“Go Ye. . . and Preach the Gospel”

Evangelism is the universal commandment that believers were given by Jesus before his ascension to Heaven, and it is surprisingly the one thing that we don’t do enough. I’m yet to meet a Christian who hasn’t experienced some form of guilt in the area of personal evangelism. Should we also consider the fact that the greater majority of us don’t actually evangelize? It’s an open secret that Christians don’t do evangelism enough. A wide spectrum of reasons could be given for this, many of which are true and justifiable.

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Call Me Foolish, But I’m Ready to Die

Joy.



Disclaimer: You read this post at your own discretion. The writer owes no one any apology for the views shared here. He will be grateful, however, if the Bible can be returned to as our final authority and examined to know what truth really is.

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I am a Christian. Should I Judge?

Luke 6:37, The Holy Bible

Welcome to the first post in a series that I have titled “The Judging Series“.

“A Christian is not supposed to judge.”
“How can one judge if one is not perfect?”
“Didn’t Jesus ask us not to judge?”

I’m sure that you must have heard such statements uttered before. You may have even heard more. The whole talk about judgemental Christians has gained popularity in the last few decades. A lot of people (Christians inclusive) classify Christians into two categories: judgemental Christians and non-judgemental Christians. I’ll try to paint a picture of both categories briefly. Continue reading

That They All May Be Divided?

There seems to be a lie that has gained popularity and acceptance in modern Christianity. And that lie is this: that any believer, group or denomination can exist on its own, being totally isolated from other believers, groups or denominations. I cannot trace the origin of this lie. But I know that it’s a lie.

Over the years, many churches, groups and denominations have broken off from their “mother churches”. It seems really plausible to many ministers to form denominations or churches after seemingly getting “fresh light” over some non-biblical practice or unscriptural doctrine present in their churches. What amazes me is how some of these new ministries openly criticize the churches that they once belonged to.

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Unequal Christianity [Part Two]

Unequal

This is the second post in the series Unequal Christianity. To read the first post, click here.

Ade frowned as his mum shared the slices of bread for breakfast between him and his older brother, Kunle. Ade was used to this breakfast every weekday – warm tea and a few slices of bread. His mum worked in a bank and had to resume work before 8am everyday. This prevented her from waking up early to cook. The properly made tea and the delicious Prom Bread wasn’t what made Ade frown. What made him frown was the fact that his mum had given Kunle two extra slices of bread.
“Ade, you should be used to this by now,” his mum said quietly. “The older among siblings will always have special privileges. They will receive bigger meats, eat larger meals and collect larger sums of money. There is no way that all siblings will have the same privileges.”
But Ade wasn’t one to believe in special privileges for older folks.
“We are equal, mum,” he had often told his mum, “we should enjoy the same privileges.”
His mum would often reply, “No, son, you’re not. But you’ll understand someday, Ade. You will.”
Adele hated the preferential treatment. If they loved me as much they loved Kunle, then we should be treated the exact same way, he would often tell himself. Sadly, Ade is a Nigerian and, in most cultures in the West African country, older siblings enjoy special privileges. In some families, the younger children end up having an inferior mindset. Many of them believe that they will always be at best “the alternative” and never the first choice among their older siblings.
But a different culture is seen in God’s Kingdom.

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.”
Rom. 8:17. NIV

In my own opinion, our siblinghood is unafrican. Why? Because nobody has greater privileges. Age doesn’t give anyone preferential treatment, neither does money or fame. No ones access is greater than that of another.

And make a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet [stuff] and fine twined linen, skillfully worked with cherubim on it.
And you shall hang the veil from the clasps and bring the ark of the Testimony into place within the veil; and the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.”
Exo. 26:31,33. AMP

The High Priest (not just any priest) was the only one permitted to get into the Holy of Holies and it was only for once in a year. Imagine offending someone you love so much and not being able to meet that person face-to-face to apologize and hear that special person say, “I’ve forgiven you.” That’s exactly how was! The ordinary man never came to meet and know God personally. The High Priest would enter on behalf of the entire nation of Israel and make an atonement for all of their sins.
The concept of an intimate relationship with God was scarcely understood by the Israelites those days. The veil then stood as a divide between the outside world and the tangible presence of the Father. In my own words, “No man could come into the presence of the Father except through the veil.” And, boy, the veil had been a pretty sight – a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet and fine twined linen of cunning work.
But that pretty veil had prevented them from knowing God intimately. In fact, I believe that the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70 by the Romans signified an end to the old system. In a sense, that temple signified the continuation of the old covenant. Now we know that “the God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, doe not live in temples made by man.” (Acts 17:24)
We all know that He is the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Him. No more veil! But so many believers still have their own custom made veil. For some, their spiritual heads are their veils. For others, denominational doctrines and dogma exist as veils. Ignorance also stands as a veil for some.
I believe that we have the best gift from God since Adam fell – A.C.C.E.S.S. You can know God. No one has more access than you do. We all have the same “amount” of access. Just come boldly unto the throne of grace. You will not meet any gatekeeper. Let nothing and nobody stop you. Destroy whatever veil that still exists.

You are dearly loved and your lover longs for fellowship. Learn to enjoy His presence. Nothing else can really satisfy you but him.
© Eleazar Maduka, 2017

Unequal Christianity [Part One]

Unequal

​The concept of equality amongst all members of many religious group is highly underrated. I remember reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm  many years ago. According to this political satire, animals on Manor Farm rebelled against the farm owner, Mr. Jones, under the leadership of two young pigs – Snowball and Napoleon. The pigs in the farm were the most literate. They even knew how to read. The farm was renamed “Animal Farm” after the ousting of Mr. Jones.

