Christians afraid of Hell!

School had closed and every parent had already picked up their wards from school. Jimmie was the only ward still on campus being taken care of by one of his tutors. The tutor received a call and spoke with someone on the phone and little Jimmie was not privy to the conversation. The tutor announced to Jimmie that his dad was the one on the phone and he says he’s on his way to pick him up from school.

If you were Jimmie, what would have been your reaction?
The Church of Jesus Christ is at a stage where nothing seems to prepare us for the second coming. What we actually term to be preparation is what is really rendering us unprepared.

There is a lot of fear in the body of Christ; fear of accusations superseding commendations. We hear preachings screaming in pulpits about how bad we are in God’s sight and yet God hasn’t said anything like that. In fact He (through Paul the Apostle) tells us that He is not interested in what we did wrong. 

1 Corinthians  2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
God doesn’t want to know anything we are doing, He wants to know whether we have a Crucified Christ! Throughout the New Testament, countless times, the Bible says he that believes in Jesus has life, he that says Jesus is Lord is of God, he that says Jesus came from the Father is saved and shall not die.

When the bible talks about believing and not dying, it talks about not dying in the spirit. Spiritual death is permanent separation from God. One can only be permanently separated from God when he is cast into hell where there is no redemption.

John  6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
Those that ate manna are dead, and even those eat this bread Jesus is talking about do die in the flesh. Hence we realise that Jesus, being comparative, is not talking about physical death but spiritual. So he means to say all those who ate the manna are in hell, those who obeyed the law are in hell because salvation does not come by obeying the law. Never!!

Now he says that those who eat of “this bread” shall live for ever. This bread signifies a bread in the present and tangible and visible. Old things are passed away the new things are of God and when we eat these new things we will live forever.

Now through these, we understand that death is with respect to permanent separation from God (hell). And many preachers preach a message that imputes fear in the hearers making them to fear hell(death). Many Christians are afraid of hell so much that if they hear “Jesus is Coming soon” they become afraid. Jimmie’s reaction to the information that his father is coming to pick him up from school cannot be fear, unless Jimmie has a wicked and bad Father.

The fear of hell is the fear of death which is the fear of condemnation which also is the fear of eternal separation from God. There is no death or condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus because they have passed on from death unto life.

Hebrews  2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Jesus delivered us from the bondage which we entered because we are afraid of death. Death is hell remember? So those that fear hell don’t become righteous, instead they enter into bondage. Any preaching or teaching that imputes fear in you for the last day, the end time, the second coming is not spiritual but carnal or even demonic. Jesus took us out of the bondage of sin which we only enter because we fear hell.

Most preachers believe if they don’t scare the Church with the reality of hell, most people will end up there through the sin they commit. Well I hate to break it to you that those who are in Christ cannot make it to hell, Never!! 

Unless you are a law abiding Christian. We are not supposed to be law abiding Christians, we are meant to be loved sons and faithful believers. The message that imparts fear instead of Grace is carefully crafted by the devil to get him more grounds to operate. 

Move from fear today. Bible says in first John that, perfect love casts out fear. Perfect love is God gave His son to come and die for us. That’s enough to take fear from our hearts!

May God redeem you from fear in the name of Jesus!


Carving the Wife out of the Woman.

Carving is the act of using tools to shape something from a material by scraping away portions of that material. The technique can be applied to any material that is solid enough to hold a form even when pieces have been removed from it, and yet soft enough for portions to be scraped away with available tools. – Wikipedia.

Carving is different from molding. God molded the woman, but the man is expected to carve a wife out of the woman God molded. It is for this particular reason that Bible says that wives should submit to their husbands as unto the Lord.

Ephesians  5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

The word Submit implies to yield, to give way or allow. When a material gives way for you to alter it’s state and appearance, it has submitted to your way. So the bible says wives should give way to their husbands they would give to the Lord. How a wife will permit the Lord to have his way in her life should be the same way she will allow her husband to have his way (nevertheless, I do not advocate dictatorship or unwholesome control or puppeting). Jesus doesn’t enforce his will on us, he discusses with us and works on us when we allow. This brings us to the Wikipedia explanation of carving.

There are various materials that can be carved, each of them also require a different kind of tool and skill. What that means is that, there are different kinds of women and each of the kinds demand a different kind of man and method to carve them into wives.

