*Promises to make 1000 Nigerians car owners in 2020
Popular and highly anointed Bishop Sam Zuga of House of Joy Ministry, who is also the founder of Sam Zuga Foundation, has gifted a brand new car to the King of Ejule land in Kogi State.
Although a Muslim, the Onu/District head of Ejule Chief; Alhaji Abdullahi Amanabo was so happy to receive Bishop Sam Zuga in Kogi again, as well as accepted the beautiful car gift, after the man of God prayed for him and the entire land.
Only a few weeks ago Bishop Zuga launched his free medical treatment programme in Attah Igala land.
In addition, the Bishop has also promised to make 1000 Nigerians car owners next year by giving out that number of cars.
The Bishop made this pledged during his recent visit to the King of Ejule, where he also reemphasized on the need of building unity between Christians and Muslims so that they can live in peace with each other irrespective of their religious backgrounds.
Hate Speech: Archbishop Martins warns against entrenching tyranny and anarchy
he Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, has cautioned Nigerian law makers to tread softly on their reported move to pass a bill recommending capital punishment for those found culpable of hate speech in the country.
The cleric gave the warning following the controversies that has trailed the issue.
Archbishop Martins stated that any attempt to criminalize the freedom of expression, which he said is an inherent right of every human in a democracy, would be tantamount to entrenching tyranny and anarchy on the land.
Speaking in a release signed by the Acting Director of Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Lagos, Rev Fr Anthony Godonu, the Archbishop argued that mass advocacy coupled with running a truthful, transparent and credible government would help to curb hate speech and peddling of falsehood rather than passing a new law with such an irreversible sort of punishment.
He maintained that a government that is transparent, truthful and credible and gives ample evidence of its performances would by itself put detractors to shame and render them voiceless.
His words: “My attention has been drawn to an on-going move by the law makers to pass a bill criminalizing hate speech and proposing death sentence for those convicted. I believe such a move should be discarded as it borders on infringing on the right to freedom of expression.
“Would the passage of such a bill contradict the Nigerian constitution which provides for the freedom of expression for all citizens? In any case, there are enough provisions in our law books to address such issues that border on character assassination, sedition, etc.
“Apart from that, such a law could become a tool for persecuting anyone whose way of expressing dissenting opinions offends powerful people in society. Who determines when an expression of thought becomes hate speech could become tricky,” he said
The Archbishop continued: “While I agree that there is need to curtail the spread of hate speech and fake news in the media, the approach to curbing them as being contemplated would amount to killing a fly with a sledge hammer. I believe the best way to stop the excesses of those who engage in hate speech and peddling fake news is through advocacy and continuous dialogue with the relevant stakeholders in the communications industry.”
In addition, Archbishop Martins observed that hate speech seems to thrives in atmospheres of distrust, anger and fear.
“I believe, that if government is able to win the confidence of the masses by entrenching truth, transparency and respect for the rule of law in all of its activities, then it would have removed the fertile soil of deceit upon which falsehood thrives.”
Proffering the way forward, the Catholic Archbishop noted that rather than dissipate energy, attempting to pass bills that would further create a gulf between the masses of the people and their leaders, the law makers should join hands with the Executive and Judicial arms of government and work towards providing good governance for all.
Fight breaks out in church over tithe
ew Era Detroit stages a protest that turned into a brawl, caught on camera.
This is the same church that recently hosted Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. But this protest is about more than politics.
New Era Detroit is calling it church accountability – taking congregations to task for not serving the community as churches should. They say something doesn’t add up when a pastor makes a lot of money, drives a luxury car and the people who live near the church are in poverty.
A scuffle inside the sanctuary after New Era Detroit protests during a worship service. Zeek the leader of group, offered no apologies for the dustup at Great Faith Ministries Saturday — only the reasoning behind it.
“The situation is bigger than just Wayne T. Jackson,” Zeek said. “This is about black churches and black pastors who live a lavish life on behalf of the people and they are not giving back to their community.”
He’s referring to Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the wealthy pastor that welcomed Donald Trump, drives a Rolls Royce and lives in a mansion.
Zeek was there for the offering Saturday.
“They started the offering at a thousand dollars,” he said. “And then they said if you don’t have $1,000 then do $300. If you don’t have cash, then we got ATM machines.
“I don’t understand that logic. I don’t understand that way of thinking and I don’t understand that, to be what religion is.”
New Era Detroit says the neighborhood surrounding great faith ministries is by and large impoverished.
