KANYE WEST’S “SUNDAY SERVICE?” | What about it?


I am not invariably into celebrities but the rare moments I have written about them, I was touched in my heart to do so. I sense a need to do so as regards to Kanye West’s Sunday Services.

There have been talks about Kanye West’s conviction, his weekly “Sunday Services”, his talks about Jesus and the change He has brought to his life. Oh well, I don’t want to sound so specific but I know one thing for sure, there is nothing about darkness that desires to bring glory to God. Satan will never champion praises to God as it is not in his nature to do so. Jesus said something in Luke 19:40

“If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

I don’t know how much we are doing for the kingdom, I don’t know how far our arguments, judgmental inclinations and hypocrisies have taken us to when it comes to fulfilling God’s purpose! We often look down on young men with pierced ears, nose and tattooed arms. We look down on several people because they don’t do what we do, they don’t live how we live and perhaps they don’t do what we do on Sundays. Various ways with which we want to declare God isn’t how God wants us to declare Him. We ought to look at what Jesus did and how He did them. He didn’t take it lightly with the religious folks and most of the people He handpicked weren’t religious people but people who were regarded as commoners and uneducated fellows. When they call them uneducated fellows, they also meant that these guys weren’t educated in the Torah.

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Our criticisms, judgments and neglects have not done so much for us and God! I don’t know if we have been so quiet but I am sure God is still in action! The same way He arrested Paul without having any preacher come to him, God is also arresting a lot of people out there; people with influence and people without initial influence. He is catching them for Himself, transforming their lives and modelling them to the world to His glory. I can’t say I know all of Kanye’s motivations, I can’t say I know what is going on with every single one of these celebrities who are suddenly coming up and declaring Jesus to the world but I am sure that God is at work! He is raising stones to cry out His name and praise Him.

These things are happening in the days of Church of Satan, in the days of modern and digital persecutions, in the days where politics and even democracy is becoming a weapon of persecution against believers in Christ Jesus but then we keep seeing God’s victory moving with such speed, capturing the hearts of many with His love.

Let me tell you something…

God is raising people that we never expected anything good from! We can’t question God on this. They may still appear like they don’t worth it, they may still look very unqualified but God is not man, He doesn’t look at those things we call standards, He doesn’t judge morals as we judge it! The gospel says in John 1:12,3:16

“As many as have received Him, to them He gave the power to become the sons of God!… Whosoever believes shall not perish…”

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Anyone who believes will not perish, it doesn’t matter how that person started, it doesn’t matter how much they have lived in the world, it doesn’t matter the career path they have chosen! The qualification is simple and it says “anyone who believes!” Anyone would be you, me, or perhaps Kanye West! And again, Jesus said that as many as have received Him, they have been empowered to become God’s children! They are sons and can take responsibility if they want to. So, about Kanye, Nicki or just anybody declaring the name of Jesus to the world, they are responsible enough as believers in Christ to do so! We may want to judge them with our standards but we will be shocked if we see how God’s heart is towards them.

We are in the days where people say they are believers, they cheat, fornicate, gossip and hate on people but they feel they are so good because “they don’t drink or smoke.” They go ahead to condemn a smoker who says “I believe in Jesus” as unqualified! God sees differently and if God shall mark our weaknesses, none will stand!

You see these people you think are not worth it, people like “Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez…” and still counting… God can raise kingdom armies with them and their likes. It may never look like your kind of Christianity but the transformation is gradually progressing! Have you read the story of Jonah? God loved the people of Nineveh and was looking for a way to get them saved. He sent Jonah but Jonah hated these people, they weren’t like him, they weren’t as moral as him and they did things differently! Jonah didn’t want them saved, he didn’t want them to be counted among God’s children and when God finally turned them to Himself, Jonah was so angry! This is how many believers are, they look at Nicki and say “Oh! How does she talk about Jesus when she is naked all the time?” I think it is her business with God and I believe God transforms people patiently and kindly!

I don’t see their public confessions of Jesus as a mere joke, the devil would want us to deny Jesus! Even if satan manifests as an angel of light, his aim isn’t to bring glory to God. So, about Kanye West Sunday Services? It is something he is currently organizing for his family and close friends; a way of getting them to praise God with him and have an experience of healing that comes from God. This is never what Church is all about but this can also be God’s way of bringing people to Himself. Jesus fed more than five thousand people but that wasn’t what His mission was all about. At least, many are opening up to the praise of our God and it is evolving into something bigger and better! God takes His time to perfect His plans, He patiently uses people from scratch and perfects their capacities.

You may not like how it sounds, you may ask “who is his mentor? When did he get saved? Who laid hands on him?” You can’t understand this thing called “spiritual encounter” until you experience it! The experience of Jesus is greater than any laying on of hands! Paul experienced Jesus as Saul and transformed from a terrorist to a preacher of the gospel! Paul was not chosen by any man, God chose him all by Himself! (Galatians 1:1) Paul later wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:27

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”

It may seem foolish, how God starts with people may seem unwise but God’s foolishness is greater than all the wisdom in this world put together. Everybody is a possible vessel, whether it be of gold, clay or plastic, God can use it! We can’t question God’s wisdom on this! I may have no answers to how these things happen… But one thing I know is that God in His wisdom is saving the world in His way! This is all I can say. Jesus is being glorified!

