THE RISE & ______ OF THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD
The Holy Bible says, by their fruits you shall know them. If Professor Yemi Osinbajo is a fruit of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), what would be, your opinion of the church? Please don’t answer yet. Kindly suspend your answer and read on.
I recently came across the post and statements on Facebook below credited to Osinbajo:
“I want to say that he (Rochas Okorocha) has done extremely well in these past eight years”.
I couldn’t believe it when I read it. I googled the statement to fact check its authenticity and found out it was indeed the professor and pastor that said it.
Before writing more on this issue, please permit me to say a little about myself. About seven years ago I was the Youth President of one of the most prominent RCCG parishes in the nation’s capital and indeed Nigeria. My parish had membered or played host to Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria’s godfather general), Ngozi Okonjo Iweala (former Managing Director, World Bank), the Ezekwesilis (Chinedu and Oby Ezekwesili – Pioneer Ministers), Folorunsho Alakija (Africa’s richest woman), Sam Amadi (Harvard University Scholar), Segun Adeniyi (Former Presidential Spokesman) and a host of many prominent Nigerians and foreign diplomats.
Hence, when the news of the recent suicide of the young “former” RCCG music minister from Abuja started trending, I was sad, very sad. I was sad for many reasons. Firstly, the Church of God is a venue and an avenue for abundant life. None associated with the Church can ordinarily take their own life for whatever reason. The Church is a beacon that gives hope, a citadel for moral and spiritual grounding and a key partner in nation building for peace, prosperity and progress.
Secondly, because I was the youth minister for more than five years and was on course to becoming a pastor before I reneged, it could have been me. But I thank God I didn’t follow up to the next stage of becoming a pastor in RCCG. There were many reasons I stopped my journey to the exalted office of a pastor.
One major reason is that I felt I was not pure enough to put pastor in front of my name. Another reason is that all my fathers-in-the-Lord (Senior Pastors) had at one time or the other complained in my presence, about the politics, policies and practices in the Redeemed Christian Church of God. And these fathers-in-the-Lord are all men I felt were humbler and more committed than myself in delivering the deliverables in the great office of a RCCG pastor.
So, I told myself then, if these mentors are complaining, then, a more vocal person like myself would be unhappy continually in the setup I am about to enter. I later wrote a letter of resignation as Youth Minister that was rejected.
In the growth of any organization, a time comes when it must reinvent or revive itself. When it has to reform or inevitably deform. And I believe the Redeemed Christian Church of God is at this crossroad. But churches and religious organizations are structured in a way whereby the leaders are surrounded by yesmen and the mechanisms for sincere feedback and constructive criticisms are inadequate.
Hence, I feel obliged to humbly advice the most respected religious leader in Nigeria, Pastor E.A. Adeboye. For starters, he has squandered a lot of leadership capital in recent times. These days, from radio personalities to ordinary citizens, Nigerians routinely cast aspersion on his sincerity, leadership and ability to help deliver Nigeria from the hands of evil and unreasonable men and women.
Yes, Nigeria needs deliverance. We need deliverance from Fulani herdsmen, we need deliverance from Fulani leaders like the incompetent President Muhammadu Buhari. We need deliverance from Yoruba leaders like Senator Bola Tinubu, whose ambitions dwarf their intelligence. We need deliverance from Igbo leaders like former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha whose creed and greed, kills every hope of good governance. But also, and most importantly, we need Daddy G.O. (Pastor Adeboye) to help reform the Church of God in Nigeria and even the world.
Many might doubt Pastor Adeboye’s ability to carry out this Herculean task. But I don’t. He has presided over one of the most remarkable church growth records in history and I have no doubt he has the anointing, education, discipline, intelligence and experience to carry it out. Naysayers might point out, that age and temperament might not be on his side to pull it off. But again, I have a vote of confidence in him and in our God, Jehovah.
But this, most not be business as usual. It is better to save Nigeria than for Osinbajo to succeed Buhari. It is better for Nigeria to be a nation that we could all proudly call our own than for a few to feel they are born to rule. It is better to have a church and pastorate that is more preoccupied with evangelism, growth of the Church (members) and our relationship with God than by jet or jeep ownership. It is better to inspire our youth to aspire to greater heights through education, enterprise, hardwork than by the quick rich epidemic of advance fee fraud.
The Sun is indestructible because of her usefulness. We cease to exist or live when we cease to be useful to our family, community or humanity depending on our jurisdiction. So, I humbly call on our Daddy, Pastor E.A. Adeboye to rise to this challenge and go to work. Because I believe that before he exits the stage, there are greater works in him through Jesus Christ that strengthens us.
Ata Ukuta – Editor, www.towncryyers.com
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