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IT IS WRONG FOR THE AUTHORITIES TO REGULATE THE CHURCH WHILE NOT REGULATING MARKETS OR STREETS*Government Not Securing Nigerians— Papal Nuncio, Catholic Church

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IT IS WRONG FOR THE AUTHORITIES TO REGULATE THE CHURCH WHILE NOT REGULATING MARKETS OR STREETS
*Government Not Securing Nigerians
— Papal Nuncio, Catholic Church

The Papal Nuncio and Head of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, Archbishop Anthony Guido Filipazzi, has said the Federal Government has failed in its duties to protect Nigerians from violence in the country.

According to him, there is too much violence in the country that warrants the urgent attention of the government.

This is even as scores of persons, including civilians and at least seven security personnel, were killed on Tuesday by Boko Haram terrorists at Kukawa in Borno State.

Archbishop Anthony Guido Filipazzi, said the Federal Government is not doing enough to protect Nigerians from violence in the country.

He also said killings in the country were not peculiar only to Christians or the Catholic Church but also Muslims.

According to him, government must wake up to its responsibilities of protecting the sanctity of human lives.

Archbishop Filipazzi spoke at a media briefing jointly addressed by the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria and the Bishop of Osogbo Catholic Diocese, Bishop John Akin Oyejola during the Nuncio’s visit to celebrate the Diocese’s 25 anniversary at Our Lady and St. Kizito Pastoral Centre, Ede, in Osun State yesterday.

The Pope’s representative in Nigeria said though the Southern Kaduna killings majorly affect Christians, the Church would not close its eyes to the fact that Muslims too were being killed in other parts of the northern region of the country.

He said rather than creating antagonism between Christians and Muslims, government should focus on protecting its citizenry from the violence ravaging the country.

“The killing in Southern Kaduna is not peculiar to the state but the whole of northern region. Although Southern Kaduna is an area where Christians and Catholics are mostly affected, however, it is important to note that many Muslims are also being killed in other parts of the north, such as Maiduguri, Borno State, where Boko Haram bombed many mosques.

‘’We should not be particular that only Christians are killed, Muslims are also victims. The mission of the state is to protect lives and we have to stop the problem of antagonism between Christians and Muslims.

‘’The point is that there is too much violence in Nigeria and the law seems not being enforced to bring the people to respect the law, respect the life and properties of everybody,” he said.

Commenting on the prolonged lockdown of the Church due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Nuncio said it was wrong to have introduced measures regarding how people enter into the Church to serve God, when markets were not regulated and the street always crowded.

He said no study attributed the spread of the virus to the Church anywhere in the world.

“The authorities introduced different measures to regulate church activities while markets were not closed, transportation activities were left unchecked, the streets were crowded but unfortunately, the Church is highly regulated when there was no study throughout the world that it is responsible for the spread of the pandemic,” he said.

Speaking on the progress of the Church within the 25 years of its existence, Bishop Oyejola said the church had grown from a diocese of just 16 priests to over 70, while schools and hospitals within the diocese are on the increase.

He added: “During this pandemic lockdown, the diocese spent over N14 million to feed the poor. Schools and hospitals are growing in numbers. However, the Church is not rich for us but rich to serve the people.’

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ANOINTED BUT NOT APPOINTED YET: EMPHASIS ON TRAINING AND DEVELOPING FOR QUALITY LEADERSHIP.

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ANOINTED BUT NOT APPOINTED YET: EMPHASIS ON TRAINING AND DEVELOPING FOR QUALITY LEADERSHIP.

David the shepherd boy was caring for the 🐑, just minding his own business when he was called. The prophet chose him out of his seven elder brothers to become the king of Isreal.

What’s interesting is David didn’t go to the palace the moment he was anointed. He didn’t step into leadership that day. He went back to the shepherd’s field.

When God give you a promise there will always be a waiting period. What we do while waiting will determine whether or not the promise would come to be.

David was Anointed but not Appointed yet. He had to go through the season of proving and testing. David understood this principles,” to see promises come to pass, you have to keep travelling steadily forward. You have to do the right thing when no one is watching you. You have to be your best, thank God even though the door is not opening.

Month after months, David took good care of those animals- making sure they weren’t attacked and destroyed. His father didn’t even invite him home the first time prophet Samuel came searching. His brothers made fun of him. He didn’t let all that burder him. He didn’t feel bitter. Rather,he kept travelling forward.

After David defeated Goliath, King Saul became jealous of his achievements. Saul chased David through the mountains and the valleys in the wilderness. Yet David didn’t hurt Saul when he could have. He wasn’t impatient with God. He knew clearly,if he keeps moving forward in the necessary process of training and developing, then God will take him to the throne at His “Appointed” time.

Thirteen years after David was “Anointed”King Saul died in the battlefield and David ascended the throne. Amen!

Time may fail me to sight other examples: Moses was” Anointed” but had to wait forty whole years just tending Jethro’s flocks,then bagging his heroic”Appointment” with a corresponding responsibility.

Also, Joshua though”Anointed”early enough, but had to wait on the sidelines serving as long as Moses’ ministry lasted. Yet when”Appointed” was instrumental in climaxing the noble cause of” entrance proper” into the promise land.

