Should Christians Accept the Sallah Celebration Foods for the Sake of Love or Reject it? 

By: Evangelist Deji Popoola


Should Christians Accept the Sallah Celebration Foods for the Sake of Love or Reject it? 

People have been asking a series of questions like, is it okay for Christian to eat the Sallah celebration  Meat/food whenever our Muslim neighbor bring it to us just for the sake of Love? Some people see it as nothing wrong while some see it as wrong it. But I think is good for us to search the scripture and see what the bible is saying about it.

I have a lot of Muslims as a friend I can visit, and we can eat and drink together, there is nothing wrong in that. I can go to my Muslim friend house on January first to celebrate New year together, and there is nothing wrong, God has called everyone to live together in Love and peace. Moreover, Christianity is built on the foundation of Love. I can go to a Muslim house to eat and drink and there is nothing wrong in that. During the Birthday celebration, Marriage, promotion, retired, thanksgiving or Child dedication of Muslim friends or family, there is nothing wrong in joining them and celebrating with them because the bible said, rejoice with those that rejoice. When you show them, love, they will pay back with love, and even when you want to share the gospel with them, it will be easy. don’t be over righteous by avoiding them just because they don’t believe in what you believe, that is not Christianity. We can live together and share things together, and there is nothing wrong with it.

But when it comes to Celebration of Religion festival like Sallah, Christian must never participate with them because it is totally wrong and it is against the word of God.  You don’t accept their food offer in the name of “Sallah Celebration”.  You can’t bless it, because anything that stands against the word of God cannot be blessed, neither can you sprinkle the blood of Jesus on it. If the blood of Jesus can’t purify satan, neither will his food be purified either.

It is not the food they offer you the problem, but on the purpose in which the food was offered to you “Celebration of Sallah”, that is where the problem is.

Because you reject just this single offer doesn’t mean you hate them, you have to please God rather than Man. You must reject it but in an arrogant way, and don’t collect it just because you want to give it to a dog. They might see it and not be happy about it, and they will term it to hatred.

Also, I’ve heard many Christians saying they want to accept it so as not to hurt them, that is a lie, you can never hurt them by rejecting their religion celebration food, because If they knew you don’t believe in their religion, if you refuse to join them in it celebration, they will understand as well.

Christians don’t participate in Sallah celebration because it’s a slap on the face of God

We need to understand the word of God very well. God will never condemn you to hell because you eat with your Muslim brother or share things together in Love, After all, Christ too ate with the Pharisees too.

But the purpose of which the food was offered to you can get you in trouble.  Any Christian eating foods offers in the name of Sallah Celebration is a candidate of hell.

Let’s confirm it from the word of God

The word of God said in the book of Isiah66:3 “ He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.”

The Above scripture said it clearly, Offering another animal for sacrifice after the great sacrifice on the cross of Calvary is an abomination unto the Lord. Such sacrifice goes straight to the devil and not God because it’s like telling God to his face that, “My own will be done and not God’s will” because it’s the will of God that every man accept the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary for our redemption

Now, the bible also confirms this scripture in the book of 1Corinthians 10:20-21, “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy?.”

Once you have started dining and celebrating this with them, then you are dining with the devil. Because the celebration simply means, ( God I reject your Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross ) and any other sacrifice anyone else makes in the name of religion or doctrine, then automatically it is a sacrifice to the devil. I know much other religion around the world also have a specific celebration they make. We as a Christian must never be a partaker of this else you will become the property of the devil. I know some white garment churches also do things like that, in which they call it a provision (“IPESE”) or burning incense before service,  praying with miss Paris perfume etc, all these are a sacrifice to the devil it can never be accepted by God except the word of God is a lie. God has given us only one and final sacrifice which is the Lord Jesus Christ. The reason why God once allowed these sacrifice in the time past among the Jews was to suppress their sin before presenting themselves before him the Lord. Even the high priest too will have to make a sacrifice offering for himself before the congregation because every man is a sinner, and this sacrifice doesn’t take away their sin but cover it. So all men have sinned including the child in the womb (Psalm 51:5) No one was qualified to enter heaven before the death of Christ.

