RELATING APPROPRIATELY TO CHRISTIAN ELDERS pt. 2

I’m still pressed to further stress the matter I raised in my last post. What bothers my heart is not that I feel that our elders are ‘gods’ and hence cannot be critically appraised and discussed in order that we may draw some lessons from their lives and doctrine. However, what bothers me is the kind of spirit I found amongst young ones like us who look with disdain on pastors and spiritual leaders of denominations as ‘fleecers of the flock, hypocrites, etc. We may even have a particular man of God that we honour above all else. So, anything coming from others will be critically looked into and poked holes, but anything from our man of God will be swallowed hook, line and sinker. Now I must commence with the witness of scriptures. 1 Corinthians 3vs.21 said, “Therefore let no man glory in men”. Paul here insists that though we should celebrate the men God has given us, we should not unduly glory in them, i.e. feel proud that we are their followers or members of their denominations. No, let him that must glory do so in the Lord. Your pastor is fulfilling his place in God’s mandate, and so are others. Let no man glory in men. Rather let us glory in God who has given such grace and apostleship to men. See vs. 22, “whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas,…; all are yours” Did you see that. Whether Kumuyi, Adeboye, Oyakhilome, Adefarasin, Oyedepo, Gwamna, Ogbueli, etc, all are yours! They are all God’s gift to you, yes you! That is to say, God looks at you and decides that there are lessons He needs to teach you in life, so he sends you men. It is not for you to sit down and start analyzing every move…

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RELATING APPROPRIATELY TO CHRISTIAN ELDERS

My heart is indicting a matter, and though I might not have spent many years on the earth, but I believe I speak with a wisdom that is divine, and not earthy. I want to address a matter that I see spreading as a cancer among the Christian community and the world at large, especially young people. This has to do with the way we view, think of and discuss our elders in the faith, especially those who have pioneered different labours, ministries and churches. By the grace of God, I have listened to most of them, ranging from the so-called conservatives like W. F. Kumuyi, to the so-called liberals like Chris Oyakhilome, and I have come to certain understandings that I would like to share with my fellow Christians hoping that our attitude towards our elders in the faith can be properly moderated- not on the extreme of uncensored, unquestioning followership, nor to the other extreme of critical, insulting and rebellious independence. First of all, no one is really ‘conservative’ nor ‘liberal’ as we all think. Sometimes, our views of these men are shaped by social media discussions and peer friends who discuss these men without actually listening to them. After reading “Non-essential Church Traditions” by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, and listening to such messages as “Maintaining a perfect heart”, “The Priestly Ministry of the believer”, and other messages by Rev. Chris Oyakhilome, I came to understand that these men are walking with God, and He is leading them in His way. You might not like their style (and you must not like everyone’s style), and they might not fit into your mould (carved by years of sitting under a particular ministry), but if you will open your heart and listen to them, you will learn a lot from…

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MY NCCF NATIONAL CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

MY NCCF NATIONAL CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE Being a youth corper is the dream of every Nigerian undergraduate and even graduate. It marks the end of a particular phase of life and the beginning of another one. It is also another opportunity to see life in different levels. My being posted to Ogun state as my place of service has taught me a lot about life, though I will have time to share this in another post. Another thing is that as a youth corper you will be opportune to encounter certain things you will never encounter again. Some think it is project management and other professional courses, but I disagree. For me, there is one thing I thank God for being a part of, and I know that I will never be opportune again in this life to fully be a part of, that is the NIGERIAN CHRISTIAN CORPERS’ FELLOWSHIP (NCCF). My full experience in the fellowship will be discussed later in subsequent posts. However, when I learnt of the Annual National Conference coming up in Jos, Plateau State, I made up my mind to be there no matter what. Of course, it was not without a cost, because I had to pay a total sum of N8500 for both registration and transportation. Prior to the journey to Jos, a lot of things wanted to be a hindrance, like my Area Inspector (A.I.) who expressed disapproval at the letter that we wrote to the Local Inspector (L.I.) with respect to our journey to Jos, and also the fact that I was almost broke. However, I had made up my mind that no matter what happens I must be in Jos for the conference. We were to depart to Jos on Wednesday, 23rd October; hence we travelled to our State Family House…

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