Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee:
and the light shall shine upon thy ways. KJV
What you decide on will be done,
and light will shine on your ways. NIV
We have corrupted the art of prayer. When we should sue on a matter in prayer, we arrogate to ourselves making decree concerning them.
Jesus, as the Son of God, shouldn’t even have prayed at all while he was in the flesh, if it is the we way we arrogate these things to ourselves these days.
Maybe He should have made decrees against Rome, when He was here. That was actually what the people expected of His Messianic responsibility. That was, of course, not the reason He came.
You shall decree things within your sphere, not beyond your sphere. When a government issues a decree, it is with immediate effect. If it issues a decree and it is still not effective afterward, it is making itself a joke.
Sovereign exists, not to sue but to command. However, when you have authority above you and you are not primate over all things, you must learn to separate between what you command and what you sue to higher authority.
Why do we bastardise the use of words and go all over the palace decreeing everything. It is arrogant when we do not know what is within our sphere. A government doesn’t decree beyond its boundary.
The pulpit cannot decree against governmental stipulations. If the government is wrong, we file the case to God, not to issue parallel decrees and fire people up in arrogance against civil governance.
At the time when the opposition from sinners is rife, the scripture teaches us to run our race with carefulness and not to fight their contradictions (Heb 12)
Why do we teach people to run around ejaculating I decree and declare on same matter for years with no effect, on matters that should be commited to God.
We do not ask questions when Christian leaders make decree (on matters they should pray about) and it is still pending years after.
Being charismatic should not mean being arrogant.
When believers pray, according the Lord, it should be to ask for the will of God to be done on earth as it is in heaven. He alone is our Sovereign.
The theology of kingdom mentality would be violating divine eschatological arrangement if it is not understood as submission to Him in this age.
We need to check the context of “we shall reign over the earth .. ” before we run with every wind of doctrine.
The early church respected governmental authorities; prayed for the government; and taught the people to submit to rules; not as those in bondage but as those who are free.
Christian leadership is not in any way parralel to civil governance. Christian leadership is not ruling and dominance. It is impunity when we misrepresent our Lord and His teachings.
I have my fears these days when pastors are now being represented or treated as Royals over Church Nations and worshipped beyond due respect. Prominence is not parralel to governance. If it is interpreted that way, it amounts to lawlessness.
Soul winning and discipleship tripled when the church began to be controlled by the state and were largely forced to go underground somewhere in Asia.
Our liberty shouldn’t be abused because we are in a free state. The exploits of the church in terms of the objectives of the great commission is more prominent in states where there are restrictions.
Thank God for free states.
“I am sending you out like SHEEP among wolves. Therefore be as SHREWD as snakes and as INNOCENT as doves.
His SHEEP are SHREWD while maintaining their INNOCENCE.
Methinks civil reactions may in certain ways conflict with the great commission.
We change the world now; not through decrees from the pulpits; or civil actions from or outside the Church; but by serving in obedience to the great commission; to transform societies and not landscapes; by changing lives
The influence of Christ in the days of His flesh was in the lives He changed and in the godly examples and instructions He gave
Bless your church Lord and build it your own way.
When pastors are far from the reality that members live in, they will pontificate on issues that have little or no effect on themselves.
I drive to church in a car that is air-conditioned and that does some filtering to the air before it gets to me and I consider it as grossly inhuman to have no consideration for the risk that my members will go through to get to church in public facilities with those who care less for their own safety?
This is the extent it gets after testifying to the people of the divine health we have enjoyed for decades while we covertly undergo health check annually. Many of them cannot imagine that the leader that is immuned to ailments does health check.
This is how far it gets when we tell them that the Lord who has been our keeper will keep them also but we move around with the security of an army that can serve at war front.
If we are angry because churches cannot meet, it is not about the church (the people) because they can meet in the homes, it is about ourselves.
There is still balm in Gilead, I cannot deny. Whatever happened however in pre-covid19 situation where not all were healed and we used hospital.
If we are angry because public meetings are under ban, what happens in the nations where public religious gathering, as part of an intentional move against the church, has been banned?
Playing god in human affairs is an insult to our God. ‘I am he‘ is one the end time phenomena that Jesus said we should watch out for.
