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THE CHURCH UNDER ASSAULT (#StrongerTogether – Part1)

For some time now the Church of God in Nigeria has been under assault. There are internal adversaries as there have been many foes from outside the Church. From within the Church is periled by impostors who have blended with the flock in our meeting places but whose works expose them as having a mindset that is strange to our common faith in Jesus Christ. Mingling among the faithful members is now a growing number of those that Jesus called tares (Matt. 13:24-30). They neither are born again nor do they appreciate the common tenets of our faith in Christ. With their projecting thorns and thistles they hurt members, deride pastors and make ministers of the gospel the butt of their dirty and silly jokes; they just don’t feel any qualms about the pains of the Church.

Then from outside, with what is now obvious as a well orchestrated impunity, the enemies of the Church have found renewed pleasure in the killing of many Christians, the recent massacre of Christians in southern Kaduna being a sign. The cries of dying Christians across the country has fallen on deaf ears; and buoyed by the official silence, even denial, and obvious inaction of the statutory security agencies of the day, the enemies of our faith have found delight in burning of churches across different parts of northern Nigeria. The persecution against the Church is rife, no thanks to official negligence and the deliberate rebuff by officials of both state and the federal government, of the sound reasoning of well meaning people.

THE BURNING BUSH

But the Church of God is like the Old Testament Burning Bush. Though aflame with the fire of persecution, the bush or the Church is not being consumed (Exodus 3:2). The immediate fulfilment of that scripture was the nation of Israel which, against all odds, has continued to survive and triumph. Just as the Church, which through all times down the ages, has come to equally typify that same burning bush. It has survived and continued to outlive all her persecutors. Amen, Hallelujah!

So, persecution has not particularly been alien to Christians or the Church; from the very beginning it has been so, and expected too, because, as Paul writes in 2 Tim. 3:12, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” The more that Christians have been persecuted down the ages the greater and stronger the Church has grown and expanded. It confirms what Jesus predicted in Matthew 16:18, “And I say also unto thee… upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The persecution of the Church forms my perspective of recent happenings in Nigeria, which have not come to me as a surprise anyway; only that the impact of the singular code from the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) has left many people wondering as to: 1) the source of that code, 2) its real intentions, and 3) what the reaction of Christians and the Church should be.

A CALL FROM THE DARK

The extension of the authority of the FRC to include, essentially, the ouster of the apostolic leadership of the Church in Nigeria, asking founders and general overseers of churches to abdicate, retire, relinquish and step down from their positions at a particular age, even if this is against their own wish, not even minding if this is against the call of God upon their lives, leaves a lot of questions in the minds of the people.

Needless I say that all that is happening today – and I feel strongly about this – is a result of our past nonchalance, docility, and the fact that over the years the apostolic leadership of Christendom in Nigeria has not managed the affairs of the Church well enough as it should. Many have stayed aloof, satisfied with just the growth of their own denominations, churches and ministries. It had not bothered many leaders whether the entire body of Christ was well and growing so long as their own fiefdoms appear safe; they just couldn’t be bothered!

Yes, there have been pockets of successes of individuals and ministries. Yes, we have seen certain appearances of those successes, like the possession of material wealth: buildings, cars; like the acquisition of resources and assets: schools; printing and media facilities; like the building of massive cathedrals, and the popularity of a few individuals at home and abroad and we are grateful to God for all that. But with recent and unfolding events in the country, we now can see that personal successes and growth of individual churches and denominations are fast eroding the essence of our common faith and union in Christ.

We ought to see that facing the challenges of our common faith can no longer be an individual game, but something we are to collectively tackle. Gone should be the days when we lived for none other but ourselves and the concerns of our enclosed ministries and churches. It should be obvious to well-thinking Christians across the land that we all need one another. I need you as you need me; we all need the other members of the Body of Christ. This is why the matter of the unity of the Church is very important.

VOICES FROM BELOW

I recall that in recent times a few sincere voices have raised serious concerns on the failings of the Church and began to challenge our apostolic leaders to begin to look beyond their denominations, churches and ministries, but others tried to discourage them and even accused them of being too forward, as if they were being disrespectful.

With no one listening, for some time now, everyone went into our respective cocoons and, as it were, continued to build our respective kingdoms. Sadly, but instructively, with just one code of the federal government via the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, our long cherished kingdoms are already beginning to come crashing down; because, first of all, many of those things we were building were not consistent with God’s Kingdom principles, standards or values and have nothing to do with God’s Kingdom agenda.

