Hello Everyone, recently, some Nigerian Christian Journalists came to me with questions about my messages that expose the falsehood in the Nigerian church. They asked me some questions and I gave them answers. I will like to share both the questions and the answers I gave with you my friends, fans and followers.
The questions and answers will be released in parts. Please read and share this piece with as many people as you can. I believe it will go a long way to help the truth be heard in Nigeria, Africa and all over the world.
For the Love Of God, Church and Nation!
Dr. Sunday Adelaja
You concentrate so much on the pastors, some of whom say what you are doing is wrong. Do you have scriptural support for the good works you are doing?
What is your relationship like with these pastors called fathers of the faith in Nigeria?
I think it only makes sense that I concentrate on the pastors. Why?Because the pastors are the ones who come up with the doctrines and are responsible for the practices in the church. So, the pastors are the ones who are responsible for the wrong practices in our churches. They are the leaders and everything rises and falls on leadership.
Hence, the leaders are the ones that needs correction, not the masses that are ignorant of what is going on. That is why I concentrate so much on the pastors.
Do I have scriptural support for what I am doing? Oh Yes, I have so much scriptures that I am afraid you won’t publish all of them.
First of all, in Galatians 2:11, Paul was writing about his encounter with Peter, he said
“Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed”
So there was something that peter was doing wrong. But Paul didn’t say because Peter was a senior apostle or disciple, he wouldn’t talk or stand on the side of the truth. No, He knew that the truth supersedes any human in spite of wealth or position or accomplishments.
In this Kingdom of God, we only have supremacy of the truth not supremacy of the fathers, not supremacy of what is working or not working. Even the fathers must bow before the truth of God’s word. And that is what Paul understood using the truth to confront Peter. He did what was right by confronting the wrong that Peter practiced with the truth of God he knew.
Galatians 2:14 states, “But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?”
Paul is going back to the point I made earlier that the only thing paramount in Christianity is the truth, truth is what everybody must submit to. This is my position also and the reason why I am doing what I am doing. The truth must be supreme. The truth must be the only thing that is right, not individuals, not the General Overseer, not a certain ‘Papa’ somewhere, but truth.
The truth must be elevated about everyone and everything. Until that position is returned to the Nigerian church, she will never get it right. We have to come back to the place where we celebrate the truth above everything else, above everyone else. That is how we follow Christ. A Christian is someone that is ready to stand for the truth, abide by the truth, live for the truth and die for the truth.
2 Timothy 3;16-17 rightly states that,
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”.
The scripture is given for the sake of doctrine, so if we see that our doctrines are not in line with the truth, we have to speak out to get back our doctrine in line.
That is exactly what I am doing. The doctrine in the Nigerian Pentecostal churches is being messed up, the reason the bible was given to us is so that we don’t go away from the truth in the bible.
So, it is the responsibility of all Christians to raise their voices against the wrong practices in the church. The reproof used in this verse is not applicable to only members but also to elders.
The only condition for elders to be reproved is that they be reproved in the presence of other people; that is in the presence of at least two or three people. That is what I am doing.
First of all, I reproved them personally when I was speaking to individual leaders as I could and when I spoke in their churches. Now, I am rebuking them before the whole world because the bible is given for reproof. The elders leading the church down the drain must be corrected as Paul did to Peter.
The bible is not just for reproof but for correction also, such that even Peter, a foremost Apostle of Jesus Christ was corrected. None of our pastors are in the same ranking as Peter, so why would they say they can’t be corrected if Peter was corrected?
Then, the scriptures is for training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. This is why I am doing what I am doing.
Let’s look into another scripture, 1 Corinthians 14:29 specifically. It states “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the others judge.”
The whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 14 is talking about order in the body of Christ, order in the church and how our relationship in the church should be. And this passage is giving authority to even ordinary church members to actually rebuke their pastors, prophets and apostles whenever what they are doing is not in line with the word of God, because that passage says, let the prophets speak and all the people listening should judge.
This is what made the Berean Christians exceptional. It was their practice that made them praised. So, until the Nigerian Church begins to practice this and church members are judging, things would keep getting worse. But you would say, God said we shouldn’t judge. However, here it is talking about judging the practices and doctrines and not the individuals. It is judging what they preach and not the individual himself.
Therefore, you are actually disobeying the words of God if you’re not judging what the leaders are doing. All Nigerian Christians who are not judging the wrong practices in their churches are guilty before the Lord for not judging the wrong deeds in the church. They have allowed evil to thrive in the land.
Going back to the scriptures, Galatians 1: 6-10 also has something interesting to contribute.
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
When I look at the Pentecostal churches in Nigeria, not only are they turning themselves away from the grace of Christ but their whole congregation also. Whenever we see the church going away from the truth, we must challenge it. Now, that I am alive and seeing my country preaching another gospel, it is my responsibility to stand up for the truth of the gospel.
I am in agreement with the words of Paul, I am not here to please men. As a bond-servant of Christ, I would speak out.
Another Scripture, 1 Corinthians 5:12-13, says “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you”.
This means if we Christians don’t judge what is going wrong in our churches, then outsiders would come and do a great job judging and humiliating the church. That is already happening.
This is why I see it as my obligation as a Christian and a minister of the gospel to point out the errors being perpetuated in the African Church.
The last part of your question is what my relationship is like with these pastors called fathers of the faith in Nigeria?
Before my crusade on correcting the wrongs in the Nigerian church doctrinally, I was the pride of the Nigerian church. Everybody was talking about me, referring to me as the pride of Nigeria having built the largest Church in Europe with 99% Caucasians; Pastor Adeboye, Bishop Oyedepo, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Bishop Wale Oke, Pastor David Ibiyomie have all spoken about me loudly.
But now that I am doing what I am doing, taking the stand I am taking. I guess that many of them are thinking I am the Antichrist, that I have backslidden, or that I am in error and that I am the enemy of the church. But, that is not so, though I give everyman the right to his own opinion.
But sooner or later, they would become convinced I am not the enemy of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am actually a son or product of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Nigeria.
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