Pastor: "We ate children's hearts"
Monrovia - An evangelical pastor described the atrocities he and his
men committed during the Liberian civil war, including magical rituals
that involved slaughtering children and eating their hearts.
Joshua Milton Blahyi spared no details on Tuesday as he told Liberia's
Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of his years with one of the
most feared militias of the war.
Dressed in an immaculate suit, Blahyi, 37, said it was for the TRC to
decide whether he should be given an amnesty or prosecuted.
"I am willing to go to court if necessary," he said. "And I will repeat
just what I said here." The tale he told was a horrifying one.
In the days of Liberia's first civil war (1989-1997), he had led
fighters from the feared ULIMO - the United Liberation Movement of
Liberia for Democracy - that backed the then president Samuel Doe.
It was Doe's 1990 assassination that sparked the orgy of violence that engulfed the country for most of that decade.
During the civil war Blahyi, known as "General Butt Naked", said he led
a group of young soldiers who fought naked while under the influence of
drugs. They were notorious for their cruelty and use of magic rituals.
A member of the Krahn ethnic group, Blayhi told how he had been
initiated into a secret society at the age of 11 and became a
traditional priest. His task became to protect all members of his
At the time, he said, he had magical powers that made him invisible.
"Having a special power, I was always a distance ahead of the rest of
the fighters when we were going to the front. I used to capture a town
first and then I call the rest of the group to clean up," he said.
'Jesus appeared to me'
Before an audience of some 300 people at the hearing, he recalled the atrocities he committed to maintain his magical powers.
"Any time we captured a town, I had to make a human sacrifice. They
bring to me a living child that I slaughter and take the heart off to
He did not know how many people they killed, he said. "But for what I
did, it is not less than twenty thousands," he added, breaking down in
The hall, which earlier had rung to shouts of outrage at his account,
fell silent. The turning point for him came in 1996, he said.
"A lady offered me her child for my sacrifice. After cutting up the child I divided the heart among my boys and myself.
"The blood of the child was still on my hand when Jesus appeared to me and asked me to stop being a slave."
It was this experience, he said, that prompted his religious conversion
and his life since then, travelling the country preaching his version
of the Christian message.
Blayhi had come to the TRC hearings of his own initiative. "I was told
that TRC can recommend amnesty or prosecution," he said. But he said he
was ready to face trial if need be.
“Seekest thou great things for thyself?” Jeremiah 45:5.
Are we seeking great things for ourselves? Not seeking to be a great one in the Kingdom, but seeking great things from God for ourselves. God wants us in a closer relationship to Himself than receiving His gifts. He wants us to get to know Him. Any great thing; an occasion, a gift, whatever, is accidental, it comes and goes. God never gives us anything accidentally. There is nothing easier than getting into a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want, but only what He gives.
If we have only gotten to the place where we ask God for things, then we have not gotten to the first level of abandoning all to Jesus. We have become a Christian with an agenda of our own. We want things our way. We will say, "I did ask God for the Holy Spirit, but He did not give me the rest and peace I expected." If we look at that honestly we will have to admit that what we really wanted was peace and rest and considered the Holy Sprit just the vehicle to get what we wanted. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added..." When we draw near to God we stop asking for things because we discover that "He knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." Then why ask? So that we may get to know Him. The asking should not be so much to get the thing, but to get to know the giver of the thing. When we really know the "giver" then we know that "all things are yours in Christ Jesus."
Are we seeking great things for ourselves? If we don't get it, it is because there is something we are not ready to do; something we will not abandon "that in all things He might have the preeminence." Are we prepared to ask ourselves what it is we really want from God and why we want it? God's plan is not just that we have His blessings, but that we may be one with Jesus even as He is one with the Father.
I feel the need to share with you three promises that can get you through your day-every day! I not only frequently use these for myself, but I also share these with people everywhere with great success! Let's walk through each one briefly.
FIRST-THE PROMISE OF GOOD ENDINGS. This is found in Romans 8:28-"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
This promise is all about PROCESS which takes time to unfold. God will take all of our failures, crises and circumstances and work them together with something else for our good. "Together" is the operative word. The loss of a loved one is not good in itself, but God will cause this loss to work together with something else to bring about good. Divorce is not good. An addiction is not good. A disease is not good, BUT GOD intervenes and uses it to bring about good in your life. IF, you love Him (your heart is bent toward Him) and you are called according to His purpose (you are plugged into His will and His purpose or, that you are walking with Him).
SECOND-THE PROMISE OF GREAT ESCAPES. This promise is found in I Corinthians 10:13-"No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it."
This promise is all about PERSEVERANCE which is the most important ingredient when going through difficult times. When your life situation seems insurmountable like you are facing a high mountain range that blocks you from getting through it, God offers you a mountain pass. Note this is not a bailout, but it is the escape provided so that you will be able to get through it (endure it). You see, contrary to public opinion, THE BEST WAY OUT IS THROUGH!
THIRD-THE PROMISE OF GREAT EXPECTATIONS. This promise is found in Paul's letter to the gathering of believers in Philippi (Philippians 1:6)-"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."
This promise is all about PERMANENCE which is a welcome sight for those of us who live within a temporal world system. Paul expresses his confidence to the believers in Philippi that what God began in their experience (in their hearts) He will complete. And He will complete it in this life up until Jesus returns. This is an amazing earthly promise, not in the sweet by-and-by, but in the nasty now-and-now. What God began in the hearts of your family, He will complete in your friends, in your fellowship. The vital issue here is "WHAT GOD BEGAN", not what you began. It is speaking about the work of God in your heart.
Maybe the greatest problem in recognizing God's work in your life is that you are: 1. Out of touch with Him and insensitive to His promptings. 2. Out of touch with His fellowship and indifferent to the touch of His people. 3. Out of control in your life and find yourself wandering aimlessly.
NOTE that the promises are only as good as the Promiser! It's too easy to be caught up with the promise without being captivated with the One Who promises. The same is true of blessing. We embrace the blessings in our lives without being totally grateful to the One Who blesses! It is our nature to go for the prize without the process, without the perseverance and therefore we don't sense His permanence and presence in our lives.
from: Tim Timmons