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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome slams African leaders who seek medication abroad – Oyakhilome

The clergyman urged Africans to develop its own vaccine and not wait for foreigners to come to their rescue.

“Why can’t Africa be allowed to produce their medication? How many years do you need somebody to help you. For how long can you be waiting? It will be a shame at this time of your life and history if vaccines have to be imported to Africa to help Africa.

“It is a shame and a failure on the part of the leaders. Your great grandfather was helped, your grandfather was helped, now you want to be helped. It is a shame, you ought to come up with your own vaccines, whatever medicine you need.

“It is a shame that leaders of Africa still have to travel to Europe and America to get medication when they get sick. You should be ashamed. At this time of your life, you should have grown up, What are all the universities you have built, what are they for? It is about time you started thinking,” he said.

Oyakhilome lamented the huge brain drains in Africa, without the leaders bothering about the consequences.

“Look at the brain drain, they take the best of Africa and take to Europe, Asia and China and you don’t care, what kind of leadership that has no vision for the future? We need leaders in Africa that can think, leaders that have brains and some mind, and have a vision,” he stated.

He wondered when African leaders would put away childishness and still be depending on other countries for loans and others when they have enough.

” When will Africa put away childish things, Africa is old enough. Any nation in Africa that is still calling for help from another country, the leadership is a shame. You have more than enough resources to help your country. Why are you borrowing money from nations that don’t have it? Europe don’t have enough resources to borrow you money, neither does China, They are only borrowing you money they got from you, wake up,” he said.

Pastor Adeboye tells RCCG members what to do as church resumes

Pastor Adeboye has told members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, that they can resume worship in church.

This was after the Lagos State Government announced August 7 as the resumption date for worship centers which have been on lockdown since the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

Adeboye who spoke in a broadcast titled ‘From Lockdown to Leaping Up’ advised the members to wear a face mask and observe other COVID-19 protocols.

“I encourage you all to go back to church for fellowship and begin to enjoy the benefits of corporate prayers again. The Almighty God in Hebrews 10 vs 25 said that we should not forsake the assembly of one another.

“There are those who will talk to you and say ‘why don’t you continue to stay at home? After all, you can pray at home and God will hear you’. Yes, I agree. Anywhere you cry unto Him, He will answer. But He says specifically in Matthew 21 vs 13 that His house is called the House of Prayers.

“He himself designated the House of God as a place where you will pray and the answer will come fast. That is the reason why David says in Psalm 122 vs 1 that I was glad when they said unto me, let us go to the house of the Lord because He knows that when you go to the house of the Lord, you will be in his presence where there is fullness of joy,” Adeboye said.

Wearing a face shield/mask in church means denying the finished work of the cross”, Pastor Okotie says

Revd Chris Okotie of the Household of God Church, Oregun, Lagos, has kicked against the use of face masks in the church by members, noting that service will not resume on Sunday, August 9, 2020.

According to him, putting on any type of face mask or face shield to the church means reintroducing the veil which was torn the moment Jesus Christ died on the Cross because with the tearing of the veil, there is no longer separation between God and His people and that wearing of face masks would reverse the order, which is unacceptable.

“When a man is standing before God in church wearing a shield or mask, he is denying the finished work of the cross,” he added.

Okotie stated that he decided to speak out on the issue because the face mask is now graduating into a face shield, which is a veil.

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, last week announced that religious centres in the state can reopen for worship beginning from August 7, if they adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols which includes wearing of face masks during service.

Adeboye’s senior Pastor, Tola Odutola resigns from RCCG, gives reason [VIDEO]

One of the most prominent pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in the USA, Pastor Tola Odutola, has resigned from the Church.

Pastor Odutola, who is the senior Pastor of Jesus House Baltimore, cited lack of care from the church in his 30 years of service.

Pastor Enoch Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

In a viral video, Pastor Odutola refused to divulge direct details of his reason for his decision, but revealed he had served RCCG for 30 years without receiving anything in return.

