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.

Watch what Kanye’s Sunday Service looks like

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…”

Image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard

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?

Advertisements

7 WAYS TO DEAL WITH SINNING PASTORS


In our previous discussion where we considered if we can take actions against a sinning elder, we that it isn’t out of place. What are the right actions to take? How do we take actions? Does the Bible offer us a guideline on how to take actions against a sinning elder? Let’s look at these few guidelines. These steps apply to every Christian but also shows us how to confront a sinning elder.

1. PRIVATE CONFRONTATION & CORRECT JUDGEMENT

When you notice an elder is sinning, you may be greatly disturbed, it is okay that you may struggle to let go or you may be struggling to come in terms with the fact that an elder sinned against you and God but there is a way to settle these issues in the Church which is the same way you settle issues with other believers. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:6

“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”

It is your responsibility to confront someone you caught in sin and speak the truth to him or her in love (Ephesians 4:15). You don’t have to harbour their wrongs in your heart or go around making news out of it. You have to confront them privately for what they did! No matter how painful your rebuke may be to them, it is better than the praises they receive from people who never dared to approach them. The Bible says in Galatians 6:1

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

Look carefully, the Bible isn’t talking about just a onetime mistake but a habitual sin! When you discover someone has been caught up in sin, the first thing you do is to confirm your assumptions without wrongly judging him or her and when your assumptions are true, you should seek to restore such a person in a gentle manner and with a heart full of love while you watch yourself to ensure you don’t get trapped too! The judgment that Jesus condemned is gossip, slander and sentimental judgments. The Bible says in John 7:24

“Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”

We can judge things right when we do a careful and biblical evaluation of the situation. We shouldn’t just jump up and start taking sides based on appearance and things that appeal to the emotions, we must look beneath the surface. This is also how we are careful so that we don’t eventually go into sin while trying to help another. When you have confronted someone privately for his wrongs and he continues with it, take the second step.

2. INVOLVE A THIRD OR FEW MORE PARTY

The next biblical step to take is not to broadcast it to the world! You should involve two or three persons as the Bible says in Matthew 18:16 and go to encourage him out of that sin. These two persons could even be witnesses or Church executives. Your visit to the elder isn’t a sign of disloyalty but a portrayal of love for him and the people committed to his care. He may not even understand that it but that’s alright. If this elder continues in the wrong ways then the third step is necessary.

3. INVOLVE CHURCH ELDERS

In some Churches these days, there aren’t multiple elders who the Pastor is accountable. When you have confronted an elder (or Pastor) with few executives and he insists on living the way he wants, you may have to involve the senior Pastor or the Pastors he is submitting to in the case if he is the Senior Pastor of your congregation. The leadership are to take up the matter and discipline the elder. But if he admits he’s wrong, you must stop on this step.

4. LET THE ELDERS FAULT BE MADE PUBLIC

When an elder has refused to change and keeps on sinning the Bible recommends in 1 Timothy 5:20

“But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.”

Many times, the sins of elders will go on influencing those he is leading. He may not even know that a lot of people already knows about his sexual misconduct or his tendencies to always write off money from the church purse for his personal use and he wouldn’t even be aware that he is wrongly influencing various other persons. The Bible recommends that such an elder should be rebuked publicly! Another instance is when an elder makes a public declaration that is totally against the word, the correction should be made public too and not private. This step would humble him and make him steer back to the right path, on the other hand, it will also correct those who had assimilated the wrong teachings.

5. LET HIM LEAVE THE FELLOWSHIP OR THE LEADERSHIP

If the elder had continued in that sinful way after all efforts have been made to address his issues and he insists on living the way he wants, he should come down from that leadership position and also be shown the way out of that fellowship. Now, this is very difficult for a Church organization where the elder happens to be the senior pastor and also happens to assume the highest authority where he isn’t accountable to the members of the Church or even the leadership board. The essence of leaving or coming down from his position as a Pastor is because he would continue influencing other loyalists, he would also continue using the resources of that ministry to shield himself. Concerning this kind of disciplinary action, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 5:1-5

“It is reported that there is sexual sin among you. I’m told that a man is sleeping with his father’s wife. Even people who don’t know God won’t let that kind of sin continue. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you be very sad instead? Shouldn’t you have thrown out of your church the man doing this? Even though I am not right there with you, I am with you in spirit. And because I am with you in spirit, I have already judged the man doing this. I have judged him in the name of our Lord Jesus. So when you come together, I will be with you in spirit. The power of our Lord Jesus will also be with you. When you come together like this, hand this man over to Satan. Then the power of sin in his life will be destroyed. His spirit will be saved on the day the Lord returns.”

When you study this passage carefully, you will discover that the man in question has been confronted and even reported to the Church elders in that congregation but because nothing could be done and the sin continued, it was reported to Paul by concerned persons who asked them to throw him out of Church by the authority of Jesus. Paul instructed that they hand him over to Satan. He didn’t mean that the Church has a deal with Satan, what he was saying is “throw him out of fellowship into the world where Satan rules there system.” Although it sounded tough and harsh, it was a disciplinary action that would drive that person back because he wouldn’t want to stay out there in the world after having a taste of the freedom from sin that Christ has given us. By throwing the person out, he is further disciplined by God in a way He deems it fit. The Bible also says in Titus 3:10-11:

“Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.”

6. PRAY FOR HIM, FORGIVE AND MOVE ON

After he has been thrown out, you have done your part and God is pleased with you. If you are a victim of his wrongs, you can forgive him, pray for him and move on with your life allowing God to deal with him His way. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:6

“For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

The Bible also says in Psalms 94:12

“Blessed is the man You discipline, O LORD, and teach from Your law.”

Always ensure that your motive towards him isn’t to see him punished for his wrongs but to get him restored by God and to send signals to others to desist from such actions.

7. SEEK THE HELP OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

If the issue you faced from a Church elder is that which involves physical violence, death threat, rape and so on, it may not be out of place to quickly seek the help of the Police or other law enforcement agencies in your locality. The reason is simple, to prevent him from hurting others, to give him the privilege of seeing how terrible his actions are in the face of the law. While you do this, you may also need to keep others informed about the step you are taking. Concerning the government officials including the various arms of government, the Bible says in Romans 13:3-4

“For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the one in authority? Then do what is right, and you will have his approval. For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not carry the sword in vain. He is God’s servant, an agent of retribution to the wrongdoer.”