Wikipedia said about carving, “The technique can be applied to any material that is solid enough to hold a form even when pieces have been removed from it, and yet soft enough for portions to be scraped away with available tools.”

A woman is the material. Carving can only work on women who are solid enough to maintain who they are but without certain portions of their life that is not needed. Also, the woman that can undergo carving is the one that can be soft enough for unwanted portions to be taken out of their life.

Many women in this era are not materials like the ones that existed formerly. Most of them can’t hold a form when carving is taken place. Some can scream in an outburst, “that is how I am, if you don’t like it go!”. The crisis generated in the generation is unsuccessful relationships and marriages.

Before everything evolves, we must understand that the scripture for our time which is the New Testament hasn’t evolved and won’t. The bible said wives must “give way” to their husbands as they will give to the Lord. You cannot carve a woman who isn’t ready to soft for portions to be taken of her life.

Whatever the case is, there is always going to be some things that someone must forfeit, whether Man or woman, before two people can abide together. The pain of loosing the partner should be more than that of loosing the unwanted portions in your life.

Most Ladies that became very great in our world, they became because their husbands made them! A good Lady must permit necessary carving.

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Preach the Gospel! 

It is highly expedient that I write a piece on this all important subject matter to Christians. The Old man was made to worship the God of heaven,  the new man,  however,  was created to not only worship the Lord but more importantly to spread the Good News of the kingdom of God. 

My Spiritual father, Rev. Eastwood Anaba,  once said that many Christians boast of how holy they have lived their lives but many of these very holy ones are the same who have done nothing to promote the kingdom in anyway with regard to the works of God. He went ahead to call this state; “impotent righteousness”.

There are many who are carry certificates of impotent righteousness in the kingdom currently. We must preach the Gospel to the world that isn’t waiting for us but progressively advancing towards hell. 

Romans  10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

The verses above indicate to the church and the individual Christian, the need for him to speak to another. Because if no man preaches the Gospel, the sinner cannot hear of it. In other words, sinners that read the bible and if they do,  not to find the Gospel but for other suicidal reasons. 

If the sinner does not hear the Gospel, it means that there is no basis for him to mount a believe system. There is no believe without a preamble! Something must precede and precipitate a believe in whatever. And during the period the individual doesn’t believe in God,  then it is just not possible for him calling on God for salvation. Not because God won’t answer,  but because he doesn’t believe! 

The verse 15 of the scripture about tells us of something which I believe has been some part of the reason why the church isn’t preaching. It says, how can they preach unless they are sent. This particular line has the potency of making an individual conclude that he or she has not been sent so he has no business preaching the Gospel. Let us see another scripture to help us know the answer to such thoughts and questions. 

Mark  16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Go ye into all the world! This statement is an instruction not a suggestion and it is our instruction. The Lord said we should Go; into all the world,  which means that we are sent so we have the validation to preach the Gospel, and he added all the world,  so we are sent everywhere,  there are not limits or forbidden places. So the Lord told us that we are the salt of the earth. 

Salt is a necessity good not a luxury good, it must be common in town to help everyone lay hands on it to prepare tasty meals. The reason we are salt and not meat is because, when you prepare soup,  you will have both meat and salt in it,  but the meat cannot mix entirely with the soup,  it solidly swims in the soup forever but the salt fuses with the soup making it possible for it to be tasted everywhere in the soup. Therefore,  God wants us to mix in all the world,  so that the Good News be heard in every corner of the world. 

When we successfully go into all the world as Jesus instructed,  he didn’t ask us to Go and start businesses,  go and study abroad,  go for site seeing,  window shopping, vacation; NO! He said we should PREACH THE GOSPEL! Not hide the gospel,  protect the gospel,  sleep on the gospel,  polish the gospel, modify the gospel,  amend the gospel,  conform the gospel, sell the gospel,  manage the gospel,  lead the gospel, read the gospel, handover the gospel,  none of these was the instruction. The instruction was quite simple; Preach the Gospel! 

The Lamb of God and the lamb of Men. 

The lamb as an animal, over the years has gained the right to be the sole representative of sacrifice or offering. The lamb is scarcely regarded as a pet or even a domesticated animal but most often seen as a means of appeasement, reconciliation or Thanksgiving. 

When the world lived in sin,  the Lord required the blood of a lamb. The lamb is also a characteristically pure animal, with very clean and beautiful appearance, having an awesome look of innocence. 

