Monday, March 16, 2015

Featured Article: Prosperity Gospel, Prospered By Politics By Sonala Olumhense

The Bible tells the fascinating story of how the devil engaged Jesus Christ in a contest of wills.  Face to face with the Lord, who had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness, the devil challenged him to convert the very stones into bread.  Jesus refused to do so, choosing instead to teach Satan about God.

The devil then took him high above the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple.  He challenged Jesus to throw himself down to test his power.  Again, the tempter received another scolding about the mightiness of God.

For his biggest pitch, the devil took Jesus up to a very high mountain and pointed out all of the world’s riches (fancy villas, private jets, beautiful women, glittering yatchs, I imagine). 

Every bit of it Jesus could own, Satan offered, if he would simply bow down and worship him.

“Get behind me, Satan!” the Lord responded.  “For it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’”

Defeated, the devil departed, and the triumphant Lord was lifted off in glory by the angels. 

The experience of the average Christian is often different from that of Jesus.  Still, we are expected to be Christ-like, meaning to treasure our relationship with God more than we nurture our relationship with materialism: “Him only shalt thou serve.”

T.B. Joshua Predicts Plane Crash In Nigeria

The Synagogue Church of All Nations' Pastor T.B. Joshua has warned Nigerians to be prayerful as he foresees a plane crash in the country.

The statement was made during the church's Sunday service which was broadcast on Emmanuel TV.

“Pray for Nigeria because I am seeing a plane crash. It’s not a good thing to lose personalities again,” he said.

He also spoke about the upcoming 2015 elections. “The challenge Nigeria is facing – on the day of voting, when you drop your votes in the ballot box, you will know who is PDP and who is APC. It’s a parable; very delicate. Because everybody plays a game; we deceive ourselves. ‘So this man voted for this party but he’s in that party.”

Muslim-Christian group lauds TB Joshua & SCOAN Youth

Nigeria’s popular Nation newspaper has published a touching tribute by an interfaith organisation, the ‘Oodua Muslim-Christian Youth Dialogue Group’ (OMC-YDG).The tribute lauded the world-acclaimed Nigerian televangelist, T.B. Joshua for his selfless service to mankind.

The group, which promotes interfaith harmony, stated that Joshua’s rise to international recognition from a poverty-stricken background is an inspiration. The group implored the youth to continue to learn from Joshua’s life.

The Muslim-Christian Youth interfaith group particularly praised the action of a young Nigerian member of TB Joshua’s church named Smith Jadesimi, who donated his kidney to a young Israeli lady he had never met before. (Read story here)

“This single act has improved tenfold the image of Nigeria in Israel,” the group stated while applauding how the Man of God’s selfless life has impacted on most Nigerian youth.

The president Nigeria needs...

‘Nigeria is on the march again, and we are in search of Mr. Presi­dent,’ goes that popular advert, heralding Chief Moshood Abiola’s HOPE’93 campaign. The jingle concludes by chorusing: ‘MKO is our man o.’ Who wears the crown? Who becomes Mr. President in 2015? Tough question.

Unlike in 1993 when it was pretty clear that Abiola was as good as clinching the popular votes, even before the June 12 poll, no one can be definitive who the ultimate man will be. Whether it will be incum­bent President Goodluck Jonathan or General Muhammadu Buhari? The field is as fluid as any can be. And this is understandable: So many things have happened to us since 1993, when we had a historic election that was inexplicably annulled by Nigeria’s rapacious military gang. Elections have since descended to a do-or-die since June 12; rigging couldn’t have been more scientific. The most popu­lar candidate has no guarantee that he would be announced winner. In this ding-dong, it becomes impossible to predict who would win an election. Unlike June 12, when it was apparent, even to the blind, that Bashir Tofa was a terrible mismatch for the ebullient Abiola, who eventually knocked him silly in the election, trumping him even in his Kano homestead. 

Rescued Children Can’t Remember Names, Parents

An aid worker in Nigeria told BBC News on Tuesday that 80 children (not the still missing Chibok school girls) rescued from a Boko Haram camp in Cameroon in November cannot remember their own names or origins.

Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, director of the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute, said the children between the ages of five and 18 had been rescued when security forces acting on a tip raided what was thought to have been a Koranic school. 

They are now in an orphanage where there are attempts to rehabilitate the children. Fomunyah said the children had spent so long with their captors, being indoctrinated in jihadist ideology, that they had lost track of who they were.

"They've lost touch with their parents," he said. "They've lost touch with people in their villages, they're not able to articulate to help trace their relationships and they can't even tell you what their names are." They do not speak English, French or any local languages.

The report confirms concerns expressed by Open Doors workers in Nigeria over the spiritual well-being of the Chibok school girls kidnapped last April. Apart from the physical hardships, they are also facing indoctrination. According to Open Doors, of the 275 students present during the Chibok attack, 23 avoided being taken, 16 jumped off trucks and four managed to escape after arrival. Apart from the four, no others have managed to escape.


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