We haven’t seen trouble and we are crying wolf. What will happen when real conspiracy as Christ said we should expect happens.
Some day, none of the stones of our physical buildings will remain on each other, as they will be of no use while the church continues.
We have preached for ‘here and now’ too much that we cannot stand any threat to the earthly investments.
At the time when the Spirit and the bride should be saying “come Lord Jesus”, we are still busy prophesying ‘the coming wealth’.
This has been done for decades that the church looks forwards to more money than to the coming of Him that is coming for those who love His appearing.
If we cannot meet in the homes without feeling frustrated and support such meeting with the nascent technologies, it is because we have been building vanities that cannot stand in the time of crises.
May be we are the god for the people and apart from us they can do nothing. Why must temple meeting be compulsory when synagogues are possible in neighbourhoods at a time like this.
Thank God for the necessary mega buildings; however, the current situation is a prophecy that glory in them is vain and that one day they shall become unnecessary and unuseful.
The temple and the homes must go hand in hand. The real church however is not the theater but the fellowship in the homes.
We have been so inundated with celebrity ministry that the normal has become the new abnormal of the last days.
God is not angry with the lockdown, his church marching on. The comfort of faith that we have been used to and our ego are the oppressor of our minds.
Let’s go ahead and canvass for the lockdown on markets and for the opening of Church meetings since the church can answer to much more than food.
The churches and the mosques are restricted from public meeting, victim mentality says it is an agenda against the church. May the real agenda never come? What will be the song at such time?
It would have impressed me more if the concern is because of the inability to run public gospel crusades.
True Christianity can cope with simplicity of ministry.
Channels for frequent communication has not been locked down. Media has not been locked down. Homes have not been locked down.
The church is still and will always be marching on, even if things are worse than this.
The manifestation of the expected head of one world government is under lockdown actually since the first century. His manifestation will not happen untill the Restrainer has been taken away.
The theory about a particular person being the agent that God is using to delay the one world government is so speculative.
The word of God is that you shouldn’t be unsettled by the conspiracy theories. You should rather focus on being ready for the gathering of God’s people to their Lord who is coming for them.
At a time the theory was “do not collect bank card”.
Along the line, it was “do not join the Facebook as it is being used to gather data for the antichrist..”
Then in a rather quiet manner, it was “this BVN is what the prophecy was about as you would not be able to transact without it in the nearest future”, more so that it compulsory for everyone.
The list and the theories continue.
When universal is (symbolised by 666 in the Bible) arrives, it will not be an advice, not shall it be a suggestion. The government that will give it will be in place and not in theories.
Rather than being unsettled by the theories, expect the Lord’s coming, like a thief in the night.
Speculations Abound Out There These Days Powered More by The Ongoing Global Crisis.
This is exactly what happens once there is a major novelty or even crisis. Such speculations and educated and/or uneducated guesses only promote confusion and fear, one of the tools which the devil uses to steal, to kill, and to destroy.
The surprise is how believers also follow the trend instead of choosing to be stabilised by the word/will of God. If we are not to be easily unsettled or alarmed by the prophecies, words, and/or letters alleged to be from God and are not, how much more should we be careful not to be unsettled or alarmed by such speculations and guesses as are currently trending.
Trending currently are facts and speculations concerning the COVID 19; concerning the 5G technology; and concerning the end time politics with President Trump being a key figure.
It becomes necessary to take the attention of God’s people away from the nascent speculations allay their fear and encourage their devotion to the word and the will of God.
What do we need to know and how do we need to live in such times?
WE NEED TO KNOW THAT ….
… The Focus of Believers in The Last Days Should Be the Coming of Our Lord and Our Being Gathered to Him. 2Thess 2:1a.
He is coming back again, whether it looks like that or not, whether we believe it or not. He is coming as He promised, same way as He departed this world. He is coming like as the thief does in the night. He is coming to gather to Himself: His own; Those who love (earnestly looking forward to) His appearing: Those are prepared and ready. This should inform how we live, how we speak, and what we do.
