Few would contest that the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife is a major spiritual hotspot in Nigeria. Over the decades, it has become a major theatre for strategic battles between the dark occult forces and the forces of the kingdom of Light contending for the soul of Nigeria. Little surprise then that the LORD would choose the campus to release in quick succession, two major salvos against the rampaging false teaching of the Once-Saved-Always-Saved (OSAS) movement.
First was the incisive and painstaking teaching by Pastor Ezekiel A. Odeyemi at the annual Dominant Army Conference of the Redeemed Christian Fellowship (RCF) on December 3rd 2017. Pastor Odeyemi is the Assistant General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in charge of Education and Training; and he directly oversees the Campus ministry of the RCCG, the RCF, currently established in more than 250 Institutions of higher learning in Nigeria. Coming almost a decade after his last visit to the OAU Campus, Pastor Odeyemi seized the opportunity of the Dominant Army Conference to bring forth a thorough Biblical exposition on the issue of Grace. Beginning with an extensive clarification of the background and contexts of the various Pauline epistles, he addressed the theme of the Conference (Gospel Herald/Change Agents) and concluded that no one can really be an agent of reconciliation if their life was not changed first. “You cannot make a difference if you are not different. How you live your life matters to God, and to the people around you,” he declared.
Then seven weeks later, came the General Overseer of the RCCG himself on his annual pastoral visit to the OAU. Quite unexpectedly, Pastor Enoch Adeboye veered off the advertised theme, and declared he would be presenting perhaps his most important teaching in all the 30 years he had been visiting the University. And yes, it was all on the issue of "Hypergrace" and Eternal Security. It was a hard-hitting bare-knuckles thrashing!
Pastor Adeboye warned that some visible Christian leaders might indeed be pressured into accommodating the “hypergrace” teaching simply as an opportunity to cover the many scandals, past and ongoing, they have been trying to keep away from the public view. With licentious grace making the waves, rather than become despicable liabilities, such scandals might as well become epaulettes to be proudly worn and touted as exemplifying "unimaginable depths of grace" which keep a man approved of God despite mountains of unconfessed and unrepented sins!
Systematically, (and incredibly in the space of barely 45 minutes), Pastor Adeboye dealt with all the key points OSAS teachers use to lure and confuse people into their heresy; and utterly demolished them in the light of the word of God.
To the glory of God, a great throng of young people previously swept away or in the process of being so swept by the false teaching stepped forward to renounce the teachings, repent their sins, and rededicate their lives to the Lord Jesus.Listen on our website to the audios of the messages by Pastor Odeyemi (here), and Pastor Adeboye (here)