Thursday, December 16, 2004

Kenyan Presbyterian Iconoclasts...

The Telegraph has this unusual story from Kenya which reports that local presbyterians are removing images in their churches because the Scottish missionaries who put them there were 'devil worshipers'.
Many Kenyan Christians believe there is a link between Freemasons and Satanists. Fear of devil worship runs deep in Kenya; a presidential inquiry into the practice ordered six years ago, reported that Satanic rituals, practices and symbols had become institutionalised.
The group took particular objection to the St Andrew's Cross, as well as to depictions of snakes and other wild animals in the stained glass.
Mr Githii insists that since the images had been removed, the atmosphere in the church had improved dramatically.
"These masonic objects gave off some kind of evil power that was affecting worship, a Satanic power," he said. "Now that we have removed them people have been revived and they are singing much more vigorously." He urged the Church in Scotland to follow Kenya's lead to stop congregations dwindling.
Somehow I find it hard to believe that the St Andrew's Cross is behind the Kirk's difficulties.

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