Black Lives Matter Organizer Summons Spirits of Deceased African American Leaders in Methodist Church

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — One of the organizers of the group Black Lives Matter summoned the spirits of a number of deceased African American leaders—a practice of necromancy that is prohibited by Scripture—on Thursday during an event held by Justice LA at Hollywood United Methodist Church.

The event, which according to the group’s Facebook page, was meant to discuss opposition to the $3.5 million the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors wants to use for new jails. It featured representatives from White People for Black Lives, the ACLU of Southern California, and Dr. Melina Abdullah, a professor at California State University who was also one of the organizers of the national Black Lives Matter movement.

“This is not just a social justice, a racial justice, an economic justice struggle,” Abdullah stated. “This is also a spiritual struggle, so it’s appropriate that we’re here in this setting (a church). And it’s also important that we summon the right energy into this space no matter what faith you are. We have to understand what the struggle is about.”

During the event, Abdullah told those gathered that she was going to “pour libation” in the name of her African American ancestors, an act that is defined as “a ritual pouring of a liquid as an offering to a god or spirit, or in memory of those who have ‘passed on.'”

“We’re going to summon their energy into this space,” she stated, “and I’m going to ask you all to join me.”

Adbullah said that she wanted to first summon those who had been killed by law enforcement and then other deceased leaders who fought for the rights of African Americans. She instructed the crowd that as she named a person, and then poured the libation—using a bottle of water to pour into a plant—those gathered were to then declare “ashe.”

According to the website yagbeonilu.com, “ashe” or “ase” means “so be it,” and is an “African philosophical concept through which the Yoruba of Nigeria conceive the power to make things happen and produce change.”

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“Ashe among the Yoruba is associated with the very force which is life and brings them into being in the universe. … [I]t is also associated with the power of speech as can be seen in its meaning of command, ordain and law,” the site explains, stating that the Yoruba believe that men possess the power to “speak things into existence.”

During the event, Abdullah proceeded to summon spirits—claiming that their bodies may be dead, but their souls are still on the earth—pouring into the plant with each name, while the crowd declared “ashe” each time.

“We summon those spirits that are still with us. We summon those people whose bodies have been stolen, but whose souls are still here,” she said. “We call on Wakiesha Wilson. We call on George Jackson … Eric Garner …”

“And all of those whose bodies have been stolen: We ask that you be with us. We ask that you work through us. We ask that we do righteous work on your behalf,” Abdullah continued in speaking to the the dead.

She then began to summon deceased men and women who she called “warriors” in the struggle.

“We call on Martin Luther King into this space,” Abdullah said. “Brother Malcom [X], we call you into this space. Ashe. … Nat Turner, into this space. Ashe. Mother Harriet Tubman. Ashe.”

“We call you all into this space. We ask that you work through us. That you give us power; that the Creator give us power when we come together. This victory is assured. Ashe. Ashe. Ashe,” she concluded, pouring the rest of the water into the plant, and being joined with applause.

Scripture states speaking to the dead or summoning spirits is a violation of the law of God.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 reads, “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.”


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  • Lemmylemon

    Necromancy in the church.
    That church needs to be reconsecrated or torn down. It’s now unholy and a pathway to Satan.

    • Debbie Kelly

      We are on the razors edge of Christ’s return. As Christians we have to speak out and stand firm against all appearances of evil. America will fall to her knees as she’s blasphemed Almighty God in her filth and degradation.

      Come Lord Jesus, Come.

      • HpO

        What about Vietnam? Or Belgium? Pay no mind to them, then? Why overconcern yourself USA but none at all about the rest of the world. Isn’t the latter that delineates that “razor’s edge of Christ’s return”? I wonder if He minds too much that we’re so Yankee-centric.

        • Off Shore

          Because the USA was founded on Christian morals and values which have been abandoned to worship idols and play the harlot.

          • HpO

            If that was true, then so were Vietnam & Belgium.

            Some truth, I guess, shall never set you free.

      • LadyInChrist♥ThankYouJesus

        I agree come Lord Jesus, Come. I believe we are so close to that time.

  • Vince

    Reminds me of that line from a Shakespeare play:
    “I can summon spirits from the vasty deep.”
    “Aye, but will they come?”

    • HpO

      William Shakespeare into this stuff, then? How many of his plays sit on your shelves right now?

  • Don Hamilton

    I’m thinking they haven’t read or understood 1 Samuel 28

    • HpO

      JusticeLa, White People 4 Black Lives and ACLU SoCal would have no reason to. But their co-organizer, Hollywood United Methodist Church – as church per se – would have no excuse. (There was an Atlantic article last year I believe that spelt out the pagan worldview of Black Lives Matter. Which explains Abdullah’s practices in real life.)

    • Gary Turner

      The annotated Bibles I have all agree that witches don’t have the power to summon the souls of good men. If it was really the spirit of Samuel (and not a demon) that Saul talked to, that happened only because God permitted it on this occasion. Note that when the witch saw Samuel, she screamed (v.12): because something happened which she herself was not expecting.

