Why there are too many sycophants in Nigeria today, by Umunna

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On the sidelines of activities to mark his 65th birthday last week, Leonard Umunna, a bishop and general overseer of the Bible Life Church (worldwide), spoke with ZEBULON AGOMUO, Editor, on the state of the nation, in relation to Christendom. He also advised the newly elected national leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to be true representative of the body of Christ. Excerpts:

Bishop, what does it mean to be 65 years old in a country the life expectancy of which is below 50 years?

Certain things keep me young. God told me that when I would be 50 years old, I would be growing younger. Number one, I eat necessary things for my health. I make food my medicine. I don’t take anything that I don’t know what it will contribute to my body; the water, the food in our society are all toxic due to dirty environment; why would you not take things that will detoxify you weekly? Why wouldn’t you take some herbs that will also help cleanse your system along with the one you take for your food? Number two; I ensure that I have nothing against anybody – no quarrel to settle with anybody. I leave a free life. I forgive people in advance because Christ has also done that for me many years ago. Number three, I ensure that I meditate; I give thanks to God and meditate on his word always. The moment you meditate on the word of God, it renews and cleanses you. There will be joy in your soul and there will be light radiating. There is anointing and power in reading the word of God. It gives you energy to power on.

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When CAN hosted Sanwo-Olu at Gbagada, Lagos

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Last Sunday, June 16, 2019, the leadership and member-churches under the umbrella of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos State chapter, hosted Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu at an interdenominational thanksgiving service held at Deeper Life Bible Church headquarters, Gbagada, Lagos. Pastor William Kumuyi, general superintendent of the church and his wife, Esther, were in attendance.

The occasion afforded CAN the opportunity to give some pieces of advice to the governor and his team on one hand, on the other hand, Sanwo-olu spoke to the body of Christ on the need to help make his job less cumbersome.

In his short sermon, His Eminence, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, chairman, CAN, Lagos State, spoke on ‘Finishing well’. The cleric noted that life begins with a race. He said that the race begins the very moment a man is born.

The CAN chairman also noted that not everyone who begins well ends well. According to him, “Some people begin well, but end badly. David started well and ended well, because he was a man after God’s heart. But his son, Solomon, started well but ended disastrously.”

He believed that Governor Sanwo-Olu has started well and would end well.

Pointedly advising the governor on how he should run in order to end well, Bamgbola, quoting the scriptures, said, “He who rules over men must be just; ruling in the fear of God.”

Listing the areas Sanwo-Olu must do to end well as a good governor of Lagos State, the cleric said: “The race must be run with God (you must run it with the fear of God and to His pleasure); you must run it humbly in the power of God, as pride goes before destruction, and you must run the race deliberately to win courageously, lawfully and justly; you … Read More...

Denominational barriers pulling back, as Lagos CAN announces collaborative faith-building programmes

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It is a new dawn in the body of Christ in Lagos State, and Nigeria at large, as the church, more than ever before, is making itself ready for God’s divine visitation.

This is evident in the well-laid out programmes that will usher in new wave of spiritual awakening and unprecedented revival that will break all denominational barriers and empower the church for the challenges of this end-time.

“It is such a revival that will spur us to effectively fulfil Christ’s mandate of world evangelisation and get believers ready for heaven. We must arise, set aside all denominational divide and inhibition in response to the Spirit’s call for this crisis hour, and really, it is a crisis hour,” Alexander Bamgbola, chairman Lagos State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said enthusiastically as he rolled out series of programmes that will herald the heavenly outpouring.

According to Bamgbola, the coming events are direct offshoot of a recent ministers’ development and networking summit convened by the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, William Folorunso Kumuyi, aimed at equipping church leaders for kingdom expansion.

Recall that the summit brought together about 20, 000 ministers from all denominations in Lagos for edification, equipping and empowerment of the church leaders.

The CAN chairman, Lagos State, recalled that “The summit delivered on its promise as it is already yielding positive results.”

According to him, “To sustain this momentum, we have decided to leverage this positive development by putting in place networking support programmes that aim at further integrating and empowering the body of Christ.”

He further said that the convener of the summit, Pastor Kumuyi, has volunteered to put in time, financial and spiritual resources to help in this regard.

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Body of Christ eulogises Archbishop Obembe as he journeys home

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It was a moment of great tribute on Friday 15 June, as the body of Christ in Lagos led by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the International Communion of Charismatic and Apostolic Ministries (ICCAM), eulogised the late Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe as his body finally laid to rest.

The church leaders, who in turn spoke about their personal interactions with the late Obembe, described him as a man of uncommon faith. Until his death, Obembe was the presiding Archbishop of El-Shaddai Bible Church and Apostolic Cardinal ICCAM. Also, he was at a time the chairman of the Lagos chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship Nigeria (PFN).

Matthew Ashimolowo, the senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), in a short sermon said Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe is not in the presence of sorrow, but in the presence of his Lord. “…I am persuaded that Archbishop Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe: not of works, lest any man should boast but of grace; his Lord and Saviour has called him and he is in the presence of our Lord. While here today, we feel the pain that we have lost a loved soul; I know him when he was a young bachelor, 40 years ago in 1979,” he said.

Ashimolowo in eulogizing Obembe said there are three approaches to death; to the unsaved man, death is an enigma; to the Atheist death is an end, but to the believer, death is an entrance. “The New Testament did not end, we are the end of the New Testament,” he said.

The children of the late Archbishop also took turns to eulogise their father, who they described as their first love, friend and chairman.

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‘You need more than Christianity or religion to lead successfully’

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Olumide Emmanuel is the overseer, Calvary Bible Churches worldwide, The Empowerment Assembly and The Glorious Church International. He speaks on the church in Nigeria and some key national issues. Excerpts by SEYI JOHN SALAU

Former president Obasanjo said President Buhari is trying to Islamise Nigeria; what is your reaction to this?

With all due respect to the age and position of the former president, I do not think his comment deserves a reaction from me because a close observation of his track record does not make any of his comment meaningful to someone like me.  Today, he is for Buhari; tomorrow he is not for Buhari, so his inconsistency is a joke to me. On the issue of islamisation of Nigeria or the Islamic agenda as some choose to call it, my concern is really on why we are so bothered about people fulfiling the agenda of their god and strategically pursuing their beliefs while the church abandons their own agenda and seems to operate without a clear strategy than to be crying Islamic agenda. We have a Christian Vice President yet we are still talking of Islamic agenda when we should be talking of Christian apathy.

But in answering the call of God, some have gone ahead planting churches, and expanding their ministries; is the call of God just for church planting?

The call of God is not just for church planting but the reason why a lot of people in this part of the world go more into church planting when they sense a call is because they lack understanding; though the church is the most prominent and popular aspect of ministry. There are different dimensions to the call of God and many don’t wait to get the full picture before they move. … Read More...