You and I may not be the expected audience of Kanye’s Sunday Service! Some people may have to begin from there and the experience of Jesus they would have may push them to seek for more! I know that my Sundays are dedicated to learning God’s word but it didn’t start from there. I remember someone saying in our Church meeting “music brought me to Jesus but the word kept me!” Do you see that? What Kanye is doing may not benefit you but there are people it is opening up to a fresh new experience of God!

Truly, we may not expect so much of biblical accuracy from Kanye because he is displaying his faith using his own experiences of God. But this is how it begins for everybody, it is also a great pathway through which God teaches Him and others more and more of Himself. Instead of looking for loopholes, looking for signs that suggest certain theories, why not pray for these people? Why not stand for them in the place of prayers? If we are truly concerned about celebrities who profess Jesus while we have some doubts, what we should do isn’t criticize or condemn them! We rather get on our knees for their sake! But take note of this, whether you pray for them or not, whether you like them or not, nothing can change God’s love for them and if God wants to conquer nations with anybody, you cannot stop Him.

There are people God could reach through me, but not through you and there are also people God would reach through Kanye West but not through Billy Graham! Never forget the words of Paul in Philippians 1:15,18

“It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives… But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.”

Even if some people rise to talk about Jesus without pure motives, Jesus is being preached and all we can do is rejoice! I don’t know what Kanye’s motives are, I don’t know the motives of other celebrities! I don’t even know your motives but one thing I know is that Jesus is being preached. No publicity is bad publicity! I rejoice! I rejoice for Kanye West’s Sunday services and he is in my prayers just like Justin, Nicki, Selena and all others are in my prayers.

What do you think about Kanye’s Sunday Service?

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DOES GOD FORGET OUR SINS?


Does God truly forget our sins? The simple answer would be “of course, God has dealt with the issue of sin, He has forgiven AND FORGOTTEN!” We appropriate this truth by believing and walking in its consciousness. Now let’s look at a detailed explanation.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” – Romans 3:23-24

The aim of Romans 3:23 isn’t to put it in our face that we are sinners but to show us that despite our sins, despite our fall from God’s glory, God has freely made us right with Himself. Not because we were able to do right but because Jesus Christ freed us from the spiritual consequences of our sins. This is how sin has lost its power! We are judged now based on what Jesus has done. Based on this, Jesus said in John 3:17-18

“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”

Now you see that? God’s purpose in sending Jesus isn’t to judge us or tell us how bad we were but to save us through Him! We are justified by faith in the finished works of Jesus and not by any kind of efforts. The Bible clearly shows us how God has made His judgment. This is how: anyone who believes has been declared free and what exactly are we to believe? The Bible tells us in John 3:16

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

We should believe that God loves us despite all odds, that Jesus proceeds from the father and has been given as the propitiation for our sins, that what Jesus did is enough and that we are saved in Him! The Bible says “everyone who believes…” It doesn’t matter who and what he or she has done, Jesus is mighty to save! God has dealt with the issue of sin entirely, once and for all as the Bible says in Romans 6:10

“When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.”

 And Jesus said on the cross in John 19:30

“It is finished!”

God’s forgiveness and forgetfulness of our sins isn’t an indication that He is suffering memory loss but it indicates the length and breadth with which He has forgiven our sins. He chose to forget it, He chose to see us on a clean slate! He doesn’t see our past because it is gone! He sees us as new creatures who are as clean as Jesus! He sees us in Jesus! God said in Isaiah 43:25

“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.”

God didn’t just promise to deal with sin, He promised never to think about them again! He doesn’t have the record of our sins and as long as we are in Jesus, He isn’t judging us as sinners anymore. So why stay on that sin consciousness? Why keep mourning a past that doesn’t belong to us anymore? The Psalmist after seeing this vision of what God would do in the New Testament wrote in Psalms 103:12

“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”

God has removed our sins, He didn’t just forgive us, He didn’t just overlook it, He removed it entirely and we became brand new and became born of a seed that can never be corrupted by sin (1 Peter 1:23). I don’t know how this sounds to you, I don’t know if you feel very uneasy that God isn’t legalistic as you ever thought but these aren’t my own words but the gospel!

What you feel about sin and people will not change what God has done about it! Does this give people a license to sin? No, it empowers people to break free from the consciousness of sin and start walking in the deliverance God has given to them! Our belief system has a lot to do with our actions. Concerning God’s grace, the Bible says in Titus 2:11-12

“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.”

The revelation of God’s grace is the only power that turns people from godless and sinful pleasures and the way to live in this world as Christians are to live with wisdom, righteousness and devotion to God! How? By not focusing on our past but by fixing our eyes on Jesus who authored our faith and will see it to completeness. People had been sinning before God’s grace was revealed, they needed no license to sin and therefore Grace didn’t give people license to sin, it rather showed people a way out of sin.

By believing that we need a saviour, we are also agreeing with God on His judgement on sin! We can’t say we need a saviour if we don’t want to get done with sin! Does this mean believers don’t make mistakes? Does it mean that believers are people who are perfect physically? No! As believers, the perfection of Jesus has been credited to us and anytime we do wrong the Bible assures us in Romans 8:34

“Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us.”