Some conducts aren’t what can be fixed right in the Church, some are conducts that bring about the danger in the society and you are doing the right thing by quickly reporting to the law enforcement agencies. They are also God’s agent of retribution to the wrongdoer.

Meanwhile, when an elder or just any Christian admit their wrong and apologizes publicly, showing genuine repentance, they can be welcomed back to the congregation, given some time for godly restoration and assimilated back into leadership after they had taken time to prove that they are qualified for that position.

This is how I believe sinning elders should be handled in the Church as it is the principles of discipline I found in the Bible. Next time, we will be looking at how a Pastor should seek forgiveness, healing and restoration.

God bless you.

Check out my free book | My life story!

SHOULD WE IGNORE SINFUL CHURCH PASTORS?


Should we ignore sinful pastors?

Don’t be shocked when a Pastor, Deacon or Bishop is caught in sin. It is not new, it has been happening a long time ago. Sometimes, they are wrongly accused, sometimes their past catches up with them, sometimes it was just a mistake and sometimes they are habitually and willingly engaging in it. First, they are humans and they have those tendencies just like every human. But then, that isn’t an excuse because there is a guideline for those who desire that office and they are supposed to strictly abide by those guidelines.

Many people usually believe that when an Elder or a teacher in Church is being criticized over a statement or an action, it is a fight against the Church but on the other hand, it may not be. Anyone who has been set above others in some sense will always attract public praise or public criticism. If you have no problem with public praise, you shouldn’t have a problem with public criticism. If you are a leader that people looks up to, you are part of their business and therefore you shouldn’t feel some people aren’t minding their business when they make a public discourse of you. Concerning this, the Bible says in James 3:1:

“Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.”

You don’t expect people to react to the misdeeds of a leader or instructor less than they would have done towards a commoner. So much is required of Elders and leaders. Although the requirements should apply to all, these special requirements are heavy on elders and leaders in the Church. The reason is that people will usually be modelled after the leaders who are icons in society and therefore should set an example that is beneficial to the body of Christ. The office of Elders and Church leaders is a very peculiar one that must be threaded carefully. Concerning anyone desiring this office, the Bible says

“…Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.  Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,  not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.  He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[ respect.  (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders so that he will not fall into disgrace and the devil’s trap.”

Being an elder is a noble task and it is worthy of desire! However, the above verse shows us how much is required of a person who desires this office. He must be morally sound and above all must have a good reputation with outsiders which includes unbelievers. This verse also indicates that a bad reputation can bring the minister into disgrace and the devil’s trap! This is the same reason why James wrote that the elder or teacher is judged with much more strictness. Now, how do we handle a sinning elder? How do we respond when an elder is going through discipline as a result of wrong deeds?

Sometimes, God rebukes a straying son by various means. His rebuke is that of love and He doesn’t leave him in the wilderness to die! He brings him back to his senses but also takes him back home. We can do the same by praying for other believers who are caught up in the web of mistakes and wickedness. We all know what the works of the flesh are but we also know that the works of the Spirit include love. As much as we admit a problem, and allow people to have a taste of rebuke sometimes, we must also accord them the opportunity to heal and become better!

A loving father may beat a child for doing wrong but he draws the child back and say “I hate to see you cry but I had to do it for your good.” Someone may beat up a sinning child not because she wants to bring this child to his senses but because she wants to leverage on that opportunity to vent her anger on the child. In the same manner, when a leader is caught up in the web of sin, certain people would use it as an opportunity to display their hatred while some others persons may be asking for discipline because of their love for the Church of Jesus Christ and their desire to see this leader or elder get restored.

Out of emotion, we often rob people of their period of rebuke and discipline! When I want to discipline my child, I will see anyone who tries to stop me as an enemy to my child! You can’t love my child more than I do and therefore your emotions may make you feel uneasy to watch me discipline my child while I am being compelled by love to make my child better. This is how it is between us and God. God may have given us several opportunities to change our ways from doing the wrong thing and we kept ignoring it. To help fix us and get us back right on track, God may have to discipline us with His kind of rod. God’s rod serves as a guiding tool which brings comfort after we have been rebuked! The Psalmist said in Psalms 23:24

“…or you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

It is not an act of love when we see someone going through God’s purifying fire and try dragging them out of it. We aren’t just fighting God, we are not helping that fellow. How do we handle a sinning elder; that is, an elder who commits sins that would distract others and cause factions in the body without repentance? Not about an elder who did something wrong a time ago but an elder who is habitually sinning? How do we handle it? Do we fall for the “do not judge” mantra or do we allow him or her go through God’s disciplinary process?

Sometimes, when God is disciplining someone dear to us, it doesn’t look amazing but God is simply in the process of restoring that fellow. When an elder is found doing something wrong, keeping quiet and hiding it under the carpet is not a show of love, some steps must be taken to ensure that he or she is restored. Remember, the only reason to rebuke and take disciplinary actions on elders especially is that we love them and want them restored. Certain people will not stop doing wrong until a strong action has been taken against their actions.

When we take actions against a sinning elder, we often hear things like “don’t judge a servant of God, let God judge His servants.” if this is true, how do we examine a false teacher? How do we consider someone qualified for ministry? Why would the Bible offer us rich guidelines on church leadership? Even Moses was taken out of leadership when he went against God’s will but then we would argue that it was under the law. What did the Bible say in the New Testament?

“Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses. Those who sin should be reprimanded in front of the whole church; this will serve as a strong warning to others. I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favouritism to anyone.” 1 Timothy 5:19-21

Taking actions against a sinning leader or elder in the Church isn’t out of place as long as the motive is to save him from continuing, give them time for healing and get them restored. Being a leader, elder or bishop doesn’t keep us immune from disciplinary actions. As bad as it looks at times, this is an important way of keeping the Church environment safe for other Christians including new converts and a way of saving us from what is destructive. 

Are you looking for the right way to take actions against a sinning elder and sometimes a sinning Christian? Read our next article “7 WAYS TO DEAL WITH SINNING PASTORS”

Raped At Seventeen
I have a true life story to share with you! It’s free!

THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIAN GATHERINGS


If you are very close to me or have been part of any group or organization that I have worked with, you surely do know one thing about me. It is how uncomfortable I become when I stay in a Christian gathering for too long and all they make out of their meetings are praying for money, making prophetic declarations for wealth and teaching only about prosperity and other material things. If what is being preached in most Churches today round the clock is what Christianity should be all about, God knows I would have walked through the path of atheism. No wonder God came to me when I was very young and no wonder God allowed His healing power surge through me to heal people instantly on a few occasions! If I had never had these personal encounters of God or have never heard Him speak directly to me through His word, I would have given up on Christianity. Why?

