Monday, September 17, 2018

CHURCH’S PRIORITY IS TO DISCERN GOD’S WILL AND BOLDLY PROCLAIM IT WITH A UNITED VOICE


This is an official Statement from Church Arise! on the coming gubernatorial election in Osun State. It is also applicable to the coming general elections in February 2019 - from the Ward level to the Presidential election.
Summary: The CAN should dare to have a single candidate (transparently chosen), and should dare to give him maximum legitimate support; and we have won, irrespective of the outcome of the election on September 22!
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CHURCH’S PRIORITY IS TO DISCERN GOD’S WILL AND BOLDLY PROCLAIM IT WITH A UNITED VOICE
“But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.   Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:13-17)

Our God is the true God, the living God, and the everlasting King (Jer. 10:10).  He is not scratching His head concerning who should be the next governor of Osun state.  He has a candidate in mind.  The Church, being God’s ambassador in this space has the duty to understand God’s will and proclaim it authoritatively with a united voice (Eph. 5:17).

So far, with respect to the coming elections, the Church can best be described as having been more or less “playing politics” – of course with a godly intention, seeking the best for the State in general, and Christians in particular.  The leadership rather than putting the Church’s full weight to back the candidate discerned to be God’s will, is trying to cautiously calculate which candidates have sufficient clout to win the election and consequently guard her pronouncements so that the Church will not “lose out” should the wrong candidate win!

Producing the winner into the gubernatorial office is very good and desirable.  However, it is far more important that the Church learn to discern God’s voice, agree on it, and mobilize her constituency appropriately, than the Church being in the good books of the eventual winner of the election – whether such be her candidate or not.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Leah Sharibu: Exposing the Islamists’ reign of impunity in Nigeria

Leah Sharibu

It is no longer news that Islamists have arrogated to themselves the right to convert people of other faiths to their religion by use of force. Using techniques ranging from subtle intimidations to outright physical massacres, Islamists in Nigeria have stridently pushed on with Usman dan Fodio’s agenda seeking “to dip the Koran into the Sea,” and bringing the entire nation under the Sokoto Caliphate by the blade of the sword.
Apologists however have always had alternative narratives for all the scheming and violence.  When not met with outright denials, persecution of Christians can always be explained away as inter-ethnic tension, religion-neutral assaults by Boko Haram or Fulani herdsmen, regular geo-politics, war against corruption, or some other cliché.
In April 2014, 276 girls were abducted from the Christian village of Chibok in North East Nigeria. They couldn’t have been targeted for being Christians, we were told.  And as if to confirm that, there was a shameful repeat abduction of another set of female students, this time from the largely moslem community of Dapchi in February 2018.  However, unlike the Chibok case, where 112 still remain in captivity till date, all the abducted girls from Dapchi were released within 4 weeks, reportedly unmolested and laden with gifts.  All of them, that is, except the only single Christian girl involved – Leah Sharibu!
Both government negotiators and the released peers of Leah confirm that the singular reason the 14 year old was not released was her refusal to renounce her Christian faith for Islam. Watch here on our blog, the moving musical video by Amir Shata demanding that all concerned should rise and secure the release of this precious Jewel of the Lord
On a related note, the latest national hero in Nigeria is the Imam who saved the lives of 300 Christians in Barkin Ladi, Plateau state by hiding them in his mosque and introducing them as Moslems to the rampaging mujahedeen. However, while not detracting from the courageous and innate humaneness of Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, we will like to observe that the story pointedly belied the official government claim that the killers were not after Christians!
And come to think of it, there is only a thin line between requiring a Christian to keep mute on being introduced as a Moslem, and requiring him to use his/her own mouth to claim being Moslem.  We recall the story of Pastors Sabo Yakubu, Sylvester Akpan, and Rev George Orji who in 2009 refused to hide their Christian identities even in the face of the jihadist’s blade (see http://churcharise.blogspot.com/2009/10/tell-my-people-i-died-well-rev-george.html
While we thank God that the 300 in Plateau state were spared, we must be concerned that such situations are being taken as normal in present-day Nigeria.  Even in a situation that saw over 200 Christians massacred by Islamists, the only focus and talk-point is the compassionate Imam, while the long-suffering faceless Christians, with their dead and maimed, remain mere statistics.
Now, what if the murderous mujahedeen had not trusted the Imam sufficiently to accept his word on behalf of the Christians?  A simple announcement that all Moslems move to one side into liberty would have resulted in a Leah Sharibu situation!
Meanwhile abductions and forceful marriage of Christian girls under the sponsorship of Islamic authorities continue unabatedly in Nigeria. Mostly in the north, but not limited to it. (Recall the infamous case of Ese Oruru abducted from Bayelsa state to Kano by Yunusa “Yellow” Dahiru in 2016).  Thank God for the Hausa Christian Foundation, HACFO, which is now systematically bringing these cases to light and fighting them within the limits of the resources available to the Foundation.  Thank God also for the spate of successes in recent times.  Please see moving details at www.hacfo.org. Contacts: Voice of Hausa Christians.ng@gmail.com; +234 805 754 3004

