YOUR SEXUALITY IS LOUDER THAN YOUR SPIRITUALITY!

By: Dr. Charles Awuzie

YOUR SEXUALITY IS LOUDER THAN YOUR SPIRITUALITY!

A renowned pastor, Dr. Charles Awuzie, who is known for preaching the “Finished Works of Christ”; gave a message on why sexuality is louder than spirituality. Flee sexual immorality!(1 Corinthians 6:18A).

He said after some pastors blow hot on the pulpit, they receive blow job in their hotel rooms – a result of religious hypocritical belief that spirituality is louder than sexuality.

Do you know why? Sexuality doesn’t respect spirituality…? When it comes to Sexuality, you can only WIN by embracing the truth of your Sexuality and living in the CONSCIOUSNESS of what you know about yourself.

Example: As a pastor, a very close sister once asked to be accommodated in my house and I was living in a big house with extra rooms. Zama and my son were in Cape Town so it would be me and that sister living in that house. So, I told her I could not help her since my family weren’t around. I sent her some money and encouraged her to find who to share a space with. Guess what? She got angry and blocked me, even on Facebook. She was disappointed that I even mentioned that something could happen if she moved in to my house. But I was just being honest. She’s a grown woman and I was a young man. We are not related and the Sexuality of a man doesn’t understand “He is my mentor or she is my mentee”.

So embracing your own truth will help you make good decisions. The pastors who usually get into sexual troubles are the ones who always feel like they are DEPUTY JESUS.

Look, once you exaggerate your ability to withstand sexual temptations as a man, you are a fool who is about to litter his seeds all over the place.
Embrace the truth that your Sexuality is louder than your spirituality.

You can slide from speaking in tongues with a sister to kissing her. It doesn’t make you a false prophet but it just means that you were religiously arrogant to think that your spirituality can protect you from your Sexuality.

Before you remind me of self control here, please calm down and follow patiently, we are going somewhere. The best self control you can exercise with regards to your Sexuality is to FLEE. As far as you share that private space, boy oh boy, what makes you a man will manifest and you may mess up an entire generation for over exaggerating your own spirituality.

Advice and Solution

To sisters, I don’t know who you are but you feel disappointed at a very great Man of God who became like bread in water when you both shared a private space, please heal your soul. He was a man who ignored the truth about his own Sexuality, this does not mean he is not a Christian. 

To men, if you don’t want your erection to give you direction, you must be conscious of your strong Sexuality and stay away from private spaces with the opposite sex. This is not about renewing your mind. Christ Embassy used to teach us to renew our mind and share spaces freely but soon, young girls in the church started aborting pregnancies for pastors.

So the solution is not big grammar, the solution is FLEE, BE UNAVAILABLE, ESCAPE, RUN. God who created you knows what you can handle and what you cannot handle hence the Scriptures instructed us to FLEE.

Also read:

7 STEPS TO AVOID SEXUAL SIN AND STAY IN MINISTRY

HOW TO SET SEXUAL BOUNDARIES

CAN A MAN OWN A CHURCH?

By: Theophilus Izobofolo

CAN A MAN OWN A CHURCH?

If we put the definition of the New Testament Local Assembly (Local Church) and modus operandi into perspective, no human could own a church. Christ is the sole owner of the church. He has no rival.

The Local Church is a community of brethren who worship and pray together, minister to one another and reach out to the unsaved in a mutually accountable atmosphere.

The leadership of such an assembly is plural and not singular. Such leaders can’t claim ownership of the church. Though God can use one person or a group of people to start it, the ownership is Christ’s. This must be both in principle and practice for such an assembly to function normally.

Now we have seen several instances where some persons, especially in the Pentecostal-Charismatic circle, claim they are the owners of their churches. They use the first person singular possessive pronouns whenever they make reference to the Local Assembly. So, we hear phrases like “my church”, “my labor”, “my sweat” etc. when referring to the Local Assembly.

