Change is constant with time : the only variable is man
An army barrack had four soldiers guarding a concrete slab in front of the barracks at all times.
Different commanders came and went but the tradition remained; the soldiers changed shifts guarding the slab.
After 80 years, a new commander was assigned to the barracks. One of the things he did was to ask why things were done the way they were.
When he asked why soldiers were guarding the slab, he was told, We’ve always done it this way. It’s our tradition. Our former commanders instructed us to do that.
The commander was bent on finding out the reason for this practice. He went to the Archives to look for answers and came across a document that had the explanation.
The document was very old. It had instructions written by one of the retired commanders who had even passed away.
The new commander learnt that over 80 years ago, the barracks wanted to build a platform where events could be performed. When the concrete slab was laid, wild animals walked over it at night before the slab could dry.
The soldiers would fix it the next morning but when evening came the same thing would happen. So the commander ordered that four soldiers should guard the concrete slab for three weeks to allow it to dry.
The following week the commander was transferred to handle another assignment elsewhere, and a new commander was brought in.
The new commander found the routine and continued to enforce it without asking any question.
And since then, every other commander that came did the same.
Thus, eighty years later; soldiers continued guarding the concrete slab. An assignment that was ordinarily designed to last just three weeks. . . 80yrs of ignorance with hard labour has passed.
CHANGE IS CONSTANT WITH TIME : THE ONLY VARIABLE IS MAN
Are you carrying on obsolete beliefs, attitudes traditions/culture that were relevant to certain people or a certain time?
What is your opinion about yourself, people of a different race, politics, certain business opportunities, new products etc ?
You might just be guarding a concrete slab!
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible (Ignorance can make you work hard without progress).
Find out why you do what you do. Change the way you work and be creative. Do new things, try newer ways and always be open to Change. Change is constant with time : the only variable is man.
ANATOMY OF THE “PROSPERITY GOSPEL” (PART 1PREAMBLE)
First and foremost, I would like to clarify that this treatise is not an attempt to refute the fact that God can and does endow His people and humanity in general with financial and physical blessings. If we begin on the premise that God is a good God, as the Bible declares Him to be, we shouldn’t find it difficult to believe that God would have no trouble blessing the people who are called by His name with the good things of life.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Mat 7:11)
Why this Prosperity Theology:
The main objective of this treatise is to conduct a thorough examination of the “prosperity theology” as it currently exists in the light of the Bible, the written word of God, which is the only authentic canon by which the veracity or otherwise of all Christian doctrines and practices can be established.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in righteousness.” (2Tim 3:16)
Someone may ask, Why this effort?” To such a one I answer, “If not for any other reason, the numerous controversies surrounding this theology are enough to prompt a sincere inquirer to diligently seek the true position of the Bible on it.”
Contrary to my usual practice of refraining from mentioning names in my apologetics activities, it is inevitable that names of a few prominent men who pioneered this theology would be mentioned in the course of this discourse. This is by no means an attempt to cast aspersion on their persons but an attempt to give an accurate and honest account of the evolution of this theology.
It is also important to state clearly that this work is not an attempt to judge any man but an effort to subject a theological thought to the scrutiny of the holy word of God.
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1Thess 5:21)
Bearing in mind that the first rule of Christian apologetics is FIDELITY to the letter and spirit of the Scripture, I shall maintain strict adherence to the principles of biblical hermeneutics (interpretation) we previously outlined in one of our series throughout this discourse. The reader should kindly refer to this for clarification as occasion may demand.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (1Tim 2:15)
This is probably going to be the longest public treatise I would ever write. I must confess that the enormity of this task is enough to debar one from beginning in the first instance but I am convinced that it is a work that must be done for the defence of the glorious Gospel. I believe it is an idea whose time has come.
I am quite aware that our society is till uncomfortable with frank public discussions that relate to religion but if we must make progress we have to be willing to take these discussions from behind the curtains to the arena.
“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” (Mat 10:27)
Since we know in part, everyone is welcome to contribute, but on the condition that CIVILITY will be maintained. Please bear in mind that I shall not hesitate to delete every comment I consider unkind or unchristain. There is no time for frivolities as the King’s business is urgent. ANATOMY OF THE “PROSPERITY GOSPEL” (PART 1PREAMBLE) – To be continued…
The temple that Solomon built for God was said to have a great quantity of gold, silver, bronze, and other precious metals. The temple consisted of several layers, with the Most Holy Place housing the Ark of the Covenant in the center. (The presence of God). It was built in the 10th century BC.
So, how much did Solomon’s temple cost? The amount of gold, silver and bronze, along with other precious metals are recorded in various places in the Bible.