In the days of old, the lamb was an animal that the people of God used for the atonement of their sin. Since the death of Christ, His blood has been the unmatchless substitute to the blood of the lamb previously used. And John the Baptist says this concerning the Lamb of God:

John  1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
In old times,  God required a lamb,  but none of those lambs that came to Him was good enough to gain the name – the Lamb of God. John gives us certain specifications about the Lamb of God. 

…which taketh away the sin…

The ability of the Lamb of God is that it is able to take away the sin. The lamb that men brought in the old times,  they brought to cover their sins. They had to imbibe the thought of being righteous but they couldn’t be free of the conscience. In those times,  if any one had enough discovery techniques,  he or she could uncover a sin of another and make a public show of it. The covering of their sins made it possible for God to remember the old sins because the cover did not last. The lamb of God takes sin away. Away means away, your sins are seen no more,  thought of no more. God doesn’t delight in remembering your faults, for this reason He presented His own Lamb. 
… The sin of the world… 

In the old times, a man brings a lamb to the priest for atonement of sin. The lamb had potency of covering the sin of the man alone or the man and his family. The Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world. The blood of the Lamb was enough,  strong enough to not cover the sin of the world but to take them away. 

The lamb of men signifies the works and sacrifices of men. Many are breaking up because they are not proud of their achievements, others are not pleased with the sacrifices that others make for them. All those are the lambs of men; they have limits on them. Man cannot care for you your entire life, they will cover your inability to take care of yourself for a while and very soon they met go of the cover. The lamb of men cannot cater for everyone present,  there must be selections and some nepotism. Businesses are lambs of men,  and they will choose family or friends for a job than an outsider. These lambs of men cannot be relied upon,  do not build your trust upon things men have built, they don’t last! 

However,  the Lamb of God is available for all men. It is more than enough to suffice for the needs and wants of men. God is the one to be pleased and the lamb He chooses cannot be inadequate in pleasure.

May God give unto us that which will last our lives. In the Name of Jesus! 

Adam & Eden

The issue of sin and death is a very delicate one. The message on sin has encountered so much controversy. There is so much that clouds the real intent and the divine motive for abstaining from sin. Not sinning because you don’t want to go to hell is just like being in a hostage situation and complying. The whole thing looks like there’s a threat you want to avoid,  hence the compliance. The children of light must dwell in light no matter what happens,  that is the life after salvation. 

John said in his epistle,  “I write unto you that no man sin,  but if any sin,  let him know that we have an advocate… Jesus Christ”. The reason for the statement is that,  you should not be a christian with bucket lists featuring sins of different breeds,  instead,  you should make a habit of living in light,  so that if at one time you fall short,  do not think of yourself as prodigal, needing to leave home,  but as loved,  needing an embrace. Not an endorsement for sin in any way. 

Like it or not, many leave the church body daily because they sinned and felt unworthy of the light anymore so decided to take strolls through life. 

When Adam sinned against God, God walked into the garden and questioned him. Adam did not speak with regret. He said, “I am naked!” The proclamation of who he now believed he already was, was a dangerous step he took. Why? The scenerio is just like an adopted son having to find out the Truth about himself will going through something and decides to leave the home he’s been always because he feels he has knowledge of who he actually is. 

The truth is that,  with this our eye Adam was naked,  but before we had this kind of eye that detected nakedness,  God didn’t want us to know about our nakedness. Now we are all adopted into being sons of God,  Paul said. And God wants us to forget what we were so he blinds our eyes with heavenly realities so that we do not find out that we were once on drugs,  in sexual sin, liars and all that. Unfortunately, the devil brings the thoughts back. The thoughts defeat us more than our acts because as a man thinketh in his heart,  so is he. 

But God, knowing that Adam knew he was naked, expected that Adam will be sorry for his actions but Adam blamed his wife,  his wife blamed the snake. And when God spoke about sending them out of the garden, Adam named his wife Eve. That’s to say, he was more concerned about his weakness and didn’t bother to lose the presence of God. 

Most Christians leave the Church because we feel we know who we are and can’t force ourselves to be Christians. We are “naked” and that’s all we can be,  that is how we think and then we leave the Church. But allow me to show you why leaving the church is not the best. 