Recall how Paul, in Philippians 1:27-29, says in the Good News Translation, “Now, the important thing is that your way of life should be as the gospel of Christ requires, so that, whether or not I am able to go and see you, I will hear that you are standing firm with one common purpose and that with only one desire you are fighting together for the faith of the gospel. Don’t be afraid of your enemies; always be courageous, and this will prove to them that they will lose and that you will win, because it is God who gives you the victory. For you have been given the privilege of serving Christ, not only by believing in him, but also by suffering for him.”

Notice how Paul emphasises our need to stand firm with one common purpose and with only one desire to fight together for the faith of the gospel, not to prove a point or impress the world; not so we would be recognized as the mega church or the bishop of a mega church. We are not called to fight for our individual selves to be hailed as the most influential figure in town. No one of us has any point to prove to anyone as the most holy, a Mr Integrity, and none other is like us! That’s not what is important. We are to stand together and fight for our common faith and be defenders of the gospel of Christ as builders of the Kingdom of God. And it doesn’t really matter whether your church has 200,000 members or one million members or just 10 or 20 or 100 members. We need each other.

As we have noticed recently, and whether we like it or not, the arrowheads of the Church in Nigeria are either being sacked or threatened to leave their positions of leadership, leaving them suddenly so helpless and powerless. It is now Christians and Ministers with little or no recognition that are rising up for their defence. It shows that even the high and mighty will need ‘the little ones’. In actual fact, in the eyes of God, there are no little individuals or ministries. It is in our human eyes that we talk of big, large and mega ministries. In the eyes of God, there is no one called of God whose ministry is considered small.

POSTERITY BECKONS!

Truth is, God deals with us in generations and leads one generation at a time! I know my generation! There are generations ahead of mine. Now, with many of the apostolic leaders in their late 60s and 70s or 80s, their time and season are gradually passing away. Expectedly, it is the new generation of Apostles that shall step onto the stage when the present crop of apostolic fathers exit the stage. Hmmn! How time flies! We pray that God spares their lives and leave them still with us for many more years. But even if they lived for 10, 20, 30 or 40 more years, we all know the majority of the present crop of Apostolic Fathers are past prime and time is not on their side. For history to judge them well, these apostolic fathers must now accept responsibility on behalf of the entire body of Christ in Nigeria and work hard to fix the present mess in the church before they exit the stage. Considering the enormity of the challenges facing the church and our country today, these fathers have very little time on their side. If the fathers don’t unite now on behalf of the body of Christ in Nigeria then when will they? If apostolic fathers won’t take responsibility on behalf of the body of Christ then who will? How would our fathers like their generation to be remembered? That’s why I pray that the Church of God in Nigeria will not ‘collapse’ as it is threatening to under the watch of the present apostolic fathers.

I shall soon return with Stronger Together – Part II: FAITH OF OUR FATHERS! Until then, let’s keep up the conversation on this blog. I look forward to your views and comments. Do please be polite and discreet. Do not insult or abuse any personality. God bless you!

Author: Bishop Emma Omon
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Bishop Emma Omon is a Revivalist, Civil Engineer, Author, Publisher, Inspirational Coach, The Presiding Bishop of The Radiant Church International and President of Emma Omon Global Outreach Inc.

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Published online on Wednesday, 18th January 2017 by emmaomonblog.com

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113 Comments

  1. Adams Adejo

    January 18, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    This is a master piece!

  2. Alfonsus Okoye

    January 18, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    The greatest enemies of the church are within. The merchants, the wolves and the synagogues satan masquerading as saints and they are eating up the saints of God.

  3. Idongesit Umo

    January 18, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you Sir for opening our eyes to the truth. More Grace Sir

  4. Vivian Avungu

    January 18, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Hallelujah

  5. Osato Efosa

    January 18, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    we are looking forward to see a stronger, united, vibrant church which is the body of Christ that is not divided by doctrines, renominations.Christ is not divided.

  6. Revd Uduak Josiah

    January 18, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    In all these, the church will grow stronger. I know that God will accoplish something great through these persecutions of His church in Nigeria.

  7. Daniel Toby

    January 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    All thanks to God, he is forever faithful

  8. Okpe Linus

    January 19, 2017 at 4:49 am

    JESUS is the LORD of all forever…

  9. Enoch Ochefu

    January 19, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Powerful and sincere. Thanks more grace and more anointing. We need men who are bold and fearless.

  10. Joseph Okpe

    January 19, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Tnks sir more grace

  11. Ogieriakhi Princely

    January 19, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Govt shldn’t compel church leaders 2 vacate their position, is Ian govt parastatals?

