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September 25, 2008

Praying over Palin

A YouTube video emerged yesterday showing Sarah Palin being blessed in a prayer for her protection from "witchcraft."

The Associated Press reports that a Kenyan pastor Bishop Thomas Muthee prayed over her the the Wasilla Assembly of God where she used to go to church.

"Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan," Muthee said as two attendants placed their hands on Palin's shoulders. "Make her way my God. Bring finances her way even for the campaign in the name of Jesus. ... Use her to turn this nation the other way around."

Update: Frank Lockwood of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette writes this:

"A year ago, Mike Huckabee was getting blessings like this one at Pentecostal churches, but the national media was ignoring him at this point, so the episodes never attracted much attention. "Laying on of hands" is a common way of praying in many evangelical churches. [Gov. Huckabee got prayed for this way at a Baptist megachurch in Orlando in January 2008 and at a Charismatic church in Irving, Texas in November 2007.]"

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I don't think they prayed enough. Palin is still bewitched by the idea of an Alasakan Gas Pipeline
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What a scandalous thing. Asking God to protect and guide. Maybe the reason why some might find this so upsetting is that Palin is submitting to the God of the Bible instead of the god of politics.

Do other readers on this site believe that witches are a big problem?

You might want to research this gentleman's culture before making fun of the practice. Satan is always looking to bring down tose that are attempting to do God's wioll in their lives. While I don't believe demons can possess a spirit filled Christian, I believe you can open yourself to attacks by rejecting Christ.

God said to be Holy for He is Holy. Living Christian is the only safe place to remain. I am not sure to many Christians understand that concept today.

Witchcraft is still a huge pervasive problem in Africa. Witchdoctors spread the lie that sex with babies or little girls give men protection from AIDS. I saved a news article about South Africa 7-8 years ago about a infant baby girl whose body was torn up by gang rape by adult men. The article also reported on other child rapes in that country.

In the charming Botswana lady detective series of books by Alexander McCall Smith, he discreetly interweaves a story about the harm done by witchdoctors in promoting mutilation of body parts.

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke gave testimony to Pat Robertson on the 700 Club in probably 2002 about a conference he attended in Europe. Attending another conference in close proximity were numerous witches gathered together. Bonnke testified to some of the witches. At the time I had just been learning of Bonnke’s ministry but I loved the sheer exuberance and joy with which he proclaimed in his heavy accent, “Fifty witches came to know Christ!” It’s a priceless moment which I cherish on videotape.

It would be natural for an African pastor to pray for God’s protection against witchcraft. It was Bishop Muthee’s way of praying for protection against evil in Mrs. Palin’s life. The kind of evil conveyed last weekend by Saturday Night Live in which Mrs. Palin’s family was subjected to a slanderous sketch accusing the family of incest. We should pray for the entire Palin family that they will be safe “Under His Wings.”

In reference to the above comment... To quote a February 12, 2006 report from the London Guardian,

"Naomi is 15 but looks 10. A horrible burn scar shrivels the skin across her chest and shoulder. She had a broken leg, now reset. But her face is calm; she speaks clearly. The physical scars are nothing compared with the trauma she has been through. She is one of the so-called child witches of Kinshasa, rejected by her family and community at six years old and left to survive on the streets. . .

'My aunt said I must leave. The neighbours beat me and burnt me. They said either you must admit to being a witch or we will kill you. There is no place for you here. I went to the church, but they gave me water to drink that made me sick. I said to neighbours, let me sleep somewhere, even in your toilet, but they refused. I was caught by some soldiers and they said, you are a witch - we saw you flying with birds. They said they were going to kill me, but I escaped.'

Naomi gives a smile as she recounts how she found another church which took her in and sent her to Kinshasa. She has ended up in a hostel run by War Child. She is lucky. Tens of thousands of children live in the cemeteries, markets and streets of Kinshasa feeding on rubbish, begging and stealing. Most are there because of witchcraft accusations - mostly from their own families. The phenomenon is spreading, with recent cases of child abuse motivated by the belief that the child is possessed by evil spirits, showing up in London, Paris and Amsterdam."