Odutola announced on Sunday his church would run independently, attracting applause from the congregation, before adding he was prepared to face backlash on social media for his decision.

Odutola was the founding Chairman of the Redeemer’s Leadership Institute, RLI, according to the website of Jesus House Baltimore

RLI is “the Leadership arm of the Redeemed Christian Church of God North America (RCCGNA) which provides continuous training for Religious Leaders worldwide.”
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Bill Gates is leading an agenda to destabilize the world, the church – Rev. Chris Okotie

Reverend Chris Okotie has said that billionaire Bill Gates is working on an agenda against the church and the economy of the world.

Delivering a sermon on Youtube, Okotie said that the agenda is part of what will usher in the antichrist.

He also linked the COVID-19 pandemic to the agenda by Bill Gates.

He said, “People have asked me if we’re dealing with the number 666; if this is about the antichrist. Is this about you taking that number and the eternal damnation that is the consequence of that?

“No. We’re dealing with another number that is the precursor to the number 666. There’s a man who is the protagonist of this whole process that we’re seeing today. His name is Bill Gates.

“The year 2020 was particularly chosen by Satan as the year when he would challenge the authority of the almighty God upon the face of the earth in preparation for the coming of the antichrist.

“How is he going to do it? First, he’s going to get a man who has the pattern and that man is Bill Gates. And then, there will be a conspiracy to bring in a pandemic, sickness.”

He added that COVID-19 vaccine is designed to lead to a mass scale of death.

“So he brings disease, sickness. They’ll create panic in the world. At this point, you’ve been asked to remain in your house because he must challenge God’s authority through fear.

“What Gates will do under the auspices of the UN is to make sure we no longer form the house of God. What Bill Gates is doing through his name is to stop people from congregating.

“We’re dealing with one of the most sinister conspiracies in human history. What we call an online church is untrue. To be a church, you have to be called out. Cyberchurches are totally unscriptural”, he said.

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American Evangelist, Morris Cerullo, Is Dead

Legendary American preacher, Dr Morris Cerullo, is dead.

The televangelist died on Saturday in San Diego, California, United States at 88.
Born on October 2, 1931, Cerullo impacted many with his inspirational words and Christian teachings that spanned decades.

As an author, he published more than 80 books.

The preacher, who started evangelising at the age of 16, would be remembered by many as a torchbearer.

 

Founder and Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, who has invited Cerullo several times for preaching engagement expressed shock over his death.

He wrote: “My father – Dr. Morris Cerullo! Like a good soldier of Christ, you fought a good fight, finished your course and kept the faith (2 Tim 4:7).

“Our consolation is that you lived an impactful life, raising men across the globe for Jesus. Adieu Papa Cerullo! We will miss you dearly.”

Born in New Jersey to a Russo-Jewish/Italian family, Cerullo attended and graduated from divinity school in New York state in 1953, and began ministering with the help of his then soon-to-be bride Theresa, and was later ordained in the Assemblies of God.

He ministered in several countries of the world including Mexico, Brazil, The Philippines, Korea, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Indonesia, Netherlands and many others.

RCCG sacked Adulterous pastor, Gideon Bakare

Adulterous Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor, Gideon Bakare, has been stripped of the office of pastor for his moral depravity.

He has also been declared a persona-non grata by the authorities and asked to stay away from the church.

Bakare, an Assistant Pastor of RCCG in Akure, Ondo State capital, had like a thief in the night, stormed the matrimonial home of a member of the church to whom he had made love overtures to satisfy his sexual needs.

He was caught in the act as the woman set him up for her husband to apprehend him.

Pastor Olusola Bakare’s combo picture as caught pants down went viral in the social media last week.

PerSecondnews reports from the video that Bakare had already stripped in the bedroom of the married woman.

It was learnt that she had pretended consenting to the sexual act and had asked the pastor to strip before opening the door for her husband and others to come in to capture him live on video.

In a statement, RCCG spokesperson, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi said Bakare was sacked for attempted adultery and for putting the church in a bad light.

