TO BE SILENT ABOUT THE ILLS IN THE CHURCH IS NOT CHRISTLIKE

#MattersArising

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.

Silence Will Not Always Be Golden

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.

Ephesians 5:8-13

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.