Kenya, as most people believe, is steeped in different religious beliefs that shape its way of life. Kenyans subscribe to different religious practices to which they devote themselves.
Their freedom of worship is reinforced by the constitution which stipulates that there will be no state religion and prohibits religious discrimination.
The constitution guarantees freedom of religion and belief individually or in community, including the freedom to manifest a religion through worship, practice, teaching or observance.
About 70 percent of Kenyans are Christians, 38 percent Protestants and 28 percent Catholics. About 25 percent are followers of indigenous religions and 6 percent are Muslims. Among the Asian community there are Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis and Baha’is.
Nairobi church was said to have been built by Freemasons
Although their beliefs and practices vary in detail among the ethnic groups in Kenya, they share many general characteristics. Almost all of them involve a belief in an eternal and omnipotent creator seen as distant.
However, the freedom and existence of different religions continued to elicit a myriad of reactions. Some of the things done in the name of worship have crossed the line of normalcy.
Madness in the name of religion doesn’t just start with Pastor James Ng’ang’a’s recent excitement, they’ve been going on for quite a while.
The town pastor has been recorded numerous times as the head of his services, shouting names, slapping his devotees, and even performing miracles. Despite all his antics, he continued to attract a huge following.
The most talked about religion is Freemasonry. In Kenya it still remains a secret and perhaps the most feared among some individuals but its impact is very powerful.
As written by Duncan Ndegwa, then head of the civil service, in his book, Walk in the struggles of Kenyatta, at one point they tried to recruit founding president Mzee Kenyatta.
Apart from that, the secret society took credit for different architectural designs, especially in Nairobi.
The Parliament, All Saint Cathedral, McMillan Library, Kenya Railways Headquarters and Town Hall, all of which stand out for their crisp, seamless brickwork.
They are all reputed Masonic, provided with signs and symbols.
Their presence and powerful existence therefore cannot be suppressed.
The most famous among the Mulembe Nation is Jehovah Wanyonyi. He has led a mysterious life and his “comings and goings” remain top-secret among his supporters, five years after his “disappearance”.
Nonetheless, followers of the Lost Israelites sect believe that their “God,” Jehovah Wanyonyi, is alive and has just taken a break in a peaceful place. They insist that he will join them soon and offer spiritual guidance on life before the anticipated end of the world.
“Our God is not like any ordinary human being who dies. He has been with us here and He will return. Just because you unbelievers do not see Him does not mean He is dead.”
In Bungoma County, a cult leader known as Nabii Yohana V is widely followed and locals would do anything to please him.
He claims to be reincarnated John the Baptist.
“I was born in Egypt and after five years I moved to Israel where I lived for 230 years. I then returned to my maker. I have prepared the way for Jesus. I was 203 when Jesus came. I dedicated it to begin its work before going to heaven, ”noted Nabii Yohana V.
The religious leader claims that God sent him on February 15, 1941, to complete the work of Jesus Christ and bring light to Africa.
To some this may seem untrustworthy, but his influence and power within the community goes unmeasured.
The Legio Maria religion is not new to controversies. In 2020, worshipers engaged in battles with law enforcement officers over a shrine. The skirmishes took place between two factions which left eight dead and resulted in a trial.
The incident left most people wondering why humans should lose their lives fighting for a sanctuary.
Religion is very similar to Pentecostalism. It emphasizes the gifts of the Holy Spirit and incorporates practices such as glossolalia (speaking in tongues) and exorcism into its services while maintaining Catholic hierarchy and worship.
The group is often confused with Catholic as it celebrates the main elements of the traditional Latin Mass. It has nuns and its own pope, Romanus Ong’ombe, who lives at the church headquarters in Got Kwer, located in Migori County, in southwest Kenya.
“Legio Maria offers solutions to the problems we face every day,” said one of the faithful in a previous interview. “The prophets can pray for you and you get a job, a husband, a wife, and children, and you are even healed of diseases. “
Yet some religious groups are seen as small but still powerful.
For example, Catholicism has remained among the country’s most powerful religions in the way they uphold their values and adhere to integrity.
Catholics have more often been seen as part of the decision-makers with their influence even penetrating the political arena. The Pentecostal church is also of this caliber.
Members of the Kenyan Catholic Bishops’ Conference
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