Rev. Yomi Kasali, senior pastor, Foundation of Truth Assembly, FOTA, and Chairman, Nigerian Pilgrim Board, speaks on CAMA
What’s your take on the recently amended CAMA?
I have not studied it, and I don’t usually like to make comments on things I have not studied. It’s very dangerous. I have read a couple of commentaries on the amended act and those commentaries can inflame the polity. However, if it has to do with the Registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission having the power to deregister organizations and remove trustees, I do not see that as wrong because it’s either of two choices, if I have the power to register you, I should have the power to deregister you. It’s like you saying I have the power to hire, but I don’t have the power to fire. So, people need to understand that there is no church on earth that has the power to hire their pastor and does not have the power to remove their pastors.
But what the churches are saying is that government does not have the power to remove their trustees. Let them go to court. INEC is a regulatory body that regulates political parties, CBN is a regulatory body over banks. Can CBN remove bank directors? Yes. Can they deregister banks? Yes; because they are a regulatory body. Regulatory body is a powerful phrase. So, I think the churches refuting this are not thinking through, they are being emotional and illogical. They should have the power to deregister or remove trustees. However, what we should now be discussing are the provisions that should make us get to that point, but to say the government does not have the power to deregister is, in my opinion, the height of illiteracy, whoever says that is not as educated as you probably think the person is.
We should be discussing the offenses that will make a church to be deregistered. This should be the engagement now. And unfortunately for us, I belong to the denomination that is the most reckless, the loudest, most vocal, most flamboyant, but the least regulated. You will discover that the Catholics and Anglicans are not making noise, because they are self-regulated. And the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 9 that if we don’t regulate ourselves, some outside forces will regulate us. The Pentecostals are not self-regulated.
The law is not only for the church, it also applies to mosques and NGOs, so I think we should look at it from different perspectives before we start throwing tantrums and jumping up and down. They are not even deregistering churches, they are only saying they will remove trustees that are culpable to fraud. The heavier penalty would have been to deregister, but that isn’t even the case.
I run a church, for instance, and they find out that, I as a trustee of that church, have gross misconduct, financially; they find some terrorists’ money in my account or discover that I am laundering drug money, they have the right to remove me. Then, I would now go to court to challenge the government. But to say the government does not have the right does not make sense; that’s why they are government. They can remove me from the trustee and I would then go to court to defend myself.
The pastors kicking against this law argue that the church is under God’s authority…
That’s nonsense! Whoever said that absolutely does not know any bible. The church cannot exist outside a society. If they say the church is under God’s authority, why did they go to register at CAC? Why did they buy land from government and collect Certificate of Occupancy? Is it God that sold the land of that church to them? Why do they go to banks to open account, why can’t they keep the money inside their churches?
When people just want to misbehave, they go to the pulpit and begin to make noise as if they are above the law. They are not above the law. They just want to be reckless and lawless. Nigerians like being lawless. What they are saying here, they can’t try it abroad. Meanwhile, the government is not controlling your church, so you’re God’s authority on your pulpit. In your internal church running, use the blueprint that God gave to you. The same God that gave Moses the blueprint to build the tabernacle, gave him the laws for the people. Moses was first a priest then a president.
In their churches, they may have bishops, deacons, prophets, all that one is what the government cannot come and tell you how to do. You decide how to run your church, do your leaders meeting, preach your sermon, how many branches you can have; no government can say you cannot have your branches. That is where you use God’s authority to run your church. The same God that gave you authority over your church and also gave government authority to run a country, is that God confused?
Most of these pastors cannot do what they’re doing in Nigeria in London. A few years ago, the pastor of one of the biggest churches in England was removed as a trustee of his church and the charity commission appointed people to run that church for 3-5 years. This is a Nigerian church. Now, they will come to Nigeria and be behaving how they like. It’s not good. They shouldn’t turn Nigeria to a Banana Republic. We want to get better as a country. We want to be like better governed countries all over the world, not a banana republic.
The biggest church in the world is in South-Korea, owned by Yon gi Cho. People found that he spent $12m on his family. They jailed him. His son is in jail now. And we are saying that we are above the law. The whole committee of nations will be laughing at us. If we had radical leaders in politics, they would have shut down some churches and nothing will happen. Could we do this under military government?