(1 Chronicles 22:14)- 100,000 talents of gold, 1 million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighted.
(1 Chronicles 29:3)- 3,000 talents of gold, 7,000 talents of silver from David’s personal treasures.
(1 Chronicles 29:7)- 5,002.5 talents of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze, 100,000 talents of iron from the leaders of Israel.
(1 Kings 5:10)- King Hiram of Tyre gave Solomon many cedar trees for the temple.
In total, over 108,002.5 talents of gold, 1,017,000 talents of silver, and quantities of bronze much greater than that. A great quantity of cedar trees were used- so many, in fact, that Solomon had to pay King Hiram with 20 towns in Galilee! (1 Kings 9:11)
108,002.5 talents of gold would beg an incredible amount of gold. One talent was approximately 75 pounds, so 108,002.5 talents would be a mindbogglingly 8,100,187.5 pounds of gold.
1,017,000 talents of silver would be an equally mind-boggling 76,275,000 pounds of silver! Excluding the bronze, and using the average current price of gold, the gold alone of Solomon’s temple would have been an astonishing $194,404,500,000.
The silver would have been $22,199,076,000. Added together, the gold and silver used along in Solomon’s Temple was worth $216,603,576,000. Calculate this in Naria and know what it worth.
This does not include all the precious metals, bronze, iron, ivory, or cedar wood used in the temple. Extrapolating from the number, the total cost of Solomon’s temple including the labor costs (153,000 forced laborers) would have been well over half a billion, Building the temple took over seven years.
Dr. Paul Enenche’s new cathedral is like a children’s department to what king Solomon built for God and people are complaining.
During the time of king Solomon, there were beggars then, there were priests and high priests and prophets then but none was envious of Solomon. None talked against or criticized what Solomon did for God. People far and near come to worship God in the temple Solomon has built and the Bible recorded that the glory of God came down mightily.
Jealousy and envy will kill some people. At the success of others they get angry. When they can’t bet your standard they become your adversaries. The church is rising and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. No amount of criticism can bring a great man down. If King Solomon can use such an amount of money to build a glory Dome for God then what Dr Paul Enenche built is just small.
You guys haven’t seen anything yet. Mine is coming. The more you talk and get angry, the more God builds his church and make name for himself.
There is something every believer in Christ needs to know. I hope to communicate this in a simple way:
The God of the home is the God of the workplace. And the God of the workplace is the same God you go to seek in church meetings.
He is equally potent, active, available and interested in those three spheres of life. Believe me, God is not waiting for you at church meetings. He is everywhere, for you.
If only people knew God is present at their places of work, they would stop dodging or abandoning their work to run to church meetings.
If only people knew that God is present in their homes, they would stop starving their families of needed time, finance and attention in order to fulfill similar obligations at church meetings.
See, Family is God’s idea, and it is your first ministry. You don’t have to starve your family in order to sponsor church programs.
GOD IS NOT WAITING FOR YOU IN CHURCH MEETINGS!
Paul wrote in one of his epistles “He that does not provide for his own family is worse than an infidel”.
People need to understand that service to God does not begin and end in church meetings.
When you are at work, it is God you are serving, not your boss. Whether your work pays little or much, endeavor to do it “as unto the Lord”. Whether you have a difficult boss or not, in the final analysis your service is “unto the Lord”.
Whether it is a white collar or blue collar job, it is unto the Lord.
“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ”
Colossians 3:23-24 HCSB
It is ignorance peddled by religion that seeks to restrict God to a place, a method, a meeting, or a time frame. God is omnipresent and He is eternal. He only steps into time to relate to man.
Even His manifest presence, the spectacular and dramatic manifestations of God that men love to see can take place anywhere, church meetings inclusive.
The Church Is The Body Of Christ Not Denominations!
When God made the first man called Adam, He put him in a garden called Eden.
The garden was where he lived with his family. The garden was where he worked (tending and keeping it) and the garden was the same place where God fellowshipped with him.
This is a clear sign that We need to stop separating “the secular” from “the sacred”.
For a believer in Christ, everything about you is sacred and sanctified because God is in it. Someone needs to start coming to terms with this salient truth!
It is the ploy of religion to separate the sacred from the secular. That’s why people behave themselves only when they “go to church” and misbehave when they leave church meetings.
That’s why church activities have become the biggest thing in town yet the corresponding virtues are not seen in our streets and society at large.
Somebody said “Oh! God visited Hannah when she was at a meeting in Shiloh”. No doubt about this but the scriptures are replete with enough evidences that God’s visitation is not restricted to solemn assemblies.
