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Nigeria’s Mega Pastors Speaks on Boko Haram SELF-DEFENSE!

It is hardly an understatement to tag these times as one of the Darkest for Nigeria, which plays host to world renowned pastors and prophets. first off, there’s almost no form of difficulty or hardship that hasn’t surfaced on the country’s terrain in the last decade, ranging from poverty, unemployment, insecurity to economic hardships but very recently the insecurity in Nigeria worsened as it citizens awoke to a terror, the terror of a threat to their lives and property – the threat of an acclaimed local Islamic sect known as “Boko Haram”; a group reputed for their incessant attack on Christians.

"Ayo Oritsejafor; "We Must Defend Ourselves"

According to news reports, several homes and churches had been burnt and Christians have been killed in their hundreds by the sect and the most unforgettable one was the attack on the worshippers at a Roman Catholic Church in Mandalla, Niger state where no fewer than 48 lives have been confirmed dead.

It is expected that during such a trying period for the Christians, they would look up to their spiritual leaders and father’s in the faith for encouragement and strength to stand firm in the days ahead, and to source from them the will to trust in God for deliverance and defense’ but sadly some of them, suprisingly the mega pastors have come forward only to spit fire, in the midst of the troubled waters, thereby fanning the flames of war altogether.

The religious climate in Nigeria among Christians is saturated with the quest to identify and expose false prophets,  but the problem is the lot of them judge with the wrong criteria. Jesus Himself pointed out the criteria when he said to the pharisees;

” Stop judging by mere appearances and make the right Judgement” John 7:24″

Note the word “Mere appearances” ie whatever constitues the “looks or outward qualities ” of a pastor, friendliness, ability to inspire and eloquence. ‘Jesus did not say by their appearance  you will know them; he said by the fruit you shall know them’.

If they had been discerning by scriptural standards, Every Nigerian by this time would be able to discern a good fruit from by a bad one’ and from their fruits In terms of modesty, humility, love for fellow man, good deeds, and including comments on national issues, it’s easy to know who is Christ-like and the one who is made up of falsehood.

On the issue of Boko Haram, Ayo Oritsejafor was calling on Christians to defend themselves because the government seemed incapable of defending them, on examining the advice of Oristejafor in totality, with what should Christians defend themselves? Is it with Holy water, Crucifixes or Bibles? He may have said it so casually; Christians defend thy self! but he left a question unanswered, How? To go to church with a pistol in their pockets? Or perhaps AK 47 in their babaringa? (African traditional wear)  Did he really mean we should use guns and swords?

Yet he seems not to be the only one spewing fire from his mouth, Another Prominent Nigerian Mega Pastor Enoch Adebayo who has been noted as the world’s 49th most influential person by the prestigious American magazine, Newsweek who is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) In the midst of all the mayhem was quoted to have read a Riot Act to the sect warning its members to stop attacking Christians, their homes and churches or face the consequences.

 “We are not allowed to burn mosques or kill people of other religious beliefs but d Bible says we are allowed to Defend ourselves, churches, homes. ‘Be gentle as a dove but Wise as a Serpent'” Adeboye  posted on his Face Book wall yesterday.

This is the position tallies of the Christian leaders in the North who met recently in Abuja where they vowed never to attack anyone but tasked their members to defend themselves, their homes and the churches against any further attack.

"Enoch Adeboye; "We must Defend Ourselves"

At the meeting a  fire-spitting cleric (name withheld) whose church is located in Area One, Abuja was asked to teach on the position of the Bible on religious intolerance.

The Pastor, according to an eye witness, took his audience from the Old Testament to the New where he cited how Christians were able to defend themselves against any unprovoked attack.

“We need to remind these murderers that Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, is both the Lamb of God who took away our sins and the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He is the Lamb to us but Lion against our foes. And more importantly, the roaring of a lion is purposely for the territorial protection. We used to run before but henceforth we run no more,” the Pastor declared.

Seems no different form what Ayo Oritsejafor suggested, In a statement that chronicled several attacks and killings of Christians and destruction of their places of worship, the Christian leaders said:

“We have hitherto exercised restraint in our public statements on these matters. However, we cannot continue to do so indefinitely, and are determined that in the year 2012, if these unprovoked attacks continue, and Christians remain unprotected by the security agencies, then we will have no choice but to defend our lives and property and take our own steps to ensure our safety and security”.

