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Thursday, 23 February 2017

BISHOP OYEDEPO SPEAKS ON THE CHURCH AND THE STATE OF THE NATION

For many years now Satan has tried to stop the church in Nigeria but has failed. 

Arabian proverb that says:
An Army of sheep led by a lion will defeat an Army of lions led by a sheep. What the Church in Nigeria has lacked for many years has been a strong authoritative voice. But things have changed!
The Executive Secretary of the perpetrators of this evil code was sacked last night and the code suspended. There has probably never been a time that such swift response and reversal was effected by government!
You cannot determine the CEO of a company where you are not a stakeholder! Priesthood is eternal; it has never had any government interference since God created the world .

The Church has now become unstoppable! It has also gone beyond threats. Only the Church can threaten the nation, not the other way around.
All the Mission Schools built by Nigerian Church Organizations in the last 20 years exceed those built by the Foreign Missionaries throughout the country’s history. Should the Church not be commended? Is it now a season to harass the Church?
I was before the LORD for 18 hours; no government official was there; the Mandate was delivered on a solo transaction between God and myself alone. I told the Pastors on Sunday: if you ever contemplate my retirement, you have first to show me the letter of appointment you issued to me!
I am a bona fide Nigerian citizen. There is no office in this nation that I am not qualified to occupy.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

FOGMMON LOVE CONGRESS 2017

Massive turnout at the FOGMMON Abuja Congress today.
This was a crusade of sorts and not just a congress . Music ministers from all over the city of Abuja poured into the venue for an unprecedented meeting. God is true to his word. When he calls , he empowers with grace. And to realize that this kind of gathering took place in various states of the country is a humbling realization.

One ingenious and strategic artist, Dr Paul Oluikpe used the opportunity of that crowd to shoot his video'. Another music minister, Prince David, popularly called "Hold something" proposed to his fiancée right there on the congress stage. It was such an exciting showcase .
Performances tonite were off the hook. The FOGMMON band ,Mekoyo, Jay law, Chris Ade, Laura, Dr Lester Lewis and singing Rose were at their sparkling best and When Pastor Tosin Ajolore took a brief exhortation on Music and love, the audience could not resist the electricity. It was a high powered Congress of music ministers. The attendance today was record breaking . Check out the pictures .




Tuesday, 7 February 2017

THE EVIL OF TRIBALISM IN THE NIGERIAN CHURCH-ASU EKIYE

THE Word tribalism sends a certain specific signal to a lot of minds. But to attempt a brief analysis of what this means, it will be proper to post  a standard definition. And here it is.
Tribalism is the behaviour and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one's own tribe or social group.

Tribalism has become a scourge in Nigeria but then it was never a phenomenon outside the exclusivity of social and governmental circles. But the trend has gradually permeated the fabrics of once a sacrosanct environment; the church.

Africa has 3/4 of languages spoken in the world and yet Africa is the least developed continent of the world. So a tribe in itself does not accord intrinsic  benefits as it were to a people.  The gift of being endowed with heterogenous languages is gradually becoming a curse rather than a blessing . To be Favoured based on tribal considerations could pass for a normal practice  elsewhere. But to mention that word in the body of christ and even see it eat into the soul of our worship culture, is a product of how debased our values have become.
I have been a victim of tribal discrimination in our national life but to encounter this in a place of worship to me, is the greatest level of anticlimax in Christian practice .

Salvation was brought to man kind irrespective of our tribe, language or genealogy . When Paul was speaking to the Galatians in Gal3:28, He told them and I quote:  " there is neither Jew nor Gentiles, neither slave nor free, there is neither male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
In the Old Testament era, anybody that was not a Jew had no right to the blessings  of Abraham. But when Jesus came , he nullified that barrier. He said " I have reconciled the world with my father". So even the practice of New Testament dispensational  culture, there was no recognition of tribal affiliation.

But the Nigerian church is palpably segregated along tribal lines. And to me, this developement has assumed a pejorative and an anathematized dimension.

