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Ancestor Worship Is Forbidden in the Bible

Cheryl is a licensed, ordained minister and has a BA in Psychology and Church ministry.

The Bible forbids ancestor worship

The Bible forbids ancestor worship

Jesus gave us the answer

When Christ was about to leave his disciples and ascended to into heaven He made them a promise in John 14:15-18

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

The Holy Spirit is the go between for men to communicate with the Savior. For this reason, those who have been purchased by the Blood of the Lamb, should not be seeking any other source or spirit to guide them. Unfortunately, there are those who say they belong to Christ, who are seeking answers from their deceased loved ones. This is a tradition that dates back to Africa, but Christ followers should not be talking to the dead. Ancestor veneration and worship is prevalent throughout Africa, and came to the United States during slavery. This practice serves as the basis of many religions of various cultures. It is often augmented by a belief that there is a supreme being, somewhere out there. The chief tenant, however, is that prayers and/or sacrifices are most often offered to the ancestors who are believed to have transitioned after death into becoming deities. Christ followers should worship Him alone.





The dead cannot help us

The dead cannot help us

Don't displease the Lord

Isaiah 8:9 NIV Bible says the following: "When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?"

Leviticus 19:31 puts it this way (AMP) Do not turn to mediums [who pretend to consult the dead] or to spiritists [who have spirits of divination]; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.

The bottom line is that if you are a believer in Christ you should desire to please Him. Those who are not followers of The Way many not understand this. Ancestor worship came to America with the African slaves. It has continued and there are people who say they are consulting their dead relatives or they know their deceased loved ones are looking gout for them. The Bible forbids believers to consult any spirit except the Holy Spirit, This should be reason enough to leave the pagan practices alone. It's not worth being lost for eternity to follow the crowd. Our goal as Christ followers should always be to allow His word to be our guide.

Don't lose your salvation because of unbelievers

Don't lose your salvation because of unbelievers

Don't be unequally joked

We are to let our lights shine to an unbelieving world but 2 Corinthians 6:14 says Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? We are to be in this world but not of it. You may have a job working for an unbelieving boss but you do not have to allow his nonfaith to affect you. In the age of social media people from all walks of life are coming into contact with each other. Christians must be careful to not allow those of other faiths or their traditions to cause us to displease the Lord. I am noticing that believers are incorporating a lot of changes in their lives based on what people of other faiths are doing. These include various forms of meditation, positive thinking and imagery, good vibes, positive energy, crystals and ancestor worship. The Bible tells us to seek Him first, (Matthew 6:33), and have no other gods.(Exodus 20:3). He has promised to keep us in perfect peace when our minds stay on Him.(Isaiah 26:3). He promises that His Spirit is the Spirit of truth (John 16:13). His Spirit will lead us into all truth. (John 16:13-14). There is no need for believers in Christ to seek other means of comfort or gaining answers. Take Him at His word and be careful of allowing other voices to cause you to stray. Be careful that Satan does not send you an evil spirit disguised as your deceased loved one because this will open doors to all kinds of trouble.

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 03, 2020:

Well expressed. Nice advice.

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on October 02, 2020:

Remembering dead relatives is difference from praying TO them and seeking advice FROM them after they have left this life. It is called NECROMANCY and FAMILIAR SPIRITS when we pray to them rather than praying to God. The Bible forbids both, as Cheryl has stated..

It is customary to say Rest In Peace (RIP) after someone dies. If we keep going to them for answers to our problems, how can they "rest in peace"?

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

Sorry but there you go again. Throwing something out there and not backing it up. Show me one place in the Bible where it says not to worship your dead parents. Of course I think worship is not what I am speaking of but you cannot even find a proscription of worshipping one's parents.

My family comes from Asia. They venerate their parents in death. They are no less Christian than you. And you insult our traditions.

Even Christ tells us to worship the Father through him. Who among us has a direct line.

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 30, 2020:

It's not my opinion it's what the Bible says.

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 30, 2020:

Christians are to worship God and seek answers from Him alone. I stand by that.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 30, 2020:

You used the term venerate which is clearly different than worship. Your article is not that clear on whether or not you consider Saints that we worship God through as wrong. Or that if you think parents are false idols. I seem to recall something about "worship before me" and not "don't venerate your ancestors.

What is your difference between praying for and praying with.

Hey you wrote this article as though God's word. You can balk and just say "read the article" or address the nuance.

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 30, 2020:

Thanks Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 30, 2020:

I know we are to remember and love our ancestors but not worship them. You spelled that out very well in this article, Cheryl.

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 30, 2020:

If you read the article you will note I am referring to praying to the dead instead of the Almighty. That has nothing to do with honoring a parent. The Bible forbids ancestor worship

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 30, 2020:

We are not suppose to pray to them and seek guidance from the dead

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2020:

As Eric wrote, we can love and honor our ancestors. That does not mean that we worship them. I will always carry my loved ones who are beyond the grave in my heart.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 29, 2020:

This is a very interesting subject. I have some interest as this relates to honoring your father and mother. Certainly this does not end in death. And that concept of Veneration should not be considered synonymous with worship. I can give great admiration as I do Mother Theresa and venerate her without worshipping her.

clearly to worship as we should reserve for the one God is real wrong.

Deeksha Moolya from Mumbai on September 29, 2020:

Indeed a beautiful article!

Invested my time in a great way.