in fact from the book of Genesis to the day Christ was crucified, only 3 people were recorded that goes to heaven, (Moses, Enoch, and Elijah), everyone who dies goes straight to the underworld which is the world of the dead which is also known as Hades. But the only difference here is that it was divided into two places which are Abraham Bosom (Paradise) and Hell. During this time, Paradise was never in heaven, it was in the world of the dead. Remember Jesus told the thief crucified by his side that today you will meet me in paradise, and we all knew the moment Jesus died he never goes to heaven, he went to Hades 3days and night to fight the battle and set the captives free for 3days. That was the reason why He told Mary Magdalene when he resurrected that “don’t touch me because I have not yet gone to my father ” so where was he during these 3 days? He was in Abraham Bosom to preach salvation and to set the captives free.

Abraham Bosom was under the control of satan before the death of Christ, in fact when Moses Died, and he wasn’t allowed to go there, the kingdom of darkness start fighting for his body because the word of God already said, all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. (Jude1:9).

But the moment Jesus resurrected on the 3rd day, All the saints also resurrected with him (Mathew27:52) since the time Jesus resurrected, Paradise has been transported to heaven and no longer in the world of the dead. When they said Jesus went to set the captive free, it doesn’t mean those who are already burning in hell, it means those who are in Abraham bosom which was then under the control of satan by that time because Christ has not yet collected the key of death and Hades by that time. That was the reason why the rich man could communicate with Lazarus.

,and that was the reason why The witch of Endor could use a demonic spell to summon the spirit of Samuel the saint.

But Now, any saint who dies now goes to heaven, no saint go to the world of the dead anymore, no saint can communicate with those in Hell again, No demonic power can be used to summon the spirit of any saint again, that was one of the reasons why satan has been so cruel against human and Christians, just because they now have access to go to heaven he never wanted them to go, Jesus gave this access.

Now The Muslims has denied themselves of this access that will guarantee them heaven, by refusing the sacrifice of Jesus which was to take away their sin and get them register for heaven. But they have decided to choose the sacrifice God has rejected and call abomination. They chose to cover their sin instead of washing it away with the blood of Jesus. So it doesn’t matter what you believe, any sacrifice make is to the devil. And you as a Christian must never dine with the devil.

But that doesn’t mean because you reject just this Sallah celebration food, you can’t dine with them again. Paul said in 1Cor10:25, if any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience’s sake. There Celebration is Sunday and you go there on Monday, you can eat whatsoever they give to you since the celebration is over, but if they tell you that the food is from the one for the yesterday celebration, the bible says don’t eat it.

You don’t go to visit them in the day of their celebration, because you know they will serve you food, and if you reject it that is tempting God, never gives room to the devil

The Bible said follow peace with all men and holiness in which no man shall see God. Do not eat foods offers to the devil

THE RICH OLD MAN AND HIS SONS 

              By: Theophilus Izobofolo

THE RICH OLD MAN AND HIS SONS

Once upon a time, a very rich old man who had many sons lived in the land of the East. On his death bed, he called his lawyer and made a will in which all his assets were documented. He then decreed that all his possessions must be shared equally among his sons after his departure.

This man was so rich in landed properties, silver, gold, precious stones and cattle that he could be considered a multi-billionaire in today’s parlance. The share apportioned to each son was more than enough to sustain him for a lifetime without having to work.

Before his death, the old man gave a copy of the will, the keys to the vaults that contained his treasures and the documents of his landed properties to his eldest son and revealed the content to three of his older sons to serve as witnesses. For reasons best known to him, he did not reveal the content of the will to the younger sons but he informed them that he had given a copy of his will to the firstborn.

Contrary to the father’s instruction, the eldest son connived with the lawyer, the trustees of the will and the three older brothers to short-change the other sons. He settled them generously and obtained a vow from them to never reveal what they knew. He flatly refused to reveal the content of the will to the younger sons. He also did not give them their portions.

He insisted that the other members of the family must be loyal to him and serve him in order to continue to abide in the house. This they did because they had no other means of survival. He then proceeded to build an empire for himself with the remainder of his father’s wealth and the labour of his brothers. He also began to live ostentatiously and became very pompous.

The older brothers who had been settled kept mum and did nothing to alleviate their siblings’ burden. They were afraid of what the eldest son could do to them since he had become very wealthy and powerful.

