Saturday August 2nd, 2014
Saturday August 2nd, 2014
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David did not kill Goliath (4)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:16 am   /   Comments

Who does not like the story of David killing Goliath with a sling and a stone? Who is not impressed with Elijah calling down fire from heaven to incinerate the prophets of Baal? But all that is old wine that should not be put in the new wine-bottles of Jesus Christ. David ostensibly offered to kill Goliath in order to become the king’s son-in-law. But Jesus says: “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it.” (Matthew 16:25). When the Zebedee brothers wanted Jesus to emulate Elijah, he rebuked them, maintaining the spirit in them is not the spirit of Elijah

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David did not kill Goliath (3)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:00 am   /   Comments

Christians love to win. We sing praise songs declaring we are on the winning side. We give our churches names like “Winners’ Chapel.” Therefore, we readily appropriate the story of David killing Goliath. However, Jesus proffers in the New Testament a completely different approach.

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David Did Not Kill Goliath (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:58 am   /   Comments

Christians are confronted with the following contradictions about David in the bible. David is “a young boy, untrained for war:” David is a “skilled warrior.” David is living at home: David is living with Saul. David enters Saul’s service as a harp player: David enters Saul’s service as a Goliath-fighting warrior. Saul knows David and his father: Saul does not know David and his father.

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David did not kill Goliath (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 3:50 am   /   Comments

One of the myths of Christianity is the infallibility of the bible. Quoting Paul, some Christians insist every word in the bible is “God-breathed.” (2 Timothy 3:16). When you identify contradictions in the bible, they either refuse to acknowledge them or try to rationalise them away with highfalutin apologetics.

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The Imperative To Lay Down Our Lives

  /   in Article of Faith 8:42 am   /   Comments

When man imagines God, he sees him carnally strictly in terms of his power and might. But when God manifested himself in the flesh, he came as a meek and lowly suffering servant. Isaiah foresaw Jesus as: “a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground.” (Isaiah 53:2). Therefore, he wonders if anyone would believe his report. The prime expression of God in Christ is not his power but his love. Thus, while others say God is powerful: the disciple of Jesus says God is love. (1 John 4:8).

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God Is Talking To You (6)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:27 am   /   Comments

I was a baby Christian, basking in newborn fellowship of the Holy Spirit.  I woke up one morning only to discover I was singing a new song.  I had never sung this song before, but it was clear I had been singing it while asleep and continued singing it now awake.  How do you sing a song you never knew before?  How do you come to know the words?  That is kingdom dynamics. 

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God Is Talking To You (5)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:44 am   /   Comments

When I was a Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, I had a Director who was boastful. He liked to drop names. He would tell you he spent the weekend playing golf with this General, or that he had just finished talking on the phone to that Managing Director.

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God Is Talking To You (4)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:21 am   /   Comments

Roberts Liardon was a guest-minister at a church. Suddenly during the service, the Holy Spirit drew his attention to a woman. Then he told him something unusual. He told him to go and slap her. Liardon obeyed. He went to the woman and slapped her. There was a loud gasp in the church as she burst into tears.

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God Is Talking To You (3)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:18 am   /   Comments

When Christians cannot hear the voice of God, we become tethered to the bible. We insist God only speaks through the bible.

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GOD IS TALKING TO YOU (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:00 am   /   Comments

As I was driving on a bridge in Lagos, I asked God a question.  When I looked up, I saw the answer boldly written on a billboard.  I was so flabbergasted; I started debating with myself if what I saw was a vision.  Therefore, I went back.

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GOD IS TALKING TO YOU (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:42 am   /   Comments

On 28th May, 2004, I was invited to minister at the Holy Ghost Night of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. The Lord gave me a message entitled: “Electricity;” based on this scripture: “It happened on a certain day, as (Jesus) was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” (Luke 5:17).

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Living on the Promises of God (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:25 am   /   Comments

What happens when the promises of men are not fulfilled? We are disappointed. We might even become bitter. What about the promises of God? They never disappoint. Even when they are not fulfilled, we are not bothered because we know that God’s promises transcend time. His word is from everlasting to everlasting. Therefore, God’s promises move us from time to eternity. If they are not fulfilled in this lifetime, it is only because they are slated for fulfilment in the life to come.

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Living on the promises of God  (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:51 am   /   Comments

The Lord asked me a loaded question.  All the Lord’s questions are loaded.  When the Creator asks the created a question, he should not be in a hurry to answer.

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The word of Paul is not the Word of God (2)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:31 am   /   Comments

No other person in the bible writes like Paul.  Far more than everybody else, Paul talks about himself.  He is always drawing attention to himself.  His epistles are littered with “I,” “me,” “my” and “mine.” 

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The word of Paul is not the Word of God (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 1:44 am   /   Comments

Ask a Christian a question about Jesus, and he might answer with a quotation from Paul.  But who tells us Paul speaks for Jesus?  Why do we need Paul to speak for Jesus when Jesus speaks for himself?  Why do we need Paul to speak for Jesus when Jesus himself warns us: “Be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time?” (Mark 13:23).  If Jesus has told us all we need to know, why do we need someone else to add to, or subtract from, what he said?