The statement was signed by CAN president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor; General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A. Adeboye; Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission; Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel; Rev Felix Omobude, Evangelist Uma Ukpai, Rev.(Mrs) Mercy Ezekiel and Pastor Wale Adefarasin.

"TB Joshua; "We Christians do not need to defend ourselves, because we have a defender"

Concerning the attacks in the country TB Joshua quoted the book of Daniel 3:16 part of which reads; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter…” after reading This he taught with these words;

We people of God- we do not defend ourselves because we have a defender, which is what the three Hebrew men said – the life of believers in both old and New Testament testify that being faithful to God does not eliminate adversity, we should recognize that it may be a sign of being faithful to God. We cannot use the weapon of the enemy to defend ourselves – when our faith is tested; our endurance has a chance to grow. Adversity can also build you up and strengthen your faith.

With the responses of these  men, it’s clear whose advice matches up with scriptural rules and principles, one would have expected that Ayo, being the president of the P.F.N was capable of summoning all the opinion leaders in Nigeria, including both Christians and Muslims and other religions to build bridges towards peace than rather adding more fuel to flames. The issues are well launched. Who do you think bears good fruit worthy of emulation? Neither the advice of Ayo or Adeboye to raise our hands or weapons in self-defence squares up to scriptural standards, Our Lord cautioned us against that,

”No more of this,” Jesus said to Peter (Lk. 22:51) and then, further, this was what Jesus proceeded to say – as Matthew records it – ”’Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him, ‘for all who draw the sword will die by the sword’.

Please papa Ayo and Adeboye, let love reign and seek to always pray for your perceived enemies. CAN need to be very careful in their advice so that is not taken as a call for Christians to start killing non-Christians.

A concerned Nigerian commented on this issue by saying that from Ayo’s response on the Boko haram issue, He seems to forget that as Christians , we all have a “dark side of the soul” that is waiting to be used by the devil. CAN should not blind to see that a religious war in Nigeria is just what Bork Haram and the forces of the devil want and no matter the situation CAN should not allow themselves to be used by the forces of evil. The love of God in our hearts will not allow us shed the blood of sinners that we pray and seek to convert. In due time, members of Boko haram will become born again Christians, preaching the gospel all over the world. St Paul is an example.

Boko bombing has come to an end 2012 – TB Joshua

Ayo-Oritsejafor: Lamenting the failure of the Govt. in protecting their rights.

Here is an article from a blog l came across.

So many news reports herald the gruesome tales of the recent bombings in Nigeria, apart from this instilling fear in majority of people, it also creates a great sense of insecurity in regions where these bombings occur, the bombings which happened in Nigeria, clearly stated in recent times were those engineered and orchestrated by the dreaded sect known locally in Nigeria as “Boko Haram

The sect are heavily dreaded and have further dented Nigeria’s image overseas to the extent that the Christian Association Of Nigeria(CAN) President, Ayo Oritsejafor, on returning from a trip abroad confirmed to charisma magazine saying; “Do you know that because of things like these, anywhere Nigerians travel to they are subjected to dehumanizing scrutiny? He must clearly have been speaking from experience here. CNN also quotes him lamenting how the Government betrayed the confidence placed in them by the christian community to protect their rights. According to CNN report, Ayo Oritsejafor was quoted to have said; The Christian community is fast losing confidence in government’s ability to protect our rights”

Pastor Chris Okotie; reported to have canceled his church service for fear of being bombed

In a more serious development, A prominent Nigerian pastor; Chris Okotie was reported to have canceled His new year eve service and directed his followers to pray in the safety of their homes rather than risk being bombed by a fundamentalist sect – a clear indication of how far these bombings have gone in giving Nigerian christian faithfuls and even some of their pastors a feel of Insecurity in their own country.

In any case, from the lot of numerous bombings in Nigeria, the most disheartening of them occurred as the world awoke to commemorate Christmas day, a deadly explosion in a local church marred celebrations for the nation of Nigeria. The brutal attack in the capital of Abuja that left 50 dead and scores more injured.