This is not really about what people say but about the mindset (attitude) they have concerning the ownership of the Church. Since the Bible says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”, we are safe to conclude all these personalized utterances are a reflection of the mindset of those who make them concerning the ownership of the Local Assembly.

We have already stated that no one could own a church because the church belongs to Christ. Let’s hypothetically agree humans could own a church, is it really possible for one person to own a church considering that every Local Church is built by the voluntary services and monetary contributions of the members, no matter how small? How can one person own what the generality of the people built together?

We need to realize that once a person has mentally hijacked the ownership of the Assembly, and shows the brethren either by word or action, it becomes impossible for the people to freely give of their services and money to the cause. Such a person would have to employ various kinds of unscriptural schemes and manipulations to make the people yield to his wishes. This is why whoever lays claim to church ownership can’t remain innocent.

EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES; ARE WE REALLY SERVING GOD WITH OUR JOBS OR WE ARE WORKING FOR OUR MONEY?

By: Theophilus Izobofolo

EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES; ARE WE REALLY SERVING GOD WITH OUR JOBS OR WE ARE WORKING FOR OUR MONEY?

There would be a lot of surprises on the judgment day. Many of today’s Christians think the only way to serve God and get rewarded is by “doing something” in and for their denominations.

Literal millions of Christians have been wrongly schooled in the secular-spiritual dichotomy. They are oblivious to the fact that their work is the primary way by which they serve God. Hence, they are nonchalant about their work. They care less about how they treat those they minister to through their work. Some see their encounters with their clients as a necessary evil and not an opportunity to serve God. Their primary concern is their take-home pay even when their contribution can’t justify their pay. The worst culprits in this regard in Nigeria seem to be people in the civil service. Many, including professing Christians, want to be begged or induced financially before doing what they are being paid to do. People generally seem to have a false sense of security that they are alright once they’re doing “something for God” in their denominations.

May I tell you today, friend, one of the key areas you’ll be judged on that day is your work. If you spend at least 8 hours of your waking hours on your job, how could you think God won’t consider what you do in those hours in deciding your reward on the last day? Why have you allowed yourself to be decieved that the few hours you serve in your assembly is all God would use to decide your reward?

Am I just speaking from my mind? No! A closer look at the scripture shows that the secular-spiritual dichotomy that gives people this false security does not exist. The scripture says categorically that we would all stand before Christ to give an account of everything we did in the flesh. There is no distinction between what we do in church or outside.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that EVERYONE MAY BE RECOMPENSED FOR THE THINGS DONE IN HIS BODY, according to what he has done, whether it be GOOD or BAD.” (2Cor 5:10)

In fact, our work takes a prominent place. Those who occupy subordinate positions are admonished to do their work without eyeservice but as unto God while those who are in positions of authority are instructed to be considerate and fair to their subordinates.

“5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6 Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

9 And, you masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.” (Eph 6:5-9)

“22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

23 AND WHATSOEVER YOU DO, DO IT HEARTILY, AS TO THE LORD, AND NOT UNTO MEN;

24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.

25 But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no respect of persons.” (Col 3:22-25)

Don’t be mistaken that only the book of life exists before God. There are other books in which what we do or refuse to do in are waking moments are written.

“11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and THE BOOKSwere opened: and ANOTHER BOOK was opened, which is THE BOOK OF LIFE: and THE DEAD WERE JUDGED OUT OF THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS…….

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev 20:11-15)

While the book of life would be used to determine who spends eternity with Christ, the other books where our actions and inactions are written would be used to determine our reward.

You can’t mock God. Stop mocking yourself by thinking you are serving God in the church when you mistreat people all day at the place of work.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” (Gal 6:7)

Am I perfect in this regard? No, I am not. But I am striving towards perfection.

What is it then? Whether we are at work, in the midst of the brethren, or at home, we must see to it that we serve people and our families wholeheartedly to the best of our abilities as unto the Lord. We must constantly bear in mind that only God can truly reward us. This is the only way to guarantee a reward from the Lord.

