Sister got sicker after paying obeah man

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October 02, 2017

Dear Pastor,

I have something that is bothering me. I have a sister who is 23 years old and good-looking. She went to college. We have some neighbours who do not like her. She is not the type of person who is mixed up with other people. She was always like that.

Pastor, she suddenly became ill and no doctor could tell us what really was wrong with her. Sometimes she stood up and just stared in the sky. She has a child who is two years old, and the father had to take her to live with his mother. She was unable to go to work.

A man told us about someone who has a gift and he can see things and can tell what is happening. We all decided that we wanted to see her get better and to know what was happening, so we decided to go to see this man. When we went, we had to wait a long time because there were many people there.

When our time came, he said that if we had any doubt about him, nothing can work. Everybody told him that we believed in him. He took my sister into another room, and after about 20 minutes he came out with her and told us that our sister got a blow and the blow came from one of our neighbours. He said that to remove the blow, it was going to cost us and it would be better for her to stay with him for a few days. In addition to that, he charged $40,000.

My sister did not want to stay where he is. He said he had accommodation, but my sister did not have any clothes with her. She did not go to stay and my mother was not in favour of that, either. He said what he had to do would work faster if she stayed with him for at least a week. We gave this man some money in two parts, but she got worst. All the things that we bought to use on her, we threw them away because nothing was working. Now my sister has become a Christian, and she is blaming my mother for taking her to see this man.

Pastor, do you believe in these types of people who say they have power to heal and to see what other people have done to them? We would like to hear from you.

O.C.

Dear O.C.,

I could answer your question with a resounding no. I do not believe in these people who claim that they have power to see into the future. And they are always seeing what people have done to others. I am a believer in the Bible, and my Bible tells me that I should not get involved in witchcraft. I should not put my confidence seers.

The Bible says in Deuteronomy 18:10-14, "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practise sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so."

God condemns spiritists and mediums. "Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death." (Leviticus 20:27)

Micah 3:7 says, "Seers will be put to shame. Those who practise witchcraft will be disgraced. All of them will cover their faces because God won't answer them."

Your sister should have never been taken to this so-called spiritual man. You asked if I believe in them, and my answer was no. There are many such persons in Jamaica. They collect money and promise to do miracles for people, but they are liars. Your family wasted money and you could have put that money to better use.

I am glad that your sister has now become a Christian, and she is in better health. I wish her well.

Pastor

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