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WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD

THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD

By Gideon in Blog, Spirituality on July 28, 2019

I have not been in the church for a long time….I was not there on the day of Pentecost…

I was not there when Brother Stephen had to endured the cruel stones of angry religious people who were mad at his biting words…

I was not present when the church rose in unison to save the head of Peter who was already in the dungeon of Herod Agrippa 2 who had silenced the first son of Zebedee among the twelve…

I was not among the congregation that listened as elders read from the handwritings of Paul, Peter or John…

I have not been in the church for a long time! BUT!!! I have been in the church for some time.Long enough to see the era when the world was different from the church.

I saw the days when the world looked at the church with respect and reverence.

I saw the days when “born again” experience was the sincere bridge through which men crossed from the world to the church.

I saw the days of “SU” (scripture union) revivals when all truly converted people were so labelled by the world.

I saw the days when men responded to altar calls not with chewing gums in their mouths but with tears in their eyes, broken and truly submissive before the altar of God.

I have not been in the church for a long time! I have not been in the church for a long time.

BUT!!! I saw the days when men of God were not men of gold.

I saw the days when Reverends were not laughing stocks in the society but men given the honour of the God they truly represent.

I saw the days when men went to church to meet preachers and not entertainers.

I saw the days when the pulpit was not a place for comic reliefs or centers of business discussions but God’s holy altars from where holy fire proceeded to consume evil works in men’s lives.
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I saw the days the Spirit of God would expose the secret evils of men when they came to worship and men would not dare come to His presence with sins not yet repented of.

I saw the days when the church was a centre of transformation and God’s workshop where men’s lives were fabricated and moulded after Him.

I have not been in the church for a long time.
BUT!!! I saw the days when churches were not business centres and human empires.
I saw the days when humility was the hallmark of Christian service and men of God were content with that simple life of Christ and would not hoodwink their hungry congregations to pay through their noses for the luxury and extravagance of pulpit business men.

I saw the days when collection of money was never a means for motivating God to answer prayers.

I saw days when men prayed, lifting holy hands and not 1000 euro notes in prayer meetings.

I saw days when men of God were empowered by the Holy Spirit to raise men and not trained by godless motivational speakers to raise offerings.

I saw the days when Jesus was the centre of all messages, heaven was the centre of all focuses and holiness was the centre of all Christian character.

HONESTLY, I don’t know for how long I will remain in the church on this side of eternity. NAY,I do not know for how long the church will remain before the harvest of her Lord.

BUT, my heart bleeds for the modern day church.

Oh! The church of the computer age.

Nay, the church of the ICE age.

The church where men play more than pray.

The church where holiness is a denominational doctrine.
WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD
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The church where those who speak the truth are extremists and biased.

I weep for the modern day Church-I see self-adverts and miracle hawking in the name of ministry.

I weep as I see the church married to the world and the world enjoying the driver’s seat of the church.

I weep when I see a church that is a million miles wide but less than a meter deep.

Although I have not been in the church for a long time, I weep brethren for what I see the church turning to in my generation.

I weep because my children and their generation do not see what I saw in the days past.

I have not been in the church for a long time!

BUT!!! I notice everyday that the Bible is the same in every age and generation.

I have read times without number what is written in 1 Peter 2:9:”BUT YE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, AN HOLY NATION, A PECULIAR PEOPLE; THAT YE SHOULD SHEW FORTH THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO HATH CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELLOUS LIGHT”.

I keep wondering the peculiarity of the church in today’s world. Well, I have not been in the church for a long time!

I have not been in the church for a long time. BUT!!! I have been there long enough to know that the Foundation of God still stands sure and also long enough to know that the Lord still knows those who are His and everyone that is named with Christ must depart from iniquity.

I have been in the church long enough to understand that not everyone that calls Jesus Lord will enter His heavenly home.

