By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
CHILDREN and teenagers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Tuesday night, treated a capacity crowd at the Redemption Camp, to a spectacular performance during the traditional welcome service of the 62nd convention of the church.
The colourful welcome service which featured children from different branches of the church carrying banners representing each of the seven continents of the world depicting places where the church had established presence.
The children, all dressed in uniformed colours bearing the different flags were ushered in to the Arena with a deep spiritual song entitled: “Emi Orun wa so kale” rendered by the Children Choir to the amazement of the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and his wife, Pastor Folu Adeboye.
That was followed by a number of musical ministrations by the young lads who were later joined by the youths in a playlet all centered on theme of this year’s convention, ‘The Holy Spirit,’ inviting the Holy Spirit to come, reign and take charge of the service.
Pastor Adeboye was ushered in with another soul lifting prophetic song, “Emi Mimo wa joba”, who prayed for them and in return the children led by Mummy G.O. presented a gift to Pastor Adeboye in acknowledgement of his unflinching support for the children ministry. He, again, prayed for them, their parents and their teachers.
Speaking on the first plenary session of the convention titled; “By their fruits”, the G.O. may have shocked many participants when he rather turned attention at them instead of the false prophets, saying that as Christians they should by now know who false prophets are.
He, therefore, enjoined all the participants to search themselves to see if they were still in fellowship, warning that with the debilitating occurrences across the globe it is obvious that the end is near. He proceeded to enumerate sings by which one may know when or not he/she is still in fellowship.
Adeboye began the hard message by asking those who had come to the camp without the desire to be serious with God to go home immediately, arguing that he had told the pastors during the ministers’ conference that this year’s convention is serious business.
He further warned believers to be more vigilant as the number of false prophets was growing by the day, noting that the Church was not exempted because “there are some Christians assumed to be mighty men and women of God who are not truly saved.”
He, therefore, asked his listeners across the globe to critically examine themselves and see if they are still in faith, filled with fruit and gifts of Holy Spirit. While urging them to ask questions such as: “Am I saved? Am I born again? Are the fruits I am producing the ones a saved person should produce? What are the signs of rent acne that can be found in me? What are the kinds of thoughts I am thinking?”, he said that anyone who cannot answer these questions creditably well, should begin to pray to God for quick and permanent revival.