God justified us not because we were able to do anything right but because we have put our trust in Him and accepted Jesus! The Bible says the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17)! Again, the Bible says in 1 John 2:1

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the truly righteous one.”

Now, I repeat the words of my friend Don’t kill yourself with guilt; God has no record of your sin anywhere. He has forgiven you so forgive yourself and move on.” Why not walk in the light of what Jesus has done for you and never let the devil keep accusing you! Remember, the devil isn’t any better! If he reminds you of your past, remind him of his future! 

When we say God has forgiven and forgotten, we mean that God has chosen to remove your sins and see you as He sees Jesus! When Paul wrote about love, he was writing in the light of God’s love which keeps no record of wrong (1 Corinthians 13:5).

Why exactly did God saved us from sin and forgot that we ever sinned? Why did God wipe our records of sin? In Isaiah 43:25, God said He is doing this for the sake of His name! He is doing it for His pleasure and we cannot do anything to change His mind on this! He enjoys Himself by offering salvation, it is what He loves doing, it is His hobby and it has got nothing to do with how you feel God should have done it.

Blessings!

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DANCING IN THE FIRE


So they finally threw me into the burning furnace, locked the gates, leaving me there to burn. I was burning, the heat was piercing into me and I felt like I was dead already. My skin smelt delicious as it roasted but then a hand tapped me from behind, it was soft and had an aura of peace. When He touched me, the spot felt chilled!

At first, I was shocked, who would be in the fire and still feel cold? Who would be comfortable in this fire like that? But I turned and behold it was Him! His beautiful face glowed even in the fire, the purity of His white wouldn’t be corrupted by the thick black smoke of that fire. He had come to me some time ago and I knew He had amazing powers, the power to save whomever He wants to save! He saved me from the sickbed miraculously and maybe He had come to save me from the fire.


“Thanks for coming… Please get me out of this fire!” I cried!

He laughed and started dancing! I was shocked at that “what are you doing? Dancing? While I am burning?” He didn’t say anything, He kept dancing but I had to speak again or even put His guilt on His face

“Why are you so selfish? So because you can survive the fire, is that why you’re making fun of my condition? Weren’t you the one who promised that you’ll always be there for me? Why did you ever allow me into the fire in the first place?”

“But I am not just here for you, I am here with you!” He said without looking at me, He was enjoying His dance steps and then He added: “You can survive it!”


“Howwwww?” I shouted as the pain was becoming much more for me to bear coupled with watching someone dance in the fire while I was dying


“The pain you’re experiencing is not as a result of the fire, it is as a result of your mind. I didn’t promise to prevent you from being thrown into the fire neither did I promise you that I will put off the fire. I promised to be with you as we walk through it and I promised you shall not get burnt in the fire.”


“What are you saying? But am already burning and I am dying!” I cried

“You’re burning not because I lied but because your mind and fear are shaping your reality. Why not ignore the fire and focus on dancing with me?” He said and then He did a dance step that I had been trying to learn. I was excited, I had been trying to learn that dance step


“Woooh! You killed it! Teach me that step!” I pleaded. As I began to take the steps with Him, I suddenly started hearing the rhythm He was dancing to, it was amazing and out of whatever was in the world. I closed my eyes to assimilate the sound coming from the strings and percussion, then I opened them again!

I realized we had an orchestra but not the kind we see around! They could play the instruments in such a way that the vibes controlled my feet to dance. The lights were amazing and I realized we were on a stage with the spotlight on us!

We had danced and danced when I suddenly remembered I had been in the fire some hours ago. And I was shocked

“how did we get here? What happened?” I asked

“We were dancing and we should continue” He smiled. We kept dancing while we talked

“I thought we were in the fire?” I asked

“No, we’re just in the spotlight, not fire! Can’t you see it?” He replied
“I am sure we were in the fire!” I insisted

“Well, it depends on what you want to see. You saw the fire, but I saw the spotlight and a nice place to dance. Let’s keep dancing or you like the fire?”

“No” I quickly replied, “I love where we are.”

“Listen, son,” He said holding my hand as we stopped the dance “where your mind is, is where you are. Keep your focus on me and you can walk on every storm. Let your mind be on the beautiful things I have done and not on the threats of men and the challenges of this life.”

Everything went off, it seemed I was back in the fire but now my focus had changed! I went back to dancing. Right now, I love dancing in the fire as I walk through it! They had come to take my ashes and they met a man on the spotlight dancing!

~ George O.N

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CHURCH GROWTH IS WARFARE


“Church growth is warfare.” – David Abioye

I heard Bishop David Abioye make the above comment at the just concluded international ministers’ conference 2019 and it stirred something in me. What exactly is this warfare about? Is it just about prayers? Is it just about engaging in a fight against forces of darkness that cause people not to desire to be in fellowship? For me, it is something beyond that! It is something beyond wanting people to come to Church meetings and start going out! Jesus didn’t ask us to “call them and win them” He rather asked us to go! How do we go? Where do we go? This is what the fight is all about.

When we preach the gospel, show Jesus via our love walk and win souls, we are fighting! We are marching in our battalions with a weapon of love, a weapon that can’t be marched with anger, hatred, bitterness, ignorance and any kind of weapon that has been fashioned and will ever be fashioned.