  12. Godwin Tolulope

    January 19, 2017 at 6:40 am

    It is well.

  13. Ikechukwu Egbulle

    January 19, 2017 at 6:42 am

    By Gods grace we will stronger no matter what

  14. Godwin Tolulope

    January 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    May God help us out of the power of Disunity in Christendom.

  15. Cletus Shonran

    January 19, 2017 at 7:17 am

    We must keep praying so God will imbibe us with holy spirit so that church will regain her lost glory and wax strong and stronger brethrens,otherwise,there’s eminent confusions.

  16. Abayomi Adelere

    January 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    More grace sir

  17. Kleen Skillz

    January 19, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Sorry o….the people of God should keep things godly, everything is now in the open.
    You can’t oppress the poor and expect those with the spirit of Truth, which Christ represents, to keep mute for the fear of being called a tare!
    We now know how the redirection of the people of God in Israel back to Deuteronomy 28:13 by The Prophet Malachi to the people in Malachi 3 is what y’all made new testament law of tithing, our tithes must be shared with the poor, widows, foreigners and orphans but y’all preachers claim it to be your entitlement,
    No!
    The early Churches never did what y’all are doing!
    No body ever paid for receiving prayers or some special amount for some religious materials!
    You made the people of God gullies!
    They don’t know their left from their right, remember what the prophecy of the prophet Jeremiah said in Jeremiah 31:33-34?
    Yes, Jesus says “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life, let us leave the Church buildings and flamboyant lifestyles, we must feed the sheep and the flocks with Truth, so that they will know the way to life!
    We can not be flying business class, be living in 7star hotels outside the shores of the country at the expense of people of offerings and tithes and expect the people to keep blind eyes at it, while some of the people that are contributing to their widow’s might are starving!
    A lot is happening within the Church and we can’t be called a people of God if we can’t live according to the standard of God.
    May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ continues to be with us.

    • Joseph Anwatim

      January 19, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Say it loud and again. These folks wont even admit that they’ve erred. Too bad, that’s why we are mocked this way. In the book of Acts, persecution help the disciple spread abroad even the gospel and power of Christ. Persecution could be a tool of great revival. I share your thought

    • Osagiede Israel

      January 19, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Kleen skills. U don’t get it!! The church is under attack. Let fight for the faith not ourselves… Though there imperfection in the body of Christ.. Let put outside our differences and believes, it’s high time we hold hands together on the common faith that Jesus is our lord. Let fight our common enemy that’s trying to wipe out Christianity in Nigeria

    • Kleen Skillz

      January 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      I get it,
      if we can’t do things right, we will never hold hands together….Paul and Peter had issues but they got going together because they had a simple common goal which was, offer Christ to the world, in as much as greed and profaned gospel is trending, those with the spirit of Truth will never hold hands with some other groups who enrich themselves in the name of Christ….i personally see them that are after world’s standard of Christianity as men of gold.
      May God help us.

    • Ebipa Yeigba

      January 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Amen my brother. Too bad. May God have MERCY on us Christians especially in Nigeria.

    • Gideon Gbeke

      January 19, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Kleen, Jesus Did Not Need Ur Suport To Defend & Fight For His Church. Right Frm Inception D Church Of God Ve Never Been Perfect Yet Jesus Didnt Dissown Her. Who Make U A Judge Over Christ’s Church? Runing D Entire Church Of God Down B4 Unbelievers Wil Not Bring Sanity To D Church Instead It Wil Make Unbelievers To B Offemded At D Gospel.

    • Edwin Goodness

      January 19, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      @Gideon what are talking abt ? Anyway its people like that will not tell a man of God or woman of God where he or she is been erring and u follow him to hell bcs u refused to correct him constructively with love then maybe bcs of ur own worldly lucre, metchew adieu shaa!

    • Austin Efe Igori

      January 20, 2017 at 3:22 am

      @Gideon; pastors deceived people like u are d biggest problem of Christianity today. Apostle Paul warned us about the ”Ravenous wolves” from among us, they will make merchandise of ur souls… JESUS warned us about false prophets Matthew 4: 24-25 {pastors deceiving people} they are worst than infidels…

    • Austin Efe Igori

      January 20, 2017 at 3:53 am

      Correction (Matthew 24: 4-5)

