Wednesday, February 23, 2011

AFRICAN PREACHERS, YOUR GOVERNMENTS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!


Cameroon Police beating and terrorizing an opposition leader-Kah Walla

Africa is endowed with oil, diamonds, gold, mining, bauxite, manganese, cocoa, coffee, uranium, bodies of water for fishing, and fertile tropical forests that produce timber. Shouldn’t the land of plenty be plentiful to those who dwell therein? Doesn’t the Bible say our welfare shall depend on the land in which we dwell (Jer 29:7)? Here is where the modern church has failed. Christianity cannot function in a vacuum; it works only on people. Consequently, for Christianity to be meaningful, we must apply the tenets on human beings and the society. Such was the gospel of the Old Testament where the prophets will scold the leaders for leading the country into dearth. Seeing today the same depravity, instead the modern preachers pass baskets or hats around for the largesse of listeners. While that is encouraged in the bible to give to the poor or needy (Ex 23:6; Proverbs 11:24, 19:17, 28:27; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 14:12-14; James 2:6), the Lord has given the preachers the responsibility of watchmen to warn the wicked; including the leaders (Ezk. 33:7, 3:18; Hab 2:1).

For how long are we going to be begging to give to people? For how long will the church flatter the parishioners that all is well and everything is fine? For how long will the church flatter the churchgoers that their rewards are in heaven? Wouldn’t and shouldn’t there be a foretaste of that heavenly felicity while we are here on earth?

Looking at the scripture, the prophets of old were in constant conflict with their leaders probing them to do good and rebuking them when they went astray. It is written “The LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers” (2 Kings 17:13). While they made miracles to solve certain situations, they were cognizant that they will and could not be everywhere to make those same miracles. Even when they were there, the same miracles do not always replicate themselves, so they called on the pharaoh, king or emperor to treat the people right.

Christian minister, the church and the Christian cannot suffer all their lives only to wait for heavenly blessings. Jesus came that we may have life and have life abundantly (Jn 10:10). Most of these countries are blessed with wealth to go around, but a few have decided to hoard 90% of it to satisfy their egoism. Ministers should call out their governments so as to create a national consciousness for them to manage properly their resources because God requires justice, mercy and humility (Micah 6:8).

Hellas, churches are afraid that if they call out the governments, they will be shut down. So whose church is it then; that of God or that of man? If God’s then let Him defend himself, for He does not need the help of mere mortals. They should never hold their peace (Is 62:1) by crying aloud to show them their transgression and sins (Is 58:1). Sadly “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” (Is 56:10). Instead of holding the government accountable, the churches are more concerned with extorting the Christians with false prosperity preaching. Indeed some Christians even seem like they have been bewitched. They fall down year in year out, but their condition is still the same. They fall and tumble but their barrenness gazes at them in the night. God will never visit a person without leaving you with an everlasting change.

Are you happy the way other people are suffering all over the world? Do you think that is really the gospel? Or perhaps you believe that Jesus came only for the soul. If the body does not eat, the mind will not have the strength to receive the word for the soul to get regenerated. The soul cannot function in the absence of our carcass-the body. Therefore, the apostle Paul reiterates the importance of the body and cautions the need for physical exercise.

My people, all those dictators that have kept their people under bondage should be the problem and prime preaching of the church and the Christians. While the Bible adjures the Christians to respect the law and authority, it admonishes them to rebuke evil. The blessings of nations belong to all God’s creatures and not to a selected few, so a selected few who depauperate the rest with their bingeing should be called to order! Preachers, why are you leaving your governments to do an undo with the resources of your countries? You must watch, and remember that you have been seized to warn every one night and day with tears. Go ahead and warn them now!

Until then, God has called preachers to bold preaching and not timidity!

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk. .

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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