Genesis  3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
God made coats of skins and clothed them. Adam was using leaves to cover himself and his wife,  but how much covering could leaves cover? God knows that we want to cover our shame, we couldn’t, so he put a new skin on us, so that we won’t find the old skin. We won’t blame ourselves anymore. Adam still did not see the love of God enough to beg for forgiveness. Most times,  we sin and God continues to bless us,  we don’t realise God’s goodness so we plead for his mercy but we walk away from his presence chest out. 

Genesis  3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
This is what we miss when we decide to walk out of the presence of God. We lose the opportunity to eat of the tree of life and live forever. Jesus is the tree of life. Asking for forgiveness is pleading to dwell in the presence,  to stay in the fellowship. The longer you stay there,  there will be a word you’ll hear that will repair you forever! 

Don’t leave the Church! Don’t denounce your Faith in God! Press on unto the mark of the higher calling. Eternal life is available for those who have eaten from the tree of life. Don’t nullify the effects of the tree by walking out of the Faith. Stand Firm. You’ll make it to heaven without even trying. 

Love Your Own! 

In high school, there was a culture among boys which was popularly referred to as “boys-boys”. This culture featured a way of living where every individual boy fought at all cost for the whole of the boys that were on campus. If a boy committed an offense and he was not identified first-hand by the authorities, it would really be difficult for another boy to tell on him and that made it difficult for authorities getting their way with the students. 

In this post, I’d like us to do a very extensive study on Acts 23. I will post most relevant portions of the chapter in this post but it will do you great good to pay attention to the entire chapter on your own. 

In our societies, families and churches,  we come across individuals who barely care for the people around them. It’s a good thing to care for yourself but Jesus said Greater love is for a brother to lay down his life for another. I don’t pretend to have accomplished that but I believe we can get there if we renew our minds hence this post. 

Acts  23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
Reading a few verse from this particular verse,  you will realise the effect of what Paul said. In this Scripture, Paul had been apprehended because of the Gospel by the Sadducees and the Pharisees. They took Paul because he was wrong and he wasn’t preaching what was right according to their law. The Pharisees, after hearing that Paul was a pharisee too,  they immediately began to fight for him. They had put aside the accusations against him and were concerned that he was one of their own. This is the matter of Faith. In our Christian Church,  the body of Christ,  we are quick to condemn those we figured are not practicing what we know to be right. When the world fights pastors and believers,  so sad but some pastors and believers also help the world to fight our very own. In this scripture,  the Pharisees knew Paul was condemned,  they actually took part in condemning him but when they heard he was one of their own, they could not resist their urge to rescue and protect their own. Stuffs like this don’t happen in the body of Christ. We label our own as false prophets and expel believers as though they were never part of us. 

Acts  23:27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.
In verse 27, a Centurion, a Roman centurion who also rescued Paul from the war between the Sadducees and the Pharisees, was seeking for a high class protection convoy for the transportation of Paul through the town that had sworn to slay Paul. The centurion took this step because he understood that Paul was a Roman.  The man was protecting a fellow citizen. The Centurion had very limited right to take a Jewish prisoner into his custody,  but when he heard the man was a Roman,  he went on a rescue mission. People don’t care about their own. An African can find a fellow african suffering in Europe or America and not care at all,  besides he also worked through to get what he has now. It’s not the best. Love your own,  no matter the accusations leveled against them. 

Acts  23:16 And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
In the same chapter,  when the Jews had planned and sworn to kill Paul, a family of Paul,  came to the rescue. The whole thing is this; Paul was not innocent of the accusations, but Paul’s nephew was loving his own so bad that he couldn’t keep quiet for him to be slain. Families are broken because people among them don’t care for their own, they don’t mind if you don’t make it in life. Selfishness is a disease and when uncontrolled, becomes a plague. 

In these scenerios,  everyone was loving their own. They were protecting that which bears their name. The Church has certain anointed people who have put themselves under a curse to expose other preachers in the Faith or they won’t eat. It is of no use, there will still be judgement at the end which will do that so why not let that sleep for now. Protect your own.  The Christian sinned and you’re a Christian who is peacefully discussing your sister who sinned with an unbeliever, you’re a traitor! 