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God is a servant of men

  /   in Article of Faith 2:54 am   /   Comments

On 21st April, 2013, Douglas Anele wrote an article in Vanguard newspaper entitled: “Femi Aribisala and his Errand-Boy God” in response to my earlier article: “The God who Does Not Exist.”  In my article, I detailed many astonishing things the God Douglas says does not exist did for me.  Douglas’ position was that the God who would do all such things would amount to no more than my errand-boy

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Running from God’s Prophecies

  /   in Article of Faith 12:08 am   /   Comments

When I started editing my book, “Doctor Strangelove” in 2005, I had over thirty chapters to work with. But then the Lord said to me: “Femi, this book will have eighteen chapters.” I took that as a prophecy. I kept my eye on it and was excited when, through editorial work, the book finally shrank to eighteen chapters. I had run with the vision and fulfilled it. Or so I thought.

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Christian Wishful-Thinking

  /   in Article of Faith 12:02 am   /   Comments

I was invited to conduct a ten-day teaching programme at a church in Lagos.  Out of the blue, at the beginning of the session, the Lord asked me to lead the congregation in singing a popular Christian song.

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Christians Indeed!

  /   in Article of Faith 12:23 am   /   Comments

Jimmy Peters was on his way back to Lagos from a wedding in Benin City. Suddenly, the road ahead was blocked. Before he could say “Jack Robinson,” some armed men sprang out of the bushes. Instinctively, Jimmy’s wife hid their baby on the floor of the backseat of the car; quickly throwing a cloth over him.

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Love Breaks The Rules 

  /   in Article of Faith 12:13 am   /   Comments

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On many occasions, Jesus broke the rules out of love.  He could not help himself; he had to respond in love.  When his mother told him at the wedding in Cana that they had run out of wine, he observed that it was not yet the time for miracles.  Jesus was following God’s timing.  But suddenly man’s needs preceded God’s timing.

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Paul’s Hope of Righteousness

  /   in Article of Faith 1:43 am   /   Comments

Have you ever wondered why Christians, supposedly followers of Jesus; the most righteous man that ever lived, are not known for righteousness? On the contrary, Christians organised the Inquisition and burnt thousands of people at the stakes. Christians went on crusades and slaughtered the innocent.

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Pastor Paul’s Manipulative Witchcraft

  /   in Article of Faith 12:52 am   /   Comments

Have you noticed that the primary business of pastors is the collection of money? Every manipulative trick in the book is used to do this.

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The Man Of Lawlessness

  /   in Article of Faith 12:46 am   /   Comments

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Jesus says the false prophet will be a Christian.  He will be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  He will prophesy in the Lord’s name.  He will cast out demons and do many signs and wonders in Jesus’ name.  Nevertheless, the Lord will deny knowing him because he will practice lawlessness. (Matthew 7:15-23).

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The Problem With Paul  (1)

  /   in Article of Faith 12:11 am   /   Comments

Jesus says his sheep know his voice and follow him: “They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10:5).

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Paul: The Hypocritical Pharisee

  /   in Article of Faith 1:46 am   /   Comments

Jesus warns his disciples: “Beware of these Pharisees and the way they pretend to be good when they aren’t. But such hypocrisy cannot be hidden forever.” (Luke 12:1).  This warning certainly applies to Paul.  Paul declares: “I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee.” (Acts 23:6).  Moreover, his hypocrisy, hidden in his days, is now evident to all in the bible. 

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Jesus Is Not A Christian

  /   in Article of Faith 12:51 am   /   Comments

A man travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho was attacked by armed-robbers, stripped of his belongings and left lying on the road half-dead. God’s providence ensured that first a priest, and then a Levite, passed by. But instead of helping the dying man; both of them quickly moved to the other side and went away. Finally, a Samaritan came along. Unlike the priest and the Levite, he had compassion on the injured man, bound up his wounds, took him to the hospital and paid for his medical expenses.

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Your Money Or Your Life?

  /   in Article of Faith 12:17 am   /   Comments

For ten years of married life, my wife and I did not have a child. We did not have one because we did not want one. In my case, I was just not ready.

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Necessary Evil

  /   in Article of Faith 12:38 am   /   Comments

Where is God when bad things happen? The psalmist says: “Our God is in heaven.” (Psalm 115:3). He has always been in heaven and he will always be in heaven. Solomon says: “God is in heaven, and you on earth.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

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Coincidences Don’t Exist

  /   in Article of Faith 12:33 am   /   Comments

My DVD player has a slow-motion application. When you press it, you see the film you are watching in slow-motion. That way, you are likely to notice things you would otherwise have overlooked. When I first met the Lord, he set my life to slow-motion for the first two to three months so I could see things I had not noticed before. Suddenly, I discovered that everything about my life followed an ordered pattern. There was discernibly a guiding hand to all the things happening around me.

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The Value of God

  /   in Article of Faith 12:20 am   /   Comments

David says: “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1). How then can we insist only a tithe of our income belongs to God? God does not only own ten percent of our possessions, he owns everything we have. As a matter of fact, we belong to the Lord, even as he also belongs to us. Thus, Jeremiah declares: “The LORD is (our) portion.” (Lamentation 3:24).

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Tithing Bananas

  /   in Article of Faith 12:46 am   /   Comments

As far as many pastors are concerned, the most important scripture of all is not to be found in the word of Jesus. Neither is it even in the New Testament. That scripture says: “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’” (Malachi 3:10).

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What is The Name of Jesus?

  /   in Article of Faith 6:16 pm   /   Comments

Several years ago, I was listening to a sermon by Ethel Aderemi, when the Lord suddenly asked yet another of his enigmatic questions. “Femi,” he said, “what is the name of Jesus?” I was dumbfounded. I asked myself: “Is Jesus not the name of Jesus?” What then could be the meaning of the Lord’s question?

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