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Monday 19th – Sunday 25th February 2024

 

LAMENTATIONS OF THE SPIRIT OF JEALOUSY

 

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. (Isaiah 58:1)

 

For the Church in Nigeria, 2013 was an interesting year. It was a year in which the Lord sent messages to Nigeria Christians. The results are now manifest. We shall look at some of those messages.

 

1. Your Church leaders are like Rachel sitting on an idol. They will rather die on top of the idol than get up.

2. If care is not taken, in 30 to 40 years, Nigeria will be like Turkey.

3. The Nigeria Church is guilty of the sin of irresponsibility.

 

Nigeria is facing enormous challenges, socially, economically, and politically. The challenges are a reflection of the deep crisis within the Church. The Lord endowed His Church in Nigeria with enormous capacity for national transformation and the spiritual liberation of the country. Unfortunately, at every critical junction in the life of Nigeria, Christian leadership has failed to act like Jesus. That is the deep crisis within the Church.

 

The first casualty is the Church itself. Nigeria is in disarray today because the lamp of the light bearer has been smashed in many places and its glow has gone dim. Most of the acts of insincerity that weaken the Church are from within.

 

After the dispensation of the early missionaries who, to the best of their ability, laid a credible Christian foundation for Nigeria, leadership of the Church fell on the shoulders of indigenous Christians. In August 1976, forty-eight years ago, God established a central management body for the Church with the mandate, “That they all may be one”. As of 1976 when the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) was established, the following were some of the stable conditions of the Church:

 

1. Christian influence was paramount in government and in the society.

2. There was free Christian education all over the country.

3. Church buildings and properties were not being burnt.

4. Christians were not being murdered and maimed.

5. Christian communities were not sacked, and the Christians driven to IDP camps.

6. Christianity was well respected in the society.

7. Christians were amongst the most trusted and credible people in the country.

 

CAN met the Church in a stable condition in 1976. Fast forward forty-eight years to 2024: what is the condition of Christianity in Nigeria?

 

a). Christian influence is insignificant in Nigeria. Islam rules the country.

b). There is scarcely free Christian education in the country. Where Christian schools exist, the fees they charge are the highest in the neighbourhood.

c). Church buildings are burnt in their thousands without repercussions to the arsonists.

d). Christians are murdered daily on a genocidal scale. Current statistics indicates that 82% of global mortalities due to faith-based persecution are Nigerian Christians killed in Nigeria.

e). Hundreds of Christian villages have been sacked by insurgents who often invade in their hundreds, and the Christians are driven into IDP camps. Millions of Christians are in IDP camps while their villages have been occupied by Muslims (mostly from the desert) and the names of the villages changed by the new residents.

f). Christianity in the country has become a joke and a ridicule. Comedians make a living by poking fun at Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, the Blood of Jesus, and of course, the pastors and their wives.

g). Christians are the least trusted in Nigeria.

 

The parable of the unprofitable servant in Matt. 25:14–30 provides a scriptural perspective to the state of the Nigeria Church from 1976 to 2024. How have the clergy managed Christianity in Nigeria, resulting in a stable Church in 1976 becoming a distressed Church in 2024?

 

The situation would not have been so bad if church leaders accepted Godly counsel. A few years ago, God raised some Christian Elders from the six geo-political zones in the country to professionally support the Church leaders, but those were offended that anyone would seek to advise them. They headed for PUNCH newspaper and paid for an advertorial entitled “CAN HAS NO SUPERVISOR”. Nobody could talk to them. The consequence of that sad display of power is what both Christians and other Nigerians are suffering today. 

 

It is a spiritual reality that when leaders sin, their followers suffer consequences. Under the circumstances, what should the followers do? It is time for Christians in Nigeria to demand accountability from their leaders. That way, they will absolve themselves before God of complicity. What has happened in the Church cannot be swept under the carpet. Too many people have died without justification. Questions must be asked, and answers provided.

 

The Lord is jealous for His Church, and He will hold accountable those who undermined it, and their supporters, too. Unfortunately, when the Lord comes to judge, He will not judge the leaders only. He, however, gives grace, that if judgment is executed on the earth, Heaven would refrain or review other actions. In 1 Cor. 11:31, it says, “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

 

If the Church does not call itself to order, evil will continue to multiply in the Body. Too many things have gone wrong since 2009. Tens of thousands of innocent Christians have been murdered, millions of lives have been devastated, and the credibility of the glorious Church of Jesus Christ compromised.  The Church has no option but to query itself. If Christians do not do it on earth, the Lord would do it from Heaven, with serious consequences. The spirit of jealousy has been provoked.

 

Demanding accountability from Church leaders in Nigeria should cover the following areas:

1. What role did the Church leaders play in 2015, 2019, and 2023, in handing political power in the country over to the Islamists who have daily murdered Christians and inflicted hardship on the populace?

2. What warranted the neglect of the persecuted Christians who are daily wallowing in abject poverty and suffering?

3. In the ongoing famine in Nigeria, how come the Nigeria Church has not adequately helped suffering saints, as demonstrated in the scriptures, in Acts 11:27-30?