We need to be careful about what we give attention to. We need to be careful not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by non-biblical teachings/speculations. 2Thess 2:1b. COVID 19 is a fact but we do not live by the details around it beyond being careful to curtail it’s spread. The 5G tech revolution is a fact; that technology is useful in the now is a fact; that it’s nature of tech comes with health challenges is a fact. That the stage is fully set for a takeover for a one world government is speculative. That COVID 19 lockdown is to accomplish that is speculative. That the antichrist will appear after Trump administration in a few years is speculative.
… We Need to Be Careful Not to Be Deceived.
The day of the Lord will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed. The antichrist might wield much power on earth when the time comes, he will yet not be absolute for he is doomed to destruction. His operation will be to oppose and to exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped. He will set himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. This particularly refers to the restoration of the temple in Jerusalem, the worship in which will indicate the re-enactment of the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy.
While the world is preparing the ground for the appearing of the antichrist by technological advancement, watch out because the church is also preparing that ground through excessive lust for power; over-assertion of self in the sense of ‘I am he’; pointing people to personal calling than to Christ; empire building tendencies than pointing people to the kingdom that cannot be shaken; etc.
… The Appearing of The Antichrist Is Being Restrained.
Some specific events will precede his manifestation, and till then he’ll continue to be restrained. WHAT is holding him back so that he may be revealed at the proper time was known in the first century, according to 2Thess 2:6, whereas it is being highly speculated today.
That President Trump is the force that is preventing the one world government and the so-called illuminati conspiracy is a superfluous speculation. Lots of such speculations have been there in the past and they fell like a pack of cards. Subtly touted in the past were some notable world leaders.
The identity of the one holding back the manifestation of the antichrist has in biblical discussions ranged from the Roman Government, to Archangel Michael (because of his protection of the Jewish nation, and to the person of the Holy Spirit who continue to work in and through the church until the times of the gentiles are completed. The Holy Spirit fits more as a non-material person (what and He)
The secret power of lawlessness was already at work as far back as Paul’s time, predating those being touted today. Paul even wrote that, “… THE ONE WHO now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, ….”
… The Lord Is in The Charge of The Process and The Time, And That Human Conspiracy Cannot Usurp His Power nor His Schedule (Ps 2:1-8).
The manner of the coming of the lawless one is not limited to the current trend.
It will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie. He will use all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing.
His Subjects Shall Be Those Who Are Perishing. Those who have refused to love the truth and so be saved. Those who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. Those who by their preference for lie will be aided by the sending of a powerful delusion by God so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned
This should command calm and peace in the heart of believers.
WE THEREFORE SHOULD …
… Always Give Thanks To God: for we are loved by the Him; for He had chosen us as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth; for He has called us to this through the gospel, that we might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
… Always Stand Firm.
… Always Hold Fast to The Teachings Passed to Us, according to God’s word.
We Therefore Give Thanks to Our Lord Jesus Christ And to God Our Father, for loving us and for giving us eternal encouragement and good hope by your grace. We pray that You will encourage our hearts and that You will strengthen us in every good deed, in Jesus name. Amen.
The door of the church can never be shut. The church is not the building, it is the people.
They met where they had access to in the first century without erecting any building.
The gap between the practice (tradition) of the church and the teaching if the church (scriptures) must be bridged.
While we thank God for the building, we must also recognise that as the day approaches the church (the people) should be helped to separate the essentials from the non-essentials.
If the buildings are shut down even with the backing of the law, the church will only get more powerful.
The virility and the visibility of the church is not in the buildings, it is in its spiritual impact. It is not in the transformation of landscape, it is in the transformation of lives.
Reading Richard Wurmbrand books (https://amzn.to/2V0qUM9) in the 80’s made me to know that there is a reality beyond the comfort we fight for; and that without formal buildings the church can thrive. The exploits that happened even behind the iron curtain made me to know that the gates of hell can never prevail against the church.
If all you have been exposed to is the stained glass windows and the luxury of meeting place; if that is what we think makes for worship; if we consider that comfort is what Christianity is all about, we are very well deceived. Tradition is rather controlling.
Read about the church in China and you will be truly educated. More people have come to the Lord after the public meeting came under the control of the state and the real church went underground.
The luxury and the gratifying teachings we have established as standards were not in consideration even in the early church. Comfort has made sermon subjects that should be unpopular with the church rather popular.