“This guy has networks, churches, fancy cars, million dollar houses,” Zeek said. “And there are babies in this community that doesn’t have food at night. Somebody has to be frustrated about this enough to do something that will get people’s attention and that’s what New Era Detroit did.”
“Here’s the thing, pick up the phone, call, I want to talk to you,” said Bishop Keith Farmer, Great Faith Ministries. “The apostle is a very fair man; he would meet with you and talk to you. What’s your issue? But to do it that way, that is so disrespectful.”
Members of Great Faith Ministries say New Era Detroit has their church and their pastor all wrong.
“Our bishop give away homes, cars,” said Pastor Brent of Great Faith Ministries.
They say he’s an astute businessman. Juanita Kinney says he’s one with a heart of gold
“When he found out I didn’t have anywhere to live, within an hour he was calling me and telling me to go look at an apartment,” said Kinney. “And because of that, and the love of him and his wife, I now have my own place.”
“He should talk to people that he hired, ex-cons people that been in prison,” said another church member. “He has done so much for this community. There are homes he has bought and given to people. But Zeek doesn’t know that.”
Many feel New Era Detroit crossed the line and violated a sacred space. They even drew comparisons to Dylan Roof – the man who walked into a church service and gunned down nine people in Charleston, South Carolina.
“They can’t come in here and think they’re going to take over our service, we have our women and children, mothers up in here terrified,” said Pastor Brent. “And they say they’re out there protecting the community, this is a community up in here.”
FOX 2: “Would you do it all over again?”
Absolutely,” Zeek said. “We would definitely do it all over again. Would we tweak something? Absolutely. Going back, we would definitely go back again and they better get they act together because we just might be back.”
The leader of New Era Detroit says he is open to having a sit down with Bishop Jackson and the pastors of other churches that his organization has protested.
waste or refuse collector, dustman or garbageman is a person paid to collect, remove waste (refuse) and recyclables from residential, commercial, industrial or other collections sites for disposal or processing. There are specialized collection vehicles for this purpose. These bin collectors are paid.
We also have those who go round from premises to premises, house to house, and from dunghills to other places looking for certain wastes or disused materials to buy. Some persons also go round to look for old clothes, shoes, damaged or thrown away plastics, and other materials that constitute nuisance to buy.
Please note the meaning of the word NUISANCE – a thing or person causing inconvenience or annoyance. Legally, it is an act which is harmful or offensive to individual public. Nuisance also refers to things that could produce serious injury harm and destructive. Why do people go round to buy such things? There is a limit a man can to about to purchase such things except he has mental problems – BUT JESUS CAME TO PAY FOR THEM IN YOUR LIFE. Those of us who believe in Jesus Christ, especially His death on the cross and resurrection know that Jesus Christ has already paid the prize and bought all those our worries, sickness, diseases, and other things that cause you inconveniences and harm. If you see them in your life or premises / house, just realize and believe He paid for them, so they no longer belong to you and your family. He is sending Holy Spirit or angels to collect them from you.
Jesus paid for our orphan spirit (Eph 1:5) and gave us adoption as sons and daughters of God, and we no more feel like orphans and helpless. Jesus paid for our sins and death (wages of sin is death) Rom 6:23, and gave us eternal life. Jesus paid for out curse and gave us blessings and mercies of God . Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Gal 3:13-14).
This list is endless. So when you see any nuisance or bad behaviour or pains near you, they no longer belong to you, but Jesus who paid for them. When you believe this, the Holy Spirit will come to remove them from you, and you will be left with Testimonies. So our Lord Jesus Christ is not just collector but buyer of waste / refuse in our lives. Praise God.
Garbage of poverty
The Lord Jesus Christ endured our poverty, infact, bought our poverty that we might be wealthy. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Cor. 8:9).
He also bought nuisance of sickness (1 Peter 2:24); He bought garbage of sorrows and despise and left hope for us (Col. 1:27). Jesus bought refuse of anxiety or things that give us worry (Phil. 4:4-7) and left us with PEACE. Jesus paid for our sins and iniquities and wickedness (1 Peter 2:24) and left us with power to live righteous life. Jesus paid for our shame to give us glory of God (John 17:22).
Thank God for this Believe kind.
Reject fear, pursue excellence
n their book “How to be like women of influence,” Pat and Ruth said that “as a victim of abuse, Oprah, had the background that has led countless others to drug and alcohol addictions. But Oprah Winfred wasn’t looking to check out of life. She was looking to lead a productive and fulfilling life. Her optimistic spirit never left her”.
