The Church of Uganda is a Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, Spirit-filled Anglican Church engaged in the mission of Jesus Christ in today’s world.
A STATEMENT AGAINST HUMAN SACRIFICE
Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi
19 Feb 2009
Brothers and Sisters,
A schoolgirl is beheaded; a toddler’s genitals are cut off; a lady goes for an evening out, never to return! Think of the girl’s classmates! How about the mother of the boy who will grow up with no manhood! And then the man who hoped one day to marry the now missing lady! There is a cry in our land. Our beloved country Uganda is weeping, grieving for the innocent lives of countless people – including children – who have needlessly lost their lives at the hands of wicked people in pursuit of selfish ambition and money. There is greed, corruption, and an inhuman thirst to spill innocent blood.
This cry is so loud, that we the Church – regardless of denomination – are together declaring a nationwide campaign against this evil of witchcraft and human sacrifice. We the Church are unequivocal in our strong condemnation of this depraved practice, which not only defiles the sanctity of human life, but also reveals the extent to which the core of our society is degenerating owing to greed, godlessness, and moral corruption.
Brothers and Sisters, this must stop. We the Church, have a burden to repent and renounce the greed, corruption, and selfish ambition that plague our nation, and which have precipitated the evil of human sacrifice by those who practice witchcraft and mistakenly regard it as a means to quick wealth. After all, we have been warned that:
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds if evil…” 1 Timothy 6:10
Human sacrifice is evil and demonic. It is clearly a spiritual problem, which needs a spiritual solution. The demons that demand the blood of the innocent of our land must be silenced, cast out, and destroyed – so that our beloved country will be cleansed of this evil and healed thereafter.
BUT – only a repentant, praying Church will have the power to accomplish this urgent and important assignment. Second Chronicles chapter 7 and verse 14 says:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land…”
For this reason, we the Church have decided to rise together in a nationwide prayer and fasting campaign, under the theme, “Weeping for Uganda’s Children who are no more” (Jeremiah 31:15), in which we shall lift up one voice in prayers of repentance on behalf our land, asking God to forgive our nation and heal our land.
The 40-day campaign, which for some churches is the period of Lent, will formally begin on Wednesday, 25 February, 2009, and Christians are encouraged to identify families affected by human sacrifice in their communities, so that the Church can minister to them. We shall also pray for our leaders, so that God will grant them wisdom as they tackle this challenge.
We the Leaders of all Christian denominations are, therefore, requesting that all pastors sensitise their congregations about the impending prayer and fasting campaign, and to mobilise them to join in. The campaign will also be in newspapers, posters and fliers, on radio and TV, and in telephones via sms messages. We believe that the vice of human sacrifice can be erased from our land, “For nothing is impossible with God…” Luke 1:37.