Aziza Uko: Back-to-sender doctrine is anti-Christ (Y! Superblogger)

The truth is that the back-to-sender doctrine is anti-Christ in its purest form. The back-to-sender prayers are occultic stunts. That’s the Word of God.

Ever heard of back-to-sender prayers? If you are in Nigeria, you must have. Other variants of the prayer is fire-for-fire, dangerous prayers, etc.

The back-to-sender prayer is one of the worst things to have hit the Body of Christ in the last 15 years. It is pure evil and in direct disobedience to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I recall when I was a teenager, some preacher got up on the pulpit at a crusade and said, “The Bible says, turn the other cheek, but for me if you slap me, I will slap you back.” And he succeeded in getting most of his audience riled up. Some other preacher said that David said, “God prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” But his own prayer is, “God prepare a table before me in the absence of my enemies.” And his audience was equally energized.

I wish I knew then, what I know now. Perhaps, I would have rescued some people around me from what I believe was the onset of a wave of wrong teaching and the practice of a doctrine that has consumed so many Christians, denied them their blessings, and prevented them from realizing their true potential.

You see, that’s the enemy at work, and the only way he works is to change a word or two, turn God’s Word upside down and get you to practice the opposite of what God instructs so that you automatically step out of favour with God, then bad things begin to happen and then you would naturally ascribe those events to him and he becomes even happier. Why? He didn’t do anything but deceive you into creating your circumstances for yourself, but he is nonetheless pleased that you think it is him. Why? Because the moment you begin to ascribe powers to him,  wrong things start happening in your life. Why? You create your own realities and because he doesn’t have any power so it’s a wrong diagnosis of your problem to start with. And a wrong diagnosis means that a wrong solution will be applied. And a wrong solution means that the problem will persist. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” saith the LORD. Hosea 4:6

Back-to-sender is all about sending back evil to whoever sent it to you. Back-to-sender prayers involved a set of activities which involve using words to turn back any spiritual evil sent towards the person and direct it back to the source which is another person.

This back-to-sender circuit has become very popular and creative too, I might add. People have written books, and built empires, and obtained global fame and recognition by promoting the back-to-sender doctrine. I have heard or read some very comical prayer points spawned by this doctrine of fear. Some pastors have unknowingly adopted the doctrine because it sounds right and appears scriptural and because the forerunners appear to be “making it in ministry”.

The truth is that the back-to-sender doctrine is anti-Christ in its purest form. The back-to-sender prayers are occultic stunts. That’s the Word of God.

Our Lord Jesus Christ instructed us directly and as clearly as any instruction can be. “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;.” Matthew 5:44 So, where did all this “Anybody who is planning my death, fall and die” come from? Jesus Christ taught us to forgive those who hurt us, ““I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22 and He even taught us to remind our Heavenly Father about our having forgiven others who offended us when we prayer. [Read the Lord’s Prayer at Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4] Where does the “any evil arrow sent in my direction, back to the sender” chime come in? These scripture show that back-to-sender is anti-Christ.

How is it an occultic stunt? If someone sends evil your way, it is definitely not the Holy Spirit or angels that are meant to execute it. It has to be demons. So, if you are communicating with demons and sending them on errands to other human beings, it means you are a demonist, a diabolical person and one who operates in the spirit realm using demons to execute his instructions or wishes is an occultist. A Christian who does this is no better than the person who sent the evil to him in the first place. If it is witchcraft, returning it is an act of witchcraft.

This evil has got to stop. Back-to-sender prayers is the worst kind of fear. Christians need not be afraid of anything. Our Lord Jesus said it, “Nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Believe him and stop walking in fear but in love. Luke 10:19

Ever since back-to-sender prayers started, how many have been answered? Some testify, “I prayed and my evil uncle died.” Okay, no arguments. But, the testifier is 50 years old. The evil uncle must be over 70 years. Isn’t 70 years an okay time to depart this evil world? Someone has got to die. Every man has an appointment with death someday. Even the testifier will die someday.

The vast majority of the people practicing back to sender are living in frustration. Their prayers are not answered. Grace has departed from them. They are missing out on the goodness of the Kingdom and I feel sorry for them and every Christian who knows the truth should too.

Aziza Uko is a Communications Professional, Marketing Strategist, Writer, Reader, Music Lover, and a Christ Follower. She is Editor-at-Large for Y! Magazine and She blogs at and tweets @azizauko.


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Comments (5)

  1. Thank you madam for the massage may God reward you as continue 2 do his word and give u his grace and mercy aboundantly.I find it difficult 2 go 2 many churches bcos of dis prayer, I resmain silence wen ever such prayer topic is offered. christ is our choice we wil do d best in followin his footh step

  2. Ah, you Neva see anything. I saw "back to sender" soap at Cherubim and Seraphim church ordination festivities the other day.

    You guys have to get a life. You are all a product of the Nigerian and Third World mentality where all must be explained in terms of religion and a God but the simple truth is that there is no form of human progress, not even the invention of the paper on which you write your religious book, that was made as a product of religion. It is cold hard observation and scientific progress that is responsible for the modern world we enjoy today, which often is made against the doctrine of religion. Go and read up something about Copernicus, and even Galileo.

    Try for once to explain day-to-day life and all you see and read about without an active God or religion and you would see it can be perfectly explained. It is all an interplay of cause and effect. It is the very religion that makes the explanation of ordinary events difficult to understand.

    By the way, in Nigeria, religion is the very reason why we're backward and accelerating backwards even more. The reason why some of the very good minds here still rely on religion to explain so many things is because they've been indoctrinated from birth to think that way and have spent all their life working to become great economists, doctors, or whatever from which they get their fame; they have never employed their minds to rationally reassess their fundamental beliefs.

    I'm sorry for all of you. But then I know that's exactly what you'll say to me, because I've been told so much already.


  3. It is not easy.Please enlighten me further. There are deaths that you aptly realise are human-made.I still recall a funeral where a man came to boast that if the deceased’s siblings did nothing for him,he would continue to kill them as he has done to this one. If not for anything,the guy is out to kill,though not through physical means.if you were one of the siblings,what would your prayer point be?
    On forgiveness,i think it has to do with the past.what of those offending you in the present?do you wait for them to be done offending you so that you would just forgive. Remember we are I said,please enlighten me.

  4. This is a great piece… I wonder why Christians are busy trying to kill devils and demons.. Even Christ didn’t kill them. He only defeated them n gave Ʈђξ victory †̥ us.. All we have to do is take this dominion, walk in it and believe it and no harm by any means come near us.. Thank u for Ʈђξ insight… I hope we get †̥ learn n change cos i observe that many of us-christians always see any message that differs from d one we were brought up as “watered-down-new-generation-christianity”.. Ʈђξ WORD is there for all.. Let’s go back for insights.

  5. Madam, you made my day with ythis back to sender article. Few years back when I became converted yto christian, there was this churchj I was attending then, this by fire by thunder prayer was raised on the altar and the congeregation was praying the points but a pastor observed that I was not praying and asked me why? I replied that the my spirit did not agree with that fortm of prayer. I learn’t from one white garment church pastor preaching on the radio that said all those destroy them prayer said by david are not prayers for good christian,that as you turn war on people that does not harm youi,the effect of those prayers return back to the person.

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