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The Social Media &The Christian ( an exhortation )

By Oniyinka Olusegun

That The world is moving at a very fast pace is no news.

The Term the “world has become a global village “is no more a cliche but more entrenched in reality .

With just a mobile device u can access information from virtually any part of the World.

Social media platforms ( Facebook Twitter etc)have audiences into billions in virtually every nation .

For the gospel there’s been no better time in history to make the message of Christ and Him crucified more available ,even the hitherto “Anti Christian “Territories will have to contend with the almost unarrest-able Influence of technology .

Now you can miss a church service and yet not miss it by sitting at home and watching the service online,You can undo the “burden “of carrying printed bibles and simply use your bible app on your phone ,iPads etc.

Intriguing and interesting .

Everything becomes so easy ,information ,access ,communication takes less stress that you begin to wonder whether with this ,the magnificence of the instructions in Matthew 28:18-20&Mark16:15-16 require the word “Go” anymore .

You start to imagine whether the instructions and admonition to attend Church meetings ,fellowship with saints won’t be reviewed whether we still need to add ” gather ” ,assembly /assemble ,come together ,fellowship .

Or the truths of the Spirit working amongst us might not be effective anymore since we can comfortably communicate without any form of physical contacts .

Hence Ordination,laying on of hands etc may have to redefined or replaced by more technologically friendly modes of ministry.These ministries can easily be subsumed under the convenience with which the social media has evolved.

I can go on and on..

Coming with this ease of information and communication is the flip side to everything .

With the same ease i need not go around like paul will say to be a “busy body ” to gossip ,all I in need is a phone ,evil communication isn’t as long drawn ,with a blackberry messenger ,whastsapp etc I can chat with satan himself with no form of interference or observation by anyone .i can do more without been seen and sin as much too.

Also,I can lie ,fabricate stories ,add to peoples words or take away and before i retract or it’s refuted or rebutted ,a billion people would have believed and acted on it .

And the truth might never be known !

A phone will further make the Solomonic wisdom of Guarding my mind rather more demanding as porn sites need not be browsed ,they stare at me on Facebook ,available with ease of blackberry and Chat messaging ,also adultery and fornication require no more than the discretion of locking my device and arranging for covert and sinister modus operandi to engage in illicit affairs .

Even the Noble cause of the ministry of the Word has been simplified .

Everybody now “teaches doctrine “on Facebook ,the unaccountable believer,unruly ,carnal etc Those who won’t serve in church nor even sit down to fully be formed .

All that’s needed is keep copying what someone else is saying ,adapt it to your style ,come under the cliche ,”Radical Grace”,” prophetic flows “,”new creation realities “.
You don’t have to be well grounded or tested. Get a profile on any of these platforms or start to blog and you will reach as much Audience as the largest church in the World.

Paul’s apostolic injunction of 1Timothy 3:1-8 will be sidestepped as its a free space and the right of speech is well inspired.
I need not be experienced ,just need to post and have a friends list( which is open ended ),
A ” congregation” has emerged !
I need not to have a local assembly and pastor .

I can ” learn ” from ALL! Call everybody I watch on tv ,YouTube my pastor ,mentor etc.

As this media makes “pastoral oversight “out of nothing and makes nothing of true pastoral oversight !If u understand what I mean .

I still wonder how Paul’s instruction to stop false teachers and peters vociferous warning to disallow unlearned teachers ,Johns instructions to discard “a diotrephes” would be carried out.

How would paul have confronted peter?since he need not go to Antioch to influence the congregation .Peters tweet would have done the havoc .You might never even decipher its sphere of influence .

So Paul won’t plead such interference .

These truly are very different times.

Coming with all these is the spirit of the world .

Lightness,looseness ,loquaciousness .

The freedom to be ” free”, say anything ,address anyone without recourse to respect and regard.

After all it affords you the garb of anonymity .

Godlessness ,yes the ungodly have found stronger voices to attack the scriptures .

They do it with ease and need not gather people to do so.Just post it and it reaches millions of minds.

Churches and ministries can hardly maintain its sanctity of both information and oversight of the same without the media making it impossible for david not to tell it in gath nor declare not on the streets of askelon.
As the messenger needs just tweet it for all “askelonites “and “gathites “to have the Information.
Twisted ,bent,fabricated ,dishonoring ,it doesn’t matter,Just tell it and rebroadcast it,
the world has moved since the psalmist !

Without much ado ,The believer Must do the Word without adapting himself to the world but rather subject the World to the Word .

He must take Paul’s warnings seriously

Ephesians 5:15-16 KJV
[15] See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
[16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

This Age ( times ) is evil and satan is its god.

He mustn’t forget Paul’s forewarning too

2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV
[3] For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
[4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

He must remember the words Jesus told the 12

Matthew 10:16 KJV
[16] Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Very needful now.

We must use every media to teach the gospel and reach the unreached .

We must however not allow the media ,its spirit and Broadways to review the scriptures and be so maltreated that certain emerging attitudes from the social media relegates christian principles to the background .

If we refuse and follow the world,the inherent repercussions are innumerable .

And we can’t afford it.

As I believer I Facebook,tweet ,blog and surf the net I remember to

Proverbs 4:23 KJV
[23] Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

And when I read or glance unedifying comments or articles I never forget

Romans 12:2 KJV
[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Finally Never forgetting that the Church I should belong to,be submitted to and be pastored through is NOT my friends list on Facebook or Twitter or blackberry.

