By André Gagné
Dr. Stella Immanuel received considerable attention after President Donald Trump retweeted a video where she recommends the use of hydroxychloroquine and asserts that masks are unnecessary to halt the transmission of COVID-19. More information about the actors who funded the video retweeted by Trump has also been uncovered. But what’s been a major source of concern for many are some of Immanuel’s beliefs and ideas about “demon sperm,” “demon sex,” and “generational curses.” The reaction to Immanuel’s claims was so overwhelming that #demonsperm trended last Tuesday on Twitter and some media outlets are now calling her “Dr. Demon Sperm.”
Now, Immanuel’s beliefs sound completely outlandish, as those of someone who has lost touch with reality, but why does she believe such ideas and from where do they originate? To have a better sense of what this means, one can get a clue through the teachings of the pastor she sees as her “spiritual father,” Daniel Kolawole Olukoya (DKO), founder of Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM) in 1989 and based in Lagos, Nigeria. In the biographical note about DKO on the MFM website, his ministry is said to be “heavily influenced by the work of the late Apostle Joseph Ayodele Babalola,” founder of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), and that DKO’s father had also been a pastor with the CAC. The CAC was created in 1941 after the expansion of the “Aladura” (meaning, “praying people”) movement through a revival in the 1930s. The CAC is now the largest African-indigenous Pentecostal Church in Nigeria.
As a transnational movement, DKO’s MFM currently has branches in Europe (164), mainly in the UK (124), Ireland (14), Germany (12), France (8) and Spain (6). In the United States one can find 33 MFM churches scattered among the cities of Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Fresno, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Jose, just to name a few. Dr. Immanuel’s blog contains numerous references to DKO’s ministry, books and teaching. To summarize briefly, DKO’s teaching emphasizes the idea of destiny and preventing evil supernatural forces from destroying one’s life.
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