Check your bible! When God visited Sarah, she was in her husbands house when the angels of God showed up. Dear sister, I need to stop jumping around from one program to another. God can visit to meet your need in your husband’s house. Please stop sleeping in church and camps. God is not running from you, neither is He playing “hide and seek” with you.
Need I remind you of Jesus’ instructions on prayer? He said when you pray, get into your closet, close the door behind you and pray to your father who sees in secret and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Mt. 6:6.
I need you to stop looking for God in the “spectacular”, God may not be in the noises you hear around. God is present in the mundane and unimpressive places and situations. Ask Elijah. There was an earthquake and there was fire but God wasn’t there.
GOD IS NOT WAITING FOR YOU IN CHURCH MEETINGS!
Again, When God manifested himself to Gideon, he was not In a fellowship meeting. Rather, he was working at a threshing floor.
The dramatic manifestation of God to Moses was not at a revival service. He was in one thick bush, shepherding the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro.
When God met with the Ethiopian Eunuch, it was not during the worship at Jerusalem but while he was on his way back home.
When angel Gabriel appeared to Zachariah to announce that his wife was going to conceive at old age, he wasn’t in a meeting organised for people seeking the “fruits of the womb”. He was at his workplace as a professional priest because it was his turn/shift to burn incense.
May I be frank with you sir? Church meetings are overrated in Africa. The meetings are so numerous and they keep people busy in religious motions. Interestingly, there is no shortage of fancy tags and themes for these meetings.
This generation is poorly schooled and mistaught to believe they can only encounter God’s manifest interventions at church meetings.
“Do not forsake the assembly of one another..” should not translate to neglecting other areas of your life because of church meetings.
Dear friends, we have not been called out of darkness so we can “go to church”. No! We have been called to “be the church”, so let’s be the church.
Note: If this post suggests to you that fellowship with other believers (however you achieve this) is not needed, then you didn’t read the post.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
It is a new day! GOD IS NOT WAITING FOR YOU IN CHURCH MEETINGS BUT IN YOUR HEART.
I am not God, so I really can’t utter much on this, and no one else has rights to speak since we both are neither God.
This is my case: “Evangelist marying the Oni of Ife”
(1) Joseph had a specific assignment in Egypt. Pharaoh gave him a wife named Asenat, the daughter of Portiphera, the high priest of Egypt, an idol worshiping high priest. Joseph was deputy of Pharaoh, Pharaoh also was an idol worshiping king. How did Joseph remain serving and worshiping God despite all these entanglement like cobweb intermarriage is only and best known to him and God
Many may criticise this lady as being greedy, thirsty and hungry for royalty wealth power and money. Some may even say she is a fake tithe collecting Evangelist and use this as another opportunity to destroy the christiandom. Some may say her Christian faith is dead on arrival with this wedding, she will be exposed to many rituals;
yet was Joseph not surrounded with many idol worshiping people and rituals?
Yes Asenath had two kids for Joseph, Mannaseh and Ephraim. Did Asenath end up worshiping Joseph’s God ? Bible was silent on it, yet we can assume she did or she didn’t, yet her presence in Joseph’s life, she being the daughter of the chief herbalist in Egypt didn’t diminish Joseph’s faith in God you are not God even if you are entitled to your opinion, I agree, yet you are not God.
(2) Esther married King Aheuseraus, The king of Persia and Medes, Persia and Medes were cities created when ancient Babylon was divided into two Babylon was the city ruled by Nebuchadnezzar a powerful idol worshiping king, his son Beleshazzar continued in the idolatry business.
Yet, Esther as queen to this strange King fasted and sought God’s face for the deliverance of her people and God heard and answered.
(3) What of Moses who later married an Ethiopian woman?
To this extent is my applicable knowledge to this mystery of the Evangelist marrying a traditional King. Whatever we can’t and we don’t understand let’s leave it to God.
God might send the Evangelist lady to the king’s life for a specific assignment, that I cannot tell, I can only assume and presume. We don’t know the agreement she has with the King of Ife, we don’t know what understanding of non compulsion of ritual ordinances they’ve both agreed which the oracles in the palace also have agreed to and permitted the king to go ahead and marry the Evangelist. I don’t know, you don’t know, so, let’s shut up and leave them alone to the consequences of their decision, if there be any at all.
This may be genuine Love and some times love might seem foolish, yet love is powerful, and has a vehement flame.
What about two Christian’s who married each other and they live like devil’s beating each other putting Jesus to shame daily, living the devil’s advocate kind of marriage, daily sorrow and tears, thoughts of suicide and killing of partner?
What God reveals to man belongs to man and what God has refused to reveal to man belongs to God only.