernatural in the way that you can't
The prophet has this special key too. He is like your eyes in the spirit. He goes in there and brings you information because people always want to hear something about themselves they do not know.
7. They create fear
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1: 7
8. They use a combination of tricks, lies and powers
- Mind programming- A lot of brainwashing is done
- Manipulation- they get information from you then turn around to tell you as though they are the originators of it.
- Powers from evil sources- beware, some of them actually have powers from the devil. That's why they have control over people.
- Some of them are outright scammers.
9. They sell hope
10. They are focused on themselves
While a true prophet of God focuses on God, these native doctors and prophets focus on themselves. They are mostly driven by the love for money, which is the root of all evil.
Those are the similarities I have noticed, my friends. A lot of people in our society have either visited native doctors or know someone who has. That's why we have a lot of glorified native doctors masquerading as prophets today. There is a ready market for them. Are there true prophets of God? Yes, there are!
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; Ephesians 4:11
God himself called some people to be prophets. These prophets given by God are true gifts to their generation. We see a great number of them in the Old Testament like Elijah, Elisha, Nathan, Ezekiel, Jeremiah. When I think of these prophets, I think of men who served God against the odds. I think of men who were ready to let go of themselves and let Christ reign. Just like the prophet John the Baptist said, "He must increase, but I must decrease."
Those are the kind of prophets God gives. Those who consciously decrease and let God increase. Those who eat locust and wild honey in bushes because they are on a mission. Prophets after God's heart. Prophets who do not sell prayers because, "freely have you received, freely give."
Above all, seek to know God for yourself and study your Bible. Stop depending on other men for hope, answers and solution. You can access God yourself right where you are. Don't be a consumer Christian.
Thanks for the native doctor stories, mommy!
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