If we think straight, we have lots if questions to ask. It is excesses or tradition that normalised the thinking that it is a ministry when it hasn’t built a structure and a church when a structure has been erected.
True standard is seemingly veiled.
Paul trained some people in the school (Hall) of Tyrannus and they turned the subcontinent upside down. Most of the churches were in the homes and within the community. The church was more organic and less institutionalised.
It needs not be in Jerusalem nor in a special building. God is Spirit and His worship happens in spirit and in truth.
Let’s get real. The doors of the church can never be shut.
Unless some errors are corrected, the next generation may be on the road to another dark age, if the Lord tarries.
I was with my ministry mentor years back and i enjoyed the private time with him discussing ministry matters. I can’t remember what led to it, but we discussed ministry issues as per immorality.
He was shocked when I mentioned names from the 70s who were great but had compromises on moral issues. I mentioned how it affected them seriously.
He was shocked that I know about them and I reminded him that I am pastor’s son.
He even quipped about the scarcity of historical records about the exploits, the errors, and the effect that errors (sin) had on the lives of those anointed persons in the history of the Nigerian church. He believed that it needed for the subsequent generations to learn from.
It reminded me of Robert Liardon’s God’s General Series that acquainted us with the Dane and the challenges of some late famous ministers. It is a taboo and anti-Christian to write such records in this part of the world
In those days, one of them was so impactful that even the great Idahosa interpreted for him at some point. When morality issues happened, he was called out. When de did not budge, his associates left him.
He was a colossus, yet not invincible as not to be challenged.
The error that made immorality to thrive in CHRISTIAN leadership today began from a little after then. There was an explosion in the country. More anointed men arose. With it was the teaching that made anointing to be worshipped more than God. Reference would be made to how Miriam suffered for speaking against MOSES. It was forgotten that MOSES only broke the policy of marrying outside the community of the Israelites, not that he sinned per se.
Teaching was used to place people under bondage. Today when a man of God is wrong, people keep quiet fearing for their lives and for the generation after them.
It was an heretic teaching. It was a scam. With it was the mind game that subjugated people and that truly affected those under such pulpits.
With such teachings and with the experience of those who don’t know what they should know and who suffered being cursed by the anointed or by the teachings fed to the psyche, in agreement with the global heresy so related, the church celebrated anointing plus sin in the pulpit. The anointing makes them sacred and untouchable even with their abominable practices of iniquity.
Such doctrine was a scam. That is why today, the church cowers and celebrate even when sin is obvious. They forgot that Jesus said he will reject many who despite their great work practise iniquity.
Sin also thrive in the pulpit, because we only discuss positive things. Jesus rebuked sin. The Apostles did the same. We think we should only discuss grace. So grace teachings, while we continue in sin, has messed up things in the church.
Where they will not thrive with sin in those days and would have to withdraw from the pulpit to sort things out, we continue in sin today, lacking in rebuke, lacking in discipline, and without Godly repentance (as if Paul did not teach repentance), for the climate allows the shinning stars who lack in remorse to continue to radiate grace plus sin.
Don’t pin this on the current saga please. This is just a matter that arise from it. I speak as someone who is aware and who has withdrawn from having teeming relationship with ministers. Too may things are wrong.
It is the mind games and the intimidation that make young ministers to celebrate the anointing of of the dirty hands behind the pulpit. It is the quest to make it, no matter what, that makes you to know and to continue to draw from corrupt pool.
You are not concerned about your soul, you only want the anointing. So it gain the anointing with the corruption. It is well covered and you know how to do it.
Lie thrives behind the pulpit. The prophetic scam is all over the place like rain water. Stone are being tuned to bread – the anointing is being merchandised while we continue to celebrate it. You fear and honour the anointing of the corrupt. No problem.
Jesus said in Matt 7:21-23
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’
Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
He also said in Matt 7:15-20
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
BY THEIR FRUIT (their lifestyle which doesn’t reflect the fruit of the spirit) YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THEM.
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Yet, we think we should overlook their lives and just concentrate on the anointing, respecting them for their anointing.
Paul’s said in 1 Co 5:1-6
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate:
A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. AND YOU ARE PROUD!
Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this?
