HONOURING OR WORSHIPPING THE MEN OF GOD




If there is anything that has been abused in Christendom today, it is the word called “honour”. Many have crossed the line between honouring men of God to worshiping them. The apostles that worked with the Lord had limitation to what they received from men in the name of honour, so as not to direct men to themselves but to the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 10:25-26, Acts 14:13-15). Even, Angels in their celestial state refused to be worshipped (Revelations 19:10, 22:8-9), but today, reverse is the case.

There is no denying the fact that God has set an order for us to honour Him and also to honour those He has put in authority over us which include but not limited to our biological parents, rulers, our bosses and our spiritual leaders, etc, because of the roles the play in our lives. This is commanded irrespective of whether the person in authority deserves it or not. Because at the long run, every one of them will give account to God about their stewardship to you and the honour they’ve gotten from you. Therefore, there shouldn’t be room for rudeness and insubordination to them.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Hebrews 13:17.

It’s important to note that honour is not only befitting to those in authority alone but to all men. In 1 Peter 2:17, the same honour that is said to be given to kings was also said should be given to all men. It reads: “Honour all men…  Honour the king.” This is to show you how God looks at all men with the eyes of equality.

To honour is to prize or fix a value upon a person with the value God the Creator has placed on such. Worship on the other hand is an acknowledgement of allegiance to a superior being which is solely to God Almighty. Honour entails treating with respect, love, truthfulness, courtesy, encouragement, appreciation and loyalty. It also entails praying, which is one of the great way you can honour those in authority according to the Scripture. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority…. 1 Timothy 2:1-2a.

One of the major differences between honour and worship according to the Scripture is that, honour is made for everyone but worship is strictly to God. Besides the fact that worship is only to be ascribed to God and not to any man, there is a thin line between the acts of honour and worship especially in this New Testament era whereby Tabernacle (Old Testament) kind of worship no longer applied. And we must be careful to know this line so as not to cross the boundary.

The terminology as to whether a practise should be described as worship or honour is not the contention here. The problem is this, anytime we ascribe God’s honour to humans, we’ve crossed the line into idolatry; that is the worship of man. God alone should be given glory, praise, adoration and power. (Revelations 4:11, 15:4, Nehemiah 9:6). For God is sovereign overall including every minister of the gospel, regardless of what their title or relationship to you might be. God will never share His glory with any man including a Pastor, Bishop, General Overseer, Apostle, Teacher or whoever.

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8

In today’s Church, the act of honouring spiritual leaders has been perverted. There has been a subtle migration of honouring spiritual leaders to worshiping them. It’s a thin line that has been crossed; God’s position in this regards is lowered while His ministers are being elevated to the position that was supposed to be solely for God.

A case whereby a congregation gives glory to their man of God for the great things he has  done, forgetting that God does not take second place neither does He share His glory with any man including your pastor who is being worshiped. This is coming from the fact that men are focusing on the messenger rather than the God of the messenger.

When men of God are perceived as being invincible and infallible, they are prone to be worshiped rather than being honoured. Such a man is only being setup for failure and the people that do that will be disappointed in the long run.


Nobody should expect any minister of God to be perfect. However, reverse is the case today; when a spiritual leader is used of God to do great miracles, his followers are tempted to view him as invincible, infallible and to be worshiped. At such point, a genuine minister of the gospel should help his followers by pointing them to God and not to himself or herself.

There is definitely a need to honour and appreciate ministers of the gospel for their public and private labour of love for the course of the expansion of the kingdom of God. They should be encouraged for they also face diverse challenges and fiery spiritual battles in the course of their ministries. They need to be encouraged either through loyalty, gifts, being prayed for, etc. We should not add to the burdens they are already carrying but rather make the burden lighter.

Mere kneeling, applauding and bowing to a minister of God does not necessarily imply that you are worshiping them. This is because we have diverse cultures which have such practices and acts imbedded in their tradition as a show of respect for elders and those in authority. For example, the way of greeting elders by the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria, West Africa; the younger men prostrates flat on the ground. Bowing down while greeting is part of the Chinese culture. These might be similar to a form of worship in the Old Testament, but the state and focus of the heart is the determining factor whether it’s worship or mere honour.