Shalom!

Reference: Dr. Abiodun Jemilohun

BIBLICAL TRADITIONS OF IGBOS BEFORE THE MISSIONARIES CAME TO AFRICA

Dr chinoms, O Jude Nwala

(1). NSO NWANYI
In Igboland a women live apart from their husbands and neither cooks for them nor enters their husband’s quarters when she is in her period, she is seen as unclean.
Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists.

Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha , she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

(2). ANA OBI
An Igbo man’s ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 king 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

(3). IKUCHI NWANYI
Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brothers wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man’s brother to marry her.

(4). IGBA ODIBO
In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six(6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

(5). IRI JI
In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam.

New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop.

Those old days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It’s a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a Thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you.

Celebrate in the lord’s presence together with your children, servants, foreigners . Be sure that you obey my command, said the lord.

(6). IBE UGWU
In Igboland it’s a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

(7) OMUGWO
In Igboland, there is a practice known as “ile omugwo “. After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of her, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. In which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom’s only assignment will be to breastfeed the new baby.

This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.

Our ancestors have long practiced these tradition ever before the white man brought Christianity here.

This is to say that Igbos are direct tribe from Israel.

10 Things Every Entrepreneurs Must Have Before Seeking For Grants

Republished

Be it from family members, friends, banks, philanthropists equity or Angel investors, make sure you’ve all or must following sorted out to avoid the heartaches and pains that comes with disappointments and failed promises or application.

1. Have a good knowledge of your Business Idea:

In the 21st century which is also known as the knowledge economy era, what you know and how well you know it determines how much you’ll make from it.

Before starting any business or going out to seek investment or funding, ensure that your well knowledgeable if possible in all aspects of the niche you’re venturing into.

Know the different revenue streams available in your chosen business.

2. Start the Business: I know you are already saying but I don’t have the capital yet.

But that’s not true, you don’t need capital to start certain things about your business like acquiring needed knowledge and planning.

“Start now with what you have from where you’re.”

3. Document every of your Business Transactions: You can overlook the place of bookkeeping and record keeping as a start-up.

4. Register your Business: Not only does getting your business registered gives you and your investor(s) a sense of security, it also goes to show that you’re serious and ready for business.

In Nigeria and other African countries, having a registered business name is a prequalification to access loans and grants from private or government agencies.

It’s also a requirements for opening a corporate account.

5. Open a corporate account: You should know by now that no one will do any serious business with you in your personal account especially when it’s long term and millions are involved.

6. Develop a Business plan for your idea: Business Plan writing can be tasking and time consuming especially when it comes to financials which happens to be the area every investors lookout for.

Your business plan serves as your representative and spokes man in front of your investors. It should speak well of you and your business.

7. Develop a website, blog or your Business:
In the 21st century where your competitors have gone beyond the shop next door to you, ignoring the internet is akin to not keeping up with trends around you. Having an online presence this days is a Major credibility indicator.

8. Have a Social Media Presence: While it’s possible not have the need cash to build and own a website as a startup, opening social Media pages and account are still free and very easy to do. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkin and even Whatsapp have the ability to put your business on the faces of whomever you’ll like to see it.
Like someone said, your social media is your CV. Make sure it tells same story you want your business/brand to be known for.

9. Get people to always review your applications:

Here is the part most “Ideators” miss it.

Wanting to do everything themselves. To have a standout application, you need others with more experience to help you review it.

my mentor once told me that “the thin line between being a mediocre and a success is having a MENTOR.”

Avoid the mistake/temptation of filling any application directly on the site or form.

10. Develop a powerful story to sell your business:

Show me a business idea with beautiful brand story and I’ll show an idea that will win multiple grants application. Stories are what sell businesses, so learn how to use stories to sell yourself and brand.

The art of story telling can be Learnt.