One major change in Animal Farm was the adoption of the Seven Commandments of Animalism, the most important of which had been, “All animals are equal.” Things moved quite smoothly on the farm until Mr. Jones, along with several of his men and other farm owners terrified of animal revolts, tried and failed to recapture Animal Farm. This failure definitely boosted the morale of those animals.

However, things began to get awry between Napoleon and Snowball. Napoleon orders his dogs to chase Snowball away and has himself declared leader. Napoleon also began to purge the farm with his dogs, killing animals he accused of working with Snowball. The pigs, under Napoleon, started to resemble humans – they wore clothes, carried whips and walked upright. A major adjustment came later as the Seven Commandments was abridged to a single phrase: “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

Bottom line, Napoleon became the new leader. The animals realized that tyranny wasn’t peculiar to humans and that the rebellion didn’t bring exactly what they had imagined it would bring.

Are all believers equal? Imagine having an abridged version of the Seven Commandments of Animalism being upheld in Christendom: “All Christians are equal but some Christians are more equal than others.” While no such commandment exists in Christendom, some believers actually have something similar to this in their heads as part of their Theology.

“Surely all believers can’t be equal,” they might argue. “The apostles were definitely higher than the other believers after Jesus’ death and resurrection,” some would say. “Isn’t the five-fold ministry supposed to separate us all into strata? Ministry and spiritual gifts make us unequal.”

A brief look at Christendom today might actually strengthen these arguments. We have a Christianity where many lay people are taught to bow and cower before certain few. But the original picture of Christianity is a religion of equality. All Christians are equal. But if we are to say that two things, ideas, people, etc are equal, then we must have a measuring standard. Equality can’t be said to exist except a standard exists that is accepted by all the parties involved.

So, what is our measuring gauge? Simple! A.C.C.E.S.S. While I won’t be doing much exposition in this post, I’ll do so much in the next. I have often heard preachers emphasize on so many things in the Church – from faith to prosperity to spiritual gifts to love to holiness to grace. What I haven’t heard so much, however, is what I like to call The Doctrine of Equality. It’s Easter, the season we celebrate Christ’s death and His resurrection. And one thing that that resurrection brought was equality.

Access brought equality. The fact that we all have exactly the same degree of access means that we’re all equal. If some people had greater access, they could called “greater”. But we all have exactly the same access. Access determines ranking. I’ll do more exposition in the next post.

Until then, feel free to drop your comments and questions. What exactly does equality mean to you? Do you think it’s a big deal?
© Eleazar Maduka, 2017

The Devil Also Dresses Like God

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Will you recognize a devil when you see one? Do you honestly think that you’ll be able to spot the differences between the devil and God when you see him? For many, the way to differentiate the devil from God is by their works. While this is a good way, I strongly believe that it is not sufficient. I know of folks who expect only good things from God and never bad things. In the same boat with them are those who believe that all bad things are from the devil.

There’s a little flaw in that theological standpoint. Do we assume that the devil never gives good things? If we’re to recognize the devil only by his works, then we’re faced with a big problem because the devil also gives things that appear as good things. Do we also assume that God never sends trials? Trials never appear as good things. Trials are different from temptations. Temptations are meant to make you fall, not to make you stand. Trials are meant to make you stronger. And yes, trials do come from God. He doesn’t tempt us, but He tests us. So, works is a poor way to sufficiently differentiate between God and the devil.

If we judge simply by sight, we’ll never be able to adequately tell when the devil acts. A lot of folks have mistaken attacks from the devil as tests from God. So, we see believers struggling with certain habits and saying that it’s their thorn in flesh. People take the experience of Paul out of context and make excuses for their struggles. We must learn to differentiate between God’s acts and the devil’s. We must learn to know when Jesus is in the boat and when He’s not. I find this as a very important part of our walk.

While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 1:16 [KJV]

The servant of Job knew that God sent lightning. He knew that it was part of His many capabilities. But at that moment, he mistook the lightning as God’s fire. He saw what he had been taught to believe as fire from God. There was no way that he would have imagined that the fire hadn’t been from God. The truth, however, had been that the fire had been orchestrated by the devil. Oh yes, the devil also dresses like God!

How many times have men who were full of the Spirit mistaken the fire from the devil as though it was from God. Jesus had even said, “Fake messiahs and lying preachers are going to pop up everywhere. Their impressive credentials and dazzling performances will pull the wool over the eyes of even those who ought to know better.” [Matt. 24:24, MSG]

We’re certain of two things. The first is that false men will surface (and they will look exactly like the real guys). Their works will look like the real thing even. Secondly, note that Jesus didn’t say that these guys might come. He said that they would come. Here again we see the believer faced with the task of knowing who is God’s and who is not. As in our day, when we have so many ministries, the believer is faced with the serious task of discerning who’s right and who’s not.

How will you know when the devil dresses like God? How do you define a move of God? How many times has God left and His children still announced His Presence? How exactly will one know when He’s in the room? These are tough questions for many. And I believe that tough questions need answers. Enough of people being our god. Every believer can know who is God’s man and who’s not. A lot don’t just know how to.

All answers can be easily answered using Scriptures. All, not some. God is not One who confuses His people. No, He’s not. He’s a Father that wants His children to understand Him.

Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Jer. 9:23-24 [KJV]

I hope to go on a journey on this blog and share how we can answer some of these questions. Thanks for stopping by. Expect more in the weeks to come. Remain blessed!

© Eleazar Maduka