Acts  23:35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.
When Paul was finally taken to Herod,  he didn’t judge him outrightly, he put him in the judgement hall. The bible says that Judgement shall begin in the house of God – the judgement hall. Don’t sack people from the church because they sinned,  don’t stop preachers that you think are false,  leave them in the church,  because that is the judgement hall of God. He will judge His own. Yours is to love your own. When a person identifies with the Faith, protect them, whether they are murderers, fornicators, sinners of the highest order,  they are Christians. Protect and love them because they’re your own. 

When It Becomes Unconditional… 

From the old days, I have heard Romeo and Juliet being used ultimately to represent love in practicality. The truth from my end is; I have not us much studied their story as I have studied that of Christ from the scriptures, and I beg to differ but I didn’t see any resemblance among the two. 

Personally, I have been through different shades,  forms, levels, faces and times of love. One thing is true,  the more you go through love the more you either love more or love less. It depends entirely on how you examine the issue. 

The Bible clearly defines,  “God is love”. This pressupposes that Love must definitely be God. There are different stages of love that we go through but truth is, we have not really seen love unless we see it look exactly like God. 

Why? Naturally, Love must be unconditional! Why do I say that? The answer is,  because God is definitely unconditional. If God is love,  then love must have qualities that make it look God. God is God,  whether He is worshipped or not,  whether he is respected or not,  insulted or not,  despised or not, wanted or not, whatever you do to God doesn’t change His personality as God. So the same must apply to love. 

So God loved us and gave His Only Son. Great! Isn’t it? Now let’s analyse God’s actions. God so love the world; which means that God loved the place where sin abound even though in His nature He knows no sin and sin cannot dwell in His presence. So God loved something that was not in the shape he was compatible with.

Because God so loved the world,  He gave His only son. So God also decided to be the one to help the brides situation with His own resources. He wanted that bride so bad,  He couldn’t choose another. He had to make the bride suite His nature. 

He sent His Son to come and die. In other words, God gave something He didn’t expect the bride to cherish or protect. He understood the ignorant state of the bride for Love’s sake. 

Since God knows the end from the beginning,  I suppose He also knew that not everyone will accept his Son,  and not all who accepted will keep him till the end. God knew, but He didn’t blink anyway, He sent the son. From looking at the way as Christians, we still sin freely, I realize something about God,  that He is Love in practicality.

When it comes to human beings,  we see a different mode of operation. Men are afraid to love each other,  too careful not to be hurt by anybody and too careful not to be rejected. We don’t see that in God. God knew the consequences first-hand,  but He still went in anyway. 

When people begin to offend us,  when they repeat their offences, we grow impatient and indifferent, more of self-righteousness. We tend to make them pay for their offences even when they apologize. We hide behind the fact that they keep doing what they’re doing. Have you considered the things God doesn’t like that you do,  and the fact that you keep on doing and regreting and still doing it anyway? 

The thin line is this; until a man can become very selflessly loving, He cannot be like God. God is selfless whenever He’s loving the world. The bible declares that we love Him because He first loved us. How did we know He loved us?  Because He made clear His feelings. I’ve met people who don’t care about others,  when you ask them, they go like,  “he also doesn’t care about me” or “she hasn’t also smiled to me before”. We want the “others” to take the initiative of loving.

If you keep your eyes on the effect of Jesus on your life,  it won’t be difficult to be an unconditional lover. Why? Because though Christ loved you,  died for you,  and intercedes for you every moment, he has never given up on you when you sin. Whenever you say sorry,  He forgives you. Have you thought of it before? 

Unforgiveness is a symptom of Conditional love,  which is no love at all. Because there’s no such thing as Conditional God. You love people without Conditions,  you decide to practice it with conditions but the fire that burns in you, burns no matter what. 

In Galatians 5:22-23, we understand that there is no law against love. Things means that you can fall love anyone and everyone Just like God who so loved the world. But you must be willing to give your only begotten son. That is your investment. 

One last thing! When God gave His only begotten son,  he was conscious of the fact that not everyone will believe in His son. Sometimes,  you are afraid to love because you feel they might not feel the same about you. You must love anyway,  because when they don’t love,  they’ll perish and not you. 

God loves without boundaries. I believe that most of the things we enjoy in the Church now,  and there are a lot of other Church folks criticizing those things, the reason that is still happening is because God is loving without constraints. 

All men have not Faith. Faith is when your love is acting. Not all men can act the script their love have written because of the mindsets they possess. Love them anyway. Love men,  love them in all things.