FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

It is Jesus' name that is written on the cheques we cash in God's bank. We use the expressions “for God’s sake” and “for Christ’s sake” very...

THE FLAWED RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

THE FLAWED RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Moses is not qualified to teach Christians the righteousness of God. Jesus says: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not...

WARNING: ROBBERS AT WORK IN THE CHURCHES

WARNING: ROBBERS AT WORK IN THE CHURCHES

"It used to be robbers who mugged pedestrians.  Now it's a gang of priests assaulting worshippers." (Hosea 6:9). A colleague of mine insists...

THE BOKO HARAM RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE BIBLE

THE BOKO HARAM RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE BIBLE

Christ is the end of using the bible as our yardstick for righteousness. The righteousness presented in many parts of the bible is not the...

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST

What happens when extortionists "hark the herald angels sing;" adulterers come with "all ye faithful;" and fraudsters proclaim the "tidings of...

PASTORS ARE PLANNING A MAJOR ROBBERY IN THE CHURCHES IN JANUARY

PASTORS ARE PLANNING A MAJOR ROBBERY IN THE CHURCHES IN JANUARY

The armed robber takes your money from you with a gun in his hand: the pastor takes your money by brandishing a bible.   Jesus berated the...

DOUBLE-MINDED PAUL

DOUBLE-MINDED PAUL

Those who insist Paul's word is the word of God might need to explain his hypocritical doctrinal somersaults. Jesus says: “Beware of these...

WHICH GOD IS THE FATHER OF JESUS? 2

WHICH GOD IS THE FATHER OF JESUS? 2

The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ does not send people to steal, kill and destroy. Is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ behind the wars,...

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THE EMPTY ELECTION PROMISES OF A GENERALISSIMO

generalissimo"I will create on million jobs by building prisons and then lock all PDP members there."

FA: Mr. General Sir, how long will it take you as president to bring back our girls? GMB: We have all this while ensured their safety, so we will bring them back unfailingly in the first week of my administration.  FA: What if the Boko Haram change their mind and refuse to give them back?  GMB: I am a general.  I will personally take generators to Sambisa, light up the forest and locate the girls.  FA: How do you propose to do this, Sir? GMB: Mind your business!  It is top secret.

FA: Why did you go for the last Council of State meeting, Sir?  For a long time, you have refused to attend.  GMB: I will soon be living in Aso Rock.  I wanted to familiarize myself with my new home for the next eight years. 

FA: What do you think of the postponement of the elections?  GMB: The election postponement was a military coup by President Jonathan and his agents.  Coup-plotters should not be elected as president of democratic Nigeria.  FA: But Mr. General Sir, you yourself were a coup-plotter in 1984.  You overthrew a democratic government.  Nigerians remember you as the tyrant who terrorized their lives then.  Why should we vote for you now? 

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ONE THING YOU LACK (2)

lackingToday there are oh so many wonderful Christians who lack just one thing.

The rich young ruler, our fabled Central Bank governor, comes to Jesus earnestly wanting to know what to do in order to inherit eternal life.  Jesus says to him: “You know the commandments, go ahead and obey them?”  The man replies: “Oh, I have already obeyed them.  As a matter of fact, I mastered them from the age of seven.  I have been obeying them from my youth.  I gave my life to Christ twenty years ago.  I know the bible from Genesis to Revelation.”

As a result, the man shipwrecks at the report God gave to Isaiah: “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’” (Isaiah 57:15).

Our Central Bank governor is determined to climb the Mount Everest of eternal life.  Therefore, Jesus gives him one simple task to perform:  “Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me.’”

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FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

christs sakeIt is Jesus' name that is written on the cheques we cash in God's bank.

We use the expressions “for God’s sake” and “for Christ’s sake” very often.  When we use them, it is to insist on getting something from somebody.  We might say: “Give it to me for God’s sake.”  Or we might say in frustration: “Why don’t you just leave me alone for Christ’s sake?”  But these things are mostly said in ignorance; without our fully realising what they mean.  “Father, forgive us, for we do not know what we are saying.” 