Where such an act can be connected to worship is the motive and effect of such an act. It’s the focus of the heart at such point. Take for instance; when you kneel before any man and in your heart you are viewing him as your “alpha and omega”, as if your existence and miracle depends on him, then you have crossed from just honouring to worshiping. When you see or put man as God without seeing the true God, then you have started worshiping the man.

You have to ask yourself these questions:
  1. Is your focus on man or God?
  2. Is your action exalting man or God?
  3. Are you pointing people to man or God, by your actions?
  4. Is man or God been glorified by your action?
  5. Is your testimony glorifying man or God?
  6. Is your faith based on a man’s word or on God and His word?

In honouring men of God, healthy boundaries should be placed. Even when you are giving honour with a pure motive, you should always ask yourself if the person that is receiving the honour would be able to handle it, so that your honour won’t get to his head. Man’s personality is fragile; help your pastor by not giving them honour that will drift them away from the way. It is dangerous for them and for you too.

Honour, but never worship any man; for we serve a jealous God and woe to that man who takes God’s worship.

For more clarity on this subject, read article on my blog titled 18 Signs that shows you are worshiping your Pastor rather than God.



THE FALLIBILITY OF THE MEN OF GOD




Before 1870 AD, no Pope was considered fallible. Even before then, Pope Adrian VI said It is certain that the Pontiff ... may err in those things which pertain to faith.” Similarly, Pope Paul IV said “I do not doubt that I and my predecessors may sometimes have erred.” These were men that were sincere to themselves and to the world; they understood the frailty of the human nature, the tendency of humans to err.

The infallibility of the Pope is a dogma in the Catholic Church that states that “when (the Papacy is), in the exercise of his office as Shepherd and Teacher of all Christians, in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church.” This implies that the interpretation of the Scripture by the Roman Pontiff who is the Pope is and should be held as the accurate truth, void of no error as it relates to moral, doctrine and the Christian faith.

In 1517 AD, Martin Luther the Reformer led a protest against the authority of the Papacy on issues bordering on Church malpractices and the interpretation of the Scriptures especially in matters that concerns the basic tenets of the Christian faith, thereby challenging the ‘Infallibility of the Pope’. Down through the line, the Reformers, which were also known as the Protestants, gave birth to what is now known as the Pentecostal, Charismatic or/and Evangelical.

Ironically, the same points that the Protestants objected to in 1517 AD are now being repeated by some Pentecostal and Evangelical Church of today. There is this unspoken but profound belief that whatever a man of God says is void of error and should be taken as a sole truth coming from God Almighty. It should not be questioned or subjected to scrutiny and verification. This has come to be because of the imaginary high position that some ministers of the gospel have placed themselves or they have been placed by their followers. This has given rise to mass duplication of heresies and spiritual error; all these because men have refused to acknowledge their limitations.

I am not suggesting that man through the help of the Holy Spirit cannot give accurate interpretation to the Scripture in matters that relates to doctrine and the Christian faith. What I am suggesting is that every Christian should learn to verify and cross examine whatever any man of God says to them or practise as doctrine. Know God by yourself. Study the Scripture by yourself. You can achieve this feat because you have the same access to the same God and the Holy Spirit dwells in you.

In our world today, especially in the Pentecostal and Evangelical settings, you will find many ministers of the gospel who indirectly claim sole ownership of Christianity and the Church, the body of Christ! They believe they have the prerequisite to dictate how the music goes in Christendom. With such position, it’s my opinion that we are only repeating the errors of history - the errors of the Church that caused the Great Schism and the Reformation.

Every human is capable of error. Jesus Christ was exempted because he was conceived of the Holy Ghost and not of an earthly father. Being born again, Spirit filled and Word loaded does not exclude any man from error. This is given to the fact that men are still putting on this flesh that is frail. The moment we accept this truth, the easier it will be to embrace the advice of Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:12 (MSG) which reads: Don't be so naive and self-confident. You're not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it's useless. Cultivate God-confidence.

All ministers of the gospel are humans, and all humans make mistakes, irrespective of the genuine men of God; they are also fallible. However, that does not negate the fact that they are called into the ministry. Human mistakes should be condoned, but spiritual errors, wrong interpretation and application of the Scriptures and doctrinal errors should be considered as falsehood and be discarded. Every believer must be on the watch against any form of falsehood in the Church especially from respected clergymen.

