September 25, 2008 at 9:15 pm #67860
OMG, I can’t believe the news some times. Was it a slow news day, or what?
By Garance Burke
UPDATED 2:45 p.m. ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A video on her hometown church Web site shows Sarah Palin being blessed three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for her protection from “witchcraft” as she prepared to seek higher office. |
The video, which made the rounds Wednesday on the Internet, shows Palin standing before Bishop Thomas Muthee in the pulpit of the Wasilla Assembly of God church, holding her hands open as he asked Jesus Christ to keep her safe from “every form of witchcraft.”
“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.”
The date of the sermon listed on the church Web site is Oct. 16, 2005. Palin formally announced her gubernatorial bid two days later and was elected the next year.
Palin does not say anything on the video and keeps her head bowed throughout the blessing. The Republican vice presidential candidate was baptized at the church but stopped attending regularly in 2002.
A spokesman for the McCain campaign declined to comment late Wednesday. A person who answered the phone at the Wasilla church confirmed the video was from May 2005 but declined further comment.
Palin was baptized Roman Catholic as a newborn.
Pentecostals are conservative in their reading of the Bible. Unlike most other Christians — including most evangelicals — Pentecostals believe in “baptism in the Holy Spirit.” That can manifest itself through speaking in tongues, modern-day prophesy and faith healing, which includes the laying on of hands.
Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for the McCain-Palin campaign, has said Palin attends different churches and does not consider herself Pentecostal.
On a visit to the church in June 2008, Palin spoke fondly of the Kenyan pastor and told a group of young missionaries that Muthee’s prayers had helped her to become governor.
“Pastor Muthee was here and he was praying over me, and you know how he speaks and he’s so bold,” she said. “And he was praying ‘Lord make a way, Lord make a way’ … He said, ‘Lord make a way and let her do this next step.’ And that’s exactly what happened.”
Muthee returned to the Wasilla church last weekend, where he gave a series of sermons over three days. Palin was campaigning in Florida.
The Rev. Zipporah Ndiritu, who studied under Muthee in the Kiambu, Kenya-based Word of Faith Church, said the bishop is revered among evangelicals there. In a phone interview from Mombasa, Kenya, she said church doctrine focuses on ridding the world of demons — and witches.
“Even in the days of Jesus Christ, according to the Bible there were witches who were manifesting through demonic forces,” she said. “You can seek from the Lord, and if you find demonic forces you cast them out.”
Ndiritu said she did not know Palin.January 11, 2009 at 10:27 pm #122865
WOW – I just saw this.
And I feel compelled to respond…even though it is late…:o)
As a witch I am not offended by people ignorants on the subject of witchcraft. I for one can remember the days before Wicca when I also judge them too. Sad but true it is so easy to judge what you don’t understand.
I do however want to point out that catholics perform protection/shielding rituals. Many people don’t see masses as rituals or even prayers as spells but they really all are the same thing just called something differently. When performing a ritual or spell…you are visulazing your intant and raising energy. So with Palin…do you think they were visulazing people with black pointy hats and green faces…or people in gothic attair. I doubt it. I believe she was trying to protect herselve from psyic vampires or from people who would send bad energy her way.
The only thing I didn’t relate to was the part about the bible passage condeming witchcraft. Everyone can look at the verses in the bible and read it differently. But the fact remains if Jesus was alive he would love a witch, chrisitan, jew. muslim, baptist…etc. We are all his children and we are all brothers and sisters. I know people have very strong feels on the verses in the bible…but one thing I would like to mention is that the original bible was not done in English but it had to be translated…and the translation to English is not exact.
Growing up Catholic and moving towards Wicca was extremely hard for me due to the bible and how I was raised and getting over all the things that I was told about other religions. I strongly believe the most important thing…is to have faith & love in your heart – No matter what you believe we are all connected.
Most of us were brought up in a religion that we did not choice…it is what are parents, grandparents believed….if you are comfortable and happy in your religion you would most likely never even seek to understand anothers religion….is it wrong to not understand another religions…I don’t think so. I just don’t it is right to condem another religion without fully understanding it…because I for one have read up on different religions…and I see such similairies in them all. It is an amazing feeling to be able to go to Mass, Temple or Circle and par take in that religions ritual and be able to connect with the same Great Spirit.
AgnezJuly 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm #123213
Most religions do have similar points – do unto others as you want them to do unto you; love your neighbor, do good. Some religions (denominations?) seem to have a somewhat narrower way of looking at things.
You might want to google Rev Muthee sometime. Rev Muthee is credited with the “crackdown” on witches in Africa – another thing to google. Shoot, just start googling names from what you find on google.
Have candles and prayers and white lilght handy first.
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