    • Sade Igun

      January 20, 2017 at 9:33 am

      This should not be a platform for painting the church black. This is no time for argument. It is a time to consolidate and see how we can pray for this nation not to be Islamized. We Christians must not put aside the needful we need to join hands together to fight a common course. There must be unity of faith to succeed. We need to bury our differences and start praying for the body of Christ before things get out of hands. This is no time to judge either. The Church of Jesus Christ must be built and the gate of hell shall not prevail against it. God bless you

    • Kleen Skillz

      January 20, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Mrs Sade, there is a different between being judgemental and saying a truth….it is the same Master that instructed us not to judge that told us that only the truth will set us free,
      there is no better platform to tell ourselves a simple truth than on a place as this where Christians can reason without sentimentally defending ones faith in some people cases….
      Let’s reason together,
      If we have not been covering the truth in the past with fermented gospel of prosperity, we will not be in this mess of trying to….we will be speaking in one voice, nobody will interfere in the affair of the Christians, we will be respected and the name of our Lord will not be ridiculed.

      Christ did not come so that we will be united in deception, that is why he came with sword, you will rise against me if i am of lies and i, against you if you are of lies….we can stand together if building Jesus Christ in hearts is our mission and not about making names or getting respected.
      We can, yes we can.

    • Ediale Remedy

      January 20, 2017 at 9:58 am

      mr kleen, you’ve said nothing but the truth i love ur commet

    • Gideon Gbeke

      January 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Kleen, Since U Ve Been Teling Dis So Cal Truth, How Many Pastors Ve Been Set Free By It? Jesus Save U To Go & Sinners Not Pastors. Making Noise On Fb About Men Of God Is An Efort In Futility. Why Not Chanel Ur Energy Towards More Productive Things & Stop Wasting Ur Time On What God Didnt Send U.

    • Austin Efe Igori

      January 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      @Gideon; are u really a Christian?! Do u understand Christianity at all?! Are u a pharisee & or a saddusee?! Christ JESUS told us to remove the rock in our eyes first so that we can be able to see well & help others to remove the dirt in their eyes… The falsehood (deceit) in the church is the rock. The church is suppose to be the light & salt of the World. Today can u compare it with the Church in the Bible, they were first called Christians in Antioch of Syria because They were Christ-like. Are u Christians of today Christ-like & corruption-free?! Without Holiness No man can see GOD… Even Christ JESUS criticized & condemned some corrupt & lackluster churches in the Bible… Apostle Paul praised the Bereans for checking the scriptures to ascertain if he was always correct even though they were new converts, but criticized the loyal & faithful Corinthians for being lazy & following him blindly without recause to the scripture to see if all he told them were true, urging them to take a cue from the Bereans…

    • Austin Efe Igori

      January 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      @Gideon; if the Head is rotten, it will affect the Body… We need 2 correct the Head 2 save the Body. If any part of U makes U 2 sin, cut it off, 4 it is better 4 U to make heaven without some parts of U than 2 end in hel-fire with all parts of U.

    • Pst Gideon Osita

      January 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      What nonsense!instead of us to come together with a singular mindset and pray 4 d country not to be islamised we are talking about pastors..i assure u if the country is islamised you would be forced to become a muslim,you would be forced to kill,you would be forced to serve their monster and follow their demon possesd prophet called mohammed,you would loose ur freedom of worship,pray for your faith,stand for your faith,cling to your faith and its only together we shall stand..Turkey was islamised because of lack of christians unity..lets pray for nigeria!

    • Abejirin Elisha Eniolorunfe

      January 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Pastor Gideon weldone. More grace for unstanding

    • Edwin Goodness

      January 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Praying for Nigeria abi praying for those visiting aso rock taking money to close their mouth from standing up to conderm what’s going on in the country, those saboteurs or who should we pray for now, abeeeg @ pastor Pst Gideon Osita pls answer that question, don’t say this bcs u are a pastor, say the truth for once biko oooh!. U will praying later ,u will see some going tru d the back to sabotage by talking money then coming out here to claim holy. Who the hell amongst them want to be truly unite faithfully without compromising even if him and his family is hungry, earthly lucre!!! Maybe u should ask God for more revelation pls, Bcs God will do nothing unless he reveals it to his true sons n daughters whom he counts on, the way forward. Amos, 7:3 . am not happy with u for not saying the truth here as a pastor pls, that’s all shalom!

