The Spirit of God in JEREMIAH 16:19C, said,“SURELY OUR FATHERS HAVE INHERITED LIES, VANITY, AND THINGS WHEREIN THERE IS NO PROFIT.”The devil, according to what Jesus said in JOHN 8:44, is a liar and the father of it, and that there is no truth in him. And so, all the ungodly and idolatrous tradition and the superstitious beliefs of any land, which our fore-fathers inherited, are of the devil and they are mere fables that turn people away from the commandment of God to the commandment of men, in this case, our fore-fathers!
In MATTHEW 15:6,Jesus said and I quote, “THUS HAVE YE MADE THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD OF NONE EFFECT BY YOUR TRADITION.’ And He said further in VERSE 9, “BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINE THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.” The elders of any land do not even understandthe origin of these traditions and superstitious beliefs. This is why,when asked about their origin, their answer will always be“NA SO WE MEET AM!(in Pidgin).” And obedience to these ungodly traditions is obedience to Satan, the father of lies, and the author of these traditions.And itis Satan’s subtle strategy to put the people of any land into perpetual darkness and into perpetual bondage.In the Gentile nations, those traditions feature mostly in marriage ceremonies and in burial rites.
Thetaboos in any land are also part of these ungodly traditions. Taboos are things forbidden amongst some tribes or ethnic groups, even when they arenot forbidden by God. Theonly thing that God forbidsis sin, as written in ROMANS 6:2, and that is the only thing Christians should forbid. Taboos and superstitious beliefs make the word of God of none effect and putthe people in bondage of fear. It is only the knowledge of the word of truth that will set believers in Christ free from the bondage of fear of these taboos, whose doctrine istouch-not, taste-not, handle-not, as it is written in COLOSSIANS 2:21, and I quote, “TOUCH-NOT; TASTE-NOT; HANDLE-NOT: WHICH ARE ALL TO PERISH WITH THE

Among some tribes, in this nation, one of these taboos commands that the people should abstain from eating certain things, for example, snails. Whereas the word of truth in the scripture says in 1 TIMOTHY 4:3-4 and I quote, “FORBIDDING TO MARRY AND COMMANDING TO ABSTAIN FROM MEATS, WHICH GOD HATH CREATED TO BE RECEIVED WITH THANKSGIVING OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE AND KNOW THE TRUTH. FOR EVERY CREATURE OF GOD IS GOOD AND NOTHING TO BE REFUSED, IF IT BE RECEIVED WITH THANKSGIVING. FOR IT IS SANCTIFIED BY THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER.
Superstitious beliefsare Satan’s strongholds in the lives of the people. They are mere imaginations of the mind which must be cast out by the power, that isin the word of Truth. They are vain thoughts that must be brought into subjection to the word of truth, that is in Christ Jesus. It is unfortunate thatmajority of believers in Christ still believe and out of fear, obey these taboos and superstitious beliefsof the land, even more than the word of God. Traditionalists are so violent in the defence of their faith. For example, a church and the pastor’s residence in this Edo land,specifically, in Ikoha Village, in Ovia North, for over a year now, have been under lock and key, on the order of the elders, after the pastor, was violently assaulted and driven out of the village, with wife and little children, because the pastor refused to obey the tradition of the land, which contradicts his own faith in the true God of heaven and earth. The freedom of worship in Ikoha is being infringed upon by violence!
The traditionalists take undue advantage of the non-violence doctrine of the Christian faith, as written, in ROMANS 12:19, to oppress and persecute Christians, especially in the villages! IF the adherents of all religions, preach the message of peace and non-violence, and allow their own “gods” which they worship, to fight for them, rather than taking the laws into their hands in defence of their gods, there will be no religious wars or conflicts.
Saul of Tarsus, now Paul, said in GALATIANS 1:13-14 that he was exceedingly zealous of the traditions of his forefathers, hence in his ignorance, he went about persecuting the church of God, in defence of these traditions. Until he was arrested by Jesus Christ, Saul of Tarsus (Paul), was mightily used by Satan to persecute the early church, in defence of the tradition of the Jews, which he later repented of, having come to the knowledge of the truth.

There is another doctrine of vanity that teaches that new yamsshould not be eaten until certain sacrifices are made to their ancestors, thistransgresses the commandment of God, who ALONE made it possible for yams, and all other crops in the farm, to grow and be made readyfor harvest. The word of God condemns these sacrifices because they are sacrifices to devils, as written in 1 CORINTHIANS 10:20 and I quote, “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” Christians are warned by God, NEVER to partake in such sacrifices, otherwise they will be in fellowship with the devils, who will possess them and thereby, incur the wrath of the Almighty God!
Most tribes also hold tenaciously to the superstitious belief that kola-nut gives life, and so in all their traditional marriages and in most traditional ceremonies, the elders of that village or community or town, demand for kola-nut, which contradicts the word of God. IT IS ONLY GOD THAT GIVES LIFE as written in ACTS 17:24-25 and I quote, “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of Heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needeth anything, SEEING HE GIVETH TO ALL, LIFE

My earnest prayer is that Jesus should reveal Himself to as many as are ordained unto eternal life amongst the heathen nations, as He revealed Himself to Saul of Tarsus (Paul), so that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who has taken them captive at his will, as Paul recovered himself from the snare of the devil, who took him captive and used him to persecute the early church. In 2 TIMOTHY 2:25B-26, it is written, and I quote, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, IF PERADVENTURE,GOD WILL GIVE THEM REPENTANCE TO THE ACKNOWLEDGING OF THE TRUTH AND THAT THEY MAY RECOVER THEMSELVES FROM THE SNARE OF THE DEVIL, WHO ARE TAKEN CAPTIVE BY HIM AT HIS WILL.”
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free, thus saith the Lord God.