When I received the Lord in a church called Temple of deliverance Mission at No 14Court road , Sapele, Delta state in March 26th 1985, We did not know which tribal roots the pastor emanated from. It was such a liberal environment. Then later when in 1993, I started music ministry in Royal House of Grace intl Church Portharcourt as a music director, The Pastor, though from my tribe, did not distinguish between tribe and language. He treated everyone without bias. INFACT some of his Assistants and key leaders were persons of a different tribe. So I never knew  tribe could constitute an attraction  for preferential treatment in the things of God. All I knew was God,Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

However, the situation in Nigeria right now is a sad testament.  . This alone has tainted the sanctity of this divine order and has brought into disrepute the impeccable qualities of a truly reborn Christian assembly in our age and time.

In most of the churches in this country, it is difficult to see a General Overseer from tribe "A" having an assistant or a high profile leader from any other tribe. No matter your spiritual dignity, resourcefulness and anointing. In most of the churches , you must come from that tribe of the G/O to to be linked to some exalted  assignment. If you doubt it , go and do your survey. The nearest mega church is not far away . Or u employ your Google search engine.

Now tell me. Which gospel are we practicing? Do I call it The gospel of the Tribal Lords and Imperialist?
In most cases, tribal loyalty create sacred cows out of pastors and leaders who have broken the code of leadership and who should naturally be disciplined. Most times , those from other tribes are posted to struggling branches and the tribesmen and loyalists are compensated with lucrative postings. Infact in some other cases, pastors from other tribes who have labored to build great branches of churches Are suddenly reassigned to a rural branch just to help a kinsman take over.

Right here in Abuja where I live, a pastor of a very popular Branch of a mega church just resigned after laboring for many years to make this church the envy and cynosure of all eyes. He is from a tribe  different from the founder. He just opened his church some where in the city. It doesn't look like he left with excitement. And trust me, most persons from his tribe have migrated to his church. And news from the grapevine indicates that a younger pastor from the tribe  of the G/O is about to be posted to head this prosperous branch. However,  may I also acknowledge that sometime tribal cliques occur in organizations  as a result of the non-deliberate factors of  social, environmental and developmental realities. This is absolutely excusable . But it becomes an issue if this is a deliberate plot as is the case in many circles .

Now a particular tribe in the country of Nigeria is most guilty of this evil  even if it is found in other tribes. I call it an evil because it is alien to scriptural provisions. If the G/O is from that tribe, the tribal jingoists have a way of creating a barricade to fend off every other tribe from coming near.
So even if God is speaking to a "man of God", to give an assignment to a man from a different tribe , just because of his tribe, the voice of God may not matter. As strange as this is, this has become the norm rather than the exception. And this is eating into the fabrics of our brotherhood.
I find this a scary evil which must be uprooted.


As a believer,  should you relate to me on the basis of my tribe ? This is mostly irreconcilable. Any church with tribal politics has lost God whether they go about raising the dead every day or not, because God is a God of all tribes and The Holy Spirit dwells on men and women of all tribes . Break the siege of tribalism and see God move in more ways than you know in your church. The present church in Nigeria should be wary of any form of fragmentation syndrome because our enemy is so United .

Saturday, 4 February 2017

A GERMAN'S VIEW ON ISLAM

Just thought I would share this:

A German's View on Islam - worth reading because this is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist--a man, whose family was German aristocracy prior t...o World War II, and owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of our world had come.

My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.

China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual, prior to World War II, was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians, most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt. Yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

Islamic prayers have now been introduced into Toronto and other public schools in Ontario, and, yes, in Ottawa too while the Lord's Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?! To whom? Not to the vast majority of Canadians!).

The Islamic way is only peaceful until the fanatics move in.

In Australia, and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food products in your local supermarket. Foods on aircraft have the halal emblem, just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding throughout the world.

In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of ?no-go? zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuses to acknowledge British law.

As for we who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts -- the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Anyone who doubts the seriousness of this issue and just deletes without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.

So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on in the hope that thousands, world-wide, read this, think about it, and send it on. 

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