Idolatry is a big tree, having many branches, and two of these branches are NECROLATRY and NECROMANCY. Necrolatry simply means the worship of the dead, or the sentimental reverence, people give to dead bodies, in burial rites and in burial ceremonies, while necromancy is simply, the act of revealing past, present and future events by pretending to invoke the spirits of the dead, as did the witch of Endor, the woman who had a familiar spirit, whom king Saul consulted in 1 SAMUEL 28:7. But the subject matter of this publication is NECROLATRY. This subject matter is very important to all believers in Christ, because all idolaters, including necrolaters, shall have their part in the lake of fire, if there is no repentance before they depart from this world, as written in REVELATION 21:8, and I quote, ‘’But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable and murderers , and sorcerers, and IDOLATERS, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.’’ Everyone who professes to know Christ, must understand, that every doctrine of Christ is the doctrine of God, His Father, who sent Him as a Lamb into this world to save man from the Adamic sin, which is the sin of the whole world and from all other sins. This is what Jesus Christ said in JOHN 7:16, and I quote, ‘’MY DOCTRINE IS NOT MINE BUT HIS THAT SENT ME.’’ IF CHRIST’S DOCTRINE IS GOD’S OWN DOCTRINE, IT MEANS IT IS A DOCTRINE FOR EVERYONE CREATED BY GOD, ESPECIALLY FOR EVERYONE WHO PROFESSES TO KNOW GOD AND WHO BELIEVES THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.And the emphasis of this doctrine is all about SIMPLICITY in whatever Christians do, especially in marriage and in dressing and in burial which is the subject of this publication.

The burial of Moses by Godin DEUTERONOMY 34:5-6, is a clear demonstration of the doctrineof the simplicity in burial, which is quoted thus, “FOR MOSES THE SERVANT OF THE LORD DIED IN THE LAND OF MOAB, ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF THE LORD. AND HE BURIED HIM IN A VALLEY IN THE LAND OF MOAB, OVER AGAINST BETH-PEOR. BUT NO MAN KNOWETH OF HIS SEPULCHRE UNTO THIS DAY.” The bible recorded in VERSE 8, that the children of Israel mourned and wept for Moses. But there was no record in the bible that they danced, ate and drank, after God had buried Moses in a valley, whose sepulcher, is notknown to the children of Israel, even unto this day.
From this example, therefore,it is clear that the time of burial, should be a time of soberness and a time of mourning, not a time of feasting or drinking and dancing. In ECCLESIASTES 7:2-4, it is written, “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: FOR THAT IS THE END OF ALL MEN; AND THE LIVING WILL TAKE IT TO HEART. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning: BUT THE HEART OF FOOLS IS IN THE HOUSE OF MIRTH.”AND THE FOOD EATEN IN BURIAL CEREMONIES, ARE SACRIFICES OF THE DEAD. And such sacrifices are to devils and not to God, as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 10:20-22. Believers in Christ who eat such food at burial ceremonies, are already in league with thedemon of Baal-peor, written in PSALM 106:28, and I quote, “THEY JOINED THEMSELVES ALSO TO BAAL-PEOR AND ATE SACRIFICES OF THE DEAD.”

In ISAIAH 5:11-14, it is written, “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink, that continue until night till wine inflame them! And the harp, the viol, the tabret and the pipe (musical instruments) and wine are in their feasts: but they consider not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operations of His hands. Therefore my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge; and their honourable men are famished and their multitude dried up with thirst. THEREFORE HELL HATH ENLARGED HERSELF AND OPENED HER MOUTH WITHOUT MEASURE. AND THEIR GLORY AND THEIR MULTITUDE AND THEIR POMP AND HE THAT REJOICETH SHALL DESCEND INTO IT.” The people of God are gone into Satan’scaptivity for lack of knowledge of the doctrine of Christ about burial.And if no repentance, they will be partakers of God’s judgment on ungodly andidolatrous burials,which involve drinking, eating and dancing to musical instruments. And all believers in Christ, are warned NOT to be like these idolaters, as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 10:7, and I quote, “NEITHER BE YE IDOLATERS AS WERE SOME OF THEM: as it is written, THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK AND ROSE UP TO PLAY.”
In MATTHEW 8:21-22, it is written, and I quote, “and another of His disciples said unto Him, Lord suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, FOLLOW ME AND LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD.” This is an important doctrine of Christfor Christians who will want to follow Jesus in the narrow way that will lead them into eternal life. All ungodly and worldly burial ceremonies, performed by the spiritually dead, who have not the Spirit of Christ, will surely bring down the judgment of God upon those Christians, who partake in such worldly burials.To many believers in Christ, this could be a hard saying, but the judgment of God, as written in 1 PETER 4:17, must definitely begin at the house of God.

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Master, the God of all creation, was buried in a simple way by two of His disciples, devoid of anypride of life and without anyflamboyant display of wealth by Joseph of Arimathea, who himself was a wealthy disciple of Jesus. In JOHN 15:20, Jesus said that the servant is not greater than his Lord. And so, the burial of any of our loved ones, cannot be “greater” than the burial of Jesus, our Lord and our Creator.
In 2 CORINTHIANS 11:3, Paul expressed the fear that as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so the minds of many believers in Christ,have been corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.And in this dispensation, this corruption of the minds of most believers from Christ’s simplicity, is the result of the present trend in flamboyant and worldly burials, organized by most believers in Christ today, whereas these worldly burial ceremonies will not changeGod’s judgment of eternal condemnation in hell, of the ungodly or of the worldly or of those who have not the Spirit of Christ, as was the case of the rich man, who was condemned into hell, because of his sumptuous and worldly life-style, as written in LUKE 16:1,23. The bible recorded that the rich man died and was buried, but found himself in hell, despite the befitting and worldly burial ceremony organized for him.The bible did not record that Lazarus was even buried, yet he was carried by angels unto Abraham’s bosom, in paradise, because his death was precious in the sight of God. In PSALM 116:15, it is written that, the death of the saints of God, is precious in the sight of the LORD. The saints of God are Christians who have been sanctified through the truth, as written in JOHN 17:17.
My heart’s desire and prayer to God is that God should give all believers in Christ and men and women of God repentance to the acknowledging of the truth, so that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who has takenthem captive, by his doctrines.