The motives behind these bombings have been generally attributed to religious differences, the seeming raging war between Muslims and Christians, while many Nigerians hold the view that these bombings are religiously motivated, TB Joshua of the SCOAN doesn’t at all share this view as he made clear in his new year message to Nigerians on the recent Bombings taken place in the nation Nigeria. At The SCOAN, during the Live Candlelight Service, New Year’s Eve, the 31st December 2011, Prophet T.B. Joshua addressed the congregation, the nation of Nigeria and the world at large with a message concerning the new year, 2012. In his own words he said;

“Let me just address my people, Nigeria. The present situation we are in – there is no war between Christians and Muslims. I mean, there is no war between you and your neighbour. I mean, there is no war among neighbours. This is a parable to you. There is no war. The idea of bombing and burning churches is to cause disagreement and conflict between you and your neighbour, to break the commandment and rule which says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The idea of burning churches is to cause disagreement and conflict between you and your neighbour, to break the commandment which says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If we are not armed for battle, we would fight the wrong battle. Strikes against your neighbour, strikes against your people – this is the wrong battle. Tell the world. I know the whole world is watching. Listen, our situation in Nigeria – there is no war between Christians and Muslims. The idea of burning churches is to cause conflict among neighbours, to break the commandment which says, “Love your neighbour as yourself”. And once the commandment is broken, you are against God. So, there is no war. Love your neighbour. We pray for those who are affected and their people so that God would strengthen them to bear the loss. My message to all: God at all times is assembling for Himself a generation of Spiritual worshippers. Because God is a Spirit, Christ came to declare God to us.

Here’s the Video Of the above message;Bombings of this horrible nature were unheard of but for a few decades ago and have now rapidly developed into perhaps the most common method of terrorism in Nigeria. This dreaded sect known locally as “Boko Haram” have Clearly become a thorn in the flesh of Nigerian Government, With the pace of these attacks quickening , number of breathtaking deaths, and a recent 3 – day ultimatum issued by the dreaded sect to the Nigerian government, It’s no longer news that the Nigerian government is bracing to cope with the imposing challenge in the wake of these attacks, but in the wrong way I’m afraid. The Nigerian president, Good luck Jonathan saw it necessary for a state of emergency to be declared in those parts of the state where the bombings occurred. But fact is, if declaring a state of emergency was all Nigerians had to worry about they’d be damn lucky, truth is there’s more. Despite the country’s present security challenges, we find it very ominous that the Jonathan government has allocated a massive lion share of the budget to security.

President Jonathan – “at the crossroads”

In his speech at the recent formal presentation of this year’s Appropriation Bill to the joint session of the National Assembly, in Abuja, the Goodluck Jonathan administration has allotted N921.74billion to security in the proposed N4.749trillion budget of “Fiscal Consolidation.” This cut of the budget allocated to security is close to 20 percent of the total budget. In sharp contrast to agriculture which only received N79billion. – It couldn’t have been clearer that this 2012 budget is a disaster waiting to happen and it does raise grave concerns, as it is in direct defiance of the advice given by TB Joshua to world governments including Nigeria’s on the way out of the prophesied economic recession to strike the whole world like a plague. As for the current security and bombing concerns in Nigeria which seem to pose so much of a concern now, the prophet in his New year message advised in these words which were also stated in the video above:

TB Joshua; You should not think about the bombing again; think about economic depression.

The burning and bombing that is happening, by January, February, March, everybody will forget about this. But economic depression will take over. Economic depression. You should not think about the bombing again; think about economic depression. Our government too should not because of bombing here and there, vote a huge amount of money from their budget to security. They should vote 50 percent of the budget to agriculture. Whatever bombing will fade away by the beginning of this year. It’s not something to bother about. To overcome this situation, everyone should come together, both security and every citizen. It is not the issue of security alone. Everything that is happening now, I don’t see it anymore on the board. It is just the beginning of this year and everything is over. But think about economic depression. You are a man of faith, a woman of faith. Trials are the soil in which faith flourishes. I’m just telling you what I’m seeing on the board. This will affect the whole world. Economic depression. The currency will be affected.The year of comeback. A comeback is a return to a place of significance, a place that was lost for a period of time. For a period of time, you referred to the Spirit. We often say, “The Spirit of God says this; the Spirit of God says that”, whereas the Spirit of God is not talking to you. Referring to the Spirit and design in the letter – such worship and worshippers will face challenges this new year.”