    • Edwin Goodness

      January 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      2 chronicles, 7: 14 if my people which I have called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; just take note here @ Pst Gideon Osita, there are about three principles to met up with before we acclaimed brethren or children of the most high God Almighty can attain or access the throne of God for quick intervention and healing of this land bcs the land had been so much polluted by sins ,one is, shall humble themselves, second is, prayer, third is seeking for God’s face, fourthly, turning away kpata kpata from their wicked ways only then, Our God will hear from heaven he will also start from doing something before the final reason for the prayer whichs healing of the land , but first of all ,forgiveness of sins, that was turned away from comes first ,remember its afterwards he then heals the land pls. So pastor Gideon u cannot deceive God for just prayer & never watching to follow de due process ok, some may say let me or let us go n pray for d country only I can’t be able to do the other ones, they’re just deceiving their selves ok God is not mocked whatever a man sows so shall he reap. For without faith n holiness no man can please God.

    • Edwin Goodness

      January 20, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      So think about this do u how many intercessory ministries are in Nigeria now as far ad this our Christianity is concern ,and if there’s absolutely nothing happening to the glory of their prayers, that’s only means there’s a big problems somewhere, so do think about that as well. Those four principles must be met before God pethaps will reveal himself in a mighty dimensional ways for the healings of this country to break the bands of the evil asunder to pieces, so apart from this lackadaisical ways of we Christians nowadays, abeg, just forget about that ok that’s the whole Truth here after all, Turkey made that same mistake and we already know their outcome now! He who has ears should try ooh & hear what’s de spirit is saying. Ekwuchakwaa num!!! Udo diri unu!.

    • Edwin Goodness

      January 20, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Metchew no be only more grace ma more oil & money for his understanding!

    • Osahon Godfrey

      January 21, 2017 at 6:20 am

      this is what we are saying no body is perfect, christians are too busy talcking against their leaders remember non is perfect nd hw many muslim hve u seen talcking against their leaders, dis is where d disunity begins in christianity, y not live d unfaithful ones for GOD nd stop looking for fake pastors to condemn or u dont know dat by condeming one u are also condeming d rest both d gud ones

    • Osahon Godfrey

      January 21, 2017 at 6:27 am

      stop bothering urself abt those that are not doing d right thing it is between them nd GOD dis is d time to come together as one nd fight dis fight through prayers nd by supporting our leaders not d time to b correcting pastors or preaching to pastors pls

    • Osahon Godfrey

      January 21, 2017 at 6:32 am

      d spiritual leaders of muslim nd other religion are not also perfect but hve u seen any muslim man or other religion talcking against their head jst as christians does? pls let us b wise like a serpent nd b harmless like a dove

    • Frederique Emmanson

      January 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Hmmmm!
      Really, we need to be united right now.
      UNITED WE’LL STAND!
      DIVIDED WE’L ALL FALL LIKE A PACK OF CARDS, AND JESUS WILL STILL BE LORD.

    • Frederique Emmanson

      January 21, 2017 at 7:39 am

      “i pray that they may be ONE…”
      That was Jesus’ prayer for us.

    • Otoabasi Asuquo

      January 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

      To GOD be the glory Amen.

      Nigeria will never be Islamized because GOD had showed me same.

      It is true that Boohari and his moslem brothers are bent on doing so but GOD has already rejected them.

    • Edwin Goodness

      January 21, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Mr Osahon Godfrey did u read my post or comment there very well enough before commenting urs, I never say or doubted God concerning whether he will hear from his heavenly aboard to heal the land, but I just reminded us the only way with which we pray n pray tru abeg, so that some people would be praying and others will playing using their position shaa.

    • Edwin Goodness

      January 21, 2017 at 11:41 am

      I just reminded us that there are lay down guidelines to do some important things in life talk less of the spiritual things of this magnitude. Everyone’s hands must be on desk ,in one accord , in one spiritual exercises , with one mind,without compromising anything, seeking God’s face with pure , broken & a contrite spirit, laying aside all de weight that beseth everyone in a genuine repentance forget this God will show mercy on whom he will show mercy on bcs some brethren are now abusing or taking this very grace for granted forgetting that Our God has never still altered his standards for reaching him in everything like prayers and #Holiness. Bcs he said in his word that whenever any of his child is in Holiness that devil does not touch him at all no matter what. So brethren its only tru this ooo except this way in obedience not carelessly do it only for the benefits of the flesh hmm, wahala deee oooh, but one thing I know which is very sure is that , the gates of hell must never n will never prevail no matter what God can never lie, but we should not be careless oo! That’s it all , shallom!.

    • Ode Samuel

      January 21, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      What happened to Egypt & Turkey will soon happen to us if our pastors are not repent of their waywardness, & following the teaching of Christ, is not all about prayers sometimes but holiness without on one shall see God. Many nowadays are nothing but criminals called pastors, may God help his church.