Some teachings and practices in today’s Churches have made it seem as though what is very easy for a wealthy man to do is difficult for God to do. I remember some years ago when my Dad had issues in business, a Pastor told me and my male siblings that we would fast for two days without water and food and that after the fast, God would release His wealth on a date he gave to us. I remember that what was made out of all the gatherings I ever encountered in that ministry was about money, healing, babies and so on! There was never a day when I came and grew in the knowledge of Jesus. The financial breakthrough became my sole reason for attending those gatherings. Well, after the fast and after some years past the date he gave to us, nothing happened.

I also remember all the years I attended “21 years days fire conference” at the beginning of each year where various ministers are invited to come. It was very rare to have someone come to teach us the word, it was hard to really say we grew in the knowledge of the word. The common experience was that after each meeting, we go home bouncing in the excitement that before the end of the programs, we would be receiving miracle credit alerts, miracle jobs, miracle babies and all manner of material miracles. I have never heard any testimony that says “I want to thank God because since I started attending this meeting, I have grown in the knowledge of the word of God and my perspective is changing.”

Our faith in Jesus shouldn’t be about getting things. It is time we come to the true knowledge of the gospel, where our gathering isn’t about receiving prophetic declarations for wealth in the week or for visas to travel out. The essence should be to understand the gospel and grow in maturity. The reason God has called people into ministering to the Saints is not for anything else but for growth and maturity in the word and the things of God and His kingdom.

It makes me cry each time I look at believers gather in their thousands but miss the true essence of those gatherings, I see it as amazing opportunities being wasted. How can we be in gatherings all Sundays and Wednesdays of the week and all we ever do is ask God for a release of wealth, a release of material things but never a cry to quench our thirst and hunger for more knowledge of Him.

You will never see me in any financial breakthrough crusades or 21 days breaking of ancestral curses. This is not because I don’t regard people who do such programs but it is because I have something I am pursuing, I am hungry for more, I want to know more of Jesus and I want to be in a place of a genuine experience of God’s presence and the truism of the gospel. I am very sure that Jesus didn’t come to make us materially richer to even solve the world’s physical problem.

This earth as it is was created perfectly by God but God handed over to the man and at some point He doesn’t even decide certain things! You are wondering why we have many poor people and God seems not to be doing something about it. Well, it is not His job! It is our own job to help the poor, protect the weak, cloth the naked and even love our enemies. Why? Because this earth belongs to us and it is what we make out of it that it becomes. Jesus said that whenever we offer assistance to the least people on earth, we are assisting Him. We are God’s vessels of sharing love to others and therefore we shouldn’t be asking God to play the part that we supposed to be playing. Our focus as Christians should be about becoming better outwardly as we have been made perfect inwardly, it should be about representing what the word of God talks about.

Call for meetings where God’s word is taught, you will see me there! Call for a prayer meeting geared towards thanksgiving, you will see me there. As much as I believe in miracles and don’t joke with it, as much as I have seen God’s power surge through my own hands to heal the sick, I don’t go about seeking for Miracles, what I seek is the quench of my thirst, I seek to know more than I have ever known and I seek to know Jesus beyond whatever I have experienced. This should be the expectation of believers but now believers are the ones acting like unbelievers, going here and there in search of miracles instead of being hungry for God, they are hungry for money! What did Jesus say?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.”

Do you see that? It is people without faith and with unbelief that go about worrying about what to eat, drink and wear! When we commit our hands to something, we are very sure that the works of our hands are blessed! (Deuteronomy 28:12) We are the answers to world problems, it is not something we make out of meetings designed to help solidify us in the place we stand! Throughout the Bible, we will never see a time Christians gathered to pray for money and fame! It didn’t stop people from making money but they were maximizing the true purpose of Church gathering! It is immaturity to make our meetings all about material things and miracles. The Bible says in Hebrews 6:1

“So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding…”

The essence of our meetings should be to become mature in our understanding of Jesus and what He has done! Asking and crying for money doesn’t increase our understanding, we are only limiting God to the capacity of men because what we are asking is what mere men can do! It also showcases our worry over things we shouldn’t worry about. There should be a place of contentment in our everyday walk, there should be a place of thanksgiving regardless of our situations.

We weren’t given Pastors so that they could pray us into money, we weren’t given ministers so that they can pray us into marriage, awesome academic results and other material success! Truth is, unbelievers achieve these things without faith and without prayers, these things aren’t why Jesus came and why the Church became instituted. The Bible tells us why we have ministers of the gospel who are committed to the Church.

“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” Ephesians 4:11-14

When a Pastor spends all the years of his pastoral ministry talking about material things and financial prosperity, he isn’t fulfilling the purpose of his calling. The only essence why ministers of the gospel are called is to equip God’s people to do a general work of reconciliation given to all believers. The duty of these ministers continues until that time when Jesus will come again, that time when we all come to unity in our faith and knowledge of Jesus. Miracle seekers are prone to fall into the hands of false prophets, they are prone to fall into the hands of tricky people! Jesus said concerning this in Matthew 24:24

“For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.”

Our hunger in God’s presence should be to know more of Him and not to get more money, more health, awesome partner and good education. It is very nice to work and make earnings, it is nice to have dreams and bring it to reality but we must know where we draw the line! Mere men can offer these things like money, education and so on but our pursuit of God should be about those things men cannot offer us.

Attending Church meetings shouldn’t be about getting our names on the register and having a group support us in funeral and so on. It is not about buying God’s favour for the month and receiving “monthly prophetic words for financial release.” It should be about hearing words and teachings that help us grow and mature. It should be about meeting people of like mind and fellowshipping with other saints! When we attend our Church meetings, we are also getting new opportunities to bear one another’s burden and belong to a community where iron sharpens iron!

Why do you go to Church? To get God’s favour or to grow in the knowledge of who God has already made you become?

God bless you.

~ George O.N

Get my free story!

ABOUT PASTORS | Do we need them?


I needed to do a little teaching on this because of the recent occurrences that put a kind of distrust between Christians and Church leaders. For example, there are issues of a Pastor allegedly abusing a member or a Pastor allegedly defrauding the members and getting richer while the members are getting poorer and then people keep asking, do we need Pastors and other ministers? Do we need these leaders since we can sit at home, study God’s word and grow on our own? Do we keep subjecting ourselves to these manipulations by leaders? Why don’t we just break free from them? Another reason you may also feel a pastor isn’t needed is when you are convinced personally about something and most Pastors aren’t convinced about it like the issue of tithing, first fruit and the rest. So, the boiling question remains “do we need Pastors?”