We are fighting from the place of victory and we are the offenders and not the defenders! The Church is on a march, pulling down gates and walls and then bidding the un-churched, the rejected, the hopeless, the unworthy and ‘whosoever’ to come! We make the step first, we go out to them, reach out to them and ask them to follow! We don’t just sit in our cosy buildings and announce “well, the door is open. Come check us out!”

“The Church is on a march, pulling down gates and walls and then bidding the un-churched, the rejected, the hopeless, the unworthy and ‘whosoever’ to come!”

They are coming to the life source itself, they are coming to be plugged into the source and become dispensers of life and light! They aren’t just coming to live, they aren’t just coming to have a drink or eat the bread! They become a fountain of overflowing living waters through whom others will drink and have life. Therefore, we must show Jesus in words and in deeds because we are in warfare!

You don’t finish your harvest and leave the farm produce at the farm! You take your yam to the barn, you take your grain to where it will be safe and in the same way, after reaching out to souls out there, you bring them to a place of nurturing and growth! This is the purpose that our Church gatherings serve. We don’t leave our harvest in the open, we take them in, train them and make them ready to be enlisted as senior officers of our armed forces who can stand in the war front!

“You don’t finish your harvest and leave the farm produce at the farm!”

With love, we are running a cheap but effective model of advertisement and we are showing the world what exactly is obtainable in Christ. The vulnerable should come to fellowships and feel a love that protects, the uncultured should come to fellowships and see a love that changes people patiently from the inside out! The hungry should come to church and see a love that feeds him or her to the full! The Church should be popular for love!

Love is a peaceful weapon of war with which we pull down strongholds. Our campaign is that of love, our expression is love and our resources for growth is love! You think it is the night clubs, the awesome technicalities of secularism, the ease of life and permissibility of excesses that keeps people in the world? No, it is simply the degree to which they haven’t experienced this love that keeps them away from ever wanting to be in fellowship! This isn’t about growing a name, a denomination, loyalists to man or achieving fame with numbers. It is about pursuing an increase, an increase which is the crowing of our willingness to walk the walk of Christ, it is about the body of Christ in the generic sense and it is about raising people who are loyal to Christ.

“You think it is the night clubs, the awesome technicalities of secularism, the ease of life and permissibility of excesses that keeps people in the world? No, it is simply the degree to which they haven’t experienced this love that keeps them away from ever wanting to be in fellowship!”

How to fight more is to love more! How to be a fierce fighter is to be a fierce lover. How to be an unapologetic fighter is to be unapologetic about our stand in God’s love. You see them in their worst? Say to them “there is a better place for you, a place of rest and freedom. That place is Christ!” This is how to fight! Church growth is warfare.

Let’s fight!

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WILD GRACE | DIVINE ALL-IN-ONE SHAKE


Would anyone come to me in the past and ask me what Grace is, I would say it’s the name of my white skinned early primary classmate who always wore glasses and wrist-watch with pink lips. Or maybe I’d say it’s the name of my late maternal great-grandmother who was blind but could still tell of anything happening around her. Wait a minute; I could say it’s the name of a hospital, a school, a church building… Yes! It’s also the title of most preachers’ sermon and I’ve heard it in songs too… Oh, so many things to just talk about.

Ask a banker and they’d tell you it’s that period of time given after the due date for loan repayment is gone before legal actions are carried out, they’d still be nice to you then because of “Grace period”. But what a poor grace that expires in just fifteen days or twenty days. I remember the day things were thrown out of our house because we couldn’t pay the house rent and our “Grace period” had expired! What a poor grace! Ask a musician and they’d tell you it’s a note that adds beauty but not necessarily important. Grace makes less sense here. If we should define grace with these things, it isn’t something too wonderful to reckon with!

But now, it’s a whole lot more different to me. I may not be theologically correct (who needs it here anyway) but Grace is God’s most beautiful idea, the sole answer to the mess of life in its entirety, the power that changes and the power to change embedded and embellished in the life of God himself; a divine all-in-one shake with nothing missing which can be received or rejected. That’s what Grace means to me now.

I’d have another way to communicate what Grace means to me. It is “DIVINE HEART TRANSPLANT”. God said in Ezekiel 36:26

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you”

This is what He was going to do many years to come, in our own time, and of course, he did it! So he was saying back then in Ezekiel “I will give you my grace!” That is how I see it and like I said before “…the power that changes and the power to change embedded and embellished in the life of God Himself; a divine all-in-one shake…” We give our hearts to Jesus, he reciprocates and gives us a brand new heart. Grace is God’s rewiring, he rewires us from the inside out! Starts us up and boom! We are producing. Grace isn’t a first-grade refurbishing project of heaven, Grace deals with the old and gets done with it! Then it starts from scratch to make something brand new. A brand new heart, not a refurbished or repainted heart; this is grace!

God’s grace isn’t mild but wild!
Wild honey or mild honey, which would you chose?
Everyone wants wild honey!
Everyone prefers wild meat because it is rich!


If it is mild, it is not God’s grace! God’s grace is wild, ravaging every obstacle, pulling down every stronghold, breaking up every walls and barrier, in search of us! God’s grace picks us up from the darkness and translates us into His marvellous light. This is how wild grace is!

