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Deity worshipping not a sin against God – Ooni of Ife

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has stated that worshiping deities (idols), is not a sin against God Almighty as it was part of nature.


He cautioned people to stop misrepresenting the importance of festivals and deities celebrated in the ancient city of Ile-Ife and all parts of Africa.

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His royal majesty made this known on Wednesday while speaking at the 2016 celebration of ORANFE, the god of fire in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Oranfe, the god of fire, is believed to be one of Yoruba’s 401 deities sent by God to establish the first world’s community called Ife Oodaye, and as one of the historical festivals in Ile-Ife, Oranfe is celebrated annually.

He said, “Those who keep sensitizing people against us that we are worshipping idols are not kind to history. I am proud to be associated with nature. Ife has 201 out the 401 deities and they are all relevant.‎

“These deities are divine messengers of God sent for different purposes. One of them is ORANFE, the god of fire being celebrated here today.”

“It is a pity that all powers in the possession of black men are being used for battles and power tussles. It is from these unique powers that the west sourced technology and development from, and they are now using it against us.

“We are also following the instructions of God needed for the sustenance of mankind as everybody, including powerful leaders rely on nature to survive.

“Some of these deities also show the mysteries of God, God wouldn’t have made mistake in the creation of the deities, they are representatives of sciences being taught in schools.

“It is very sad that the western world has messed up our psyche and inflicted slavish mentality on us making us to believe we are idol worshippers as our pitiable neglect of our own culture and traditions.

“This is a major factor responsible for the poverty in the land. We left the positive sides and allow the west to implant the negative side in our brain.

“Our people really need to be enlightened, a lot of these festivals have been misconstrued, misrepresented and demonised as if we are idol worshippers. We are not idol worshippers. We are rather believers in nature. ‎

“I am not saying the commandments of God should not be adhered to, but we must know that all these deities are messengers of God.

“They represent nature. Nothing can be done without nature regardless of our religion be it Islam or Christianity or even traditional.

“We only honour nature because we are all integral part of it and do not worship idols. Some of the deities we worship have roots in the holy books,” he restated.

Recall that the Ooni had declared earlier that his tradition does not support idol worshiping, but gives glory to the Almighty God.

‎The Ooni had also caused controversy in the social media recently after he went down on his knees to worship God during a Thanksgiving Service after his coronation, saying Jesus was his father.

Users had lambasted him, calling him a hypocrite, although, he responded saying he was not moved by mere criticisms.

7 Comments on Deity worshipping not a sin against God – Ooni of Ife

  1. Is not easy to see a king or a high chief who is not an idol worshiper they are all ten and ten pens that is there oat of office who doesnt know


  2. The following Biblical references are God’s mind about other gods, idol worship: (So chose this day who you will serve):

    Ex:20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
    Ex:23:13: And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.
    De:5:7: Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
    De:6:14: Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
    De:7:4: For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.


  3. The cry of the damned.


  4. The Ooni is now talking like a true African King
    Our forefathers had already known the one and only God before the slave masters came with the bible or koran in one hand and the sword or gun in the other to demonise everything African
    Our forefathers called the almighty God Olodumare in Yoruba and Chukwu in Igbo
    The dieties were just a medium to reach God
    Then the slave masters came with the gospel of one mythical “God of Israel”, a notion that was formed when the people of the Middle East did not know that the world was far larger than the Middle East
    But our forefathers new and worshipped the God of the whole world


  5. We thank God they brought the gospel to Africa and no one cometh to the father unless through the son, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. We understand that our African kings are worshiping the devil but they should’nt mislead people by saying they worship the same God with we disciples of Jesus christ.


  6. Jesus the only way!


  7. Sweethammerq // October 27, 2016 at 1:47 am // Reply

    Religion is a state of the mind. It is not by compulsion !


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