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From right: GEN. Mohamodu Buhari, Presidential Candidate of All Progressives Congress[APC], Dame Abimbola Fashola, first lady of Lagos, Gov, Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General overseer of RCCG, his wife Pastor Folu, Prof. Yemi Osibajo and his wife Dolapo, during the Lagos state Government 2015 Annual Thanksgiving service, held in Alausa, Lagos. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

The slippery slope of church-marketing

When Jesus multiplied loaves to feed the multitude, many concluded he was just the pastor they needed. As a result, they went to great lengths to relocate to his “church.” Some got into boats and crossed over from the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum in order to see him. But these people were not hungry for God. They came because they wanted bread. They came bringing their own five loaves and two fishes as offering in order that they might be multiplied.

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Mr Ernest Okorie and others of St Dominic Church Young Christian Workers performed the Passion of Jesus  as Christians all over the world mark Good Friday the day Jesus Christ was crucified yesterday. Photo by Biodun Ogunleye

Christians should not celebrate Easter

Easter is not a Christian holiday. The word Easter is not even scriptural; it does not exist in true translations of the bible. Easter was smuggled into the King James Bible in Acts 12:4, where it was substituted for the original word; “Passover:” “When (Herod) had apprehended (Peter), he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.”

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The Joy of the Lord

Are you joyful? What is the basis of your joy? Is it based on something you have? Is it based on something exciting that happened to you? Is it because your grain and wine increased? (Psalm 4:7). If so, beware, because that is building a house on the sand. When the storm comes and the wind blows great will be the fall of your house and your joy.

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Cross section of newly ordained Assistant Pastors at the 60th Annual Convention of Redeemed Christian Church of God at Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Photos: Lamidi Bamidele

Why ‘Men of God’ Don’t Inherit the Kingdom of God

In Nigeria, “Men of God” come by the dozen. You see them regularly on television. They are fixtures in newspapers and magazines. They always have something noble to say on the radio. They sit on the high table at every major social gathering or event. They are the counselors and prayer gurus of presidents, governors and other public officials. There is only one problem with “Men of God:” they don’t inherit the kingdom of God.

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What does it mean to be a fisher of men ?

David counsels that when God speaks once, we should hear him twice. (Psalm 62:11). That does not mean twice literally, but several times. Similarly, Jesus maintains we must forgive our brothers seventy times seven times. (Matthew 18:22). That does not mean four hundred and ninety times, but indefinitely. Therefore, when God speaks, we should review what he says again and again.

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Getting chieftaincy titles in the churches

When I wrote my first Christian book, I sent free copies to many pastors in Lagos. One of those to whom I sent a copy sent it back with “return to sender” written on the package, even though it was addressed to his church office. I thought this was strange until Lucky Polete asked to see the package. When I showed it to him, he said: “No wonder. That is a wrong address.”

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