In Galatians 2:11-14, Paul withstood Apostle Peter when it seems Peter was living a double standard life despite the fact that he was supposed to be an elder of the Church. This implies that not even the first apostles were excluded from getting things wrong.

One of the great strategies of the devil against the Church is to strike the Shepherd so as to scatter the sheep. Take for example, if a leader of a Church of 5,000 members makes spiritual error in the interpretation and application of the Scripture, he will successfully lead his 5000 congregation into error. This is the strategy the devil has been using for ages and he has been successful with it simply because leaders have refused to acknowledge their imperfection, and their followers so venerate and dignify them as beyond the ordinary- divine and free of making errors.

Leaders in the Church of Christ must acknowledge their limitations as humans. They must know that they are mere men, susceptible to errors. Any man can fall anytime. Any man of God can veer into heresy anytime. That is why Apostle Paul wrote by the Holy Ghost:

Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Romans 12:3 NLT

Down through the history, great men of God have come and gone. Many started well but ended poorly.  If you are a student of Christian history and biography, you will agree with me that most of them failed in one aspect or the other. Most of them started well but later veered into error and heresy. This has given birth to the different sects, denominations and cults in Christianity today.

Most of the Israelites who followed Moses out of Egypt to the Promised Land might not have been aware that there was a bridge between the relationship of Moses their great leader and God, after he struck the rock for water rather than speaking to it. Likewise, you might be surprised to find out who you call your spiritual father or mentor has already missed it and he is already working in disobedience before God. Just like King Saul, some of our great ministers that started well; the spirit of God has already left them!

Every Christian must also acknowledge the fact concerning our Christian leaders and mentors. Thank God for their great achievements, but don’t be fooled that because of their spiritual great feat they can’t err. We must know that our leaders are not all-knowing or all-powerful, but they have weaknesses. That is why it is good to always scrutinize and evaluate our spiritual leaders’ views of scriptural interpretation, not with the eyes of being judgmental, but with an open mind so as not to be led into error.

This should compel us to have a direct and personal working relationship with God the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, according to the Bible and not connecting our faith on any man of God or any denomination, sect or Church. We should let our faith be based on God’s original word rather than what one Pastor, General Overseer, Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Bishop, Reverend or Teacher says.

For the veil has been divided; you now have direct access to God.

This is Apostle Paul’s own confession: “We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete… We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” 1 Corinthians 13:9, 12 MSG.

Be Our Guest -IIBB April 2018


The “Mind Your Business” Syndrome




 “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke.

There is a negative attitude that is prevalent in our land and having negative effect on our existence. That is the “mind your business” mentality. I am sure you are not new to this phrase. People tell themselves or others to mind their business, which implies that they should focus on what concerns them while neglecting the subject of discussion which to them is none of their business. This mindset is coming from the saying that “everyman to himself but God for us all”.

This “mind your business” is an “I don’t care” mentality, it can also be called “it is not my problem” mentality. This is coming from the fact that we live in an ego-centric and self-centred society. So, we are prone to define the term “minding your business” as a way of caring or paying attention to anything that happens around our immediate family members, friends or environment, not minding the future or the resultant effect of another person’s action. Some tends to restrict what they see to be their business as that that pertains only to their nuclear family. That is actually self-deception; telling yourself a lie that you have convinced yourself to believe; forgetting the saying that “what goes around comes around”.

Take this scenario; a road user called Mike accosted another road user who was driving against the traffic, but since Mike was not a law enforcement agent, everyone around the scene chided him to mind his business. He was told to just continue his journey and forget about the issue since to them, there was no cause for alarm and considering that he has a destination to catch up with and time to save. But of a truth, that was also Mike’s business, as we shall see later.

Here is another scenario; because you, your friend or your family members are not vying for any political position in your country, you’ve decided not to go and cast your vote. You tell yourself that is not your business; you said you have some personal business to run. You forgot that the election that is being conducted has a way of affecting your stay and comfort in that society?

The question then is, “what is actually your business”?

When the Scripture talks about “learning to mind your business” in 1 Thessalonians 4:11, it was not talking about having an “I don’t care” attitude towards things that pertains to the welfare of the general society. It was actually talking about minding your business in relation to being focused on what you are doing as an individual and not being busybody or distracted by other people’s ventures. The Scripture admonishes us further; don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing. Philippians 2:4 TLB. And 1 Corinthians 10:24 MSG reads: We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.