For said “MANY WILL SAY TO ME IN THAT DAY, LORD, LORD, HAVE WE NOT PROPHESIED IN THY NAME? AND IN THY NAME HAVE CAST OUT DEVILS? AND IN THY NAME DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? AND THEN WILL I PROFESS UNTO THEM, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY” (Matthew 7:22-23).

Beloved, how long have you been in the church and what gospel have you been made to believe?

I hope it is not one that will put your eternity in serious jeopardy?

Think on these things and heed the warning of God from a sincere believer. I have not been in the church for a long time but I desire to be with the Master; my loving Saviour and my Lord throughout eternity.

I HOPE THIS IS ALSO YOUR SINCERE DESIRE!

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WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE 7 Questions for Young Pastors!

7 Questions for Young Pastors!

By Gideon in Blog, Spirituality on January 16, 2017

To all the young and upcoming Pastors, I have come up with this blog because of the current rate at which the Church is growing and most importantly the readiness for the coming of the lord.
Secondly, my well over two decades of pastoral and leadership experience prompted me to help in re-positioning ministers in all totality for the ministry and effectiveness.
Therefore, the questions I raised here will always be begging for faithful answers if you must choose the path of success in this high calling of God.

1. What are your Motives before you enter into the ministry?
If your motive is wrong, that is, either out- rightly or stylishly opposite to God’s kingdom vision of salvation of mankind, then you are already in a journey of fruitless and regression.
There is no way to think or move wrongly and end rightly. I wish to sound a note of warning here, that God does or will not applaud your fame and success in the ministry, but only want to celebrate your faithfulness and righteous life.
Getting your motives wright will afford you of getting the ministry in right direction.

2. Who is your Mentor? Carefully and spiritually choosing your mentor in the ministry is either to assassinate or robustly affect your ministerial destiny. Have you ever heard of this “like Father like son” so what type of mentor do you have, what his or her secret life, is it full and controlled by materialism or humility and genuine passion for gospel? You will need to always run an acid test on your mentor as to life style and frequent message, are they centered on holiness and coming of the lord…..I will also implore you to use God’s wisdom to settle the rest, because sometimes God will not even talk to you about your mentor at all which will eventually determine your entire life and ministry.

3. Who are your Friends in the ministry?
Choosing friends that are also ministers at the beginning, middle or towards your old age is purely your own decision and also at your own risk. Because it can affect you and your ministry positively or negatively, although, you can’t be an island, you will need to relate and friendship with fellow ministers, but the quality, bible standard and godly type is strictly your choice.
Be therefore quick to learn the lesson of life from relationship of king Jehoshaphat with Ahab.

4. What are your Favorite Books?
Reading books is like furthering or advancing your academic with different types of lecturers. Therefore the type of book you devoted your life for may determine your type of passion in the ministry.
If God truly called you, you will have your own blue print and not to be easily manipulated by every book you stumble upon.
God wants us to be different to others in carrying out his order without compromise.
Be strong enough to accept or reject any book regardless of author considering your faithfulness and godly life as more paramount.

5. Is your Marriage healthy for the ministry?
This is where pretense is useless and don’t ever try one. If your marriage is not good, there is no adjustment that will work in the ministry. Your success in the ministry will start with the success in your marriage. People want to see the evidence of your calling from your marriage first before the pew.
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6. How Rooted are you in the word?
Believe it or not, you will only give what you have. The measure of the word of God combined with Spirit filling will go a long way in your daily overcoming life with sin, Satan and flesh.
Your richness in the word of God and Spirit will produce Bible pattern Church and rapturable saint.Read Ephesians 3:17-19; Colossians 2:7.

7. Is your passion’s wright?
Every failure is a product of wrong passion and also a successful adventure, business is linked to a positive and wright passion, this is also applicable to ministerial calling and the type has to be godly with heavenly pursuit. The people around you must grow from your passion for righteousness, faithfulness and sacrificial life as you relentlessly winning souls and edify the Church for Jesus at rapture.
The passion to satisfy God daily in your both christian and ministerial life is non negotiable if you must end your journey well with God.
You are blessed in Jesus name.- Dr G O Oyedepo
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