“Let’s be a church without blemish.”

By: Theophilus Izobofolo


GOD IS NOT WAITING FOR YOU IN CHURCH MEETINGS!

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.

Ref: NINYO Omidiji

The Church Is The Body Of Christ Not Denominations

MY EXPERIENCE IN HELL; a true life story by a 24 years old lady

I was raped by a supposed friend (someone I thought I could trust). I left in shame and shock I could not tell anyone about my ordeal. I kept it to myself and went about my normal life.

Some weeks later after I came back from a vigil I started feeling weak so I went to a nearby hospital and ran some tests. To my greatest shock I tested positive to pregnancy.

I told the man involved who after much plea convinced me to have an abortion which will be kept a secret.

I went in for an abortion however before the procedure I asked God to forgive me for what I was about to do and in the process I died, I left my body. Still looking at the lifeless form on the abortion table, I started ascending but in a flash a force pulled me down through a dark tunnel. I could not see the beginning or the end of the walls of the tunnel. It was dark, so dark, I saw cobweb like cells on the walls and in an instant I was in HELL.

I saw a woman who had been there for over a hundred years, she was in deep pain and agony, she would melt in the flames and the magma like liquid will come back together in the form of the woman. It occurred repeatedly. I knew I was in hell.

I began to burn and burn, I felt like pulling out my hair form its roots, because the pain was unbearable. It was as if my senses where magnified over a thousand times. The agony of the burns was not enough. The scream of people under the same torment was worse, it was so loud that I felt I would go deaf but they kept resonating in my ears.

I began to scream, the more I screamed the weaker I got but the screams only got louder while I was getting weaker. I gnashed my teeth but no form of all these expressions made me feel better…it only got worse, beyond description. I was in deep torment.

The worse feeling was not just the pain, the noise, the screams or the pungent smell. It was the feeling of HOPELESSNESS/TOTAL DAMNATION. I WAS CONDEMNED FOREVER. I knew I was in HELL forever and ever. There was no way out. I began to cry out to God for mercy.

At a point Jesus appeared and I wept the more. I asked Him to please give me one SECOND out of hell to just scream Jesus is Lord and die again. Jesus replied, “how many seconds are in a minute, how many minutes are in an hour, how many hours are in a day, how many days are in a week, how many weeks are in a month and how many months are in a year and how many years have you lived on earth?” I have given you all the seconds in your living years yet you failed me.

I wept more and asked Him to have mercy and please give me another chance to go and tell the world about HELL. I pleaded with the Lord to give me a chance even if I return to the world without my hands or my legs at least let there be breath in my nostrils. I had a better understanding of the adage that a living dog is better than a dead lion. I even promised to tell the world of my ordeal if He delivers my soul from the torment in HELL.

He replied,’ many have gone from here to tell them, what makes you think they will believe you but I kept pleading for a second chance and as I was weeping and gnashing my teeth.

Jesus had mercy on me but warned me sternly that if I did not preach I would end up in hell. He said, ‘tell my people to stop playing games with me’. At that point I woke up in the hospital room.

At first I was scared of sharing my horrific ordeal because I was concerned about my reputation but finally opened up when I came in contact with a true Prophet of God.

WHAT IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY COST?

If you are reading this post that means you have a chance to make a change and reconcile with God or if you are lukewarm it’s time to stop playing games with God.

Words alone cannot tell of my torment in hell or the torment of those in hell.

HELL is not a myth, a story, OR a figment of someone’s imagination, HELL IS A REAL PLACE.

A place you would not even wish for your enemies or those who have hurt you most.
(Heb 9:27 ~ And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement.)
If we recognize that all earthly things are someday going to be stripped away from us, then the craving for material possessions will matter far less to us now. We should turn away from physical indulgence, for earthly pleasure leaves no permanent gratification.
(2 Peter 3:11 ~ Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness)

  • We should stop giving excuses for God’s work
  • We should imitate Christ
  • Find out our purpose on earth and fulfil it
  • Be part of the move of God in this last days
  • Have a consistent walk with the Holy Spirit .

If you were blessed by this testimony, please do share.

I pray for those that love to type Amen, you will not end up in HELL. Please type Amen.

Pray that God should forgive you all your sins and have mercy on you. Please don’t ignore this. Hell is Real.

 

GOD USES DIFFERENT METHODS TO HEAL, AND PERFORM MIRACLES. THE HEALING AND THE MIRACULOUS MINISTRY. (FIND OUT YOUR PATTERN).

God does not change but His method changes, in the Bible God used different methods to heal people, many received unspeakable miracles through different methods, and God is still doing that today, don’t think healing and miracles must come in one set way.

God can not and will never change but His ways changes and the way He does His things changes, the way He minister’s to us change’s Malachi 3:6. For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Jesus Christ has done it before and His name can still heal and perform miracles today, tomorrow and forever. Hebrews 13:8. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

The healing and the miraculous ministry is a ministry of many side’s, some times don’t expect God to use you the same way He is using others, do what the Lord tell’s  you to do or what the Lord show’s you to do, every man and woman God called, He gave them His pattern for their live’s and ministries.

