Dearly beloved, Calvary greetings to you.
I write this open letter to you with sobriety of mind. I write with a heart palpitating with trepidation and doubt. I write because I don’t understand what is happening to us. I write because I don’t know how the lion became crippled such that even the leopard could come to play in his courtyard with glee.
This gospel we carry is one of power but it has become powerless in our hands. How come we no longer have the bite; the verve and the punch? Is not our God He that parted the Red Sea and fed Pharaoh’s army to the fishes? Is not our God Jehovah, who set the impregnable wall of Jericho plunging into abyss? Is He no longer El-Shaddai, who taught Sennacherib a lesson in warfare? Is it not this God that put Goliath’s head in the hand of teenage David? How come our God has become weak in our time? Is the problem with us or God?
Methinks God is not to blame. Our God is still the unchangeable consuming fire and unconquerable warrior. But we are no longer the same. We can no longer call down fire on Mount Carmel. Because we have no man to confront evil. Because we have formed fraternity with evil. How then can we decree anything and it comes to be?
Our altars are now polluted, reeking with the stench of innocent blood and miry sacrifice. We now preach with eyes trained on the offering box and pockets of men. We now see blurred vision with eyes washed in Ghana or Badagry. We now prophesy with tongues made vile from sucking the breast of Eze Nwanyi (Queen Mother).
I feel hurt by the cleavages in the Body of Christ. Pastors envying and dragging one another before unjust judges of this world. There is no more sincerity among the brethren. Our spiritual fathers have gone complacent, tossed aside by kids who mistake vulture for eagle.
Yet we expect Fulani herdsmen to spare us; we expect God to defend us. Why will God not leave us? Is it not in His word that He does not behold iniquity? We have become complacent and woe has befallen us for Amos 1:6 says: ‘Woe to them that are at ease in Zion…’
We do not care for the many souls tumbling into hell in droves. Are we then not worse than the godless herdsmen? Because we have made ourselves vulnerable and undefended for God has turned His back upon us. We have thus reproached His name, as if He no longer has power to save.
We should stop trivialising serious issues. Why do we quake at the hackneyed taunts of Islamising the country? How possible can this be if we remain at our duty posts? Our challenge goes beyond Permanent Voters Cards, PVC. Up North, babies in diapers are given the cards too, against the law. You can obtain the PVC, yet fail to vote. You may even vote but the votes will not count as usual. Yes, it is true that the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC does not count prayer points but indeed prayer points count. It is time we called upon our God in repentance and prayer.
Our soulless multi-million-seater cathedrals are misplaced. It is time we planted love and unity among the folk of Christ and spread the gospel to the hinterlands. It is time we played less church and more God.
The god of mammon has confused the church and many are they that follow after it. This is the work of the enemy. God expects us to be His battle axe (Jeremiah 51:20-23). That means we should be agents in hewing down the kingdom of darkness. The axe must pass through fire to be well chiseled but we want none of that. We want the testimony without the test and so dilute the Truth. Consequently, we are blunt and rusty, incapable of cutting anything or breaking stony hearts with ease for want of vigour.
It is now time for battle but we will not fight as the world fights for our God is superior. We must fight the fight of faith on our knees and righteous acts. We must preach the gospel of peace and must keep preaching it with wisdom. We must not die like chickens or allow them to run rings around us in the name of cattle colony.
Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt are angrier than never before and vociferous in their rejection of that evil. But it is not about noise making but about overcoming their enemy-induced suspicions and unite to confront their common tormentor. Until that is done, they rage in vain.
However, the church had gone to bed too soon and the enemy has implanted division and unholy doctrine within and we now trail the varnishing decoy of the world.
Every satanic agenda of the devil must fail for the wickedness of the wicked will slay them. The battle is the Lord’s and his wrath will be poured out on the brood of vipers, which refuse to make crooked ways straight.
There is enough grace to survive in this perverse generation for those who have received the Lord and power to be children of God. Do not get offended, dear brother, that I see the herdsmen menace as punishment for our perfidy. God has allowed them to torment us, perhaps, to redirect our attention to Himself. And now, if only we could humble ourselves in prayer and confess our sins, God will hear and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Dearly beloved, I write to you and say hold fast that which you have. We must defend our lives and faith and when the roll is called yonder, may neither you nor I be missing.
Ekwueme’s N1 billion burial
A great man has gone home; Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has. An effusion of eulogies was unleashed upon him, very inspiring tributes indeed. And truly, Alego deserved them for he was a nice guy to us mortals. It is now between him and the Judge of all flesh to say who he really was.
But politicians have splashed cold water on the man’s legacy. The government claims they spent a whopping N1 billion on the elder statesman’s burial.
The question on many lips is, ‘has the politicians exported corruption to heaven?’ Because it is likely part of the claimed expenditure might have been budgeted to lobby or bribe the angels to make for easy passage for Ekwueme.
Politicians and their lies! When next they want to tell us lies, they should coach it in such a way that even in our ‘dimness’ we would not suspect anything. They should know that we have developed a modicum of reason over the years that can no longer be taken for granted.