    • Edwin Goodness

      January 21, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      My dear brother , u can say that again ok I myself & many other children of God had been saying this , so they can’t say that, they haven’t been hearing it, all I heard them keep saying always is this, u don’t correct a pastor , u don’t correct a man of God metcheeeeew, well, they can’t tell us ,that haven’t been u hearing all these warning here n there. No problem, no problem yet ,there are huge problems everywhere spiritually & physically metchew.

    • Adigom Donatus

      January 21, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      well the pastors started the divisions in the church by opening their own churches sometimes from their sitting rooms and telling everybody how their God is the only original one. Most of them do this for selfish reasons and till today, some men are in their churches not as members but s apprentices learning the trade. Soon they will set up their own investments. This is the root of the division, today we have over 3000 christian denominations in the country claiming to serve their own special and original God and at the same time claiming to serve the same God. smh

  18. Prince Manny

    January 19, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Even the bombing of IDP camp where Christians were dominant

  19. Pisaac Ango Makama

    January 19, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Great Sir even as Rev Emmanuel Bossun has said we will follow as the spirit leads

  20. Favour Carol

    January 19, 2017 at 9:25 am

    God Bless You Sir For Opening Our Eye

  21. Ogbeni Elvis

    January 19, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Why is the president of country drove on expensive car and jet, when there is poverty in the land.my brother our God is not a poor God.

  22. Ogbeni Elvis

    January 19, 2017 at 10:05 am

    My answer to kleen skills lkechuukwu.

  23. Odo Gideon Wonder Chibuzo

    January 19, 2017 at 10:13 am

    WONDERFUL TEACHING

  24. Nelson Iro Uwagie

    January 19, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Yes the lord will take us there. Good work here God bless

  25. Ugen John Ochuko

    January 19, 2017 at 11:08 am

    This is very powerful sir no wonder Jesus said he wonders if he will find faith when he returns. Our Apostolic fathers have failed us placing individual success in ministry above the true body of Christ. This as been the weakness of the church and the devil know that a house divided cannot stand. My sincere prayers is that before the night fully take its course on them they should understand Eph 4:11-13. God bless you sir

  26. Simon Yusuf Yazonom

    January 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Okoye has said the truth, the church enemy is the Judas in the church those are the types or kind that are all out for popularity, Rev or Bishop so and so is a peace-maker, what peace with the devil the Bible said what aconrd hath Chrst with Belial? 2Cor6:14-18.

  27. David O. Okunlola

    January 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    “God is building strong local churches and endeavouring to teach them to flow with the holy ghost” – Rev Kenneth. E Hagin

    That men should be full of the word and filled with the Spirit is still God’s plan for the church today. Testimonies abound over the years to God’s power changing live

  28. Chinyere Oguejiofor

    January 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Thank u sir for this wake up call…we are all involved in it and I trust the HOLY SPIRIT to help us.
    JESUS prayed for HIS disciples, that they may be one. We have allowed denominational walls to come in between us, so much division and segregations, Priding ourselves with our denominations as if church is a political party…I am of Paul, am of Apollos as if CHRIST is divided. we forgot that we are children of d same father under one kingdom.
    It’s high time we started praying for d unity of d church. Even hell will not be able to stand against us when we are united.
    Our leaders should not allow their personal goals and ambitions outweigh the common goal of the kingdom.
    We need leaders that are bold, full of power that will challenge the govt and it’s system to understand that the church is not answerable to them, neither is it instituted by men. Chai, I remembered our late papa Benson Idahosa, a man full of power.
    GOD please help us, let d sincere burden for ur church consume us

  29. Obetta Paulinus Ekene

    January 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    God help us

  30. Betty Alabrah

    January 19, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks, God bless you, MOG, my heart is bleeding for the church..

  31. Saviour Jerome

    January 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    What is the retirement age pegged?

  32. dagprs1

    January 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I read through all line for line, precept upon precept, i smiled but wept inwardly, UNITY!!! A beckon on our kirk leaders to return to GENESIS 11 and rebuild a tower(Church) that would reach unto God’s expectation in oness of voice ,together we can achieve in our country Nigeria. God bless the Bishop that wrote that excerpt.

  33. Emma Young

    January 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Oh what a pity for the church, the judgment is here and the gospel merchants are busy merchandising the blind and myopic congregation with feign words. What God did to the Jews around 70AD is what he is doing to the church today, nothing new under the sun.

  34. Eunice E. Agharese

    January 19, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    The Gates of hell can never prevail against the Church IJMN. Amen!

