The status and influence of the bi-annual Festival of Life organized in London by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) continues to grow in leaps and bounds with each edition. Among the 45,000 people that thronged the Royal Victoria Dock venue of the latest edition held overnight, 17-18 April was UK’s Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron. Prior to his appearance at the gathering, the Prime Minister had had a private audience with Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the RCCG and main minister at the meeting.
Started 19 years ago, the Festival of Life is the equivalent of the Holy Ghost Service that holds monthly at the Redemption Camp and periodically at other venues in and outside Nigeria. In England, it holds every April and October.
At the recent meeting in London, David Cameron re-emphasised (see CA! Vol 17 Qtr 2) that the UK is a Christian nation and it has no apology for so being. “Let us be proud that this is a Christian country where we stand for the freedom to practice your faith and where we stand up for Christians and all those who are persecuted anywhere in our world” Cameron publicly declared.
This is a sharp contrast to the situation in the United States where President Obama continues to pander to the Moslem world. In his latest declarations, Obama insists that the US is not a Christian country and so Americans must bend over backward to accommodate, nay appease, her increasingly boisterous and demanding moslem population. The foundation of the US had always included strong Islamic elements, Obama insists!
At the annual National Prayer meeting, Obama set a new record when he flatly refused to mention Islam by name as the cause of tremendous sufferings especially in places like Syria, Afghan, Somalia, Sudan, Northern Nigeria, etc. Rather, Obama likened ISIS activities to those of the Crusaders of the Middle Ages, thus trying to detract and deflect ongoing atrocities by groups like ISIS and Boko Haram; and suggesting that all religions are really equally culpable. Of course, as usual he did not fail to hit hard at his Christian hosts for being insensitive to the feelings of their Moslems compatriots. It sure must hurt being reminded that unspeakable atrocities are being carried out under the banner of one’s cherished religion, but how can that be compared with the hurt of people who are on the receiving end, such as those being decapitated, crucified, or burnt alive in the name of Allah?
It’s pathetic that while nations like Saudi Arabia and Iran flaunt their being fundamentalist Moslem nations past and present, the West shamefully struggles to re-write her own history to becloud clear Christian heritage. Thank God for the David Camerons who still show some modicum of respect for plain history.
Speaking at the April Festival of Life, the Coordinating Pastor of the RCCG in the UK, Pastor Agu Irukwu said Cameron’s presence at the meeting, ahead of the coming general elections on May 7, reflects the “growing influence of not just the RCCG and the black majority churches, but of the Church in general.” He averred that the “partnership between the government and the Church is critical to the spiritual and social transformation” of the UK. (see The Guardian (Nigerian), April 27, pg 15)
Meanwhile, the annual ministration of Pastor E.A.Adeboye at the campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is billed to become a full all-night Holy Ghost Service as from next year. Pastor Adeboye dropped the hint at this year’s meeting in January.