CETCON 2018 AND 3RD NCEH: CHURCH ARISE!-INSPIRED CONFERENCES HELD IN MAY



As part of the Nation-building initiatives of Church Arise! LivingWater Ministries, to continue “occupying” while awaiting the imminent return of King Jesus, the LivingScience Foundation was registered in 2016.  The two-fold mandates of this faith-based NGO were to promote the truth of scientific creationism against the lie called evolution theory; and consequent to that, enhance public health via proper appreciation and management of the beautiful and dynamic environment God has blessed Man with. The activities of the LivingScience Foundation include public education and enlightenment (from high schools to Universities and the general public), sponsoring scientific research on relevant local issues, and promoting communication between key stakeholders in environment-health through the National Conference on Environment and Health (NCEH) series.

3RD NCEH: The third edition of that Conference held successfully at the Redeemer’s University, Ede, on May 16 and 17.  Apart from the usual scientific presentations, there was an educative Quiz competition for students from 9 top secondary schools (public and private, from Osun and Oyo states), an undergraduate Essay competition, and a special award to a distinguished personality who was adjudged to have made the most significant contribution to environment-health in Nigeria in the previous year.  This award, named after the environment-health Icon, Prof A.F. Oluwole, was awarded to the distinguished Prof M.K.C. Sridhar of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. Ibadan.  The Honourable Minister for Health, Prof Isaac Adewole sent in an inspiring goodwill message through the Commissioner for Health in Osun State, Dr Rafiu Isamotu. Other dignitaries present included Prof Debo Adeyewa, Vice Chancellor, Redeemer’s University and Chairman of Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. Please watch the summary of this high-impact conference as captured by the NTA on our youtube channel here or check the Communique and power point of presentations on the website of the LivingScience Foundation at http://3rdconference.lsfnigeria.org.

CETCON 2018: A week after the 3rd National Conference on Environment and Health, on Thursday May 24, the LORD enabled us again to host the 1st Campus End-time Conference (CETCon) at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.  The specific purpose of the Conference was to key-in into the several prophecies through several servants of God over the decades that Nigeria will yet be a praise on earth at the end-times.  In the manner of Daniel (in Daniel 9:2-3), we reasoned that considering the lateness of the hour and the imminent return of our King, if these prophecies were ever to be fulfilled, the time is now.  Since most of the prophecies, for instance through Pa Sydney G. Elton, specifically mentioned students of Institutions of higher learning as critical players in the coming revival to situate Nigeria into her destiny of leading the black race into global end-time relevance and righteousness, we decided to stir up things up a bit on the Campuses in this respect, hence the CETCON.
                Four main speakers addressed 4 key subthemes. Prof Joshua Ojo of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the Obafemi Awolowo University presented scientific and sociological facts showing the utter bankruptcy of the Evolution theory and the extensive havocs it is subtly wrecking in society.  Pastor Samson Braimah of the Crusaders Against Campus Cultism And Violence Foundation, Lagos spoke extensively of his sad forage into the world of drugs and campus cultism before being marvellously saved by the grace of God; and urged that the audience (parents and youths) to learn on his dime. Mrs Adun Akinyemiju of the Christians in Higher Education (CHESS) was represented by his able assistant, Pastor Segun Oludipe who used the stories of Nehemiah and Esther to encourage members in the elite University community to get involved in nation-building.  The high-point of the Conference was the message by Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, secretary to the Nigerian Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) and National Coordinator of the Social Christian Movement of Nigeria. The enraptured audience unanimously urged him to speak for an additional hour, as he expounded on the nature of the Kingdom of God, and how it could become established in Nigeria with the active involvement of Campus Christians.
The CETCON was chaired by the distinguished retired Professor of Physics and Chapel Coordinator at the Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Theophilus Aro.  Also leading a strong contingent from the Redeemer’s University, Ede were Drs Fadiran and Adedeji. We wish to single out the Redeemed Christian Fellowship and the Christ Life Fellowship on the OAU Campus for very strong logistic support for the Conference.  Prof J.F.K. Akinbami of the Centre for Energy Research and Development of the OAU was the able chairperson of the self-sacrificing Local Organizing Committee. It is hoped that, while the Lord tarries, the Conference will be an annual event. Please listen to audio clips of Pastor Bosun’s message here on our blog at churcharise.blogspot.com; and the videos (both summaries and full-length) of the entire Conference on our youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz51wSNJL9I. . To join the Creation Science Society, kindly call Dr Dimeji Babatunde on 08038272108 or Prof Joshua Ojo on 08057106482.