Recently, I had cause to re-visit the book of John ChapterÂ 1. And in verse six, there wasÂ every reason for me to pause for a while and read it again and again. Come with me andÂ please be patient.
The verse says… â€œThere was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He (John) came as aÂ witness to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not theÂ light, but came to bear witness about the light.). And there were others ( false prophets )Â that just went.
God never sent them. They just went. God never spoke to them. They just pretended that HeÂ did.
This is my question, when was the last time you saw a John the Baptist, in a pulpit,Â anywhere in Nigeria?
Today the average â€œpreacher or Daddyâ€ in the land is more like a slick talking politician;Â rather than a prophet of the Living God.
The problem, as I can see, is that the pulpits in our land are being occupied by men who areÂ either mummy or daddy calledâ€”but, obviously, are NOT called and sent by God- as in the caseÂ of John the Baptist.. Maybe one day, long ago, mummy and/or granny told them that they wouldÂ make a successful preacher. So, they took to â€œBible Schoolâ€ and â€œSeminaryâ€ (mind you, Iâ€™mÂ not against training for efficiency) and got the â€œproper credentialsâ€ and â€œtheir papersâ€Â which qualified them to get a wallet sized â€œordination cardâ€ (you call it certificate) thatÂ fits nicely into their wallet. Then, lo and behold, because they had â€œall theÂ qualificationsâ€ some church goers â€œelected â€œ them to be their â€œpastorâ€ !Â Isnâ€™t thatÂ shameful?
Recently I got to know of a particular pastor in my locality who had called his two sonsÂ into the ministry -even though it is not a one man church. Parents are replacing themselvesÂ with their children in Godâ€™s Vine Yard. Has it become hereditary?
Yet, there remains but a glitch in the whole thing. Problem being that God never calledÂ them, sent them, and as a result they have absolutely nothing to say. Oh, they are â€œfineÂ speakersâ€ (Iâ€™m sure of that). They can turn a bad joke, and tell a nice story. This isÂ surely true. But, when it comes to knowing and speaking forth the WORD OF GOD ( Bible ) theyÂ are severely lacking indeed if one were to ask them to prove that they have been called of,Â and sent by, Almighty God.Well, Iâ€™m afraid all they have to convince anybody is the littleÂ â€œordination cardâ€ found within their wallet. Maybe they could take you to their office andÂ show you their â€˜Degreeâ€™ framed nicely upon the wall. But, the power of God, the anointing ofÂ God, and the work of God that rightly divided cannot be found in them. They have got nothingÂ to say; no word from God. Psalm 74:9Â says: â€œWe are given no miraculous signs; no prophetsÂ are left, and none of us knows how long this will be.â€
Satan is not so filled with glee and excitement because he has many houses of prostitutionÂ throughout the land; many bar rooms, drug houses, and gambling casinos…. Satanâ€™s greatestÂ joy, I believe and all true children of God also do, is that he owns most of the preachersÂ and churches in the land.
How many of these self-called GOs can rebuke, reprove and encourage the brethren asÂ commanded? I donâ€™t like confrontation, and chances are that you donâ€™t either. Daddy andÂ Mummy GOs, when was the last time you reproved or rebuked anyone as directed in theÂ Scriptures? There are many Bible references on this responsibility to correct one another,Â but these Daddy and Mummy-called and sent preachers usually hide and dodge from it. TheseÂ are a few of the many scriptural examples of godly rebuke:
Titus 2:14 â€œEncourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.â€
2 Timothy 4:2 â€œPreach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke andÂ encourageâ€”with great patience and careful instruction.â€
Proverbs 24:24-25 â€œHe that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the peopleÂ curse, nations shall abhor him: …But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a goodÂ blessing shall come upon them.â€
Proverbs 27:5 â€œOpen rebuke is better than secret love.â€
The Greatest Stronghold of Satan today, donâ€™t be amazed, is indeed the â€œChurch House.â€ LookÂ inside the Aso Villa. Thatâ€™s bad ! Look inside the House of Representatives and State HousesÂ of Assembly. Thatâ€™s bad !
Look inside our Senate. Thatâ€™s horrible ! Look inside our Court Rooms. Thatâ€™s terrible !
What could be any worse ?! Well, look inside the Church House. Thatâ€™s really, really scaryÂ and frightening ! ! !
And we wonder why the Federal Republic Of Nigeria is in this sad, terrible and sorry shape?!
I emplore you to please read carefullyâ€” Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34.
I want to ask again, Brother/Sister Pastor, who sent you -God or Godfather?
â€¢Shallom Ufforth writes from The Apostolic Church, Shasha District, Oshodi Area, LAWNAÂ Territory, Nigeria. You can reach him on email@example.com