We can then say, “minding your business” doesn’t imply that you start prying into people’s privacy or getting yourself entangled with issues that you can’t provide help or solution to.  It doesn’t mean taking responsibility for other’s failures or misbehaviour. It does not also mean that you evade responsibility or show a nonchalant attitude to the world or happenings around because as it’s said “whatever goes around comes around”.

However, minding your business thus implies that you are concerned with anything or anybody that pertains to you or your comfort and existence either directly or indirectly; in the present or in the future. Yes, you should respect boundaries, you should count the cost and the risk involved in any issue while you avoid being judgemental, but be an example of what is right. You should also know that “minding your business” requires knowing why and when to get involved in any issue for the general good.

Take for instance, if a child who is not your relative grows up to become a criminal, the chances of that child harming or affecting your descendants is very high. So, we can see that the business of bringing up a child in the proper way is part of your business because it’s for the common good of all and besides, if you say it’s not your business; you might suffer it in the long run.

Your business is the society; your community and everything that happens there. You will either enjoy the prosperity, peace and security of your society or you will be a victim of the crimes in it.

The Church and the happenings in the Church should be your business, whether your local assembly or the universal Church. If you are jealous for the cause of Christ, the happenings in the Christian folds should be a major concern to you, especially when you consider the generations after you. In like manner, everything that happens in your local assembly should be of great concern to you irrespective of whether you are a leader in the Church or not. Because your Church directly and indirectly sets the cause for your life and family.

The happenings among your relations, friends and neighbours should be of great concern to you. The prosperity of where you work or your spheres of business and influence, the happenings in your country and the world at large should also be a great concern to you.

Don’t be nonchalant about the things of life; you have to speak out against the things that are evil, wrong and unjust in your spheres of influence. Take actions when you need to, and pray when you need to. Take responsibility whenever it is necessary and don’t say it’s not your business.

Take for instance, if you see falsehood in the pulpit and you refuse to speak out against it for people not to be lead astray because you think is not your business, since you are not in the leadership of the Church. Have you really considered the long time effect of your silence and refusal to take responsibility?

Are you unconcerned about the destitute children in your locality; they are neither educated nor having the fear of God in them? Be aware that peradventure these children become kidnappers or armed robbers tomorrow, you and your own children that you are investing in might end up being their victim. So, never forget that “what is good for the goose is good for the gander”.

There are different ways you can show responsibility to the happenings around you. Every problem does not require money. Some of the things you can do against evil, injustice and problems around you are;


  • Speaking out against injustice, wrong doing and evil.
  • Reach out to help.
  • Pray about issues around you.
  • Show genuine concern.
  • Invest your time and resources.
  • Take responsibility.

If we can all yield to this call then can we begin to change our world for the better.


THE SIN OF HOARDING IN CHURCH


Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's (Church’s or Ministry’s) life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God." Luke 12:15-21 NIV emphasis added.

I heard a pathetic information from Pastor SundayAdelaja which he gave while he was teaching on a series about “The Prostitution of Tithe and Offering inthe Church”, a message which I will highly recommend to you. He spoke of classified information he got from a bank staff in Nigeria, of the huge amount of cash that lays fallow in the bank account of a Church in Nigeria. This banker was privileged to the information because he manages the account. The story has it that while this Church is rich with billions of naira, most of her zealous members are wallowing in poverty.

Upon hearing this, I tend to ask how many of our Churches have huge amount of cash laying fallow in one account somewhere or in a hidden place, whereas there are lots of challenges in the society where these Churches are located. Besides, majority of the people bringing the money into these Churches in the name of tithe, offering and seeds, are wallowing in abject poverty. You should wonder if these Churches are gathering the money to be taken to heaven to spend there!

There is no doubt that there are Churches that are getting it right in helping their members in needs and assisting the less privileged, but most Churches have crossed the line from just saving to meet recurring expenses, to hoarding because there is actually a thin line between saving and hoarding.

So, what is the difference between saving and hoarding? When does a Church or an individual cross the boundary? For in the real sense both are acts of keeping away money.

Saving is keeping away money in order to delay consumption, like meeting specific needs or for investment purpose. Saving is cutting present unnecessary expenditure to meet a vital need in the future. Saving money is putting cash away and letting the cash make money for you. Saving is done with a purpose in mind.

