“….without the full force of the law, there is little that can be done to protect Uganda's children from the belief in the power of human sacrifice.” Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga
“Unintended pregnancy is a pervasive public health problem for all population subgroups and women of reproductive age.” CDC Report Abortion Surveillance – United States 2002
“…If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death, I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek.” (Leviticus 20: 2-5)
Moloch (also rendered as Molech, Molekh, Molok, Molek, Molock, Moloc, Melech, Milcom or Molcom) is the name(s) given to an ancient Ammonite god. Moloch worship was practiced by the Canaanites and other North African cultures in and around the land gave to the Israelites. The worship of Moloch included parent offering their children to the god as propitiation (atonement, forgiveness) for sin and for perhaps future financial favor. While historians and archaeologists continue to learn of this ancient practice, it believed that giant metal statues were made of a man with a bull’s head, either with a hole in his abdomen or outstretched forearms that made a kind of ramp to a hole in his torso. A fire was lit in or around the statue. Babies were placed in the statue’s arms or in the hole and burned alive.
As the Israelites were to enter the Promised Land God, through Moses, strictly and specifically forbade Moloch worship through child sacrifice (Leviticus 18:21: "And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Moloch"). Further in Leviticus 20:2-5 God stresses how this sin must be dealt with so that it does not become the norm in Jewish culture. “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him. I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people; for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death, I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek.” As we learn later in the Old Testament God was forced pour out His wrath on the people of Israel not only for their disobedience in the Valley of Gahanna (near Jerusalem), where apostate Israelites and followers Moloch, sacrificed their children by fire (2 Chr. 28:3, 33:6; Jer. 7:31, 19:2–6), but also because the people failed to stop the idolatry by punishing the perpetrators as God had commanded.
How then should we the Body of Christ use this information today?
Surely our society has matured and ended the barbaric practice of murdering children in ritualistic fashion to please a god or goddess. Haven’t we progressed from practices followed 1500 – 5000 years before Christ was born? Perhaps we haven’t. In a BBC News article of October 2011 entitled “Where child sacrifice is a business,” Chris Rogers writes, “Schoolchildren (in Uganda) are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the purpose of child sacrifice…. Many (in the African country) believe that members of the country's new elite are paying witch doctors vast sums of money for the sacrifices in a bid to increase their wealth.” Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga states, "Child sacrifice has risen because people have become lovers of money. They want to get richer...They have a belief that when you sacrifice a child you get wealth, and there are people who are willing to buy these children for a price. So they have become a commodity of exchange, child sacrifice has become a commercial business." In the December 23, 2012 edition of New Vision, an article, “Witchdoctor held over child sacrifice,” describes the case of David Rumanzi who murdered his five year old nephew believing “in order to get rich, he had to kill someone, drain blood and offer it for sacrifice.”
Before however we conclude that child sacrifice is practiced only by the “uneducated” of the Third World, consider another form of child sacrifice for money, “human trafficking.” According to the website “Stop Child Trafficking Now,” the global market for trafficking children is valued at over $12 billion. While the emphasis is upon the trafficking of children for sexual purposes, the lure of using children for forced labor is equally as exploitive. China and India, both top-ten global exporters, lead a list of six countries known to use child forced labor to manufacture clothing that likely you and I are wearing now. In these countries tens of thousands of adults and children are held captive in state sanctioned detention centers (in the case of Vietnam) and forced to work under threat of torture. Captives in Vietnam who refuse to work can be placed in solitary confinement, are beaten and or electrically shocked. (Source: ILRF Research 2012)
Not limited to the Third World or the Developing World, the United States too leads the way in sacrificing her children to Molech for both money and convenience. The leading cause of death in the US for years has been from cardiovascular-related events. For example, in 2002, 29.34% of the 1.8 Million deaths reported (more than 550,000 persons) died from cardiovascular diseases and another 12.64% (nearly 250,000) from heart disease related to blood pressure, diabetes and arthrosclerosis. Between the two the leading and third leading causes of death nearly 1,000,000 died as a result of these causes. Consider also in that the annual cost associated with those deaths in 2002 were more than $300B (considering the estimate for 2012 was $444 Billion by the Centers for Disease Control.
However, if one considers abortion the statistics become a bit more skewed and a lot more sobering. In 2002 more than 20 % of all pregnancies ended in abortion resulting in a reported 854,122 induced abortions. Considering the leading cause of death in 2002 as described earlier we can add THE single leading cause of death (abortion – the murder of unwanted children) to the rounded statistics as follows:
1,800,000 deaths + 854,000 abortions = 2,654, 000 deaths in 2002
- 854,000 Deaths by abortion – 32%
- 800,000 Deaths from Cardio Vascular Disease and related heart illnesses (stroke, etc) – 30%
Continuing, if more than $300B is considered the cost of losing people to heart related disease, what is the cost of sacrificing our children every year?
Planned Parenthood, the taxpayer funded organization responsible for one quarter of US abortions (212,000). In the 2008-2009 annual report Planned Parent states that it received $363.2 million dollars from Federal and State coffers (about 1/3 of all its revenues). If we look at these numbers it is clear that we consider human life extremely valuable spending $375,000 on every life lost in 2002. Comparing the abortion numbers, in murdering 854,000 children abortionist the United States was certainly more efficient: “The normal cost of a first-trimester abortion runs between $350 and $550, depending on subsidies, the method used, and other variables such as cost of living.” (From About.com) Extrapolating, reducing the population of United States cost only $427 million compared to the exorbitant $300 plus billion to keep the “un-aborted” alive. It seems as if the CDC has found the only efficient tax payer funded program in the country in its quest to end the scourge of “unplanned pregnancies!” see: Abortion Surveillance – United States 2002
We have gone the way of the Israelites in this country sanctioning the murder of 50 million children since 1973 when we collectively decided to turn our heads and failed to eradicate the worship of Molech in our land. This Saturday and for the rest of the month, men and women will be gathered in prayer and silent protest in front of abortion clinics around the world. Here in Charleston, you and I can join them 24 hours a day seven days a weeks at the Charleston Women’s’ Health Clinic 1312 Ashley River Road as Part of the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil.
Food for prayer. If you cannot go there physically, cry out to God in your church or your prayer closet. Ask God to forgive us all for allowing our children to be sacrificed for money and convenience. Ask God to forgive us for turning our backs on women and men who are facing an unexpected pregnancy and have nowhere to turn but an abortion doctor. Pray that those involved in the abortion industry (the medical practitioners, the parents, the medical suppliers, the utility providers, the lobbyists, lawyers, judges, government employees and politicians) that God would change their hearts to walk away from or stop the business. It is time to move this mountain with God while we still can. If God moves it without us we may find ourselves as the Israelites scattered in Babylon.