  35. Emma Young

    January 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Jesus said, the kingdom of God is like a man who planted a vineyard but when men were asleep the enemy came and sow tares. Jesus planted the word (the true gospel) in the heart of his disciples and apostles but when the Roman gentiles succeeded and killed the apostles they brought in Roman paganism into the church and the system collapsed till this day.

  36. Apostle Chrisking P. A

    January 19, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    The day I met this man of God in His office along Igando/Ikotun road, I knew I met a voice for the Church in this generation… speak on man of God.

  37. Ekoja Daniel

    January 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    am blessed by your words sir..i bless the Holyspirit for ur gift…giving u greatwisdom and boldness to speakout in this turbulent moment.

  38. Samuel Ovie

    January 20, 2017 at 1:20 am

    The church is marching on in victory!!

  39. Joseph Bibi Odede

    January 20, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Amen

  40. Austin Efe Igori

    January 20, 2017 at 3:43 am

    @Kleen: U ‘ve said the bitter Bible Truth that Cures the Sin in Us; but who will take it & be Cured from Sin?! Will the ‘Ravenous wolves’ that Apostle Paul spoke about take it? will the pastors deceived people take it? Christ JESUS is Coming for a clean & perfect church not d present corrupt ones we have on ground.

  41. Nnadi Peter

    January 20, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Hmmmm

  42. Nnadi Peter

    January 20, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Many are called but few are chosen

  43. Omeh Joseph

    January 20, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Great one MOG, it really calls for concern, the rottenness, socio -political affluence, glamorous taking and show of tittles in the church(as though that’s what matters) gave way for the devil to make his sit tighter and use other fast growing religion to hold strong. “The gate of hell shall not prevail” that’s true but shall we sit idle in Zion?

  44. Akinolu Juwon

    January 20, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Very on point dear Bishop sir. Its either now or never, however we pray grace for our Apostolic Father (with due respect) to rise now as a unified strong force through the help of the Holy Spirit and salvage the situation now for posterity to keep blessing them.

  45. Euginia Bellgam

    January 20, 2017 at 7:29 am

    God is raising an army to fight the enemy, until then may the souls of those who departed in pain find solace in the bossom of our Lord. Amen

  46. Samuel Emmanuel

    January 20, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Lord open the spiritual eyes and ears of all believers the more to see and hear where we have been missing the mark of unbeatable and unkillable church that You have built and gate of hell would not prevail against it. Help O Lord. Nigeria Churches, are you all running the Churches the way Jesus had given the key to you Matthew 16:18? Hope some of us have not thrown the Key away and decided to be using our own mental keys. Where are we going ? Hope we are not sleeping now Matthew 13:25? It is high time we all woke up to start applying the Right Key that Jesus gave to us as running of His Church is concerned

  47. Pst Daniel Moni

    January 20, 2017 at 8:59 am

    may God’s interventions come over the church in this nation check out what they did in our two weeks ago they made away with all our instruments even pulpit oh lord arise and fight for the church

  48. Francis Biri

    January 20, 2017 at 9:08 am

    This is very powerful sir, no wonder Christ said he will fyn Faith wen he return. D body of Christ is sleeping d early we wake up d better for all saints, I never expected to here this on a social media. God bless u sir

  49. Sade Igun

    January 20, 2017 at 9:44 am

    The word for the hour. God bless you sir

  50. Ahmed Mamuda

    January 20, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Buy a bag of Dangote Cement at 1000 naira.call +234 8130489670 to place an order…Note for buyers above 100 bags…

  51. Billy Bola

    January 20, 2017 at 11:26 am

    CALVARY WILL NEVER BE IN VAIN

  52. Ukachukwu Alex

    January 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

    We pray the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the Land alloyed to the righteous lest the righteous reach at their hand to iniquity, however we shall not quit in God’s plan for the church, therefore let us behave like our testimony.

  53. Abraham Crown

    January 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Glory to God for these revelations and spiritual awakening l pray unto our heavenly Father and Savior that they (the revelations and spiritual awakening ) get to the appropriate quota via His grace in Jesus Name more grace sir

  54. Agada Israel Joseph

    January 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    We can not continue like this we have to react and take it by force too. Our fathers should start praying for God’s direction on how we can begin this war against the impunity constituted against Church of Jesus Christ in Nigeria. We shouldn’t just talk the talk but talk and act.

  55. Agada Israel Joseph

    January 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Keeping the Church alive is also our responsibility

  56. Akpam Daniel

    January 20, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    the gates of hade cant stop us,the more attacks the stronger the CHURCH of JESUS CHRIST.