God can decide to use you the same way He is using another minister at a particular time but not every time, Moses was given a particular pattern by God on how to build the temple, God told Moses to strike the rock and in another place God said to Moses, speak to the rock.

Exodus 17:6. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Numbers 20:8. Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

The Lord specifically told Moses how to build the temple and his structures, God has a pattern for you and your ministry but you must go to Him in prayer and fasting to be able to discover His blue prints for your life and ministry.

Exodus 25:9. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

The secret place is the place of discovery and revelations.

Exodus 25:40. And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.

Pattern: means design, decoration, marking, structure, plan, form, format, framework, composition, constitution, shape, make-up, configuration, fashion, model, style, influence, control, guide, lead, direct, determine, and blueprint.

Don’t be like Naaman, a man who wanted the miracle his way. (2 Kings 5:1-12).

Method: means a particular procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic way or establishing things, practice, system, formula, process, means, medium, technique, procedure, routine, strategy, recipe, rule, tactic, mechanism, tack, approach, pattern.

Follow God methods and patterns for your life and ministry, you can not  be the best of another, you can only be the photocopy of the person and every photocopy isn’t original.

When you follow other God given patterns and methods, you become the second of that person but when you follow God given methods and patterns for your life and ministry, you become the best and the original.

You can only be the great of who’s methods and patterns you followed but you can be the greatest of you when you follow God’s methods and patterns for your life and ministry.

Tomorrow I will show you about different methods from the Bible great men and women of old used, and different methods from the Bible you can use but remember it’s not wrong to follow another man’s methods but it’s more preferable to add your own methods.

Your methods, is your uniqueness.

By: Ninyo Omidiji


UNMASKING THE EVIL PRACTICE OF MAMMON IN THE CHURCH (part 1)

Mammon Has Gone Undercover! It operates largely unnoticed, unhindered, seamlessly and unashamedly in what is supposed to be the church today.  

It has become the object of worship for many who claim to go to church today but they don’t know. “They know not what they they worship”.

The pulpits hold briefs for mammon with much enthusiasm. The pews buy into it as if it’s going out of fashion.

Men who used to be ambassadors for Christ have turned to ambassadors for money. But they still do it “in the name of the Lord” so many don’t notice the change.

They travel by air and by road, across the globe ostensibly with the gospel. But it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is another gospel.

The Bible has become an instrument of manipulation in their hands. They use it to raise money off people.

It has become an instrument of intimidation. They use it to cower people into submission and keep them in bondage of fear.

They are servants of mammon, god of money. They despise Christ thoroughly even though they call his name and pretend to work for Him.

Heads up friends. If you think mammon will overtly operate among God’s people and announce itself, then you have been deceived too.

It is on a covert operation.  It disguises itself as seed-sowing.  It masquerades as tithes and offerings.  It wears the garb of first fruits offerings.

Again, all sorts of offerings with fancy names, too numerous to name have taken over the landscape of what is considered by many to be church today.

Yes I know you are angry right now! That mammon you worship unknowingly is already stiring you up to pick a stone at me.

By all means, you can pick it!  But just before you cast it, I need you to answer this question:

Why did your daddies turn everything in the Bible that was agricultural into money? They even convinced you that money wasn’t a legal tender in Bible days and you believed it.

And why does every appearance of the word “seed” in the Bible sound like money to your daddy?

“IT IS ONLY WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT VIA THE WORD,  YOU CAN BE ABLE TO UNMASK THE EVIL PRACTICE OF MAMMON IN THE CHURCH.”

You are lazy! Yes you!  You are too lazy to search the scriptures by yourself and find the truth. That’s why you have become a cheap pawn in the hands of bible-preaching fraudsters. 

You are too lilly-livered to challenge agelong traditions even when they contradict the doctrine of Christ. You would rather show bravado in their defence. You are a victim of charismatic manipulations but you think you are the beneficiary.

Your “daddy pastor” sits down to supervise your fleecing. He invites fellow wolves-in-sheep’s clothing” from overseas or wherever to come over and fleece you.

They raise money off you. They make merchandise of you by quoting few promises in the Bible out of context. They dangle carrots before you and give you promissory notes.

They tell you some fables and grass-to-grace stories as testimonies. They ask you to give money and call it “millionaire club seed” and you believe them.

They call it your “next level seed” and you believe them. You even go borrow money to meet their demands. You are too gullible sir!

They say things like “your prophet is your profit” and you believe them.

They preach ressurection message  and ask you to give  ressurection seed and you believe them.

They use hell fire to preach to you and ask you to sow hell fire seed and you still believe them. My dear you are too vulnerable. You can believe anything!

And you are this vulnerable because you don’t know the Jesus of the bible. That’s why those who have mastered the art of turning Jesus to an industry are fleecing you and you are loving it.

Jesus said “You err, not knowing the scriptures nor the  power of God”.