Oprah began to make positive changes in her life when her mother sent her to live with her father, Vernon Winfrey. The man taught her to reject fear, pursue excellence, work hard at achieving set goals and to love reading books. She began her career as a newsreader with a Nashville television station in 1974. In 1977, she began her own talk show, which became a national programme in 1986. Today she reaches people all over the world through syndication.
In 2003, she became the first African-American woman to join the rank of billionaires. She is worth over $1billion US dollars, and is one of the richest women in the world. She has won several great awards and she is a role model to many. No matter what you have gone through in life, rise and move ahead. You are not destined to fail.
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God; for the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God,”- Romans 8:19-21.
There are two destinies for every human person: the natural destiny and the divine destiny. The natural destiny is guided and controlled by the normal circumstances of life, place of birth, economic conditions, of life, environmental influences, culture, traditions, practices and even the topography of the place. For instance, many people have lost their lives, disabled, infested with one epidemic disease or the other, psychologically deformed, because they were born in war countries. Some were innocently poor or fetish because they were born by poor and fetish parents.
But when the Divine destiny locates such a person, it changes the course of events positively. Divine destiny is the time when God’s influence and interventions prevail in that life. Divine destiny is the stage in life when God comes down to take over the life of a man, structure, arrange and organized it to a definite purpose in accordance with the counsel of His will. Divine destiny brings about Divine illumination, Divine awakening, Divine instinct, Divine intuition, Divine zeal, Divine aspiration, Divine transformation, Divine action and reaction, Divine location and Divine relocation just as in the case of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David and Daniel. The apostles embraced their own divine destinies at the point of call and encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. Your Divine destiny has the objective of establishing a total divine turnaround from the ugly circumstance of your natural birth and environmental influences.
he bible speaking in Matthew 3:16-17 says “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased’’.
Our father in heaven created us to have fellowship Him. And our duty is to do His will, and serve Him with all our heart -Rev. 4:11; Jeremiah 29:13.
Anyone who intends to please God must live for the pleasure of God. Many people in the bible days, who were pleased with God, served Him with all their hearts. –Genesis 12:1; MARK10:28. God called out Abraham, and he followed Him whole heartedly. The apostles also followed Him with all their hearts.
Following the Lord entails forsaking all, including pleasure, and other possessions. And as much as possible be independent on anyone. Acts 20:33-34 says: ‘’I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me’’. Apostle Paul was advising fellow brethren on how to please God. According to him, he never coveted anyone’s property; he never depended on any one. He worked for all he needed, including those that were with him.
Many people today who claim to be Christians, are one sided, they are not sound, their Christianity is not sound. Many claim to be born again because of their individual challenges, and needs. They clearly fail to understand, and appreciate the main reason why God created man. Revelation 4:11 says ‘’Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created’’. God created all things, including man for His pleasure, and not for our own pleasure.
That being the case we must always do all things to please God, and for His pleasure; and not for our own pleasure. One of the major ways to please God is to ensure we are born again, that we have salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. We must be reconciled with God, and go on to live a righteous life. As we do this, God will be happy and pleased with us. And if, God is happy with us, He will go on to grant us our heart desires –Mathew 6:33.
In pleasing God, we must put Him first in all we do. God demands the first from us, including all our products, and services –Proverbs 3:9. We must serve God with all our heart, and not for what we will gain, because it is our duty to serve God.
Wonders of thanksgiving and praise
elcome to another exciting week! I hope you were blessed by the last teaching. Today, we shall focus on: Wonders Of Thanksgiving And Praise!
From scriptures, we discover that thanksgiving is one of the greatest mysteries in the Kingdom. This is because in thanksgiving lies unimaginable values (Jeremiah 30:19-22).
For instance, when the mystery of thanksgiving was engaged in scriptures, it raised Lazarus to life after being dead for four (4) days. Also, by the power of thanksgiving a little boy’s lunch multiplied to feed five thousand men, excluding women and children. In other words, at the instance of thanksgiving, wonderworking powers are provoked from heaven (Luke 11:40-44; John 6:6-11).
What, Then, Are The Wonders Of Thanksgiving And Praise?
• Preservation Of Blessings: Thanksgiving is simply acknowledging God for what He has done in our lives. When we do so, we secure our blessings from curses (Malachi 2:1-3; see also Jeremiah 13:16-17).