      • Dean Garrett

        “Besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us…. If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (Luke 16:26,31)

    • airstart

      I’m thinking that if they allow these demonic rituals to occur in their church, they haven’t read, or understood any of the Bible. This is the equivilent of king Saul summoning the witch of Endora.

  • HpO

    Thanks to this article I put myself now in submission to this Apostolic Rule in 1 Corinthians 5:12 – “Are you not to judge those who are within [krinete tous eso] the church?” So here goes.

    I gather from JusticeLA that they and “White People 4 Black Lives, ACLU SoCal, [and] Hollywood United Methodist Church” are the official “organizer” for this “community meeting to discuss the L.A. County Board of Supervisors $3.5 billion jail expansion plan … [then] help the JusticeLA coalition fight back against L.A. County’s failed criminal justice system and reclaim, reimagine and reinvest in our communities.” And I gather from Hollywood United Methodist Church that “at Hollywood UMC, …we believe in Jesus Christ, the son of God, whose example of radical love and justice we seek to follow.”

    And so, because at this church-sponsored event “Dr. Melina Abdullah” did do the following – “pour libation … [to] summon those people whose bodies have been stolen, but whose souls are still here … call[ing] on Wakiesha Wilson … George Jackson … Eric Garner … Martin Luther King … Malcolm [X] … Nat Turner … Harriet Tubman” – all the while invoking, “Ashe” – this Greek New Testament word comes to mind. It’s pronounced:

    an-ath’-em-ah (1 Corinthians 16:22).

  • Todd Wagner

    A couple of quotes from the article, “Santeria: Do You Know What It Is?”, by Kent Philpott:
    “Some adherents of Santeria claim it is a monotheistic religion, because the orisha gods named above are only secondary to the ultimate, uncreated, eternal, all powerful, and totally transcendent god, Oloddumare. Oloddumare has the ASHE or power, and the orishas dispense the ashe, if they are properly respected and worshipped. Ashe is the power that makes the curses, spells, and other rituals work.”
    “The outcome of the ASIENTO [i.e., the initiation] is that the initiate is ‘mounted’ by the orisha, like a rider mounts a horse. The initiate becomes the seat of the orisha which takes possession of him or her. Here is seen the real nature of Santeria. The orisha is no god, saint, or guardian anger; THE ORISHA IS AN UNCLEAN OR EVIL SPIRIT. Here is where the façade of Santeria is broken and its true face is evident. THE ORISHA IS A DEMON, AS ARE THE EGGUN, THE SO-CALLED HOLY DEAD.”

  • Daniel Lee

    As ethnic Korean, I’ve been guilty of ancestral worship even after knowing of God; with the idolatry of calling on personal ancestors instead of the Creator of all. I’ve repented and have been working to make right before the LORD and before man, and have seen that turning from this particular sin and walking out the path of sanctification (beyond justification by the atonement of Christ) is particularly costly, although the LORD is gracious in His provision of the times and places.

    There are some subtleties to mention that I’ve faced during this journey with the particular question of how to consider the dead, as Christ is both the resurrected LORD and the LORD of resurrection who calls forth from death as from sleep. The LORD considers all those of faith, even those who have passed on in their mortal bodies, to be living unto Himself (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as referenced in Luke 20:38), and those who are not living unto Him, even if they are alive in body, are likewise dead in their transgressions (Ephesians 2:5).

    Has grave-sucking by Bethel Church / Jesus Culture been investigated here? If the claims are true, it would also be necromantic practice and the occult, and true repentance and confession is the right path for restoration there as well. The Lord criticized the ostentatious honoring of the graves of the faithful ancestors (ancestors by blood, not in faith) because such action regards one’s present faith to be derivative and inherited by genealogy, which is not faith at all. Faith is a living relationship with the LORD of Creation struck through the covenant promises and specific calling that He makes upon the lives of the faithful by which we can testify of His own faithfulness. It is not, then, a relic of the past that can be borrowed – because He lives.

  • trurl

    All she is calling up are demonic spirits. Sad that the leaders of the “church” didn’t stop her immediately and demand she leave. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but TEST THE SPIRITS to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” -‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:1‬

  • Charles

    Well. This is certainly no surprise. I mean the actual definition of “Church” is congregation. Meaning Christians gathering together with the Children and Elders of Christ uniting in the Word of Christ. You know, actual discussion between all of the members? Not a brick building where a so called “Pastor” is indoctrinating his views on the people about his beliefs concerning the Word of God. Doesn’t it seem slightly ironic that a “Protestant” church is pretty much setup JUST like a “Catholic” church? Give me a break.

  • Voodoo & Witch doctors have no place in the church of God though it appears they kicked out the true God a long time ago or their Spirit would have known better.

  • Lady D

    a VooDoo Ritual in a church…. Shaking my head. summoning spirits… Lord Jesus forgive us, please forgive us.

    not surprised as i saw footage of a masonic swear in take place in a baptists church not too long ago. Abomination of desolation.

  • BabyDoll

    oh well now that church is cursed for good.