What is the role of the CAN and PFN in all of this?
The problem is that the CAN is a very powerful body. I respect the chairman. He is very bold, sound and intelligent. Now, for PFN, where I belong, when you see pastors that are bigger than PFN, there is a crisis. Some pastors shout down the president as if they are bigger than the place. That’s the problem we have. The PFN cannot make a statement because the pastors are bigger than the president. They are reckless and lawless people. They don’t want to be under anybody’s authority. In your own church, you are not under anybody, but outside your church, you are under authority. Because they worship them in their church, they want those outside their church to also worship them. They are used to being vilified, so they don’t understand how somebody can talk to them without vilifying them. In your house you can be worshipped, but outside your house, you are a common citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are all under the law.
Pastor Kumuyi’s reaction to his birthday celebration
As the church is moving forward, we need ideas from the youth to spread the gospel and innovate evangelism.
If you have innovative ideas, don’t be too shy to share with the church.
“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.”
- Roman 12:2 KJV
“The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Haggai 2:9 KJV
What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?
What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?
everyone is preparing for Christmas, you need to see the crowd at Alaba intl Market yesterday….. Someone told me that he visited Oshodi central market on Christmas Eve and almost lost is shadow in the crowd. Hahaha 😴
Preparation everywhere… One thing that I get to notice is that we prepare more for the funFair part, we spent more time planning and thinking of what to eat, drink and wear. Which I 100% agree that is all part of the celebration of Christmas.
But have you ever asked yourself this question…
What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?
what gift those he desire from us? What has always been is dearest desire and expectation from us.
There is really only one thing that Jesus wants for Christmas. Jesus wants you.
Of course He wants other people too, but you cannot give other people to Jesus. You can only give yourself.
You can exhort and challenge others to give themselves to Christ, but that begins by giving yourself fully to Christ. Prepare to receive him, Create a room for him in your heart.
You are aware of what happened 2000 years ago according to the Gospel of Luke 2:6-7
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
So back then there was no room available for him….
What about now he wants you, One of the greatest gifts you can give Jesus this season is the gift of you. Jesus wants a relationship with you.
Your distance brother
©️ Apt Clement OC Merciful
Merry Christmas to you all
Sister Toyin Oluyemisi Ojo’s Glorious exit.
Death and satan have lost battle over your passing because a soul has just been added to the Kingdom of God.
Words can not describe the intensity and depth of how many people will miss you. So articulate and determined person of rear nature without comparison. Tough and gentle. Hardworking and loving.
A loving person engraved with passion for others professional and personal progress. Madam Toyin Oluyemisi Adedayo-Ojo. Your world, though short, but impacting and blessing to many lives. A free minded person who was ready to say anything that can serve as weight in her mind out in love without holding a bit. This world will feel your impact at this crucial time when your sharp brain in building and putting things right would be acutely needed. Pages of an entire huge book can not describe your person. How many lives can finally put food on their table through your compassionate disposition to mankind. How you gave many free consultative advice and encouragement free of charge to change their lives. How you raised many from nothing to something bigger. You were a rear gem. Supporter of dreams, vision and mission. A gold in the hand of your loving husband Daddy Reverend Dayo Ojo. Heavens definitely make your way crossed though a short period but immensely productive.
I believe heavens shall be glad receiving such a good image of God in you. A host of heaven shall rejoice for a well spent life of yours. At 47, your efforts and rewards surpasses those well above 100.
Though we are sad losing such a loving person, God smiles recieving HIS own to HIS bosom.
Your passing is a great lesson that all you have on earth are not meant for a person but to change lives. All your charisma are not to make you a celebrity but to celebrate Christ in supporting Kingdom Ministry. All your wealth of knowledge and experience are not to make you great but to work and support God ministry in the live of people. We can see all your fruits flourishing and your seedling germinating to stand on their foot.
The Church will miss you.
All members of your work place shall miss you.
The community shall miss you.
And your family of a loving son and respected and God loving husband shall greatly miss you.
May God comfort you husband, son, the entire family, the church of God, all member of your work place you left behind and many other whose your life had blessed.
Sleep in peace at the bosom of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Adieu madam Yemisi.
We love you but Christ loves you most.