4. What action did the Church leaders take about the cases of corruption and abuse of office reported in the Church?  

5. Despite the much money that enters the Church every week, why haven't church leaders sustained the tradition of free quality education which the early Church leaders in the country offered, without access to funds such as today’s Church has?

 

In every organization, spiritual and secular, leadership is crucial. The success or failure of an organization depends on the quality of its leaders. It is time for Nigeria Christians to pray fervently for Good Shepherds like the Lord Jesus Christ. The spirit of jealousy is lamenting over the distressing state of the Nigeria Church.

 

Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

 

PRAYER POINTS

 

1. 1 Peter 4:17

Pray that God will commence judgment according to His word, against every corruption, treachery, and betrayal of Jesus Christ by those entrusted with leadership in the Church.

 

2. 1 Cor. 11:31 

Pray that the spirit of judgment shall be stirred in the Nigeria Church, and Christians shall be of one mind, and the Church be purged from evil and wickedness.

 

3. 2 Cor. 11:13–15 

Raise a lamentation to heaven against the hypocrisy and duplicity of those claiming to be Christian leaders yet they work at cross purposes with the Holy Spirit. Pray that God will terminate every Church leader who has placed personal interest above the collective interest of the Body of Christ in Nigeria.

 

4. 1 Cor. 12:26 

The neglect of persecuted Christians in Nigeria, which amounts to criminal negligence by the Church, was on account of some Church leaders who frustrated support from reaching persecuted brethren, in deference to their Islamist patrons. Pray that the Lord would judge all who deliberately frustrated, and are still frustrating, every effort to minister to persecuted Christians in Nigeria.

 

5. Job 5:12-16 

Pray for God’s intervention on behalf of the masses of Nigeria from the hands of a greedy and covetous political class inflicting suffering on the people. Pray that all their conspiracies to inflict further sufferings on the people shall be nullified.

 

6. Acts 10:38 

Pray that the Nigeria Church shall return to good works, which the early missionaries established as tradition in the Church; good works such as the provision of free education, free health care, taking care of the poor, and humility amongst the clergy. 

 

7. Ps. 75:6 -7 

Pray that God will promote righteous and God-fearing Christians into positions of relevance and authority in the Church.

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MARATHON PRAYERS

Monday 12th – Sunday 18th February, 2024

 

CAMA 2020 & MATTERS ARISING

 

“… Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me…? Feed my sheep” (John 21: 17).

 

In August 2020, former President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020. That law, amongst others, stipulated that “The Commission may by order suspend the trustees of an association and appoint an interim manager or managers to manage the affairs of an association where it reasonably believes that there has been any mismanagement in the administration of the association”. The law threatened the leadership of various churches in the country. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) promptly headed to the court when “all attempts to convince the Federal government why it should not intervene or interfere with the management of the Church in the country through any of its agencies failed.”

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MARATHON PRAYERS

Monday 5th – Sunday 11th February 2024

 

A BULLOCK FOR THE PRIEST, A BULLOCK FOR THE CONGREGATION

 

For the third week now, we are persuaded to draw the attention of Christians in Nigeria to crucial issues bordering on their personal survival and that of the Church. Since 2009, Islamist insurgents, funded, protected and deployed by some influential people within and outside Nigeria, have daily been decimating the Christian population. The carnage has assumed genocidal proportions.  According to World Watch Monitor, in the past 12 years, Nigeria has been the most dangerous country in the world for anyone to be a Christian.

 

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The NATIONAL PRAYER ALTAR

 

MARATHON PRAYERS

Monday 29th January – Sunday 4th February 2024

 

BLOOD, BLOOD, EVERYWHERE

 

Three things defile a land and bring curses upon the people. They are:

 

a. Adultery

b. Idolatry

c. Bloodshed

 

Of these three factors promoting curses, the worst is bloodshed, because it is not easily atoned for. The Bible says in Num. 35: 33: “So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.”

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MARATHON PRAYERS

Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th January 2024

 

LETTERS TO THE NIGERIA CHURCH

I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. (Rev. 1: 11).

 

We might consider 2021 “the year of letters”; the year in which the Lord sent different people to write letters to the leaders of the Nigeria Church. We are aware of five of such letters, but we have four of them in our possession. The letters were written on 11th April 12th April, 8th May, and 26th August 2021. In the letters, the Lord admonished His Church in Nigeria to repent or face judgment. (We do not have access to the fifth letter, which was also written in May 2021 by a Pastor, but we are aware that it was written to 12 Church leaders.)

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THE SECOND LETTER

 

 

8th May 2021

Received by: Bro. Joshua Fray

 

Emphasis: This is from the LORD!

 

This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

“You have just three months of grace, three months of my patience after the issuance of the first letter (11th April 2021) to repent and turn from your evil ways and bring forth the fruit thereof.

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LEADERSHIP CRISIS IS THE PROBLEM

 

 

12th April 2021

 

Christian Leaders

The Body of Christ

Nigeria

 

Dear Sir, 

RESOLVING CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE IN NIGERIA 

Since 2014, God, by His grace, has been sending me to the Nigerian Church with various warnings. Unfortunately, some Nigerian Christians, particularly Church leaders, perceive of one as a rebel. However, the reality on the ground repeatedly confirms that one is neither a rebel nor a troublemaker. I speak the truth in Christ Jesus. 

