As you may know, October 1 is round the corner and it is expected that there will be another edition of "The Platform Nigeria."
The Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Pastor Poju Oyemade, has used this opportunity to explain in a blog post why the church is behind the intiatives.
Here is what he has to say:
Over the years, many people have asked me why we do The Platform. A good number of people thought maybe there was an underlying political motive. Let me state categorically; there wasn't then and there isn’t any now.
The Church i.e. the Body of Christ consist of different members with diverse roles united under the headship of Christ. As the human body has various organs carrying out specific assignments so does Paul say there is diversity in the Body of Christ. (1 Cor 12: 5,6)
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God, which worked all in all.
The Platform is not a believer’s meeting neither is it primarily an evangelistic tool to get people born again- though it may serve that purpose in some unconventional ways that results in the individual being reborn. The Platform simply has the prophetic function of preservation.
|Pastor Poju Oyemade|
The Bible says we are the salt of the earth. Salt preserves and in some instances, helps to stop or at least slow down the decaying process.
Whatever we do and however we pray, it is inevitable that this present world being under divine judgment will cease to exist one day. God, to minimize the impact of this eventuality has placed His Church to act in one of its functions as the salt of the earth so that the process of corruption and moral decay is held back.
There is a mystery of iniquity already at work, and we are of the conviction that the only reason why the world hasn't imploded is because there is a restraining force within it, acting as its salt. Amp bible reads 2 Thess 2:7 "For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way".
The Church therefore serves as the restraining force against this complete decay. The Law played this role partially in the old covenant by restraining man with a sense of guilt. This was to avoid the type of situation that occurred in the days of Noah when God had to intervene by judging the earth with destruction. Today, the church with intercession and prophetic acts intervenes in society, pouring out words by His grace, seasoned with salt.
In the final analysis, whether we live in a developed society or underdeveloped nation will not determine our eternal judgment in heaven. However as the Church, we have a responsibility to our society to provide an environment that engenders a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
An old time revivalist in this country once wrote that if there was any mistake made in the past by the Church in Nigeria, it was its our lack of intervention in the nation’s societal fabric.
The world as a system cannot be saved but it must be preserved.
Jesus said to the Father before the experience of the cross categorically said “I do not pray for the world but for these ones you have given me out of the world’. His mission wasn’t to save the system of the world.
At this Platform on the 1st of October, we intend to speak words into the heart of this nation that will serve as the sprinkling of salt into the spiritual atmosphere to create peace, order and progress so that the higher ideals of life can be attained.
Join us in prayers as we push the frontiers of the kingdom into all aspects of our lives asking God to grant utterance to our speakers. God bless you all.