I have decided to take on the biggest in my opinion challenge facing Christianity today. Which unfortunately is largely seen in the African continent and other developing countries. This challenge is ignorance! I have no doubt that ignorance is the biggest obstacle facing the church of the lord Jesus Christ in this age. THE MOUNTAIN OF IGNORANCE!
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for me;
because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6.
It is no doubt that the church worldwide and especially the church in Africa is yet to grasp the full meaning of this incredible verse of the scripture. From this passage, we can see that the biggest challenge of God’s people is ignorance. Ignorance has become a mountain and a stronghold, even in Christian churches.
It is because of this MOUNTAIN OF IGNORANCE that I have decided to dedicate the next few days leading up to the inauguration of the newly elected Nigerian President, to writing a series of articles that I believe could help set the church and our continent on the right path.
God through Prophet Hosea, is explaining to us reasons for destruction, calamities, failures and devastation among the people of God. That reason is not seen in demonic activities nor is it seen in prevailing economic situations of the land. The singular reason for calamities, destruction, failures and devastation is seen in the ignorance of God’s people.
To my shame, my nation and the church of the lord Jesus Christ in my continent is covered head to toe in this ignorance. Ignorance could be said is written in bold letters all over the institution that is supposed to be a shining light to the world. That is why I will not keep quiet until a revolution is started to fight ignorance and superstitions in the church of the lord Jesus Christ and in the nation of my birth.
This mountain must come down. The mountain of ignorance has to be brought down. The mountain of superstition has to be leveled for our people to taste a fresh breath of life in Christ Jesus.
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Unfortunately the leading proponent of ignorance in our society has become the very same institution that was created to fight it – The Church. Instead of the church in Africa to be a place for eradicating darkness by beaming out light, she has unfortunately become the den of robbers as Jesus put it.
All sorts of darkness and evil are now hiding themselves under the umbrella of religion, Christianity, church etc. As seen in Hosea 4:6 which says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children”… and destroyed indeed they are!
All forms of destruction are all around us. Destruction in values, destruction in people, destruction in faith, destruction in elders, destruction in the pulpit, destruction in the youth, destruction in government, destruction in society etc. It is like we are having a harvest of destruction in our continent. That is why it is dangerous for me and indeed for anyone to keep quiet at the site of these calamities. The mountain of ignorance must be pulled down!
“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
What is my business in this? Oh yea, it is my business. It is not just my business, it is my calling. I am following in the footsteps of my master Jesus, he came and declared in John 8:12 “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD”.
Light in Greek is the same thing as knowledge, which is the opposite of ignorance. He came to the earth as the light of the world because the whole world lies in darkness. Someone must stand up to confront and dissipate darkness. Hence, the creator of the universe sent his only begotten son to the earth so that through the power of light, he would destroy darkness which is ignorance.
Why must ignorance be destroyed? Because it is the number one destroyer of the people of God. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Jesus came to eradicate that problem by declaring himself the light of the world. Most of the time when we talk about Jesus, we talk about him only as the Savior of the world. But before he died to save the world, he had a ministry and that ministry was about eliminating ignorance( darkness) and all its consequences of destruction, calamities and sorrows in the world.
It is that same ministry that I have been called to. I believe every minister of the gospel is called to this ministry first of all. The ministry of light, the ministry of destruction of darkness, the ministry of setting people free from ignorance. Light is what we are called to preach. Our lord and savior called himself the light of the world. If we preach him, it means we preach light. Consequently, we preach freedom from ignorance.
I therefore beg to disagree with people who say that I am diverting from my main ministry when I write these articles. No, no, no, no, Sir! I am in the mainstream of my calling by writing these articles on politics in Nigeria and on the church. I am being a minister of light and a destroyer of ignorance and I shall never keep quiet until this horrendous mountain is pulled down in my country, in the church of Christ and in my continent.
It doesn’t matter if most people refuse to understand or support my efforts, not at all. It doesn’t at all matter. What matters is, I am pioneering a revolution. I am charting a course that will become a seed which may fall to the ground and die. But out of it shall arise many seeds and trees that shall become a plantation of light, which would usher in a new dawn of God’s righteousness to the church, Nigeria, and to Africa.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.