• Multiplication Of Blessings: The mystery of thanksgiving guarantees the multiplication of God’s blessings in our lives. For instance, when Jesus gave thanks, five loaves of bread and two fishes multiplied supernaturally and fed five thousand men excluding women and children (John 6:6-11; Psalm 67:5-7; Romans 4:20).
• It Entitles Us To Fresh Oil: Speaking on thanksgiving, David said, It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High. To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. Thereafter, he said: But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil (Psalm 92:1-2, 10). The reason the enemy plays on us with vices such as murmuring, grumbling, complaining and depression is so as to rob us of the benefits embedded in thanksgiving but we will not fall victims! Remember, if you have lost anything in life, God is the reason you have not lost everything. So, make it a choice today to be an addicted thanks giver.
In conclusion, for your thanksgiving to be acceptable, you must be saved. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me! Now, I know I am born again!
PFN opens city wide crusade with medical outreach
…as Medical expert links rising cancer cases to poor diet
hile the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Ikeja Province, opened its citywide crusade in Lagos, with a medical outreach, Senior Pastor of House of faith Christian Centre and head of the medical team, Dr. Oluwumi Onabanjo, has said rate of cancer cases amongst Nigerians is on the increase.
Dr. Oluwumi, also a Medical Director at the Genesis Specialist Hospital, added that high rate of cancer affliction in our society is quite frustrating and over powering medical work forces in various Nigerian hospitals.
Speaking to journalists at the PFN-sponsored free medical outreach on Thursday, Dr. Oluwumi said: “The major problem that we have today is high rate of cancer and so many medical emergencies in the hospital.
“The doctors are breaking into pieces, medical team are tired. If you have a wife as a doctor or a relation as a doctor, you will pity them. A single doctor will see one hundred patients per day.”
The medical experts, however, attributed the explosion of cancer patient in Nigeria to poor eating habits amongst the citizenry.
His words: “Nigerians must change their diets. Too much of carbohydrate is killing Nigerians. You have to cut down your carbohydrate, cut down your salt, exercise and drink a lot of water. You can’t take Eba in the morning, fufu in the afternoon, rice in the night.”
Dr Oluwumi advised Nigerians to go back to eating beans, reduce their salt and oil intake, and form the habit of exercising their bodies regularly.
“You don’t need to register in a gym to exercise. Walk on your street, brisk walking,” he further counseled.
He added: “Your Kitchen is your hospital now.” What you put in is what you are going to get. Cut down your weight. As an adult you should not weigh more than 70kg, 75kg. When you weigh 120, 110 you want to kill yourself.
“Doctors are breaking down in the hospital right now, Nigerians are sick. Those who are smoking, stop smoking. Those who are drinking cut it down. You are destroying your kidney and liver.
I just certified somebody dead 30 minutes ago because the kidney failed -Chronic Reina failure- we’ve never had it as we have it now. Change your diet. Drink a lot of water.”
He explained that the purpose of the crusade is touch the spirit, soul and body of the people.
“It is not only preaching about the Salvation of your soul. We want you to be healthy, so that you can be old enough to take care of your children and grandchildren.
“Your diet is your medicine; you must as much as possible to reduce your diet. Make sure that you eat healthy, all the time. Make fruits a priority. Eat small portion of food. Vegetables are not too expensive, beans and moi moi is also important.
“Eating late is not healthy. No heavy food at night. You can take salad as an alternative,” the team leader further warned.
When you think your wife is controlling you
n my article in this column last Sunday which was titled, “When a woman queries her husband”, I wrote towards the end that I will go to the exclusive whatsapp page I share with my wife and daughters nicknamed, “Charlie’s Angels” and I will advise them never to query their husbands. I did so. My first daughter, Noja who is married replied, “Thank you daddy. I have learnt that firsthand.” Yet, Noja’s husband is a gentle man to the core. Yet, he will not let his sweetheart issue him queries. Another of my daughters, Folake who is not yet married posted, “Thank you daddy. Definitely taken note of this.” I am happy that all my girls are in agreement with this fact and truth.
While I will repeatedly state the fact that it is not good for a woman to query her husband and for a man to query his wife and that correction should be done in love instead of through queries, I will also confess that I over reacted the way I responded to my wife. The fact of the matter is that I was having a feeling of insecurity. One or two things had happened previously which made me feel that my wife, Carol, was trying to control me, hence, I responded in an angry tone to her.