It doesn’t want to avoid troubles but chases after us up to the mountains, down the valley right into the sea! Jonah kept running until he ran into the belly of the fish but grace kept chasing after him, Jonah preferred to die but Grace preferred that Jonah lived! Even in his stubbornness and willful disobedience, Grace never gave a damn! God’s grace is a wild hunter, keeping up the pace right into the belly of the fish!

it is wild and right on target. Like it or not, grace is chasing after you. Grace found Jonah, Jonah never liked the idea of Grace; he had people he could have destroyed if he was God but thanks goodness he isn’t God nor even an assistant God. Jonah disliked the people of Nineveh so much that when he sensed God’s grace was on the chase for them he declined to be the vessel. But Grace took Jonah to them, Grace saved Jonah and saved them too, grace is on the look-out. Grace is the wildest thing ever! Look at how it got hold of Saul of Tarsus; he was on his way to initiating what was to be the biggest annihilation of “Grace-fulls” he didn’t know what he was doing. He was out for people who are saved by Grace but without his knowledge, the same Grace was after him. On his way to capture “Grace-fulls”, he was captured by Grace and had a heart transplant.

Once Saul but Grace dealt with him and brought forth a new man! His name became Paul. Reminiscing over the persistent power of this very wild and unrelenting Grace, he wrote in Galatians 2:20

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”

Paul knows this better beyond the philosophies and influence of doctrines; he had this personal experience that changed everything for him. He wasn’t writing from “hearsay”, he had a first-hand experience of this Grace! He felt the workings of Grace inside of him, he knew Christ moved in and took occupation of him and the same thing is happening to a lot of people all over the world.

Grace, running wild, looking for troubles here and there, ripping off the mess and willing hearts, replacing them with a whole new beautiful heart and life, a life of God himself. Isn’t this what John was communicating in 1 John 4:15 as he wrote

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God”

Did you just see that? Anyone who believes, whether he is black or white, African, Asian, American or European! Whether he is tall or short, whoever… No wonder Grace didn’t just save Jonah, it also saved the people of Nineveh. It didn’t just save the 3000 at Peter’s “Holy-Spirit sermon”; it also saved Saul of Tarsus who was out to stop the work of Grace! Grace is on the move like the wild fox whose tail has been set on fire! Whether you are out on an attack on Grace, it keeps coming! Grace isn’t fighting a defensive fight, Grace is an offender, offending darkness and forcing people out of its grip!

You may have lived your worst thinking you have exhausted what God banked on you, you may have done a lot of unimaginable things and you think heaven is closed on you, God is angry and frowning at you, life is at odds with you and maybe the only good thing for you is death! I’ve got news. Grace is on the rampage, running after you hoping you’d accept him. He is cracking open your chest and rearranging the debris into God’s divine plan if only you’d let him. God isn’t asking you to change, He is creating the change in you and you just have to allow the work to go in progress. Do you expect a facility which is still being worked on to be fully functional? Oh no. Work is in progress and the beauty shows up progressively. God can do wonders with those mess in your life.

Now let me say.
Jesus is Grace personified! The difference between Grace and Jesus is none! Grace is wild because Jesus is wild. Let me show you how wild and rugged Jesus is in this fight, the Bible reports thus in Colossians 2:15

“…He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.”

Look at that! He wasn’t defending anything, He got out on the offensive, took hold of the spiritual rulers and authorities, took of sin and death and shamed them in the face of those they had held bound for years! Jesus didn’t just disgrace them, Jesus won the fight and is giving out the medal of victory to anyone who comes.

Grace saves because Jesus saves. To be saved by Grace doesn’t mean we claim salvation by ideology, theology, doctrine, church endorsement, creed or anything else; it is to be saved by Jesus. This same Jesus is He who with welcoming arms brings into divine union anyone who just affirms to his “come” plea! Jesus isn’t just calling sinners; He is out to them, bringing them home by Himself. This is not a religious jargon, a medieval roman theatrical stage drama or some Greek mythology. This is God’s grace working on purpose.

I am George, a Graced fellow.

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PERSONAL TAKE ON HOMOSEXUALITY | Criminalize or Legalize?


PERSONAL TAKE ON HOMOSEXUALITY | Criminalize or Legalize?

As I grow up and understand God better, I get wiser, I know better and my personal opinion about certain things changes. This may not really sound good to you if you are homophobic but don’t you think it is time we see from another perspective? I am not part of the LGBT movement and I am a PRO-life.

We all know what God’s opinion about homosexuality is if we are looking in the Bible but sometimes we pretend like we don’t know God’s opinion about premarital sex, adultery, cursing, lying, anger and so much more. Many of us, especially evangelical Christians are ever ready to throw stones and even want homosexuals imprisoned. As much as God doesn’t like things being used outside purpose, God doesn’t hate homosexuals and God isn’t homophobic. We may want to talk about Sodom and Gomorrah as an indication that God hates homosexuality so much but we should also look back at the story of Noah to see how God hates sin in general. One of the biggest indications of God’s hatred for sin is the cross on which Jesus was crucified! But that same cross is the biggest indication of God’s love for the man regardless of who they are. First, let us establish here that if Jesus was to be physically on earth, He wouldn’t be handling the issue of homosexuality the way we do today because we are excluding it from the list of other human issues and in this regard it becomes discrimination.