As God would have it, one of the deprived sons stumbled upon the will while cleaning the first son’s room one day. As he read the will, he discovered how stupendously rich he and his other deprived brothers were by virtue of their father’s will, though their present condition said otherwise. With joy and anger in his heart at the same time, he made a copy of the will and kept it in a secured place. He then began to tell his co-deprived siblings the stupendous provisions their father made for each of them.

The eldest son became very displeased and began to threaten the “belligerent” son.

Then, the older sons who were already enjoying their share of the inheritance became divided. One indifferently continued to enjoy his portion. He showed no concern about the plight of his deprived siblings. One rebuked the young man sharply, telling him to stop maligning the eldest son who was then the head of the family. He recounted the “sacrifices” their brother made to keep the big family together and warned him not to destroy their father’s legacy. The other gave a tacit support but was unwilling to associate with the boy openly because he wanted to be in his big brother’s good book. Generally, this courageous young man had no tangible open support from the camp of the three settled sons.

Initially among his peers, he garnered enough support but those who were against him were more than those who were for him. His co-deprived siblings who were against him have been too battered to believe his story. They reasoned that their big brother couldn’t have been that cruel to them. After much perspiration, his camp enlarged, overpowered the camp of the eldest son, took over the inheritance and gave everyone equal access.

INTERPRETATION :

The rich old man is God

The will is the New Testament by the blood of Christ

The house is the Church

The eldest son is the corrupt clergy, especially the prosperity gospellers

The three old sons are the associates of the corrupt clergy who know the truth but are unwilling to challenge the system because they benefit from the corrupt system either directly or indirectly. The benefit could be material or psychological.

The first of the three older sons is the group of associates that is indifferent so long as her position and privileges are intact

The second is the group that is actively defending the corrupt clergy, citing the sacrifices of the clergy and the unity of the Church. Is the sarcrifice of the clergy more important than that of Christ? Can there be any unity between the truth and untruth?

The third group secretly supports the “belligerent son” but can’t dissociate herself from the corrupt system. They are like Jonathan, the son of Saul, who died with his father because of blind loyalty. He ordinarily ought to have dissociated himself from his backsliden farther but he was not courageous enough to do so. This singular action could have saved his life.

The younger sons are the naive brethren who are being plundered and oppressed by the corrupt clergy

The empire is the private empires of the corrupt clergy, wrongly called churches

The “belligerent” young son are the former plundered and oppressed brethren who have been awakened and taught by the Spirit, and are now speaking boldly against the corrupt system.

The supportive co-deprived sons are the former deceived brethren who now know the truth through the activities of the “belligerents.”

The opposing co-deprived are the brethren who are yet to recover their sights. They still can’t believe that the Gospel can be so simple as the belligerent son is saying.

No matter the opposition, the truth will prevail.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OLD TIME CHURCH SERVICE AND MODERN TIME CHURCH SERVICES

AN ODE TO THE GIVER OF LIFE

By: Femi Fani Kayode


AN ODE TO THE GIVER OF LIFE

In the 99 names of God, the All-Knowing, the All-Seeing, the All-Powerful, the Compassionate, the Merciful and the Great, I offer this ode unto Him alone.

He is the God of the Holy Word, the Creator of all that is, the Giver of Life and the Conqueror of Death.

He is the Holy One of Israel whose coming was prophesied for thousands of years before it came to pass.

He is He that humbled Himself and shed His divinity, who came down as God incarnate in the flesh, who suffered on the cross, who shed His precious blood, who gave up His life as a living sacrifice

and who went down into hell.

He is He who overcame satan, death and the principalities and powers, who rose again, who ascended into Heaven and who sits at the right hand of God the Father.

He is He whose Holy Spirit guides, leads, protects, provides and fights for us as each day passes. He is He that is high and lifted up, whose train fills the Temple.

He is He that is awesome in battle, that no man can stand against. He is He who reigns supreme and before whom all other gods bow.

He is He that is more than able, whose Kingdom shall never end. He is He that makes all things beautiful in His own way and in His own time.

He is He that created the world and established the foundations of the universe by the power of His word. He is He that sends out His word and always honors His promise. He is He that makes a way, where there seems to be no way. He is He that makes every crooked path straight before those that love and trust Him.

