Nakuru, 09 June, 2023 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of Nakuru Diocese in Kenya has cautioned against the temptation to put one’s “faith in human beings” at the expense of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bishop Cleophas Oseso Tuka who was presiding over the consecration of a Parish church in his Episcopal See attributed the massacre at Shakahola Forest in the Kenyan coastal town of Malindi, Kilifi County, where one, “pastor” Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, allegedly convinced his followers that starving themselves to death would hasten their departure from this life in order to “meet Jesus”, to the tendency to “follow anything blindly”.
At least 250 bodies have so far been exhumed from mass graves in Shakahola Forest in what has been described as “a Kenyan starvation cult” linked to Mr. Mackenzie, the preacher who was earlier linked to children’s death.
“Many people forget to root their faith in Christ. Instead, they put their faith in human beings. God does not need a human sacrifice. The death of his son Jesus Christ, on the cross, was enough. Christ offered a true sacrifice for us on the cross,” Bishop Oseso said in his homily during the Friday, June 9 consecration of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Kaptisogon Kituro Parish of Nakuru Diocese.
He emphasized, “Our faith must be in Christ. If we are rooted in Christ, we cannot go wrong. If we follow people, we will get lost. There are those whose aim is to be wealthy, famous, and prosperous but not to lead people to Christ.”