Different times ,changing seasons ,subtle devils but

The never changing Word in an ever changing world remains my anchor through these storms .

Have a blessed week ahead

Jesus is Lord,We Win!

June 1,2014

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Domestic violence is a violence or other abuse in a marriage.
Domestic violence could involve any body but I’m looking at it in a family setting between a man and his wife.

Domestic violence includes

  • Physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religion reproductive and sexual abuse.

Many people are going through a lot in marriages today, some Christan homes inclusive. This has caused a lot of harms in homes, churches and the society at large. So many women have lost their lives in the process,men inclusive but women are mostly at the receiving end. And they endure mostly even to the point of loosing their lives. This they do because of:

  1. The love they have for their spouse
  2. Because of their children
  3. What the society will say about them
  4. Because of their faith and religion.

Please when beating and sexual molestation becomes the case in your home, there’s need for separation.

Now in as much as the Bible frowns at divorce, I don’t think it’ll be reasonable for one to remain in an abusive marriage where his/her life is a stake. The same children you think about will still be maltreated, neglected and will be forced to face horrible situations the moment you are gone. The same society you are thinking of what they will say will still blame you for not speaking out on time. Your making heaven is even very slim because I don’t think your heart is clean in that condition. Your bad thoughts, unforgiveness and bitterness is enough to send you to hell. And instead of you to commit murder, I think you should separate if that’s the only option left.

Many women are going through alot. When a domestic violence involves life threatening abuses, there’s need for you to seek for help.

Many women have died in this process. Pls being born again doesn’t mean your brain should be suspended. Yes divorce is a sin but you shouldn’t die either because you are married. You are being asked to keep praying often times, yes but you could do that also while away. Many women are dying silently. Women please speak out in such conditions, don’t keep quiet. Make sure the problem is not from you. Make sure you are not the cause of it.

I have seen a woman beating blue black by her husband. Not once not twice. Infact the man always use cane,belt etc on her. And she’s asked to keep praying. What if she die one day? What if she couldn’t take it any longer and tries to defend herself and kill her partner in the process, what will be her lot?

Women should take the necessary steps the moment they see that things are getting out of hand.

Try to see how you could save the situation by involving your spiritual leaders, your both families,the people your partner respects so much and if there’s no changes please take a break while you pray and take the necessary steps to save your marriage.

Pls note that your being away is for the mean time. Even while away you are to remain and keep your body. It’s not a time to go about messing up. If you do that you are commenting sin. You are to maintain sexual purity. Even when your partner is doing otherwise. The only time remarriage is possible is when one partner is dead. See Romans 7:2,1cor.7:39.

Neighbors should as well look out for their fellow women/men. Please speak out for them. Some of them are in a tight corner and can’t help themselves.

Stay tuned for the next post on this same topic!

Say no to domestic violence.

What’s your take on this? Share your opinion.
Will you allow your daughter, sister, brother,son go through domestic violence?
What will you have them do;the abused?

By Chika Helen Nwabueze’

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By Oladimeji Ramon

A group, the Federal Social Democrats, says the credibility and integrity of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have been diminished by the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

According to the group, the Lekki incident has eroded the admiration that Sanwo-Olu won with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in statement on Sunday signed on its behalf by Olutola Mobolurin, also condemned the harassment of #EndSARS protest leaders through the freezing of their bank accounts and stopping them from travelling outside the country.

The FSD’s statement was titled, ‘Statement by the Federal Social Democrats On the #EndSARS Movement and Violence in the Wake of Lekki Shootings.’

The group said, “Governor Sanwo-Olu, who before now has been credited with responsible and energetic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has by this one act lost his credibility and integrity for many. He has a big task in regaining the confidence of the public and youths; his credibility gap surrounding what happened at the Lekki Toll Plaza is not helped by the insensitive bluster of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the governor’s residence stating that those who were injured and presumably those who died had questions to answer.”

Though the group condemned the destruction of public assets and looting that trailed the shootings at the Lekki tollgate, it said the mayhem pointed to the alienation of a large number of youths from society by government.

It said, “The so-called hoodlums are the youths that have been denied any stake in society by the self-dealing and state capture that have characterised governance over the last 30 years. Millions of our youths have been uneducated, unemployable and with no meaningful social safety net. Even for the millions who are educated and skilled, long-term unemployment has been their experience in the Nigerian prebendal political economy that serves primarily the interests of public office holders and their cronies.

“Some of the ‘hoodlums’ responsible for the trashing of Lagos are the youths and ‘the toughies’ that many politicians have over the years employed to subvert the democratic process through intimidation of voters and perpetration of violence during elections.”

The group said the organisers of the #EndSARS protests deserved commendation for the resourcefulness, transparency and accountability which they demonstrated.

The group condemned “the growing reports of compilation of names of the assumed leaders and facilitators of the protests for government reprisals.”

It said, “Those that are being targeted are reportedly being prevented from travelling outside Nigeria while accounts of some have been frozen. This is hardly the hallmark of a democratic government that is interested in dialoguing with the youths or learning positive lessons from the #EndSARS protests. It is also a violation of the spirit of government’s acceptance of the 5 for 5 agenda. The President should stop all these acts of witch-hunt.”

The FSD solicited support for the Lagos State Government to rebuild and replace the vandalised public assets.

  • PunchNg

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• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

  • TheGuardian

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