Here TB Joshua strongly advises that the only way for any country to survive the coming world recession this year, is to make Food production their first priority, shift their security vote to agriculture and allocate at least 50% of all federal budgets to agriculture while the remaining 50% should be shared amongst other sectors, he clearly says in his statement above that these bombings would gradually fizzle out within the first few months as hunger would take over, i also recall him saying on christmas day quite amusingly, that even the bombers wouldn’t be interested in bombing anymore as they too would be hungry, hunger would take over and people would want to save the little they have for their daily bread, the prophet emphasized. If only our governments would listen to the advice of this African Prophet. His prophecies have always been spot on, we would be saving ourselves a lot of harm and injury if we just heed and not just dismiss this scriptural solution with a wave of the hand.

With the current removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria, complaints from the masses and the current threat to national food security by allocating to it a miniature portion in the budget, it appears that the new year is not at all starting well for Nigerians, Its clear that this is the rule of people who allow circumstances to dictate their direction and not what God has to say about the situation at hand, the Egyptians were saved from the famine because they listened to Joseph, but how would the world be saved if they reject the advice of TB Joshua?

UPDATE: It has come to our notice that this very article has been cited to shame the prophetic prowess of the man in the synagogue. We’re updating this post to clarify the substance of this prophecy which has been deceitfully manipulated by avowed critics of SCOAN to regard it as a failed prophecy. TB Joshua did indeed state that “whatever bombing will fade away by the beginning of this year and that It’s not something to bother about, but in reporting this prophecy, why did they ALSO (in their usual deceptiveness) deceitfully leave out how TB Joshua also warned in earnest that TO OVERCOME THIS SITUATION, EVERYBODY SHOULD COME TOGETHER, BOTH SECURITY & EVERY CITIZEN. It is NOT the issue of SECURITY ALONE.  How can one cite a conditional prophecy and leave out the instructions following it?  Given the above prophecy of TB Joshua, THERE WAS CONDITION ATTACHED TO OVERCOMING THE SITUATION OF THE BOMBINGS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR, TB Joshua prophetically advised that EVERYBODY MUST COME TOGETHER; BOTH SECURITY & EVERY CITIZEN, THAT IT IS NOT FOR THE SECURITY ALONE, In other words, he was simply advising that Nigerians come on a round table dialogue (i.e. a conference) on the issue of SECURITY with this sect.  But this was not done then and the result now looking at the current trend of events in the country seems that his word was not fulfilled. TB Joshua himself  knowing the thoughts of those who conceived this evil in their hearts in response  further publicly spoke in his AUGUST 26 MESSAGE 2012 on this Boko haram prophecy, which has been continuously repeated on emmanuel tv till today. He clearly stated in his message that service day that when this boko haram message was given, the terrorism sect were then just a group and the dialogue would have worked which was the will of God as he advised, but when his advice was not heeded and no dialogue ensued, the result of that negligence today is that he longer sees a group but many groups. The sect that initially started this act of terrorism in Nigeria has connected to other groups in other countries that do the same thing. Then, also reacting to the present consideration of dialogue with the groups by the government, the prophet, lamenting on how his instruction was trivialized asked “how many groups will you now dialogue with? Dialogue would have only worked at beginning. But then its good, lets continue dialogue.”

Here is the video: 

This is just an unfortunate outcome of disobedience to prophetic instructions,  as Nigeria is no longer faced with just a terrorism groups (boko haram) but many groups following the negligence of the Nigerian government to dialogue with them at beginning. It would therefore be misleading to attribute the continuous terrorism attacks to just boko haram. Many reputed Nigerian news agencies have reported how al Qaeda groups were plotting diverse attacks on Nigeria and this is the outcome of treating a genuine prophet’s words with levity.