It reads: “The Redeemed Christian Church of God has ex-communicated Mr Gideon Bakare and relieved him of all ministerial duties in the Mission.

“Bakare, who was an Assistant Pastor in the Church was recently accused of attempted act of adultery with a woman in her matrimonial home in Akure, Ondo State.

“The Church dissociated itself from such immoral act of Mr Bakare and described it as being completely contrary to the core values, doctrines, beliefs and practices of the RCCG and the undiluted word of God.

“The Church, after reviewing the report of her investigation, noted that by his conduct, Bakare has not only tainted his personal reputation but has portrayed the Church in a bad light.

”Mr Bakare has therefore been directed to return all official items in his custody and stay off all associated connections with the Mission with immediate effect.”

Jubilation As Beneficiaries Of OPM Study Abroad Scholarship Scheme Get Letters

Apostle Chinyere opined that: “success and wealth is not about what you have in your bank account, but how many lives you’re able change with that money in your account, and that is what true success is”.

“My dream is to pull as many people that are down up, so when am no more, a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer and all these people from different field of endevours can come out and say; it was through OPM that I become what I am today, and that is why we are putting in so much into helping those who cannot afford education, and not those who could afford it”.

While explaining how his ministry generates funds to finance such huge projects, The clergy reiterated that the church does not get any foreign aid or support from anywhere, all are from the offerings and tithes, adding that though there are people that partner with the church.

“I want to use this medium to pass this message to our partners, as they can see that I don’t use the proceed from their partnership to buy private jet for myself, but using it to touch the lives of the people, and I know the more, I’m doing this, the more God will be blessing me”, said the man of God.

He clarified that most of the beneficiaries are not church members, “we announced and they all came and write our exams, and the successful one are shortlisted with the aid of our reliable partner, Ufitfly that had been assisting the ministry to realize this dream through their uprightness and professionalism in handling this scholarship scheme”.

Apostle Chinyere however enjoined the beneficiaries to lift others up, as God is using OPM to lift them up, saying that was why they picked them from the less privileged background, so they can help other members of the family.

“I do not expect anything from you in return as God has blessed me well, but It is going to be a disaster, if you’re lifted up, and you failed to lift others around you, then you will go down, the best way to continue going up, is to be lifting others up as well”, the man of God enthused.

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Reopen all churches now – CAN warns Governors

The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson ‘Supo Ayokunle, on behalf of the Association, has called on all State governments that are yet to reopen churches under their watches to do so now because the continued lockdown order on the places of worship is no longer acceptable and reasonably justified.

In a statement released by Head of Media & Communications of CAN, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, CAN President stated that, despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with regards to the re-opening of places of worship nationwide, some states like Lagos and Ogun are yet to allow worship places, especially churches, to be reopened. What sin have the places of worship committed?

With the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at all levels, agreed with the government on the need to close down the places of worship, economy, schools and every other facet of life. But with the reopening of the economy, especially the markets (both organized and the unorganised markets) along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country is no longer tenable and acceptable.

In what way are the opened and road side markets more organized than the church which warranted their opening? Is it not our members in the places of worship that do go to markets and other sectors opened? Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship? Is it because the marketers cannot contact the virus in the markets and airports?

It is our opinion that while the government and other relevant stakeholders are working hard to get cure for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church too has a role to play by seeking for divine solutions as well. CAN appeals to the Lagos, Ogun and other state governments where churches are still under lockdown to relax it for God’s sake. As much as we believe that COVID-19 deserves attention, it is our belief that the affected state governments would not turn a deaf ear to our quest but allow worship to return to places of worship.May God bless you richly and protect you from the coronavirus pandemic in Jesus Name as you help us in giving this Statement the deserved publicity in your credible and respected media.

What Is Happening To Churches Qualifies As Persecution”Chris Oyakhilome (video)

The senior pastor of Christ Embassy, Reverend Chris Oyakhilome has once again protested against the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the federal government for religious gatherings.

According to the clergyman while giving a live sermon on Wednesday, July 1, he said the recent challenges that churches face regarding the guidelines qualifies as persecution.

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