[in essence, he is saying “deal with the charismatic man who indulges continually in sin, for it is wrong to be proud of him].
For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this.
So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, SO THAT HIS SPIRIT MAY BE SAVED ON THE DAY OF THE LORD.
[we however think and teach that everyone will be safe on that day, their sins notwithstanding].
YOUR BOASTING IS NOT GOOD – [your pride in the charismatic Corinthian sinner is wrong].
Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? – when you allow such to continue to operate, you promote the spread of sin in the church.
So when you advise that the church should look beyond the consistent sin and the continual wrongs of the anointed and just draw from their anointing, you are promoting the spread of sin in the body and proud of the man whose soul might not be safe on that day. The practice of sin by the anointed may not affect everyone; it will definitely affect more because of their influence and example.
The problem is not just in the practice of sin in the pulpit, it is also in the gospel methodically repackaged to service itchy hears.
Paul spoke about itchy hears and the preference for certain kind of teachers.
In 2 Tim 4:1-5, he wrote:
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom,
I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
[Note that ministry is not just for encouragement – which is the popular duty today]
For the time will come when PEOPLE WILL NOT PUT UP WITH SOUND DOCTRINE. Instead, to suit their own desires, THEY WILL GATHER AROUND THEM A GREAT NUMBER OF TEACHERS TO SAY WHAT THEIR ITCHING EARS WANT TO HEAR.
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, DISCHARGE ALL THE DUTIES OF YOUR MINISTRY.
[If ministry is not prepared to be apt, in season and out of season, to correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction, it is not faithfully discharging all the the duties expected]
The trend today is the proof that the warnings of Paul are real.
2 Tim 3:1-5.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, BOASTFUL, PROUD, ABUSIVE, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, UNHOLY, without love, unforgiving, SLANDEROUS, WITHOUT SELF-CONTROL, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS BUT DENYING ITS POWER.
[Denying the power of godliness is not the absence of the miraculous, but the want of the proof of transformation].
Have nothing to do with such people.
The popular opinion today is against this last line and that is why people thrive with immorality. When the church detests it, the spate of scandalous practices will reduce.
It is time to part ways with the brainwash and the extreme teachings that honour anointing without holiness.
It is time to speak not against persons, but against issues that are inimical to sanctity and true health in the body.
TO BE SILENT ABOUT THE ILLS IN THE CHURCH IS NOT CHRISTLIKE.
God bless the church.
The reason why silence has been golden in Nigeria is related on one hand to the African culture and on the other, to the wrong understanding of the anointing.
Anointing has been treated like the immunity that the Nigerian presidents and governors enjoy. People are silent because overtly and covertly, the anointed has insisted on his anointing more than in God. Worship in the church has been more for them than for the Lord.
One of the things that will happen and that has started is the demystification of the anointed. It is greatly needed in Nigeria.
The anointing does not make anyone invincible, it rather empowers for service. The Lord will not waste a generation because people dissociate from unfruitful works of darkness that should be rebuked and exposed.
The scandals under cover are more than this celebrated one. This is a child’s play compared to others.
There is evil in the church and the Lord will not cover it. He is patient in mercy but will not cover the evil that stains His church.
We have foolishly respected the anointing more than CHRISTIAN living.
Kenneth Hagin was sent in the 1960s to warn those who had greater tents and meetings that he had.
They were great guys with great and impressive exploits. They started to die one by one. Hagin told some of them that derided the warning that when they are gone, he will still be here.
Young ministers, have been taught that the only way to earn the grace on the famous ones is never to see their wrongs or errors. A generation that delights in results that in Christlike life was surreptitiously raised.
Even fake anointing has been honoured. Who wouldn’t since we all want ‘to make it’.
We understand and could relate with Jesus’ rebuke of the Jewish religious leaders because they were not on his side.
The greatest damage today is not from those who are not on his side.
It is from those who have called His name and suppressed the truth for a lie
It is from those who respond more to the time than to the timeless word
It is from those who skilfully appeal more to people’s felt need than to the transformation needed
It is from those who fill the pews with people who cannot be vouched for in the public;
It is from those who accomplish great projects with the support of those they will back away from when EFCC comes calling
It is from those who merchandise the anointing, because their god is their belly
It is from those who glory in things that will result in their shame;
It is from impressive rhetorics that has not promoted the culture of righteous living.