You don’t force people to do the right thing especially when it doesn’t affect you just as you don’t force people to stop being angry, being envious or being promiscuous and all of that. Many countries have never forced prostitutes to stop prostituting even when it affects the society in some ways, we have never stopped people from having premarital sex and all of that, why should we then single homosexuality out? It is because many of us are guilty of other misconducts and possibly homosexuality is the one we have managed to avoid and then we think we are better than other people.

“We all know what God’s opinion about homosexuality is if we are looking in the Bible but sometimes we pretend like we don’t know God’s opinion about premarital sex, adultery, cursing, lying, anger and so much more”

We treat homosexuality as though it is the worst of it all. If we should jail homosexuals for 14 years in Nigeria, we should also jail people who commit adultery, fornication and so on. If we say premarital sex is about two consenting adults, what do we say about homosexuals? The world is experiencing a very high rate of moral decline but we can’t just single out homosexuality neither should we force people to become who they don’t want to be.

Let me talk specifically to some of my fellow Christians.

What was committed to us is the gospel of reconciliation and the cross says to anyone who is willing “come!” It is not something we force people to become and it is not something we must have to subject people to some kind of false therapy just to become who we want them to be. If we love God so much, we should be preaching the gospel of Jesus and not becoming moralists only to homosexuals. Moralism doesn’t save anyone, sometimes it increases the number of pretenders. Most of us have friends who are fornicating, most of us have discussions with adulterers and many of us even among the Christian leaders are messed up in sexual sins, what do we do about them? Do we push them to jail? Do we discriminate against them? Do we carry placards around asking the government to either legalize or not legalize fornication?

This is an unpopular opinion and I hate the act of homosexuality with every sense of it but we are not being moral by punishing homosexuals and not punishing fornicators and adulterers. I don’t hate on homosexuals and when I meet them, I don’t even start arguing their lifestyles with them. If I should preach Jesus, I just preach Jesus because that is the only life-changing teaching. If we say Jesus changes people, then we should allow Him to do the change. Many people have testified about experiencing change from certain addictions after they got born again and therefore we must leave to God what is His duty. If Jesus said, “come on to me all ye who are burdened…” And someone burdened with sin comes to Him, it is not your business what God decides to do with the person.

“Most of us have friends who are fornicating, most of us have discussions with adulterers and many of us even among the Christian leaders are messed up in sexual sins, what do we do about them? Do we push them to jail? Do we discriminate against them?”

Christ never for once campaigned against people’s weaknesses, He rather offered Himself as a way out of the nature of sin. Jesus didn’t sit the woman caught in adultery down to tell her how bad adultery was but He simply told her “go and sin no more.” If she was brought back to Him, He would still say “go and sin no more.”

Putting up a law against homosexuality without putting up a law against fornicators is discrimination and I think this is the perspective from which many people have never viewed this. These personal moral issues are not what you get people out of by enforcing certain laws on them. By doing so, we only allow it’s progression is secrecy or stubbornness. Countries shouldn’t be legalizing or criminalizing homosexuality in the first place. I understand that the reason some countries legalize it is to offer some kind of protection or to reverse a law that has been put against it. We never had to legalize prostitution or premarital sex but people do it broad day light, people get pregnant without a husband and it happens to be none of our business because we know these are personal human challenges. Criminalizing homosexuality in the first place makes it right for the ban to be lifted.

I also think the areas that need to be looked at is in protecting the kids and ensuring a lifestyle that isn’t theirs is not enforced on them especially when adopted by homosexual parents. As a Christian who believes in the authority of the Bible, I can’t endorse Pastors being coerced or encouraged to perform homosexual weddings, freedom of worship means allowing people to practice their doctrine. Homosexuality for me is a moral issue that it is as bad as fornication and adultery and should be treated as such. We made it a big deal when we criminalized it, we made it a big deal when we took homosexuals aside and focused on homosexuality as though it is something worse than other sins. The big deal we made it backfired and so as a payback to years of torture, hatred and discriminations, they are asking for more and will continue asking for more because we made it our general issues when it was supposed to be their personal life issues.

“Putting up a law against homosexuality without putting up a law against fornicators is discrimination and I think this is the perspective from which many people have never viewed this.”

Nobody made fornication and adultery a general issue, nobody made co-habitation a general issue and that is why there isn’t any outrage. For instance, for years of gender discrimination, many women are beginning to ask for more than what the dictionary defines as feminism. Some women are beginning to ask for more than what is actually right. Some moral issues are personal and should be handled on a personal basis. There are good people who are helpful in society but they are homosexuals, there are people who have great skills but they are homosexuals. In our society, they are helping but personally, they have moral issues they are battling with. Whether they admit it is a moral issue or not isn’t our business anyway just as those engaged in premarital sex are going on with it. Sometimes, it takes the conviction of the Holy Spirit or a person’s willing efforts to get certain people to stop a certain lifestyle.

If I should be asked to join a campaign of choice, I would join the team that says “homosexuality should not be criminalized” because it is discrimination to select personal moral issues we will punish and the ones we will not punish. Nigeria, like many other countries, is a secular country. If we want everyone to follow our lines of thought and convictions by force, then maybe we should blame God for not enforcing a theocratic government on earth. Sins punishable by law on the nations should be those criminal activities that endanger other people’s life. I have been a victim of abuse in the hands of certain homosexuals right from my junior secondary school days and I was helpless to do anything about it, the memories make me throw up and keeps me sober but I am also not going to judge people based on my personal emotions and experiences.