First of all, we must note that every believer is a minister regardless of their calling, vocation and passion! The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:18

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

God didn’t just unite us with Himself, He also gave us a task to tell others who aren’t yet aware of what He is doing. This can take place in your office, in the school, in the mall, on social media and through various other means. You don’t need any kind of ordination to partake in this ministry and you may also not need anyone’s permission to preach Jesus to people. In this regard, I want you to understand that everyone could be preachers of Jesus but not everyone can be teachers. To preach in this regard means to advocate and proclaim about Jesus and the salvation He brings but to teach means to instruct and impart knowledge.

As believers and of course ministers of the gospel, we all need to always be skilled in the task given to us. That we have been called and given the ability to reconcile men to God doesn’t mean we have automatically mastered the craft. Therefore, we need people who can impart knowledge and instruct us by the direction of the Holy Spirit. While the Bible records that God has called us all into the ministry of reconciliation, the Bible also says in Ephesians 4:11

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,”

The Bible goes further to tell us why God has placed certain people in these offices which is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,” you see that? While God has called each and every one of us into the ministry but He has also continued giving people higher callings so that they can equip us to be able to carry out the work that God has given to us.”

The problem often lies in what we make up of this. God hasn’t given anyone special access to Himself more than He has given to every believer. God doesn’t answer the prayers of a Pastor more than He answers that of other believers, God doesn’t hear a Prophet faster than He hears other believers. The calling of these ministers isn’t to stand in between you and God and to receive from God for you. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:18

“Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.”

Everyone in every status and orientation can come to the Father through the Spirit of Christ! The Bible never said we can come to the Father through any Pastor, Evangelist and so on. The outlined duty of these ministers is to perfect the Saints and they themselves are also perfected as they submit to the ministry of other Elders and the cycle continues. The Pastor is not called to take the place of Jesus in the lives of believers, He is called to actually explain what Jesus has done and how it can benefit the believer both in ministry and everyday application. It will be an abuse of Spiritual authority for ministers to actually take the place of Jesus in the lives of others.

In a sense, the Pastor is not called to be in control of the believers’ lives, he isn’t called to decide and take preeminence over the entire life of people. The duty of the Pastor is to give instructions, to guide and to lead. The model of leadership of Pastors isn’t that of a boss-staff relationship but servant leadership (John 13:13-16). The authority of a Pastor isn’t unquestionable and so is your loyalty to a Pastor. This is so because you must be able to draw the line in the case of when a leader stops leading you right. This is what the Bible means when it says in 1 John 2:27

“As for you, the anointing that you received from him remains on you, and you don’t need anyone to teach you the truth. But since his anointing teaches you about all things (it’s true and not a lie), remain in relationship to him just as he taught you.”

The Bible wasn’t saying you shouldn’t be taught by other people rather you should be able to discern what you are being taught when you maintain a firm relationship with Jesus. As much as a Pastor has been anointed to lead and equip you, it is Jesus that works through him or her and when anyone restrains the Holy Spirit from working through them and therefore goes on to teach and act by their flesh, you can always know when to step out if you are in a strong relationship with Jesus. One way this happens is to continue meditating on God’s word and allowing the Holy Spirit to shed more light on the word. John never wrote the above to discourage people from being taught, he was enlightening them concerning the false teachers and there is no way we can discern the truth if we only end up listening to Pastors without having to go back to Jesus to make things very clear for us.

One example we find in the Bible is these group of people referred to as the Berean Jews (Act 17:11). These were Jews who lived in the city of Berea in Macedonia and the Bible records that each day Paul comes to them to teach them the word, they receive these words with the readiness of mind! They don’t receive it with contempt but with joy and gladness but one thing about them is this; after Paul finish teaching them, they would go back home and start searching their scriptures and perhaps reading those places Paul quoted to really understand and discern if Paul was teaching them the truth. They were referred to as noble people because of this attitude! These kinds of people will not be tossed around by every wind of doctrine.

Pastors are no more special than you are and they are not more spiritual than you are but the truth is that whenever God calls these people, He also strengthens them for the task! Their commitment to what they have been called to do will help make you a better Christian and it will help make you serve better. They are authorities in their field which doesn’t mean they are superior to you as a believer. While we are all believers and equal in Christ, you must acknowledge the authority of their office so that you can receive of them and grow in maturity. It is God using them to make you better and sometimes to train you so that at the right time, you may also be called into that capacity.

If you are very skilled in a certain career, you would become an authority in that career in the sense that many people who want to venture into that career would always come to you for training, counsel and coaching. In the same way, some Pastor has become really very skilled in their ministry that may demand you to seek their counsel and teachings as regards to Spiritual matters to some degree. Because their calling is to perfect you for the work of the ministry, the area you always need their counsel is that which has to do with the work of the ministry.

You may not need a Pastor to make a career choice for you, you may not need a Pastor to choose a spouse for you, you may not need a Pastor to counsel you in marriage and relationships, you may not need a Pastor to coach you in business and academics. We never saw such in the Bible because these things have nothing to do with their calling as Pastors. However, you may need their opinion in these things if you perceive that aside from the calling they already have that they possess wisdom in these areas either through experience or professional studies. There are medical doctors who eventually became Pastors, therefore you could leverage on their medical expertise too but that doesn’t mean that once a person becomes your Pastor, he begins to rule every area of your life. Pastors are not rulers, they are basically teachers and leaders.

You should always be able to know where to draw the line in listening to a teacher. No matter how many times you have listened to a Pastor, always develop the habit of going back to the scriptures and asking the Lord to confirm His words. Not because you don’t trust Pastors but because you know they are just like you and they can communicate their personal views out of excitement and it doesn’t make them fake except when they are consciously leading people astray and teaching things that are alien to the body of Christ. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:14

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.”

Your Pastor can be wrong and he can go astray. You shouldn’t go astray with him.