However, hoarding is keeping away money because of a mindset that there will be shortage or lack of money in the future. It can be referred to as “withholdeth more than is meet” according to Proverbs 11:24. It springs from a belief that today would be better than tomorrow instead of the reverse. Hoarding comes from a scarcity or not-enough mindset which leads an individual or organization to resist spending money even on the things that are vital and essential.


Hoarding is coming from a heart of greed and lack of faith but fear. Hoarding in Churches is a sin that will take many General Overseers, Pastors, Evangelists and Ministers of the gospel to hell. Hoarding is a negative attitude to wealth it gives the wrong impression that the earth is a permanent abode. Hoarding is an abuse of God’s blessings and an insult to the people who brought in the gift or offering.

Can we say that the ‘rich fool’ who was referred to in Luke 12:16-21 was hoarding or saving? He was definitely planning to hoard. If he was only saving, he would not have been condemned by the Lord because God supports saving.

Signs that show he was hoarding are these:

1.      He was saving without faith in God for provision for the future; This is similar to what some Churches are doing today. They fear that they might not be able to have enough resources to handle the expenses of the future like salary of workers and compulsory expenditures of the future. This fear pushes them to hoard money, whereas there are immediate and urgent needs of members that should have been attended to.

2.      He was only concerned about himself; He was not concerned about other people like the poor, fatherless, widows and less privileged. This is similar to what some Church Leaders are practising; they focus solely on themselves while neglecting the poor and needy.

3.      He was taking pride in what he thought his strength has given him without acknowledging the God-factor; When you think that everything you have is from God, you will easily give it out, compared to when you think your strength has given you what you have. When a Church agrees that what she has is only a blessing from the Lord, it would be easy to give out, knowing that the same God will do likewise in the future.

4.      He was only rich towards himself and not towards God; A man can only be rich towards God when he lays up treasures for himself by helping the poor and needy around. I’ve heard some brethren boast about the wealth of their ministries, the question for such is this, is their ministry rich towards God or towards men? What is the use of a Church’s wealth if it doesn’t change or add value to the congregation of the same and the society around?

5.      He was called a fool; Why? Simply because he was depending on his wealth for the future and not on the God who provides the wealth. He had a misplaced priority that is why he was called a fool.

Jesus said “as long as I am in the world I am the light of the world”. That should be our mission statement as Christ Ambassadors “as long as we are in the world, we are (not the government) the light of the world”. So, quit saying it is the responsibility of the government or it is the responsibility of their family members. The Church is the only organization that is referred to as the “light of the world” and not the government or anyone else. So, let’s give light to the world with our good works.

The irony of this is even when most Churches claim to be using the inflow of cash judiciously, when you scrutinize such claims, you will realize that the Churches are using more of the money for property development instead of human development. As if the primary purpose of Christ dying on the cross is for Churches to have the largest and finest edifices and properties.

Christ died for man. Man and not property is, and should be the centre of everything that we do in Christianity. Our spending as a Church should be targeted at helping and restoring man to God’s original state. Besides, human development and not property development is the only known development that can last the test of time. So, our spending as a Church should be focused more on human development than material things.

Jesus should be our example, the Scriptures in 2 Corinthians 8:9 reads that: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. This is like Jesus Christ emptying “His bank account” for us so that we can come out of our poverty. Are we not supposed to follow this footstep of Christ as His body which is the Church, by emptying ourselves to making others rich and great?


Let’s show the world the love of God by using our God-given wealth.

NO MORE INTERMEDIARIES


For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6.

As you strive to live a well pleasing life to God, there is one error you must strive to avoid, which is the spiritual error of having a man; either a Pastor, a Mentor or Spiritual leader, as a middle man or an intermediary between you and God. This might seem very innocent but I tell you, it is the root and beginning of idolatry. This includes but not limited to the use of mediums like salt, water, oil, handkerchiefs, mantles, stones, sand, etc, in prayers to reach God.

Faith alone in God, through His Son Jesus Christ is enough for you to overcome (1 John 5:4).

It is an irony that some so-called Pastors that are supposed to be pointing and directing people’s heart and lives to God the Father are presently standing as intermediary between the people and their God. They are pointing people’s focus on themselves as supper men. They have successfully created an impression on their followers that without them, they don’t have access to God.  They have claimed that God would have to speak to them before He speaks to you. They have said that without them being in your life as a prophet, you can’t prosper nor be blessed. These are all false doctrines from the pit of hell. This is aimed at subjecting you under them so as to control your life.