My appeal to most Christians who believe that Jesus makes the difference is to allow Jesus to make the difference the way He wants to do it.

“Sometimes, it takes the conviction of the Holy Spirit or a person’s willing efforts to get certain people to stop a certain lifestyle.”

God bless you

~ George O.N

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GOD EXPOSED | Bible & Quran


Even before we came to this earth and identified with our earthly parents, we already had a father. Many people never realized this on time, we were told about God, we were told about His sovereignty, we were told that God created the entire world and is the Lord of all. Whether you found it in the Quran or in the Torah, one thing was common; God is the King of Kings, the Lord over all and for some people, His name is too holy to be mentioned by mere mortals who couldn’t attain God’s standard of Holiness.

However, there is something remarkable that we always disregard whether you are seeing it from the Quran perspective or from the Torah. In Quran 38:71-72, we see a report that says this “I am going to create a human (Adam) from sounding clay of altered black smooth mud.  So when I have fashioned him and breathed into him (his) soul created by Me, then you fall down prostrate to him.” and we also see an even more profound perspective in Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” God created man with an amazing intention, He wasn’t going to start bossing man around and He had always wanted the man to be honoured. If God made man in His image, He wanted much more than worshippers.

God didn’t say “let us create man to worship me” He already had worshippers who were created to worship Him but if the man should worship God, God wanted willingness to worship and therefore, in the beginning, there was no command from God to man, to worship Him. Making man in His image alone was a glory to be reckoned with that the fallen angel (satan) became aggrieved!

“If God made man in His image, He wanted much more than worshippers.”

After Satan had deceived man to seek an extra knowledge which actually doesn’t exist, the man left the ways of God and sojourned into the path of Satan; leaving Satan in control (Luke 4:6) and venturing into a futile search for God and what pleases Him. This was how religion was birthed, the man continued to try to please God by their own efforts but the more they try the more they failed because God needed no effort of man to make him perfect just as in the beginning. God already made man and bestowed on him all authority, honour and goodness but Satan made the man believe that there was more hidden from them. The only thing the perfect man never knew was rebellion against God in the search for more knowledge above what God has given.

As men kept searching for God and seeking for ways to get back to fellowship with God, religion kept thriving and the dimensions of religion kept expanding. Laws upon laws kept coming and even when God reveals himself to selected people, they couldn’t really explain what they see in the way that it explains the person of God and therefore they were very limited in their explanation of God because they were spiritually blind men.

Concerning this, the Bible reports in the new testament “…the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.” Various people all over the world sought for diverse means to reach God but God can’t be reached with human effort as it undermines the person of God! In seeking for certain covering and spiritual fulfilment, men began to make their own gods and this was one of Satan’s goals. While everyone wanted to deal with Satan and negative energy, the devil was inspiring them to stick to him in hidden ways.

“God needed no effort of man to make him perfect”

God decided to narrow down on just one people through whom He will spread the knowledge of Himself to the entire world. It wasn’t a strategy that would make sense in an instant, He was preparing a way to make Himself known by Himself. No Angel, or Prophets would explain God in a better light and so God was committed to making Himself known all by Himself. Because of spiritual blindness, the God who desired fellowship was seen as a God who was power-drunk. That was the distorted view of God that religion has. Both the Torah and the Quran presented God as a Master in a sense it presents us as His slaves to some degree. Describing the helplessness of man, Bildad said to Job in Job 25:6 “how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot– a human being, who is only a worm!” but seeing from the point of revelation, David cried out to God saying in Psalms 8:4-6 “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God (Adonai) and crowned them with glory and honour. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— ”

While we wallowed in ignorance, spiritual loneliness and quest to have that vacuum filled up which only God would fill, God kept revealing Himself to the people He had chosen but they only saw it in types and shadows because they were spiritually blind as the corruption of this world still covered their sight like veils. Concerning this, the Bible says in Colossians 2:17 “These are a shadow of the things that were to come…” When God told the Israelites in Exodus 29:45 “Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.” He was making reference to a spiritual Israel which the nation of Israel only represented as a type and shadows of what was to come.

Through the Prophets of old, God announced His plans for the Salvation of man and healing from the spiritual blindness that has ravaged the earth. Micah wrote in 5:2 of his prophecy “The Lord says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.” Isaiah also saw in a revelation as he wrote in Isaiah 7:14, 9:6 “But the LORD will still give you proofs. A virgin is pregnant; she will have a son and will name him Immanuel… A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” “Prince of Peace.””

“God kept revealing Himself to the people He had chosen but they only saw it in types and shadows because they were spiritually blind”

Many years later, in a very lowly manger in  Bethlehem just like Micah prophesied, a child was born and as Isaiah had written, He was born of a virgin. Some wise men of the East who understood the timing saw the star of God appear in the sky as it was written in Numbers 24:17 and they went to behold this child and bow in worship, acknowledging that indeed God, God is among men at this time. When Herod learnt of this and sought to kill the Child who was named Jesus, Hosea 11:1 was fulfilled as Jesus was taken to Egypt from where He came back to Israel. This also clarified why Jacob had to go to Egypt.