Having known the call of a Pastor, it is also very important to know that Pastors are not superhuman and you shouldn’t make them one by treating them as one. The best behaviour of a Pastor is not what you see on a Sunday morning and you shouldn’t expect perfection from them just as you aren’t physically perfect on your own. It is true that ministers of the gospel should be of good reputation but every Christian should be of good reputation too as we are all ministers. Pastors are first of all human and normal people just like you! This is why it is important that you channel your loyalty to the vision they carry and most times, not necessarily their personality. This will help you to still stick to the God-given vision even when it seems they aren’t running in it again themselves. No matter how much a Pastor know, don’t always believe they automatically practice all of it without some efforts.

The reason you should know that Pastors are normal people too is so that you don’t fall off the cliff when they mess up and so that you do not judge the body of Christ with the character of any Pastor. In fact, when a Pastor messes up, it doesn’t mean the vision they are running is flawed, it means they are also naturally flawed men who must strive to live in harmony with the workings of God in their Spirit. You get hungry, they also get hungry! You feel sick sometimes, they also feel sick. You lack at times, they also lack! The call for honour isn’t a call to be overtly controlled by the Pastor, it is a call to acknowledge their office and what God is doing with them. You can’t receive so much from who you despise.

A Pastor shouldn’t present himself as better than those committed to him and he should be accountable to the body of Christ. The Pastor isn’t assistant Jesus and if there would be anything like that, every believer will equally occupy that position but we are something more than that. It is also important that in following your Pastor, you follow him not because you trust his person but because you trust the one who called him into that office. You don’t follow anyone blindly and when you notice some attitudes about a Pastor that isn’t godly or that may put you in danger, trust your instincts and avoid him.

So is there a way you could stay without a Pastor? Is there a way you can start quitting fellowships and it wouldn’t matter? Should you quit Church because a Pastor erred? Well, I understand from the Bible that Pastors are given for training, they train us to be able to become effective ministers. By this, you should belong to an assembly with Pastors where you are taught God’s word and if anything should make you consider leaving that assembly, you should look for another Bible-believing and Bible-teaching assembly. The essence is growth and therefore you still need a Pastor! Pastors may err, don’t err with them and don’t even endorse it. Concerning habitual sinning elders (Pastors) the Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:19

“Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses. Those who sin should be reprimanded in front of the whole church; this will serve as a strong warning to others.”

Pastors occupy very sensitive positions just like every leader anywhere in the world and therefore they can easy targets to blackmails and accusations. However, the Bible says that when an accusation is made, it should be investigated and confirmed. Nobody is above training, correction and rebuke including the Pastors. This should tell you more that Pastors are just like you and may have issues just like you but because of their position and influence, they should exercise a great deal of discipline.

That one Pastor messed up doesn’t mean all Pastors mess up! There are still people who didn’t force themselves into that role, men who are still morally sound and sincere in carrying out the task given to them by God! Not all Pastors have bowed down to the trend, not all Pastors want to defraud you and not all Pastors play emotional and manipulative tricks on women. There are still genuine people carrying out the divine assignment. As long as you are following Christ, as long as you are following the vision Christ has given to men who can also err, you shouldn’t be deterred by their wrongs because your eyes aren’t on them but on Jesus.

~ George O.N

Raped At Seventeen By George Onyedikachukwu Nnadozie
Get RAPED AT SEVENTEEN for free on all book platforms

Must Women Be Silent in Church?


AskGeorge: Must Women Remain Silent in Church?

Note, this is a throwback from 7th March, 2016. For a more recent teaching on this gives a better interpretation, check out CONCERNING WOMEN IN MINISTRY

Question:

PLEASE HELP ME DO JUSTICE TO THIS VERSE OF 1COR 14: 34, WHAT DID PAUL MEANT BY SAYING THAT, “WOMEN SHOULD REMAIN SILENT IN THE CHURCHES. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK, BUT MUST BE SUBMISSIVE AS THE LAW SAYS.”? – Uche, Nigeria

Answer:

I am really glad that this question came in due season when am rounding of my book titled “dedicated to women”. This will be included in the extras page of that book because it has been a problem for a while among believers.

This is one of the most confusing parts of Paul’s writing. But we must also weigh every argument to see that it balances with the other parts of the Scripture. Some people are of the view that Paul really meant that women are to forever remain silent in every church meetings and they should never Prophecy, Speak in tongues and talk about the gospel! Let’s see what other portions of the Bible said

“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Act 2:17

Daughters were included in those who will prophesy! Remember, in the New Testament, Prophecy edifies the Church and not a person. Anyone who Prophecies is speaking to a congregation and not to him or herself. Paul said,

“Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:4

So you see, when Joel saw what would happen in the latter days which is now, he also saw daughters speaking things that build up the Church! In verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 14, Paul also expressed his desire that they prophesy! He didn’t say it was only the men that he desires to see making prophecy!

Paul also said in verse 31

“All of you may proclaim God’s message, one by one so that everyone will learn and be encouraged”.

It was not a peculiar thing applied only to males! If women are not to speak, how then do “everyone” proclaim God’s message?

In Luke 2:38, we see Anna a prophetess who prophesied in the temple! Even according to the law that seems to have disfavoured women, there were female prophets who really prophesied and edified the brethren. We would also go on and talk about the daughters of Philip who prophesied… They actually spoke in the presence of many!

What then was Paul implying?

First, Paul was trying to bring order to the Church. The structure of the Church then was not as strong as we have today… It was still an early church undergoing challenges of new trends! The gifts were new, prophecies were new, speaking in the tongue was new and all that! It wasn’t something they were used to and overlooking how it was being done would make them do the right thing the wrong way! If women are not permitted to speak at all, what about the writings of the same Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:5

“Any woman who prays or proclaims God’s message (some translations has “Prophesy”) in public worship with nothing on her head disgraces her husband…”

Understanding this would also lead us to understand what he meant by asking women to wear a veil when they prophesy. He was simply commanding them to be under obedience! People often argue that women must cover their head in today’s Church but let’s also understand why Paul said that and what he wanted to communicate.

Because of the power of the Holy Spirit upon the Church, women also saw themselves prophesying. It became a problem because some women saw themselves as literally not under the authority of their husbands anymore since they could do what was thought to be man’s speciality. In those days, covering of the head was a sign of submission just as the wearing of the ring is a sign of faithfulness in marriage today. If the wearing of the ring was in vogue in that day, I am sure Paul would encourage married couples to wear a ring as a sign of faithfulness in marriage.

So, Paul asked that even while the women prophesy, they have to do so in submission to their husbands! In some cultures, especially outside the middle east, head covering isn’t a sign of submission and if Paul was communicating to them, he would have used what means “submission” to them. Remember, what Paul asked the women to do was to wear a veil and not cap or head-tie… He was also talking to married women! This simply indicates all right round that he was simply teaching them to manifest the gift of the Spirit in submission to their husbands! Having such a wonderful gift of prophecy doesn’t mean also taking over the position of the husband as the head.