It was in prophecy in the USA for decades; mega churches that were the flagship of the Christian faith folded up; the facilities were sold.
Homosexuality; ponography; pimping; sexual immorality; financial impropriety et al caused the grace to gradually leak until some became a shadow of their past.
The game is stronger today. Patronage of content beyond and outside the Biblical corpus has strengthen many to continue to make appeal. Suppression of the truth by those who know and created an enabling environment in the church for immorality and unrighteousness has been the forte for some’s continuous appeal. Money, money, money and promise of wealth is why some keep their pew in the church.
We have forgotten that days on earth are numbered. We have believed that exploits that appeal to men will be the same as that which Christ will look for on that day. We have promoted corruption in CHRISTIAN organisations
The impact of the church is great in those days, the compromise of the church is greater today. Scammers flourish more after sunday services because everyone must make it. Member have confessed that they got into scamming because they know what their pastor also did to make it.
The prophetic has lost its cutting edge of social reformation for righteousness. Social reformation has related more with geographic landscape and real estate.
The church in its earliest days of glory had no Estate until it was corrupted in the third century by the Roman Constantine. Those who misunderstood history thought it was the beginning of breakthrough when the political power and exposure started to diminish the church of its sanctity.
The words that should wake up a generation from its slumber has been suppressed for soothsaying and signs. The soothsayer is wealthy as he is the seer for those who never cared to be transformed. The practice brings more money to His pocket and satisfy the lazy patrons with promises of temporal protection and non-transforming guidance of a medium.
Those who discern sit in silence afar off. They will not speak and are not tired of watching the drama.
The cleansing of the church will not start on the day of rapture; it will begin now. The chaff will be separated from the wheat.
A new breed of young ministers will be raised. They will refuse the kings dainties. They will depart from honouring corruption to true reverence of the chief shepherd of the church. They will discern the error that lurks around today’s ‘greatness’. They will think more of the vision of the Lord for a church without spot and without blemish and run from the blemishes and the wrinkles that characterise the church that half-heartedly look forward to the coming of the Lord.
Relationships shall be redefined. Sweet counsel that leads to the Lord shall be desired in place of impressive deliberations for worldly success.
Altars of worship shall be cleansed; performance and performers shall find their level. Pure worship shall be restored. Entertaining art shall give way to reverence for Him that sits on the throne.
The problem will not be solved in its entirety. As many will more will be revealed on that day.
Scandals haven’t rocked the Nigerian church. The ones coming shall be more bewildering than what brown envelopes can suppress.
They have not spilled the beans because with their disappointment they are still afraid to speak because of ‘Daddy’s anointing’.
By the time the demystification of the anointed has trended, more stories shall be told.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
and find out what pleases the Lord.
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
A great sage in Japan was visited by a fighter.
The fighter was afraid of losing and asked for guidance. The sage told him not to worry, not to be afraid. He said he had a powder that would make him unbeatable. He told him it made everyone else he gave it to unbeatable as well.
The fighter listened intently. The sage then gave him the powder and told him how to mix it with water every day.
He said that if he drank it in water before his fights he would be assured of victory. This powder would give him strength, speed and stamina, it would make him invincible!
For many years afterwards this fighter was unstoppable. He never lost a single bout. He was absolute perfection, just as the sage predicted.
The Real Powder
Then one day the fighter visited the sage to ask for more information about the powder. He wanted to know why it was so powerful and what was in it that made it so effective. At this point the sage asked the fighter to follow him.
The sage led the fighter to a shed where food supplies were stacked. He reached into a sack, grabbed a handful of powder and let it fall form his hands.
“This is the magic powder I gave you”, said the sage.
The fighter drew closer to the sack and proceeded to read the writing on the bag. Before the fighter could open his mouth the sage said, “Its flour. I gave you flour used for baking!”
“You gave me what?” Said the fighter. “Flour?”
“Yes, I gave you flour.” said the sage. “And this proves that you won the fights because you had the ‘knowing’ that the powder gave you everything you needed to succeed.