Lastly, one of the most thriving penticostal churches in Nigeria today was started in a campus room with less 20 people, but has today hundreds of thousands of membership in the country and beyond. The founder and the General Superitendent, a man with an uncommon vision and passion for soul winning was”Anointed” just was David, but with no ceremonious “Appointment”. At least, not immediately. Yet he moved forward steadily through the”Training and Developing processes. Today pastor W.F Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Bible Church is an authority figure with the emphasis to Christian work and Leadership!

You’ve waited for those dreams and expectations to materialize. You have waited having been” Anointed”, chosen and ordained by God. However,as each day passes by,it seems just farther away from reality. Hang on right there! Remember you didn’t achieve the “Anointing”just by human efforts in the first place.

So when next it appears you are waiting longer time, just know it’s not after all vain. Many thanks!

© Aneke Jude

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ICPC uncovers multibillion Naira TSA Scam.

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ICPC uncovers multibillion Naira TSA Scam.

N2.67 Billion School Feeding Fund found in private accounts.
NNPC paid itself N1.53 Trillion subsidy for petrol in 3 years.
Legislators convert constituency funds for personal use.

During the lockdown, Nigerian churches such as RCCG, MFM, Christ Embassy, Daystar, Winners’ Chapel and many other churches were donating to combat the corona virus and feeding millions of the populace. Bishop Oyedepo in particular, directed N25 million weekly to be used to feed indigent members in communities.

Yet during the lockdown, the executive and legislators came together to make CAMA law in August 2020.

CAMA Law empowers the Registrar-General to merge all the above churches as one at his discretion and also close all their accounts if any of their board of trustee members (like Judas Iscariot) gets bitter over an expensive alabaster box of ointment and goes to report to the Registrar General even if the Registrar General happens to be an Imam, Eckist, Free-Thinker or Ifa Worshipper.

*Remember that Judas complained that the Alabaster Box of ointment should have been given to the poor.

*Remember that Judas who complained was the only thief among them stealing regularly from the purse.

*Remember he was the same one that betrayed Jesus.

CAMA Law could be an encouragement for Judases to betray the Church.

Remember….The Church of Christ can never appease the gates of Hell.

Daniel Breakforth

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SHOULD CHRISTIANS LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC?

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SHOULD CHRISTIANS LISTEN TO SECULAR MUSIC?

Here are my thoughts on the matter. Now first I want us to expand the concept of “secular” which means “not connected with religious or spiritual matters.”

A UI, ISI, Oxford etc are secular institutions. NaGeo, CNN etc are secular channels unlike TBN, Dove TV etc. Now to music; twinkle twinkle little star, National Anthem, wedding/birthday songs etc are examples of secular songs.

Now we understand the word “secular”. There’s a branch of secular that we Christians call “Wordly”. What do we tag as Wordly? “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1John2:16

So therefore;
-whatever promotes any of the attributes in 1John 2:16☝🏽
-Whatever counters our faith.
-whatever preaches immorality/lust
-whatever goes against the features of Phil 4:8, etc, these are secular songs, but more precisely WORLDY-Secular songs.

Phil 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

So ALL worldly songs are secular, but not ALL secular songs are worldly. I hope we got that.

So the question is should Christians listen to secular songs?

Here’s my opinion, Since we’ve established secular to mean “not connected to religion or spiritual matters”, it’s safe to say that AS CHRISTIANS, Non worldly-secular songs are like junk food.

I call them that because eating them every now and then though isn’t beneficial to your (spiritual) health won’t kill either, but having them in large quantity (compared to quantity of healthy food) OR living off of them ALONE is dangerous to your health and can lead to death.

That’s basic. This also means that the healthiest way is to simply do without them and stick to fresh foods I.e “gospel/Christian music” 🍃 🌱 🍅 🌽 😁 because Music draws your attention (consciously or subconsciously) to its topics, as a Christian you’ll be better off drawn to God’s presence more often than to any other.

Worldly-Secular music on the other hand are drops of poison to your spirit man. Music is the only element that gains access to your heart and spirit without your permission.

Whatever content the music carries, be it immorality, lust, love of money, envy or pride goes straight into you and sticks its root into the soil of your heart.

What’s the implication of this? Prov 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” When the heart is corrupted, it WILL (not “it may”) influence your actions. This is what drives a person into a sinful lifestyle.

As a Christian, it is wrong and dangerous to listen to Wordly music.
It is even worse for a Christian who has many young Christian followers to encourage this. You have no idea the level of damage you’re causing on them.

Some might ask “what about listening to a Christian song produced by a Wordly person?” As a Christian with followers, I won’t condemn the song nor will I endorse it.

If I encourage my followers to listen to it, I’m also drawing their attention to the artist and his works (past and present) and then what happens when the artist later decides to sing the opposite?

Now this is a different case from if the artist openly claims to be born again and has turned a new leaf. Wisdom is key.

In conclusion, always remember that your body is the temple of God and this includes your heart. Guard its gateway against polluting content. God bless. 🙌🏼”

~Written by Joshua Mike-Bamiloye

Sometime ago I posted a thread about Christians playing secular music during their wedding receptions and here is a better approach to it! I hope this blesses you❤

©The Journey of A Christian Lady

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