The “Holy Death” Cult

The growing cult of the Holy Death is easily seen in many neighborhoods of San Luis Potosi, as the people create temples for the purpose of praying to the Holy Death.

The walls are painted with images of skeletons, and shrines are built on the sidewalks so that passers by can stop and worship them. This practice was started by the narco-traffickers, who are warring against each other and the police. In this cult, people call upon the Holy Death to commit acts of evil against their family members who have wronged them, or have not chosen to remain under Mexican Roman Catholic rule.

Some of our Christian friends here live in a neighborhood prevalent with the worship of the Holy Death. Some of their family members have turned against them and have called upon witches and witch-doctors to cast evil spells on them in order to force them back into Roman Catholicism.  Every night, one of their daughters sees shadows roaming around her bedroom.  She prays out loud asking God to remove the evil spirits, which He does, and she can finally sleep.  One afternoon, her mother was putting clothes on the line to dry.  Before she got finished, she went in the house for something and both she and her daughter saw some of the clothes being pulled off the line, but there was nobody there doing it.  They prayed together and the evil spirit left.  This is very common.

Some of you may be wondering how the Roman Catholic Church, in Mexico, feels about worshiping and praying to the Holy Death.  The fact is, even though they would never admit it, the Roman Catholic Church sanctions and encourages it.
Through all of this, though, our friends have remained faithful to the Lord and have never wavered in their faith, even though they are surrounded by evil and are being persecuted by their own families and friends.
God tells us: “In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12 HCSB).”
Friends, this is why God has us in Mexico.  He has sent us here to share the Good News of Christ with this very spiritually dark country.  Please pray for us and this precious family as we continue to do battle against evil, every day.

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