It is this ‘knowing’ that causes success or failure. You could’ve succeeded without the powder if you ‘knew’ you would. When you ‘know’ something, there is no doubt. No resistance. When you ‘know’ something, your mind, body, and the power of heaven and earth conspire to make it come to reality. According to your ‘knowing’ you have achieved your victories. Now go back to your training ‘knowing’ what you do now, as you did with the powder … and victory will be yours!
Great story right?
Political correctness has become the order of the day. If is only good when preachers preach what you prefer.
He was teaching contextually and emphasised what the Bible teaches and because of the Nigerian situation you are all over the place against Him.
He did not even mention names.
You will have more people to be angry with when Pastors stop all their politically correct topical selections and teach from the Scriptures in context.
Even when Nero was against the church, Peter taught, not out of fear as you suggested, but in consideration of believers as strangers and pilgrims on earth whose duties are primarily to God and such duties demonstrated by their civic responsibility of submission to authorities as those who represent the Lord.
Do you really want him to rewrite the scriptures?
Maybe we need more of line by line teachings or contextual messages from the scriptures.
There are certain part of the Bible that some churches haven’t learned from for decades. You understand why many fight on Facebook against right teaching.
You are simply saying, because Nigeria is this way, some stuffs should not be taught.
The word of God is above your situation and authoritative over your social context or you only calm Him Lord without being ready to His will.
Too many dirty stories around
Encouraged by hero-worship abounding
And love for the name that walled us from others
More than the true worship of our Father in heaven.
Values are trending downhill
Ethics are now backseated
We protect our togetherness
More than we do, the interest of Christ
We don’t sack anyone in this place
Scam, steal, or wound them in your trail
We will maintain you in power
That our polity may not be rocked
Defining the middle road seems more difficult
Speak up in the interest of the body, we were taught
Cover up the wounded soldiers, they even quipped
And evil abounds in the household of God
They bear the brunt, yet in their leaders care
The effect of bad examples and of human abuses
You dare not touch the Lord’s anointed
Even when the professional, only represents by the words of mouth
Make it and take it has become the order
Life is rated only by the glitters
Even if they are faking it and missing it
At least people see what is impressive to them.
Eloquence in lieu of true power
Psychology and mind power over discernment
We’ve been ‘corinthianised’ for decades
To love them by their power of words
They see your troubles by the spirit
But you have to drop your dollars for the blessing
Don’t you know you have to part with what you have
For you need the oil in their reserve
Even if you are conned of your fund
At least you get the thrill from their skill
And even if your account is depleted after the service
The unction functions on your victims too till the next service
Younger ones in trouble everywhere
Not everyone read the Book for themselves
Who cares when the needed model seems adequate
With the man that flaunts all that he’s got.
Mockers of rightness abound everywhere
Deception and veiled intentions on the stage
They quipped of their stage being the place
Where the grace of God is so abounding.
The power now turns stones to bread
The allurements of the world, now part of the goal
The more the gold, the more our God
As if His glory is in our shows
Kiss their hands and lick their boots
Unless you don’t need their grace
By it they can make or mar
You sure don’t want them to curse
Give your body to get the baby
But Daddy this is biblically wrong
He’ll tell you the story of David
That He got the girl without losing His God
This grace, they said, will never depart
Even if they do whatever they want
Theirs is the God who’s grace ever covers
Even the riot of the rascals and prodigals
Come to the church and join their ranks
You don’t even need to cease being yourself
Just say that Jesus is Lord
And you are assured, of being safer than ever before
So we have many that name Him the Lord
And bother not to do His will
Why should that be a matter of concern
Haven’t Jesus paid it all.
It is surely a very thin line
Between your will and His will
And if care is not even taken
Your empire takes over a portion of His kingdom
Shouldn’t we pray for mature hearts that can journal
To investigate and document this spate for posterity
And if necessary bring the actors to book
That the generation coming might be safe
If you violate them, it’s not the end
In the climes where they know to think
Even if it’s decades afterwards
You will still be brought to book
I am coming very soon says the Lord
To repay everyone per their works
Don’t forget that He had one concern
When He comes, shall He find the faith on earth.
The foundation of the Lord is sure
It has just one seal
Let those who call the name of the Lord
Depart from every form of iniquity.
Isaac Tolu Boluwatise
01 Jun 2019