When Jesus Christ died, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom (Mark 15:38). What is the significant of that? It signifies that all who before now could not have access to the Holy of Holies, could now come into the Holy of Holies where God dwells. There is no more need for any High Priest, Prophets or Levites to plead your course for you.

There was a need for an intermediary between God and the people/nation in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit as occasion demands comes upon men to function in various offices as Prophets, Priest, Kings or Judges in the Old Testament. As time progresses, God promised that a time would come when He would pour His Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28). And that was talking about the New Testament era where everyone that believes in Jesus Christ Who is the initiator of the New Testament, will be eligible to be filled with God’s Spirit. So, you can see that the outpour of God’s Spirit is not excluded to only Pastors, Prophets, Evangelist, Apostles or Bishops, but to all who believes.

That aside, one of the fundamental things that Christ came to do for all men is to reconnect men to their Father, God Almighty. You now have access to God the Father if you are born again. So, quit looking for men of God to pray for you. God loves you and He longs to have a one-on-one relationship with you. He doesn’t wish that any man or anything should come between you and Him. Please, take advantage of this privilege.


Even, Christ did not come to always be standing between you and God. God is now your Father. No man should stand between you and God. Any man who does that to you is misdirecting you into idolatry. Don’t be an “Idolatrous-Believer”.

REVIEW YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM


There was a point in my life in the year 2002 when I had my first encounter with Jehovah’s Witnesses, when I heard things from them that were very contrary and challenging to my belief system. I can’t forget that experience because it birthed a new me, it challenged me to know why I believed in what I believed in. Those series of meetings with my friends of the Jehovah’s Witnesses pushed me to study the entire Bible for the first time. It made me to query what I grew up to accept as my tenets of faith. I remembered that I asked a lot of questions that period. I posted crucial questions that pertained to their faith and to the beliefs I held; I also searched the Bible for myself to seek the truth.

I appreciate God for my Sunday School teacher then, Mr Olugbemiga Aliu who was always available at all time to answer my supposedly silly questions. That experience birthed a new me, it laid a solid foundation for me.

I believe everyone needs such experience. You must not have an encounter with a Jehovah’s Witness to push you to study and find out for yourself what and why you believe in what you believed in. However, when you hear things that are contrary to your beliefs, instead of just attacking the contrary view like most people often do, I think such time is an opportunity to set down and ask if you have been deceiving yourself or not. And that should not be based on what you perceived in your own head to be the truth, but it should be based on research with an open and humble mind to learn and change.

It doesn’t matter what background or religion you are coming from, be it Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah Witness, Pentecostalism, Hindu or whatever. A time should come in your life, it’s a time of maturity, when you need to sit down all by yourself and review all that you have been taught, all your beliefs system and critically look at it in comparison to opposing views and contrary beliefs that are opposite to yours and find the balance and the truth for yourself.

This might entails you getting materials of the opposing views. You don’t just study a one sided material; you shouldn’t be biased in your studies. Personally, I have made study on Islam, Pentecostalism, Catholicism, and several Christian Cults and other religions. All these were done to challenge my belief system. I took stock on some doctrinal and religious practise and looked at them in line with the Bible which is the bases of my belief. I did all these to find the truth, not any man’s opinion or acceptable traditions which are contrary to God’s standard.

Scrutinize the doctrines you are holding right now, is it in line with God’s word?

Scrutinize what you have been taught by your great religious leaders like your Pastors, Bishops, General Overseer, Imams, Teachers, Rabbi, Priest, Scholar, Leader, Lord, Prophets, Chief and Grand Master, are they in line with God’s acceptable standard?
Scrutinize the practices and activities in your Church, Mosque, Meeting, Fellowship, Assembly, Shrine, Synagogue, Temple, etc; are they in line with the truth?

Scrutinize the way you pray, is it scriptural? Take for example, if you are one that prays against enemies to die; is that according to God’s acceptable standard who loves all men?

Scrutinize the falsehood and superstitious believes you have come to accept, is that the truth?

Do you believe that positive confession, prophesies and imagination alone without corresponding action will lead you to greatness? Scrutinize that also, is it according to the truth?


I strongly advice that you go review all your belief system; you will become a better person afterwards.
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