The most marvelous works of God are not done for our sake but for God’s sake.  The psalmist prays: “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to your name give glory, because of your mercy, because of your truth.” (Psalm 115:1).  Indeed, God forgives us our sins and saves us because of his name.  Again the psalmist says: “Help us, O God our Saviour, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake.” Add a comment

WARNING: ROBBERS AT WORK IN THE CHURCHES

robbers"It used to be robbers who mugged pedestrians.  Now it's a gang of priests assaulting worshippers." (Hosea 6:9).

A colleague of mine insists he is still looking for Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo of Kingsway International Christian Centre, London.  He said: “Anybody who knows where I can find him should let me know.”  “Why are you looking for him?” I wondered.  “He owes me money,” he maintained.

Money Doublers

He had attended one of the services conducted by the pastor as guest-preacher in his church.  Pastor Matthew preached a sermon entitled: “24-Hour Miracle.”  At the climax, he asked the congregation to write cheques for as much money as they possibly could, with the iron-clad guarantee that it would more than double within 24 hours.  In that time, he assured them, someone would send them a ridiculously large sum by divine ordinance.  You might get a call or a visit from someone about the miracle money, or notification that it had been deposited in your bank account. Add a comment

HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

hunger  thirstWe are on our way to a city where the Lord is all in all.  He is the water, the food, the clothing, the heat, the light and shield.

A lady made a covenant with God not to have sex until she was married.  But then she discovered after marriage at 30 that she was sexually incompatible with her husband.  Sex with him was excruciatingly painful.  How could God reward her righteousness like this?  If she had slept with her husband before marriage, she would not have married him.

She found my defense of God unsatisfactory.  I told her God was jealous for her.  While she rightly defined her virtue by her sexual abstinence, God wanted it defined by her love for him.  God does not guarantee the believer’s sexual fulfillment in marriage; God guarantees our fulfillment in his love.  God’s love never disappoints.  It is constant no matter our circumstances.  It remains; whether our marriage is good or bad.  Add a comment

ONE THING YOU LACK (1)

one thingHave you ever run after the Lord, until you lost your dignity, pride and self-respect?

Jesus is walking down the road, and there is this strange man in flowing white agbada running after him.  The man is running like a mad man.  He is running and shouting.  What could possibly be the matter? 

But wait a minute.  The man running after Jesus is no ordinary man.  Would you believe it; he is actually the Governor of the Central Bank?  He is the one reported by Forbes Magazine to be the one of the richest men in Nigeria.  What then is the meaning of this?  How can a man of that stature be running madly down the road? 

Rich men don’t run

Have you ever seen a rich man running before?  God forbid!  Rich men don’t run.  They stroll.  Rich men don’t run after anybody.  Men run after rich men.  If a rich man wants to talk to some man in the street, he simply sends his servant to get him.  But this particular situation is different and peculiar.  One of the richest Nigerians is running madly after Jesus in the street.  Add a comment

THE FLAWED RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

old testamentMoses is not qualified to teach Christians the righteousness of God.

Jesus says: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’” (Matthew 9:13).  If what God desires is mercy, then we need to ask why the mercy of God is not evident in Moses; the servant of God.  Indeed, Christians need to ask this simple question: is the righteousness of Moses the righteousness of God? 

Virgin collectors

This scripture should provide food for thought: “Moses was angry with the officers of the army, with the captains over thousands and captains over hundreds, who had come from the battle.  And Moses said to them: "Have you kept all the women alive?  Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.  Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man intimately.  But keep alive for yourselves all the young girls who have not known a man intimately.”

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THE BOKO HARAM RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE BIBLE

boko haramChrist is the end of using the bible as our yardstick for righteousness.

The righteousness presented in many parts of the bible is not the righteousness of God.  Jeremiah declares that a righteous branch from David’s line shall be called: “The LORD Our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 33:16).  It is Jesus, and not the bible, that is the righteousness of God.  If we persist in using the bible as a yardstick for righteousness, we will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Jesus was at pains to explain this to Paul.  Paul obtained his righteousness from the bible of his time: the law.  As a result, he regarded the killing of Christians as a righteous requirement of God, according to the tradition of Moses.  But Jesus showed Paul that the righteousness of Moses is flawed. He showed him the righteousness of God is not the righteousness of the “bible.” Add a comment