Paul used the same term while writing to Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:12

“I do not allow them to teach or to have authority over men; they must keep quiet”

First, from the context of what Paul said here, this was his style. It wasn’t a universal norm or a rule that governs the entire Christendom. He was telling Timothy that he (Paul) personally don’t allow women to teach or there may be a translation issue here which also may mean that Paul was saying “I do not allow women take authority or overtly command their husbands.” but we saw why! Because it is not right for women to exercise authority over men! Yet from what we see in 1 Corinthians 11:5, Paul encouraged that women proclaim God’s word in public places but in total submission to their husbands. This is very peculiar to married women!

The law to which the apostle here refers, has been thought to be, Genesis 3:16, where the woman was commanded to be subject to her husband, and it is said, that he should rule over her; yet that law did neither restrain Miriam from prophesying in Exodus 15:20, nor yet Huldah, to whom Josiah himself sent in 2 Chronicles 34:22, of whom it is also said, that she dwelt in the college. But setting aside that extraordinary case of special inspiration, it was, doubtless, unlawful for a woman to speak in the church.

What do I mean? Today, we have women Pastors, Prophetess and even Bishops. No matter what title they bear, they are to operate in submission to their husband but we cannot say they are wrong to have attained that height! As long as they were selected, they are rightfully positioned! It is the attitude in that position that is of concern. Women can prophesy and even teach when appointed. In my book “Dedicated to Women”, I explained that it was not God’s intention nor his invention that women be under their husbands as in being a “servant” to them. Women are partners and co-labourer with their husband because they were separated from the man for that purpose! It is ungodly to literally rule over a woman! By “rule”, I mean depriving them of their rights! However, it is also ungodly for a woman to stand tall over a man! Because she was called to be a man’s helpmate and not a man’s competitor.

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, she became a preacher! She talked about Jesus in public! When the Marys encountered the risen Jesus, they proclaimed his resurrection! By virtue of who they are, women are not restricted to proclaiming God’s word in public! However, because they are designed to be helpmates (not servants), they are to do so in obedience, humility and gentility but not in timidity! When a woman understands what the term “helpmeet” suggests, they would also understand that they are a powerful force to be reckoned with.

For further and more recent teaching on this subject, check out CONCERNING WOMEN IN MINISTRY

A GIFT TO YOU
UNMASKING DEPRESSION BY GEORGE O.N

THE BURNING BUSH | When men are on fire!


THE BURNING BUSH | When men are on fire!

There is something about the burning bush experience that Moses had. When a bush or any material is burning, the fire is sustained by whatever is burning but come to think of it, the bush was on fire but the bush was not the sustaining power for that fire! The fire was just burning and yet the fire was sustaining itself!

Kai! This is the mystery of the Holy Spirit!

You are not the one sustaining the fire of the Holy Spirit! The question is, are you ready to burn? Are you available to be the instrument on which God’s fire keeps burning into generations? The fire of the Holy Spirit is self-sustaining, it doesn’t grow stale, it doesn’t grow old… It is always oven fresh!

Hei… Hei… Listen to me,

If you are ready to burn, open up yourself and allow the fire of the Holy Spirit burst out of you! Your oil cannot sustain it, you have been anointed by the Holy Spirit Himself and all He needs you to do is to go ahead and burn!

When you come across that sick person, stop negotiating if this one needs medical attention or not, go ahead and give what you have first! Peter said to the man who sat by the beautiful gate “I’ve got no money or drugs to give you but I’ve got the anointing, I’ve got the fire, I’ve got the power of the Holy Spirit working inside of me… I’ve got the healing anointing! Now, take it! Rise up and walk!”

“The fire of the Holy Spirit is self-sustaining, it doesn’t grow stale, it doesn’t grow old… It is always oven fresh!”

That is how to burn!

When you are walking on the road and God tells you “lead that boy or girl to me” don’t be scared! Your flesh may be shy but your Spirit is bold! Switch off the flesh and switch on the Spirit. You may not feel like it because the flesh is weak but your Spirit is willing, your Spirit is ever ready to respond to God! Be stubborn to that flesh, it may not want to go but it is not the Master and therefore it has no say here. Drag that body to the mission and when you get to that boy or girl, you say to him or her “hey dear! God sent me to you! He wants you right here and now!” Come on, this thing is not child play!

In Acts 8:26-40, Philips was on his own and God’s word came to him saying “rise and go towards the South, to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This road is a desert area, Philip could have argued with God saying “is anything happening there? What is important about that dessert?” But no! Philip was a man committed to service! He wasn’t serving two masters and he must have said to God “Yes Sir! Anywhere you lead me, I go. I’ve got no choice.” Philip moved immediately and guess what he saw? A court official, a staff to the Queen of Ethiopia and this man was returning from Jerusalem, he had gone for service. He was reading the book of Isaiah and the Spirit said to Philip “this is why I sent you here. Go and join him on his chariot!”

What? God, are you kidding me? Are you serious? Is that how you look for your own trouble? This would have been my question to God. But this wasn’t Philip’s question to God. He went ahead, against the possible unwillingness of his flesh and Philip approached him without any high and magnified salutation. Philip was going on the command of the King of Kings, He was going with an authority superior to any authority! This consciousness gave him so much boldness. And he asked the learned government official “do you understand what you are reading?”

See, when that fire is burning! Fear flies out! Imagine Philip, a supposed illiterate, asking a government official if he understands what he is reading. But this is where I love the court official so much. He expressed so much humility, he didn’t look down at the commoner who came on foot! And he responded, “how can I understand it except someone teaches me?” This man admitted that he needed a teacher, he had the scroll right there but it wasn’t making any sense to him. It can only make sense with the Holy Spirit. He was reading Isaiah 53:7 and Philip started teaching him what that place talked about. It was about Jesus! Philip preached Jesus to a man who he was just meeting and this man in all humility shouted to Philip when they got to a place that had water saying “here is water! What would prevent me from getting baptized?” After Philip had baptized the court official, the Spirit of God carried Philip away and the court official couldn’t see him again.

This is how to burn!

Moses never saw that fire for nothing! It was in the place of encountering that fire that God sent him on a mission that changed the entire story of this world. We aren’t just looking at the burning bush, we are the burning men! The fire is on you already if you are a believer full of the Holy Spirit! What are you waiting for?

