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Presbyterian Minister Elicits Witch Confessions in Cameroon

Why did a Boeing bound for Kenya crash in Cameroon in May 2007, killing more than a hundred people? A report in the Buea Post has a remarkable explanation:

“A combination of the Kingdom of Destruction in Limbe, the Kingdom of Peace in Lake Barombi, Kumba, the Kingdom of Beauty and the Kingdom of Milk and Honey in Douala caused 114 people to die in the Mbanga Pongo plane crash on May 4, 2007.”

This was the testimony of a 17-year-old girl whom we call Marceline (not real name) at the Presbyterian Church, Kumba Mbeng, on January 31…She said several mermaid spirits live around the Douala International Airport and the Mbanga Pongo area.

Marceline confessed to being the spiritual daughter of “Queen Geraldine of the Kingdom of Destruction”, who initiated her at the age of eight months, and that the blood from the crash provided the means for a celebration in the kingdom. Marceline also passed exams with the help of human sacrifice, and

..She said the queen caused her to continuously vomit rings on particular spots in Kumba. According to her, they would manipulate pregnant women to urinate on those spots and thereafter conceive and bear initiated children from the marine world.

A second teenager, “Christy”,

…confessed that she entered a woman’s womb when she was 52 years old in the demonic world.

So why would the girls confess to such things?

…Marceline said after her mother and some churches tried to pray for her unsuccessfully, they decided to take her to Rev. Emmanuel Massock of PC Kumba Mbeng.

“PC” is the Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Massock appears to have a good line in getting young women to confess to things. Here’s a report from September:

A second year student of the University of Buea, UB, has claimed responsibility for the gruesome deaths of at least, two Professors of the institution and many other people.  She also claims to have initiated some 150 students of UB into the spirit world, through the use of the internet. The 21 year-old lady, who spoke exclusively to The Post shortly after she was exorcised by a Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Kumba Mbeng, said she, herself, got into the “marine World” in error.

Interview begins:

…It all happened one night when there was a blackout and I went to fetch water out of the fence, behind the school campus. On my way, the student called me and offered me a gold wristwatch. She asked me to sit on a tomb nearby and asked me to make some incantations, which I did ignorantly. From there, I went to the dormitory and dreamt that I was in a meeting in water, dancing and eating a certain food that was human flesh, and the wine, human blood.

…Thursday, August 30, 2007 was the fateful day when I came to attend the usual Thursday prayers and Bible study, organised by Rev. Masok. When the service started, one of the intercessors was informed about my presence in the church… Rev Masok and his intercessors prayed for me, anointed me and shaved my hair. Many trips were made to my home to collect the articles of the kingdom in my keeping, including a dress with the effigy of the Princess and a particular ring having the Princess’ image.

Rev Masok himself is profiled here:

Masok boasts of 250 deliverances from the demonic world in a year, most of whom are girls and a few boys who are ‘slaves in the marine world.’He said there is an increase in the level of awareness, hunger and thirst for righteousness because of their Bible studies.However, Masok lamented that the changes in the church have attracted both positive and negative criticisms.

He said some Christians have jilted him for what they call ‘tampering with the doctrine of the church,’ whereas the Presbyterian Church is not against revival but divisive tendencies.

Masok’s particular obsession with the “marine world” as a demonic realm is probably a rejection of indigenous West African “Mami Wata” beliefs, and fits with other African “deliverance” narratives. However, while some will doubtless snigger at what appear to be simply bizarre African beliefs, it should be noted that while witchcraft accusations are indigenous, the claims that Masok is promoting are also variations on Western “Satanic panic” and neo-Pentecostal “spiritual warfare” ideas, among others; the profile of Masok includes a link to a now-removed video clip of David Icke.

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  5. I am very delighted for the great work the pastor is doing,even Jesus Christ in his ministry on earth had adversaries what about the Rev. Masok is not free from it. God is doing wounderful things in Cameroon this day,we need Just to open our eyes and see the wounderful things the Lord is doing.
    Gopd Bless u

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