He is the Spoiler of our Enemies, our Advocate, our Defender, our Deliverer and our Judge. He is the husband of the widow and the father of the fatherless. He is the helper of the helpless and the defender of the oppressed. He is the voice of the voiceless and the healer of the sick. He is the deliverer of the captives, the provider for the needy and the glory of Kings.

He is the Man of War, the Prince of Peace, the Avenger of our Blood and the Ancient of Days. He is the Lord of Hosts, the Comforter, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the All-Consumming Fire.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Lily of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon. He is the Balm of Gilead, the Blood of the Sprinkling and the Lord of Creation.

He is the Rejected Stone that became the Corner Stone, He is the Lamb of God that saved the world.

He is the Gentle Nazarene, the Mighty Warrior and the Master of Satan. He is the Great Provider and the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

He is our Shield, our Glory and the Lifter of our Heads. He is our Heavenly Father who is filled with love, mercy and compassion, who guards us jealously and who never fails.

He is the Lord of the Universe and the God of the Twenty Four Elders that sit before His heavenly throne.

He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Lord of the Angels and the Archangels, the Lord of the Cherubims and the Seraphims and the King of Glory.

King David asked, “who is this King of Glory?” and He answered by saying “the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle, He is the King of Glory!”

His name is Jehova Sabaoth, Jehova Rapha, Yahweh God and the I Am, That I Am. He is irresistable, unknowable and unfathomable.

He is the God of the Armies of Israel. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the God of Gideon, Jeptha and Jehu.

He is the God of Samson, Moses, Samuel and Joseph. He is the God of David and Cyrus. He is the God of Elijah, Elisha, Nathan and Paul. He is the God of Hezekiah and Nehemiah.

He is the God of the elemental forces, the God of the Seven-Fold Spirit of Power and Splendour, the God who holds the four winds of the earth in the palm of His hand. He is the God of love and the giver of wealth, slendour, power, magnificence and plenty.

He is the keeper of our souls  the protector of our spirits and the guardian of our bodies. He is the Merciful, the Benevolent, the Faithful, the Kind, the Compassionate, the True and the Blessed.

He is Yeshua Hamashiach: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is One in Three and Three In One, the Mystery and the Power of the Holy Trinity. He  is the Ruler of the Land, the Master of the Seas, the Lord of all Creation and the King of the Universe.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is Yahweh God, the Mighty One, the God of all the gods.

He is the Adonai, the Elohim and the El Shaddai. He is the Lamb of God, the Risen King and the long-awaited Messiah.

He is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the Living God, who came down as God incarnate in the flesh and to whom every knee must bow. He is He who came, who saw and who conquered and who shall come again.

He is the Lord of Joy, the Giver of Life and the Conqueror of Death. We were created for His pleasure, He delights for us to prosper, He displays His glory and splendour in our lives, He is faithful to His word and besides Him there is no other.

CAPITALISM AND THE CHURCH…THE WAY FORWARD

Revolution-Now Protest

By: Says Archbishop Martins

Revolution-Now Protest: A wake-up call for FG, Says Archbishop Martins

The Federal Government has been called upon to see the on-going Revolution-Now protest as a wake-up call from the rank of Nigerians who are undergoing untold hardship, asking government for protection of their lives and properties.

Reacting to the on-going agitation for better lives for Nigerians, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev Dr Alfred Adewale Martins, in a release made public by the Acting Director of Social Communications, Rev Fr Anthony Godonu, said that the Buhari-led government should see the agitation as an opportunity to directly hear the complaints of Nigerians and redouble their efforts towards fulfilling their constitutional role of securing the lives and properties of the people.

Archbishop Martins, while expressing his displeasure over the rising cases of insecurity across the country, particularly the kidnapping and killing of innocent Nigerians by armed bandits, warned that except urgent and concrete measures are taken to reassure Nigerians of the safety of their lives and properties across the country, things may soon get out of hand. People may be forced to resort to self-help if the government and the Security Agencies continue to fail them.