  57. Ezekiel Apeh

    January 20, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    God bless you sir

  58. Uche Benson

    January 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    My take on this issue is that WE Christians are the most undisciplined religious disciples on the face of the earth today . We talk down on our leaders without according them the respect deserve, even though they have their faults. How many times have we seen the Muslims or the Buddhist talk down on their leadership the way we always do, does that mean their leaders are perfect and without faults. The answer is capital NO. The Bible admonishes us to refrain from passing judgement on His servant and rather that we should pray for them, yet we ignore such admonition. Some group of persons tried that with Moses but never lived thereafter to tell the story. Some of us are so bitter with the successes of some of these Men of God that we castigate them at every given opportunity. Rather than for us to search for what made them successful.
    Many blacks in this part of the world are so lazy that we hardly research on how Mr A or Mr B made it. We’ll rather prefer that everyone remain at our levels, is that not a lifestyle of witches. How can we be so bitter that some pastors are making,while others are not. Yet, the politicians who put us where we are today are not castigated the way we do to the wealthy men of God. We celebrate the politicians and sing their praises to high heavens and yet they loot us dry. But whatever we give to church is a free will seed or offering and nobody compels us to do so. Why is it that we are bitter giving to the work of God? May God help us
    This is the era of the prosperity of the church and no gates of hell shall stop it.

    • Alex Enejo

      January 21, 2017 at 5:28 am

      One thing you should bear at the back of your mind is that, no leader of the Muslim and budish you sited the example of, Will allow their followers being butchered like chicken at will by any other religions. Our Christian leaders are too quiet.

    • Osahon Godfrey

      January 21, 2017 at 5:55 am

      what do u expect them to do, to go nd fight ? @alex

    • Osahon Godfrey

      January 21, 2017 at 5:56 am

      d best they can do is to pray

    • Rowland Bull

      January 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      They shouldn’t only pray, they should also speak out against the evil being perpetrated in the land. Who else is in a better position to speak up?

  59. Ukasoanya Uche

    January 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Let God arise wake up His sleeping Church and let His enemies be scattered.

  60. Stanley Iwunze Chibike

    January 21, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Pls brethren when we talk about church, is it a Godly church founded by Christ Jesus or man made church? Let’s not deceive ourselves, many churches are not church so there is no need of a Godly church and a church of Satan to have anything in common. Let’s only the church of Christ I mean the church that the foundation is of Christ Jesus rise up and pray unto God.2 chronicles 7:14.

  61. Agboola Babatunde

    January 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I hope Christian and the church of God will stand up and defend the church

  62. Jennifer Matthew

    January 21, 2017 at 9:50 am

    God wil surely help us

  63. Jethro Zaro Yasölam

    January 21, 2017 at 10:34 am

    The lord is our shield

  64. Friday Eneojo Achile

    January 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Amen

  65. Endurance Okunbor

    January 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Amen

  66. Adeyanju Ajadi

    January 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    May the Lord direct our paths in Jesus name.

  67. Adaeze Ifeanyi

    January 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    God help the church of christ

  68. Julius Owolabi

    January 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    There is wisdom in here!

  69. Obinna Daniel

    January 21, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    The problem we are having is that we have sidelined the founder of the church and HIS commands. We are now the owner of the church. Until we become like the Philadelphia Church, we can go no where. The gates of hell will always prevail in the wrong church. Obedience bring answer to prayers.

  70. Basil Chukwuneta

    January 21, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Oh God,give us another Benson idahosa and Evangelist Paul Gindiri.

  71. Emmanuel Peter

    January 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    The church founders caused these wave of assaults.

  72. Uchendu Justice Black

    January 21, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Said a little bit late but early enough for the wise, God bless u my brother. U are a great voice

  73. Orugun David

    January 22, 2017 at 3:02 am

    The gates of hell cannot stand against the church, the bible has for told in this world we will be persecuted but if you are faithful to God he will deliver us, God will not close his eyes to his own God be with us in CHRIST Jesus name, Amen

  74. Basil Enwerem

    January 22, 2017 at 3:21 am

    This is a wake up call to all Christians. The Church is sick within and only God can heal her. But we must match on the gate of hail shall not prevail against it. Thanks

  75. Quotes Tadka

    January 24, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Good post! We will be linking to this great article
    on our site. Keep up the great writing.

  76. Greatjacobs Jacobs

    February 7, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    dis is a wake up call, first to d fathers of faith & second d church in general, it is time for d church to unite & fight a common enemy. God bless u bishop sir.

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