A ritual cult group that goes by the name Badoo, has been terrorising residents of Ikorodu area of Lagos State and has killed at least 26 people and injured 14 in the last 12 months. The deaths, according to reports, were carried out between June 5, 2016 and June 27, 2017. The modus operandi of the gang is to smash the heads of their victims with rocks or grinding stones while in some instances, they inflict bodily injury on victims with machetes and rape their female victims. They would usually target houses in secluded areas where the cries of their victims would not be heard and then strike in the dead of night when their victims are fast asleep. The cult group has wiped out entire families in some of their operations. In one of their operations, a pregnant woman was killed, while an 8-year-old girl was abducted from a Church vigil, raped and left for dead. A top security source was reported to have said that the group, after killing their victims and wiping the blood with a handkerchief, sell the handkerchief at a princely sum of N500, 000 to some highly placed Nigerians (Leadership Newspaper Editorial of 5th July 2017).
The church in Ikorodu, Lagos, and Nigeria must awaken its prayer ministry to eradicate the wickedness of Satan and his cohorts in the land. In the words of our Master, in Mathew 18: 18-20, earth governs heaven. The action on earth governs the action of heaven and all that contradicts God needs to be bound and all that agree with God needs to be loose. Here is my take on how the church can react to the invasion of the land by agents of darkness and covens:
- The Church Should Pray for a Revival: There is something wrong with the fullness and the fire of a church if a cult group has the effrontery to approach a church and lure or abduct an eight-year-old girl. Testimonies from repentant occultist have always indicated that Christians and the church have always been protected by a hedge (Psalm 91). While this is not an attempt to query the spiritual health of the church in issue, there is a need for the church in the menacing territory of this evil men to cry out to God for a revival, which starts from within the church and ripples into evangelism of non-believers. The presence of a revival is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon many believers together, upon a number of churches, upon geo zones and even the entire country. This will lead to the awakening of the unsaved.
- The Church Should Unite: The lack of unity with other Christians depletes the spiritual power of the church. This is the time for the Christian Association of Nigeria, and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to all take the battle to the workers of iniquity. Make no mistake, Satan’s kingdom is united (Mark 3:23-27). Unity, like the dew from heaven, brings spiritual refreshment and blessings (Psalm 133:3), while disunity does the opposite; it dries the soul, withers spiritual life, and evaporates revival. Denominal pride and unconcern will only foster the enemy’s cause. God’s power is dissipated by critical attitudes, resentful thoughts and all forms of forgiveness. The church’s unity, like a light set on a hill, shall overwhelm workers of iniquity.
- The Church Should Reevaluate its Values: Men seek occultism as a short path to self-aggrandisement. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 John 2:16). All the news reports indicate that the killings by the cult group is pivoted on wealth or power rituals. No one really knows who the patrons and buyers of the blood-soaked handkerchiefs are. The activities of this cult group and most cult groups reflect the values of the larger society, of which the church is a part of. According to R. A. Torrey, the Bible teacher and co-worker of D. L. Moody, “Power is lost through self-indulgence. The one who would have God’s power must lead a life of self-denial … I do not believe that any man can lead a luxurious life, over-indulge his natural appetites, indulge extensively in dainties, and enjoy the fullness of God’s power. The gratification of the flesh and the fullness of the Spirit do not go hand in hand …” Self-centeredness is the opposite of Christ-centeredness and kingdom-centeredness. There is a hurting world out there that needs deliverance. Perhaps the church is not evangelising and praying sufficiently to win souls and cleanse the land!
- The Church Should Recognise the Enemy’s Strategies: With the media, awash with Badoo murders, Satan’s camp has seemingly achieved its first objective of instilling fear in the populace. It is useful that the regular and social media have announced these crimes as it has enlightened the public and made people to be more security conscious. However, Satan thrives on brewing fears; the fear of life, the fear of death, the fear of the enemy, the fear of man, and the fear of the future. The church should encourage its members to face these fear Much as we do not shut our ears to the news, we must turn a deaf ear to the negative. Fear must be cast out. We do not appeal to fear to leave. We cast it out as a spirit!
- The Church Must Draw its Sword and Attack: The Lord’s sword is the Word and the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea (Isaiah 27:1). It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them (Deuteronomy 32:35 NIV). God does take vengeance. When He repays with vengeance, we know there has been sin. And since He is meticulously just, that repayment will be a suitable vengeance, a proper vengeance. It will be what his perfect justice demands. The wrath of God is God’s settled anger toward sin expressed in the repayment of suitable vengeance on the guilty sinner. The church should pray that God arises and let this savage blood thirsty enemy be scattered in Jesus’ name. When the church gives way to God in the circumstance, the sword will operate and the enemy will die.