I have learnt over these thirty something years of marriage that there are times a man gets to have the feeling that his wife is trying to control him. At such moments, many men react in a manner that is not so pleasant. While it is true that some women have the spirit of Jezebel (a demon of unauthorized female authority and manipulation) that will want them to control their husbands, children and entire family affairs, many men think that their wives want to control them because they have a sense of insecurity. Insecurity in marriage is a feeling of not feeing safe, a feeling of being exposed to injury or risk or attack. It is a feeling of being made the tail rather than the head of the marriage relationship. It is a feeling of being put down. At such a moment, the mind of the person feeling insecure is not so firm and not sound enough. (2 Timothy 1:7). At such a period, the feeling of “flee or fight” comes on the person.
Whenever such a feeling comes and you think that your wife or husband is trying to control you, instead of reacting by withdrawing or fighting, pause and think and ask yourself the following questions.
1. Does my wife love me or hate me?
2. Does she care only about herself?
When a man pauses and asks himself these or additional speed brake questions, the feeling that the wife is controlling him will begin to melt away. All men that I have studied closely, including myself and my own father have exhibited this feeling of insecurity. That was why the Nigerian president could say of his wife, Aisha that, “She belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.” Ha, ha, ha. Love you.
RCCG, Area 28 Onosa celebrates 4 years of God’s faithfulness
ast Sunday, the minister in charge of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG Tabernacle of Praise), Area 28, Lagos Province 44, Pastor Abraham Adeniji, regarded with great joy, the fit his local parish was able to accomplish within just a space of four years.
But unlike the biblical Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, the elated pastor did not attribute of the church’s glowing achievements to himself.
Rather, he rightly ascribed all the glory to the Almighty God whom he fondly described as the Able God.
It was the fourth anniversary of the parish, which is situated in Onosa, a developing community in Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State.
“Today is a good day, I bless the name of the Lord and it’s a wonderful day to us because it makes us to remember the day we started this church,” Pastor Adeniji observed.
He explained: “We started right from a shopping complex as tenant; within six months, God gave us a piece of land next to the shopping complex. That is miraculous and it didn’t stop at that, we are building a wonderful structure and God has helped us thus far.”
According to the cleric, “God had laid it in our heart that he is an able God and we should proclaim to the whole world through this anniversary, that he is an Able God; that’s why we are talking, shouting, singing about able God today.”
He added that, the church has affected it;s immediate community in different ways, pointing out that the church reaches out to members of its community through visitations, gifts and preaching of the life-giving word of God.
“When they see us they start coming to church, we have even Muslims; we have affected lots of people and that’s what brought increase in this Church,” he said.
The church also witnessed enlargement in various other fronts within the time in review. According to Deaconess Tosin Adeniji, wife of the Area Pastor, who oversees the children, teen’s churches and welfare department, the past four years had been a learning journey; “and like every process of growth, it comes with challenges as it also comes with opportunities,” she said.
She explained: “Currently, we have about six classes in our children church and about 20 teachers now; we started with just one teach and one class.”
Deaconess Adeniji, added that from the outset, they maintained a children ministry that is properly run even though the church started from a shopping complex.
This, she further said, was deliberate decision to make sure “we are teaching and grooming our children as expected.
“If you were in our service today you’ll see two of our daughters that came out to read the scriptures, one of them read 10 Psalms and the other read about 120 verses.
“That is something that we have been working on for the past four years; we didn’t just get there today. It’s not a journey that started with just memorizing scriptures but it was because every month we had a target; one Psalm, one Proverb were what we wanted each of our children to learn,” she said.
Likewise a conscious decision was taken to ensure that the teen’s church was separated from the adult church, “not succumbing to the temptation of keeping the teenagers in the main church just to boost church number as practiced in many churches.
“They started in a kiosk and today we have an average of 80 teenagers every Sunday and they run a proper church in the teen’s church,” the deaconess said.
On welfare sector she said: “We run a training and empowerment session for mostly people that do not have jobs. Annually we reach out to 80 such people who we teach art and craft, beads making, tailoring.
“Testimonies abound and it’s been a good one; and we can say that some of our women now have jobs.”
The welfare department had held free medical outreaches which catered for about 400 children.
“We had three dentists in the house, and it was just amazing for the fact that most of those children, about 99% of the children we saw that day had never seen a dentist before deaconess Adeniji added.
The Assistant Area Pastor, Patrick Agbaza, likened the marvelous work of God in the parish to the biblical Mustard seed saying; “
Like they said “the story of a mustard seed, a little seed that later blossoms”. I’m so excited to be part of this, I mean history has been made, as many that are part of this I pray that God will bless them.”