How many times has God asked you to preach in the bus and declare healing over the sick and you chickened out? How many times have you passed someone and God gave you a word for that person and you chickened out? Revival is you recognizing God’s power in you and going ahead to express it! The fire of the Holy Spirit hasn’t grown stale, it is still burning! God wants it hot, He doesn’t want it lukewarm. When He asks you to go and it seems the flesh is loud, shut it off by getting to a corner and speaking in tongues! When you pray in tongues, you are building up yourself! There is always this shot of strength that comes up when you pray in tongues! When the flesh seems loud, speak the language of the Spirit and move in the might of the Spirit.

“Moses never saw that fire for nothing! It was in the place of encountering that fire that God sent him on a mission that changed the entire story of this world.”

Stop stumbling into the flesh all the time, you stumble into the flesh when you start thinking of what your friends will say, besides if your friends are the ones who will discourage you from burning, run from them! The Bible says you’ve got no deal with the darkness. Remember I told us some days ago that we had Darkexit and it was a no deal exist! Don’t let anything come between you and your mission. Stand bold like Peter and live for Jesus.

Burn in your office, burn in your school, burn in your street… Burn everywhere! Be popular for that fire of God that burns in you without getting you burnt out! He is the one sustaining the fire, your own part is to burn!

Hallelujah!

~ George O.N

UNMASKING DEPRESSION | AVAILABLE IN KINDLE AND PAPERBACK

JESUS, THE DONKEY AND PRIVATE JET


Let me start with a disclaimer.

The intent of this writing is not to endorse whether preachers should ride on a private jet or not. This is simply to address the common statement some people use to justify ownership of private jet by Pastors. Let it be noted that I have not said it is right or wrong for Pastors to own Private jets, I am only here to clarify a certain story in the Bible in Matthew 21:1-11, which many private jet owners and their supporters use to justify it which to me is very wrong and a misrepresentation of who Jesus is and what He stands for.

It is a common thing to hear people say “if Jesus was on earth today, He would not ride a donkey but a private Jet.” But I think that statement does not represent Jesus or the significance of His entry into Jerusalem. To make such a statement would mean that Jesus was looking for luxury or convenience when He rode a donkey but that is not true and in fact, we would be surprised to find out from the Bible that the opposite is the case. Here are some few facts I would want us to note down before we continue.

  1. Jesus wasn’t riding on a donkey, He rode on the donkey just on the occasion of entering Jerusalem.
  2. Jesus didn’t own the donkey. The donkey was borrowed for His use.
  3. Jesus used the donkey for a reason opposite of what people assume in this modern age. He wasn’t looking for luxury.

“To make such a statement would mean that Jesus was looking for luxury or convenience when He rode a donkey but that is not true and in fact, we would be surprised to find out from the Bible that the opposite is the case.”

UNMASKING DEPRESSION | New Book By George O.N

What exactly does Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem on donkey signify? In Israel, kings and warriors rode on horses and horses were very expensive at those times. They only ride on donkeys when they are coming in peace so as not to send wrong signals of war. The donkey was usually for agricultural purposes and also for ease of transport among common people. What many people don’t know today is that donkeys at those times were lowly animals and never in any way showcased luxury. If Jesus wanted a luxurious entrance into Jerusalem, He wouldn’t ride on a donkey but on a horse or even chariot!

Concerning Jesus coming into Jerusalem on a donkey, Zechariah made a prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 which says  “Behold, your king comes to you, triumphant and victorious. He is humble and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass.” I want us to note something very important here. He said the king comes triumphant and victorious but then He said: “He is humble and riding on an ass…” The coming of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey was a display of humility and not a showcase of greatness as the world will want to interpret it. In verse 10 of the same passage we see something very significant again which says “I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Let’s understand this in a few points.

Jesus came in humility which the donkey signifies. His entry into Jerusalem on a donkey instead of a horse signified peace. He wasn’t coming to conquer, He was coming with Peace as He is the King of Peace. Riding on a donkey also showed He came to connect with common people instead of kings and religious leaders. But there is another significant aspect of this story that we have not looked at before.

UNMASKING DEPRESSION | New Book By George O.N

“Jesus came in humility which the donkey signifies. His entry into Jerusalem on a donkey instead of a horse signified peace.”

We know that certain things in the Old Testament were types and shadows of what Christ was coming to do (Colossians 2:17). Isaac in the Bible was a type of Jesus and when God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his only begotten son, Isaac rode on a donkey with his father to be sacrificed (Genesis 22:3). We also know the story of the good Samaritan who of course represents Jesus, the Bible says he rode on a donkey. Jesus wasn’t riding on a donkey to showcase wealth or even showcase kingship in the way earthly kings would. Everything about Jesus riding on a donkey exemplified humility, peace and acceptance of common people.

To say that Jesus would ride a private Jet today because He rode on a donkey in those days is a careless statement and gross misinterpretation of the message of the Bible. Jesus showcased a life of humility that is opposite of what many people experience today and if today was to be that day in which Jesus rode a donkey, He would still ride on a donkey. I also understand that people are meant to believe that Jesus was poor that we might be rich and so some would want to interpret it that way saying “since Jesus rode on a lowly donkey, He did it so that we might ride on a private jet.” That is still not true because Jesus becoming poor that we might be rich means something different. Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” It was in the laying down of His life that we might live that He became poor that we might become rich. The Bible wasn’t talking about material prosperity.

UNMASKING DEPRESSION | New Book By George O.N

“To say that Jesus would ride a private Jet today because He rode on a donkey in those days is a careless statement and gross misinterpretation of the message of the Bible.”

Jesus didn’t ride on a donkey with the view of having the luxury of life. If Jesus wanted to enjoy comfort, He surely would have used the money in the treasury to get a full chariot of horses but no! Jesus rode on a borrowed donkey to showcase humility! He didn’t borrow this donkey while He was going about preaching in very far places, He didn’t want comfort as He taught and acted the message of the kingdom! He rode into Jerusalem to fulfil a prophecy. When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He asked them to showcase the same level of humility to others.

Now, it is clear that if Jesus was on earth; if today was that day that He triumphantly entered Jerusalem which led to His crucifixion, He would still ride on a borrowed lowly animal and not on a horse, a chariot, a G-wagon or even a private jet. Is it wrong to ride on a jet? I have not said that; at least not yet but it is absolutely wrong and deceitful to say that the reason some should ride Jet as preachers even while so many people under them are hungry is that Jesus rode on a donkey and would ride on a jet if He was on earth today.