“The on-going protest by some groups is a reflection of the growing decay in the land and should be a wake-up call for the President to be more creative and decisive in addressing the various agitations bothering the minds of Nigerians. Clamping down on the protesters will not make the problems disappear. Rather, I would urge him, as the father of the nation, to pay attention to the issues that bother the citizens. The fears being expressed about the state of the nation are genuine and they deserve to be looked into urgently so as to save this nation from further distress. President Buhari needs to address the nation on these issues and give people the much-needed reassurance and hope. If this is not forthcoming, people feel free to interpret events as they wish.”

The Prelate, while calling for a speedy arraignment of those arrested during the protest in the court of law, if there are enough grounds to do so, warned that the continuous detention of the protesters without trial may further paint the government as only paying lip service to the tenets of democracy. The proper and real dividend of democracy includes freedom of expression and assembly, including the freedom to protest.

The Archbishop lauded the recent court judgement of the Kaduna High Court which granted Sheik El Zakzaky and his wife bail to proceed to India for medical treatment. He urged the Federal Government to obey the court judgement and other similar court judgements as evidence of its avowed commitment to the rule of law, adding that the country is ruptured and in need of healing.

He also called on State Governors to intensify efforts to work with the various law enforcement agencies as well as the traditional institutions in order to curb the insecurity across the nation, especially on the highways. The people who unleash mayhem on travelers on the highways seem to be foreigners who have infiltrated the ranks of the herdsmen. We urge the Governors to collaborate with all necessary groups to flush out these foreigners from their territories and so free the nation of their criminal activities.

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IS WEARING OF JEWELRY A SIN? 

By: Dr Chinomso Jude Nwala

IS WEARING OF JEWELRY A SIN?

THE Bible does not condemn the wearing of makeup, or jewelry, Physical adornment not condemned

Faithful women in the Bible adorned themselves. Rebekah, who married Abraham’s son Isaac, wore a gold nose ring, gold bracelets, and other expensive jewelry that she received as a gift from her future father-in-law. (Genesis 24:22, 30, 53)

Similarly, Esther accepted “beauty treatments” to prepare for her potential role as queen of the Persian Empire. (Esther 2:​7, 9, 12) These treatments apparently included the use of “cosmetics,” or “different kinds of makeup.”​

Bible illustrations use jewelry in favorable comparisons. For instance, a person who offers good advice is compared to “an earring of gold . . . to the receptive ear.” (Proverbs 25:12) Likewise, God himself compared his treatment of the nation of Israel to that of a husband who adorns his bride with bracelets, a necklace, and earrings. This adornment made the nation “extremely beautiful.”​(Ezekiel 16:11-​13)

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT OUT MAKEUP AND JEWELRY OR REASONS WHY MOST CHURCH PEOPLE CONDEMN IT.

One strong argument for forbidding jewelry is in this Peter 3:3 and 1 Tim 2:9, and if read alone, then at first glace it would appear that we are.

(1 Peter 3:3)

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear

(1 Tim 2:9)

likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire

Taking these scriptures in context with just the few scripture in the Bible on jewelry above we see that we were told not to wear jewelry, or not to do our hair and wear nice clothes. What we are seeing was a church whose women let vanity get out of control; a church who became over indulgent. Remember that it was a time when it was the custom (very Roman) to show how much you had, so you over did everything because you wanted to show how much you could afford.

What Paul and Peter are talking about here is this is not the beauty that a Christian should strive after. We are to be more concerned with the inward beauty, rather than the outward beauty. This is not saying we shouldn’t look nice, but instead look at our hearts and be careful not to abuse our blessings and show off what we have in vanity.

When you think about how you dress in the manner of moderation and modest, then you realize it goes beyond just wearing jewelry. In truth we can make a law about to not wear jewelry, but then we substitute an expensive watch or extravagant showy clothes to fill the sin of vanity in our hearts. The “thing” of blame may be different, but the sin is the same.

(1 Samuel 16:7)

the Lord said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance,but the Lord looks on the heart.

(John 7:24)

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.

So wearing of jewelries as a believer is not a sin and that won’t take you to hell. If you say its a sin but wear expensive watches and expensive cloths, then you are also guilty. Live rightly, be focused on God and stop condemning other people from other denominations. That your church doesn’t approve it doesn’t mean God disapproved it.

In conclusion, if your church made it as a law forbidden members not to wear it, please obey and stick to your church policy as long as as you are sure of heaven. But never you condemn others who use it or see them as demons…

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