And I love the rendering of The Message Translation: Jesus answered, “You’re off base on two counts: You don’t know your Bibles, and you don’t know how God works.

Matthew 22:29‭ MSG.

Some of those that you call papas belong among a brood of vipers. Green snakes under the green grass.  A ruthless racket who only pretend to care about you.

False teachers and smooth talkers whose god is their belly. May God open your eyes to see!

So, now that I have touched your god, mammon, you can start casting the stones. I’m waiting!

Error is loud, we will be louder! Shalom!

LYING ON THE ALTAR WHEN PREACHING IS NOT A SIN – Says Mammon Preachers

 

Call NO man father

By: Mr. Abiodun Jemilohun


WHY YOU MUST CALL NO MAN YOUR FATHER (Mat  23:7-10)

There seems to be a confusion in regard what Jesus meant by the statement “Call no man your father.” 

Someone asked me to address the subject. I also believe it is appropriate to do so because of the controversy it is currently generating.

“7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.” (Mat  23:7-10)

A number of people have accused Paul of violating Jesus’ command for referring to himself as “father” in his relationship to the Corinthian Church. Some have gone as far as calling him heretic. Let me state clearly that I do not share such view.

“For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” (1Co 4:15)

But Peter called Mark who was not his biological son “My son.”  In other words, he called himself his father. So, we can say he also violated Jesus’ command.

“The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus MY SON.” (1Peter 5:13)

John the beloved also called the brethren “Children” severally in his writings. In fact, he called them “Little children.” So, we can say he also referred to himself as “father” contrary to Jesus’ command.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3John 1:4)

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1John 2:1)

“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.” (1John 2:12

We have to start on the premise that whatever Jesus said in that statement is figurative. If not, we are all guilty of violating Jesus’s command for calling our earthly progenitors “fathers.”

We have to be careful how we interpret the Bible. There are many figurative expressions in the Bible that cannot be taken literally. Otherwise, we would fall into error.

Jesus spoke in the language of the common people of His day. Some of His statements cannot be taken literally in the modern sense.

For example, the statements of Jesus “Call no man your Father” or “do not be called Master”  cannot be taken literally. The Jews understood Him perfectly because He spoke in their language. The Rabbis of that time were referred to as “fathers” and “masters.” They were considered as the final authority in matters of doctrine and scriptural knowledge. Their words were final as far as spiritual matters were concerned. They were considered as the Oracle of God. They usurped the position of the Scripture and God in the lives of the people. This was why Jesus reprimanded them for exalting their commandments and traditions above the commandments of God. They took the position of God in the lives of the people.

“3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4  For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” (Mat 15:2-6)

So, this is what Jesus meant when He said “Call no man your father” or “Do not be called  master”. He was saying let no man be the final authority in your life except God. Let no man take the position of the Scripture in your life. Let no man take the position of God in your heart. Let God have the final say in your life. This is the context in which Jesus spoke and the people He spoke to understood Him. It is different from referring to people as “father” or “Chilren” out of familiarity or affection like the apostles did.

Now, the Nigerian situation is similar to the situation of the Jews of Jesus’ time. Many of the people being referred to as “fathers” and “daddies” have taken the position of the Scripture and Christ in the lives of their followers. They are the final authority as far as spiritual matters are concerned and not the explicit commands of the Scripture. They have waxed all kinds of denominational traditions and doctrines that clearly violate the scriptures like the Pharisees of old. They are not to be questioned or challenged even when they are wrong. They are master and lord.

As for the Apostle Paul, we know that he didn’t seek to take the place of God in the lives of the Churches he planted. He never sought to take the place of the Scripture. He made Christ the primary focus of the Church.

“1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.3  And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1Cor 2:1-5)

Paul used the word “father” in his relationship with the Corinthians to portray the  affection he had for them and to remind them that he was the one God used to bring them to the knowledge of Christ. This is not the same as what Christ warned the disciples against.

A word of caution to those who call Paul heretic:

Let’s bear in mind that Paul was a well-read man who understood the cultures and philosophies of the Jews and the Greeks and had his peculiar style of writing. Unless we put this into consideration, we will inevitably misinterpret some of his writings to mean what he did not intend. Even Peter attested to this fact. He gave his writings the same level of authority the Old Testament scriptures have. So, we will be making a grave error if we start challenging them this way without due consideration for their context.

“15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also THE OTHER SCRIPTURES, unto their own destruction.” (2Pet 15-16)

We have to be careful how we interpret the Bible. Once we start challenging the scriptures, we are inadvertently elevating ourselves above the scriptures like the Rabbis of Jesus’ time. We are also inevitably saying there is no absolute truth. Such attitude won’t take us to the desired end. It is better to seek for more understanding in areas that are unclear in the scriptures rather than to outrightly take a position that goes contrary.

May the Lord bless our understanding.

Shalom!

THE FIRST AND THE LAST QUESTIONS GOD ASKED MAN AT THE FIRST FALL

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