Even the Quran couldn’t hide certain truths about Jesus no matter how it is tried. The Quran said concerning Jesus in Surah 3:45 “O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah.” In Quran 3:39,45,4:171, it couldn’t be scraped off the Quran that Jesus is the word of God. In Quran 40:56, it is also agreed that God creates with His word! Quran agrees too that Jesus is the Spirit from God Quran 21:19. Although efforts have been made to deny the divinity of Jesus, it can’t be completely hidden as no other prophet in the Quran was given such attribute.

Concerning this Child, the Bible in John 1:1 records that He is the word of God, the same word with which the entire world was created. Although called the “son of God”, He was God in the flesh showing us the clear picture of who He is and who we should be. We were made to be like God in the flesh and Jesus being God in flesh was the clear example of who we were made to be. Jesus grew up possessing the very qualities of God, clarifying all the rumours that had been broadcasted about God. He was out to correct all the information given to us about God. The teachers of the law never understood Him but it was also His intention that they don’t understand Him because it will set the stage for the salvation of mankind.

“Even the Quran couldn’t hide certain truths about Jesus no matter how it is tried.”

In all the confusions arising from the teachings of all the Prophets, Jesus said in Matthew 5:17 (CEV) “Don’t suppose I came to do away with the Law and the Prophets. I did not come to do away with them, but to give them their full meaning.” We never knew the meanings of what these Prophets had written because they were codes and not reality, we had documented their teachings and made laws out of them not knowing it was only but a pointer to Jesus. Although Jesus knew that some things would be heavy for the people to grasp in their state of blindness, He said: “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) Wait a minute! This is the Master He was talking about, the God of all flesh, the one who uses the earth as His footstool and He didn’t call Him master but “father!” He didn’t just call Him Father, He also said they are one.

Jesus went around doing good, healing the sick, supporting people with compassion in His heart and treating women so right that in Him, they saw the picture of the perfect man. Jesus was both the vivid picture of the perfect man and God all at the same time. In Jesus, humanity and divinity were pictured together. He went about forgiving sins and setting the captives free!

As that was never enough, Jesus took upon Himself the old judgment upon man which says in Genesis 2:17 “If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die”. The judgment had kept resonating as all men were labelled sinners because of the disobedience of one man from whom all men proceeded from. The devil thought he had won, he thought he had separated man from God and made men see God as a wicked boss but Jesus took up the sins of men upon Himself so that the judgment would be met on Him. This was the biggest and shameful defeat of the devil. No wonder He was called in John 1:29 “…the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Using the blindness of the world who never recognized Him, He walked up to the cross in pains. The pain was too much on His humanity that He cried out in Matthew 26:39 “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” In the face of this pain, he still opted for what He came to do which was to liberate man who couldn’t liberate Himself.

“Jesus took up the sins of men upon Himself so that the judgment would be met on Him. This was the biggest and shameful defeat of the devil.”

He got crucified, He died, He was buried and on the third day, after preaching Himself to the spirits of the dead and solving the problem of sin from the foundations of this world, He resurrected in glory as a new man! But wait a minute! This time, He didn’t just tell us about His father in heaven. Although He had made us know in “the Lord’s prayer” that God is our father, He made it so much more obvious after His resurrection when He said to Mary Magdalene in John 20:17 “Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” By the reason of His sacrifice, we had become just like Him. We had become His brothers in the flesh and His children in the Spirit. We can now know God beyond “Master” and we can now call Him “Daddy!”

Jesus became us that we might become Him. And the Bible had reported in John 1:12 saying “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” He didn’t want us to just be His subjects, He didn’t just want us to bow and worship Him just like the Angels, He wanted our friendship, He wanted a union and He wanted us to recognize Him as our father. In John 3:16, we also saw that if we accept Him, He gifts us His own life!

The New Testament gospel presents us with an answer, a liberating answer of who God is and who we are in Him. The Quran called Him master, the Torah and the Prophets did same, some even made idols and referred the idols as Him but He came as Jesus, presenting to us a very clear picture of who He is! God is not just our God, He is also our friend and He is our father. Therefore, we are no longer afraid to mention His name and His name is Jesus.

“Jesus became us that we might become Him.”

Jesus brought an end to religion and brought alive the first intent of making the man. All God ever wanted was relationship and here we have it in Christ! The Bible says concerning them that have believed, Romans 8:16 “For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” What wasn’t clear has become clear.

Nowhere else have we been presented with this truth, not in the Quran, not in any religion and even with the shadows of truth in the Torah and writings of the Prophets, there was limited information. It is only in the New Testament, in the manifestation of Jesus that humanity is clearly defined and the works of darkness greatly humiliated! The Bible says concerning us in Romans 8:14-17 “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.””

What an exciting truth! We aren’t trying to find God anymore, God has found us and we are united with Him in Christ. You too can experience this truth for yourself. It takes you just one thing; to believe it! God is no longer a myth, He is exposed and what a blessing it is to be called “His children.”

“Jesus brought an end to religion and brought alive the first intent of making the man.”

God bless you.God has a family and it is a great privilege that we are members of God’s family. Religion cannot offer this, this is only possible in Christ. Imagine Jesus saying to us individually “I am your brother and we are seated together on the right hand of my father and your father.” Just as the Bible reports in Ephesians 2:6 “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” Hallelujah!

God bless you.

~ George O.N

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