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EMPHASIS: THIS IS FROM THE LORD!

 

They Are Already Here!

Early hours of Sunday, 11th April, 2021, about four (4) captains of separate destructive troops from the LORD came into the country. They had a warrant from the LORD to kill without mercy, without regard and without restraint. They had all kinds of weapons to destroy all categories and calibres of people.

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Recently, I started thinking about Leah!

I had the view that Leah was a usurper and an opportunist, but suddenly, I began to see her in a new light!

The way she was introduced in Chapter 29 of Genesis, projects her as disadvantaged, Though the first daughter of Laban, she was not as beautiful and comely as Rachel her younger sister. But Leah is beautiful. Her beauty may not be physical. Her beauty lies in her strength, in her character and in her perseverance..

She was of a meek and quiet spirit

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In the dimly lit parking lot of a nondescript grocery store, 15 years ago, a chance encounter altered the course of my life forever. At the lowest point in my journey, I had lost my way, my marriage and my sense of purpose. A stranger, motivated by a divine calling, approached me with a prophetic word that seemed improbable at the time. That moment marked the genesis of a prophetic journey that I never could have envisioned.

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Statement By The

NATIONAL PRAYER ALTAR

On

THE STATE OF NIGERIA

Sunday 25th June 2023

PREAMBLE 

The National Prayer Altar is a daily trans-denominational prayer initiative of Christians from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, Christians in the diaspora, as well as nationals of other countries. The Prayer Altar started on 18th April 2022 and has sustained its daily online prayers to date, with participation in the hundreds. 

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We see an instructive statement in Jeremiah 1:9 and 10: “Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: ‘Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.’”

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 (The Return of D.O.Fagunwa)

Beyond the Fourth Beast

“You are not called because you are a writer; you are a writer because you are called…”

 It was a familiar voice.

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"And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite for I have provided me a king among his sons.

"... And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and called them to the sacrifice.

" And it came to pass when they were come that he looked on Eliab and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him.

"But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature because I have refused him, for the Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance but God looketh on the heart.

" Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. Neither has the Lord chosen this.

"Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by, And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.

" Again Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen these.

"And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest and behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him for we will not sit down till he come hither.

" And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord SAID, ARISE ANOINT HIM: FOR THIS IS HE."

      ( I. Samuel 16:1,5b-12)

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9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. Exodus 1:9-11

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Two weeks ago, I shared several practical guidelines on how to leave a church gracefully. I wrote this because I hear so many stories about people storming out of churches because their feelings got hurt. But one astute reader didn’t appreciate my observations because I didn’t mention the fact that some churches manipulate, control, or abuse people.

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Don’t Get Brainwashed!

In January I spent four days preaching at Emmanuel College, a Christian liberal arts school in Georgia. I love speaking to college students because they are spiritually hungry, they love passionate worship, and I can preach in jeans without offending anyone.

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We all love true stories of people who boldly share their faith. We admire the overseas missionary who shared the Gospel even though she could be imprisoned for it. We respect the man who resigned from his job because he was asked to compromise his beliefs. We praise the college student who takes a stand for Christ when a professor challenged the truth of the Gospel.

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It was a particularly hectic day. I was tired and also discouraged over so many things. I had gone to CMS, Lagos that day to see the publisher of my books as per royalty. I had been particularly broke financially for some time. This was the cause of discouragement.

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Declining attendance, evaporating finances, sexual scandals, and the threat of false doctrine can cause the staunchest believer to doubt the future of the localized body of believers known as the church. She has survived civil wars, world wars, pandemics, dictators, and civil discourse; yet, today, we worry that the social, economic, and spiritual climate will be her demise. Rest assured Christian, the church founded on the rock of Jesus Christ is not suffering a depression requiring pharmaceutical medication or in bankruptcy needing governmental funding.

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The times in the book of Esther were a period of warfare, violence, and bloodshed. In those times, beautiful women were play-things in the hands of the chauvinistic kings, princes, and nobles. They were like artifacts to be collected, kept, and disposed of when no longer needed!
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To move freely in the prophetic, God needs an unhindered vessel. While He can speak through a donkey, He prefers people.

Human beings are the conduit by which the Holy Spirit moves most of the time. It's the way God set it up. In Acts 21 we see a prophet named Agabus who spoke a word to Paul. Before Paul left for a trip to Jerusalem, Agabus grabbed him by the belt and spoke, "Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles'" (Acts 21:11, NKJV).

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  In every man's life, there are stages when he must enter God’s Workshop or God's Garage, either as a Believer or as an Unbeliever.

The first stage is at Creation: Genesis:1: 27 So God created humans in his own image. He created them to be like himself.[h] He created them male and female. 

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Please permit me to offer a little introduction to another Pre-Judgment Warning from God to Nigerian Christians.

Today, Saturday 8th May 2021, Bro. Joshua Fray called me that God gave him a second warning to the Church. He wrote the warning and sent it to me. I am sharing the information which he sent because it agrees with what God has been telling me to inform Nigerian Christians.

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