Jesus showed us the path of humility and we have to imitate Him in that regard. This may not be a popular opinion but of course, the truth isn’t always a popular opinion.

~ God bless you.

 UNMASKING DEPRESSION | New Book By George O.N
UNMASKING DEPRESSION | New Book By George O.N

REBUKE IS NOT JUDGEMENT


REBUKE IS NOT JUDGEMENT | George's Diary

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

– Matthew 7:1

The above verse is one of the verses many people have quoted out of context. This is because many people do not even know what judgment is. Judgment doesn’t mean pronouncing that something is bad or wrong. At least, not in the context of the above verse. When Jesus said do not judge, He was saying “do not make conclusions about someone as regards to what they did wrong.” To avoid judging people doesn’t mean turning blind eyes to evil and not expressing disapproval of it. We do not have the right to make pronouncements like “he is obviously going to hell” or “he will obviously not end well for stealing.” But we can identify wrongs and show disapproval of it so that people can learn that we are not a party to that wrong.

You don’t keep quiet over evil in the name of not judging, it makes you a part of the mess. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:11 “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” What are the works of darkness? It includes abuse, wickedness and other immoralities! We have sufficient ground to rebuke works of darkness and even expose it. Certain times, Christians don’t open up against evil done in the covering of Church because they don’t want to judge. However, it doesn’t make things better. The sexual abuse that was uncovered in the Vatican was heartbreaking, it had been there several years but was covered up. Covering it up meant more problem in the Church, it put more people at risk of being abused the same way others were abused. Your silence about sin will never make it right and people who perpetrate it will continue. Sometimes, we do not speak up against sin because we are better than the other person but we speak up against it as a Church, to boldly say “this is wrong and it is not what we represent.”

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

Ephesians 5:11

I am convinced that there is no reward in judging people including those we feel are doing the wrong things. The Bible says we shouldn’t be in a hurry to judge, only God reserves the right to bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts, and then each man’s praise will come to him from God. (1 Corinthians 4:5). If you know the truth, teach the truth. If someone else teaches or do something different, don’t judge them, don’t feel you are better than them. Keep your cool and keep doing your own part. God knows those who are His.

Correct in love and just move on if they ignore you. But when people are being hurt especially with the covering of “church” it calls for rebuke. Rebuke with love and yet with all sense of disapproval! When we publicly rebuke the evil that “elders” perpetrate with the covering of “church”, we are showcasing our disapproval of such and we are sending a warning signal to those who are following the same path.

To rebuke is not to judge. I need to make that very clear! The Bible says “do not judge” but the Bible says we should rebuke. We may not say that God didn’t call a man but we can confidently say if that man is walking in the light of God’s calling or not. You do not sexually molest people and hide under the covering of “do not judge!” You do not defraud poor people, enlarge your fleet of cars while they suffer in penury and you think you will not be rebuked. This is specifically for the leaders because people look up to them.

Those who rebuke evil “elders” don’t do it out of hate but out of compassion for the church. It hurts when the name of the Church is pushed to the mud, it hurts when people who are supposed to be our model consistently and comfortably keep tarnishing the image of the Church and we say “do not talk.” “Do not talk” has done more harm than good. There is no point gossiping about people because it changes nothing but we can publicly stand up against evil and make it clear that this is not what we stand for. We must stand for the truth always and any man who tells you that you are cursed for speaking against evil is simply looking for ways to hold you hostage in his lies.

“Those who rebuke evil “elders” don’t do it out of hate but out of compassion for the church.”

We are always part of the mess if we prefer to keep quiet because we are scared that rebuking an evil will bring a curse upon us. I rebuke evil that people perpetrate in the name of God because I represent God on earth. If I don’t rebuke it, then I am also presenting God falsely. Rebuking evil leaders don’t mean we do not respect them.

“But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.”

1 Timothy 5:20

When we are told not to judge, it means we shouldn’t make a conclusion about someone and when we are asked to rebuke, it means to express disapproval for something. It is right and godly to rebuke sin publicly especially when that elder is unrepentant. It could be okay to handle certain people’s sins discreetly because they are still growing in faith but for those people who are leading others, they can mislead their followers if we decide to ignore them. When you don’t rebuke a Pastor who abuses women, those who follow him might also follow his character. The Bible says “…elders who are sinning…” and not “…elders who sin…” When leaders become habitual with evil don’t cover it up. It does more harm than good to entertain elders who lead others astray. To rebuke is not to judge.

~ George O.N

Get my new book “Unmasking Depression”

THE UNITED CHURCH | Alive! Daily Devotional


The United Church | Alive! Daily Devotional

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” ~ Psalm 133:1

Every single component in your devices was put there for a reason. When you pull out one component just because it doesn’t look very important, you’d end up experiencing certain issues with that device. As small as the sim card is, if you pull it out of your phone, your phone will not be able to access the telecommunication networks neither will it live its purpose in full. This is what happens to any organization that is not united. Disunity among people is like disconnecting people from that particular channel where they would function so well. Get this:

1. Unity among believers yields pleasant results.

2. Unity among believers is God’s desire.

We are divided across denominations and sometimes we allow it to limit the extent God would want us to operate. As much as we may not come under one human leadership and organization, we can love ourselves and partner with our diverse organizations in ministry. Being an Episcopalian doesn’t mean you must hate a Baptist or never support them. I see diverse denominations as diverse expressions of our perception of God and His word. We can respect ourselves even if we disagree and we can make Jesus the centre of everything we do as believers. 

POINT TO NOTE

“Let him who means to love life, and see good days, seek peace and pursue it”- 1Peter 3:10-11. We shouldn’t just speak peace, we should pursue it. To pursue peace means to stay in peace even when there are reasons to quarrel. Paul had disagreements with Peter but they still operated in peace because they know that a call to ministry is not a call to prove one’s intelligence and wisdom but to serve Jesus where He would have us serve Him.

AFFIRMATION

“I chose to walk in peace with everyone regardless of disagreements.”

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for reminding once again to walk with other believers in peace because it is pleasant and good in your sight.

Alive! Daily Devotional is a new project on George’s Diary. Stay inspired and enhanced every day with reflections, points to note, affirmations and prayers strongly rooted in God’s word. It’s simple, straight to the point and inspiring! There are peace and comfort readily available in God’s word for you!
~ George O.N

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.