The celebration was all-inclusive as members, friends, relations and even the Pastor in charge of RCCG Province 44, Pastor Amos Emovon, rejoiced at the church’s marvelous testimonies.
In his sermon, Pastor Emovon said: “Today is their 4th anniversary so I have come to felicitate with them, to minister and be a blessing to them with the word of life.”
He enjoined all to disregard the worship of those gods that have hands, ears and eye but lack the capacity to do, hear or see respectively; but to put their trust in the Able God.
“My message is about the theme of the anniversary ‘Able God.’ We serve an able God unlike some that serves an unable God.”
Taking his text from 1 Kings 18: 21-39 Pastor Emovon recalled the Prophet Elijah’s encounter with 450 prophets of Baal.
“So today we know the unable god like Baal, have mouth but can’t speak, they have hands but can’t do anything, they have eyes but can’t see, but our able God has eyes that run through and fro the earth as the Bible says he has hands that can deliver us, his hand isn’t shortened that he can’t deliver, Isaiah 59: 1-2; and he is also able to make all things possible, he is able to set us free, he is able to save from sin, he is able to release mercy unto us like he did to the woman with the issue of blood. So we look at God from scriptures all that he has done, all that he can do and all that he is yet to because finally the Bible says in Ephesians 3:20 that this able God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask for. So there is need for us to build our faith on this able God and not any other kind of god that isn’t able to perform,” the Provincial Pastor said.
My encounter with witches (2)
en of God usually started their prophetic career through hardship as explained in Psalm 119:67
“Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word”.
Satanic people soon begin to dangles baits through which the genuine spiritual power would be replaced by their counterfeit “demoic power”. From the last edition of this paper, I have started to write some of my encounters with witches especially in the early days of my prophetic ministry, you may consider the followings.
•Abesan Estate Iyana Ipaja
We rented an uncompleted bungalow to start a revival in 1991 at opposite Jakande Estate Abesan. The small village that is separated from the estate by a wide tarred road that goes to the sewage center of the estate was full of poor people who could not complete their houses. There was a very big tree in front of the house which we rented. We noticed at night that thousands of birds live on the tree. As we tried to pray our head swelled up. I went to the village head to report that the tree needs to be cut because it harbors evil power that tormented the village people. The Baale advised me to find alternative accommodation because nobody can cut the tree. His father brought Mallam from Senegal but they had to go back because they were severely warned by some powers not to come near the tree. The day that followed my meeting with the Baale about fifty women led by Baale’s Sister came to warn me about my intentions. In the evening of that day I bought kegs of petrol and plenty of firewood that I arranged around the tree. I set fire on it and all the birds flew off. The following day, over hundred women came to put all the curses they can remember on me. Someone told me in the evening of that day that some Hausas who can cut the tree are under the Iyana Ipaja Bridge. I contacted them and the tree was felled overnight. The women threatened my landlady who refunded the rent that I paid begging me to leave her house. The entire community made a big feast and since then they have prospered. This story can be confirmed by anyone, who wishes to do so at opposite Abesan Estate Iyana Ipaja Lagos
•One of the most famous witch doctor in Nigeria visited me with a very fat woman which he claimed was pregnant for almost a year requesting me to pray for her. At that time I was known to possess the ability to deliver stubborn pregnancies that were overage. God told me the woman was not pregnant and after the man left I called in a nurse who confirmed to me that she was not pregnant. I therefore sent her away. The witchdoctor came back to ask about her and I told him she has gone home. The man now introduced himself properly to me. He told me that he was responsible for all the successful churches and hospitals in Akure and its environment. He simply gave them a juju called AWORO (puller of crowd). He was ready to do it for me, I decided then to let him know about God. I told him all his problems and that of his close relations. I told him that he come to test me in order to have the opportunity to defile me. I also told him that his major problem which has to do with one of his children can be resolved if he fasted and prayed in the church for three (3) days which he did and gave glory to God.
•There was a time I was tormented by a certain cat for almost one year. The cat was seen only by me even when I was in the midst of people. One day, as I was driving towards Alagbaka in Akure, Ondo State. God told me to go back home and lock myself up because He wanted to give victory. I was inside the room when the cat came physically to the outside door of the room. One of the boys staying with me whose name was Tosin tried to drive the cat but it refused to live. The boy now fetched a pestle from the kitchen and use it to kill the cat. That was the end to the menace. I no longer saw the strange cat from that day
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